Alan Pardew has lifted the lid on just what went on during transfer deadline day and has also admitted that he was left feeling upset after the failure to bring in the striker thathe was so certain of.
After some initial outrage on here yesterday after Pardew “refused to go into too much” and failed to give an explanation about just what happened the manager has now chosen to clarify a few things.
I’m wondering if it will be enough if truth be told. A certain amount of fans demanded to know more which is of course fair enough, so I’m just wondering whether or not they will be happy now they are about to hear more? Or will it just be more waffle? In which case what is the problem in the first place?
Look, those expecting Alan Pardew to directly and publicly criticise the board to satisfy their own opinions, it just isn’t going to happen. Get real. Ask Joey Barton where that gets you. Just because the dirty linen isn’t being aired in public it doesn’t mean that there haven’t been private words. I mean a silence from Alan Pardew and a statement from the club don’t happen often so there was a rabbit away somewhere.
So what was said? Well I’ll cut the crap and just deliver the quotes so you can make your own mind up about them.
On deadline day itself Pardew had this to say:
“I was with the club secretary almost the whole day, waiting for faxes and information. We had two agents working for us in France and Derek as well. I was monitoring that and was also on the phone making sure we didn’t miss any other potential targets but at about six o’clock I felt we were in trouble.”
And on his job and the rumours suggesting he had walked out:
“There’s been some scaremongering about this and that – but this is a fantastic job and I understand what the fans want.”
On targets, dead ends and disappointment:
“With the time scale we had, we should have got a striker. 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.”
On his understanding of what the fans want:
“The fans want the No 9 shirt filled. I just hope we can fill it in January. They want a team 100 per cent committed to the black and white jersey and 99 per cent of the time I think they’ve had that.”
“I’m disappointed and genuinely feel for the fans because a striker would have made the jigsaw complete.”
And finally a bit about Mike Ashley and Derek Llambias:
“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.”
Is that final part another hint at who is is really to blame?
At the end of the day some fans wanted more, and with this there is more. It’s clear that Pardew is as disappointed as we are as there is no doubt that he wants to do the best job he can and get the best tools for the job he can. If the board have different ideas then what can he do? I would suggest that the board would use this approach under a different manager aswell before the ridiculous “he should walk with pride” comments start.
What do you make of it all?