Alan Pardew Admits He Is Now Living In Hope
Two friendlies left and less than three weeks to go until the madness starts all over again.
Well when I say madness I am speaking about the particular madness that is the Premier League, whether the general madness ever has a rest from Newcastle United is another matter.
I often feel these days that Tyneside is a bit like an occupied territory, the natives understanding that there is little hope of becoming free men (and women) at the minute and so you get on with making the best of a bad job. Some might see those of us till going to the matches as collaborators but that might be taking the comparison a little too far…
So what about our leader, or should I say second or third in command to our new overlord, Joseph Kinnear.
Has Alan Pardew got any rousing words or insight for us in terms of gift wrapped quality signings belatedly charging through the door?
Well if he has, he is keeping it very well hidden.
This is what he said to the Northern Echo on the signings front;
“I am hoping that something happens before the Rangers friendly, I think that is a realistic deadline for my team in the background to hopefully get something done.
All I would say is that we are keeping our options open regarding strikers because we can only do a deal that is right. If a deal is right we will do it, if a deal is not right we won’t do it.
You can only be as confident as the feeling that you are getting and the feeling I am getting at the moment is we are pursuing and at the end of the day we will get something.”
Now Alan Pardew might not have the last word on signings but as the man who is key to what happens with the team and SHOULD be the most important person at the club, surely he shouldn’t be left talking like the rest of us?
Living in hope, relying on ‘feelings’ and talking about the club only doing a deal if it is ‘right’!
Surely that is what every club does, they look at what they have got and what they need to change to improve things. Then they look in their purse to see what they can afford and go to the relevant shop/club and spend their money.
We were always told in the past that the club identified targets and then if they didn’t sign number one they moved on to the next on the list and so on.
Everybody else has done most or all of their shopping already, the shelves are looking bare. January’s arrival of five players showed that Newcastle most definitely can get a player, or five, over the line when they really want it to happen.
Taking our manager’s rousing words I’m guessing we may get one over the line if they are the right/bargain price.
As Alan says though, ‘if a deal is not right we won’t do it‘. Words that could well come back to haunt Alan Pardew and everybody else connected with Newcastle United if Newcastle head into the new season without strengthening and just like every other club, we pick up a few key injuries.
Just like Mike Ashley’s Sports Direct shares, prices in the transfer market go up and down. There has never been a better time for those who are selling players, with every Premier League club guaranteed around £20m extra TV money in the coming season.
Clubs are not going to panic and sell, I really fear that the deal(s) Mike Ashley would be willing to give the nod to, simply don’t exist at this moment in time.
Where that leaves us very much depends on how full, or empty, you think your glass is already.
Glorious Goodwood, Tuesday 30th July – Saturday 3rd August 2013
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