Newcastle did issue a statement today, as the Newcastle Journal suggested, and it was surprisingly from Newcastle Managing Director Derek LLambias.
Derek LLambias – it was not for lack of trying
Newcastle fans are more than a little frustrated that the net transfer spending this summer has been zero, although the club has signed some very decent players in Yohan Cabaye, Davide Santon, Sylvain Marveaux, Demba Ba and Gabriel Obertan.
But of course the club also lost experienced and proven Premier League players in Kevin Nolan, Jose Enrique and Joey Barton, two of whom left in frustration at the club’s apparent lack of ambition.
This is what Llambias said:
“We have a very clear transfer policy.” “We will not make knee-jerk decisions at the last minute which are not in the best interests of the club.”
“Work to bring a striker into the club began early in the summer,” “Negotiations were complex and protracted and unfortunately it was disappointing that ultimately we could not secure our priority target.
“We did turn our attention to alternative prospects in the latter stages of the window.” “We understand that supporters will feel frustrated that we did not sign another striker during the window.”
“But it was not for lack of trying that we did not bring our final target in.” “Our aim was to secure young players who represented value for money and could add real strength to the squad. We feel we have signed some players of exceptional quality.”
“Yohan Cabaye, Sylvain Marveaux, Mehdi Abeid, Demba Ba and Gabriel Obertan were all brought in early and we have seen these players settle quickly into the squad and perform well on the pitch”.
Derek LLambias doesn’t say much there of any note, other than in short the Newcastle Board didn’t get the job done to replace Andy Carroll, with a striker good enough to wear the number 9 shirt on Tyneside, and they had plenty of time and ample funds to do just that.
But the bottom line seemed to be the club was just not willing to spend the money, and didn’t meet the asking price for the many different strikers they went after over the summer months.
Derek’s comments will not do much to satisfy the Newcastle fans, who, if the comments on this site are anything to go by, are still extremely annoyed and angry at the club’s weak efforts to replace Carroll this summer.
Well at least England beat Bulgaria 3-0 tonight in European qualifying, and go through 3 points clear at the top of Group G and really 4 points clear because of their vast superior goal difference of +11.
And that was thanks to Wales beating Montenegro 2-1 in Cardiff, and England now play Wales at Wembley next Tuesday night.