The Nasty Nasty World Of Football Transfers


We were extremely disappointed and depressed to see Loic Remy agree to join QPR yesterday for about twice the wages Newcastle offered the French International, but if a player wants to join a small club like QPR just for the money, and play in front of 18,000 fans or less in their home games, there’s really precious little any club can do about it.

alan pardew in red

Alan Pardew – must be frustrated at missing out on Remy

Newcastle seem to have offered around £45K/week to Remy, and that seems to fit in with what our other players are making at the club, but what can a club do when QPR come in and the only thing they have to attract top players is to pay out silly wages?

And QPR owner Tony Fernandes has proved he is very willing to pay out big money to ordinary players to get them to join the London club – Harry Redknapp has already admitted that.

Newcastle and other PL clubs – except Chelsea, Manchester City and now QPR – are not daft enough to go into a bidding war on wages, and Newcastle shouldn’t have gone back and offered Remy the equivalent of what QPR offered him – we’re glad they didn’t do that in retrospect.

That would have caused all kinds of backlash among our current players – who have earned the wages they are receiving on Tyneside.

Our only hope is that Newcastle’s good name is what attracts good players to the club, and the last two months we have taken some hits to that good name to be sure.

Demba Ba left so quickly in January  that the door didn’t even hit him on the way out, and now Remy has chosen QPR simply for the wages – and we don’t think it’s because he wants to play at Loftus Road rather than at St. James’ Park.

And Alex Ferguson showed his immaturity recently by calling Newcastle that small club from the north-east – and he kind of apologized to Geordie fans for that stupid statement – kind of.

Remember, the one and only reason that Manchester City and Chelsea are two top clubs in England right now, are their Billionaire owners have poured millions and millions into the club – that’s the only reason – and to our way of thinking there’s something wrong about that – where’s the competition?

That’s what the Financial Fair Play Rules are supposed to do but they seem to be having zero effect on clubs.

Remy went after the money before he came to Newcastle, whereas Demba Ba went after the money after he came to Newcastle, and it’s probably best that both players are not wearing the black and white stripes of Newcastle – because they don’t want to be here.

It’s an old adage and maybe too well worn, but if players don’t want to join Newcastle so be it – and at least the players we have on Tyneside are at the club for the right reasons, because they want to play for our club.

That’s the way I choose to think about this – that’s my right – and it helps me keep sane about a club I have supported and been daft about for 64 years. 😀

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76 comments so far

  • toonLYF

    Jan 15, 2013 at 5:20 PM

    Comment #1

    i’m sure nothing has actually been agreed yet?

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  • Dannyo

    Jan 15, 2013 at 5:21 PM

    Comment #2

    Remy hasn’t been made official yet though.

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  • toonLYF

    Jan 15, 2013 at 5:21 PM

    Comment #3

    think Ed’s been playing around in a DeLorean.

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  • ?Miguel?

    Jan 15, 2013 at 5:21 PM

    Comment #4

    Keep your chin up ed, plenty of fish in the ses mate

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  • gorgonzola ( former Pecorino former to gorgonzola)

    Jan 15, 2013 at 5:21 PM

    Comment #5

    Ok….so what are we going to DO about it????

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  • toonLYF

    Jan 15, 2013 at 5:23 PM

    Comment #6

    WE WANT WISSAM BEN YEDDER!

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  • Alexx

    Jan 15, 2013 at 5:23 PM

    Comment #7

    Anyone seen this? http://imgur.com/FGyOO Made me laugh.

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  • 89Norcal

    Jan 15, 2013 at 5:24 PM

    Comment #8

    Chances of landing PEA seem low right now. This is getting a little tense.

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  • ajcrawfs

    Jan 15, 2013 at 5:24 PM

    Comment #9

    this is all based on rumour, which i find hilarious!

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  • gorgonzola ( former Pecorino former to gorgonzola)

    Jan 15, 2013 at 5:25 PM

    Comment #10

    Alexx HAHHAHAHAHAH

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  • Andres InYaNestEh

    Jan 15, 2013 at 5:25 PM

    Comment #11

    has remy officially joined qpr now? Can’t find anything to confirm he has?

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  • Beattie25

    Jan 15, 2013 at 5:26 PM

    Comment #12

    The financial fair play rules will serve only to monopolise the footballing world.

    Nobody can see it, and that makes me laugh.

    If clubs can only spend what they earn and City earn 10x as much through sponsorship than Swansea then City can afford 10x as much in the transfer market.

    City will then be able to buy better players every season until Swansea earn as much as City.

    Until then Swansea are stuck spending lowly amounts whilst the big clubs can trade big players between one another.

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  • Adssy Mccc

    Jan 15, 2013 at 5:27 PM

    Comment #13

    The silence from the club is really starting to grind on me now. We all know what they are like about communication with the fans, but this is shocking! (As usual)

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  • ?Miguel?

    Jan 15, 2013 at 5:28 PM

    Comment #14

    How powerful is joey barton, his tweets have put this transfer everywere, no club has said anything.

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  • hotdog

    Jan 15, 2013 at 5:28 PM

    Comment #15

    Andres – it’s still not official either way

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  • hadthetshirt

    Jan 15, 2013 at 5:29 PM

    Comment #16

    I wonder if we go for Bafétimbi Gomis his age may put us off but certainly know’s where the onion bag is french onion one at that 🙂

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  • Toon-Prodigy

    Jan 15, 2013 at 5:29 PM

    Comment #17

    Remy completed medical.

    Will be training with QPR on wednesday.

    Finishing touches with marseille and QPR.

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  • GAZ09

    Jan 15, 2013 at 5:29 PM

    Comment #18

    The financial fair play rules is complete tosh. What football needs is a wage cap and also transfer cap thats the only way it will ever be fair.

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  • sweendog

    Jan 15, 2013 at 5:30 PM

    Comment #19

    I’ve heard he’s completed a medical with us
    http://www.nufc.com/

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  • ONLINE GUY

    Jan 15, 2013 at 5:30 PM

    Comment #20

    proudtobageordie // Jan 14, 2013 at 6:21 PM

    Gent’s.. Remy
    Don’t panic. The deal is complete as he passed his medical this afternoon. He will be revealed tomorrow. 5 and a half year deal and he has been allocated the No 11.

    Would the Cretin that posted this please stand up ?

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  • tweaked

    Jan 15, 2013 at 5:31 PM

    Comment #21

    Exactly, until I read tat its official I will hold a glimmer of hope that debuchy and cabaye will speak some sense into remy to chose the toon, I still think AP is working hard on the phone and background to get his targets signed and sealed

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  • robin

    Jan 15, 2013 at 5:32 PM

    Comment #22

    Batfemi gomis keegans old target is on his way from france to make up for the Gigantic Remy Cock-up!

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  • Scottishmag1

    Jan 15, 2013 at 5:33 PM

    Comment #23

    There is not a Glimmer of Remy coming to the Toon, not a glimmer……….Let us all move on!!

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  • Ibizatoon - Back by popular demand

    Jan 15, 2013 at 5:34 PM

    Comment #24

    Beattie…Whilst to a great extent I agree with that, what is the solution?

    World football transfers do need controlling and it would seem the easiest way to do so would be to make sure clubs work within their means.

    Obvious disadvantage is there are teams already established that will benefit from the word go.

    Truth is most of those teams already have a monopoly on the market.

    If fair play rules are enforced it will stop clubs spending stupid money they simply don’t have which protects them long term.

    This should in turn force most teams to work on youth. The clubs that get this right will either grow by having good players or sell them for decent profit to reinvest sensibly.

    It makes it harder for teams to break through, but in reality it’s what should have been done from the start. Granted it proposes issues, but a perfect scenario doesn’t exist, should they just keep allowing it to escalate?

    I suppose an additional rule could be transfer and wage caps, but this seems somewhat unlikely imo.

    A line needs to be drawn at some point and for me, the sooner the better.

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  • ONLINE GUY

    Jan 15, 2013 at 5:34 PM

    Comment #25

    Need to have a word with Ed about this blog ..There are people on here with multiple id’s and they back themselves up as regard’s comments they make .. Bad practice really underhanded ..you know who you are .

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  • John Tudor

    Jan 15, 2013 at 5:35 PM

    Comment #26

    if colo or krul go watch the rats

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  • Spreadthetoon

    Jan 15, 2013 at 5:36 PM

    Comment #27

    repost

    Looks like Proud was full of BS. Well it happens.

    Remy looks QPR bound tho weird that nothing has been officially confirmed? Anyway if he wants big wages then he should play for them? In the event that QPR were relegated which I would not wish on any club….but if that happened and then Remy approached NUFC….I would PERSONALLY tell him to Jog on…
    So half way through the window and no bites…..I really hope for the sake of the club that we do get the players we need past the line…..cos’ sadly this has got EXACTLY the same hallmarks as last window. If that happens I would table a petition to MA to fire DL and appoint a director of football, someone who understands the game and has contacts and has the same philosophy as the mgr. Anyway still got another 1/2 of the window….so I guess things can only get better….they sure as hell cannot get worse!!

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  • 89Norcal

    Jan 15, 2013 at 5:36 PM

    Comment #28

    Online Guy

    lol if that’s true that’s sad to say the least.

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  • Pardews Parsnip Bonce

    Jan 15, 2013 at 5:37 PM

    Comment #29

    @online guy i have multiple personality disorder and need several accounts

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  • Toon-Prodigy

    Jan 15, 2013 at 5:38 PM

    Comment #30

    Like i say,

    Remys all done at QPR. Passed his medical. Trains with them in the morning.

    Their just finishing off bits and bobs between the two clubs. Finishing touches should we say.

    Yas didnt think he was coming here tho! Tell me you’s wernt thinking that!

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  • ONLINE GUY

    Jan 15, 2013 at 5:39 PM

    Comment #31

    Parsnip ..I can understand you having multiple accounts and Id’s ..but there’s no need for a good few of them … Much Love, xx mm.

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  • Novocastrian66

    Jan 15, 2013 at 5:39 PM

    Comment #32

    I’ve said this before that the only way I can see a level playing field in football is a budget cap. This will be a good test for managers as well.
    The way I see this working is; each club has the same budget each season which covers salaries and transfer funds.
    For example; let’s say the maximum annual budget is £100m. If your wage budget is £75m that only leaves £25m for transfers minus the additional salary.
    Pay big wages, less money for transfers. Keep the wages under control more money available for transfers.
    Debate.

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  • Scottishmag1

    Jan 15, 2013 at 5:39 PM

    Comment #33

    Toon Prodigy

    First to admit that I thought he was coming here, Not now

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  • fergies left foot

    Jan 15, 2013 at 5:40 PM

    Comment #34

    Im with the club on this one. what would happen if we offered him the money qpr give. it would cause huge unrest and players like cab aye, benny, krul and cisse would feel hard done by. if he joins us, fine, but if not were of another moneygrabbing mercenary. QPR are going down big time soon. It’s pompey written all over it.

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  • fergies left foot

    Jan 15, 2013 at 5:40 PM

    Comment #35

    we’re spared

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  • Beattie25

    Jan 15, 2013 at 5:41 PM

    Comment #36

    There is no way to stabilise football , it’s spiraling out of control. Best to let it crash and burn and then start again.

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  • Scottishmag1

    Jan 15, 2013 at 5:42 PM

    Comment #37

    Beattie25

    Thought that was the role of the idiots at FIFA/UEFA……..How wrong we all are

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  • Pardews Parsnip Bonce

    Jan 15, 2013 at 5:42 PM

    Comment #38

    @online i have 6. im PPB, ibiza, Mr tuff, gorgonzola, ruddy marveauxlous and online guy.

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  • Andres InYaNestEh

    Jan 15, 2013 at 5:42 PM

    Comment #39

    Ahh well, it’s not the end of the world but we do look a tad daft. Harry will have been dishing out the bungs again, can’t stand that man hope we send them down when we play in may

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  • OhSholaAmeobi

    Jan 15, 2013 at 5:42 PM

    Comment #40

    not in any way, shape or form disappointed. been saying for weeks that he isn’t good enough, aubameyang or wilfried bony is who we need.

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