Remy’s Ambition So Much Greater Than Newcastle’s


It was sad news to hear today that Loic Remy actually says his ambition in the summer is to join a top five club in Europe, and since Newcastle are not a top five club in Europe, that unfortunately means it will not be Newcastle United.

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Loic Remy – Newcastle not for him

But there’s a very easy way to understand why Remy is turning his back on such a great club as Newcastle United (OK – I’m a little biased),  and that’s because his ambitions in football are so much greater than Mike Ashley’s ambitions for Newcastle United. 🙁

Even though we are not a Champions League side we could still have shown ambition, and told Remy our number one priority would be to reach the Champions League just as soon as possible.

But of course the writing was on the wall in January, when Newcastle sold their best player Yohan Cabaye to PSG for £20M, and didn’t bother to replace him.

That sent a message to Remy – if it was even necessary – that Newcastle were not ambitious and money meant more to the club than their performance on the field.

We had brought out a few articles on that point – only because it was so obvious what Newcastle’s communications were to the playing staff – when they sold Yohan Cabaye in January.

And losing big players will continue at Newcastle until we get the ambition we had when Kevin Keegan (the first time) and Sir Bobby Robson were managing the club.

Unfortunately that may not to be the case as long as Mike Ashley is the owner of Newcastle United.

Comments welcome.

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44 comments so far

  • Sliema

    Mar 11, 2014 at 1:22 PM

    Comment #1

    Argh! How many Remy articles have we had over the last week or two? I can’t even bring myself to count them. Bloody waste of time.

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  • beermonkey

    Mar 11, 2014 at 1:25 PM

    Comment #2

    not even gonna read it

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  • toon kk

    Mar 11, 2014 at 1:32 PM

    Comment #3

    Doom and gloom on tyneside. All we get is bad news, speculation about player’s and weird Mashley decisions.

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  • Average_Contents

    Mar 11, 2014 at 1:34 PM

    Comment #4

    Beer

    I couldn’t resist mate, once she broke out the ‘pweeeeeeeze’ I had to give in 🙂 on the remy will he won’t he saga I believe we showed our ambition in the last 5-6 windows so who can blame him but it has been played over and over and over and over and over again! Demda Ba rewrite all over again me thinks

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  • Whumpie

    Mar 11, 2014 at 1:38 PM

    Comment #5

    how is this a different article to 5he last one?? Trying to get some banter on here is like trying to play ping-pong in a hurricane. ..

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  • santonthenewmaldini

    Mar 11, 2014 at 1:46 PM

    Comment #6

    So another player bites the dust in the summer ! Knew it was going to happen anyway ! Personally I sort of fear the worst for next season but at the same time we could sign some gems on the cheap that could take us to the next level !

    Just wish we would sign someone like Lallana what a player he is people bang on about Arfa and Marveux but that guy is the real deal in the premiership , works hard, gets stuck in , can beat a man , scores goals and actually looks to set team mates up !

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  • barkel

    Mar 11, 2014 at 2:03 PM

    Comment #7

    We all knew when Remy came in on loan that it was a season long deal without a set fee at the end so it was always likely that if he had a good season he wouldn’t be staying unless w had somehow managed to get into the top four so this doesn’t upset me at all, as long as he’s still here scoring goals for the rest of he season I’m happy enough. The big concern is that no one is brought in to replace him or that there are too many changes to the squad, the only team that are close to successful after big changes are Spurs and they’ll likely finish 5/6 but that was over 100million spent on players. We need two strikers minimum if Cisse stays, I think he would have a great partnership with LDJ just behind him

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  • toon kk

    Mar 11, 2014 at 2:09 PM

    Comment #8

    We’ll be in a relegation battle next season then Mash will have to spend in January to keep us in the premier league. He likes a gamble.

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  • Malta Mag

    Mar 11, 2014 at 2:13 PM

    Comment #9

    Can someone please explain to me this mythical idea that once upon a time our club was full of ambition and didn’t have to sometimes sell its best players. Ashley is no different than those before him….no, sorry he’s better than those before him because at least now the books are balanced. I’m 55 years old and I can’t remember a time when the club was ambitious so unless you’re all 60 plus why this indifference at the fact our club has to sell to survive? It’s how ourselves, Spurs, Everton, Arsenal and even Liverpool survive. The real question is the profits we make on the players we sell to the top clubs and whether or not we can ever reach them. We may not like the bloke but financially, under Ashley we are at least heading in the right direction.

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  • catchy in norway

    Mar 11, 2014 at 2:20 PM

    Comment #10

    Malta Mag

    come on, when Sir John first brought KK back, the club was going for it

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  • Spoof

    Mar 11, 2014 at 2:39 PM

    Comment #11

    Why all the hysteria as to whether Remy stays or goes, he aint that good, there are plenty of strikers equally as good as Loic, people keep banging on about how good he is but they are wrong, a player with such a poor first touch as Remy will never be a Champions league quality player, he is a good striker but certainly not a great one, pay £7/8m for him fine, anything more then sorry, he is not good enough for a higher fee, he is playing in a half decent team giving him a half decent service which he has taken advantage of and gave a half decent return, nothing more, nothing less, would I keep him, yes I would for £8m or less, but would I keep him if the Champions league was our main target, then no I wouldn’t as he isn’t quite that good !

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  • mag

    Mar 11, 2014 at 2:40 PM

    Comment #12

    Demba Ba, had the same idea as Remys big shot sitting on the bench watching others play.

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  • mindshaft

    Mar 11, 2014 at 2:42 PM

    Comment #13

    Agree – we’ve always sold our better players ince 70s

    Supermac
    Gasgoine
    Beardsley
    Ginola
    Ferdinand
    Cole

    Even in the glory years of KK

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  • mag

    Mar 11, 2014 at 2:43 PM

    Comment #14

    Where were all these top five teams when he signed for the Mighty QPR?

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  • Charlie in the Gallowgate

    Mar 11, 2014 at 2:45 PM

    Comment #15

    Malta Mag
    Agree we to most of what you have said been going to watch the TOON since 1963 and boy oh boy so many false dawns.

    I think Hall had ambition to build the TOON into a team to challenge but soon found out that it was going to cost him a absolute fortune to keep up with/challenge Man United and with Abramovich coming on the scene he decided to cut his losses.

    And in Shepherd he had someone/mug to pass the club onto.

    Shepherd and being a TOON supporter and in charge of the team he loved was like a kid in a candy store.

    Because he was blind to the problem of keeping up with Man Utd and Chelsea he spent money he/we did not have thus digging ourselves deeper in debt.

    Now like you I think Ashley has got us now on a finacial even keel and NOW is the time to push on without going daft on transfer fees and wages.

    There is going to be another team going to get into one big mess trying to keep up with the Chelsea’s Man City’s by spending what they have not got.

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  • mindshaft

    Mar 11, 2014 at 2:48 PM

    Comment #16

    I’m fed of these posts about Remy and will he / won’t he

    He seems to think one of the top 5 champions league clubs are going to come in for him in the summer – well good luck with that, think he’s more likely to end up at Arsenal out of all of the english clubs ( not that they are top 5 european club)

    Quite frankly I don’t care – just need him to do his job until end of season and get us as high up the league as possible

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  • Ian Toon

    Mar 11, 2014 at 2:49 PM

    Comment #17

    I would prefer Welbeck to Hernandez but maybe it’s because I watch a lot of football live and don’t form my views from the armchair and a one off trip to North Shields. Admittedly Welbeck will never be the finisher that Van Persie is but there is consistent evidence that he can bring out the best in Wayne Rooney. Welbeck took up a far higher role at The Hawthorns, Rooney stepped upinto a more advanced No 10 position, from where he immediately scored and then provided Welbeck with a divine goal of his own.

    The problem for Van Persie is that United are a more cautious team this season defending too deep, and just not stretching defences in the way that creates the clear goalscoring chances RVP feeds off.

    Let all toon fans who can make the early KO get along to SJP tonight for the Youth cup game against Chelsea. Quite a few good youngsters on show and a report in the Huffington Post to follow- LOL.

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  • toon kk

    Mar 11, 2014 at 2:51 PM

    Comment #18

    Our best players must remember they are bench material at a top club.

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  • Spoof

    Mar 11, 2014 at 2:53 PM

    Comment #19

    mindshaft

    there is a difference, we sold Cabaye, Ba for the same reason we sold the likes of Gascoinge, Beardsley and Waddle, we weren’t good enough for them, we did not have aspirations to achieve what they as players were capable of achieving, that was not the case with KK, he sold Cole because he felt that with Gillespie and the soon to be signed Ferdinand we would improve, he sold Cole to improve the side, as for selling Ginola and Ferdinand, I think you will find that happened after KK had left, it was Kenny Dalgliesh who sold them, so I’m afraid your wrong on that one m8 !

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  • mindshaft

    Mar 11, 2014 at 2:53 PM

    Comment #20

    Werder Bremen captain Aaron Hunt denied his own team a penalty against German rivals Nuremberg – by admitting to the referee that he had not been fouled after the referee had awarded the penalty!!!

    Fair enough as they were 2-0 up at this point – not sure WB would be that happy if they had been losing 1-0

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  • mag

    Mar 11, 2014 at 2:53 PM

    Comment #21

    Remy should sack his agent as he’s obviously a fantasist filling remys head with Messi and Ronaldo esq rubbish.

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  • Sliema

    Mar 11, 2014 at 2:57 PM

    Comment #22

    Malta Mag

    We used to spend the money we brought in! We bought Alan Shearer man, the most expensive player in world football at the time, England’s no 9.

    We were challenging Man U, when they were at their very best under Fergie.

    We are a long way from that now.

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  • Sliema

    Mar 11, 2014 at 2:58 PM

    Comment #23

    Where you based btw mate? I’m in, erm, I’ll let you guess 😉

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  • Chrism

    Mar 11, 2014 at 2:58 PM

    Comment #24

    The interview actually said nothing about where he will be next season. He in fact stated that he would play for a top five european side at some point in his career. Didnt mention any teams , or moving from here.

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  • Slank

    Mar 11, 2014 at 3:14 PM

    Comment #25

    No surprise Remy wants to play for a big club, that is a club which is both successful and plays in the Champions League. Newcastle is neither.

    Probably all players have that ambition but few manage it. It’s a short career so they need to make the most of it.

    Newcastle fans shouldn’t beat themselves up about it. The reality is that we are a club located in a provisional backwater without a track record of success but with a large local support in a stadium larger than most.

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  • Spoof

    Mar 11, 2014 at 3:16 PM

    Comment #26

    Malta Mag

    apart from a brief fling with KK and then Sir Bobby, you are undoubtedly correct, however, what the pair of them done was to confirm just how much potential this club really does have, with KK we had a season ticket waiting list of over 30,000 people, at the time I had my ticket which I had had for years, but my brother was always a pay on the day follower, when KK came the only time he could get was when I couldn’t make it, he missed out on a season ticket and with the waiting list being so great he didn’t even bother to put his name on the list as he felt it was futile as he would never get one, that is how big we were and how we could be again

    The fact that previous owners have failed to fulfil our potential is no excuse for Mike Ashley to do likewise now, Manchester United got relegated in the 1970’s, do you ever here their fans saying that mid-table security with no desire to get into Europe should be acceptable because they were once relegated, because they have failed in the past, no you don’t, past failures should never be used as an excuse or a reason for failing now. !

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  • jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew

    Mar 11, 2014 at 3:25 PM

    Comment #27

    Can we really blame anyone for not wanting to come here?

    …look at it from the perspective of someone who had nothing invested in Newcastle! Why would they want to come here?

    Dreadful football and mediocre ambition at best! It saddens my heart but that is the reality 🙁

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  • jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew

    Mar 11, 2014 at 3:28 PM

    Comment #28

    Ian…the question you should ask yourself is can Welbeck perform and get the goals for a lesser team?

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  • Spoof

    Mar 11, 2014 at 3:28 PM

    Comment #29

    Cabaye recons he has no regrets about leaving us,

    http://www.fourfourtwo.com/news/cabaye-has-no-regrets-over-psg-move?

    to me this sounds like a man who is saying to himself, wtf have I done, at this rate I will have gone from French auto starter (possibly captain) to a telly viewer who has been left at home ?

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  • mag

    Mar 11, 2014 at 3:28 PM

    Comment #30

    Is that why Remy joined QPR for ambition and not money?

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  • jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew

    Mar 11, 2014 at 3:29 PM

    Comment #31

    Did I join the discussion at a bad time? 😉

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  • mindshaft

    Mar 11, 2014 at 3:35 PM

    Comment #32

    Not that bad….

    Newcastle manager Alan Pardew has been handed a seven game ban by the FA for his headbutt on Hull’s David Meyler.

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  • jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew

    Mar 11, 2014 at 3:35 PM

    Comment #33

    Mag…I am sure Remy has ambition, but money is equally important to him hence the QPR move.

    …I don’t have time for either players nor people like that. That is just how I am and how I priorities.

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  • mag

    Mar 11, 2014 at 3:36 PM

    Comment #34

    Remys 27 and he’s been playing in France and no one wanted to sign him apart from Newcastle United and QPR and suddenly he’s a football god. The guy is trying to smoke out another club in the hope he gets a lucky move but he may not.

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  • mindshaft

    Mar 11, 2014 at 3:36 PM

    Comment #35

    probably a fair result and ignores the media hype for a hanging

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  • Spoof

    Mar 11, 2014 at 3:36 PM

    Comment #36

    jesper

    lets put it into perspective, a CL player, granted, why would they come here, but hey we are still a lot better than most, don’t get me wrong, if I had a gun I would shoot Ashley ( that’s a joke don’t take it seriously ), but there are many players who are good enough for the CL who are not in it due to the limited number of clubs who are in it, we are in prime position to get the best of the rest, lets be realistic, we are 8th with an outside chance of getting into Europe, yes by rights we should class this as being a total failure, but it’s not as bad as the picture your painting bonny lad !

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  • jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew

    Mar 11, 2014 at 3:37 PM

    Comment #37

    Mindshaft…a touch line ban? What about s fine?

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  • mindshaft

    Mar 11, 2014 at 3:38 PM

    Comment #38

    First 3 games stadium ban then 4 games touchline ban + 60k fine

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  • mindshaft

    Mar 11, 2014 at 3:39 PM

    Comment #39

    looks like Eds stolen my thunder

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  • mag

    Mar 11, 2014 at 3:40 PM

    Comment #40

    A lot of players have considered themselves bigger than Newcastle United over the years.

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