Rob Lee was at Newcastle when Kevin Keegan sold Andy Cole to Manchester United in 1995 – and the Newcastle fans were furious – but that ended out OK in the end.
Rob Lee – while at Newcastle
Rob Lee, a great central midfielder for Newcastle United under both Kevin Keegan and Bobby Robson, and revered by Newcastle fans, told the Evening Chronicle today:
“If you sell your best player for £35m and it is reinvested and the manager buys well, it is a good deal.”
“I think Alan Pardew is confident he will get the money to spend – I don’t know if he will get all of it, though.”
“I hope he does.” “I hope he reinvests well and Newcastle push up the table.”
And Rob talked about what happened when Kevin sold Andy Cole, because Kevin already had Sir Les Ferdinand lined up – and other players too – and of course Les Ferdinand was just great for Newcastle with 84 appearances and 50 goals. 😀
“Kevin knew who he was going to buy.”“He knew he wanted Les Ferdinand and he got him and Warren Barton, Shaka Hislop and David Ginola.”
“We spent £16m or so, and in those days it was a lot of money.” “It made us a better team and we were close to winning things.”
Liverpool owner John Henry of Fenway Sports Group, has today said the amount Newcastle wanted for Carroll, set what Liverpool then wanted from Chelsea for Torres.
So when Newcastle wanted £35M for Carroll – that set the price at £50M for Torres, and Chelsea coughed up the money.
Why can’t Mike Ashley talk to Newcastle fans – and tell them what happened – like Henry has done with Liverpool fans?
“It’s a lot of money for a player who has played a few months in the Premier League and scored just 11 goals. It is fantastic money.”
“Potentially he could very good, and I think he will win more caps for England.” “Whether he will go for more than £35m, I doubt it, so it is a good deal for Newcastle.”
“It will be great to see the money reinvested.” “And what does it cost to buy a center-forward these days? A lot of money. “
“Darren Bent has just gone to Villa for £24M.”“You have to replace him, but to be fair we need strengthening in other places.”
“We are relying on Kevin Nolan and Joey Barton scoring goals.” “Shola does not score loads when fit, Nile Ranger has not scored yet and Lovenkrands does his bit – but you need somebody to score goals. Goals win games.”
The proof of the pudding is in the eating, and we’ll soon know who Newcastle bring in for the money they received for Andy.
But if £8M of that is for Stephen Ireland, assuming he can produce the form we know he is capable of – that’s £8M of the £35M very well spent indeed.
And the good news is that Ireland’s fee was set before Villa knew Newcastle had the cash from the Carroll deal – otherwise the fee would no doubt have been a lot higher.
A potential great deal for Newcastle in the summer for Stephen Ireland looms.
Rob Lee played 303 times with 44 goals while he was at Newcastle from 1992 until 2002, and he played 703 rimes in his career with 105 goals.
He played 21 times for England with a couple of goals.