Why Can Newcastle Not Match Top Clubs Financially?

Alan Pardew has talked about how Newcastle cannot match the top clubs on a financial basis, but surely with the financial books now being balanced, and extra revenues flowing in from Wonga from the shirt deal, and crowds at St. James’ Park being around 50,000 again, we should be starting to see money coming into the club that we didn’t have before.

Derek LLambias – MD has agreed best deal ever with Wonga

And Derek Llambias only recently said that the Wonga shirt deal is the best deal ever in Newcastle’s history, so things on the financial front must be looking up, especially when our wages are now under control, and not a whopping 75% of revenues as they used to be before we were relegated.

But Alan Pardew is still insisting that Newcastle just cannot match other clubs financially:

“I think it’s harder for us, I genuinely do.” “The four Champions League teams have the finance to attack that with two squads, really, whereas we are attacking a competition that has many more games, a heavier schedule and a more difficult night, Thursday night, with a much-reduced squad, so of course it’s much more difficult for us.”

“You have only got to look at the other two clubs in the competition and we are all having very similar seasons at the moment – and they are stronger clubs than us, financially.” “It just goes to show you that it does make a big impact on your Premier League situation.”

“But you want to be in a competition that gives you some fighting chance in your own league, and this is very difficult, and we all know that as Premier League managers.” “It’s whispered about. ‘Blimey, that’s going to be tough for you next year’ – that’s all heard during the summer – and it has been.”

“I do feel that perhaps it needs to be looked at a little bit. Whether Spanish clubs and German clubs have that same opinion, I’m not sure.”

When we’ve seen teams like Chelsea and Manchester United play in Europe this season, we’ve been surprised how few changes they make to their sides from the Premier League games, and certainly Tottenham in the Europa League seem to play almost their strongest side.

Newcastle is about the only team in England that makes wholesale changes to their side for Europe from the Premier League games.

And with Newcastle now financially stable, and balancing the books, it cannot be long before we can match some of the bigger clubs like Tottenham and Liverpool, and surely we’ll have to do that, if we are going to become a top team consistently again in England.

As time goes on Newcastle should be getting better off financially, and be able to compete with the top clubs in England – and if that’s not our strategy – it should be.

What do you think about this?

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32 comments so far

  • Alan_Pard_Who

    Nov 22, 2012 at 9:34 AM

    Comment #1

    Regarding the last article:

    Why compare our team to stokes?

    Why ask Pulis for advice?

    Why not ask Spurs how they managed to juggle Europa and finish 4th in the leauge?

    What is he talking about, magic formula?!

    There is no magic! We have 2 different team playing on Europa and premiership other than 2 or 3 players!!

    You have to say his press releases are getting more and more bizarre.

    It looks like we base our footballing tactics on Stoke, how to handle Europe on stoke and how to be an average team on Stoke.

    It’s official we are Stoke city in disguise. 14th place looms

  • Indian Magpie

    Nov 22, 2012 at 9:36 AM

    Comment #2


    Spurs got knocked out at the group stage in Europa.

  • Indian Magpie

    Nov 22, 2012 at 9:38 AM

    Comment #3

    I am writing off the FA cup at this rate.

  • Conaldo (The Wizard...Also Bestest Friends With Paul Scharner)

    Nov 22, 2012 at 9:39 AM

    Comment #4

    Right. I’ve been working on Pardews magic.
    I need a goat, some dettol and some pork scratchings…

    Ill get to work.

  • Lachu

    Nov 22, 2012 at 9:41 AM

    Comment #5

    If ed was a blog reader ,instead of the writter .. I am sure he would be one of those whinging negative blogger..lol
    Just take look at some of headlines …

    Newcastle Unlikely To Stay In Europe Next Season
    Why Can Newcastle Not Match Top Clubs Financially?
    Why newcastle will lose some of their top players
    Why the taxi drivers wife wont stay with him beyond christmas …

  • Rotonda heights

    Nov 22, 2012 at 9:42 AM

    Comment #6

    It doesn’t seem to have affected other teams playing in europe. They seem to manage it perfectly well.

    Ibiza I do think we got a lot of luck at places like Wolves last year. Aso if raylor hadn’t got injured, would benny have ever got a game? We’ll never know. Could it be that the players did well in spite of Pardew not because of him?

    But that aside if we did do well why not keep that going when the alternative for a third of this season has been so polar opposite in terms of when we found our feet in 433.

    Rotation of cisse and ba was certainly an option that has not been exercised at all this season or has playing Cabs more forward or giving Abeid and Amaltifino any game time.

    bar simmo and willo we have some superb technical players not being allowed to gel in a passing formation, but are being asked to out hoof Stoke!!!

  • Alan_Pard_Who

    Nov 22, 2012 at 9:42 AM

    Comment #7

    What a load of absoloute tosh this is.

    We turnover amongst the highest profits in English football and have one of the richest men in Britain as an owner.

    I read somewhere we are the 25th richest club in the world yet numb nuts over here talks about it like we are Yeovil.

    Its down to the owner, nothing else.

    Pardew is so contradictory its untrue.

    First he says we can cope on all fronts, now he says we can’t. This joker is looking for excuses, pure and simple.

    Th Spanish and German clubs have a different mentality and that is why they do well coping with both.

    It’s a travesty to think that we are being handled so poorly. What happened to the leauge being our priority?

    If that was the case why not use the Europa leauge to play our fringe players and reserves… oh wait thats what your doing you knob!!

  • Rotonda heights

    Nov 22, 2012 at 9:45 AM

    Comment #8


    yes that’s the point spurs still did well in the league

  • jimmysmith

    Nov 22, 2012 at 9:45 AM

    Comment #9

    We’re a Champagne club run by an owner with beer bottle pockets, that’s why, it’s starting to seem to me.

  • jeff

    Nov 22, 2012 at 9:47 AM

    Comment #10

    does this dude ever stop whining

  • Rotonda heights

    Nov 22, 2012 at 9:48 AM

    Comment #11

    All the excuses pardew is coming out with now is very reminiscent of Souness. It’s always someone else’s fault.

    we field virtually a different team in europe so fatigue is a joke excuse. Plus we’ve yet to see abeid, amaltifano, Xisco etc

  • Lachu

    Nov 22, 2012 at 9:49 AM

    Comment #12

    Fulham Reached the Finals and are better For it .. And its also a major incentive to attract the best young players

  • sirtoongospel

    Nov 22, 2012 at 9:50 AM

    Comment #13

    At some point you have to take the plunge and buy a couple of top top players if you ever want to challenge the top 4. Then rather than sell you try and add 2 more. The question is, would our owner EVER buy even one 15 million or more player? I would doubt it, so with that in mind we will never consistenly threaten the top 4. Top 8 will be an achievement every season. Pardew says that the top teams have 2 squads, well the squad number is the same for every club in Europe. The difference is the quality Alan, not the size. Outside of our best 12 or 13, we arent anywhere near good enough. We are 6 to 7 quality players short of being in a position to challenge the top 4 regularly.

  • Rotonda heights

    Nov 22, 2012 at 9:50 AM

    Comment #14


    what’s this about the taxi driver’s wife!!!!

  • catchy in norway

    Nov 22, 2012 at 9:51 AM

    Comment #15



    ok lets take this at face value and say that it is hard to juggle both compititons, iv no doubt it is,,

    now look at the teams he sends out to the games ,, whole sale changes, so the squad must be ok, we are top of our group, with avery good chance of going through tonight,

    his first team are playing only one time per week,and doing vey poor, i really dont see how he can use europe as an excuse, infact i think it should be used as a positive for him, right now there is a feel good factor when we play in europe, that is missing from the EPL games,
    i think if he looks harder into the mirrow, he will see the problem,
    most agree that the performances where not great last season but the results where, and he did not have europe to blame then,

    as for lame head above , what a dick he is, not that im say ashley should spend all his money on us, but he can afford to splash a little more than he has and not really see a dent in his cash
    then for him to say could field 2 teams,, helo so could we, but on the whole man c man u play there best players in all the matches, unless there is nothing to play for

    im getting pretty tired of only hearing excuses, now its before and after the game 🙁

    for the record,, i think we have a good squad,

  • Lachu

    Nov 22, 2012 at 9:53 AM

    Comment #16

    Rotonda .. Might be Eds next post .. watch this space ha ha .. Jcant blame pardew all the time.. so just wanted to blame ED – the good lad

  • Rotonda heights

    Nov 22, 2012 at 9:53 AM

    Comment #17


    Good point about Fulham

  • Alan_Pard_Who

    Nov 22, 2012 at 9:55 AM

    Comment #18


    Exactly. I’d rather finish 4th in the leauge and play kids in Europe even if it meant an early exit.

    Inman, Abied, Good, Moyo, Campbell etc… should be getting games.

  • Ibizatoon - Back by popular demand

    Nov 22, 2012 at 9:55 AM

    Comment #19

    Thanks Catchy…But it’s tomorrow 🙂

  • toonarmydownsouth

    Nov 22, 2012 at 9:57 AM

    Comment #20

    Utd have made changes in nearly every away game and looked ropey for it

    How are other teams coping?
    Chekski are basically out in the group stages
    Man city are out in the group stages
    Arsenals league form has been poor
    Spuds league form is hit and miss so is there europa
    Liverpool have made lots of changes away from home take there last game vs anzhi

    Were top of our group and still mid table think you let your blind hatred of pards affect how you see the other teams in europe

    Like ibiza and stuart have argued there needs to be a middle ground but to say were the only team struggling to balance the 2 is ridiculous

  • jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew

    Nov 22, 2012 at 10:02 AM

    Comment #21

    Isn’t his birthday tomorrow? (seem to remember it’s exactly a month after my son’s :))

  • jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew

    Nov 22, 2012 at 10:03 AM

    Comment #22

    …ohh the birthday boy to be have already stated that 😀

  • wynsleap

    Nov 22, 2012 at 10:04 AM

    Comment #23

    The Toon will never ever match other clubs financially because they have a billionaire owner who has no ambition for the club and who has a wallet that never sees the light of day. Simples!

  • toonarmydownsouth

    Nov 22, 2012 at 10:08 AM

    Comment #24

    Why do you call the toon they?

  • oldbobaycliffe

    Nov 22, 2012 at 10:12 AM

    Comment #25

    pardew is just making excuses he says that the teams in the cl have 2 squads one for the pl one for the cl what a load of rubbish most of man citys team from last night will be playing in the the pl this weekend .nufc players should be capable of playing 2 games a week are they not as fit as the english teams in the pl that play in the cl if not they should be

  • Ian Toon

    Nov 22, 2012 at 10:14 AM

    Comment #26

    Rotonda- Stop prevaricating. Just acknowledge the point or haven’t you verified it yet on your football app. But feel free to just ignore if it’s just going to be yet another pithy comment. Facts need sources as you will recall from your study days.

  • veto

    Nov 22, 2012 at 12:35 PM

    Comment #27

    we are the poorest billionare owned team in the world .
    we also dont do to bad on the financial front ourselves , more than enough to compete with anyone outside of the big 4 , yet we dont spend that either

  • stuart no9

    Nov 22, 2012 at 1:12 PM

    Comment #28

    just 1 question – why have the top 4 teams got that much more money than us that we cant compete?

  • veto

    Nov 22, 2012 at 1:26 PM

    Comment #29

    champions league , give’s extra £££ each year and huge exposure to the top 4 teams who can use that to increase their overall income from other places too (sponsorship, club merch ect ect )

  • alanrichie

    Nov 22, 2012 at 2:53 PM

    Comment #30

    Really really getting sick of pardews dire crack

    Same old same old

    Shut up you mong, why dont u say cause the man
    upstairs didnt strengthen we cannot compete

    it aint rocket science, some magical plan? Are you for real

    Am i the only one thinking a 3 day gap between games i more than enough, im not a fit person but can run 5mile 3 consecutive nights a week and im no professional footballer these guys should be able to ace this, you dont see Barca players moaning and they play 50 games a year plus


  • stuart no9

    Nov 22, 2012 at 4:31 PM

    Comment #31

    veto @ 29 so it is simply because of champions league football money why we cant compete?

  • peaco1980

    Nov 22, 2012 at 7:46 PM

    Comment #32

    Don’t believe a word of it; there would always be any excuse for not competing financially. If we were in the Champions League, we’d probably be spending extra money on better undersoil heating or ‘investing in the academy’. Ultimately, until Ashley’s lone is paid off we’ll hear more of this rubbish.


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