Profit-making Pardew to guide Newcastle into the top half

A look at every player Alan Pardew has signed as a Premier League boss, and the fees his employers received when they moved on

The money made when Alan Pardew’s Premier League signings were sold

Newcastle’s decision to sell their captain and top goalscorer Kevin Nolan for £3 million saw more eyebrows raised than at a Carlo Ancelotti press conference, and even prompted some to argue that a relegation battle now awaits the Magpies.

The reality is rather different. Newcastle have already brought in four players for the new campaign, with Lille midfielder Yohan Cabaye having all the attributes necessary to prove an upgrade on Nolan.

He provided seven assists in each of the last two seasons for the French champions, netted 15 times in 2009-10 and is four years younger than his predecessor yet has already received international recognition.

That they have also been able to add proven goalscorer Demba Ba, highly-regarded Rennes academy product Sylvain Marveaux and now promising youngster Mehdi Abeid while showing a net spend of little over £1 million represents fantastic business.

Why should you be confident that the signings will live up to their billing on Tyneside despite having only a dozen matches of Premier League experience between them? Because their new boss Alan Pardew has demonstrated his transfer market savvy on countless occasions.

The former West Ham manager has his shortcomings, as his miserable spell at Charlton illustrated, but his record when it comes to buying and selling is hard to fault, as emphasised by our pie charts.

The money made selling on Alan Pardew’s Premier League purchases

Looking at every player he bought during Premier League stints at West Ham and Charlton that have since moved on, his former employers have made a profit of 34.5% on the £18.625 million he spent, showing the overall success of his purchases.

That fine figure would more than likely have topper 100% were it not for the injury that ended the career of one of his more costly purchases, Dean Ashton. To have recouped so much without seeing a return on that £7.25 million investment makes his work even more admirable.

The examples that we have looked at also don’t even include the cash the Irons pocketed for several of his Championship captures, like Nigel Reo-Coker (£8.5 million), Bobby Zamora (£5 million) and Marlon Harewood (£4 million).

14 responses so far
  • AndyMac // July 1, 2011 at 3:31 pm

    Sorry are we talking about the same man who cluelessly led Newcastle for half a season without actually improving things ?

    As you rightly said ” The former West Ham manager has his shortcomings, as his miserable spell at Charlton illustrated”.

    Sacked at three clubs out of four that tells the real story of Pardwho the Clueless :)

    PS If you really want to live up to the claim to be the most “Infuential Football Blog of the Decade” then I suggest you research your subject a little more thoroughly in future !

  • BeeGuy // July 1, 2011 at 4:04 pm

    And what makes you think AP is doing the buying and selling? If you check, you will find Graham Carr is bringing in the talent and DL and his staff are selling off the redundant. Pardew is just there to maximize the talent he is presented with. And at that, he has been told to field a faster group that keeps the ball on the deck.

  • Hobbes // July 1, 2011 at 4:17 pm

    The eventual profits for the bosses explains why Pardew was hired and Hughton fired. Exhibit A: Sol Campbell

    @ Andy Mac,
    That is an irrefutable argument you got going on there on all points. Its not that it is sound logic, but because there is an absence of it. How can one refute nothingness?

  • AndyMac // July 1, 2011 at 5:18 pm


    Irrefutable ? Whats difficult to disprove about Pardwho’s inability to manage a club successfully ?

    1. Did Pardwho improve the team and its position in the League after he joined Newcastle United ?
    2. Did Pardwho get sacked at three of his four former clubs ?

    There’s no need for sound logic, these are facts.

    Pardwho has no track record of doing anything particularly well and transfers at NUFC are not his responsibilty.

  • Michael Lintorn // July 1, 2011 at 5:30 pm

    Hi Andy. Thanks for the comments, hope you don’t mind me stepping in here.

    1) No, but he did produce a better points per game average than Chris Hughton to keep the club in 11th (typo, meant 12th), which was pretty impressive given that he lost his main asset less than two months after arrival.

    2) Indeed he did, which doesn’t reflect too well, though his dismissals at West Ham and Southampton didn’t appear to be solely attributable to performance on the pitch. He left both of those in better nick than he found them too. Admittedly, the Charlton spell was a complete disaster whichever way you look at it, and he probably made a mistake rushing into work so soon after his West Ham sacking.

  • United For Newcastle // July 1, 2011 at 5:45 pm

    Pardew still has a lot to prove…

  • AndyMac // July 1, 2011 at 7:07 pm


    We finished 12th in the BPL which is where we were when Hoots was sacked for “not having enough experience” !!!

    Pardwho is a “journeyman” manager of that there is no doubt. His transfer dealings may well have been successful overall (btw I’d like to see a complete list of every player he bought during Premier League stints at West Ham and Charlton ) however, as has been pointed out he’s not in a position to affect signings as much at NUFC.

    Although much has been made of the fact that NUFC has brought in 3 players for a combined, approximate fee of £4m unfortunately success in the BPL is not based upon how much money is saved otherwise we’d be up there with the best of them

  • Michael Lintorn // July 1, 2011 at 7:37 pm

    Re: list of PL signings, the only ones not included in the calculations above are the ones yet to leave West Ham or Newcastle (ie the guys just signed), so…

    Danny Gabbidon (signed for around £2 million, may leave for free this summer)

    Jonathan Spector (signed for £500k, may leave for free this summer)

    Robert Green (signed for £2 million, likely to go for at least double that)

    Carlton Cole (signed for around £2 million, could recoup three times that)

    So there will almost certainly be a profit on those purchases and it’s also worth noting that each of those guys have lasted five or six years, averaging 28 PL appearances each last season, so proved to have a long-term worth to the club.

    As I mentioned above, and you have elaborated on more critically, Pardew clearly isn’t one of the top managers in the Premier League, but when it comes to the transfer market, he’s earned the right to be shown a bit of trust.

  • Michael Lintorn // July 1, 2011 at 7:38 pm

    And as has been noted in comments above more poignantly, it’s easy to see how those qualities made him an attractive option to Mike Ashley, despite his recent dismissal from a League One club!

  • Derek // July 1, 2011 at 8:42 pm


    1) I’m no Pards apologist and am reserving judgement on him to wait and see how he does with a full season. That being said, I’m sorry but you couldn’t be anymore one sided. Like Michael said, Pardew got more points/game than Hughton and he did this with arguably the thinnest squad in the Prem and most def the weakest strike force. No Carroll; Tiote, Raylor, and Nolan suspensions; Willo and Best injuries. Not to mention Enrique seemed disinterested the second half of the season and was far less effective. The list could go on but the bottom line is that he had a weaker squad to work with than Chris did. The defense was incredibly porous under Hughton and while some immediate exceptions spring to mind (Arsenal and the last 30mins against WBA, which also would have seen them finish 9th and make your argument null and void), I did think they looked a bit better under Pards as well.

    2)Charlton was a disaster but he left West Ham and Southampton in better shape than he got them. To simply point at his firings without asking why is short sighted. If you were a Birmingham supporter would you point to Hughton as being shite since he clearly wasn’t good enough and was fired from his last job? Of course not.

    I’m not saying I’m totally convinced that Alan is the answer but I do feel he’s done enough with a thin squad and disastrous back-office to have earned some time before passing judgement. Let’s see how he does this year before we jump to conclusions, shall we?

  • viko // July 3, 2011 at 8:42 am

    Derek, you cant say they were a weaker side because tiote, TAYLOR and nolan were suspended. theres no doubt hughton had to deal with suspensions and injuries of his own thats part and parcel of being a manager. and enrique being disinterested is also not an excuse. this list of yours that supposedly can go on and on is not very convincing. thinnest squad in the premier league? give me a break!

  • Coolface // July 3, 2011 at 4:02 pm


  • needlesswords // July 4, 2011 at 1:21 pm

    The needle on my verbosity meter is going off the scale.

  • ALAN PARDEW // July 5, 2011 at 1:53 am

    if we can get this deal done then our front two strikers are the target man DEMBA BA and a fast Clinical Striker In ERDINC. I think thats a good partnership up front.

    The 2nd striker we buy needs to be quick and play on the last defender to make runs when Ba holds up the ball, kind of like a young OWEN or how GAMEIRO plays for LORIENT, unfortuantatly he did not want to come to us!!



    If NEWCASTLE realllllyyy wanted to challenge then even ADEBAYOR or BERBATOV???

    GET RID of Lovenkrands OR ameobi OR RANGER OR ALL OF THEM!!!

    as LEON BEST could be good cover, he proved himself last season with goals against westham and arsenal! SHANE LONG, he’s not proven enough! dont go in for him!


    Then we need one more WINGER, 1st choice NZOGBIA. 2nd BARNETTA. 3rd CANALES youngester from real madrid

    one more CENTRE MIDEFIELDER , weve been linked with Mblaisie, Sissoko and we had a bid rejected for Emana.

    our Defence proved solid last year and Colo is much improved, so is williamson, Taylor is a threat from corners, still need that fourth cover CB prehaps neil Taylor can play there aswell as LB COVER because we need to keep ENRIQUe, dont leave him 2 last minute to replace

    Our GK department is also good and does not need investment in that area as we have 2 great prospects in krul and foster and Harper proved himself last year!!

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