Ever since Kevin Keegan and John Hall started Newcastleâ€™s resurrection in 1992, Newcastle have paid out huge transfer fees for players and huge wages to go with it.
Chairman Chris Mort – will run Newcastle as well-oiled business
Weâ€™ve had some of the highest wage bills of any teams in the Premiership, and have regularly shelved out high transfer fees for players, some of whom have turned out to be just hopeless – or would useless be a better word?
Since we want to keep this article high toned weâ€™ll not even mention some of the duds we bought like Boumsong, Marcelino, Luque and Viana…..
And what have we achieved for all that outlay at Newcastle over the last 16 seasons â€“ nothing.
So we were not too upset at the meeting that Keegan had with owner Mike Ashley last Friday in London, and that our club will now be run as a well-oiled business. In fact weâ€™re very pleased with that – it’s about time.
Since the meeting Kevin has been so high toned, we find it hard to believe all the negativity about the meeting, that has been published in the gossip press.
Kevin has an ego (don’t we all?), so one thing Chris should have learned from last week, is to keep Kevin better informed about what’s going on with wages and transfers and the like at the club.
We also think a general meeting like we had on Friday – say once a quarter – would be fine.
But please keep Kevin happy, he’s very important to the fans and to our future success.
Chairman Chis Mort has said he will not pay out funny money this summer, and thatâ€™s fine with us, since we will still be able to pay out up to Â£25M on a single player who is top class – according to manager Keegan – and we have already shown we are after the very best players we can get.
We donâ€™t need big splash signings, like Shepherd and Douglas Hall loved to make, but should follow Evertonâ€™s lead, by making sensible signings and build up the team, step by step.
David Moyes has done wonders at Everton and deserves all the praise he gets, after having guided Everton to 5th place two seasons running.
While it may take a huge fee for one or two players this summer, we shouldnâ€™t overpay like we have consistently done in the past.
The other thing that pleases us about the new Newcastle is that by concentrating on bringing in youngsters, who have yet to fully develop, we have the chance to find world class players who don’t cost us a fortune.
Thatâ€™s what Arsenal have been great at under Arsene Wenger, over the last 10 years. But itâ€™s not an easy thing to achieve, because if it was, every club would be doing it with success, and they’re not.
But we believe weâ€™ve made a good start in this area with 5 top-class youngsters we brought to the club in January, and we look for 3-4 more to be joining Newcastle in the summer.
So, all in all, considering all the doom and gloom that has been reported this last week about Newcastle, Keegan and Ashley, weâ€™re probably in a much better state than lots of pundits give the club credit for.
But that kind of news never sells newspapers does it? So we never see it.
What do you think?