What Changed Pardew's Brave England Stance?

15 November 2013 02:16
In March 2006, Alan Pardew had a major dispute with Arsenal manager Arsène Wenger.

Pardew criticised Arsenal for failing to field an English player in their UEFA Champions League win against Real Madrid.

Wenger, as you would expect, defended his preference for French players and suggested that Pardew was being xenophobic, a claim Pardew denied, citing his marriage to his Swedish wife.

In November 2006, Pardew had another dispute with Wenger after celebrating West Ham's win over Arsenal.

Wenger claimed he was provoked into pushing Pardew after Pardew's comments. Wenger was later fined by the Football Association, whilst Pardew was cleared of the charges in January 2007.

So what has changed Pardew's attitude towards English players.

In his three years at St James' Park he has spent £60million on 22 players and only ONE is British!

That player being London-born Rob Elliot.

2011-01-05 MF  Hatem Ben Arfa  Olympique de Marseille £2m loan fee + £5m 2011-02-10 FW  Shefki Kuqi Free agent Free 2011-05-25 MF  Mehdi Abeid  Lens Free 2011-06-10 MF  Yohan Cabaye  Lille £4,300,000 2011-06-17 FW  Demba Ba  West Ham United Free 2011-06-18 MF  Sylvain Marveaux  Rennes Free 2011-08-09 MF  Gabriel Obertan  Manchester United £3,250,000 2011-08-30 DF  Davide Santon  Internazionale £5,000,000 2011-08-30 GK  Rob Elliot  Charlton Athletic £300,000 2012-01-17 FW  Papiss Cissé  SC Freiburg £9,000,000  1 July 2012 MF  Romain Amalfitano  Reims Free 6 July 2012 MF  Gaël Bigirimana  Coventry City £1,000,00031 July 2012 DF  Curtis Good  Melbourne Heart £500,00015 August 2012 MF  Vurnon Anita  Ajax £6,700,000 4 January 2013 DF  Mathieu Debuchy  Lille £5.5 million 22 January 2013 DF  Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa  Montpellier £6.7 million 23 January 2013 FW  Yoan Gouffran  Bordeaux £1.4 million 24 January 2013 DF  Massadio Haïdara  Nancy £2 million 24 January 2013 MF  Moussa Sissoko  Toulouse £2.1 million 31 January 2013 DF  Kevin Mbabu  Servette £1 million4 July 2013 MF  Olivier Kemen Metz £350,000 5 August 2013 ST  Loïc Rémy Queens Park Rangers £2 million

Total spending:  ~ £59,100,000

Source: Newcastle United Mad