This Is What’s Worrying About Newcastle This Summer

One way to build a top side that is sustainable and successful over a number of seasons,  is to identify key players that the team will be build around, and when you look at some top teams you can identify those players.

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Mike Ashley – finances too important to the owner

When Jose Mourinho built his first Chelsea side, he had players like Petr Cech, John Terry, Frank Lampard and Didier Drogba as four key players that come to mind as the bedrock of the side.

Then you tie them down to long term contracts, and bring in other players to eventually create a very good side that can challenge for the top spot in the Premier League every season – and success breeds success.

But what happens when you keep selling your best players, and can never have those four, five or six players on  which you can build a top side?

What happens in those cases is it becomes very difficult to build a top side, and of course that’s one thing that owner Mike Ashley keeps doing – he keeps selling our top players.

Many fans would have named Yohan Cabaye as Newcastle’s best player in January, but we sold him (half way through the season we may add) and that sale is now being manifested in Newcastle’s terrible results.

But to think one man can make such a difference is worrying, which is why Alan Pardew’s job is now under pressure.

But as long as Mike Ashley puts finances above building a top team, and as long as every player has their price on Tyneside, Newcastle will never be able to build a top side.

And one thing that worries us this summer is what if clubs come in with big money for players like Mathieu Debuchy, Moussa Sissoko Davide Santon,  and Tim Krul.

The answer is they will be sold.

So there seems no long term plan on the player side of things to build a foundation of top players, on which to build a top team that is sustainable over a number of seasons.

That’s impossible just as long as any Newcastle player is available to be sold at the right price.

It happened with Andy Carroll, and we are lucky that Andy hasn’t fulfilled his promise because when he was sold over three years ago he was England’s new hope.

And heaven forbid if Mike Ashley sells Adam Armstrong in the future – and don’t think that isn’t possible.

If Adam does come through, and has a good season in the next year or two and  a big club comes in for him with big money – then he’ll be sold.

The good news is that we can have a good side next season, if we have a good transfer window in the summer,

But then a year on from now whoever proved to be very good buys – top clubs will come in for them and they will eventually be sold – and we’ll need to start all over again – just as we seem to be doing this summer.

We brought in Yohan Cabaye and Demba Ba three years ago,  and they were stars in our 2011-2012 season, and they are no longer at the club – we sold them to big clubs.

Mike Ashley has done very well on the financial side of things at Newcastle, there’s no doubt about that.

But he has had done hopeless on the playing side, on building a top side, and that’s why we have had just one top ten finish in the Premier League in the seven years he’s been owner.

And that may continue this season, even though two m0nths ago it seemed almost a certainty that we’d have a top ten finish this season.

And in a few years we may be even better off on the financial side, but we’ll still have a mediocre side.

We’ll just have to hope that Mike Ashley realizes Newcastle United will become very valuable (like worth a lot more than Mike spent on the club),  once we start building a top side and competing in Europe every season and (even) winning trophies – then he could make really big money on the club.

The most expensive clubs in the world are those who have had sustainable success and won trophies like the Champions League over the years.

But when will the penny drop with Mike Ashley?

What do you think?

Comments welcome.

6 comments so far

  • Laurent Robert 32

    Apr 26, 2014 at 8:30 AM

    Comment #1


    A. Jhnsn down the road also said quite quite blatantly post-match that he was a toon fan or along those lines. Nonsense, he is most definitely a Sunderland fan, as I explained well before he signed for them, as are his family. In fact, his dad was unhappy simply at rumours he was a toon fan.

    A player or manager says one thing to the tv cameras but they don’t believe a word of it, even though they want you to lead you on with an alternate ‘safe’ version.

    The horses mouth isn’t always the horses mouth. In Alan’s case it could be donkey ( no offence to donkeys intended).

  • Laurent Robert 32

    Apr 26, 2014 at 8:35 AM

    Comment #2

    Firebug, yeah, he’s most definitely an ass 🙂

    He is a nasty smell which lingers at all the clubs he goes to.

  • jazzyp

    Apr 26, 2014 at 8:45 AM

    Comment #3

    Ed I think your wrong mate……….we have been trying to build a team around shola for years “Wink wink”


    Apr 26, 2014 at 8:51 AM

    Comment #4

    Does Sports Direct sell designer clothing, no! But it makes a great PROFIT. So why would he buy designer footballers for Newcastle United, when he can buy cheap and sell for PROFIT. He is a very, very good businesses man, not a footballer lover. We are his advertising tool, bad publicity is great advertising for his long term PROFIT. Just continue supporting this and enjoy the ride. The more people complain, the better advertising becomes. We are stuck with this, until he gets an offer he can’t refuse. If 15000 season tickets were not renewed, then Pardew would get the bullet. Not in a million years would that make him invest. Ashley don’t care about us.

  • Stan the man

    Apr 26, 2014 at 9:03 AM

    Comment #5

    Your article correctly points out that Ashley is a money man first and foremost who will sell his own mother for a couple of quid. Most folks would agree with that.
    Why therefore do we continue to bash the manager?
    We ended 5th in the league when we had players but “Take the Money and Run Ashley” has pulled the rug from beneath Pardew. Ask a cabinet-maker who has made a decent piece of furniture to do the same thing the following year without his best tools.
    It can’t be done.

  • Sav

    Apr 26, 2014 at 10:42 AM

    Comment #6

    Pardew hasn’t helped his own case but I agree with your point. This manager-bashing is a distraction from the real problem. Coming 5th wasn’t a fluke. With no D of F in place and no Llambias, it is interesting what will happen this summer. Whoever the manager, it looks like he will finally have the benefit of the ‘Kevin Keegan Ideal Scenario’ – ie. a rich owner, not a PLC and the manager gets to say who the targets are and what positions he is looking to fill. Had KK been in this position back at the beginning (nay, back in SJH’s day) who knows where we’d be now or whether there might be a few tin pots in the cabinet by now?


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