Things have changed at Newcastle in the last five weeks or so, because as well as selling our players in January or loaning them out – we have also this month essentially sold a manager .
We got as much as £4M from Crystal Palace when Pardew broke his contract and Palace had to pay compensation for him, and that was only a few months after he was almost fired and that would have cost Newcastle at least one year’s wages in a termination agreement – maybe £2M?
Mike Ashley – needs an injection of AMBITION
And we also sold Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa to Roma last week for £5.5M, and that’s around £10M we have made this month – and we assume we’ll get some loan fees from Rangers for the five players we have loaned out to them – and from Inter-Milan for Davide Santon, who is on loan through the end of the season, and then they can make the deal permanent.
But the thing that really hurt yesterday was our inability to get Dele Alli into the club from MK Dons, after we had been in the driver’s seat for a couple of months, but couldn’t get the deal done and Tottenham stepped in a few days ago and completed the deal last night.
That was really hard to take, because Dele looks like he’s a great attacking midfielder in the making.
If we could win the league by having the best financial statements in the league (profits) – we would be a lot happier at the moment, but the mood among Newcastle fans today is one of frustration and even anger at Newcastle’s complete lack of ambition and concentration on only making money.
Middle of the table finishes and just getting by all the time – is simply not good enough for Geordies.
That’s not in the DNA.
Other Premier League clubs were hard at work in January to strengthen their squads, but all we did was allow seven of our players to leave the club, and not one was brought in – so that has hardly strengthened the squad.
Isn’t the the idea for the January transfer window – but not at Newcastle.
We do expect maybe some big money to be available to spend in the summer to strengthen the squad – certainly it’s available – and Newcastle are by no means a poor club – in fact the opposite is now true.
And maybe this January transfer window is not worth the nonsense that goes on in January, and that would mean Mike Ashley wouldn’t be able to sell our top players halfway through the season for big money, and leave us short for the rest of the season.
The Sky Sports hype yesterday was both ridiculous and embarrassing, and it was even worse than the hype surrounding the Super Bowl every year.
Well – maybe not. 😀
We are still hoping Newcastle will have a decent run-in to the season under John Carver – but it’s no thanks to Mike Ashley and Lee Charnley.
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