It seems that Mike Ashley came to Newcastle on Thursday and manager Alan Pardew had a meeting with him on transfers.
Mike Ashley – yes OK we’ll give you £20M for him
Alan Pardew seems to have owner Mike Ashley fully involved with the transfer business this summer, and of course it will be Ashley’s final decision as to which players come to Newcastle, although Alan Pardew will have put together a sizable list of targets.
This is what Pardew said about the meeting:
‘Mike came and we talked about certain players and values and the strategy and how the summer scouting is going to progress.
“Chief scout Graham Carr, me, secretary Lee Charnley, Derek and Mike, we had a good meeting and I thought it went well.” “I felt buoyed by the meeting. As a Premier League manager, I was quite satisfied.” “Now it’s about recruitment and making sure the squad’s stronger.”
“It’s quite obvious at this time we can’t compete with the likes of Liverpool Tottenham and the top four.” “We could attract a squad here I know would keep us safe in this division but that’s not what Mike wants and it’s not what I want.”
“We want to try and excel. We have to try and take a few chances with players that will keep us in the division but who might take us on to that next level.”
“That of course becomes fraught with difficulties. He wants to push as high as we can but he knows we can’t compete with the top clubs in terms of the players that they can afford and the money they’re talking about.”
“We’re going to be realistic in our aims, but we’re going to aim high within the realism of our situation.”
From what we can tell there’s a significant amount of work already gone into the scouting and transfer planning this year, with most of the scouting being done in France and Germany.
But once the final game of the season is over tomorrow, all thoughts and attention will move to the transfer market and Newcastle recruiting players, although we don’t know if Newcastle will be making any early announcements on that front.
But from what Alan says above, both the manager and owner seem to be on the same page, and with any luck Newcatsle should have a much stronger squad next season, and then we’ll see where that takes us.
But there’s no doubt at all that this summer could be one of the most exciting transfer windows at Newcastle for some time.
Howay The Lads!!