Alan Pardew had been talking about wanting a striker brought in over the January transfer window over the last couple of weeks, and he also pointedly mentioned that we didn’t replace Loic Remy in the summer, and consequently Newcastle have been finding it difficult to score goals this season.
The (very) last time Alan Pardew was on the St. James’ Park sidelines
The Mail is reporting that one of the reasons Alan has left the Newcastle job is that he was not getting any backing from Mike Ashley and Lee Charnley in the January transfer window , and he was reportedly told four weeks ago there was no money available to spend in January.
We don’t know if this is true and find it a little difficult to believe, since we are definitely short of at least one striker, with Papiss Cisse likely to be banned for three games for violent conduct, and he’s also off to the African Cup of Nations later this week.
And when Newcastle’s financial figures are issued in February for the last financial year through June 30th, we expect record revenues and record profits to be reported by Newcastle.
The Mail is reporting that compensation has been set at £2.25M – but they are also reporting that Newcastle are disputing that figure, and that it’s a lot higher than that.
And with both PSG and Arsenal said to be interested in signing Moussa Sissoko in January, they are also reporting that he could leave the club next month.
And since he’s probably our best player at the moment, and we tend to sell our best players in January, that could even be true – but we’ll just have to wait and see who comes in and who leaves next month.
We have sold Yohan Cabaye, Demba Ba and Andy Carroll over the last four years in January, and it’s hard to build up a top team when the owner keeps doing that.
Pardew wanted to build a good squad at Newcastle, but that’s hard to do when the owner keeps selling players – and id not keen to spend big fees on players coming into the club.
And that policy could even be a deterrent for any manager looking to accept the Newcastle job.
Mike Ashley (very) tightly controls the club’s finances, and it’s the English Billionaire who decides who comes and who goes – and the manager has to get on with it – and get the best out of the players he has available.
That’s the way things work on the continent – but we still expect a number of (top?) managers to be very interested in the Newcastle job – because Newcastle is really a sleeping giant – and that’s been especially true since Mike Ashley bought the club in the summer of 2007.
We’d love to see Ajax manager Frank de Boer appointed – but we would have to wait until the summer to appoint him – while Tony Pulis is Joey Barton’s choice – and of course Tony Pulis is available right now.
But it remains to be seen if Tony will put up with the tight constraints put on him by Mike Ashley.
Tony walked out on Crystal Palace at the beginning of the season because the powers that be – namely Chairman Steve Parish – didn’t get the players in they had promised him, and he will not be as easy to control as Alan Pardew was.
It’s a pity that David Moyes took the job at Real Sociedad in early November.
Who do you think would be a good Newcastle manager?
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