January Transfer Window Didn’t Strengthen Newcastle Squad

Newcastle are now struggling with injuries, which has weakened their squad significantly.

Ashley and LLambias – Newcastle should hire an experienced Chairman

And when you look at what the Newcastle club did in January, it’s easy to see how they didn’t help themselves one little bit, and now we are struggling because of that.

Most clubs strengthen their squads in a transfer window, but Newcastle managed to weaken their squad in January.

They did that by letting Andrew Carroll move to Liverpool on the last day, and no replacement (OK Shefki Kuqi) was brought in.

Both Routledge and Xisco were moved out on loan, and the only player brought in during January was an injured Stephen Ireland, from Aston Villa.

And remember that Newcastle had to play Danny Simpson out on the right wing last Saturday, and while Wayne is nowhere near world class, he is a decent right winger.

And of course  Stephen Ireland has been injured since January, and when he recovered from his ankle injury, and was ready to make his debut against Everton, he picked up a thigh injury in training and is out at least another two weeks. Oh my.

So Ireland has not played one minute for Newcastle so far – and to be fair Newcastle did sign free agent 34 year-old journeyman Shefki Kuqi in February, as a back up to the strikers.

Newcastle managed to sell Andy Carroll to Liverpool, arguably our best player, and on the very same day sent Xisco, a striker, out on loan.

If we had kept Xisco on Tyneside, it would have at least given the player, who is paid £50K/week by Newcastle, a chance to show what he can do – and early in the season the lad looked quite good out on the left wing.

And some of the relegation teams managed to strengthen their squads, as Wolves brought in Jamie O’Hara on loan from Spurs, and West Ham brought in several new players, to mention but two of the relegation clubs.

We have to hope that Newcastle do not make the same errors in the summer transfer window, but honestly, when we have people at the top knowing nothing about running a football club, and treating it more as a hobby, we still may not get what we want in the summer.

We’ve always said that Newcastle should appoint an experienced Chairman, who knows the game and what needs to be done – and having Mike Ashley’s friend, Derek LLambias running the club, just isn’t cutting it.

Newcastle should hardly be complaining about all the injuries the club have, because the club didn’t plan for the worst, but seemed to plan for the very best case, and that’s always a very risky business.

When that happens, as we’ve said before, Murphy’s Law always clicks in – and if something can go wrong it will – and it has.

Comments welcome.

28 comments so far

  • arcarius

    Mar 21, 2011 at 11:28 AM

    Comment #1

    Didnt help when we sign someone who is continuously on the sidelines like Ireland

  • TimToon9

    Mar 21, 2011 at 11:31 AM

    Comment #2

    Pardew has a clause in his contract which states that he gets a small fee when/if the contract gets terminated. Nevermind if..

  • Graeme

    Mar 21, 2011 at 11:33 AM

    Comment #3

    Ireland is as good as a man short – a pointless signing so far thats no doubt costing us a fortune!!

    Ed, can you identify ONE transfer window where FCB has actually spent money and strengthened our squad?? He has always made a profit – thats why we are where we are!!

  • Stuart

    Mar 21, 2011 at 11:35 AM

    Comment #4


    Ireland hasnt cost us a penny in wages yet. It was in the loan agreement that Villa pay his wages until he plays a game for us.

  • G

    Mar 21, 2011 at 11:35 AM

    Comment #5

    If MA is serious about running this football club properly, then he would do well to read this thread. Getting rid of the casino debt collector would be a decent start. Showing AP the door wouldn’t be a bad move either in my opinion, although that’s not my preferred use of the 35M we got for Andy Carroll.

  • lloydie780

    Mar 21, 2011 at 11:47 AM

    Comment #6

    Anyone else remember Pardew back in December (i think) stating Routledge was a ‘key player’ for the club? How we could do with him right now. Better than Danny Simpson, Danny Guthrie out there. . . amazing a key player is loaned out + then announced he realli isn’t good enough. I would love to hear a true explanation of this.

  • oldbobaycliffe

    Mar 21, 2011 at 11:53 AM

    Comment #7

    if we manage to stay up what the last few months will have proved is that we have a severe lack of pace and skill,we have to many sicknotes and there is no point in recruting old men to cover the cracks.ferguson proved on saturday we have to give our youngsters a chance with some of the older players doing their bit the youngsters have no fear and energy

  • supervil

    Mar 21, 2011 at 11:53 AM

    Comment #8


    My optimistic outer force field has been penetrated (oo-er). I… am… feeelin… weeeeeeaak. Can… see… relegation… beckoning… once more….

    @lloydie – I’d like a true explanation on the whole Ashley “reign”.

  • brighter

    Mar 21, 2011 at 11:56 AM

    Comment #9

    Whole of the world’s people already know that newcastle completed failure to get a new player!!!
    why did you say just now?It’s too late!!

  • Jezza

    Mar 21, 2011 at 11:57 AM

    Comment #10

    Of course the January window didn’t strengthen Newcastle, it fatally weakened us and I fear that come May we’ll be paying the price.

    The January window did however strengthen the FCB’s personal bank balance to the tune of £35 million and that is all he is concerned about. Cashing in on Andy Carroll was always the FCB’s number one target for the January window. Getting Routledge and Xisco off the payroll was just a bonus. While other club owners use transfer windows to strengthen their team the FCB uses them to line his own pocket. He did exactly the same thing in our last relegation campaign in the January window by selling Given and N’Zogbia, making himself several million and leaving us with a team that was not good enough to survive in the Premiership.

    Selling Andy Carroll and replacing him with a 34 year old has-been-who-never-was from the football scrapheap will ultimately be the key factor in our relegation. Well that and replacing Chris Hughton with a failed third division so-called manager.

  • Brutooon

    Mar 21, 2011 at 11:59 AM

    Comment #11

    Ireland was suppose to be 2 week injured and now its been 2 mths

  • textbook.ie

    Mar 21, 2011 at 12:00 PM

    Comment #12

    is it true we dont pay irelands wages until he is fit?
    the stoke tatics were terrable. 5 defenders is a joke, pardew went hoping for another draw and made a fool of himself. Why was jonas on the bench? the honeymoon period is over for pardew now (if it ever started) and the crappy tatics are starting to show/ i fear a really relegation battle

  • Rotonda heights

    Mar 21, 2011 at 12:03 PM

    Comment #13

    That headline
    You think !!!
    Are you the newcastle chapter of the sherlock holmes society !!

  • Davies

    Mar 21, 2011 at 12:04 PM

    Comment #14

    Ashley didn’t get the £35m, the club did. The problem I have with the window is not that Carroll was sold so close to the deadling; that would have been easier to live with if we’d been active in the market earlier on.

    One of the things I noticed (particularly in the first half) is that we desperately lack somebody who can finish. At half time we’d had 4 shots on target, compared with 1 for Stoke, which went in.

    And where the HELL is Stephen Ireland. I’d love to see him in a black and white shirt, but it looks like it may never happen.

  • jarra geordie

    Mar 21, 2011 at 12:05 PM

    Comment #15

    I remember saying when Pardew came in that I worried for the future. Giving the reason that MA seems to be turning us into not only a selling club but more worrying a yo-yo club.
    Meaning he gets parachute payments and a perfect excuse to sell highly paid players.

    Don’t think for one second Tiotes 5 year contract means anything other than he now will be valued alot higher than £3.5 mil. Even when he done the press conference saying how happy he was to sign – he also mentioned curcialy as long as the club show ambition and keep our best players..but also add to what we already have.

    Well January seen us do the opposite I realy hope im wrong and we don’t get more to come in the summer.

  • shear-class

    Mar 21, 2011 at 12:07 PM

    Comment #16

    Our team needs us why all the doom mongers after a crap result and stupid mistakes against stoke ,like i said last week 3 points out nxt 2 matches ie stoke and wolves and i would be happy and then we would need just 1 more win to be just about safe so lets stop slaggin owners and managers off and deal with the players we have @ our disposal instead of the likes of routledge who has got pace and that is it he has never cut it in the premier league he is a decent championship player

  • jarra geordie

    Mar 21, 2011 at 12:10 PM

    Comment #17

    As for MA not getting the £35 mil as its going to the club id like that one explained…As far as I know St James holdings is also owned by MA so its like moving money from one accont into the other? Mind you I confess im no financial expert

  • Angryman the Angry fan

    Mar 21, 2011 at 12:12 PM

    Comment #18

    Nad Davies Now!!
    But Ashley is doing a great job??

    So tell me Davies??? Why didnt wonderful Mike back his Manager in the January window when it was blatantly obvious we needed a striker??

    Did he ‘forget’ to do due dilligence on available strikers?

    Oh, but he tried to sign crouch and n, somnia, and richardson, even tried to get messi and ronaldo in……..

    Mike will turn it round man, he’ll back his manager like he has done up to now with all of them 😉

  • Angryman the Angry fan

    Mar 21, 2011 at 12:16 PM

    Comment #19

    Shear Class. Indeed it is time to get behind the team, couldnt agree more.
    The concern however, is one win in 9?? This is a very worrying statistic, and would be for any team!!

    And if Fat Maggot Mike had backed his Manager in the Transfer window, instead of borrowing a crock, or even god forbid, turn the scouses bid down for Carroll, whilst assuring them they can have the money hungary gypo at the end of the season, then I very much doubt we would be reduced to squeaky bum time now!!

  • geoff777

    Mar 21, 2011 at 12:20 PM

    Comment #20

    Mike Ashley will do what he always does … screw the club & fans.

    Pardew will do what he does best … lots of ego massaging press conferences and send us into a relegation battle. Which worryingly from his CV he isn’t very good at winning …

    I wake up every morning praying for a takeover.

  • jarra geordie

    Mar 21, 2011 at 12:22 PM

    Comment #21

    Aye Angryman you are right about keeping Carrol at least until the end of this season…Like Blackpool did with Adam and I think Blackburn with Santa Cruz the year before. Each club saying survival was most important and the players were key to their survival.

    Another thing pissing me off are the people who are know saying Carrol is shite…howay man just because he plays in another shirt doesnt instantly make him shite. Its well known Liverpool have no wingers and therfore no ammunition for the big lad. Next season will see that change if they go for Ashley Young and whoever else.


    Mar 21, 2011 at 12:25 PM

    Comment #22

    What a pathetic headline ! Of course we were no better off (and a f**king laughing stock to boot) Ashley saw a comprehensive beating of West Ham and thought we had enough to survive the rest of the season. We were short of class strikers before January ffs so what do we do? sell Carroll and let Xisco and Routledge go. Talking of west ham what a transformation (they have brought in a couple of forwards who were obviously too expensive for us and have a player who is immense at the moment and was deemed not good enough for us – Scotty Parker)
    Keep the Faith

  • BeeGuy

    Mar 21, 2011 at 12:38 PM

    Comment #23

    I wish there were something to say about brighter tomorrows, but until some bodies are healthy, the sky will be gray.

  • roy cropper

    Mar 21, 2011 at 12:44 PM

    Comment #24

    @ 2 that’s what happens when you have a – huge casino debt – dangling around your neck.
    you become desperate & will do anything to service it – like working for a couple of complete & utter w@nkers for little more than a 2nd division manager picks up.

    your reet – fatman will be bladdering him probably sooner rather than later i would have thought.

  • Sav

    Mar 21, 2011 at 1:52 PM

    Comment #25

    Your’re a bit late with this headline, Ed.
    I’ve been banging on that the loan of Rouitledge was potentially more damaging that Carroll’s sale, given his injury. No replacement RW at the club and no attempt to buy one. Crazy.
    As for Carroll, we’d have got good money for him in the summer anyway. So we sold our season in exchange for the difference between £35million and a summer sale price – maybe £5 million?

    It looks as if Ca$hley is intent on running the club like his businesses. Strip it down, Make it run lean and then squeeze it some more. Put your own man at the top (preferably one you’ve got a ‘hold’ over) sack a few and browbeat the remainder into fighting for their jobs.
    Its not original but it doesn’t apply to competitive sporting organisations.

    As for Pardew, I think the guy is honest and has done ok, under the circumstances. he is the best manager at dealing with media and PR I’ve seen at this club. And the players seem to like him well enough. CH should not have gone, perhaps but he has. The last thing we need is a new manager. It is quality players and enough of them we need.

  • stuart no9

    Mar 21, 2011 at 2:28 PM

    Comment #26

    all you lot who keep saying the doom and gloomers need to be backing their team,and not moaning all the time,let me say 1 thing , all you lot who keep saying all we need is a couple of wins, should remember, its been a long time since a win , 10 games in fact, 8 to go, i hope your not saying that on the final day of the season

  • Jezza

    Mar 21, 2011 at 3:15 PM

    Comment #27

    Sav no. 25

    “As for Pardew, I think the guy is honest and has done ok, under the circumstances. he is the best manager at dealing with media and PR I’ve seen at this club.”

    I just can’t agree with this.

    Was Pardew being honest when he repeatedly insisted that Andy Carroll was not for sale?

    Was Pardew being honest when he said that Carroll had asked for a transfer?

    Was Pardew being honest when he promised that he’d be spending money in the January transfer window?

    Is Pardew being honest when he promises that the £35 million will be spent in the summer? Only time will tell on that one but I think we all know the answer.

    As for him being “the best manager at dealing with media and PR” as far as I can see all he has ever done in that respect is to spout every single lie and piece of propaganda the FCB has told him to.

  • clinta2

    Mar 21, 2011 at 9:40 PM

    Comment #28

    I largely agree with this Ed and have been saying for some time that I think the summer transfer window will not be as good for us as ost hope for a few reasons:

    1) We won’t go in for as many players as we need,
    2) We will be unable to attract our top targets to the club, as they’ll have better options,
    3) We won’t spend all the 35m on transfers as has been said by the boss. Some will and probably has been spent on wages, etc. See Tiote’s new deal as an example.

    People on here that are talking about the 35m plus the usual 20m promised !?! will be greatly disappointed. Even if MA was planning on pumping 20m into the transfer window, which I think was wrong, didn’t he say he’d pump those finances into the club in general- eg: the running of the place and balancing of the books, he won’t after earning the 35m.


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