On the back of new eight year contracts for Alan Pardew and his staff, Derek Llambias has also been speaking about a number of other things including what happened, or rather didn’t, in the transfer window.
“Debuchy was a target and we were led to believe it would be around six million Euros but that was never the case, it was a lot bigger than that but it was pounds as well. We worked really hard on it and were keen to do the deal but if you can’t afford it…you can’t afford it. You can’t keep going down the road of saying, ‘Oh well it is only another 2 or 3 million.
We went for several other targets including Douglas, they were just too pricey. We were nearly there but you can’t keep going back to get the price you want if there isn’t the appetite from the other side”.
Llambias’ words finally confirm a number of things that we already knew/believed;
Newcastle are sticking to their policy of offering what they want to pay and it is take or leave it, little or no room for negotiation.
The much publicised and long running chases for both Debuchy and Douglas did happen.
The confirmation that those chases happened, further confirm that Alan Pardew was talking straight when at the start of the transfer window he stated he wanted to bring in a commanding centre-back who could also add goals (Douglas) and Yohan Cabaye’s mate (Debuchy).
Are the club right to pursue this policy? Only with hindsight will we be able to give it our best guess.
The reality now is that Alan Pardew admitted after the match at Old Trafford that Newcastle are short of numbers at centre-half. While we also have our first choice and only specialist right-back, Danny Simpson, winding down the last year of his contract with no new deal looking likely at the moment.
Much as Alan Pardew publicly always talks up what is happening at the top end of the club, if the manager continues to have the club punching above its weight in terms of the resources he’s been given (transfer backing) – then in the medium to long-term Pardew’s future is likely to depend more on how much ambition Mike Ashley shows in backing the manager to bring real lasting success, rather than any eight year contract.
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