Newcastle manager Alan Pardew has called for the game's authorities to clamp down on the unprofessional behaviour of football agents, after he described the his hectic January transfer window as 'a difficult business to be a part of.'
Speaking in his programme notes for Saturday's game against Chelsea, Pardew echoed the sentiments of QPR boss Harry Redknapp and West Ham co-owner David Sullivan by suggesting agents are using unpleasant tactics in a bid to seal big-money deals.
While he ended up bolstering he squad with the signings of five French stars in January, Pardew has revealed the negotiations required to seal deals for the likes of Yoan Gouffran and Moussa Sissoko were anything but easy.
"Believe me, in the modern climate, signing one player in the transfer window is an achievement, so to get five over the line in total during January was a great effort," he wrote. "Agents have a habit of moving the goal posts when you feel a deal is close, so it is a difficult business to be a part of.
"I echo the views of QPR boss Harry Redknapp earlier in the week that some of things going on are not right and maybe the behaviour of agents is something the game's authorities need to look, but that work has been done now and it's up to me to get the team playing in a manner that I know you want us to."
Pardew went on to back new signing Sissoko 'to have a big impact in the Premier League' after his impressive debut in the 2-1 win against Aston Villa on Tuesday night and admits the sale of Demba Ba to Chelsea forced him to into the transfer market.
"Demba's exit meant that we needed to strengthen the offensive options in our squad and the arrivals of Moussa Sissoko and Yoan Gouffran did just that," he stated. "Equally, we were anxious to bolster our defensive reserves and we to achieved that aim with the signings of Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa and Massadio Haidara. I'm delighted to welcome all four players to the club.
"My honest belief is we would not have picked up the vital win at Villa Park without those additions to our squad and plenty of people at our club deserve credit for getting our January transfer window deals over the line."
Meanwhile, Pardew has responded to Newcastle fans who jeered him in his side's last home game against Reading, when his decision to substitute Sylvain Marveaux 25 minutes from time back fired as the visitors stormed back to secure a vital 2-1 victory.
"On reflection, I may have been a little hasty in my decision to take off Sylvain in the Reading game, but my belief at the time was that Yohan Cabaye would be able to get through the full match," he added.
"When Yohan didn't make it to the end, it left us with something of a problem and I am big enough to accept the criticism that came my way for that decision."