As the transfer window closed, Alan Pardew talked about the problems the window causes and not just in terms of who actually ends up going and (not!) coming in.

“Have one or two heads got turned in the dressing room? Possibly, though the manager is the last to know. I’d heard rumours here and there just as the press do but I try and ignore it.

Is it a factor? It probably is when you look at Victor Moses for Wigan and Sinclair for Swansea.

It is unfair on those teams and Newcastle United. If I was at Manchester City, every team I played during the transfer window I’d link myself with a couple of players, why not?

Once the window shuts there is a bit more clarity in players’ minds. You’re here until January at least, so get your arse in gear!”.

It is a bit of a strange one and if you asked the people who run football why the window goes beyond the start of the season then no doubt you’d get some garbage answer, a bit like if you asked why they have international friendlies THREE(!) days before the start of the season.

At Newcastle I think it’s not just Alan Pardew who has been wondering what on earth is going on.

For starters you had Steven Taylor wondering if he was going to have to be welcoming Carroll back through the door after everything that had passed between them, while at the very start of the window the manager stated as fact he was going to bring in a dominant centre-back who would also score goals.

Then of course we have Danny Simpson. Headlines every day about Debuchy arriving and if the media got fed up with the French full-back they just threw a different one into the mix every so often.

So there we have Simpson who doesn’t find the contract offer acceptable and knows he will be sold if a player comes in, doesn’t exactly make for ideal preparations for the season.

Alan Pardew talking about players having their heads turned, I think some of them at St.James’ park must have had their heads spinning.

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