Alan Pardew was asked a number of questions in the last round of interviews he has done, after another humiliating loss to Sunderland, and of course he’s been asked about the mess in the transfer market – Alan is not responsible for that – and he found it hard to answer the questions he was asked – which centered around the selling of Yohan Cabaye.
Alan Pardew – struggles to answer questions
This is the transcript that is doing the rounds today in a number of newspapers this morning – it’s definitely worth a read:
Question: It’s a tough question to ask you but is the club, as it stands, capable of making permanent signings?
Pardew: “Well …”
Press officer: “I think that’s an unfair one to ask the manager.”
Question: But it’s two transfer windows without one now and Alan said …”
Pardew: “I’ve got no comment to make on that one.”
Question: You said at the start of last week that the club can’t not replace Yohan, but that’s exactly what happened.
Pardew: “I didn’t particularly say in this window though. I said, you know, we’ve got to get players of that class, there’s no doubt about that. So don’t try and angle that for this window because I think that’s unfair on me.”
Question: You said ‘we need to bring someone in, for sure. We can’t lose someone of his quality and not replace him. That would leave us vulnerable’. Do you stand by that?
Pardew: “Well, I’ve said it, ain’t I? But I’m meaning in the long-term as well as the short-term, that it’s the quality we need. And, you know, today has been a tough day for us and I don’t really want to add any more to it, to be honest.”
Question: Part of the problem you’ve got is that if you don’t speak out against not getting a replacement it makes it look as though you’re going along with the decisions the board is making and therefore you get criticism heaped on your shoulders and take the blame for that.
Pardew: “Yeah, I’m a professional manager. You know, if I was in charge, solely, of transfers, the answer might be different, but I’m not.”
Question: It does feel sometimes that you’re being asked to manage with your hands tied behind your back.
Press officer: “These are all quite unfair questions.”
Question: Unfortunately the manager is the only person who will speak for the club.
Question: Alan, is there a collective blame for today, from the top of the club, right down to on the pitch?
Pardew: “The only way I can answer what has happened today is that it’s a disappointing day for the club.”
Question: What do you say to Mike Ashley and Joe Kinnear when you’re having those discussions on Friday and it’s clear you’re not going to get a replacement for Cabaye? Do you make your opinions clear on that?
Pardew: “I think I’ve made my opinion very clear this week and all the rest of it is confidentiality.”
Question: How do you lift yourself?
Pardew: “I’ll be alright.”
Alan walks off.
The truth in all of this is Alan has been put in a corner to answer questions that should be answered by Mike Ashley and Joe Kinnear, and he’s being very careful not to say anything against the regime.
That’s how Alan started his career at Newcastle – by being alone in that press conference and fielding questions from the media in early December, 2010, on why Chris Hughton was fired.
But we think behind the scenes Alan is simply furious with what Mike Ashley and Joe Kinnear did to the club last week – as we reported last night – they’ve just sabotaged Newcastle’s season by selling our top players and not replacing him.
And according to Joey Barton and Kevin Nolan – Alan’s not shy in letting Mike Ashley know his opinions – but he does it behind the scenes – like he should do.
Joe Kinnear should come out and answer those questions on what has happened in the last two transfer markets.
Well – on second thoughts maybe not. 😀
One last thought on Joe – we wonder how many times he uses the F word when he’s negotiating with other clubs for players – maybe that explains why we have no permanent signings since he moved in?
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