Pardew – If We Lose One Player We’ll Bring In Two

Alan Pardew has given an interview to the BBC and he says some interesting things, such as if we lose a top player, then we’ll have to bring in two and grow them, and he says once again that Newcastle cannot compete with the likes of the two Manchester clubs and Chelsea on the financially  front, but we can on the playing side of things.

Alan Pardew – we still cannot compete financially

This is what Alan Pardew said about the summer transfer, and we still cannot compete with the big boys in England:

“This summer was tough.” “I convinced Mike and the board that we needed another year with this team.” “We deserved that after last year. So we kept it all together, some big clubs came in but they are going to have to pay a lot of money for our players. Trust me, we don’t sell anyone cheap.”

“Now if we sell one of our top players we need to bring in two and grow. It is the only way we can compete.” “We are not a sovereign state. We cannot compete with Manchester City, Manchester United, Chelsea – not on the financial front but we can on the playing front.”

“I shouldn’t be here if I don’t think I can win every game. We beat Manchester United 3-0 at home last year . If that can’t give you confidence, nothing will.” “When you have been at a club a long time there is a stability there and you can start growing the club from below.”

We thought there was some undeserved harsh criticism of Pardew during the four game losing streak – but there again we suppose somebody had to take the blame.

My brother Rod said that at least in the pubs in Newcastle, they were not calling for Pardew to be sacked, although there were a number of our readers on the blog calling for him to be fired.

But we should learn from our history – and it never done us any good to sack the manager in the past – Freddy Shepherd did that far too many times when he was the Newcastle Chairman, and he even sacked the great Bobby Robson after Bobby had Newcastle finishing 4th, 3rd and 5th in successive seasons.

There again Freddy had gone five years since he had sacked Ruud Gullit and he could have had itchy feet.

No, we’ll leave the sacking of managers to Chelsea – Roman Abramovich seems good at it.

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288 comments so far

  • Blaydon-Toon

    Dec 8, 2012 at 11:26 AM

    Comment #1

    Where are you Jail ?

  • Tsunki

    Dec 8, 2012 at 11:27 AM

    Comment #2

    Being an also-ran poster instead of being first because he’s just not able to keep up is too good for Jail.

  • Spuggy

    Dec 8, 2012 at 11:28 AM

    Comment #3

    I’ve thought for a while we may need to sell a star to move forward, a la Andy Carroll.

    I don’t think we were that successful in the window as other clubs apart from Anita who appears to be finding his feet.

    When you look at Diame, Lallana and Michu they are top top players we missed out on.

  • Conaldo (The Wizard...Also Bestest Friends With Paul Scharner)

    Dec 8, 2012 at 11:30 AM

    Comment #4

    Being trampled in a stampede of housewives and pensioners during a Primark sale is too good for Ashley.

  • Graeme

    Dec 8, 2012 at 11:31 AM

    Comment #5

    Tsunki – Jail was here long before you appeared on the scene and will likely be here long after you leave!!

  • Tsunki

    Dec 8, 2012 at 11:32 AM

    Comment #6

    I know the nswer is probably yes, but am I the only one to be relieved we have the likes of Obertan back in the squad? Our recent foray with youngsters has illustrated that what we did have to hand was preferab;e to just throwing on the much-vaunted young prospects.

    If we have such players, HBA and the emerging talents of Anita and Marveaux coming in, we could be seeing a re-emergence of the side, even a competition for places when Cabs comes back.

    I am getting ready to cut & paste the doom merchants comments and their imminent relegation tosh. Come on lads, the mackems did it and if they can……

  • Tsunki

    Dec 8, 2012 at 11:34 AM

    Comment #7

    Graeme ha ha lad I think Jail will realise I was jesting. Apparently you havent been here long enough to realise that is what I do. 😉

  • Graeme

    Dec 8, 2012 at 11:34 AM

    Comment #8

    Spuggy – they will be here in January, never fear, along with another 2 or 3, just to make up for the ones we didn’t “get over the line” during the last 3 windows lol.

  • tequilamag

    Dec 8, 2012 at 11:35 AM

    Comment #9

    Tsunki, happy to have Ober back, he has been much improved this season. The more options the better as far as I am concerned.

  • Tsunki

    Dec 8, 2012 at 11:35 AM

    Comment #10

    Breaking a tooth on one of Ashleys casino chips while eating his xmas pud is too good for Jail.

  • nufc_eire

    Dec 8, 2012 at 11:41 AM

    Comment #11

    If this happens in January then I’d want Tiote = Sissokho + CB (Alderwiereld/Rami) or RB (Debuchy) if we spring for Douglas on the cheap

    Successful window

  • Spuggy

    Dec 8, 2012 at 11:41 AM

    Comment #12

    Why did the shrimp leave the dance floor?

  • Spuggy

    Dec 8, 2012 at 11:42 AM

    Comment #13

    Because he pulled a muscle!!!

  • Tsunki

    Dec 8, 2012 at 11:42 AM

    Comment #14

    Actually the lack of options may mean the return of Obertan and HBA presents an opportunity – Graeme just mentioned something lots of us have speculated on over the last year – the idea of HBA just behind the striker. Could putting Obertan on as well as him provide the chance to try this out? Come on Pards you know it makes sense!

  • Tsunki

    Dec 8, 2012 at 11:46 AM

    Comment #15

    Whats the odds on Debuchy these days?

  • Graeme

    Dec 8, 2012 at 11:46 AM

    Comment #16

    Tsunki, with Tiote and Anita in front of the back four, a front four of Obertan, Marveaux, HBA and Cisse or Ba should give any opposing team something to think about!!

    Three players with skill and ability to beat their man, and four who can score goals. A fairly daunting prospect!!

  • Sav

    Dec 8, 2012 at 11:47 AM

    Comment #17

    So are we to understand that in the summer, after this rather disappointing 2nd season back in the Premier League, there’s going to be an exodus of our best players? Presumably swapping ‘purples’ for lilacs?

  • oldbobaycliffe

    Dec 8, 2012 at 11:49 AM

    Comment #18

    chelsea owner wants to win things so just short contracts arsenal seem happy as long as they finish in top four for the champions league chelsea would have moved wenger on, we give our manager an 8yr contract for winning how can chelsea be wrong if you look at our squad can you honestly see us winning anything in pardews reign


    Dec 8, 2012 at 11:54 AM

    Comment #19

    I am sick to death listening to Pardue making out that we have to sell players before we buy.
    FFS does he and his masters really think that by constantly playing the hard up line that all NUFC fans will be brainwashed like some of the posters on this site are?
    Ashley will not invest in our club anymore
    He wants his investment back and we are going to suffer until he does.
    We are in a perilous situation through not investing in the football team and i have no doubt that they will wait until the last days of the transfer market in the hope that most of our senior squad is back and then deciding on how many to bring in.
    We will see at the most 2 extra players brought in.
    I have never known any football club to ever fail to strengthen the team when everyone can see Williamson, Simpson and Shola shouldnt be playing for our club.
    I hope i am wrong but with our December fixtures we will be in the bottom 3 come January
    God help us

  • Graeme

    Dec 8, 2012 at 11:57 AM

    Comment #20

    Oldbob – simply because Chelski went out and spent ONE BILLION POUNDS on players etc since Abrahmovich took over.

    Have they totally dominated the Premier league, the European Cups? No they haven’t. Chelski is a spoiled rich mans plaything, totally removed from reality.

  • Tsunki

    Dec 8, 2012 at 11:58 AM

    Comment #21

    oldbob – 8 years is a long time though, anything can happen. Roman has his methods, but other clubs like Man U and Arsenal have theirs. Neither necessarily are devoid of results. We’re better judging this after a couple of years, its a bit difficult to see the long term plan when its still in its infancy, after all, we may have new owners in a couple of years.

    Graeme – The idea of Ba OR Cisse has resonated with me for some time, Cisse is stifled by Ba and Ba does not want to move wide to accommodate. What about alternating strikers with someone like HBA or dare I say it Obertan behind? I thought the European or domestic cup games could be a good arean to try this idea out.

  • Tsunki

    Dec 8, 2012 at 12:01 PM

    Comment #22

    ‘Course if Ba does go in January there wont be much choice will there?

  • Graeme

    Dec 8, 2012 at 12:04 PM

    Comment #23

    Tsunki, what about alternating Ranger and Campbell behind either Ba or Cisse? They are younger and completely different to Ba/Cisse.

    Variation keep us unpredictable and HBA just increases the unpredictability – a defenders nightmare!!

    Playing these two also increases our options up front from 2 to 4; it also stops the main two from getting too complacent!!

  • Super Magpie

    Dec 8, 2012 at 12:12 PM

    Comment #24

    Obertan behind the striker would not work, I remember him playing there against Arsenal last year and he was shocking. I would much rather have HBA or Marveaux there.

  • Jail for Ashley

    Dec 8, 2012 at 12:15 PM

    Comment #25

    What did I say the other day,one fu#%ng win and he’s putting the players in the shop window spineless cockney cnut .


    Dec 8, 2012 at 12:17 PM

    Comment #26

    And it begins

  • Tsunki

    Dec 8, 2012 at 12:18 PM

    Comment #27

    Graeme – ah going of the jugular! Ranger, well jury still out for me I never quite saw him show enough to warrant the hooha about him being better than Carroll, but if he has finally turned around, maybe he will apply himself to his talent and come good.

    Now, Campbell – how frustrating has this been, I think by now he seems to have deserved a couple of European cameos, but he just doesnt seem to get the rub of the green poor kid. Supposed to be quick and instinctive, I have not seen him yet but the reports are all good. I am rooting for him to get a breakthrough game where he bursts on to the scene like say Rooney.

    On Pards comments above – i dont know how anyone else reads this but it sounds like Ashley and Llambias dictated that Pardew would have to ride with his ‘purples’ and that his backup transfers/kids would provide necessary cover. Now this has backfired reasonably big time, Pards seems to be signalling that buying a ‘prospect’ if a ‘big’ player moves is no longer (proven) enough, and that he needs to build the squad not just equalize it.

  • Super Magpie

    Dec 8, 2012 at 12:21 PM

    Comment #28

    This fills me with so much hope going into January…
    So basically if we sell one player we’ll get 2 who are nowhere near as good and it will take a year to buy these two players, since that’s how we seem to operate these days.

  • Tsunki

    Dec 8, 2012 at 12:28 PM

    Comment #29

    Tbf, I dont think its Pardew that has the shop window or puts things up for sale….

    Although it does sound like he is preparing us for a name or two moving on.

  • Ruddy Marveaux-lous

    Dec 8, 2012 at 12:34 PM

    Comment #30

    Bye, Yohan. I’m sure the NUFC staff are coddling you, trying to get you back to fitness, enough to pass a medical on Jan 31st. Was nice having you play in the B&W.

  • croftus5678

    Dec 8, 2012 at 12:35 PM

    Comment #31


    cambell was very very good in the 15mins when he came on in one of our euro games did not look out of place at all in fact was at the time the best player on the pitch…but like all players think he needs to be blooded in a lower league to see how he copes with phsyical defenders
    ranger in fairness does look a good player and is prob better than both the ameobi’s but i’m just stubborn and think he’s had one chance too many.
    abd out of all our youngsters i would say they all need to go out on loan apart from bigi (ferg/abied/amal/sammy/ranger/good/tav) all need to be pushed through the league’s for a few years to learn.

  • Graeme

    Dec 8, 2012 at 12:50 PM

    Comment #32

    Jail, any time ANY player pulls on a shirt and puts in a performance – he is in the shop window as it were!! It only takes one young player to put in 2 or 3 performances, above his usual game and he is all over the back pages as the “New (insert your own idea here) makes a breakthrough”!!

    It doesn’t matter which Premier League team it is, who they are playing – EVERY game is being shown somewhere!!

  • Jail for Ashley

    Dec 8, 2012 at 1:04 PM

    Comment #33

    As much as I have tried giving Pards my support on here its comments like that,that boil my pi$$,does he think we are fu¢{ing stupid,the only reason nobody was sold is because nobody offered enough money which I believe ultimately cost us bringing in Debuchy and Douglas,if he had so much sway with the `board` why couldn’t he convince them that 5M for a top class French defender isn’t being ripped off.

  • Novocastrian66

    Dec 8, 2012 at 1:05 PM

    Comment #34

    I reckon Pardew is on a transfer bonus.

  • Novocastrian66

    Dec 8, 2012 at 1:08 PM

    Comment #35

    JFA. Nailed on mate. What Pardew should be saying is; ” I’m looking to bring in two or three top class players to show our intent and to convince the top players, we already have here, to stay.”

  • seancavaz

    Dec 8, 2012 at 1:10 PM

    Comment #36

    Love the doom n gloom lol. £35m for Carroll, we bring in tiote(who?) cabaye(who?) cisse(who?) ba(who?) Ben Arfa (who?) my point is simply that should one of our “purples” be sold on, then don’t worry, the club have proven in the past that they know what to do, so maybe we do bring in players we don’t know, but it’s worked before and will again

  • Tsunki

    Dec 8, 2012 at 1:11 PM

    Comment #37

    Jail – I think he hasnt had much sway at all. I think he is only just getting his point across that frugality has its limits and can put us in serious trouble when done wrong. I think its a mistake to put it all on Pardews’ shoulders, he is constrained heavily by Ashleys’ fiscal agenda. Whatever that is.

    On the oyung lads – I agree that serious competitive game time is the key to progression to first team. Its no mystery that Bigi’s impressive surge is coupled with having more game time in the EL than just about everyone else. I know silverware would be good, but if I was going for percentages, I would say keep using the cup comps to get these players some proper competition, not thrashing about in an out-of-town field in the reserves. Its not the same at all.

  • Ketsbaia9

    Dec 8, 2012 at 1:16 PM

    Comment #38


    Shola Ameobi



    5 out = 10 in

    We’d challenge for the title with those signings.

  • Ketsbaia9

    Dec 8, 2012 at 1:18 PM

    Comment #39

    Loan out:

    Sammi Ameobi

  • catchy in norway

    Dec 8, 2012 at 1:18 PM

    Comment #40

    its a nice thought parsnip, but you know as well as the rest of us this will never happen

    1st reason, you will have to sell first, just say you sell BA for the 7 million his contract states, how you gana buy 2 good forwards with the 3 million that is the clubs,,

    2nd if some how a club bids 20 million plus for our top playmaker HBA , wha makes you think that another club like southampton isnt gona say, well they have 20 million, i want 15 for lalalalalana. the have the right to just sit on the player until they get the money they want for him

    by the sounds of things someone will go in jan, and im sure like i said above, if ba goes, that a double hit for us, you wont find a goal scorer of his class for less than 3 mill

    i like anita, i think he could be a very big player for us,, but that was bad business in the summer, defence was needed more

    bringing new players in to a struggling team will take longer for them to bed in

    i hope they (the club) have got good cantracts sorted out incase we go down, we carnt afford big wages again down there,

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