Is This Any Way To Run A Football Club?

We had reported earlier today that Italian club Roma were interested in Newcastle’s Italian International left-back Davide Santon.

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This is why Davide Santon doesn’t want to leave Newcastle

Newcastle are asking £10M for the Italian, even though he has said a number of times that he is happy on Tyneside and wants to stay.

But with Mike Ashley’s Newcastle it’s all (or should we say only) about the money, and as soon as any club comes in with £10M for the 23  year-old Italian he’s gone, and it doesn’t even matter what Alan Pardew thinks.

Ashley putting a price on every single player’s head was first seen back in late August of 2008, when Kevin Keegan had to try to explain to the press why James Milner had suddenly been sold to Aston Villa for £12M.

Kevin said that he didn’t want to sell James, but that every player has his price – which sounded very odd coming from Kevin.

Of course Kevin left Newcastle within days of Milner leaving, when Dennis Wise brought in two players Kevin hadn’t even heard of – Xisco and on-loan midfielder Ignacio Gonzalez, but Wise gave him some YouTube videos, so at least he would know who they were and how they played.

Xisco was a flop and played 11 times for Newcastle over his five year contract – which was said to be worth £50K/week – so those 11 appearances and one goal cost Newcastle around £12.5M in wages alone, and the fee was £5.7M from Deportivo.

And Gonzalez made only two substitute appearances, and was injured most of that season, which turned out to be our relegation season.

So it seems in this summer’s transfer window we are again dependent on other bugger clubs, as to which players we will keep this summer.

Davide Santon will not be at Newcastle come September,  if any club comes in with the £10M fee, and we’ll have to replace him if he is sold.

This is no way to run a football club – not a successful one in any case.

Football is more than just about money, it’s about building up a top squad who can win, and you cannot do that if you keep selling your players.

What do you think?

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