Two United Execs Under Fire For Lack Of Transfers

It’s not only Joe Kinnear at Newcastle United who is under fire for not bringing in some top players this summer,  but Ed Woodward, the new Manchester United
Vice-Chairman and top executive, also failed to bring in some top signings to Old Trafford, even though some very big money was made available to spend by the American Glazer family, who own the club.

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Ed Woodward – Red Devils’ Top Executive

The Mirror is reporting that Woodward was expected to bring in at least one world class player this summer – with Cristiano Ronaldo and Cesc Fabregas being at the at the top of the ManchesterUnited shopping list.

But the Red Devils struggled, and only just before the transfer deadline ended did they manage to bring in Marouane Fellaini,  for a massive £27.5M, and they paid over the odds for the Everton midfielder, because if they had signed him before the end of July, his buy-out clause was then only £23.5M – but that ran out on August 1st – how embarrassing.

See if this is familiar – the Glazier family want to know why club’s pursuit of players this summer became a bit of a farce.

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Joe Kinnear – Newcatsle’s top executive (say it aint so)

At Newcastle our targets were not quite as expensive – Newcastlke will never get anywhere near  £27.5M for any one player while Mike Ashly is at the club, and in January we brought in five players for around £18M.

And we had a circus going on to try to get Bafe Goimis from Lyon to the Tyneside  club, just like we did last summer with Mathieu Debuchy, and Newcastle once again we were  far too miserly with the money.

The result again is that we didn’t get our target in – but at least Joe Kinnear has an excuse in that Ashley never likes to pay out the money for players, and therefore Newcastle always find things difficult in the transfer market.

The Glazer family is none too happy with Ed Woodward,  and it wouldn’t surprise us too much if he goes, because of his lack of success in the summer, but don’t expect Mike Ashley to fire his pal Joe Kinnear at Newcastle.

The fact that Joe Kinnear is now the top executive at Newcastle seems to tell it all – how did that ever happen?

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21 comments so far

  • cestriasteve

    Sep 8, 2013 at 9:46 AM

    Comment #1


    Great comment on the last thread to Ginola, what a knob jockey!!

    Being a ardent Geordie are you going to go to the Colin Veitch talk on the 25th? or will work prevent it.

  • jeff

    Sep 8, 2013 at 9:47 AM

    Comment #2

    anyone got the link to ruddy’s blog?

  • cestriasteve

    Sep 8, 2013 at 9:47 AM

    Comment #3

    Sorry that should have started JFA

  • Jail for Ashley

    Sep 8, 2013 at 9:50 AM

    Comment #4

    Answer on last thread.

  • cestriasteve

    Sep 8, 2013 at 9:52 AM

    Comment #5

    Will talk to Billy ( Askew) and see if a few of us from Chester will be there.

  • cyprus

    Sep 8, 2013 at 9:56 AM

    Comment #6

    The relationship is broken now, so yes, MA should probably sell, when and if someone shows up. But, how many billionaires are there out there who happen to want to buy a club in the NE. This is so deja vu I won’t be commenting on it again. He handled it wrong. Frankly, so did the fans. The obvious thing would have been to fire AP. It’s him who plays crap football…

    On this article: Cabs is not as good as he thinks. Couple that with the way he snubbed us, sure that he was off. He should get ten minute cameos while people like Anita, Marveaux are given the lion’s share of game time. He should also apologise to the fans. The real difference in those last 15 minutes was in Gouffran and Remy. This guy (Cabs) gave away a very dangerous foul on the edge of the box.

  • John Tudor

    Sep 8, 2013 at 9:58 AM

    Comment #7

    nailed cyprus nailed

  • Rooster

    Sep 8, 2013 at 10:04 AM

    Comment #8

    Ed woodward wants his arse kicking if that money was there and he did not do the business, but hey its Man Utd so i dont give a f..k

    MA on the pther gand just told JK n AP to spin us a yarn for two months, it was plainly decietful no otther word for it, played us all like a piano, oh the winter window, cant wait, christ!, im not bothered if they brought him in ha ha, im still seething that they had bo intention to get any bugga over that line, bare faced lies, it spoilt a lor of my summer and a lot of other fans, they said they were going to be clearer with everyone, in fact the were laughing in our faces!

  • BandB

    Sep 8, 2013 at 10:08 AM

    Comment #9

    Blackley and Brownlie.

    In response to our short discussion a few threads ago, I wanted to ask you if you were serious about being banned. And if so, what for?
    This is why I worry about people mixing us up. I’ve taken a consistent view and do not post elsewhere. Your opinion is very different, much more supportive of the current ownership. So this could unwittingly work like out a black ops sting.
    I’ll call you Blackley, for short. If you don’t mind.

  • bills-son

    Sep 8, 2013 at 10:09 AM

    Comment #10


    Exactly, how many billionaires would buy a club in the NE.

    If Ashley sells the chances are we get a second tier owner financially with absolutely no guarantee that we go forward.

    One of the biggest criticisms of Ashley is that he has made us a selling club. As this window has shown – yet again – that is the biggest myths in football.

  • Charlie in the Gallowgate

    Sep 8, 2013 at 10:12 AM

    Comment #11


    It’s not just Billionaires it’s players to – Most top notch players want to play for a London Club or the Manchester Clubs. Like to be seen where it is Man!!

  • stan anderson

    Sep 8, 2013 at 10:15 AM

    Comment #12

    Shola World Cup,O M G.

  • JP...from The Rock

    Sep 8, 2013 at 10:16 AM

    Comment #13

    Cabaye is extemely over-rated even in the season we came 5th! His passing is very suspect most of the times. He can’t take cirners as we all know but he can certainly hit a good freekick. Tackling is not his strength either as he gives plenty of fouls away in a game. I prefer sissoko and anita over him anyday as both offer more.

    Cabaye has too much if an ego and his head should come down from the clouds. It doesnt help when our manager keeps praising him even when hr’s on strike!

  • JP...from The Rock

    Sep 8, 2013 at 10:19 AM

    Comment #14

    Ps. The game changes v Fulham were obviously Remy and Goufran. Cabaye hardly got noticed, oh yeah when in his first minute hacked at a players shin only to concede a freekick in a very dangerous position, resulting in only thier second shot on target the whole match.

  • BandB

    Sep 8, 2013 at 10:19 AM

    Comment #15


    You promised us a moment of judgement on Ashley (again) after this transfer window.
    Personally, I hope you never change sides and stick to your guns.
    But you did ask for three, minimum, I think, then added the caveat of “and no more than one purple sold” late in the window.
    You promised hell to pay from you if this didn’t happen.
    So far I can’t see that you’ve managed to comment directly on whether you feel your target was met, and how how feel about that.

  • Korean Magpie

    Sep 8, 2013 at 10:19 AM

    Comment #16

    I wish we could have gotten David Gill as our Chief Executive even though there was no chance we were

  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Sep 8, 2013 at 10:25 AM

    Comment #17

    Well, while all you lot are boycotting buying programs there was a feature on me in the last one!! Bloody Typical!! 🙂

    On Shola to the World Cup, good luck to him. Knocking out my adopted nation yesterday has now halved my chances of having a related country at the World CUp. Don’t disappoint England!! Nigeria still have a fair bit to do though, they will have to be drawn in a play off, and their are some good teams that could easily upset Nigeria in the draw!

    On Cabs, I don’t think we are in a position to hold too much of a grudge. A principled stand could see us fall on our own sword. Cabaye, Anita and Sissoko are a midfield three that would be in the best 11 we can put out. While if he went on strike, it was ill advised and foolish of him, that doesn’t remove the fact that Cabaye playing well and linking with Anita and Sissoko could be the difference between top half and bottom half.

    I think with Cabaye playing we have won 2.4 points per game, without him 1.6 points per game. (Stats taken from an Arsenal website when they were bidding for him). If those are correct, then it is safe to say that we need Cabaye to play when he is fit.

    Lets not forget that Ben Arfa went on strike to join us, and we were all happy to sign Thauvin who had also gone on strike.

  • Rooster

    Sep 8, 2013 at 10:33 AM

    Comment #18

    Yea, MA will sustain his investment, but everythin is done with his investment in mind, he knows we cannot compete with the top 6 so will make sure in his mind that we try to maintain mod table, then feed is falsehoods again, he is telling his staff to say we cant compete with bloody southampton n norwich n the likes of swansea, this for me is making a mockery of this football club and once again a kaughing stock, throw all the hand grenades u like Mike, your thinking has changed, no question, Bills, hes made a cu.t out us all in this last window, defend him if you must, but i aint one for being made a complete mug of!

  • martoon

    Sep 8, 2013 at 10:39 AM

    Comment #19
  • wynsleap

    Sep 8, 2013 at 11:08 AM

    Comment #20

    bills-son @ 10
    “we get a second tier owner financially with absolutely no guarantee that we go forward”.
    What – as opposed to having a first tier owner financially who constantly demonstrates that we are NOT going forward?
    Shakes head.

  • Heslop Toon

    Sep 8, 2013 at 8:28 PM

    Comment #21

    Yeah I saw that
    Nice to see you’re trying to get some kids supporting a proper team.


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