New Transfer Targets Identified At Mike Ashley Meeting

There’s a report by Simon Bird in the Mirror today that reports on Joe Kinnear’s disastrous reign as the Newcastle Director of Football – and that may have pout Mike Ashley of ever appointing another Director of Football with Dennis Wise and Joe Kinnear both being hopeless.

And Simon of course was the unsuspecting journalist on the end of that tirade of filthy language from the then Newcastle manager in early October of 2008, in Joe’s very first press conference, shortly after he had been appointed as the interim manager of Newcastle,  after Kevin Keegan has walked out of the club – for a second time.

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Ashley with Kinnear – the last Director of Football?

There were 52 swear words in that tirade – mostly the F word and the C word – and at the time,  newly arrived Fab Coloccini and Jonas Gutierrez couldn’t find those words in the English dictionary they were given to study – as they started to learn English. 😀

And the rumor is that Joe’s words in the dressing room often had to be translated for them by the English players.

And news tonight there has been a meeting last week between Alan Pardew and John Carver with owner Mike Ashley and  Graham Carr and his scouting team – so maybe Newcastle will go without appointing another Director of Football or without even appointing a Chairman or Chief Executive.

Although it would seem we need some senior executive reporting to Mike Ashley to run the club’s day-to-day business.

But it could be that Joe’s reign, which was a complete disaster, has soured Mike Ashley of ever appointing another Director of Football at Newcastle.

Alan Pardew was asked whether there is any sign of a new Director of Football arriving at the club:

“No discussions about it. I’m pretty sure about what I think we need. We’ve started that process last week. The process of bringing players in here’s now very much on-going.”

“Myself, Graham Carr, Mike and our scouting team had a meeting and we have some targets we need to put our minds on.”  

“Obviously we need to present it to Mike at some stage that it makes sense financially. This club needs to wipe its nose.”

“I spoke to a couple of guys who I think could assist me. One of them has worked in football but he’s not from football.”

It seems the transfers will be handled by Secretary Lee Charnley and Director of Finance John Irving, and we don’t know if those two were at the meeting last week.

Perhaps the purpose of the meeting was simply to discuss the transfer targets for the summer — and we assume there will be a lot of them.

And it could be that a person to assist Alan with transfers could actually report to the manager,  and be part of his team, and we assume he would need to work very closely with Chief Scout Graham Carr.

Comments always welcome.

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34 comments so far

  • G

    Mar 20, 2014 at 11:31 PM

    Comment #1

    Daily Mirror? Please, do me a favour.

  • dufuss

    Mar 20, 2014 at 11:43 PM

    Comment #2

    simples no-one of note in

  • beermonkey

    Mar 20, 2014 at 11:51 PM

    Comment #3

    the mythical transfer list
    who is on it or is it blank

  • dufuss

    Mar 20, 2014 at 11:55 PM

    Comment #4

    crouchie for shola

  • dufuss

    Mar 20, 2014 at 11:59 PM

    Comment #5

    heskey even

  • jimmysmith

    Mar 20, 2014 at 11:59 PM

    Comment #6

    Ever had the feeling you were being cheated, and you were. Hope and realization is an enduring theme in life and literature. Have for five years been resisting this nagging sense that deep down Ashley is a cheap, half arsed chancer. Not pleasant!

  • dufuss

    Mar 21, 2014 at 12:04 AM

    Comment #7

    full arsed chancer

  • Ben3arfa

    Mar 21, 2014 at 2:01 AM

    Comment #8

    Darren Bent, Mark Noble and James Tomkins —-> Pardew’s list

    Also, what the hell does “I spoke to a couple of guys who I think could assist me. One of them has worked in football but he’s not from football.” mean??

  • RonVanDam

    Mar 21, 2014 at 2:08 AM

    Comment #9

    At the top of the list is Fookin Naw Wan

  • RonVanDam

    Mar 21, 2014 at 2:09 AM

    Comment #10

    And at the top of the list is Foo-king Noo Wan

  • Himanshu Dhingra

    Mar 21, 2014 at 4:45 AM

    Comment #11

    Could it be that Mashley has no Cronies left who even have half a football brain cell.

  • Himanshu Dhingra

    Mar 21, 2014 at 5:09 AM

    Comment #12

    Worst Part is It seems Pardew is not going anywhere! 🙁

  • Toon-Prodigy

    Mar 21, 2014 at 5:13 AM

    Comment #13

    We hear this before every transfer window.

    The speil has begun.

    Next from Alan comes, we have identified numerous targets and our people are working on them.

    Then Alan will start putting pressure on the clubs hierachy through the media or whoever is in charge of recruitment as time goes by with comments like..

    We need to still replace this player(s) we need to be strengthening these positions. We are leaving ourselves short on quality and depth.

    The truth is we will spend this Summer. But only because it is absolutely necessary to survive in this league next season because certain players will be leaving. Coloccini, Remy, Shola, Ben Arfa could be away also.

    Then there is the fringe players who havn’t lived up to expectations.

    Obertan, Gosling, Marveux.

    Don’t worry Alan, we know the script. We know it off by heart.

    We NEED to add numbers to the squad in the Summer because of player exits, don’t be fooled into thinking it’s a sign of ambition like over the past 7 years when we have pulled the odd signing out the bag.

    We will be making the numbers back up with who is leaving, expect the absolute minimum to not be too disappointed.

  • jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew

    Mar 21, 2014 at 5:37 AM

    Comment #14

    But will the football change?

    …if not then I don’t really care!

  • Toon-Prodigy

    Mar 21, 2014 at 5:54 AM

    Comment #15


    Why would the football change? Because we sign more foreigners? Because this is the route we take and so far hasn’t changed much. We can be a good side who plays decent football when everyone is available, sadly the quality in depth is not there when we are without key players. For me, thats a problem with ambition and building a good enough squad to compete.

    We are a mediocre team with a mediocre manager playing mediocre football.

    What we have witnessed this season will be the best it gets under this regime.

    The good runs and bad runs will continue.

    Mid-table is what we are, and all we aspire to be.

    Ashley holds the keys to unlock anything else.

  • Jail for Ashley

    Mar 21, 2014 at 6:40 AM

    Comment #16

    I don’t know about you, but a lot of people were duped into thinking that Mashley had turned a corner in that summer of 2011 when in reality all he had done was replaced existing players with cheaper imports and a free transfer in Demba Ba, I got slated because of the unbeaten run when I had the nerve to point out only a 1M net spend had been spent and we were still desperately short of a CB added to the fact it took so long to replace Enrique before finally bringing in an injured Santon while completely winging it with a right sided midfielder as a LB, when Cisse was signed it looked like we were going in the right direction and a lot of peoples mind changed, now we know it wasn’t ambition at all just a way to line the fat mans coffers and Tiote will be next before Bigi is unearthed as his replacement.

  • firebug666

    Mar 21, 2014 at 7:05 AM

    Comment #17

    My guess is (reading between the lines) that only one or two players will be bought in as Ashley has told Pardrew to bring in some of the youth players from our development squad to replace any out goings.

    Thus yesterday Pardrew began the process of readying the fans for another disappointing window. He talked about who would be able to step up to the first team and who would go out on loan.

    At the meeting Ashley with his beetroot red face and bulging would have been chocking with slaver running down his fat double chin at the mere mention of “Transfer Kitty”. he idea to counter that is simple, ” you have enough players in the development squad use them, that’s why we bought them after all”.

    Going to be another poor window, and another year of agony for the fans. Come January More tickets will be cancelled and re sold on the cheap… 70% OFF.

  • Santon03

    Mar 21, 2014 at 7:06 AM

    Comment #18

    Last time MA got involved personally with transfers was before DL got fired and we were able to bring in 5 good players. This time if MA got involved again we will see a lot of transfer activities.
    It won’t be just incoming but also outgoing transfers, I think there will be a lot of outgoing transfers like Marv, Ober, Cisse, Amalfitano, HBA, possibly Colo and Santon even Saylor and Krul. We do need a lot of replacements especially with Cabaye already out and Shola contract runs out, also Remy and DeJong.
    I guess the 1st step will be Remy and DeJong if we able to make them ours permanently or not. If not then we will have to go shopping and also which youngsters will step up next season. There are few youngsters to be decided if they will be in 1st team or not, such as Campbell, Armstrong, Tav, Fergie, Vuckic, Good, and Sammy or Dummet who already playing in 1st team.
    I think and I hope it will be postive summer transfers.

  • firebug666

    Mar 21, 2014 at 7:07 AM

    Comment #19


  • catchy in norway

    Mar 21, 2014 at 7:09 AM

    Comment #20

    Jail for Ashley // Mar 21, 2014 at 6:40 AM

    the whole thing stinks, I carnt believe we have so many fans who are basically just sheep turning up every week,

    from the very top everything is wrong, the only thing I like is the plan

  • Toon-Prodigy

    Mar 21, 2014 at 7:11 AM

    Comment #21


    I think we have all fell off the wagon at one point or another and hoped we were turning a corner after the disgrace of the past 6-7 years. But we were duped aye. The man is unfit to run a football club.

    What I have came to realise is Ashley will only shell out when it NEEDS to be. Just like when he signed those five frenchman last January when we were in danger of being relegated. Or when he can be convinced a bargain can be had. It dosn’t matter if we are desperate and need players in to compete.

    This summer is no different is it? With the amount of outgoings which is inevitable. We are just going to be filling the gaps once again, not building a thorough squad which can compete on all levels. Poor G. Carr is keeping this club a float, because god forbid if he disappears, we are in trouble. Ashleys structure would simply not work.

    Ashley has to act, and spend this summer. Which he will. The problem is, we are never building under this regime, because if any player does well, we sell and start the ball rolling all over again. Hence the mid-table position. Cylce of mediocrity. When G. Carr’s contacts dry up and no foreign players are available where donald ducked.

    Ashleys structures goes against any sort of ambition. Simply because we are not looking to build, we are looking to make money.

    Now that the books are fine and the tv money is greater than ever, 52,000 geordies at home games..

    The question has to be asked, why are we still behaving like paupers?

  • Toon-Prodigy

    Mar 21, 2014 at 7:21 AM

    Comment #22


    I also fear the thinking behind biggin the youngins up once again so close to a transfer window.

    Seen it all before and never worked.

    It’s all about saving the coin for Mike.

  • Santon03

    Mar 21, 2014 at 7:23 AM

    Comment #23

    This season for me isn’t that bad regarding transfers (not to compare with top 6 teams). We only got 2 players on loan and we are still in top 10 with possible top 8 finish. Comparing with other teams who spent a lot and bought so many players like sundreland, fulham, swansea, west ham or norwich.

  • Toon-Prodigy

    Mar 21, 2014 at 7:31 AM

    Comment #24


    The reason we got in five players so swiftly that window was because Mike Ashley got involved which is fine. It wasn’t because of his expertise it was because he sanctioned the transfer fees.

    But it was only because he was worried about the TV money and being relegated, that is not good enough. We have to remember though he can get involved every transfer window and sanction the transfer fees every window. Which he dosn’t consistently.

    What that says is we CAN if we need it.

    It’s further proof we are all being had.

    All these failed transfer windows, all the rubbish we have had to endure, they are pulling the wool over our eyes, taking libertys.

    Disgrace really.

  • Himanshu Dhingra

    Mar 21, 2014 at 7:37 AM

    Comment #25

    The Fans Worldwide pay money so that the clubs can operate well and compete to the best of their abilities.

    We just take it as a donation to our illustrious owner.

  • firebug666

    Mar 21, 2014 at 7:37 AM

    Comment #26


    I fear the worst will be the norm from now on. Ashley says he wants the club to be self sustaining, and in theory that’s a good thing. But to get there is a very long road, but the time the bills and running costs for the club have been paid, then the faceless ones who are running everything skim a little bit each off the remainder, and pay those massive expenses sheets, there will be very little left for transfers.

    The under soil heating installed at the training ground will be costing enough each year where we may have been able to bring in another player.

    The sun may come out and shine down on St James Park, but the doom and gloom looks set to continue indefinitely.

    We are paupers and will remain so because the club has failed in too many ways to generate the income required, and we are brining in a lot less now that when Shepherd was here. Ashley is a very clever business man, and the books show a small profit, but how much more could that profit be if the club had paying customers advertising, instead of Ashley’s second-hand shop’s free advertising.

  • Himanshu Dhingra

    Mar 21, 2014 at 7:51 AM

    Comment #27

    If Ashley had any decent intention he would not have banned any Local or national Journo.

  • Average_Contents

    Mar 21, 2014 at 7:52 AM

    Comment #28

    That last line of ed’s quote from pardew is incorrect gents! He was actually referring to his offer to take professional advice when it comes to his antics on the touchline, i.e getting help from someone who has worked with footballers/managers but hasn’t been one. Sorry to bring it up ed but it was bugging me haha

  • 70TWO

    Mar 21, 2014 at 8:11 AM

    Comment #29


    You are right, I was just about to say the same. The above quotes are from at least two seperate interviews and have been rehashed and regurgitated to concoct a facile story.

    Despite the stories about the potential huge clear out there are only I think 4 players who are out of contract. As all is going to plan in Ashleys eyes there will be no need for a massive change over in personal and I can forsee some contract extensions.

  • Toon-Prodigy

    Mar 21, 2014 at 8:18 AM

    Comment #30


    I think Mike Ashley’s plan was pure genius. Buy a Premier League club with an amazing fanbase and advertise his baby Sports Direct. I mean, we havn’t won a trophy for a long long time. What could go wrong?

    That is genius. It’s worked, he has had record breaking profits so I hear with Sports Direct.

    Personally though, this is out of his league, it hasn’t been as simple as he first thought i gather.

    We have gave him a headache.

    Personally, I think he is terrified of us, his lack of communication is telling. He dosn’t want anything to do with the running of NUFC he wants to advertise Sports Direct and that is all. When NUFC comes into Jeopardy he gets involved as you would within a large investment.

    He is to cautious to spend and too cautious not to. But his gambling is evident to see with not building the squad adequetly each window And selling our players.

    His concentration is not here it’s with Sports Direct. Which leaves the people he has hired for NUFC.


  • mindshaft

    Mar 21, 2014 at 8:19 AM

    Comment #31

    I see Everton have just signed an extension with their shirt sponsor for 16 million which is thier best ever shirt deal – how much we getting off wonga again?

  • mindshaft

    Mar 21, 2014 at 8:20 AM

    Comment #32

    Posts not showing up

  • firebug666

    Mar 21, 2014 at 8:35 AM

    Comment #33


    Yeah I have to agree with you. In the beginning his ideas were for the most part good ones, he wanted to win things, and he wanted a team that could compete with the top four. Great ideas, but when things started to go wrong, and the fans got on his back he run away.

    It’s fare to say the fat man cannot take criticism, and will hide from it at every opportunity. Now I think he sees it as Him against us and because he holds all the major playing cards he can sit back and watch us squirm.

    He is very happy to have his SD boosted by NUFC, and sit in the premier league without the ambition to move up a class, He is in a win win situation, and we can do nothing about it.

    Even if he were to sell the club tomorrow on the cheap, his has won having already got his money’s worth out of it via SD.

    He doesn’t need ambition, he doesn’t want ambition, that would cost him to much. Ashley is a very happy man, he has us right where he wants us.

  • miggy

    Mar 21, 2014 at 5:45 PM

    Comment #34

    Cant see fatman buying anyone, more like free transfers and loan moves, relegation battle ahead next season


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