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Trouble at the top?

The newspapers are starting to report on Pardew`s press conference. Are things not quite right in the corridors at St James` Park?

Q: It`s a tough question to ask you but is the club, as it stands, capable of making permanent signings?
Pardew: 'Well ...'
Press officer: 'I think that`s an unfair one to ask the manager.'
Q: But it`s two transfer windows without one now and Alan said...
Pardew: 'I`ve got no comment to make on that one.'
Q: You said at the start of last week that the club can`t not replace Yohan, but that`s exactly what happened.
Pardew: 'I didn`t particularly say in this window though. I said, you know, we`ve got to get players of that class, there`s no doubt about that. So don`t try and angle that for this window because I think that`s unfair on me.'
Q: You said 'we need to bring someone in, for sure. We can`t lose someone of his quality and not replace him. That would leave us vulnerable`. Do you stand by that?
Pardew: 'Well, I`ve said it, ain`t I? But I`m meaning in the long-term as well as the short-term, that it`s the quality we need. And, you know, today has been a tough day for us and I don`t really want to add any more to it, to be honest.
Q: Part of the problem you`ve got is that if you don`t speak out against not getting a replacement it makes it look as though you`re going along with the decisions the board is making and therefore you get criticism heaped on your shoulders and take the blame for that.
Pardew: 'Yeah, I`m a professional manager. You know, if I was in charge, solely, of transfers, the answer might be different, but I`m not.'
Q: It does feel sometimes that you`re being asked to manage with your hands tied behind your back.
Press officer: 'These are all quite unfair questions.'
Q: Unfortunately the manager is the only person who will speak for the club.
Q: Alan, is there a collective blame for today, from the top of the club, right down to on the pitch.
Pardew: 'The only way I can answer what has happened today is that it`s a disappointing day for the club.'
Q: What do you say to Mike Ashley and Joe Kinnear when you`re having those discussions on Friday and it`s clear you`re not going to get a replacement (for Cabaye)? Do you make your opinions clear on that?
Pardew: 'I think I`ve made my opinion very clear this week and all the rest of it is confidentiality.'
Q: How do you lift yourself?
Pardew: 'I`ll be alright.'
Walks off.

As many of us have seen when the NJC journalists were banned by the club, this would not be the first time that the manager has hidden behind Wendy`s skirt.

Kinnear said to judge him on his signings. Anyone would be entitled to call him Joe FA Kinnear - obviously because he inherited a team that won the FA Cup, via bobby Gould, Ray Harford and our own Peter Withe. What has he achieved since? Precisely FA.

Ashley sits on a £30,000,000 transfer surplus with Pardew, the man who prided himself on persuading owners to invest in the team.

Pardew failed to do so with Ashley, Kinnear failed to sign anyone on anything other than a loan.

Of all times to sell your best player, before the derby, with no replacement at all! Llambias said the obnoxious Wonga deal would put a new Cabaye on the pitch every year. In the first year of the deal, the supporters are owed 2 Cabayes.

Added to the journalists` questions we would like to know what are the plans for the future? How much more is Wendy brushing under the carpet? Can Pardew make his voice heard over the woman who some have likened to a metaphorical harridan, unfair in our opinion, in her time here?

A word of advice to Pardew - if you don`t have a pair, grow some.

Is Pards on his way out? Does Ashley want to, as reported last summer, get rid? Poor Sunderland results have accounted for managers in the past.

Watch this space. One thing is for sure, in the North East at least, Ashley, Kinnear and Pardew have made themselves known for one thing - they are all losers, yes LOSERS!

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Writer: Rexn  Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Monday February 3 2014

Time: 9:00AM

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