Whether you rate Alan Pardew as a manager or not, you have to sympathise with the Newcastle manager at least a little but, in that Newcastle sold Demba Ba in early January, and its now almost nine months later and we haven’t replaced him.
Demba Ba – has not been replaced after nine months – why?
And it seems the current Newcastle hierarchy are not learning from their past mistakes, because when Andy Carroll was sold at the end of January of 2011 for a massive £35M to Liverpool, it was a year before we replaced him with £9M signing Papiss Cisse from SC Freiburg.
Yes, it’s true that we brought in Demba Ba in the summer of 2011, but he essentially cost nothing as a free transfer (£2M paid to his agents), and so he wasn’t really thought to be a replacement for big Andy at that time.
And Alan Pardew’s frustrations at not having a better strike force than we had after Demba Ba left in January seem to be mounting – and for good reason.
Alan Pardew has never been responsible for bringing in new signings, although he obviously gives his input on players, and until mid-June that was one of Derek LLambias’ responsibilities in his capacity as the Managing Director at the club.
Then out of the blue came Joe Kinnear’s appointment as Director of Football in mid-June, Derek immediately resigned and Joe has labored long and hard all summer, but all he has to show for his efforts is the loan signing of Loic Remy for next season – and to be fair that was a good deal.
But Newcastle have looked like the Keystone Kops this summer in the transfer market, as we have failed to get targets like Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Wilfred Bony, Darren Bent and others through the door – for one reason or another.
And then we were simply hammered on Monday night by Manchester City, who looked a million miles ahead of us, and our attacking threat was simply non-existent, as it was after we had lost Demba Ba last season.
And Alan Pardew has expressed his frustrations when he told the local Evening Chronicle that we need another striker in – and that was for the umpteenth time this summer:
“We are still short. We are short of Demba Ba,” “That’s what it looks like and until Remy is fit or we get another striker in, it will be a problem for us.”
It’s right that the club should judge Alan Pardew on the results he gets – but you also have to give him the players he needs, so he can make Newcastle successful again.
We now have just 12 days (and counting) to get players through the door, and we should have some money to spend when Yohan Cabaye is sold – probably to PSG and probably for at least £20M.
Newcastle first half of the season is very much dependent on getting players through the door in the next two weeks.
At some point Newcastle need to show they can get deals done in the transfer market and at some point they need to start showing the ambition that teams like Swansea. Southampton, West Ham and Fulham have shown this summer.
For some reason that kind of ambition seems to be lacking at a club like Newcastle – which is lot bigger and with much richer history than any of those clubs just mentioned. The current Newcastle hierarchy seem more worried about have good financial results – as if that’s what wins titles – not.
Urgent message to Joe Kinnear and Mike Ashley - please get the job done at Newcastle.
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