Newcastle fans will have some questions today on exactly what went wrong yesterday, and why weren’t more players signed during the transfer window.
Here are some of the more obvious questions the Board need to answer today, but don’t hold your breath:
- Why wait again until the last minutes, when we knew from last time that deals can fall through and your are left with nothing – which is basically what happened yesterday – again.
- Why negotiate for a couple of weeks on Shay Given’s move, finally accept what is probably a low bid (because we haven’t been officially told the fee), and go back the next day (final day) and ask for Michael Johnson, and allow that bid to be rejected – which it was.
Sounds daft on the part of Newcastle.
- Where are the two loan players we were told have been agreed, one Italian and one Argentine, when the loan deals had already presumably been agreed with their clubs at around £440K each.
Other clubs, including Everton and Sunderland made loan deals yesterday.
- The big question – how come we end up up with £10M, when we were short of players on January 1st and remain short of players after the window closes.
We had only one additional net player come through the door when talk of 4 or 5 players coming in were continually mentioned.
- Why wasn’t the defense strengthened, when we went into the window short of full-backs. We do have Ryan Taylor in to help, and he looks a very good player, but he’s more of a utility player and not an out and out defender that we needed.
And there’s probably more questions, but those are some of the obvious ones.
There’s a saying in business that fail once, and put it down to a learning experience, but fail twice and it’s grounds for dismissal.
Whoever is responsible for transfers at Newcastle, bringing them in and getting them out, and we have to think that’s Dennis Wise, has not got the job done, for a second time in a row.
That’s important, because we are hardly much stronger to meet the relegation threat, especially when other relegation teams like Tottenham, Sunderland, Portsmouth and others have strengthened their squads.
We are a bit stronger, because we have two very good players in Nolan and Taylor, and they cost the club N’Zogbia and we got £2M too.
And we also have Peter Lovenkrands and he should be able to get us a few goals, once he gets fully match fit again, but he looksa very decent player. The players we brought in, on the bright side, were all very good, and all great deals for the club, but not enough.
There’s a story in The Mail this morning saying Wise is sacked, and Mike Ashley will bring in Shearer or Steve Bruce as manager this summer, but that seems like complete made-up nonsense to us.
It’s made up nonsense because the specific reporter is not even identified.
But if Newcastle announce something dramatic today, it’s to deflect from the transfer ineptitude that has again been shown by the club in January.