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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Alan 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?
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