As my esteemed collegue, ‘Thump’ also reported on the pages of this ‘blog, he also accused them of lying “all the time” on his official Twitter page, which seems to have gone missing in action. To refresh your memories, the war of words started back in May when master of discretion, Alan Pardew, started giving a running commentary on the players contract renewal before they had even begun saying:
“We have been waiting to see his representatives, they are due here in the early part of next week.
“We are going to make Jose a very, very good offer and we are hoping he is going to accept it.
Adding a note of caution though, he then continued:
“We are realistic about Jose, because the ball is in his court on that one, not in ours.
“He will be offered a fantastic contract here, he knows that, but still it is going to be down to his decision. I am still hopeful.”
There have been numerous bloviations from Pardew on the issue from the club’s point of view since then, too many to recount here, to which Enrique finally responded on the now deceased Twitter page mentioned above. Enrique struck back:
“The club is allowing all the major players of the team to go. Seriously, do you think it is the fault of the players? Andy [Carroll], nobby [Kevin Nolan] etc etc. This club will never again fight to be among the top six again with this policy.”
On the “fantastic contract” mentioned several times by Pardew since May, ‘El Toro’ added:
“They give the money I have already. They lie all the time. But is no for money is because they don’t want spend in the club and bring quality players that’s why everybody go.”
Yet even after this remarkable outburst, Pardew still says that he still wants the player to stay at the club, telling Tynside newspaper, The Journal:
“As a manager, of course I want him to stay.
However, possibly fearing a repeat of the Andy Carroll situation in January, when the player was sold to Liverpool in the last moments of the transfer window when there was no time to find a replacement, Pardew then added:
“The worst thing for us would be if he went late, that’s the problem.”
“We are trying to do some business because we need to cover ourselves in that area between now and the end of the window regardless of Enrique.”
But what do you think of Enrique’s comments? Do you think that he is right to say that the club is “allowing all the major players of the team to go”, that they will “never again fight to be among the top six again with this policy”, and finally, that “they lie all the time”? Or do you think that Enrique has gone too far and should be flayed alive on the centre circle of St. James’ Park?
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