As we had reported yesterday, Alan Pardew wanted to keep James Perch at the club, but he lost out to both Mike Ashley and new Director of Football Joe Kinnear, as the owner had refused to give Perchinho a new contract in March, and Joe Kinnear showed he’s the man who decides who comes and goes at Newcastle from now on.
James Perch – did so well at Newcastle
James himself didn’t want to leave, and we would have liked to have seen the 27 year-old get a two-year extension to his deal at Newcastle, which had one year to run, but it was not to be.
That’s football, and Perch is a top class professional, and not surprisingly has received many messages of good will from our fans, thanking him for some stellar performances for Newcastle over the last two seasons, and Newcastle have lost yet another Englishman from their squad.
This is what James told the local press today:
“The fans in Newcastle were amazing.” “I am overwhelmed by all of the messages.” “I had a great rapport with the fans up there.”
“Newcastle will always be the first result I look out for after Wigan. I look forward to playing at St James Park next season when we get promoted.”
“I appreciate that Alan Pardew did everything he could to keep me.” “I am delighted to be joining Wigan. It’s a great club.” “I’m looking forward to the challenge.”
“I understand Newcastle’s new transfer policy. Time will tell if that is the right route. But I loved it there, the fans are incredible, I will never forget them.”
“There was a lot of interest from other clubs.” “But I am looking forward to playing in Europe again this season.” “I played 37 games last season but the big factor from Wigan was they wanted me quickly.”
Perch trained with his new team mates at Wigan yesterday, and whenever he comes back to Newcastle, he will get a great welcome, and Newcastle fans don’t forget players like Perch – who always played his heart out for the Magpies – in many different positions.
He’s also a great lad, which is another reason we are very sorry to see him go.
But we wish the 27 year-old all the very best in his new career at Wigan Athletic, and of course he will be a terrific acquisition for the Latics and new manager Owen Coyle.
James played 81 times for Newcastle with one goal in his three years on Tyneside, since Chris Hughton brough him in three years ago, and he was sold for a bargain £700K.
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