Things Have To Be Looking Up At Newcastle – Soon


Don’t believe all the bad news reports you are hearing about Newcastle United, just believe some of them.  😀

Arsene Wenger – Newcastle have massive support and deserve success

Yes, we are playing very poorly on the field and yes we have now lost our last 5 games, so it’s right that things are not exactly great right now.

But there’s also a lot of uncertainty at the club, and we feel that uncertainty can pass very quickly – with a new buyer, and we think it will. There are reports that Newcastle have several very serious buyers coming to Newcastle United.

We don’t think Ashley is needing to work too hard to bring in serious offers, once he made it clear with his actions, that he wants to sell the club quickly, and the real price is something up to £350M. We don’t even think the selling price will be that high.

Newcastle is not only an excellent buy for a rich consortium, because of their famous support and the football mad city, which is Newcastle Upon Tyne, but the manager’s job is also one of the top ones in football, at least as far as the challenge goes.

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger believes any top class manager would love the challenge at Newcastle United.

“Newcastle, for example, is for me a very interesting challenge in a stable environment,” “They have massive support and they deserve success and you would like to see them get a manager there who can turn that round.”

“But they have created now an unstable position, because the owner wants to sell and they have no manager. So the situation is very difficult for someone to move in because he thinks someone will move in the next two to three weeks to five years. You never know – it could be today.”

“I always say the manager is by far the most important man in the club. Why? Because if it doesn’t go well you sack him. If you sack someone who is not important it looks ridiculous.”

Notice that Arsene has made Arsenal extremely successful over the last 10 years or so, and he doesn’t need to keep buying £30M players. In fact the very last thing Newcastle need now is to spend that much money on one player.

We have so many positions to strengthen, we would need to spend money on those players, before we can afford the luxury of spending such a massive amount on just one player. Of course right now we couldn’t even attract a £30M player, until we at least get back into Europe, and preferably the European Champions League, though that looks a million miles away right now.

One thing Ashley did right was to invest in youth and develop the youngsters before they become famous and follow the Arsenal blueprint. That doesn’t mean we will be successful in doing that of course, because Wenger is almost a genius at spotting real talent.

He has made ine or two blunders of course, and can be very wrong on some players, like when he bought buying Francis Jeffers from Everton for £9M, as one example. But nobody’s perfect. We’ll not even mention that we were in for Francis at that time, but he preferred Arsenal – a strange choice indeed.

We need to first to build a team that can get into the top six, and there are lots of players we need to bring in with the money available before we go back to these trophy signings.

We hope whover buys the club will invest a lot more in the transfer market than Ashley did, but we also hope the youth system and scouting system remains firmly in place, even if some of the personnel, like Dennis Wise, may have to leave and be replaced.

We can certainly do with a win at Everton next Sunday, that’s for sure.

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43 comments so far

  • Toon Graeme

    Sep 28, 2008 at 10:52 PM

    Comment #1

    Nice to hear..

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  • KK FOREVER (Ross)

    Sep 28, 2008 at 10:57 PM

    Comment #2

    “Newcastle, for example, is for me a very interesting challenge in a stable environment,” “They have massive support and they deserve success and you would like to see them get a manager there who can turn that round”

    Arsene Wenger, come on down 😀

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  • murvar

    Sep 28, 2008 at 11:00 PM

    Comment #3

    When Liverpool had dressing room problems (Fowler, McManaman) they went for an intelligent Frenchman (Houllier) who sorted them out; when Arsenal had player problems (Adams, Parlour etc) they went for an intelligent Frenchman (Wenger) who sorted them out. When Newcastle had player problems (Bellamy, Dyer, Bramble) they went for a thick brutal Scotsman (Souness). I wonder who git it right……….?

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  • NOMIS7

    Sep 28, 2008 at 11:00 PM

    Comment #4

    TAKE UP THE CHALLENGE PLEASE!!

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  • dubsea

    Sep 28, 2008 at 11:12 PM

    Comment #5

    he’s a nice fella arsene…doesn’t take defeat well either…which I like

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  • Danny

    Sep 28, 2008 at 11:53 PM

    Comment #6

    KK Forever;

    Did u read what he said next, or did u just stop there?
    Arsene Wenger for Newcastle…Not bad at all…

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  • ERIC CRAMMY MAG

    Sep 29, 2008 at 12:13 AM

    Comment #7

    we need a proper manager to sort this mess out just wish it could be someone of wengers statue

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  • Tripp

    Sep 29, 2008 at 12:20 AM

    Comment #8

    Sounds like Arsene is getting bored in London. I think he needs a new challenge. Perhaps he could bring his child army with him. The match against the Blades just shows how well he’s done at Arsenal. I hope we get this sorted soon. I dread every weekend. I’ve resorted to watching what few Championship matches are on Setanta Broadband just to take my mind off of NUFC’s woes in the Prem. This too shall pass, but it’s not passing fast enough.

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  • KK FOREVER (Ross)

    Sep 29, 2008 at 12:29 AM

    Comment #9

    Danny-i read the entire article aye, but i’ve just taken to poking fun at the situation in an attempt to make myself feel better, thus staying away from the realisation that the situation at our club is nothing short of disasterous!

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  • jiraiya

    Sep 29, 2008 at 12:52 AM

    Comment #10

    perhaps he can come to take up this challenge 😛

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  • CDN MAGPIE

    Sep 29, 2008 at 1:48 AM

    Comment #11

    Has anyone else seen the Mike ashley sells newcastle parody on youtube. It’s mint even though im a fan. It’s fing priceless.

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  • craig chisholm

    Sep 29, 2008 at 2:10 AM

    Comment #12

    i cant believe this article metions about a top six finish in all honesty. i will be happy to get shot of ashley, and ALL his cronies, get new manager, new owners and remain in the prem, cos right now i dont think ashley is trying to sell at all and its all a cover up; and i dont think we can even hang onto the players we have let alone add to them. look at owen, banging in goals for fun, he is is out the door for sure in january as will martins and i think given will go to judging by hs comments two days ago. forget top six – that is a million miles away, we have a better chance of relegation than top six.

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  • MichaelOWaN

    Sep 29, 2008 at 2:58 AM

    Comment #13

    By saying all that, he is indirectly signalling to the new owners to come and get him once he is done with Arsenal. He needs a new challenge.

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  • shaz

    Sep 29, 2008 at 3:15 AM

    Comment #14

    How funny is this

    http://uk.youtube.com/watch?v=H6PGqMxY3D4

    finally someone agrees with me.

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  • 51times

    Sep 29, 2008 at 3:31 AM

    Comment #15

    MichaelOWaN – Doubt it like, but whatever.

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  • 51times

    Sep 29, 2008 at 3:35 AM

    Comment #16

    shaz – I think cup semi-finals in Sheffield are funnier.

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  • shaz

    Sep 29, 2008 at 3:38 AM

    Comment #17

    You’re just sick in the head.i didn’t make the video.I’m just sharing it.seems like all your troubles have made you lose your sense of humour.

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  • 51times

    Sep 29, 2008 at 3:46 AM

    Comment #18

    What do you mean? All I said was having cup semi-finals in Sheffield is funny. Why not just have two legs, home and away? Madness, I tell you.

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  • shaz

    Sep 29, 2008 at 3:58 AM

    Comment #19

    back to the drawing board if that is your attempt at humour that cos that isn’t even funny.the video on the other hand was hilarious.

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  • 51times

    Sep 29, 2008 at 4:04 AM

    Comment #20

    I wasn’t blessed with Scouse wit I’m afraid, but I do admire it. Who can forget such hilarious actions like refusing to pay for a ticket and forcing turnstiles, murdering Italian youngsters in Belgium and vandalising Old Trafford? I especially like that last one, quality stuff.

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  • Len

    Sep 29, 2008 at 4:38 AM

    Comment #21

    Ludicrous. Things will get a lot worse and then they wont get any better. Nobody wants to buy us, nobody wants to manage us and nobody wants to play for us. We will have one of the weakest squads in the championship.

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  • Buddy23

    Sep 29, 2008 at 5:01 AM

    Comment #22

    Len- there’s room down at wearside if you can’t support the club buddy. The storm will pass, we have been in situations more grave then this before. Why not just get behind the team, all we need is ONE, I repeat ONE decent result and we will be out of trouble.

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  • Ian

    Sep 29, 2008 at 7:35 AM

    Comment #23

    Well some of use were blamed for being over the top and dramatic with the transfer targets when they didnt come in, then even more so when the Keegan trouble starts, this just shows that every small decision is so important in football than any new owner must think carefully before making any decision.

    It will take a very good owner and chairman to steer this club to the top, they have to be cool calm and confident under pressure, while handling the press and TV perfectly they must also stay 100% a good manager if they get one, anyone that thought Keegan was just a favourite because he was an old footballing hero will know better now.

    Looks like Wenger would take the job in the future, maybe he thinks he is the one to get us silverware.

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  • Guinea Mag

    Sep 29, 2008 at 7:56 AM

    Comment #24

    Looking at Saturday’s team and the “boys” on the bench it’s plain to see why KK was so upset with the board at Newcastle Utd. The squad was too thin last season and even thinner again this season.

    We need another 4 players minimum to strengthen the squad; RB, LB, CB and CM.

    When all players return from injury and suspension we have a decent side; but lack quality in depth.

    MA has sorted our financial situation and also set up a youth polcy that needs to be maintained. We now need a new Owner who will invest in today’s team, a manager who will motivate the side and no more injuries or suspensions until we can strengthen the side in January.

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  • Ganiyu

    Sep 29, 2008 at 8:05 AM

    Comment #25

    He is a Newcastle fan or wat?he is trying to get martins on a cheaper rate.3000 pounds and 6 youngsters in exchange

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  • RamyNUFC

    Sep 29, 2008 at 8:34 AM

    Comment #26

    The fact is it took 10 years for Arsenal to build a winning team, they havent won anything for the past three years. How long do you think a manager will last on Tyneside with a young team that doesnt lift any trophies?

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  • Ross

    Sep 29, 2008 at 8:49 AM

    Comment #27

    sorry shaz but that video is anything short of hilarious.
    its a few pictures of Owen along with some text, looks like its been made on clip art or something and rips the p!ss out of us. You could call it prison break, lost, or anything else, and it still wouldnt be amusing.

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  • Toon Chicken

    Sep 29, 2008 at 9:51 AM

    Comment #28

    RamyNUFC – what are you basing that fact on mate?

    Wenger has been there about 12 years, during which time they have won 7 major honours and been runners up in the Champions League and UEFA Cup.

    They won the FA and Premiership double just 2 years after Arsene took over and have consistently won trophies since, apart from, as you mention, the last 3 years – although they have always been there or there abouts.

    I would like to think a manager with a young team on Tyneside would last a lot longer than 3 years if we were consistently inside the Premierships’s top 4 places and getting to semi-finals and finals of the major cup competitions.

    Mind you, if Fat Freddie Shepherd was still here that would probably still be enough to warrant the sack.

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  • Ian

    Sep 29, 2008 at 9:56 AM

    Comment #29

    Ketsbia was interested in the Newcastle job???

    Surely not, he would have been one of the obvious choices of manager, succesful player, good experienced coach, cant believe they didnt ask him.

    I think Wise will be finished in premiership football after this, he doesnt look as if he has two brain cells to rub together, some expert. All bad moves and nothing but trouble. Ketsbia for Petes sake, how obvious would a choice need to be?? These lot are plain thick.

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  • broon ale

    Sep 29, 2008 at 10:02 AM

    Comment #30

    i have been catching up on previous topics on this site and stumbled across comments regarding the proposed south african consortium. there seems to be quite a few of you suggesting 1.5 billion is not enough to run newcastle united (as proved by mike ashley)
    however my argument is that randy lerner is worth 1 billion and seems to have no problem at all running aston villa. just a thought!

    here’s another thought:
    “Religion has convinced people that there’s an invisible man…living in the sky, who watches everything you do every minute of every day. And the invisible man has a list of ten specific things he doesn’t want you to do. And if you do any of these things, he will send you to a special place, of burning and fire and smoke and torture and anguish for you to live forever, and suffer and burn and scream until the end of time…….But he loves you.

    He loves you and he needs money.”

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  • Toon Chicken

    Sep 29, 2008 at 10:05 AM

    Comment #31

    Ian – Ketsbia is hardly Wenger or Ferguson though is he?

    It’s plain to see that Ashley and/or Wise/Jiminez thought it best to get someone with experience, preferably managing in the Prem, and someone who was used to rolling their sleeves up and fighting it out at the wrong end of the table.

    Obviously Kinnear wouldn’t have been top of their list but he is no doubt the only manager that fits that criteria and, more importantly, prepared to take it on.

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  • Ian

    Sep 29, 2008 at 10:21 AM

    Comment #32

    Not Wenger or Ferguson, but Kinnear is????

    Ketsbia is internationally recognised Kinnear isnt. Ketsbia is saying he would like the job, which means they didnt approach him, Wise is as thick as pigsh*t, let us think for all of 30 seconds which past Newcastle players have been succesful coaches… they obviously didnt.

    Ketsbia has enough recent football skill to be a useful coach and his type of play matches the current team.

    Like I say Wise is finished in the premiership, Ketsbia came up straightaway amongst the fans as it is very obvious, we all presumed that they had asked and he wasnt interested but it doesnt seem to be the case.

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  • Toon Chicken

    Sep 29, 2008 at 10:29 AM

    Comment #33

    Ian – that isn’t what I said and you know it.

    Ketsbaia would have been seen as a risk – no 2 ways about it.

    He has only been full time manager for 2 full seasons in a league which would struggle to match the quality of League 1 – never mind the Premiership.

    Ketsbaia would know nothing of the pressure of being in the midst of a relegation fight in the most widely broadcast and competitive league in world football.

    I am no way saying that I am pleased with the appointment of Kinnear, but I do believe it was made with the best interests of the club in mind. It isn’t in anyone’s interest to wish Newcastle to fall even further into trouble – especially not Wise or Ashley.

    Ketsbaia would have been yet another sentimental appointment in my opinion and, if there is ever any place for that in modern football, now is certainly not the time.

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  • RamyNUFC

    Sep 29, 2008 at 10:45 AM

    Comment #34

    Toon Chicken

    Yeah i sort of agree with you on the Arrsenal thing mate. Maybe I’m wrong but did Arsenal not have big money players back then when they were winning trophies (Bergkamp, Vieira). My point is if we were consistently in the top four (not looking likely this season!!) would expectations then not be raised and we would then be expected to win the league (see liverpool)? We are not renowned for our patience as fans and as much as i would love a young, talented side who played mouth watering football I think they would need to produce results asap for the manager to last more than 5 minutes.

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  • Toon Chicken

    Sep 29, 2008 at 10:56 AM

    Comment #36

    I know what you’re saying, Ramy.

    It does my head in to be honest – the impatience of the fans. A lot of us seem to think we have a god given right to fast, flowing football and should qualify for the Champions League by virtue of our huge stadium and faithful (should that be fickle) fans.

    I think most of us would be happy with the results Arsenal have enjoyed the last 3 seasons – even without winning a trophy. But I fear you may be right in that, should we not go on to lift a trophy 2 to 3 years after that, then the boo boys would once again raise their ugly heads.

    What I want more than anything at Newcastle is stability and continuity – I firmly believe that if you take care of that then the trophies will take care of themselves.

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  • RamyNUFC

    Sep 29, 2008 at 11:28 AM

    Comment #37

    Toon Chicken

    Couldn’t agree more

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  • bowburnmag

    Sep 29, 2008 at 11:29 AM

    Comment #38

    TC – I think the problem we can all agree on is that over the last few years we’ve had neither the results nor the alternative entertaining football. In terms of asking for either, I don’t think we’re any different from most football fans in that sense. Wanting one or the other or unless you’re exceedingly forunate and can enjoy a nice combination of the two. Arguably, we may have more expectations than some other club’s supportes regards both but I often think the picture painted is unfair regards ‘the Toon Army’s delusions of grandeur’. Personally, I’m as much disgruntled at the stagnant and stale nature of our play as I am about lack of success. Always have been, always will be. Which is why I enjoyed the Keegan and Robson eras. Bit of swashbuckling during the season is a decent remedy for a lack of trophies. My honest belief is that much of the criticism NUFC fans receive is fuelled by a constant nationwide obssession to tell us that we think too highly of ourselves. It’s like a defense mechanism for some and the loop continues. Take this fairly unique episode out the equation and our behaviour as fans is not as different from other clubs as the myth suggests.

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  • bowburnmag

    Sep 29, 2008 at 11:31 AM

    Comment #39

    * defence NOT “defense” – who am I? Yank Mag? No offence to our US supporters….

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  • wigaz

    Sep 29, 2008 at 11:45 AM

    Comment #40

    Jeepers Creepers! imagine seeing yellow bar on SSN saying that Wenger has left Arsenal & taken up toon job! that would be unreal! too unreal i’m afraid, both he & jose have both commented on how great the fans & club are but both would only take the job if we were once agin flying high. The sooner fat boy sells the better! he’s been nothing but a cancer on the club! KK took us 2 steps forward & Ashley took us 20 steps back! sell & leave forever cockney wide boy! and i do mean WIDE!!!!

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