There is a report in the Mirror today that says that one of the major reasons Alan has left Newcastle United, is that there was a transfer meeting with Mike Ashley about four weeks ago – during our good run of six wins in a row – and Mike told Alan he was very happy (in fact delighted) with the squad, and there was no reason to bring in any new players in January.
Alan Pardew was a muppet – and he got sick of having no control
That seems to be one of the reasons that Alan has now left the club (the announcement he has joined Crystal Palace is expected today) and of course the Newcastle fans’ hostility towards him also would have had an impact on the 53 year-old.
Mike Ashley seems to want to run Newcastle for as little as possible on a shoe-string so to speak, and as long as we are not in any relegation trouble then everything is just fine – no reason to spend any money to bring new players in.
After Newcastle finished 5th top in 2012, Ashley used that kind of thinking and was happy with the squad, and brought in only Vurnon Anita that summer.
It was a terrible season that followed, principally because our squad just wasn’t big enough to play in Europe, and we struggled against relegation.
In January of 2013, Mike got personally involved and brought in five Frenchmen and spent some big money – but only because our Premier League survival was at stake, and all that big money was in jeopardy.
Newcastle fans labeled Alan Pardew as a yes man or a Muppet, which we suppose means Alan was willing to work within the considerable constraints placed on him by owner Mike Ashley, and tow the party line of the club.
The party line being that Newcastle cannot compete with big clubs like the two Manchester clubs, Arsenal, Chelsea, Liverpool and the like.
And that seems to be true – and Alan did tow the party line, but it seems even Alan got sick of it, as he was the one to take all the blame – and of course he was the sole spokesman for the club too.
And that’s what he got sick of in the end, as the Newcastle owner sold Andy Carroll, Demba Ba and Yohan Cabaye in January transfer windows while Alan was at the club, and that left Newcastle short of a vital player for the second half of the season.
And there are growing rumors that we could see Moussa Sissoko exit next month.
The report in the Mail is that Pardew wanted to bring more quality into the team, so we would have a decent chance to challenge for the top four in the Premier League – which is what the fans want to see.
But he was continually knocked back by Mike Ashley according to the Mail, and Mike simply didn’t want to spend the necessary money.
Apparently Alan Pardew also had fears that Ashley would be willing to sell top player Moussa Sissoko next month, if a suitable bid was received from one of his suitors – principally Arsenal or PSG.
That’s exactly what happened last January when Yohan Cabaye was sold.
Pardew has been assured at Crystal Palace that he will be fully involved in who comes in and who goes out – which he wasn’t at Newcastle.
This does not look good for Newcastle trying to get a top manager into the club to replace Pardew – since he will not have the control top managers usually demand.
We may be wrong, but we don’t expect Newcastle to appoint a top manager to replace Pardew, just somebody who can work within Ashley’s significant constraints, and keep us in the Premier League and preferably without having a relegation struggle.
That’s the way it is at Newcastle these days, so if fans think all the problems are fixed because bad boy Pardew is out – think again.
It’s not a very positive way to think of things at Newcastle, but we think it’s very close to the truth. 🙁
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