Alan Pardew Advertises Fact That Players Are Up For Sale
Stop me if you’ve heard this one before.
It feels like ‘Groundhog Day’ and I’m experiencing once again the days following the end of the 2012/13 season, the only difference being it comes without any of the warm feelings form the season just past.
Alan Pardew has said the following in an interview with the Chronicle;
You cannot keep a player who does not want to stay.
Having said that, it is going to be very difficult for any club to get a player out of here unless it is a serious or big bid.”
This is surely almost word for word what we heard last summer.
What point is served by saying the above apart from making it clear to other clubs that Newcastle will sell their best players if they are offered enough money.
I can already hear some of you rushing to defend this type of statement, with cries of ‘You have to live in the real world…somebody offers silly money…don’t worry Graham Carr will find some more bargains….why always negative about Ashley…and so on’.
The difference is though that other clubs outside of those who have the Champions League money, don’t go around making it clear they will sell, not if they have any ambition anyway. Yes we all know if Real Madrid want Mike Williamson it will be hard to keep hold of him, or if PSG come in for Dan Gosling we’ll have a fight on our hands – but there is no need to put the ‘For Sale’ signs up.
I have little doubt that in the days to come we will be treated to quotes and headlines, from Alan Pardew and club friendly journalists, along the lines of;
‘Keeping best players this summer will be success for Newcastle United’
”If elite players stay it will be like making top new signings’
‘Priority for Newcastle must be to retain key players’
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