Alan Pardew has talked at some length about his four years at Newcastle, and he has said that he was not involved in all the signings Newcastle made during his time at the club, although he was involved with the big ones.
Alan Pardew – media ban didn’t help
And Pardew has admitted that the ban on the local media didn’t help, although it was Mike Ashley who instigated that stuff, and Pardew had nothing to do it, although he was implicated in being complicit with the decision.
It would have been very difficult for the Newcastle manager to come out and say he didn’t support the ban, and he went along – as you have to if you want to remain in the job under Ashley.
And that’s one big negative as we try to appoint a new head coach.
This is some of what Alan said yesterday, about his time at Newcastle:
“The scouting and recruitment decisions, like at most Premier League teams, were based perhaps on the future and the business,”
“Some of those transfers I wasn’t party to but big signings into the club, of course I had final say on those – Cabaye, Sissoko, Debuchy – I was heavily involved in – but not all of them.”
“I think you’ll find that’s the case at Spurs, Liverpool, Manchester United – I don’t think it’s that different but for some reason Newcastle gets a more negative reaction than most.”
“Like anything you can always look at a situation ‘glass half-empty’.
“I think the local media being banned didn’t help, that was difficult, they looked at a lot of negative situations there which didn’t help with the fans.”
“That was stuff I had to put up with and deal with but it was always ‘glass half full’ for me and I’ll always be that type.”
Alan Pardew takes charge of his first league game tomorrow for Crystal Palace, and it’s at home to Tottenham in the late kick-off game.
A win would be something for Palace in that game.
Newcastle are at Chelsea, and not many fans think we can get anything out of this game.
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