Sunday, June 19, 2011

Alan's Marveaux medicine

First Yohan Cabaye, then Mehdi Abeid, then Demba Ba and now Rennes' left-sided midfielder Sylvain Marveaux. Perhaps we should just build our own Channel Tunnel?

Like Ba, Marveaux has been snaffled on a free transfer but arrives with a bit of a question mark hanging over his fitness. He's reacted angrily to reports that a move to Liverpool broke down due to failing a medical, instead citing disagreement over terms, but does have a history of thigh and groin problems which have needed surgical intervention.

Marveaux spent most of last season sidelined through injury, but the previous campaign he contributed an impressive 12 goals in 38 appearances and also supplied much of the ammunition for now-Mackem striker Asamoah Gyan.

Reacting to the signing, Alan Pardew claimed: "It's been a good couple of days for us on the transfer front." Roughly translated: who's this Kevin Nolan fella you lot keep bleating on about? According to a source blabbing away in today's News Of The Screws, Nolan "feels let down and ... furious with his former manager. Kev expected him to try harder to keep him at the club during contract talks". I think it's fairly clear who was calling the shots in the negotiations, though - and it wasn't Pardew. Just as with the sale of Rocky, Iron Mike demonstrated a willingness to ride roughshod over the wishes of his manager. Pardew could have pleaded for Nolan's retention all he wanted, but it wouldn't have made a difference.

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

Couldn't see Pardew recommending a 5 year £50k a week deal for Nolan - Pardew and Ashley not that daft!
Pardew is managing the Club, but it is a team affair with DL and MA. Players fees and wages have to within the budget of the club, common sense really. Pardew doing a good job, keep it up!

12:30 am  
Blogger Unknown said...

I saw this this on another blog... and now it makes more sense...

2:47 pm  
Blogger Ben said...

Anonymous: I'm not saying there wasn't an element of prudence in baulking at Nolan and Barton's demands. But surely there could have been some negotiation? Nolan's effectively been booted out, which is ridiculous. I don't dispute that Pardew's done a reasonable job since taking over from Hughton (a man who didn't deserve the sack in the first place), but there's no doubt who's in charge. Just look at the way that Pardew was overruled and (effectively) humiliated by the sale of Rocky, having repeatedly claimed he'd been given assurances he wouldn't be sold...

Bob: Like it - cheers for the link!

7:31 pm  

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