Newcastle have been on a downward spiral since Bobby Robson was sacked in August, 2004, apart from one bright glimmer of hope the season before last when we finished 5th top, but Newcastle still has drawing power for players.
Darren Bent – Newcastle wouldn’t pay his wages
And that was proved again yesterday, because as the new broke that Bent was having a medical at Fulham before a potential one year loan deal, Bent’s agents were in frantic negotiations with Newcastle United, trying to get some deal arranged, because Ben wanted to join Alan Pardew and Newcastle.
So it’s not surprising that Martin Jol cut a frustrated figure yesterday, when asked about the Bent deal, and he obviously didn’t want to say too much about it – now we know why.
The news is in the Evening Chronicle today, and Bent himself pleaded with Newcastle to pay his wages, because he was confident he could get the goals for Newcastle, when working again under Alan Pardew.
Certainly he was great at Charlton Athletic when he was managed by Pardew, and that was the best goal scoring form of his career and it was in the Premier League too.
In his two seasons there from 2005 through 2007, he made 79 appearances for Charlton and scored 37 goals.
So if this news is accurate, even when you have players who are your top targets, pleading to join Newcastle, we will not pay out the money – if we think it’s not a good deal.
And don’t blame Joe Kinnear for this – Joe will be realizing he has to operate within a very tight and frugal budget at Newcastle as Director of Football under owner Mike Ashley.
How many other clubs have their top transfer targets pleading for the club to sign them?
Never let it be said that Darren Bent didn’t want to join Newcastle this summer – but he will become a Fulham player – probably today.
And as we reported earlier today Newcastle should measure their progress by where wefinish in the league table, and not on low a fee they can pay out for their transfer targets.
There’s something wrong somewhere when a small club like Fulham can pay out big wages but Newcastle can’t – or won’t.
I want Newcastle to become great again (and soon too), but the club needs to be a lot more ambitious in the transfer target then we’ve shown over this summer.
That’s always assuming the club wants to build a top side again of course.
What do you think?
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