Pardew Admits To One BIg Reason He Left Newcastle

Alan Pardew had been very successful since he left Newcastle for Crystal Palace a year ago, and he now has Palace in 5th place as Newcastle continue to fight against relegation and are 3rd bottom of the league.

And just in case it wasn´t clear that one of the big reasons he left Newcastle was that he didn´t have control of the transfers at Newcastle – he has said it again today.

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Alan Pardew – while at Newcastle

This is what Alan has said was a big reason he left Newcastle when left for a smaller club:

“Of course I questioned my sanity at times because Newcastle is a big, big club,” “But the timing was right for me and Newcastle to say ‘OK, you go down a different road now, and let me go down a different road’.”

“And Palace Chairman Steve Parish’s assurances on the transfer situation were key to me coming here. He said I would have full control over transfers.”

“The way transfers were done at Newcastle, I didn’t entirely agree with, and I didn’t want that here. That was one of the big reasons I came.”

We did notice that in December of last year Alan was very vocal about wanting a striker brought into the club,  because we were finding it hard to score goals.

After 19 game played last season we had scored 22 goals – three more than we have scored this season so far.

And we have to believe that Alan was told nobody would be arriving in January (not one player was brought in as it turns out) and that´s also one of the reasons he took the Palace job when it opened up.

It´s interesting that Steve McClaren also has no say in transfers and a year later he is asking that a new striker be brought in this month.

We don´t think the way the club is being run works at all well – but we are like a broken record and Newcastle seem unwilling to change the way they do the transfers – with Graham Carr (completely) in charge.

Maybe if we change we can get out of fighting against relegation most seasons?

It would be really embarrassing if we are relegated and Crustal Palace qualify for Europe this season.

Comments welcome.

121 comments so far

  • lesh

    Jan 2, 2016 at 10:03 AM

    Comment #1

    His words speak volumes and I live in faint hope that Ashley hears what Pardew’s said and disregards any dissenting voices from Carr and Charnley.

  • jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew

    Jan 2, 2016 at 10:03 AM

    Comment #2

    Nezza…but neither of them were buying championship players to save them from relegation!

  • geordieboy83

    Jan 2, 2016 at 10:04 AM

    Comment #3

    Personally don’t care where the players come from or how old they are, so long as they are good enough. The reality is premiership proven British players are hard to come by that are actually better than what we have, better than what we can get abroad, and not stupid money. Problem is no matter which way we go with it, some will be a success some will be a failure.

    People a few weeks ago were saying what’s wrong with us not signing players like mahrez Nd kante for 400k and 5 million respectively! Reality is if we had signed them players the vast majority would be screaming and shouting going for foreign cheap imports with sell on value, then if we sign British hard working players, mclaren will be a dinosaur and any manager can battle results out but we play shite football as we have no flair.

    Guess what I’m saying is no matter what we do, who we get, us as football fans will end up complaining. It’s what we do.

    Disclaimer: not people on this blog, all of us footy fans from everywhere

  • jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew

    Jan 2, 2016 at 10:05 AM

    Comment #4

    Ed…you have posted that interview before! Or at least that exact quote!

  • spitfire_

    Jan 2, 2016 at 10:08 AM

    Comment #5

    pardew is right, but why he didn’t quit sooner, after the transfer policy was so bad? The transfer policy was the same from his day one in the club. And why he didn’t speak that way, until he was in the club? Because he’s spineless.

    And just quick reminder – he took Newcastle in the end of 2010, he took Palace in the end of 2014. His first full season he finished 5th in a season when Liverpool and Chelsea have a bad season that year, in his first full season at Palace, he’s 5th so far with not so good Chelsea and Liverpool.

    So let’s see the next season.

  • Laurent Robert 32

    Jan 2, 2016 at 10:09 AM

    Comment #6

    Thanked himself for incoming player at Newcastle and signs ex-Newcastle players at Palace. Chancer.

  • Rotonda heights

    Jan 2, 2016 at 10:11 AM

    Comment #7

    I thought it was cos he was s–t and in yet another awful losing streak when he left. Ed I know you, nag 52, manx and munster have a love in with the guy but please he’s gone, can you please stop dragging this vile self serving individual up, let it go man.


    Ash is trying to do the classic after the horse has bolted routine which is quite ironic given his remarks re – bolting hoses to carts etc.

    It would have been so much more beneficial to throw 15M a year at a top coach with great contacts than hoy 12M at the likes of Thauvin and 13m at an overhyped slow fat thug like Mitro.

    It’s hilarious the bs that has come out of sjp in the last 8 years like ”’ we vet a player’s character”!!!

    Truly shambolic from top to bottom

  • Rotonda heights

    Jan 2, 2016 at 10:14 AM

    Comment #8

    it must have been really hard for AP having Ba, Cisse, Ben arfa, colo, guti, cabaye, krul, santon etc all in their prime.

  • croftus5678

    Jan 2, 2016 at 10:16 AM

    Comment #9

    transfers hmm fair enough that would excuse the ambition for pards even though he said on many occasions he was happy with it at the time but i suppose if he does not have a back bone he has to say what his boss wants to hear !

    however it does not excuse the many times he played long ball or defensive footy or taking forwards off for defenders or even like macca’s doing also in playing players out of possition !

  • jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew

    Jan 2, 2016 at 10:16 AM

    Comment #10

    geordieboy83…do you anything to back that up? Does buying PL proven players ensure a higher league finish?

    Could you do some research into the transfer dealings of lets say the consistently top 8 PL teams over past 5 seasons of so?

  • jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew

    Jan 2, 2016 at 10:16 AM

    Comment #11

    Especially how many British players they bought!

  • NezzaNUFC

    Jan 2, 2016 at 10:19 AM

    Comment #12

    Right lads here’s something about today’s match.

    I was speaking to a fellow fan and about Arsenal and he states watch today’s match in anger because Arsenal are a dirty team when playing against Newcastle.

    Over the years Arsenal have taken dives around the box that leads to a free kick that leads to goals against Newcastle, she also says with SM stating he will play physical against Arsenal it would be the worse thing to do against them with them being light weight and diving like they got shot.

    Stats will show today with Arsenal having less fouls than us and probably have more free kicks than us if not double the count.

  • jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew

    Jan 2, 2016 at 10:21 AM

    Comment #13

    *have anything to back that up…

  • croftus5678

    Jan 2, 2016 at 10:25 AM

    Comment #14

    @12 nezza

    to our credit (apart from perez) our players tend to stay on their feet and dont go down anywhere near as easy as other teams do which is why we lack set pieces lately !

    look at our stats now compared to when guti was playing for us ! he won us a shed load of free kicks just knowing when to go down.

    it’s not right and not fair but we are one of a very very few teams that practices fair play.

  • angelswithdirtyfaces

    Jan 2, 2016 at 10:31 AM

    Comment #15

    Message to the Board and Owner – re player recruitment policy

    Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.
    Albert Einstein

    Three quality players please:-

    ACM playmaker

  • Jib

    Jan 2, 2016 at 10:31 AM

    Comment #16

    You just have to lookat our home game against them 29th August Cocquelin screamed like a girl and 5 minutes later was running round like a blue arsed fly

    Coloccini Cazorla

    Mitrovic (16 – violent conduct)

  • geordieboy83

    Jan 2, 2016 at 10:32 AM

    Comment #17

    Jesper in all honesty no mate no proof hence why I said some will be work some won’t.

    Man United – scneiderlin 24mil – miss so far
    Mata 38 mil- success
    Jones 20mil – miss
    Smelling 10mil – just about success
    Shaw 30mil – miss even before injury

    Man City
    Sterling 49mil – so so
    Delph 8.5 mil – miss
    Bony 29 mil – miss

    Chambers – miss
    Ox- succes but 15 mil for league 1 llayer at the time
    Walcott – see above

    Alli – huge success
    Davies – failure so far
    Walker – meh

    Lallana, lambert, Milner, lovren all average so far

    Henderson good but not of same calibre as say wijnaldum but cost 6 million more


    Lukaku success
    McCarthy again decent but cost the same as wojnaldum

    That’s a quick skim over British and Premiership experience players the big boys have signed and MY opinion on whether they’ve improved the team, been value for money etc. reality is they’re all huge money and not many have improved the teams they’ve joined


    Jan 2, 2016 at 10:36 AM

    Comment #18

    Tbf we don’t get fouled often because we play with no pace so there is no need to foul our lads barring Sissoko but most of the time teams can let him run on the outside because there’s no one to hit a cross to and he’s not tricky enough to get inside and shoot

  • NezzaNUFC

    Jan 2, 2016 at 10:36 AM

    Comment #19


    Aye mate but look at the other games when Pardew was here, if Arsenal can’t get the goals from open play they take a dive.

    The season they won 1-0 at Newcastle came from a dive from Mata who scored the free kick game after that we played away and another dive from Arsenal which led to a free kick which Giroud headed in.

  • optimistic prime

    Jan 2, 2016 at 10:37 AM

    Comment #20

    Funny that as when here you were always happy with the squad.

    More bollocks from Pardew

  • NezzaNUFC

    Jan 2, 2016 at 10:40 AM

    Comment #21

    Shit sorry not Mata it was Cazorla lol

  • optimistic prime

    Jan 2, 2016 at 10:56 AM

    Comment #22

    In 12 months Leicester have gone from whipping boys to whipping everyone!
    Not with fortunes spent or radical coaching but with a change in mentality.

    Funny what can happen when you put the work rate in and help each other on the pitch.

  • davetoon

    Jan 2, 2016 at 10:58 AM

    Comment #23

    Wheres the mid season scorecard from the fat controller on the NUFC web site?

    How is he held accountable for the promises that he made during that interview before the final match last season.

  • Rotonda heights

    Jan 2, 2016 at 11:01 AM

    Comment #24

    as someone mentioned i could have sworn Ap personally thanked himself for the transfers. not sure the guy could lie straight in bed.

  • beermonkey

    Jan 2, 2016 at 11:07 AM

    Comment #25


    who do we play out of position and are there better players in the squad in that position not being used

    the out of position players whats there best position

  • Moonraker15

    Jan 2, 2016 at 11:08 AM

    Comment #26

    Pardew didn’t worry about not being in full control of transfers when offered the job when on the dole or when he signed the 8 year contract! Freakin hypocrite! I can’t wait for that prick to fail; and we know he will cos he thinks he’s better than he is! T@sser!

  • Swoonara

    Jan 2, 2016 at 11:10 AM

    Comment #27

    It must have been harder having Ba, Cabaye, Remy,Debuchy etc. sold from under his feet without any say in the matter.

  • Lee Dodd

    Jan 2, 2016 at 11:20 AM

    Comment #28

    It will be the Same wit Big Mac so Basicly Unless we get a Premier leave Striker Defender and Midfielder rather than another Mitrovich Type striker … Maybe Remy on loan again ??

  • Sav

    Jan 2, 2016 at 11:25 AM

    Comment #29

    If Mashley spends as much as he will need to to ensure we stay up, we may just end up with a decent team next season by default – assuming Chinless Charlie isn’t ordered to flog off half of it during the summer.

  • Average_Contents

    Jan 2, 2016 at 11:26 AM

    Comment #30

    Nobody’s arsed

    Nobody’s arrsed

    Alan pardew

    Nobody’s arsed

  • SUTTY1978

    Jan 2, 2016 at 11:32 AM

    Comment #31

    Pardew after Remy Cabella was signed

    “A lot of work has gone into his signing and I’d like to pay tribute to my staff, in particular Graham (Carr) and myself, Lee (Charnley), Mike (Ashley) and everyone on the board.”

    And people wonder why we think he is a prick?

  • banjax

    Jan 2, 2016 at 11:39 AM

    Comment #32

    If Ashley is prepared to spend big money to keep us in the Premier League then he start by getting rid of Lee Charnley and McLaren – scrapping our failed transfer system – hire a new manager with funds like De Boer and for the perfect menu for success – Ashley gets the f@@k out our club. Maybe the last bit was reaching to far !

  • Toonfan8

    Jan 2, 2016 at 11:43 AM

    Comment #33

    Willems, Shelvey and Batshuayi would be good and Matip / Vestergaard… That’s about 50M…and give us something we are lacking, creativity, power?…

  • Toonfan8

    Jan 2, 2016 at 11:44 AM

    Comment #34

    Redmond would be bonus

  • AncientC

    Jan 2, 2016 at 11:47 AM

    Comment #35

    Pardew should dish the dirt or just leave the subject alone. We all know a payrise was a large factor in his move – he must have knocked back a few offers from Palace to get the money he eventually settled for. Look at his transfers too, Ameobi, Cabaye, even Wickham was a Carr target at one point.

  • Jib

    Jan 2, 2016 at 11:49 AM

    Comment #36

    If Gary and Phil Neville’s Valencia win , Rafa Benitez could be back in the job market by Monday morning

  • Laurent Robert 32

    Jan 2, 2016 at 11:57 AM

    Comment #37

    And tried for Colo, Ancient. Possibly will try for Remy Debuchy as well. Good riddance.

  • Rotonda heights

    Jan 2, 2016 at 11:57 AM

    Comment #38

    Rafa would be an absolute dream. he would do a root and branch job and have a huge resource of contacts.

  • Rotonda heights

    Jan 2, 2016 at 11:59 AM

    Comment #39

    toonfan 8

    that would be amazing. we’d still have sm as manager but even he couldn’t cock that up – could he?

  • AncientC

    Jan 2, 2016 at 12:00 PM

    Comment #40

    I had forgotten about Pardew’s interest in Colo, thinking back now, Bamford was another player Carr was looking at that went to Palace.


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