The fact that Newcastle seem not willing to give manager Chris Hughton any capital to strengthen the side with new players in the summer, may not be as bad as it looks, although we are not going to defend not spending any money at all this summer.
Mike Ashley and Derek Llambias – nothing for transfers at all?
But on the other hand, we don’t think things are going down the toilet at the club – two good loan signings and two good free agents – plus a couple of up-and-coming teenagers brought in during the summer, and we’ll be in good shape.
You have to remember that Newcastle are not like ordinary promoted teams, who have hardly played in the Premiership, and have lots of players who have never played at the highest levels of English football before, and are untested.
We have Harper, Coloccini, Taylor (S) Enrique, Barton, Smith, Guthrie, Nolan, Gutierrez, Taylor (R), Lovenkrands and Shola Ameobi who have all played at the highest levels of football for most of their careers.
Last season was the first time for most of them not to play at the highest levels, and of course they showed they are indeed top class footballers, when playing second division football. They were just too good at that level.
We would have liked some transfer money for Chris to spend – but we also think he needs only about £10M to get what he wants this summer.
And we have a feeling that money may even be forthcoming – as long as Chris gets two good loan signings in, and then completely trolls the free agent lists and no suitable players are there, or available.
Mike Ashley wants to own a Premier League side, and he’s not stupid enough if Chris comes to him with a plea for transfer funds – and that plea is a solid and warranted one – to turn Chris Hughton down.
The new Newcastle manager has gained tremendous credibility in his season in charge, and for good reason, and he’s a sensible, down-to-earth and honest man – one that we think Mike listens to.
We’ll see – but now’s not the time for Newcastle fans to mutiny again.
It’s a new way of doing business at Newcastle United – probably the right way – and after all, the old way never brought us success did it?