We may be in the very small minority, but we kind of like the way Newcastle over the last two years or so, have built up a very good squad and yet not spent much money at all.
Alan Pardew - confident about future
But we’re also frustrated when the club sticks to their guns and refuses to pay that little bit extra for good players like Mathieu Debuchy, who would have been a great buy for Newcastle at only about €1M more than Newcastle were willing to offer his club Lille.
Certainly the way Newcastle are building their squad is a lot better and more self-sustaining than clubs like Manchester City, Chelsea, QPR and PSG, who seem to go in and pay over the odds for players on purpose - so they win the deal.
They now have the best teams money can buy - literally.
We just hope the UEFA Financial Fair Play rules will stick it to these clubs in the future, and the sooner the better as far as we are concerned.
Alan Pardew has said today that Newcastle should be able to compete with the best of them, once the Financial Fair Play rules come into full effect, as he had this to say today in the Sunday Mirror:
“We have a long-term plan in place at Newcastle which means that we don’t spend what we don’t have.” “The hope is that if the Financial Fair Play rules are fairly applied we will have a sound foundation in place on which to challenge all the other clubs.”
“There is no doubt that until those rules are in place, we can’t compete with what the Champions League clubs are spending, and that increases the size of our challenge.” “But we have slowly built a squad that finished fifth last season and the key for me was retaining all our top players this summer.”
“We can’t match what Chelsea and the others outlay on players, but if we can keep those top players and sign and bring through good youngsters, we will be in a good place.” “Investment does not always guarantee you are going to improve the team. We have seen that down the years.”
The way Newcastle already have a big advantage on the top spending clubs, is that money has been wisely invested in the Scouting team and also in the Development squad.
With Chief Scout Graham Carr one of the best in the business, and now tied down to a long term contract at his home town club, we have to believe there will be other fantastic acquisitions like Cheick Tiote, Yohan Cabaye, Demba Ba and Papiss Cisse in the near future for Newcastle.
So, as we’ve mentioned before, as long as Michel Platini sticks to his promise of enforcing the new financial rules for European clubs, and barring teams who don’t balance their books from competing in Europe, we see no reason why Newcastle cannot compete with the best of them – and in the near future.
Howay The Lads!!