Former Newcastle United manager, Alan Pardew, has broken his silence regarding his decision to swap St. James’ Park for Selhurst, citing several key reasons behind his shock exit, mainly fan support and ‘financial constraints’.
Tellingly, Pardew revealed that Crystal Palace ‘met the (release?) clause’ in his contract, which left him with a simple choice between the two clubs.
He also said he had been given assurances by the Palace board that there would be money available for ‘one or two’ new players.
“It’s difficult, because it (Newcastle) is a big club. It’s a club that’s run on fairly tight financial margins. Our net spend was one of the lowest.
“We’ve had to really work hard at transfers because the funds for a club that size makes it difficult sometimes, for the fans, to understand that you need to have a slow progress and build slowly, which we did during my four years there.”
Now, I’m certainly no fan of Mike Ashley but given the amount of international football players he has had given to him in his four years, I don’t think Pardew can cry too much.
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Ok, so maybe he didn’t get Darren Bent or Jason Puncheon but he did get the likes of Cabaye, Sissoko, Ben Arfa, Cisse, Ba, Debuchy, Janmaat, Cabella, De Jong, Anita, Haidara, Marveaux and M’bwia to name just a few – these are all players who Crystal Palace fans would love to have.
Only Haidara and Marveaux are yet to win an international cap so it’s hard to see how Pardew can honestly believe it’s going to be better at Crystal Palace. And surely if he sees himself as a top Premier League manager, he should have been able to do a lot better with the Newcastle squad.
A lot has been made about the club selling our best players without replacements lined up but to be fair this only happened really with Andy Carroll. Does anyone really blame the club for selling Carroll for over £30m?? It was way too good an offer to turn down.
As for Cabaye and Debuchy, both of those players asked to leave. Cabaye was belatedly replaced by De Jong, who Pardew totally raved about, and Debuchy replaced by Janmaat who has turned out to be twice the player Debuchy ever was. Maybe if Pardew had realised how effective Sissoko would be in the Cabaye role we wouldn’t have struggled so much when he left??
I was as annoyed as anyone that we didn’t bring in another defender or another striker in the last window but I’m sure Liverpool fans would be just as upset with the fact they ended up with Balotelli. A player who a lot of Newcastle fans would have been delighted to have signed at the time.
Hindsight is a wonderful thing, maybe there just wasn’t a quality striker available at the time for the right price?? As the window came towards a close, Newcastle stuck, Liverpool decided to twist….and I for one am glad we didn’t end up lumbered with Mario!
There is more to this Pardew departure. My guess is, he knew he was only a few bad results away from getting the boot. I heard a rumour that Pardew and Charnley recently had a falling out after the former asked him to try and sign Darren Bent and Charnley told him to keep his nose out and stick to coaching the team.
Now I’m not saying Bent would have been a bad signing given the fact we do need a proven goal scorer but he is on a massive wage and doesn’t fit the blueprint of the kind of player the club signs these days. It certainly wouldn’t surprise me to see Bent move to Palace now.
I worry about who Newcastle will now appoint as ‘Head Coach’. But whoever it is, surely can’t be any worse than Pardew. I think deep down he knows that when it comes to working with top international players, he just can’t cut it. It was pure fluke that he stumbled across Sissoko’s best position, in the middle of the park. It’s also tragic that he kept Mike Williamson but allowed M’bwia to leave on loan.
I just hope Newcastle seize the moment and bring in a top coach to work with our squad. Someone who knows where to play them and how to get the best out of them.
There is a good reason why so many of our players are full internationals. They are very good players who deserve a coach they can learn from and develop.
Money has never been the problem at Newcastle, it’s the coaching that has failed, and has done ever since Sir Bobby left. The club has to get this next appointment right because otherwise it doesn’t matter what players we have or who we sign, they are not going to play to their full potential.
Hopefully the new coach can quickly un-Pardew the likes of Riviere, Cabella and Gouffran.