Well, it had to happen. Pardew’s silence had to break at some point about the club’s inability to recruit a striker in seven months. He begins by stating the obvious:
“With the time scale we had, we should have got a striker.“
Geddaway! Pardew continues:
“But there are difficulties in today’s market, especially with young strikers who have got potential. That’s what we were targeting and that’s the hardest type of player to get.
“The board found it very difficult and went up some paths that were dead ends. I’m disappointed because it would have made the jigsaw complete.
“I’ll be the first to admit I was upset on the day, and the day after and the day after that. But that’s me done now.“
He has no choice really. Either he gets over it or he walks. Pardew continues:
“I think it’s important that I put pressure on the board. I feel the enthusiasm we have generated at the start of the season has gone with the signing not coming in. I’ve stressed that many times to Derek and Mike.
“They are passionate about the way they see the club and the way they want to do deals.
“They wouldn’t do a loan or a short-term fix, whereas I would have liked to. I had a couple of options that I thought would have worked for us but it has to work for them.
“The board make the decision about who they think is financially right for the club.“
Well I think it depends on how you define ‘financially right’. My particular feeling is that it would have been ‘financially right’ to get in an additional striker to contribute to success on the pitch. Each Premier League place is apparently worth £800,000 and they might well have filled some of the 10,000 empty seats we’ve had at home games this season.
But what they call ‘financially right’ seems to be to pluck their own evaluation of a player from thin air without any regards to market prices and then gamble that last minute pressure will force a club to sell.
Ah well, it’s over until January now.