With another day seemingly going to pass without bringing in the left back which was promised that we’d have before the derby has started to make me think after Pardew’s recent comments how much can he be blamed for goings on at the club – I’m on about on the pitch, but mainly off the pitch.
Right, that first paragraph may have been a little bit vague but hopefully everyone will start to understand what I’m getting at. How much do you blame Pardew for us not signing players? Or how much do you blame Pardew for the players that are leaving? Are the two main points I’m getting at.
Firstly, when he’s being blamed for not signings players, I actually don’t think it’s his fault at all. He’ll identify the players quickly, and want them done as soon as possible, like us to be honest. But when he finds out that once again the people above him have messed up one way or another it starts to look bad on him, when really he can’t help what’s going on.
I’ll admit one thing that does seem always to fall back on Pardew is the empty promises he sometimes gives to the fans, like promising a full back for Saturday. Yes, he’s probably going to be made a liar again, but is it his fault? I’m sure he’ll have expected them- or he’s probably been told that they’re going to sort out a deal for Pieters this week, and when Llambias or Ashley try and shave money off the bid, or don’t even bid at all he’s made to look bad, when really once again he has little influence.
Some would say it’s pointless him saying anything, but the thing is if a journalist asked him a question saying “When do you expect to have a left back signed by? Will you have one in before Sunderland?” and he replied saying that he didn’t know, fans would start to get annoyed at that too.
Also, on the players leaving issue, Would Pardew really want the likes of Nolan, Carroll and Enrique and potentially to leave? I don’t think so, but then again no manager wants to lose his players. Joey Barton has said many times that he has no problems with the manager and he gets along with Pardew, also I haven’t seen many comments from either Carroll or Enrique lambasting Pardew, as for Nolan he felt “betrayed” but that’s cause he didn’t get his money, most likely that was Ashley again.
Also do you really think that Pardew had much choice in the Carroll deal? I’m sure he’ll have spoken to Ashley expecting bids of around 20-25 million at the most, and they’ll have decided that he wasn’t for sale. This meant that Pardew went to the press and when questioned about Carroll said he will not be sold in attempt to quash some of the rumours.
Only when Carroll handed in a transfer request after a rejected 35 million bid we decided that we were going to sell. It’s like if you had a car that you really liked, but you knew it was only worth 10 grand, and you wanted to keep it. A man wants to buy it off you and starts bidding, 10 grand? 15 grand? 20 grand? 25 grand? 30 grand? Then the car starts to roll off the drive to the guy bidding, you might then decide that even though you thought you’d never sell the car, 35 grand was too much for it, and you can get better elsewhere. And by the way, for the purpose of that little story, the car is Herbie.
Also, another thing which I’m sure will be brought up. “Mike has said he will put all the money back into the club”. That’s what Pardew said, but I don’t think he’s stupid. He’s not going to make all these comments without being told from above that a certain thing is going to happen, and when they don’t happen what can he do? Come out and tell the truth? That once again he relayed information from Ashley and Llambias which were lies? No he can’t, because they’re his boss.
I know this may seem a bit random, but I’m sick of the comments from some – not all on this blog – That Pardew should be sacked if we lose to Sunderland at the weekend. Pardew has had some steady results while being manager of our club, and we’ve started the season with a good draw. He’s being hung drawn and quartered because of transfers which are something that he doesn’t have the final say on, do you think he’d be squabbling over a couple of million to sign Pieters? No, he’d just pay it, if he had the chance.
Yes, granted that Pardew should probably say less in the press, but he’s under so much pressure to try and win over the fans that he’s trying to keep us happy, it’s a shame the people above him don’t try and do things to keep the fans happy, a real shame.
Now I imagine some people will being saying “if Pardew had any bollocks he’d leave” etc, why though? If Pardew does have the best interests of the club at heart why would he leave? He’s trying to do his job with the best he’s got, and really we’ve got a decent team and with a few acquisitions we could have a good year. I really hope Pardew doesn’t leave if I’m honest, because we’d then be left with a pitiful manager who’s had ages out of football, and has not heard news of what Ashley is like has escaped him. Someone along the lines of David O’Leary or Joe Kinnear, brilliant aren’t they?
What hope does Pardew have really? Can he really be blamed for off field antics to do with money?