Alan Pardew latest shameless comments on Newcastle – It is never his fault
Alan Pardew has yet again talked about his time at Newcastle United.
As usual, nothing is his fault.
For over four years Alan Pardew provided cover for Mike Ashley’s disastrous running of the club, giving interview after interview which led to Newcastle fans getting ever more frustrated and angry.
However, now Pardew wants to claim that he went up against Mike Ashley and made clear that was what happening at St James Park wasn’t right, which surely none of us believe.
Ashley got rid of a man of honour in Chris Hughton who had done a brilliant job, leading the club out of total chaos with no money to spend and every player sold who Ashley got a bid for. Despite that, Hughton managed promotion with a points total of 102, then stabilised Newcastle in mid-table, only to then be sacked with persistent rumours that he wouldn’t agree to the transfer of star players such as Andy Carroll, unless he was in agreement.
No wonder Newcastle fans were shocked when Alan Pardew was his replacement, sacked by West Ham and Charlton, Pardew had ended up in the third tier with Southampton and they had recently sacked him as well. Why could Mike Ashley possibly think he was the right fit?
We quickly found out that Alan Pardew was simply a desperate stooge, ready to agree to any terms to get the job. Having no say on transfers in and out, promising fans there was no way he would allow Andy Carroll to be sold, only for the striker to be…sold.
John Carver, JFK and Steve McClaren were in the same mould, desperate people landing a job that they’d done nothing to deserve. Like Alan Pardew, McClaren has several times now stated that it was all wrong at Newcastle but he also agreed to take the job on those terms.
That is what sets people of honour like Kevin Keegan, Sir Bobby Robson and Rafa Benitez apart, they would never agree to take a job on the terms Pardew and McClaren did, having too much self-respect to take it.
Alan Pardew says that Mike Ashley has now seen the light but that remains to be seen. Facing relative disaster at both Sports Direct and Newcastle United he has been forced into changed things that he clearly had no intention of doing.
Obviously our concern is with Newcastle United and having now appointed a proper decent manager, we all hope that we never see the dark days again of ridiculous ways of running the club and a stooge like Alan Pardew or Steve McClaren to put a ‘respectable’ front on it.
Alan Pardew talking to BBC Sport:
“I kept nagging him (Mike Ashley), kept telling him that I thought the process was wrong.
“I made that very clear behind closed doors.
“At times I had a very unbalanced team, very unbalanced squad.
“It is very difficult to pick up results when you don’t think the players that are being signed for you, fit what you want.
“That makes it frustrating a little bit and I was a bit frustrated at Newcastle.
“The financial element came first, then the technical side of it.
“But the vision of the manager and how he wants to take the team forward, that must come first.
“I think Mike Ashley, at Sports Direct, has learned some lessons.
“I think he would be the first to say that and he has had to learn lessons on the football side (with Newcastle).
“I think this England thing is becoming a bit of a problem for the manager and it might be a good time to let Gareth have it. I know him very well and he has the attributes to do it.
“I have never been offered the job. If I’m offered the job – I am English, would I turn it down? I don’t know.
“I think I have got the experience to do it. I think I can do it one day. I don’t know if this is the time.
“I’ve just got to hope that at some point we get it right.”
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