Ashley Will Invest This Summer – But Only Because Of This


It’s fairly obvious the squad we have now is not good enough and not big enough to compete well in the Premier League, and if you don’t believe that – then just look at the results we have had this year.

Just like last season we are struggling in the league table in the second half of the season,m and have lost both our games to Sunderland.

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Mike Ashley – will spend the money
To build a top ten side


Last season collapse was caused by the shock to the players that Yohan Cabaye was allowed to be sold in January and not replaced – and also the stupidity of Alan Pardew at Hull when he got himself banned for seven games..

And on the playing side of things it didn’t help that we lost our best player half way through the season, and a few months ago Mike Ashley and company also weakened the squad to get some money into the coffers.

And that’s why we are  where we are today – in 13th place and plummeting down the league table.

So all the talk and hype in the papers, about Mike spending big money in the summer is true, but it’s not to build a top side.

It’s obvious if we don’t build up the squad this summer we could be in real danger of a relegation fight next season, and that’s the very last thing Mike wants.

The owner wants to keep picking up the big money in the Premier League every May.

So the reason the owner  will spend the money this summer, is to ensure we have a team that can be in the middle of the league table and not have to fight relegation.

That’s basically the motivation  the current owner has for the club.

That’s the real reason Ashley may even be a little concerned this season, that we have taken only 9 points from a possible 36 available this year.

Maybe.

Money was made at the expense of the squad in January, because the powers that be thought we were safe in the league – but that still may not be the case – especially if the bottom sides keep winning games as they did over the weekend and we keep losing as we’ve done in the last four games.

Ashley needs to do some  business in the transfer market, so that in late summer Lee Charnley can come out and tell us all the target for next season is top ten.

We’ve heard all this before, and it’s starting not only be very boring – but depressing too.

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41 comments so far

  • Reyantoon

    Apr 6, 2015 at 8:22 AM

    Comment #1

    The ref was also against us yesterday.we should have had penalty in the first HF,
    He helped them more than us in many occasions.
    However, home come people feel OK with the position colback has been playing?
    He is our better passer,fighter and distributer of the ball the whole season in midfield.We lost that contribution in MF and cost us the defeats where we should have not suffer in the last two games.
    why didn’t at least he swapped Jonas and colback? isn’t that one part of what managers are all about, swapping positions and trying to manipulate different style to win games?

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  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Apr 6, 2015 at 8:28 AM

    Comment #2

    Reyan,
    A penalty? Are you talking about the Vergini tackle on Perez? I thought that was a good tackle. He got the ball before taking the man. There were definitely some soft free kicks given to them though, and overall it was a poor refereeing performance. He was too easily conned by some of the Sunderland players.

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  • John Tudor

    Apr 6, 2015 at 8:28 AM

    Comment #3

    maybe coz everyone fates fat mike

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  • Transfer Sage

    Apr 6, 2015 at 8:28 AM

    Comment #4

    I think next season is a massive season for Ashley. With so many players contracts up, and us not looking likely to renew them, there are a lot of places to fill in a squad already severely lacking.

    As TV money has increased again even more clubs will gamble that little bit more to try and stay in the league, meaning competition will rise to a higher level.

    Ashley won’t be able to keep us up with Carver and a few free transfers, we have no blue chip players to sell for big money, be lucky for anyone to pay close to 10mil for any of our players after what they have shown this season, so the money we spend will have to come from the club kitty.

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  • jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew

    Apr 6, 2015 at 8:29 AM

    Comment #5

    TS…for how long have you been loosing interest in NUFC?

    …it stayed clear of games for 10 month last year! Only started watching because Pardew finally left!

    …oh well !

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  • John Tudor

    Apr 6, 2015 at 8:29 AM

    Comment #6

    the jonas one for instance

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  • LGFUAD21

    Apr 6, 2015 at 8:30 AM

    Comment #7

    Reyna

    Mike dean is a horrific ref anyway who had an absolute sh1tt3r.

    Agree on Colback. I’m sure jonas could’ve filled in at lb.

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  • John Tudor

    Apr 6, 2015 at 8:30 AM

    Comment #8

    cups down and out
    pl down and almost out

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  • Transfer Sage

    Apr 6, 2015 at 8:34 AM

    Comment #9

    Lilongwe

    I do get the professional pride aspect, nobody (or very few people) want to do a deliberate bad job.

    However after that hearing of the players refusing to travel it’s almost like they are turning around, sticking two fingers up to Ashley and saying we’ll play you at your own game. Telling him that he might decide when they don’t play matches but they will decide when they actually turn up and play well.

    I agree it’s poor professionalism, but could you imagine how demoralising it would be working in that sort of environment, where success is not only frowned upon but actively discouraged and mediocrity is the standard you are told to aim for.

    Jesper

    Nice to see you too sir, kept myself away as had little new to speak about, the club is currently stuck in some horrible loop, repeating the same mistakes week after week, year after year.

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  • Ron Knee

    Apr 6, 2015 at 8:35 AM

    Comment #10

    jesper
    I used to work in Brunei where the minions were terrified of the Sultan’s anger if they made mistakes. So all decision-making was passed upstairs to His Majesty.
    Charnley reminds me of one of these minions. Would he have the guts to remove Carver, and thereby admit he was wrong? I doubt it!

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  • optimistic prime

    Apr 6, 2015 at 8:36 AM

    Comment #11

    It’s harder to get transferred when you have a injury, so Proffesonal pride goes out the window when you’re waiting for the season to end so you can move on.

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  • Transfer Sage

    Apr 6, 2015 at 8:37 AM

    Comment #12

    Jesper

    I probably began losing interest a few years ago, not been to a game for the past part of 3 years I think (could be 2, not sure, the games all seem the same). I refuse to pay good money to watch us. Even cancelled my Sky TV subscription last month as only really watched the sports and thought I didn’t want to pay in excess of £80 a month for our dreadful games.

    But really the last 4/5 games I’ve just not bothered to watch, it’s even got to the stage where I welcomed the international break and preferred to watch England…bad times.

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  • nut meg

    Apr 6, 2015 at 8:38 AM

    Comment #13

    repot

    One stand out comment from the commentator was in the second half. He said that Newcastle’s lone striker Perez was playing 15yds in FRONT of his own penalty box.The head shaking moment for me was when we had a free kick near the halfway line again in the second half late on. Sissoko tapped the ball sideways to Williamson a full 5 yds…now i think we all know that MW is NOT the creative force that could change the game for us….at that point i had another beer.

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  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Apr 6, 2015 at 8:38 AM

    Comment #14

    Sage,
    If all Ashley wants is to survive in the Prem, then by not playing the only people they are really sticking 2 fingers up at is the fans. Again, I’d leave them out and play the kids if that is the attitude.

    Maybe they would be better served by sticking up 2 fingers at Ashley and over performing so the club do better than he wants, achieve Europe and then he has to spend on strengthening the squad or face a close relegation battle like last time.

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  • Reyantoon

    Apr 6, 2015 at 8:38 AM

    Comment #15

    Lil
    Yes I’m talking about vergini tackle on Perez.I think he got his leg before the ball and that is a bad tackle and should have been a penalty.
    And u are right the ref had poor game.He gave them soft free kicks in many occasions. Dean is one of better ref’s in my eyes but had poor game.He must have influenced by Sunderland fans or the atmosphere before the game.

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  • sparky55

    Apr 6, 2015 at 8:40 AM

    Comment #16

    transfer…

    plenty to sell to fund the next bunch of losers.

    Krul 12 million time to go
    Sissoko 15 million wants to play for arsenal
    Perez 8 million plenty interest
    Tiote 8 million time to go
    Cabella 10 million not suited to this league
    Abeid 4 million…shown enough he can hold his own now
    Vukic 2.5 million…why stay?

    60 million right there

    that’ll fund a whole bunch of foreign mis-fits as we slide into the championship.

    What you all need to remember is the advertising of SD all over our ground and via sky has done it’s job…SD is now a massive global brand and he’ll find other ways of promoting it in the future…he’d sell us now in a flash and watch us slide into oblivion without a second thought.

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  • Transfer Sage

    Apr 6, 2015 at 8:40 AM

    Comment #17

    Lilongwe

    I also agree on sissoko, not even half the player of cabaye so not a single chance of him getting on arsenal or PSG’s bench let alone starting 11.

    The only player we have who I think has shown this season he could go places is Perez. I think somebody as clever as he is with good vision, put into a team like liverpool or spurs (probably not quite ready for higher than that yet, although he would thrive in an arsenal team when if he could get into the team) would be quality.

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  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Apr 6, 2015 at 8:41 AM

    Comment #18

    OP,
    Who is going to want them based on their performances? Only Janmaat and Perez come out of this season with enhanced reputations – even then, Janmaat was already an accomplished international.

    Arsenal now look like they want Cabaye, rather than Sissoko. Can’t actually see any big club wanting Sissoko this summer.

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  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Apr 6, 2015 at 8:44 AM

    Comment #19

    Sparky,
    No chance we would get those figures for any of our players other than Perez. 2.5 for Vuckic?? Howay man.

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  • mindshaft

    Apr 6, 2015 at 8:44 AM

    Comment #20

    Don’t think the ref had that bad a game, was a pen in most pundits eyes (including Niall Quinn), players go down at the slightest touch these days including our lot – bizarrely Cabellas stopped
    It’s tough to see where we can get a win before the end of the season , we’ll be in the mix for relegation without one for sure – burnley & qpr are up for the fight and realise they can catch us with a couple of wins … Reminds me of last time we were relegated when the players seemed to think they would be given a couple of wins … relegation is now a distinct possibility and to be honest I no longer care

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  • hibbit

    Apr 6, 2015 at 8:44 AM

    Comment #21

    ron you got that right carver was ashleys appointment charnley has no say only a puppet yes man

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  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Apr 6, 2015 at 8:45 AM

    Comment #22

    Sage,
    Yeah, Perez could move on, although he seems grounded enough to know that a bit longer here and he could move on to the top level, whereas if he went to Spurs or Liverpool he would find them more determined to hold onto him, and his chances of moving up reduced.

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  • mindshaft

    Apr 6, 2015 at 8:46 AM

    Comment #23

    Let’s face it , every team in the league must be wanting to play us now as it’s almost a certain three points for them

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  • optimistic prime

    Apr 6, 2015 at 8:46 AM

    Comment #24

    Lg

    Looking at their performances they’d be happy to go anywhere.

    Someone will always want them.

    Santon didn’t play all year and ended up at inter.

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  • Transfer Sage

    Apr 6, 2015 at 8:47 AM

    Comment #25

    lilongwe

    Do you really believe these players, even over performing, could reach europe, I don’t.

    I do get your point, but still think they just have no interest in the club, yes what they do upsets the fans more than ashley but I think most of them are just numb to the situation and couldn’t care less what happens.

    Sparky

    I get the SD advertising thing, makes sense and has all but done it’s job now. I’d take a relegation if it got rid of him, don’t care on the level of football, just want the club back to being something I can see as Newcastle United.

    On those value I think the only one we could get reasonable money for is perez. Shown glimpses of something special. The rest are average players, vukic is make of glass so won’t get a penny for him, abeid 4 mil is about right but would like to keep him, sissoko has blown his chance with his performances last couple months and krul has the worst distribution of any keeper so doubt the big clubs would go for him.

    Just my opinions of course, may be well off.

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  • hibbit

    Apr 6, 2015 at 8:47 AM

    Comment #26

    sparky luck to get half that your way over valuing our players

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  • Ron Knee

    Apr 6, 2015 at 8:48 AM

    Comment #27

    hibbit
    We’ve seen some bad times at the club. This must be one of the worst, if not THE worst!

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  • optimistic prime

    Apr 6, 2015 at 8:49 AM

    Comment #28

    Lg

    IMO Sissoko is dink, no where near the standard talked about.

    Ball carrier is all he can do, totally pointless as a no10

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  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Apr 6, 2015 at 8:49 AM

    Comment #29

    Reyan,
    I thought he got the ball. Those ones are given sometimes, but I would have been very disappointed had it been given against us, so I don’t have a problem with us not being given it.

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  • hibbit

    Apr 6, 2015 at 8:49 AM

    Comment #30

    op santon went to the one club that new him

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  • Transfer Sage

    Apr 6, 2015 at 8:49 AM

    Comment #31

    lilongwe

    True, but if perez did move to one of those sides and really shone he’d be sold, like suarez was, bale was, modric, etc etc.

    His creativity would shine through a lot more than as he’d have players around him, supporting him, not like not where he is just running down a dead end all the time as he’s totally isolated.

    He’d be mad to turn down one of those clubs if he had the chance this summer.

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  • hibbit

    Apr 6, 2015 at 8:50 AM

    Comment #32

    ron ……gordon lee springs to mind

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  • sparky55

    Apr 6, 2015 at 8:52 AM

    Comment #33

    lilongwe.

    you underestimate how much they’ll be worth playing for a decent side. You think they’re worthless in a side being coached by an idiot with no idea or direction but they’ll be worth so much more in a well coached team with structure and a game plan.

    You also underestimate how player values will soar because of the new deal…i’m worth 0.5 million and I’m 53 FFS

    keep a copy of this post…bet I’m not too far off the mark

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  • Ron Knee

    Apr 6, 2015 at 8:52 AM

    Comment #34

    hibbit
    Don’t remind me! But we’ve never had a vampire-owner like Ashley.

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  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Apr 6, 2015 at 8:54 AM

    Comment #35

    OP,
    I’m sure HBA thought that someone would always want him, didn’t get many offers though last summer. Clubs might want them, but unless they perform then it won’t be clubs that they are wanting to join.

    Sage,
    No, I don’t think they could make Europe but it was more just to highlight a different way. Still, if they are numb to the situation, and have no interest, then I wouldn’t play them at all. If Carver had any stones he should come out and say,”Sissoko doesn’t want to play anymore, and won’t put in the effort, so he isn’t going to play again. £15million and he is yours come summer.”

    You can be damn certain when nobody comes calling for him at that price he will be motivated to play again so that he can get his move.

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  • lochinvar

    Apr 6, 2015 at 9:01 AM

    Comment #36

    And just how many aspiring young talented players will want to join us after that debacle and face a coaching staff that would be better suited to the Conference. And what would they think when introduced to our slim , dynamic owner?

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  • Charlie in the Gallowgate

    Apr 6, 2015 at 9:07 AM

    Comment #37

    Mindshaft
    Agree with you we could sleep walk into a relegation spot and teams below us know it. By the time May comes around we will still be stuck on 35 points and squeeky bum time.

    just updated my final games predictor and should be safe but there will be a shock result or two.

    Leicester City
    West Brom A – loose
    Swansea H – draw
    Burnley A – loose
    Newcastle United H – win
    Southampton H – loose
    Sunderland A – draw
    QPR H – win
    8 pts = 30pts

    QPR
    Aston Villa A – draw
    Chelsea H – loose
    West Ham H – win
    Liverpool A – loose
    Man City A – loose
    Newcastle United H – win
    Leicester City A – loose
    7 pts = 33pts

    Burnley
    Arsenal H – loose
    Everton A – loose
    Leicester H – win
    West Ham A – draw
    Hull City A – loose
    Stoke H – win
    Aston Villa A – draw
    8 pts = 34pts

    Sunderland
    Crystal Palace H – win
    Arsenal A – loose
    Stoke A – draw
    Southampton H – draw
    Everton A – loose
    Leicester H – win
    Chelsea H – loose
    6 pts = 37pts

    Hull
    Southampton A – loose
    Liverpool H – loose
    Crystal Palace A – loose
    Arsenal H – loose
    Burnley H – win
    Spurs A – loose
    Man United H – loose
    3 pts = 31pts

    West Brom
    Leicester H – win
    Crystal Palace A – draw
    Liverpool H – loose
    Man United A – loose
    Newcastle United A – draw
    Chelsea H – loose
    Arsenal A – loose
    7 pts = 38pts

    Newcastle United
    Liverpool A – loose
    Spurs H – loose
    Swansea H – loose
    Leicester A – loose
    West Brom H – draw
    QPR A – loose
    West Ham H – draw
    2pts = 37pts

    Crystal Palace
    Man City H – loose
    Sunderland A -loose
    West Brom A – draw
    Hull City H – win
    Chelsea A – loose
    Man Utd H – loose
    Liverpool A – loose
    Swansea H – draw
    5 pts = 41pts

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  • nufc 11

    Apr 6, 2015 at 10:11 AM

    Comment #38

    A little bit to late he is not going to be investing in a team in championship coz that’s where nufc are headed take the ap situation for example he banked 3MILLION compo and he replaced him with an underling it didn’t work with Chris Houghton yet bcoz of greed he does it anyway 10million loan to rangers? When our squad was bare no money spend and sold 2 in January his luck has to run out sometime can buy your way out of this shot storm Mike sit back and enjoy the viewing the freak show is about to go into overdrive.

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  • leonado_keng

    Apr 6, 2015 at 10:33 AM

    Comment #39

    No ambition, fans please please please kindly help team out of money-evil. He’s so hungry in money a lot. Don’t wait him to spend because he oftens releases good texts that next season he will put much money for team but finally fans will be disappointed

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  • sickandtired

    Apr 6, 2015 at 12:11 PM

    Comment #40

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