We keep hearing that the goal next season for Newcastle is to be in the top ten in the Premier League, and we suppose that’s better than the bottom ten, but is that being ambitious enough for a club that gets 52,000 fans at each home game?
Mike Ashley – will the owner become more ambitious this summer?
We don’t think so, and last summer at this time we were starting to think that Mike Ashley’s plan was starting to work, and after five years we were in the top six and back in Europe, and that was supposedly always the plan after Mike Ashley bought the club in the summer of 2007.
But one year later and it appears we are almost back to square one, and we were fighting relegation again last season, and it seems this summer is almost like a watershed period for Newcastle.
Will we continue to bring in potentially unknown players that have been scouted by Graham Carr and his team, or will we also start to spend some big (bigger) money on some good recognized players and bring in more players, and then allow fringe players like Dan Gosling, Gabby Obertan and Romain Amalfitano to leave the club?
We do not necessarily think the more money you spend in the summer the better things are – because Freddy Shepherd proved years ago you can spend some big money and pay fabulous wages out to players who quickly turn out to be average at best and not good enough for Newcastle United – there are many examples of this.
So it’s not only the amount of money we pay out for players, although we would expect that to increase, with Premier League clubs now getting at least 50% more next season than we got this season, and Newcastle received around £45M this season for finishing in 16th place – and next season the bottom club gets around £60M and the top club gets around £100M.
Why can’t Newcastle set a goal for next season to be in the top four, and then do what’s necessary to meet that target by bringing in the appropriate players over the summer, and after all Newcastle’s financial standing is improving all the time, and at the end of last season Alan Pardew said our financial situation was excellent.
We are reminded of one of the great Bill Shankly quotes:
“Aim for the sky and you’ll reach the ceiling. Aim for the ceiling and you’ll stay on the floor.”
So what does the Newcastle United Football Club want to be when it grows up, a top ten side, or a top four side that can eventually win the Premier League and then the Champions League?
Why not the latter?
Question to Mike Ashley – can Newcastle aim for the sky this summer?
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