Alan Pardew ‘We Have Always Managed To Get Somebody Over The Line’
I sometimes get the feeling these days that Alan Pardew is acting a bit like somebody who has either given in their notice,or who knows that the factory is shutting at the end of the month so what does it matter?
After the weeks of silence following Kinnear’s appointment, Alan Pardew has now belatedly said the odd ‘right’ thing such as ‘no reason why Joe and him can’t work together’ and ‘on the same page’ etc etc
However, while at times in the past his comments in interviews have at times been erratic and occasionally against all known logic, I sense now that he is almost feeling a freedom these days, a release from the stresses and strains of being seen responsible for every single thing that happens at St.James’ Park.
Now the manager has a safety net, or rather some other idiot who will take the blame. Joe Kinnear cannot complain about this as he is the one who has made it clear that he is in charge and whether it is Pardew or Graeme Carr, they report to him as Mike Ashley has put him in charge.
So Alan Pardew, when asked, repeatedly says he has every confidence in Joe bringing in the player/players he needs. With a smile on his face, Pardew is setting up JFK for such a fall, not that he has far to drop in most fans’ eyes considering how badly they think of him already.
The manager even feels comfortable here rewriting history when he spoke to the Telegraph as it heaps even more pressure on Kinnear;
“They (Remy, Gomis, Bent) are all very much on the radar, we will pursue them until we get them.
I am not concerned about any of them slipping away, I think that we are in the market still – we will pay what we think is the right price.
We have done that ever since we have been here. We have always managed to get somebody over the line and I think we will this time.”
Of course Newcastle haven’t always got somebody over the line, whether it was when they sold Carroll, tried to buy a frontline striker (Remy) in January, or the farce that passed for a transfer window last summer.
Pardew though is happy to keep raising the expectation of fans because he isn’t the automatic pantomime clown any longer, we now have somebody in that role and the club didn’t even have to buy him a new outfit for the part.
Glorious Goodwood, Tuesday 30th July – Saturday 3rd August 2013
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