Kevin Hasn’t Spoken To Ashley On Transfer Targets

Kevin Keegan has admitted, rather surprisingly, that he has not spoken with Mike Ashley at all about his summer transfer targets.


Mike Ashley – hasn’t discussed transfer targets with Kevin

Keegan told the Sunday Sun today:

“I don’t know if the owner is excited by the challenge of trying to sign big name players. I haven’t asked him,”

“He came down to the dressing room after the game on Sunday but the owner doesn’t get involved in these things.”

“He finances it, but apart from one day when he came down to the training ground when we were struggling and we had a chat about anything but football, he has never been near the place.”

“It’s not like the owner rings me up and says he can’t get this or that guy. I don’t have his number. I don’t even have a number for the owner!”

Keegan has admitted he is keen for Steven Taylor’s contract to be handled quickly as that of his captain Michael Owen, Kevin added:

“Contracts aren’t my department.”“I’ve had a chat with Michael but I don’t do any of the contracts anymore. In some ways I am pleased about that.”

“It might be difficult for the players but I have to tell them what my role is in the club – to say: ‘Go to Chris Mort and sit down with him and Dennis Wise because they do the financial side of things.”

The contracts are usually the responsibility of the chairman, but Chris probably also has one of the recruitment staff, like Jeff Vetere, get involved on the financial side.

We hope both Michael and Steven will sign new contracts sooner rather than later.

Comments welcome.

34 comments so far

  • Fernando

    Apr 27, 2008 at 12:47 PM

    Comment #1

    I hope he talks and tries to persuade the top players on his list.

  • Toon1978

    Apr 27, 2008 at 12:52 PM

    Comment #2

    KK words dont sound very optimistic TBH there sounds like theres a bit of friction but it might be me looking at it wrong. There seems to be to many cheifs and not enough Indians. If Mort is not serious about NUFC he should sell up and f..k off because i would rather KK was at the toon then ASHLEY if it came to that. I hope there is money to be spent if there IS funds but little of it then we know the position he stands with NUFC. If there is a substantial amount then we know that he wants the best for NUFC. Fingers crossed its the latter.

  • Nick

    Apr 27, 2008 at 12:56 PM

    Comment #3

    There is no need to read too much into his comments. In fact, not talking to the owner about transfers may not be a bad thing to begin with. Too hands-on an approach by an owner may not necessary translate into big name signings in a any case.

  • Fernando

    Apr 27, 2008 at 12:58 PM

    Comment #4

    minimum we’ll spend the same amount spurs spend to keep up the level of competition for top 10 positions.

    i dun think ashley wants to lose out against spurs, because he’s got a friend who supports and owns a stake at spurs.

    the news of us losing out on modric, will make him inquire a bit. i think.

    this is just me being rationale. i hope it’s true. if i were in his shoes and a true fan of newcastle. that’s what i’d feel

  • joel

    Apr 27, 2008 at 1:02 PM

    Comment #5

    y is everyone talking about Andrei Arshavin?

  • Geordie Gerrard7

    Apr 27, 2008 at 1:05 PM

    Comment #6

    fernando- you have stated a very good point there, the reason this will happen is because of his friend paul kelmsley being involved with spurs

  • Geordie Gerrard7

    Apr 27, 2008 at 1:07 PM

    Comment #7

    we should go for zarate??

  • ArtyH

    Apr 27, 2008 at 1:07 PM

    Comment #8

    It just goes to show how quickly a signing can happen, on tyne-side one day and signs for Spurs the next. Dispels the myth that it takes weeks to make a top signing!
    Somehow I think this little hiccup will go in our favour. It will be great to see the Mags finish higher than Spurs next season, and possibly this season.

  • nomis_jade

    Apr 27, 2008 at 1:07 PM

    Comment #9

    We really are getting a better view of how the club is running and i think Kevin wanted it this way. He is focused on coaching and picking the team and thats it.

    Good result yesterday, we could have beaten westham but after going two behind we showed great character to get bk in it! Thats something we have lacked for a while.

    I really hope we go bk to 4-4-2 for the chelsea or everton game. KK always said he would stay with the same players and formation while it continued to perform and they didnt really yesterday.

    So what have we got to lose….

    Go back to 442 to see how it goes. Bring back duff/ milner /zog and lets see how they can do. Thats my opinion any way.

    Howay the lads!

  • Fernando

    Apr 27, 2008 at 1:09 PM

    Comment #10

    no point beating them twice this season if we don’t maintain wining at other areas too. we lost woodgate.. surely this cannot go on.

    @geordie yea that’s it, couldn’t recall his name

  • dick

    Apr 27, 2008 at 1:21 PM

    Comment #11

    whats with this connection with spurs, woodgate ,modric ,wise, poyet, ashley and the spurs owner are best mates,tony jimerez, jeff vetere.anyone got any ideas ,i’m getting a bad feeling about this

  • toonarmy08

    Apr 27, 2008 at 1:21 PM

    Comment #12

    Nick-agree with you mate ,i dont think big mike has to get involved with transfers ,as to who we bring in,that is kk’s job to identify the talent out there and then put that to chris mort.Mike just has now got to be ready with that cheque book to bring in 3-4 top quality players ,and maybe a couple of youngsters.We will also accumulate some money with players leaving -Rozenhal ameobi carr smith zog maybe emre .Lets be optimistic fellas and hope kk brings the excitement back to sjp,as he aint doing bad with the players he has now.Top six finish would be great!!

  • Nick C

    Apr 27, 2008 at 1:40 PM

    Comment #13

    Am watching celtic v rangers. Liking the look of McGeady and Mcdonald for celtic. McGeady looks fast, skilful and two footed, Mcdonald has scored two great goals.

  • e

    Apr 27, 2008 at 1:56 PM

    Comment #14

    tom toon
    u said a few days ago the only player u would have over modric is zlantan, yet now hes gone to tottenham u are saying van der vaart is the much better player?????

  • toonarmy08

    Apr 27, 2008 at 2:21 PM

    Comment #15

    watching pompy v blackburn,shite game but diarra is awesome.We should have bought him when we had the chance!

  • michael

    Apr 27, 2008 at 2:33 PM

    Comment #16

    Ed I wrote an article which I sent to your address. Do you do guest colmumns?
    I think it would go well considering the Modric situation.

  • Tom_Toon

    Apr 27, 2008 at 2:42 PM

    Comment #17

    van der vaart is far better than modric, but i like modrics style of play.

  • thelongshanks

    Apr 27, 2008 at 2:55 PM

    Comment #18

    id like to see us go for bridge,wright phillips,zarate,downing,van buyten and gomis.i was gutted about modric cuz would love to see a european wonderkid join newcastle.

  • thelongshanks

    Apr 27, 2008 at 3:08 PM

    Comment #19

    van der vaart is superb and still only 25 or that but untouchable for us.If we had european football and could have our choice i would go for. kompany,lahm,van der vaart,schweinstiger,krkic and huntelaar.

  • Geordie Gerrard7

    Apr 27, 2008 at 3:09 PM

    Comment #20

    right- lets get some views of realistic targets and ask who we should sign. 5 signings.
    4.arshavin or farfan

    outs, sulk on the tyne zogs, emre, ameobi, rozey, ramage, carr.

    we missed out on two great signings this year diarra and modric. i hope spurs get bombed.

  • Warwick Hunt

    Apr 27, 2008 at 3:16 PM

    Comment #21
  • Doc T

    Apr 27, 2008 at 3:20 PM

    Comment #22

    I certainly agree that midfield is where are greatest need is, but why is no one interested in Peter Crouch? A player with 26 caps and 14 goals for England availible for 6m?

  • Toon1978

    Apr 27, 2008 at 3:22 PM

    Comment #23

    Geordiegerrard7 i like the sound of them players mate but i have no faith in NUFC to bring them players in.

  • Geordie Gerrard7

    Apr 27, 2008 at 3:24 PM

    Comment #24

    i think we can, we just need to go wild with money, like 60-70 million

  • scottish mag

    Apr 27, 2008 at 3:26 PM

    Comment #25

    yoann gourcuff would be a quality signing and he is considering leaving milan in the summer

  • Geordie Gerrard7

    Apr 27, 2008 at 3:51 PM

    Comment #26

    i like gourcuff alot

  • Fernando

    Apr 27, 2008 at 4:04 PM

    Comment #27

    wouldn’t mind taking gourcuff on loan either

  • jacob

    Apr 27, 2008 at 4:25 PM

    Comment #28

    Lads, let’s not get carried away – we’ve proved that we can’t cut it in the transfer market any more and we are set for another summer of discontent. What about Joe McSporran and Mad Jack McHaggis from Cowdenbeath? A net spend of only £127.00 and a sack -full of battered mars-bars…great value Mr Ashley!

  • jacob

    Apr 27, 2008 at 4:26 PM

    Comment #29

    Sorry folks – I just can’t help feeling bitter after watching us screw another transfer up!

  • Rob Kirton

    Apr 27, 2008 at 5:00 PM

    Comment #30

    Reading some of these comments and those of previous posts, it seems like there are too many people on here hankering after the good old days of Freddy Shepherd.

    Chairman involved in buying players.
    Chairman spending money over and above a budget.
    Paying over the odds for players who are unproven in the league and also possibly having to grease a few palms of agents.

    If those of you who are having a go at the current regime who saved this club from financial ruin, I suggest you go and follow whatever team FFS buys into next (there have been rumours).

    Hopefully the unfortunate club will also have a board that also consists of Peter Ridsdale, Ken Bates, Sam Hamman and Mohammed Fayed. P.S. George Graham can manage the team.

  • Leo

    Apr 27, 2008 at 6:06 PM

    Comment #31

    im not suprised he hasnt talked about transfers with mike ashley, its morts job to do this, not ashley, he probably instead had a chat and a drink to get toknow eachother.

    anyone who expects otherwise is diluded

  • ronaldeano

    Apr 27, 2008 at 6:41 PM

    Comment #32

    Rob Kirton, totaly agree mate

  • chuck

    Apr 27, 2008 at 8:01 PM

    Comment #33

    Well Modric aint gonna be playing in black and white stripes next season, so calm down everyone, it`s dissapointing but get over it.
    Question is, if KK does`nt deal with contracts, does`nt pick who he wants at the club or even if he does, plays no part in the negotiations.
    Then what is the role of the manager. We have coaches for tactics, physios, etc. Has the managerial role been relegated to inspirational dressing room speeches, picking the team plus deciding on who subs who during the game.
    This I believe is a recipe for disaster, management by committee and I sense a certain amount of friction allready between KK and those who screwed up the Modric deal , whether Mort, Wise, the scouts etc. it`s just not working.

    Can you visualise Ferguson or Wenger being handed a list of players to choose from.

    Trouble at mill!

  • philwood

    Apr 28, 2008 at 8:31 AM

    Comment #34

    I think Keegan will now go more British and look at players who can play in this league.

    Richard Dunne
    Aiden Mcgeady
    Peter Crouch
    Wayne Bridge
    Aaron Lennon

    If we got some of these players I would be pleased, need to build a core squad first and then later on you add the 25 mill superstar to drive you forward.


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