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Newcastle Must Spend Big Money This Summer – It’s Available

8:20 am, Wednesday, May 21st, 2014 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 12 Comments

The former Newcastle United Chairman Freddy Shepherd seems to be stepping into the limelight more these days, and while Freddy was the Chairman for ten years our finances were not in good order – but we were an ambitious club, and that;s now all been turned on its head with Mike Ashley.

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A recent photo of Freddy Shepherd, the former Newcastle Chairman

So it’s good to hear Freddy talk about what Newcastle should be doing this summer – to get back on track for possibly a top six place next season.

This is what he has said on the BBC today:

“They need to spend as much as possible.” “You can never have enough money. When I was Chairman we spent £300M and got into Europe and went to Wembley but we didn’t win anything.”

“We really need to spend as much as £30M to £40M to bring in a couple of good strikers and a couple of good defenders.”

And there’s no doubt the money is there at the club to spend – with the £20M we got for Yohan Cabaye, and the recent massive payout of £79.5M we got for essentially finishing in 10th place in the Premier League last season.

And if the news is to be believed this week,  we are trying to get French midfielder Remy Cabella, Spanish strike Ayoze Perez, and Sunderland midfielder Jack Colback all signed.

We could possibly manager to sign Jack Colback and Perez soon, and there are conflicting reports about whether Perez is at Newcastle at the moment, although it’s rumored that West Ham United are also after Colback.

But it seems that the possible Remy Cabella deal could become a lengthy negotiation, and that would not be good news for Newcastle with some top clubs after the 24 year-old French winger – and they are supposed to include Borussia Monchengladbach and Atletico Madrid.

Comments welcome.



Tags: Financial Fair Play · Financials · Recruitment · Transfer News and Rumours · Transfer Target



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12 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Charlie in the Gallowgate // May 21, 2014 at 8:26 AM

    toondoonsooth
    I, and we’ll have the fattest, slowest and laziest strike force in the country.

  • 2 welshgeordie9 // May 21, 2014 at 8:27 AM

    i wouldn’t be surprised if took them until deadline day to get the three signed up, after that they turn around and said well that’s our business done this window

    Dear me

  • 3 toonarmydownsouth // May 21, 2014 at 8:32 AM

    Charlie
    Throw John Hartson into the mix and were set!!

    Come on now Freddy, let’s be reasonable, do you know how much it costs to keep a yacht running? It’s not cheap
    That’s why we have to NUFC board meetings there, so the club can chip in with the upkeep ;)

  • 4 Laurent Robert 32 // May 21, 2014 at 8:36 AM

    I’m sure we’ll hear that with the World Cup it has been difficult to get players in.

    We need a new owner and manager before money is wasted on players that Pardew doesn’t know what to do with.

    Who cares if they ‘run more’ or have ‘more heart’ it’ll only patch over the glaringly obvious lack of teamwork which we’ve seen already.

    Doing more running and looking busy does mean they suddenly know how to play a cohesive game of football.

    It’s like trying to put a plaster over a decapitation.

  • 5 Laurent Robert 32 // May 21, 2014 at 8:37 AM

    *Doesn’t mean

  • 6 Jail for Ashley // May 21, 2014 at 8:47 AM

    I think Fat Freddy Shepherd is best keeping his mouth shut really, not exactly a shining light in our clubs history either.

  • 7 toonarmydownsouth // May 21, 2014 at 8:47 AM

    LR32
    Spot on
    Asked a few months if Pardew and the board had marked this window as one where a major restructure needed doing, as the club have said, then what bloody genius decided to do that restructure during the World Cup!!!
    Makes it all the more shocking that they have had this window marked but don’t have a single deal in place

  • 8 toonarmydownsouth // May 21, 2014 at 8:55 AM

    @NUFC_Stats: Perez signing could be announced today…

    http://t.co/ben1kKW8L3

    #nufc

  • 9 Jail for Ashley // May 21, 2014 at 8:57 AM

    tads,
    As I have said so many times on here, it is being made up as it’s going along, by the looks of it nobody has actually sat down and worked out that x amount of players are in their last year, the limited staff are too busy researching other clubs players last years and researching the cost of cup runs, the sad part is that the ruthless businessman that does own us could have us profiting and successful if he turned his hand to it, I’m not having that a minorities threats to his daughter made him like this, the wheels were set in motion long beore he sold Milner which ultimately led to KK leaving, did Abromovich spit the dummy when the Chelsea fans supported Mourinho.

  • 10 The next Mike Williamson // May 21, 2014 at 9:06 AM

    I wouldn’t be surprised to see a bid for Lambert. Pardew loves him and I think Southampton will realise he’s almost finished and replace him with a youngster.

  • 11 lesh // May 21, 2014 at 9:40 AM

    Ffs, they’ve had 12 months to agree terms with Montpellier – if they are seriously interested in Cabella.

    But no, they’ll shilly-shally, bid, ‘look at’ other supposed targets, play brinkmanship and surprise surprise, Cabella signs for another club.

    Same old charade, every window!!

    :[

  • 12 Big pec // May 21, 2014 at 1:20 PM

    Why the fec dont we just go and buy the plsyers we are sfter, weve had long enough behind the scenes to get a deal done, always the same bully, if we miss out again because of too low a bid!!! I wont do nowt cos i totally expect it, yea we are being run as a business, but we have the money, get players bedded in lets not worry about a few weeks extra wages eh, oh by the way Mike get some back monies paid to SJP from Sports Direct for your freebies!!! No let uo on this issue, there needs to be a severe protest about this absolute charade!




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