Ashley, Hughton And Players All Rowing In Same Direction


Newcastle have not spent much at all in the transfer market so far, but that doesn’t necessarily mean that owner Mike Ashley isn’t working well with Newcastle manager Chris Hughton.

Mike to Chris – thanks for saving me £100M!

We were told there would be little money available for transfers this summer, and most clubs are cutting down on their transfers with Carlo Ancelotti the Chelsea manager,  the latest to come out today saying the big spending of fat cat  football clubs is over.

And then there is Manchester City of course, the huge exception to the rule these last 24 months or so.

Most Newcastle fans would like to say around £10M made available to Chris, to help strengthen the side, but with class free agent signings in Sol Campbell and Dan Gosling, we have two top players at different stages of their careers  into the club – for nothing.

Ashley would prefer young players under 26, who can be further developed at Newcastle, and financially will therefore have good sell-on value if and when Newcastle decide to sell.

But the case of Sol Campbell was a lot different, and Hughton was able to convince Ashley to do the deal,  because it smacked of common sense.

It’s  all well and good to lay down strategies and policies at clubs for what you want to do – and why – but you always have to keep your common sense about things.

With Steven Taylor being out for 3 months and Mike Williamson and Tamas Kadar having played only a handful of games in the PL,  it was good business and good sense to bring in Sol Campbell.

And of course he just jumped at the chance to join the Magpies and has waxed lyrical about the club all week.

And yes it’s egotistical – we know – but it’s great to read comments so complimentary to the Newcastle United club – a special club and fans if ever there was one.

We would like to see another couple of players brought in for real money – and the likes of Ben Arfa from Olympique Marseilles would be very well received by the fans.

If we can do that, then this should prove to be another fruitful transfer window for the club, just like the January one was.

And for once in a long time, it seems the manager and his staff, the players, the Chairman and the Owner are on the same wavelength and all rowing in the same direction – and hopefully they can move the Newcastle club forward.

And that has to be good in anybody’s book.

Comments welcome.



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9 comments so far

  • geordie_india

    Jul 31, 2010 at 6:11 AM

    Comment #1

    Now we need is a speedy striker and a winger within that 26 age limit. Hope we can see them in the coming weeks. Howay the lads for today’s game against PSV !

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  • JerseyGeordie

    Jul 31, 2010 at 9:04 AM

    Comment #2

    lennon has come out today and virtually told the world that mcgeady is up for grabs. I think celtic are waiting for a prem team to come close to the 8 mil offered from russia as aiden won’t go there. I don’t know if 8 mil is too rich for us, but would love to see mcgeady come. Then bring in macfadden and lets go trounce some devils of the reddish variety 😉

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  • IrishMagpie

    Jul 31, 2010 at 10:00 AM

    Comment #3

    I wouldn’t mind McGeady at all. He’s a good player but not really better than what we have. Certainly wouldn’t like to see us spend our entire budget on him.

    Anyone know where i can watch or listen to the game today?

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  • IrishGeordie95

    Jul 31, 2010 at 10:20 AM

    Comment #4

    yeh we definately need a speedy, striker with a gud touch like rodallega, dunno if he’d be cheap enough for us though, hopefully our scouts mite find another hernandez who played reli well in the world cup, but knowin our scouts…..well.we defo need left back cover possibly van anholt u never no we cud get him and we need a winger but if arfa comes that seems to be that sorted. As for a creative midfielder I think o’hara, giovanni dos santos or toni kroos wud be gud for that role but I reli hope vuckic comes on and does well in the PL cause I think he’s class and wud be sad to see him not get any games

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  • slazberger

    Jul 31, 2010 at 10:49 AM

    Comment #6

    this sky story seems to be suggesting a rift still exists between the club and the fans.

    i dont think there is, yes we would like to spend more money but i think a lot of fans have accepted we dont have it, likea lot of clubs these days.

    i think stories like the sky one will repeatedly show up through the season so lets all stick together and as ed says row in the same direction

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  • slazberger

    Jul 31, 2010 at 11:02 AM

    Comment #7

    IrishGeordie95 – hernandez cost about £8m. and hasnt proved himself in PL. theirs no way we can take a gamble like that anymore.

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  • Malaysia-RASHID

    Jul 31, 2010 at 11:12 AM

    Comment #8

    i like to see gago play fot toon…hmmmm

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  • howay man

    Jul 31, 2010 at 11:17 AM

    Comment #9

    we will get a good look at Jermaine Lens today.

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