Alan Pardew Angry Public Statement Denies Remy Claims
Alan Pardew has reacted angrily to claims by Loic Remy that the [intlink id=”43348″ type=”post”]Newcastle manager was a party to the player missing the Liverpool match[/intlink], and possibly others, despite not being injured.
The Remy claims were made in an interview with L’Equipe over in France, the player saying the following;
[intlink id=”43365″ type=”post”]\”The coach Alan Pardew understood my point of vi[/intlink]ew. We had nothing to play for. I did not want to risk getting hurt again.”
“Following media reports today concerning my player selection for our final game of the season against Liverpool, any suggestion that I colluded and agreed with our loan striker, Loic Remy, that he did not have to play in this game are wholly untrue.
“To suggest that I considered there to be nothing riding on that game is also completely false. Our final league position was at stake, as was the race for the Barclays Premier League title for our opponents, Liverpool.
“What is more each and every one of us associated with the club was desperate to get a result for our supporters, especially those 2,800 travelling fans who made the journey to Anfield that day.
“The reality wqas that Loic sustained an ankle injury in our game against Cardiff the previous week. The results of an MRI scan conducted after that fixture revealed ligament damage and swelling around the joint.
“It was a result of this injury, and the fact that Loic was unable to complete any training session during the week leading up to the Liverpool game, that meant he was not fit for selection.
“Had Loic been fit then clearly, without question, he would have been selected to play in what was a crucial game like every other.”
Obviously nobody at The Mag would be cheeky enough to suggest that maybe some people at Newcastle United, and certainly not Alan Pardew, don’t treat Cup games as quite as crucial as Premier League matches….
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