Ashley Right To Follow Arsenal Model – Magpies On Upward Track

Arsene Wenger often boasts about the financial stability that he has helped build at the Emirates Stadium, and it’s becoming clear the financial model Arsenal have in place is an excellent one.

Mike Ashley with manager Chris Hughton at the Benton training grounds

It’s not often you hear of Wenger going into the transfer market for big ticket players,  and the London club prefers to spot youngsters when they are young, bring them to the Emirates and develop them at the London club, and they have many  in the current side where they have done just that.

One of the most famous is captain Cecs Fabregas,  who was signed from Barcelona when he was just 16 in September of 2003, and made his first team debut on 23rd October 2003, in a League Cup tie at home to Rotherham, and Fabregas has since turned into one of the world’s best central midfielders.

And when you look at the big clubs like Liverpool and Manchester United having their financial difficulties, basically  because their American owners went into huge debt to buy the clubs in the first place, you have to think this model is the right way to go, and limits the big money you have to play for the finished player.

Indeed, the Liverpool soap opera going on right now (we really pity the Liverpool fans in all of this), shows just what George Gillett and particularly Tom Hicks will do to try to make a profit.

And they seem to have had no interest at all in the Liverpool club itself, but have used it as a pawn to make money, and it ‘s all coming back to bite them and they’ll lose over £140M if the sale goes through to New England Sports Ventures (NESV), which it will.

Hicks and Gillet will have had their fingers burned by their antics at Liverpool FC, and they deserve everything that’s coming to them. Greed is not good.

We are pleased the Newcastle United club is not in the headlines with enormous debts right now, although we have had two of our worst ever  ever, during the first 24 months owner Mike Ashley was at the club.

But things have settled down under manager Chris Hughton, and in the last 15 months, we can see great progress being made, not only on the field of play, but also with the club in general.

Top players like Frenchman Ben Arfa are again keen to come and play on Tyneside,, and we have to hope the financial situation starts to improve soon, and with the vastly increased revenues the world TV rights give Premier League clubs, it should improve.

Make no mistake about it, Ashley made many many mistakes when he arrived at Newcastle, but dare we say that since Chris Hughton and Colin Calderwood took control in July of last year,things have settled down amazingly well and quickly too.

And credit must also go to some of our senior players like Smith, Nolan, Harper and others,  and headlines are now  being made for what the lads are doing on the pitch – and that’s got to be good.

But we have to think that the Newcastle club were right to follow Arsenal’s model, and of course are basically copying the approach Wenger has made so successful over the last 12 years or so in north London.

For the first time for many a year Newcastle have been able to replicate what Arsenal have been doing for eons, and field a second eleven in the Carling Cup.

And indeed the Newcastle second eleven have won both their Carling Cup ties at Accrington Stanley and Chelsea this season, with the game at Stamford Bridge being one for the ages, with Newcastle winning the classic 4-3 with Ameobi heading in the winner in the 90th minute. It was a memorable game to watch, with Newcastle showing enormous courage throughout the 90 minutes.

Next step for Newcastle in their climb back, is to gain stability, hopefully as early as this season in the Premier League, and then we can push on to bigger and better things in the future. But things are definitely on an upward track on Tyneside, it’s hard to argue with that, especially if we can beat Wigan this Saturday. 😀

We’re glad it’s clubs like Manchester United and Liverpool making all the headlines these days, with their financial troubles, and not Newcastle United.

We’ve always been proud  of  Newcastle United, but we’re as proud now of the Tyneside club,  than we’ve been for a long long time.

And maybe it’s that we have a set of players at the club who want to be at Newcastle, and who are just like the fans – they live and die for the club.

Comments welcome.

15 comments so far

  • jimiley

    Oct 14, 2010 at 5:04 PM

    Comment #1

    I don’t quite understand which Arsenal model we are following. Arsenal develop youth players and PLAY them. We talk about developing them, we buy kids for nowt and then always play the old men. That must be the lip service model then.

  • jesus was a geordie

    Oct 14, 2010 at 5:25 PM

    Comment #2

    Jimiley, I agree SOME of our youth players should be brought on more often…BUT I fully understand Hughton’s decision to give our more senior player’s time on the pitch.

  • stestickle

    Oct 14, 2010 at 5:31 PM

    Comment #3

    Dont think we will see much of the young players till there are serious injury,s are we hit the 40 point mark and are safe hoots will stay with experience till then. Jimiley i hear what your saying but how long have Arsenal been building and adding to it like the some of best youth coaches around which is something i personally think is a must for us.

  • DanNUFC

    Oct 14, 2010 at 5:48 PM

    Comment #4

    what is that elliot on comment 1 going on about? we only support when we’re doing well? did he not see our attendances last year, yes we were doing well but in the championship.

  • Howay The Lads

    Oct 14, 2010 at 5:52 PM

    Comment #5

    Definitely shouldn’t be giving the kids playing time NOW. At the end of last season maybe giving Ranger and one or two others we may NEED to play this season time, but only those, not Vuckic et cetera, in positions we’re already strong in.

  • jimiley

    Oct 14, 2010 at 6:29 PM

    Comment #6


    I am not just referring to the current set up. NUFC has never had a youth policy to speak of. In the last 25 years who have we developped? Gascoigne and Taylor, Waddle.? Not much to speak of is it. Then we sell them in any case!!!

  • Howay The Lads

    Oct 14, 2010 at 6:44 PM

    Comment #7

    jimiley, Bassong as well from the ‘new’ system.

    Don’t think they have to be Geordies to be developed here 😉

    I see your point though. However, maybe the new-Newcaste United will be different

  • Geordiedoonsooth

    Oct 14, 2010 at 7:15 PM

    Comment #8

    Word of warning if we lose on Saturday we could be in the bottom 3

  • SuperMacAttack

    Oct 14, 2010 at 7:45 PM

    Comment #9

    Ashley follows the Ashley model .. that is all .. i’ve can’t remember us buying anyone for £10 million in a while .. I can’t remember him backing an experianced manager’s judgement on bringing players in .. I can’t remember him building a solid foundation of top class players and suplamenting that with the best European youth money can buy … Ashley is a cancer at this club .. he is not here to grow anything , he’s here until he gets his wedge out or turns us into another brach of his buy em cheep sell em high empire .. that is the only part of the Arsenal model that interests him.

  • Solaidback

    Oct 14, 2010 at 8:06 PM

    Comment #10

    SuperMacAttack – Fella Ashley brought Coloccini for £10.1m 🙂 no he’s not brought anyone else for that sort of money since but we were in a relegation battle & then in the fizzy, so you do the math!!!

    Maybe next season or the one after that when we’re secure in the PL & self-sustaining, then we can look at these so called £10m players but you as well as everyone else knows, that sort of price tag will soon disappear once the new financial rules cone into force as most clubs won’t be able to afford them!!!

  • SuperMacAttack

    Oct 14, 2010 at 9:38 PM

    Comment #11

    Arsenal recently bouught Nasri, Vermarlen & Arshavin for £10 million plus aswel as bringing in tallented youth players .. the point being the Arsenal model isn’t just youth but selected top quality signings .. Ashley isn’t interested in building Newcastle in the same way .. otherwise he would have taken Keegan’s advice on players rather than a stunted boss eyed goblin . Collocini was a stunt to try and persuade executive box holders that they should renew .. the mythical WOW SIGNING … again not the Arsenal model … Ashley is all about Ashley period.

  • Wendall

    Oct 15, 2010 at 2:02 AM

    Comment #12

    SuperMacAttack: Give credit when credit is due.

  • shearermania

    Oct 15, 2010 at 2:19 AM

    Comment #13

    until finacial rules has been put in place and salary caps football will always be on a downward spiralling route….playgrounds for wealthy sheiks and clueless yanks..
    i for one is sick of it….only the relegation battle and the fight for 4th spot is exciting…the rest is just too predictable and unfair…
    i would rather stick with ashley (by no means a fan) then one of those city/liverpool owners that pays ridiculous fees on average players just because they can …Lescott 22mil comes to mind

  • toon_auz

    Oct 15, 2010 at 3:53 AM

    Comment #14

    i like what ashley has done to be honest. It’s like getting a detox.

  • wynsleap

    Oct 15, 2010 at 11:47 AM

    Comment #15

    Ashley has done many things wrong since he bought this club but I DO think he is learning and improving.
    His greatest achievement is to stop huge transfer payments going out on overpaid, overpriced underachievers such as Owen, Martins, Boumsong and Luque. His next claim to fame is the commitment to bringing in top youngsters from across the world.
    The problem is that those top youngsters have to be coached to the highest level and gradually fed into the first team. Unfortunately this is where we fall short of the Arsenal “model”.
    We also need to consistently and regularly improve the quality of our first team in order to be able to introduce these kids when the time is right.
    The first eleven is crying out for a top class mobile striker to help Carroll fulfill his potential and a CREATIVE midfield performer to help the team tick over and play that incisive ball through packed defences.
    Whatever Chris thinks we don’t have those at the club.
    If the club is to progress someone has to consider getting as much cash as possible in the January transfer window for players like Ameobi, Smith, both Taylors, Best, Xisco, Harper and Nolan to assist in bringing in these necessities.
    Wheeling and dealing without vast expense to gradually tune and improve the quality of the first eleven.
    The Toon (and Chris) can’t stand still.
    If we do, others will pass us on the way up.


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