Pardew Reveals Cabaye Sale Was Needed to Fund Striker In Summer
Alan Pardew has revealed that the reason Newcastle didn’t buy a striker was down to Yohan Cabaye not leaving in the summer.
While most fans had come to the conclusion in the last transfer window that no significant buys would be made unless others left, it is only now that the manager has revealed this as fact.
“Sometimes it was finance that was getting in the way (of making summer signings).
It was extra difficult for us because we also had the Yohan Cabaye situation.
If we had lost Yohan, we would have used some of that money to not only replace him but also to go in for a striker.
So we waited and it was very difficult, a bit like a poker game in a way.
Fortunately Yohan stayed, I do think he is an important player for Newcastle.”
This interview on Goals On Sunday is bearing all the hallmarks of the much talked about interview Alan Pardew gave on Radio Newcastle last summer, when he spoke openly and stated as fact the various signings he would be making. Only for Mike Ashley to undermine his manager by not giving him the finds to build on the breakthrough fifth top finish.
This time, Pardew has been openly critical of his owner as well as revealing insights such as how desperate the situation is inside the club, with for example no signings able to be made this summer unless our better players sold.
These next four Premier League matches against Liverpool, Sunderland, Chelsea and Spurs could well decide Newcastle’s season and Alan Pardew’s future at the club.
Chris Hughton was sacked when Newcastle were mid-table and only weeks after stuffing the mackems 5-1 and winning at the Emirates, whether Alan Pardew’s free talking yesterday will prove brave or foolhardy, or both, we may be about to find out.
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