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Newcastle In Strong Position Financially – Will Keep Top Players

8:58 am, Thursday, July 11th, 2013 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 33 Comments

Alan Pardew has said again today that Newcastle are in a strong position financially, so the obvious question  that comes to mind is why are we continuing to be so frugal in the transfer market?

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Alan Pardew - in training this week

And the answer seems to be that’s the way owner Mike Ashley wants to operate, and the bottom line is Ashley wants good deals on players, and will not pay (too much) over the odds for any player.

However, it does look like we bid a decent fee for Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, and more than Borussia Dortmund bid – if news stories are to be believed.

This is what Alan Pardew said today to the local press:

“I feel we are in a strong position financially to hold on to our players,” “If one of our top players goes, it’ll be a bid that blows the doors off. That’s it.”

“In terms of the big players, again, we have not sold anybody,” “We have players under long-term contracts here. Hopefully, we can add to that.”

“We are strong in some areas and weak in others,” “I think it would be nice to strengthen in some areas.”

It seems like most Premier clubs are willing to spend big this summer, including smaller clubs like West Ham, Norwich and Swansea, and we have to believe that’s based on the big money the clubs will receive next May from the Premier League.

Last season it was anywhere from £40M to £60M, and this season it will be anywhere from £60M to £100M depending on which position a club finishes in the league, and other factors such as how many times the team is featured on TV.

The increase in money is because of the new three year TV deal, and the smaller clubs seems to be buying now, knowing they will have that money next May, and that’s the way Freddy Shepherd ran Newcastle for ten years.

Mike Ashley is different,  and the club pays in cool cash up front for any transfers in,  and tries to get money paid up front for players leaving, although that’s not always possible.

But Newcastle are in good financial shape, and maybe two good strikers is all we really need this summer plus a number of top youngsters?

What do you think?

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33 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Lilongwe Geordie // Jul 11, 2013 at 9:02 AM

    Red rag to numerous bulls this article!!

  • 2 G // Jul 11, 2013 at 9:02 AM

    If we are in good financial shape, whats the chance of getting a couple of bodies in through the door this week AP?

  • 3 jeff // Jul 11, 2013 at 9:05 AM

    http://cdn.eplindex.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/07/Creativity-new.png

    jonas did not create a SINGLE CLEAR CUT OPPORTUNITY ALLLLLLLLLLLLLLLL SEASON

  • 4 Jamseyd24 // Jul 11, 2013 at 9:05 AM

    Said it before guys, we wont sihn anyone until mad Joe gets back from holiday. We seem to have gone very quiet on the rumour front which is always a good sign.

  • 5 sparky55 // Jul 11, 2013 at 9:07 AM

    that’s a load of bollox…it’s alright saying we in a good financial position and don’t need the money but’s a completely different scenario to a player wanting to leave because they’ve lost all faith in the management of the club and the mangers sh!te hoofball tactics.

    One of the last interviews Pardew gave at the end of last season he said and i QUOTE…”you can’t stop a player leaving if they really want to go”

    so yet again he’s full of sh!te and yet again all he’s doing is setting up JFK for a fall because now he’ll blame JFK if anyone wants to leave rather than look in the mirror and see where the real blame lies.

    it’ll be a p!siing contest between jfk and Pardew all summer long and i’m a bit sick of it already…it’s playground stuff and it shouldn’t be happening at this once great club…Mashley needs to make a defining move a get rid of one of them now

  • 6 lesh // Jul 11, 2013 at 9:07 AM

    Lilongwe, give the headbangers an hour or so to read the article and be prepared for the usual recycled pap.

    Ne’er mind though there is an upside in that posting keeps them indoors and out of harms way!

  • 7 lesh // Jul 11, 2013 at 9:09 AM

    jeff…. Are you trying to make a point about Jonas?

    If so, what is it??

  • 8 G // Jul 11, 2013 at 9:09 AM

    @6 – I could list at least 12 regulars on here who should in reality be saying ‘ouch’ about now for that close on your comment. The best part is, not a single one of them will be aware that it was directed at them. Class.

  • 9 sparky55 // Jul 11, 2013 at 9:09 AM

    sorry bout the numerous spelling and grammar goofs…too early and too fcuking annoyed

  • 10 Black and White with an army lol // Jul 11, 2013 at 9:10 AM

    ‘ Newcastle are in a strong position financially’

    so i guess MA won’t be spending unless we sell, typical!

  • 11 Black and White with an army lol // Jul 11, 2013 at 9:12 AM

    sparky55

    i feel your pain mate, we all know what MA & co are up to but some fickle fans want to stay positive about things which is even more depressing.

  • 12 jeff // Jul 11, 2013 at 9:13 AM

    lesh get back on your leash dog.

    would like to see marveaux play in the iniesta role, which i think he would do. for all u hoofball merchants out there who dont know what iniesta does, check out this thread: http://www.haugstadfootball.net/2013/04/21/barca-tactics-how-iniesta-creates-space/

    would love to see cabaye/sissoko/marveaux midfield trying to emulate xavi/biscuits/iniesta although obviously they would not really come close to the original

  • 13 TorqToon // Jul 11, 2013 at 9:16 AM

    Jeff – who’s iniesta?? :-)

  • 14 jeff // Jul 11, 2013 at 9:17 AM

    torqtoon, i have seen bloggers on this website saying iniesta is a left winger lol… i think tsunki said it. stick to fifa haha

  • 15 jeff // Jul 11, 2013 at 9:17 AM

    “no idea why barca bought neymar when they already have a capable lw in iniesta” were his words IIRC

  • 16 sparky55 // Jul 11, 2013 at 9:19 AM

    jeff…cloud and cuckoo spring to mind.

    1. Pardew would never dream of such a thing even when whacked out on coke.

    2. Cabs won’t be here even in two weeks time

    3. Pardew doesn’t see what Marveux is capable of

    so yep…dream on bonny lad….planet Zarg is obviously keeping you in a good place :-)

  • 17 Tommyy // Jul 11, 2013 at 9:22 AM

    I’m sick of it now, we better being in some top players and I mean top! Not the likes of Bent. To be the only club to not make a senior signing is a disgrace this far into the window.

    All the clubs around us have strengthened, all we’ve done is weakened. I’m losing faith and patience rapidly with this shitty excuse for a premier league club.

  • 18 TorqToon // Jul 11, 2013 at 9:23 AM

    Sparky – You could be right about cabaye. But he won’t go for £20mil.

    Will take more than that to sign the future France captain.

  • 19 Black and White with an army lol // Jul 11, 2013 at 9:25 AM

    is it me or does this sound like last season transfer market, we were interested in everybody but only manage to bring in Anita, looks to me that history is repeating itself over and over again.

  • 20 jeff // Jul 11, 2013 at 9:27 AM

    if marveaux leaves i guarantee he will be a star at his next club. pardew does not recognise his ability in particular DECISION MAKING. he knows when to pass and when to play the through ball – cabaye and ben arfa may be better technically, but marv is the most intelligent baller at this club

  • 21 Tommyy // Jul 11, 2013 at 9:27 AM

    Torqtoon – I disagree, I think at 20 million pounds it would be accepted instantly. His resale would never get higher and he will only decline here as we cock up on a consistent basis and achieve absolutely nothing paralleled with his increasing age.

  • 22 Tommyy // Jul 11, 2013 at 9:29 AM

    Jeff – Cabaye is not better technically than Marveuax. Marveuax has astonishing close control and touch and pick a far more delicate pass.

  • 23 jordijohnty // Jul 11, 2013 at 9:30 AM

    is fat joe really on a holiday at the most important time of year for a DoF?

  • 24 Slank // Jul 11, 2013 at 9:40 AM

    Sparky

    Pardew was correct on both counts.

    He was right in saying ‘you can’t stop a player leaving if they really want to go.’ This has been proved time and time again in the Premiership. I haven’t heard or seen anything from our group of players.

    He was almost certainly right by saying that the club is financially secure and doesn’t need to sell in order to buy.

  • 25 sparky55 // Jul 11, 2013 at 9:43 AM

    hi Slank…so you’ve not heard anything re Cabs wanting to go then?

    I’m no ITK but I’m pretty sure he’s off and I’m pretty sure he’ll go for less than 20 million

  • 26 Slank // Jul 11, 2013 at 9:45 AM

    Tommy @ 22

    Cabaye and Marveaux are similar but different, if you know what I mean!

    Cabaye is much more robust and puts himself about whereas I can’t recall ever seeing Marveaux do that. Cabaye has a better range of long passing whereas, as you rightly say, Marveaux can pick a far more delicate pass. Both are excellent in their own ways.

  • 27 Slank // Jul 11, 2013 at 9:48 AM

    Sparky

    Colo wasn’t after a move to another club.

    As I understand it, he wanted to be with his estranged wife and kids. Quite a different matter.

  • 28 numba9 // Jul 11, 2013 at 9:49 AM

    Why is joke on holiday when he has just been given a job he shouldn’t be in anyway and the transferwis only open for a short space of time ? If has had four years with his feet up drinking lager shandy with fat jabber

  • 29 Slank // Jul 11, 2013 at 9:52 AM

    Sparky,

    Sorry I read your comment as Colo and not Cabaye !

    I haven’t seen anything from Cabaye to suggest he wants away and will do anything to achieve it. If he is sold it will probably be for a ridiculous amount. If PSG comes a knocking I would imagine that any of our French boys would go.

  • 30 GeordieDan // Jul 11, 2013 at 10:11 AM

    Torq>

    Anything further on Bent and/or De Jong mate?

    Seems to have gone a bit quiet. AGAIN.

    Do we have to wait for JFK to return from his jollies to close any deal?

  • 31 lesh // Jul 11, 2013 at 10:40 AM

    GeordieDan…. I fear we will have to wait ’til El Supremo returns from his well-deserved holiday to see any sigificant signing.

    He wouldn’t want to miss the opportunity of taking the glory now would he!

  • 32 Tubai // Jul 11, 2013 at 11:40 AM

    Its simple according to him: they will sell only if the price is massive and then after selling keep all the money in ashley’s locker and instead of paying a little more to get quality players, spend the money to improve his own business. So Simple: Good! continue to play with the emotions of passionate fans like us: I don’t think he has spend the money from the sale of carroll, nolan and enrique till now.

  • 33 vipgreek // Jul 11, 2013 at 5:21 PM

    Its not about keeping our players, Its about having them not wanting to leave to go to better things , especially since Ashley wont spend to improve the squad and you got teams like sunderland, norwich and swansea or spending and paying the going rate , who knows whats going to happen this year one thing for sure is Newcastle needs a technical coach who can get the best out of players, need a strategist all we will be fighting to stay in the premier league and all our players are going to be putting in transfer request at the end of the season for sure.




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