Newcastle’s Penny Pinching Has Gone Too Far


As we mentioned earlier this morning, Newcastle’s good name is being besmirched by our current antics in the transfer market, where we go in with very low offers for out targets and all that does is upset the selling club, and it also garners Newcastle some bad publicity, and we’ve seen that over the last few days.

laughing mike ashley

Mike Ashley – pay out the money – please

Montpellier Chairman Louis Nicollin has said that Newcastle are treating them like idiots, and that they shouldn’t treat them as fools, in our quest to get the talented Remy Cabella to Tyneside.

And things were not any better in January when we got £20M for Yohan Cabaye and then tried to get Remy Cabella and Clement Grenier on Tyneside, but our offers for those players were so low they upset both their clubs, and also the agents of the players.

The selling clubs are not stupid, and they know Newcastle ended up in the upper half of the Premier League last season, and received close to £80M for our efforts.

And that we have £20M from the Cabaye sale, so when we go in and bid £6.5M for Remy Cabella – do Newcastle really think that will be accepted , and do they really it will do them any good with Montpellier?

And Wilfried Bony’s agent Dalibor Lacina has said this week that Newcastle could have had his player for £10M last summer, but Newcastle refused to pay out the money and Wilfried is now worth £20M after a terrific season at Swansea.

Lacina then said that Wilfried will probably be joining a top club in Europe who have ambition – hint – that’s not Newcastle United.

We are all for getting good deals, and free agents are usually good acquisitions,  and Jack Colback was a very good signing for us, but sometimes you have to pay out good money to get good players – and Newcastle should be willing to do that.

Newcastle fans are frustrated that we could have profits of something over £50M for the current financial year that ends on June 30th, and yet we are acting like a hard-up club in the lower divisions.

It’s time those in charge – make that Mike Ashleychange and stop damaging Newcastle’s good name in football and start to bid decent money for good players.

This penny-pinching is being overdone by Newcastle, and it has now gone too far.

Spend the money Mike – please.

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104 comments so far

  • niafron

    Jun 14, 2014 at 9:05 AM

    Comment #1

    Bonjour messieurs.

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  • niafron

    Jun 14, 2014 at 9:06 AM

    Comment #2

    About this new signing, one thing is sure, this is not Cabella, for he will not come from Brazil just to have the medical and go back…

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  • sweendog

    Jun 14, 2014 at 9:08 AM

    Comment #3

    True .. If its anyone its a young guy .. The player from PSG is my bet

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  • Thump

    Jun 14, 2014 at 9:08 AM

    Comment #4

    nufcfans think it’s brilliant, so that must mean it’s true.

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  • sweendog

    Jun 14, 2014 at 9:10 AM

    Comment #5

    Kingsley coman

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  • theartfuldodger

    Jun 14, 2014 at 9:11 AM

    Comment #6

    Good Headline to the article..

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  • beermonkey

    Jun 14, 2014 at 9:13 AM

    Comment #7

    naifran

    Chelsea managed to get fabregas a medical given his short photo was inside room I would guess it took place over in brazil
    so it can be done

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  • cyprus

    Jun 14, 2014 at 9:13 AM

    Comment #8

    Like I said, we need some top signings to turn the negative spirit around. And AP to take some intensive tactics courses.

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  • niafron

    Jun 14, 2014 at 9:14 AM

    Comment #9

    About spending big money, it will not happen as long as Ashley will be the owner, fact.

    Moreover, i’m more concerned about the fact we do not have any football policy.

    Take a look at the Atletico, not sure they spend more money thant us…

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  • niafron

    Jun 14, 2014 at 9:17 AM

    Comment #10

    beermonkey

    To be honnest, i don’t think he will sign for NUFC and anyway, not before the end of the world cup.

    I’m sad to say that, but NUFC do not have the power of attraction he had 1 or 2 seasons ago…

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  • niafron

    Jun 14, 2014 at 9:18 AM

    Comment #11

    I mean in France, sure.

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  • ToonMatt

    Jun 14, 2014 at 9:20 AM

    Comment #12

    Mike Ashley has 52,000 supporters supporting him at every home game so the penny pinching will continue.

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  • musomag

    Jun 14, 2014 at 9:24 AM

    Comment #13

    Unless Ashley sells up we’ll struggle to ever get another big name player at Newcastle before the end of the world, never mind the end of the World Cup

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  • niafron

    Jun 14, 2014 at 9:26 AM

    Comment #14

    Astonishing second day at the world cup.

    Spain is in Bad shape, for even if they win the next two, they could be eliminated with all these conceded goals…

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  • Laurent Robert 32

    Jun 14, 2014 at 9:27 AM

    Comment #15

    Van Gaal is a manager I would have loved at the toon for a number of years.

    I said before the game started yesterday that if Holland had a chance of doing anything of note in the World Cup then having Van Gaal who doesn’t mess about would help. No surprise they looked good.

    Man Utd will be be better for it I’m sure.

    We still have Pratdue in charge. Worlds apart.

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  • beermonkey

    Jun 14, 2014 at 9:28 AM

    Comment #16

    naifron

    if we wanted cabrella we could have signed him in jan and left him there onloan or done a deal so he came to us in the summer. we could grenier if we wanted back in jan same with gomis and most of the players we want deals could have been done before the wc

    we knew back In jan what money we would make minimum regards to tv revenue,
    nothing has changed we choose not to do it and get stuff sorted
    do we really want these players? who knows what we do know is there is no trust in the club to get anything done

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  • niafron

    Jun 14, 2014 at 9:28 AM

    Comment #17

    Anyway, i don’t see them winning the last two games, wasn’t any pride in their eyes, more something like resignation.

    And this is too late to change the players, should have been done two years ago.

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  • niafron

    Jun 14, 2014 at 9:32 AM

    Comment #18

    For Netherland, not sure about them…

    In 2008, they teared France and Italia apart during the first round, and they were anihilated by the Russians 2 games later.

    This game was special for them, hard to see much teachings in it.

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  • damma99

    Jun 14, 2014 at 9:33 AM

    Comment #19

    Do not renew or buy season tickets. Thats the only this muppet will take any slight bit of notice. Stop playing into his hands.He has no intension of spending any large amount of money.

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  • niafron

    Jun 14, 2014 at 9:33 AM

    Comment #20

    Tell me lads, are you confident about England vs Italia?

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  • niafron

    Jun 14, 2014 at 9:35 AM

    Comment #21

    @damma

    Be quiet, as i have not a billion on my bank account, living in Paris, i will not buy any season ticket!

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  • Shaker

    Jun 14, 2014 at 9:35 AM

    Comment #22

    i think he is that player with the Yellow|White hear from PSG

    as long as Newcastle will keep being tight with the money ?
    we will not see any kind of success at the club
    what’s the point from being so tight ?
    a club like Newcastle should be pushing to Europe every
    season & yet the are joking at the fans ( Top 10 ) & now
    ( Top 8 ) ??? Pathetic !

    we should be at least like Tottenham and better
    that’s all i know !!!!!

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  • Shaker

    Jun 14, 2014 at 9:36 AM

    Comment #23

    hair *

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  • Laurent Robert 32

    Jun 14, 2014 at 9:45 AM

    Comment #24

    Deals done before the World Cup says it all. Development player and a free squad padding player.

    Ashley out, Pardew out.

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  • ash1001

    Jun 14, 2014 at 9:50 AM

    Comment #25

    Having seen at first hand the way the hierarchy of the club think and operate both Lee Charnley and John Irving (Directors of NUFC and supposed fans) are just minime’s and puppets of Mike Ashley, you have to remember they have worked there way through the ranks at St James so are not going to rock the boat.
    Added to that , we all know where Alan Pardew stands, so not a lot of hope all round.

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  • fcuksportsdirect.com

    Jun 14, 2014 at 9:56 AM

    Comment #26

    According to https Colin it’s a done deal for gomis https://twitter.com/cwarr07/status/477713785797758976

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  • lesh

    Jun 14, 2014 at 9:56 AM

    Comment #27

    Carlton Cole mobbed by fans outside Poundland.

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  • cyprus

    Jun 14, 2014 at 9:56 AM

    Comment #28

    World cup. Good news bad news for me.
    I have Holland to win it plus RVP top scorer.
    I’ve lost all my bets thus far: Cameroun draw together with Holland win. Croatia draw.

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  • cyprus

    Jun 14, 2014 at 9:58 AM

    Comment #29

    So it’s Gomis? Thought so.

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  • jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew

    Jun 14, 2014 at 10:02 AM

    Comment #30

    A player could basically have his medical in Brazil couldn’t he?, but we all know if we are signing someone on Monday it’s most likely going to be another freebie!

    …use can’t pennypinch that transfer fee – only signon and agent fees 😉

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  • Novocastrian66

    Jun 14, 2014 at 10:03 AM

    Comment #31

    I Cannot stand the way people slag fans off for going to the match. If someone doesn’t want to go for whatever reason fair enough that’s up to them. Likewise for someone who decides to go.

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  • jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew

    Jun 14, 2014 at 10:04 AM

    Comment #32

    *use = you

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  • Thump

    Jun 14, 2014 at 10:07 AM

    Comment #33

    Couldn’t agree more, Novocastrian.

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  • theartfuldodger

    Jun 14, 2014 at 10:12 AM

    Comment #34

    Does Ashley seriously understand that we are candidates for relegation…

    The targets we hear are no closer to joining…many have gone furthur away…

    Our only damn striker target heard of recently is Free but waiting for other offers…Prefers Turkey..

    Our attacking midfielder target will come only if we offer double of the max we have offered in last 5 yrs..

    Pretty much same situation with our creative midfielder…

    And we still need one more striker…

    Happy Days…

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  • Thump

    Jun 14, 2014 at 10:12 AM

    Comment #35

    http://www.nufcfans.co.uk/2014/06/newcastle-closing-third-summer-signing

    nufcfans finally share their ITK wisdom with us. The signing they believe will be announced on Monday could definitely maybe be Cabella, Grenier or Gomis. Top notch reporting here, lads.

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  • firebug666

    Jun 14, 2014 at 10:12 AM

    Comment #36

    Novocastrian66

    Every fan has the right to choose to go to a match or not.

    BUT!

    If I was booking a holiday, and before I booked it i was told i could not use the pool, would not be allowed in the bar, or the use of other restricted facilities then i would not book that holiday.

    Newcastle have told us that the will not challenging for any of the domestic cups, They have told us they will not be pushing for a European place, infact they have told us that their only ambition is to secure their place in the Premiership.

    So before the season has even kicked off Newcastle have nothing to play for except premiership safety.

    Why would I buy a ticket for that?

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  • Slank

    Jun 14, 2014 at 10:16 AM

    Comment #37

    ash1001

    Using your logic that Lee Charnley, John Irving and Alan Pardew are all minime’s and puppets of Mike Ashley then so are all employees including Graham Carr at St James Park and what about the 50,000 fans that turn up every week, are all these puppets too?

    Lee Charnley and John Irving have worked for Newcastle United for years and therefore they almost certainly have the best interests of the club to their hearts and have seen the terrible mismanagement and corruption of the previous Geordie regime and will not want to take the club down that road.

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  • Slank

    Jun 14, 2014 at 10:22 AM

    Comment #38

    Well said Novocastrian.

    Supporting the club is a life time pursuit irrespective of who owns the club now or in the future or is the manager.

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  • beermonkey

    Jun 14, 2014 at 10:23 AM

    Comment #39

    jesper
    don’t mind them being free if there good enough and for the first team

    as it stand we could be the only club to go down with 60mill in the bank

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  • the truth will out

    Jun 14, 2014 at 10:35 AM

    Comment #40

    beermonkey
    its in ashleys back pocket not the bank mate

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