Newcastle Dodged A Bullet By Immediately Gaining Promotion

Newcastle have dodged a bullet this season by getting promoted at their first attempt.

Mike Ashley with manager Chris Hughton

Owner Mike Ashley kept the wage bill high at around £40M, by keeping high wage earner like Coloccini, Smith, Butt, Barton, Nolan and others at the club last summer.

But that wage bill was not sustainable over the long term, in the second division of English football, with its much lower revenues compared to the Premiership.

But that was possible in the first season, in the hope that Newcastle could bounce straight back into the much higher revenues they will now get from the Premiership.

Owner Mike Ashley has loaned the club up to around £30M, depending on which reports you believe, to plug the revenue gap caused by the loss of Premiership TV money and other revenue sources.

But with Newcastle now promoted, the financial pressure is essentially off, and Newcastle can now strengthen the squad in the summer, by some level of transfer money being made available.

And Newcastle manager has today talked about what promotion means to him, as he told the Newcastle Journal this morning:.

“I think it’s everything, the most important thing is that we’ve been able to do it first time,”

“We spoke about the difficulties of not doing it first time and going into a second season, we’ve seen it before with other clubs, who have found it very difficult.”

“It gives this football club the opportunity to play in the best league, where everybody in the city believes the club should be.”

“It gives us an opportunity to play against the best teams and I think over a season, we have very much deserved to be where we are.”

So the nightmare of being out of the Premier League is over, and over quickly.

So Newcastle have been out of the Premier League only two seasons – in it’s first year in 1992-1993 and also this season.

How well we can do next season is now a topic of debate, and most of us are waiting anxiously for reinforcements to arrive on Tyneside  this summer.

But we have to believe the professionalism instilled into the squad by Hughton and the other coaches, and also by senior players like Nolan, Smith and Harper, will stand us in good stead for next season.

Comments welcome.

6 comments so far


    Apr 17, 2010 at 10:31 AM

    Comment #1

    I dont think the financial pressure is off, i think we need to reduce a lot of wages. I mean the wages that colocinni, enrique are both on, too right they should be the best defenders in the championship. Even nolan, too right he should be scoring goals on his wage bill . Ed i disagree with you completely as usual.

  • alanlondon

    Apr 17, 2010 at 10:38 AM

    Comment #2

    Good article apart from including Smith with Nolan and Harper: Nolan and Harper have been terrific this season but I see Smith as a complete (£60,000 per week) waste of space.

  • UTD111

    Apr 17, 2010 at 10:51 AM

    Comment #3

    The limit of the FCBs ambition is reflected in newspaper stories this morning that Hughton wants to copy the apparent success that Birmingham and Wolves have had this season….


    Still – can’t blame the puppet for the shortcomings of the clueless puppetmaster…..still haven’t seen Hughton talk whilst Fatboy is drinking a glass of water….LOL

  • toonboyjake

    Apr 17, 2010 at 10:55 AM

    Comment #4

    if newcastle can have the success birmingham have had this year in the premiership i would be happy, they’re in great form and have caused a lot of problems for the big teams

  • dave 1961

    Apr 17, 2010 at 12:04 PM

    Comment #5

    in my opinion we should get off Ashley’s back and see what he does he is less likely to invest if he’s insulted all the time, personally I think we need to steady the ship and amass funds to take us to the next level when we are ready, at the moment I feel we are as good (or bad) depending on how you look at it as the bottom half of the premier league, let’s wait as we have seen at man city success can’t be bought in one season, let’s take our time, one step at a time, I still feel that Hugh tons type of player is a pancrap or best, keeping our powder dry is the best way at the moment.

  • Chris G

    Apr 17, 2010 at 1:01 PM

    Comment #6

    TOON4LIFE_1 @ 1 – what Ed actually said was that the financial pressure was ‘essentially’ off, and I wouldn’t disagree with that

    I do agree that the wage bill still needs to be trimmed, and Ed did mention five of the high wage earners – ie. Coloccini, Smith, Butt, Barton and Nolan. I find it curious that you chose to single out Collo, Enrique and Nolan, who are three players who have earned their wages this seasons, but you didn’t mention Smith, Butt and Barton, who are three players who probably haven’t!

    Anyway, on a lighter note, I noticed this little gem on the website, and it made me chuckle 🙂

    Clouds across the Toon

    An NUFC club spokesman has refused to comment on claims that the source of the dust cloud covering parts of Europe was in fact St.James’ Park and not Iceland as previously thought.

    Cleaners preparing the trophy cabinet for the expected arrival of the Championship trophy on Tyneside next week have been blamed for the release of ancient material.


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