Alan Pardew Fights His Corner With The Press – Not To Be Missed
I suppose on the basis that Alan Pardew won ‘Manager Of The Year’ when Newcastle finished fifth, maybe he does have to take the lion’s share of blame on the pitch.
However, the positions that Mike Ashley puts the manager in off the pitch, are way beyond the call of duty.
Yes I know many people doubt him tactically and on team selection but to say he doesn’t get the support a Premier League manager deserves is only scraping the surface.
Today saw the press conference in advance of Morecambe v The Toon, however it turned into the Yohan Cabaye show.
The press were lined up to fire question after question and it ended up being gripping stuff, if you have already paid the forty odd quid to watch the club’s official TV channel then I heartily advise you to watch this press conference. How on earth they let this go out unedited is a complete mystery because Alan Pardew was looking like he was going to explode at any minute.
There’s nothing worse than when you are put in a position of answering for your boss’ daft decisions, this is how the Cabaye exchange went today between Alan Pardew and the press;
Any Yohan Cabaye update, has he been fined or has he trained?
No update I’ve got to give you, no.
So no further offers?
People will look at Wayne Rooney working his socks off for Manchester United and then do a comparison with Yohan and it looks a little stark?
That’s your opinion, we have our own opinions but we’ll keep them to ourselves for the moment.
What is your ideal end to this saga?
He stays or he goes.
Does it vindicate the club’s policy of long-term contracts for key players because you are in a strong position?
We are…and the bottom line is if a world class player moves on, then it has to be world class money.
Whose decision was it to keep him out of the West Ham game?
You can ask but you ain’t getting an answer.
How much more difficult does it make your job when one of your best players…?
(Anticipates and answers before finishing question) The position we are in has been forced upon us in a way, but the timing of it hasn’t helped with the Manchester City game. It is an ongoing situation and like a lot of players this transfer window there are a lot of problems while it is open. Where we are right now, I don’t want to really say any more. He won’t play tomorrow night (Morecambe) for sure, then we will see what happens on Saturday.
I can understand why you don’t want to talk about it but it is the one thing all of the fans are talking about?
Absolutely and I have got no problem in addressing them but the answer isn’t as simple as a yes or no. The answer is he is either going to be sold and we are going to have to replace him in this window, or he is going to stay. Both situations, I as manager have to protect him and protect this football club, more importantly.
The fans are saying that this is not a way for a professional to behave?
Listen, the opinions that our fans have, I respect and that is their opinions – but I don’t want to comment any further. I think I have answered enough questions on him now and I think we should move on.
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