This Is What Newcastle Must Do This Summer

With all the negativity surrounding Newcastle United and Alan Pardew this year and at the moment, there is a path that Newcastle can take that could have the Newcastle fans (even) happy at this time next year.

lee charnley and alan pardew

Lee Charnley and Alan Pardew
Key men in this summer’s transfer window

Newcastle have to have a very good transfer window this summer, that’s a given,  and here are some of the positive things that Newcastle can do this summer:

  • Have a clear-out of the fringe players that don’t have a future at the club – like Shola Ameobi, Dan Gosling, Sylvain Marveaux, Gabby Obertan, Jonas Gutierrez and some of the younger players like James Tavernier and Conor Newton (just two examples) who will not make it at the club.
  • Bring in up to six good new players before the World Cup starts on June 12th, and then augment those (top) players with other good signings towards the end of August – when most of the signings are completed.
  • Get early signings in within the next week or two – that’s of paramount importance to get the fans back on a positive tack – which is still possible.
  • With the early signings the new players will be able to get more quickly acclimatized to how Newcastle play, and will have a full pre-season before the league starts up again in August – which is always good.
  • Look for some loan signings to augment the squad – and certainly teams like Everton had success last season by getting some top players in on loan for the season.
  • If Ben Arfa is sold he must be replaced with a creative flair player or players – but we’d still like to see Ben Arfa at Newcastle in September and maybe Alan Pardew and Ben Arfa can even mend their broken relationship – but maybe not. 🙁
  • Alan Pardew should release a personal statement about what he will try to accomplish for the club next season, and that he will do his very best to get Newcastle back to where we were two years ago,.
    The danger is that if negativity (and even hate) towards Pardew continues through the start of next season, that could really negatively impact the team.
  • Newcastle must get off to a good start in the league, and after 10 league games we must be in the top eight in the league table – at the very least.

Most of that is what Newcastle have said they will try to do – like early signings as one example.

And we may be wrong on this – but we have great faith in new Managing Director Lee Charnley to produce the goods in this upcoming transfer window, with the help of Alan Pardew, Graham Carr and Finance Director John Irving.

The bottom line is Newcastle must have a good (great) transfer window in the summer as the first step.

What do you think needs to be done?

Comments welcome.

21 comments so far

  • Jail for Ashley

    May 15, 2014 at 9:50 AM

    Comment #1

    What will Lee Charnley bring to the table, like Wise/Jiminez, Llambias and JfK he will be told to bid half the asking price making getting players ‘over the line’ painstakingly difficult.

  • jimiley

    May 15, 2014 at 9:51 AM

    Comment #2

    The first thing Newcastle must do is sack the manager and then the owner must resign. Anything else is a waste of time

  • croftus5678

    May 15, 2014 at 9:54 AM

    Comment #3

    last i hear pards “wanted” 5 signings which if 1st team quality will be great for our team however !!! we are losing remy/gosling/luuk/shola/gosling as a minumum with arfa/ober/guti/marv/ferg/saylor rumoured to go !

    imo that makes us a lot weaker with reguards to depth (even though some of those wakened the side imo)

    we may end up having a great first team next season if played right but again it’ll be injuries and not enough depth ect ect at the end of the season when it comes up to why we didnt do so well.

  • Slank

    May 15, 2014 at 9:54 AM

    Comment #4


    I see nothing wrong with those five statements listed by Ed.

    The Premiership is the most important competition, no iffs or buts about it.

    The cup competitions are secondary. The team that lined up against Cardiff were all first team regulars. Is anybody saying that Ashley, Pardew, Carver or Stone instructed the players to throw the game because if they did the fans should report the club to the league as it is an offence. Has anybody?

    Does anybody really disagree with only buying players who are of good value and will not overpay for them?

    I disagree with we cannot compete with the top six clubs in England because under Pardew he has shown that he can get the club within the top six, but also the bottom six. It would be more accurate to say that we cannot compete against the money spent by Chelsea, Man City, Man Utd and Liverpool. But we can compete with Everton and Spurs.

    Totally agree about the press.

  • jettson1971

    May 15, 2014 at 9:55 AM

    Comment #5

    Sorry like, but how can you have faith in Lee Charnley?? he has went from clun secretary to MD? he has no experience in that position. purely another yes man / soft touch. the only man who controls NUFC is Ashely, any other person / position is totally in name only and irrelevant.
    STAY AWAY and DO NOT GIVE MONEY TO NUFC – club is rotten.

  • The next Mike Williamson

    May 15, 2014 at 9:56 AM

    Comment #6

    Lots of Championship teams are fighting over Newton and he is nowhere near as good as Tavernier, Vuckic, or Abeid. He’s just been given enough games to develop. We should keep Vuckic and Tavernier. They will be good enough for the Premier if they get enough games next season in the Championship or a foreign league. We also need to loan out either Dummett or Haidara.

  • martoon

    May 15, 2014 at 9:57 AM

    Comment #7

    There are a lot of things wrong with this regime but I think people are over-reacting to the cup statement. Obviously staying in the premiership (where the money is) has to be the No. 1 priority. The club are saying they would not want a cup run to jeopardise out premiership status but that does not mean we will make no effort in these competitions.
    I found the expansion statement strange – I’m no accountant but surely if you fork out £30m to extend the stadium by about 8000 seats at say £650 per ST – you would get a return on your investment within 6 years!

  • Laurent Robert 32

    May 15, 2014 at 9:59 AM

    Comment #8

    A Pardew personal statement is just a way of spewing propaganda. His on the pitch manifestations tell me all I need to know about him. He is shocking.

    Catchy, great post about the fans of his previous clubs. No surprise with what is happening now.

  • Slank

    May 15, 2014 at 9:59 AM

    Comment #9


    So the owner must resign, presumably taking all his money with him, cancel all the players contracts, make all the staff redundant and close the club.

    Is this what you want?

  • spitfire_

    May 15, 2014 at 9:59 AM

    Comment #10

    pardew will NEVER want to have a squad depth… otherwise his favorite excuse will not work after couple of injuries.

  • martoon

    May 15, 2014 at 10:02 AM

    Comment #11

    The next Mike Williamson @6 – I agree about Tavernier – I saw him in the play-off match the other night and he looked quite decent.

  • toonarmydownsouth

    May 15, 2014 at 10:03 AM

    Comment #12

    Our league status wasn’t secure in jeopardy in January yet we still didn’t go for it in the cups
    I’d imagine it has more to do with being in danger if getting into Europe rather than dropping out the league
    Just like in Jan, we were right in the tail of European spots but instead of strengthening and making a push for a genuine attempt at a top 6 place we weakened the squad and closed up shop for the season

    Don’t think the fans are over reacting in the slightest

  • Ben3arfa

    May 15, 2014 at 10:04 AM

    Comment #13

    Mike Ashley makes Freddy Shepherd seem like St Nicholas

  • croftus5678

    May 15, 2014 at 10:05 AM

    Comment #14

    @6 the new mike williamson

    i agree newton has found his lvl and i also dont think he would make it in the prem ! but tav and abied are dufferent matters as they have both come on leaps and bounds and allready look quality players who if not ours i wouldnt grumble at us signing.

    not sure on vukic tbh i know his quality but he seems to progress a hell of a lot slower than a lad of his inteligence should do and after saying the lad will break into the first team for 3 seasons now i’m starting to lose patience with him.

    cambell/arma back also next season so they will get games esp in cup competitions (cambell 2 goals/1 assist in 10 games inc few mins sub appearances) so he didnt do too bad when you break playing time down into mins played ! just hope he gets a chance.

  • jimiley

    May 15, 2014 at 10:09 AM

    Comment #15


    Yes. Somebody will buy the club. Ashley just wants too much,

  • Magforlife

    May 15, 2014 at 10:11 AM

    Comment #16

    As long as we are run as a Sports Direct outlet nothing will change. Thats the bottom line as long as Ashley stays this is what we have to look forward too.

  • Sav

    May 15, 2014 at 10:20 AM

    Comment #17

    Which exciting footballers are going to want to play for Also-Ran United? Unfortunately, the amount of TV money available to the Premiership clubs, it is skewing football as we knew it. For some time we’ve all known there are players ‘in it for the money’. Now we are seeing the emergence of Newcastle United as a club which appears to have adopted a strategy to maximise profit and minimise risk.
    I could be a snapshot of the future, but what a bleak one it would be. Despite one if the best Prem seasons in its history, ultimately it may kill the goose that laid the golden egg if you take the adventure and romance out if football. Who wants to support also-rans and cannon fodder?
    They should change the club motto to ‘We Know Our Place’.

  • bobby mango

    May 15, 2014 at 10:22 AM

    Comment #18

    “new players will be able to get more quickly acclimatized to how Newcastle play”

    And how do we pay exactly? We don’t have a definitive style, no game plan. At least with Barton, Nolan and Carroll everyone knew their roles.
    These days we rely on luck or individual skills.

  • sweendog

    May 15, 2014 at 10:24 AM

    Comment #19

    a club the size of Newcastle should have 2 purples as the numpty calls them for each position .. then we can challenge for cups .. losing Cabaye highlighted we have only one player in that position .. why was there not 2 ..
    can’t believe the club are willing to say we don’t care about cups .. what they are saying is they don’t care to invest in the club ..

  • terry24

    May 15, 2014 at 10:26 AM

    Comment #20

    My first game was supermacs hatrick against Liverpool (what a debut for him and me).Packed season ticket in a year after Ashley arrival.Its absolutely killing me not going anymore but you must admit on the whole I haven’t missed much.Ashley is a dictator he’s got to hold the power and be seen doing so.So im afraid people unless you boycott it will just be more of the same and if you don’t do it now we won’t have much of a club left when he’s done.I AM NOT ASHAMED TO TELL OTHER FANS NOT TO GO.ITS THE ONLY WAY.

  • fatash

    May 15, 2014 at 10:43 AM

    Comment #21

    I am not spending any money till I see what Ashley spends rather than the fans having to show faith in the club let it first with a large investment.


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