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Alan Pardew – Not Just Clever With His Team Selection

12 years ago

Following the pivotal win over the red half of Liverpool, Alan Pardew has been much in  demand by the media and as a guest on radio station TalkSport the day after the match, he had this to say.

“At the moment everyone wants to play for Newcastle and we’ve got players who are genuinely happy. There’s a lesson to be learnt with Jose Enrique and Andy Carroll, sometimes the grass isn’t always greener.

When things are well and there’s a nice environment why would you want to leave? There’s investment in the squad, hopefully my players will look at that during the summer and use that as an example.

Mike Ashley has proved that he’s a difficult seller and I know that. There are no nasty songs about him going round the ground anymore, I think the fans appreciate he’s got the club in good shape, our wage bill is half of Liverpool’s.

We’re in really good shape and it’s not like we really need to bring in a load of cash”.

Alan Pardew (in my opinion) has often used the media to cleverly get his message out there.

On the surface our manager here is simply bigging up Ashley and that under his ownership Newcastle now find themselves with arguably a better team than Liverpool and unarguably on only half their wage bill.

However, I think his last line is the real message, ‘We’re in really good shape and it’s not like we really need to bring in a load of cash’. 

It might be only a statement of fact that the finances of the club as revealed in the latest accounts are in  a much healthier state (a profit of over £32m when players transfers in and out are included).

However, I think it is also a statement to Mike Ashley that the manager wants to keep his best players and he wants to make this clear to the owner in the most public of ways.


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