Alan Pardew has come out today and said he thinks the four year deal that Newcastle announced with Wonga yesterday, which starts next season, is great for the club, and the new revenue should help him to bring in more players to the club.
Alan Pardew, Derek Llambias, Wonga founder Errol Damelin and Shola Ameobi
Even though the deal doesn’t start until next season, it’s a sign of good will that the signs of St. James’ Park will be put back on the stadium this week, and the official name will become what it should always have been – St. James’ Park.
We get a sense that that part of the deal has really buoyed Newcastle fans, although there is still concern of having a company like Wonga, a pay-day lender who charge ridiculously high interest rates, become associated with Newcastle United.
The deal is said to be worth a total of around £8M a year, and that to us – if true – is very disappointing, and we thought it would be higher than that.
Here’s what Alan Pardew had t say in the local press today:
“It’s emotive for me, the naming of the stadium.” “The one thing I did say is that I would like the sign back up, even if it is dented still. Wonga were happy with that. We don’t want a new sign, we want the old one back up.”
“That’s the sort of thing for me, for the fans, that we love – the romantic side of football. That’s the big news.” “The second part is the money, if I’m honest. If I can improve the team?”
“And thirdly, their involvement at Blackpool buoys me a little because if our fans do have any fears then they should speak with Blackpool fans – because their involvement at Blackpool I think has improved the club.”
“They want to be involved. They want to try things, some we might not like, some we might like.” “They want to be involved in the Academy, the Foundation, that’s all good for the academy. You can’t knock that.”
“That is all good. I don’t care if some of the negative press say this or that, I don’t mind, all I know is that it’s great. It’s great and that is what we want. I am not going to put it up!” “I’m not a business man and I’m not party to what goes on to a degree, and the changing of the stadium name did take some of the wind out of our sails last season.”
“I am an emotional football person and that hurt me, it hurt our fans. Today I have to say I have got a nice smile on my face, even though we got beat 3-0 only a couple of days ago. The news has helped.”
It’s really good news that soon we should see the St. James’ Park signs back up on the ground – hopefully within the next day or two.
Not only that but those Sports Direct signs that are everywhere around the stadium will be removed, and that has to be very good.
We have a feeling that the workman who will put the signs back up, will not be attacked this time – the supporters will help them put them back up.
It’s been St. James’ Park since 1892, and it will stay that way forever.
Howay The Lads!!
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