It shouldn’t be too much of a surprise if Newcastle have some big money to spend in the summer, since Newcastle’s finances are in excellent shape, and as long as the Newcastle owner is willing to spend a large percentage of the profits each season from now on – there will be some big money to spend every summer – if we need to – and this summer is one where we need to – Newcastle need to replace Yohan Cabaye and we need at the very least – two top strikers.
Mike Ashley – after Newcastle scored on Saturday
And there’s some good words from Alan Pardew today, and we did report last night that Mike Ashley is making a special effort to be at the Newcastle games when Alan is serving his three game stadium ban, and Mike will be at his third successive game tonight, when we take on an excellent Everton side.
Mike’s getting some good press for doing that this morning in the local press, and it seems Pardew has spoken a number of times to Mike Ashley recently, and Alan seems upbeat about the upcoming summer transfer market.
This is what the manager has told the Shields Gazette today:
“We’re very much looking forward to planning in the summer to take the team forward.” “There’s no doubt we need to replace Cabaye, and we need to get ourselves one or two strikers that are going to give us a chance of European football.”
“In terms of the scouting team, we know what we’re doing.” “You’ve got to manage the squad in terms of where their contracts are, but there’s no doubt we need to bring some offensive players into this group, particularly a Cabaye replacement.”
“Really and truly, the chat with Mike will be about finance rather than actual targets.” “He loves his football, he really does,” “He was absolutely delighted that we scored on Saturday. He felt we deserved it.”
“Our fans shouldn’t under-estimate the passion he has for football.” “Although, at times at this football club, it’s been tough for him, he still loves the football.”
It seems the transfer team of Alan Pardew, Graham Carr, John Carver and Lee Charnley have their targets all worked out, and there will be meetings with Mike Ashley on the finance side of things – and Lee Charnley will handle that part of the deals – along with Finance Director John Irving.
But with Newcastle having the £20M from the Cabaye transfer available, and around £80M coming in from the new Premier League deal – there should be some decent money to spend this summer.
And we hope that Newcastle move very early in the summer, for the six or seven new players that are expected to be arriving.
It should be an exciting summer for Newcastle fans.
Note: Sean Borland is a student in Newcastle and will not be at either the Man United (5 April) or Swansea (19 April) games – and he has tickets – £30 for the ManU game and £20 for the Swansea game – you can contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org or sean4eva09 on twitter.