Pardew’s silence on the summer striker hunt speaks volumes

Pardew speaks again...
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The biggest disappointment of the summer for me has to our failure to add another striker to the ranks.

I dare say that it’s Alan Pardew’s biggest disappointment aswell after he was so publicly adamant that a striker would be brought into the club an addition to Demba Ba. Alas, for reasons that are unknown yet widely speculated about, it wasn’t to be.

There had been rumours doing the rounds about Pardew and his managerial position at NUFC. Some rumours had claimed that he had walked away from St James’ Park although those rumours now appear to be inaccurate. It’s pretty clear that something wasn’t right though such was the silence coming from Alan Pardew’s direction. As the saying goes, the silence was deafening.

Still he was back talking to the press today ahead of the Monday evening trip to Loftus Road. the game itself was the topic of most of the conversation although there was some other comments of interest sandwiched between them. I’m talking specifically about this comment about the failed striker pursuit of the summer.

“We’ve still got a better squad than we finished with last year. Even without the signing of a striker on deadline day.”

“I don’t want to go into that too much. But I just think we have started well, and players are playing well. We have players in form and we need to keep moving forward.”

It’s the “I don’t want to go into that too much” part that makes me wonder if we are seeing a subtle stance from Alan Pardew? Or is it just that he has realised that he has been sold out from above and doesn’t want to comment on it?

It’s been widely reported that Pardew was unhappy over the failure of the club to land the striker he wanted. In all probability this is more than likely why the speculation about his job started, and it’s probably why we saw some form of loose statement cobbled together by the club last week. Is this another way of him apportioning blame?

To be honest I’ll be glad when the football starts again. The transfer window has gone and, like it or not, there is nothing that can be done about it now.

We’ve made the best start to a Premier League season in 16 years and the best thing is that we’ve done it without playing to our best. There is more to come from this newer, younger, fresher, faster group of players so it will be interesting to see if they can continue to improve come Monday.

The angst can be temporarily packed away now and we can get back to what got us into this love affair in the first place. That is of course football!

Roll on Monday. Joey Barton and all!

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95 thoughts on “Pardew’s silence on the summer striker hunt speaks volumes

  1. I think it’s probably true that he was furious and had a bit of a dust up with Derek. Probably went away for awhile to clear his head.

    Glad he’s back- but wouldn’t shocked if gave them an ultimatum for January

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  2. the bottom line is that whether he knew or not, the damage is now done… we will not belive a single word that is ever spoken from our owner, chairman and manager… great state of affairs.

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  3. To be fair pards has had it bad before he got booted out of southampton when he was transforming them so i reckon he has got tough skinned since his fair share of knocks.

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  4. Toonsy – agree cant wait for the footy to be back hate international breaks shame we have to wait until monday

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  5. I think he has always had no problem towing the party lie and backing up te Boards Bollocks, he was the face of the regime for me. This time he refused so they issued the statement. Simple.

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  6. Agree moreno – he didnt want to talk about because its not on his head it rests. He wants to make perfectly clear that it was the boards mistake and he will not take the brunt of it

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  7. He doesn’t “want to go into that”. Really? Well he should have been firmly asked to do just that.
    Doesn’t he think that the Toon fans at least deserve some truth about his recent mini sabbatical following the closing of the window and what he actually thought about the situation etc.?
    There is far too much cloak and dagger secrecy, spin and truth avoidance in this club and it’s rotten from the Manager upwards.
    This club will continue to implode, divide fans but ultimately win nowt until this uncaring, contemptuous and despicable regime is removed.
    Unfortunately and I hate to say it, only a two or three match boycott by ALL fans will help to accelerate this.

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  8. @9… i agree with all that m8. the bottom line is i am now thinking again that AP might have been involved in it from the off…. doesnt want to go into it.. yeah i bet he dont either. If he had some decency about himself he would explain it to the fans, the fans that he spewed out lies and crap to for three long months over this issue, the missing money, the lot. He cant expect to just say all that crap then say after the non-event ‘ i prefer not totalk about that’. What is it,, the goerdie nation bending over and taking it up the arse again from a bull ****ting lying regime.
    I do belive this is why CH was sacked… i think that it was always going to be that carroll was sold last january and he said.. no way will i sanction that.. so they sacked him, brought in a yes man who would give it the big one on the face value but behind the scenes he is more than likely as bad as dekka and fatty.

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  9. He was quick enough to raise the hopes of fans about new signings, the Carroll money being spent etc etc.

    Now he doesn’t want to go into that?? Well lucky you Mr Pardew, I have to answer for my failings in my job, not you though it would seem.

    Spineless hierarchy hiding behind lane club statements and now refusing to talk about it.

    Shameful cowards!!

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  10. imo we wont see much of the team in a blending since the break came at the wrong time with players being away ect qpr have had plenty of time to get to know each other as they had few or even none of there main players away,it will be a case of stiffling them in this one i think

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  11. “I don’t want to go into that too much”

    well i would say you’ve missed a great opportunity to nail the *******s to the wall on this one – unless of course you are nowt but a puppet that’s prepared to tow the line regardless of what they do or say.

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  12. Agree @6. Think they pissed him off good and proper and he’s not going to carry their water in public any more. I don’t view him as the lap dog some others seem to think he is.

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  13. Come on, you can’t be blaming Pardew for keeping shut for now. Do you want more media attention, more bashing, more crap all over Newcastle yet again. I’m glad he hasn’t said anything. Let him do what he has to do. Deliver a result on monday. Screw the board. Let them make their excuses for themselves. If Pardew goes and blasts them now, then there’s just more tension, unrest in the camp, no one will know if Pardew is fired or resigning or what the heck is going on.
    Bring on monday, bring on the football. Screw the bloody morons at the top. Really.

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  14. After supporting the Toon for over 45 years and watching with dismay the Ashley years. Ive finally worked out what’s wrong! Mr Ashley and Co have not worked out that footbal is basically the entertainment business, and it is a business dont get me wrong. Money thats not there cant and should not be spent. However he seems to believe that he can make money by serving up cheap average fair that the poor dumb masses will keep turning up on Saturday and buying the replica shirts etc. Rather like a circus owner that owns a circus that once served up Lions and Tigers and now shows one trick ponies and card tricks. He believes the customer wont notice and keep shelling out the cash! I don think they will? The geordie supporters dont even expect to win the Premier league only that they are trying there best to compete, most supporters no longer believe this any longer. Together with Mr A and Mr L’s idiosynchratic management style I fear for the future and wonder how long I (and many others) can support the laughing stock of English Football.

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  15. Alan pardew is doing a very good job, inspite of those 2 clowns Ashley+Llambias, its sad to say fellow Newcastle fans, but the reality is Newcastle will never be a force again while Mike Ashley is the owner, and even if Alan Pardew was to walk away from the club, what decent manager would want to work under ashley, he has totally no credit with the geordie nation, or the outside football world, we will just have to put up with him, and expect more of our best players leaving, until the day arrives that ashely sells our club and makes a huge profit, then with luck we will get a really good owner, with loads of money and ambition to take our great club back amoung the big boys.

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  16. pardew really should have publicly put ashley & his mates in their place for what went on last week – mind you he probably would’nt have a job now like – but he’d be walking away with a few quid & bags of cred.

    wonder if he considered it but decided to keep his gob shut for the benefit of the club?

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  17. Pardew seems to be doing the best he can in a very difficult situation. I fear that he may be pushed too far one day and walk. I find it difficult to imagine any established manager taking the Toon on under present circumstances, they would have to be desperate or masochistic! I think Pardew has learnt a hard lesson, that Ashley and Lambias dont understand the business of football and cant be trusted.

    The players brought in seem decent lads but balanced against those that have left I think its pretty neutral. All Transfer transactions appear designed to keep us in the premiership (just) with a cheaper squad and any year on year profits from attendances, merchandising and player sales going towards paying back Ashleys initial (substantial) investments until a situation arrises when the club can be sold on in a few years.

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  18. I think you’re right Dave@23 the first paragraph anyway.

    I think with the exception of Carrol the players we have let go have been replaced by better ones, certainly in potential. As for Ashley selling, I wish, and also it depends who to!

    Oh and btw I CAN’T WAIT TILL MONDAY NIGHT!!!!!!!!

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  19. the proof is in the pudding where we finish though, last time we bought potential (milner) he was sold, and last time we grew potential (carroll) he was sold. Will we finish above 12th?

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  20. Can’t believe some of the insults getting thrown at Pardew for choosing to not start a fiasco by talking about the lack of a #9. Thought I was on .org for a moment!

    Pardew is trying to focus on the football. What’s done is done now, and Llambias should have his propaganda ready in the Chron tomorrow. Not his fault, but judging by Pardew’s Swiss trip, he is staying focused on making sure that somebody comes in during January.

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  21. LBIM – will we finish above 12th? IMO there is a very fine line between 7th and relegation zone. I think we could be top ten this year personally. Especially if we continue our good start

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  22. Completely agree @ AndrewT. He’s just trying to, concentrate on the football and do as well as possible til January. If he talks about it more it risks the negativity spreading to the dressing room. He an ban talk of transfer failings in the dressing room and then go out moaning about it in the press every day

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  23. andrewt how can you say that like it’s going to happen? can you not remember the last window? he was focused on getting a striker since LAST january.

    toonsy we could have finished top ten last year and the draw with west brom let the mackems sneak above us, now say we finished 10th which we should have can you see us getting above that? Ashley is lucky because if we finish 11th it’s an improvement.

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  24. im really sick of people sticking up for ap , most of the lads above have got it spot on , “carroll will not leave in this window” “100% we will have a stricker across the line before the 31st” “doesnt want to go into that” he has absolutly no credability and is there to do as hes told , he was out of work for a long time before newcastle came knocking and left charlton and west ham wih very few fans of his work . Hes obviously not the king pin just a henchman but just as involved and just as much to blame and i dont believe there ever was a serious bid for a stricker in the whole 7 months . The players have got us where we are past and present under pardew and our first choice back four and first choice midfield are exellent but we have a brittle squad with some poor players in it and very little up front and i worry that we will struggle over the season , ba and tiote miss about 9 games in jan and feb at the african cup of nations ,who will cover for them ? who will score the goals ? craigs got it spot on ap is upto his neck in lies and has been all along.

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  25. I really think a message has been given to the board to back him where he sees the need. He was obviously pissed about everything, hence the silence and watching the Swiss game.

    If we still need the new striker in January, I think he’ll be gotten. I say “if” because HBA is coming back now and I really see Sammy Ameobi as a contender for that tricky striker with pace; plus, he’s 6, 4″! If some of our youth really get pushed, there could be some stars emerging. And I really believe that

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  26. Chelsea, Man City and United, Liverpool and Arsenal will finish above us, spurs too if they sort themselves out. But, absolutely no other team is a stand out to do so. I reckon we’ll finish 7th-9th.

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  27. Keith you make no sense.

    Why wouldnt any NUFC fan not stick up for the manager? Despite all his ‘faults’ he is only able to work with what hes got and that is a lousy board. He cant speak out all the time otherwise he will lose his job? If he is being told they will sign a striker thats what he will tell us. But if they board let him down how is it his fault?

    I personally feel that 7/9 points a good start wth plenty more to come; ben arfa to return i think he has managed better than expected.

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  28. This doom & gloom from fans is getting ridiculous now. What will people be saying if we beat QPR on Monday? “okay we won, but we could have scored more with a new striker?”

    Get over it! Pardew is in charge of the squad, trying to get them playing flowing, fast football with results! There has been evidence of this, unfortunately in the second half of recent games, but it is happening. 7 new players will take time to adjust and get on the same wave length, especially once they all speak English!

    Give Demba Ba a shot. Give our young players time. I am very excited at what this current team can accomplish this year. Howay the lads!

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  29. Andrew@27… fine words but alas floored comments m8. its a hard fact of life that we are all judged on our actions and comments, the things we say etc… and lets be very very clear….. AP has said plenty over the time since Carroll was sold right up to todays press gig. Now that it does not suit him to spew crap out he would prefer to plead the 5th and ask for privacy on that issue. Well i am sorry, that just does not wash. AP created the very need for the actions and questions in the first place. The bottom line is, AP should have kept his trap shut but he loves the sound of his own crap too much.
    Perhaps he has learnt a valuable lesson because while we may be many things… what we def are is knowledgable about our football, and equally as passionate.

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  30. A note to all the moaning buggers who gossiped themselves to death about Pardew walking, what a load of wasted breath and nonsense, and those that go on about not going to support the team on a saturday. As Toonsy says in the article it is about the football and we’ve got a perfectly good team to go and watch, and the lads need the support.

    F-ck all the cr-p upstairs, support the team. We’ve had far worse teams. I live overseas now, but I would blo-dy love to be at St. james’ every other week, instead of streaming it. I was there for the Arsenal game and will hopefully get back for one later in the season, go and blo-dy enjoy the matches and fill the stadium. It doesn’t make that much difference to Ashley but it does to the club and team.

    Plus, Pardew’s doing a good job and all the players seem to think he is top notch. Good enough for me.

    At the start of last season Carroll wasn’t even guaranteed a start, Nolan certainly wouldn’t be guaranteed one either, Enrique good but still made mistakes, plus wanted out, Barton only one really missed, but the club generally won’t miss him being associated to us. So, yes we do have a better team than last year. Enjoy it.

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  31. Well said lionel…. you missed a point though…. we still have another french international to come back and play for us this season who could be one of the best we have had at NUFC for a long time….mr Ben Arfa.

    HAVIT!

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  32. Craig, you’re mad at Pardew for choosing not to talk about something that would get himself angry and then incite all the hungry journalists around him.

    If he did talk about every little detail, would you feel better? If pardew said that he told them to go after A, but then thy were refused, so he told
    Dekka to get B. B was ‘too expensive.’ Pardew says get C. C ‘wants too much money.’ D is in talks with somebody, but let’s try anyway. And on it goes.

    He would just highlight how much of an incompetent a$$hole Llambias is. That is not good for a club. Public mud throwing within the club is not good. So just support the manager for the actions he has done!

    His actions have been getting us 7 points out of 9, and progressing in a cup that we actually have a shot at winning! Those are actions I will support

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  33. AndrewT@36.. sorry andy m8 and i am not having a pop but you and many other guys with similar outlooks totally miss the point of what people like me are saying so i just want to make it dead clear and i am sure 100% that just about all on my side of the fence will prob agree.

    1.. we all want ashley to make money.. its his company and its healthy to make profit.
    2…We are not ranting on saying we want AC money spent.
    3…its all on a flip of the coin as to which side AP bats for.
    4…We would like to see some form of modest investment in the football team on the pitch… when 42 million has been made in net profit on players sild in last 12 months a 15 million investment is not too much to ask for.. still leaving a very heathly profit for the fat man.
    5…Its not the money, its the sheer contempt we as the customers are shown by our board – have you forgot the message from Dekka just last week??
    6….And finally, for me, the most important thing… i am sick to the back teeth of the lies that we are given none stop. I am so over them you cant imagine.

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  34. Thanks Lionel. Agree with u sir! I’m stuck in Florida, but would love to I’ve the chance of going to a live game!

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  35. Pardew made promises he didnt keep so he should be taken to task for it and not be allowed to duck the question, we deserve to know!

    And also, why the **** do they hoy Ben Arfas name in every time they are questioned on the strength of the squad or lack of forwards, honestly believe they think we are all as thick as ****.

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  36. Why do you deserve to know robert? he dont care hes just trying to get on with his job?

    Robert you think our attack lacks depth… which it does but we are not a top four team what do you expect? if we signed a 10m man and best scored more than him and he was an utter fail you would be the first to moan.

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  37. it’s always the people who live somewhere else who says oh stop slagging them off andsupport the team…we do support the focking team it’s just all the bull**** around the team that we’re sick of swimming through when you pay as much for season tickets as some of us do then we’re entitled to not be lied to

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  38. Many fans renewed season tickets on the strength of Pardews words, we deserve an explanation, the money was there so why wasnt it spent as promised?

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  39. AndrewT.. please tell me you are not using our narrow win over s****horpe as an example?
    And also on your 42 post… again you did not take in what i said i think perhaps. No, i dont think AP should tell the press all sorts of whats going on etc.. but the fact is.. he ran his mouth off none stop before the window closed…and i mean none stop. He even said judge me on 01sept… his own words.. but when he gets asked he now says ‘please dont judge or ask’. Its too late for him to expect people to just like this attitude and his lack of an answer will do nothing to win over the doubters.. and yes i am still a doubter.. his ‘ please leave me alone ‘ speech just does not cut it. If he had practiced what he preached BEFORE the window then i would fully agree with you and this entire issue would never have even cropped up. Now though, its a case of he wants his cake and and also to eat it. He wants to be able to talk freely about nufc but never be held accountable for what he says.
    I just hope that he may have learnt his lesson now esp with his credibility shot for many fans..

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  40. Craig, I’m with u on almost all the points. As far as which side pardew bats for, I’d say he is just in to do well in his current job. So he is for the supporters in trying to play pretty football and doing well. He is with the players by seeing how they all support him, even Barton after he left. He has to be with the board a little bit because if he goes directly and publicly against them, he doesnt have the job anymore.

    I just don’t understand why people have a pop at Pardew when he is legitimately pushing the board for the right investment. Saying what he has said is hope for us, but also a nudge to Llambias I would think.

    Can’t wait for monday

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  41. Robert, what do you want him to say for god’s sake, he just wants to keep things as positive as possible.

    The fact is we didn’t bid enough for any of the players we were bidding for, the reasons why we don’t know and won’t know because whether innocent or sinister you don’t talk about that kind of business upfront.

    Personally, none of the strikers we were after were worth, except maybe Cisse. To get a better class of striker we need to move up the table, bit of a catch 22. The point is, its not all that bad, forget the bunch of tossers running the club and support the team. If they didn’t go during the Keegan-gate crap they aren’t going to go now, not until they are good and ready.

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  42. @51……..you aint wrong there fella.. i have 4 season tickets at over 2k a pop a season so i feel i am entitled to say as i feel. many on here saying stick up for ashley blah blah crap.. prob dont spend a red cent.

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  43. Robert – If people were genuinely swayed to renew by Pardew’s words then they deserve all they get after what happened in January.

    See all the rubbish that Pardew says really doesn’t bother me. I learned a long time ago not to trust anything coming from the club so really only listen for anything to do with the playing side of things, which is his remit.

    The rest, meh. Although id be quick to point out that the amazing Chris Hughton was as adept as spinning bull**** as anyone. Sol Campbell anyone? Or does that not matter?

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  44. @56 that’s what’s doing my nut in, I go to the match because I support the squad/team I only support Pardew because he’s manages newcastle that’s it, everything he’s said is his bull**** and he’s accountable for…if the board didn’t do their job say it, and to the people saying he will get sacked; he’s sitting on a nice 4 year contract that will no doubt have a nice pay off in it

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  45. Nice to see those with season tickets looking down on those without and mocking their opinions. How very sad and predictable….

    For reference I spend more on away games than the cost of a season ticket. Does that mean that my opinion matters more?

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  46. Toonsy, Fair enough, guilty of holding out hope that for once they would deliver the goods, naive or what. Wont happen again and many others will just jack in the ST and pay at the door whenever the fancy takes them. FTB.

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  47. what I found strange was that he said having not signed a striker on deadline day, instead of the transfer window ?
    As for not wanting to go into it, I completely understand that because imo there was only one reason why we didn’t sign a striker.
    And Pards has already seen 1st hand what happens when you critisize the Fatman or the Lamb.
    What did people expect him to say ? He was pissed off and had words with the Lamb over it,

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  48. Aye toonsy – agreed costs me and arm and a leg to get to away games because in the south teams like chelski charge the earth!

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  49. Craig, I can understand that. And I guess it could be frustrating for some. I just don’t see the point in getting too bothered about Pardew’s words over the summer and today. He is here to manage the squad that we have. So let’s push on and support him in that. I don’t think we need another hate figure at the club

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  50. Robert – Its not a criticism. Each to their own. But the form book was there to be read.

    I just think its folly relying on any promises. I work the same when im not in about NUFC and have to go about my day to day stuff. I just don’t rely in anyone as inevitably you’ll end up let down.

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  51. no toonsy no need to try and be clever it means you spend more on travel to get to away matches than the cost of a cheap season ticket. how much do you spend then? let’s see if it’s more than what i pay? you’re only giving ashley the money for your membership, and i wish i could do that but i have three season tickets and it would be very hard to get to all away games with my 2 kids. the thing what people like me and craig are annoyed with is the people who sit on here ALL THE TIME and watch matches on the internet and go to one or two games only a season at the most are most of the people who going oh ashley is doing good leave pardew alone next we’ll be hearing dekkadolittle is doing a good job.

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  52. I think it’s important for people to read more of what AP’s said today.

    While I still think he’s a muppet for repeating the mistake of promising things he hasn’t got control over, I think he’s handling this very well indeed. He’s doing exactly what Joey can’t do: keeping his arguments with his bosses private. It’s professional, dignified and far more effective.

    Most importantly, he’s delivering results. That’s 8 games unbeaten now, with good players like Benny still to come back.

    We’re looking good. Not as good as we would have been with someone like Cisse, but damn good. Let AP deal with the muppetry above him; our job is to support him and the team. 7 points from 9 following a good finish last season earns that.

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  53. Leonbestismint – And? So ****ing what if they sit on here all day? Dies their opinion mean less?

    As for tge season tickets again does it matter? I only rolled that one out as you and Craig felt the need to belittle those who don’t have them. I was merely pointing out that tge assertion made by you guys seems to suggest that the more money you spend the more your opinion is worth.

    However as you want to know. I spend about 600 on match tickets a year, then I have travelling on top of that. Quite a few people on here can back me up on that.

    So because that is less than some does that mean that my opinion is worth less?

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  54. hate this ime better than you crack,to much of this looking down on people so my view is better than yours,bull****

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  55. Anyway no ones view is right because we are only voicing it on here 🙂

    except mine of course :)))))))))

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  56. Craig@43. That sums it up as far as I’m concerned.
    The pro Ashley supporters seem to have pre-conceived ideas about how all the “opposition” fans think (ie. he does EVERYTHING wrong) which is totally incorrect.
    I can’t abide Ashley and his regime and can’t wait for them to sling their hook BUT… I do agree with his policy on youth, his insistence on paying for transfers up front rather than in instalments, his reluctance to spend huge amounts on “last pay day stars” and a firm resolve not to be taken for a ride in the transfer market.
    But the rest I bloody hate, particularly his lies and spin, his basic contempt for the fans and the name of the club, his reluctance to spend at least a reasonable amount on necessary recruitments and his blatant tacky advertising at our sacred ground (which I don’t think he pays the club for). And last, but not least, his employment of a buffoon mate as Managing Director.

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  57. aye like i said you spend more on travel than a cheap season ticket, but when you pay a lot more money than that like me and craig and have your opinion ridiculed by some armchair, nay computer chair pundits who won’t do what you or I do and put their money where their mouth is, it’s a bit annoying when they’re going support the team bla bla what the **** do they think i’m doing spending 3k plus a year? when i’m at the match i sign my heart out as much as i can, have done and will do for years but it’s getting to that point where muppets are questioning more loyal fans when they haven’t got a ****ing clue

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  58. i had a season ticket for more than 40yrs and two for 18yrs until season before last is my view worth more than someone who has only been a few times of coarse not things move on,grow up

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  59. It’s as bad as this “Geordiest” ****e. My not being born and bred there does probably mean that I don’t feel it as much as those who were. But does it make me a worse judge of situations? Of course not.

    Anyway – I repeat: go to some other articles and read what AP says. He’s said just enough to make it clear that he’s not happy with how things have gone and agrees with the fans. But he’s put a very clear line in the sand when it comes to discussing what happened or who may be to blame.

    Well handled, and much more importantly: it means he’s staying – always was, I think – and is focused on the football.

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