Over the last two summers Newcastle have had very little transfer activity, and this summer we have only managed to bring in one player so far - Loic Remy – and that was only a loan deal, and when Newcastle leave it this late in the transfer market, just 57 hours left – anything can happen – and we could end up with no more players coming in.
Mike Ashley seems to show no real ambition for Newcastle
Whether we can keep Yohan Cabaye is another question, but it’s significant that Arsenal have not come in with another bid for the French International, who could play today against Fulham.
Since Demba Ba left in January we have been short of a striker and Newcastle have found it difficult to score, so we need another striker brought before Monday night, but the late news last night was that Newcastle were interested in 20 year-old Lille midfielder Florian Thauvin for €12M, and we were after him in January when he went to Lille for only €3.5M.
If we could ever talk to Mike Ashley(we can’t) the first question we would have is what is your goal for Newcastle, what are your ambitions for the club?
The answer should be we are aiming to be a top four club in England, but to do that we need to spend a lot more money than it seems Mike is willing to spend – and we have to show so much more ambition than we’ve shown this summer.
And we have to stop Alan Pardew from keep saying we cannot compete financially with other clubs.
But there again if the truth be told – the list of clubs we cannot compete with seems to be growing and now includes smaller clubs like Southampton, Swansea, Norwich Fulham and West Ham, as well as the top six – the two Manchester clubs, Chelsea, Arsenal, Liverpool and Tottenham.
If you say it enough times you start to believe it, and we wonder what our players think?
We’ve also liked a lot of Bill Shankly’s quotes, and this is what the former great Liverpool manager said:
“Aim for the sky and you’ll reach the ceiling. Aim for the ceiling and you’ll stay on the floor.”
So where are Newcastle aiming for this summer – and while we don’t know what the answer is – we’re sure we’re not aiming for the ceiling.
It seems being in the top half of the table and not being relegated is what Mike Ashley’s aims are – and anything else is a bonus – and then we’ll stay in the big money of the Premier League.
Is that all that’s important for Newcastle – staying in the big money and hoping for the best?
But here are two of Bull Shankly’s quotes that are relevant at Newcastle
“Some people think football is a matter of life and death. I assure you, it’s much more serious than that.”
That’s not true than at Newcastle, where football results decide the mood of the fans – and Newcastle have some of the best fans and the best support in the country, and finishing in the top ten is simply not good enough.
We have to think a lot bigger than we’re thinking at the moment to be true to Newcastle’s great history.
Another of Bill’s quotes:
“A lot of football success is in the mind. You must believe you are the best and then make sure that you are.”
Newcastle have to think they can beat the top sides, because if we don’t think we can win – we’ll not win – it’s really as simple as that.
And we’re sick of Alan Pardew reminding fans we cannot compete.
Why can’t we compete with our fianncials looking very good these days, and when teams like Norwich, Swansea,Southampton, West Ham and Fulham are spending some big money and showing more ambition than Newcastle.
We risk becoming a middle of the table side, and as Bill says in his first quote, if we aim for mediocrity then we’ll probably end up fighting relegation – again.
This is simply not good enough for a club as great as Newcastle United – not good enough at all.
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