The Way Newcastle Is Run Makes No Sense For A Football Club

It was a shock when Newcastle did a deal with Inter-Milan to send Davide Santon out on loan in late January, and a permanent deal for the Italian International has now been agreed, and will be signed on July 1st, but it was still a problem to Newcastle that Davide was allowed to leave.

lee charnley and mike ashley

Lee Charnley and Mike Ashley

Davide had been fit to play for about a month, but hadn’t made it to the first team apart from the FA Cup ties at Leicester – which we managed to lose 1-0 as John Carver played a very weak side.

At the time Davide left,  we were short of defenders, but we seemed to be OK at left back with both Paul Dummett and Massadio Haidara vying for the left back slot.

But then Paul picked up an injury in early February to his knee, and hasn’t played since, and is out for the rest of the season.

And Massadio Haidara picked up an injury against Aston Villa, and finally had surgery on it last week in France,  and is also out for the rest of the season.

In January we had only two recognized center-backs available in Williamson and Coloccini, after Steven Taylor ruptured his Achilles on New Years Day, but Dummett had proved earlier in the season he could play well at center-back.

So with Dummett and Haidara out for the rest of the season, we are really short at center-back with only Williamson currently available, after Colo got himself suspended for  three games.

And of course we have no recognized left back available, and the situation brings into focus how reckless and naive Newcastle’s upper management can be in their quest to make money.

The fee quoted for Santon is little more than half of what we paid Inter for him in the summer of 2011, and Davide has been playing well for Inter he has been called into the full Italian squad again.

Lee Charnley explained at the last Fan Forum meeting that the deal was made, because it wouldn’t be available in the summer.

Notice he never mentioned it also weakened Newcastle’s squad – but that doesn’t seem to matter these days.

This is just one of many examples of how Newcastle maximize making money at the expense of the strength of the playing squad, and we don’t know of any other Premier league side that weakened their squad in January like Newcastle managed to do.

And we wont even mention that we did the same thing a year ago when we sold Cabaye to PSG and didn’t replace him.

Newcastle are sliding down the league table at the moment (just like last year), because of a lack of players, and we will probably finish in 14th place – but it will certainly not be top ten.

With the financial results being issued this week, there will be the obvious questions of why some of that that money wasn’t used to strengthen the squad in January.

Newcastle are making big money now, but unless Mike Ashley changes his policies on Tyneside, we will never have a successful side on the filed – just good financial results every year.

And while we are told £60M will be available this summer (that tells us the financial results will be released imminently)  Newcastle could still break even in the summer transfer market, as they seem to like to do in each transfer window.

That could happen if players like Daryl Janmaat, Moussa Sissoko, Papiss Cisse and Rolando Aarons leave the club before September rolls around.

If Mike Ashley retains his current policy of selling our best players when the right bid comes in we will never have good side at Newcastle.

But most fans know that, and that’s why the Geordie fans are so down at the moment.

Dan Jones is a Partner in the Sports Business Group at Deloitte, and he was quoted last week when announcing that the 20 PL clubs made £190M in profit – the best ever.

These are the words of wisdom and truth from Dan about the purpose of a football club:

“The primary aim of a football club is, and always should be, on-pitch success for the fans.”

“However, we do welcome these results, which show that the Premier League clubs are starting to convert their impressive revenue growth into a more sustainable net result.”

It’s the other way around for Newcastle – money first and trophies never – and that’s why we haven’t got a successful side under Ashley – and never will have unless the owner changes his polices – and quickly too.

Finally Sir Bobby Robson knew exactly what a football club is all about:

“What is a club in any case?” “Not the buildings or the directors or the people who are paid to represent it. ” It’s not the television contracts, get-out clauses, marketing departments or executive boxes.”

“It’s the noise, the passion, the feeling of belonging, the pride in your city.” “It’s a small boy clambering up stadium steps for the very first time, gripping his father’s hand, gawping at that hallowed stretch of turf beneath him and, without being able to do a thing about it, falling in love.”


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17 comments so far

  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Mar 30, 2015 at 9:52 AM

    Comment #1

    Lilongwe Geordie // Mar 30, 2015 at 9:51 AM

    Nope, that is for the financial year ending June 30th 2014. Includes everything.

    I have to say, given revenues increased by over £30million, I would love to have a detailed look to see where expenditure went up so significantly to result in just a £9million increase in profit.

  • Ibizatoon

    Mar 30, 2015 at 9:54 AM

    Comment #2

    Lil…Definitely going to need another coffee or two and an abacus to work this one out.

    Whilst I fully expected it to be lower than the £50m a lot were playing with…less that £20m is hard to get ones head around.

    So then, how big is this summers war chest, the one we will finally release on the PL and watch them crumble at Ashleys brilliance?

  • John Tudor

    Mar 30, 2015 at 9:56 AM

    Comment #3

    the whole thing stinks
    not a penny more

  • hibbit

    Mar 30, 2015 at 9:58 AM

    Comment #4

    has he paid a lump of the loan ???? we won’t know till we see the accounts even then they will be clouded ashes people are very smart with numbers

  • lesh

    Mar 30, 2015 at 9:59 AM

    Comment #5

    It’s interesting that the Institute of Directors has openly criticised the Board of Sports Direct for having little control over Ashley and a small group of his senior managers.

    The IoD appears to be concerned that Ashley’s flouting any ethics in the way he runs the business, the way that greed and power take precedence over people and ethics.

    Sounds familiar eh.

  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Mar 30, 2015 at 10:00 AM

    Comment #6

    Yeah, I was expecting it to be around the £30million profit, given a £30million increase in revenues, zero permanent signings during that financial period, and the Cabaye sale of £20million in that period.

    Unless they have already accounted for the cost of the new training facilities in these accounts then I can’t really work out where such a significant cost increase has occurred.

  • Dondatta13

    Mar 30, 2015 at 10:00 AM

    Comment #7

    Stealing from folks living in one one of the highest unemployment areas in England, this regime i find whole heartedly repugnant

  • John Tudor

    Mar 30, 2015 at 10:00 AM

    Comment #8

    stop being gullible and stand up and fight

  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Mar 30, 2015 at 10:01 AM

    Comment #9

    The article on the official site says no debt has been paid off, it remains at £129million.

  • jayphoto

    Mar 30, 2015 at 10:01 AM

    Comment #10

    it’s for the year ending June 2014? when is the TV money paid, i know it’s in the summer? any chance that extra tv money was in July?
    Would love to see where expenditure is going because none of it adds up

  • Ibizatoon

    Mar 30, 2015 at 10:02 AM

    Comment #11

    Hibbit…They’ve stated that no payment has gone towards the “loan” yet.

    Lil…It must be the training facility. It is probably worth looking if any monies have previously been “put aside” for that mind.

  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Mar 30, 2015 at 10:04 AM

    Comment #12

    Nope, it includes the TV money according to the article on

  • tequilamag

    Mar 30, 2015 at 10:04 AM

    Comment #13

    If your revenue goes up 34 mill how come the operating profit only goes up by 5 ? Unless Ash gave everyone a huge pay rise which seems a little out of character.then something is amiss. operating costs cant increase that much.

  • optimistic prime

    Mar 30, 2015 at 10:10 AM

    Comment #14

    How are NUFC wages 60% of income?

    We have a squad full of bairns and cheap imports!

    Fatties fairytales

    There was a story end of last year that the £25mil for training facilities was paid in one go, maybe that’s it but I’m skeptical.

  • cyprus

    Mar 30, 2015 at 10:12 AM

    Comment #15

    So now we’ll be playing accountants for the next week?

    FA, give us some PL football, NOW!

  • toonbrother

    Mar 30, 2015 at 11:09 AM

    Comment #16

    fans didnt appreciate santon
    blaming him for colocinni’s disgraceful display
    and now you’re crying he’s gone
    please cry me a river

    i for one am happy for the lad
    he was always a great left back for us a real workhorse
    glad to hear he’s back in the Italian set up
    hope this is a lesson to fans not to be so stupid in the future
    and give credit where its due

  • leonado_keng

    Mar 30, 2015 at 1:25 PM

    Comment #17

    Great Mike, you did as per your requirement , don’t care what their feeling is because this club belongs to you
    Fans are the environments only


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