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Pardew Covers For Poor Transfer Strategy With Europa Excuses

8 years ago
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Why have Newcastle United disappointed in the Premier League?

Yet again this weekend we have had Alan Pardew putting the blame on participation in the Europa League;

“It has cost us points and without a shadow of a doubt we wouldn’t be in this position if we weren’t in the Europa League.”

I’m sorry but I just don’t see the European competition as the decisive factor.

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Yet again with Newcastle drifting towards the relegation zone, the manager is once more covering up for the atrocious decision making my Mike Ashley and Derek Llambias last summer.

Newcastle didn’t buy a single automatic first teamer in that summer window, with supposed ‘purple’ Vurnon Anita hardly having a look in once we bought some decent players in January.

Without those players arriving I believe we would be sitting in the bottom three without a hope, not because of Europe but because of a ridiculous transfer ‘strategy’ last summer.

Newcastle faced their toughest European opponents so far in Metalist and Anzhi, yet in the Premier League matches that followed those games, with the help of the help of the new players, United beat both Southampton and Stoke (after falling behind to both and making it even more difficult for themselves), then we were cheated at Wigan where the team deserved something for their performance.

European competition was no barrier for the team then because we had players up to the job, earlier in the season less than a handful of injuries meant we were playing people such as Williamson who are way off the standard needed.

If this season ends in disaster then it will be the people at the top to blame. Alan Pardew very publicly said last summer he needed a number of quality players, particularly in defence, to compete.

His opinion was ignored and no amount of backtracking by the manager will change the facts of why our league season has fallen apart.

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