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.