Alan Pardew Still Worried About Losing Top Players

Newcastle have had one great success already in this transfer window, but we still need to see a center-back come through the door soon,  before we can say it’s been successful.

Alan Pardew – still worried about losing player(s) in January

But there are continuing reports in the press about the bigger clubs being interested in some of our players, and there’s another report out today that Manchester City could be coming after Cheick Tiote.

So while things look very good at the moment,  if we get another shock like we got last January 31st, when we lost Andy Carroll and had no time to replace him, things would turn negative a bit.

This is what Alan said today about the transfer window, and the possibility that Newcastle could still lose on of their top players if one of the top clubs come in with a ridiculously high offer that Mike Ashley cannot refuse.

He also mentions the acquisition of  Papiss Cisse::

“It is really a case of being on our guard,” “We are still vulnerable to the Champions League clubs. We still financially need to balance the books. “

“Therefore, even in this window, I am on guard about that.”  “Mike, Derek Llambias and Lee Charnley did a super job to get it over the line,” 

“I was never in doubt really. When I come in here I get doubt from you guys in the media who represent the fans, so I know there have been doubts. “

“I can’t keep saying I think it is going to happen. They have answered that one for me.”

One of the things that Alan has to do in his job as Newcastle manager is speak for the hierarchy at Newcastle, mainly about Mike Ashley the owner and Derek LLambias, his hand chosen Managing Director.

That’s because the top two do not say too much to the press at all.

But we have to say that actions like the transfer coup earlier this week speak for themselves, and that was a very positive move for Newcastle and for the fans too. It was a terrific and  positive surprise for Newcastle fans.

At least the club are now starting to spend some of that £35M we received for big Andy twelve months ago.

And we know the club have to balance their books financially and there’s nothing wrong with that, and it’s something all clubs in Europe will need to do in a couple of years time with the Financial Fair Play rules coming into effect.

But we think Newcastle are becoming very financially sound too, and we could even finish in a Europa Cup position by the end of the season.

But things would all become a bit negative again if we lose one of our top players – like Cheick Tiote for example – late in this transfer window.

There are eleven days left in this window for Newcastle to bring in a center-back and ward off any moves for our top players.

If Newcastle can do that, we’ll all be in great shape.

Comments welcome.

28 comments so far

  • markmac

    Jan 20, 2012 at 9:44 AM

    Comment #1

    I think cheik being away at the acon helps but then i guess cisse came back to sort the move out with us, just hope he and everyone else see’s were inproving and stays !

  • toonincheek

    Jan 20, 2012 at 9:48 AM

    Comment #2

    Tiote must have a release clause in his contract.
    And if ManC offer top money plus, say, 100K per week would be typical, Tiote has his future to think about.

    Unless Newcastle take the “only allowed to talk to him” line.

  • FloridaToon

    Jan 20, 2012 at 9:49 AM

    Comment #3

    If we lose anyone it will be because of a crazy bid ala AC. I don’t think we are looking to sell anyone but if do that will be why.

    25 mil for Tiote is way too much IMO, so you would almost have to take it. Don’t want to lose him but I would understand why.

  • redondo77

    Jan 20, 2012 at 9:56 AM

    Comment #4

    Tiote would not want to move to big clubs, there is no pride achieving something with the clubs which are favourites to win. It is more pride if he can win something with underdog team like us. But it’s all up to the NUFC management to reject or accept the bids. For 25mil probably MA will reject it, we have big chance to go to europe which bring more money than 25mil, not including advertising income.

  • Klatoon

    Jan 20, 2012 at 9:58 AM

    Comment #5

    Just watched that youtube clip of Tiote’s perfomance against Manure (3-0),and im sure if Fergie saw that he wouldnt hesitate throwing in a 25mil bid. He would solve all their midfield problems.

  • Indian Magpie

    Jan 20, 2012 at 9:58 AM

    Comment #6

    De jong is probably going out, so this could come about 🙁

  • redondo77

    Jan 20, 2012 at 9:59 AM

    Comment #7

    35mil maybe yes, 25mil i dont think so. cool cash 35mil then we get Eden Hazard


    Jan 20, 2012 at 10:00 AM

    Comment #8

    Great window already, don’t want to lose him. But £25mil’s is £25mil. No one is irreplacable.

  • Ollieh51

    Jan 20, 2012 at 10:00 AM

    Comment #9

    I don’t think many players would want to leave unless it is for a City, United, Real type level.

    It’s hardly a step up in terms of club size/potential to anything less and I think the squad generally is happy with us as a club.

    £25 million is NOT a good fee for Tiote, he’s worth more than that for what he gives to a team.

    BUT looking at the profits we would have made on him, it is a good deal for us and that’s the only concern for me.

    Having said that, buying a £10million striker shows that if need be, we will spend for development and it is a massive boost for the players and fans alike getting Cisse.

    We’re genuinely looking at Europe and even MA knows that we won’t get there if we allow players like him to leave us.

  • redondo77

    Jan 20, 2012 at 10:03 AM

    Comment #10

    if we get Hazard with Tiote money is like buying Hazard for 3.5mil

  • Ollieh51

    Jan 20, 2012 at 10:07 AM

    Comment #11

    @ Redondo – If Tiote goes we need a like for like replacement.

    We now have more than enough creativity but need a defensive player so that Cabaye et al can do their job a bit more freely.

  • va602sw

    Jan 20, 2012 at 10:08 AM

    Comment #12

    Don’t think it’ll happen just AP prepare fan’s fare the worst just like where not getting a striker in. The thing is with NUFC fan don’t know what will happens. It’s a good way of doing thing. Just hard on the nerves.

  • GeordieGesus

    Jan 20, 2012 at 10:15 AM

    Comment #13

    11 days to go. 🙁

  • markmac

    Jan 20, 2012 at 10:16 AM

    Comment #14

    I would be a shame to lose him especially as were doing so well [touch wood] but I think if man city came up with a silly bid of 30m we would have to sell, we have guthrie and cabaye who have looked good together with abeid,vudkic,gosling and even raylor [after last week] who can play CM untill the summer and then reinvest with G C’s help !

  • leazes upper ( moved to the gallowgate )

    Jan 20, 2012 at 10:19 AM

    Comment #15

    Dunno if its been mentioned and its off topic but the u 18s won there fa cup match last nite.streete riley knight all look good prospects amongst others.knights run from halfway line to score was the highlight.any1 else go.hat u think

  • ash-out

    Jan 20, 2012 at 10:20 AM

    Comment #16

    @ toonincheek:

    Tiote must have a release clause in his contract.

    There has been no mention of this anywhere so what do you know or are you just talking baldy heeded?

    If some one had the cash for Ba or Tiote and were serios they would have come in before now. The ACON starts tonight, all the players are in Equatorial Guinea or Gabon. They cannot come back as some have alluded to on here, they are playing in a competition on par with the euro championships (They can’t fly back for a couple of days and sign during a tournament, it would’nt be permitted) Cisse flew back from a training camp in Paris prior to leaving for Africa).

    The players won’t return until after the window closes on the 31 Jan. So forget about Tiote and Ba leaving. It is NOT going to happen.

  • leazes upper ( moved to the gallowgate )

    Jan 20, 2012 at 10:21 AM

    Comment #17

    *what.stupid phone

  • Ollieh51

    Jan 20, 2012 at 10:25 AM

    Comment #18

    @ ash-out – Well said mate. (About Ba and Tiote not leaving)

    I think people don’t realise that a lot of players have release clases in their contract and the whole Ba situation was a storm in a tea cup.

    If he did have this clause and it was as easy as everybody is suggesting, do you honetly think nobody would have bid for him before he went away to the ACN?

    He’ll want to stay when we’re in Europe next season anyhow! ; )


    Jan 20, 2012 at 10:32 AM

    Comment #20

    The club know what they are doing, they have representatives in Africa at the moment to monitor the ACN and will be looking for more bargains in all positions.
    Newcastle will continue to improve the squad and team and if that means selling Tiote for 30 million they will if they think it will be of benifit to the team and the club financially.
    Carroll was sold for 35 million and look at the players we have brought in with some of that money, then think what could be done with another massive cash injection.
    The club could use maybe half of that to reduce our debt and the rest to improve the squad.
    Ashley and Pardew are dangling the carrot daring other clubs to make a silly offer and will have other targets in their sights if they are daft enough to pay crazy money.
    The worry for the club is if an offer comes in awhich has to be accepted with no replacements lined up, like the situation with big lad, but the club have learned that lesson and Tiote wouldn’t go until the summer at the earliest, if he wanted to leave whichI doubt.
    We are really starting to worry the top teams, which is why rednose is desperate to sell Morrison to an Italian team rather than us,but if the boy has any sense which is questionable he will see out his contract and wait till the summer and join us. A little bit of house hunting might be advisable and a course in Geordie culture would help as well.
    Really looking forqard to seeing our lads perform in the ACN this weekend
    .Best and Arfa to score this weekend.

  • nufcfoxy

    Jan 20, 2012 at 10:48 AM

    Comment #21

    what you lads think of Taye Taiwo signing for QPR?

  • geoff777

    Jan 20, 2012 at 10:57 AM

    Comment #22

    If bids came in for Tiote, I’m sure MA & DL would play hardball and start a bidding war.

    It really is just a question of time but perhaps it isn’t this window.
    Senegal let Cisse return pre-tournament.
    Ivory Coast would be very reluctant to have a key player leave and travel so far once the ACN has started.

    Another bid of 35M would mean we could spend 5-7M in four key positions and improve contracts.

    New quality LB – CB – DM and Wingers …

    I don’t want to lose Tiote but it could strengthen the team in the long run.


  • chris_g

    Jan 20, 2012 at 10:58 AM

    Comment #23

    “…and there’s another report out today that Manchester City could be coming after Cheick Tiote.”

    Ed, are you talking about the report in If so, it’s best to ignore it. They are notoriously unreliable and are quoting this article as their source:

    If you look at that Mirror article you’ll see it’s dated 7th Jan so it’s old news. It also includes this curious sentence:

    “If the Ivory Coast, whose solitary success in the competition was in 2006, do well in this campaign there is a high likelihood that City’s oil-rich owner Sheikh Mansour will sanction a bid for Tiote.”

    Even if that were true (which it probably isn’t) they can’t be talking about a bid this month because the transfer window closes before the tournament finishes, so they wouldn’t know until February how successful Tiote’s campaign had been.

  • jimmymagpie

    Jan 20, 2012 at 11:07 AM

    Comment #24

    Ed – this financial fair play rule seems to be fooling a lot of people. The fact is, it doesn’t come in in it’s entirety until 2017, so 5 years for the major players like Madrid, Barcelona, and our rich clubs, to tell EUFA to stick where the sun don’t shine, or they will form their own breakaway European Super League. In the meantime, the only thing clubs have to do is MAKE AN EFFORT to reduce their debt every year until 2017. Extremely flimsy, unenforceable because of too many kegal loopholes, and it won’t see the light od day – just yet more kite flying by Platini.

  • ArtyH

    Jan 20, 2012 at 11:48 AM

    Comment #25

    @ 20/22, totally agree lads. Don’t want to see him go but another stupid £35+ offer could again benefit the club, and possibly let Guthrie or one of our younger lads flourish. Obviously with that kind of money he could always bring in another 4/5 signings too.
    I think we are at a Xroads at this moment in time. We need a bigger squad as we will be pushing for a Europa spot later this season. I think if Samba came we would be assured of that place as he would stop or help stop the leaks at the back, and he is useful going forward. IMHO we are now worrying the ” top 4 clubs ” who have spent way over the odds for their players, we are in an in-enviable position on the pitch and financially by all accounts. I would just love it if we did not have to sell anyone this and next year to just see what we could accomplish, and if we were successfully it may even make Mr.Ashley more likely to put some more money into his investment!

  • Brutooon

    Jan 20, 2012 at 11:49 AM

    Comment #26

    i still wonder when would other clubs BID for our “TOP” Striker aka Lazy Shola Ameobi?

  • geordie@bergen_norway

    Jan 20, 2012 at 11:58 AM

    Comment #27

    I hope for Mbiwa as our next signing. He looks brilliant. A modern CB who’s skillfull with the ball at his feet. But playing in the premiership is not the same as in Ligue 1. Guess there are no quality premiership CBs available for a reasonable price atm?

  • Zebras4Life

    Jan 20, 2012 at 1:20 PM

    Comment #28

    If Tiote leaves at $25m+. Shaqiri ($10m), Cisse ($9m), Cloyne ($2m) and mbiwa($5m) in. That about balances the books and I would be in much favor of seeing something like that. Jonas, Guthrie, and gosling all have ample ability to fill the void in the middle. Thoughts?


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