We never thought we’d be able to compete with the top six clubs in England – the two Manchester clubs, Liverpool, Chelsea, Arsenal and Tottenham, and if we did then Alan Pardew is well schooled to keep reminding us regularly, that we are not in the same financial league as those big clubs – and probably never will be.
Ashley – not showing enough ambition at Newcastle
But to be outbid by a side at the very bottom of the table with a maximum home crowd of just over 18,000 is humiliating, to say the least.
But that looks what will happen today, as the reports are that Loic Remy has turned away from Newcastle at the last moment, and is likely to accept the wages of £85K/week that the small London club have offered him – and that’s more than twice the wages Newcastle have offered to the 26 year-old French International.
Newcastle have such rigid financial rules in place on transfer fees and wages, that it seems so difficult for us to get any player into the club, and that played out last summer, when we essentially got only Vurnon Anita and Gael Bigirimana over the line, and lost out on our top striker target of Luuk de Jong, and we also lost out on other targets, because we refused to budge from our own (make that Mike Ashley’s) strict evaluation of the players.
It’s Newcastle strict wages policy that seems to have lost out on Remy, and even though QPR have little money – how can you have huge revenues when your maximum home gate is just 18,000 – they still outbid Newcastle with wages – and big time too.
And QPR’s actions of paying out huge wages to mediocre players – we’re using Harry Redknapp’s own words here – is making a complete mockery of UEFA’s Financial Fair Play Rules – where each European club is supposed to be balancing their books – where they only pay out what they bring in as a club.
If Remy does sign for QPR, it will be a huge humiliation for Newcastle United – make no mistake about that – and it will make it that much harder to bring other players in during January.
But we are starting to act like a small club, and when we cannot even persuade a top player to join us, when he has the choice to come to Newcastle or join a small club in London, which happens to be rock bottom of the Premier League – something is wrong.
And don’t think this will not open the eyes of some of our top players at the club – as they see such a lack of ambition at the top – and we are already hearing noises from Ben Arfa as just one example – that he may want to be on his bike in the summer.
Something is seriously wrong at Newcastle.
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