Pardew's Principle Is Spot On ... But It Doesn't Work That Way!

Last updated : 15 August 2013 By Footy Mad - Editor

Alan Pardew has watched with satisfaction as clubs and their owners have at last stood up and fought their corner against player power.

Brendan Rodgers has been coming down hard on the Luis Suarez situation

Luis Suarez’s apparent decision yesterday to back down on his demands for a move and opt to stay at Liverpool and possibly sign a new deal was the first signal that things are beginning to change.

Wayne Rooney and Gareth Bale have all courted big-money moves from Manchester United and Tottenham respectively to what they see as more attractive pastures.

Pardew insists clubs must protect their investments.

Pardew said: “It has been an important stance this summer by some owners to stand up against player power, against some players who obviously want to move on.

“The owners have been strong – and that has been an important message to everyone. We need to make sure that if players move on, it is right for the club.”

"The stronger stance from the clubs started some time ago, particularly when Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy sold Luka Modric to Real Madrid in 2012 having refused to let go of the player, who was trying to force a move to Chelsea, a year earlier.

“This started a while back. Daniel Levy was very strong for his club when Modric moved to Real Madrid.

“This summer, the owners have been strong at Liverpool, at Tottenham again and at Manchester United.

“That’s not to say that some of these transfers won’t happen. They may well do. But it has to be what is best for the club – and those decisions have to be made by the manager and the owner."

And I bet you Spurs won't hang onto Bale; and United will let Rooney go eventually; and Suarez will be out the door by January!


Who wants to keep a player who cannot be arsed?