Newcastle’s Lack Of Ambition Means We Could Lose Remy

When we wrote earlier today about Loic Remy’s future, we surmised there would be other clubs coming after the striker, and we thought even that Arsenal and Tottenham, and maybe even Chelsea could be interested in signing the striker for just £8M next summer.

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Loic Remy – bye bye Newcastle

And today there are reports that Tottenham and West are already interested, and while West Ham need some strikers, since they have £15M Andy Carroll on £100K/week still out injured this season, they would not be a threat to Newcastle signing Remy – but Tottenham will be.

Tottenham are an ambitious club,  and have been in Europe fairly regularly over the last few seasons,  but mainly in the Europa League, but there ambitions are to break into the top four in England, and be in the Champions League.

So if Tottenham, or any one of Arsenal, the two Manchester clubs, Liverpool or Chelsea come after Remy next summer, Newcastle will have little chance of signing the player permanently.

And that’s because our ambitions are so muted compared to those other top six clubs in England, and it seems that under Mike Ashley he wants Newcastle to simply stay in the Premier League to collect the £60M to £100M dished out every season in May, and if possible be in the top half, so we are not fighting relegation.

And of course players like to play at the highest levels possible when they are good, and we wouldn’t blame Remy much if he did choose one of the top six clubs in England over Newcastle.

And it’s really one of the costs that Newcastle will continue to pay until they become a lot more ambitious than we have been under Mike Ashley these last six years.

That’s the truth – unfortunately.

What do you think?

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15 comments so far

  • Assam Toon

    Oct 7, 2013 at 8:52 AM

    Comment #1

    What are our chances against liverpool? one of my many friends who follow liverpool just said “do u know who we play next?” and grinned. besides, its gerrard’s 600th match and we won last week so the pressure to win is less.

    Anyway, if someone would have beaten me up like they did to us last time, i would go all out to flatten the guy, doesn’t matter if i die in the process.
    If Pardew has any shame he should inspire the team to go hell bent for leather against liverpool…and one more team.

  • Toon-Prodigy

    Oct 7, 2013 at 8:54 AM

    Comment #2

    I think the whole thing is simple with Ben Arfa.

    He either grafts up and down the pitch like what is expected of a Premier League attacker\winger or he gets dropped. Being the club we are and being the mid-table outfit we are, we can’t afford to have lazy inconsistent performers out on the pitch.

    That dosn’t go just for Ben Arfa, but everyone who represents the club.

    We need to rid of this inconsistency with all the players.

    I blame alot of it on not building the club sufficiently this past couple of summers. Our second string is no where near the quality of the first. Dibs and dabs here and there, old timers, or insufficient youngings who arn’t ready to be Premier League footballers.

    The players should be grafting there arses off keeping there place.

    Good on Pardew for dropping them.

  • martoon

    Oct 7, 2013 at 8:57 AM

    Comment #3

    We might have to rely on Gerrard, Sturridge and Suarez getting injured while on international duty 🙂

  • martoon

    Oct 7, 2013 at 8:58 AM

    Comment #4

    * @Assam Toon

  • toonincheek

    Oct 7, 2013 at 9:01 AM

    Comment #5

    Hoping not too many of our French guys
    play a full match midweek before the Pool.
    I assume France do have a game?

  • toonincheek

    Oct 7, 2013 at 9:06 AM

    Comment #6

    Ah, Yes, but only once, on the Tuesday,
    in what is all but a dead fixture.

  • sa80teur

    Oct 7, 2013 at 9:20 AM

    Comment #7

    I’m hoping that;

    A) assuming Remy is innocent of all charges, he is found to be so in his upcoming trial.
    B) we have first refusal on him as part of the current loan agreement
    C) Mike Ashley can be arsed to get his checkbook out

  • cyprus

    Oct 7, 2013 at 9:22 AM

    Comment #8

    So Lawro guessed the 1-2 scoreline.

    Last time I was at St. James we beat Liverpool 2-0, easy! So, AP, show them first the mauling and then that game…

  • cyprus

    Oct 7, 2013 at 9:23 AM

    Comment #9

    On Remy, he’ll follow the money, if we pay it he stays. Terrible that ‘our’ most in-form player is not really ours.

  • sa80teur

    Oct 7, 2013 at 9:24 AM

    Comment #10

    Agreed, Cyprus.

    All we’ve done is paper over the cracks.

  • bishopblaize

    Oct 7, 2013 at 9:25 AM

    Comment #11

    Lack of ambition? Since the transfer window closed its up the men on the pitch!
    I’d be peeved off if I was Remy as we should be in far better position due to conceding bad goals 🙁
    Pardew done us proud with some of his match selection on Saturday .. Good result all around!
    Looking forward to Liverpool NOW .. Just need to keep the Suarez n Sturridge partenership obey (easy said)
    Still a close table if we focus

  • Charlie in the Gallowgate

    Oct 7, 2013 at 9:26 AM

    Comment #12

    Why all the Doom and Gloom for the next four games and the cup game. As this season has shown any team can beat any team.

    Knowing the TOON they could beat Liverpuddle the Mackems, Chelski and the Spuds in the league and Shity in the cup then loose to Norwich

  • bishopblaize

    Oct 7, 2013 at 9:31 AM

    Comment #13

    Glad Spurs were beat yesterday .. Really shows anyone can win on there day

  • Ancientcoptic

    Oct 7, 2013 at 10:11 AM

    Comment #14

    While I agree that it would be difficult to get Remy ‘full time’ if some of the clubs fighting for top 4 came in, there are a few positives that were not mentioned here, and may have a factor in a potential deal. Remy is part of a large French contingent at our club now, he is likely to become settled and enjoy playing with friends who he can socialise with, you could be surprised how large of a factor that can be for a player… I would also imagine that after scoring at St. James’ Park and getting a taste of what it is like to light up our stadium, he could decide that it feels like his footballing home.

    The biggest problem I can foresee is wages, we will have to match the wages he gets at QPR, and if we start haggling or pressing him to take less money than he is on now, he may walk away. We simply cannot expect a player to pay money out of his own pocket to play for us, as essentially, by taking less money he is paying to play for us via lost earnings, in that scenario.

    Having Remy already at the club and settled with fellow French players gives us all the chances we could ever need to sign him, it is not like we have to ask permission from his club to speak to him, an obstacle other clubs would have to go through.

    I believe the potential for a deal is quite good. I know Ashley is a tough haggler, but he is not blind, and will be well aware just how vital Remy is becoming to the club.

  • lesh

    Oct 7, 2013 at 12:13 PM

    Comment #15

    Ancientcoptic – you’re dead right in that if we start pi$$Ing about over wages and agent fees etc, then we can add Remy to the list of Ashley/ Llanbias/ Kinnear change cock-how.

    Sadly the only time we’ll see evidence that Ashley and Kinnear have learned anything is when we see good players coming in at the market (right) price and at the right time, when needed!

    Guess I shouldn’t hold my breath in anticipation of that I suppose.


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