This time last year, Alan Pardew took part in a radio phone-in and talked openly about what his intentions were for the summer planning for the following (this) season.

What he said at the time has been much quoted since because things that the manager clearly was confident were going to happen, never did. The obvious conclusion for most is that Mike Ashley put the block on the manager’s plans and didn’t make any transfer cash available.

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AlanPardew15Alan Pardew last summer said categorically that we were going to sign a dominant centre-back who would also add goals, somebody close to Cabaye who everybody assumed was Debuchy and which was later confirmed, while the manager also revealed he was going to bring in a specialist coach to work on set-pieces.

None of these things of course ended up happening last summer; no centre back knocking in goals, no Debuchy (until January) and most definitely nobody working on set-pieces.

This is how we reported the Radio Newcastle talk-in at the time;

Alan Pardew last night revealed that Newcastle United would be buying a new centre-half this summer.

Fielding questions in a radio phone-in with John Carver on Radio Newcastle, the manager stated as fact that the club would be bringing in a defender who would compete with Steven Taylor and Mike Williamson to play alongside Fabricio Coloccini.


Speaking last night in a Radio Newcastle phone-in, Alan Pardew admitted that he wanted to bring in a player who was close to Cabaye.

To his credit Alan Pardew is repeating the event and will join Mick Lowes in the Radio Newcastle studio this Friday (17th May) from 7pm to 8pm.

We await with interest to hear what will/won’t happen this time.

What question would you ask Alan Pardew?

(Leave your question in the comments below but please remember if you use any ‘naughty’ words the comments system automatically doesn’t publish them)

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BlingEagle 5pts

Credit to you NUFC fans for your reaction to this pitiful example of journalism. There's still plenty time to turn your season around. Here's hoping you get your Christmas wishes - players fit to wear your shirt and a fanzine blog worthy of your club. Keep the faith

southernfairy 5pts

I am a non Newcastle fan, (Yeah, soz I'm Palace). But you lot on this site are an utter joke and you do your club and it's followers a great disservice. I was at the game on Saturday and on the way to the ground and on the way home I met numerous Geordies who are are credit to NUFC, passionate followers of their local team who shares the highs and (more so recently) get frustrated by the lows but none of them came across like the bitter, sad, vindictive and delusional morons who "write" for this "publication". True fans you are not and it is an insult to them that claim to speak for them.

Polarboy 5pts

The editor of this fanzine needs to be sacked. 90% of the article contributors are fecking morons and they're giving us a bad name.  

breenebass 5pts

i'm sure i have read on here a few seasons ago about how zaha would be a great asset to the toon.

sour grapes do not sort out our internal problems. newcastle fans are lauded as some of the best, passionate and fairest fans in the world where we give credit where credit is due.

articles like this tarnish the reputation of a once great club- blaming other teams players when we weren't good enough takes focus off the real problems newcastle united are facing. please avoid doing it next time we take a hammering

andrewn2001 5pts

Are you kidding me.  We dont help ourselves with articles like this. The fact that  our captain spent more time on his arse or with his back to the ball let alone the volume or lack of commitment from every single one of the money earners not fit to wear the black and white. Picking on a player who was simply too good for any of our boys is like being in the school yard and saying my pa will smack yours.  grow up man.

BaldEagle10 5pts

Great reporting once again. This truly is THE go to place for a decent article. I'm not quite sure exactly where he says 'I'll keep on diving' but I assume it is somewhere, this being the mag - one of the most reputable sensible article writers of all time. I have to assume that he said this somewhere else and that the mag accidentally missed the quote out from their article - and not take any notice of how silly that is, seeing as the article states that this is what he said in its headline.