Since Alan Pardew arrived on Tyneside, we are now seeing quite clearly what Newcastle’s transfer policy is and it seems to be working well.
Mike Ashley – his strategy seems to be working well these days
Eighteen months ago Newcastle brought in Cheick Tiote for £3.5M from FC Twente, and now how much is the lad worth today – perhaps £20M?
And last summer Newcastle brought in Yohan Cabaye, Demba Ba, Davide Santon, Sylvain Marveuax and Mehdi Abeid all for around £9.5M and how much are those players worth today?
So it reflects what Mike Ashley had said in a very long statement he made back in 2008, when he was selling the club, or attempting to sell the club for the first time, is probably a more accurate way of saying that.
This is what Mike Ashley said in the statement:
“We are looking for young players, for players in foreign leagues who everyone does not know about. We try and stay ahead of the competition.”
“We search high and low looking for value, for potential that we can bring on and for players who will allow Newcastle to compete at the very highest level but who don’t cost the earth.”
Mike Ashley has not changed his strategy over the last three or four years, but it seems the people he initially had at the club to execute that strategy – like Dennis Wise as one example – did not get the job done.
And anybody who has created a business strategy knows that a huge part of it is how it is executed, and often the strategies are good and sound, but fail simply because of poor implementation.
But it seems that with men like Alan Pardew as manager and Graham Carr as Chief Scout to name only two, Newcastle now have the people who not only buy completely into the strategy, but are executing it very well.
One reason we think Chris Hughton was let go is that Newcastle wanted a manager who would become more involved in the transfers, and certainly Alan Pardew seems a key player for Newcastle these days on many fronts.
But don’t get us wrong, Chris Hughton got us out of a very deep hole when we were relegated, and the sooner Chris brings Birmingham City to St. James’ Park in the Premier League, the sooner Newcastle fans can show their appreciation for a great job done by the Londoner, over a very short 18 months.
We think Alan Pardew gives a good face to the Newcastle United club, and of course he seems to know what he wants, he’s a terrific man manager, and he’s not too bad on the tactics side of things either – and not short on confidence either.
His meticulous preparation for the games Newcastle play will also go into the transfer discussions the transfer committee at Newcastle, which seems to consist of Derek LLambias, Alan Pardew, Graham, Carr, Lee Charnley (Newcastle Secretary) and Mike Ashley, have continuously as they decide together who the top targets should be and why.
It seems it’s now starting to work very well, certainly over the last 18 months Newcastle have signed some excellent players and not spent much money on acquiring those players either.
And while we are keeping out feet firmly on the ground, we have to think that Newcastle are on their way to having a top team, and becoming a top English club again.
It’s an exciting time for Newcastle fans right now.