Malcolm Macdonald seems to question whether any money is available on Tyneside for summer transfers.
Mike Ashley – is statement purely a smoke-screen – probably
This is what Malcolm told the Evening Chronicle today:
“Now people are saying they can’t buy new players because of this statement about not spending money.”
“In the past people have seen Newcastle as a car crash, they’ve been stupid enough to pay anything.”
“In the past, when selling clubs heard Newcastle were interested, the price suddenly doubled because they knew they’d pay the money.”
“But now I wonder whether this statement is all a smokescreen to avoid that happening again, to say we haven’t got money to spend so that they can actually do a bit of shrewd business without paying over the odds.”
We have to think the Newcastle statement on no new capital being made available for players in the summer is a little bit of a smokescreen, and therefore we agree with Malcolm.
Sunderland Chairman Niall Quinn has already suggested it was a wily move by Ashley to keep transfer prices down, so Newcastle could get some good deals – unlike in past transfer windows – as Macdonald has so rightly pointed out.
That would also explain why the Newcastle Board are unwilling to clarify the statement to the Newcastle Journal, after being asked to do just that several times.
It could simply mean that Newcastle will pay cash up front for any players this summer, and will not stretch the payments beyond this year – so it’s not a capital outlay.
And the fact that Newcastle are due some money coming in from transfers of last summer would seem to suggest some money could be made available to Chris to strengthen the side.
And surely Ashley has learned from his previous big mistakes on Tyneside.
We cannot believe the Newcastle owner would now jeopardize Newcastle’s standing in the Premiership by not giving Chris what he needs to sufficiently strengthen the squad, after he produced the goods for Chris in January.
But we’ll not get our hopes up too high – because we could also be wrong on that.