What’s Next For Newcastle – After Year Of Self-Destruction?

We don’t know where we’ll end up in the Premier League this season – probably in 9th position, as long as we don’t go into a big slump is our remaining nine games – but it’s clear we could have done a lot better than that,  if owner Mike Ashley and manager Alan Pardew hadn’t helped to self-destruct Newcastle’s season this year.

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Owner Mike Ashley – cashed in on Yohan Cabaye and weakened the side

It started in mid-January when PSG came in for our best player Yohan Cabaye – a man who had recently been deployed as a withdrawn striker, and had hit five goals in his last seven games for Newcastle.

And in Newcastle’s wisdom what did they do – they took the money – £20M – and they didn’t bring in a replacement – and nobody can say we wouldn’t have done a lot better with Yohan in the side in the final 16 games of the season starting  with Norwich – when Cabaye stopped playing for Newcastle.

That was bad enough, but the sale of Cabaye almost guaranteed that Loic Remy would not sign for Newcastle this summer, and Loic – who’s done everything right both on and off the field at Newcastle – will now join a more ambitious club than Newcastle, and one that plays in the Champions league every season – maybe even Arsenal.

And if that wasn’t enough Alan Pardew had one of his moments of madness on the touchline, when we were hammering Hull City 3-1 after 72 minutes, and he managed to get himself banned for seven games and shamed the club, and in one mad moment turned what should have been a huge positive with a great win at Hull, into a huge negative.

That takes some doing – it really does.

The first three games are a stadium ban, and the first game of that ban saw us lose to bottom of the league club Fulham – who got their first win in 10 games, and while you can never be certain that Alan’s absence hurt the team – it certainly looked like it.

And if  we cannot get back to playing with some urgency and vitality, Newcastle may even be caught be one of the sides still well behind us – with Aston Villa are 9 points behind Newcastle.

So after Newcastle have shot themselves in the foot twice in a short two months – what lies in store for Newcastle this summer?

It’s a good time to have a good clear-out and players like Loic Remy, Shola Ameobi, Dan Gosling, Jonas Gutierrez, Sylvain Marveaux and Gabby Obertan are certain to leave the club, and players like Davide Santon, Ben Arfa and Papiss Cisse could leave.

If this exodus does take place as expected, then Newcastle will need to bring in up to six top players to rebuild the squad, and we certainly hope that Chief Scout Graham Carr is very busy in his scouting duties, because Newcastle will need signings lined up before the summer arrives.

But it’s not all bad news – not at all – this could be like the summer of 2011, when we brought in players of the caliber of Demba Ba, Yohan Cabaye and Davide Santon and finished 5th top the next season.

That’s what we are hoping for, and if there was ever a time for Mike Ashley to spend big money on incoming transfers, it’s this summer, after another disappointing season.

Here’s hoping.

What do you think?

Comments welcome.

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13 comments so far

  • welshgeordie9

    Mar 17, 2014 at 8:39 PM

    Comment #1

    It’s going to be a very busy summer

    Hope so anyway

  • Jail for Ashley

    Mar 17, 2014 at 8:39 PM

    Comment #2

    I wish the frog faced fusker would sell up and do one !

  • welshgeordie9

    Mar 17, 2014 at 8:41 PM

    Comment #3

    There must be somebody out there who can buy this club

  • Jail for Ashley

    Mar 17, 2014 at 8:42 PM

    Comment #4

    I don’t know where people are getting that Marv and Obertan will be moved on, whose going to want them for starters and secondly I don’t think we could give them away as they are perfectly within their rights to see out there contracts, nor sure what kind of wages there on but I can’t imagine any French club being able to match what we’re paying and I don’t think another PL club would go anywhere near either of them.

  • welshgeordie9

    Mar 17, 2014 at 8:44 PM

    Comment #5

    Well they could go as they not playing

  • Tsunki

    Mar 17, 2014 at 8:47 PM

    Comment #6

    The answer to the title question is ‘Another one’.

  • beermonkey

    Mar 17, 2014 at 8:48 PM

    Comment #7


    i wont repost it
    given the cheapness of our owner i just looked and what we could get away with i had 5 in coming player

    hunt, cabrella , dejong, gomis, and a ?????

    2 chosen cos there free cabrella cos i think it might be a done deal and dejong
    and out goings of marv benny strolla obatan
    gosling Jonas colo santon
    it does involve bringing in abied and good

    not saying its the way to go but given ashleys cheapness
    we do end up with a first and second team a full 22players the second team not that bad

  • toonking

    Mar 17, 2014 at 8:49 PM

    Comment #8


    listen here mate it’s only people like you who can’t see my points.

    i can have disagreements with TADS JFA manx TS and so many others but we still get a good chat going. The reason people like you are getting things is because you are quite simple like a broken record.

    the fact is to both win games and have very attractive football you need an owner to spend the money.

    Blackpool played good attacking football but they still went down
    swansea play good attractive passing football but they are in a relgation battle and the europa league can not be an excuse as pardew had it last season and you wouldn’t accept that as his excuse.

    arsene and morineo are two great managers but as the table shows they too are very unattractive football which is quite simply because they too lack goal scorers.

  • beermonkey

    Mar 17, 2014 at 8:55 PM

    Comment #9


    the club will have told marv and co they need to go but like you say selling is a different issue i say buy one ben arfa get an obatan free

  • Jeff from Benwell

    Mar 17, 2014 at 9:03 PM

    Comment #10

    S Taylor
    R Taylor
    Sammi A
    plus Good and Vuckic
    all are Brits or assimilated
    I think the French foreign legion have served their purpose and will be moved on.
    Expect only English players to be bought in the Summer
    The next phase of NUFC development is about to begin

  • clinath@ed

    Mar 17, 2014 at 9:04 PM

    Comment #11

    Reading between the lines…..I think everyone on here, Ed, is sh!ting themselves.

  • toonking

    Mar 17, 2014 at 9:13 PM

    Comment #12

    looking at your team you put out on the last thread beermonkey, i’m thinking myself just spend the cabaye money all on 1 quality forward and the money from the final year contract players on 1 quality attacking midfielder and 1 quality winger. It might sound like he’s spending more money but what could be said is that money will be the amount saved from the less wages.

    BBc radio newcastle had a caller who himself said that really if we can avoid injury we can just use 1 striker as a massive goal scorer, it might sound boring having just 1 goal threat but to be attacking we would need lots of goal scorers creative midfielders and CAM, unfortunately they are much more dear than defenders.

    my team next season

    _______tiote__quality CAM_
    quality winger_____________gouffran

    _______quality striker_dejong

    subs raylor sammy armstrong/cambell good sissoko hadaira saylor abeid plus some cheap buyes.

    when i say quality i don’t mean quality as in world class. All i’m meaning really is buy 3 above average players, one striker 1 winger and 1 CAM the rest of the team leave as it is and as for subs just use the cheap stuff or youngsters.

  • mindcompressor

    Mar 17, 2014 at 11:08 PM

    Comment #13

    i think there are some gems in our youth squads and now it is perfect time to check who we can rely on during next season. sammy and aarons could be our wingers, armstrong and campbell could be one of strikers, kemen/bigi on DM, etc. good, haidara, streete, tav, vuckic also could be checked… we risk nothing but can earn a lot. if some of these guys would be ready to play in first team or be as substitute (not just ghost on the bench but players with real impact on our game), we can save some money to spend on top quality players and not buy footballers who will block development and place of our young guys. however, i’m affraid nobody got balls to let young guys play, on the other hand fatso could be interested in it, because of money, money, money…


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