One bit of good news yesterday is that the Newcastle United club do indeed have some transfer funds available for new players this summer.
Mike Ashley – should communicate more with Newcastle faithful
It looks like Newcastle may have paid around £3M for James Perch yesterday, and last week there was what looked like a valid bid of around £5M made for forward Mevlut Erding.
In May, when every Newcastle fan was so upbeat following our promotion, the club issued that curious, strange and deflating statement that had one line in it, that was reported widely – there will be no new capital outlay on players.
And it seems that doesn’t mean no money will be available for new players this summer, but simply the transfer fees will be paid in full- so they are not capital outlays that are paid over multiple years.
There’s nothing at all wrong with that, since Newcastle, like most other English clubs need to tighten their belts and become financially sound.
But why the club couldn’t come out and say something like the following statement, is a mystery to us:
There was some confusion on the statement about capital outlay that we issued recently.”
“We want to clarify that statement by saying that Newcastle manager Chris Hughotn will indeed have funds available this summer for suitable new players – but it will not be much.”
What’s wrong with putting that out because it tells other clubs they shouldn’t inflate their prices for their players when Newcastle come a calling.
We’re not sure why the communication with Newcastle fans is so bad – but Mike Ashley and Derek LLambias would help themselves enormously if they appeared more human to Newcastle fans, and told them more about what’s happening at the club.
One thing they could do is issue a statement on their new policy of signing young players, and also bringing in young players from top clubs in on loan – that would all sound very sensible to Newcastle fans – and to us it seems a great policy for Newcastle, that may not be fully understood.
But owner Mike Ashley doesn’t do that – and why – we have no idea at all.