Newcastle United Now A Very Well Professionally Run Club

It’s not surprising that Newcastle Chief Scout Graham Carr has given lots of interviews to the local papers today.

Mike Ashley – great vision for Newcastle

That’s after he was handed a new eight year deal to keep him as  Cheif Scout at Newcastle until 2020 – we should be European Champions by then. 😀

And one thing we’ve noticed about Graham is that he gives some good insights into the club and how it is run, and he also seems to like the owner Mike  Ashley, and certainly the both of them seem to get on very well.

This is what Graham had to say to the local press today about Ashley:

“I was excited by his vision.” “A lot of people have doubted Mike Ashley, but every time I have met him it’s been positive all of the time.” “It’s very positive and he’s really committed – that’s the most pleasing thing.”

“It must be for Alan Pardew too, because he’s got money to sign on players too.” “Even with scouting or organisation – you still need somebody to put the money in.”

“When you are putting the sort of money in that he is, it must be very difficult to keep finding it.” “It is a very professionally run club these days, from the top right through.”

“The coaching side too, with Alan Pardew in place.” “Whenever I go to the training ground I see that is well run,  and the people at the ground too like Lee Charnley and Tony Toward.”

“It’s just well organised all the way through.” “Mike has been positive all the time and he’s never put any doubts into my mind.” “And there has been no indication he is about to jump ship.”

When Mike first came in there were some initial disasters for the club, and after a couple of years those culminated in the Magpies being relegated from the Premier League, for the first time ever.

But over the last three years, Mike’s thrifty management of the club, where he has put the emphasis on youth and building up the scouting network under Carr, and getting some stellar deals in the transfer market, seems to be paying big dividends.

With the UEFA Financial Fair Play Rules soon coming into full effect, Newcastle seem to be very positioned to balance their books, and indeed over the last financial year the club lost only £3.9M on the day to day operations.

And when you take into account the transfer dealings Newcastle had, they were in the black, and there’s not too many Premier League clubs can claim that at the moment.

Comments welcome.

14 comments so far

  • ilovetoon8788

    Jun 8, 2012 at 10:36 AM

    Comment #1

    Apparently Alex Ferguson have been given permission to talk to Nick Powell. He’s a sensation and has scored 16 goals for Crewe in their promotion and he’s just 17 year old.

    What a signing he would be for Manchester United. Future England international in the making. Cabaye type of central midfielder with lots of goals in his bag.

  • ilovetoon8788

    Jun 8, 2012 at 10:37 AM

    Comment #2

    enjoy a stunning goal in the play off final by Nick Powell.

  • Troleibusiukas_LTU

    Jun 8, 2012 at 10:46 AM

    Comment #3

    We have Vukcic.

  • cyprus

    Jun 8, 2012 at 10:47 AM

    Comment #4

    Apologies for being didactic today, will drop it after this!

    There’s a very interesting story from Cyprus mythology. It’s such a cool story that it has stayed with us for virtually thousands of years. To the point: from this myth is derived the so-called ‘Pygmalion Effect’.
    That’s what I’d like AP to read about…

  • Munster Mag

    Jun 8, 2012 at 10:53 AM

    Comment #5

    Cyprus, in fairness to AP, he’s right. The reality of the situation is that we need to invest millions to keep up, and thats not going to happen – in fact we will probably make another profit by selling someone. If Ba doesnt fancy drifting left to accomodate Cisse, there’s not a lot AP can do. The Europa League is a slog, and trying to stay ahead of the likes of Chelsea is not realistic.

  • cyprus

    Jun 8, 2012 at 11:05 AM

    Comment #6

    My point Munster Mag, is that if we say we won’t do well, chances that will happen simply increase. The opposite is also true, if you think you will win, your chances of winning rise. It may not happen, but the likelihood does increase. Preparing us for mediocrity is just not a good strategy. Most people who have made a difference did not listen to others who told them to be realistic. Recent e.g. APOEL Nicosia reached the CL, quarter-finals this year, with a budget of, more or less, Rooney’s annual salary! Everybody kept telling them to be realistic, they refused.

  • Hatem's better than Messi

    Jun 8, 2012 at 11:13 AM

    Comment #7

    My neighbour is painting his fence, I might go and watch his masterpiece dry in the early summer sun, because it’s slash-your-wrists time on this blog.

    Come on Ed it really isn’t worth the time and effort you take cutting and pasting it together.

  • Munster Mag

    Jun 8, 2012 at 1:00 PM

    Comment #8

    Cypris, fair play to Nicosia, but Pardew was cautiuous all season long and we still did wonderfully well. Keep the faith, dont believe all he says. History would suggest he is right though, as clubs like Stoke and Everton have found with the Europa.

  • bills-son

    Jun 8, 2012 at 1:12 PM

    Comment #9

    The single biggest myth and BS that was talked about and is still talked by some fans about Ashley is that he is not 100% committed and ambitious for NUFC.

    In fact I doubt there is another owner in the Prem who is as committed and ambitious as Ashley. That’s why he formulated his plan after relegation and why he has stuck to it to the letter despite the vile abuse he has had from fans along the way. He believed in himself, in the plan and – once he got Pardew – believed in his management team to put the plan in place. It is Ashley’s vision and sheer professionalism which has driven NUFC to our recovery from relegation. He’ made mistakes early doors, but the tru mark of a man is how he learns and recovers from those mistakes.

    Only a bigot or a fool could doubt Ashle’s impact on NUFC now. He is hell bent on winning a trophy, I believe to the point of obsession. And that is fantastic news for us fans. Because when hugely ambitious guys like Ashley decide they want something – they usually get it – and at worst never ever stop trying.

    Mike Ashley, the best owner of NUFC in my 50 years as a Toon supporter.

  • stuart no9

    Jun 8, 2012 at 4:07 PM

    Comment #10

    billson @9 “bigot or a fool” fair comment there, but does that mean you are one if he sells our best players, we start all over again, and we win f///k all in the next 5 years?????????? surely thats a fair comment ?

  • Munster Mag

    Jun 8, 2012 at 4:18 PM

    Comment #11

    Billson, you’re preaching to the “more or less converted ” here, but I’ll be more comfortable when he shows further willingness to spend good money for quality, like he did with Cisse. In other words, if he sees a player that is fairly valued at 10-12 million , then we will go for him, assuming he is badly needed.

  • GoalsBringSmiles

    Jun 8, 2012 at 8:39 PM

    Comment #12

    Blah blah blah

  • GoalsBringSmiles

    Jun 8, 2012 at 8:45 PM

    Comment #13


    there’s nothing fair at all in calling someone a bigot because they disagree with your opinion, this mindset in fact is the very definition of bigotry

  • stuart no9

    Jun 8, 2012 at 11:00 PM

    Comment #14

    goals brings smiles.- my thoughts exactly. that is why i said, would it be ok to call bills a bigot , if he was wrong? somehow i dont think it would.


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