Now We’re Certain Of Why Alan Pardew Left Newcastle


Newcastle managed to spend not a single penny in the January transfer window, but made money by sending six players out on loan, selling Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa to Roma on a permanent deal (£5.5M)  and getting seven players off the wage bill.

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 Mike Ashley – perfect transfer window
Not a penny spent

Good work if you can get it.

But we did nothing to strengthen the Newcastle squad and lost 18 year-old Dele Alli to Tottenham, and the news about bringing in Daniel Wass from Evian yesterday was all hot air – but maybe he’s a target for the summer?

We’ve been short of a striker and a center-back all season, yet we made no attempt to strengthen those two positions, so we’ll have to continue to get by, and in fact we sent young center-back Remie Streete to Rangers on loan – so we hope we can recall him in case of an emergency.

There were also rumors that Curtis Good was also going out on loan, and that would have been stupid, but the club didn’t send the Australian out on loan – to our great relief.

At one time yesterday it looked like Daniel Wass could be the replacement for Davide Santon, who went on loan to his former club Inter-Milan with a possible permanent deal at the end of the season, and maybe Newcastle knew what they were doing by bringing in Wass.

But we were dreaming again – and it wasn’t to be – and so Newcastle helped out Inter-Milan, Roma and Rangers (and Tottenham?) in this window – but did nothing to help out Newcastle United.

With Alan Pardew making noises about needing a striker in his last few weeks on Tyneside, it’s almost certain Alan left the club suddenly because he was told there would be no investment in the January transfer window.

And of course we managed to get as much as £4M compensation for Alan from Palace – we are nothing more thana financial clearing house parading as a football club – we get money for our managers as well as our players.

And while we didn’t sell Moussa Sissoko, we think Alan had enough of Mike Ashley’s frugal financial ways – and he left for Crystal Palace where they at least are making an honest attempt to improve their squad – although the don’t have the money of a Newcastle United.

But if you will not spend the money we have on players – what’s the advantage of having great financial results?

This shows that Newcastle have very limited ambition under Mike Ashley – but we already knew that.

It’s now obvious, if it wasn’t 100% obvious before, that Mike Ashley is not the right man to be the Newcastle owner.

He must start to spend the money Newcastle have available and build up the team, and mark our words the financial results are going to be staggeringly good when they are issued this month – but it will not do us any good.

Fans should probably lower expectations on who the new coach will be in the summer- not many top coaches will want to work in the financial clearing house environment of Newcastle United.

It will probably be Steve McClaren if Derby County don’t get promoted – or else John Carver if he does a decent job in the last 15 games of the season.

Both of those coaches can be adequately controlled.

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35 comments so far

  • JDdubai

    Feb 3, 2015 at 8:07 AM

    Comment #1

    Lets take a positive guesswork possibility.

    They have amgr lined up for summer and he did not bring in anyone that he may not want so have kept our powder dry for this new guy to bring in players he has identified – these players were also not available in January.

    Yes, am sure that is it, club looking and planning ahead.

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  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Feb 3, 2015 at 8:08 AM

    Comment #2

    Lilongwe Geordie // Feb 3, 2015 at 8:06 AM

    Essentially Rangers are a lower league 1/upper league 2 outfit. Bigi has played and done well at higher levels, meaning to help him develop he should be at a higher level club. Streete, Mbabu and Vuckic just need game time, but with all three out of contract this summer then it is unlikely that all three are being developed for the benefit of NUFC. Ferguson is already on the scrap heap, develop with a hope someone will take him off our hands.

    I don’t see how it can be argued this is of major benefit to NUFC. All of them should have been on loan much earlier this season, with those coming to the end proving they are worth at least another year.

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  • lesh

    Feb 3, 2015 at 8:08 AM

    Comment #3

    Yup, Ashley’s left us stuck with Carver!

    Onwards and er downwards?

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  • JDdubai

    Feb 3, 2015 at 8:09 AM

    Comment #4

    My post doesnt make sense when i read it, wtf??

    Can i blame the auto-correct on my pc keyboard?

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  • stan anderson

    Feb 3, 2015 at 8:14 AM

    Comment #5

    Still get 50,000 plus turn up and give him money.
    Thats all that matters to him and fans dont get it.

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  • sing in the corner

    Feb 3, 2015 at 8:15 AM

    Comment #6

    Nothing against the boy Deli Alli – sour grapes maybe and he got the best deal for himself in the end, but its a sign of the times really…he will disappear into the reserve / junior teams at Spurs and , if he believes the hype, possibly never emerge into what he could be. He’s gone straight to the biggest club and he’s gonna be a struggling tiny fish in a big pond.
    Congrats to Chelsea for the comedy deadline day move – Wan Ca rada. Commentators / journalists dream.

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  • stan anderson

    Feb 3, 2015 at 8:16 AM

    Comment #7

    Still get 50,000 plus turn up and give him money.
    Thats all that matters to him and fans just dont get get it.

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  • stan anderson

    Feb 3, 2015 at 8:18 AM

    Comment #9

    Just in caseyoumissed it 1st time haha.
    Sorry bout that ahm gettin on a bit.

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  • Transfer Sage

    Feb 3, 2015 at 8:19 AM

    Comment #10

    Lilongwe

    Maybe it’s like our advertising, there was simply nobody at all interested so we just gave it away out of kindness (to a company/club than benefite our Supreme Leader).

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  • Transfer Sage

    Feb 3, 2015 at 8:21 AM

    Comment #11

    Well I think it’s time fab groups around the country got together and really canvased MPs to protect football clubs more.

    There is so much protection given to heritage sites and listed buildings (many of which have no historical significance) so maybe similar protection needs to be in place for football clubs….they are a huge part of our culture and massive in local communities.

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  • Markaccus

    Feb 3, 2015 at 8:25 AM

    Comment #12

    Surprise surprise. I wake to see people defending Mash on the grounds that our financial model is sound….

    WHAT ABOUT THE FOOTBALL?? Our squad is weaker AGAIN after a January window. But as long as the balence sheet is ok…..

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  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Feb 3, 2015 at 8:27 AM

    Comment #13

    Sage,
    Yes, the advertising we can’t sell, yet Benfield Bay Plastics have no problems selling ad space.

    On post 11 – the problem there is that if the government get too involved with the running of football then the national FA’s can face sanctions. These could include expulsion from international tournaments, clubs being banned from competitions outside of England. It has happened to plenty of countries when governments are seen to be interfering in the stranglehold FIFA have over the football world.

    I appreciate all you are talking about is protecting clubs and communities, but I think the government have to tread very carefully here.

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  • banjax

    Feb 3, 2015 at 8:28 AM

    Comment #14

    You could have bet your mortgage on M A not spending any money this window especially after Lee Charnley said as much just lately. But apart from Delli Ali ( who preferred London anyway) I think it was wise to not to buy or sell in this window because as much as he would like to think, J C won’t be our manager at the season’s end and a new head coach will want a say in who comes into the club. As much as the press say our new head coach has no say in who comes in, he can and will express his opinion. So we have to hope that Newcastle can amass enough points for safety never mind a top eight finish and maybe then Mike Ashley will see how his way of doing things simply doesn’t work !

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  • Ibizatoon

    Feb 3, 2015 at 8:29 AM

    Comment #15

    Morning all,

    Markaccus…What’s this “football” you refer to?

    Sounds interesting mate, but this is a NUFC blog, does that talk really belong here?

    So, does anyone know what our 25 man squad looks like now? We’ve spent weeks and weeks debating who could be moved on to free up some room, of course that was with the silly idea of maybe some incoming players, but hey, it was still fun. They’ll never take that from us.

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  • Transfer Sage

    Feb 3, 2015 at 8:32 AM

    Comment #16

    Lilongwe

    I wasn’t aware of that. I don’t think it would happen to a big nation though, it’s the same as FFP it heavily punishes smaller clubs but big clubs who pull in audiences and advertising get a fine which their billionaire owners can easily afford.

    I’m not saying too much involvement, just enough to offer protection to clubs and their fans.

    And on advertising your right, our local cricket club who have 3 men and a dog watch them most weeks manage to sell all our boards, granted it’s just £500 a season but it gets sold.

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  • optimistic prime

    Feb 3, 2015 at 8:33 AM

    Comment #17

    Just looking at the poll and 27 people are happy with the dealings in the window.

    It’s a sad state of affairs when people are only happy due to supposed star players not being sold.

    Small mercies ehh, no another kick in the balls yet the slug has plenty believing it’s for the benefit of NUFC.

    He’s made the money he loaned Rangers in under a week selling and loaning NUFC players.

    Another tidy profit of £10-£15m in the January window.

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  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Feb 3, 2015 at 8:35 AM

    Comment #18

    Ibiza,
    It looks very much like a 23 man squad…

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  • Transfer Sage

    Feb 3, 2015 at 8:36 AM

    Comment #19

    Banjax

    There’s a good chance Carver could be manager next season if he does well this next few months. You know the club like the easy/cheap option where possible.

    I’d agree to a extent if that was the case but we have 2 CBs at the clu who can play this season, one of them has had back problems the last few years so could easiy be out. We currently have 4 fit defenders who have played first team football (then injured Dummet)….even a loan or 2. Somebody like Robert Huth on loan would have done.

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  • optimistic prime

    Feb 3, 2015 at 8:37 AM

    Comment #20

    TS

    I posted this about ffp yesterday don’t know if you saw it but interesting

    http://www.chroniclelive.co.uk/sport/football/football-news/meet-jean-louis-dupont-man-behind-8565058

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  • firebug666

    Feb 3, 2015 at 8:39 AM

    Comment #21

    Sage

    But if your local cricket club was being televised around the world every week how much would that advertising be worth?

    The fact that they as a professional club tell us they cannot sell our advertising to the same value of the interest on that £129 million loan tells you all you need to know about how the club operate, and how dense they think the fans are.

    Yet again we are treated with utter contempt.

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  • jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew

    Feb 3, 2015 at 8:40 AM

    Comment #22

    Morning Ibiza!

    …I am actually quite surprised they didn’t ship out Jonas in the last minute…but knowing them they probably did try 😉

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  • Average_Contents

    Feb 3, 2015 at 8:43 AM

    Comment #23

    Who’s the 48 bellends then? I can think of about 6-7.

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  • croftus5678

    Feb 3, 2015 at 8:44 AM

    Comment #24

    we knew it would happen didnt we ?

    tbh as sad as this is that the club has me thinking in this way but they have me in a way believing its a good window in not losing moussa !!!

    mbiwa free’s up a squad number (dont care about the money in return as again it will be in fatmans pocket not ours) and same with santon although he was very usefull to us as cover in lb/rb position we have better in hairdryer and dummett who are more effective.

    arfa also released so that makes 3 squad members short imo so we should have atleast signed 2 youngsters to get ready for the future outgoings that i think we can all see is going to happen !

    the 5 lads to rangers is a great deal though esp the cb’s as streete/mbabu who will get much needed game time against men and not boys
    bigi is ready for first team now and i reckon its only cos we got abied/sissoko/anita/tiote/colback in for 3 places that he cant get a game !
    fergie i’m not sure on maybe he will stay at rangers after his loan and prob the same for vukic as i cant see them breaking into our team at any point.

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  • Ibizatoon

    Feb 3, 2015 at 8:44 AM

    Comment #25

    Lil…Well, I suppose that means we can easily plan our summer activity now! 😉

    Morning Jesper….My guess is either no one wanted him or Jonas went in to hiding after reading the tweets about Santon.

    “They can’t make me leave if they can’t find me”

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  • Ibizatoon

    Feb 3, 2015 at 8:46 AM

    Comment #26

    AC…There’s 3 more now…jeez, it’s spreading like a virus…

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  • firebug666

    Feb 3, 2015 at 8:47 AM

    Comment #27

    Makems voting?

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  • Ibizatoon

    Feb 3, 2015 at 8:49 AM

    Comment #28

    firebug…That would indicate that they’re also reading and can control a computer with their webbed fingers.

    Surely not?

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  • expatmag

    Feb 3, 2015 at 8:49 AM

    Comment #29

    Facts are there to be seen

    Supposed debt to Ashley…………..129 million

    less

    10 million profit season 12/13…..119 million
    50 million profit season 13/14…….69 million
    Est. 15 million from january……….54 milluon
    Est. Sky money to come 50 m……….4 million
    Est. Savings on transfers to come.0 million

    He could then sell the club at a more realistic price and probably break even.

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  • James Keith

    Feb 3, 2015 at 9:02 AM

    Comment #30

    I actually think these transfers on the whole are good for Newcastle! Vuckic, Ferguson and Bigirimana are never going to make it into the first team, get them off the books and let the younger more exciting players come through the system. Streete and Mbabu will come back with more experience, and hopefully Streete will get a new contract. Got the money back for Mbiwa somehow! Santon gets injured too much and hasn’t actually done a huge amount in his time at Newcastle. Overall I’d say a decent January. Still got a squad of 28, take off 6 or so players who are injured, leaving a squad of 22 to compete with.

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  • The overrated Frenchman

    Feb 3, 2015 at 9:15 AM

    Comment #31

    I watched the highlights on Youtube of NUFC v Leicester in 1998 today. Shearer, Sir Les, Ginola, Tino, Rob Lee etc. What a time that was. Hall and Shepherd may have sent us broke eventually, but they gave us some golden memories, even if we won nowt. Now it’s death by a thousand cuts, if not financially, for certain in spirit. Ashley, Charnley, Graham “snout in the trough” Carr – sycophants like Carver and Beardsley….I hate them all.

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  • Sav

    Feb 3, 2015 at 11:16 AM

    Comment #32

    It isn’t a tragedy, so lets not make it a melodrama. The players we’ve lost have hardly weakened the side. Probably the biggest disappointment is letting Ings go off to play for Moyes in Spain in the summer. MYM wasn’t showing for us and Santon has been upstaged. We get decent money for both. As for the 5 youngsters to Rangers, we don’t know whether their wages are being paid from SJP or Ibrox. Probably mostly from here because the scots are busted. But at least they get matches and others can move up a grade in our academy. None of them were banging down doors to our first team squad.
    For those who wanted shot of Pards, be happy. Its only since he left that thoughts have turned to who might replace him and it turned out there aren’t too many. Is anyone surprised Frank de Boer isn’t packing his case? We ended up with Johnny Carver so lets let him get on with it. and lets be careful what we wish for in future.

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  • dalton7675

    Feb 3, 2015 at 11:56 AM

    Comment #33

    I don’t think signings were needed we have got a lot of players coming back from injury and to be fair to Ashley he made a lot of signings in the summer and I reckon he will again this summer we all know he’s a rich man and worth so many billion but that’s assets just because the guy is loaded dosnt automatically mean he’s going to invest obscene amounts of money in the squad like Chelsea etc we have an average squad which would take 150+ mil to challenge for Europe every year look at man u? all that money and average at best so far maybe MA plan is more long term knowing he can’t compete with the big guns so I think we should bare with him a season or to longer because unless a super rich oil tycoon buys us MA is the best were gonna get!
    also very clever bit of business with rangers loan them our youth for match experience makes sense and should improve them as players.
    I do however agree he should be putting more the profits into first team players but I think his long term plan is focusing on youth and so far he has done a good job with some good players coming through I’d say our youth academy is one of the best in the PL a lot of promising players coming of age

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  • The overrated Frenchman

    Feb 3, 2015 at 12:11 PM

    Comment #34

    I’d say our youth academy is one of the worst in the premier league, actually.

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  • James Keith

    Feb 3, 2015 at 1:01 PM

    Comment #35

    @The overrated Frenchman
    A system that produces Armstrong, Roberts, Abeid, Ameobi, Dummett and Aarons, plus various other players with potential, is far from the worse in the PL!

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