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Football Pundit – ‘Newcastle’s 3 For 1 Transfer Policy Is Fatally Flawed’

8 years ago
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A steady defender who made the most of his ability, Gary Neville is doing the same as a football pundit.

While as a player he had a reputation for winding fans up, especially Liverpool supporters, as a pundit Neville has attracted almost universal praise for his insight when analysing for SKY.

On last night’s Monday football programme, Gary Neville had this to say;

“I must admit that 12 months ago when everbody was going big on Newcastle and we enjoyed everything they did last year, but they talked about this genius scouting system and the fact they could go and pick up players in France.

I’m not having it, seven players in that second half (v Liverpool) were from France, it could have been Morocco, Nigeria, Spain; for me it’s gone too far – it cannot be right.

These are your Newcastles, your Manchesters, Leeds and Liverpools, these are northern cities. Dinner’s at 12 ‘o’ clock, tea’s at 5 ‘o’ clock, no messing around. They want identity, they want soul. I’m seeing it with QPR and I’m seeing it with Newcastle; the soul and the identity and the heart is being ripped out.

There was a sense in Alan Pardew’s interview, reading between the lines, there must be cliques developing in that dressing room.

I keep hearing about value for money, when I walk into the supermarket and see a 3 for 1, the first thing I do is wonder what’s wrong with it – the next thing I do is check the sell-by-date.”

As it happens, I think Neville was talking absolute rubbish, tea was always 4 ‘o’ clock in our house!

On a more serious note, I think he is talking a lot of sense but the biggest problem for me is clearly not investing in players last summer when they could have bedded in during pre-season, while instead we bring in five players from abroad and drop them into a relegation fight in January with no time to adapt.

That plus not bringing in a striker to replace Demba Ba have been the biggest factors, not necessarily what time we have our frog’s legs and chips for tea.

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