Newcastle Must Get Their Act Together In The Summer

After basking in the glory that was Newcastle’s phenomenal win last night, we will allow ourselves just for once, to look forward to the summer.


 Tuncay Sanli
– can we get this player from Boro in the summer?

 We have been very reticent to look at any summer transfers, until we know which league we will be in, and we are still not safe yet – but we really think once the boys get down to earth again after last night’s performance, Alan will have them fully ready for Saturday against Fulham, and hopefully get another win, and reward the ever-loyal Newcastle fans.

Then we can really celebrate especially if  Hull lose at Bolton, because we’ll essentially be safe.

So with this in mind, as we look forward to the summer – the club really needs to sort itself out.

 Mike Ashley and Derek Llambias looked more than delighted at the end of the game last night, and so they should have been because relegation would be an absolute nightmare for them and the proud Newcastle United club.

If we do survive, we think Alan needs to sit down and tell them what he’s willing to do at Newcastl;e, who he needs, how he wants to run the club,  what responsibilities he wants, and hopefully Mike will say yes, yes, yes – anything else Alan?

From what we’ve seen, and of course it’s so very early to really tell, but Shearer has everything it takes to become a top manager in the game, including a burning ambition to be successful at Newcastle.

So the first thing is to hire Shearer, who will then bring in his back-room staff, and maybe clear out a few of those already at the club he doesn’t need.   The news is that he will be offered £4M/year over 4 years, but that sounds like a made-up figure to us, but no doubt he will be well paid, especially if he keeps us up this season.

Then Alan will need to do some sorting out of the playing staff. It’s a little like last year when Kevin Keegan took over, and after several games ordinary players started to look good, and last night all of our boys looked so sharp and ready to play.  

So maybe the squad under Alan is better than we had thought, but Mike Ashley cannot keep shelling out £74M each year in wages, not with just over £100M in revenues.

The players we think will definitely go are  Cacapa, Geremi, Barton and Ameobi, who is now way down the striker order, and will need to make way for Carroll and Ranger, who will be coming through next season. Shola will resist moving, but we think he’ll join some team like Stoke City in the summer, a very well run club, and will probably be a good buy for them.

We just don’t know what to make of Mark Viduka, as we’ve smashed him so many times this season, because of his injury record, and yet the Australian was little short of magnificent last night.

He showed that when he’s fit he can really play, and he looked fitter than he’s looked in a long time last night, so credit to Alan and Iain for working with Mark on his fitness.

If Alan wants to keep him for one more year, that would be fine with us but his wages of £65K/week are hefty for someone who plays so little.  But Mark will be great for our young strikers as they learn from one of the masters of hold-up play, and if Shearer wants him Mike Ashley would be foolish not to back his manger on player personnel.

But we have to salute Mark once again today, for a memorable and committed performance last night, it was a performance to savor, and he was a hero when he came off the field last night.

Other players that could be moved out to make way for new blood could be Michael Owen, and some decision on him will need to be taken, again by Alan Shearer, but we wonder if Alan will want to keep him at the club, given his wages of £110K/week.

Other players who could be moved out include Alan Smith, Xisco and maybe even Jonas Gutierrez, who has the ball a lot, but as he showed last night, doesn’t really accomplish much with it. It’s just a thought for the Jonas fans, a possibility.

We don’t think Alan Shearer will want to keep Xisco, the Spanish striker who is already behind Owen, Viduka, Martins, Lovenkrands, Ameobi, Carroll and Ranger in the striking order at the Tyneside club, and that’s unlikely to change much.

So why we’d keep him we have no idea, and yes we’ve said this before and been pummeled by readers who think he is worth keeping on, but we’ve heard nothing from Alan about the lad, and have to assume Shearer is not too impressed.

So players leaving could include   Cacapa, Geremi, Barton, Ameobi, Xisco and maybe Smith, Gutierrez and even Cololccini who is now 3rd best center-back behind Steven Taylor and the mercurial Sebastien Bassong.

If we stay up we think Sebastien Bassong will get a bumper contract, which he’s more than earned this season, and that he will want to stay at the Tynesdie club, especially if Shearer is the long term boss. He looked absolutely delighted after the game last night, and he’s such a great player and good lad.

Who do we bring in?

Well there is talk of Alan being interested in Javier Saviola from Real Madrid, who is apparently availbale for around £2M, and Kevin Keegan was interested in the player last summer.

And we were thinking last night that if Middlesbrough do go down, maybe we could take David Wheater and Tuncay Sanli off their hands.    We were after Tuncay before he signed for Boro a couple of years ago, and David  Wheater is an excellent young English center-back, who’s already been part of the full England squad under Fabio Capello.

We could even sell Coloccini if Shearer can bring in another good central defender.

The list of players we were after in January, will still form the basis of who we will pursue in the summer, with Alan having to review that list of course, and maybe adding and subtracting some names.

We’ll leave it at that right now, because we don’t want to tempt fate too much, but we think the lads owe the fantastic Newcastle fans two more top performances in the final two games of the season, to bring this disastrous season to a close, at long last.

If they can give us two more wins it will balance out the season just a little bit.

Then we can all get excited about the summer transfer comings and goings, as long as we are still in the Premier League and Alan Shearer is boss.

Comments very welcome.

161 comments so far

  • AndyNUFC

    May 12, 2009 at 7:33 PM

    Comment #1

    We should sign Saviola, Gudjonsen, Negredo, Zaki and Tuncay and I think we’ll certainly be firing on all cylinders in attack. Viduka on a pay as you play deal, and offer it to Owen, but no fuss if he walks. Dunne for CB? Onuoha, M’Bia, Hugo Viana, Bentley.

    If we sign all of the players mentioned (which will cost a hell of a lot) we will be absolutely sorted.

  • AndyNUFC

    May 12, 2009 at 7:42 PM

    Comment #2

    Send Xisco out on loan, he’s young and hasn’t been given time to adapt to the game, although i’m sure he’s a lot better than Ameobi. Give him to a championship club looking for promotion next season, or better still a team newly promoted to the premiership?

  • workyticket

    May 12, 2009 at 8:00 PM

    Comment #3

    Signing a manager with absolutely no experience for a £16 million four year contract would be yet another masterstroke from this club. It’s shrewd decisions like these which have brought us so much success.

  • Shot Bru

    May 12, 2009 at 8:00 PM

    Comment #4

    Tuncay is an excellent player, and would be a great adition to our squad. If Shearer was to stay on i think he might sign quite a few British players from lower leagues. I actually like the look of Simon Cox at Swindon Town, he has banged in goals from all angles this season playing for an average team. It’s maybe about time to look lower down the leagues and pick up some hungry ambitious young players to mix in with some experienced pros like Tuncay, and blood some of those damn youngsters we keep hearing about.

  • marshy

    May 12, 2009 at 8:03 PM

    Comment #5

    I agre with you about jonas,he reminds ne of the brazilian mirandinha we once had,he would try to beat everyone in sight and sadly the inevitable happened and they lose the ball.having said the team last night were very good especially after going behind to that bizzare own goal when pre-shearer the heads might have gone down.viduka was phenomanal.

  • TonyGreenSupreme

    May 12, 2009 at 8:05 PM

    Comment #6

    Your getting ahead of yourself mate.
    Even if we stay up Ashley will not make significant funds available.
    I agree with the idea of offering Viduka a pay as you play deal.
    This is a list of who I would like to see leave:
    1) Cacapa
    2) Geremi
    3) Smith
    4) Owen
    5) Jonas (what does he do?)
    6) Ameobi
    7) R.Taylor (won’t happen as recently signed)
    8) Collo (not good enough)
    9) Duff
    10) Harper

  • Shot Bru

    May 12, 2009 at 8:13 PM

    Comment #7

    Evening Worky, Who would you like to see as manager next season?

  • Rorycn

    May 12, 2009 at 8:20 PM

    Comment #8

    I disagree about jonas, he takes a lot of pressure of the defence while hes dribbling up the midfield and i think with a couple of decent central midfielders, especially a creative one he could be played into positions where he can actually be dangerous. He set up loads of goals last year in spain and is always looking to help out his full back. It’s also only his first year in a new league and contry.

  • Isaac Hunt

    May 12, 2009 at 8:26 PM

    Comment #9

    Looks like I can cancel my schedule of psychiatric therapy now. It’s a pity really, I was just getting used to the electrodes.

  • Isaac Hunt

    May 12, 2009 at 8:29 PM

    Comment #10

    I’ve just met a sexy polish girl. I think she’s called Cherry Blossom.

  • Partizan

    May 12, 2009 at 8:39 PM

    Comment #11

    Out: Owen,Cacapa.Colo,Barton,Geremi,Ameobi
    Xisco(loan to Birmingham)




  • Nick D

    May 12, 2009 at 8:45 PM

    Comment #12

    Worky you would be devastated if we kept Shearer and didn’t go back to the dinosaur that is Kinnear!!

    AndyNUFC – good list apart from Dunne – absolute donkey.

  • toonoholic

    May 12, 2009 at 8:52 PM

    Comment #13

    i agree with nick D , dunne is a donkey lol

  • workyticket

    May 12, 2009 at 8:53 PM

    Comment #14

    Shot Bru // May 12, 2009 at 8:13 PM

    “Evening Worky, Who would you like to see as manager next season?”

    Evening Shot. For £4 million a year, I would want someone with much experience and a record of winning trophies at the highest level. To put things in perspective, Alex Ferguson and Carlo Ancelloti are currently paid around £3.5 million a year, Fabio Capello £4.5 million and so on.

  • Turkish Magpie

    May 12, 2009 at 8:54 PM

    Comment #15

    Lads- For anyone wanting to know the opinion of a Turk, here it is

    Tuncay is a great player and to good for Boro

    my top 5 Turkish players are

    1. Hamit Altintop
    2. Nihat Kahveci
    3. Arda Turan
    4. Tuncay
    5. Emre Belezoglu

    IMO we could get the last three, and as we all saw in the Euro’s Turks have so much fight, passion and skill which we need at this club

    i would say, The more the better! But realistically Tuncay, Emre and Arda are our best bets

  • toonoholic

    May 12, 2009 at 9:00 PM

    Comment #16

    why not larsson, knightly and ledley ?? sign knightly up, good time to get him before he proves worth in epl. charlton have gone to league 2 so ledley shldnt be difficult.

  • workyticket

    May 12, 2009 at 9:02 PM

    Comment #17

    Nick D // May 12, 2009 at 8:45 PM

    “Worky you would be devastated if we kept Shearer and didn’t go back to the dinosaur that is Kinnear!!”

    Nick D, why do you think that I am obsessed with Joe Kinnear? I merely pointed out that all the nasty, snide, specious stuff that you wrote about Kinnear was based on a misunderstanding due to lack of knowledge, and that the worst stuff didn’t really do you any credit as a human being.

  • Shot Bru

    May 12, 2009 at 9:05 PM

    Comment #18

    So worky who would you like to see in charge?

  • Shot Bru

    May 12, 2009 at 9:11 PM

    Comment #19

    Turkish how about Mesut Ozil of Bremen as an AM for next season, he’s almost Turkish. Also Hoarau of PSG would be a great target man to replace Owen/ Viduka.

  • pearceet

    May 12, 2009 at 9:12 PM

    Comment #20

    ever the pessimist we are not quite safe yet if hull beat bolton ( which tbh they can) we r back where we were on monday at 8:00 with only one game to go

  • toonoholic

    May 12, 2009 at 9:15 PM

    Comment #21

    honestly if hull can beat bolton away, i see no reason why we cant beat fulham home !!

  • workyticket

    May 12, 2009 at 9:17 PM

    Comment #22

    Shot Bru // May 12, 2009 at 9:05 PM

    “So worky who would you like to see in charge?”

    I don’t have any fixed favourite at the moment Shot.

  • workyticket

    May 12, 2009 at 9:22 PM

    Comment #23

    Shot Bru,

    …Though it would have to be someone who is thick skinned to put up our insular and xenophobic crowd when things aren’t going so smoothly. Managers like Martin Jol and Fatih Terim might be good at that sort of thing?

  • Rodzilla

    May 12, 2009 at 9:22 PM

    Comment #24

    My wife goes to the same hairdressers’ as Annie Wenger and apparently Arsene would jump at the chance of managing NUFC

  • harry861

    May 12, 2009 at 9:31 PM

    Comment #25

    TonyGreenSupreme I agree with most of should be leaving except Duff, over the past few games he’s been very good especially he’s left winger not a left full back.
    I’ve been saying almost since they signed Jonas no end product. Yes he can dribble & beat his man then what does he do ?
    Tunkay has been outstanding for the Boro, he would be a very good signing. sorry to say that Gudjonsen has been a good player the past would be bad buy .

  • Shot Bru

    May 12, 2009 at 9:32 PM

    Comment #26

    I was getting worried there Worky, you were starting to sound like a politician. Good choices, in particular Jol, who sets his sides up to play a free flowing offensive game.

  • Rodzilla

    May 12, 2009 at 9:32 PM

    Comment #27

    …incidentally Slaven Bilic would be my number one choice in dreamland, but I’m more than happy with Shearer. Yeah he’s unproven but I think he’s got what it takes. Maybe a 4 year contract is a bit extreme, but it’s only gossip at the moment anyway.

    Can he do it for us? Time will only tell. One thing IS for certain though – he’ll be given time and money, and be listened to.

  • Danish_Magpie

    May 12, 2009 at 9:38 PM

    Comment #28

    Team for next season:

    IN: Shorey (3.5m), Pennant (free), Reo-Coker (9m), Løvenkrands (free), Crouch (11m), Zokora (4m), Joe Ledley (5.5m)

    Total In: 33m

    OUT: Cacapa (free), Geremi(1m), Smith(4m), Barton (4m), Butt (1.5m), Viduka (free), Owen (free), Duff (3.5m), Shola (2m)

    Total Out 16m

    Net Spending: 17m

    Savings on wages: Huge!!

    GK: Harper, Krul, Foster

    RB: Beye, R. Taylor
    LB: Enrique, Shorey
    CB: Bassong, S. Taylor, Coloccini, Edgar

    RW: Pennant, LuaLua
    DM: Reo-Coker, Zokora
    CM: Guthrie, Nolan
    LW: Jonas, Joe Ledley

    ST: Crouch, Martins, Carroll, Løvenkrands, Xisco, Ranger






    Subs: Krul, Coloccini, Shorey, R. Taylor, Guthrie, Ledley, Carroll

    with Løvenkrands and Zokora featuring prominently as well. Possibly loan out Xisco to a championship club.

    I truly believe this squad would finish top-8, and all the targets are attainable as they are not in great standing in their clubs/would be making a step up. Crouch may be difficult, and other strike-targets such as Bent, Gomis, Gomez, Cardozo, Pogrebnyak, or Bendtner would be good options if Crouch was unavailable.

  • cjcox88

    May 12, 2009 at 9:49 PM

    Comment #29

    just wanna say to those giving jonas some stick that he hasnt scored fine and even though he has made some assists i can appreciate he does not do enough.

    BUT he is one of our most dangerous players with the ball, wins free kicks in good position, when he gets the ball he actually drives forward with it when others pass it backwards, id rather have 1 of him than 10 nicky butts

  • Girth

    May 12, 2009 at 9:50 PM

    Comment #30

    surprised no one has mentioned Huth, id take him like, big dopey so n so to hoof the ball out of the box when it comes near, bit of height too…

  • workyticket

    May 12, 2009 at 9:51 PM

    Comment #31

    Rod, Slaven Bilic has never managed a club side before either. I guess that you think that experience is somewhat overrated!

  • Prince Bassong

    May 12, 2009 at 10:00 PM

    Comment #32

    I can’t believe the Jonas bashing on here. It’s his first season over here and a very disrupted one too with all the things that have gone on.

    You mention lack of end product but he rarely has anything to work with.

    Next year with a better midfield and better targets in the box (not Owen and Martins in between goliath defenders), we’ll see the best of him.

  • Rodzilla

    May 12, 2009 at 10:01 PM

    Comment #33

    workyticket —31

    …I just like Bilic coz he plays guitar and wears an earring.

  • 51times

    May 12, 2009 at 10:05 PM

    Comment #34

    Danish – Why would Reo-Coker come here?

  • 51times

    May 12, 2009 at 10:09 PM

    Comment #35

    Also, £4m per year? No thanks Alan, back to the sofa with you.

  • workyticket

    May 12, 2009 at 10:26 PM

    Comment #36

    Rodzilla // May 12, 2009 at 10:01 PM

    “workyticket —31

    …I just like Bilic coz he plays guitar and wears an earring.”

    How about Keith Richards as manager then, Rod? 🙂

  • IrishMan

    May 12, 2009 at 10:34 PM

    Comment #37

    Anybody know how Joe Kinnear’s health is?

    I think it would be great if Shearer stayed, and it would be nice if they could find some part time role for Joe. I wonder what his scouting talents are like?

  • DJG

    May 12, 2009 at 10:44 PM

    Comment #38

    I wouldnt mind if we signed Tuncay Sanli and Geovanni from Hull. I think that would give us a few options in attacking midfield that we have lacked this season.

  • Big Dave

    May 12, 2009 at 10:57 PM

    Comment #39

    Well lads im still on cloud 9, Tuncay would be a good buy but the other 1 boro have looked real good was it emnes or something like that.

  • darrowb1

    May 12, 2009 at 11:05 PM

    Comment #40

    To be Honest we dont want too big a clearout as the team will get affected by it and this would cause a slow start to the season as the team hasnt gelled. Players to get rid of are Cacapa,Smith,Ameobi,Geremi and maybe Nicky Butt. Owen is going to leave ore than likely so the wage bill will be cut down by him. But we would then need to buy a creative midfielder,someone to replace butt till guthrie is ready and maybe an extra striker as if owen goes we w0uld have only 4 decent strikers in the first team squad, (havent included ranger) and it only takes a couple of injuries and we are down to 2 fit strikers

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