Newcastle Fail Miserably Once Again In Transfer Market

Newcastle United once again promised much and delivered little on the final day of the January transfer window, which was very like last September 1st, the last day of the summer transfer window, and this is more disappointment for Newcastle fans.


Joe Kinnear – must be annoyed at Newcastle’s failures in transfer market

There was news that Newcastle launched an 8M bid for Michael Johnson, but in the protravted transfer of Shay Given why wasn’t Johnson incorporated into the deal.

Whoever did the negotiating, and we have to believe it was Dennis Wise, looks like he’s very naive as far as negotiations go. Manchester City got their man and we didn’t get ours.

So what have we achieved in the transfer market:

We seem to have received £14M plus Ryan Taylor for Shay Given and Charles N’Zogbia moving out, and spent £4M on bringing Kevin Nolan in – so we made a net profit of £10M in the window, and we are still way short of players.

Players In:

Peter Lovenkrands – Danish – free agent

Kevin Nolan – English – Bolton Wanderers – £4M

Ryan Taylor – English – Wigan Athletic – came free with N’Zogbia move

Incoming Transfers: £4M

Players Out:

Shay Given – Irish – Manchester City – $8M

Charles N’Zogbia – French – – Wigan Athletic – $6M

Outgoing Transfers: £14M

Net outlay from the club is -$10M – in other words we brought into the coffers  $10M in the transfer window, when Ashley had promised to pay out $10M – a $20M swing we may add!

Net increase in size of the Newcastle squad – one player.

However, Shay Given shouldn’t really count since we haven’t found it necessary to replace him. We already have an excellent goalkeeper in local lad Steve Harper at the club and two more than promising 20 year-olds in Fraser Forster and Tim Krul waiting in the wings. However with a net income of $10M that suggests we have let class leave the club in January.

So it’s probably a net increase in the squad of 2 – but still not nearly enough!

There’s some explaining to do by the Newcastle Board, and it looks like they didn’t have the bottle to put anything out on the official site after the 5:00 pm window yesterday afternoon, when they must have known fans were awaiting news on the new players coming in.

This is not good news for our club, and we await some announcement or at least an explanation from them today.

It’s results or reasons, so we’ll wait for the reasons, also called excuses.

Comments welcome.

33 comments so far

  • We have got 2 players in positions we needed to fill and got of someone who would not play a game while Kinnear was in charge. Overall we have done well and we have bid for other players but were unable to sign them. Lovenkrands, Nolan and Taylor improve our squad. Why are you saying we havent done well? You cant sign players if the clubs dont want to sell them. We have sold one player who would not play and another in a position we had lots of cover in.

  • Who also wanted to leave i might add.

  • RichY

    Feb 3, 2009 at 7:09 AM

    Comment #3


    Was that a very late or a very early post?!

    yep, very very dissapointed… but where does the hope come from? Not from NUFC, but from forums and news papers and the like… the rhumour mill…

    We’re we right to believe everything we here when its what we wished for?

    JK even “wished for 4 new players”.

  • Toonkistan

    Feb 3, 2009 at 7:14 AM

    Comment #4

    Ed…..great artcile to stir the anger. Mate !! we’re better off then we were prior to the window and with the return of the injured player we shall be fine….please dont put up article for the doom & gloom….i m very much hopeful 🙂

  • valle

    Feb 3, 2009 at 7:21 AM

    Comment #5

    Lloyd. come back… I will beleive all your stories now, even the one about us signing a player last night and today, just say you aint mad.

  • jackie moon

    Feb 3, 2009 at 7:24 AM

    Comment #6

    forget about january now lads. get behind the boys and lets see if we can steer this troubled ship to safer waters. our squad will look alot better as some of this long term injuries get back on the track.
    think we did well in the transfer market.

    We got some steel in the middle with Nolan and he should probably get the armband now shays gone. Did you see him firing up the lads before the game on sunday?? Throwing himself and making good runs. he’ll fit in perfect with barton/guthrie.

    We got 6-8mil, less than 10 cos they’d have to declare it otherwise, for shay which seems cheap, but you have to remember keepers always go for less and he had publicly stated he wanted to leave which gave citeh power they shouldnt have had. If he hadnt publicly said he wanted to leave we could’ve got much more. Also harps can step right in and once he blows off the cobwebs he’ll be sweet.

    We got rid of whingeing Zog on the Tyne for 6 mil + taylor. Thats the best deal we’ve done in ages. We cleared out zog who didnt want to be here, hardly played and wasnt developing, pocketed 6 mil and got in Taylor. Taylor immediately improves our dead ball attack and prevents the likes of butt and geremi embarrassing us. he can provide cover on the wings and at fullback. He’s the perfect player for us at this point in time. Plus he’ll stop netting goals against us. Good buy

    Lovenkrands we got for nothing and he is pacey and has an eye for goals. He’ll provide good cover on both the wings and upfront. On a free you cant complain, plus he has a point to prove.

    Would’ve loved a lb but hopefully jose stays fit and taylor/edgar can cover him.

    The other thing is i’d be waiting to see if arshavin signs for gunners, cos if he does there is talk of denilson coming to us on loan. SSN were reporting terms had been agreed for his move to sjp. he’d be a handy pick up.

    Glad we didnt panic buy johnson…

    keep the faith lads. it’s all we got…

  • jackie moon

    Feb 3, 2009 at 7:25 AM

    Comment #7

    i’m sure you’ll all tear me apart but this blog needs a bit of optimism

  • speedysherpa

    Feb 3, 2009 at 7:26 AM

    Comment #8

    I agree with Toonkistan, Hopefully the players bought in should be dependable, commited and ready to wear their heart on their sleeve. What appears to be a great signing doesnt always bear fruit (i.e. M Owen).

    I feel with Martins returning and the addition of 3 “solid” players, the outlook now compared to last week is positively golden…..

  • WesToon

    Feb 3, 2009 at 7:28 AM

    Comment #9

    @ jackie moon

    Great post mate,couldnt agree more, but where did you see that bit aboot Denilson?? That would be canny like


  • Ville-E

    Feb 3, 2009 at 7:29 AM

    Comment #10

    Ever seen a macem in Milan?,

    We haven’t done well. This was our last chance to buy those guys who are good enough to keep us in the league.

    Nolan- great buy, no doubt about that. 4mil is nothing from him. He knows how to play central midfield. Look at Butt: he runs around the field and leaves his position open. How many chances have our midfield created and how many has our opponent created…

    Lovenkrands- great signing. He’s a speed demon but needs to build up his fitness level. Will be a good winger to replace the useless DuffMan.

    Taylor-good signing. He will add depth to our squad. However his position is already taken by Enrique who links up well with Jonas.

    We needed to get decent players in. Just to enlarge our squad if for nothing else. We didn’t get a creative midfield, that we’ve been lacking since Emre. We don’t have brains in the center of our game. That is why we are not in control. That is why we lose the balls. That is why we can’t get organized. That is why we lose the games. That is why we found our team battling in the relegation zone.

    We needed to buy a creative midfield and we failed.

  • Raffo

    Feb 3, 2009 at 7:30 AM

    Comment #11

    Lets see what gives. Also, anyone else read the express article on Dennis Wise maybe getting the shove to pave the way for Shearer or Bruce to take the managerial reigns in the summer? Wouldnt be so bad if some of that 10million went to pay off his contract!! That would be the best bit of business all window!!!

  • belfast toon

    Feb 3, 2009 at 7:30 AM

    Comment #12

    Wise out he has done a terrible job leaving this to the last day and could cost us our place in the prem we need to focus our attention on getting wise out

  • valle

    Feb 3, 2009 at 7:31 AM

    Comment #13

    On a more serious not… 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.

  • Geordiedoonsooth

    Feb 3, 2009 at 7:32 AM

    Comment #14

    Jackie moon the whole f*cking world needs a bit of optimism not just Toon fans. I have to say I am very dissapointed that we didn’t sign more players than we did we have to now get on with things and hope we stay up.
    If Martins can stay fit and Owen comes back even Smith is welcome back. Hopefully we will be just about okay

  • Toonmania

    Feb 3, 2009 at 7:35 AM

    Comment #15

    The toon will previal, we will stay up, there is no way we will get religated if you look at the fixture’s yes we have somee hard games coming up but there are worse teams out there and those teams have got some horrible fixtures (if your in there position) we need to start looking at the bigger picture, we’ve got a strong team and a team that want’s to go out and battle for us (they showed that on sunday) and if the papers are to be believed today 3rd feb 09 there might be some good news that dennis wise is on his way out and maybe 1 or 2 famous faces coming into the frame.
    it’s not all doom and gloom,just remember we are not in debt, we are not quite at the bottom of the table and we have got rid of imsomnia and got 3 players in that want to play for us and prove themselves.
    howay the lads

  • nufc1818

    Feb 3, 2009 at 7:39 AM

    Comment #16

    by the way guys anyone who wants to know about saviola

    direct flights cannot come in from newcastle to madrid or back

    i know this as my brother use to live there

  • nufc1818

    Feb 3, 2009 at 7:40 AM

    Comment #17

    guys wait there is still time…

  • toonloon

    Feb 3, 2009 at 7:42 AM

    Comment #18

    Like the majority of your correspondents on this one Ed, I totally disagree wiuth your sentiments and in particular your doom and gloom tabby headline. OK we didn’t get numbers in and we failed with reasonable bids for reasonable players, but we are stronger today than we were. Nolan will bring us creativity, bite, grit, leadership and and the occasional goal from midfield, Taylor will give us added strength in all positions down the flanks plus great expertise and the occasional goal on set pieces, and Lovenkrands will soon start paying off with creating and scoring goals when match fit again. Ed, love the blog, but right now your finger is no longer on the pulse of the majority of we fans like it used to be.

  • valle

    Feb 3, 2009 at 7:45 AM

    Comment #19

    toonloon… To be fair Ed dosnt have to have his finger on the pulse of the majority… He just needs to post his opinion and get the discussions started.

  • Norway_the_lads

    Feb 3, 2009 at 7:49 AM

    Comment #20

    JACKIE MOON!! Great summary!

    I couldn’t agree more!

    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!!

  • Partizan

    Feb 3, 2009 at 7:49 AM

    Comment #21

    Morning everyone

    NO COMENT….i just wanna have my coffee in peace without thinking about Shrek (MA)

  • Charlietoon

    Feb 3, 2009 at 7:52 AM

    Comment #22

    Arsenal have not announced arshavin so i guess it must not have happened. No news is better than bad news and I would not be surprised if we have another player waiting to be announced.

  • obamagic

    Feb 3, 2009 at 7:53 AM

    Comment #23

    i agree with jackie moon…..but jackie moon…. will you love me sexy?

  • sahota

    Feb 3, 2009 at 8:02 AM

    Comment #24

    I think overall we have not done very bad in this transfer window. I think we bought what we needed. But I still think we probably should have bought one more good player as our squad is still not big enough. Also considering our position in league, next match is most important, not only for us to move ahead in table, but to put good 6 points difference between us and bottom team. Its now MUST win game and I think after new additions to squad we should be able to beat West Brom, but Joe might need to give stick to our defence that they don’t make silly mistake.

  • cyprusmag

    Feb 3, 2009 at 8:06 AM

    Comment #25

    I guess I am alone in this but I’m concerned about losing Given. Harper is a good goalie and I’m happy with him, but if he’s out injured for any length of time-and with our luck he will be – we have two inexperienced kids as cover…not good enough.

  • ian

    Feb 3, 2009 at 8:10 AM

    Comment #26

    Agree, we have the rest of the season to concentrate on and there are still some good players that they didnt manage to sell, so we may as well enjoy the end of the season.

    Anyone know when Beye will be fit again? He is needed desperately.

    We have Martins and the possibility of Viduka being fit again, he tends to play well before the renewal of a contract or a sale so he may be ok, Carroll is improving, Shola has a decent scoring rate to appearances and Smith is back, if we are missing a midfielder that is where Smith needs to be played not at the front, unless he starts scoring from midfield then he is worth a try again.

    Hopefully Jonas and Duff start scoring, Nolan finds the net and the players all gel.

    There are at least three teams which have not improved in the window other than us, so we still have a very good chance of staying up, not due to any great improvements in our team but their misfortune.

    It is a bit of a gamble but what else would you expect from Ashley? Everything seems a gamble with him.

  • Archie Brand

    Feb 3, 2009 at 8:19 AM

    Comment #27

    So what does Wisey actually do?

    He handles recruitment for the main squad and he brings in the youngsters.

    He failed miserably on one half of the job job description and one of his star youngsters has left on loan with a view to a permanent deal.

    Hopefully this transfer window will be remembered as the time when Wise was finally given enough rope. And he duly obliged.

    Its amazing that people can be so positive about this window.

    It was always said in December that we needed 4 or 5 players but in effect we actually got one.
    In the time the window was open we also lost players to injury – so from which viewpoint are we better off?

    I think Nolan was a good deal – Joe is trying to take the credit for that one.
    Lovenkrands was a free agent that nobody else wanted and Ryan Taylor is not that special, unless of course our latest gameplan is to buy all the players in the premiership who normally score against us.

    The Daily Mail is suggesting that Wise is on his way and Ashley is going to bring in either Shearer or Bruce. This makes sense. There really isnt any other way that Ashley will be able to attend home games without the big gorilla covering his back.

    Some people call me a miserable git, but those who know me know I’m a realist.
    My job involves analysing situations, identifying possible problems and providing solutions.

    The strange thing here is that the possible problems have all already occurred previously;

    New leadership (with a poor record in modern times) trying to implement THEIR ideas
    Lack of squad depth
    Low confidence caused by poor results
    Low morale caused by everything
    Excessive injury – for whatever reason
    Lack of talent in an increasingly competitive league

    Nothing we have done in the last month would suggest that any of this has changed so where is all of this confidence coming from?

    Could it be possible that Ashley has employed a team of hacks to sign onto Blogs like this and promote the Mike Ashley Fan Club?
    A lot of new names and a lot of unwarranted

    Surely we should be addressing the cause of the injury problem (AGAIN)

    When you aim high you can only be disappointed – particularly in the current climate.

    When you aim low you are never disappointed, and more often than not pleasantly surprised.

    So its official. If you want to be happy – be miserable!

    By the way – Eds job is to generate traffic for his website.
    If everyone writes in disagreeing with him then he’s done a good job

    Keep it up Ed.

  • toonarmyuk

    Feb 3, 2009 at 8:32 AM

    Comment #28

    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??

  • ginkoh

    Feb 3, 2009 at 8:36 AM

    Comment #29

    I wonder who’s responsible for Man city case. It’ll surprise me if they’re the same as negotiator with Wigan.

  • ian

    Feb 3, 2009 at 8:36 AM

    Comment #30

    Archie, I wouldnt say positive is the right word, however after looking at at least three possilby four clubs which have problems but also do not appear to have addressed any of them I feel with our signings we are a little better placed.

    I do see something in Lovenkrands, he may be a good signing, our players coming back from injury may change things and we do have extra numbers and an element of flexibility.

    Duff and Jonas need to get goals though, if they score just a little few then we will have turned a corner.

    I am resigned to at best 6 points above relegation one or two injuries in the wrong place and we are stuffed, we have only a few key players and any injury to them would be very bad for us.

    We are waiting for the recession to end and Ashley to sell so it is simply half season to half season trying to stay in the premiership nothing else.

  • Guinea Mag

    Feb 3, 2009 at 8:48 AM

    Comment #31

    Like many Newcastle fans I’m a little disappointed at the lack of signings but look at Nolan and Taylor as two very good additions to the squad. The Danish guy represents cover to a very thin squad so I’ll refer my judgement for when he scores his first goal for Newcastle.

    Given wanted to leave to Newcastle and the N’Zog / Tayor swap represents a good deal; i.e. selling a baby for a versatile Englishman who wants to play for Newcastle.

    No point in being too disillusioned and need to roll up our sleeves and ensure we have PL football next season.

    That means every fan getting behind the team like we did at SJP against Sunderland and cheering every move. Great game and great support; loved-it, just loved-it….

    The good times will not return to Newcastle for a while so let’s get behind those players who want to play for Newcastle United and ensure PL safety……

  • Stardust

    Feb 3, 2009 at 10:13 AM

    Comment #32

    An ode to Mike Ashley – courtesy of Theodore Roosevelt

    “It is not the critic who counts: not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles or where the doer of deeds could have done better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood, who strives valiantly, who errs and comes up short again and again, because there is no effort without error or shortcoming, but who knows the great enthusiasms, the great devotions, who spends himself for a worthy cause; who, at the best, knows, in the end, the triumph of high achievement, and who, at the worst, if he fails, at least he fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who knew neither victory nor defeat.”

    Ignore the Mob Mike for they are cowards of the highest order.

  • Davies

    Feb 3, 2009 at 12:05 PM

    Comment #33

    Disappointed in this article Ed. It doesn’t matter what I say because some of the posters on here are thick as pigsh*t and don’t understand anything other than knee jerk reaction, but I really didn’t think you’d be so discouraged this morning.

    We got some good deals this window. It looks as though both the owner and the manager were trying to tie things up that didn’t come off yesterday. True, they shouldn’t have left it so late, but there is the possibility that some of these deals may have depended upon the money from Given and N’Somnia.

    The three newcomers are fit and well and are welcome additions. We didn’t need a replacement for Shay and I am frankly, despite his obvious talent, glad to be shot of Zog.

    I don’t know where the £10m we were promised went. I don’t know all of the deals that didn’t go through.

    For anyone thinking that Ashley is pocketing the extra cash from the sales and using to spend on champagne to quaff while he laughs at us and has money fights with his mates, do grow up. The money belongs to the club and doesn’t go anywhere near his pockets. That’s how it works.

    Personally, I’m looking forward to the West Brom game now. Oba’s back and we have some new boys to get stuck in.


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