Rumours can be great things can’t they? I use the word great in a sarcastic way of course.
They have a knack of being able to destabilise things and can quickly get out of hand if people start listening to them. Nine times out of ten I dismiss them out of hand, but on the odd occasion there tends to be something in them.
At this moment in time there are a lot of rumours circulating about the future of Alan Pardew. Some rumours claim that Pardew is mightily pissed off with the incompetent buffoons above him and has walked out of his job as a result while others claim that he and Llambias have merely had a rather sizeable disagreement.
Quite simply I don’t know what is going on, but it seems pretty clear to me that something is. Has anybody seen anything of Alan Pardew? Has anybody heard anything from Alan Pardew? The stony silence coming from a manager who is usually full of a few words is starting to concern me in all honesty.
I think most people are aware that Alan Pardew has also been led along the garden path. The recent statement released from the club hinted as much whilst Pardew himself has been very quick and vocal to reveal that he just recommends players to the money men who then try, and seemingly fail, to cut a deal.
The board were looking for the perfect deal. They were looking for a Cheik Tiote of the striker world where they could get a good player really cheaply. Sometimes it just doesn’t work like that however and you need to pay the going rate. This is why we didn’t get that extra striker that Alan Pardew wanted.
There has been some unusual stuff going on at St James’ Park over the last few days. First off we had some form of loose statement from Derek Llambias telling us how he’d tried to sign a striker, which is odd in fairness as we never ever hear anything from him. Why now all of a sudden?
The other one, as highlighted earlier, is the disappearance of Alan Pardew. He is not one to shy away from the media and he was sharp out and about after the January transfer window. Where is he this time though?
I really sincerely hope that this is just all a product of my, at times, over active imagination although I wouldn’t blame him one bit of he did decide to throw in the towel. It would be disastrous for NUFC if he did though as he is doing a fairly good job thus far. Results have been decent without being outstanding and there is the basis of a new team in place that needs continuity to bed in so for that reason it is important that Pardew stays.
Or else we could end up with Joe Kinnear again.