Newcastle Will Be Challenging Top Clubs In Near Future


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!!



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16 comments so far

  • Big Pappa Cissé

    Sep 9, 2012 at 1:56 PM

    Comment #1

    Nile Ranger is a bum.

    That is all

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  • Big Pappa Cissé

    Sep 9, 2012 at 1:57 PM

    Comment #2

    I remember when he came on against Liverpool and Arsenal as a sub in our first season back in the Premier League and he terrorized both defenses with his pace and power. Thought he could have been a great player and that is probably why he got such a lucrative contract, however he would rather be a plastic gangster than improve the raw talent that he has.

    He is the polar opposite to Sammy Ameobi if you ask me like and every time Ranger looks at him he should be kicking himself and saying that should have been me, what a shame.

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  • dinosaur

    Sep 9, 2012 at 2:01 PM

    Comment #3

    Dear old jimmymagpie: From what I have read on the blog you are one of the longest time Newcastle supporters. I had a season ticket for the 1947/8 season, and saw the lads win at Wembley in 1951-2-5. Were you at the game against Sheffield Wednesday which we won 4-2 and clinched promotion? That was the best game ever, for me.

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  • JP...from The Rock

    Sep 9, 2012 at 2:08 PM

    Comment #4

    Is there a deadline date for the Financial Fair Play Rules?? If not clubs will just continue to take the threat lightly and keep on spending.

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  • JP...from The Rock

    Sep 9, 2012 at 2:18 PM

    Comment #5

    errr hello? does anyone know??…hello??…wow it sure is quiet in here…

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  • Ian Toon

    Sep 9, 2012 at 2:20 PM

    Comment #6

    Nile Ranger got a 51/2 year contract under Chris Hughton just before he was sacked in December 2010. You can’t blame Pardew.

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  • bills-son

    Sep 9, 2012 at 2:42 PM

    Comment #7

    Ian Toon – so it was Hughton who gave Ranger the contract, not Pardew. Pards must be really brassed off to be stuck with this clown.

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  • Marty-Toon

    Sep 9, 2012 at 2:45 PM

    Comment #8

    Great the way the club is run carefully but we shoulda bought the players we needed.
    We shouldn’t be skimping on a million for Debuchy and defenders and strikers that we now see we really needed.
    I’d understand when the prices are 15 or 12 million or the sort but when it’s minimal and you’d get your money back if sold on.

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  • Marty-Toon

    Sep 9, 2012 at 2:46 PM

    Comment #9

    Maybe Houghton will take him on loan?

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  • AndyMac

    Sep 9, 2012 at 2:51 PM

    Comment #10

    Not half as plssed off as he was when he found he still had Smudger and Xisco on long term contracts at over £50k a week 🙁

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  • Ian Toon

    Sep 9, 2012 at 3:20 PM

    Comment #11

    bills-son- Sorry dipping in and out. We’re stuck with him until the end of season 2015- 2016. The doors closed on him going to Sheffield Wednesday and we might need to pay a % of his wages to get him out the door. As for Xisco his times up next summer. With him when he scored on his debut v Hull i thought he might have something to offer. But so many managers can’t all be wrong- LOL.

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  • Ian Toon

    Sep 9, 2012 at 3:23 PM

    Comment #12

    AndyMac- Fat Sam is to blame for the high maintenance cost of Smith. At least he’s passed into history. Also we can have a good laugh at Joey’s carry on having suffered with him for years – another Allardyce signing.

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  • OLDGEORDIE

    Sep 9, 2012 at 5:28 PM

    Comment #13

    Attn Dinasour,

    Fist saw the lads 1949 1 – 0 against Boro wor Jackie scoring from edge of pelantly (as walldle would say!!)area
    So many memories

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  • rwpoynter

    Sep 9, 2012 at 7:48 PM

    Comment #14

    dinosaur@3.
    You must be older than jimmymagpie and me! To have had a season ticket in 1947/8 and to have watched all three winning cup finals in the fifties must make you definitely a candidate for an MBE! Can you clear one thing up for me? We did not have a TV in 1951/2 (most people didn’t) but my grandparents down the road did. I certainly watched the ‘Matthews ‘final in 1953 between Blackpool and Bolton (years before the maximum wage was scrapped) and I watched him play for Stoke at Chelsea in 1963 when he was nearly 50 can you believe it, but I think that 1953 was the first final to be screened on TV live. The next year West Brom beat Preston with a 16 year old Howard Kendall playing for Preston, to this day, I think the youngest player ever to play in an FA Cup Final, who later went on to play for and manage (more than once) Everton. 1955 of course was famous for Milburn’s headed goal after 3 minutes ( something he rarely did) and Jimmy Meadows being stretchered off for Man City ( no substitutes allowed in those days). To the rest of you, sorry about the nostalgia stuff but we are old enough to remember when NUFC won a trophy!

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  • OLDGEORDIE

    Sep 9, 2012 at 8:16 PM

    Comment #15

    RWpoynter. In actual fact saw the 1951 cup final against Bpool on TV >(Friends house down the road second half only shown) so think that was the first one shown live. Next year when we won again was just on radio.

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  • woolerbill

    Sep 9, 2012 at 10:50 PM

    Comment #16

    alan is doing a good P.R. job for mike, but it’s all bull. no matter what money rules they make, we will be second best. ALAN WE CAN ONLY TAKE SO MUCH BULL. Time will tell if you are honest man.

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