It seems there has been some stuff going on behind the scenes during the transfer window that Alan Pardew knew about, which has been upsetting him, and upsetting some of his top players, and it could even be that is why some Newcastle players have not been at the top of their form at the start of the season – maybe.
Alan Pardew – on sidelines yesterday
Of course it’s always hard to know exactly what is affecting our players, maybe they got out of the wrong side of the bed one day, but certainly so far this season players like Demba Ba, Papiss Cisse and Yohan Cabaye have been nowhere near their form of last season, and we can only hope things will improve, and quickly too.
Alan Pardew after the game yesterday probably revealed more than he wanted to about what goes on in the football world these days, when he had this to say:
“I have some sympathy for players because if people or agents – and not necessarily their own agent, a different agent – call them and offer them double their money, it’s going to affect you.”
“It’s not just us, it’s other clubs. There are some terrible people and agents in and around the game who do things like that, ring a player up and promise him the earth, say “I can do the deal”, and they are not even their agent. It goes on.’”
Football is big business and agents are not helping things by always trying to move players between clubs, so they can get paid, and it seems that quite a lot of that was going on over the summer, and with some of the Newcastle players too.
Perhaps some strict rules need to be applied to football agents, because they seem to be a law unto themselves at the moment.
And yesterday UEFA President Michel Platini came out and warned 17 clubs they had to balance their books or else risk being barred from participating in Europe – and you can be sure that four of those clubs were Manchester City, QPR, PSG and Chelsea – who are spending money they just don’t have – and as if it’s going out of style.
Michel is trying to protect some clubs from themselves, before they go belly up and bankrupt, and the Glasgow Rangers debacle this summer surely should have some of these clubs thinking twice before they go into huge debt?
Its all part of the same problem when big money is involved, which it certainly is these days in football.
But at least we didn’t lose any of our top players in the summer, that’s very positive, but it seems that some annoying things were going on behind the scenes that upset some Newcastle players – and it seems manager Alan Pardew too.
Newcastle have made a mediocre start to the season, but the lads looked good in the second half yesterday, and we just need to start seeing some of the good form we saw last season, and then we should be just fine – that’s right isn’t it?
But it’s only 3 games gone in the season, so plenty of time to to still do well – very well.
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