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Monday, September 3, 2012
Pardew blasts agents

Kirstan Heneage

Newcastle manager Alan Pardew has blasted "terrible" agents for attempting to disrupt his players this summer.

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The likes of Yohan Cabaye, Cheik Tiote and Demba Ba were all linked with moves away from Newcastle during the transfer window, and Pardew is relieved he no longer has to contend with the speculation.

Speaking to The Journal, Pardew said: "Once the window shuts it kind of eliminates all of that and you start focusing on the job in hand.

"I have some sympathy for players if agents - not necessarily their own - call them offering double their money. It's going to affect you. It's not just us. There are some terrible people and agents in and around the game who ring a player up promising the earth when they're not even their agent. It goes on."

Pardew credited owner Mike Ashley for turning down lucrative offers for some of the club's best players.

"You have to pay a lot of respect to Mike, the owner here, because he could have cashed in on one of our big players," Pardew said. "We have had a couple of phone calls during the window and Mike has been pretty adamant that everybody stays. I thank him for that and our fans should thank him too because we are not as affluent as some other clubs."

However, the club were dealt a blow last week with the news Ryan Taylor is likely to miss most of the season with a ligament injury.

The defender tore his cruciate ligament during Newcastle's 1-0 win over Greek side Atromitos on Thursday, but Pardew is hopeful that the injury will not be as bad as first thought.

"The cruciate is detached so it's purely a case of putting it back and I think he'll come back a little bit quicker than most cruciate injuries," he said.

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