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Newcastle Sending Terrible Message To Top Players

9:55 am, Saturday, February 1st, 2014 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 34 Comments

In case anybody thought that owner Mike Ashley has big ambitions for Newcastle United, fans will have seen once again that all the owner is interested in is the money side of the game, and he got £20M for the club with the sale of our best player Yohan Cabaye to PSG, and paid out maybe £1M for the half season loan deal of Luuk de Jong from Borussia Monchengladbach – and so the club is £19M better off financially – but £19M worse off as far as class goes.

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Ashley and Kinnear – the leaders at Newcastle – one’s picking his nose

Yohan was our best player, and the team revolved around him, and Newcastle have weakened their side in the January transfer window and how many other Premier League clubs did that?

It’s like going to a gym and becoming less fit after you have exercised – because surely the purpose of the transfer window is to improve the squad – not to make it worse.

But it’s very clear to everybody now, that Newcastle are going nowhere fast with Mike Ashley, and Yohan Cabaye cannot even be blamed for going to a club with huge ambitions, and a club that will play regularly in the Champions League – players of Cabaye’s class deserve that.

And there is a message in what Newcastle have done in the last two transfer markets – that we will find it hard to gain Champions League anytime soon.

At least six English clubs and maybe even more soon, have money invested in them by their rich owners and are growing quickly as Newcastle basically stands still on the financial and playing side.

Players like Mathieu Debuchy, Moussa Sissoko and others, who may become big players at Newcastle, will know they will need to move on to have their dreams fulfilled – because they cannot fulfill them at Newcastle.

So as players get better at Newcastle, there is a certain level that once they attain that, they become too good for us and will be sold for big bucks – that seems to be Ashley’s strategy, which is good on the financial side, but not at all good on the playing side.

That will be the case at least until the leaders of Newcastle want to make us into a top four side again – and that’s not been the case over the last six and a half years.

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Tags: Coaching · Newcastle News · Transfer News and Rumours · Transfer Target · Yohan Cabaye

34 responses so far ↓

  • 1 wingspan // Feb 1, 2014 at 9:57 AM

    Gents. Is the game not on TV???!!!!

    Im only seeing west ham swansea and qpr burnley

    This is a windup surely.

  • 2 Transfer Sage // Feb 1, 2014 at 9:59 AM

    I’m still not too down, annoyed with the club for once again missing the opportunity to really kick on but providing we keep men fit I think we can really challenge for the top 6. We are the outside bet behind everton and spurs (think man utd and liverpool will be 4/5th) but we have a chance.

    Everton have just been spanked 4-0 and lost lukaku for a couple months, spurs have improved under tim sherwood but are still not guaranteed top 6.

    Also providing city beat sunderland and the FA cup draw goes in our favour with two top sides making the final 6 and 7th will be up for grabs as a europa league spot.

  • 3 niafron // Feb 1, 2014 at 9:59 AM


    An Horse? How the hell did that happen?

  • 4 Transfer Sage // Feb 1, 2014 at 10:00 AM


    no not on TV, meant to be the evening game but was moved to early kick off after police fears of fans on the drink all day causing trouble.

    my advice is to find a pub with it on or watch a stream from here

  • 5 RageAgainstTheRegime // Feb 1, 2014 at 10:00 AM

    Not televised :/. Looks like we are streaming.

  • 6 Transfer Sage // Feb 1, 2014 at 10:01 AM

    or from here

  • 7 Transfer Sage // Feb 1, 2014 at 10:02 AM


    some good stuff on the wiki article on the derby if you want to read up on history

  • 8 wingspan // Feb 1, 2014 at 10:04 AM


    Ok thanks for the help gents

  • 9 RageAgainstTheRegime // Feb 1, 2014 at 10:04 AM

    From last thread
    Ninety minutes of Shola. Anyone know how many minutes he has gone without a goal?

  • 10 Klatoon // Feb 1, 2014 at 10:05 AM

    Niafron, its called Derby fever…the real surprise is why he didnt bite the horse 🙂

  • 11 toonarmydownsouth // Feb 1, 2014 at 10:06 AM

    Top 6
    Look at our midfield now mate a trio of Tiote Sissoko and Anita, all play deeper roles when played in the middle
    Where’s the creativity come from? The inconsistent HBA? All season? Marveaux? Sammy?
    We lack strength in depth, the whole season has been about getting through to Jan with as little injuries as possible
    No quality left on the bench either

  • 12 toonarmydownsouth // Feb 1, 2014 at 10:07 AM

    Charlie from previous
    Spending for the sake of spending???
    Replacing your star player is not spending for the sake of spending ffs

    Couldn’t get the player? They’ve had since August to have a deal in place

    I’m sorry but the Bullsh*t coming from some people to justify this window is ridiculous

    People seem to think because Cabaye has been sold Marveaux Obertan and Sammy are suddenly going become the same class as the full French international that was the heart beat of the team?

    And what makes people suddenly think that because Remy has got a red card Cisse is going to turn into a goal scoring machine? We’ve lost our most creative player who’s going to provide the supply for him?
    For christs sake even Cardiff didn’t want to stump up a fee for the lad

  • 13 niafron // Feb 1, 2014 at 10:07 AM

    @Rage against the regime

    What’s your favourit song?

    -Tackle in the head.
    -Scoring in the name.
    -Wake up (featuring Shola).
    – People of the rain.

  • 14 Jail for Ashley // Feb 1, 2014 at 10:09 AM

    I don’t think I answered your question yesterday, I’m not going to make it to the game today as I couldn’t get a ticket, well didn’t want to pay via go gos prices, I’ll be watching it in the boozer, just getting ready now.

  • 15 Jail for Ashley // Feb 1, 2014 at 10:11 AM

    Incredible, panic buying, spending for the sake of spending, shouldn’t be rushed into deals, they’ve had since last august to identify and negotiate for players ffs.

  • 16 RageAgainstTheRegime // Feb 1, 2014 at 10:12 AM

    Definitely Wake Up, anything featuring Shola’s dulcet tones is nailed on for number one.

  • 17 jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew // Feb 1, 2014 at 10:12 AM

    What time is the game?

    …it is not like either Anita, Sissoko or Tiote have been consistent in their Newcastle career, but we love to pick on Benny don’t we?

  • 18 HBA Must Stay // Feb 1, 2014 at 10:14 AM

    Safe = fans will turn up = why invest = mid table mediocrity at minimum cost!

  • 19 HBA Must Stay // Feb 1, 2014 at 10:15 AM

    Joe Kinnear is not there to sign players! He is there to pick up his salary for being fat mikes totem!

  • 20 TorqToon // Feb 1, 2014 at 10:16 AM

    Well what ab exciting deadline day we all had!!! I don’t actually blame pardew one bit. I blame ash and JFK. Hate being negative but I can’t be anything else really today. Yes, De Jong will prove his worth I’m sure, but we needed more. Especially knowing in the summer that cabs would leave.

  • 21 toonarmydownsouth // Feb 1, 2014 at 10:16 AM

    Tiote has been solid since day one this season
    Anita has always impressed
    Neither Sissoko not HBA have been consistent and there have been call all season to drop one or the other
    That’s no longer a choice now is it
    It has nothing to do with”picking on benny” it’s about our lack of depth and relying on players who we now need to massively step up because the club are to incompetent to bring in adequate cover or replacements

  • 22 RageAgainstTheRegime // Feb 1, 2014 at 10:16 AM

    12:45 Kick Off.

  • 23 HBA Must Stay // Feb 1, 2014 at 10:17 AM

    Until the die hard say enuff is enuff and hit the fat f11ck in his pocket! He will continue to take the piss, every year taking that little bit more!!

  • 24 toonarmydownsouth // Feb 1, 2014 at 10:18 AM

    I’m not saying it’s a dead cert but judging by responses from certain managers/directors in France I’d say we’ve been rumbled over there and come across as a bit of a joke
    Think they have stopped looking at what we’ve done for Cabs and looking more at MYM rotting on the bench!

  • 25 TorqToon // Feb 1, 2014 at 10:21 AM

    Tads quite possibly. Although Yanga has been very public in the French press about how happy he is at the club and how he is developing. Yes his lack of game time is a factor, but not sure it’s damaging our rep massively.

    He is a class act, and should be selected above Taylor and colo imo.

  • 26 colwell // Feb 1, 2014 at 10:23 AM

    Don’t its all a massive joke, Cabaye never left all a hoax.

    Lets face it no one in their right mind sells their best,most creative, highest scoring midfield player and doesn’t replace him?

    The manager coming out with Marv and Obertan need to step up is a farce Marv the guy who can’t even make the bench surely is not even a close match to Cabaye and Oba WTF how is he still here? Shola must have told him the secret of a long Toon career even whilst being one of the worst players.

    Can’t wait to see the starting 11 egg will be on our faces, MA is such a little joker.

  • 27 beefman13 // Feb 1, 2014 at 10:24 AM

    I have stuck up for this owner many many times, but i would say virtually every fan of our great club is feeling sick in the pit of their stomach this morning, have we got Grenier and Cabella luned up in the summer???? Who knows who bloody cares at this moment in time, he thw owner has jusr save 6 minths wages and redyced transfer fees if we do go for them, just a massive kick up the backside for us fans.

    They are playing us like a donkeys, and i am disgusted at hus sheer contenp at depruving us any sort of excitment, money monet money, hiw much do you want Fella!!!!!!

  • 28 ArtyH // Feb 1, 2014 at 10:27 AM

    It MUST be glaringly obvious now that this lot in charge of our club are out to shaft every supporter of the team!
    IMHO if ANYONE buys a season ticket for next year you are killing the club. I never thought I would have this opinion but believe it is true now. These parasites must be driven out of the club we love or it is going to be destroyed! We are like mushrooms kept in the dark and fed on shite, its time for change.
    There must be some oil rich billionaire who would like to be adored and put on a pedestal and please the best supporters in the world. If that’s you, or you know who fits the bill, please step forward, you will reap the rewards………Pretty please……

  • 29 Greebol1892 // Feb 1, 2014 at 10:32 AM


    I heed that. Utterly beyond me how MYM cannot get his justified position at CB. The best defender at the club is obviously seen thru Pardew’s eyes as just cover for injuries across the back 4. Scandalous how the captain of league-winners has to sit on the bench with STEVEN TAYLOR AHEAD OF HIM.
    Everyone knows that Taylor has been shit since he got his England cap. Same syndrome as Steve Howey… in recent years.

  • 30 ToonNigel // Feb 1, 2014 at 10:44 AM

    Arty h. I totally agree apart from 1 thing. We are not kept in the dark, they just don’t repeat themselves. We were told that to survive we must follow the buying strategy of age / future potential profile. And they have not deviated. Cabaye was as predictable and something else that is very predictable. We will survive so any cost this window is unnecessary. I also think MA is deeply personally motivated to avenge the dreadful treatment we dished out to him and his young family by the way.

  • 31 BarcelonaMag // Feb 1, 2014 at 11:08 AM

    Yes! The game’s live on Spanish telly! Come on over to mine.

  • 32 workyticket // Feb 1, 2014 at 11:21 AM

    “But it’s very clear to everybody now, that Newcastle are going nowhere fast with Mike Ashley”

    Well if it hadn’t been for some gullible fools pumping out a hundred blogs a day about how the sun shone out of Mike Ashley’s arse, maybe they’d have realised a little sooner, eh?

  • 33 ArtyH // Feb 1, 2014 at 11:44 AM

    ToonNigel, you and I are on the same page. When I said we are told nothing, I mean no one really knows what is going on upstairs except Ashley, they are all known liers, I cannot take any more of it. Hate myself for it, its like kicking the wife out coz she’s been chucking it about, but you’ve got to do it…….

  • 34 Benji84 // Feb 1, 2014 at 11:47 AM

    I still think that newcastle should of went hard and picked up a decent player before the whole Cabaye issue happened. Clubs are not stupid and know what money they have if players are sold its not rocket science. Its just sad that we are really just a few decent players sort to really be in the top 6 every year. Thats the real sad part

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