Alan Pardew insists that he isn’t stringing fans along when he talks about the money from the Andy Carroll transfer being reinvested into the club.
He still sticks by that claim and says that he has been honest all along with regards to the money and maintains that it is staying within the club.
The problem is that it’s hard to see it. We’ve been told just how expensive our free signings have been this summer and that more money than us fans would have thought has been spent so far on acquiring players this window. We’ve even been told that some of the cash has gone towards paying for training ground upgrades. Great, wonderful, or in honour of our Frenchies, magnifique. At least we should be able to train this winter!
Let’s listen to what Alan Pardew had to say:
“Going into the season, as we stand now, I think we’re a little bit stronger than we were in the second half of last year,” said Pardew
“The additions we have added will add some intelligence to our play. Particularly Yohan Cabaye, who’s a really intelligent player. I think you’ll see a slightly different Newcastle to last year.”
“I’ve been honest in terms of the money – it’s going to be put back into the club. We need to make sure that, over the next three or four years, we grow. Our finances have been structured in a way that the team grows each year.”
You see the problem with claiming honesty is that it becomes hard to believe when the story keeps on changing. So now we’ve gone from having expensive free signings and a fancy training ground, to the money actually leaving a lasting legacy that ensures that we improve year on year. See what I mean?
I don’t care about the Carroll money, and never have to be fair. They can use it for whatever they want whether that be debt or whatever as long as the team improves. I think just about they have done that in all honesty, so far. What I don’t like is being strung along the garden path.
It’s a strange concept, but if the money has been used to make sure we grow over the next few years then why not just come out and say that in the first place? People wouldn’t have liked it, but at least they could have dealt with it and moved on. Hearing differing reasons as to why we’ve only spent £500,000 of a £35 million windfall and telling us about it going on wages and such whilst forgetting the wages saved by outgoing players is naturally going to get peoples backs up.
Honesty really does pay!