Former Newcastle manager Alan Pardew had some interesting quotes in the match programme on Wednesday night.
Addressing the Newcastle fans, Pardew said that he didn’t bear any grudges and hoped that everybody could move on.
However, it was his comments about the net spend while he was at St. James’ Park and having established a platform to go to the ‘next level’, which interested me.
Pardew believes he was successful relative to the lack of money available (net spend) and now talks although Newcastle could now take a step above that.
However, with pretty much every other club spending big in the transfer market, unless Mike Ashley radically alters his narrow strategy with regard to investing in the squad, it is impossible to see how realistically Newcastle United can out-perform their rivals.
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If Pardew is indicating that a lot more money would be available in the future then you would have to question whey would he then have jumped ship at this point, after going through all those years of being undermined by Ashley refusing to properly fund the team/squad. Particularly after that fifth place finish and when United were in a similar postionmidway through last season.
The new TV deal will no doubt see some quite eyewatering deals been made for players, both in terms of transfer fees and wages, as clubs scramble to make sure they will still be around in 2016 to share the massive new broadcasting revenues.
Maybe there will indeed be a chance of realistic funds being made available to take United to the ‘next level’ but via new owners, with Mike Ashley just maybe seeing this new TV deal as the clincher to maximise his return by selling the club in the next 18 months.
Alan Pardew writing in the Crystal Palace v Newcastle match programme;
“For a variety of reasons the Newcastle supporters ran out of patience with me as manager of their club.
“I can assure each and every one of them who have travelled to Selhurst Park, I bear you no grudge.
Remember the good times;
“You love your club more than any owner or manager and the pressure that goes with a massive job like that is well known before you take the challenge.
“Let’s all move on and try and cherish the good days we had together.”
Southampton a similar story;
“We took the team to fifth place in the Premier League and it is an achievement that can never be taken away from any of us who were involved.
“Southampton’s push for a top four finish this season is probably the only comparable story in recent years.”
“If you look at the net spend we had in my time at Newcastle, you can only conclude it was a successful period because the club I left are established in the Premier League with a platform to go to the next level.
“It is a legacy that I am proud to have on my record.