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!