Newcastle fans didn’t get too much out of the Fans’ Forum meeting on Monday night at St. James’ Park, with the club answering the fans’ questions very carefully and trying not to give too much away.
Lee Charnley – target is top 10 finish minimum
We did hear Newcastle had a replacement for Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa lined up via a verbal agreement, but because the loan deal took so long to complete, the deal to replace him fell through.
Newcastle stated that they expected to recover the fee we paid out to Montpellier almost two years ago (about £6.8M), if Mapou does sign permanently for Roma – maybe even in January.
And as for central defender Jamaal Lascelles – 19 year-old who’s on loan at Nottingham Forest – he will be returning to Newcastle next summer, and to bring home back in January to fortify the defense is not an option.
And Managing Director Lee Charnley said it was not definite that Newcastle would strengthen the side in January – but politically, we didn’t expect him to say anything different than that.
Supporters were told that finishing in the top ten was a minimum target – but we remember those are almost the exact same words used a year ago, for what our target was then.
If you only want to stay in the Premier League to pick up the big TV money, and not want to have a relegation fight- then finishing in the top ten is a very good way of saying that.
And that’s what we believe Mike Ashley wants – a top ten finish every year – but don’t talk about top six or winning anything – that’s out of the question, and it will take too much money in any case.
So top ten finish is what it’s all about on Tyneside these days.
The only excitement we may get this season is something we didn’t want – and Mike Ashley doesn’t want.
Because we didn’t bring in a top striker and strengthen our defense in the summer – and we let many players leave the club without really replacing them – we may be in for a relegation struggle.
It’s an excitement we didn’t want, since we’ve had enough of poor results in the last couple of seasons, and this season we thought (we hoped) would be different.
Oh well – such are the ambitions of Newcastle United in 2014.
Where ‘s that Billionaire who will buy out Mike Ashley and then announce he wants to take Newcastle United back to being a top club in England and Europe again?
Now there’s a very nice thought to end on.
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