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.