Ins & Outs, Pardew Transfer Philosophy
The only sure winner in the January transfer window is Sky Sports News.
However, from our (Newcastle fans’) perspective the really surprising news is that Newcastle United have been the biggest movers in the transfer window, as buyers!
This is what Alan Pardew had to say to BBC Radio Newcastle about dealing with the transfer window as United’s manager;
“We’ve tried to be as honest (as possible). Certainly my philosophy in terms of the media and fans is to get the message out there of what’s going on. I don’t like there to be surprises.
Unfortunately in the transfer market it’s very difficult because people then come in at the 11th hour. We’ve had big success in the transfer market just recently and other teams have noticed, it isn’t lost on them.
So when we come in for a player suddenly another club gets interested and the prices start going up … Suddenly we get into a bidding war. That’s something we try to avoid.
“It’s seven days too long as far as I’m concerned! We’ve got a great side and some outstanding players. They’ve been marvellous this season, they really have and I just hope we can keep it all together because the way the league is structured at moment – with one or two of the bigger clubs having a few problems – it’s an opportunity for us”.
There have been previous stories regarding Ashley’s policy on transfers, allegedly making a first and final offer and so creating a reputation over the longer term that the price can’t be haggled up, though of course as we saw with Carroll’s sale – happy to haggle it up when players aregoing out of St.James’ Park!
Interesting to see Alan Pardew’s comment about certain ‘bigger’ clubs having problems and so creating an opportunity for Newcastle United.
That was exactly the angle I thought NUFC should have approached the transfer window with and very likely the argument the manager used when persuading Mike Ashley to approve the Papiss Cissé purchase.
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