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Newcastle’s Fantastic Offer Still Not Enough To Get Remy

5:09 pm, Thursday, January 17th, 2013 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 42 Comments

Alan Pardew in his press conference today has finally talked about the failure of the club to get their number one striker target Loic Remy, when we looked to have the deal all wrapped up last Sunday.

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Alan Pardew – defends the club in Remy deal

And we have to remember that Alan is defending the club’s position on this, so we have to keep in mind where he’s coming from, but  we also think that Alan himself was devastated by the faiure to land the French International – we certainly were.

This is what Alan said about the Remy deal during his press conference today:

“It was a little strange as we had obviously put a lot of work in and made the club an offer that was accepted, a good offer.” “We made a fantastic offer to the player and then he didn’t arrive. This club is on a financial footing that is strong, but we’re still not going to pay silly money.”

“We’re going to pay what is correct and that is what we offered.”  “We made a fantastic offer, a fantastic Premiership offer to that player – trust me.”  “I don’t really want to criticise the player. The player makes the decision and he stands by it. I don’t really have anything else to say on it.”

We don’t want to pay out silly money but we have top admit that we’ll lose out on a number of our targets because we have a strict financial model the club will stick to.

Clubs like QPR, PSG, Manchester City and Chelsea are willing to pay silly money to get their men, and for QPR, that’s about all they can offer a player.

But it was still a coup for the London club, and we remain shocked that it happened, and we thought we had got over it – and we need to – but it’s still all very painful. – even now.

My son Neil and I keep talking about the deal, or the no deal, and try to convince ourselves it’s for the best, but we’re also not daft – and it was a huge loss and black eye for our club.

We have to get over this and move on – and it would help if we could get a player in soon.

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42 responses so far ↓

  • 1 spitfire_ // Jan 17, 2013 at 5:10 PM

    The Fantastic Mr.P

  • 2 John Tudor // Jan 17, 2013 at 5:12 PM


  • 3 jettson1971 // Jan 17, 2013 at 5:13 PM

    AP = garbage!! probly was an average premiership salary, with a sports direct voucher and free fish n chips every Sat nite!! if we can not compete with QPR ffs then there is no going forward, we are bing humiliated by the gross mismanagement at this club!! an offer of £60K to match Collo’s supposed wage may have been enough,However, in hindsight Remy has shown he is only interested in money do thats a blessing we did not get him!
    But we must be competitive in the market to which we should be aiming!

  • 4 remy D // Jan 17, 2013 at 5:14 PM

    Who cares man get over it.he wanted a few hours extra in bed instead of talking to us were a joke club now get use to it till that fat Mug sells up this is as good as it gets for us.

  • 5 YankToon10 // Jan 17, 2013 at 5:14 PM

    FFS sign someone and stop making excuses

  • 6 John Tudor // Jan 17, 2013 at 5:15 PM

    cluelesness and naivety lost him now stop

  • 7 toonarmydownsouth // Jan 17, 2013 at 5:15 PM

    So basically old ‘arry was waiting at gatwick airport with a suitcase full of cash!
    Oh well fcuk him coulda signed didnt plays for QPR now so couldnt care less move on and pull your finger out on getting a CB mr ashley

  • 8 toon1707 // Jan 17, 2013 at 5:15 PM

    Well I am going for 0-0 against reading as against Norwich we looked like we would never score and I can’t see reading scoring so that is my prediction

  • 9 Williamsonsuks // Jan 17, 2013 at 5:15 PM

    Wasn’t fantastic enough Pards. Anyway hopefully the guy flops big time. Didn’t want him, to much hype.

  • 10 AshtreeKid // Jan 17, 2013 at 5:16 PM

    think we need to try and put all this behind us and get behind the team for Saturday – we cant change anything by being negative but we can try and urge the team on

  • 11 bills-son // Jan 17, 2013 at 5:17 PM

    Remy wasn’t in OM’s first team, his form has been off for 18 months and his attitude has been bad according to a french journo’s.

    He was a GAMBLE even for us – if he was THAT good Spurs, LPool or even Arsenal would have been after him for £8.5M.

    £85K a week is a DESPERATE gamble by QPR. What did you expect Ashley to do? Pay him £100K ffs?

    The hysterical reaction of Ed and many others on here is a joke. Grow up man.

  • 12 toonarmydownsouth // Jan 17, 2013 at 5:19 PM

    So you would offer a striker unproven outside of france an equal salary to our top earner? Yup that wouldnt p1ss the rest of the squad off too much would it
    Also what makes you think £60k would of been enough? He’s reported to be on £85k at QPR

  • 13 toonarmydownsouth // Jan 17, 2013 at 5:21 PM

    Bills son
    Hysterical reaction from Ed? Where does Ed say we should of offered him equal wages to QPR?

  • 14 roblee7 // Jan 17, 2013 at 5:21 PM

    I reckon the Xisco kids guna save our season :)

  • 15 Mister Tuff // Jan 17, 2013 at 5:21 PM

    A member of the Percy Parsnip Supporters Club seeing the light

  • 16 John Tudor // Jan 17, 2013 at 5:23 PM

    hey thats stevie wonder

  • 17 roblee7 // Jan 17, 2013 at 5:23 PM

    predictions for Saturday? My hearts saying we will win 3-0, but my heads saying we will lose 1-0….

  • 18 xmindcrimex // Jan 17, 2013 at 5:24 PM

    #10 @bills-son

    You speaketh the truth.

    If other clubs want to pay silly money, let them.

    QPR the next Pompey.

  • 19 Hatem's better than Messi // Jan 17, 2013 at 5:25 PM

    Stop moaning Pardew – not fantastic enough.

    The gods may throw a dice
    Their minds as cold as ice
    And someone way down here
    Loses someone dear
    The winner takes it all
    The loser has to fall
    It’s simple and it’s plain
    Why should I complain

  • 20 daztoon // Jan 17, 2013 at 5:25 PM

    Qpr wanted him and made sure they got him good luck to them and the player.Club backing the manager yes a gamble but our club is run by gamblers who are on a loosing streak

  • 21 Spreadthetoon // Jan 17, 2013 at 5:27 PM

    Tbf its a kick in the teeth to lose out to QPR, but agree that I would not change our wage structure for an unproven striker in the premiership.

    That stated its very very frustrating that (a) we hear nothing from the club (b) when we do hear from them its 1 or 2 players perhaps…..there’s no ambition, no intent – where’s our desire.

    I’ll judge the window at the end, but as each day goes by I become more and more apprehensive about the lack of progress has been made.

    Every game this season I hope that AP will get better, do something different, change tactic etc etc. Every game I make allowances for AP and the board. But you cannot deny that by all accounts so far this has been a very poor window accompanied with a very poor season so far!

  • 22 south coast toon // Jan 17, 2013 at 5:29 PM


  • 23 ToonToon09 // Jan 17, 2013 at 5:30 PM

    Sick to death of reading about this ?!
    The player got offered a salary way beyond his wildest imagination, a completely ridiculous salary that he normally wouldn’t earn in 10 years let alone 4 and a half years.
    He took it, and is now financially secure for the rest of his life, and from what we have read, if QPR get relegated he can then walk away with having been paid a minimum of £20m !!!!
    He has no affiliation to NUFC so it was a complete and utter no brainer for the lad.
    Annoying for us but who in their right mind would not have done the same thing.
    Lets just hope for a bit of Shaden Freude and QPR get relegated
    End of story move on .

  • 24 roblee7 // Jan 17, 2013 at 5:31 PM

    i guess it could be a draw then…and you just know Guthrie will play a blinder…a player i think we should of kept as well by the way, yes he could be poor at times, but on his day as good as any other of our midfielders. just wanted to add too, if anyone is expecting Cabaye’s return to miraculously save us, I doubt it. For me very over-rated (please don’t slate me – just my opinion!), would look great in a top team, dont get me wrong (Barca, Man U, Chelski, etc) but too often goes missing for me when we need him most. Definitely a luxury player for us and I just don’t get it, and Tiote is the same, id take 20 mil in a heartbeat. Tiote is the only player I watch for us who gets too involved, I’d prefer him to have a quiter game, doesn’t create anything, fannies around on the ball too much then loses it, constant fouls and has scored 1 goal for us in god knows how many games….so IMO yes we could do with another centre mid. id defo play Cabaye by the way, he’s best centre mid we’v got but just not as amazing as some make out IMO

  • 25 alex84 // Jan 17, 2013 at 5:32 PM

    Mark Douglas on twitter say’s were working hard on Sissoko…so why the f is he off to Monaco or OM,
    it’s a joke, it all boils down to ambition and in Ashley we have none!
    Spreadthetoon – you got it spot on mate!

  • 26 daztoon // Jan 17, 2013 at 5:33 PM

    Like Ashley didn’t take a gamble on xisco and we know what happened there. Surely Remy was recommended by Carr not another great appointment by Ashley in the Wise man

  • 27 roblee7 // Jan 17, 2013 at 5:34 PM

    n anyone know whats happening with Vukic? Or is he another who had his chance and presumably blew it? Remember being very disappointed with him after all the hype…remember somebody even saying he was like Zidane! :)

  • 28 Hatem's better than Messi // Jan 17, 2013 at 5:35 PM

    I’m not bothered about Remy for the reasons Bills-Son has given.

    I just don’t like Pardew saying the offer was fantastic. It clearly wasn’t enough. Just say we lost this bidding war, that’s life and we’ve moved on.

    Danny Graham knows the league, is in form, wants to play for us, knows the area, supports the club, he is a perfect signing at this desperate time.

  • 29 northernirishtoon // Jan 17, 2013 at 5:36 PM

    Have to laugh at pardew saying ‘we can’t make a knee jerk reaction’ to the loss of remy but surely we would of had three, four targets lined up and even put the ground work in for two of them.

    But as usual with this stupid statement from pardew it just proves how ill prepared we are and we that we put all our eggs in one basket.

    When will these morons ever learn

    Really deflated as a supporter at the minute

    Nothing a 3-0 thrashing of reading wont cure lol

  • 30 q8igeordie // Jan 17, 2013 at 5:37 PM

    Enough with the remy story

  • 31 Ian Toon // Jan 17, 2013 at 5:39 PM

    Redknapp is not known as Football’s Wrecking Ball by West Ham , Saints and Portsmouth fans without good reason. Daniel Levy removed any financial decision making from him and for good reason.
    Harry is great for winging it and a case could be made for QPR given their predicament to do just that. You only need to look at what happened to the three clubs mentioned after he left. It is worth mentioning that the Saint fans I spoke to when we played them were full of parse for AP. As others have said let’s move on. But get a CB and ST in pronto .

  • 32 q8igeordie // Jan 17, 2013 at 5:40 PM

    What do you guys think our formation vs reading would be?

  • 33 markmac // Jan 17, 2013 at 5:44 PM

    Ed, i love reading this blog everyday, but please please no more about Remy….

  • 34 two steps forward one step back // Jan 17, 2013 at 5:44 PM

    Given that we had such a poor transfer window in the summer and AP had to defend the lack of strengthening then (despite being forced to backtrack) and is now making ” one, maybe two” noises I have very little confidence in the ability of the management to actually complete ANY signings.
    There are a number of problems:
    1) we are a mid ranking club and cannot compete with the pull of larger and more successful outfits;
    2) we have a wage cap of £60k which is perfectly reasonable but given the immense greed of some of the wannabees (Remy?) we are less attractive;
    3) we have Batman Robin and Charmless as the management who just haven’t got a scooby of how to get players signed up quickly and efficiently;

    Some of the players named on the Pannini wishlists of a good few posters on here just will not come to the Toon in a million years – we are just not attractive enough a club so we need to get real here, BUT we still need one or two quality CBs and one or two forwards in THIS window – the midfield strengthening can wait. Let’s stay up first and just fill the main weaknesses NOW.

  • 35 Ian Toon // Jan 17, 2013 at 5:55 PM

    roblee- I rated Guthrie in the Championship. He seemed too often to run out of steam, stamina in the PL. I am a big admirer of Cabaye who I see as the complete midfielder. He played with a hernia ( developing into a double hernia)problem from pre season so let’s judge him on the second half of the season.. For me he is a special player that we have only seen in glimpses I would suggest. I watched him last weekend and we looked a different team when he came on. Linking the play and bringing Debuchy more into the game. His range of passing should benefit Cisse , HBA and Marveaux. He commands respect which for me makes him Captain material going forward.

  • 36 GeordieTwo // Jan 17, 2013 at 6:39 PM

    Absolutely spot on 2 steps @34 and Ian @35. We need common sense to prevail at the club now. We need several solid but not spectacular signings to make sure we stay up. Cabaye will definitely help us now if he can stay fit. His overall play and passing is far superior to many on the team. I think Debuchy will gradually have an impact as well. We will need goals from Cisse however so I hope he’s up to it. And we must solidify the defense before it’s too late.

  • 37 jimiley // Jan 17, 2013 at 7:10 PM

    Remy was only interested in the money….as are all the players. We would have wanted him if he signed but he did not, so we do not want him. Football fans are so fickle. We will sign Carlton Cole and another journeyman centre back. Thats the way Mashers works. We are linked to all and sundry but cannot sign anybody at the end of the day except cheap youngsters and journeymen. Funny that!!! Does anybody really believe anything Pardew says eg All the Carroll money will be reinvested in players (eg water bottles and grass seed) and in August he said he was happy with the SIZE and quality of the squad. I do not like it when he opens his mouth and talks.

  • 38 JP...from The Rock // Jan 17, 2013 at 7:35 PM

    Roblee – Spot on about Cabaye. I agree with you, too many people including Pardew put too much pressure on his shoulders expecting him to save our season. He is a great player and our best midfielder along with Ben Arfa (who is more of a forward/winger). Tiote again is over-rated. To be great you have to be playing great consistently something Tiote has failed to do. Cabaye has played regularly good for Lille and us last year and in flashes this year. Now that he’s back from injury let’s hope he picks off where he was before the injury as he seemed to be going back to last seasons form which was excellent. I just don’t see him as creative as he and most think he is. He does go quiet too often in games and his passing could be better too. Though when he’s on form he can score a terrific free-kick and make the key pass that wins you a game.

    We can’t just depend on him and need more of the same. He is exactly the type of caliber player we can afford and need. We should be going for Sissoko and the like.

    Bigirimana has been the highlight of the season for me. Anita has been good also. Santon has improved his attacking and got worse at his defending and positional play. He just walks back when he loses the ball way up field leaving us completely exposed at the back ala Simpson when he rarely run up the wing.

    I really hope Debuchy is all he’s made out to be and runs back and defends just as well as he attacks. I though have a good feeling about him and have hardly any doubt that he will be an amazing signing for us.


  • 39 peaco1980 // Jan 17, 2013 at 7:58 PM

    The recycled catchphrases are not so much wearing thin as having worn out altogether. I remember a similarly ‘Fantastic Offer’ being made to Enrique, which later proved to be not so fantastic at all. Whilst I expected a poor window, once again the breathtaking complacency of the clowns running our club has taken me by surprise – which is actually quite surprising. To misquote Oscar Wilde: To lose one Transfer window, Mr. Llambias, may be regarded as a misfortune. To lose both looks like carelessness. A plea to Mike Ashley: please appoint a chief exec who is competent to run a business.

  • 40 JP...from The Rock // Jan 17, 2013 at 8:17 PM

    I too despise LLambias the guy looks to have unprofessional written across his forehead. He must be the weak link in the deals. He doesn’t look like the persuasive type at all. Pardew should have more of a say in transfer negotiations. Unfortunately we will never know what exactly goes on beneath the surface.

  • 41 woolerbill // Jan 17, 2013 at 9:13 PM

    Negatives fans
    I am one of them that way back last predicted this mess. I’m not happy to be correct but it looks as if it is about to go belly up. Ashley and his team need to manage his shops because they nothing about football.

  • 42 Black and White with an army lol // Jan 17, 2013 at 10:35 PM

    Loic Remy has claimed it was playing a game of “Fifa 2012” with QPR owner Tony Fernandes, rather than the chance to double his wages, that persuaded him to sign for the London club instead of Newcastle United.

    what a load of bollocks, and does the git realize Fifa 13 is out.

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