Newcastle Phoned Clubs Thursday For Available Midfielders


Mike Ashley watched Newcastle in action for the first time since Keegan quit when they lost 2-1 at Manchester City in midweek.

Most Newcastle fans were in severe depression after that game but Joe Kinnear has revealed that he and Mike Ashley stayed up until the early hours to talk through what they had to do, to save the situation.

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Joe Kinnear – stayed up until the early hours of Thursday morning

Joe talked last night about what he and Ashley did after the game on Wednesday night, while at least we on the blog were drowning our sorrows:

“We stayed up until early hours discussing the situation,”

“I said I had a hit-list of midfielders and we’d ring round every club possible to find out which ones were available.”

“That’s what we did and we got a yes for Kevin.”

“He’s going through [financial] difficulties which have not helped matters. He’s lost a hell of a lot of money both in business and this club.”

“It maybe needed him to see things with his own eyes to act. Being back in the fold may have changed him.”

While we don’t want to get too carried away, we have to say the Nolan signing was a brilliant piece of business by the club, especially now that we know how it all came about. So they’ve proved when there’s a will, there’s a way.

And we hope they’ve still go a couple more surprises for us before Sunday’s game.

The club’s in a corner right now, so let’s support Joe and the lads through thick and thin through the end of the season, and who knows we may be able to survive.

But if we don’t survive it should not be for the want of trying, and we know the Newcastle players will be counting on the support of the famous Toon Army, given the way things seem to have conspired against us.

Fans in need are fans indeed.

Howay The Lads!!



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52 comments so far

  • GEORDIE69

    Jan 31, 2009 at 9:14 AM

    Comment #1

    Surely he reads newspapers and has teletext or internet access or even a tv? Stop talking more shiote JFK!

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  • Prince Bassong

    Jan 31, 2009 at 9:15 AM

    Comment #2

    So essentially we had our two major meeting over transfers 2 weeks and 4 weeks into this window.

    It’s good to know they are so organised.

    Now for the big question, will we actually sign another LB?

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  • GEORDIE69

    Jan 31, 2009 at 9:18 AM

    Comment #3

    From comment 1 I was referring to JFK talking about MA

    “It maybe needed him to see things with his own eyes to act. Being back in the fold may have changed him.”

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  • repo

    Jan 31, 2009 at 9:20 AM

    Comment #4

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/football/2009/jan/30/bolton-gary-megson-miguel-veloso-transfer-window

    well look at this we need to get this lad in our team

    and sell butt…

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  • ToonFanNZ

    Jan 31, 2009 at 9:25 AM

    Comment #5

    Hey lads I’m from NewZealand and im gonna star posting on this site.

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  • Nick 69

    Jan 31, 2009 at 9:28 AM

    Comment #6

    so basically they decided they wanted nolan and he was signed 24hrs later, so that says to me that if they can do a deal that quickly then theyve been sittin on there arses for the whole of january so far doin nowt

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  • dejiuor

    Jan 31, 2009 at 9:32 AM

    Comment #7

    Ash was sitting on his money, telling Lambchops, JFK and Wise to fund their own spending through player sales. Attended the match, thought, s..t, took his wad out and spent money on a couple of players. Hopefully Ash will now come to his senses, he needs to get rid of Lambchops, what competencies does running a casino qualify him for running a football club?

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  • J

    Jan 31, 2009 at 9:36 AM

    Comment #8

    The way the transfers are run KINDA makes sense to me.

    Example:

    In this resesion, when we all want to buy something say a TV, we all we search for days to find the BEST tv for the CHEAPEST price. This will often delay the whole process.

    SO… It makes sense, we are trying to get the Best Players possible for the CHEAPEST price possible which takes a LONG time, and often it requires bidding WAY under JUST IN CASE you get him for that.

    Arsenal are the same, the only reason it doesnt get picked on cause they ( i mean arsene) has an AMAZING tallent at buying in youth players who always turn out to be worth ALOT of money.

    HOPEFULLY thats where we will be.

    Anyone see what i am saying and at least AGREE?

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  • dejiuor

    Jan 31, 2009 at 9:39 AM

    Comment #9

    J
    That it is the optimistic end of the spectrum.

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  • Don

    Jan 31, 2009 at 9:40 AM

    Comment #10

    WTF are our highly paid scouts doing if weve gotta leave it till a few days before the window closes and then phone around clubs to see what crap they dont want

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  • J

    Jan 31, 2009 at 9:43 AM

    Comment #11

    Well it makes sense as Ashley is an Amazing Business man (Obviuosly) as he would have billions would he.

    I kinda of get it, cos he KNOWs that Newcastle are renowned for buying “big” players for MILLIONS and it dont work, so although we dont like it in 2-3 years we will be fine. No big debts and maybe making a profit.

    How can anyone moan? Football is about finding raw talent and having the vision to build them into a great team.

    THAT is what football SHOULD be like.

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  • Nick 69

    Jan 31, 2009 at 9:45 AM

    Comment #12

    J- no i totally disagree, it wasnt like that at all, JK said he sat down on WEDNESDAY night after the match with mike and gave him a list of players, they phoned round on thursday, bidded on thursday and signed him friday, so it wasnt a case of searching around for weeks for the cheapest player as it took only 24hrs from joe mentioning the player until he signed

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  • Don

    Jan 31, 2009 at 9:45 AM

    Comment #13

    J
    which is ok if you want a Goodmans portable, if you want a pioneer hd you pay the price,
    You get what you pay for

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  • Nick 69

    Jan 31, 2009 at 9:47 AM

    Comment #14

    how cany anyone moan??? R U TAKIN THE FCUKIN P*SS, have you not seen the state of the club at the minute???

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  • J

    Jan 31, 2009 at 9:47 AM

    Comment #15

    Nah, otherwise you would be like Man City, a MUG.

    Walk in and just pay the price and get hammered. Come on 14m for Bellamy? or 4m for Nolan?

    That proves we are trying to get best deals.

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  • J

    Jan 31, 2009 at 9:48 AM

    Comment #16

    Course, BUT it could be worse, and we gotta be behind them. Its annoying i agree, but at least we are going bankupt which stops us being like Leeds.

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  • dejiuor

    Jan 31, 2009 at 9:49 AM

    Comment #17

    J, I agree with you, but life is not that like that.

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  • Nick 69

    Jan 31, 2009 at 9:51 AM

    Comment #18

    it proves that ashley doesnt want to spend decent money on top players, he wants to pay low fees for decent players, theres a difference between the best deal and the cheapest deal, ashley always wants the cheapest

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  • J

    Jan 31, 2009 at 9:51 AM

    Comment #19

    Thats the problem, this system needs time, but newcastle is the only place that wont allow it.

    Aston Villa are a great example, they Gave o’neil time, he got a few players on the cheap, then gradually payed more as they came up the league.

    One thing he has was time, he would never of suceceded at newcastle. I am not sure any manager will unless the Owner and Chairman Ignore the fans, no offense as i do love newcastle. But everything needs time

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  • Don

    Jan 31, 2009 at 9:52 AM

    Comment #20

    J
    well if youre happy watching championship games on your goodmans thats fine,

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  • J

    Jan 31, 2009 at 9:52 AM

    Comment #21

    Ashley dont always want cheapest:

    Modric = 17m Bid
    Colo = 10m Bid

    That aint cheap is it?

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  • Nick 69

    Jan 31, 2009 at 9:54 AM

    Comment #22

    giles barnes- 2 million bid
    fabian delph 1 million bid when others are offering 5mil
    mbia 5mil bid knowing it wud be rejected
    veloso- loan bid, knowing there wud be no chance

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  • What do you expect in a credit crunch? We all know Abrahimovic has tons of cash and Chelsea have to buy to sell. Mike has put £10 Million up for transfers and that is lot considering the financial climate.

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  • Nick 69

    Jan 31, 2009 at 9:55 AM

    Comment #24

    and the modric bid was never for real otherwise he wud have invested that money in another top class CM but he didnt he paid 2mil for guthrie

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  • J

    Jan 31, 2009 at 9:56 AM

    Comment #25

    There is thing called negotiating?

    ha ha

    When i brought my car i offered 1800 when they want 2400 and ended up getting it for 2000

    hmmmm sounds good to me.

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  • Don

    Jan 31, 2009 at 9:57 AM

    Comment #26

    Modric = 17m Bid
    lmao
    you can offer what you like if you know they wont come when you talk contracts

    Modric = 17m Bid
    was a publicity stunt to get the fans onside

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  • Nick 69

    Jan 31, 2009 at 9:57 AM

    Comment #27

    we’ll see how much of the so called 10million we spend then, i wud pretty much gurantee that we dont spend a penny more than the 2 fees we get for given and nzogs combined

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  • J

    Jan 31, 2009 at 9:58 AM

    Comment #28

    Well i HOPE i am right, as if your right it aint gonna be good to be Newcastle fan aye.

    So lets all hope its my guess.

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  • Nick 69

    Jan 31, 2009 at 9:58 AM

    Comment #29

    we dont negiote, we put in crap bids, they are rejected and we dont go back, we move to a cheaper player who is not as good, i.e from mbia to nolan

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  • Nick 69

    Jan 31, 2009 at 9:59 AM

    Comment #30

    * negotiate

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  • Nick 69

    Jan 31, 2009 at 9:59 AM

    Comment #31

    J mate, it hasnt been good to be a Newcastle fan for a long time now lol

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  • Don

    Jan 31, 2009 at 9:59 AM

    Comment #32

    and Lerner has got a lot less than Ashley and look what hes done, so dont keep trotting out the credit crunch line

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  • J

    Jan 31, 2009 at 9:59 AM

    Comment #33

    nick 69 – i actually agree with that.

    We have been given 10m to spend add the 6m for Zog and 7m from given

    Thats 23m, i doubt we’ll spend that.

    Shame.

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  • J

    Jan 31, 2009 at 10:01 AM

    Comment #34

    well i bet if we were in 3rd/4th we would be getting more income thus would spend more?

    Football is all about business now.

    If newcastle had a chance to end in top 4 and get all the prize money from europe, it is WORTH the gamble to pay more out for players

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  • Beyeday

    Jan 31, 2009 at 10:11 AM

    Comment #35

    J is Joe Kinnear

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  • LJA0210

    Jan 31, 2009 at 10:12 AM

    Comment #36

    if you read the article right he says they sat down to discuss a hit list of midfielders a position we were well off in untill guthrie and barton went down this week so it was a cover buy nothing more im happy we got nolan in i would have signed him years ago ryan taylor has agreed to come today so thats another area we need some one. I agree MA isnt spending big money but as a club weve seen the big money signings come and flop drasticly mayber its time we signed “decent” players for less money we arnt the atraction we were 4-5 years ago

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  • Stuart79

    Jan 31, 2009 at 10:16 AM

    Comment #37

    We should have about 16m quid to spend if Given goes to City for 8m.

    They should just bid for Veloso and then get a reasonabke left back with what’s left.

    We still need two more players in.

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  • Don

    Jan 31, 2009 at 10:22 AM

    Comment #38

    Milner money???

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  • spiderpig

    Jan 31, 2009 at 10:55 AM

    Comment #39

    loadsa toon fans are absolutely obsessed with how much money we spend.we could get 11 free transfers and be the best in the world [not likely].but we still whinge and moan about money.we paid 2.5 for guthrie,2 for bassong,nothing for jonas.probably our best 3 players.spent 18 mill on owen,6 mill on bramble,8 mill on boumsong,9.5 on luque,8.5 on viana,5 mill on marcelino.say no more.

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  • gggrrrr

    Jan 31, 2009 at 11:04 AM

    Comment #40

    This tells me that they had no intention of signing any midfield players so all the talk of Mbia, Merrilies, Donegal, Ledley, argentinian and italian loan deals, ferguson, mendez, uncle tom cobbly and all was a pile of shite. Nolan in now to replace Barton and the french git off to wigan so we are weaker in midfield than we were berfore the window. Taylor in today and thats the lot. Were doomed!!!

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