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Mike Ashley Has Long Term Vision For Newcastle

9:00 am, Tuesday, January 29th, 2013 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 25 Comments

Newcastle United owner Mike Ashley has brought in five players this month – Mathieu Debuchy (Lille, £5.5M), Yoan Gouffran (Bordeaux £1.8M), Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa (Montpellier £6.5M), Massadio Haidara (Nancy, £2M), Moussa Sissoko (Toulouse, £2M) – and that’s around £18M spent by the owner, and it’s an attempt to keep Newcastle in the Premier League – at the moment we are only 2 points above second bottom place in the league table.

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Mathieu Debuchy – has played well in his two games for Magpies

It was also interesting that Mike Ashley was at the game a week last Saturday when once again Newcastle collapsed in the second half,  after being comfortably ahead 1-0 in that game,  and we ended up losing and handing Reading their first away win of the season.

It was also the first time Reading had not been beaten in eight visits to St. James’ Park.

Newcastle are at Villa Park tonight for another game against a team beneath us in the league, but the squad has now been significantly strengthened, and we’re hoping for a good result tonight.

Newcastle went for some of their long-term targets and ignored trusted Premier League players like Darren Bent and Gateshead born Danny Graham.

Alan Pardew says the players brought in show how much the Newcastle owner Mike Ashley is committed to the club:

“The signings have shown Mike is committed to the club because you don’t sign players at that age if you’re not.” “If it was a short-term option he probably would have given me the signal to buy some older players to make sure we stayed in the division and if they were any good next year, it wouldn’t really matter.”

“His vision is much more long-term and that’s why we’ve bought these players. ” “They were well in the system and well along the road to being finalized before the window. But we’ve accelerated one or two.” “It might have cost Mike more money but we needed to do it.”

“It didn’t happen because of the Reading game but it was significant the owner was there that day. His reaction has been very strong.” “It was a watershed game. When I turn around at Aston Villa I’m going to see a much stronger bench. There’s been occasions when I’ve thought, “My team should be stronger than this”. “

“I don’t envisage that now. The challenge for me is to get the team there quickly.”

We know that Moussa Sissoko will start the game tonight, as will Mathieu Debuchy – but we’re not sure whether Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa or Yoan Gouffran will also start.

In any case we’ll have a much stronger bench tonight than we’ve had this season.

Hope we can get the much needed win.

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Tags: Coaching · Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa · Massadio Haidara · Mathieu Debuchy · Moussa Sissoko · Transfer News and Rumours · Yoan Gouffran



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25 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Spuggy // Jan 29, 2013 at 9:02 AM

    Match day! I hope we deliver.

    Don’t care about the performance one bit – the result and three points are everything!

    HWTL

  • 2 Ian Toon // Jan 29, 2013 at 9:04 AM

    Transfer —- Hello do I have your undivided attention —LOL
    I was not having an irrelevant pop at you. Rather suggesting that you must have been in a time warp. Somewhat like doing a lot of talking and not listening.
    HWTL

  • 3 Transfer Sage // Jan 29, 2013 at 9:04 AM

    Spuggy

    Until the lads are settled I will take the points anyway they come.

  • 4 kevymartins // Jan 29, 2013 at 9:07 AM

    MA will get my credit if nothing disastrous happens before the market shuts ..Knowing are luck ben arfa to arsenal tiote to chelsea an santon to spurs in the last 2 hours…But lets stay positive and hope for the best.

  • 5 cestriasteve // Jan 29, 2013 at 9:07 AM

    Not much support from the talk sport team this morning. We need to be really effective from set pieces and corners.cant wait to see what Sissoko is like tonight.

  • 6 Transfer Sage // Jan 29, 2013 at 9:08 AM

    Ian

    What do you mean?

    Was all that covered last night? I just skimmed over a few comments this morning.

  • 7 Transfer Sage // Jan 29, 2013 at 9:09 AM

    Villa are shocking at defending set pieces….if we can’t score one past them I think we should give up on corners all together and just start letting the opposition have a goal kick haha

  • 8 Williamsonsuks // Jan 29, 2013 at 9:09 AM

    There wont be a better time to play them than now. Knocked out of 2 cups in a week, fans screaming for managers head on chopping block. We’ve new players that should lift the whole team. If Cisse hits form, could see us hammering them. 4-1 Toon. HWTL

  • 9 saxonfenken // Jan 29, 2013 at 9:10 AM

    It is imperative that Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa, starts he is a natural defender, quick and is match fit from regularly playing in France.

    Mathieu Debuchy will be there to assist him if there are language difficulties.
    Nothing less than tree points tonight no matter how we get them

  • 10 hdavid23 // Jan 29, 2013 at 9:11 AM

    apparently Graham has handed in a transfer request for personal reasons, he wants to be back in the Newcastle area, we should definitely go for him.. know he’s not a big name striker, but he’s a striker, and we need one or two more of those

  • 11 danishmag // Jan 29, 2013 at 9:13 AM

    very ambitious if you ask me..
    Since january 2012 Ashley have spent 35-36 mil getting quality players in.
    sold players for apr.10 mil.. Now thats 25-26 mil spend on signings in one year.
    In that same year our club has returned into top 20 of the richest clubs in the world.
    And our team if you look at it.. Wow it looks very good. Best team/squad since the entertainers?
    Ashley is a business man, and he gambled in the summer, by not getting the players we have gotten en january. I bet he thought we would be on 6th-10th spot by now, and could get a good run, with massive signings in january, so that we would challenge for 4th spot.
    I honestly think, that this team/squad has potential to challenge for 4th spot next year.
    Who of our stars would want to leave, now that Ashley has shown what he wants. It is possible to build a good side, without going bankrupted! Thank you to mr. Ashley.

  • 12 Transfer Sage // Jan 29, 2013 at 9:13 AM

    hdavid23

    He would do a job until the summer, then sign pea, rvw etc and use graham as our 3rd/4th choice.

    But the swansea chairman denied all that this morning so not sure how much truth is in it.

  • 13 Mister Tuff // Jan 29, 2013 at 9:15 AM

    I wonder if we are going to go back in for Florian Thauvin of Bastia. There is a report that Bastia made a bid for Mana Dembele of Clermont -which was refused.
    Bastia might be trying to get another young player before they agree to the sale of Thauvin. Just an idea -you never know.

  • 14 hdavid23 // Jan 29, 2013 at 9:16 AM

    Transfer Sage
    well, even in that case i think he’d be worth a shot, we’re really short on the striker front, we only have 3, and 1 has no PL experience, 1 is in terrible form and 1 is completely useless

  • 15 Black and White with an army lol // Jan 29, 2013 at 9:19 AM

    Krull is gonna have a quite night tonight, im putting 2 £5 bets on the toon winning 3-0 and 3-1

  • 16 TorqToon // Jan 29, 2013 at 9:21 AM

    Nervousness – Excitment – Anticipation…

    That must mean is MATCH DAY !!! :-)

  • 17 WWYCD // Jan 29, 2013 at 9:21 AM

    Big game tonight lads and for once this season am looking forward to it lets see if these French lads have what it takes to wear the black and white

  • 18 Transfer Sage // Jan 29, 2013 at 9:21 AM

    hdavid23

    I like danny graham and think he would be a great squad player. Used to a passing game at swansea, only out of the team because michu is top class, and being a local lad might be happy sat on our bench.

    He would be an ideal 3/4th striker in my eyes.

    However if the price is the quoted 5.5mil I think thats too much for him and would prefer we spent the 9/10 mil to get PEA in.

    Be interesting to loan guidetti from man city for the rest of the season.

  • 19 Hatem's better than Messi // Jan 29, 2013 at 9:23 AM

    If Ashley had done this in the summer he’d have looked ambitious.
    Doing it when you are two points above relegation looks like panic buying to protect his investment.

    Add the summer window to this and the investment isn’t that fantastic for the 20h richest club in Europe.

  • 20 Black and White with an army lol // Jan 29, 2013 at 9:24 AM

    sissoko will get man of the match today, he’ll run right past villa today and creating great goals for cisse or gouffran to run onto

  • 21 tweaked // Jan 29, 2013 at 9:30 AM

    i just hope for the love of football he does not choose willo over mbiwa cause then i cant see us keeping a clean sheet

  • 22 donkeypunch // Jan 29, 2013 at 9:37 AM

    never understood why mike ashly got so much stick in the first place of newcastle being a selling club the only player he ever sold was carrol for 35 million demba ba and enrique were allways going to leave unless we offered them silly money and i really dont think mike ashly is scared of paying big money if the right player come along who can make us better top 20 richest clubs now aswell things can only get better from here i really feel we can aim top 4 next season just one more striker like a BONY PEA OR LUKUTA

  • 23 danishmag // Jan 29, 2013 at 9:42 AM

    Hatem..
    I do not agree!
    Ashley, Pardew and the coaching staff, believed that the squad we had, including the youngsters coming through was good enough. That proven wrong, and alot of injuries to some of our best players has put us were we are now. Its the Cissé story all over. These players would have cost 15 mil more last summer, than in january.

  • 24 Sav // Jan 29, 2013 at 11:19 AM

    ‘Mike Ashley Has Long Term Vision For Newcastle’? Come off it. Everyone says – Pardew has said – that the winter window is not a good time to buy players. At the very least, half a season is gone, our top 6 finish, gone, the domestic cups, gone. While the players we have signed look good and all credit for the owner FINALLY getting his sht together, this is not ‘long term vision’ and not the ideal way to build a team for the future. More like fixing your leaking roof in the pouring rain when you know you should have fixed it when the sun was shining.

  • 25 King // Jan 30, 2013 at 3:32 PM

    @danishmag, What you are failing to take into part is the that Ashley brought in £17.5 mil in players sold over that same period of time, meaning that he really only put in half of what you are saying.




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