Pardew – We Hope To Keep It All Together


A lot of transfer business goes on during the last day of the transfer window.

Cheick Tiote – in action at Bolton

That’s next Tuesday in this particular window,  and that’s when Sky Sports seems to go crazy as they report the details of deals being closed amid all of the excitement – that they say exists.

Certainly during the last of January last year two deals totaling £85M were closed – Fernando Torres to Chelsea from Liverpool and Andy Carroll to Liverpool from Newcastle.

And for all that money paid out and their sky high wages, neither player has seen success at their new clubs,  and there have not been many goals from these two strikers last year.

Andy has managed 6 in 31 appearances for the Reds and Fernando Torres has scored 5 in 42 games for the Blues.

So 11 goals in 73 appearances between them is not what the big money was paid out for, that’s for sure.

It seems that Alan Pardew is still worried about the last week of the window, as he talked yesterday to the BBC about the remaining days of the transfer window:

“It’s seven days too long as far as I’m concerned! We’ve got a great side and some outstanding players. They’ve been marvellous this season.”

“They really have and I just hope we can keep it all together because the way the league is structured at moment – with one or two of the bigger clubs having a few problems – it’s an opportunity for us.”

“We’re a young side, we haven’t been together long and if we can maintain our form and keep getting the wins we need we might surprise ourselves.”

It’s still clear that Alan Pardew is worried about losing some of Newcastle’s top players during the last week of the transfer market – there are now 6 days left.

The nightmare scenario is that a big bid from a big club comes in for somebody like Cheick Tiote next Tuesday, and it’s just too big (and daft) to turn down, but then Newcastle have no time to bring in a replacement.

That was the Liverpool strategy of getting Andy Carroll last January, when they came in on the very last day of the window and ended up paying £35M in cool cash.

That may be more difficult this year if the bid is for Tiote or Demba Ba, who are both out playing in the African Cup of Nations at the moment which hopefully will complicate things.

The big clubs who have money to spend this year are Manchester City (who else), Chelsea,  PSG and perhaps Liverpool, although the latter may not be too keen to overspend at Newcastle this year, after the poor deal they got for Carroll.

And to be fair to Andy, they don’t play to the lad’s strengths at all – he’s on his own up front.

We’re not surprised Alan Pardew is still worried about losing a top player, and Tuesday could be a stressful day for the Newcastle club – and for the fans.

We’ll be keeping out fingers crossed, and if the window passes and we haven’t lost any of our top players that will be a huge relief.

Comments welcome.



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25 comments so far

  • Indian Magpie

    Jan 25, 2012 at 9:31 AM

    Comment #1

    Thou shall not Type First

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  • Dannyo

    Jan 25, 2012 at 9:31 AM

    Comment #2

    Douglas and Hoiletts contracts ends in the summer…
    Cmon the Toon, get one over on the big guns 😉
    A late bid wouldn’t go amiss.

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  • BOOM BOOM THE 1ST

    Jan 25, 2012 at 9:41 AM

    Comment #3

    i think its a real messure of how well the club has been run financially that we are the only ones who have spent antin at all. thank you very much mr andy carroll.

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  • Hatem

    Jan 25, 2012 at 9:43 AM

    Comment #4

    No lets wait and approach them after January and get them on a free in summer.

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  • Dannyo

    Jan 25, 2012 at 9:46 AM

    Comment #5

    Graeme Bailey @SkyGraemeBailey
    Reports in France claim Newcastle are looking at St Etienne full back Faouzi Ghoulam. The 20-year-old is also followed by QPR, Roma & Napoli

    AAAAAaand we’re off!

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  • Dannyo

    Jan 25, 2012 at 9:48 AM

    Comment #6

    @Hatem
    If we’re waiting till they get on a free, 2 things are bound to happen:
    1. They may sign an extension
    2. There’ll be a 100 clubs swarming all over them.

    Our chances to get either will be slim at best, especially Hoilett.

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  • Lachu

    Jan 25, 2012 at 9:48 AM

    Comment #7

    Right winger and a cb and a LB and nicky maynard replacing Lovenkrands(5th choice) , and we are ready for europe

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  • BOOM BOOM THE 1ST

    Jan 25, 2012 at 9:49 AM

    Comment #8

    problem with waiting for these players is when they are available for nothing every club will be after them even the so called bigger clubs as theres no risk involved they take them for the sake of taking them, im sure steve sidwell knows what im talking about or perhaps a certain little midget former english international goalscorer played for us madrid and liverfool b4 joining the man u reserves yeah him he knows too.

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  • Hatem

    Jan 25, 2012 at 9:52 AM

    Comment #9

    yeah,but not necessarilly if we start talking to them on Feb the 1st

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  • Indian Magpie

    Jan 25, 2012 at 9:53 AM

    Comment #10

    Ibrahim affelay plays on the right wing right, we should go after him

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  • Tsunki

    Jan 25, 2012 at 9:53 AM

    Comment #11

    This is not good for the nerves I am even scanning the net for rumours on my phone now. Where’s me pills…..

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  • Indian Magpie

    Jan 25, 2012 at 9:53 AM

    Comment #12

    BOOM BOOM THE 1ST

    even Marveux was going 2 go 2 liverpool first

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  • Dannyo

    Jan 25, 2012 at 9:54 AM

    Comment #13

    @Hatem
    U can talk all u want, but they’re not allowed to sign the dotted line until June 1st.
    Allot of things can happen until then.

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  • Hatem

    Jan 25, 2012 at 9:59 AM

    Comment #14

    Ah I didnt know that, and we wouldnt want Pards turning into Redknapp.

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  • BOOM BOOM THE 1ST

    Jan 25, 2012 at 10:00 AM

    Comment #15

    i think it could be quite some time b4 we be signing the affelays of this world indian would be nice though

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  • BOOM BOOM THE 1ST

    Jan 25, 2012 at 10:01 AM

    Comment #16

    sell simpson buy onouha we have raylor aswell for rb onouah can do both positions.

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  • jesperfuglsang

    Jan 25, 2012 at 10:07 AM

    Comment #17

    @BOOM BOOM THE 1ST

    We’re trying to negotiate Colo down in wages and you want to bring in Onouah – he’s on £80k a week.

    You could bring in two Aly Cishokos or Pieters for that matter for those kind of money…

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  • solano

    Jan 25, 2012 at 10:18 AM

    Comment #18

    Pardew – “We haven’t been together long” !!! Actually, it’s barely 6 months! We are big enough to just say “NO! WE WON’T BE SELLING IN THIS WINDOW”
    Simple isn’t it?

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  • geordiesteve520

    Jan 25, 2012 at 10:29 AM

    Comment #19

    @4 English FA rules state that we could not even approach Hoilett about a free transfer until a month before his contract expires as he is at a domestic club (international clubs can now make an approach), Douglas on the other hand is free to talk to (foreign) clubs now as he has less than 6 months to go on his contract.

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  • stuart no9

    Jan 25, 2012 at 11:34 AM

    Comment #20

    This is what i dont understand with our manager and our owner.Pardew says he is desperate to keep all our team together.which , imo is how it should be, it should be down to him who he keeps and who he sells.The owner should be listening to him as he has much more knowledge on how to steer the team to an advanced level.If pards is saying “we need to keep these players we already have, and maybe bring in a couple of back ups, who is ashley to argue with him.If ash sells any of our top stars , not yhis window but maybe in summer,it is not because he knows better than pards on how to move the team forward, it has to be purely to make a profit.How can a manager prepare his team for europe or to finish higher in the league next season if he dosnt know which players he is going to have available ? he cant.T his is the time when ash has got to forget about profit,forget about his bank balance listen to his manager and respect his views coz a lot of fans dont respect pardew ( including me )because of his pussy-footing around with the board. he should DEMAND these players stay to take us to the next level. Pardew got a lot of stick for saturdays performence because the bench was so weak it was difficult to make any subs to change the game, but we should have back up, ash should have bought them when we had the chance , instead we had a bench full of nobodies. so in effect pards gets the stick for ashleys greed, and thats how it will stay untill something changes – either ash listens or pardew walks.

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  • cupiddstunt

    Jan 25, 2012 at 12:34 PM

    Comment #21

    stuart no9

    Nothing like stating the obvious ” thats how it will stay untill something changes” you got that in one.

    Things generally stay the same until something changes and then funny enough things have changed.

    I think what AP is commenting on is the simple fact that like the AC situation someone (insert man shitty, psg, slitherpool any club of your choice) could come in with a really stupid over bid that would be too ridiculous to ignore.

    Personally I think anything over 25mil for any of our players has to be considered in view of what they cost us to get, even more so if GC has got replacements lined up in the wings.

    As for forgetting about the bank balance that has to be rank stupidity to do that, you obviously have not got a clue as to what is involved in running a football club, everybody is always looking at the bank balance as it is the only way to survive.

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  • cupiddstunt

    Jan 25, 2012 at 1:25 PM

    Comment #22

    stuart no9

    A good reason for not ignoring the bank balance, http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sport/football/article-2091556/Footballs-clubs-warned-losses-1-3bn.html?ITO=1490

    So how much debt would you be happy with us carrying????????????????

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  • stuart no9

    Jan 25, 2012 at 1:27 PM

    Comment #23

    cuppiddstunt @21 thanks for pointing out to me my howler ( stating the obvious ) Like all the greats over the years SBR ,KK, SIR ALEX, have all been known to ” drop one at some time” so to speak, – a remark i will cherish with pride. ok, getting back to your comment, ” things have changed ” how? even pardew dosnt know who will be here next season, ( not good if your looking to build a team for the future may i add) work that one out for yourself. If you had your way , and we bough players then sold them off for anything around 25M i reckon i would be about erm – well very old or perhaps dead by the time we got a team together long enough to compete for anything above 10th place in the league. too you that may be fine, however to the more ambitious fans , by that i mean fans who want to see their team win somthing, that could be a tad too long.so, and this is only M.O if ash could just try saying NO when these big clubs for our stars then maybe in a couple of years time we may just have a team capable of finishing in the top 6 , how does that sound? simple or what? however you are correct in saying ” i havnt got a clue in whats involved running a football club, and dare i say it , neither have you or most of the fans who write on this blog but what is important is neither does ashley , and he;s got one. ash may know how to run a tacky shop. and maybe he should have stuck to that instead of buying something he couldnt afford to run.- its like buying a new bentley and not being able to afford the petrol.
    ,

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  • stuart no9

    Jan 25, 2012 at 1:53 PM

    Comment #24

    cupidd what i am saying is- that ash hasnt got to start rubbing his hands and licking his lips every time a club comes calling asking how much for him ,and how much for him, just say no, or it will be another 57 bloody years before we win owt So your saying every club has to sell their best players to keep afloat? If the answer is no, then why do we have to?

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  • stuart no9

    Jan 25, 2012 at 2:17 PM

    Comment #25

    cupidd @ 22 i believe that report focuses more on clubs paying over the odds for players and their hefty pay packets. You can rest assured that wont happen with ashley . He dosnt even pay their market value, never mind paying over the odds for them, as for their wages, that is one of the reasons players leave this club, so no worries on that score.

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