Alan Pardew leaving Newcastle United for Crystal Palace was a surprise, though in other ways it wasn’t.
In 99% of cases fans are up in arms that their manager has dumped them for another club.
In Pardew’s case though it was very different.
Most Newcastle fans were pleased to see the back of him, while at the same time they were understanding as to why he’d prefer to be at Selhurst Park, despite them being seen as a ‘smaller’ club.
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The January transfer window has given us an instant illustration of why Alan Pardew dumped 50,000+ crowds and a club that generates the 19th highest amount of money in the World.
When the transfer window slammed shut last night, Crystal Palace had backed Alan Pardew with a loan signing (Sanogo), a free agent (Shola) and six other players bought in;
Yaya Sanogo (Arsenal – Loan)
Jordon Mutch (QPR – £4.75m)
Shola Ameobi (Free Agent)
Pape Souare (Lille – Undisclosed)
Andreas Breimyr (Bryne FK – Undisclosed)
Wilfried Zaha (Manchester United – Undisclosed)
Lee Chung-Yong (Bolton – Undisclosed)
Keshi Anderson (Barton Rovers – Undisclosed)
While back at Newcastle United, there has been the following transfer activity this month;
Mapou Yanga Mbiwa (£5.5m – AS Roma permanent deal completed)
Alan Pardew (£3.5m – Crystal Palace)
Davide Santon (Initial loan to Inter Milan – reported permanent deal for £3m+ after X number of games)
Hatem Ben Arfa (Contract terminated)
Haris Vuckic, Gael Bigirimana, Remie Streete, Shane Ferguson, Kevin Mbabu (All 5 loaned to Rangers until end of season)
Of course Newcastle haven’t brought in a single player, even on loan.
So while Palace have committed to spending an estimated extra £20m+ on transfer fees and wages this season, Mike Ashley has potentially made around £15m in extra profits this season on fees received and saved wages.
In addition, while Palace have committed to long-term financial commitments with the wages of players such as Zaha, Souare and Mutch, Ashley has cleared Mapou, Ben Arfa, Pardew and almost certainly Santon, off the long-term wage bill.
We are days away from an expected NUFC profits announcement of £50m or more for Mike Ashley last season (2013/14) and now with this January’s transfer ‘action’ he has guaranteed more of the same for this season.
Spending money doesn’t guarantee success but cynically not investing in your squad season after season, is certain to prevent any potential ever being realised and your best players sooner or later, leaving for more ambitious clubs.
To those who move for ambition we can even now include the hapless Alan Pardew.