This Is What’s Holding Newcastle United Back Today

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.