You can criticize Alan Pardew all you like about his coaching, and for being completely out-coached by Gus Poyet today, for the fourth successive time, but let’s not go after Pardew for Yohan Cabaye’s departure - that was all the doing of owner Mike Ashley and his Director of Football Joe Kinnear – and Mike pulls all the strings on transfers into and out of the club.
Ashley and Kinnear – Ashley makes all transfer decisions
So after the game today why should the Newcastle manager answer questions on Yohan Cabaye, when the last thing Pardew wanted was to lose his very best player.
It’s done now, and there’s no going back – and Newcastle have to move on – and really the only person who should be answering questions about this is the owner – maybe through his cohort and conduit – Joe Kinnear.
This is what Alan Pardew said after the game:
“Listen, when you lose a player of Cabaye’s class, you want a replacement. But he didn’t arrive and I have to accept what was in my kitty today and going forward.”
“I have to try to get the best out of the group I have got. Loic Remy was a big loss today because we created chances, but there was a lack of conviction in our finishing today which he certainly doesn’t lack, and he was a big loss today.”
“For me standing on the sideline today with a team where we were, it would have been nice to have had a player to give us a boost for the second half of the season, but he didn’t arrive.
“What else can I say? You can keep asking the question and re-phrasing it, and I have answered it.
Newcastle fans are rightly furious with the events in the transfer market of last week, and even more upset now with the pathetic performance of the side today agisnt Sunderland – maybe the worst ever humiliation against Sunderland.
It was Mike Ashley who decided to sell Cabaye for a decent price, and then wouldn’t pay out the money to get Clement Grenier from Lyon through the door.
And it seems Newcastle could have difficulty getting him in during the summer, because we think he was more than miffed at Newcastle’s low offer for him.
Mike Ashley is really the only person responsible for selling Yohan Cabaye, and the person who wouldn’t pay the going rate to get in Clement Grenier, who would have been an excellent replacement for Yohan.
Let’s not blame Pardew for the Cabaye deal and not wanting to even talk about it – because he had absolutely nothing to do with it.
We need to hear from Mike Ashley – but we all know there’s a fat chance of that happening.
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