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Newcastle Miss Out On Kone – Lack Ambition – Too Little Too Late

9:26 am, Friday, July 5th, 2013 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 30 Comments

Maybe we are wrong, but it strikes us as a bit of a panic move to go after Arouna Kone of Wigan yesterday, when his former manager Roberto Martinez and his new club Everton were in advanced negotiations for the 29 year-old Ivory Coast striker.

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Arouna Kone – too little too late

But the news yesterday, which was confirmed by Wigan Chairman David Whelan, was that Newcastle had met the release clause of £5M in his contract, and had been given permission to talk to the player.

And what probably happened after that, is Newcastle found out the 29 year-old striker was 90% signed by Everton, and we had no chance of success and hence the news late yesterday that we had pulled out of the chase.

That doesn’t sound like a club who knows what they are doing in the transfer market, and it seems like a rash reaction after we missed out on Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, probably because we just wouldn’t pay out the money Dortmund were willing to pay for the talented St. Etienne striker.

In retrospect,Borussia Dortmund seemed to do everything right to move in to get their striker target to Germany.

Newcastle (Mike Ashley) will need to learn that sometimes the club needs to pay out a decent fee to get a very good player.

And news today that we will pass up the chance to sign Loic Remy, and Newcastle are now after younger and hungrier strikers – and make that cheaper strikers.

The good news is there are still a number of decent strikers out there – and there’s still a lot of time left in this transfer window – but Newcastle surely need to become less frugal and more ambitious, if we are really trying to build a side that can eventually challenge for a top four spot.

But maybe that’s not what Mike Ashley’s plans are for Newcastle and that’s the disconnect?

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Tags: Newcastle News · Transfer News and Rumours · Transfer Target

30 responses so far ↓

  • 1 John Tudor // Jul 5, 2013 at 9:28 AM

    ashley if you dont want or cant play the game get out of toon

  • 2 Ben3arfa // Jul 5, 2013 at 9:28 AM

    Maybe not a bad thing we passed up on him

    But yer, or transfer dealings are pretty much run by a bunch of clowns

  • 3 Santon03 // Jul 5, 2013 at 9:28 AM


    Things are not that simple. The clubs tend to instigate bidding war for their players and good players always have options more than one club to go to and we are not that attractive enough

  • 4 Belfast // Jul 5, 2013 at 9:33 AM

    The circus rolls on.

  • 5 TorqToon // Jul 5, 2013 at 9:33 AM

    Ed – the chronicle reported that we will pass up on Remy, I give them zero credit as 98% of their articles are guesswork.

    Relax man….there’s a long time to go!

  • 6 jimmysmith // Jul 5, 2013 at 9:34 AM

    we’re panicking already, I wonder if its because Joe is coming out of his torpor and is starting to realize he is atrociously out of his depth. Fortunately for him, Mike won’t recognize this for another couple of seasons.

  • 7 John Tudor // Jul 5, 2013 at 9:34 AM

    ashley wont bid

  • 8 Santon03 // Jul 5, 2013 at 9:34 AM

    Okay I’m confused now on which I should post my comment. I’ll be back posting when the blog has settle.

  • 9 DevonToon // Jul 5, 2013 at 9:35 AM

    Seen a few of u post saying you dont want remy cos he has a bad rep… We have ashley, kinnear, wonga, pardew… Whats one more knob to add fo the collection? At least this lad can play! Although dont look like its gunna happen. Apparently we where bidding for dwight gayle, or so palace say…

  • 10 Transfer Sage // Jul 5, 2013 at 9:36 AM

    not a good player so no loss

  • 11 John Tudor // Jul 5, 2013 at 9:36 AM

    ashley rumoured to be setting up a large carbooty style fayre on pitch at st james

  • 12 ArtyH // Jul 5, 2013 at 9:38 AM

    Worth a look:
    Or are we to be shot down again by our director of **** all?

  • 13 Transfer Sage // Jul 5, 2013 at 9:38 AM


    I dont want ashley, wonga or remy.

    Mainly wonga, really dislike them…but remy too (not as he is guilty, just not worth the risk yet in case he is charged and convicted, should wait til it clear).

  • 14 Tsunki // Jul 5, 2013 at 9:38 AM

    Missing out on Kone doesn’t REALLY signify lack of ambition does it, though? I have yet to get really enthused about any of the players we have been rumoured to be in for. We seem to be a mediocre club with mediocre targets, mediocre manager, less than great DoF and a jogger hogger salesman at the tiller. Wake me up when september ends.

  • 15 TorqToon // Jul 5, 2013 at 9:39 AM

    No quotes, no evidence, no real journalism, nothing to see, nor worry about!

    Will sell them a few papers though…! 🙂

  • 16 Tsunki // Jul 5, 2013 at 9:42 AM

    jimmysmith @6 – careful there, using words like ‘torpor’ attracts the venom of our very own Joe Blog! Can’t use exotic words here apparently. 🙂

  • 17 BandB // Jul 5, 2013 at 9:45 AM

    Does anyone really think Kinnear has been entrusted with transfer negotiations?
    Or could it be Ashley is handling the deals, relying on Carr as his main adviser? Something more like what happened in January when Ashley decided to get personally involved?
    Kinnear’s job could be to report on whether the coaching and fitness regime at the club needs 10 million volts through it and to provide a player by player assessment on the present playing staff. In short, that Kinnear’s role is really that of spy and agent provocateur.

  • 18 Transfer Sage // Jul 5, 2013 at 9:49 AM


    How I see it is similar to you. Kinnear wont be trusted to negotiate and sign cheques, maybe make enquires into availability but thats it I think.

    To me he will link with carr and pardew to make sure that they are looking for the right players in the right positions (then ignore them and recommend his own thing).

    I honestly don’t think he will have much impact or say around the club. He will talk a lot but be allowed to do very little i beleive.

  • 19 DevonToon // Jul 5, 2013 at 9:50 AM

    Sage… Im struggling to think of a prem football player who spent time in jail for rape… He wont be charged simply cos he plays football (yes the world is a warped place). Only prem players i can think of who done time are barton, big dunc, and hughes (but he killed some one)

  • 20 Laurent Robert 32 // Jul 5, 2013 at 9:50 AM

    I’m not even getting hopes up listening to news reports until they’re signed and in the shirt. It’s just to sell papers. Even then they can’t get it right.

    I remember a front page of The Chronicle or Sunday Sun paper a few years ago saying we were going to sign Beckham I think it was, then on the back, a full back page ruling us out.

    I’m sick of constant disappointment with these muppets in charge.

    A recruitment policy around the age of 24, Carr, and better financial standing are the only real benefits of Ashley’s circus which he’s brought us in my opinion, plus maybe a freezing of season ticket prices. Yet there’s a LONG list of negatives.

  • 21 jimmysmith // Jul 5, 2013 at 9:52 AM

    it’s safe, joes shift at mill started at 6.

  • 22 Tsunki // Jul 5, 2013 at 9:54 AM

    JFK’s head is probably stuck in 20-years-ago mode. If the final say relies on MA and JFK getting their heads together on their own idea of a players value, then we are doomed. Please tell me that at least Pardew and Carr have a big say on whether a player is worth a punt. Can’t believe I just said that last bit. Times are hard.

  • 23 Transfer Sage // Jul 5, 2013 at 9:57 AM


    Yeh I know he will probably get away withou charge and if charged probably with conviction. But until that is set in stone i wouldn’t want to commit for player.

    1. as i wouldn’t want that kind of person at the club

    and 2. we dont sign a lot of players so if he did go to jail we’d be stuck with nobody else.

  • 24 BandB // Jul 5, 2013 at 10:01 AM


    While I wish Ash would show more sign of genuinely competitive instincts, I don’t think he wants to be bricking it over potential relegation with three games to go again.
    I think he decided he really needed to get to the bottom of what was going on within the set-up (his set-up, after all).
    Kinnear will ruffle feathers because it is his nature. Caesar used to send Mark Antony to negotiate when he wanted to pick a fight, because he knew he could help but cause offence. I see something of that going on here.

  • 25 Transfer Sage // Jul 5, 2013 at 10:04 AM


    yeh, good analogy.

    i personally dont care how we improve as long as we do.

  • 26 Yorkgeordie // Jul 5, 2013 at 10:08 AM

    Kinnear knows nothing about being involved in transfers for players worth Millions of pounds. He knows nothing about the wages players can command these days. He know nothing about modern day players agents and how to negotiate with them, and yet we scan the media each day looking for the news that we have signed a top player. The man is way out of his depth. The only experience we had of transfer dealing has resigned, and he wasn’t brilliant, but Llambias must have learned something. I will be surprised if we make any signings of note and I doubt if we even get adequate replacements for those we ship out

  • 27 Magforlife // Jul 5, 2013 at 10:09 AM

    Just had the bill drop for the season ticket, looks like i will spend more that Ashley !
    Long ways to go but not hopeful at all 🙁

  • 28 lesh // Jul 5, 2013 at 10:54 AM

    I said last night that my reading of this supposed bid is as follows:

    1 – Kinnear’s totally out of his depth in his role:

    2 – He hasn’t been aware of the relationship between Ashley and Whelan:

    3 – Being a director who thinks he’s Mr Knowall, he’s gone wading in with an acceptable bid without researching the situation:

    4- Whelan, seeking the potential to making Ashley look a fool, he announces that we’re set to talk to talk to the player:

    5 – Ashley gets wind of what’s going on and tells Kinnear it’s a non-starter:

    6 – Kinnear panics and let’s it be known that the player doesn’t fit in with our policy as he’s too old (that should scupper any move for Bent?):

    7 – Kinnear gets a dressing down from Ashley who’s beginning to realise he’s bought a pup in Kinnear.

    Point 7, I would add is wishful thinking. But Ashley’s got a problem – how does he git rid of the idiot? Maybe it’s a good time for Kinnear’s health to become a concern and for his sake, take a long period of ‘sick’ leave?

    7 –

  • 29 Link // Jul 5, 2013 at 7:03 PM

    Just a game by MA. pretending missing out the targets and will end up not using money at all

  • 30 Jinky Jim // Jul 5, 2013 at 8:54 PM

    Listen feknhear,most teams have signed in new players,however!we have not even decided which fekn strip we are going to wear.You have to make a 42 part series and stick it on the Comedy Channel,unfeknbelievable.
    By the way Ed that is now 87 players you have rumoured,13 to go and you have the magic ton,well done son.

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