Alan Pardew has made some comments in the local papers today, and one of the things he says is very difficult to prove – almost impossible to prove – given what we’ve seen in this summer’s transfer window so far.
Alan Pardew – we have same ambitions as the two Manchester clubs
And that is that Newcastle’s ambitions match those of the two Manchester clubs, although Alan is again very quick to point out we cannot compete with them financially.
Now let’s see what can we say about that – let’s ponder the statement for a moment.
We’ll be polite and say that statement from Alan Pardew is simply simply not accurate – and that conclusion is based on actions Newcastle have taken over the last couple of yeas.
What’s those sayings again about actions speak louder than words – and talk is cheap?
Last season we messed around trying to get Mathieu Debuchy through the door, and the same thing is happening this season with Bafe Gomis, although that doesn’t seem to be Newcastle’s fault, this time around.
And reports that Newcastle have been given £60M from the new TV deal are simply not accurate – that money is dished out next May and it’s based on league position, how many times each club have been on TV, and other things.
But it is still true nevertheless, that PL clubs are spending big money this summer, knowing they will get that pay-out at the end of the season.
This is what Alan Pardew said when told the ambitions of the club just don’t seem to be there these days:
“We can’t compete with Manchester United or Man City, they are stratosphere clubs for us.” “Spurs have got themselves in a position where they could possibly compete and it’s taken about five or six years.”
“But we are not there yet.” “Neither are Arsenal or Liverpool.” “Man United and Man City are light years ahead of us in terms of finance.” “Their ambition is no more than us.” “But they do have a financial position over us.”
“I think in some ways the Remy deal has been a bit unfair.” “He’s injured. He would have given us a different reflection.” “I don’t care how you weigh it up, it’s a great deal, for any club to get Remy on the financial deal we did.”
Alan Pardew can say those words, but they are simply not backed up by the club’s actions.
If Newcastle were really ambitious we would have brought in two top strikers, and a young up-and-coming striker, another goalkeeper to make it three experienced goalkeepers at the club, and another top center-back to shore up what seems to be a perennial weakness in the defense.
Instead, we have signed one top striker on loan, and there’s only 11 days left in the transfer window – so we haven’t shown much ambition at all, and for lot of the time we’ve looked incompetent in this summer’s transfer window.
That’s the truth, the sad truth.
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