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Pardew – Mike Ashley So Supportive Last Month

9:56 am, Friday, February 1st, 2013 by Ed Harrison · 24 Comments

Newcastle didn’t have a busy final day of the transfer window yesterday, and sent Xisco on his way to Spanish second division Cordoba, after terminating his contract by mutual agreement, and brought in promising 17 year-old Swiss center-back from Kevin Mbabu from Servette, and Kevin joins the Development squad.

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Derek LLambias and Mike Ashley – did well last month

And apparently we had some inquiries about some of our top players yesterday – but they were all met by an emphatic no, according to manager Alan Pardew.

And we’ll have clubs coming after some of our top players in the summer too, and they will have a price on their heads – but think of Andy Carroll and £35M in cash up front – and that will be the level of fee placed on some of our top players like Yohan Cabaye, Ben Arfa, Davide Santon and others by owner Mike Ashley.

The top stars will be available but only at high transfer fees placed on them.

Mike made a fleeting visit to the training grounds yesterday to meet with all the new signings, and he also met with Managing Director Derek LLambias and manager Alan Pardew.

And Alan still says we have 14 Cup Finals left this season, and he is hoping that not only will Newcastle get away from the relegation zone – but move into a reasonable position in the Premier League.

Alan had this to say today:

“Mike Ashley has been very, very supportive.” “The results we’ve had this year have not been good enough for this club. We did need to strengthen and, fortunately for myself, it gives me an opportunity to turn the situation around.”

“We’ve really worked hard to get in this position and the job now is to ensure the team is strong enough between now and the end of the year, not to just secure our Premier League status but to hopefully do a little more than that, and give us real optimism for next season.”

“We want a second half of the season like Everton had last season. I think we have the potential to do that but we have to realise that potential.”

After the Reading defeat we were really worried about the situation at Newcastle, but four top players brought in over four days last week alleviated some of that concern, and the 2-1 win at Villa Park last Tuesday night is hopefully one of many wins we can get in our final 14 league games of the season.

Job one is to stay in the Premier League but it would be good and exciting too, if we can surge at the end of the season, and we should see just how high up the league table we can finish – but as long as it’s in 17th place or higher – we’ll be happy enough. :D

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24 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Jail for Ashley // Feb 1, 2013 at 10:04 AM

    Having Marmite smeared onto his groin area and 13 angry red ants, 13 hungry black ants and 1 relatively harmless green ant locked inti his underpants is too good for Ashley.

  • 2 weg // Feb 1, 2013 at 10:04 AM

    It was so pleasing to be able to relax to deadline day! All the good work was done last week and we didnt have to panic about getting what we needed in!

  • 3 weg // Feb 1, 2013 at 10:05 AM

    *on deadline day

  • 4 mumbaNi // Feb 1, 2013 at 10:05 AM

    great window – better squad balance for our optimum formations. Really excited about benny coming back ! We have more power and speed and hopefully now cisse has a bit more confidence. Fingers crossed out injuries are done for this season and we can finish on a high.
    I really hope we can put some stronger teams out in the europa league.. a few ‘first team’ players are now squad players so hopefully they will give us a bit more of a chance in that competition !

  • 5 lesh // Feb 1, 2013 at 10:07 AM

    Hey Jail, you’re warming to him aren’t you? C’mon admit it!

  • 6 LooneyToon41 // Feb 1, 2013 at 10:07 AM

    I think the upcoming new TV deal and (possibly) the new Wonga sponsorship, which i imagine has clauses about Premiership status, had a big input into his decision to authorise spending £21m.

    But credit where it’s due. We’ve bought quality players that will improve both the quality…. and importantly for Mike, the value of the squad!

  • 7 Wayayman // Feb 1, 2013 at 10:08 AM

    Ahhh, transfer window closes and we all take a deep breath. Jail is back and and all is well in the world…

  • 8 WorJordi // Feb 1, 2013 at 10:09 AM

    You have got to give it to Ashley. He saw the problem, identified some of the weaknesses and bought sensibly to show we can progress but not at stupid fees that attract only journeymen with no loyalty. He went to the training ground yesterday tpo meet everyone…. didn’t have to ……. but fair play showed interest in what was happening. I say we keep things gently moving along to the summer and hope he sees whats left to be replaced and does that and we kick on next season.
    2 -1 to tha toon HWTL.

  • 9 magicbus // Feb 1, 2013 at 10:09 AM

    You have the players now AP ( apart from an xtra forward) so no excuses. Lets see what you are made off as a manager.

  • 10 Transfer Sage // Feb 1, 2013 at 10:09 AM

    jail

    possibly your best one yet.

    What sparked your return…was concerned you may have been caught up in that algerian terrorist situation as thats similar to your sort of work isn’t it?

  • 11 Charlie in the Gallowgate // Feb 1, 2013 at 10:11 AM

    Good display/win on Tuesday only thing missing was a ball carrier/dribbler – person running at opposition with ball like Ben Arfa or Marvo.
    Can’t wait to see how one of them in the team

    Ba will get more than boo-ed if he kisses the turf if he scores.

  • 12 Transfer Sage // Feb 1, 2013 at 10:13 AM

    oh shola

    repost on why ba might get booed

    oh shola

    because he demanded a central role or he would leave then he left anyway.

    I dont mind him going to chelsea, it was his attitude of demanding things and not sticking with us once he got them.

    I personally wont boo but get why people would.

    why did people boo carroll? enrique? it happens

  • 13 toon1707 // Feb 1, 2013 at 10:13 AM

    Just a quick question for people about tomorrow’s game who would you partner at the back with colo. I think Taylor had a solid game against villa but mbiwa is a quality CB so I think it is a difficult decision for pardew but a nice problem to have

  • 14 Rowan Milsted // Feb 1, 2013 at 10:14 AM

    Jail – nowt wrong with your spelling mate!

    Sage – re your Ba post – maybe I’m clutching at positives but I think Cisse’s form will improve with Ba gone. They just didn’t play well together, never scored goals at the same time and there was a constant gripe about who got pushed out wide. Gouffron is naturally as winger/striker so hopefully he will compliment Cisse better. I don’t expect old Gouffers to bang the goals in but hopefully he will provide a crucial link that will see others score more goals. Will be interesting to see.

    As for ‘Arry’s latest scandal – would be nice if someone tried to get to the bottom of it. I’d like to know who said what to Peter (not gonna attempt his surname!). I bet nothing will come of it though.

  • 15 LooneyToon41 // Feb 1, 2013 at 10:16 AM

    @8 worjordi . “Not at stupid fees” i agree. Considering Arsenal paid €10m for the Malaga LB Monreal, and QPR…… well QPR would pay £20 for a £1 lottery ticket! ;-)

  • 16 Wayayman // Feb 1, 2013 at 10:18 AM

    Alright, back to important matters.

    Formation for tomorrow? Do we think Saylor will play twice in 4 days given his long lay-off or was Pardew’s plan always to have MYM play on Saturday, which was why he wanted him on at some point against Villa?

    More pressingly, will Jonas get the nod again? I’m a massive fan of him workrate & commitment but this season -and more specifically the last 6 or 7 games- he has been ineffective. In the absence of Marveaux and Bennie, would we be happy with Ballooon Heeeed playing there, against Azpilcueta? I’d be tempted to have Gouffran at LM and have Balloooon use his pace against Cole at RM.
    There’s no doubt that we have to play 5 in midfield against Chelsea otherwise they’ll rip us a new one. But with Balloon, Anita, Sissoko, Cabs and Gouffy with Cisse up top we would have pace, power and creativity plus plenty of bite in the middle.
    I have a feeling Jonas will be starting though in place of Balloon and if he does, he’ll be at LM with Goffy switching to RM.

    —————Krul——————————
    Debuchy Colo MYM Santon

    Gouffy Anita Sissoko Cabs Jonas/Obertan

    —————–Cisse—————–

  • 17 Rowan Milsted // Feb 1, 2013 at 10:19 AM

    toon1707

    I’d play Taylor. Maybe start Mbiwa in Europa. Taylor is a proven quality CB for us with lots of experience and great leadership skills. I know Mbiwa is a former captain but Taylor has been here a while and knows the team. He’s just come back from injury and will be itching to play, would be harsh to leave him out. Perhaps bring Mbiwa on if Taylor is tiring but otherwise I’d start taylor against Chelski. As you say, it’s a good problem to have!

  • 18 Jail for Ashley // Feb 1, 2013 at 10:20 AM

    Transfer,
    Was just getting a bit sick and had that feeling of frustration that ruined last summer for me and didn’t want to let it spoil my holiday, plus I felt as though I had nothing constructive to say so I felt a break was needed, good to back though and a really good window but as Rowan M said on the last thread slightky over shadowed by how weak we are up top and what looks like being willing to spend 10M on the striker we wanted but not 12M, yet again gambling that Cisse ala Collo/STaylor will stay fit.

  • 19 Toon-Prodigy // Feb 1, 2013 at 10:21 AM

    Im in the minority then.

    For me Ba never played with any loyalty to the shirt, he was only ever interested in keeping himself in the shop window. Im happy for the performances and the goals but at the same time he disrespected the club, disrespected the fans, and was a very selfish individual when it came to putting the team first. From the day he started to do well he had one leg out the door.

    I havnt forgot about his tweets either, every window, and how coy he was in saying how happy he was while he had his agents floating all over europe wanting his double wages. Not to mention the timing of his departure. The bloke was a snake and the club only benefitted because he was so desperate to get out. This is the truth.

    Sorry Demba, but if you treat my club like that, you treat me like that.

    You wont get a welcome from me.

  • 20 sirjasontoon // Feb 1, 2013 at 10:27 AM

    I think Demba will have the last word at the weekend.
    One of the best in the premiership and a snip at the price.
    Least we have Nile Ranger to fill his boots :)

  • 21 Spotlight Kid // Feb 1, 2013 at 10:28 AM

    Dear AP,

    I don’t think “supportive” is the correct expression. I suspect “belatedly diligent in discharging his oft neglected responsibility as club owner” is perhaps nearer the mark.

    Pip pip y’all,

    SK

  • 22 OhSholaAmeobi // Feb 1, 2013 at 10:39 AM

    Transfer Sage

    I get that but he still scored a hell of a lot of goals and worked incredibly hard every match. Lets be honest we couldn’t have expected him to stick round, he didn’t owe us anything, and Chelsea are more likely to win trophies. I think if he’ll score tomorrow like

  • 23 OhSholaAmeobi // Feb 1, 2013 at 10:39 AM

    that he will score tomorrow*

  • 24 tweaked // Feb 2, 2013 at 5:53 AM

    It’s time o give MA credit where it’s due, you buy a business to make money otherwise what’s the point, he now has shown that we need o be contenders and champions league material if u really want to succeed and enjoy the monetary success of world football, from what I saw against villa we now look classy team and once our new boys get the hang of the toon and settle we can only go up… Here’s hoping when Arfa returns we can push hard for a euro final to finally bring us home some silverware, hopefully still in ED and myslfs lifetime.. A good 4-3-3 with an attack of goofy/marvs cisse and good ol Benny we can score gr8 goals and now having the pleasure of having the 2 best midfielders in the game and a much needed stronger defense.




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