Money Available To Strengthen Defense In January

If you look at Newcastle’s defensive record over the last two seasons and through this season so far, it’s obvious from our goals against record – that it’s just not good enough for the Premier League.

steven taylor at gillingham

Steven Taylor in action at Gillingham

We had hoped the club would strengthen the defense over the summer, but that hasn’t happened and over the last two seasons we have conceded a total of 127 goals, and this season so far, in our first seven games, we are averaging two goals conceded a game – and that’s the third worst record in the Premier League.

So with that background, it is not too surprising that Newcastle are going to try to strengthen their defense in January, and news today in the Chronicle that local lad Steven Taylor may not be part of that.

The news a couple of days ago was that Newcastle were looking to bring in an English style center-back in January, after the club surprisingly allowed French International defender Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa to go out on loan for the season to Roma, leaving Newcastle with only three experienced center-backs.

Mike Williamson and Fab Coloccini have not played particularly well this season so far, so the fact that Steven cannot force himself into the starting line-up at the moment should be some cause for concern.

Steven is understood to be frustrated at his lack of opportunities under Alan Pardew, but Steven has also said he would like to stay at Newcastle through the end of his contract – which runs out in June of 2016 – when he will become a free agent.

And news that Steven is once again changing his agent – which is Willie McKay at the moment.

It’s very possible that Newcastle will get some funds from Roma for the permanent sale of Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa in January – maybe as much as £4M?

But money should be available at the club, because we spent about £2M net this year in the transfer market, after we sold Yohan Cabaye and Mathieu Debuchy for a total of about £32M to PSG and Arsenal respectively.

And we also think that when the financial results are announced for the last financial year through June 30th this year, Newcastle will have made record revenues and record profits.

So money is available – the question is whether Mike Ashley is willing to spend it.

If we are in the bottom three come January – we think he will be willing to spend – at least some of it.

What do you think?

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23 comments so far

  • Santon03

    Oct 8, 2014 at 9:06 AM

    Comment #1


    I agree with you on ownership, I will stick with MA and change the manager. A lot of clubs working under much lower budget than ours and doing well because of good managers.

  • Ibizatoon

    Oct 8, 2014 at 9:07 AM

    Comment #2

    Indeed Ed, money is always available to, hopefully, get us out of any problem Ashley / Pardew / the Players have gotten us into.

    That’s the sort of forward thinking that goes on at our club. We’ll see if that’s enough and if not, we’ll throw some money at it then and hope for the best.

  • Graeme

    Oct 8, 2014 at 9:07 AM

    Comment #3

    Yet another gamble by FCB that hasn’t worked out!!

    We should have brought in at least 1quality CB in the summer, getting rid of Saylor in the process. January should see the arrival of a second quality CB and moving either Williamson or Collo out the door. The 3rd CB should be here in Summer 2015 with Collo being allowed to “retire” back to Argentina.

    Its not bloody rocket science is it lol

  • Graeme

    Oct 8, 2014 at 9:08 AM

    Comment #4

    Good morning Ibiza – you’re up bright and early!! Hows life in the sun?

  • cyprus

    Oct 8, 2014 at 9:09 AM

    Comment #5

    I think those names you mention, plus those 2 Man U rejects, helped too I agree. Yes, I think Raylor did come in Jan. Just remember him desperately trying to defend while nimble wingers were flying past him :0 Maybe it’s a bit selective, I know. The whole set up was quite poor, as it is this year!

    Ginola, in any capacity, yes to come back. Perhaps our best ever player.

  • lesh

    Oct 8, 2014 at 9:11 AM

    Comment #6

    Buying new players to save us from relegation would be like giving Pardew a pearl-bearing oyster – he’d try to open it with a hammer and declare it not good enough for the table – ala Mbiwa!

  • Santon03

    Oct 8, 2014 at 9:15 AM

    Comment #7


    I think the whole drama can be solved with just change the manager.
    If we have good manager (like Montella) and keep playing good football and getting good results, it won’t matter who own this club or how much we spend for players.
    Even if we have Abramovic and spend 200 or 300 millions on players and still have pardew, we are still f@cked.

  • cyprus

    Oct 8, 2014 at 9:15 AM

    Comment #8

    I read you. But, bad managers are much easier to replace than bad owners. Look, MA has tried some lousy choices: the current one, JFK… but he has also listened to the people, with detrimental results. Inexperienced, arrogant Shearer to save a sinking ship. King Kev, who (correctly, it seems) quit on us. A couple managers down the line, he might get it right!
    I’m sorry, it’s just that sometimes I forget why we hate MA so much:) The Wonga deal, Wise, being a Cockney, not investing last year, come to mind, yes. But, is he directly responsible for the terrible football? I wonder.

  • Ibizatoon

    Oct 8, 2014 at 9:15 AM

    Comment #9

    Graeme…As usual 🙂 Getting back in to my winter routine now, clients all filtering away, you lucky so and so’s should start to see a bit more of me – hurrah!

    How’s things?

    Anyway, as for your criticism, are you not aware that we have cb’s ready and waiting in the under 21’s? Are you wanting to send us broke?

  • cyprus

    Oct 8, 2014 at 9:18 AM

    Comment #10

    Santon, totally agree with that

  • Ibizatoon

    Oct 8, 2014 at 9:23 AM

    Comment #11

    Lesh….I don’t object to the ideals Ashley dangles in front of our faces, it’s just after 7 years of watching his execution of said ideals, I’ve come to the conclusion it’s just a bunch of made up rubbish to buy him time and allow him to do whatever the hell he wants.

    I once thought we were building towards something, I no longer see that being the case. Yes I agree a better manager would , could, should bring a better style of football, but there is more amiss at our club than a poor footballing philosophy. I have serious doubts as to whether any man with dignity and a proper footballing philosophy could strive under Ashley.Nothing to do with being self sufficient, I for one think that is the best way forward, but it would seem the managers number one criteria is to be the target for fans frustration. If he hired a decent manager who would be there to take the flak away from himself? Cynical, but I can’t seem to move past it.

  • Santon03

    Oct 8, 2014 at 9:24 AM

    Comment #12

    I said this before, I think MA and LC are looking for pardew replacement. Until they found 1 and officially signed a contract with us, pardew won’t be fired. pardew status right now is simply temporary manager.
    If MA sacked pardew now then Carver would be in charge, that will be digging deeper hole for MA.

  • Ibizatoon

    Oct 8, 2014 at 9:24 AM

    Comment #13

    Hmmm…Lesh? I meant Cyprus 🙂

    Still, hello Lesh!

  • jimmysmith

    Oct 8, 2014 at 9:29 AM

    Comment #14

    I suspect we’ll only get another centre back in January if we’re in danger, otherwise expect Mbiwa sale and one of the young cb’s on the books to be blooded. We have 3 Satka, Good, Streete and of course Lascelles to come in next season. At least I’m sure that’s how Ashley ideally sees it.

    We stand a better chance of getting a striker, particularly if Chucky doesn’t figure, but again, the closer to relegation the more likely it is, and of course the less likely we’ll get real quality in that situation.

  • Ibizatoon

    Oct 8, 2014 at 9:31 AM

    Comment #15

    Santon…If Pardew was indeed on his way out, why is there so much Pardew damage control coming out of the club?

    Surely from a PR perspective, if they were looking to replace Pardew, they’d win a lot more respect, patience and general support by sacking Pardew and stating they were looking in to another manager who could accomplish the clubs targets (stick a pin in this one, as i’d still like to know what those are)?

    I’m sure many fans would rather a few games of Carver losses with a light at the end of the tunnel than simply continuing with Pardew.

  • Tsunki

    Oct 8, 2014 at 9:32 AM

    Comment #16

    Our defensive coaching has been the single biggest disappointment. No development at all.

  • Average_Contents

    Oct 8, 2014 at 9:37 AM

    Comment #17


    That’s the big worry isn’t it. His stranglehold on the club. Will he relinquish it? I doubt it.

    Alternatively he could still buy rangers, sell us but withhold the merchandising rights as they are wholly owned by SD and a new buyer would have to stump up the cash to purchase them as it’s no longer part of NUFC. I’d imagine he’d also place restrictions on his free advertising say for like a year, ya know to “help” out in the transitional period.

    Either way we’re going to get fcuked.

    I’d take anything at the moment though to get him out of the club.

  • Santon03

    Oct 8, 2014 at 9:41 AM

    Comment #18


    IF you are being realistic, what do you want them to say in front a lot of media? I understand why so many media getting banned, because they only write what sells which means bad publicity for NUFC. The performance already bad enough and already got huge publicity, do they need to add more?
    Let’s say they do like you asked, will that help our team or players performing better under more unstable condition? That will be PR nightmare, who would manage our club if we are going to kick our manager on the teeth when he is down?

  • JP...from The Rock

    Oct 8, 2014 at 9:47 AM

    Comment #19

    Again drowning us with false hope Ed!

    Nothing official from the club assuring us some much needed cash in January.

    Another bullsh*t article

  • lesh

    Oct 8, 2014 at 10:42 AM

    Comment #20

    G’morning Majorca…… Err, Ibiza

    Si, Buenos Dias Ibiza, siento.


  • Lost Plot

    Oct 8, 2014 at 2:24 PM

    Comment #21

    Would a new manager keep selling his best players? Look at the teams struggling without their star fieldings

    Ash just needs to change his policies on buying n selling BUT look at the BIG pending clubs (around Europe not just EPL) that haven’t stepped up to the mark

    Mike gonna tread carefully in the market .. BUT he trusting his scouts and back room staff on the decisions made .. I’m sure he still wants results

  • toonluvva

    Oct 8, 2014 at 2:26 PM

    Comment #22

    Of course money is available for the January window.

    Mr Ashley will only spend it if we are still in serious danger of being relegated.

    However, any money spent strengthening our squad in January will definitely be recouped by sales, at a profit, in the summer. Therefore we will always be exactly where our owner wants us, in the PL, not too high and not too low.

  • Greebol1892

    Oct 8, 2014 at 3:10 PM

    Comment #23

    Ashley out.
    He has proved he will only invest in the team to keep us in PL.
    Pocketed all the TV money & only spent the money made from outgoing sales……
    I want Pardew out too but any manager will struggle with such a tight owner who will continue to thrive thanks to all the support he gets from fans blindly filling up the ground, buying shirts, pints,etc.
    Just keep filling his pockets and nowt will change.


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