Worrying That Pardew Keeps Talking About Losing A Top Player


It’s a little worrying that Alan Pardew keeps saying he will probably lose one  his top players this summer.

Has some club come in for Cheick Tiote?

From what we can read from the tea leaves,  it seems likely it’s either Demba Ba or Cheick Tiote, and that’s purely from what Alan keeps saying.

Here’s what Alan, the winner of  the LMA Manager of the Season, awarded last night in London, told the local press today, and notice he points out it could be one of our top players:

“Regardless of losing anybody, which is a possibility – and losing one of our top players – I still think we’ll bring in two or three players.”

“We’ll certainly do that, and for the underbelly of the team too,  which needs to be strengthened.”

We may have to lose a top player each summer we suppose, until we are in the Champions League every season, and that has to be the goal.

The good news is that with the track record of  Newcastle in the transfer market over the last two years, we have no doubt Newcastle can unearth more gems – and hopefully some of those this summer.

And if a top player does leave,  we should get top money for them.

That’s assuming we can get Demba Ba to sign a new deal – because we could lose him for peanuts under his current contract – and that’s got to be a big concern.

Newcastle have a new man on board in Steve Nixon, who has been appointed Head of Recruitment, and Alan mentioned that this morning:

“Steve Nixon has come in and will help us in the department. Other than that, the formula will stay the same.”

Newcastle will meet this week to discuss the transfer targets,  and it looks to be the same familiar folks who will guide Newcastle’s transfer dealings this summer.

Alan talked about the group today:

“It’ll be myself, Graham Carr, Derek Llambias and Secretary Lee Charnley.”  “We’ll more or less come to a conclusion between the budget, the money, the talent and the accessibility of the player.”

“The relationship I have here with my board is strong. If I can strengthen that I will.”  “It is the most important relationship at any football club, trust me.”

But why wouldn’t Steve Nixon be involved in the transfer meetings?

We think Alan is trying to ready Newcastle fans that we may be losing a top player – we hope it doesn’t happen – but we think Alan knows that one or two clubs have come in for a top Newcastle player.

We’ll just have to brace ourselves – and if a player is sold let’s hope it’s like the Andy Carroll deal – which turned out to be just great for Newcastle – in retrospect.

Comments welcome.



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32 comments so far

  • Londtoon

    May 15, 2012 at 10:59 AM

    Comment #1

    Ba for Giroud?

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  • GeordieToon89

    May 15, 2012 at 11:00 AM

    Comment #2

    So Steve Nixon is denis wise in disguise and is a recipe for disaster, guess we better say bye to Pardew now

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  • GeordieJordy

    May 15, 2012 at 11:01 AM

    Comment #3

    Hopefully it’s Ba. He can be replaced, Tiote can’t. End of.

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  • barkel

    May 15, 2012 at 11:02 AM

    Comment #4

    i’m not too worried about departures as long as we keep krul and colo. i know the team have been great this season but the squad have nearly always gotten the job done when we were without our top players at different times. ideally we would keep everyone and just add to the squad. i’d even keep hold of smudger of we could get his wages down big time, he would be useful in europe with some of the younger lads playin

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  • GeordieToon89

    May 15, 2012 at 11:03 AM

    Comment #5

    What is everyons obsession with Giroud? We arent even signing him.. he’s got a release clause of apparently £9.5million we aint going to pay that for a bench warmer.. he can no way play on the wing like Ba does so would only be cover for Cisse

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  • Jimay

    May 15, 2012 at 11:03 AM

    Comment #6

    I dont mind loosing one top player for really good money as long as it is an African player. I think we can replace both Tiote and Ba and I dont like African players leaving in the middle of a season for the African Cup of Nations. I trust Graham Carr in his work and I believe he has a replacement for both of these gentlemens.

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  • Graeme

    May 15, 2012 at 11:04 AM

    Comment #7

    I think Toon will fight tooth and nail to keep all our players, especially the main core. All Pardeau is doing is getting the fans used to the idea that if there is another “Andy Carroll” situation and a “silly money” offer comes in, it will be considered.

    AP has also made it abundantly clear that MA is a reluctant seller and ANY player going out of Newcastle will cost the buyer big, big money.

    Dont forget, MA turned down £30 million and £35 Million for Andy until Andy said he wanted to go to the bindippers!! The rest is history and we did very well out of that deal, without doubt!!!

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  • catchy in norway

    May 15, 2012 at 11:04 AM

    Comment #8

    catchy in norway // May 15, 2012 at 11:00 AM

    toonincheek // May 15, 2012 at 10:49 AM

    its not just this season he has been just a runner for us, as a team we still most of our football down the left, and yet barton created more than him the season before and this season HBA has played half the amount of games and scored more and has more assists

    jonas was my fav player , but when he and obertan played togater on l and r wings, not many crosses came in,

    we can buy loads of players that run and run, but what we need is players that run and offer something to the team, his main controbution now is helping out at left back,,, we had only a plus 5 goal diff, and i think he should have created and scored more himself

    40catchy in norway // May 15, 2012 at 11:02 AM

    Klatoon // May 15, 2012 at 10:53 AM

    i think that guthrie would have been a better choice in the middle, not jonas, or maybe even this young abeid

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  • GeordieToon89

    May 15, 2012 at 11:04 AM

    Comment #9

    Read yday that AC Milan are interested in Mehdi Abeid

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  • ilovetoon8788

    May 15, 2012 at 11:06 AM

    Comment #10

    at the MINIMUM we will lose 1 star player. and that is basically GUARANTEED.

    Krul, Tiote, Ba, Cisse.

    Will be 1 of these 4.

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  • davybtoon

    May 15, 2012 at 11:08 AM

    Comment #11

    I think it’s clear who will go krul, colo, tiote, cisse, cabaye, hba have all come out in last 48hours saying they can’t wait to play in Europa league next season, notice anyone missing who hasn’t said anything ba think it’s clear he’s off everyone else is staying

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  • Londtoon

    May 15, 2012 at 11:10 AM

    Comment #12

    We cannot lose Tiote. And losing him to a premier league team would be a disaster.

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  • Toon_Tom

    May 15, 2012 at 11:11 AM

    Comment #13

    Move swiftly, give Ba a new summer contract, removing the release clause, double his wages (for a few weeks) then sell for £22.5M to liverpool 😉

    Sorted!

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  • AussieToon

    May 15, 2012 at 11:13 AM

    Comment #14

    To me, I am not fussed at who we lose because we have the system to replace and move on. Not saying we will always improve but I think with the ingredients we have we will always give our all, no matter what players we have.

    In saying that, these players have formed a deep bond with the club. A lot of people have gone from thinking Ba was the new Angel of the North to slagging him as not good enough. How quickly we all forget.

    I would not like to lose Tiote. He performs magnificently for us always and is vital to our structure. He is a key component when we play that 433 that makes us so dangerous.

    I suggest though that if we get offered over 20 mill we will sell.

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  • GeordieToon89

    May 15, 2012 at 11:13 AM

    Comment #15

    Tbh a dont mind if Ba leaves we’ll get 10+ for him and we’ll sign a more suitable replacement.. we’d be better off getting someone like Hoillet in then splashing it on Luuk De Jong and Rhodes if they dont get promoted

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  • GeordieJordy

    May 15, 2012 at 11:17 AM

    Comment #16

    We are the type of fans that get hugely attached to our players if they have played well. Especially this season! Pardew needs to understand that we can’t just contemplate that these certain players can get sold, replaced and then we will all be happy as larry.

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  • Beattie25

    May 15, 2012 at 11:22 AM

    Comment #17

    Wow. Your all being positive today!

    1 star player out could mean 5 star players in. Positivity

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  • davybtoon

    May 15, 2012 at 11:23 AM

    Comment #18

    Look we arnt gonna lose everyone one maybe two will go n for one or two out n 6 or 7 in we will b stronger next year

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  • geordie157

    May 15, 2012 at 11:24 AM

    Comment #19

    I want Ba to stay, but if the deals right and we can get Hoillet in then i’m happy with that. Then get a couple of young strikers in like Jay Rodriguez and that Madrid reserve Morata for a few mill each as cover for Cisse. Shola will be a useful sub and squad player too. Wonder if Xisco will become a squad player for europa and league cup games? doubt it but he’s not going to be leaving thats for sure!

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  • davybtoon

    May 15, 2012 at 11:24 AM

    Comment #20

    Beattie spot on 1 out n 4/5 in we will b better n stronger next year no doubt

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  • geordie157

    May 15, 2012 at 11:26 AM

    Comment #21

    Would be gutted if we lost Krul or Tiote, i can’t see Cisse leaving after 6months with us. Maybe its a huge bid for Simpson, he’s a star right…………..

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  • Jan Stavik

    May 15, 2012 at 11:38 AM

    Comment #22

    Sell Simpson this summer, he’s a decent defender but he’s hardly offering anything going forward. There are better players out there at decent money, in Carr we trust.

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  • markmac

    May 15, 2012 at 11:54 AM

    Comment #23

    hope we dont lose anyone but its almost like he’s inviting a ”silly” bid in order to get us a decent transfer kitty, like the comment about cabaye possibly being the new scholes at utd, why would you make that comment? strange

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  • Munster Mag

    May 15, 2012 at 12:13 PM

    Comment #24

    Summer will tell much about our ambition but my gut instinct would suggest that Cisse’s price was a one off, and we will sell someone to help fund new purchases. I’d hate to lose any of them to be honest, including Demba Ba, regardless of formation. The guy is a handful. Tiote is a real emblem for us too – more inmportant than Cabaye in some ways. We need numbers in – its hard to see us improving on this season:

    1. Europa league is a killer
    2. Teams will understand how we work now and tweak their tactics accordingly.

    We need 3 top quality players ( my guess is that they will cost £6m each max) and others to some in and push the likes of Abeid and Vukic hard. We have seen little of these players this season, and would hope to see more next year.

    Sorry if this sounds miserable – its a glass half full day ….:(

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  • JDdubai

    May 15, 2012 at 12:36 PM

    Comment #25

    Ba and Tiote will leave, Ba for peanuts, Tiote for 28-32mill i reckon……

    Doesnt matter if he is looking for ward to the Europa or not, if someone bid 30 mill for a player then they will go, its the way the club will be run until we can qualify for the champions league on a semi-regular basis.

    Just trust/hope that we can use the money as wisely as we have done this season…

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  • Bucks mag

    May 15, 2012 at 12:39 PM

    Comment #26

    We’ll keep on selling one of our top players here and there until we are in the CL as Ed said. It’s a great policy which is for the good of the club, and CL can be achieved under it. Selling a star player is not the be all and end all as people seem to think, it just hurts to see them go because we have memories and emotions invested in them

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  • markmac

    May 15, 2012 at 1:10 PM

    Comment #27

    well at the end of the day this is what we were told would happen, and like carroll if a ”silly” bid comes in then who ever its for we will sell in order to fund other signings, i think the most worrying thing would be to lose tiote as we dont seem to have another player quite in his mould? so hope carr has his eyes on a hard tackling CM just in case

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  • Munster Mag

    May 15, 2012 at 1:16 PM

    Comment #28

    I think we have to be careful about selling our gems, thinking these guys are easily found again? There cant be too many as good as Tiote out there …?

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  • LooneyToon41

    May 15, 2012 at 1:58 PM

    Comment #29

    @27.Mark is right. We were told this would happen. The reality is we have 50% of the revenues that Spurs/Liverpool have, so we are a selling club until we can afford otherwise, by increasing revenues.
    There are only 3 options that can do that :-
    1) Selling Stadium naming rights
    2) Selling players
    3) Champions League

    plus Shirt sponsorship which we’ve just done.
    This is the reality.

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  • ballerfan2

    May 15, 2012 at 2:49 PM

    Comment #30

    Much as I like the way Pardew has managed the club this season I really don’t like the way he keeps on about the possibility of losing players. We as Toon fans know very well that it is possible, we are grown up about it -in the main! – and don’t need reminding at every opportunity. What bothers me is that his comments do appear as though a sale of one of our “blue chip” players is inevitable and I don’t think that is the case and deep down Pardew doesn’t necessarily think so either. When my non Toon fan friends say to me that we will struggle to hang on to our players because of Pardew’s remarks, then you can bet that the rest of the country thinks the same way. He is just attracting interest. If he has to say anything at all the I much prefer his previous suggestion that if we are to sell anyone then a buyer is going to have break the bank to do so. That gives a very different message in my opinion.

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  • itsmartyn

    May 16, 2012 at 1:03 AM

    Comment #31

    All this talk of players leaving is annoying, if a silly offer comes in for one of our top players and he has already stated he his happy at the club all he has to do is reject the contract offer. Simples

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  • custurd

    May 16, 2012 at 4:25 PM

    Comment #32

    So much talk of “if a silly offer comes in we can/should/will sell”.

    Erm, are you forgetting that a contracted player can choose not to leave, regardless of whether the club accept an offer for them?

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