It’s Not Surprising No More Big Buys On Tyneside

Newcastle have made some huge transfer deals over the last 15 years or so – the biggest and best probably being bringing local boy Alan Shearer back to Newcastle.

Mike Ashley – no more big transfers under his reign

But if we are to be honest, there were an awful lot of those deals that were just hopeless buys, when we look back.

Probably the worst deal was paying £17M for Michael Owen from Real Madrid, with Michael scoring just 30 goals in four seasons for the Magpies, due to his terrible injury record on Tyneside.

Derek Llambias had an interview in the Telegraph yesterday and he made it clear that Ashley will not sign big-money players, even if we get into the Premier League next season.

This is hardly surprising, since we need to keep developing the Youth squad and get some bargain buys in like Seb Bassong, Peter Lovenkrasnds, Kevin Nolan and Mike Williamson to name just four  recent examples.

Managing Director Kevin Llambias said:

“We have to take a realistic view,” “Hopefully we will be there in the Premier League, and we will have to have a squad that will keep us there. But that needs to grow.”

“That can’t happen overnight and we are not going to put the club into financial meltdown do buy one or two big names.” “Are huge transfer fees a thing of the past? “

“They are a thing of the past for us at the moment because we just can’t afford it.”

“If you look at the players we bought in January we have changed our attitude to how we buy our players and how we deal with agents. We are a lot stronger as far as our negotiations skills with agents.”

There are a number of clubs who have imploded this season, including Portsmouth in the Premier League, and Crystal in the Championship and more clubs seem to be on the brink of financial disaster.

And we expect UEFA President Michel Platini to shortly force European clubs to balance their books, which not many do right now, that’s for sure.

So in that sense Newcastle is currently ahead of the game, because the Newcastle books will be balanced next season, from what we are hearing.

Kevin Llambias continued:

“You need to take a realistic look at your books and say this is the way we are going. What has happened at Portsmouth is very sad but it is a reality check. We have done a lot of work behind the scenes.”

“It is cut to the bone. And it has to be to secure the future. We are now in position where we are quite healthy but it is all about promotion for us.”

“Once we were relegated Mike made the decision not to fire-sell. We had a terrible time pre-season at Leyton Orient which scarred the life out of us, but it was a wake-up call and the squad have got on with it and got it going.”

“When we lost that advantage we had in December we decided to have a final push and freshen up the squad. Chris needed some more players and Mike put the money in again.”

“If it wasn’t for Mike we would have been a Portsmouth. People have to appreciate that he has put his money where his mouth is and he is committed to getting this club back where it belongs. It is too big a club to stay in the Championship.”

We look forward to the summer to see which players Chris Hughton wants to bring into the club.

We would expect Newcastle have already done their homework on who will become free agents in the summer, and if any of those are good players they will try to get them on Tyneside.

Newcastle will also try to bring in loan players for the season, some youngsters from the big clubs, which will also strengthen the squad.

So this news is hardly surprising because after all Arsenal don’t make too many big signings, yet they have managed to win the Premier League a few times, and are up there now challenging for another title.

They are the club that Newcastle will attempt to emulate, and it’s a good choice.

And building a team up like the club is doing now is more rewarding than doing a Chelsea or Manchester City, where the heart and spirit of the club goes completely missing – at least initially.

What do you think about this?

Comments welcome.

8 comments so far

  • komfort

    Mar 9, 2010 at 11:40 AM

    Comment #1

    not to sure about kevin llambias…..but that derek llambias seems like a truly wonderful person.

    ….pass me that bucket.


  • komfort

    Mar 9, 2010 at 11:42 AM

    Comment #2

    & that peter ashley’s just as liekable…


  • Mags

    Mar 9, 2010 at 12:16 PM

    Comment #3

    No problem, I can go with no more stellar signings, as I am sure can most of our fans, but having that lying toerag suddenly spouting forth to anyone and everyone and lecturing us like naughty schoolchildren on our behaviour is just yet another huge gaffe.

    I strongly suggest he look at his own track record for the past 2 years instead of criticising the club’s lifeblood aka the fans.

    Can he not just do us all a favour whilst we have to put up with him at the club and stay quiet or put his foot in his very large lying mouth?

  • Ericles

    Mar 9, 2010 at 12:17 PM

    Comment #4

    We all realise that NUFC has to be run rationally and economically. We all realise that a positive youth policy is essential as well. We all realise that the club has to have a sensible wage bill. We all realise that the club needs quality loyal skilfull players who are not a bunch of prim donnas. However, I hope there are enough of us who still realise we need to see the back of Ashley and his regime! Ashley’s aim is profit first and foremost. The only pockets he cares about are what goes into his own and what comes out of the fans. I am hoping that we are not witnessing the start of a creeping campaign of rehabilitation of Ashley as far as the club and its future are concerned – it still in the best long term interests of the fans, the club, and the game itself that he gets away and out of Tyneside as soon as is reasonably achievable.

  • Sav

    Mar 9, 2010 at 12:25 PM

    Comment #5

    Say what they like, 18 year olds usually don’t develop into great players. A few do. Most don’t.
    We are going to need at least 3 extra players of around the 5 million bracket to keep us up. in the Prem. They can be under 26 if you like, they needn’t be household names, but they will need to be savvy, proven and fit.

  • xfer

    Mar 9, 2010 at 12:25 PM

    Comment #6

    The one thing i didnt like was that the admission of no such signings like that of Shearer. Its abit of a risk like any other business, but I would take the Shearer risk over and over again, cos it has paid dividends when he was leading the team, getting goals not only in the EPL, but Champions league.

  • nightfa11

    Mar 9, 2010 at 1:56 PM

    Comment #7

    IF there’s any possibility for getting gourcuff..we should do what ever it takes to get him..& then all we need is another established striker.

    for those who want a LB cover, another RB etc..r u serious? where will our youngsters play? in order to improve they need games…& they wont get any if they’ll be 3rd choices (for that position).

    i know getting gourcuff is a LOOOOOOOOOOONG shot..but the guy is next zizou..& can play in the center of the midfield..or on the right.

    Harper (krull)
    simpson (taylor) colo (wili) taylor (tozer/kadar) enrique (kadar)
    routlidge (gourcuff/lualua) gourcuff (nolan) guthrie (smith) jonas (lualua/vuckic)
    loven(ranger) ____?(carroll)

    with that squad we could fignt for mid table position next year..but we need a hard working midfielder who knows how to play football…

    i know there are some quality midfielders out there..but personaly i’d go all in for gourcuff.. cant belive milan sold him..sure..they had kaka at the time..but that was probably one of the worst decisions ever…the guy’s pure quality..

  • chuck

    Mar 9, 2010 at 4:51 PM

    Comment #8

    If it was`nt for Mike this , if it was`nt for Mike that.
    If it was`nt for Mike we would be completing a season in the PL not the second tier.


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