Steve Harper – Newcastle Squad Pretty Depleted

The lack of transfers in at Newcastle is apparent even to the players, with lots of empty spaces currently in the dressing room.


Steve Harper – dressing room pretty sparse

With Newcastle presumably missing out on Pablo Aimar yesterday, and having only signed two players (Gutierrez and Guthrie) this summer, and yet allowed Ramage, Emre, Diatta, Ramage, Rosehnal, Carr and Troisi o leave the first team squad, the current squad we have is depleted, to say the least.

We’re sure the Newcastle management is working like crazy to bring in new recruits, but it’s unfortunate that this summer we are not the attraction we used to be, even two years ago.

We are now paying the price for two disastrous seasons in succession, where both times we finished in the bottom half of the table.

But that’s life, with its ups and downs, and that’s the position Kevin Keegan walked into (again) – and Kevin’s not one to complain about things.

Concern that Newcastle aren’t recruiting any new players is apparent with the fans, and seems to have spread to the dressing room, with goalkeeper Steve Harper admitting the side is depleted.

Steve Harper told the Daily Mirror today:

“We’re pretty depleted.”

“We’ve lost four or five players and the dressing room is pretty sparse.” “We’ve got a nice new dressing room and there are a lot of empty spaces, so it would be nice to see those filled up.”

“We’ve still got a few weeks to do that, and of course we want to see new arrivals.”  “We were maybe two or three short last year, given the injuries we had and we’ve lost three or four.”

“I’m sure the manager and those upstairs are working hard behind the scenes to bring in the people we need because new faces would give everyone, players and fans alike, a big lift.”

Now what’s that my late father used to always say – things are always at their very worst before everything picks up.

We’re sure he’s watching things from where he is now – a former passionate Newcastle United fan to say the very least – who took my mother to the 1955 FA Cup final, (we annihilated Man City 3-1), but we’re sure he’s even getting a little concerned – as well as our goalkeeper Steve Harper.

Wonder if things are now bad enough that things can only get better from now on? – hope so.

It’s been a tough summer for the club so far, no doubt about that, but we must keep looking on the bright side – there’s not much else we can do.

That’s the philosophy lesson for today – keep the faith.  😀

Comments welcome.

24 comments so far

  • brownrob

    Jul 17, 2008 at 11:24 AM

    Comment #1

    Have faith! Even if we dont get anyone in we can always support Sunderland! 😀 😉

    Press conference seemingly for Monday, so there may be a signing soon! 😀

  • Big Si

    Jul 17, 2008 at 11:29 AM

    Comment #2

    In Keegan we trust. It’s ashley and the ”3 wise men” that worries me. Let KK do the transfers, he knows what he’s doing and can sell the club. Vetere and company don’t seem to be able to sell the club and that’s because they don’t love NUFC, it’s just a job to them, they aren’t gutted like KK will be after being knocked back by a potential signing.

  • DURhamTOON

    Jul 17, 2008 at 11:31 AM

    Comment #3

    No SH1T

  • The Entertainers

    Jul 17, 2008 at 11:32 AM

    Comment #4

    I have to admit with Wise and co arriving last season, with the instruction to be part of the scouting and buying team, i thought we would be more on the ball than we seem to be.

    A week into training and our first preseason game coming up , you’d have thought we may have a couple of more players in place, particularly as we appear to need quite a few.

  • gorskino10

    Jul 17, 2008 at 11:33 AM

    Comment #5

    Nice tactic by Harper we do need 4 players in i reacon.
    1 Striker (Eren,Monnet-Paquet)
    1 Attacking Mid
    1 DF Mid (Inlar)
    1 CB/LB

  • geordie in taipei

    Jul 17, 2008 at 11:33 AM

    Comment #6

    I know we’ve had 2 bad seasons, but we are a big club, and 1 season out of Europe for a player isn’t the end of a career. Im honestly believing Ashley doesnt want to put his hand in his pocket. I mean Kev loves spending cash – so im sure if he had plenty of it – we’d already have aload of players. And as to Amiar – how long did we wait to try and sign him !!!! I hope im proved wrong !
    Im back in Newcastle this week for a holiday and to see the family , i may well have to pop up to the ground with a placard demanding some new players else i’ll threaten to play for us myself !

  • The Entertainers

    Jul 17, 2008 at 11:34 AM

    Comment #7

    In a way i quite like the silence treatment towards the press and then pulling a surprise transfer.

    However what does worry me is when old prs like Harper are expressing their own fears through the media. You would have thought they may know whats going on and if Harpers worried, that does worry me slightly.

  • Faustino

    Jul 17, 2008 at 11:37 AM

    Comment #8

    Owen’s wages will have been the problem for Aimar, I’ll tell you that.

    Owen is going to be on atleast 90k [and thats in a perfect world!] why would Aimar want to come here for anything less than 80-85k? And tbh why should we pay him that? And there you have your problem.

    TBH the more I think about it the more buying young seems like the best idea! A team with spirit, energy, desire, belief and camraderie is worth far more than a pay to play squad!

  • sirjasontoon

    Jul 17, 2008 at 11:38 AM

    Comment #9

    We are really depleted I think we know that already and I just hope as the transfer window closes we don’t just buy lots of panic purchases just to get bums on seats.

    Only time will tell if the “3 wise men” can function as a recruitment team and the proof is in the pudding.

    Rather than knock them i think it is only fair that they are judged at the close of this window…but it might not even be down to them maybe the budgets they have been given by Mike might not good/big enough to tempt new blood through the door…it does seem weird though that we seem not be able to nail these deals as so many seem to be breaking down.

  • gorskino10

    Jul 17, 2008 at 11:40 AM

    Comment #10

    Faustino you are correct we need to revert back to the old times where we had PACE… now with Geremi,Butt,Viduka etc… NO PACE but when we had Dyer,Bellamy etc…… its was different our pace caused other teams problem so buying young fast players IS the way to go there doing what i would like em to do buying young players but not enough of them have came into Newcastle yet.

  • dontoon

    Jul 17, 2008 at 11:42 AM

    Comment #11

    Ashley selling the club on would be a great idea right now. Thanks for sorting out the debts but its obvious he is not fully committed to the club if he was he would do what it takes to make us top 6 team. It is clear we dont have any significant money to spend. We dont need that much 30mill would be fantastic but i reckon we got about 20mil at a push. Yes we cant attract top players so in order to get them we need to offer wages, since we gone backwards on that its clear we are not going to to get top premeriship players.

    This may sound doom and gloomy but im not worried i just dont think we are not going to be top ten. Maybe witha an excentric owner who would spend 60 mil a season we could be, we are being left behind by teams like bolton in the transfer market. Looking unlikley we will re-sign owen then I that would be really bad.

  • agnetha

    Jul 17, 2008 at 11:46 AM

    Comment #12

    BROWNROB. How do you know there is a press conference on monday. do you have a link

  • goochy23

    Jul 17, 2008 at 11:50 AM

    Comment #13

    gorskino10 i fink yur a knowlegable person and i agree with yur posts. regarding pace in the squad and that we dont need 2 many more signings just the right signings. quality over quantity is sumfin allardyce neva grasped

  • gorskino10

    Jul 17, 2008 at 11:50 AM

    Comment #14

    He wont have a link its from sources like other have said in other threads just sit back and watch as nothing will happen.and thank you for your comment goochy23 :).

  • James

    Jul 17, 2008 at 11:52 AM

    Comment #15

    Evans has signed a new deal with United (surprise surprise), so he won’t be coming here either.

    Those who criticise Ashley for not spending money are living in a different world.

    No top class player worth £15-20 million is ever going to come to Newcastle at the moment. You’d be asking them to give up their ambitions to win trophies and play European football. Something we simply cannot offer right now.

    KK has to do a Wenger and find those hidden gems who have something to prove and turn us into a top 6 team. Then next summer Ashley can spend the money bringing in the £15-20 million players to take us to the next level.

  • bowburnmag

    Jul 17, 2008 at 11:56 AM

    Comment #16

    This summer was always going to be dodgy wasn’t it? New management doesn’t mean they’ll hit the ground running despite them being ‘experts’ in their field. Just like with new players it may take some time to gel. Add together with the trials and tribulations of Barton, our lowly status and the stereotypically cold and isolated picture as a destination, the pot is somewhat in need of a stir. My worry is not so much that we’ve missed out on players so far but that as a result this constant media attention will only seek to qualify any current conception that we a) have no money b) aren’t the desirable outfit we once were and make things consdierably worse. There’s nowt so gullible as a footballer.

  • HalftimeBovril

    Jul 17, 2008 at 12:01 PM

    Comment #17

    @ James

    Ched Evans has signed a new contract at City. Can’t see any info regarding the other Evans across the city and a new contract

  • Liam

    Jul 17, 2008 at 12:10 PM

    Comment #18

    worrying for sure

  • WesToon

    Jul 17, 2008 at 12:48 PM

    Comment #19

    @ HalftimeBovril,agreed Mate,it wasnt Manures Evans & even if it was,that doesnt mean we wouldnt sign him,it happens alot where players sign new contracts & get bought like straight after

  • Davies

    Jul 17, 2008 at 1:17 PM

    Comment #20

    Just to be clear about this, SPurs have a wage cap of somewhere between £40k and £50k per week.

    I think ours is higher than that, so I don’t necessarily see wages as being the stumbling block. It’s what we offer in terms of football that is likely to be the problem. We haven’t challenged for Europe in the last two seasons, though we did play in UEFA the season before last.

    We are clearly going to have to look for players who will put a bit of faith in Keegan, Ashley and the rest of the team. Players who believe we can be playing in Europe after the coming season.

    Players who have this faith and the ability to back it up appear to be a rare commodity. I think it’s wholly unfair to blame our current situation on the club’s owner and management.

  • gorskino10

    Jul 17, 2008 at 1:35 PM

    Comment #21

    Nope Davies i heard ours was 30/40 k a week so ours is less.

  • chuck

    Jul 17, 2008 at 1:45 PM

    Comment #22

    The same Harper with an eighth place finish ambition ? somebody should vet players statements.
    And afraid you are wrong Ed. we did not annihilate Citeh in the 55 cup final, sure we beat them 3-1, but played against ten men from early in the first half (there being no subs in those days) Citeh. loosing I believe Flowers to an injury (could have the wrong guy, long time ago)
    But have to say they gave us a pretty good game never the less.
    Must say my idols at the time both had good games (Bobby Mitchel & “dorty” Jimmy Scoular)
    Could use both on to-days team.

  • Ian

    Jul 17, 2008 at 6:43 PM

    Comment #23

    At least Harper will find a peg.

  • lee

    Jul 18, 2008 at 1:38 PM

    Comment #24

    ashley u are a disgrace…stingy fat arsehol###


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