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What Changed Pardew's Brave England Stance?
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
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