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For Mike Ashley It’s Pay Now Or Pay Later

9:34 am, Friday, January 4th, 2013 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 48 Comments

If Mike Ashley is as astute a business man as we think he is, he will support Alan Pardew big time in this transfer window, and if you look at the financials at stake,  it’s easy to understand why.

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Mike Ashley – we expect him to give Alan Pardew the funds necessary

Newcastle have amazingly become relegation candidates since early November, and losing nine games of our last eleven is never good, and while there are a number of reasons for that – nevertheless there is now a possibility that we could be relegated in May.

That’s just a terrible thought – and when you realize that a new TV broadcasting deal takes effect next season for three years, and it’s a 70% increase in the revenue generated over the last three years, staying in the Premier League will guarantee huge money for Premier League clubs.

And you just have to look at the scurrying going on at clubs like QPR and West Ham, to see that point is well understood by club owners in England.

So if Mike Ashley refuses to pay out the money in January and help Alan Pardew to bring in three good players,  then relegation could be another tragedy for Newcastle – and don’t think it cannot happen.

That’s what we thought four years ago, but we kept getting some terrible results in the second half of the season, and amazingly after beating Spurs on 21st December 2-1 at home, we picked up only 9 points in the remaining 20 games of the season – amazing but true.

We need at least two more good players brought in this window, in addition to Mathieu Debuchy, and we need to somehow start to get wins – like at Norwich City a week tomorrow.

And Mike Ashley is no fool on the financial side of things, and he will realise a second disaster could happen in May, unless we strengthen the squad before February.

We are fairly confident that’s exactly what he will do this month.

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48 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Dannyo // Jan 4, 2013 at 9:36 AM

    Seems we’re linked with norwegian CB Forren from Molde where Solskjaer is manager.
    It was reported he was going to Fulham, but norwegian press is writing that it is no longer the case, as Fulham is not deemed “big enough”.
    Then proceeds to link him with us…
    He’ll only cost about 2,5 mill.

  • 2 Rotonda heights // Jan 4, 2013 at 9:37 AM


    can we have solskjaer come with him?

  • 3 Bamble // Jan 4, 2013 at 9:39 AM


    Im living out in France at the moment and went to a Rennes game a month ago and Alessandrini was the stand out player by a country mile. Great flair and has a really good shot on him.

    He’s starting to get hyped up by French TV now so I don’t think it will be long before he makes the national team. Its worth remembering that this is his first season in Ligue 1 though; he was playing in the same league as Amalfitano last season.

    I think he would fit in well with our team, as he tends to drift infield when attacking. Rennes struggled to exploit this when I saw them as they didn’t have an attack minded full back. With an attack minded full back, he would give the option of going wide, taking it infield or having the FB on the overlap. Also puts in a shift tracking back.

    He’s a quality player, would love it if he came to the club. And his hair looks like it was crafted by gods

  • 4 jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew // Jan 4, 2013 at 9:41 AM

    Well isn’t it Pardew ans Carr’s job to find players within out budget?

    …I mean we can all find players that would improve our team – that’s the easy part. The task is finding players we can afford.

    I don’t think MA is counting on the increase in TV revenue to go to players and agent (I think he wants to keep some inside the club where it can do some good)

  • 5 jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew // Jan 4, 2013 at 9:42 AM

    *out = our

  • 6 WesJameson // Jan 4, 2013 at 9:43 AM

    @ Rotonda heights // Jan 4, 2013 at 9:37 AM

    hahaha, great call there mate, Geez would i love to see that……would probably be just enough to force a smile out of me since this PATHETIC run of results started

  • 7 Dannyo // Jan 4, 2013 at 9:43 AM

    Sure, u seen how Solbakken and Berg done with Wolves and Blackburn respectivly lately? 😛
    And let’s not forget Drillo with Wimbledon…

  • 8 Ian Toon // Jan 4, 2013 at 9:44 AM

    Jesper – Happy New Year.

  • 9 WesJameson // Jan 4, 2013 at 9:44 AM

    Sorry to be a bother Ed, but please can we get Judas off of the banner

    cheers mate

  • 10 jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew // Jan 4, 2013 at 9:45 AM

    Ian…same to you mate!

  • 11 John Tudor // Jan 4, 2013 at 9:46 AM

    replace him with bubba shrimp dying for his team

  • 12 gaz 44 // Jan 4, 2013 at 9:47 AM

    no defenders really been mentioned other than the 1#s been thrown about before Douglas alderwied kjaer sakho and mbwia but nothing that you don’t read on a blog. id never say anything on here unless was concrete off the guy telling me

  • 13 Transfer Sage // Jan 4, 2013 at 9:47 AM

    “It’s going to depend a lot on how much the striker costs us,” Pardew explained yesterday. “That’s something I think we’ll come to later in the window.

    “The return to fitness of Steven Taylor and getting (Mathieu) Debuchy has helped us massively, but I still think perhaps another (defender) is what we need.”

    Read more: Journal Live

    A little worrying a we needed a CB this time last year.

  • 14 JackButler // Jan 4, 2013 at 9:49 AM

    Ashley has gambled every window since he’s been here by not investing when its needed, gamble this time and we could be going down (again)

  • 15 Dannyo // Jan 4, 2013 at 9:50 AM

    Getting Debuchy will surely help us improve distribution from defense, but will it really shore up a leaky defense?
    I would say, like many other say, that Debuchy is an attacking FB, so how well will he stand when the pressure is on him to defend attacks?

  • 16 jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew // Jan 4, 2013 at 9:50 AM

    I would pick up FC Lorient’s Lamine Koné. He has played 17 matches so far this season (most games by a CB this season for Lorient) and scored 3 goals and 1 assist.
    FC Lorient is in 5th place.

    …Torq reckons we could get him for less then £2M.

  • 17 Hebburn Mag // Jan 4, 2013 at 9:50 AM

    I can totally understand Ashley being tight with his money, after all its ‘his’ money but when on earth would you buy a football club if you werent willing to invest your own money for the good of the club? baffles me?

  • 18 John Tudor // Jan 4, 2013 at 9:53 AM

    ashley sort it or do one

  • 19 Bamble // Jan 4, 2013 at 9:53 AM

    I think Debuchy will help to sure it up to an extent, as Willo will not get dragged out of position quite so much to cover the right back. If one players out of position, it has a domino effect on the rest of the defence. I don’t think it will solve it, but it will help.

  • 20 Williamsonsuks // Jan 4, 2013 at 9:55 AM

    Sorry guys but if we dont have at least 2 Centre backs come feb am off.
    I’ve supported the toon since 95/96 and had always been a proud fan, but this is a joke. Where is all the revenue going, ticket sales, transfers, merchandise etc.
    Ba leaving good luck to the guy. He cost us nought and scored 29, but I am not to excited with the Remy situation. He maybe great but we are only replacing a proven striker with a good prospect.
    If Colo leaves I dont blame him. He has Williamson at his side who is completely useless. Our squad is tiny and have no replacements in defence whatsoever. Taylor is a die hard but hasn’t played a whole season yet, and Simpson really is pathetic.
    If we only get Debuchy ( who looked great in the euros) and a Striker, we are back to square one.
    Maybe Arsley has reduced debt and whatever, but it doesn’t show where it matters. ON THE PARK!!
    Fans dont give a shit about finances when their teams are fighting relegation, they expect their chairman to buy the players we need, period. Arsley, if you dont like our club please crawl back under the rock you came from.

  • 21 Klam3r // Jan 4, 2013 at 9:56 AM

    If we get Forren i’d be fairly happy. Solid and calm CB with good passing skill. Ok pace. No world class CB but a great buy for 2,5m and a lot better than Williamson.

    Solskjaer is probably one of extremely few fotball people from norway that has something to offer international fotball. He know his fotball from Utd and Ferguson, and Moldes style of play is entertaining and productive, focusing on pace and a solid five-man midfield. He is good with people, press and players. An upgrade from Pardew at least…

  • 22 Spoof // Jan 4, 2013 at 9:58 AM

    From previous thread
    Rotunda Heights, I can see where you are coming from regarding Tiote, he clearly is not as good as he has been in the past, but in fairness to the lad he is not alone, we have hardly ever had the same team for two consecutive games, there has been no fluidity or continuity all season long and it has affected more than just Tiote, Cisse is a shadow of what we saw last season, Cabaye before his injury was also very poor, although I personally have never rated Colo the majority have, but even his most ardent fans have seen that he is not what he was last season, the truth is only Ben Arfa and Demba Ba have performed as they did last season, I do feel sorry for Tiote as I feel that he is being victimized because of his brilliance over the two previous seasons to this one, if we get a bit of good luck injury wise and we can get a more settle side again, then I am sure that we would get the Tiote that we all loved back again, but like I said, he is not the only one suffering, even Krul has looked like a dodgy keeper from time to time

  • 23 sweendog // Jan 4, 2013 at 9:58 AM

    talk of sissoko to spurs now .. shortsightedness from the owners if this happens as we could have had it sown up ..

  • 24 Transfer Sage // Jan 4, 2013 at 9:59 AM


    Exactly. Ashley is meant o understand business so surely he could have seen that football is not a business people get into to make money.

    Lehigh if you think he will aim to break even, not spend his own money and eventually well the club when he has had enough.

    The amount of tv time he has got for sports direct over the past 4/5 years is worth a silly amount of money world wide.

    I’m not saying that’s the only reason he has for into football but it certainly is a factor.

  • 25 Pardews Perfect Battleplan // Jan 4, 2013 at 9:59 AM

    and wasn’t hernandez a solskjaer recommendation?

  • 26 Mister Tuff // Jan 4, 2013 at 9:59 AM

    Logic stemming from the summer, and the first half of the season- should guarentee a new CB. I have no worries about this.
    Parsnip knows Willo makes mistakes
    Club knows Saylor is injury prone and therefore this risk is to high to rely on him playing the remainder of the season.
    Club has acknowledged need for CB previously.

  • 27 JackButler // Jan 4, 2013 at 10:01 AM


    there’s a report in the Telegraph that we have held advanced talks with Sissoko as well

  • 28 jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew // Jan 4, 2013 at 10:05 AM

    Hebburn…football has loyal customers; to promote SD; he bought it before the financial meltdown hoping to make a fast buck; Ego, publicity, prestige; Weetabix was not sexy enough; Take your pick, but MA didn’t do it for us – he’s a Spurs’ fan!

  • 29 Spoof // Jan 4, 2013 at 10:08 AM

    Dannyo @ 15
    I have the same reservations m8, most of what I have seen of Debuchy is for France rather than Lille, what I am hoping for is that for France he has been told to bomb forward as most Countries are inferior to them and as a result his defending at club level may be better than it appears at international level

  • 30 robbbov // Jan 4, 2013 at 10:10 AM

    Jesper, actually you are wrong. Hes a Chelsea fan :) …trust me on that. (Lita på det)

  • 31 Mister Tuff // Jan 4, 2013 at 10:10 AM

    williamsonsuks – ref REmy.
    I think he is a proven goalscorer and not a prospect. He had a good season last year -but was injured- and is currently trying to establish his previous form (equates to reduced price???). Just the type of player that could fit in nicely -bursting through opposition back four. He is super fast.

  • 32 spennymoor-mag // Jan 4, 2013 at 10:11 AM

    What was all this bullshit pardew said about if one go’s out then two come in!!!!!! Ffs! Now were reading that your pleading for transfer funds. What the f**k is going on man. The fact is you either grow the balls and demand the cash for players or quite simply u f back of to London. I think we’ve all had enough of this shit now like. Owner,director manager howay man FFs

  • 33 jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew // Jan 4, 2013 at 10:11 AM

    Robbbov…er du svensk? :)

  • 34 JackButler // Jan 4, 2013 at 10:12 AM

    Debuchy is a far better defender than Simpson, he’s calm and composed on the ball and is a proper footballer who doesn’t look for the long ball pass at every opportunity, he can cross the ball as well 😉 he’ll offer far more than Simpson ever could

  • 35 jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew // Jan 4, 2013 at 10:13 AM

    Robbbov…jeg stoler på det! (I have absolutely no idea too be honest)

  • 36 JackButler // Jan 4, 2013 at 10:13 AM

    Colo’s dad is making waves now.

  • 37 robbbov // Jan 4, 2013 at 10:14 AM

    japp! följer bloggen titt som tätt.

  • 38 robbbov // Jan 4, 2013 at 10:14 AM

    jesper …japp! följer bloggen titt som tätt.

  • 39 Williamsonsuks // Jan 4, 2013 at 10:16 AM

    Mister tuff, hope so but the english game is a lot tougher, faster, where as Ba managed pretty well.

  • 40 chris_g // Jan 4, 2013 at 10:16 AM

    robbbov – yeah, I think you’re right. Ashley definitely isn’t a spurs fan:

  • 41 John Tudor // Jan 4, 2013 at 10:22 AM

    ashley is a money fan

  • 42 Hebburn Mag // Jan 4, 2013 at 10:25 AM

    I know in recent months Ashley seems to have changed his way a lot I still think he needs to go, fair enough he is a great business man who knows how to make money but by god is he tight in spending it. I dont like the idea though also of him having shares in Rangers, that will just make him less likely to be interested in what happens at our club. I think we need an owner who genuienly does care about wanting to improve the club and IMO thats defonatly not Ashley. I actually feel sorry for Pardew and his coaching staff, they have done nothing wrong and done the best with what they have, with injuries and suspensions weve struggled and that clear to see but would we really be struggling at present if Ashley had of invested in the summer? I doubt it.

  • 43 Hebburn Mag // Jan 4, 2013 at 10:33 AM

    hes signnnnnedddddddddddddddddddd!!!!!!!!

  • 44 bambams // Jan 4, 2013 at 10:33 AM

    I think one of our colleagues blogged the club are waiting for the Ba money before signing Debuchy! Would answer why no announcement !

    Hope this is not accurate

  • 45 sweendog // Jan 4, 2013 at 10:34 AM

    JackButler .. hope its true as he could be a bargain buy .. and if theres anywhere we’re missing control its the middle of the park ..

  • 46 Angryman the Angry fan // Jan 4, 2013 at 10:37 AM

    Just a fleeting visit to you ar5eholes on here who have backed Cashley for years and drove the realists off site.

    NOW you are seeing my prophecies actually happening, you HATE it!

    HAHAHAHAH. Whingeing bunch of tossas, and to those who also seen this happening……as I did……..well done boys, you all wanted the same as me, a successful NUFC….wont happen with the current incumbents will it. The know it all know betters are all whineing and whingeing like a bunch of littel bitches across the site now. ONLY THEMSELVES TO BLAME!


  • 47 Rotonda heights // Jan 4, 2013 at 11:06 AM


    yeah that must mean all scando managers are rubbish.

    Laudrup anyone

  • 48 moonraker // Jan 4, 2013 at 2:45 PM

    Some of you so called fans make me laugh! williamsonuks you have been a supporter since 95/96 ! Well what do you want a freakin medal? The years have been relatively successful and with never a dull moment, what with champions league football and cup finals.

    If you had supported Newcastle since 1957 like me, or longer like some of my friends and family then you would realise that these are good times and we live in hope that our great club will get the success it deserves eventually.

    We have had much, much worse owners and managers than we have now.

    Get over it we will eventually get what we deserve with or without YOU!

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