Mediocrity Or Greatness – What Does Ashley Want For Newcastle?


Former Newcastle left back Olivier Bernard is the Chairman of Durham City FC, as he tries to build up some local talent in the region, that can eventually end up at Newcastle United, and like a lot of the rest of the Newcastle fan base, Olivier is just a little concerned that Newcastle may fail to get their targets to Tyneside this summer – basically because the club refuses to pay the going rate for their targets.

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Oliver Bernard – former Newcastle left back
Chairman of Durham City FC


There’s no doubt that Mike Ashley has done an excellent job in getting the Newcastle finances in order, and we are very profitable these days – but now’s the time for Mike to start spending some of that money, so we can start to build a top side on the pitch, and reward the Newcastle fans with some excellent players.

Newcastle are linked with a lot of (very) good players this summer, but the proof of the pudding is in the eating, and it’s of little use being after top players if we cannot get them to the club, because we will not pay the going rate for them.

If we don’t get most of our targets this summer because we are again acting like misers – Newcastle are becoming the Scrooge of the football world.

And it seems like this summer is a watershed transfer window for Newcastle United.

Clement Grenier is one the France’s best young play-makers, and there was news yesterday that we had finally gone after the 23 year-old, who plays like Yohan Cabaye, and he is a skilled and creative player.

This is what Olivier had to say today in the Chronicle about Clement:

“For the money that’s been spoken about, it’s never going to happen.¨ “I think if he goes, it’ll be for £20M. It could even be a Champions League team. For me it will be a surprise if he goes to Newcastle. Sadly it could be a 90% no for Grenier to Newcastle.”

“The problem at Newcastle has been that when the club did well and finished fifth they didn’t invest. Now it’s a whole lot harder for them to attract players. We have not done well enough to attract some of the ambitious players. They want to see a club playing in the Champions League or even the Europa League.¨

“And Newcastle aren’t close to that at the moment. I really think the Grenier deal is unlikely.”  “The Cabella deal is more likely. But I don’t know if the €8M that has been talked about is going to be enough.¨ “He’s a Hatem Ben Arfa type of player. Cabella is a big talent but that money might not be near enough, double that maybe.”

Olivier is a very sensible guy, and he knows the French football scene and their players inside out, and what he says comes from having great experience and knowledge about French football.

But we would also be very surprised if we can get Clement Grenier to Newcastle this summer, because once a top Champions League club like Arsenal becomes really interested in any one of our targets, we stand literally no chance of signing them.

And that’s especially true when we go in with these insultingly low bids for our top targets.

If we can get both Grenier and Cabella at the club this summer, which should be the goal – it would be absolutely great – but there seems very little chance of that actually happening.

Getting one of them in would be better than nothing of course.

But Mike Ashley has to take a good hard look at what he now wants to do with Newcastle United – given our finances are now in excellent shape.

Does he really want to just have a middle of the table club – or does he now want to spend some of the big money the club is making – and get us into the top six in England – which certainly isn’t impossible.

We really hope it’s the latter.

Comments welcome.



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95 comments so far

  • niafron

    Jun 14, 2014 at 2:10 PM

    Comment #1

    Nothing.

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  • Big Pappa Cissé

    Jun 14, 2014 at 2:12 PM

    Comment #2

    After last nights performance I would go for Ron Vlaar from Villa and Daley Blind from Ajax . We could get them both for under £ 10 million .

    Blind shows what a left footed player at left back can do, and Santon should be forced to watch his performance against the Spanish last night . Blinds delivery is incredible .

    —————————–Krul—————————-

    –Debuchy——–Vlaar———M’biwa——–Blind–

    ————-Sissoko————————Tiote———-

    —HBA——————De Jong————-Cabella—

    ——————Lacazette/Aubameyang—————-

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  • beermonkey

    Jun 14, 2014 at 2:15 PM

    Comment #3

    naifron

    I had a quick mooch but I cant find anything on grenier and a serious illness what happend

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  • Big Pappa Cissé

    Jun 14, 2014 at 2:17 PM

    Comment #4

    we should also go for Peresic from Wolfsburg as well .

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  • niafron

    Jun 14, 2014 at 2:21 PM

    Comment #5

    He was injured and needed an injection of corticoïd to support the pain of a groin strain.

    He was infected that way by a bacterium called Staphylococcus aureus.

    For a time, his legs did not respond to him. He was lucky, for it was diagnosticated quicly enough to heal the disease.

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  • jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew

    Jun 14, 2014 at 2:35 PM

    Comment #6

    Niafron…I would agree about that and I can’t any other team wanting to pay £12M for either Grenier it Cabella!

    …think they will both stay.

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  • jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew

    Jun 14, 2014 at 2:39 PM

    Comment #7

    *see

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  • cestriasteve

    Jun 14, 2014 at 2:42 PM

    Comment #8

    MIKE ASHLEY this is your statement to the BBC:

    Don’t get me wrong. I did not buy Newcastle to make money. I bought Newcastle because I love football. Newcastle does not generate the income of a Manchester United or a Real Madrid. I am Mike Ashley, not Mike Ashley a multi-billionaire with unlimited resources. Newcastle United and I can’t do what other clubs can. We can’t afford it. I knew that the club would cost me money every year after I had bought it. I have backed the club with money. You can see that from the fact that Newcastle has the fifth highest wage bill in the Premier League. I was always prepared to bank roll Newcastle up to the tune of £20 million per year but no more.

    LIAR!!!

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  • cestriasteve

    Jun 14, 2014 at 2:44 PM

    Comment #9

    BPC

    He was my star man last night.

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  • lesh

    Jun 14, 2014 at 2:46 PM

    Comment #10

    I think it’s reasonable to say that all Ashley wants of Newcastle United is that he can generate enough cash deserve to enable the repayment of his £129m or so loan and when that’s cleared, sell the club.

    If that is the case, then we’ll see little or no spend on players, perhaps enough to ensure we’re not relegated.

    As far a offering much under-value bids for players, I’m of the school that believes that they are submitted without the realistic expectation of success with them. Going through the motions to be seen to be keen to develop the club.

    Ashley has done a fine job in getting the club’s finances steadied and we shouldn’t realistically expect any big spend on players.

    That’s the way I see things and until he’s gone, things’ll not change for the better – he cares nothing for Newcastle United, it’s another business as far as he’s concerned.

    Similarly, Pardew’s employed to do a job for Ashley and that job is to avoid relegation and show no ambition that could involve increasing the squad’s size or quality. In fairness to Pardew, he’s done his job well as far as Ashley’s concerned. Let’s not forget that Ashley pays Pardew’s wages, not the fans and so, Pardew does what he’s paid to do, no more and no less. He’s not paid to provide entertainment so it’s probably pointless to vent anger at him – Ashley won’t get rid of him unless he cocks up big time.

    What a state of affairs – maybe it’s time for Gateshead to sport black and white stripes and gain the support of the many disillusioned fans of Newcastle United.

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  • beermonkey

    Jun 14, 2014 at 2:47 PM

    Comment #11

    jesper

    don’t grenier and cabrella’s clubs need to sell don’t they??

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  • lesh

    Jun 14, 2014 at 2:48 PM

    Comment #12

    * cash deserve = cash reserves

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  • Sazzer

    Jun 14, 2014 at 2:48 PM

    Comment #13

    Blind was good yesterday and is good but considering his performance yesterday not sure we will be able to get him now.

    Also I don’t think Perisic will see us as a step up since Wolfsburg finished 5 th in Bundesliga last season and have better project than we got.

    I also don’t think Villa will let go of Vlaar on the cheap to another PL side.

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  • niafron

    Jun 14, 2014 at 2:50 PM

    Comment #14

    Lyon need to sell in order to pay his new stadium.

    But gomis is leaving for sure and Gonalons got one foot in Italia.

    Lacazette and Oumtiti could leave as well, so, at the end of it, Grenier could well stay.

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  • toonluvva

    Jun 14, 2014 at 2:52 PM

    Comment #15

    When Mr Ashley took over at NUFC and ousted the Halls & Shepherds, I was quite positive about the future.

    Even the way Mr Ashley behaved at first, drinking with fans, refusing to wear a suit at SoL etc seemed to suggest he was in tune with the fans.

    His later recruitment was an extreme disappointment Wise, Llambias, Kinnear & Pardew was the turning point for me and I started to reassess my views on Mr Ashley.

    It looks now that his whole strategy is based solely on PL survival. Not too high though, we don’t want to be involved in any european football, but not too low as we don’t want to risk relegation and even worse force a big splurge for players January. Just settle for mid-table, coining in the TV revenues for advertising Tat Direct.

    As for cups, well we know that we’re just not interested either the League of FA cups. Winning opens up the prospect of european football and his only concern is the PL to maintain his TV revenues.

    Why does he not want to be successful enough to play in europe? Money, quite simply. He would have to purchase and pay for a larger squad, thereby reducing his profits.

    Come the opening day of the 2014-15 season every fan entering SJP know that their team has the aim of finishing somewhere around 8th at the most but no lower than 14th.

    The season will be over for us on 1st February as we will be out of the cups, the club will be comfortably mid-table and the transfer window will have been closed with a few players sold on for a nice profit but not replaced (no-one over the line).

    This is not real football, it’s sleepwalking through a season, TV revenues up and more money into MASH holdings accounts.

    I missed the chance to cancel my season ticket in February, so I am giving Mr Ashley & P45due until the next renewal to prove me wrong with some hint of exciting times ahead.

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  • Big Pappa Cissé

    Jun 14, 2014 at 2:54 PM

    Comment #16

    I hope Italy start with Ballotelli tonight as I think Immobile is the better player .

    And if Hodgson starts Wellbeck he should be ashamed .

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  • La Fée Verte

    Jun 14, 2014 at 2:55 PM

    Comment #18

    Anyone looking forward to the England match tonight?

    I think if Sterling, Lallana and Lambert get a chance then we’ll have one. These players are hungry and fearless. I know they’re not all going to start but…

    I think we’ll take it to Italy and surprise everyone.

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  • jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew

    Jun 14, 2014 at 2:56 PM

    Comment #19

    Beermonkey…niafron know more but I don’t think Grenier’s contract is up just now. They need money though but other players can be sold I suppose!

    …Montpellier has promised to sell Cabella, but that have made it clear they rate him as high as Thauvin and Cabaye. I don’t see clubs knocking on their door?

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  • jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew

    Jun 14, 2014 at 2:56 PM

    Comment #20

    *might know

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  • jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew

    Jun 14, 2014 at 2:57 PM

    Comment #21

    What time are you guys playing tonight?

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  • jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew

    Jun 14, 2014 at 3:00 PM

    Comment #22

    Beermonkey…and niafron has spoken 🙂

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  • beermonkey

    Jun 14, 2014 at 3:04 PM

    Comment #23

    La Fée Verte

    think wellbeck will get the nod over sterling and lambert will be a sub
    for me I would start with sterling but like I say hogson will go with wellbeck I thing dunno why he was useless last time I watched him
    we will line up 4231 think the rest of the team will pick itself

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  • niafron

    Jun 14, 2014 at 3:06 PM

    Comment #24

    Concerning Cabella, he would be stupid to sign anything now.

    In 15 days, he could well be in position to claim double wages. And same for Montpellier with the fee.

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  • beermonkey

    Jun 14, 2014 at 3:13 PM

    Comment #25

    jesper

    11pm

    where are you from jesper

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  • theartfuldodger

    Jun 14, 2014 at 3:16 PM

    Comment #26

    Can we have a poll…

    Where will Newcastle be in Dec with the current squad we have…

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  • theartfuldodger

    Jun 14, 2014 at 3:20 PM

    Comment #27

    toonluva…

    This time things are a bit different..We have relegation staring at us..
    Talk abt undercooking transfers..We havent even begun cooking…
    At this rate, with our squad we will be btwn 8-10 – In the Championship…

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  • La Fée Verte

    Jun 14, 2014 at 3:27 PM

    Comment #28

    beermonkey

    I think you’re right but I just hope that at least two of those three get a chance during the game. I think everyone but the manger would start Sterling but isn’t it always the way?

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  • theartfuldodger

    Jun 14, 2014 at 3:29 PM

    Comment #29

    Attacking players lost in last few yrs… Nolan,Barton,Best,Lovenkrands,remy,cabaye,ba,gutherie,gosling,gutierrez(lol),Shola..Not used anymore – Marveaux,Obertan,BenArfa

    Attacking Players left..Cisse Sissoko Gouffran…

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  • beermonkey

    Jun 14, 2014 at 3:31 PM

    Comment #30

    La Fée Verte

    we need some1 on the right that is willing to defend and that will be wellbeck cos Johnson will forget or just fall over
    shame walker got injured and Richards don’t play anymore

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  • Black and White with an army lol

    Jun 14, 2014 at 3:31 PM

    Comment #31

    theartfuldodger

    I agree with you 100% on post 27.

    Newcastle deserve to be relegated and Iv’e got them down to being relegated this season so I’m popping at the bookies to see the odds on relegation for Newcastle Direct

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  • theartfuldodger

    Jun 14, 2014 at 3:38 PM

    Comment #32

    We have had success in the transfer market in Defensive positions…
    Centre Back, FullBack , Def Midfield..

    Its very simple why…Cause defensive positions are cheaper…10m is enough…Hence Santon,debuchy,mbiwa,tiote,anita,haidara,elliot,collback…

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  • giimps

    Jun 14, 2014 at 3:39 PM

    Comment #33

    cestriasteve,
    Unfortunately, I think that statement was prior to us being relegated due to poor decisions and the fans turning on him and his family.
    He has stated since that he will not put anymore money into the club and that it should be self sustaining.
    We have achieved his aim of being self sustaining and also we are paying beck the money “lent” to the club by Mash holdings.
    My gripe with him is that he has taken so many possible areas of the club making additional revenue away from the club (corporate hospitality, shirt sales, catering for example) and is relying solely on the player sales and tv money /Wonka sponsorship deal) this makes it virtually impossible to compete with any club in the premier league for matchday earnings (even though we have the 3rd highest gates ).
    If the club was run correctly we would have paid off the “loan” and all the money generated (including the SD advertisements) would go back into the club and we would be able to compete with the likes of Spurs and Everton and not struggling to compete with the likes of (no disrespect here by the way) Rotheraam, Fulham and Leicester.
    We could then afford a decent forward thinking coaching staff and decent players, this would be a self fulfilling prophecy as the money invested would in all likelyhood be paid back by higher finish in the league and more tv revenue as we would be more attractive to watch:- more fans = more money coming into the club…….unfortunately, Cashley wants only for the club to stagnate in mid table as a punishment to the fans who threatened him and his family.
    He keeps Fraudew to ensure we dont progress, he has shown his petulance in the stock market by dumping millions of shares so the price and value of the shares drop like a stone after he has sold his, then buys the shares back at the lower rate, thereby gaining millions of pounds (which the shareholders voted against giving him).
    Woe betide anyone who crosses him like we have……we are stuck with this until he dies or has had enough annoying us…….Cashley out…….Fraudew out

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  • jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew

    Jun 14, 2014 at 3:44 PM

    Comment #34

    Beermonkey…Denmark

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  • Belfast

    Jun 14, 2014 at 3:51 PM

    Comment #35

    Lets go.

    We still believe We still believe

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OzxMjBEazas

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  • La Fée Verte

    Jun 14, 2014 at 3:52 PM

    Comment #36

    beermonkey

    Well the best form of defence is attack. I really hope we go for it like.

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  • niafron

    Jun 14, 2014 at 3:54 PM

    Comment #37

    La fée verte

    And the best form of attack is counter attack. And the italian à pretty good at that.

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  • niafron

    Jun 14, 2014 at 3:54 PM

    Comment #38

    *are*

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  • Belfast

    Jun 14, 2014 at 3:56 PM

    Comment #39

    2016 will be fifty years of hurt. So they might release a new one lol

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  • beermonkey

    Jun 14, 2014 at 4:05 PM

    Comment #40

    La Fée Verte

    how dare you use the word attack on toon blog
    its defence defence defence and you know it

    we are more defensive than an Italian team
    sorry

    yeah you aint wrong let the kids run free and at 70mins set barkley on them

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