Newcastle To Have Biggest Transfer Window For Many Years

Consulting firm Deloitte reported on Thursday reported that the 20 Premier League clubs have got their acts together, and collectively they made a profit for the first time in 15 years.

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Mike Ashley – thumbs up – yes I’ll spend the money

The combined profits of all 20 PL clubs before taxes was £190M for the financial year 2013-2014 – the last one available.

The figures also show that the clubs have finally got a handle on their biggest cost – the players wages – and in 2012-2013 those wages were 71%on average,  and last year they had been reduced to 58%, which is the lowest ratio for fifteen years.

Wages To Revenue

The other way to  show this is that revenues rose at a much faster pace than wages last year, and there was a massive 29% increase in revenues due to it being the first year of the new £3B TV deal, which ends next summer.

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Alan Switzer of Deloitte’s Sports Business Group said this to Sky Sports News after the figures were released:

“Financial Fair Play has definitely played a key part,” “It’s important to note that’s for clubs wanting to play in European competition, but on top of that the Premier League has also introduced cost-control regulations, so they’ve had a part to play for all the clubs in the Premier League.”

“We certainly don’t expect to see a return to the significant losses we’ve seen over the last decade. At an operating level, so that’s before player trading, all but one of the clubs made a profit, so that’s a huge turnaround from what we’ve seen.”

“It’s filtering all the way through and the huge size of the Premier League now, the advantage they have over their European rivals, means it’s perfectly possible for all those clubs to operate profitably.”

Now that the PL clubs are making big profits we think the wage ratio will increase in this financial year – because the PL clubs will be able to get better players at higher wages, but the revenue remains unchanged for the next two years on the current 3B TV deal – including this financial year which ends on June 30th.

And then of course, as announced earlier this year, the TV deal will increase next summer to a massive £5.1B for three years – a massive 70% increase from the current deal.

That means wages could increase 70% and maintain the same wages to revenue ratio.

Where’s my boots?

We are hoping Newcastle start to spend some of their profits this summer, and there is a good likelihood that it could (will) be the biggest transfer window for many years, and certainly the biggest since Mike Ashley bought the club back in the summer of 2007.

Certainly the money is available to spend.

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52 comments so far

  • lochinvar

    Mar 28, 2015 at 2:46 PM

    Comment #1

    Hope Springs Eternal
    Sign them all

  • Jeff from Benwell

    Mar 28, 2015 at 2:50 PM

    Comment #2

    Consider this:-

    Sunday 5th April
    Burnley at home to Spurs

    Sunlan at home to NUFC

    Burnley 25 points GD -23
    Sunlan 26 points GD -21

    If Burnley beat Spurs it is going to be a real dogfight
    The other permutations you can work out for yourselves

  • Thump

    Mar 28, 2015 at 3:01 PM

    Comment #3

    Why do we need Gameiro? We already have a player of equivilent quality in Riviere.

  • Slank

    Mar 28, 2015 at 3:14 PM

    Comment #4

    The consequences of all Premiership clubs having more money than in previous years will probably mean that the prices wanted for players will rise.

    This could mean that the extra money available for transfers does not necessarily go any further than it had done in previous years.

    More money may not equate to more quantity and/or greater quality.

  • ToonMatt

    Mar 28, 2015 at 3:17 PM

    Comment #5

    The slug will spend nothing, There is no reason for him to change his ways, No reason at all.

  • toon kk

    Mar 28, 2015 at 3:19 PM

    Comment #6

    Mash will spend, but don’t expect proven quality players demanding high wages, that simply won’t happen. There’s a tight regime at Newcastle, young chancers from lower leagues with possible potential and of course future sell on value.
    Remember we’re a business that happens to play football. Nothing more to Mash.
    Profit is the name of the game.

  • Jail for Ashley

    Mar 28, 2015 at 3:25 PM

    Comment #7

    Toon Matt,
    I think we’ll spend 40M this summer which will still not be enough. Considering we have received 10M for Santon Mbwia and Pardew already plus 15M for Sissoko if somebody offers and 6M for Tiote there will still be a huge sum of money left to explain. Something has to give this summer.

  • optimistic prime

    Mar 28, 2015 at 3:31 PM

    Comment #8

    It’ll be the biggest let down!

  • Jail for Ashley

    Mar 28, 2015 at 3:32 PM

    Comment #9

    I don’t think it’s probable more like inevitable.

  • Jail for Ashley

    Mar 28, 2015 at 3:34 PM

    Comment #10

    It really will be interesting to see if anyone is prepared to work under the robotic restrictions outlined in Charnleys output in February.

  • Jail for Ashley

    Mar 28, 2015 at 3:35 PM

    Comment #11

    What’s the odds on Carver scuffling with a mackem ball boy next week.

  • optimistic prime

    Mar 28, 2015 at 3:38 PM

    Comment #12


    I don’t even think he’ll spend that much.

    I fully expect when the accounts eventually come out there’ll be minimal profit, I expect training facilities maybe a bit of the loan paid back and various other things that will have dried any money’s up.

    There’ll be no transfer kitty other than what we make by selling!!!

  • Jail for Ashley

    Mar 28, 2015 at 3:39 PM

    Comment #13

    Can you imagine the new head coach having to deal with Charnley, speaking into a mike while Charnley sits in a room on his own pretending to be the board.
    HC. Can we please have a new CB this summer.
    Voice synthisiser: The board says no.

  • optimistic prime

    Mar 28, 2015 at 3:54 PM

    Comment #14

    I foresee carver until Xmas at which time he’ll be thanked for keeping us in the league and O’leary will be brought in to take is to the next level.

    More of the same again.

  • beermonkey

    Mar 28, 2015 at 3:54 PM

    Comment #15


    does that 40mill include what we make

    the biggest problem is we have reached a point with the squad where it needs so much cash spent on it, because of age and lack of quality
    like you say 40mill is not enough
    for me 40mill will be enough to keep us in the league no more
    just cant see Ashley spending but then if he doesn’t we will be certain to go down next season

  • Lee Charnley Bunga Party

    Mar 28, 2015 at 4:01 PM

    Comment #16

    Ashley and Charnley will find a way to hide some of the funds in his other companies , things like the training facilities and things will have extra costs , agents fees etc etc

    Because the myth that Pardew and Ashley’s other cronies have spouted that we cannot compete at the top end of the table will be blown out of the water !!

    Looking at profits made from the season before and the fact we never spent any money in the summer apart from player sales if there is not a profit of about 40 or 50 million there will be something dodgy going on !!

    In fact if we had have spent that 40 or 50 million in the summer and had got the likes of Lacazette , Alderweireld and a few others we would be still be in with a shout of Europe even with Pardew in charge ! Hell we would have beat Spurs in the Carling cup as well with a stronger team out

  • optimistic prime

    Mar 28, 2015 at 4:01 PM

    Comment #17

    It’ll be a miracle if we get one expirienced CB and a 15 goal a year striker!

    It’ll be more of the same, unproven potentially profitable players, free if poss.

  • Jail for Ashley

    Mar 28, 2015 at 4:02 PM

    Comment #18

    40M of fees we read about in the papers, not wages or agents fees or net spend, just 40M on players

  • Mister Tuff

    Mar 28, 2015 at 4:07 PM

    Comment #19

    Jail – afternoon.
    I cannot see the Toon spending money on a voice synthesiser to suggest that there is a board of individuals at SJP when probably most discerning fans known it is only Mr Tubbs who runs the show.
    A voice synthesiser will be too expensive but there is a cheaper option which would allow Mr Tubbs and Penfod to continue their artifice. I think it would work quite well if evidence from the blog is anything to go by.
    The answer obviously is to hire Ian Toon instead of buying a synthesier.
    Each time someone wants to speak to a board member Penfold then takes on the personality of the Little Britain hypnotist Kenny Craig -spouting to Ian Toon “Look into my eyes, look into my eyes, the eyes, the eyes, not around the eyes, don’t look around my eyes, look into my eyes, you’re under”.
    Ian Toon then becomes a board member and the deception is continued.
    Not such a daft idea, when applying for the job Ian Toon could list on his CV his antics on here to prove he has skills(suffered from) with multiple personality(ies) disorder(s).
    Sorted – the jobs a good un.

  • Ron Knee

    Mar 28, 2015 at 5:15 PM

    Comment #20

    Anybody got a link for the Wales match?

  • lochinvar

    Mar 28, 2015 at 5:36 PM

    Comment #21

    Start by signing that Rangers lad Vuckic – scored two in 5 minutes against Cowdenbeath ….

  • Graeme

    Mar 28, 2015 at 5:49 PM

    Comment #22

    Ron Knee, try – they are showing at least 10 links

  • Rotonda heights

    Mar 28, 2015 at 5:51 PM

    Comment #23

    Newcastle To Have Biggest Transfer Window For Many Years

    Do you have the inside track on this Ed? Or is it just wild hopeful speculation, based on what exactly?

    Disappointing headline with no factual back up.

  • Jeff from Benwell

    Mar 28, 2015 at 5:58 PM

    Comment #24

    Kevin Myles ( a local lad and Toon supporter)
    is the the chief exec of the Football Supporters Federation
    He has sent an open letter to all EPL clubs which is a very interesting read , the quote below is from that open letter and is worth repeating.

    “Football is a unique business. Clubs are named after the community from which they were born and owe that same community a debt; there is a deep bond between fan and club that can transcend generations. That loyalty is a precious thing; it should be cherished and valued, not taken for granted or exploited.”

    I hope everyone with influence in football no matter how great or small , takes these words on board

    – See more at:

  • Lee Charnley Bunga Party

    Mar 28, 2015 at 6:01 PM

    Comment #25


    I would actually have liked to see Vuckic tried as a striker hes got all the attributes in that he is good in the air , can hold the ball and has a wand of a left foot ! Only problem he has is he cant stay fit for more than 4 games in a row

  • Jeff from Benwell

    Mar 28, 2015 at 6:08 PM

    Comment #26

    What a free kick by Bale
    2- 0 to the Taffs

  • Jeff from Benwell

    Mar 28, 2015 at 6:09 PM

    Comment #27

    Israel down to 10 men
    Bale is tearing them a new one

  • Jeff from Benwell

    Mar 28, 2015 at 6:21 PM

    Comment #28

    This is direct from Israel I don’t know how good it is – I’m watching on Sky5

  • Nattfare

    Mar 28, 2015 at 6:26 PM

    Comment #29

    “Newcastle To Have Biggest Transfer Window For Many Years”

    Ashley will have to sell a lot of players to achieve that… playing the youth team it is next season then…

  • LGFUAD21

    Mar 28, 2015 at 7:00 PM

    Comment #30


    Spot on. Just like when the Swedish government decided to print more money. It will just accelerate inflation.

  • Rotonda heights

    Mar 28, 2015 at 7:09 PM

    Comment #31


    to be fair the only joy we’ve had this season is with Perez, aarons and abeid. wouldn’t mind seeing a few more coming through, if of similar quality.

  • AncientC

    Mar 28, 2015 at 7:11 PM

    Comment #32

    LGFUAD21 – ‘Yes,’ increased revenue to NUFC in a 20 club division, which can buy players from all over the world… is exactly like Sweden printing more money – it essentially means that the increased revenue is useless. (LOL)

  • Nattfare

    Mar 28, 2015 at 7:13 PM

    Comment #33

    Too bad there is five Peter Ramages, Matty Pattisons, Lewis Guys or Shane Fergusons for every Aarons coming through the ranks.
    It’s great when an academy player gets a chance and takes it. But relying on too many of them won’t be pretty.

  • Jeff from Benwell

    Mar 28, 2015 at 7:19 PM

    Comment #34

    Bale has just made that bunch of opinionated goons a.k.a. the Madrid press corps look very foolish.
    Blaming him for RM’s loss to Barcelona was stupid.

  • BoyDoneGood

    Mar 28, 2015 at 7:29 PM

    Comment #35


    “BDG, I call you an apologist because one of the worst acts of negligence Ashley has committed since being here aside from hiring Wise and Kinnear twice, changing the stadium etc…” [so not one of the worst, then] “…was the way he done business that summer we finished fifth yet you tried to paint a rosy picture on it…” Not so. I pointed out that Ashley has not continually weakened the squad and cashed in players, as claimed by others including yourself: that was my whole point. After a very successful season NUFC spent a few mill net in the summer transfer market.

    “…your nonchalant, shame about the league position didn’t paint galf the picture either, we only avoided the very real threat of relegation by two games…”

    It’s equally true that we only missed 9th place by two games. Not nonchalant, certainly not ashamed (since I wasn’t running the club!!!) but not paranoid, either. We had some bad luck that season, and still finished with a two-win cushion above relegation, as did a couple of other clubs.

  • Jeff from Benwell

    Mar 28, 2015 at 7:44 PM

    Comment #36

    Link for the Holland v Turkey game

  • Jeff from Benwell

    Mar 28, 2015 at 7:48 PM

    Comment #37

    Dear me Holland are staring with Huntelaar
    He’s older than Ed !!!!

  • Jeff from Benwell

    Mar 28, 2015 at 7:48 PM

    Comment #38

    starting even

  • Mister Tuff

    Mar 28, 2015 at 7:51 PM

    Comment #39

    Many Toon fans feel “shame” about the way the club is being run, and by historical association -shame for the City and the area.
    You do not have to be on the clubs’ payroll to feel shame to infer otherwise is a strange suggestion.

  • Ian Toon

    Mar 28, 2015 at 8:02 PM

    Comment #40

    For the younger fan- As requested earlier today.

    The Story of the 1926-27 Football League Division One:

    Unbeaten Leicester led the table until early October. They then didn’t win any of their next five matches and were replaced at the top by Burnley, followed by Sunderland, who held on to the top spot until the new year.
    Newcastle then took over, a position they held for the rest of the season as they went on to win their fourth and, to date, last title. Sunderland were still in contention until they were beaten 1-0 at St James’ Park on March 19 before a record crowd of 67,211. The goalscorer was 5ft 5in Scotland centre-forward Hughie Gallacher, still widely rated as Newcastle’s finest ever player. Gallacher’s haul of 36 League goals plus three in the FA Cup set a club record only surpassed by Andy Cole in 1993-94. Other notable players included rugged defender Frank “Old Surefoot” Hudspeth, who spent 19 seasons at the club, and left-winger Stan Seymour who was later a club director and de facto manager for two of Newcastle’s FA Cup wins in the 1950s.
    Huddersfield, champions for the previous three seasons, finished runners-up. Sunderland at least had the consolation of being top scorers and had a prolific Scottish striker of their own in 35- goal David Halliday. They also fielded a winger with a fantastic name – Billy Death.
    At the other end of the table, Everton got off to a dreadful start. Suffering their worst season since becoming founder members of the League in 1888, they


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