The Newcastle boss STILL refuses to say Joe Kinnear 'blew' the entire list of transfer targets . when three were willing to sign on the dotted line.
Brazilian central defender Douglas was one who was willing to join the club on a free transfer - then Joke Kinnear knocked it back saying "he wasn't good enough".
And how can we forget the £2m offer for Darren Bent? The 52-year-old went into the final days of the transfer window desperately hoping to land at least one attacking player, but ultimately had to be satisfied with just the arrival of loan signing Loic Remy, who had turned down Tyneside for QPR seven months earlier.A statement released on his behalf was a masterpiece of diplomacy from Mike Ashley's backroom boys, simply because the Toon boss refused to face the media to answer questions.Pardew is alleged to have said: "We are delighted to have brought Loic Remy to the club in this window and we believe he will form an exciting and effective partnership with Papiss Cisse."Joe has worked hard on numerous targets, particularly an additional offensive player.
"However some of the options that were available within our financial means were not as good as the players we already had and there is no point bringing in new players unless they can improve us and take us forward."We did the majority of our business in the January window, signing five excellent first team players. With the strong squad we have we should all approach the season in a positive, optimistic frame of mind."
Did he say those words, or is it another Ashley cover up?
Was Ashley SERIOUSLY intending to back Pardew in the transfer window?
The rumour from St James' Park is that Ashley gave Pardew the dressing down of his life, by telling him he had WASTED £15m on youth for the reserves, and not one of them looked a Premiership player!
Pardew was allegedly told (on board his yacht last week in the south of France), after three years of investment, it was time that £15m worth of 'talent' was showing some signs of progressing and making roads in the Premiership.
And you know what . Ashley has a point!NEWCASTLE UTD 1 FULHAM 0 1. Tim Krul 26. Mathieu Debuchy 13. Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa 2. Fabricio Coloccini 3. Davide Santon 10. Hatem Ben Arfa 7. Moussa Sissoko 8. Vurnon Anita 65' 22. Sylvain Marveaux 74' 23. Shola Ameobi 65' 9. Papiss Cisse Subs 4. Yohan Cabaye 65' 11. Yoan Gouffran 65' 14. Loic Remy 74' 15. Dan Gosling 21. Rob Elliot 28. Sammy Ameobi 36. Paul Dummett Hatem Ben Arfa ended Newcastle's wait for a Barclays Premier League goal after 411 minutes to hand Alan Pardew a precious victory over Fulham.The France international produced a piece of individual magic four minutes from time to create half a yard of space and rifle a stunning left-foot shot past the helpless David Stockdale to claim a first league win of the season.Until his last-gasp intervention, it looked like being another frustrating afternoon for Pardew and his players as chances came and went without the deadlock being broken.Papiss Cisse saw a 78th-minute header come back off the crossbar and Yoan Gouffran, who passed up a glorious opportunity against West Ham last weekend, glanced a header harmlessly wide with the goal with his mercy after Yohan Cabaye had been introduced to a mixed reception as a second-half substitute.But Ben Arfa's inspiration proved enough to send Newcastle into the international break with the win they craved, although with Cabaye's future unresolved and a desperate search for reinforcements ongoing.Newcastle dominated for long periods as Fulham arrived prepared to soak up what pressure their hosts could muster and then hit them on the break.However, the killer instinct which has deserted since the end of last season continued to be conspicuous by its absence as a series of openings, albeit few of them clear-cut, went begging.Mathieu Debuchy and Cisse were both denied by Stockdale before the break, and the keeper did well to claim Ben Arfa's deflected 62nd-minute effort.Pardew sent on loan signing Loic Remy, the only new face to arrive at St James' Park so far this summer, with 16 minutes remaining, and his arrival prompted a fresh assault on the Fulham goal, although ultimately to no avail.And it might have been even worse for the 52-year-old when Adel Taarabt was presented with the ball by Fabricio Coloccini 15 yards out, although keeper Tim Krul, who had earlier clawed away Bryan Ruiz's goal-bound free-kick, saved once again. NEWCASTLE UTD FIXTURES
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