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James Perch Transfer Shows Contempt Alan Pardew Is Held In

8 years ago
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Sometimes it isn’t the big headlines that give you the biggest insight, often it is the smaller stories that do that job despite causing barely a ripple for the neutrals.

It has been revealed today that James Perch is on the verge of joining Wigan in a deal reputedly around the £700,000 mark.

It is nufc.com who have broken this story and are usually reliable when it comes to stating things as fact.

As background to this imminent move, another strand to the story has been added.

Mark Douglas of The Journal has also given us the following insight;

“Know Ashley knocked back Pardew’s plea to give him (Perch) a new contract back in March…”


The sale of Perch would appear to achieve very little, apart from getting one of our lowest wage earners off the books and a relatively meaningless amount of money into the coffers.

Not being harsh but upper end of Championship is probably Perch’s level in terms of playing week in week out but after a dodgy start he has proved to be a great utility player, filling in when needed into defence and especially in midfield.

When you consider that his fellow utility man, Ryan Taylor, won’t see any action next season then it is especially baffling to see a player leave who provided great cover at an Ashley kind of price. Not to mention the fact that he comes over as a really good sort to have in the dressing room and fans who have came into contact with him have had nothing but praise for Perch.

It also lays bare just how little (no?) say Alan Pardew has at the club, at the time (March) holding the title of ‘LMA Manager Of The Year’ and yet he can’t even push through a cheap new contract for a player such as Perch.

I remember last summer getting a bit excited when Newcastle let the likes of Lovenkrands, Smith, Best, Forster etc go early in the transfer window. I wasn’t so much celebrating them leaving (well ok, only one of them!), as for the fact that I thought well if the club are letting these players go then it has to mean they must be bringing in much higher quality replacements…as surely they wouldn’t sell off those on the fringe of the first eleven just to get a few coppers in.

Famous last words and it will be interesting to see if history repeats itself with Perch, Williamson and others.

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