Yesterday Crystal Palace and former Newcastle manager Alan Pardew curtly swept aside transfer advice that had been given out by former Palace manager Neil Warnock.
It’s rare that a manager criticizes another manager in his press comments before a game, but that’s exactly what Alan Pardew did yesterday when being asked if he was interested in signing QPR striker Charlie Austin.
Alan Pardew – critical of former Palace manager
Neil Warnock had said earlier this week on talkSPORT that he thought Crystal Palace would be a good fit for Charlie Austin and recommended that he sign on for Palace over Newcastle United.
When told about these comments this is what the former Newcastle manager had to say:
“Neil Warnock was the manager here and he didn’t do very well so I am not really interested in his opinion.”
“Charlie Austin is of no interest to us.”
Neil Warnock was manager of Crystal Palace twice, the first time being from 2007 to 2010 and he was their manager when we beat them 2-0 in the Championship six years ago this month, when we were in the Championship for one season.
Mike Williamson made his debut for Newcastle in that game and was our Man of the Match in the 2-0 win and we signed him from Portsmouth for £1M – and Mike seems likely to leave us this month for Wolves or Leeds.
Palace not being interested in Austin could presumably leave the door open for Newcastle this month, but we never seem to take the easy option and probably Graham Carr will bring somebody less experienced and younger in from the continent for more money than the £8M it would take to sign Austin this month.
Charlie scored 18 goals in 35 league appearances last season for QPR, so he knows how to score goals in the Premier League, although he has a hamstring injury at the moment.
The scary thing for Newcastle is that we make too many mistakes in this transfer market – as we did a year ago – the result will probably be that we will be relegated.
That’s why this month is so important for the club.