Alan Pardew has given a wide ranging interview with the Daily Telegraph today, and he admits he is worried about losing some of his top players.
Newcastle have to be successful to keep their top players – like Demba Ba
It didn’t help when Liverpool won the Carling Cup last Sunday, and former Newcastle players Andy Carroll and Jose Enrique won something for the very first time in their careers.
Newcastle have not won a trophy since back in 1969, and we’re sure Jose and Andy are happier now after leaving Newcastle, that they at least won something and will be in Europe next season with Liverpool.
If they had stayed at Newcastle they still would not have won anything, so we’re sure they will say it’s a positive in leaving Newcastle, that they finally won the Carling Cup, which Newcastle have never won.
That’s one reason that Pardew is keen on winning one of the Cups, and why he has prioritized them since he arrived at the club.
And he is keen to win something, in an attempt to keep the top players we have – like Yohan Cabaye, Demba Ba, Cheick Tiote, Tim Krul, Fab Coloccini and Papiss Cisse.
It seems that losing some of his top players at Newcastle is a constant concern for the manager, after he famously lost Andy Carroll 14 months ago, after telling everybody there was just no way Andy would be sold:
“If I can keep the same group of players I wouldn’t worry about raising expectations” “But will I be able to keep my best team? We are vulnerable to bigger clubs and you can’t get away from that with the salaries they offer.”
Once reason that Newcastle have to increase their revenues, is that they can then be able to pay the wages that top players demand, although it’s helpful that Newcastle are getting most of their players from the French Leagues, where the wages are not particularly high.
But it’s important that Newcastle actually win something, or at least get close in the next two or three seasons, if indeed we are to keep our top players at the club.
That’s the cold reality of the situation that Alan Pardew and Newcastle find themselves in at the moment.
It’s really not a bad problem to have – to have to win something – it’s about time we did!
What do you think?