Newcastle’s Best Days Ahead – Middle Of The Table Team

Arsene  Wenger was under severe pressure when Arsenal lost their first game at home to Aston Villa 3-1 last month, and the Arsenal manager – whose team has never been out of the top four since he joined them back in 1996 –  spent money and one player he brought in  was Real Madrid’s Mesut Özil for around £42M – a record signing for the London club.

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Mesut Ozil being welcomed by Oxlade Chamberlain

Ozil is a good player,  but how many clubs s in England could have afforded to sign the player – not just with his transfer fee but with his wages too?

Maybe five or six, and those are the only clubs who can win the Premier league these days – the two Manchester clubs, Chelsea, Arsenal, Tottenham and Liverpool – and unfortunately  Newcastle are nowhere near being able to pay our £42M for any player.

After we set the world record in 1996 to sign Alan Shearer for £15M, Newcastle have  become a middle of the table side whose finances are tightly controlled by owner Mike Ashley.

And if the truth be told, we have absolutely no chance whatever in the years ahead, of   winning the English Premier league.

Maybe that’s why so many turned out for Steve Harper’s testimonial on Wednesday, to see some of the great players of the past who played for Kevin Keegan and Bobby Robson, because it doesn’t seem like  Newcastle can get back to those days of challenging for the top four in the Premier League.

Former striker Andy Cole was at Newcastle from 1992 through 1995 and in 85 appearances for the Magpies,  scored a phenomenal 69 goals, and he had this to say on Wednesday night:

“Newcastle United aren’t going to win the Premier League, only three or four teams can win the league now. That’s changed. Football has changed, but Newcastle used to be a lot closer.”

“It’s a rock and a hard place at Newcastle at the moment. They seem to get themselves on the right track and all of a sudden someone here derails them. It’s almost as if somebody running the club wants to upset the punters and I find that very strange.”

Now it’s not all dependent on money, and Everton are one example of a club who  have done very well on a limited budget, but to challenge for the top four these days probably does require more investment than Mike Ashley is willing to give to the club.

And it hasn’t helped that in the last six years we’ve had very few successes coming out of the Newcastle Youth Academy, and there aren’t many players coming through into the first team from the youth ranks.

But hey, hope springs eternal,  and we shocked ourselves two years ago – and we  have a better squad now, so maybe we can do a lot better than we think  in the coming season.

But the ambitions of Newcastle United are nowhere near what they once were a short ten years ago, and that’s an unfortunate fact of life these days.

What do you think?

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27 comments so far

  • jeff

    Sep 13, 2013 at 9:09 AM

    Comment #1

    thats not mesut ozil….

    thats oxlade and mertesacker….

  • Slank

    Sep 13, 2013 at 9:12 AM

    Comment #2


    Virgin is not a respected brand. Branson is a thoroughly unpleasant individual. He would be the last person you would want to ‘own’ Newcastle United. From the Telegraph:

    The sprawling business empire that makes up Richard Branson’s Virgin investment group consists of about 400 operations, a tangled web of enterprises owned via a complicated series of offshore trusts and overseas holding companies.

    Branson’s finances are difficult to penetrate because of their complexity and opaqueness, with few of his large companies wholly owned by Branson himself. His big-branded firms such as Virgin Atlantic, Virgin Money, Virgin Media and Virgin Trains have other major shareholders.

  • G

    Sep 13, 2013 at 9:15 AM

    Comment #3

    Has everybody seen the top on with the wongo logo overwritten with the new logo ‘Ashley F*ck Off’? I want one.

  • Ibizatoon

    Sep 13, 2013 at 9:17 AM

    Comment #4

    Should have gone to specsavers Jeff….

    That is definitely Ozil, even SS have been using the picture of him in that hoody the past few days.

    Give the criticism a break, what is your problem?

    On thread…”They seem to get themselves on the right track and all of a sudden someone here derails them.”

    Someone? Who could that be and why? You would almost think that at times the team do too well for someones liking, as if it’s better to float around the middle of the table.

  • Klatoon

    Sep 13, 2013 at 9:19 AM

    Comment #5

    No, its Gibbs and Vermelean

  • Beattie25

    Sep 13, 2013 at 9:19 AM

    Comment #6

    Has anybody commented on Pardews comments this morning?

    we didn’t sign anyone because we didn’t want to go into our overdraft?

    Ha ha ha fcukin ha ha ha

    Pathetic. What a joke of a club. This man is as bad as Ashley.

  • clinath@ed

    Sep 13, 2013 at 9:20 AM

    Comment #7

    laurel and hardy

  • G

    Sep 13, 2013 at 9:21 AM

    Comment #8

    Hmmm, any reason why my post’s are not appearing today?

  • G

    Sep 13, 2013 at 9:21 AM

    Comment #9

    Apart from that one… obviously.

  • Rotonda heights

    Sep 13, 2013 at 9:22 AM

    Comment #10


    Read it again -Sponsor, never said anything about Branson owning us.

  • clinath@ed

    Sep 13, 2013 at 9:23 AM

    Comment #11

    Ibiza….we can’t buy someone for £10M because we can’t afford it, £5M players are not better than what we already have….??
    We can analyse it as much as we want…in the end it’s just excuses.


    Sep 13, 2013 at 9:33 AM

    Comment #12

    So our financially sound club cant buy a player despite a huge TV money boost….aye nothing seems out of place there

  • Ibizatoon

    Sep 13, 2013 at 9:34 AM

    Comment #13

    clinath…Yep, misdirection all to cause doubt and confusion.

    Problem is, everyone now just believes the worst. Stupid play.

    But, some good news…

    More interestingly…a mackem who isn’t completely thick? My my…

    “PDC says he’s at top level, he’s having a laugh. I’m a Sunderland fan and for my 57years never known a top level team at Sunderland.”

  • Laurent Robert 32

    Sep 13, 2013 at 9:35 AM

    Comment #14

    It doesn’t just rain for us, it pours.

  • Transfer Sage

    Sep 13, 2013 at 9:36 AM

    Comment #15


    There were loads of bargains. If we couldn’t afford the 8mil for gomis or it was too complicated (28 year old in last year of contract).

    Why not pay 5mil for the 29 year old darren bent with a proven prem record. Or buy shane long for 6mil who also has a proven record.

  • Ibizatoon

    Sep 13, 2013 at 9:36 AM

    Comment #16

    SBR…But we only get that at the end of the season and Mike would have a cash flow problem for the next 8 months…personally the guilt of that would eat away at me. I’d rather we struggled than Ash, the poor lad.

    Beattie…Yeah, grade A waffle.

  • Ibizatoon

    Sep 13, 2013 at 9:37 AM

    Comment #17

    TS…I think we know why, because we may have actually had to spend some money.

    People will believe that we’re ambitious by going after more expensive players, right? Ughh.

  • lesh

    Sep 13, 2013 at 9:38 AM

    Comment #18

    Ibizatoon // Sep 13, 2013 at 9:17 AM

    Should have gone to specsavers Jeff…

    Maybe he can’t find his glasses to get there!

    Morning Ibiza. Another hard day at the office ahead?

  • Laurent Robert 32

    Sep 13, 2013 at 9:39 AM

    Comment #19

    Pardews overdraft statement is embarrassing.

    We had a zero spend. So where does that leave the clubs above us who actually have less capable income?

    It’s sad to see. Not only is he a useless manager but he is a body for Ashley to possess and spout his lies.

  • Ibizatoon

    Sep 13, 2013 at 9:41 AM

    Comment #20

    lesh…That is some dilemma. Maybe specsavers need to provide a temporary set of glasses to help people find their way to specsavers?

    So far fairly quiet, doubt it will last though. It is quietening down overall, thank the Lord, I mean Joe.


    Sep 13, 2013 at 9:41 AM

    Comment #21

    Haha oh u are right of course I would hate for us to gamble on guaranteed money another case of fans expecting too much fro our wonderful owner

  • lesh

    Sep 13, 2013 at 9:42 AM

    Comment #22

    Sage @14.

    Everything’s too complicated for our dynamic and so called director of Football!

    C’mon man think about it, if we’d bid £5m or £6m for Bent or Long, then Kinnear might have had a problem if the bids were accepted. He might have to go through with them!

    Now we can’t be spending money can we!!

  • Ibizatoon

    Sep 13, 2013 at 9:43 AM

    Comment #23

    SBR…Guaranteed money or not, we know Ashley doesn’t like to gamble…wait, that’s not right. Ermm….well….Just you wait and see….January will blow you away…or was it a tumbleweed will be blowing around?

  • lesh

    Sep 13, 2013 at 9:45 AM

    Comment #24

    Nice one at 19 Ibiza.

    I pray to Joe at night too. Hey, maybe he can fix Jeff’s sight like he did for Lazarus;s lameness?

  • toonarmydownsouth

    Sep 13, 2013 at 9:46 AM

    Comment #25

    No way he’s seriously said that????
    Have you got a link mate?

  • Ibizatoon

    Sep 13, 2013 at 9:52 AM

    Comment #26


    Lesh…Are you thinking what I’m thinking? NUFC TVS very own televangelist?

    Join us with Joyous Joe in the afternoon…..Expect a miracle, but not a signing…Hallelujah!

  • RobertLeeNo.7

    Sep 13, 2013 at 11:27 AM

    Comment #27

    42 milllion and the wages he was on at Mardrid and he rocks up to the emirates in a top man RUN DMC hoodie? and I thought he was creative.


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