Keegan Has Money To Spend in the Summer


There are several reports yesterday and today that Kevin Keegan will be handed £50M in the transfer market this summer.

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Kevin Keegan – enough money to spend in the summer transfer marker

There were similar reports in January, shortly after Kevin returned as Newcastle manager, but that £50M amount was spread over both the January and summer transfer windows.

Since we didn’t end up signing any senior players in January, that money would be available in the summer.

But we don’t think it’s actually limited even to £50M, because we understand that Ashley is now willing to commit big money to bring in top class players. He wasn’t willing to do that in January with Big Sam because of a couple of reasons

  • The team was not doing well and some of Sam’s buys last summer had been struggling at the club
  • Some of Sam’s potential targets didn’t exactly thrill Ashley

We have already published some thoughts on Englishman who would seem to be available in the summer and any one of these would be good acquisitions. But after seeing Michael Carrick’s performance yesterday in Manchester United’s 4-0 demolition of Arsenal, where he was spraying balls out to the wings and looking the great midfielder he is, we cannot see the Red Devils letting him go.

The 5 players we identified were:

Wes Brown
Wayne Bridge
Michael Carrick
Stewart Downing
Dean Ashton

But there are other potentially available players, who have massive Premier League experience, who can help us out include:

John Arne Riise – Liverpool
Steve Finnan – Liverpool
Peter Crouch – Liverpool
Nicky Shorey – Reading

And of course our acquisition of top youngsters will continue, so that the first team squad will be big enough for next season quite easily.

Players that we expect to leave would include Stephen Carr, Shola Ameobi and David Rozehnal.

So we are well set for the summer, but there is a dark cloud on the horizon right now, and that is relegation. We still have a job to do to ensure we can stay in the Premier league, and our next game against Manchester United next Saturday, at St. James’ Park, could not be harder, especially after Manchester’s complete rout of Arsenal yesterday in the FA Cup.

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72 comments so far

  • catchy

    Feb 17, 2008 at 11:18 AM

    Comment #1

    not sure they wil be good enough signings.. ashton is who we need

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  • AdamCF

    Feb 17, 2008 at 11:28 AM

    Comment #2

    I’ll believe it when I see it. Please MA, spend your money on smart purchases, not overpriced, overpaid Englishmen.

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  • Leo*

    Feb 17, 2008 at 11:30 AM

    Comment #3

    nah ashton isnt that good. £50mil doesnt actually get a huge amount of players. unless you wheel and deal, i hope though that we just go for it be ruthless and count your chips at the end of the game

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  • Bill F

    Feb 17, 2008 at 11:36 AM

    Comment #4

    Yeah Leo is right, two and a half really classy players in todays market or five good ones. I’m sure someone can extrapolate a list from that criteria.

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  • Mat

    Feb 17, 2008 at 11:44 AM

    Comment #5

    Everyone knows the old adage about the champion team beating a team of champions.

    Can some of the numpties that post on this site consider this, as well as the number of rated players that have been brought to the club in the last few years and who have struggled, before they start posting who they want bought in the summer? You could bring Kaka and Ferdinand to NUFC and they would look shithouse in this current side because of the lack of system, succession planning and overall professionalism that exists.

    If KK is the has-been, out-of-touch-with-Gen Y manager that many qualified commentators have suggested he is, (not the clowns who post here), then the cycle of shit continues and 500 mill ain’t gonna buy you a successful side.

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  • AdamCF

    Feb 17, 2008 at 11:48 AM

    Comment #6

    Spot on Mat.

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  • smc894

    Feb 17, 2008 at 11:52 AM

    Comment #7

    We need to look for more diamonds like N’zogbia, buy the players with promise for next to nothing and build for the future.

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  • Chicken

    Feb 17, 2008 at 11:55 AM

    Comment #8

    Please not another excuse for Tom_Toon to copy and paste his list of Chickyhooha & Co.

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  • Zx

    Feb 17, 2008 at 11:57 AM

    Comment #9

    I can’t wait for the season to end!!

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  • Chicken

    Feb 17, 2008 at 12:00 PM

    Comment #10

    Mat – can you please explain what the fcuk you are talking about?

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  • CRAIGG

    Feb 17, 2008 at 12:00 PM

    Comment #11

    Sunderland remaining fixtures:

    Pompey A
    Derby A
    Everton H
    Chelsea H
    Villa A
    West ham H
    Fulham A
    Man city H
    Newcastle A
    Boro H
    Bolton A
    Arsenal H

    I’d say six points: 3 off derby , 1 off West ham, 1 off Fulham and 1 off boro and if they dont win at derby… theyre in worse shit than us but have spent the last month looking at our position
    what do you lot think?

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  • ToonJon (PSN ID: jnufcuk)

    Feb 17, 2008 at 12:04 PM

    Comment #12

    £50m aint gunna buy u alot these days. Need more like £500m then your talking. i think we need 3 defs 3mid and 2 more strikers. selling carr,ameobi,butt,smith and viduka.

    P.S. If you play COD 4 of FIFA 08 on PS3 then plz add me. Need more nufc supporters to play with. 🙂

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  • Ian

    Feb 17, 2008 at 12:07 PM

    Comment #13

    I like Ashton, I wouldnt mind him arriving if for some reason Viduka was leaving and we were also going to buy another striker too, however I think that we must try and get a major injury free for the last year or two striker, who is familiar with the premiership and whos recent goal scoring record ie last two or three years is reasonable and if it had been added to our striker who is likely to team up with him would have improved our situation, we dont want potential, we dont want someone ‘if they return to previous form..’ etc etc, that is why I would try my best to attract Djibril Cisse, his 2006/2007 goals would make a massive difference to our position, he didnt play every match, but if he brought those goals here, with that amount of matches without improving at all that would have an impact here, he is for sale at the end of the season, he is considering coming back to the premiership (Manchester City are looking closely at him and wanted him in January but he refused to change clubs mid season), we need someone who is on good form now or very recently.
    Cisse scores at international level, scores at premiership level, he is a player that we would have a realistic chance of landing, as I cannot see us attracting a player such as Drogba at the moment.

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  • hanzemre

    Feb 17, 2008 at 12:11 PM

    Comment #14

    on paper we’d be losing that game but on match day hope the players believe they can play, bearin no fears & take the game to them. They’re not invinsible/ untouchable.Just got to be strong & wise enough to always contain & attack them.

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  • Nomis_jade

    Feb 17, 2008 at 12:31 PM

    Comment #15

    I think its all very well having all this money to spend but the really classy players are not going to want to come to us. We are not in europe and looking at a bottom 10 finish. I think its going to be tricky. Although as always i will be optimistic when the summer sales comes round.

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  • Mat

    Feb 17, 2008 at 12:31 PM

    Comment #16

    Yo, Chicken brain! Right, too many words per sentence for you.

    I’ll try and make it simpler…

    Five managers in five years (or whatever it is), means five different ways of playing and no consistency. Succession planning, (grooming younger players for certain roles/positions and getting the older guys to teach them) doesn’t work when no one hangs around for more than a season.

    It also means that if players don’t like the manager, they don”t have suck it up and adapt, work harder, whatever, they just wait until he gets the sack.

    Gen Y – players younger than 30. They typically don’t want just a bucket load of cash. If they’re any good they rightly assume they’ll get big bucks wherever they go, so they set their sights on what’s on offer outside of football – the cool night-clubs, the funky clothing stores the bands and the chick that only London can offer. If you don’t have a manager that can recognise this, talk to them on their level and convince them that NUFC can offer something more substantial, they leave. (Woops, too many words per sentence again). Same goes for convincing good players to come in the first place.

    This ain’t brain surgery, Chicken-dick, but obviously a little more complicated than saying, “Let’s buy Ronaldo!”

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  • Mat

    Feb 17, 2008 at 12:44 PM

    Comment #17

    Shit, that’s no better an explanation, how about this.

    STOP THROWING NUFC’S AMPLE CASH AROUND ON MERCENARY PLAYERS AND MANAGERS THINKING THAT WILL FIX THINGS!

    MAKE NEWCASTLE A PLACE WHERE GOOD YOUNGER PLAYERS WANT TO GO , WELL INTENTIONED MANAGERS AND SUPPORT STAFF WANT TO WORK AND GOOD YOUNG PLAYERS WANT TO STAY!

    Right, there – I’ve said my peace.

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  • Bill F

    Feb 17, 2008 at 12:45 PM

    Comment #18

    Mat are you including everybody who posts on this site. If so then there is some serious self criticism happening here.

    Personally I take it as a compliment as the clown is a time honoured profession and I am more than happy to exchange points of view with my fellow clowns. 🙂

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  • Mat

    Feb 17, 2008 at 12:48 PM

    Comment #19

    Nah, nah… the clowns are the ones peddling the easy fixes – a fair percentage but thankfully not the majority.

    And yes, clowning is an honorable profession, I agree.

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  • AdamCF

    Feb 17, 2008 at 12:56 PM

    Comment #20

    Mat, you’re not the only one who feels this way. There is the easy road, i.e blame the manager, spend big on players and payouts, or there’s building the team again from the ground up with quality management and managing good players through the system. I know which I prefer. I also know which one will bring long term success. But hey all.. let’s bring in Ronaldo, Lampard, Gerrard, Messi et al. Easy aint it.

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  • mikeygd

    Feb 17, 2008 at 12:59 PM

    Comment #21

    lets go after, Fletcher, Lescott, artera or cahill, bentley, kenwynne jones

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  • iain

    Feb 17, 2008 at 1:05 PM

    Comment #22

    considering the amount of quality we need in and amount of players most people agree we need to let go along with some quality i would like to see us add some players from lower leagues and give them a chance.

    its never hurt us before keegan made a pl team where a lot of his key players came from lower leagues and sir bob bought a few from the lower leagues that maybe never were great but were always steady and only really struggled at the cl level. althought andy griffin etc had there moments at that level.

    i would like to see us sign

    steven fletcher cf hibernian

    joe garner cm carlisle

    howard who scored against lpool yest ive seen as bit off and think would be a good pl squad player.

    give some guy from a lower league any day than crud lik3 amdy faye (hes not even a tryer, just willie mckay just picked him up off teh street im sure as hes no footballer). its and embarassment imo that clubs keep buying players like amdy faye at pl level when there are players in the lower leagues that couold do much better jobs. even just as squad players.

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  • iain

    Feb 17, 2008 at 1:10 PM

    Comment #23

    the one consistent mistake nearly every manager since keegan was here first time has made is to buy players top clubs no longer want.

    butt, duff, owen, cacapa, smith.

    we need players clubs dont want to sell or players trying to make a name for themselves.

    if keegan goes and buys people like riise from liverpool i will be very disapointed as it will be the same old mistake and imo make the new backroom setup tottally pointless if we base or 1st team transfer policy on getting players that were “ok” for top 4 clubs.

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  • Sweardoon

    Feb 17, 2008 at 1:16 PM

    Comment #24

    I agree with Mat. Although it is ‘chic’, not ‘chick’. Unless you mean quality/quantity ratio of ladies, which Tyneside does have in abundance (fiesty chicken fillet titted hoo hahs).

    Mind ye, judging by what passes through my revolving doors…

    It’s only been a month and a bit, give it ‘kin time.

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  • Chicken

    Feb 17, 2008 at 1:36 PM

    Comment #25

    Mat – my confusion has nothing to do with the number of words per sentence you’re using – just that the words you used when arranged as you did appeared to be nothing other than a load of incoherent gibberish.

    Nice touch responding with an insult though – not only are you a man of utmost intelligence you are obviously quite clearly as hard as nails.

    I salute you Mat!

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  • iain

    Feb 17, 2008 at 1:39 PM

    Comment #26

    mind you if its 50m net after player sales then we will probably be pushing the top 10 and no more.

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  • Mat

    Feb 17, 2008 at 1:45 PM

    Comment #27

    Let’s face it gentlemen, I ain’t know Ed.

    Nuff of my poo

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  • toon4lyf

    Feb 17, 2008 at 1:59 PM

    Comment #28

    buy:arca,bently,crouch and bridge or barzagli
    sell:butt,carr,barton and viduka
    given
    beye taylor faye bridge
    bently emre arca nzogbia
    owen crouch
    subs.smith,ameobi,zambrella,milner,cacapa

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  • Tom_Toon

    Feb 17, 2008 at 2:32 PM

    Comment #29

    50 million is not really much considering that will be net spent, because no1 wants our players.

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  • Gooderz

    Feb 17, 2008 at 2:37 PM

    Comment #30

    I hope some of that money goes towards Aiden McGeady and inject some much needed pace and skill into the team straight away.

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  • Hadrian

    Feb 17, 2008 at 2:44 PM

    Comment #31

    50 mills areet i suppose , but by then man city will have had another lump sum to spend .
    where are we trying to position ourselves ? cos if its among manu ect we need a hell of alot more than 50 million , chroist , manu spent that on kids in the summer .

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  • Tom_Toon

    Feb 17, 2008 at 2:50 PM

    Comment #32

    How bout looking in the championship: Carney, Semedo, Olofinjana, Surman to name a few. Midfielders are what we need, hence naming these.

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  • Beastie

    Feb 17, 2008 at 4:25 PM

    Comment #33

    MY GOD GET RID OF AMEOBI 1ST!!!!!! Then carr, cacapa, butt, barton, viduka! get shot of that lot!!!

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  • Geordie Joe

    Feb 17, 2008 at 4:57 PM

    Comment #34

    I can’t believe people are complaining about 50m. This amount will signifacantly improve our squad. 6 or 7 quality players. Afterall we do not need a whole new squad, we do have some quality in there already.

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  • Tom_Toon

    Feb 17, 2008 at 5:01 PM

    Comment #35

    50 mil = 3 or 4 great players in todays market (e dont look at untapped place for quality so we will pay over the odds)and no1 will want to buy our players the ones we sell we wont get much money for.

    50 mil is enough in my opinion but not if you’re buying english.

    Greek Toon – What do you think about Lagos (footballer)?

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  • Geordie Joe

    Feb 17, 2008 at 5:08 PM

    Comment #36

    ye 3 – 4 players in the 15m region but you can get quality for less than that. There is a couple of englishman i would have, Carrick and Bridge. But apart from them i think we do need to look abroad. English players have no technique or composure. Carrick is one of the few englishmen with technique and composure.

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  • Tom_Toon

    Feb 17, 2008 at 5:12 PM

    Comment #37

    Yes but hes probably going to buy shitty overrated english players.

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  • scott9

    Feb 17, 2008 at 5:50 PM

    Comment #38

    50m i would look at getting players like
    aiden mcgeady of celtic 8m
    song bilong swap for zog
    toulalon 8m
    arshevin 8m
    barnetta 8m
    ashton 10m
    top class cb 10m
    shorey 5m

    outs
    ameobi 3m
    smith 4.5m if that
    rozy 2m
    cacapa 1m
    ramage 1m
    carr 1m
    butt 2m

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  • ToonJon (PSN ID: jnufcuk)

    Feb 17, 2008 at 6:15 PM

    Comment #39

    Couldnt agree more scott9. if only we could ge those players then i think our squad would be complete until the next summer transfer window.
    Just wondering how many class centre backs there are for £10m that we could get.

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  • ToonJon (PSN ID: jnufcuk)

    Feb 17, 2008 at 6:18 PM

    Comment #40

    Add Downing to that list aswell. I know he has just signed a new contract but that is just so him and the scum can get more moeny. Although if he wud cost to much than forget it. Cause he was the scums best player today. delivery in from wide and dead ball is superb and still only young. also adam johnson from then would be great. he was onloan at watfrod last season and he was quality

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