Alan Pardew has said that owner Mike Ashley is spending big time to build Newcastle United into a good side again.
Mike Ashley – the Newcastle owner
Last night Alan Pardew tried to reassure Newcastle fans that the massive £35M that was raised from selling Andy Carroll to Liverpool in January, is being used to build up the side.
But those seem a little bit like empty words, at least at the moment, as with four players brought in, the Newcastle fans are not daft, and know the net spending of Newcastle this season is currently at zero.
Kevin Nolan brought in around £4.5M on his move to West Ham, and Newcastle paid a £4.5M release clause in Yohan Cabaye’s contract at Lille, and Demba Ba, Sylvain Marveaux and Mehdi Abeid were all free agents and cost nothing in transfer fees.
Pardew has also surprisingly said that Kevin Nolan was sold to West Ham because he didn’t want to stay at Newcastle, which will come as a surprise to many Newcastle fans, after Kevin had often talked in glowing terms about Newcastle and their fans – and he elected to join a second division side? Strange indeed.
Of course the little bit of magic is that Alan Pardew said the £35M would also be used to pay the wages of new players – and we estimate that the new recruits have around £22M in wages over the length of their contracts.
But there again Sol Campbell, Shefki Kuqi and Kevin Nolan have gone and they had cumulative wages of around £100K/week at Newcastle this year.
This is what the Newcastle manager said last night:
“But Mike and Derek’s backing has been excellent. I have to say that. And the noises on the last two planned arrivals are also positive.”
“I know where that Carroll money goes, I assure you. It will be invested in the club. So far, the button is being pressed and I can’t ask for more than that.”
“We have done more business than anyone else.” “If you add up the money and think we have not spent the £35m, you will be way off. I have to mark the cards of the fans on that.”
That’s potentially good news on the two possible arrivals, so let’s hope he is talking about Mevlut Erdinc and Charles N’Zogbia, because if Newcastle can get those two through the door, things will certainly be looking up.
It’s going to be very difficult, as we have said before, to know just how much of the £35M will be reinvested – but it hardly looks like it’s much at the moment, but of course there are still almost two months to go in the transfer market.
We continue to live in hope.
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