Interesting report from Reuters on why Zabeel pulled out of the Charlton deal:
I do quite a lot of work for Reuters and I am always impressed by the professionalism of their journalists so I would regard this report as at least representing an accurate representation of what Zabeel want to be known in public.
The club web site going down yesterday prompted speculation that some sort of dramatic announcement was imminent, but the only news appears to be that we have tried out an out of contract centre back from Southampton in the reserves. Any port in a storm.
However, some normally reliable sources have been quieter than usual. This is just speculation on my part, but Pards may have been given a final warning to sort it out over the next three matches. 'Sort it out Pardew!' never has the resonance of 'Sort it out Curbishley!'