Did anyone realistically think Enrique was going to sign a new contract? After he didn't sign one back in February, because he wanted to "wait til we survived relegation"... After he didn't sign one when we did survive relegation, pretty easily and way before the season ended... After he didn't sign one after the pre-season break... After he openly criticised the club's ambition through the media... After he openly criticised the club's ambition through Twitter... After he openly spoke about what he wanted to achieve, wanted to play in Europe and which club's he'd like to play for... Well? Seriously anyone..? Either this man did (and 2 others) or he's spouting absolute b*ll**** again which we are all expected to swallow and respect... "I would be asking why we hadn't got a left-back in earlier (if I was a fan)," said Pardew. "The difference was, if Jose had signed, we would have ended up with two very, very expensive left-backs and that's something we couldn't afford when we're trying to get the best possible side. "We also need that money in other areas and of course we haven't got the striker over the line yet. It all has to be within a structure. It's difficult for fans - you try telling a 14-year-old who's passionate about the game why Enrique has gone, he can't understand that. "I understand a big bulk of our fans just wanting our best players wanting to stay here - it doesn't always work like that unfortunately. We have a back up plan in place. "You don't want your best players to leave, but we were vulnerable. We offered him a deal and he didn't want to sign it so we had nowhere to go." You may notice he completely contradicts himself (or thats how I read it) at the end there by saying quite plainly "he didnt want to sign it". This deal JE was offered happened 6 months ago and has been 'on the table' ever since. I mean, what is this? Why is he saying these words? Is he really this incompetent? Or maybe he just isn't a very good public speaker... We all fully understand that he doesn't get any help from the powers above him in publicly speaking to the fans. But at the end of the day, name one football club where the chairman comes out and discusses transfers with journalists...? Not many. There is no excuse for this constant tripe. So; 'We haven't got a left-back - because in case JE signed - but he didn't wanna sign - so we had nowhere to go (what does this mean?!) - so now we don't have a left back......' Erm yes ok, that all makes perfect sense. The club have had a grade A plan for the past 6 months regarding this issue then? You never heard Hughton speak in this way...and he wasn't Llambias and Ashley's best mate! I'm done bashing Pardew now, I promise. But jesus christ man.... Anyway, who do we reckon will fit in at left back on Saturday evening? Ive heard Shane Ferguson is fit again. To be honest I wouldn't mind Ryan Taylor slipping in there. After all, he played there for Wigan with relative success and the whole reason he came to us in the first place is because we needed a left back when we sold N'Zogbia to Wigan in exchange.....everybody associated with our football club has seemed to totally forget/miss that point entirely.