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Cabaye Would Not Have Been Sold If Newcastle Were Struggling

9:02 am, Sunday, February 2nd, 2014 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 29 Comments

Newcastle owner Mike Ashley wants Newcastle to finish in the top half of the Premier League table each year, and the reason for that is that the club will then receive over £80M from the Premier League, if we can do that in each of the next three seasons, and it may even go up in the next Premier League TV agreement.

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Yohan Cabaye – scoring winner against Manchester United

And the very last thing Mike Ashley wants to happen is a relegation, and you could see that last January when, after we lost 2-1 to Reading, Ashley personally took charge and in the next week brought Moussa Sissoko, Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa, Massadio Haidara and Yoan Gouffran to the club, and we had already acquired Mathieu Debuchy from Lille earlier that month.

How much Newcastle paid for those players ranges in estimates from £18M to £33M, but it’s true we paid out £7M in agents’ fees in the last financial year – and those could all have been to get those five players through the door.

Fast track a year to last month, and what did Mike Ashley do?

Thinking only of the finances once again,  Mike decided to sell Yohan Cabaye to PSG for a reported £20M, although we suspect that may actually be in euros, so it would be only £16.5M (there are reports in France that Cabaye went for €20M),and there could be some add-on payments of a few million, based on the number of performances Yohan makes.

So it’s clear what Mike Ashley’s priorities are – to stay in the Premier League is number one, and number two is to finish in the top 10 so we get a good payment from the Premier League every year in May, and stay out of having to fight relegation.

And that seems to be where the priorities and ambitions come to a grinding halt.

If Newcastle finish 8th or 9th every season from now on – great – and the money rolls in.

Does anybody think that Mike Ashley would have sold Cabaye if we had been in Sunderland’s position last month?

No he wouldn’t, but once we are doing OK, he will not pay out any money – much like the summer of 2012 after we had finished 5th in the league, and he brought in only Vurnon Anita – even though we had the Europa League coming up.

Most owners build on success by spending even more money, when the team has had some success, but you can never accuse Mike Ashley of doing that.

With his limited ambitions for Newcastle – fans will never be supportive of Mike Ashley running the club  - simply because he’s going against the traditions of a great club.

Does anybody think Ashley is concerned how we do until the end of the season, after he has sold our best player?

We were 13 points above 11th placed Hull before the Norwich City game, when Ashley sold Cabaye – so surely we could finish at least in 10th place even without Cabaye – that would have been Mike’s thinking last week.

At least when Freddy Shepherd was running the club he wanted Newcastle to be the best – and while his financial management of the club was dodgy at best – he at least wanted what Newcastle fans wanted – for Newcastle to be a great side again – and he managed to get that when Bobby Robson became manager in August of 1999.

That’s never going to happen under Mike Ashley, where financials are all that matters to the English Billionaire, and he keeps proving that with the actions he has taken since he bought the club six and a half years ago.

We’ve been in decline ever since, and have dropped further and further behind the top six clubs in England.

That’s not good.

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29 responses so far ↓

  • 1 theartfuldodger // Feb 2, 2014 at 9:07 AM

    Assuming we are at around 45 points after game 30 and almost surely safe, I dont see any reason why fans should attend matches.
    Acc to ashley season is over. Theres no need to support the lads. They arent targetting anything. You dont really loose anything(except money paid by ST holders)

    That should teach ashley a lesson.
    He doesent care, nor do we. Beware ST sales will drop too.

  • 2 Dennis Twice // Feb 2, 2014 at 9:08 AM

    Attack Toon attack attack!

  • 3 cyprus // Feb 2, 2014 at 9:08 AM

    Ed dude you’re getting carried away on many of your points.

    Repost:
    Won’t jump on anyone’s bandwagon. Though it’s tempting to comment on errors and flawed arguments all round.

    What went wrong? Especially after a very impressive display at Norwich? What changed?

    I guess we must see what changed: Shola for Remy… well, there you go. Shola cannot score, ever, nice lad though he is.

    Taylor with Williamson in back is a dangerous combination, as they are both slow. Have we won with Taylor’s return? don’t remember, but I don’t think so. Remedy: bring on Mbiwa for taylor in the next game, especially as they routinely try to penetrate through the middle.

    On Luuk: I’ll agree with his personal assessment of his debut. It stank. Though he got in good positions, his two shots were even weaker than Shola’s. Can’t he shoot with the left? A wide open field there and he moves into traffic, on the right! PS. What’s up with Cisse? Remember his brace (best in history of football, for any player) against our next opponents?

  • 4 Transfer Sage // Feb 2, 2014 at 9:10 AM

    Ed i’m with you 100%

    People can bleat on about the accounts all they want but that doesn’t get kids dreaming of playing for the club and wanting to support them.

    I am concerned though that most aren’t bothered by Ashley though as I remember many times under Shepherd’s tenure that there would be after match protests to “sack the board” but they don’t happen now.

    Maybe it’s the modern football fan, maybe Ashley has just ground the fight out of many or maybe people just don’t min him….i don’t know.

    Remember the outrage when Cole moved to man utd and the fans demanded answers…look at that now where we are planning to politely request answers (which we wont get) in some pre scripted fans forum.

  • 5 thepict // Feb 2, 2014 at 9:11 AM

    What 80 million a year to go into his back pocket? Their’s one thing certain, none of it will go on signing players.
    He doesn’t even pay for advertising his scummy business.
    No ambition. Wish he would foxtrot oscar to Ibrox and get out of our club.

  • 6 Himanshu Dhingra // Feb 2, 2014 at 9:13 AM

    Newcastle have not anything since 1969-2014

    Well at least till 2007 we tried

  • 7 Crawley80 // Feb 2, 2014 at 9:14 AM

    Guaranteed it will be similar side what Pardew put out yesterday vs Chelsea, may try to do what fat Sam did during the week and play for the point.

    I’d rather we just get at them like I know we can as we have showed it this season, ok probably with cabaye in the team, however I think Marveaux could play a big part in the remainder of the season. We can’t rely on Santon taking all of our set pieces and Marveaux is decent at corners etc!

    Just glad we have 37 points now, lets try have a respectable second half to the season. Surely we’re capable of getting at least another 20 points on the bored!

  • 8 Transfer Sage // Feb 2, 2014 at 9:15 AM

    charlie – from previous

    Yes we have passed teams of the park but it comes and goes too often, it’s rare we create many genuine chances at all. The problem is we always sit deep so pass around our own half then struggle to get forward with it.

    those games you mention are right….but look at 2nd half norwich and west ham, we suddenly got poor and created nothing except a decent free kick in each game

    we beat man utd, spurs, chelsea….then drop home points to the likes of west ham, hull, sunderland…making those wins less importannt as we have chucked away ‘easy’ points

  • 9 Trent Toon // Feb 2, 2014 at 9:16 AM

    There is a disease in this club that it can’t seem to shake off. It’s called mike Ashley and its symptoms are.. kinnear, relegation, renaming st James, shit sponsors, selling of homegrown legends, poor treatment of past heroes, and many more fuck ups. Must rid ourselves of this stubborn disease cuz it’s killing the club from the inside out.

  • 10 Trent Toon // Feb 2, 2014 at 9:17 AM

    There is a disease in this club that it can’t seem to shake off. It’s called Mike Ashley and its symptoms are.. kinnear, relegation, renaming st James, shite sponsors, selling of homegrown legends, poor treatment of past heroes, and many more f@ck ups. Must rid ourselves of this stubborn disease cuz it’s killing the club from the inside out.

  • 11 Himanshu Dhingra // Feb 2, 2014 at 9:18 AM

    One more benchmark for Ashley’s intentions for NUFC

    Have a look at Everton’s Pre Season and ours

  • 12 Transfer Sage // Feb 2, 2014 at 9:18 AM

    http://www.whoscored.com/Regions/252/Tournaments/2/Seasons/3853/Stages/7794/TeamStatistics/England-Premier-League-2013-2014

    this stat shows our problem….lowest % shots inside box, highest % outside.

    we are getting to the final 3rd and as we don’t commit enough men forward we have to chance our arm from outside the box more often than not.

    Our passing in deeper ares is fine, but we lack that cutting edge up top.

  • 13 Charlie in the Gallowgate // Feb 2, 2014 at 9:19 AM

    Transfer – last thread
    Why oh why did we go back to hoofball only reaso I can think of is that big useless muppet Ameobi was playing up front.

    In the last two months we have changed to playing on the deck from

    the back keeping a high line and pressing the opposition in their half played West Ham, Norwich and Crystal Palace off the park (teams around the Scum) came close to getting results against Arsenal and Man City.

    So why change!!!!!!

    Come Ed don’t get me going on Freddie Shepherd
    He was clueless spent money the club did not have, could not get a bank loan at the going rate offered 11% charge on loan he tried to secure. Bought in players at crazy prices and paid them stupid money.
    Die hard toon supporter who fleeced the club of:
    Freddy Shepherd and Shepherd Offshore: £ 8,351,298

  • 14 Transfer Sage // Feb 2, 2014 at 9:20 AM

    HD

    I can’t fathom out ashley at all…..for somebody who people here say is all about money he makes some stupid decisions even on the financial side.

  • 15 Transfer Sage // Feb 2, 2014 at 9:21 AM

    charlie

    replied earlier in these comments buddy

    did you get to the game yesterday? what was the general reaction to it? who were people blaming?

  • 16 John Tudor // Feb 2, 2014 at 9:22 AM

    could that be lack of vision poor instructions selfishness or downright piss poor tactics from a lacky

  • 17 Himanshu Dhingra // Feb 2, 2014 at 9:22 AM

    TS

    My fear is that it will get even worse and Pardon me saying this that I may not be supporting NUFC Come Aug 31

  • 18 Jail for Ashley // Feb 2, 2014 at 9:22 AM

    Rebiuld,The only players coming in this summer will be cheaper replacements of those that leave, the team will be assessed in January if we are looking ropey then the squad will be strengthened, if we are sitting pretty Tiote will be sold in the last week of the window.

  • 19 Slank // Feb 2, 2014 at 9:27 AM

    Ed, Newcastle had no realistic choice when PSG came calling.

    Newcastle got a very good deal from PSG. Which Frenchman would turn down a move to the best French club, playing Champions League in a World Cup year, in the French capital where is family will be very happy to be settled?

    It’s about time everyone got over the sale of Cabaye.

  • 20 Charlie in the Gallowgate // Feb 2, 2014 at 9:30 AM

    Transfer
    Before the game very flat in pubs, bit of singing going up to ground.
    In ground fans were a bit like the team apathetic I would say.
    a lot thought we would get beat before the start as we had know one to score.
    Up to Half time the booing was the loudest for Half Time
    Very little singing from both sets of fans until they scored their third
    Biggest noise was Kinnear you don’t know what you are doing and Ashley get out of Town

    All in all the ground has lost its atmosphere when the powers that be moved the lads that sang in the Leazes End to the Gallowgate End two seasons ago.

    Best fans noise at the ground were the LEEDS fans in the league cup – they were brilliant!!!!!

  • 21 Lilongwe Geordie // Feb 2, 2014 at 9:30 AM

    Utterly woeful, insipid and gutless performance yesterday. Not sure I can see how Pardew will remedy it for the Chelsea match either, given his comments of having to go back to basics following the display and Cabaye’s departure. Back to basics says to me that we will be looking to be more workmanlike and direct, hardly signs of the club making progress.

    Another comment found worrying from Pardew before the game was his comments on LDJ being a finisher. He said that they would now have to start working on creating chances in the box as Luuk is a finisher. Sorry, but surely creating chances in the box is something that should always be worked on by any side…

  • 22 cyprus // Feb 2, 2014 at 9:32 AM

    Transfer,
    I get your point, but the fans have been just as meek in the past. We have been selling our best players for ever, just when we are on the threshold of ‘the next level’. In the case of Cabaye, I don’t think this is the case. If we had invested (or invest in the summer) in TWO ten million players he would hardly have been missed.
    We are in a rare luxurious position in that we are safe and have nothing to play for. We can try all kinds of players and tactics. If players aren’t motivated or good enough, sell them en masse. If Pardew can’t produce results. get rid as soon as season ends.

    The Ashley out deal is way bigger and hard to achieve, with no day after plans. We need another football crazy billionaire willing to invest in a club which is not popular abroad. He isn’t anywhere to be seen at the moment.

  • 23 Klatoon // Feb 2, 2014 at 9:33 AM

    Altidore’s been piss poor but Taylor made him Drogba-esque.

  • 24 ToonMatt // Feb 2, 2014 at 10:02 AM

    Surely he should be paying back the loan the club owe him instead of pocketing the money from Sky and transfers?

  • 25 Lee Dodd // Feb 2, 2014 at 11:42 AM

    I have Supported Newcastle for 46 years & have never felt so hacked off as yesterday . last season we were in the Europa league . this season no Europa or fa or league cups . Only the premier league and we cant even get a grip .. De Jong will need time to bed in. We need coloccini back asap . Steven Taylor is turning into a Right Chump Remy well he has made it clear he is playing for a champions league club to come calling and we can sod off !!!! Shola well your seat is in on the bench son. Marvaux needs his chance Mr Pardew so give him a run in the side …

  • 26 K T Cat // Feb 2, 2014 at 5:01 PM

    Ashley’s definition of the top half of the table is everything above relegation. 17th place would be fine with him.

  • 27 toonluvva // Feb 2, 2014 at 5:02 PM

    Transfer Sage.

    You are quite right about A$h£ey and his baffling decisions over financial matters.

    Even accepting the premise that he is only using the club to promote SportsDirect, his inability to appoint decent management, Lamearse, Joke, Parnsip is totally baffling.

    Perhaps that provides a way of ridding ourselves of him.

    We need to move the criticism of his actions off the back page and onto the financial ones.

    Questions like if he is such a genius in his running of SD, why is he making such a bad job at Newcastle.

    I’ll bet he wouldn’t like people looking too closely at us and then making unfavourable comparisons.

  • 28 Douglas // Feb 2, 2014 at 5:21 PM

    Soo, several (many) players will leave in the summer, we’ll buy in cheaply players with no PL experience. Next year will be struggle again. Would it be for the good to get relegated? FMA might sell.

    By the way: support the team not the regime is misleading. Supporting the team automatically puts money in and so supports FMAs regime.

  • 29 puretoon // Feb 2, 2014 at 10:32 PM

    to Douglas @ 28
    couldn’t agree more, especially the last bit. just wished more of the supporters would realise that supporting the team IS supporting the regime!!

    It seems most fans are too true and can’t seem to see or accept they should perhaps not give MA anymore money, cos we know where all this Sky TV monies going and it aint into the club! lets face it, he’s been here like a bad smell for over 6 yrs now and has creamed the revenue off at every window plus every year AND had FREE advertising for his damn SD too.

    and excuse me, but Cabaye would’ve been sold of what ever the state of the place as MA only deals in £££’s. He couldn’t give a damn about the place or the squad or us, only his money!




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