Newcastle manager Alan Pardew faces up to life without star striker Andy Carroll this morning, but can at least drown his sorrows with the knowledge he has the entire £35million gained from Carroll’s sale to spend in the summer window.
Pardew was desperate not sell Carroll but when it became apparent the money on offer was just too good to be true, Pardew was quick to gain reassurance from owner Mike Ashley that the funds gained from the deal would be available for new players.
“The one thing I said to Mike yesterday was, ‘Look, if this boy is going to go, this money has to be reinvested in the team, all of it’, and he has assured me of that,” said Alan Pardew.
“For the Newcastle fan, that is the most important message I can give today, that all that money will be used.
“Could it have been used yesterday? Late last night, we made a couple of bids, but we were getting extortionate figures thrown at us. It was ridiculous.”
He continued: “Were we going to pay an overhiked price for a lesser product than Andy Carroll?
“No, so unfortunately as I sit here now, I am weaker than I was yesterday because I had Andy Carroll maybe four or five weeks away (from being fit again).
“No, I am not comfortable with it, but it is what it is.”