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This Is What’s Holding Newcastle United Back Today

7:16 am, Monday, June 30th, 2014 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 9 Comments

Newcastle manager Alan Pardew has written in his Sunday column for the Independent, and he again talks about how Newcastle just cannot compete with the big clubs for talent, especially English talent he talks about the price of English players, so even though Pardew wanted to bring more of them into the squad this summer, it’s probably not going to happen this summer, because Newcastle will simply not pay out the money to get them in.

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Alan Pardew – Newcastle cannot compete
Haven’t we heard all this before?


This is some of what Alan Pardew talked about in his column:

“The fees being paid for players such as Luke Shaw and, it seems, Adam Lallana, illustrates an important point that supporters need to understand.”

“Clubs like Newcastle get accused of not signing English players but these are prices mid-table teams in the Premier League simply can’t afford, unlike Champions League clubs with the extra revenue.”

“Newcastle recently inquired about an unproven player not in the side at one of our top clubs, and we were asked £14M. He will not be joining.”

“Yet we can pick up players such as Yohan Cabaye, Mathieu Debuchy and Moussa Sissoko for reasonable fees, all of who have been starring for France at the World Cup.”

Although Alan keeps making these types of statements to reduce the fans’ (high – make that very high) expectations, this is not the responsibility of the manager.

Pardew is only talking about the constraints that have been placed on the spending at Newcastle by owner Mike Ashley.

It is Mike who sets the amount of transfer funds available each transfer window, and it is Mike who is the one who will not pay out the money.

If Mike Ashley decided to spend the millions we now have available this summer, and in the next few years, then we could sign some of these English players.

It’s the strategy of Mike Ashley that’s holding the club back, and one reason the Newcastle fans are a little bit sick of Ashley right now,  is that we all know that.

It’s another statement from Alan Pardew that defines Newcastle as an ordinary middle of the table club (just in case people don’t already know that), and  probably behind clubs like Swansea,  Southampton and even Hull City as far as ambition goes.

It’s not good enough for Newcastle United.

And where is that Billionaire who’s going to come in and save the club?

We are still waiting, and we are still very hopeful – well make that a little hopeful – well it could happen – couldn’t it?

Comments welcome.

Written from Ipswich, England.



Tags: Financial Fair Play · Financials · Newcastle News · Other News



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9 responses so far ↓

  • 1 firebug666 // Jun 30, 2014 at 7:24 AM

    Yeah! Well what about the English players we can afford, like Tom Ince who is a free agent. Why can all the other premier league clubs manage to get English players in. In all of the premiership there is only Newcastle who baulk at the prices, and not just for English or British players either.

    We don’t even know which player he is waffling on about in his column so nobody could make an informed opinion. This is typical Pardspew to the masses, to justify no signings.

  • 2 thai-mag // Jun 30, 2014 at 7:27 AM

    I’ve just read Peter Crouch is available for 1 million, but I think even that is out of our price range at the moment. If France get knocked out tonight that will be at least one more player gone by the end of the week

  • 3 Lew Davies // Jun 30, 2014 at 7:34 AM

    He misses the point completely yet again.
    This is why we should be bringing our own youngsters up through our own academy.
    But we fail in this due to our hopeless dinosaur coaching set up, that teaches the kids NOTHING.
    The whole club set up is a shambles and we don’t deserve to be in the Premier League.

  • 4 Slank // Jun 30, 2014 at 7:49 AM

    As a general observation Pardew is right but without knowing who the unproven player is it is hard to tell although I expect the club may be one of the money bag clubs as who else would have a player twiddling his thumbs on the sidelines valued at £14M.

    It will be very interesting to see who Southampton buy now that they have come into a load of money. Will they do a Spurs and buy a busload of players who collectively had less of an impact than the single player the club sold?

  • 5 ToonMatt // Jun 30, 2014 at 7:51 AM

    He’s a coward who needs to grow a pair, he’s a yes man and a puppet who’s forever sucking up to the cretin.

  • 6 jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew // Jun 30, 2014 at 7:53 AM

    No doubt NoNuts is holding us back, but this clown is not helping!

  • 7 lesh // Jun 30, 2014 at 8:35 AM

    As usual, Pardew underestimates the wit of fans.

    The money’s there and it’s not that we can’t afford, it’s simply that Ashley won’t afford

    By being so tight, there’s as much chance of running the club into the ground as there is being so mean.

  • 8 Sav // Jun 30, 2014 at 11:07 AM

    Yes, there are 3 questions Pards doesn’t address:

    1. Other clubs do make signings In terms of spend we are not mid-table but clearly bottom of the table.

    2. Our academy record at producing good young players is equally dismal. That goes back farther than Ashley but his is the latest regime to fail to address the fact.

    3. So where are the value-for-money foreign players we need desperately? ManU spend 30 million on a young left-back. We can’t find a third of that for a main striker despite huge profits on player sales and TV income.

    And a fourth question (as if we didn’t know) – where has all that money gone?

  • 9 magpiefifer // Jun 30, 2014 at 8:24 PM

    This is Pardew yet again defending the strategy of his lord and master Ashley – what a load of BS!!!!




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