Just as long as Mike Ashley’s number one goal in running Newcastle United is on the money side of things, then Newcastle United will always be vulnerable to losing our best players – always.
Yohan Cabaye – too ambitious for Newcastle
We have lost Demba Ba, Yohan Cabaye and Mathieu Debuchy over the last couple of years, simply because our ambitions in football (make that Mike Ashley’s ambitions in football) do not match those of the players.
When the owner sells our best player in the January transfer window for big money, and doesn’t replace them, then you know – and the players know – that the team is not the number one priority at the club.
And just in case we think that was just a coincidence, Ashley’s done it twice with Andy Carroll and Yohan Cabaye, and we struggled in the second half of the season in both cases.
The first case caused José Enrique to make up his mind he wanted out, and he left in August for 2011 for Liverpool, and this year selling Yohan Cabaye meant that Loic Remy would never join Newcastle on a permanent basis, and he’s now at Chelsea.
And you can quickly work out what the number one priority is at Newcastle – money.
To be fair to Mike, he has done a terrific job of managing the finances of the club, and we expect when the financial results are announced early next year for our financial year through June 30th of this year – there will be record profits and record revenues.
The period is from July 1st last year through June 30th – and of course that’s when Joe Kinnear was Director of Football and we signed only Loic Remy and Luuk de Jong on loan – and made no permanent signings – and that means we didn’t spend much in the transfer market.
Yet we got a huge £20M for Yohan Cabaye last January, and with the £79.5M we got from the Premier league in May the profits will be a lot more than the £9.9M we made in the previous financial year – and the revenues we estimate at around £135M.
Not many big clubs can boast those figures, but that’s because they are more willing to spend the money on top players, so they can build top teams that compete in the Champions League every season.
That’s not what Mike Ashley is about – and while his financial management of the club is very good – maybe we really do need a Director of Football who can come in and help Mike spend some of the massive money the Tyneside club will be making over the next few years.
We’ve said before that id the owner would guarantee all profits would be reinvested into the club – we would be in great shape.
But as long as money (and not spending it) is the number one priority at the club, it’s not as easy as just saying we will not sell our best players – because the best players will always want to leave Newcastle to play in the Champions League.
And that was the case with Ba, Cabaye and Debuchy – and you cannot really blame them for that.
All they wanted was to play at the very top of the football ladder, that their talents warrant.
It’s really as simple as that.
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