No Statement Signings From Newcastle This Summer

Chris Mort is warning fans not to expect trophy big name signings in the summer.


Chris Mort – no statement signings

Mort says the club will be quite conservative in their approach to transfer targets. The Newcastle Chairman talked to the Independent:

“I’d be surprised and disappointed if Kevin wasn’t pushing us to invest,” “[But] we have to make sure we don’t do a Leeds, where the club is unable to cope if success doesn’t come. It’s a balancing act.”

“Historically, the club has looked to please fans by making a ‘statement signing’ every now and again.” “Looking back, I’m not sure if that’s the way to develop long-term success. I want to bring players who are going to develop the club over three to five years.”

“Kevin’s return has clearly lit a spark – the team were looking down in the mouth. A dramatic transition has started and Kevin and I would like to raise the game. “But we’re not looking to make one-off signings to appease fans.”

The good thing about the transfer window this season is that the Recruitment trio of executives Dennis Wise, Tony Jimenez and Jeff Vetere seem to have done a good job in vetting players. They will be a great help to Chris and Kevin as they decide which players to go after.

We don’t think we need big signings to go to the next stage. But we must aim to finish in the top 6 next season, that must be the goal again next season, even though the team failed miserably in that goal this season.

Comments very welcome.

14 comments so far


    Apr 20, 2008 at 9:55 AM

    Comment #1

    I saw some massive names linked with us this morning ANTHONY GARDNER and JERMAINE PENNANT for example, Do the news of the world realy think that we believe this rubbish and would KK really wants Pennant when Lennon is back on form and available in the summer.

    Although Gardner certainly would give us some height for set-pieces.

  • Davy C

    Apr 20, 2008 at 10:03 AM

    Comment #2

    I can understand what Mort is saying as sensible business acumen but am disappointed in that we have been waiting for Ashley to splash the cash following a balancing of the books after his take over last summer. He has got the man he wanted (KK – or so he says) and has no excuse now. We are not in the same position as Leeds were as we have got rid of our biggest problem (Freddie Shepherd) and similarities shouldn’t be made. Of course the whole thing will need success to keep it sustainable but we won’t get success if we don’t spend. Catch 22! We seem to be the only club to have a huge takeover where the sugar daddy won’t spend. Doesn’t bode well for the future for me cos if these kids we are getting a hold of are so good why aren’t Man U, Liverpool etc fighting us to get them and if they are that good why have none of them come anywhere close to getting a game yet? I’m confused again!!!

  • Lazy

    Apr 20, 2008 at 10:10 AM

    Comment #3

    I hope he gives Keegan money during this transfer window. They didn’t spend very much during the last two windows and look what happened to us.

    He can’t promise Keegan a ton of money to get him to sign and then not give him any.

    I don’t know what he’s on about with the “statement signing” thing, every player we sign makes a statement. I am not saying we should spend a ton of money on the likes of Luque and Kluivert etc, but I really hope we spend something, because we need it!

  • Guinea Mag

    Apr 20, 2008 at 10:14 AM

    Comment #4

    Business-like statements from Mort, but still expect 4 to 5 new players of proven quality to arrive this summer.

    Current squad is too small although anticipate Carr, Ameobi, Rozenhall, maybe Emre/Cacapa to leave in summer. So we need replacements for the outgoing players; either good youngsters or proven PL players, but the squad is not good enough…….

  • Gooderz

    Apr 20, 2008 at 10:15 AM

    Comment #5

    This would be disappointing news but Mort has said that the money would be there for the right players so if one of these ‘statement signings’ is right for the club then they will make a move.

    Basically it only signals the end of signings solely looking for a nice little retirement package from Newcastle.

  • Ausgeordie

    Apr 20, 2008 at 10:27 AM

    Comment #6

    I think Keegs believes a the team has will become stars. If Owen and Martins can continue to fire together, Beye and Enrique impressing and our midfield really gelling we have a good base. Some good wingers and more backs and well be good to go. We do need more creativity in midfield and replacements for aging stars. Build for the team that we will be in two more seasons

  • bailey

    Apr 20, 2008 at 10:34 AM

    Comment #7

    Just think he means good players will be bought but not a huge outlay on just one player only as in the past. Nothing wrong with that is there???

  • peteNUFC

    Apr 20, 2008 at 10:41 AM

    Comment #8

    this is good buisness. What is the point in telling everyone how much we have to spend.
    Money will be available and i bet lots of it.
    Keep the faith

  • Spot The Zebra

    Apr 20, 2008 at 10:44 AM

    Comment #9

    What exactly is a statement signing anyway? I see no reason for ruling out ANY player if he will improve the team whether he costs £15,000 or £15 million.Of course Kevin has showed before he has an eye for a bargain and may not need to spend big to get us top 6 next year.But surely any signing will be judged on his performances for us not how much he cost.
    I find it ironic that Mort is about to open contract negotiations with Michael Owen who was looked upon at the time as a “statement signing”.He is infact a bloody good player.
    Anyway off to the shops now to buy matches then on to the game to set some tramps on fire.Money going on 2-0 and Michael Owen first goal.
    Howay The Lads!

  • Leo

    Apr 20, 2008 at 10:44 AM

    Comment #10

    i will not listen to any of this mort keegan transfer talk until someone has signed

  • Punk Skunk

    Apr 20, 2008 at 11:11 AM

    Comment #11

    Yea Leo,
    It’s all bollox ’til something happens anyway, isn’t it?..
    …Tbh, i’m sick of all the speculation in between transfer windows…Someone should do a tali up & see how many % of speculations actually happen!..Not many, is my guess!..
    …& anyway, i’m sick of us spending too much on players that don’t cut it…I don’t mind us spending big, but they’ve gotta have the right attitude first!..
    …Ho’way the Lads!..

  • George

    Apr 20, 2008 at 11:42 AM

    Comment #12

    I totally agree with Chris Mort, no short term buys for us. Short term “Bad buys” have been a subject that has haunted us fans and many a manager of NUFC over the years.
    Some short sighted fans think buying a player for a season is a good thing. It is not. Look at the history of these stop gap players. Even KK bought players as stop gap short term players and it did not work. McDonnagh from spurs was KKs first ever signing for us and i cannot remember him having a game. Dave Kitson came to toon and spent most of his time in the reserves. These are just two names from a myriad of players who have crossed the doorstep of SJP and never performed or lasted.
    Long term buys only please and players who want toplay for us, not just top up their pension funds.

  • iain

    Apr 20, 2008 at 12:48 PM

    Comment #13

    i think the problem is as well as needing say 4/5 quality additions we need to change maybe another 4/5 players if possible.

    i would expect carr/shola/rozehnal to leave.

    some quality players to be brought in, then keegan might listen to offers for smith/duff/nzogbia/emre and look at replacing them with better players if possible or young players.

  • lonely toon army

    Apr 20, 2008 at 12:50 PM

    Comment #14

    he is talking a lil bit of logic i think but, chris u gonna get some good defenders at least!!!!!!!!. Don be a lazy pig!!!!!!!!!!!


You must log in to post a comment.