This Is Why Newcastle Have No Financial Restrictions

Newcastle are now a club who periodically will have to sell one of their very best players as a way of funding several new good players, who can help make the Newcastle squad stronger.

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Mike Ashley – has put no financial restrictions on Newcastle

And Newcastle did that with the Andy Carroll sale, when we got a massive £35M for the Gateshead lad, who signed for for Liverpool in January of 2011, and then for West Ham last summer for £17M, but he has been out all season injured, and certainly the struggling Hammers could do with him in the side.

And it could be that Yohan Cabaye will be sold this summer, but only if Newcastle can get say £20M for the French International play-maker, who we got for £4.3M from Lille just over two years ago.

Alan Pardew talked in his remarks before the upcoming home game against West Brom tomorrow, and says there are no current financial restrictions on Newcastle:

“At the minute, we’re under no pressure for anyone to leave.” “We have no financial restrictions from Mike, so we’re in good shape.”

“Sometimes you lose a player … look at when we lost Andy Carroll.” “He was 22 years old and playing for England. He was a young player from the city, but we’re done brilliantly with that money.”

“It was a brilliant sale for us. That money’s been used to strengthen the group and bring in quality players.”  “We might need to do that again. We might have to do that to get where we want to go. We have to accept that.”

But when you think Newcastle are getting almost sold out gates at every home game this season, and we’ll get anywhere between £60M and £100M from the Premier League next May, which is an average £30M more than clubs were paid last May, Newcastle shouldn’t be hard pressed for money.

So given that, we’d be very surprised if we had any financial restrictions in January or even in the summer for that matter, but that doesn’t say Newcastle will not sell a top player this summer, and use that money to bring in several  younger players and further strengthen the squad.

And if Mike Ashley commits to reinvesting the Newcastle profits back into the club – which we hope and expect him to do – then Newcastle’s financial position can only get stronger in the years ahead.

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19 comments so far

  • Our Toon

    Nov 29, 2013 at 10:08 AM

    Comment #1


    It’s really starting to annoy me though. I think he has been touting Cabaye since he joined us, the guy can ignore the question or just say look I’m here to talk about football and more importantly the match. I know it’s Black Friday but howay man about time this nonsense stopped at press conferences. I personally think he is targeted on how many times to he should tout players out, when we finished 5th journos were asking him about building the team for challenging the following season….this idiot was touting Cabaye, Tiote, HBA and even Cisse who had just joined us in the winter window!! Enough is enough, talk football percy, we all know the squad is for sale

  • yo-yo

    Nov 29, 2013 at 10:14 AM

    Comment #2

    Our Toon

    Trotting out the old Tevez resentments from 08 doesn’t really cut it. Tevez ego has always been massive and he has a mouth the size of the Tyne Tunnel. A thoroughly nasty bit of work like Suarez.
    Same could be said of Joey Barton but his views were the opposite.

    No Manager gets it right all the time – we just have to live with the fact that we had a horrendous season last year which was definitely partly down to AP – but if he can steer us to the edge of European qualifying this year and we don’t have a bad run then I for one will look at the positives of his performances with the Toon more than the negatives. He’s doing okay just now, though he is only an average manager by common agreement.

  • yo-yo

    Nov 29, 2013 at 10:16 AM

    Comment #3

    Our Toon

    He is NOT showcasing our best players and saying come and get them FFS – simply pointing out we have players of this quality who may well want to move on to a top CL team – we all know Cabs wants out at some stage so what’s the beef ? He’s having to deal with the rumour mill.

  • jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew

    Nov 29, 2013 at 10:17 AM

    Comment #4

    Yo-yo…I think you are missing the point of Our Toons argument. The problem is not that a manager gets it wrong from time to time, but with Pardew it’s like “Groundhog Day” at times!

    …and that is a concern!

  • Our Toon

    Nov 29, 2013 at 10:23 AM

    Comment #5


    The similarities are there for all to see mate, forget what Tevez says, he preferred Reo Coker in place of Mascharano and Carlton Cole ahead of Tevez. Tevez did say that as a person Pards was really nice always ensuring that him and Mascharano were comfortable and didnt need anything further, but match days he was distant

    Judging by last season and the season he got West Ham in Europe, the more success this year could well result in a shocker the following season

  • Our Toon

    Nov 29, 2013 at 10:27 AM

    Comment #6


    Since he has been manager not 1 transfer window has gone by where he hasn’t said that he hopes no big bid comes in for one of the players!! That my friend is touting players, it’s inviting bids. Instead of worrying about bids for key players concentrate more on games and on how to improve the squad

  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Nov 29, 2013 at 10:32 AM

    Comment #7

    Our Toon,
    I understand what you are saying but the argument could also be put forward in the opposite way.

    Look how difficult it has been for Pardew during those stints and because his board at West ham and at Newcastle won’t sign the players that he wants to get the most out of his set up, he is left having to make do with players that don’t fit his game plan that well and players that he would have preferred to have upgraded.

  • jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew

    Nov 29, 2013 at 10:36 AM

    Comment #8

    Lilongwe…with the amount of players who have been brought in since Pardew took over I think we are beyond that argument don’t you think?

    …it should be about getting the best out of what you got and what you are getting (for all we know these are the exact players Pardew want)

    Surely you don’t think we are getting our money’s worth? (and I am not talking about the 9 points we have picked up in the last three games)

  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Nov 29, 2013 at 10:37 AM

    Comment #9

    I’m playing Devil’s advocate there, as I would have happily seen the back of Pardew. He is starting to show signs of improvement, again, tomorrow is another key pointer as to whether he is still adapting to a different way. It will take time to adjust.

    On his comments on players, he was undoubtedly asked about it given Cabaye’s comments earlier in the week. Had he refused to answer the questions you can virtually guarantee that todays press would be about how Cabaye was as good as sold and Pardew didn’t want to comment on that. A spin would have been put on whatever he said, but also anything he refused to say.

  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Nov 29, 2013 at 10:41 AM

    Comment #10

    We know that players are found by Carr and the deal sanctioned. Most on here claim Pardew has nothing to do with it other than Obertan…. Can’t have it both ways.

    Pardew hasn’t got what he asked for, he said he wanted a big poweful centre forward and a commanding centre back, has said the latter for over 2 years. A Willo upgrade and a Shola upgrade… It actually fits perfectly.

    Whether I think that is the case or not is a different matter, but that argument is just as good as bringing up his time at West Ham 4/5 years ago!

  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Nov 29, 2013 at 10:46 AM

    Comment #11

    Getting our moneys worth? In what sense??

    For the fans who pay to watch? Our most expensive normal seat season ticket is less than the cheapest equivalent at Spurs, I can tell you which set of fans has had more entertainment per pound spent at home in the league this season. Comfortably us.

    In terms of playing staff? We are more than comfortable getting it when taking into account wages cost and abilities.

    In terms of Pardew, one of, if not the lowest paid Prem manager, and we are currently 8th, I’d say that is value for money.

    Again, he isn’t my ideal choice, but now we have kept him give him the style of player he wants rather than more technique based which he struggles to maximise.

  • jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew

    Nov 29, 2013 at 10:48 AM

    Comment #12

    Lilongwe…I am not buying that mate – he has also said on numorous tiimes that he is happy with the squard.

    …we cannot just pick quotes that fits out argument. Where will that get us?

    On transfers it has benn said by both Carr, Pardew and Llambias that Carr scouts players, draw up a list, hands it to Pardew and Pardew have a talked with Llambias.

    Then they see what deals can be struck!

    Of course Pardew won’t get all the players he want – who gets that? He wanted Cissé and got him, he wanted Benny and he got it!

    In my book he is not maximizing the output of what he’s got and that is putting it mildly 😉 I am not going to nitpick on the last three games and neither am I going to criticize him for a few loss – it’s the bigger picture I am talking about.

  • jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew

    Nov 29, 2013 at 10:49 AM

    Comment #13

    Lilongwe…in the sense of the word mate 🙂

  • jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew

    Nov 29, 2013 at 10:51 AM

    Comment #14

    Lilongwe…are we just trying to be a smartass here? 😉 Should be quite clear what I meant or else there is really no point in having this discussion!

  • Our Toon

    Nov 29, 2013 at 10:51 AM

    Comment #15


    Come on mate, we bang on about ambition on daily basis…maybe pards is better off at a lower level as a manager, if you can’t get the best out of the best players at the club then surely you are not fit to manage these talented individuals. We are on a good run but I’m not going to get carried away because performances haven’t improved (the results/luck has) Look at the players he wanted in the summer, Darren Bent and James Tomkins, come on were these players really going to improve us?

    He has been asked questions in the past and sidesteps the issue, journos will write whatever they want to write and he’s been in the game long enough to know that. Quite happy to ignore the questions on banned journos but loves a good old “hope we don’t receive a big bid for any of our players”

  • dcdick

    Nov 29, 2013 at 12:12 PM

    Comment #16

    Pardew out !!!

  • magicbus

    Nov 29, 2013 at 12:18 PM

    Comment #17

    How many spaces in the squad do we have left to sign players in January as a matter of interest.

  • ToonMatt

    Nov 29, 2013 at 2:21 PM

    Comment #18

    If the club has to sell a player every year to sign new players where does the TV money go? LIARS!! ASHLEY OUT!!! KINNEAR OUT!!! PUPPET PARDEW OUT!!!!

  • chuck

    Nov 30, 2013 at 2:34 AM

    Comment #19

    Did someone whisper exactly those instructions in Pardews ear and you in turn repeat them, resulting inthe public reaching the conclusion We buy cheap and sell same as shirts, for the most profit.
    How awfull is it to have such an owner, that has no intention to earn any silverware ( no! because theres no money and one could get relegated)
    Only use the club as an advetising board for SD and collect the tv millions.


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