Newcastle manager Alan Pardew has tried to explain a little bit of Mike Ashley’s thinking this morning, and Alan says that Mike instructed Newcastle to sign up Cheick Tiote.
Mike Ashley – will reinvest £35M into the club
Newcastle got a whopping £35M from Liverpool for Andy Carroll, and it seems that money will be reinvested into the club, but will not all be spent purely on transfer fees for new players.
Pardew has talked to Sky Sports News today, and explained that unpopular Newcastle owner Mike Ashley was going to make as much money as he could, available for Alan in this summer’s transfer market:
“I think Mike’s made it clear that the financial model that he’s put in here is one where he doesn’t have to go to his personal world to fund it,”
“While he is here, he wants to make it viable. We’re going to use that money (£35M) to build the club and have a team on the pitch.”
“The most important thing is Mike’s a supporter, and he wants his team to be exciting and wants to get excited about the prospects of the club.”
“So it’s a two-fold situation here, and I’m leaning on his passion for the team to get more money out of him and use as much money as I can.”
“The short of it is that we will be signing players in the summer, for sure.”
There’s great news this morning that Newcastle have secured midfielder Cheick Tiote on a six-and-a-half-year contract, and that’s something that Alan thinks will send a big message to their supporters about the commitment of the owner.
“I think with any club, it’s difficult to keep any players at whatever club you’re at,”
“We’re trying to do the best we can and for our fans to have this player secured for this length of time gives us some insurance.”
“And we’re hoping that Tiote continues to play at the level he’s been at, he’s been absolutely brilliant.”
“To be fair to Mike he’s gone and said ‘let’s get this guy done,’ because after Andy he wanted to make sure that he sent a message to the fans that he is here.”
“Mike is keeping his eye firmly on the club and he wants to build the club. And this is a big step towards that.”
“I think negotiating in the Premier League for any senior player is always complex and difficult.”
“We want to keep our best players, I make it perfectly clear from a manager’s point of view.”
“Whether we can is down to the market and to the players themselves. You want to keep your best players and you want them to stay.”
Well it’s almost like one down and two to go, with Joey Barton and Jose Enrique hopefully the next two players who will commit long term to the famous Newcastle United club.
Surely they can see that if they sign on, and Newcastle recruit some good players in the summer, which seems likely, we could be in with a good chance to make the top six next season in the Premier League.
We could even finish in 7th place this season, if we have a decent run-in, starting tomorrow with Bolton Wanderers at home.