Maybe it was when he heard that QPR owner Tony Fernandes had talked personally to Loic Remy, and helped to steal him from under Newcastle’s noses, that has convinced the Newcastle owner Mike Ashley, to get fully involved in Newcastle’s transfer business this month.
Mike Ashley – personally involved in the transfers
Because that’s what’s being reported in the local papers today, and maybe it has something to do with a new £5B three-year Premier League TV deal to start next season – just maybe.
And of course if Newcastle are relegated we’ll not see too much of that.
Here’s what Alan Pardew said today:
“This club has already been relegated not so long ago.” “To be fair to Mike, he was in a position where he could keep the team together.” “If you keep the team, you go back up.”
“But we don’t want to be in that scenario. The last person who wants that position is Mike Ashley.” “He doesn’t want to go back to that. We’re aggressive, but we can’t be overly aggressive. We have to do what we think is right for the club.”
And Pardew is trying to reassure Newcastle fans that a lot is being done in the transfer market now, since the black eye the club received because Loic Remy preferred that small club in London witt more money than sense.
“Our financial position’s so much stronger than it has ever been.” “But we find ourselves in a position where we need to invest in the team – I think that’s fairly obvious. We’re going to do that, but within the boundaries that have been set out.”
“They aren’t boundaries that I’ve set – they’re boundaries that the owner has set.” “I have to abide by them. At the same time, I’ll still push for the best possible players I can get. Hopefully, the negotiations, that aren’t done by me, bear fruit.”
Most Newcastle fans are still hurting form the Loic Remy affair, and it will take Mike Ashley and company to bring in at least three good players in January – and keep Colo at the club – if our fans are to be convinced that everything possible was done in January to strengthen the squad.
The jury is still out on that, but we’re hoping …..
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