Transfer Discussions Only When Magpies Safe

Chris Mort has said the club will only discuss transfers with manager Kevin Keegan, when Newcastle are completely safe from relegation, and they know they will remain in the Premier League next season.


Kevin Keegan – will discuss transfer situation when the team is safe

Chairman Chris Mort talked to the Evening Chronicle today about incoming transfers in the summer:

“Of course. We will sit down with Kevin and what we have said is that once we have made sure we are safe for next season we will go through the squad with him and see where the rebuilding is required.”

“It is only fair to the supporters to make sure we are safe for next season before making any decisions and we are taking nothing for granted.”

“Clearly we were delighted with Sunday’s performance, but until we are safe it will be pointless making any sort of decisions.”

It turns out that Kevin made a quick trip to Scotland to run the rule over some Glasgow Rangers players, but in the main Keegan has rightly concentrated on the playing side of things since he returned in mid-January.

But if we can get all 3 points on Saturday against Reading, and with suitable results from the other teams in relegation trouble, we could be almost safe, and discussions will probably start with Kevin, because the new regime will want to get a quick start in the transfer season.

Director of Football Denis Wise and scout Jeff Vetere were both at White Hart Lane on Sunday to watch the demolition of Spurs, but they have also been very busy tracking several top players in Europe.

It looks like they will be able to present Kevin with a number of excellent potential targets in the summer.

We’ll have to see how our recruitment team does in the summer, but we’ve been very impressed with the club structure Chairman Chris Mort has put in place this season.

Comments welcome.

72 comments so far

  • Spyro

    Apr 2, 2008 at 3:22 PM

    Comment #1

    Ed Harrison i am no longer recieving emails alerting me when someone has posted a comment after me, can you fix this?

  • James

    Apr 2, 2008 at 3:26 PM

    Comment #2

    Agents of the players will want to know we are a PL club before coming here – so makes perfect sense.

    However, they definitely have a list, but won’t approach them until next month.

    Scottish players aren’t good enough for the PL, so stop looking there.

    I expect a jaw dropping amazing signing in the summer to lift the place completely. Ashley will spend big this summer, no question about that.

  • Spyro

    Apr 2, 2008 at 3:35 PM

    Comment #3

    “Scottish players aren’t good enough for the PL, so stop looking there”

    that is a trully disgraceful comment, how can you generalise a whole nation of players and say they are not good enough for the Premier League.

    So Hutton aint good enough for Tottenham?

    what about McFadden? He only scored past us but nah he aint good enough is he? lol

    Aiden Mcgeady wouldn’t be good here?

  • Spyro

    Apr 2, 2008 at 3:37 PM

    Comment #4

    I think Scotland currently has some good talent and i would love to see some Scottish players here. From what i have seen of them many are hard working consistent players. Just what we need.

  • James

    Apr 2, 2008 at 3:39 PM

    Comment #5

    We can do better than Scottish players is my point. We need to be more ambitious in the transfer market than looking at the SPL.

  • Spyro

    Apr 2, 2008 at 3:41 PM

    Comment #6

    thats not fair James

  • DC Magpie

    Apr 2, 2008 at 3:51 PM

    Comment #7

    Please no more mention of Lennon, especially at 10M, wow I almost puked.

    Let’s get this Aguero rom Athletico he looks a proper KK player or Farfan from PSV.

  • Raffles

    Apr 2, 2008 at 3:55 PM

    Comment #8

    McGeady would be nice, as would Fabiano etc.

    Yet, screw the talk of jaw dropping signings and all of that palava. Good players that can play as part of the team without whining, acts of petulance and other undesirable traits is the order of the pre-season. Enough with the speculation, let’s wait to the summer. Don’t want to spoil the main course by filling up with desert (tedious metaphor realting to hype- desert- and actuality- the main course, for which I make no apologies for).

    Howay, let’s get ready to hopefully gub Reading.

  • Bill F

    Apr 2, 2008 at 3:57 PM

    Comment #9

    This is quite a smart backroom scouting team at the Toon now and I would bet that they have already got potential deals, or at least feelers out for the Summer transfer market. I don’t think they are losing sleep over relegation anymore, I reckon one more win should do the biz.

  • Andery

    Apr 2, 2008 at 4:01 PM

    Comment #10

    chances of aguero very slim. Ath want from what i hear 50mil. good player but not worth 50mil 😛

  • Spyro

    Apr 2, 2008 at 4:02 PM

    Comment #11

    Farfan fronm PSV is a fairly realistic move but we will never get Sergio Aguerro

  • Macca

    Apr 2, 2008 at 4:06 PM

    Comment #12

    James. That’s totally generalizing, that’s like saying we could do better then Irish or Welsh players..etc. I could name a few I want. Like McGeady for instance.

  • Leo

    Apr 2, 2008 at 4:08 PM

    Comment #13

    yep i agree spyro they are hard working and cud do a job a st james

  • valle

    Apr 2, 2008 at 4:10 PM

    Comment #14

    Slow starts in the transfer market have always been a problem for us, but now is the time for Mort and Ashley to stop talking the talk and start walking the walk… Another summer of a combined outley of 10m or less and i will be very worried that we are a milking cow for business men without any ambitions. I know its early to be pessimistic, but we have taken to much crap over the years with false promises to go there again, and there have been allot of talk of “fantastic” players comming in… this could sound like Mort is playing it down, and i doubt KK would stand for that after getting those promises when he signed.

  • Reillers

    Apr 2, 2008 at 4:11 PM

    Comment #15

    James, my friend he’s a Reading fan, he lives in London. I remeber telling him that Coppell was looking at 2 wee lads from Cork City, (Eircom League..Irish league), Kevin Doyle and Long, he laughed for an hour, he said that they weren’t good enough even though he’d never seen them play. Guess who his favorite player is now..Doyle.You’d be surprised what or who you’d find if you actually looked. All the top managers look in the same place for top class players, then you’ve the likes of Keane and Copell who also look in the likes of the Eircom League or in the lower leagues in England and they’ve got a few buys outta it.

  • Spyro

    Apr 2, 2008 at 4:14 PM

    Comment #16

    You know what, NUFC of all teams should be raiding Scotland for talent because we might have an edge on attracting players as Newcastle and Scotland are so close to each other. Looking back to January, Bryan Robson would have been a good buy.

  • Marty

    Apr 2, 2008 at 4:32 PM

    Comment #17

    REILLERS good one!There has been many that came through from Eircom league,Robbie n Roy Keane,Duffer n from Wales Giggs n several others n Scotland Gary mc allister,Darren Fletcher and mm.

  • Marty

    Apr 2, 2008 at 4:34 PM

    Comment #18

    Must say though JAMES that it would be nice to see REAL CASH spent on 1 or 2 Real Quality players at the top of their career!!!!
    First get safety in the league

  • Tom_Toon

    Apr 2, 2008 at 4:42 PM

    Comment #19

    Thomas Kahlenberg!

  • Obafan

    Apr 2, 2008 at 6:13 PM

    Comment #20

    This is the spirit; first get safety (not that far away anymore thank God 😉 ) and then focussing on next year. I really have no clue what can happen in the summer; I’m looking forward to it with KK.

    James – I think you misexpressed yourself a bit. I think James wanted to say that he hopes for 1 or 2 world class players to sign for the Toon (Diego, …). He stated that they do not have to look at Scotland to find those world class players. It indeed is not fair to say that Scotland has got no players who can play in the EPL. But to say that they will be the toppers is something else. I think there is lots of potential in every country (even in my Belgium 😉 ). The only difference between the countries is the possibilities which are there to build out a very good youth working. Countries like France have got very good youth working centers compared to Belgium, so it is normal that more French youngsters make the step to become a professional player.

  • James

    Apr 2, 2008 at 6:17 PM

    Comment #21

    Didn’t mean to start a Scottish debate on here guys. My point was raised by Bobby Robson, who said KK should only look at buying 5 or 6 “Star” signings that would put Newcastle back up with the big boys. Like him I agree, and don’t want to see another player with “Potential.” There is enough potential in the reserves.

    We need class if we want to be class.

    Obafan – Thanks mate, thats exactly what I was trying to say, it just got misread earlier

  • Punk Skunk

    Apr 2, 2008 at 6:21 PM

    Comment #22

    Do we want ‘Big names’ or people who wanna play for the Toon?..Class is subjective!..

  • Obafan

    Apr 2, 2008 at 6:43 PM

    Comment #23

    James – You’re welcome mate. Hope the others now understand what you were trying to say 😉

  • King Kev-4-3-3

    Apr 2, 2008 at 6:56 PM

    Comment #24

    tom toon- the players you always come out with are always the worst thing since aids, thomas kahlenberg is shite

  • Tom_Toon

    Apr 2, 2008 at 6:57 PM

    Comment #25

    i think many will disagree and its not a deluded suggestion i have seen from you many times.

  • Newcastle United.

    Apr 2, 2008 at 7:04 PM

    Comment #26

    Boyd, Brown and Mcgeady from Scotland would be great signings. Who ever said Scottish players aren’t good enough is living in the past. Those three would be quality signings for Newcastle, We shouldn’t all expect us to buy 20 million starts like Aguero, Van der Vaart, Because we aren’t in Europe. Fair enough players like those three I mentioned, Maybe Ashton, Gudjohnsen, But real world class players who could get into any team we wouldnt get, Personally. Im a season ticket holder and go to 8/10 away games a season so you can’t call me a bad fan for saying the truth.

    Beye Faye Ben haim Riise
    Emre Carrick Brown
    Owen Ashton Martins

  • Punk Skunk

    Apr 2, 2008 at 7:09 PM

    Comment #27

    Who cares where players come from or how much they get?..When all that matters is that they wanna play for us, do what they’re paid to do, win games, keep their noses clean & love the club/fans!..That’s what i’m talkin’ about!..

  • Tom_Toon

    Apr 2, 2008 at 7:13 PM

    Comment #28

    Newcastle United. – Ben Haim and Riise? Have you been watching football this season?!?!?

  • ScottyT

    Apr 2, 2008 at 7:27 PM

    Comment #29

    to be fair i think riise would be a decent signing ano u will disagree tom_toon but a suppose we have enrique who needs to progress and looks promising.

    i still say bullard would be a decent low cost signing (like a sibierski was) and with a few real quality signings foreign or not we could have a decent team.

    arshavin seems a good player and at the back van buyten id have but havnt seen him play much to be fair but has a good physical prescence. if we could get some quality players in (say 2 CM’s 1 LB 1 RB 1 ST 1 RM 1 CB – not all expensive some for backup then this would be ideal but unrealistic i feel).

    also ideally get rid of people like shola rozehnal zog (if he rly wants to) carr. this would give us a good sized squad to challenge for europe. first get safe but then its the challenge to get these ‘quality’ players in for next season.

  • Steve

    Apr 2, 2008 at 7:42 PM

    Comment #30

    I wish Mort hadn’t said anything because the press are typically making a meal of this story.


    Apr 2, 2008 at 8:25 PM

    Comment #31

    To be honest if we were to stay in 433 Newcastle uniteds side is much like what we should be aiming for although i would swap Riise and Ben Haim for Bridge and Cahill or Rodriguez or both

    Right im ready for you any Milner bashers fancy their chances, Im as dedicated to him as i am to KK and i even got an apology from Tom_Toon on that issue


  • ScottyT

    Apr 2, 2008 at 8:41 PM

    Comment #32

    no1 can have a go at milner .. hes probably been our best player on average over the last few seasons and this break from injury will probably be good for him as it gives him some rest. think jimmys quality just needs to improve crossing then hed be even better.


    Apr 2, 2008 at 8:46 PM

    Comment #33

    The sad fact is scotty t the last two sesons have been forgotten in favour of Geremi and his 3 assists and 1 goal add that too his totals for the whole season and that is 4 assists (the free kick for Oba at blackburn) and 1 goal.


  • ScottyT

    Apr 2, 2008 at 8:59 PM

    Comment #34

    lol tbh i thort geremi was pap agenst fulham at home even though he got them assists his passing was shocking all game .. thort he did better vs spurs like but hes just way to slow and predictable and like ya say his delivery is again shocking so many wasted corners and freekicks having said that probably keep same team due to the fact we’re winnin if not put emre in id say.

  • gaz

    Apr 2, 2008 at 9:00 PM

    Comment #35

    diego ribas ( i wish )
    jesus navas
    wright phillips
    any of these and i will be over the moon

  • iain

    Apr 2, 2008 at 9:06 PM

    Comment #36

    need to look at quality players who arnt priority signings for clubs like man utd.

    fit strong constant injury free players like arshavin/emana/gomis/kahlenberg/mensah/rosina, players who arnt being chased by cl clubs (as far as i know). and maybe if were lucky we will steal a really good player from under a cl team nose.

    id rather go foriegn for our attacking players as noone english truly excites me especially for the prices being qouted. 10m for lennon ??? 10m+ for bentley etc ridiculous.

    think the the key is to get a couple pl exp defenders but only if there better than what we have, so no riises thank you very much.

    eg ben haim isnt anything special but hes a darn sight better than cacapa/rozehnal when it comes to playing in the pl.

    same goes for other positions if the best we cant get to replace geremi is say sidwell id be happy. every improvement will help imo.

  • Tom_Toon

    Apr 2, 2008 at 9:08 PM

    Comment #37

    ‘fit strong constant injury free players like ‘


    ahahaha, are you serious! he is quite injury prone!


    Apr 2, 2008 at 9:16 PM

    Comment #38

    Spyro shot me down when i implyed that Geremi only set up the goals really he did nothing else in the fulham match

    Also i dont believe 2 of his 3 assists have been i dont think it was really an assist for Vidukas goal as Viduka really made it himself with the dummy to create space to get his shot off and the butt one was just a short square pass not meant to set up a shooting opportunity


    Apr 2, 2008 at 9:21 PM

    Comment #39

    Emre wouldnt come straight back in for me as it would be wrong to change the team after the last two matches.

    KK wont keep Geremi next season though and Despite the fact that he is a thug Barton is an outstanding player and has played really well recently, Butt also again has done nowt all season but the last coule of games he has played well, All probably have deserved ther places for now.

  • iain

    Apr 2, 2008 at 9:33 PM

    Comment #40

    ‘fit strong constant injury free players like ‘


    ahahaha, are you serious! he is quite injury prone!

    i thought it was only last season he was injured for a bit ??? hes played 20+ league games this season and scored around 8 goals not not bad considering tourlouses leage position.

    either way hes a lot fitter than emre.


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