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Newcastle Must Become More Ambitious And Reach For The Sky

8:24 am, Tuesday, May 28th, 2013 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 18 Comments

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?

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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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18 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Ben3arfa // May 28, 2013 at 8:27 AM

    Ambitious hence Pardew is targeting Wayne Bridge

  • 2 Toon-Prodigy // May 28, 2013 at 8:31 AM

    Santon,

    I agree.

    In regards to Loic, I’v voted no.

    I think he is a quality footballer and he is well worth 8 million but he seems a troubled character to me. His personal life was often spoke about back in France aswell. He seems to go off the rails quite regularly.

    Personally, I’d skip him. I don’t think our vibrant nightlife will do him any favours.

    In regards to NUFC, and the plan we have set out for next season, im ok with aiming for top 6 and maybe finishing 8th.

    The way I look at it I would like a few seasons where we are cemented somewhere in those top 8 teams. Aslong as we improve the squad each window im quite happy with baby steps at this point in time. The top four is far too far out infront of us.

    Yep, a few seasons finishing in the top 6-8 and i’d be pleased with that progress.

  • 3 Jail for Ashley // May 28, 2013 at 8:33 AM

    Mike Ashley aims for the skirting board.

  • 4 Hatem's better than Messi // May 28, 2013 at 8:34 AM

    It will all be done as cheaply as possible.
    More gambles on untested young players, more excuses … “we tried to get him over the line but … we just didn’t have that extra 1M which would have landed him .. we just can’t compete with the big spending clubs like Norwich, Swansea and WBA”.

  • 5 Indian Magpie // May 28, 2013 at 8:39 AM

    ED you drunk

    Never going to happen

  • 6 Santon03 // May 28, 2013 at 8:39 AM

    Toon Prodigy

    I don’t mind next season we finished 8th as long as we are serious in cup games. I believe we have good chance in domestic cups if we are serious about it considering the winners this year are Wigan and Swansea, I think we have better squad than they are. The big teams probably more concern about european cups.

  • 7 Indian Magpie // May 28, 2013 at 8:40 AM

    Breaking News: 1 Million gambling bonus for pardew if he achieves the target of top 10 finish

  • 8 Toon-Prodigy // May 28, 2013 at 8:48 AM

    Santon,

    Deffo aye. I want us to go all out for cup games. Realistically, it’s out best chance at a trophy. Considering our squad depth and quality throughout the squad I don’t see any reason why we can’t.

    Obviously with this said, the importance of keeping our good players and adding more quality throughout the summer aswell.

    I really am fearing losing a couple this summer. I fear the likes of Cabaye and Ben Arfa have became disillusioned with our lack of ambition last summer. Hopefully January made up for any doubts which they may have. And also signing some quality this summer also will have a bearing on any future decisions they may have to make.

  • 9 santosh82 // May 28, 2013 at 8:53 AM

    @Indian

    Bhai! next season hasn’t even started yet. Let’s be a bit optimistic. Even though most of the time we were crap, we did played some good football this season on occasions.

    If we do badly in the beginning of next season then pardew will be off after 10 games and we can still get a decent manager we can afford.

    If we have a good season and finish 6th for many of us this season will be distant memory

  • 10 Hatem's better than Messi // May 28, 2013 at 8:55 AM

    A big early signing is needed … and Shola signing a one-year extension isn’t going to cut it Llambias.

  • 11 Rotonda heights // May 28, 2013 at 8:59 AM

    Ed

    pardew doesn’t even want Europe, let alone reaching for the stars!!!!

  • 12 Indian Magpie // May 28, 2013 at 9:00 AM

    Santosh

    Mere bhai Mere dost

    You think we can finish 6th under pardew again?

  • 13 santosh82 // May 28, 2013 at 9:02 AM

    @Indian

    I dont want to rule out the possibility even before the season started.

    We did it before why can’t we do it again.

  • 14 Hatem's better than Messi // May 28, 2013 at 9:07 AM

    Depressing, depressing , depressing.
    Will Ashley spend?
    Can Llambias do the deal?
    Can Pardew coach the squad to play attacking Newcastle football?

    No, no and no then.

  • 15 winnynufc // May 28, 2013 at 9:51 AM

    Bit worrying for me is that other clubs are making in roads already with recruiting new players already! Not much coming out of NUFC apart from the silly speculation! Lets move quick get the players bedded in for next season?? HWTL

  • 16 Sav // May 28, 2013 at 10:42 AM

    If you want to make a policy of taking an educated gamble on relatively young and inexpensive players, then at least make sure you have a full squad.

  • 17 Bryan // May 28, 2013 at 12:27 PM

    Ed you have to remember that all the so called big teams above us are also getting this huge increase in money from the Premier league. Its been said many times before, that you have to spend £20m just to stand still. That figure could not be more true this summer. If we don’t spend at least £50m this summer we will be in big trouble again next year. Norwich of all teams have already spent £9m on Wolfswinkel, a former target of ours.
    My concern, and let me know if you agree, is we probably have the best 1st team players at the club for at least 10 years. For them players to fail so badly last season is down to the way they have been coached, the way they have been told to play and the way these players have been set up to play during games. That all boils down to one man. We can all go on about signing this player and that player, but if when we sign these very good players they are coached in a way that rips the flair out of them, then its all wasted money.
    I will give AP the benefit of the doubt but only until December. If we are still playing this drivel of negative hoof ball football by then we will find ourselves at the wrong end of the table I would expect MA & DL to find a new manager. We all want stability at the club but stability in the right manager, a one that is going to get the best out of some great players not one that is strangling the life out of them.

  • 18 Owldman // May 28, 2013 at 1:35 PM

    As I stated on a previous blog if Spearing & Bridges are the height of our ambtions then we are in deep shit,




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