Every time I think of what happened on Monday at Newcastle, I get a sickening feeling that there is something terribly wrong with the Newcastle club.
I have tried to convince myself that we can get some really good players into the club in the summer, and that it would even be very hard to spend the £36M, given Newcastle can get one or two bargains in the transfer market.
And then I read the report again about the fact that Pardew will be given all the £36M to invest – and then read the little bit that said that included transfer fee plus wages.
Let’s explain the significance of those few words.
As an example when we both Micheal Owen – his wages were around £5.5M a year and say we paid £17M for him from Real Madrid.
Michael signed a four year deal so the total cost to Newcastle over that four year period was £39M – so that’s what they mean when they say it will be invested – it’s not just the £17M.
If a player is worth say £10M, and he signs a five year deal worth £3M a year – that is £25M in total – and that’s what they mean when they say the money will be invested.
A little twist there because 99% of people in football – when they hear that £36M will be invested – think that we’ll buy players totaling £36M in transfer fees alone – nothing else.
This seems another statement that seems less than true from the Mike Ashley people, and we are really wondering if Mike Ashley now has any credibility left with the fans on Tyneside.
If what we are saying above is not true – then we’d like Newcastle to come out and say it isn’t – we are not making this stuff up.
If firing Chris Hughton wasn’t enough – a short 7 weeks later Mike has sold the darling of Tyneside.
We may never know what really happened on Monday, and maybe Andy is a little culpable too, but Newcastle didn’t have to sell him.
And it was embarrassing for Alan Pardew yesterday to explaing why he sold him when he said Andy eas the future of the club and said 386 times in Jnauray he was not foe sale and wouldn’t be sold.
Some journalists noted that his nose was bigger at the end of the news conference than when he began.
It seems the Ashley regime just doesn’t get it and honestly, they never will, because the uproar over the Hughton sacking and the Carroll sale has to be more than they had expected – but when you don’t care what does it matter?
And we saw a few comments yesterday saying Freddy Shepherd may not have been great, but he would never have sold Andy Carroll, ever, because as a Geordie he knows what it meant to the fans.
Mike Ashley has no idea what it means to Newcastle fans, who he never even talks to, but even worse than that – he doesn’t care.
As we said yesterday, Monday was a shameful day for Newcastle United, whatever really happened, and it’s hard to see Newcastle going anywhere with Mike Ashley as owner.
We look forward to a clarification from the Newcastle club if our understanding of how that £36M will be invested is not factual.