The Chronicle has an interesting piece out today on the way transfers were partially controlled under Alan Pardew.
Each position was controlled by the amount of total wages set for each of the individual positions and that wage figure couldn’t be exceeded.
So we suppose that was based on keeping the total wages at the club below a certain figure and at a certain percentage of the revenues the club was receiving.
Graham Carr – responsible for bringing players into the club
As an example, if we had a right-back at the club we could bring in another one, but only if his wages kept the right back position below the allotted maximum wage figure.
So if the right back we had was getting £40K/week and the allotted amount for right back was £65K/week we could bring in another player – but he couldn’t be paid more than £25K/week.
That sounds like a typical thing former Managing Director Derek LLambias would do – it’s all based on money – but that has all been changed with Rafa coming into the club and money is no longer king at the club – players are.
No word on how the total transfer money available for each window was arrived at, but we assume the club would allocate a maximum amount for each transfer window.
That would be what Chief Scout Graham Carr would be guided by – since he was the one who decided which players would come into the club in each transfer window – not Alan Pardew.
It was a daft system that never worked and was completely scrapped when Rafa Benitez joined Newcastle earlier this year.