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Wins Can Help Alleviate Fans’ Frustrations

3:52 pm, Monday, September 9th, 2013 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 3 Comments

Loic Remy is a very important layer for Newcastle at least through the end of the year, because if he can fire in those goals and work well with Papiss Cisse, what looks to be our biggest weakness of this year – scoring goals – can be fixed.

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Mike Ashley - must be willing to spend club’s profits

Cetainly scoring goals has been our weaknesses  since Demba Ba left in January, and is now sitting on the bench at Chelsea – if indeed he makes the 18 man squad at all.

It’s hardly surprising that Newcastle fans are full of discontent at the moment, because it’s not as if Newcastle don’t have the money to spend – we do – we are just being far too thrifty with the money we do have available, and for the second summer running we had a long running circus with a player we ended up not signing.

Last summer it was Mathieu Debuchy of Lille and this summer it’s been Bafe Gomis of Lyon.

But the Newcastle squad is strong in other areas apart from striker, and we cannot forget we brought in five new Frenchmen last Jnauary, something no other Premier League club did – and that was to ensure we weren’t relegated.

So if Loic Remy can become the player we think he is and start rifling in those goals, and Papiss now has somebody who can support him up front, things may not be as bad as we think, and certainly if we can start winning some games that will certainly lift the mood on Tyneside.

The thing that needs to be done at the top is to convince or persuade Mike Ashley to spend the money the club is now making – and not be so miserly.

Ashley did well to put Newcastle’s financial books in order, but now’s the time to move to the next phase and start building up the squad,  so we can again challenge for the top six.

Surely that has to be our goal from now on.

And it’s frustrating when we get so close to getting a deal completed, and then become stubborn and not pay out that little bit more the seal the deal.

That attitude somehow needs to be fixed, but until January if Loic Remy can fire in those goals for the side, the depression currently on Tyneside can be lifted.

And that would be good – very good.

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3 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Faddj // Sep 9, 2013 at 4:10 PM

    Totally off topic but would really appropriate everyone’s attention for an up and coming project of mine (I’m a photographer)

    So, to celebrate 10 years of being a season ticket holder at this fantastic club, I want to gather a large number of you supporters who have also been a season ticket holder from anytime between now and 10 year ago, I want to hear your memories, your highs and lows, your opinions of this club and the goings on over the past 10 years.

    Photographically, by the end of this season I would like to have taken individual images of hundreds of fans wearing any Newcastle shirt from the last 10 years, that includes 3rd kits as well.

    I want to welcome fans of all shape, size, age and gender to get in touch if they’d like to be a part of this, no need to be camera shy, this isn’t a fashion shoot, but more of a documentation of the people who have shared the same memories as I have going to St. James’ Park week in week out.

    I’m really excited to get going with this, the project will run from now until the last day of this season, so I encourage you all to get in touch so we can arrange a date and a time to have your photograph taken.

    Email me at faddjphoto@gmail.com to find out more, I’m not an expert in writing so if non of this makes sense, please feel free to ask any questions and I’ll try clear it up for you!

  • 2 Jail for Ashley // Sep 9, 2013 at 4:33 PM

    Anybody planning on going to the game Wednesday night needs to get a ticket asap as there are only level 7 left, a sell out

  • 3 lesh // Sep 9, 2013 at 6:56 PM

    On the proposed campaign for change, are we united in what the campaign is hoping to achieve?

    An Ashley out campaign could prove to be counterproductive and deter any potential investors whereas a campaign for improved communication and apparent ambition might prove more successful.

    It’s a tricky issue to get to grips with and campaigning on an Ashley out ticket may just prove to be counter-productive. Why? Ashley could just dig in and carry on or such an approach may just persuade a potential buyer that he/ she too may incur fan dissatisfaction.

    Surely what’s needed first and foremost is more and better communication with fans. We’re not looking for detailed insights into matters commercially confidential, just a simple statement of Ashley’s aims for Newcastle United and how he proposes to achieve them.

    He could signal his intent by seriously considering whether Kinnear is the right man to be his advisor, mentor and strategist fir the football side of things. The appointment of a DoF with credibility and a record of recent success working within sensible budgets would be an excellent start and generate a degree of confidence that Ashley’s plans are being implemented.

    Maybe I’m misreading the runes but given that the squad’s considered better than it has been, surely the club’s moving in the direction. Consistent and honest statements from the club would also help.

    Maybe the campaign will accelerate dialogue between fans and the club and if that happens, it’ll be a big step forward.

    Food for thought?




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