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Watershed Transfer Window Coming Up For Newcastle

9:10 am, Tuesday, April 8th, 2014 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 25 Comments

There was a bit of a shake-up at Newcastle yesterday, when Lee Charnley was officially appointed as Newcastle’s new Managing Director to essentially replace the departed Joe Kinnear as the top executive at the club,  and owner Mike Ashley will officially join the Board and get more involved with the running of the club.

lee charnley and alan pardew

Lee Charnley and Alan Pardew

While it means the club will be run the same way it has since Ashley arrived in the summer of 2007, we are hoping there will be a lot more communication to the fans, and certainly there was a very long statement issued by Lee yesterday, which basically went over again how the club is run.

It will be interesting to see if Mike Ashley gives himself a title – and maybe he will come in as the Newcastle Chairman.

This is what Alan Pardew has said in the Mail today about the summer transfers:

“We know in the summer we have a kitty to spend,” “We’re going to need to spend it well, particularly in offensive areas.”

Maybe it’s that the club has failed to score in 11 of the last 15 league games that has persuaded the club they need some new attacking players – so that’s fairly obvious that we need both strikers and creative players brought in over the summer months – and quite a few of them.

Lee Charnley continued to talk the party line, that Newcastle would not do any knee-jerk reactions in the short-term, and generally would sign one or two good players each year and sign players wisely and not waste money.

But there should be ample money to spend – £9.9M in profit from the last financial year, £20M from the sale of Yohan Cabaye in January, and maybe as much as £80M from the Premier League in May, for finishing in 9th place.

But this is a watershed transfer window coming up, because we signed no new players permanently in the last two transfer windows, and our form over the last 15 games has been relegation form – with only 13 points and 10 defeats.

And but for Loic Remy’s 13 goals this season, and Yohan Cabaye’s influence and 7 goals in the first half of the season, we could even be in a similar plight to Sunderland.

So we need to get in players of similar caliber in the summer.

Sunderland were hammered 5-1 at Tottenham last night and they were woeful in the second half, and some of their players had given up before the end of last night’s game.

It will take almost a miracle for Sunderland to survive now – although anything is still possible.

Newcastle are not in a  good place at the moment – but we’re not going to be relegated either – so it could be a lot worse.

Is Lee Charnley A Good Appointment At Newcastle?

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Tags: Coaching · Recruitment · Transfer News and Rumours · Transfer Target

25 responses so far ↓

  • 1 mindshaft // Apr 8, 2014 at 9:15 AM

    Kitty is apparently 25 million according to sources ( errr in the pub by someone who knows someone who’s brother works in accounts)

  • 2 jazzyp // Apr 8, 2014 at 9:16 AM

    Charnley has already said there is only 1 or 2 transfers per season yet we are going to lose a minimum of Strolla-Remy-Newton-Gosling-Ldj+ Cabs. How the hell to they expect to sustain a top 10 prem league status on this logical path to destruction

  • 3 Markaccus // Apr 8, 2014 at 9:17 AM

    Ed. Newcastle re-itterated their intention to sign just one or two players last night. We are knackered.

  • 4 Markaccus // Apr 8, 2014 at 9:18 AM


    its your fault for being a stupid, moronic one celled jellyfish! 😀

  • 5 martoon // Apr 8, 2014 at 9:18 AM

    Jazzp from last topic. – These are the same blog bullies who have chased TDSarf off the blog. Yes he was a little extreme in his views but he was entertaining and while I didn’t agree with him he was entitled to his opinions.

  • 6 Markaccus // Apr 8, 2014 at 9:18 AM

    Along with my son and martoon.

  • 7 Go toon gooooo // Apr 8, 2014 at 9:18 AM

    Look for Redknapp or Di Matteo.Charnley,Marnley is not that important thing right now.

  • 8 Transfer Sage // Apr 8, 2014 at 9:20 AM


    It’s a ridiculous statement from Charnley, why say things which aren’t always applicable…same as when JFK said that cabaye wouldn’t go.

    If you get a club bid 20mil for him he is gone, so was daft to say as never know who will offer what money.

    Same as with our players, for example we get 5 bids of 10mil for say willo, colo, taylor, mbiwa and haidara…they would all be sold (and rightly so).

    Then we would need more than 2, but they haven’t even said they will make allowances for sales with additional players coming in if some leave…’s just a mess. People under qualified to run a club are running it yet again.

  • 9 jazzyp // Apr 8, 2014 at 9:20 AM

    Eh less of the jellyfish lol

  • 10 Markaccus // Apr 8, 2014 at 9:20 AM

    WTF is a one-celled jellyfish anyway? A jellfish is a multi-celled life form. If it has one cell, then it isnt a jellyfish! These people should think their insults through more carefully!!

  • 11 martoon // Apr 8, 2014 at 9:22 AM

    Markaccus @3 – Like I said earlier I’m pretty sure this is a general policy and there will be exceptions like the January window when we signed 5 players. Hopefully this window will also be considered an exception. Also surely replacing players is not quite the same thing as acquiring new players – at leat that is the hope I am clinging on to.

  • 12 Mister Tuff // Apr 8, 2014 at 9:25 AM

    lesh – I tried again at the poll and was able to vote. Strange but there we go.

    I think a relevant consideration this summer is what is everyone else doing on the transfer front. Clearly a lot will be spending their TV money on new players. Some will get good buys -others perhaps will not. So a relevant factor could be how everyone else has improved (or declined). Just getting one or two players may or may not take teams to a higher level than this season (if everybody is doing the same).
    We need more than 2 players for the first team otherwise there will be problems ahead.

  • 13 Markaccus // Apr 8, 2014 at 9:26 AM


    i hope your are right. I just struggle to see it happening, based on the last two windows. If he means we will strengthen by one or two players while also replacing out-goings, then thats ok. I have doubts though.

  • 14 jazzyp // Apr 8, 2014 at 9:26 AM

    What beggars belief mate is that us so called simple fans can easily see the pitfalls that mask Nufc’s problem’s.
    How the hell do they expect to get away with signing 1-2 players per season and achieve anything. Maybe a socialist view is that we are to limp along in mid table mediocrity if that is Ashley’s will.
    Imo bud we could easily rid ourselves of 6-7-8 players that offer nothing to the toon,But if only a couple of players are to be brought in boy are we going to suffer !!

  • 15 70TWO // Apr 8, 2014 at 9:27 AM


    I thought an ‘amoeba’ was one celled and quite insulting, but now I find that i) it is not necessarily one celled ii) it is beyond the intellect of many to comprehend the insult.

  • 16 jazzyp // Apr 8, 2014 at 9:28 AM

    A fountain of all knowledge lol. Please tell me you have just googled that jellyfish fact !!

  • 17 Transfer Sage // Apr 8, 2014 at 9:31 AM


    It’s just unfortunate we have people running the club, making sweeping statements which doesn’t help the club.

    Imagine being a player coming in and thinking they will sign 1/2 a year, would you go there or somewhere else.

  • 18 70TWO // Apr 8, 2014 at 9:33 AM

    It will be what it says on the tin, 1 or 2 players purchased but whether this includes loans in is not clear and then our much vaunted returning loanees filling in for out goings. Plus a contract extension for Strolla which is the top item for LC to cop the flack for.

  • 19 Mister Tuff // Apr 8, 2014 at 9:35 AM

    Boohooo, boohoooo. Somebody disagreed with what I believe in about the Toon the other day. Boohoo. They had better stop otherwise I will have to stop posting and then I would have been driven off the blog. Boohooo.

    What a set of tarts – it’s a bloody football blog for God’s sake – strong banter expected. So some of the more “sensitive” posters need to bwave.

  • 20 jazzyp // Apr 8, 2014 at 9:38 AM

    Mister tuff
    And so it begin’s

  • 21 derekm // Apr 8, 2014 at 10:01 AM

    Consider the point that in my opinion the club is damaged goods to potential signings – no desire to win domestic trophies ( weakened teams played in both domestics cups ) no desire to enter the draining Europa league, financially unwilling to compete with teams expecting to invest to finish between 5th to ninth, and an ability to invite bad press at any time throughout the year. Teams that are at this time more attractive to a budding star than us right now are Southampton, Stoke, Everton, Hull and Swansea. Exactly why did Bony choose Swansea over us? Twenty goals later our inability to compete with the welsh club is ludicrous when you consider our supposed resources.

  • 22 Sav // Apr 8, 2014 at 11:30 AM

    Mashley has cashed in 7% of his CD chips so that’s another 220 million. Either he is going to buy Rangers or he could fund a big summer at the Toon. Hard to see how Monsta Mash is going to have much choice but to splash if all the departures predicted are correct. Looking optimistically, this could be Carr’s biggest chance to totally reshape the playing staff at NUFC. in one window.
    ….On the other hand, Blofeld could have a bigger kitty than Pardew.

  • 23 Sav // Apr 8, 2014 at 11:31 AM

    That should of course be SD chips – unless he’s going to sell his CD collection to fund our spending spree, which is possible.

  • 24 Sav // Apr 8, 2014 at 11:38 AM

    I’m assuming we will get buttons for Obertan, Marv,Amalfitano, Newton, Ferguson little more for Ben Arfa and nowt for Shola, Gosling, Remy, Coloccini. The only ones we may get much for to fund our rebuild are Debuchy, Santon, Krul and Cisse, all of whom (except Santon) would then have to be replaced out of whatever we get for them.
    It don’t look good but buying 2 players is a stupid thing to say. Some years there’s more ‘natural wastage’ than others and this year will certainly be one of those.

  • 25 toonluvva // Apr 8, 2014 at 2:14 PM

    Sorry Ed, but the watershed transfer window was when we finished 5th.

    We didn’t strengthen when we should have and as a consequence almost went down. It was also the season that Ashley panicked and brought in players in the January window. It must have been a massive blow to his ego to find that the mere fans had been correct all along about the consequences of his inaction.

    The question is, will Mr Ashley attempt to try the same trick again? This time he knows that relegation will cost him even more TV rights money for advertising his awful Sports Direct tat.

    The appointment of any person to any position at NUFC at the moment is of no real consequence at the present time. If they are not backed by finance from above, then they will make the same difference as spitting in the Pacific Ocean.

    I have supported my beloved NUFC since the 70’s under Lord Westwood, the Halls & Shepherds and latterly Mr Ashley. Grudgingly I renewed my season tickets, but if there is no significant investment and an attempt made to bolster the squad to show any real ambition, this will be my last season.

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