Alan Pardew has been looking at what Southampton have been spending over the last two seasons, and it’s a lot more than Newcastle have spent, and the Newcastle manager is again talking about how difficult it is to be successful, with the finances as they are at the Tyneside club.
Alan Pardew – difficult to get success
Newcastle have had a decent season and we are currently in 8th place in the league, with the Saints one point behind us, but there has never been any relegation worries for Newcastle this season, which is different to last season.
This is what Alan Pardew has said today:
“We’ve definitely spent less money than them over the last two years,” “I don’t know if we are criticized. We are in some quarters, but the picture gets a bit cloudy with us sometimes.”
“We’re a big club with 52,000 fans so that means we have to get success, but it’s very difficult to get success with the finance as it is.”
“We’re going to stick with the game plan that we have and the structure that we have. We have a decent opportunity this summer to take this club forward because we have a good base to the squad, but we need some quality to come in.”
“It’s a battle that I think both sides are looking at when you are around about each other, you want to prove that you are better.”
“I was at Tottenham last weekend and Southampton were terrific and really should have got something out of the game. I know they are looking forward to the game as well.
“We are above them at the minute. We have had a season where we have lost a big player halfway through and we have had nowhere near the funding that Southampton have got, so in some ways, you could argue we have been battling against the tide here a little bit.”
Of course in the last two transfer windows we have brought in only two loan players in Loic Remy and Luuk de Jong, but as things stand at the moment it looks like neither will be joining Newcastle this summer for different reasons.
Southampton have bought Jay Rodriquez, Victor Wanyama, Gaston Ramirez and Dejan Lovren for an outlay of around £40M since last year at this time, and the first two of those players were even linked with Newcastle, so that’s about £37M more than Newcastle have spent in the last two windows.
But Newcastle’s finances seem to be in good order in terms of profit and loss, with the club making £9.9M in the financial year through last June and we should make a lot more than that in this financial year.
So surely there’s going to be a lot more money to spend in the future, and certainly this summer, and the news is that we intend to bring in six or seven new players.
Not sure why Pardew is bringing up the finances again, although it’s true we’ve spent almost nothing in the last year on new players.
Perhaps it’s that Ashley is being stingy again this summer, but that would be a huge mistake, since we need some good players brought in over the summer months.
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