Will Mike Ashley Open The Check Book In January?

It will be interesting to see if Mike Ashley will open the check book in January, to help Alan Pardew participate in two leagues this season – the Premier League and the Europa League, which seems to have taken a big toll on our players so far this term.

Mike Ashley – will he help Alan out in January?

Alan Pardew was asked if Mike Ashley will help him bring in new players in January, and Alan dismissed that, as he concentrates on the task at hand, and getting Newcastle out of their slump before it becomes even more serious:

“There is nothing I can do until January anyway. We just have to get on with it.” “Since I have been here it is our first time we have had a difficult spell.” “So we have to keep our heads.”

“We know we have to get it out there. That is the problem I have had.” “Apart from Sunderland away I have not had a full squad to pick from.” “There’s no doubt about that, the squad is being pushed to the limit.”

“That is why we have a squad and we had a very young bench.” “You look around and those boys should be playing in the reserves and gaining experience, but we are asking them to do a job.”

“We have Maritimo on Thursday and that is a tough game for us after two defeats now. We have to get a win there.”

The good news is that both Jonas Gutierrez and Papiss Cisse will return to the squad on Thursday, and that will give Newcastle that extra experience on the field that was missing on Saturday.

A win would be good on Thursday night and see us through to the last 32 in the Europa League,  but we have to get something out of our trip to Southampton next Sunday, and they are second bottom of the league table with only 8 points from their 12 league games so far.

We cannot even imagine another defeat.

I wish I hadn’t even mentioned that. 🙁

Whether Mike Ashley will give Alan Pardew some support, by opening his check book and bringing in up to three good players in January – remains to be seen.

We hope it happens, because we are not even one third through the season, and we still have lots of time to climb the table.

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24 comments so far

  • seancavaz

    Nov 19, 2012 at 10:59 AM

    Comment #1

    Yes…..thought I’d keep it short n sweet….next blog ed 🙂

  • Shane

    Nov 19, 2012 at 11:01 AM

    Comment #2

    I genuniely only look forward to our European games lately.

    People need to stop blaming Pards and his tactics, Ashley and his wallet and anything else…

    Thge reason for our poor form is solely on the players heads! Most of our players are just not performing or working hard enough, about time the focus was placed on them needing to pull their fingers out!!

  • seancavaz

    Nov 19, 2012 at 11:02 AM

    Comment #3

    ‘Rome wasn’t built in a day. But I wasn’t on that particular job.’

    ‘Players lose you games, not tactics. There’s so much crap talked about tactics by people who barely know how to win at dominoes’

    ‘If God had wanted us to play football in the clouds, he’d have put grass up there’ –

    The great Brian Clough 🙂

  • Transfer Sage

    Nov 19, 2012 at 11:05 AM

    Comment #4


    I think it’s a combination of all 3 on fairness.

    We should have had more players to improve our weak areas.

    Pardew should be getting more out of the current players.

    And the players should be looking like they want to win, can honestly only say 5/6 this season have shown the desire we had last year.

    Ultimately though it won’t be the players or the owner sacked. It will be the manager if things don’t work.

    So regardless of whether it is his fault or not, pardew has to find a way to motivate this lot.

    Which I’m sure he can, he did that well last year.

  • Transfer Sage

    Nov 19, 2012 at 11:08 AM

    Comment #5


    Brian cough may say that but it’s wrong. He knows fine well it’s his tactics and motivation that helped too.

    Tactics do win games but not by themselves. You need the players to understand and follow the tactics.

    The manager may carry the can for bad displays but the players need to offer more too.

    Maybe Barcelona or Madrid can go into games and let the players do as they please but if you are against evenly matched or superior opposition the right tactics can make a difference

  • Indian Magpie

    Nov 19, 2012 at 11:11 AM

    Comment #6

    Yes he will, and will buy us all popcorn. give pardew a 10 year deal. oh!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! budget exhausted summer time.

  • jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew

    Nov 19, 2012 at 11:14 AM

    Comment #7

    equila…fair enough mate – we cannot agree on everything 😉

  • SuperShearer

    Nov 19, 2012 at 11:14 AM

    Comment #8

    No doubt it’s been disappointing so far this season. Still think that AP should revert to the 4-3-3 of last season but, despite some fans thinking otherwise, it trust his judgement and think he’ll turn us around this season. Ben Afra looks like a world beater and his work rate this season has been amazing. We need the likes of Cisse and Cabaye to start putting in similar shifts, the problem is there’s no one really threatening their places in the side. No competition means these players become complacent. Last season those two wanted to prove themselves in the EPL now they’ve done that they need to carry on.

  • jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew

    Nov 19, 2012 at 11:14 AM

    Comment #9


  • nezzatoonmad

    Nov 19, 2012 at 11:16 AM

    Comment #10

    will newcastle win on thursday YES, will they win against SOUTHAMPTON no chance, will ashley help in the transfer market HELL NO, will he sell our top players HELL YES

  • Munster Mag

    Nov 19, 2012 at 11:17 AM

    Comment #11

    January’s a hard time to buy lads…..lots of managers dont have players lined up if they lose anyone….anyway, agents are terrible chaps and even freebies cost a mint. Yes I know we made 35 mill out of Carroll but you fans just dont understand do you? 🙂

  • catchy in norway

    Nov 19, 2012 at 11:22 AM

    Comment #12

    does anyone else think this8 year contract could be a noose around our neck??

    the trouble with this jan transfer window is , lambass has said many times that he will not pay over the odds for a player, take debuchy FX,

    roll the year on 6 months and now we find ourselfs in desperation to get in some defenders,, remember the hard ball he played with liverpool over AC, other clubs will just push the price sky high, and why shouldnt they? will he back down and be made to look a fool for his im hard as fook coments , i dont think so

    i think january will be a lot harder than ppl think

    we would have been in a much better position if we had of been higher up the table, i feel there could be a catch 22 situation, buy better players to get us out of a relagation battle, and may be stuck with them should we go down,

    i dont for one second think that injuries have not played there part, but i think pardews stubboness has a bigger part to play in where we find ouselfs in right now

  • catchy in norway

    Nov 19, 2012 at 11:23 AM

    Comment #13


  • blew

    Nov 19, 2012 at 11:34 AM

    Comment #14

    Good players will not come to a struggling club, consequently my hopes are not positive for January.
    Some of the purples are not up to the PL and the youngsters are not yet ready, as we found out again on Saturday.
    Worrying times, where is the next win coming from?

  • Charlie in the Gallowgate

    Nov 19, 2012 at 11:58 AM

    Comment #15

    At the Crossroads
    I think we are at the crossroads at the moment.
    The toon have got to pick up at least 10 pts -12pts between now and the opening of the transfer widow – cos if we don’t we could be in a relegation dogfight and who of all the names mentioned on this blog would want to come. More like we would lose our best players.
    If we pick up the 10 -12pts and are in the next stage of the Europa Cup, then the talked about players would come – if the Fat Controller unzips his wallet

  • wynsleap

    Nov 19, 2012 at 12:01 PM

    Comment #16

    Even if he does (and Ill be surprised if he does it with any significance), the boat sailed in the summer.
    5th place looks a pipe dream this season and I think Pardew should put his efforts into winning the Europa Cup. It’s the only way we’ll have anything to look forward to next season except more of the same in the League.
    Think of the promises at the end of last season:
    We were going to get a goal scoring central defender.
    We were going to be an exciting passing team.
    We were going to bring young talent in from around the world to increase the standard of our youth set-up..
    We weren’t buying because we didn’t want to stifle all the current talent coming through from the development team.
    We were going to aim for the Champions League this season.
    Yeah… yeah… and bloody yeah.

  • croftus5678

    Nov 19, 2012 at 1:01 PM

    Comment #17

    everyone knows we did play 433 against swansea right ? and still lost ! http://www.shieldsgazette.com/sport/football/newcastle-united/we-played-4-3-3-against-swansea-insists-pardew-1-5144586
    ashley has never sold our best players ! he sold carroll for £35mil and bought all these players your saying are great and sold how many at the biggining of the season ? even when we expected loads to go out ?
    and yes he does not spend over the top money for players but he still spends.
    you need to start being supporters and giving everyone at the club confidence to win no matter what you guys say the motivation they get on that pitch comes from the crowd cheering them on so if you wanna blame anyone blame all the boo boys who p*** and moan at the club 24/7

  • lesh

    Nov 19, 2012 at 3:47 PM

    Comment #18

    Maybe it’s just me being thick (answers on a postcard pleas along with the £10 admin fee) but I can’t follow the logic behind the supposed dilemma of spending being dependent on progress in the Europa.

    I think we all agree that the squad has litlle in the way of strength in depth that can cope with the Prem – we’re relying too much on inexperienced young players.

    We field few first teamers for the Euros and the ones we do are our the younguns and our supposed back ups -we don’t cope very well do we?

    The Europa League costs the club money and we’ve not a great chance of progressing when the losers from the Champions League drop into the Europa play-offs. They’ll have much more quality than we.

    The Prem’s the priority or so we’re told and as I understand it, if we don;t qualify for the Europa play-offs, there’ll be little or no spend.

    If we go out of the Europa and don’t spend to concentrate on the Prem, we’ll sink.

    If we progress to the play-offs and we do spend, we’ll need to spend a fair bit to get the players we needed to get and didn’t in the summer.

    I thinks we’re all agreed that we’ll need to spend a fair bit to get the players we needed to get and didn’t in the summer.

    Will that happen?

  • south coast toon

    Nov 19, 2012 at 3:55 PM

    Comment #19

    well we didnt exoect pappis last janurary so lets hope some of them we were after in the summer become surprises now, we havent been linked with pieters for a while….i think pards jobs safe as he has probably brought into ashleys plan for the club, and to be honest we all should, just keep getting good players in, mind you its easy for me to say i dont go to the matches every week spending hard earnt money to see kids who arent quite upto it yet and players out of position…we got to back em on the field for trying

  • smoke beer, drink tabs

    Nov 19, 2012 at 4:01 PM

    Comment #20

    The problem is that teams all spend money on players just to keep up with each other. If you dont spend you end up going backwards. Teams below us last season like everton fulham etc have all spent to improve and because of that, will finish above us

  • lesh

    Nov 19, 2012 at 4:44 PM

    Comment #21

    Bot smokey, January’s the time when selling clubs have buyers by the b……….. we need some shrewd buying in the eaarly summer.

  • lesh

    Nov 19, 2012 at 4:45 PM

    Comment #22

    * in addition to some essential strengthening in January coming

  • lesh

    Nov 19, 2012 at 4:46 PM

    Comment #23

    *Eaarly? eaarly…. gawd, I sound like a scouser..heaven forbid

  • obatoyou

    Nov 20, 2012 at 12:30 AM

    Comment #24

    Is that why we have a squad


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