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Newcastle Can Raise Their Wage Bill By £12M This Season

9:34 am, Wednesday, July 31st, 2013 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 64 Comments

It’s not gone unnoticed that smaller clubs like Swansea City, Norwich City and West Ham this summer have paid out some big money in the transfer market, unlike Newcastle United.

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Mike Ashley – will he loosen the purse strings a bit?

And we think that’s because of the new three year deal the Premier League has cut for the TV rights to the games.

And whereas last season teams got between £40M and £60M, depending on where they finished in the league table and a few other measurements,  that figure is between £60M and £100M for the next three years.

In general, teams will be getting about £25M more for the coming season than last year.

Newcastle’s wage bill for the last financial year through June 30th last year,  was a bit high and it was £64.1M on revenues (turnover) of £93.3M, so that was 68.7% of revenues.

At the time the results were announced in March,  Derek LLambias said Newcastle would be reducing that wage percentage this summer, and we’ve already got Nile Ranger, Danny Simpson, Steve Harper and James Perch off the wage bill, and Dan Gosling will also likely leave this summer, and we’ve brought nobody through the door except 16 year-old Olivier Kemen.

Sending players like Shane Ferguson, James Tavernier and Mehdi Abeid out on loan also helps to reduce the wage bill, and presumably our revenues will be further boosted by the new Wonga deal which is 6M a year for the next four years – the biggest sponsor deal ever signed by the club  – and it still seems like peanuts compared to the big clubs in the Premier League.

If Newcastle are to keep wages at say 60% of revenues then it means the wage bill can increase about £12M for next season – and we’re not quite sure why Mike Ashley is continuing to be ultra frugal this summer.

Certainly smaller Premier League clubs than Newcastle aren’t.

We’re not saying we should go crazy, just loosen things up a bit for both the transfer fees and the wages of new players – because of our increased revenues coming in.

What do you think?

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64 responses so far ↓

  • 1 ~Joke-innear~ // Jul 31, 2013 at 9:35 AM

    Yeah, won’t happen.

  • 2 Offkey // Jul 31, 2013 at 9:36 AM

    Ed has joined the calculator club. There are a few on here already……………

  • 3 richyg01 // Jul 31, 2013 at 9:36 AM

    Reports we are back in for Mevlut Erding

  • 4 Toon73 // Jul 31, 2013 at 9:37 AM


  • 5 Toon73 // Jul 31, 2013 at 9:40 AM

    £12m going straight into Ashley’s skyrocket

  • 6 ToonDarnSarf // Jul 31, 2013 at 9:43 AM

    If he pockets the £12M, then that’s his right to do so. I’m not going to complain when he’s paying off the interest free loans that he has given the club. That’s a lot better than the multi-million pound salaries that Shepherd and Douglas Hall paid themselves.

  • 7 jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew // Jul 31, 2013 at 9:43 AM

    Ed, we should change our policy about a wage cap just because of the new TV money; what will happen when the three years is up and a new maybe less lucrative deal is struck?

    …we will be stuck with overpaid players we cannot get rid off.

    The wage cap is here to stay – I agree Mike needs to learn the way football works quickly and start finding creative ways to up the transfer fees we are willing to pay.

    We are getting no way this way!

  • 8 toonfan76 // Jul 31, 2013 at 9:43 AM

    Morning fellow toon fans, Just wanted to come on here today and say RIP Sir Bobby Robson, today it is 4 years since we lost one of the greatest men ever to grace our club. Sorely missed. Gone but never forgotten.

  • 9 Jail for Ashley // Jul 31, 2013 at 9:45 AM

    TDsarf will choke on his happy shopper cornflakes and powdered milk when he reads this Ed, how dare you spend “the clubs ” money I can hear him stammer.

  • 10 Toon Avenger // Jul 31, 2013 at 9:46 AM

    Down sarf

    You are a complete mug

  • 11 richyg01 // Jul 31, 2013 at 9:51 AM

    4 years!?

    Long live Sir Bobby.

  • 12 ToonDarnSarf // Jul 31, 2013 at 9:52 AM


    Don’t be daft. I want him to spend as much as we can afford, I’d rather that MA put in some of his own money as a gift to subsidise transfers in recognition of what a wonderful club he gets to work with.

    Shepherd and Hall made millions from our club in terms of salary and then selling shares. And you object to MA wanting to pay off some of the interest free loan he gave the club?

  • 13 toon kk // Jul 31, 2013 at 9:53 AM

    This is our stumbling block, penny pinching on wages and for the sake of 1 mill loosing out on our targets. As far as Pardew goes, thats why he has a job because no matter what happens he’ll go along with it. He’s desperate for new signings but if they don’t come he’ll stick up for MA.

  • 14 Belfast // Jul 31, 2013 at 9:54 AM

    No chance he’d rather spend it on sports direct signs

  • 15 Hatem's better than Messi // Jul 31, 2013 at 9:55 AM

    Let´s hope that the football is better to watch this season.

    Last season was dire, I watched every match including preseason, that´s a lot of hours watching Pardew play players out of position and his hoof ball tactics.

    Hopefully we can keep the ball on the floor this season although I have no confidence that will happen.

    Our transfer targets seem second rate at best.
    JFK doing a lousy job of getting them in.

    There really isn´t any ambition being shown, why should people buy season tickets?

  • 16 peasngravy // Jul 31, 2013 at 9:55 AM

    Well said Toon Fan 76 here here,
    The greatest manager we’ve ever had and more than likely ever will, a giant of a man with charisma by the bucket load. RIP Bobby never to be forgotten, true true LEGEND.

  • 17 RonVanDam // Jul 31, 2013 at 9:56 AM

    As we add more and more quality players to the club, wage bill will increase but not in the vicinity of L’pool, Spurs etc.

    We are a no frills club. Theres a reason we raid the french market. I dont think we will have a player in the next 5 years getting 100k a week.

    We are not trying to outspend other clubs, we have a budget that we need to keep to. Other regimes before Mike spent carelessly, MA is more like a car dealer

  • 18 lesh // Jul 31, 2013 at 9:56 AM

    Why is Ashley being frugal?

    Because good ratios such as payroll to revenue plus no major spend makes the club’s accounts and the balance sheet attractive to potential buyers!

    Just a thought…….

    LILONGWE, I’ll not post the link but if you look at The Guardian for Tuesday 30 July, its review of Womad, you’ll see that a Malawian band got a mention. Maybe you’ve come across them?

  • 19 ToonDarnSarf // Jul 31, 2013 at 9:56 AM

    Please read all of this if you think our previous owners were all sweetness and light,

    Some highlights:
    – the Hall’s company loaned the club money at 11% interest
    – Hall and Shepherd were paid a total of £10M in salaries
    – relatives of Hall and Shepherd were hired on 6 figure salaries (yet people object to MA hiring JFK on the basis that he knows him)
    – The Halls made £10M selling shares in 1998 and a further £20M later on
    – the club paid £1.6 renting warehouse space and houses from Bruce Shepherd’s company and more to other relatives for other things
    – The Shepherds and Halls made almost £146M from our club

    Have a think about that before you get all hypocritical about the current owners.

  • 20 Toon Avenger // Jul 31, 2013 at 9:57 AM

    Down Sarf

    Refer to my earlier statement

  • 21 richyg01 // Jul 31, 2013 at 10:00 AM


    Nice realist approach mate with FACTS also not just some hate campaign like many other fans, built on nothing.

  • 22 lesh // Jul 31, 2013 at 10:00 AM

    Jail for Ashley @9.

    Joe’ll choke when he reads Ed’s article?

    Jail, you’re assuming Joe can read big words, is that safe?

  • 23 Bearsize // Jul 31, 2013 at 10:00 AM

    Why spend it when we can give it to a billionaire. Its the right thing to do 😉

  • 24 ToonDarnSarf // Jul 31, 2013 at 10:01 AM

    Toon Avenger

    Read the article or you are really just a ranting fool who doesn’t know what he’s talking about.

  • 25 Jail for Ashley // Jul 31, 2013 at 10:02 AM

    The meteoric rise in the revenue of SD and the decrease of ours due to his tacky brand which have seen us fall way behind Spurs are payment enough.
    TDsarf, I’m not entirely sure what your affilation is with our club but you seem to be a bigger fan of MA than NUFC. You’re not Lord Howell by any chance are you.

  • 26 criticalsteve73 // Jul 31, 2013 at 10:02 AM

    I would rather have bent than gomis I agree he had a p**s poor season last year but you don’t become that bad over a season plus found it hard to get in over benteke who is now a £25 million player same as bent was. Benteke playing really well meant bent wasn’t getting a game which in turn made things between him and Lambert turn sour. Gomis has no prem experience and will struggle just like the 5 we brought in in January and running out of pre-season games to get him up to speed so I would personally go for a experienced prem player who can get goals given a decent bit service

  • 27 toonfan76 // Jul 31, 2013 at 10:02 AM

    I think Pardew has been put in a position where the blame for no transfers has been taken away from him. At the same time he has to have the courage to say to Kinnear that we need strengthening and where we need it. I also think that if it’s something that is blatantly obvious like our current lack of striking options, then he should have the courage to voice his concerns publicly and put the pressure firmly with Kinnear. Then we have the problem of weakening our position when it comes to transfers due to the other club knowing that we really need a striker and this hands some of the bargaining power to them. Bit of a catch 22 situation to be honest.

  • 28 toonarmydownsouth // Jul 31, 2013 at 10:02 AM

    Sir bobby, the last true gent in football
    R.I.P wor bobby

  • 29 Offkey // Jul 31, 2013 at 10:03 AM

    Toondownsarf – Why are you raising this again? Who said it was all good before? …………

    How about you read this

  • 30 Toon Avenger // Jul 31, 2013 at 10:05 AM

    Down Sarf

    I’ve read enough articles posted by Mike Ashley fanboys trying to redeem his terrible ownership in the eyes of the masses and not one thing you can write will ever change the fact that Ashley is destroying this club. Not just financially but in things where money holds no weight, the heart and the soul.

    Your continued moronic statements get you neither support or positive acknowledgment from true fans and anyone who strives to present you with verbal kudos is too far removed from reality to be regarded as a true fan.

    In conclusion I shall say something that has been said before on this blog before. ‘Stalin wasn’t good because Hitler was worse’.

  • 31 ToonDarnSarf // Jul 31, 2013 at 10:06 AM


    Thank you. I’m astounded that some people want to surround our club with hate. And they wonder why fans of other clubs find us to easy to have a go at, we are constantly having a go at ourselves!

    I’m not saying the current owner is perfect, and he’s obviously made some big mistakes but when I consider the previous owners:
    – made huge money from us including 11% interest on loans
    – insulted our fans (remember them laughing at how cheap the shirts were to make), Geordie women, Alan Shearer and others
    – consistently signed rubbish players on huge wages and with huge salaries
    – hired several rubbish managers

    AND…worst of all…and most poignant on this particular day, they sacked Bobby Robson! He was the best manager that we had in living memory and we sacked him because we finished 5th???

  • 32 ToonDarnSarf // Jul 31, 2013 at 10:08 AM


    Er…we were already falling behind Spurs when MA took over. Then we got relegated which has set us back massively. You know my thoughts that MA should never have appointed KK and it was just a foolish gesture to the fans, but it wasn’t exactly MA’s intention to get us relegated!

  • 33 Toon-Prodigy // Jul 31, 2013 at 10:09 AM

    I think the money clubs will get in the future will only increase.

    The Premier League is big big business. I can’t see it ever going backwards.

    Personally, I think we should be pushing on and keeping with the times. Dear me, if Swansea can do it there is no reason we can’t surely. We turn over more and have no debt now.

    Nothing mental, just move with the times. Open up our structure a bit. It’s been painful watching them penny pinch each window while we levelled the books and for the life of me I can’t think of any reason now to do business in such a manner.

    It’s time to roll.

    It’s about time he realised he is not bidding for a hard up clothes franchise.

    This is football and if we stand still we suffer.

    Get the dollars out!

  • 34 Toon Avenger // Jul 31, 2013 at 10:11 AM


    Who are you to speak?

    You’re just a new blogger who posts links to other people’s work without contributing much e,se other than to brown nose people you think are right.

    Formulate opinions, post structured arguments and give something to the blog that people can appreciate.

  • 35 ToonDarnSarf // Jul 31, 2013 at 10:11 AM


    Well, were people always going on about our previous owners? It just bugs me that people are constantly complaining about wanting something more. If we were in the CL then there would be people complaining that we’re not making a push for the title…

    And that article is so biased and full of gaping holes, that I gave up pretty quickly

  • 36 Belfast // Jul 31, 2013 at 10:13 AM

    Think the club pulls in far more money now days than it did under Shepherd and Hall to be fair to them. The tv money for a start is much higher.

  • 37 Belfast // Jul 31, 2013 at 10:15 AM

    Certainly far easier to manage debt when you’ve got that money going into the club every season.

  • 38 Toon Avenger // Jul 31, 2013 at 10:16 AM

    Down Sarf

    You are obviously either a troll, haven’t supported nufc long or sit in your armchair down in Croydon or wherever it is, to do your supporting.

    To ask a question if the fans were like this to the previous owners is a undeniable indication of your complete lack of knowledge and understanding about nufc.

    And as for the CL statement, that shows you pr complete lack of knowledge about football in general.

  • 39 toonarmydownsouth // Jul 31, 2013 at 10:16 AM

    Oh joy the MA debate again

    The blokes a w@nker, he’s tearing the soul out of this club, breaking up the once famous atmosphere at the hallowed SJP
    And worst of all is showing absolutely zero ambition to push this club forward on or off the pitch
    He has about as much interest in seeing the club competing at the highest levels as I do in hearing another accounting report ffs

  • 40 Jail for Ashley // Jul 31, 2013 at 10:18 AM

    We took one point from the PL worst ever team and were plahing sh!te under FS a team in free fall with a real danger of going down just because the fans wanted KK it doesn’t mean Ashley bowed down he knew under KK we’d avoid the drop, however he didn’t want KK there so immediately set out to undermine him at every chance, it certainly wasn’t Mikeys wish to have us relegated but his idiotic decision making was a huge factor in our relegation and increased 40M debt.

  • 41 ToonDarnSarf // Jul 31, 2013 at 10:18 AM

    Toon Avenger

    Your definition of a “true fan” would be both moronic and completely divisive, so I’m not even going to bother to ask you…

    Football is changing massively. If you want to support good family club then I suggest you support a club a few leagues down. Unless the club is super-rich like Man Utd, Chelski or City or just mega-rich like Liverpool or Arsenal, then they are pushing for sponsors and so on in order to grow.

    MA is absolutely most definitely not destroying the club financially! In fact he’s doing quite the opposite.

    As for the heart and soul, what the hell does that have to do with MA? Without the fans, the club has no heart and soul so it’s people like you with your constant negativity and griping that damage the heart and soul of our club. The idiots with banners at matches demanding “Ashley OUT” or “Pardew OUT” damage the heart and soul of our club. What the hell do they actually expect to achieve? Is Ashley just going to give the club away? Is Pardew going to walk away if we’re sitting in 7th place? Idiots.

  • 42 JaxtheMag // Jul 31, 2013 at 10:19 AM

    ed Ashley has orderd to cut the wage bill. yor living in a dream world.

  • 43 Fostino // Jul 31, 2013 at 10:20 AM


    very good points about the corruption of the previous regime…is anyone else pumping 100’s of millions into the club, yet the man still gets a slating. achieving category one status is a step in the right direction, yet when this was announced yesterday on the blog, no one bat an eyelid and probably criticised how long it took us to get it

  • 44 ToonDarnSarf // Jul 31, 2013 at 10:20 AM


    So he appointed KK because he wanted to be one of the lads. Then he realised his mistake and appointed DW to keep him under control. So one mistake compounded another…I get that. But why the constant hatred?

  • 45 pawl250 // Jul 31, 2013 at 10:20 AM

    TDS You are wasting your breathe!

    Far too many bloggers on here that play FM and think we can spend 50m a season with no consequence.

    You simply state facts when commenting about the financial structure of the club, yet you get replies from the likes of Toon Avenger stating you are a mug.

    These fans live in cuckoo land if they think our club could ever mount a challenge for the PL without some serious investment.

    Think, if we spend 30m on 3 players this season, we have the ability to challenge for 7th, maybe 6th if we are fortunate with other clubs results.

    YET Man City, Man Utd, Chelsea those that already tower above the remainder of the PL in terms of quality of squad and depth, they then spend 100m and extend that gap.

    We cannot and will not compete with them, nor will Liverpool or Spurs. Even Arsenal are lacking now.

    The PL is a different game to what it was 6-7 years ago, the standard is higher, but its all about money.

    We are a mid table side, that should look to eventually compete for CL spaces, but even then fans will always want more, and expect to win the PL.

    It does not work like that. If you are realistic you would know to even get in the CL its a MASSIVE ask, a one that would require serious backing.

    UNLESS you are somewhat lucky like we could have been the year we finished 5th. You may get 1 or 2 of them in 10 years in the PL.

    If people want to argue then fine, I have no quarrel but I am realist and right now I know its not so simple to simply compete instantly.

    I would also like to point out if you had millions of pounds would you simply waste it on a bunch of egos?

    The blog is so contradictory, I bet if half the bloggers here won the lottery they would keep the money to themselves and waste it on fancy cars and houses etc. Yet would criticize MA for doing the same if he chooses?

    Obviously owning a football club is an expensive hobby, but people thinking we are massive club, just cannot accept the truth about my beloved Newcastle, WE HAVE WON NOTHING IN MY LIFETIME!!

    What is so massive about that?

    Simply put, nothing!

  • 46 Toon Avenger // Jul 31, 2013 at 10:21 AM

    Post 41 should be recorded and written down as an reminder of these sad days and the deluded so called “fans” that do not understand what is happening before their very eyes.

    I feel sorry for you down sarf.

  • 47 nut meg // Jul 31, 2013 at 10:21 AM

    Toon @ 33

    You either run with the pack or you fall by the wayside.We are getting left by the way side!

  • 48 toonarmydownsouth // Jul 31, 2013 at 10:21 AM

    As for sacking sir bobby
    Absolutely disgraceful no question

    But at least they have us 5 wonderful years where bobby and his boys were the pride of the north, they wanted newcastle united where it belongs, at the very top

  • 49 ToonDarnSarf // Jul 31, 2013 at 10:22 AM


    The interesting thing about Ed’s article on cat one status is that he’s based it on us being in the under-21 league. We were in the under-21 league last season too pending the final decision on what category we’re in.

    So…actually either cat one status could have been granted a hell of a long time ago or we’re still not cat one and the decision is still under appeal. I think it was probably granted and the club just didn’t make a big deal out of it though, because it would only be twisted by certain fans and media.

  • 50 Joe Blog // Jul 31, 2013 at 10:26 AM

    What a bunch of old babies we have on. “Wah wah wah, I want success and I want it now!”

    JFA, Toon Avenger and others. Instead of perpetually whinging on this blog, you kvetch cnuts, why don’t you go out and start a campaign against the owner, or join one already established and promote it? See how many ‘true fans’ will hop aboard – not many, when presented with your sophist arguments, particularly the complete fluff from JFA, who strikes me as a sour individual, about Sports Direct’s growth been down to MAs ownership of our club. Then there’s Toon Avenger, who if anyone doesn’t agree with him, they are ‘too far removed from reality’ – what a load of nonsensical blabber – maybe flip that back on yourself, if you truly believe statements like that.

  • 51 pawl250 // Jul 31, 2013 at 10:26 AM

    Oh and for those that say a club is as big as its fanbase….

    German leagues fanbase is bigger, yet the clubs are not “bigger” because of it! FACT!!

    They sell out stadiums, we maybe sell out SJP 3-4 times a season these days. On average we get about 45k a week?

    Yet Arsenal sell out the Emirates and have a season ticket waiting list in the thousands……

    How can you compete with that?

    Also before people argue “Newcastle fans do not go to the games now because of MA”

    Its hilarious to think that you are the hypocrites that say you truly “SUPPORT” the team yet you offer no support! LOL

  • 52 Sir Braveheart // Jul 31, 2013 at 10:27 AM

    Ashley spending more money on wages is almost like a miracle, but then I read a report on last nights game that said Cisse played for an hour and wasn’t called offside once!

    Miracles do happen.

  • 53 Joe Blog // Jul 31, 2013 at 10:29 AM

    Oh and now Toon Avenger has used that term, ‘deluded’, wonderfully predictable, doesn’t take long on here, it’s the genreic label for anyone that doesn’t agree with your oh so enlightened self. It really is staggering how many Drs qualified in psychology, we have on this blog.

  • 54 Toon Avenger // Jul 31, 2013 at 10:31 AM

    Seriously the Internet has given rise to part time fans thinking they’re true supporters. I bet hardly any of you supporting Ashley have ever been to Newcastle to watch a game.

    I’m not from the region but I understand it as I have supported the club from birth and have felt the passion, belief, joy, despair and hope first hand, whilst most of you stream the matches to your computers and call yourselves fans.

    You offer this club nothing and your views would be laughed out of st James park so keep to this little forum to express your beliefs because its the only place where you can find like minded idiots who know nothing of the beautiful game.

    Everyone is entitled to their opinion and thanks to the Internet even simple minded goons get to have a say but it doesn’t mean that because you have an opinion and some manipulated facts to back you up you are right.

    You are and will always be what’s is wrong with this club and every other club for that matter. Part time followers, Internet fiends and unintelligent bloggers who pretend (and sometimes genuinely believe) they are cleverer than everyone else.

  • 55 Joe Blog // Jul 31, 2013 at 10:34 AM

    Toon Avenger

    Seem hellbent on lording your magnificent intelligence – trying to convince yourself, like Ruddy does? You really need to read your last paragraph there again, perhaps apply it to yourself – do you have zero self-awareness?

    You’re not special.

  • 56 Toon-Prodigy // Jul 31, 2013 at 10:36 AM

    I dont think anyone wants us to shell out 50 million nor do they believe it will ever happen Pawl.

    I think the question that’s on peoples minds, certaintly mine, is that do we need to operate this way now we have paid the debts off and have money to spend.

    The structure that was set-up 5-6 years ago was so we could have the club running self sufficiently. That’s done now as far as I can tell.

    Could we possibly be more ambitious with our income now?

    I believe we could be now we are debt free and have the extra TV revenue. It does look at present though we are sticking to the same transfer policy, buy from abroad, cheaper wages. Skimping on 1-2 mill here and there.

    Playing hardball for the sake of playing hardball.

    That is not going to get us anywhere fast.

    All I want is the club to show some ambition, the best ambition they can in regards to our income.

    I really don’t think this is the case.

    Bedtime for me. Have a pleasant day lads.

  • 57 hotdog // Jul 31, 2013 at 10:37 AM

    You have got to laugh, we were telling Joe Kinnear to shut his gob and now we cant wait for him to open it with a couple of signings 🙂

    I think we will always have a split on Ashley like any regime. You cant lose sight that he wants that debt paid off and the club to be self sufficient. How he achieves this and how quickly is the balancing act.

  • 58 jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew // Jul 31, 2013 at 10:52 AM

    JfA…doing our most lucrative financial times pre Ashley our revenue was not much higher than now! And we even had CL back then; I cannot see how this has anything to do with SD?

    …Spurs generate more than twice what we do and it wasn’t alwats so. What gives I don’t know, but it seems we have always been bad at this at NUFC!

    But at the Hall and Shepherd era we were very good at spending money we didn’t have – but it was fun while it lasted, not frugal but fun 🙂

    I would recommend you read up on our finances if you are interested. The Swiss Ramble Blog is very informative 🙂

  • 59 jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew // Jul 31, 2013 at 10:56 AM

    *maybe frugal was the wrong word here (but then again I am not English)

  • 60 AK Malaysia // Jul 31, 2013 at 10:57 AM

    hi guys… I’m more of a reader than a writer here… Anyhow, I like Mike Ashley better than Freddy S and his clan… due to many reasons most of them have been listed above… Better 1 season in Championship or became like Leeds or Portsmouth… or worst Wimbledon… Plus, I do think we have to start acknowledging that with current owner, we are a mid table PL club.. Unless our popularity shoot up these next few seasons, limited fan based won’t get us too far. But being a fan, I would love for the team to show that I’m dead wrong and surely I want Newcastle Utd to be success and fighting for CL spot. But winning a cup competition (League Cup for a start) would be super nice..

  • 61 the holy grail // Jul 31, 2013 at 11:03 AM

    Toon avenger

    You generalise way to much with absalutly nothing to back it up other than its an opinion that differs from yours. In my eyes we live by our means and that is the rite if the owner who has put in over a quater of a billion to make that decision. He owns the club and sets its vision. For me its our commercial incone that is rediculously low and why we cant match the top clubs. Under fat fred e would have been like leeds, pompy ect way to many to name with the potential for qpr to be added. Way to many peopke judge where we are as a club by how much we spend against what other clubs do. Please understand we are newcastle fans who cant understand why players turn us down because we pkay ibfront of 52000 fans with passio, please look at the german clubs for high attendances and passionate fans, look at toytenham, liverpool, napoli, roma, benfica, porto, dortmund, athletico madrid for recent history, look at city, chelsea, man u, psg, monaco, barca, real, byern russian clubs, some ukranian clubs who pay more money. Never mind who some call smaller clubs who are in the champions league. We look through black and white tinted glasses which is natural but need to realise where we are as a club.

    The higher fees are paid by clubs who either have an awfull scouting system or clubs who can afford to buy the rwady made star we need to take few risks unearthing gems

  • 62 richyg01 // Jul 31, 2013 at 11:03 AM


    I’m not a new Blogger, I’ve been on here for years, same username too, not like some of you with your various aliases.

  • 63 thejokethatisnufc // Jul 31, 2013 at 11:55 AM

    On a positive the bookmakers think were good enough to go down next season let’s see what happens

  • 64 sa80teur // Jul 31, 2013 at 3:00 PM

    Toon Avenger – telling other people to think for themselves? Thats a bit rich.

    What you are doing could not reasonably be called ‘thinking’. I imagine you smashing at the keyboard with your eyes closed and your mouth open.

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