Tuesday 17 October 2017

Alan Pardew took a thinly-veiled swipe at Newcastle today

Crystal Palace manager Alan Pardew
Crystal Palace manager Alan Pardew

Luke Edwards

Alan Pardew has criticised Newcastle United’s refusal to strengthen the squad in the January transfer window in a thinly veiled swipe at the club’s managing director Lee Charnley.

Pardew persistently defended the club’s transfer policy during his four years as Newcastle manager, often in the face of severe criticism, but he no longer has to make excuses for owner Mike Ashley.

The Crystal Palace manager, who quit Newcastle in December, claimed he was baffled by the refusal to spend any money in January. He had been arguing for months that the squad was too weak to cope with a gruelling Premier League campaign.

Charnley, though, refused to sign anyone in January, even though he allowed two defenders, Davide Santon and Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa, to leave.

It was assumed in the boardroom that the squad was too good to get into relegation trouble, while Charnley insisted he could not get good “value” in the winter window and would be able to sign players cheaply if he waited until the summer.

It could prove to be a costly mistake, with the Magpies needing to win their final home game of the season against West Ham to be certain of avoiding a second relegation in the space of just six years.

“Newcastle were ninth when I left, with 26 points from 19 games,” said Pardew. “They had a transfer window coming up as well, so they were in a good position, but they didn’t capitalise on that. I can’t give you a reason for that.”

Newcastle have put their hunt for a permanent replacement for Pardew on hold until after Sunday. John Carver has little chance of remaining in the job beyond the end of the season, even if the Magpies do stay up, but nothing will be decided until they know what division they are in next season.

Carver has won only two games this year and has lost nine out of the last ten. Newcastle had hoped to appoint Steve McClaren as soon as the season ended, but he refused to take over any earlier, even though Derby County’s season was over after they failed to secure a play-off place.

Newcastle had wanted the former England manager to replace Carver after the terrible defeat at Leicester City on May 2nd, but McClaren refused to be rushed into a decision.

That did not go down well with Ashley, and although McClaren has not been ruled out completely, he is no longer an obvious first choice.

Telegraph.co.uk

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