Pardew – Signs Of Success – We Spent £30M In January


The lead up to the important game at Villa Park on Saturday has started, as our players who were on International duty have now returned and are preparing for the game against Aston Villa, and Alan Pardew will have a few selection posers for the starting eleven, with a number of players now fit and ready to play.

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Alan Pardew – has a few selection posers for Saturday

Alan Pardew was interviewed today, following the phenomenal scenes at last night’s Steve Harper testimonial,  and he is telling Newcastle fans that we have a good side this season.

This is what Alan had to say:

“It is important to understand we have a good side.” “We spent £30M in the last window.” “And Sammy and Dummett are young players coming through.”  

“The media and the fans reacted badly to the closure of the window.” (you can say that again) “The media and the fans reacted badly to the closure of the window.”

“But I think that we have a good side.” “Since Demba left we’ve lacked a player that increases our goal threat.” “Of all our players Loic does that with Papiss, Gouff and Shola to compliment that.”

“That other offensive player would have protected us a bit.” “I think Remy has enough in the tank to be considered for a start.” “Whether he can give us his best I doubt.” “He’s been a real gentleman around the place.”

“The signs for success are there.” “We have Cheick Tiote fit.” “That’s a competitive area for the team.” “For the first team in 14 months I have real competition in every area.”

So the manager is saying that we spent £30M in January on getting five French players through the door – Mathieu Debuchy, Moussa Sissoko, Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa, Massadio Haidara and Yoan Gouffran – plus 17 year-old Kevin Mbabu.

The figure generally quoted for those players was around  £18M, so we’re not sure where the other £12M comes from – although that’s not the first time the £30M figure has been mentioned.

And it’s true that we have more competition for places, and in fact Yohan Cabaye may not start at Villa Park on Saturday, because  Vurnon Anita has played so well in Yohan’s absence.

And Anita is a typical Ajax Academy graduate –  Vurnon’s skillful and very efficient in the way he plays the game –  and it’s good to see the 24 year-old coming through this season.

And Alan Pardew will want to start Moussa Sissoko who adds power to Newcastle’s central midfield, so when you add in Cheick Tiote to the bunch,  there are four very good players challenging for central midfield,  and Dan Gosling has also looked good in pre-season too.

Alan will also have to decide between Yanga-Mbiwa and Steven Taylor for center-back, but it’s hard to see the manager leaving out the Frenchman,  who has played so well alongside Colo in the last two league games.

What do you think?

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132 comments so far

  • Ibizatoon

    Sep 12, 2013 at 4:30 PM

    Comment #1

    I am guessing many will think these comments are terrible, personally, I think it’s probably been handled more or less spot on by Pardew.

    Short of him shouting and screaming and then quitting that is.

    Truth is, the squad isn’t terrible. It’s Pardews job to instil belief within the players we do have and bleating on and on about not getting his new players will hardly act as motivation for them.

    He has said that he would have liked one more, much like he did all summer (and last), so we can see it’s clearly not him sitting there saying “No Mike, don’t spend any money, we’re absolutely perfect”.

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  • Mint

    Sep 12, 2013 at 4:37 PM

    Comment #2

    We have a good team and no pressure, we could repeat our 5th place finish as long as we don’t get 4+ senior injuries
    Be positive!

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  • Coach

    Sep 12, 2013 at 4:49 PM

    Comment #3

    There is very little evidence that we have a good team. We have a good squad of players but that’s not the same thing at all.

    For about 15 minutes against Fulham we looked good but I can’t remember when I last saw us do that. I really hope that it was us who were good with Remy on the pitch and not just Fulham sitting back looking for the draw or a lucky win.

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  • Nufc-83

    Sep 12, 2013 at 4:51 PM

    Comment #4

    Mikey ftw

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  • toon kk

    Sep 12, 2013 at 5:09 PM

    Comment #5

    I don’t know why so many think we have a great squad. We have a average squad made up of a few good players the rest wouldn’t get on a bench at a top club.
    We were nearly relegated last season surely that tells a story.
    So don’t expect to much this season especially with our manager.

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  • jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew

    Sep 12, 2013 at 5:10 PM

    Comment #6

    The only problem with these recurent comments from Pardew is that he is digging his own grave…slowly but digging it!

    ..let JFK take the praise for this fantastic window where we really showed how to build on last season’s mistake 😉 lol

    Pardew is a gentlemen no doubt!

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  • Widowmaker

    Sep 12, 2013 at 5:14 PM

    Comment #7

    The Empire Strikes Back

    Funny how they spent our hard earned money to hire JK and the PR team to piss us.

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  • nufc-olek

    Sep 12, 2013 at 5:16 PM

    Comment #8

    Ed. You have to remember when Ashley signs a player he consider wages, agent-fees and the money they have to pay to the club as the total amount.

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  • Blackley and Brownlie

    Sep 12, 2013 at 5:17 PM

    Comment #9

    I think Pardew’s right. We’ve got a decent squad.

    SO NO EXCUSES PLEASE ALAN WHEN IT ALL GOES TITS UP. Don’t blame the fans, the injuries, the number of matches, the referee, the travelling, the opposition tactics, or even the other guy Willo … TAKE A GOOD LOOK AT YOURSELF MATE. Let’s hope it doesn’t come to that, but it will.

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  • phatt knacker

    Sep 12, 2013 at 5:19 PM

    Comment #10

    pards and joke spoke alot all summer about bringing in players. Yet again its us fans and the evil media twisting it??????? why did we even bid for pea and gomis if we have good competition up front all ready ( i see remy as a wing forward/hba role ). I understand that he has got to motivate the team and we have good players some very good but atleast be honest with us and dont blame us for dancing to your tune.

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  • Blackley and Brownlie

    Sep 12, 2013 at 5:20 PM

    Comment #11

    toon KK

    We haven’t got a great squad, but I’d like to know outside the top six, which squads you’d swap ours for? No reason why, with a good manager, we couldn’t reach seventh or eighth.

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  • Coach

    Sep 12, 2013 at 5:29 PM

    Comment #12

    If Remy comes good, if he stays fit, if it turns out he gels with Cisse and if the rest of our first choice attacking line up stay fit, then we could do quite well.

    We’re one “if” or one injury away from having no goals in this team. The squad looks good but where do you think the goals are coming from?

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  • roy

    Sep 12, 2013 at 5:33 PM

    Comment #13

    If we had a manager who managed not a PR man we might do something I still reckon Pardew will be gone well before January.

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  • Shadow_Shearer

    Sep 12, 2013 at 5:39 PM

    Comment #14

    Pardew doesn’t know how much we spent this season, never mind last.
    I was looking for tickets to newcastle vs chelsea on 2nd, but the only games available on the newcastle site is hull, leeds and everton. Can anybody advice me where I can get those tickets from, I’d be most greatful.

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  • ToonDarnSarf

    Sep 12, 2013 at 5:41 PM

    Comment #15

    I presume everyone has read the quote from SBR on this site.

    I would like to highlight the beginning of this:

    “What is a club in any case?”

    “Not the buildings or the directors or the people who are paid to represent it.”

    Some people use this quote as a stick with which to beat the current “regime”, stating that Ashley is disrespecting the traditions of the club, sucking out the soul etc.

    I read this quote completely differently though. In the end, it doesn’t matter that we have an owner who runs the club like one of his Sports Direct stores, it doesn’t matter than we have an average manager or a useless DoF. What really matters is those people involved on a matchday (manager, coaches and players) try 100% for the team and we (the fans) get our thrills from that. The football can’t always be as exciting as it was under KK, it can’t always be as successful as it was under KK or SBR, but we just want to see passion and skill on the pitch.

    I’d like the fans to remember this, to get behind the team as much as possible and to keep any demands for Ashley to be replaced to outside the ground. Once we’re inside, we should make as much damn noise as possible like we did at Harper’s testimonial.

    I know TADS said that has been made more difficult with sections being moved around and I hope we can find a way to work around that and push the current team to showing the passion and energy of previous ones that we loved for it.

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  • Ciaran

    Sep 12, 2013 at 5:42 PM

    Comment #16

    Evening gentlemen, and how are we all today?

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  • Charlietoon

    Sep 12, 2013 at 5:42 PM

    Comment #17

    Mbiwa has helped keep two clean sheets in two and should keep his spot. If tayls was out due to injury thats one thing but he is out because of a stupid decision so he should have to win his sport back.

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  • ToonDarnSarf

    Sep 12, 2013 at 5:44 PM

    Comment #18

    I would imagine that £30M includes wages, signing on fees and agents fees. People seem to forget that there’s more to spend that just transfer fees.

    I can’t see how the figure is right even then though…unless signing on fees and agency fees were pretty high and the amount just includes wages for 1 year? That might make sense…so the investment is for that year.

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  • Ciaran

    Sep 12, 2013 at 5:44 PM

    Comment #19

    TDSarf

    Ashley has deliberately tried to stifle the passion of the NUFC crowd. He knows passionate fans will be against him, whereas crushed and deflated fans are easier to exploit and manipulate.

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  • toonicle

    Sep 12, 2013 at 5:48 PM

    Comment #20

    Should Cabaye get the start over Anita at this point? Anita has been great and Cabaye hasn’t really been all that special so far this year…

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  • jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew

    Sep 12, 2013 at 5:49 PM

    Comment #21

    Ruddy…you know what they say about people using their own name? 😉 lol

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  • Transfer Sage

    Sep 12, 2013 at 5:52 PM

    Comment #22

    TDS

    when you consider 20k a week works out at 1mil a year and we got 5 lads…all around 20-40k no doubt thats the extra 10mil on top of transfer fees i’d guess.

    I don’t know why they count wages when other clubs don’t (at least when saying how much they spent). We all know wages get paid and all clubs pay them.

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  • Transfer Sage

    Sep 12, 2013 at 5:53 PM

    Comment #23

    ruddy

    i want to like your blog but i can’t comment on it…it just can’t create an account no matter what i do haha.

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  • ToonDarnSarf

    Sep 12, 2013 at 5:53 PM

    Comment #24

    Ciaran

    I’ve heard that before and that’s really sad. Is there anything I can actually see to see what he has done and any explanation of why he might have done it? Silencing the crowd seems an odd desire…

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  • Transfer Sage

    Sep 12, 2013 at 5:54 PM

    Comment #25

    toonicle

    i wouldn’t start cabaye ahead of anita if thats the option…i would start them alongside each other

    i’d go for normal back 5

    cabaye, anita, sissoko
    hba, cisse, remy

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  • jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew

    Sep 12, 2013 at 5:54 PM

    Comment #26

    TDS…what the great SBR means was that a Football club is nothing without it’s fans!

    …owners and managers come and goes, but the fans remains! They don’t define us! 🙂

    TDS…there are alot of different ways to support that there is NUFC without sitting at SJP cheering in ignorance.

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  • Toon-Prodigy

    Sep 12, 2013 at 5:56 PM

    Comment #27

    The money spent last January should of been spent last Summer.

    Where this 30 million has come into it I have no idea as Ed has commented on. No way did we spend 30 million. Sissoko was a bargain at 2.5m, as was Gouffran at 1.2m. We got Debuchy in at a knock down price at 5.5m because of our summer penny pinching. Haidara was 2m and MBiwa was 6.7m.

    Pardew is just keeping the place together and keeping spirits up. And you notice once again he is talking up the young lads because he has no choice, same as last summer. He knows we are lacking in ambition, he has shouted and cried for players all summer.

    And we may well have competition for places, it’s the quality of the competition that is comcerning and always has been.

    We never strengthen the squad as we should each window, and we our always playing catch up because of our penny pinching ways. This puts us in a weak position when battling in this league over the course of the season.

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  • ToonDarnSarf

    Sep 12, 2013 at 5:56 PM

    Comment #28

    TS

    Because MA is a bean counter!

    And because the fans are constantly complaining about lack of investment so he’s come out and made the point that we did invest £30M extra this year on players already. I’m sure that would put us right up there for 2013 in terms of transfer fees, other fees and extra wages.

    Add Anita and Remy to that figure but subtract Ba, Harper, Perch and Simpson and it’s still a decent figure but of course we still wish we’d signed that extra striker…

    Fingers crossed that Cisse and Remy stay fit and score lots of goals!

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  • santonthenewmaldini

    Sep 12, 2013 at 5:57 PM

    Comment #29

    Would love to see us go back to 433 and have a proper go at Villa their defence is nothing special

    Got to stop them pumping balls into the box for Benteke as well have a funny feeling Shola will play to mark him at set pieces as not sure Colo and Mbiwa will fancy the physical battle with him to be honest

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  • ToonDarnSarf

    Sep 12, 2013 at 5:58 PM

    Comment #30

    jesper

    Cheering in ignorance? When the fans are at SJP and the match is in play, we’re cheering for our players to represent our club in the way we want them too, showing passion and skill.

    How do you think the players would react when fans are calling for Ashley out or Pardew to be sacked. Hardly gives them confidence…

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  • Transfer Sage

    Sep 12, 2013 at 5:59 PM

    Comment #31

    TDS

    I have very little time or interest in doing this so i wont but for 2013 if you took all clubs signings, wages and agents fees i bet we wouldn’t be that high.

    And i prefer to go season to season….not calender year when doing this, just like to go off each season as thats more important.

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  • Ciaran

    Sep 12, 2013 at 6:00 PM

    Comment #32

    Sage

    I know that my wordpress details from this account did not work so I had to create a new log in when I created my blog. Try registering a different account when you try to comment on my site and maybe that will work.

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  • Transfer Sage

    Sep 12, 2013 at 6:01 PM

    Comment #33

    TDS

    cisse and gouff have good fitness records

    remy has played in total games for the last 5 years – 36, 36. 43, 42, 26

    so other than an injury last year he has been pretty good as well

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  • Transfer Sage

    Sep 12, 2013 at 6:01 PM

    Comment #34

    ruddy

    i tried to do that but somehow ended up creating my own blog haha

    i’ll try again

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  • jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew

    Sep 12, 2013 at 6:10 PM

    Comment #35

    TDS…if you are not willing to put anything on the line nothing will be gained!

    …you qouted SBR before so you should know NUFC is bigger than the players as well. Look at what just happened at Bologna 😉

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  • John Tudor

    Sep 12, 2013 at 6:21 PM

    Comment #36

    the man will argue with a wet sock

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  • nantheless

    Sep 12, 2013 at 6:22 PM

    Comment #37

    does it mean that if he had shit yesterday, he don’t need to shit anymore?

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Sep 12, 2013 at 6:23 PM

    Comment #38

    More damn lies from the club, if we spent 30M this year then how much were all the other tems ”hidden” costs.

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  • John Tudor

    Sep 12, 2013 at 6:24 PM

    Comment #39

    undisclosed matey

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  • naptoon

    Sep 12, 2013 at 6:25 PM

    Comment #40

    Darnsarf
    Support the club not ash stop peddling his propaganda man …. You’re either a plant or the most gullible and disconnected fan out there

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