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Pardew: the club is not yet stronger than last year

Posted on August 19th, 2011 | 32 Comments |

Pardew admits that Newcastle United is not yet a stronger club than it was last year.
Upbeat about transfers.
Newcastle United appear to be struggling to land a new striker and a new left-back, but Alan Pardew has not given up hope. The Newcastle manager admits we’re not stronger than we were last year but thinks we will be by the end of the transfer window.

The prospect of signing Modibo Maiga seems to be fading with every day and it seems that Sochaux’s Chairman Alexandre Lacombe is going to force Maiga to see out his contract until 2014.

There are those who speak and those who do,” said Lacombe, although quite what he meant by that is anybody’s guess, but the French press are suggesting that the door is now firmly shut in terms of Maiga transferring to Newcastle.

The window however isn’t, and Alan Pardew thinks we may still be able to nip in that way and land our man. The usually mute manager had this to say:

He is a player we want to bring to the club. That is where that is. Negotiations are still ongoing.

In terms of a left-back, the Dutch press are reporting that Erik Pieters will probably not start for PSV on the weekend, raising further speculation about our interest in him. However, we’re apparently ‘struggling’ with an expensive transfer clause in his contract, which probably means that Ashley’s wallet is too caked in dust to prise open.

Interestingly, I noticed some comments in the Dutch press from Jelle Goes, the ‘Head of Youth Education’ at PSV, about the ‘poor state’ of fullbacks in the Premier League. He suggests that we don’t produce ’rounded’ fullbacks who are equally able to attack or defend, whereas both parts of a fullback’s game are addressed at Dutch academies.

Anyway, that’s an aside. Apparently this contract clause is enough to put us off Pieters and Aly Cissokho is now our favoured target, for whom The Journal suggests we’ll submit an improved bid. Pardew had this to say about the left-back situation:

The left-back situation is a week down the line and the plan we had went straight into action.

Of course everybody knows we need a left-back and it is being made difficult not by us but by other clubs.

We have to get over that. We have to make sure we reach an agreement with the other club which is right for them and right for us.

Whether that’s relating to Pieters or Cissokho is not clear. Pardew went on talk about the recruitment process in general:

I can only reassure people that not only have we tried to secure players but we are trying to secure two players we have in the building.

That process is very, very important as well. We are trying to make sure this club going forward is stronger than it was last year.

As it stands, when we started the season, I would say we are not at that position yet, but hopefully we will be.

I don’t think I need to nudge Mike Ashley. I think he is very much aware of that. I don’t think I need to nudge him any more – I have nudged him enough!

It is like where Arsenal are as well and a number of other clubs – like Spurs – you have to get the deal which is right for the football club.

Asked about whether or not we might actually have to cough up some more money to land some of these players we’re after, Pardew said:

We might have to do that and we might be at the stage where we are doing that.

So that question might be talking out of turn there. I have sat in another press conference as I have done quite often here with nobody across the line, but at some point we will.

Well, let’s hope so Alan.

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32 Responses

  1. Bored of this.
    No replacement number 9 – The Board sitting on 35m and 7 months to get one in….C’mon lads we are being fed a different flavour bullshit every time this idiot opens his mouth.
    Now we need a LB known that for months now and a keeper……shocking.

  2. The situation with Modibo Maiga looks like Ben Arfa déjà vu all over gain. No club, French or otherwise, is going to risk the disruption to the dressing room that is caused by a player who doesn’t want to be there and has made it known to all concerned what his priorities are. I think Sochaux will hold out for as long as possible hoping we will increase our bid and then, just like Ben Arfa’s French club, suddenly capitulate.

    I wonder what contract clause might be in Erik Pieters’s contract that could delay or prevent us signing him as he is not some Champions League superstar. He is barely known outside his own country. Very odd.

    The situation with Aly Cissokho is odd too. He was rated very highly in previous seasons with a value certainly a lot more than €8 million that is reported now. I wonder whether these two players are smokescreens. Smoke and mirrors I wonder.

  3. “I can only reassure people that not only have we tried to secure players but we are trying to secure two players we have in the building”

    there are two parts to this bullshit statement;

    “I can only reassure people that not only have we tried to secure players”

    this gets trotted out every year when we have done nothing but bid for players we have no realistic chance of signing (Erdinc, Gamerro etc) – to attempt to justify that somehow it isnt the club’s fault they sat about with their collective fingers up Mike Ashley’s engorged arse

    “we are trying to secure two players we have in the building”

    this will refer to the two bairns who played against Gateshead, somehow proving that we have signed SOMEONE (like bairns who may not even see the first team) and thus have somehow done enough

    yet again, Pard sits infront of a clown from Sky and lets the wind blow his tongue about. he talks a lot, yet says nothing…

  4. He hasn’t got a clue what’s going on, he just gets told “Yes Alan we are trying to do X and Y”

    “I don’t think I need to nudge Mike Ashley. I think he is very much aware of that. I don’t think I need to nudge him any more – I have nudged him enough!”

    Further proof that Mike Ashley has no clue about football. Why has Pardew got to nudge him about anything? Why is it other chairmen and owners know about recruitment and what needs to be needed?

    Listen to Redknapp this morning, Daniel Levi (dunno how to spell his last name), does all the recruitment. Harry says he needs a striker, and he sorts it for him. When Harry gets asked on transfer matters, he says “I don’t know, the chairman sorts it”.

    Pardew just spouts bulls*it because he wants to come across as he is in charge. He is nothing more than a head coach.

  5. “The left-back situation is a week down the line and the plan we had went straight into action.

    “Of course everybody knows we need a left-back and it is being made difficult not by us but by other clubs…..

    how exactly?? – are they asking for a reasonable fee for one of their players or summit – how the f@ck is mike & del suppose to run a massive football club like newcastle when this type of thing is going on?

    shocking behavior like this should be reported to the footy authorities without delay.

  6. 12… exactly mate…Ashley clearly is one hell of an offensive rude guy who has a massive self inflated ego and he cant grasp that when he offers 5 million for a 7 miilion rated player that the other club dare say no and ask for that players true worth. AShleys response to a club that asks the offer to be raised is one of’ well you can get fuked too” is a serious problem. it would be good if AP resigned i think.. and you know what.. i think he might just do that by the end of this window.

  7. I can’t stomach anymore Partridge waffle.
    It really has become so blatant that he is paid to tell lies to the fans.
    Please leave Mike and Co and take your tacky banners with you on the way out.
    This regime has had long enough to serve up a decent team and have failed miserably in almost every possible department.
    Not funny anymore Fook Off Please.

  8. @16 – unless a player has a 70% off tag attached then the fat controller wont be parting with any of the clubs money.

    i said this in jest but it’s probably close to the truth.

    frightening.

  9. Jumping on the “let’s see if Pardwho really does have shlt for brains” bandwagon, I read today “Boss to keep faith with same eleven” i.e. the same starting line up.

    Exactly what part of last weeks pitiful excuse did he think warranted another repeat perfromance ? One shot on target in the entire 90 minutes with their keeper having no meaningful saves to make !!!

    Even I can tell at this early stage that unless we play Columbus Crew again, Ba and Ameobi wont work in the BPL. One or other but not both FFS.

  10. it would be good if Pards could nudge a volatile wild tiger into ashleys bedroom.

    LB – How is Pieters too much? Surely Cissohko is more?…is the only other option wayne bridge (i hope not)?

    STRIKER – If Modibo fails, back in for Tovension (the swede striker)?? Who else, Erding??

    The time to spend money is NOW!

  11. i find it hard to beleive that some people say that we need to get behiond the owner and manager etc…. no way… they need perhaps understand that to get respect you have to give it.

  12. i hope Modibo does fail as he sounds crap anyway.. and going on strike at the drop of a hat seems a bit worrying to me.. plus of course .. he cant score goals so there is not much in his favor tbh.

  13. Milner, aren’t most wild Tigers volatile?

    Yeah, same 4-4-2 tomorrow, with long-balls totally bypassing the midfield with Ba or Ameobi withdrawn at half-time for Marveaux or Obertan.

  14. Craig, he must be on low wages, that’s why we want him. He probably only wants 20k per week, Erdinc or Long probably wanted 21k per week, no-brainer from Ashley then.

  15. Jimbob@24.. when did we raise our salary cap to 20k a week! did you mean month? I would have thought that Ashley would have draughted in some ofhis YTS saturday boys from his chav shops by now and used them instead.

  16. I don’t follow european football 98% of players we have been linked with I aint even heard of.
    It’s clear if we do anything it will be done on a shoestring plus additional agent fees of course.

  17. Craig get with the program Llambias has a load of cash ready for the january window – relegation will never happen under this regime it’s not a 5 year plan it has changed to 10 so be patient my friend :lol:

  18. “Of course everybody knows we need a left-back and it is being made difficult not by us but by other clubs.

    “We have to get over that. We have to make sure we reach an agreement with the other club which is right for them and right for us.”

    Alan Pardew doesn’t have the right to demand that other clubs sell their best players for whatever fee Mike Ashley wants to pay. They don’t have to “get oover” that, Pardew does and being disrespectful about them in public will hardly help matters either.

  19. Reading this blog is a bit like watching a tennis match i.e.

    Ashley’s rubbish! Ashley’s good for the club!

    Ashley’s rubbish! Ashley’s good for the club!

    Ashley’s rubbish! Ashley’s good for the club!

    Ashley’s rubbish! Ashley’s good for the club!

    Ashley’s rubbish! Ashley’s good for the club!

    It goes back and forth, back and forth.

    I find myself agreeing with one or t’other at various points and probably like most everyone one else haven’t a clue as to his real intentions.

    Yes I think he is a bit of a jumped up market trader but on the other hand I often incline to the possibility he wants a viable, successfull club.

    I don’t want to sound cliched but it may take time (years) before we really know.

    Bottom line for me is that I want to see a successfull financially sound club. If he delivers that then he is good, if he don’t then he is rubbish.

  20. “and then, just like Ben Arfa’s French club, suddenly capitulate.” Not like the French at all..;)

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