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Mike Ashley’s Frugality Hurting Newcastle Transfer Drive

8:55 am, Friday, May 30th, 2014 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 25 Comments

One of the most important positions that Newcastle must strengthen this summer is striker, and that’s because we are losing three of our four strikers this summer – Shola Ameobi, Luuk de Jong and star man Loic Remy, who wants to join a club who will give him Champions League football this summer, and there’s no shortage of suitors after him, with Arsenal and Liverpool thought to be the two clubs most likely to sign the 27 year-old.

loic remy at hull

Loic Remy – leaving for a bigger club

Remy was great for Newcastle last season, and he scored 14 goals in 27 appearances for the club, and but for those goals, we would have  had a second season struggling against relegation, so it’s important to get replace him this summer.

We have already tied up a deal for 20-year-old Tenerife striker Ayoze Perez, to be completed early next month – and that’s good – but the youngster is more one for the future than to be in the first team next season.

Loic has said he will not decide on a club until after the World Cup finishes in Brazil, and that could also be the case for some of Newcastle’s top targets, and that’s a bit worrying.

However, Alan Pardew is being somewhat positive today, as he told Shields Gazette:

“Well, we didn’t have Loic last year, but we found him and managed to get him over the line.” “That’s the sort of quality work we have to do this summer.”

The problem Newcastle have in the transfer market is that we are too frugal – too frugal with the fee we will pay for players, and too frugal with the wages we are willing to pay, and either one of those could scuttle a deal.

And a good case in point is Bafe Gomis, who we were willing to pay £9M for last summer, but will not be going after him this summer, even though he is a free agent, because his wage demands are said to be too high – well at least for Newcastle.

That’s always assuming the news coming though in the last few days is accurate.

And we are sick of hearing the powers that be, most recently Lee Charnley,  keep telling us the club will not overpay for a player – and translated into the real world that often means we will not be getting a particular target into the club, because they are too expansive, at least for Newcastle.

So we never find it easy in the transfer market, because of the strict financial parameters the club are working under, and unfortunately that could be true again this summer, and we were hoping that owner Mike Ashley may have had an injection of ambition after a terrible year – and a big dose of it.

But if nothing changes this summer, it could all be a little depressing,  at a time when fans want to see Newcastle show some real ambition for a change in the transfer market – and we certainly have the money available.

We really need a big signing announced fairly soon to left the spirits on Tyneside.

Comments welcome.

Tags: Coaching · Newcastle News · Transfer News and Rumours · Transfer Target

25 responses so far ↓

  • 1 nut meg // May 30, 2014 at 8:58 AM

    Pardew…….They’re not going to sack him & he won’t walk so move the sack of sh#t upstairs & get a top coach in.Ferguson didn’t do much coaching but he had people in who could coach,we don’t.
    Did you read about Paul Clement & West Brom a few days ago & his willingness to come to the PL.?

  • 2 Average_Contents // May 30, 2014 at 9:00 AM


    We all know the puppets idea of good work falls well below the standards of any normal, sane person as testified by his comments after matches that we played piss poor in

    “we worked really ard today but maybe the players was tired from their 2 days of training I put em fru coz trust me, I really tested em, 100%”


  • 3 Rainrix // May 30, 2014 at 9:00 AM

    Over the line…… does alan not realise we’ve been taking the p**s out of that saying for the past 2 years?

  • 4 Lilongwe Geordie // May 30, 2014 at 9:05 AM

    Nut meg,
    Yeah, I saw that. I hope they go for him. He said the same last year when he was still at PSG that he would like to try his hand at management.

    Would be really interesting to see how he gets on.

    On Ferguson, he barely coached at all from about 2001 onwards, yet he still was given the role of Head of UEFA Coaches panel.

    I’m not sure cunning is the right word, it may well happen by chance rather than being planned. It would certainly fit in with the way they like to operate in the transfer market. Avoid competition and bidding wars.

  • 5 Lilongwe Geordie // May 30, 2014 at 9:08 AM

    Yeah, very true. The Arsenal game was where the penny dropped for my mates out here who support other teams. They couldn’t understand the lack of urgency we were showing, and then when Pardew came out and said how hard we worked and how well we played they were astounded.

    They hadn’t believed me when I had been telling them this all year, they just saw the league position.

  • 6 Laurent Robert 32 // May 30, 2014 at 9:08 AM

    Quality work? We haven’t signed a notable player to the club in two transfer windows, just a couple of loan players. How is that quality work, Alan?

    Another example of brainwashing with subtle hints of subliminal quality and work in the sentence. In reality we’re the only club over two transfer windows not to sign anybody aren’t we?

    He is a sly con-man.

    Tells us the subs made an impact in the post match interview, yet we have one shot on goal all second half.

    He’ll tell you what portrays him in a not-so-bad light, even if it is the opposite of what has happened.

    That’s why people who don’t watch us regularly have a distorted view on us. They pick up bits and bobs in the media read his lies, plus see a table position and think they know what’s up. They don’t.

    Ashley out, Pinocchio Pardew out.

  • 7 Average_Contents // May 30, 2014 at 9:08 AM

    lol getting gazumped by west spam and fat sham

    Not sure if he should of been a target for us in the first place although he is a grafter and works hard but not the most technically gifted! What am I talking about? Parsnip will be crying into his cornflakes this morning at this devastating news! I can see it now “What more did he want? We offered SD vouchers an everything” 😉

  • 8 Bambams // May 30, 2014 at 9:09 AM

    Ashley is merely playing with us. He is like a child and because fans turned on him with some distasteful chants (some iver the top) he punishes us.
    loadsa money in the coffers but he wont spend a penny. This young lad from Tenerife allegedly signed, keep an eye out for other foreign second division players.
    His blueprint is set, the transfer windows are for him to sell players and make money. Almost like a car boot sale, haggling to get as much money as he can.

  • 9 Laurent Robert 32 // May 30, 2014 at 9:13 AM

    “We found him.” Fans found him ages ago you prat.

    Just like Cabaye should have been playing higher up the pitch many months ago even though you played him so deep he was practically a sweeper for ages.


  • 10 Lilongwe Geordie // May 30, 2014 at 9:15 AM

    Treble your money?? They can have him for that!! I wouldn’t have minded him as a squad player, but he is no more than that. Still, he was pretty much a concrete target rather than a rumour, so one gone from the list.

  • 11 Average_Contents // May 30, 2014 at 9:16 AM


    Exactly mate, I live in Liverpool and a lot of people just see the league position, hear his lies on MOTD and wonder what’s up, suffice to say I’ve put them straight like my father-in-law who is a red

    He now sees the light regarding us as I asked him to watch the arsenal game with me in the pub and he couldn’t believe what parsnip said afterwards regarding us playing well lol

  • 12 thai-mag // May 30, 2014 at 9:16 AM

    another one bites the dust, Colback to West Ham, we cant even compete for free transfers with clubs like them now, no hope of getting anyone even average now

  • 13 Average_Contents // May 30, 2014 at 9:21 AM


    Squad player indeed, no more no less

    In my opinion a slightly more mobile version of guthrie so for a supposed 50k a week wage they can have him!

    Funny though isn’t it that sham and parsnip wanted him, 2 of the biggest advocates of 19th century football you’ll ever likely to find in the modern game

  • 14 KingNash // May 30, 2014 at 9:23 AM

    How do we miss out on Colback when he lives literally down the road?

  • 15 Lilongwe Geordie // May 30, 2014 at 9:25 AM

    To be fair to Colback, he hasn’t looked out of place in Poyet’s side, and they don’t play bad football. I think he will be wasted a bit at West Ham, but money talks I guess.

  • 16 Charlie in the Gallowgate // May 30, 2014 at 9:28 AM

    King Nash
    Missed out on Colbeck because we ain’t going to sign any first team players – only signings will be young players for the future – to sell on or loanees.

  • 17 Laurent Robert 32 // May 30, 2014 at 9:28 AM

    Average, good work on showing your father-in-law the light on Pardew’s spin.

    More need waking up from their slumber.

  • 18 Average_Contents // May 30, 2014 at 9:29 AM


    I see your point but he is what some describe, myself included as a plodder or grafter hence why parsnip is interested!

  • 19 KingNash // May 30, 2014 at 9:34 AM

    C in the GG,

    I have faith in at least 2 or 3 first team starters coming in. Shame we need about 6 then eh?

  • 20 Toon1978 // May 30, 2014 at 9:39 AM

    Greed is a disease. Unfortunately, our owner is striken by it.

  • 21 Average_Contents // May 30, 2014 at 9:40 AM


    I tend to have a massive moan about the club/fatty/parsnip to anyone who will listen but without actually watching us they don’t get what I’m on about, shame really as I’m very passionate where we are concerned and I think it comes across as ranting

    Take for instance the wife who is also a massive red, she just looks at me, her eyes glaze over and then says to me “why don’t you ring your brother” lol but I think she does get it as I go on about him after every match and make her watch/listen too

  • 22 GeordieDan // May 30, 2014 at 9:41 AM

    “Well, we didn’t have Loic last year, but we found him and managed to get him over the line.” “That’s the sort of quality work we have to do this summer.”

    I’m sorry but that statement there is just ridiculous! I mean howay Alan. Ita hardly an avheivement to be proud of, its hardly quality work and it is possibly the most stupid, antagonising remark you’ve ever said and u same sone stupid shit ALL the time!

    Maybe he’s realised we all think he’s a completely useless t**t and has now taken the F*** Y** approach of Ashley?

  • 23 toonluvva // May 30, 2014 at 11:13 AM

    If we are building a squad for the future, then those coming will have to be championship standard.

    Once again the management is gambling on there being at least 3 sides worse than us next season. The problem is that we might not get as lucky as we did 2 seasons ago when we finished 16th.

    Personally, if we are relegated for the second time under Mr Ashleys mis-management I think there would be a lot of pressure put on him to quit.

    Of course, NUFC might just be playing their cards close to their chests and come the close of the summer transfer window we could be in a stronger position. Sadly I know which version of events is most likely.

  • 24 bobby mango // May 30, 2014 at 11:33 AM

    We all knew this would happen and sadly the signs are already there.
    Other clubs already snapping up targets quickly, without fuss. We just flounder.

    Won’t be long until we’re AGAIN the only prem club to have not signed anyone.

  • 25 Sav // May 30, 2014 at 11:46 AM

    Well big money is no guarantee either. Just ask Fat Freddie who hocked us to the heavens for the likes of Michael Owen. But if Monster Mash wants to see his club slide into the Championship, losing what good players we have in the process, he needs only to continue to rake in profits without investment. For those who work at the club, his policy of rewarding any kind of achievement with ‘Now let’s see you manage it again on even less’ must be becoming a strain. Of course he can afford it but if he wants to lose serious millions, at this point I think I can face watching our club’s demise with almost detached amusement. I don’t think I could care less. In almost half a century of supporting Newcastle, that’s quite an achievement for him.

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