Alan Pardew has blamed Mike Ashley’s transfer strategy for Newcastle United’s failure to build on the fifth place finish in 2011/12.

The former United manager saying that after his first full season when he won the Premier League Manager Of The Year award, his lack of control over transfers was a killer.

Pardew saying that players were forced on him who weren’t his choice, with the club failing to go after the players he felt were needed.

After that fifth place finish, Alan Pardew stated in a BBC Newcastle radio phone-in that a number of signings were going to happen, saying that a dominant centre-back and a number of other players had been identified and would be brought in.

Instead, only Vurnon Anita was brought in, a central midfield player when Newcastle were desperate for that dominant centre-back and another striker, amongst others, whilst they already had a number of choices in the middle of the pitch.

The lack of control over transfers is perfectly seen with Yohan Cabaye.

Mike Ashley’s stupidly rigid policy of buying nobody over the age of 26/27 means that the likes of Cabaye and any others who are 28+, are instantly ruled out, even if they would be ideal for the team.

Pardew being backed with £12.5m by Palace to bring in the French playmaker this summer.

Alan Pardew talking to the Telegraph:

“Was I really giving myself the best possible chance?

“I didn’t want the agenda I had (at Newcastle), I wanted a different one, part of that agenda was the lack of control over the squad.

Full control:

“The one thing that is different at this club is that I have full control of transfers – the chairman and I have no one between us and we discuss things every day.

“That was something that was important to me after Newcastle because there were players who went in there who were for the club’s purposes and not for my first eleven purposes – that is frustrating, especially after I had such a great start.

I didn’t have a problem…:

“When you have a way of playing and there’s a player you have to take who’s a better financial proposition than one who fits better then that’s tough.

“You are the manager there but you are there to coach the team, I don’t have a problem with that and I didn’t have a problem with it at Newcastle, that was the agenda and it was explained to me when I went there – but as a manager I prefer this agenda.”


 “At Newcastle it had got to a point where it was very difficult for me. We had just beaten Everton, we were ninth in the division and were unpopular.

“I had taken this team into the quarter-finals of the Europa League, OK we had a down year and some dodgy moments after we sold a couple of players, but I just thought, ‘You know this is not going anywhere now. I need a new challenge’.”