Let’s Hope Lovenkrands Isn’t Newcastle’s Only Signing

This is deja vu all over again (just like last year), as we await news of the players Newcastle have signed in this transfer window, but it may be that Lovenkrands is the only signing. 🙁


We are short at center-back, full back and winger, and it seems like striker is the only deal we have made to strengthen the squad.

News that Portsmouth have signed reported Newcastle target Mike Williamson from Watford. The 25-year-old center-back put pen to paper on a four-year deal.

But presumably we can still make loan signings through November, but we had to sign Peter today – so trying to be positive Newcastle they’ve done the deal they need to today.

And maybe other loan signings are being lined up for when the window opens again for the Coca Cola Championship in 2 weeks time. We understand that in the Championship you can only play a maximum of 5 loan signings in one game.

The Sun was reporting that Newcastle United had signed Manchester United’s Northern Ireland 20 year-old center-back Craig Cathcart, on a season-long loan and also there were rumblings we may be interested in his colleague, 21 year-old midfielder Darron Gibson.

But no official confirmation (yet?) of these loan moves, if indeed they have been done (yet).

If the deals are to be done in 2 weeks, we’ll have to get Danny Simpson on his cell phone to convince  these lads at the Red Devils to join Newcastle on loan. 😀

Despite today’s transfer deadline passing, the Evening Chronicle reports that Newcastle United can still sign players, on loan, up until the end of November.

But free agents, who haven’t found a club yet had to be signed before the transfer ends tonight, and we’ve done that with Lovenkrands.

But the bottom line is that we’ve unloaded 11 players in the summer, and brought one in, and if were told that would happen after w e were relegated in May, we would have thought that to be just crazy.

Our calculations say that the wage bill has gone from £74M to £46M, and that includes Xisco leaving on loan yesterday to Racing Santandar.

That’s not too bad because that’s 62% of last year.s wage bill, although it may be a litle high if our revebues decrease by 50% – btu if the lads continue the way they’ve started it’s very likely he gates will higher than expected – so0 we’re in pretty good financual sgape therew.

And we took in £23 M in transfer fees to help reduce the overdraft.

86 comments so far

  • newcastle29

    Sep 1, 2009 at 5:36 PM

    Comment #1

    i thought we only had to wait one week ed?

  • Dragonera

    Sep 1, 2009 at 5:41 PM

    Comment #2

    Very happy about this.We needed a pacey striker more than anything and we have got our man. No need for gelling as he will know all the players already. Nobody else has gone, which is the most important thing. Now we just need the two loan signings i predicted (LW/LB & CB) and everything would have gone as planned.

  • Turkish Magpie

    Sep 1, 2009 at 5:42 PM

    Comment #3

    We need a full back and a center back but i’m not sure singing will help

  • HarryWorth

    Sep 1, 2009 at 5:43 PM

    Comment #4

    We have been shafted yet again by that fat whopper Ashley. Loan deals are not allowed unless they are an “emergency” loan.

    The fat spiv is even too tight to bring in the necessary and much needed defensive loan signings.

    The Football League have now confirmed the situation regarding loans as follows:

    Standard loans can be for half a season or a full season. These can only be done during the two transfer windows (i.e. by the end of today or in January 2010).

    Emergency loans can be done outside of the transfer window, but not after the fourth Thursday in November or March.

    A club can have a maximum of four players under 23 and a further four over 23 on standard loan during the season. There is no limit on Emergency Loans.

    However, only four players maximum can join one club from another during the season.

    A maximum of five loan players can be named on a team sheet.

  • newcastle29

    Sep 1, 2009 at 5:44 PM

    Comment #5


    clear as mud then!

  • magpie6699

    Sep 1, 2009 at 5:47 PM

    Comment #6

    HW – doesn’t having Ashley in charge count as an emergency? So we should be able to get more loan deals.

  • alkinou

    Sep 1, 2009 at 5:48 PM

    Comment #7

    Surely if Mike Ashley sells the club, the new owner would be allowed to make an emergency loan by saying Ashley didn’t care about Newcastle so didn’t sign the players we needed.

    That said we have to wait and see if MA ever sells the club.

  • ToonTonic

    Sep 1, 2009 at 5:49 PM

    Comment #8

    LMAO Magpie 6699

  • AndyNUFC

    Sep 1, 2009 at 5:53 PM

    Comment #9

    I honestly don’t think I could have been more disappointed.

  • Ashley Hole

    Sep 1, 2009 at 5:55 PM

    Comment #10

    Ashley is right now eating pizza and after that he goes to well earned sleep.

  • Stuart79

    Sep 1, 2009 at 5:56 PM

    Comment #11

    I’m sure he won’t be the only signing.

    I mean when has Ashley ever let us down?

  • natedawg

    Sep 1, 2009 at 5:57 PM

    Comment #12

    so are we expecting anymore signings? or will they have to be emergency….?

  • BlacknWhite Barmy

    Sep 1, 2009 at 5:59 PM

    Comment #13

    whats the point ?

    Ashley is taking the cash out of hte club and the p out of us.

    Wont be at SJP unitl the Dick4brains is gone

  • euanpolo

    Sep 1, 2009 at 6:01 PM

    Comment #14

    Having Stoke City as my second team (yeas I know the irony that my 2nd team are better than my 1st team) when they were in the Championship they loaned a number of players outside of the transfer window that did not seem to be emergency signing (they weren’t goalies). Also we can still sign free agents as well. From what I’ve heard we will probably get a 2 or 3 players in on loan before the end of the international break.

  • scottoon

    Sep 1, 2009 at 6:04 PM

    Comment #15

    I live in Canada so it kills me to hear that supporters won’t go to SJP so long as fatman is still there. Seems to me the best way to make the club viable for a potential buyer is to fill the park to the rafters so they can see the upside. Right now all we hear about is Barclays, overdraft, high wage bill…

    If I could I would want to buy ten seats…pour the money into the club so any buyer looks at it and sez gotta have that revenue stream!

  • BlacknWhite Barmy

    Sep 1, 2009 at 6:07 PM

    Comment #16


    If the fatman is after selling, I dint intend to give him any more hard earned 0 it may even help him on his way. After all he has probably ‘pocketed’ 8M from the home games already. I say ‘pocketed’ as it is probably used for the running of the club – without it he would need to fund it himself or sell up quick

  • magpie6699

    Sep 1, 2009 at 6:13 PM

    Comment #17

    Anybody else tried to read the FA regulations posted on previous blog? I’ve struggled to read the section on “Temporary Loan Transfers” but I can’t find anything about transfer windows – only something about long-term loans only allowed between July and December.
    I’ve gone glee-eyed trying to make sense of it – any one help?

  • Nick 69

    Sep 1, 2009 at 6:14 PM

    Comment #18

    scottoon- thers nothing to stop you buying 10 seats is ther!! you may not get to use them but you will still be pumping money into the club so that they look at it and still say gotta hav that revenue stream!! so either put your money where your mouth is or stop criticsing any people who decide not to give that fat tw4t ther money!!

  • scottoon

    Sep 1, 2009 at 6:16 PM

    Comment #19


    Seems to me the problem isn’t him selling, its the lack of buyers. Turn around and there’s another mackem hoax, or an arab or american with a bucket of billions, but no serious bidders. Only one that Seymour Pierce gave thums up to was Moat and he hasn’t got the cash so a full park (and a successful run in the league) seems a good way to flush out some serious buyers.

    Know what you mean though…the fat gobshi*e certainly does not deserve anything from the supporters.

  • repo

    Sep 1, 2009 at 6:21 PM

    Comment #20

    well acording to supermac on legends show we have signed Craig Cathcart

  • scottoon

    Sep 1, 2009 at 6:21 PM

    Comment #21


    Like I said, would if I could m8. Not criticizing your choice but sellers need buyers and not too many buyers going to look at an empty SJP and think that is a good place to sink their 1oomillion. So far the supporters have been fantastic…championship crowds of 40K+…wish I could join them is all!

  • Big Dave

    Sep 1, 2009 at 6:22 PM

    Comment #22

    Repo u there ??

  • hitman

    Sep 1, 2009 at 6:23 PM

    Comment #23

    DC,has just been on ssn saying we can still sign players on loan,id be stunned if this is the only player in.

  • Big Dave

    Sep 1, 2009 at 6:24 PM

    Comment #24

    Repo time for humble pie mate

  • Big Dave

    Sep 1, 2009 at 6:25 PM

    Comment #25

    • repo // Aug 31, 2009 at 4:10 PM
    Lovenkrands going to birmingham
    there is more leaving the morn..
    nicky butt, Geremi, taylor,Carroll, and Colo..
    • repo // Aug 31, 2009 at 4:17 PM
    im not making it up wait and see..
    • repo // Aug 31, 2009 at 4:22 PM
    well have a go at me the morn if im wrong..
    but at the same token respect my opinion…

  • JinkyGenius

    Sep 1, 2009 at 6:26 PM

    Comment #26

    Exactly the same story as I feared this morning – no signings (the PL deal could/should have been sorted weeks ago, so it doesn’t count). But, happily, we have lost no-one; although this is scant consolation.

    This destructive stalemate confirms the lack of constructive communication between owner & interested bidders, and another black mark against Cashley. We haven’t the squad numbers, and the St James’ Infirmary is filling fast and it’s barely September. What happens when the heavy and frosty pitches are faced in October onwards? This isn’t the Prem’s luxury heated pitches, you know?

    Several bloggers have hinted at what a disaster today has been, although I suspect it hasn’t sunk in with many who are still too numbed at recent events. Last night we had every fit player on the pitch – leaving a bench load of bairns and Tim Krul. Today we have signed Lovenkrands – this masterstroke, of course, will now ensure we get through the next 20 plus games until the next transfer window. Assuming nobody else is injured, of course, eh, Mike?

    The sheer, stupefying ineptitude of the NUFC top brass still takes some believing. How will this squad size see us through to the end of September let alone the end of December – not that they will sign anybody then either, just like last January? I’m not talking football here, but textbook business contingency planning and responsible project management. If a league manager needs a coaching badge, and a dog owner a license, surely a club owner needs a damned sight more than a little cash and misguided ambition (and the MD a lot more than bare faced cheek of both varieties)?

    We have reached a point where had NUFC been a bank I’m sure the Government would have stepped in and taken over. No matter, perhaps under the Mental Health Act – after today’s fiasco – we surely have sufficient grounds to have Ashley and Llambias committed courtesy of the NHS?

    After all these months this is unforgivable. I only hope the peerless Chris & Colin don’t snap under the extra pressure they now face as a result, and walk.

  • Bigbadbob

    Sep 1, 2009 at 6:30 PM

    Comment #27

    So they have been hiding behind the NDA all along, they wont talk to the fans via the media because the truth of what their policy is is not pretty at all.
    They know that they are bang at it behind our backs but wont come out and say it, cowards.
    I havent been to the match for a while but stupidly spent 80 quid on two third kits for my grandsons today, it grieves me to put money in his pocket.
    How did we return to the McKeag/Westwood days so soon where the supporters are once again the sole contributors to the cause?
    I know Toonchicken etc will come on and say stop moaning, sorry, cant help it, my morale is lower than a snakes belly and its immoral that he hasnt seized on the opportunity to build on a great start to the season by the team, the fat twat!

  • Big Dave

    Sep 1, 2009 at 6:33 PM

    Comment #28

    JinkyGenius The next bit of news im waiting for from the official site is Ma’s statment saying that he done his best to sell but couldnt find a buyer. So he is taking it off the market

  • maximus

    Sep 1, 2009 at 6:40 PM

    Comment #29

    Did anyone really expect a load of new signings, we can only afford loan signings and as such the transfer window today was only relevant for us for players going out. That’s why the americans do not need to push through a deal quickly as long as no additional cash needed to be raised from player sales which it appears it didn’t.

  • JinkyGenius

    Sep 1, 2009 at 6:41 PM

    Comment #30

    Hi, Big Dave. You’re right, Ashley is no poker player, is he? Until some bidder slaps him around the face with £100m cash and a wet kipper I suspect he’s going to take NUFC down with his failing Sports Empire. He reminds me of Robert Maxwell.

    All that currently stands in the way is the masterful Chris Hughton, which is why I am so worried for his state of mind after today. He knows more than anyone else we need cover in all departments, and now he knows he ain’t gonna get it.

    It’s pitiful, mate, pitiful!

  • batty

    Sep 1, 2009 at 6:43 PM

    Comment #31

    i was more concerned aboot who they were gonna sell today rather than who we were gonna get in wasent expecting the fat c@nt too sign any 1 so loven boy is a pluss for me

  • Toon Chicken

    Sep 1, 2009 at 6:43 PM

    Comment #32

    stop fecking moaning man 🙂

  • Ross

    Sep 1, 2009 at 6:44 PM

    Comment #33

    Today went pretty much as expected. I’m glad Lovenkrands is back but its kind of overshadowed by the fact that we’re still desperatly short of numbers and yet again nothing has been done about it sadly. Add that to the fact that he’s been training elsewhere yet none of them could offer the deal we have and i’m seriously starting to consider the fact that we were the last destination on his list. Can you really blame him after we’re the club that let him go via email anyway?

    I said this morning i wouldn’t believe a word DC said today and i will continue with said strategy. Were people being genuine when saying he apparently claimed two “mystery man utd players” were having medicals for us?…

  • Toon Chicken

    Sep 1, 2009 at 6:45 PM

    Comment #34

    stop effing moaning man! 🙂

  • Toonmania

    Sep 1, 2009 at 6:45 PM

    Comment #35

    Well i have too agree with the above comments, i’m just hoping we have got one or two more on loan that has been talked about in the press but we will see 🙁

  • hitman

    Sep 1, 2009 at 6:47 PM

    Comment #36

    spot on batty

  • Toon Chicken

    Sep 1, 2009 at 6:50 PM

    Comment #37

    Seriously people – dry your eyes, quit your pitty patter and take a look at the positives.

    1. We didn’t lose anyone.
    2. The players we do have are playing for the club, each other and CH.
    3. We have a good mix of youth and experience.
    4. We’ve signed Lovenkrands to give us strength and depth in the forwards department.
    5. We can still bring more bodies in on loan.

  • Big Dave

    Sep 1, 2009 at 6:53 PM

    Comment #38

    Batty i to was more concerned about outgoings and im also glad to see loven back, I think we will trundle through till jan, and I would be happy with what weve got, if only Ma and his pet goat drowned in a moat.
    Repo I see you havent replied yet to 25 ?

  • BlacknWhite Barmy

    Sep 1, 2009 at 6:55 PM

    Comment #39

    Toon Chicken – you forgot to add

    7 Still got a billionaire owner

    still happy????

  • BlacknWhite Barmy

    Sep 1, 2009 at 6:57 PM

    Comment #40

    BigD – you need to get out a bit ….

    Fancy saving all those quotes from Repo

    You will be quoting Cashleys words next – about better communication, Shearer best decision, Keegans in charge of signings, 20M each year for players


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