Newcastle Board Have Some Explaining To Do


Newcastle fans will have some questions today on exactly what went wrong yesterday, and why weren’t more players signed during the transfer window.

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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.

Comments welcome.



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188 comments so far

  • najikhin86

    Feb 3, 2009 at 7:42 AM

    Comment #1

    just give them another chance in the summer.. the season is not over yet.. we will survive relegation..

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  • najikhin86

    Feb 3, 2009 at 7:45 AM

    Comment #2

    does anyone know who is better, between michael johsnson and danny guthrie???

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  • valle

    Feb 3, 2009 at 7:50 AM

    Comment #3

    Ed i agree that the transfer window showed how imcompetent our transfer team is… BUT… Be carefull not to direct it at the board. The last thing we need right now is more fan protests against MA… Hopefully he is aware of the problem he has with the guys responsible to bring in transfers and he will correct it in the summer, finally giving a good manager complete control over 1st team transfers… If that manager is Bruce, then he can wheel and deal allot for those 10 mill + player sales a season.

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  • valle

    Feb 3, 2009 at 7:51 AM

    Comment #4

    MA do need to come out with a (hopefully) positive statement soon, telling us of his plans tho.

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  • Nick D

    Feb 3, 2009 at 7:52 AM

    Comment #5

    Great site and all Ed, but you have a way of doing the same article 15 different ways. What’s done is done, let’s move on.

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  • Alanmc09

    Feb 3, 2009 at 7:52 AM

    Comment #6

    Najikhin-MICHAEL JOHNSON!!

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  • Norway_the_lads

    Feb 3, 2009 at 7:52 AM

    Comment #7

    If we look at most of the comments beeing said on this blog the last couple of months, it’s hard to find optimism. And if we can’t seem to find any optimism, then how about our players?

    It’s time we SHUT UP and start SHOUTING OUT!
    Get behind the team and make the atmosphere at SJP as it once was!!

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  • najikhin86

    Feb 3, 2009 at 7:55 AM

    Comment #8

    ok thanks.. dont be so mad at me.. i dunt live in UK like all u guyz.. thought it was only hype about johnson.. like always..

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  • leekirtley

    Feb 3, 2009 at 7:55 AM

    Comment #9

    how annoyed and pist off am i . . . . VERY . . . . what an absloute ball acke . . . . sat on here like some sort of itdiot waiting for more new on signings last nite, wahy didnt the club site just make a qwick statment to let everyone know thats all we have signed, its not even the lack of players that bothers me its the fact with all the lies of 4 players then 2 players apprently yesterday, then we get one which we knew we where getting!

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  • Charlietoon

    Feb 3, 2009 at 7:56 AM

    Comment #10

    Danny murphy is better than both of them. As for the Wise sacking some fella came out and said he should go and all the paper talk has come from that one guys opinion absolute rubbish. No news might be good news and even if it isn’t chin up!

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  • leekirtley

    Feb 3, 2009 at 7:56 AM

    Comment #11

    why*/quick*

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  • Born Again Geordie

    Feb 3, 2009 at 7:59 AM

    Comment #12

    What did I tell you !!!!

    Everybody believes all the crap you read in the trashy tabloids and then get really p*ssed off when non of them come to fruition !!!!

    MA needs to make an official statement and let everyone know his plans for ‘moving ahead in 2009’

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  • valle

    Feb 3, 2009 at 8:02 AM

    Comment #13

    Ed its hard to keep a discussion going when you make so many articles with the same content mate… thank god for cut and paste lol… Whoever is responsible for making sure that we have the right deals lined up and that we get a good success rate of getting those in the bag needs to be fired, they simply aint doing a good enough job… Not that im unhappy about the players we got, they are fine. But because that deadline day bids for players we dont get in the end, smacks of desperation and shows the simple fact that our transfer team simply are in too deep in this business… Before we go on, i would like to say that im behind MA and i like his idea about keeping the 1st team spending on a controlled lvl (10 + player sales a season) while building up our youths, but he is now taking the flak from his transfer team once again. Now, im not quite sure if its Wise who handles 1st team transfers, since his job is the youths right?. If it is Wise, then get rid of him now, if its not then get rid of whoever else is responsible. We then need to make a long sighted appointment on the manager post if we’re not sticking with JFK (which im not so sure we should). Rumours this morning is either Shearer or Bruce and any of those would do… Give them full control of 1st team transfer, keep somebody else in control of youth transfers and Voila!… A manager like that could stay a long time and give us stabillity while the youth system will start to cast of some (hopefully) great players.

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  • AussieToon

    Feb 3, 2009 at 8:03 AM

    Comment #14

    I wanted to comment this morning before I left for work, but I thought I will hold back as I was extremely angry….

    I have been to work, come back, gone for a run in 30 degrees heat (sorry my UK brothers for rubbing it in) and even after all that, I am still angry.

    I said at around the midway point of this transfer window that I knew the club will let us down, and stuff it up, but the way they have gone about doing that has been deplorable!

    Absolutely unacceptable and this board has gone way beyond protests and boycotts.

    They need to be forcibly removed!!!

    Shocking and this is bordering on made up it’s just so hard to fathom!

    How with the relegation crap squad can not be improved despite getting rid of 14 million dollars of talent is quite frankly not on!

    If I hear one more Ashley backer I will fair dinkum spew up.

    If we get relegated I want this prick to suffer, hopefully he feels it and his once billion dollar empire will dissolve into bankrupcy for himself! He deserves the absolute worst for what he is doing, the stupid fool.

    If we go down, I want backers to come in for a squint of what he payed, and for him to not get back his millions he “loaned” to us.

    Then he can f**k off into the wilderness and hopefully never to be seen again in public.

    Had enough of the imbecile.

    The Given transfer has me perplexed, honestly sell him for nothing, why? Then after we sell him we go for Michael Johnson and they reject us….bloody morons, no wonder the club is the worst it has been for a very long time.

    Go F**K Yourself Mike Ashley!

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  • leekirtley

    Feb 3, 2009 at 8:07 AM

    Comment #15

    aussietoon im with you 100%

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  • Stuart79

    Feb 3, 2009 at 8:15 AM

    Comment #16

    Well this is proof if ever we needed it that Mike Ashley plans on trying to sell the club again in the summer.

    This would explain the lack of net spend AGAIN!

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  • richyg01

    Feb 3, 2009 at 8:16 AM

    Comment #17

    Having a go at ashley and co now is not going to help the team, they need our support, if the players can sense unrest in the fans, it unsettles them.

    We need the 12th man and that is ALL of us behind the team 110%.

    Sure we failed in the window, but so much hinged on the Given and NZogbi deals, both of which were dragged out until the very last day, hence the reason why we had no activity until it was too late on the last day.

    Who knows, we may have emailed the FA by the 5:00pm deadline saying that a deal was in place, this information would be kept between the clubs and the FA. We will see…

    HOWAY THE LADS.

    Good solid signings this window, well done!

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  • craig s chisholm

    Feb 3, 2009 at 8:16 AM

    Comment #18

    for once i am not going to complain about the window. i am happy with the way it turned out – we goit shot of two plyers that did not want to wear our colours anymore and were probably causing unrest in the dressing room and we brought in three outfield players. making it an increase of two in the outfield. i could not care less about given leaving or zogs. nolan was a great capture and he will be immence for us this season and onwards. we were lucky barton got crocked otherwise we would never have got nolan. i am happy.

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  • lesh

    Feb 3, 2009 at 8:24 AM

    Comment #19

    Ho hum. Another successful period of razor-sharp wheeling and dealing over. Mr Wise did it again eh?

    If the Sun’s got it right (and believe me, I want to believe it)……

    ‘Dennis Wise is set to leave his post as Newcastle’s director of football’.

    Who’s organsing a whip round so we can express our sincer gratitiude for all the sterling work he’s done?

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  • 3D_Delnaja

    Feb 3, 2009 at 8:24 AM

    Comment #20

    this transfer window clearly reflect MA`s total lack of experience when it comes to owning an football club of this magnitude. I mean how hard can it actually be to organize transfers when you know what`s needed & when it`s needed. The last thing we needed was to sell a world top 5 keeper, that in the end just earned the club money that we didn`t even spend nor gave us an playerexhcange or a loandeal. That`s completetely ridicilous considering our need for players & the seemingly underestimated value of Given from Wise & Co. Was it so hard getting Onohua for an extra 2 mil in a swap deal?
    I don`t think so but when everything is done in the last minutes u have to wonder who`s to blame… Wise ofcourse & I would consider Kinnears influence on these matters.
    He knew what we needed but clearly he didn`t have much to say in the end did he?!
    We weren`t asking for much this time, just 4-5 new decent faces in the squad so we could maintain a full squad & to survive this season.
    We actually got 2 very decent ones but at the cost of an outstanding keeper, the Zog isn`t a loss of my concern though, but we really needed more players in.
    So what`s next? Well, since the official homepage been strugglin all morning I guess they are uploading some lame excuses or smokescreens, or as usual, not saying anything substantial to us fans, their biggest mistake so far….
    & I certainly don`t agree with Danny Murphy being better than Kevin Nolan

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  • ganiyu

    Feb 3, 2009 at 8:26 AM

    Comment #21

    i wanted lennon

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  • toonarmyuk

    Feb 3, 2009 at 8:27 AM

    Comment #22

    Well, if my memory serves me correctly, I seem to to remember Kinnear saying that Ashley (the Board?) would be making a big announcement after the window closed.

    Looking forward to seeing what they have to say for themselves! I would hope it would be an announcement that Wise and Llambias are being sacked. Wise really REALLY does have some explaining to do. What exactly has he done for the last 6 months since the last window??

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  • ronaldeano

    Feb 3, 2009 at 8:31 AM

    Comment #23

    Love the Club

    Support the club

    Get behind the players

    HATE MIKE ASHLEY

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  • ganiyu

    Feb 3, 2009 at 8:31 AM

    Comment #24

    all we needed was someone to make a difference at sjp.

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  • Chizzy_Toon

    Feb 3, 2009 at 8:32 AM

    Comment #25

    The big announcement was something that Kinnear came out with!! so i will personally take it with a pound of salt 🙂

    The guy does nothing but lie.

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  • ginkoh

    Feb 3, 2009 at 8:33 AM

    Comment #26

    Waiting for next story. I hope we can do well. After Strom the sky are blue.

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  • Toonkistan

    Feb 3, 2009 at 8:33 AM

    Comment #27

    its the Whip round what was organized at Hull game when KK left and MA never came to see and its only last week when he saw the team with his own eyes and decided to invest but may be it was too late by then….so plz no use for protest and all…Have faith in team, manager and board…Back Them to aviod relegation.

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  • Raffo

    Feb 3, 2009 at 8:35 AM

    Comment #28

    lol, the big announcement is………………………

    there is no announcement. Chizzy, your right JFK just spawns shite. I dont believe anything I hear anymore

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  • craig s chisholm

    Feb 3, 2009 at 8:35 AM

    Comment #29

    there is no point just going out and blowing the ten million excess just for the sake of it is there? martins is back for next game and can partner carroll. smith is also back. once barton comes back we have a barton/nolan partnership which will be immense. it was a good window, got rid of the trouble, increased our numbers by two and got some decent quality. we have to run with it now, this is our team for the relegation run in. i think that if we can turn over WBA we will probably stay up, if we loose i think we will go down, the next game will tell us our future.

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  • estechco

    Feb 3, 2009 at 8:36 AM

    Comment #30

    toonarmyuk: I was just about to make the exact same point. I’m glad I didn’t imagine it!

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  • craig s chisholm

    Feb 3, 2009 at 8:36 AM

    Comment #31

    ED, ffs put up a more positive thread mate and lets try to draw a line under the window and move on.

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  • ganiyu

    Feb 3, 2009 at 8:37 AM

    Comment #32

    poulsen would be a great asset if we got him

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  • craig s chisholm

    Feb 3, 2009 at 8:38 AM

    Comment #33

    i see they are saying steve bruce to newcaslte in the summer. ha ha, zogs goes there and then bruce comes here, comical.

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  • ganiyu

    Feb 3, 2009 at 8:39 AM

    Comment #34

    if martins is fit we would avoid relegation he is the only difference

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  • aus_toon_todd

    Feb 3, 2009 at 8:41 AM

    Comment #35

    ed, we did aswell if not better than we should’ve. nufc has not much appeal, especially with so many injured players looking to come back into the team. if you’re moving in jan it’s usually cause you ‘have’ to get away from your current club. or you have billions.

    however, i do think the full stories are yet to be heard.

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  • aus_toon_todd

    Feb 3, 2009 at 8:44 AM

    Comment #36

    harper
    beye collo taylor jose
    jonas nolan barton duff
    owen viduka

    martins, smith, taylor x2, shola, carrol, guthrie, geremi, lovenkrands.

    when fit that’s a top 10 club right there!

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  • lundypete1

    Feb 3, 2009 at 8:44 AM

    Comment #37

    It is quite clear, having read the comments above, that Mike Ashley is a business genius: he has found out how Seymour, Westwood, McKeag and Shepherd get awy with this shit year in. You lot, being eternall optimistic (I am really trying hard to be polite here), will believe any old crap, you dont believe the evidence of your own eyes, you still think he is some sort of saviour.

    So you will keep spending your money in Shearers, lining his pockets, safe in the knowledge that you are the “best fans in the world” You might be, but yoiu are the most gullible.

    Next transfer windowis too late, idiots. We will be in the Championship by then. So cheer away, believe what you want, but after 40 odd years I am starting to believe the southern journos: the problem with the Toon is the fans.

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  • ganiyu

    Feb 3, 2009 at 8:44 AM

    Comment #38

    yea i also believe bruce is the way to the next level

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  • aus_toon_todd

    Feb 3, 2009 at 8:45 AM

    Comment #39

    oops take taylor out and bassong in 😉 der.

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  • Chris G

    Feb 3, 2009 at 8:46 AM

    Comment #40

    AussieToon – totally agree.

    I’d love to see the board forcibly removed too, but I don’t think it’s going to happen – it would require a vote from the majority of the company’s shareholders.

    It might be more effective if some of us aussie residents went over there and shoved a very large didgeridoo up his arse. 🙂

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