We’re sure that Alan Pardew is as frustrated as the Newcastle fans at the moment, at the distinct lack of progress seemingly being made on the transfer front this summer by Newcastle, and our new Director of Football Joe Kinnear.
Newcastle players limbering up in Portugal
Photo from Portuguese reader Paulo Martins
Alan arrived back from Portugal last night from Portugal after a defeat and a draw in our two games there, and he talked to the Newcastle Journal about the transfer situation:
“It is important now that the message we give out is strong and that Joe hopefully secures the strikers that we need.” “I have, of course, been speaking to people at the club while we were in Portugal about signings.”
“It is my job to progress it for the fans, and that’s what I am going to try to do. I am the spokesman to the Board, to Joe and Mike in particular.” “I am pushing hard to get things done”
” I want those strikers in. But that can take time and I have to be patient.” “We now need to concentrate on the games we have to play. We must make sure tactically we are good and sharpen up our fitness.”
“Hopefully we can get another strong performance in the next game against Blackpool. The performances in the next few matches are really important to us.”
It’s interesting that Alan has stressed he is the voice of Newcastle to the fans and the press, and that’s why we have not heard much from Joe Kinnear since he arrived on Tyneside a couple of weeks ago.
And if Joe can keep quiet and get some good players through the door, and leave Alan alone to do the coaching duties and the press duties, things could still work well at Newcastle this season.
And in an interview with the BBC on Tuesday night, Alan was asked specifically about the possible Bafetimbi Gomis transfer, and he said this:
“I think we should pursue it as strongly as we can.”
And it seems the French players at Newcastle think that Gomis would be a terrific buy, as players like Cabaye, Sissoko, Ben Arfa and Yanga-Mbiwa will have trained with him as part of the French squad, and will know him quite well.
Gomis is a physical player with strength and speed, and he would fit in very well with Cisse up front, if we can keep Cisse at Newcastle and sort out the Wonga impasse.
And Remy would also provide both speed and skill up front, and we are hoping we can get both through the door, but not sure what t chances of that are – probably quite low?
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