We know a number of Newcastle fans simply don’t rate manager Alan Pardew – and we all have our own opinions – and we like to see all opinions respected on this blog – but we do rate Alan Pardew, and continue to be impressed with Alan’s manner and positive attitude, while those above him – Joe Kinnear and Mike Ashley in particular – seem to keep making bumbling mistakes in the transfer market that rob Alan of his very best players.
Alan Pardew – positive way forward
In the last four January transfer windows, you could argue that in three of them we’ve lost our very best player half way through the season, and that’s not good for any manager.
We lost Andy Carroll in 2011, Demba Ba last year and Yohan Cabaye this week – and only the Demba Ba move to Chelsea was not preventable.
No wonder the Newcastle manager has said he just hates the January transfer windows.
And with players like Ben Arfa moving towards the last year of their contracts on Tyneside, and strikers like Loic Remy, Shoal Ameobi and Papiss Cisse all potentially leaving this summer, Newcastle will have a big rebuilding job to do this summer.
This is what Alan Pardew said about this yesterday:
“I already think I’ve built two teams here,” “There was the one with Demba Ba and Papiss, and you would argue that at the back end of last season and this year, I built another team with Yohan Cabaye, Loic Remy, Yoan Gouffran and Moussa Sissoko.”
“Now, I’m going to have to build another one in the summer, and the summer is going to be very important to us because of the players we have with two years left on their contract, and the situation we have within the group.”
“We’ve got a very young team. It turns over quickly at Newcastle and you need to have a clear mind where you are going with it.” “Not even my ego would have envisaged building three teams.”
“I assumed I would build one, but I’ve always had a vision of how I want to play and we’ve worked towards that. But if we don’t replace Cabaye, we might have to change our style of play a little bit because of the personnel I have.”
“We need to make sure we use Yohan’s money very wisely,” “There is no point bringing a player here, for example a £6M-7M player, and then finding he isn’t good enough. That would be a waste of money.”
“We have to make sure we do what’s right with that money, as we did with Andy Carroll. We have to be strong about what direction we are going in, how we want to play and who is going to fill those roles.”
“When it comes to finding a replacement for Yohan, you could ask five Premier League managers to find one, and it wouldn’t be easy.” “We have a target, and we will stay on that target until such time as he gets away from us.”
Well it looks like last night our number one target Cement Grenier did get away from us, because he doesn’t want to leave Lyon this month – just six months before the World Cup in Brazil – and he wants to make the French squad.
And Alan will be very disappointed if Newcastle don’t replace Yohan Cabaye today, but you will not hear much of that disappointment in public, as Alan has proved himself a good team player, and whatever situation Newcastle are in after 11:00 pm tonight – the manager will just have to make the best of it.
What else can he do?
And his positive attitude has got him through a number of episodes on Tyneside, when other managers would have taken the huff, been publicly upset – or even resign from the job.
That’s not Alan’s way – and we still are hoping that Joe Kinnear can do his job today, and bring in a good central midfielder to replace the wonderfully gifted Yohan Cabaye.
What do you think?
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