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‘I think Newcastle are in a lot of trouble’
Having sold club captain Kevin Nolan, made Joey Barton available on a free transfer and with José Enrique being linked with a move to Liverpool, Newcastle fans are understandably concerned about the coming Premier League season. Losing arguably last season’s three most influential players would be a big blow and the Daily Express’ Ian Ridley worries that Newcastle face big problems.
Ian also believes it’s unclear whether Toon manager Alan Pardew is in charge of team affairs or owner Mike Ashley and managing director Derek Llambias, following the decision to make Barton available for a free transfer after he criticised the club on Twitter.
“Well, I think [Newcastle] are in a lot of trouble to be honest,” he explains. “I don’t know who’s in charge of the team there. Was [the decision to make Barton available on a free transfer] Alan Pardew’s decision? More likely Mike Ashley or Derek Llambias’ decision.
“There are players going. It’s looks like Enrique will be going to Liverpool. So there’s six [players] gone out and four come in that we don’t know. They’re overseas players, they’re unproven, so we don’t quite know what we’re going to get there.
“Then you wonder [about] their assets like [Cheick] Tioté. What are they going to think, what are they going to feel? £35million for Andy Carroll: we were told that this would be reinvested, but I’ve not seen any sign in it being reinvested in a top striker.”
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