Three Policy Changes To Make Newcastle Great Again


Because we have now got the costs under control and are in good financial shape – and will remain that way for at least the next four years, given the huge money being handed out from the Premier League for the TV right to the games – Newcastle have a great chance to build a really good side – and rather quickly too.

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Mike Ashley – policy changes necessary

But it will take Mike Ashley to change some of the policies he has in place at the club, but not that much.

Overall, a lot more emphasis, priority and money needs to be given to the playing side of things and the squad.

And certainly one of the things we must do this summer is to build a bigger squad, as well as have more quality at the club.

Here’s three things the owner can change – and it will improve things at the club rather dramatically:

  1.  Invest all the profits back into the club in terms of  transfer fees and wages on new players, and improving the facilities at the club.
  2.  On incoming transfers continue bringing in younger players on the cheap, and good free agents when they are available – but also we must be prepared to ago after the finished article when higher transfer fees and wages will be required.
    Newcastle must have more experience in the side, and that often means having older players in the team who have the experience and have been through difficulties in the past and are better players because of it.
  3. On outgoing transfers don’t sell our best players after a year or two, otherwise we’ll never have a decent side. And as we’ve seen this season, it takes time for new players to come in and settle down at the club, and also get used to the fast and physical play in the Premier League. Because of that we will have constant churn unless things are changed.
    Our best players should only be sold when we get silly money being offered for them – which was the case when we got a phenomenal £35M for Andy Carroll.

Some churn could happen this summer and in the first part of next season, as we allow players to leave and bring a lot of new players in over the summer – it will likely take time to have the team gel.

But that depends on what kind of coach we get in over the summer, and we noticed Southampton manager Ronald Koeman didn’t have too many problems when he arrived last summer, and he lost his top six players, and had to bring in new players and youngsters into the side rather late in the transfer window.

The Saints are currently 7th in the league table and 18 points above Newcastle.

Do we think the above thee points will be implemented?

Not particularly – but the point is it wouldn’t take much change to have success on the field, because of our good financial position –  if only Ashley would some changes to his modus operandi.

Or if a new owner comes in, they would find the club in excellent shape in everything but the team we have in the field – which is the only thing that fans care about – and money is available to build up the quality and size of the squad rather quickly.

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85 comments so far

  • Jeff from Benwell

    Apr 11, 2015 at 2:30 PM

    Comment #1

    If I was being cynical
    I could say this might be the reason for Santon’s communication
    He doesn’t even make Mancini’s squad for Inter v Verona
    http://www.tuttosport.com/calcio/serie_a/inter/2015/04/10-327646/Inter,+le+convocazioni.+Santon+salta+il+Verona

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  • Graeme

    Apr 11, 2015 at 2:37 PM

    Comment #2

    Ed, IF the objective of our illustrious owner was to create a quality Football team and challenge in the top 10, attempt to win a Cup, then you would be correct.
    However, given that his sole objective appears to be the advertising and promotion of his tat shops while raking in substantial payments from TV, League Placing, together with profit from player sales, you would be wrong.
    Yes, it is almost a certainty that he will have to bring in new players, we simply dont have depth within the squad to cope with life in the Premier League. Will these players be brought in simply to retain our place within the division or will he really invest to create a squad chasing the 6th to 10th positions and the Cups??

    After 8 years of Ashley in charge, the former is far more likely than the latter.

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  • hibbit

    Apr 11, 2015 at 2:38 PM

    Comment #3

    jeff from anywhere why don’t you just shut up WUM nobody gives a **** what you think WUM

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  • sickandtired

    Apr 11, 2015 at 2:44 PM

    Comment #4

    Three point plan –
    1. Get rid of Ashley
    2. Get rid of Charnley
    3. Get rid of Carver
    It’s not rocket science.
    Ashley out!

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  • WWSBRD

    Apr 11, 2015 at 2:49 PM

    Comment #5

    sickandtired
    Need someone to buy Ashley et al out first mate

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  • davetoon

    Apr 11, 2015 at 2:54 PM

    Comment #6

    Good to see one time loanee Luuk De Joong score for PSV and if Ajax dont win this weekend, PSV will be champions.

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  • Jeff from Benwell

    Apr 11, 2015 at 3:05 PM

    Comment #7

    I’m wondering if the unexpected and as yet unexplained extra £26 million of operating costs could be amortised prepayments on as yet unrevealed signings for the closed season.
    If so that would (assuming 5 year contracts which Ashley favours) indicate a summer window spend of somewhere in the region of £130 million . Which given the state of the clubs finances is relative chickenfeed , but could bring in some cracking players .

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  • Geremi's Prosthetic Leg Fund

    Apr 11, 2015 at 3:08 PM

    Comment #8

    Jeff

    You know as well as anyone that just won’t be the case. Otherwise the club would have come out and said so amidst the uproar.

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  • Geremi's Prosthetic Leg Fund

    Apr 11, 2015 at 3:09 PM

    Comment #9

    If Moncur came out to say money will be spent, why wouldn’t he say money has been spent and deals have already been done?

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  • davetoon

    Apr 11, 2015 at 3:10 PM

    Comment #10

    Jeff you must be the most optimistic person in the world if you honestly believe that

    As for Mike selling, well hes tried that already and noone wanted to buy for the price he was offering.
    He also didnt sell for cheap after we got relegated so unfortunately I cant see him leaving any time soon

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  • John Tudor

    Apr 11, 2015 at 3:12 PM

    Comment #11

    bulls nacker

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  • John Tudor

    Apr 11, 2015 at 3:13 PM

    Comment #12

    the inexorable slide down continues

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  • mattyNUFC

    Apr 11, 2015 at 3:43 PM

    Comment #13

    Jeff

    seriously, man. you just twist the knife. this is all delusory enough without you trying to wind everyone up or piss everyone off.

    and FFS ed, i’ve said it before, i’ll say it again. Take a stand. Take. A. Stand. You have the most visited NUFC related site on the internet and you spend your time peddling out error-strewn articles that basically repeat the same sentiments over and over that, in a nutshell say “I wish ashley would do something differently. But I don’t think he will. Oh well”

    Take a stand, ffs. get involved with ashleyout.com. do something. anything. if you think we’re on here to read quality journalism you are sadly mistaken. we are here to converse, and more fans come on here than anywhere else

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  • geordiestuckinleeds

    Apr 11, 2015 at 3:46 PM

    Comment #14

    How many points do people think will be safe this year, I think we need 1 more win from somewhere.. at least Cisse is back for the last 3 games so we may score -_-. I recon its a 1/5 times we get relegated from here

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  • Pokat

    Apr 11, 2015 at 3:52 PM

    Comment #15

    Buying some cracking players hahaha my giddy whatchacallit had to laugh at that proper side splitter I seriously doubt if some eejits on here get it at all this is not a normal club its the bitch of Sportsy D man welcome to planet earth lol.

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  • Pokat

    Apr 11, 2015 at 3:55 PM

    Comment #16

    I notice Ed hasn’t done one of his famous polls on the subject of Should Fans Stay Away From SJP? Funny that one like.

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  • WWSBRD

    Apr 11, 2015 at 3:55 PM

    Comment #17

    matty
    The reason this blog gets so much traffic is because its impartial imo, you dont get peoples rhetoric forced down your throat from the articles…you have to venture into the comments for that

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  • Marty-Toon

    Apr 11, 2015 at 3:59 PM

    Comment #18

    @Davetoon
    Exactly,when ASHLEY tried to sell at a measly 100 million for a huge club ,he couldn’t even get it sold then.
    Unless a serious offer comes in,the he’ll be the owner ,even if the stadium empties-which I’d like to see,but not until we’re safe.
    As ED points out here,it’s actually quite easy for $$HLEY to be successful and get the fans on his side.
    I really can’t for the life of me,understand why he’d want his customers continually kick up a storm when he could easily change a few things and make us enjoyable to support again,without it costing a fortune.
    Put a proper manager in place,get the right recruitments in and get the stadium rocking.
    The fans would be happy enough and he’d have customers spending cash.

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  • Pokat

    Apr 11, 2015 at 4:00 PM

    Comment #19

    @17 ha ha I don’t have to come here and be insulted, I can stay at home and get that!

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  • spitfire_

    Apr 11, 2015 at 4:02 PM

    Comment #20

    Ed, I think you forgot to mention the biggest change which is a must… To appoint the right person for HC/Manager. But with ashleys record that ain’t gonna happen. So no matter what players we bought, if there isn’t the right person to guide them, they will do sh!t.

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  • FollowFollow

    Apr 11, 2015 at 4:04 PM

    Comment #21

    What do you think the relegation odds will look like when we’ve lost the next two games?

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  • WWSBRD

    Apr 11, 2015 at 4:06 PM

    Comment #22

    Pokat
    …Did I insult u?

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  • Ron Knee

    Apr 11, 2015 at 4:07 PM

    Comment #23

    Palace score.

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Apr 11, 2015 at 4:10 PM

    Comment #24

    Jeffrey,
    From previous posts
    I done nothing of the sort (compare Ashley to tyrannical and murderous , I’ve just asked you what your thoughts were on loudmouth gobshites !

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  • Marty-Toon

    Apr 11, 2015 at 4:10 PM

    Comment #25

    Correct – WWSBRD
    We all want the same thing.
    @Matty- where are we gonna find this lucrative new owner?
    Would you like to see a wealthy Vincent Tan come in?
    I don’t wanna sit here and accept the cr@p we get served up season after season and window after window,but I’d have sleepless nights if we ended up with an owner like Cardiff got,I.E headless chicken.
    None of us know what ASHLEY is thinking and none of us know the outcome of getting him outa toon,hopefully not a Cardiff,Leeds,Bolton,Portsmouth,Birmingham or Wigan slide.
    I signed up for a 1000 pounds when NUST tried to get us together to buy him out,we were many thousand interested in doing it,yet we couldn’t get it done.
    Hopefully one day and soon we can get the fans,along with a few larger investors together to buy the club out and steer it in the right direction for once(Freddy didn’t run us right ,although fans thought it was fun)we could’ve been in serious trouble with the money owed.
    I’m all for fan revolt as long as it’s done right.

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  • Ron Knee

    Apr 11, 2015 at 4:11 PM

    Comment #26

    And again.

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Apr 11, 2015 at 4:11 PM

    Comment #27

    *despots

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  • Ron Knee

    Apr 11, 2015 at 4:14 PM

    Comment #28

    And again!

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  • Marty-Toon

    Apr 11, 2015 at 4:14 PM

    Comment #29

    Lol,Spitfire

    It’s not just under ASHLEY that we’ve had bad managers .
    Freddy used a lot of money getting in absolute rubbish.
    Some of the players he allowed them to buy were extraordinarily overpriced and overrated.
    BOOMSONG

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  • Lee Charnley Bunga Party

    Apr 11, 2015 at 4:15 PM

    Comment #30

    Just watching Palace destroy Sunderland !

    Honestly cant believe how they dominated us they cant handle pace which is something that we have Carver messed up big time!

    I can see why Palace are doing well under Pardew they have a striker who can hold it up and Bolasie , Puncheon and Zaha are like Ben Arfa in the way they can beat 3 players easy except they seem to have an end product and track back ……

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  • toon kk

    Apr 11, 2015 at 4:16 PM

    Comment #31

    Scum 0-3 down, shows how far we’re behind other prem teams.

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  • Charlie in the Gallowgate

    Apr 11, 2015 at 4:16 PM

    Comment #32

    Palace
    Destroying Mackems 3 – 0 – just shows how inept we were

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Apr 11, 2015 at 4:18 PM

    Comment #33

    How the fcuk could that slimy bespectacled fraud manage to get beat off of a sh!t 5under1and team four times in a row yet is managing this, was he instructed from his boss to give a thoroughly demoralising team talk before each game. The tw@t !!!

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  • Mag52

    Apr 11, 2015 at 4:20 PM

    Comment #34

    If the Ashley/Charnley/Carr combo don’t show more ambition in the transfer market this summer than they showed in the last, and they stick with Carver as HC, we’ll be in serious danger of dropping out of the premiership – that’s if we’re still in it come next season.
    This business of picking up young, cheap players and then leaving it up to the coach to fit them in where the team is weakest simply won’t work under Carver.
    There will have to be serious targeting of players for positions (notably CB and CF) even if that means getting an experienced, older player who is a specialist in his position.
    At the beginning of this season, it took AP the first half dozen or so games before he got them to play where and how he wanted, after which the team set off on a great run and amassed the points which, hopefully will keep us in the top division.
    I have no confidence whatsoever that Carver has the nous to be able to do that.

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  • John Tudor

    Apr 11, 2015 at 4:20 PM

    Comment #35

    carver is running scared fcn yes man
    get oot tosspot take yer shit crew with yer and turn off the lights

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  • Lee Charnley Bunga Party

    Apr 11, 2015 at 4:20 PM

    Comment #36

    @Jail For Ashley

    Its actually sickening I have never seen our players try like this against Sunderland under Pardew in fact I dont think we played like this ever under him !!

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  • Geremi's Prosthetic Leg Fund

    Apr 11, 2015 at 4:21 PM

    Comment #37

    4

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  • WWSBRD

    Apr 11, 2015 at 4:21 PM

    Comment #38

    Marty
    I would agree with that but likelyhood of the fans being able to come up with 200-300 mill is unlikely
    Not sure where a new owner would come from tbh Id imagine America or Asia, could end well could end badly who knows

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  • Charlie in the Gallowgate

    Apr 11, 2015 at 4:22 PM

    Comment #39

    oops 4-0 to Palace – pity we didn’t play like that under Pardew against them

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  • toon kk

    Apr 11, 2015 at 4:22 PM

    Comment #40

    Lee
    we haven’t got a squad to compete in the premier league, we’re the worst team in the premiership at the moment by a mile no coach can turn a group of donkeys into race horses.

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