This Is The Acid Test For Newcastle This Summer


There’s a good interview in the Chronicle today with Peter Lovenkrands, the former Newcastle forward, and like a growing number of people associated with the club, he is calling on owner Mike Ashley to invest money  this summer, as Newcastle have only 13 available outfield players available right now, because our squad is so small and we’ve been hit by both injuries and suspensions.

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Mike Ashley – can he resist selling top players in summer?
Mike looks as fed up as the fans in this photo


And Peter has also called on the Newcastle owner to stop selling our best players for big profits, but rather try to build a good team, and as we all know you need good players to do that, so you cannot just keep selling them and make the finances look good.

This is what Peter has said today in the Chronicle:

“If John Carver – or anybody else – gets the Newcastle United job this summer then they are going to need the investment that the club talked about last week.”

“This season has exposed how thin the squad is with injuries and it has been a tough couple of weeks.” “It’s time for Mike Ashley to step up and put some money behind it.”

“Instead of selling the big players, keep hold of them and just build around them and add to it.” “Over the years Mike has earned well with the players he has sold on in Demba Ba and Yohan Cabaye who bought in a lot of money.”

“Normally when Newcastle go out and buy they aren’t bringing in to the same extent as to what has gone out.”

“It’s important that Mike comes out with a little bit of a statement and invests in some big players.” “They need some good talent and some experienced players.”

“They need to get the fans back on board.” “Newcastle should still try and get the young players but more importantly some experienced players.”

“They need to look more like the bigger clubs in the Premier League – because Newcastle is a big enough club to be up there and they need the investment to get back up there.”

As it turns out we didn’t get too much for Demba Ba, around £7.5M and it cost at least a £2M signing-on fee in the summer of 2011 to get him as a “free” agent.

But Peter is right – we’ve made big money on players like Yohan Cabaye and Mathieu Debuchy, and we wont even mention Andy Carroll.

But even if we have a good summer and bring in a number of good players, the proof of the pudding is what Mike does with the good players we already have on board.

And whether he can keep good players like Moussa Sissoko, Daryl Janmaat and Ayoze Perez, if good offers come in for them this summer.

That’s been a big problem in the past – not so much bringing players in, but keeping the good ones we have.

That will be the acid test for Mike Ashley this summer – can he resist the big money offered for them?

What do you think?

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6 comments so far

  • Lindisfarne

    Mar 25, 2015 at 8:33 AM

    Comment #1

    The summer is the best time for acid testing.

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Mar 25, 2015 at 8:39 AM

    Comment #2

    Wow, Loverman has changed his tune now that Mashers isn’t weilding so much power at Rangers, his policies were the best thing since sliced bread when he was sniffing for a job in Glasgow !

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Mar 25, 2015 at 8:47 AM

    Comment #3

    Lindifarne,
    Not really.

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  • Wayayman

    Mar 25, 2015 at 9:58 AM

    Comment #4

    Lilongwe, Lindisfarne & others, fantastic discussion on the previous thread re coaching.

    I believe it costs a ridiculous amount of money to get up the coaching ladder in this country compared to abroad, which really does make a huge difference at grassroots.

    Both of my kids (son 12 daughter 9) play and are coached at different local amateur clubs. One has access to astroturf each week for training, and the other trains on grass most of the year. The team who train on the astro keep the ball on the ground and pass the opposition teams to death on a Sunday morning when they play on grass. They are smaller than a lot of the more physical teams they play against but their ball retention is staggering for their age group. The coach (a 22 yr old superb player himself doing his badges) is positive that regardless of how physical the oppo is, they will all tire out when they have to chase the ball around. The boys all (including the 2 keepers) can play in any position on the pitch -and they often switch around during a game when needed.The team just won their league with a 100% win rate and a goal diff over over +100 with a game to go.
    The difference their facilities have made to how they train is unquestionable. Times during the winter when the ground is frozen solid the astro is always in perfect condition. I used to think theyd suffer when playing on poor grass pitches but they really don’t. I think the FA really need to expand the artificial facilities as much as possible, but also to encourage younger lads to coach as they really have a different connection with the kids and they have grown up watching Messi, Iniesta, Pirlo etc where people of an older age may have grown up watching Bryan Robson and Billy Whitehurst.
    It’s like looking at Lisa Riley and Heidi Klum and wondering how they are the same species.

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  • Sav

    Mar 25, 2015 at 10:30 AM

    Comment #5

    Of course we need investment. This time, Mashley has no option if he wants to stave off relegation and further losses. The older players are coming to the end and the younger ones who promised to break through, for the most part, haven’t.
    This does not herald a change of heart or policy. Just pure pragmatism to protect the investment. Unfortunately, every other prem club from the Baggies to the Saints will also spend a fortune on players because they have it and in the case of many, because their reputation and history demands that they try to win stuff. This will be no new dawn for Magpies. Just that the owner has driven us to scrappage and now has to spend heavy to get some sort of new motor.

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  • Sav

    Mar 25, 2015 at 10:33 AM

    Comment #6

    I really think the acid test will be how independent-minded and ambitious a Head Coach is recruited. Unfortunately, my house is on Cardew.

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