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
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.