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.

and

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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70 comments
Harry Todd
Harry Todd

There would have been no club left if it were not for Mike Ashley.The club was bankrupkt and in need of urgent repair.

Even Sir John and Freddie admit as much.Would at least give Mike another year as could have used the thirty four million to reduce his loan but has kept it back to buy players so not the worst man in the world.

Plus we have had nearly a full team out all season so cannot be as unlucky again next season.

De Jong to get the winner on Saturday keep the faith.

ilullissat
ilullissat

Ashley could have had the fans feeding out of his hands if he'd played his cards right.They would have taken to him like the Messiah but he decided to go the other way.God only knows why.You can make enemy's but not of your customers 

Jarra MIck
Jarra MIck

That's your opinion Geordie but ask any of those seasoned fans who've been going for more than 40 years and they will tell a different story. For us he has ripped the soul out of the club, he's made even the most loyal fans turn away from the club. Some are so angry they want us to go down! A few more years and we won't have a loyal fanbase we'll have day trippers supporting our club. This shift in supporters is already happening.

KevinBrown11
KevinBrown11

Em yes he has!! And he dumped idiot carver on us.

NicholasDryden
NicholasDryden

You sound just like Ashley coming 17th each year and doing nothing in the cups or europe  suits him down to the ground.

NicholasDryden
NicholasDryden

I would say Ashley certainly has ripped the soul out of the club. His awful managerial and other staffing appointments have diluted interest so much to a level where there is a massive ''disconnect'' between club and fans.


Which other multi million pound industry would employ Wise, Llambias, JFK  twice, Pardew and carver and engage with Wonga. Everything Ash touches reeks of tacky cheapness and classlessness. Ash defines nouveau riche, loads of money but zero class.


Wingpaddock
Wingpaddock

Stand back we'll fight him. if you don't want to fight to get Ashley out I'm sure thre's some else you can do.

jimmy3knees
jimmy3knees

@Wingpaddock I agree with fighting him, if the next manager is a joke and the team still stinks. But doing it now? increasing the risk of relegation makes no sense at all. We're more likely to get him out if we're still in the PL.

jimmy3knees
jimmy3knees

@NottsToon @jimmy3knees @Wingpaddock Because no one bought us last time we went down, Ashely ploughed countless millions in the save his investment and we ended up even more in debt to him. One of the main reasons we're not an attractive investment now. We'd be even worse off then. 

jimmy3knees
jimmy3knees

@NottsToon @jimmy3knees @Wingpaddock Ha ha I'm not suggesting he put that money in out the goodness of his heart! But its not "an accounting exercise" either. That debt (about £120 mil i think?) however you define it, has to be paid off by any prospective investor. He's not loaning himself, he's loaning it to Newcastle United as a corporate entity, that a very important distinction. 


People keep saying sh.t like "get real" and "wake up" ...but i'm sorry, but there isn't much discussion on here about the reality of relegation or the chances of selling up as a championship club. I'm genuinely worried and shocked at how many people actually seem to believe that getting us relegated is going to help. Make no mistake. If we go down, we are deeper, much deeper in the cr@p than before. 


If you want rid of him, get behind the team now and do it next season. If you can't wait that long, start to boycott and mudslinging once (if) we get another 3-6 points. 

jimmy3knees
jimmy3knees

@NottsToon @jimmy3knees @Wingpaddock Ok, so you're saying- Mr Mike Ashely (the famous tight @rse) will just write off aprox £120 million, plus the future earning from the new PL TV deal that would be got from promotion, all the gains and sponsorship for sports direct, gut the squad to minimise his losses, sell to a nice benevolent new (very rich) owner, and everything will be good again? 


And you're telling me to wake up? Honestly, hand on heart, nothing worries you about that scenario? 



jimmy3knees
jimmy3knees

@NottsToon @jimmy3knees @Wingpaddock Ha ha Ok Notts. Run me through how you do imagine getting relegated, then the club being sold will pan out. 


Obviously you can't know for sure, my poor dimwitted brain can just about comprehend that much. But humour me. Convince me its a positive thing. 



jimmy3knees
jimmy3knees

@NottsToon @jimmy3knees @Wingpaddock Oh yeah and i think "benevolent" means- Someone who is a massive dumb ass and forgets to check what words actually mean before accusing others of improper use. Oh wait, no. Thats sarcasm!! Damn it ... stupid me ... 

Gaffa201
Gaffa201

@NottsToon @jimmy3knees @Wingpaddock Please tell me where he made £129m? and if you quote the free advertising i'll point you in the direction of the circa £8m a year interest that a bank would have been owed on said £129m

Mister Tee
Mister Tee

@jimmy3knees

Why should the debt have "to be paid off by any prospective investor"?

Let's say I see a house I consider a bargain. I pay £134,000 for it (like Ashley paid £134m for NUFC), the house is probably worth more, perhaps about £160,000, but as it isn't as good as similar houses on the same street I consider it worth a punt (NUFC compared to other PL clubs of a similar size?)

Let's also say that I get a minimal survey done on the house, not one of those top of the range inspections, just a drive by valuation, and no problems or clauses are flagged up (like Ashley not doing due diligence?).

Once I have bought the house I am informed that it has a leasehold and I have to pay ground rent every year, I didn't do due diligence so I can't blame anybody but myself for not knowing this. I decide it will be better in the long run to buy the freehold (like Ashley settling our previous debt?).

After a year a notice the house is subsiding (NUFC being relegated?), failure to do due diligence means there is no allowance in my insurance for this and I have to pay (for arguments sake) £100,000 to correct this (like Ashley loaned the club £100m after relegation?).

This brings my total outlay to £234,000 (plus costs of purchasing the freehold) when the real value of the house is around £180,000.

What would you put the house on the market for if you wanted to sell it?

Would you expect the next buyer to pay you an extra £50,000 for all the things you had to correct because you didn't do things properly before you bought it?

Should he wish to sell he will want his money back, I can understand that, however the reason he get's his free advertising is tied into us being given that loan interest free so can't you see he is getting something back from us anyway?

He has had his money back in 7 or 8 years of free advertising.

How much do you think that has saved him?

Not to mention the extra money he now gives to Sports Direct that used to go to NUFC from the club shop.

He will (hopefully) be realistic in his demands when the day comes for him to sell and not expect to get away with paying absolutely nothing towards the club otherwise I fear he will price a lot of people out.

He made mistakes, both before buying the club and while he has been here - he continues to make mistakes and gamble on our Premier League existence, something the club say is the most important thing above all else, and I do not see how or why he should EXPECT his money back.

Gaffa201
Gaffa201

@Mister Tee @jimmy3knees in simple terms Ashley paid off NUFCs debt therefore Mike will want his money back.  The club is worth less with the above debt but an investor will have to pay him that up front which may not be the case it purchasing the clubs share capital which may prove a problem when trying to sell

jimmy3knees
jimmy3knees

@Mister Tee @jimmy3knees Top marks for a thorough reply MR Tee! Impressive. And i would agree, i think he's probably made enough money off the club and should not expect his money back. The fact remains, that i very much doubt he would sell Newcastle United at a loss or cheaply ... even if the gains made else where far out weigh those losses. Sadly. 

Mister Tee
Mister Tee

@Gaffa201

Yeah, he paid the debt off but still wants it paid back.

He didn't have to do that, it was being covered, but he did it so he could have something to hold over the club as a means to plaster Sports Direct all over the stadium and still look like a canny guy because we don't have to pay him interest.

Surely as soon as NUFC became owned by Mike Ashley the previous debt did too?

His fault for not looking at the books properly?

He thought he could make a quick sale at a profit to cover any minor losses at the start of his ownership but unfortunately his incompetence helped the club drop down a division so he had to put more in to stand a cat in hells chance of making anything out of us and 'saving face'.

Are we really any better of with the terms of his loan as opposed to the banks?


jimmy3knees
jimmy3knees

@Gaffa201 @NottsToon @jimmy3knees @Wingpaddock Agreed. If he's sneak that amount of money back without disclosing it in public accounts, its fraud and you have proof Notts, lets see it ...


But i think smarter men than you ...er i mean me, would have unearthed that long before now if it was true mate. But keep up the paranoid conspiracy theory's ... always good for a laugh. 

Gaffa201
Gaffa201

@Mister Tee @Gaffa201 He expected to be repaid via club profits didnt he which are not what he expected to until the latest TV deal. The clubs balance sheet is only about £8m better off since the day he bought it. The tw*t whats his money unfortunately and there really is nothing we can do about that despite many comments thinking we can 

NottsToon
NottsToon

@jimmy3knees @NottsToon @Wingpaddock Simply, as sole owner of the club he bears sole liability, the owner and the club are one. There is no "corporate entity" in sole ownership, just a man moving money from one of his bank accounts to another.


You say relegation is dangerous, to who? Again, we are sole owned therefore the costs must be born by the owner, ever heard the phrase "cut your losses"?

NottsToon
NottsToon

@jimmy3knees @NottsToon @Wingpaddock Where the hell did I say that you dimwit? Where do you get your figures? Do you honestly think he hasn't already made his loan back and more simply because the club (Ashley) tells you so? Where did I say he would sell to a benevolent (I doubt you now what you that means from your usage of it) owner?


The scenario you just created you mean? Bloody hell man, you're a loon.

NottsToon
NottsToon

@jimmy3knees @NottsToon @Wingpaddock And back to the straw man argument, point out to me where I said relegation would assist the sale of the club? I wrote an entire article on the subject of relegation, so when nursey has done feeding you your soup go and have a look for it rather than me writing it again in simplified terms for you.


Ask one of the other residents to help you out with the big words.

jimmy3knees
jimmy3knees

No, you my friend, are the loon if you believe that.

NottsToon
NottsToon

@jimmy3knees Says the man believing Ashley's (the court proven liars) self propagated fantasy.....aye, alright kid.

NottsToon
NottsToon

@jimmy3knees @NottsToon @Wingpaddock Why do you think the club was for sale? It makes him a mint. He loaned the club (himself) more money to cure a situation which he caused by his incredible ineptitude and you want to give him more chances?


The club is sole owned, the "debt" is Ashley loaning himself money as an accounting exercise, wake up man.

NottsToon
NottsToon

@jimmy3knees @Wingpaddock Why are we? What on earth makes you think that a continuation of the same will change the situation? A choice between relegation and the owner losing advertising revenue, I say bring on Doncaster.

jimmy3knees
jimmy3knees

Well I'll be honest and admit I've mixed up that relligation issue with what someone else was saying on the same threat, it wasn't you, and Im happy to admit when I'm wrong. My humble apologies on that point.

However, to say The "debt" myth has been propagated by Ashley and the local press and is now regurgitated by "fans" who should know better. ... This is the very definition of a straw argument- for someone so keen to condisend on the subject of literacy, it boarders on madness. That is conspiratorial, lazy tosh. Let's see the proof notts, let's see you back this up with any form of evidence before you get on your high horse and throw around terms like 'strawman argument' ...when ur argument teeters on the thinnest blade of straw imaginable. Show us the evidence.

Chemical Dave
Chemical Dave

He ploughed countless millions in ? Haha I smell a rat !

wowski13
wowski13

A rational voice at last. I want to see the back of him as much as anyone but not at the expense of my support of the club.

Chemical Dave
Chemical Dave

Gave up reading this stomach churning appeasement halfway down. Guarantee that when FCB eventually leaves and strangles the last life out of the club, simpering apologists like the author will suggest "it.would have been different if we had been nicer to him". Gutless and pathetic.

jimmy3knees
jimmy3knees

@Chemical Dave Somethings got change Dave. Why can't we change if he first shows he can? Surely anything is worth a go at this point isn't it? If it doesn't work. Then hound him out. No? 

jimmy3knees
jimmy3knees

@Chemical Dave Then you're one sick puppy Dave. No i don't particularly think he's a nice guy, nor do i really care. But shouting blind abuse at the owner of club is the only thing thats happened in 8 years mate. Thats the only message thats been coming from the us fans. Fat B@astard joke if varying amounts for 8 years. Why not say- enough is enough, but offer to try something else, if he'll change too? This next transfer window and manger appointment being his last chance. What is there to loose at this point? If that doesn't work, then yeah we all do everything we can to get him out next season. Either way, now is not the time to poison the atmosphere further. 

No Brainer
No Brainer

@Chemical Dave You carry on whinging but you never say what you would do differently, ya still wanting KEEEEgan back.

Chemical Dave
Chemical Dave

If you're hoping after 8 years that there's a nice guy in there who just wants a cuddle to give him a change of heart then you're even dafter than the author. Personally, I hope something terrible happens to him...and soon.

NottsToon
NottsToon

@jimmy3knees @Chemical Dave How many times have the next transfer window been seen as "Ashleys last chance" in the last 8 years. He has lied time and time again (proven in court at that) to the fans, the media and his own staff, why should we give him any more chances?


It's time for him to go, sooner the better. This campaign, these boycotts, the store protests are just the beginning, no more appeasement, no more bowing down, no more chances. Time to end this charade, time to take back Newcastle United and let it be a football club again.

jimmy3knees
jimmy3knees

Completely agree. We might have a black and white soul, but we don't have to think in black and white terms. 


Who actually believes this man is some sort of pure evil bond villian, rubbing his greasy hands together and laughing as he plots his next evil plan to make us look like idiots. Do you really believe that?


OR


Is he just businessman who was naive about football, and especially Newcastle United, who's made some big and embarrassing mistakes but is sick being called a fat c.nt every 5 seconds and therefore hates us as much as we hate him? 


Isn't the second explanation maaaybe a tad more likely? And to be honest, i couldn't care less who runs our club as long as we can believe in the manager and the football. 


Personal attacks on Ashely gain absolutely nothing and probably serve to demotivate him even further into not giving a t@ss, never listening fans, and focussing entirely on the money side of things. Its a broken relationship. No communication. A really REALLY not a good atmosphere for achieving in high end elite sport.


The man is a business man, so can't we make him a simple deal?- Things need to improve Mike, its beyond a joke now, SO, give us a manger and a team we can believe in. And we'll stop the abuse. 


You surprise us and change you're character, and maybe we'll surprise you and even start talking about you in positive terms. Give and Take. 


If not, we'll stop turning up to games after the next transfer window closes in massive numbers and wreck the club before you do. Just NOT right in the middle of relegation scrap FFS!!!! .... I'm looking at you the 'Ashely Out' campaign! Not really brilliant timing is it lads?). Anyway, can it not be the- "A Deal for Ashely Group", or even the- "Ashely Ultimatum" group?! Then maybe get Matt Damon involved if some of you still think Ashely is an evil genius ... (Jason Bourne? Good vs Evil? No? ... I'll get me coat ... See you all for the Rotherham away fixture next season ....

No Brainer
No Brainer

@MarkBacon What would you like to here him say.

You should stop giving him contempt, as he notices it.

jimmy3knees
jimmy3knees

@MarkBacon I understand why you're so f.cked off and angry Mark. It's not like I'm not either. But why now? Why not after and if we escape relegation. For a start we're a lot more likely to get rid of him if we're a premier league club. As i seem to remember, we didn't get many takers last time we went on the market and we were relegated. They weren't exactly cuing up to buy us on ebay. Personally, i don't want to go through that b.llox again, only for Ashely to put in more loans to get us back up and end up more in debt to him ... and back were we started, but in a worse situation. 

jimmy3knees
jimmy3knees

@MarkBacon Even if you think that Mark. Are we not more likely to get rid of him if we're still in the PL next season? Tell me if i'm wrong, but they weren't exactly cuing up (on ebay!) to buy us the last time we got relegated. 

NottsToon
NottsToon

@jimmy3knees @MarkBacon Or in the 7 seasons in the Premier League, do you actually think that the club has been up for sale whilst it offers the advertising of the Premier League? Do you honestly think that the fat new TV contract from Sky makes him want to sell?

1toonman
1toonman

@jimmy3knees @MarkBacon ”I hold in my hand a piece of paper" 


Remember? Didn't work for chamberlain with Hitler &  I wouldn't  trust the fat  man either! Appeasement? .........divn't think so! 

MarkBacon
MarkBacon

Having read both of the article and your comments.  I am happy to say that i not not agree with eiter ot you. Businses man, yes he is.  However, the way that he has systematically torn the heart of our club without any attempt to communicate with the fans and show an absolute lack of class and respect!!  No  i do not think that he deserves anything from me except comtent and a desire to rid our club of his toxic cancerous plauge.  support the Boycott Ashley HWTF  OH and if it take vists to  rotherham and the like to  get rid then so be it, at least  there would be hope!!