Pardew Wants Power And Pace – But Money Tight


Alan Pardew has said today that money is tight at Newcastle,  but it’s always been tight under Mike Ashley, but that news will still not please Newcastle fans, who have seen our team be only a shadow of the side we were last season.

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Alan Pardew – in important meeting this afternoon

This is what Alan Pardew said today, as the Newcastle Board review transfer targets in an important meeting with the Newcastle manager:

“I would like, if possible, to have a player with real power and pace. Sometimes, we lack a little bit of pace.”

“Gabriel Obertan brings that to the team, but when Gabby is not in the team, that’s something I would like to see in the player that comes in because that will help Papiss, and also somebody who is going to threaten at set-plays because it has been a weakness for us.

“But it’s easy to say what I would really like – it’s what I can get in this window and the options are not numerous. There are only a few players, really, who are available.”

“The money is tight here in terms of how we spend it. We try to get the best possible deal for the club.”  “But we do have to take into consideration where we are. We are under no illusions that we are now in a battle to secure our Premier League status for next year, and we make no bones about that.”

“The trick really is to get our best players on the pitch, we know that, but in the short term, one or two reinforcements would go a long way to helping.”

Pardew is in a meeting with Managing Director Derek Llambias and Secretary Lee Charnley this afternoon to discuss transfer targets, and to put in place the strategy to bring at least three good players into the club this month.

Lille full-back Mathieu Debuchy underwent his medical on Tyneside today, and Sky Sports has reported he passed it – but no official word yet from the club.

And Alan Pardew has again stressed that money is limited in the Newcastle coffers, but if we keep our powder dry in January,  we could be playing second division football next season – that’s how serious this situation is.

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225 comments so far

  • BelfastMagpie

    Jan 3, 2013 at 5:03 PM

    Comment #1

    Moneys tight.
    Now there’s a shock.

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  • Wor Shearer

    Jan 3, 2013 at 5:05 PM

    Comment #2

    You almost feel sorry for Debuchy.

    Honestly Pards, say something motivating for a change, you depressing b*st*rd!

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  • Ruddy Marveaux-lous

    Jan 3, 2013 at 5:05 PM

    Comment #3

    (As Craig David)

    Can I get a repost:

    These suggestions of “Cisse on the wing should have got Pardew sacked on the spot” are just incredible. I think we will undoubtedly see Cisse play down the middle between now and the end of the season so just chill out.

    I had said to myself that if we got one point out of Man U (a) Arsenal (a) and Everton (h) I’d be happy enough, well we got none but it isn’t the end of the world. I’ve said long ago that I think this season is a write off in terms of the PL (as long as we stay up) and have a go at either the FA Cup or the EL would be the only other options this season. It may make signing quality players harder in the summer, thus justifying the calls made to sign the quality last summer (yes Munster I am belatedly agreeing with you, I’m not a happy clapper though) but sacking the manager will only serve to put the nail in the coffin of relegation, you either do it early in the season or not at all, so not at all it is (not that I agree with sacking Pardew in the slightest)

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  • NUFC STEVE

    Jan 3, 2013 at 5:05 PM

    Comment #4

    Surely we need a WINGER IF HE WANTS PACE???
    Ben arfa is excellent on one side but other side is average at best
    OBERTAN – all right footed, pace but no final ball
    Gutierrez- no pace, all right foot, can’t get round his man, no final ball
    Marveaux- been excellent as “10” role not quick enough for the wing
    Fergie- not a proper winger.

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  • roblee7

    Jan 3, 2013 at 5:05 PM

    Comment #5

    power…pace….Obafemi Martins all the way 🙂

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  • mattyNUFC

    Jan 3, 2013 at 5:06 PM

    Comment #6

    Guess we know how that meeting turned out…

    these guys have no idea what ‘money’s tight’ means

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  • Dannyo

    Jan 3, 2013 at 5:06 PM

    Comment #7

    @Belfast
    Well, it’s about spending now or start the rebuild all over again.
    MA is not stupid enough to want that imo…

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  • roblee7

    Jan 3, 2013 at 5:08 PM

    Comment #8

    what you lads think of Danny Graham?

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  • mattyNUFC

    Jan 3, 2013 at 5:08 PM

    Comment #9

    worshearer

    agreed

    how can we stay positive if these jokers never are????

    money’s tight my a$$. most of these guys make in two weeks what i do in a year

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  • Wor Shearer

    Jan 3, 2013 at 5:08 PM

    Comment #10

    I’ll tell you whose salary we should double to try and get him through the door, David Moyes!

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  • roblee7

    Jan 3, 2013 at 5:10 PM

    Comment #11

    worshearer….good call but i reckon he’s Man Utd bound all the way…n he’d never come here, would be a step down anyway, would it not?

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  • mattyNUFC

    Jan 3, 2013 at 5:13 PM

    Comment #12

    wor

    my first choice hands down would be Roberto Martinez. not only for his guile as a manager but his absolute class as a man

    all irrelevant talk i suppose

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  • Ruddy Marveaux-lous

    Jan 3, 2013 at 5:13 PM

    Comment #13

    Another repost from last thread:

    Rotonda

    It’s a write off in the sense that pre-season predictions of a finish of anywhere from 6th-8th is looking increasingly unattainable, that is not to say that a drastic run of good form could see that situation improve, but we are nearly too far behind to claw that back (11 points behind 8th placed Liverpool) so that is what I meant.

    Anita is still finding his feet but is looking increasingly like a proper player and Marveaux plays either on the wing or in the “10? slot, so not exactly a midfield player. Cabaye is an essential cog to the NUFC midfield, which was my point, I was commenting on your belief that it was “only” Cabaye and Saylor who are injured, which, given the criticisms of Williamson and the ineffectual midfield we have been showing this season seems to me to be two pretty big injuries to our side.

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  • nick_9

    Jan 3, 2013 at 5:13 PM

    Comment #14

    Mattynufc exactly. Perch, bigirimana, Anita and marveaux all played at old Trafford so should be good enough to play at home to Everton. Tiote came back strengthening the midfield but perch had to drop in Defense. Surely bigirimana could have played in midfield with Tiote and Anita, cisse central upfront and Marv and obertan supporting him. Simply put swap shola for bigi and move cisse up top.

    The ref was a disgrace last night and I say that without having watched any highlights. We should of had a pen? And the free kick was weak for their goal by the look of it? Banes’s goal was superb but the second we conceded was avoidable, again ball watching t the back and not tracking players. How hard is it to reach a player to look around him during the game?

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  • Wor Shearer

    Jan 3, 2013 at 5:14 PM

    Comment #15

    I think Mourinho is Ferguson’s heir apparent. Moyes is probably their 2nd choice though.

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  • mattyNUFC

    Jan 3, 2013 at 5:14 PM

    Comment #16

    roblee

    after recent comments from fergie, no doubt mourinho will be his successor

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  • Wor Shearer

    Jan 3, 2013 at 5:16 PM

    Comment #17

    Matty –

    Martinez would be a brilliant choice, for sure!

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  • Pardews Perfect Battleplan

    Jan 3, 2013 at 5:17 PM

    Comment #18

    @world shearer in his 3rd or 4th season at everton they were almost relegated. and went basically top half bottom half top half bottom half etc. so far pards is no different t us.
    oh and if pards came out and said “we have 15m to spend this window” then offered 10m for a player the selling club would squeeze us for more

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  • Pardews Perfect Battleplan

    Jan 3, 2013 at 5:18 PM

    Comment #19

    wor not world

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  • roblee7

    Jan 3, 2013 at 5:18 PM

    Comment #20

    I heard Man U were after Pardew, as were the FA for the England job! Haha, that was soooo cringe….

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  • mattyNUFC

    Jan 3, 2013 at 5:18 PM

    Comment #21

    nick 9

    regarding the ref, do you not think it was the law of averages? I’ve never seen a point more undeserved for us than when we played them earlier this year

    decisions ebb and flow. the ref did not cost us a point. everton were far superior to us. this whole talk about us controlling the first half is a load of crap from AP. possession was 60/40 in their favor

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  • Novocastrian66

    Jan 3, 2013 at 5:21 PM

    Comment #22

    Matty I understand your fustrations with Pardew but where do you think our squad is good enough,beside the midfield where I will concede we have sufficient cover?
    The defence is a “shambles” and we have one decent striker.

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  • beefman13

    Jan 3, 2013 at 5:21 PM

    Comment #23

    Obertan was quite good last night then AP takes him off when we are trying to get a goal back to get in to the team, he is a strange strange man our manager, oh obertan wants fined for turning his back on the ball for bains goal, i would make him stand in front of 50 free kicks on the training ground and if he turns his back once fine him a weeks wages, i thought williamson was bad for doing that, the ball would have definatly hit obertan if he did not turn.

    Our senior players have got us in this frigan mess, dont see how anyone can blame the younger players, people say they arnt good enough, so willy and simmo and perch and jonas are superstars are they, they are a parcel, perch one good tackle on the half way line one good header the rest totally negative absoloute pony.

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  • mattyNUFC

    Jan 3, 2013 at 5:21 PM

    Comment #24

    anyway, am off to sunny Miami. same old same old from the board and AP. excuses before fan judgement as always. this is cyclical in the worst of ways

    but, as always (how many windows have i and innumerable others uttered this:) I hope I’m proven wrong

    yeah, right

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  • nick_9

    Jan 3, 2013 at 5:21 PM

    Comment #25

    Ruddy any chance of a respectable league finish is diminishing with each passing game. What do you see as a successful league finish now? Many fans I know are worried and see safety as a good finish now which is upsetting given our finish last season.

    For me we could still very well amass 25 – 30 points from our remaining games and finish around tenth. Tenth would be a good finish right now in my opinion. I’m in denial about relegation but its never a certainty we won’t be relegated. Again it’s upsetting given we all had hopes we can be in amongst the good teams from 8th-5th, they wasn’t ahead of us but are now sadly. I hope we sign a good replacement for Ba and the centre back we need. Be nice if we could get a decent winger in on loan and ten try and push on giving us a platform for next season. Our league finish might not appeal to many potential signings but we are still in European football

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  • ToonDownSouth

    Jan 3, 2013 at 5:22 PM

    Comment #26

    Last night we switched to 442 with 4 central midfielders.

    It’s thinks like that, that make me think he’s lost the plot.

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  • Ibizatoon - Back by popular demand

    Jan 3, 2013 at 5:23 PM

    Comment #27

    Whilst I like Moyes as a manager, if we’re going to point at history as an indicator of what a manager can bring to the table:

    With Everton

    2001-02: 15th
    2002-03: 7th
    2003-04: 17th
    2004-05: 4th (Qualification for UEFA Champions League)
    2005-06: 11th
    2006-07: 6th (Qualification for UEFA Cup)
    2007-08: 5th (Qualification for UEFA Cup)
    2008-09: 5th (Qualification for UEFA Europa League)
    2009-10: 8th
    2010-11: 7th
    2011-12: 7th

    You do have to ask yourselves whether you’d all have been willing to give him time whilst staring at relegation in his 3rd year at the club, despite a bloody good season the year before.

    Obviously no certainties that Pardew will keep us up or that next year he’ll do better, but you can’t just say we’ve had a bad half a season and Pardew needs to be removed.

    There are many many factors to consider, some of them will be down to Pardew, but not all.

    A month ago things were really bad. We are playing better now, although we’ve not got any points off Man U, Arsenal or Everton, but to be honest, that can happen. We should have got points before those games, no question, but that does happen also.

    At this point in time, do we not need to look at what is achievable? How anyone can use the last 3 fixtures as a nail in Pardews coffin is beyond me.

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  • JARRAMAG

    Jan 3, 2013 at 5:24 PM

    Comment #28

    MA-Deka/Pardue do you think i should spend £20 mill to keep us up because if we go down i will lose £60 mill in TV revenue next year and Dembas gone.

    Deka-We have enough purples to see us through until the summer Mikey dont worry Debuchy is sorted,what do you think Alan?

    Alan-Well i think Deka is spot on-we have Shola to replace Demba,Debuchy can cover full back and the wing(2 signings in 1)Taylor and Yohan will be back shortly so it will be like 2 new signings which make 4 new signings if i am being honest Mikey

    MIKEY- right Alan tell them thick Geordies we are skint-they always swallow that line

    All the above might be the actual words from the 3 wise mens meeting

    God help us

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  • toonLYF

    Jan 3, 2013 at 5:24 PM

    Comment #29

    See we’re on Itv1 on Saturday afternoon, isn’t that exciting ey?

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  • mattyNUFC

    Jan 3, 2013 at 5:24 PM

    Comment #30

    Novo

    we’ll pick this up another time 🙂 and, well, NOW we have one decent striker, ha

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  • Transfer Sage

    Jan 3, 2013 at 5:25 PM

    Comment #31

    Roblee

    The only way Chelsea to Ba will fall through is over something other than his knee shows up on the medical

    They all know his knee condition so that won’t be a problem, wouldn’t have started negotiations if it was

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  • roblee7

    Jan 3, 2013 at 5:27 PM

    Comment #32

    ibizatoon – good post – keep the faith! if we win a few games everyone will be saying we’re the best thing since sliced bread again!

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  • Wor Shearer

    Jan 3, 2013 at 5:28 PM

    Comment #33

    At this point, I’d have Joe Kinnear back……maybe not.

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  • Transfer Sage

    Jan 3, 2013 at 5:28 PM

    Comment #34

    Ibiza

    Looking at league positions with no context is difficult I think.

    Who did Everton but and sell those years. Did they suffer huge injuries. Etc etc

    I think it’s the same with us. We haven’t improved our squad this summer. We have had injuries.

    That’s not an excuse for pardew and the players but it does explain some of the results and why we have struggled this season.

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  • Novocastrian66

    Jan 3, 2013 at 5:29 PM

    Comment #35

    Bit of a cop out there Matty. I did say one decent striker.

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

    Jan 3, 2013 at 5:29 PM

    Comment #36

    Ba passed his medical apparently.

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  • Big Pappa Cissé

    Jan 3, 2013 at 5:29 PM

    Comment #37

    Pace and power, look no further that Seydou Doumbia. Ive posted this team before but it would be amazing if we could get these players

    ———————–Krul———————

    –Debuchy—-Collocini——Sakho—-Santon–

    ———–Tiote—————–Anita———–

    ———————Cabaye——————–

    ——HBA———————–Doumbia——

    ———————-Cisse———————-

    Go on Ashley dust off that cheque book once in a while 🙂

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  • Ruddy Marveaux-lous

    Jan 3, 2013 at 5:30 PM

    Comment #38

    Nick 9

    I agree, it is looking unlikely that we’ll finish anywhere near the part of the table that we were all hoping for at the start of the season and I would be inclined to agree with you that a 10th place finish would be an excellent finish given how poorly the PL has gone for us this season. Although in recent years Everton have started seasons very slowly and finished with a flourish to climb up to around 8th, which shows that it can be done.

    In order to achieve that though I think we need 2 more signings at the very least; a CB and a versatile forward ie someone comfortable playing both on the wing and down the middle, which everyone seems to agree on. We need a CB because I am beginning to doubt Colo’s ability to lead the line in the way he was once able to. Last season he was a rock wall that kept the entire back 4 in check, this season it has looked more imbalanced and his own performances have been poor by his usually high standards. Willo and Saylor will never be good enough to lead the NUFC back-line and therefore at least one senior CB is needed.

    As for the forward, well we all know that we need to replace Ba and I think we definitely will do just that, but depending on the type of player we sign will show us exactly the type of football Pards is going to play long term. If he signs a pacey winger/CF then we’re going to see Cisse down the middle more on his own more often than not, but if we sign a target man (a la Carroll) then we will probably see the return of 4-4-2. An awful lot to think about as a NUFC fan isn’t it?

    January madness for you! haha

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  • Robby Bobson

    Jan 3, 2013 at 5:32 PM

    Comment #39

    Its quite clear who pards wants tgen…power, pace and good in the air he might as well have just said Remy.

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  • Wor Shearer

    Jan 3, 2013 at 5:32 PM

    Comment #40

    Anyone remember Kinnear’s 1st press conference?

    Kinnear – Which one is Simon Bird?

    Simon Bird – me.

    Kinnear – You’re a c*nt!

    Simon Bird – Thank you.

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