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Newcastle Proving Their Transfer Policy Doesn’t Work

8:32 am, Friday, June 20th, 2014 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 11 Comments

Newcastle are struggling in the transfer market this summer,  and it seems that Mike Ashley will not pay the going rate for Newcastle’s transfer targets, and the danger we see is that a number of clubs are starting to realize what Newcastle’s game is – and they are starting to get wise to Newcastle, who appear to be a miserly club when it comes to their transfer market dealings.

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Mike Ashley – his transfer policy is like pulling teeth
It hurts


We’ve made a couple of good signings in young Ayoze Perez and Jack Colback, but pre-season will start up again around July 3rd – about two weeks time – and it would be good to have some new players in – like a couple of top strikers and a creative midfield player.

I had a talk with my son Neil yesterday –  and he’s more than a little upset at Mike Ashley – simply because Mike will not even pay out the going rate for the targets Newcastle have – so how can there be too much hope that we can get the players – like Remy Cabella – to Tyneside this summer?

If Newcastle were more ambitious we would have put in a decent bid for the 214 year-old this summer,  rather than go in with an offer of £6.5M – which is the same offer Montpellier turned down in January for their top winger.

And of course that hasn’t exactly made the Montpellier officials big fans of the way Newcastle carry out  their transfer business these days – and in a way we cannot blame them.

It’s just so painful for the fans the way things drag on and on in every transfer window.

And the difference from a year ago is that we have some big money available – if only Newcastle would spend it – and realize that you have to pay out decent money to get good players into the club.

And with Newcastle’s increasing financial position, the club should also be easier to sell – and there is good reason to believe the club can make around £50M in profit in the financial year that finishes at the end of this month.

Maybe that will persuade some Billionaire somewhere around the world,  to come in with a very good unsolicited offer to buy out Mike Ashley.

That would be great – especially if the new owner would be willing to spend some of that big money available to build a top team.

Now there’s a thought that has just cheered me up a lot. :D

Whoops, hang on – not so fast – I just remembered England lost again last night – the great under-achievers. :(

Comments welcome.



Tags: Financial Fair Play · Financials · Recruitment · Transfer News and Rumours · Transfer Target · World Cup 2014



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11 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Dannyo // Jun 20, 2014 at 8:35 AM

    Repost, because I feel important.

    In fairness to NUFC, personal terms is one area we rarely struggle with unless the player is being highly unreasonable, much like Gomis. No way on this planet is he worth a £70K a week wage packet.
    We don’t know what NUFC has offered Lasogga, but I doubt it’d be so little he’s refused it out of hand.

  • 2 Average_Contents // Jun 20, 2014 at 8:47 AM

    Pardew on Perez

    But he’s a fantastic talent. He’s scored a lot of goals, and we have high hopes for him.

    “We hope he has a breakthrough season for us.”

    And there’s mumblings of Armstrong stepping up too!

    What does this tell us? No confidence in bringing any strikers into the club so we’ll use what we have!

    Joke of an owner, joke of a manager, joke of an MD and joke of a club ffs!

  • 3 Jail for Ashley // Jun 20, 2014 at 8:48 AM

    Dannyo,
    I’m not sure what you’re basing that on.

  • 4 Slank // Jun 20, 2014 at 8:52 AM

    ‘…will not pay the going rate..’

    Ed, do you mean we will not pay what agents demand?

    Totally agree with Dannyo. The club will pay but are not fools. The German lad has no experience of the Premiership and as such would have to prove himself and if successful will earn more. The experience of Luuk de Jong is fresh in the mind.

  • 5 Mister Tuff // Jun 20, 2014 at 8:53 AM

    Ed you posted:-
    “If Newcastle were more ambitious we would have put in a decent bid for the 214 year-old this summer……..”

    We’re scraping the barrel of life if we ‘re interested in players of this age.
    Mr Tubbs……………………………………OUT

  • 6 jettson1971 // Jun 20, 2014 at 8:55 AM

    well excuses are starting early this year from the puppet.
    we will be lucky to sign 2 more at most with minimal outlay. We are no longer a foortball club but an advert for his main business.
    The sooner fans stop lining his pockets he may take notice, a game against Man City dusnt help, just hope fans stay away, game likely to be moved for TV so empty seats everywhere will be damaging to Ashley and his Tacky Direct image.
    It is clear to everyone in the footy world what we need and what NUFC is about now, and to be honest as a mad black n white fan, it is sickening, and very sad to see what MA and his puppets have done to a fine club in such a short space of time. It stinks!!

  • 7 BuckLuck // Jun 20, 2014 at 8:56 AM

    Players in demand demands higher wage. It’s that simple. If we don’t want to give out these high wages then we need to go after players nobody want.

  • 8 JP...from The Rock // Jun 20, 2014 at 9:01 AM

    What ever happened to that great promising winger we were linked with; Druikic or something like that. He looked like the perfect winger for us, haven’t heard much since.

    As much as we need Strikers we also need Midfielders and Wingers to supply them the ammunition. We need a complete makeover and with this tight arse in Ashley I am afraid we’re in for even more disappointment. He needs to sell the club to someone with passion in football and not money!

  • 9 Phearson // Jun 20, 2014 at 9:14 AM

    Lol 214 year old! We sure he ain’t Nigeria as they age quite well. Maybe Shola in disguise!

  • 10 blew // Jun 20, 2014 at 9:25 AM

    At some stage Ashley will punish the protesters by
    leaving the club in a different league. I think it may be this season. I have no doubt he has his loan re paid – AC
    and YC transfer monies have helped – but he has not deducted it from the £120M, he doesn’t have to. Whilst the loan is outstanding Ashley gets tax relief on it.

  • 11 Lee Dodd // Jun 20, 2014 at 11:48 AM

    We all know that the fat controller wants to do what he did with cabaye . Rob them from there club for say £5 million then sell them for £20 million… Or we buy young kids then bring them through and sell them on after 24 months… If we are in the bottom 3 by Jan 1st then he will buy a few in… Like when we got Sissoko etc.. I can see if he carries on like this we will get relegated … THE LAST HOME GAME WAS EMBARESING FOR THE FANS THE CLUB AND FOR ALAN PARDEW…




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