Alan Pardew Explains The Big Problem In Football Today

Alan Pardew had been interviewed today in the Newcastle Journal and he is hopeful of the Anita deal going through, and this will come at a good time with Newcastle being heavily defeated at Cardiff City on Saturday and Cheick Tiote will not be fit for the Tottenham game on Saturday.

Alan Pardew – we must have been losing this game 😀

Alan Pardew was asked why it had taken so long for Newcastle to get new players through the door this season, and this is what he said:

“It’s valuation. Not just by the players themselves, but by the clubs and the agents.” “This is the big problem we have as managers and also chairman in the Premier League.”

“The valuation agents are putting on their player is far, far too much. They need to understand that times have changed.”  “Am I hopeful something can be done? I think it is touch and go, really.”

“There are one or two things that might happen. Obviously, that’s not my department. I have targeted the players and we hope they arrive, but if they don’t then I do believe we still have a very strong side that will go in against Tottenham.”

“You ask any Premier League manager, outside of Chelsea probably, and they will say the same thing. Even Manchester United haven’t done much business.”

“Nobody else has really. I think everyone is biding their time before pitching in. However, I do think the ball will roll this week and there will be players joining Premier League teams for sure.”

I know we see stories about Alan Pardew  doing this and doing that in the transfer market, but Alan’s role is to help identify players and then Derek LLambias and Lee Charnley are the ones who do the deals, and Alan gets involved when necessary.

For instance he will have a chat with Vurnon Anita about what his role will be, and where Alan sees Newcastle going in the future (up and up we hope), but the real dealings are done by Derek and Lee under the guidance of the man who has the final decision on everything at the club – owner Mike Ashley.

We’re still surprised (make that shocked) when we see so many inflated prices being paid for ordinary players this summer, and we have to hope the new Financial Fair Play rules in Europe have some teeth in them.

But it’s not stopping money bags PSG from paying out ridiculous figures in both transfer fees and wages for players this summer.

It all started with Chelsea nine years ago, and then we had Manchester City and now we have PSG, not to mention a few clubs in Russia who also seem to have more money than sense.

But football is a business pure and simple, whether you like it or not, and clubs should be forced to balance their books and not pay out £30M for a player when they simply don’t have the money and it simply adds £30M to the club’s debt.

I know I’m like a broken record on this, but we’ve seen what the consequences of spending money you don’t have can have on great clubs like Glasgow Rangers, who have been completely decimated by the wayward way in which they were financially run over the last several years.

That’s not the case at Newcastle, thank goodness.

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14 comments so far

  • redondo77

    Aug 13, 2012 at 9:40 AM

    Comment #1

    I want officially apologized to Perch, I used to critized him like Indian to Shola.
    Perch has become a good player now and great asset for the club.


    Aug 13, 2012 at 9:43 AM

    Comment #2

    Its not just the super rich owners who have come in that ruined football, Sky came in and changed the entire landscape of the game they injected a stupid amount of money into the English game and the world adjusted

    And now its happening again with BT joining in…this is like the rich boy in school complaining because they have to pay more for lunch

  • rainrix

    Aug 13, 2012 at 9:44 AM

    Comment #3

    To be fair though we do the exact same thing. If an offer came in for one of our players we’d want to milk as much as possible from the club buying (carroll) The thing is over inflated prices aren’t going to end as so many clubs can get ridiculous asking prices from some clubs *cough liverpool cough*

  • Cool Hand Luke

    Aug 13, 2012 at 9:46 AM

    Comment #4

    More education, yay!

  • redondo77

    Aug 13, 2012 at 9:47 AM

    Comment #5



    Try to buy Tiote, Cabaye, HBA now and find out how much the price will be.

  • Spreadthetoon

    Aug 13, 2012 at 9:51 AM

    Comment #6

    You get what you pay for…end of. So I wonder what players were gonna get through this transfer window.
    I was hoping that momentum, good will and morale for players and fans alike would see some quality through the door.
    We need to strengthen a lot more than last. We were lucky that we did not have loads of injuries last season….albeit the injury of just 1 player in Saylor was a major blow to us. (Btw know of others but just illustrating)We’ve got Europa….a lot more fixtures….so we need depth.
    The BOD i.e. MA.DL.LC all need to pull their fingers out and get behind Pards. I reckon he had a wishlist of 4 players. Take the assumption of “over pricing” I would still expect to land 3.

  • Ibizatoon - Back by popular demand

    Aug 13, 2012 at 9:54 AM

    Comment #7

    I was sure he was going to say Simmo and Willo were the problem with football.

  • pardew no 1

    Aug 13, 2012 at 9:54 AM

    Comment #8

    i think we might play him left back and move santon right back (santon said in the past pardew would play him there) and have jonas in the 3 man midfield like last season i hope this is not the case but it might be

  • Spreadthetoon

    Aug 13, 2012 at 10:03 AM

    Comment #9

    V.D.W apparently wants champions league….so go back in last minute and sign Debuchery….at least he wants to come to St JP!

  • GeordieTartanArmy

    Aug 13, 2012 at 10:04 AM

    Comment #10

    my sister and her boyfriend met demba ba and cabaye yesterday as they were on the same train as them. Her boyfriend asked if debuchy was coming and cabaye’s response was ‘no’ and he seemed quite upset about the situation which i reckon means theres no chance of us getting debuchy in this window. hopefully one last attempt is being planned by newcastle as he would be a spectacular signing

  • LooneyToon41

    Aug 13, 2012 at 10:12 AM

    Comment #11

    @ 6. Here we go again!
    There will be a 5 year financial forecast in place, budgeting NUFC revenues, and taking off player salaries, and NUFC overheads. MA has already told us the club needs to be self sufficient and in line with UEFA financial fair play rules. Whatever’s left is our transfer kitty. Nobody but the board know what that figure is. To suggest they need to ‘pull their fingers’ out, suggests they don’t know what they’re doing. The positive factor is that our squad is worth a lot more than it was 2 years ago, so lets let the Board maintain their excellent momentum, as they clearly do know what they’re doing.

  • wynsleap

    Aug 13, 2012 at 11:18 AM

    Comment #13

    Talking about agents asking too much for players is a bit rich coming from Pardew.
    £35mill for Andy Carroll was a fair price I take it?
    People who live in glass houses shouldn’t throw stones.

  • Shearer.Milburn

    Aug 13, 2012 at 4:11 PM

    Comment #14

    @wynsleap newcastle or pardew never put Carroll up for sale and they certainly didn’t value him at 35 million but Liverpool were clearly desperate and once they bid 35m how could Newcastle turn it down?!


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