Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Poor Alan Can See Nothing but Problems

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Poor Alan Can See Nothing but Problems

Article excerpt

Byline: Barclay's account Patrick Barclay

SOME men are born to greatness; others have greatness thrust upon them. Poor Alan Pardew had Joe Kinnear thrust upon him and the travails of the Newcastle manager, who no longer has the final say over player acquisitions, appear endless.

Although he had every right to be irked by Arsenal's bid for Yohan Cabaye on the eve of his team's opening Premier League match -- the French midfielder, naturally distracted, was absent from the 4-0 spanking at Manchester City -- Pardew should have directed his frustration at the system.

I'm sorry to go on about this but the integrity of League competition is diluted by player trading once the season has begun. It is a disgrace that all the clubs should be addressing and not Arsenal's responsibility alone.

Arsenal were looking out for their own interests, not trying to undermine City's opponents, understandable though it was that Pardew should feel victimised.

Newcastle's humiliation also owed much to admirably sharp refereeing as Andre Marriner discerned a whack at Sergio Aguero and red-carded Steven Taylor. …

Search by... Author
Show... All Results Primary Sources Peer-reviewed

Oops!

An unknown error has occurred. Please click the button below to reload the page. If the problem persists, please try again in a little while.