Newcastle’s Biggest Summer Transfer For Years


John Carver has been privy to what Newcastle’s plans are for the summer transfer market, and he’s telling fans it could be the biggest summer transfer market for many years.

john  carver last night

John Carver – interim head coach

We’ll have to wait and see on that one, but this is what an upbeat John Carver said on Wednesday:

“Whether they’ve said it in previous summers and it hasn’t happened I don’t know,” “What I’m saying is they’ve said it to me and I’m adamant that they’re going to invest.”

“I’ve seen the plans and they are encouraging – not for me as John Carver the head coach but for John Carver the fan inside me.”

“They know, the club know, they have to invest in the team because you can only keep going for so long. They have to invest in the team and I have had assurances they’re going to.”

“This is the biggest summer in the club’s recent history, definitely. We know that, everybody knows that. We have to get it right. But let me tell you, Lee, Mike, they all know that. We have to get it right.”

“We can threaten the top teams,” “We’re not going to win the Premier League but if we invest right why can’t we go after the European spots, the Champions League spots? Why not?”

“Look at Southampton. They lost so many players last summer and had to replace them but they’ve done a great job this year.”

“I can’t do anything about the protests,” “I can’t do anything about what’s going to happen next season with my position so I have just got to stay focused and maintain some sort of level-headedness.”

“There are certainly a lot of decisions to be made.”

How Newcastle do in the summer depends an awful lot on which head coach Newcastle appoint in the summer.

And there’s no doubt there are a number of very good coaches available – including Jurgen Klopp of Borussia Dortmund, who announced yesterday he will resign effective July 1st.

The head coach will be more important than any one player, but we also hope to see a number of top players brought  in over the summer months, and we certainly need them to bolster the squad.

The more detailed financial accounts released Monday, show that Newcastle United have plenty of money available to spend in the summer, mainly because of the massive Premier League TV money.

And that will increase by a further 70% at the start of the 2016-2017 season a year come July, and it points to Newcastle being in excellent financial shape for some years to come.

Now we need to turn that financial stability into having a (very) good side, because after all that’s what football is all about.

Football clubs weren’t created to make big money on its own,  but to use that money to give their fans a top side to support.

That’s what we need to see at Newcastle.

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71 comments so far

  • optimistic prime

    Apr 16, 2015 at 12:31 AM

    Comment #1

    Hey John just think, if the fat organ grinder had spent of the money that’s floating around in the summer or jan we wouldn’t be in this position.

    Ibiza

    I have noticed 😉
    Respect for trying, but it’s a losing battle.

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  • Ibizatoon

    Apr 16, 2015 at 12:37 AM

    Comment #2

    “I’ve seen the plans and they are encouraging – not for me as John Carver the head coach but for John Carver the fan inside me.”

    “Whether they’ve said it in previous summers and it hasn’t happened I don’t know,”

    John, our fight isn’t with you, but they’re putting you out there as a target. If you were a fan, you’d know what “they” have said in previous years. Lies. We don’t doubt you believe it, that doesn’t make it true.

    Seeing will be belieiving. What has been our “biggest summer in recent history (Ashley reign)”? Was it the Cabaye, Ba and Co window? Oh good, the cycle starts again!

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  • lesh

    Apr 16, 2015 at 12:39 AM

    Comment #3

    And he’s still talking as HC!

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  • Ibizatoon

    Apr 16, 2015 at 12:44 AM

    Comment #4

    OP…All I will say is, it is never too late for change.

    In fact, some best start swimming or they’ll sink like a stone, for the times, they are a-changin’

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=abGzxWuLQP8&spfreload=10

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  • stuart no9

    Apr 16, 2015 at 12:46 AM

    Comment #5

    F@@K off pardew , sorry carver . You talk more SHYTE than pardew. . BOYCOTT . BOYCOTT . BOYCOTT

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  • Sydney Toon

    Apr 16, 2015 at 12:48 AM

    Comment #6

    On the possibility of Klopp, we need to look at the history of his tenure at Dortmund. When he took charge, they were flirting with relegation for 2 seasons straight. He invested in youth, and under the new change started by Klinsmann, Klopp was one of its finest. Mario Gotze, Hummels, Gundogan etc came through the system under him and now are superstars. He works only with youth, and may only decide to sign a top young player to boost his squad, Marco Reus wasa a fine example and he turned him from a 8m player to 45m. His tactical system is brilliant and adaptable, robust and fast paced. It took him 2 seasons to win Dortmund the title with players he developed himself. With our scouting strengths, he could work wonders. Just because he led Dortmund to the CL doesnt mean we wouldnt want the challenge of doing that all again with another club. He hates spending big money, believes in development than expense. He would suit the setup we have because Dortmund has a DoF in charge of everything and Klopp provided input. He wouldnt flinch at the opportunity and perhaps with a squad rebuild opportunity this summer, without the need wait for funds for the following season etc, his work could start sooner than later. He wont go to City because of the need to spend endless money and there is no real development happening with youth. Man Utd have Van Gaal, Chelsea Mourinho, Aresenal have Wenger but apparently are not happy with him, Liverpool will stick with Rodgers, Spurs will stay with Pocchetino, I really think there is a slim hope of this happening, but it comes down to what Charnel and Ashley can put in front of him. Remember Klopp actually reimbursed the club his bonus from last season because of the poor form this season. Sounds like the perfect Ashley style Manager!

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  • stuart no9

    Apr 16, 2015 at 12:49 AM

    Comment #7

    Also carver , we know what they have said over the years so why havnt you ? Don’t talk bullshit , it won’t help ,

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  • stuart no9

    Apr 16, 2015 at 12:51 AM

    Comment #8

    Sydney ..,, the possibility of Klopp ??? Hahahahaha .

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  • sickandtired

    Apr 16, 2015 at 12:55 AM

    Comment #9

    Biggest spend yet – means not so much with Ashley. The Club has ran a continued profit, net unspent, on player trading since he arrived.
    If Carver can stand there and say he doesn’t know what happened previously, when he was Pardews right hand man, well it just goes to show what shyte he will actually spout.
    Any decent footballer, with ambition and quality (or good DNA and character as JC said a few days ago) is never going to come here. First and foremost because the owner is a miserly non ambitous tw@t (in footballing terms) and secondly he’s too tight to pay for quality in either fees or wages.
    More foreign unheard of’s will arrive and some lower league has been or chancer, as JC’s replacement (if there is one).
    This story line line began after they didn’t replace Pardew and let Carver have a go. It’s nothing but hot air until or unless they finally prove it for a change

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  • lesh

    Apr 16, 2015 at 12:55 AM

    Comment #10

    Ibiza, if you’re still around.

    Building on your Dylan allusion, what about another that might be appropriate to fans’ dilemma – Love Minus Zero, No Limit…… ?

    Just a thought

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  • Mister Tuff

    Apr 16, 2015 at 12:57 AM

    Comment #11

    I think Mr Tubbs gave KK assurances – which resulted in Mr Tubbs being branded a liar.
    They could have told Carver a wild goose story. Too many false dawns for me.
    Geordie — stand up against Tubbs.

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  • lesh

    Apr 16, 2015 at 1:01 AM

    Comment #12

    C’mon Stuart….. Calm down; you sound angry and it’s not like you. Who’s rattled your cage me owld son?

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  • stuart no9

    Apr 16, 2015 at 1:29 AM

    Comment #14

    Lesh , ,. Sorry mate but yeah .those comments by carver are IMO designed to make us look fools and are expected to be believed , that in its self show that ashley still looks upon us as idiots , but , not just ashley , carver , Beardsley , moncur , the lot mate . It’s about time those lot were gone – everyone of them . Hopefully when someone else takes over , he will wipe the lot out and start from fresh .

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  • Novocastrian66

    Apr 16, 2015 at 1:33 AM

    Comment #15

    Sickandtired; in fairness to Carver, I think he means he Is unaware of what assurances were made in the past to Pardew. As a coach he would not have attended the meetings were potential transfer budgets and targets would have been discussed.
    As for the promised spending spree? It has about as much legitimacy as the Tory’s manifesto promises.

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  • nut meg

    Apr 16, 2015 at 3:57 AM

    Comment #16

    I want to hear it from the horse’s mouth not from the lackey’s!

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  • ilovetoon8788

    Apr 16, 2015 at 4:38 AM

    Comment #17

    Carver. You still don’t get it do you? Another PR spin by the club using Carver as a shield. Utter disgrace. We’ve been told this for the last 4 or 5 seasons already. Carver, if you are a true fan. Walk out resign.

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  • Santon03

    Apr 16, 2015 at 5:35 AM

    Comment #18

    http://www.transfermarkt.co.uk/statistik/endendevertraege

    list of players who will be out of contract.
    It will be great if we could get Nigel De Jong, Yoan Gourcuff, Ron Vlaar, Alberto Bueno, Danny Ings, Jon Flanagan.
    Neto has been great with fiorentina this season, but probably won’t get work permit.

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  • cyprus

    Apr 16, 2015 at 5:38 AM

    Comment #19

    Must admit, JC talks the talk, hard to ctiticise anything he says there. Now: some RESULTS man.

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  • scout

    Apr 16, 2015 at 5:49 AM

    Comment #20

    Someone pass me a sick bucket. We cant win a game ffs. CHAMPIONS league and UEFA. Dont make me laugh.
    Oh no mention of a cup run then……..

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  • Santon03

    Apr 16, 2015 at 5:50 AM

    Comment #21

    SydneyToon

    He will be great for our system.
    A lot of managers work with tight budget and has done brilliantly. Donadoni (Parma), Montella (Fiorentina), Petkovic & Pioli (lazio), Mihajlovic (Sampdoria), etc.

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  • scout

    Apr 16, 2015 at 5:51 AM

    Comment #22

    Who decent would sign for us under carve up?

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  • Santon03

    Apr 16, 2015 at 5:56 AM

    Comment #23

    found this article when I look for SBR articles, quite shocked with what Steve Cole said.

    http://www.theguardian.com/uk/2004/aug/30/football.sallybolton

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  • cyprus

    Apr 16, 2015 at 6:10 AM

    Comment #24

    Santon,
    Interesting read. Not sure what is shocking there. SBR was in trouble, it’s true, both on and off the field. People like Kluivert didn’t work out, the team was in turmoil. Sad but true. He was criticised big time, many times, even as England coach, when he almost got the WC for England!

    BUT, what a gentleman and great manager/coach. Rare in football these days.

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  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Apr 16, 2015 at 6:13 AM

    Comment #25

    Santon,
    Why? I think at the time those thoughts echoed with a majority of Newcastle fans.

    Certainly in my opinion he should have gracefully, and respectfully moved upstairs at the end of the previous season, and remained involve with the club and the appointment of a successor.

    It was in bad taste that it was done a few games into the season.

    A lot of fans now claim they never wanted him sacked, but the booing at the end of the season in the final home game, and the number of people who didn’t stay to applaud the side on the lap of honour tells you that many felt his time was up.

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  • Santon03

    Apr 16, 2015 at 6:23 AM

    Comment #26

    Lilo & Cyprus

    I actually never knew about fans involvement in his sacking, I always thought it was players and bad results.
    He gave us more good than bad results, can’t win all the times but he wasn’t forgiven.
    He is considered like a god nowadays, but differently while he was alive and managing this club.

    That’s why I was shocked reading this article, now I know what is the real NUFC fans.

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  • Santon03

    Apr 16, 2015 at 6:25 AM

    Comment #27

    btw I was in Melbourne that time with very little coverage of football (soccer).

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  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Apr 16, 2015 at 6:30 AM

    Comment #28

    Santon,
    I don’t think anybody thought less of him as a person even while we were picking up bad results. But most felt that he had taken the club as far as he could, and that he had lost control of some of the spoilt brats in the dressing room.

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  • Santon03

    Apr 16, 2015 at 6:40 AM

    Comment #29

    Lilo

    I just read wiki about him, his last game only around 5000 people stayed for his farewell.
    He had problem with Dyer and Bellamy, especially when we wanted to sign Rooney.

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  • Santon03

    Apr 16, 2015 at 6:41 AM

    Comment #30

    I can’t imagine how he felt that day, only 5000 on his side after all he has done for the club.

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  • jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew

    Apr 16, 2015 at 6:41 AM

    Comment #31

    Morning folks !

    …does anyone remember the nonsense AP was spouting last summer about investing, CL and this being the biggest summer ever?

    …who is writing this nonsense? Hands up who’s buying thus crap. Even the most gullible on here has wise up…Jeff? Ian/John/Hank/Charlie

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  • Santon03

    Apr 16, 2015 at 6:46 AM

    Comment #32

    Lilo & Cyprus

    anyway what do you think about out of contract players? Realistically who could be our signing from this list?
    http://www.transfermarkt.co.uk/transfers/endendevertraege/statistik?spielerposition_id=&plus=1

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  • jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew

    Apr 16, 2015 at 6:48 AM

    Comment #33

    What the finances also showed, even with the sale of Cabaye, was that had the TV deal not been renegotiated we would just have broken even;

    …remember the financial year before, with the old TV deal, we made a profit of £9M or something like that.

    The TV deal increased our revenue by £35M! I still cannot dissect the numbers to fully understand where all that money has gone. Anyone?

    So when the new TV deal once again kick in will the increase just vanish again?

    I am hoping the Swiss Rambler can cast some light on this soon 🙂

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  • catchy in norway

    Apr 16, 2015 at 6:48 AM

    Comment #34

    full of shyt , please shut up and go JC

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  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Apr 16, 2015 at 7:01 AM

    Comment #35

    Santon,
    I stayed to applaud the lap of honour, more out of respect and the expectation that we were saying bye to Sir Bobby and he wouldn’t manage another game at the club.

    The time was right for change, but it should have been done with the greatest respect and a bit of class, neither traits that Fat Freddie is remembered for. SBR as DoF overseeing his replacement through a summer and offering input and advice should have been the way forward. Not the early season hatchet job and poorly sourced replacement which is what happened in the end.

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  • jimmysmith

    Apr 16, 2015 at 7:04 AM

    Comment #36

    They may well know how urgent the situation is, they may have good intentions,. But are they competant? It isn’t easy to consistently make good signings. Deals don’t get over the line for a host of reasons, not just money.

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  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Apr 16, 2015 at 7:05 AM

    Comment #37

    Santon,
    From those on that list I’d only really be interested in Ings and he is rapidly slipping away from us. It isn’t a comprehensive list though, I’d make a play for Everton’s Luke Garbutt who will be out of contract.

    Milner would be one I’d love to have back here, but not a chance we would pay him and there will be far bigger/more ambitious clubs than ours ready to step up and sign him.

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  • LGFUAD21

    Apr 16, 2015 at 7:09 AM

    Comment #38

    Santon03

    Of those I’d only take vlaar who is off elsewhere. Ings who is much the same as vlaar and de jong (though it pains me to say it)

    Gourcouff is widely acknowledge as knackered in the french league.

    The less said about Flanagan the better. He was an overhyped Kidd at Liverpool that was suspect at the back and constantly over exposed. To the point he made glen Johnson look decent.

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  • LGFUAD21

    Apr 16, 2015 at 7:11 AM

    Comment #39

    Lil

    Milner would be exactly what we need. A bit of steel, heart, workmanship. Sadly he’s going to also have bigger suitors as you say.

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  • LGFUAD21

    Apr 16, 2015 at 7:14 AM

    Comment #40

    Jesper.

    Good point on the accounts.

    The rise in wage bill is a curious one for me it suggests that we were paying Remy and MYM a fortune which I have heard rumours about.

    We did add 4/5 senior players to the squad the previous January though which could go some way to explaining it.

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