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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