We got quite a few emails yesterday on the Kevin Keegan interview with BBC Newcastle yesterday.
Kevin Keegan – during his second spell as manager of Newcastle
The statement that’s causing all the controversy is that Kevin doesn’t think Alan Pardew will see any of the £35M that the club got for Andy Carroll, and that’s hard to believe.
But first of all let’s look at what Kevin actually did say, where he draws the comparison of the Andy Carroll transfer, to the sale of James Milner to Aston Villa near the end of the summer, 2008 window.
Back then Newcastle got an offer they couldn’t refuse for Milner from Villa, above their own valuations of James, but it was also too late to bring in a replacement, and Kevin didn’t want to lose James in the first place.
This is some of what Kevin said yesterday:
“I saw an interview where Alan Pardew said he hoped to get some of that £35M from the Carroll sale. I thought: ‘Alan, you ain’t going to get any of that’.”
“But I want Newcastle to do well. I think £35M, if I had been manager at the time and we’d got that offer, I’d have taken it. I’ve got to say.”
“But how can you spend it if it is last day of the transfer window? That was my big argument with it, when we were selling James Milner, for a lot of money for him, more than the valuation we put on him at the time.”
“I said to them, ‘Please don’t sell him until I’ve got someone in, we’ve got four days, but the guy said I’ve given my word, he goes on Sunday.”
“The reason I didn’t want them to put that out was so that I could go and get a good value signing with the money. If you get £11million for James Milner and you go for another player similar, they say well if he is worth £11million, our guy has got to be worth £9M.”
“So it is business really, a sensible way to do it.”
From Ashley’s viewpoint they had four days to get in a new player, and to delay the sale of Milner wouldn’t make much sense, if they had already done the deal, and what did Kevin want — to not sell James if he didn’t get a replavement in?
By that time that was not an option.
Don’t get us wrong it’s not a good way to business, selling your best players near the end of the transfer window when you have no replacements in and the offer for Carroll was a lot better than we got for James, given what the club’s valuations were on each player at the time.
Come August 31st this summer, we’ll all be holding our breath that we will not do the same thing again – but that will be possible we suppose – and the other clubs do it on purpose – to force the issue with little time remaining.
One thing we must realize with Ashley is that every player has their price, but that’s nothing new, and it’s something Bobby Robson used to often say.
And most fans think £35M for Carroll was an excellent piece of business for Newcastle, as long as the money is reinvested into the squad in transfer fees, wages and even making improvements – like under-soil heating at the Benton Training grounds.
All we need now is for Nile Ranger to come through big time in the next year or two, and we’ll not have lost too much. 😀
There must be an awful lot of negativity with Kevin Keegan surrounding Mike Ashley and we know why, and notice Kevin doesn’t call Mike by name – he’s the guy.
We don’t think too much of Mike Ashley but we have a very hard job believing he will not invest most of the £35M back into the club.
Fans’ view of Ashley vary from he’s aout to sap as much money he can out of the Newcastle club, to being a very good fionancial buisnessman who is simply putting Newcatsle on a good financial footing for the future where they can be self sufficient.
We think the truth probably lies somewhere in between those two views.
But Kevin’s remarks will have brought up some new fresh doubts about Ashley and his motives, and that will not help new manager Alan Pardew, or will it?
It may even help Alan because it puts the issue into focus, and we will know around how much Alan will spend this summer, and in that way it could even help Pardew, who has come over as an honest and positive coach these last couple of months – and determined to make himself successful on Tyneside.
Sounds good to us, and we are always willing to give anybody a fair chance on Tyneside.
And you can imagine the Newcastle hierarchy will not be too happy at Kevin’s statement, but you know sometimes we all have to grow up – and let bygones be bygones – and move on.
You just have to look at the ridiculous hand-shake between Mark Hughes and Roberto Mancini last weekend – they were both like little kids sulking in the playground – and it’s time for both of them to move on, in that particular case.
That’s not meant to be any criticism of Kevin, as he was certainly done the dirty on by Mike Ashley, in almost the worse way possible becasue he was lied to.
But we are hoping (and hoping and hoping) the Newcastle owner will have learned something in the last 42 months – but maybe not.
I’ll bring out an article later today on our poll regarding Mike’s potential reinvestment, where fans seem to be split right down the middle as to whether he will indeed reinvest that £35M.
We are siding on the side that he will – but in transfer fees and wages.
If you haven’t voted yet – this will be your last chance- the poll is on our home page down the right hand column, and I’ll be taking the results as they stand and closing the poll in about three hours time.