Shearer – Newcastle Success Depends On How Much We Spend

Alan Shearer seems to believe the more money Newcastle lay out in the transfer market this summer, the better Newcastle will be for it next season, but we wonder if that’s necessarily true.

Alan Shearer – Newcastle success depends on how much we spend

The Newcastle great was speaking at Close House yesterday, where he played in a charity golf match, and he talked about Newcastle United:

“There will be expectation at Newcastle. That’s the way it works. For me, it will all depend on what sums of money Newcastle spend. Or whether they keep hold of some of their top players.”

“At the minute, it’s too early to predict what is going to happen at Newcastle. I hope they kick on because they had a great season last time.”

“They might be playing 60 games in a season as well. I can’t remember if I did that; it was so long ago. But that is going to be a lot to cope with.”

“It’s going to be tough for them to play on Thursday nights, if they get into the Europa League, and then Sunday. I’m sure a pretty big squad is needed.”

“I still look back to the end of last season, which was incredible, when Manchester City won it with the last kick of the ball. They will be the team to beat. I’m sure they will spend pretty big in the next month or so.

“It’s going to be a fascinating year. Manchester United will be desperate to get back on track, Liverpool are going to be keen to be back up there again and then there is Tottenham with their new manager, while Arsenal are desperate to win a trophy.”

“It’s going to be an interesting month to see what clubs bring in players.”

Alan’s always thought that the more money you spend in the transfer market, the better things will be, but Newcastle’s approach over the last couple of seasons has proved that isn’t necessarily the case.

We remember well after our relegation in the summer of 2009, when Alan was reported to be asking for £20M from Mike Ashley, to bring in new players – £20M when your revenues would decrease by over 60% and you will have to lay off people at Newcastle, because you just cannot make ends meet with the vastly reduced revenue coming in.

As it happens, in that first season down under, we were able to keep some of our best players and big wage earners like Coloccini, Gutierrez, Barton, Smith, Butt and the like, and Newcastle were able to come straight back up – but it took about a £30M loan from owner Mike Ashley to allow that to happen.

To be fair to Alan,  he also says it depends on whether we can keep our star players, and that’s so true, and if we can do that we only need about three top players brought in this summer – a center-back, striker and a full-back.

Maybe Douglas, John Guidetti and Mathieu Debuchy?

Very soon, when the Financial Fair Play Rules come fully into effect in UEFA, each football club will be run as a business, and the clubs will be forced to balance their books.

That means they only spend that amount of money they generate as a club, and the times when current owners at Chelsea and Manchester City (and PSG) can come in and buy a new teams with hundreds and hundreds of millions of pounds being spent, are hopefully over forever.

Football clubs are businesses and they will be forced to balance their books – at least in Europe – what a concept!

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27 comments so far

  • Jail for Ashley

    Jul 13, 2012 at 8:58 AM

    Comment #1

    Having to go to A & E with bills-sons’ falsers stuck to his weener is too good for Ashley.

  • Dannyo

    Jul 13, 2012 at 9:00 AM

    Comment #2

    Haha, i’ve missed those 😉

    I see, so we can just count ourselfes out then 😉
    I see Dan Levy reporting that we are in contact with Lille on Debuchy. But so are Inter.


    Jul 13, 2012 at 9:07 AM

    Comment #3

    Haha starting another fight with bills I see

    Well article said he would be more interested in Chelsea because they would loan him straight back to Vitesse for the season (kind of defeats the purpose of buying him I would of thought)

    Plus as Beattie has informed me he is a Ivorian I wouldnt think we are after him anyway would be a bit African heavy up top

  • jesperfuglsang

    Jul 13, 2012 at 9:08 AM

    Comment #4

    What I think the great Shearer is getting at, is that it is going to take a larger team than last year to cope the all the games we might end up playing this year.

    You cannot do that with younglings that haven’t even been tested at championship level.

    …and Citeh wants to maintaing its momentum, Man Utd, Chelsea, Arsenal, the bindippers and Spurs all want to challenge.

    Then you have the likes of Swansea, Norwich and QPR who have a greater challenge at hands compared to last season and you have the newly promoted teams fighting to stay up.

    It is going to a difficult season and I do thing we need 3 new first team signings at least.

  • Hatem's better than Messi

    Jul 13, 2012 at 9:09 AM

    Comment #5

    @JFA .. big lol

    Shows Shearer would be a sh!te manager.

  • Dannyo

    Jul 13, 2012 at 9:12 AM

    Comment #6

    I dunno if i like that or not. Buying and loaning out. Ofc, u’d get a major talent, probably for a fee lesser than if he was like 24.
    But u kinda just throw a year worth of wages out of the window at the same time.
    I doubt we’d ever do something like that. Must be for a special deal in that case. Maybe for that 17 year old we were linked with yesterday? Currently on trial at Arsenal,

  • Markaccus

    Jul 13, 2012 at 9:14 AM

    Comment #7

    Official!! Andy Carroll WILL NOT be playing for NUFC this season.
    Source: Twitter. Cwarr07 has stated he WILL DEFFO be playing for us, therefore the opposite is true 😉

  • Whistler

    Jul 13, 2012 at 9:16 AM

    Comment #8

    and how much we spend depends upon MA’s ambition….does it match those of the fans??? Some on this blog think that his ambition more than matches the fans….we’ll see once the transfer window closes, lets hope it does……

  • bills-son

    Jul 13, 2012 at 9:17 AM

    Comment #9

    JFA – can’t be my falsers I’ve still got a full set of ivories.

    Take a smile in front of the mirror and check your gnashers are still there. Staring back at your gums and finding that the falsers on Ashley’s downstairs furniture are yours would be too good for you.


    Jul 13, 2012 at 9:18 AM

    Comment #10

    Aye I cant see NUFC ever doing that kind of deal tbh. Just seems a bit of a waste to spend so much on a player then instantly get shot of him for a year but then I suppose Chelsea spent 18 mill on Lukaku and just left him in the reserves seems an equal waste

  • Bloody Marveauxlous

    Jul 13, 2012 at 9:19 AM

    Comment #11

    On another note, has anyone a got any links for the game tonight?

  • BenbulbenMag

    Jul 13, 2012 at 9:23 AM

    Comment #12

    I have to say I love the realism and the long-sightedness that is now prevalent throughout the majority of Newcastle Supporters.

    We have moved away from the “preordained right” to immediately expect silverware that has historically been the mentality and we accept that we have to work hard to establish ourselves as a top 6 side in the premiership.

    Perhaps the way we were promoted in the past to challenge immediately encouraged unrealistic expectations.

    Nowadays we accept that it’s better to grow our business, our reputation and our squad in a sustainable manner.

    Would I like to see trophy signings ? Who wouldn’t but now it’s also tempered with “will they fit in with the squad or disrupt the harmony?”

    I’m quietly confident for the future.

    Howay the lads!

  • wynsleap

    Jul 13, 2012 at 9:31 AM

    Comment #13

    Am I right in thinking that when the transfer window opened we were supposed to have a budget of £20 mill for transfers?
    Keep hearing about these Fair Play Rules. I may be a cynic but I suspect, with the financial clout they have, the likes of Chelsea, Citeh and Manure will always find ways of getting round them. Will the powers that be really prevent them (and the likes of Barcelona etc.) from entering the Champions League even if they do have these ongoing debts?
    Can see some Cameron style U-Turns from FIFA coming here.

  • pawl250

    Jul 13, 2012 at 9:38 AM

    Comment #14

    We need to improve our squad in terms of depth, and the quality of that depth I think wor Al is saying.

    Think when STaylor got in injured we played Perch, Simpson, Willimason all as cover. These players managed to turn one of the best defensive records at the time in the PL into one of the worst by the end of the season.

    When Ba was away and Cisse wasnt signed or was away also at the AFCON, we replaced them with Best and Shola. Goals seemed to dry up and we had to rely on alot more on our midfield to put the ball on a plate as Best and Shola couldnt create something out of nothing.

    When Tiote was away Guthrie replaced him and was content on giving the ball away instead of using the simple pass. Tiote is alot better at keeping the ball aswell as distributing an accurate simple pass.

    These ‘backup’ players are clearly not strong enough. When Arsenal loses Arteta they replace him with Rosicky, when Man Utd lose Nani they replace him with Valencia.

    This second squad of players if you would like are not good enough to hold a place or challenge for one, which means we only have maybe 11,12 or 13 players that can bring in the results we want/need and we simply cant play these same players every league and cup match in a season. They will start to drop work rate as the season goes on as they simply cannot sustain a high level required in the PL aswell as compete in Europa across the globe 4 days before!

    We need to add quality depth or enough quality that we actually have cover when ‘big’ players get injured or away on international duty. These players will not be the likes of Gamerio who as stated will not sit on the at PSG, so what makes you think he will sit on the bench for us?! These players will be like Good, Gael and Amalfitano who when come in offer the same if not better cover and will be improving due to experience in the process.

    I would like to see Douglas, Debuchy, Anita come in! Hoilett would be a bonus but I wouldnt be to upset if we dont get them. Debuchy would walk in the team, Douglas will most likely play the season when STaylor inevitably gets injured and Anita can be the cover we need aswell as challenge Cabaye, Tiote for a first team place. He will also be handy when we play 5 in midfield and can also cover at left back so will see his fair share of games. Hoilett would probably see his games more on the left wing aswell as act as backup to the strikers, a more promising backup than Shola!

  • flash

    Jul 13, 2012 at 9:50 AM

    Comment #15

    On the fair play rules you have to consider that it might mean playing a champigons league without, Real, AC Milan, Manure, ManCity, Chelsea, PSG, etc.. . This would mean witout the biggest players. How much revenue will be left then in the champ league? If anything I suspect if Uefa enforces this rules then this will only promote for the Big Teams to form their own “Superleague”. Just a thought like but could see this happening. In other words Adios to the EPL, Serie A, Budesliga etc.. as they would not be attractive anymore

  • Bloody Marveauxlous

    Jul 13, 2012 at 9:57 AM

    Comment #16

    Sky Sources saying that:
    Sky Sports sources understand Newcastle United are close to sealing a deal for France international Mathieu Debuchy.

    HWTL! Debuchy’s coming home!

  • wynsleap

    Jul 13, 2012 at 9:58 AM

    Comment #17

    flash – I could see that happening.

  • Bloody Marveauxlous

    Jul 13, 2012 at 9:59 AM

    Comment #18

    The deal is worth £7 million as well!

  • Lee Dodd

    Jul 13, 2012 at 10:20 AM

    Comment #19

    Big Al Is Right We Need to Get a new Defender 2 Midfilelders and a New Striker as Shola Will Be out at least Half The Season then We have No One after Demba Ba and Cisse .. If we Get Debuchy then we will have a Crackin Defence For the New Season..

  • Munster Mag

    Jul 13, 2012 at 10:26 AM

    Comment #20

    Ben Bulben, i wouldnt quite agree that we thought we had a preordained right to win silverware – thats partly a media agenda. We always thought that our large gates would generate sufficient revenue to maybe win one pot but it hasnt happened. We’ll get there though….:)

  • flash

    Jul 13, 2012 at 10:38 AM

    Comment #21

    @wynsleap yes agree or otherwise you will see special rules for the “big” clubs and other rules for the not so big ones! I actualy think that big clubs are already planning and looking todo something similar. Reason me saying this is that why on earth would someone invest this amounts into a French club PSG and pay those amounts when you could have EPL club for that and you could promote and advertise your brand on a much higher level. On the possitive side Great news on Debuchy!


    Jul 13, 2012 at 11:02 AM

    Comment #22

    fair play rules, to which you continually refer, will be sidestepped by city who`s owners sponsor the stadium for a ludicrous sum. what`s to stop them increasing their own sponsorship of themselves?

  • Reshad

    Jul 13, 2012 at 11:08 AM

    Comment #23

    Thanks for the goals, Alan, but honestly you don’t have a clue what you’re talking about most of the time. It must take big balls to come out and open your mouth, knowing that most of the time your opinion is going to be ripped apart. And as we’ve seen on MOTD, countless times, you certainly have big balls. Baggy trousers are the way forward Alan. The baggier the better.

  • Reshad

    Jul 13, 2012 at 11:17 AM

    Comment #24

    Given our previous relationships with Bowyer, Woodgate, Barton, Wise and Ferguson, I shall assume that come 2pm we’ll be shelling out money on John Terry. Criminal records only enhance a player’s CV when we’re looking to sign someone. And we do need a centre back.

  • BenbulbenMag

    Jul 13, 2012 at 11:40 AM

    Comment #25


    Yes I reckon we’ll be in with a shout in the very near future but it used to annoy me to see some fans over the top reactions to a good result and also to a poor result.

    I think relegation helped us in many respects. We adapted a sustainable approach, we cleared out the dressing room of mercenaries and we seem to generally be more patient now (all to the good)

  • The Vicar

    Jul 13, 2012 at 3:19 PM

    Comment #26

    Now let’s just get this straight.
    When we had Fat Fred running the show, we spent loads of money (our money, fans money) and went down the tubes.
    These days we have Ashley, and after some initial mega hiccups we look like becoming a half sensible side and are using our brains instead of the fans money.
    Bu Shearer likes the old days. Like miserable Kenny and similar. Prefers our cash to brains.
    So let’s just try and work out what sort of future Shearer has as a potential manager these days, when brains are important.
    Stick to the BBC Alan, where brains don’t count. You’ll feel at home.

  • davis_toons

    Jul 13, 2012 at 5:17 PM

    Comment #27

    I believe shearer was saying, “For me, it will all depend on what sums of money Newcastle spend” as if Newcastle are willing to spend! Because after all the “cheap and bargain” we got last season. Clubs around will try to up their price to force us on our targets if they got the holding power. Its very natural.

    Unless we can again find players who :
    1. Cant adept to the club (Hatem Ben Arfa)
    2. Players with Release Claus (Yohan Cabaye)
    3. D.Ba (Free, relegated)
    4. Maux (Lower price – due to injury?/liverpool issue?)

    There have to be “some things” that can assist us in the Neg. with the clubs.


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