Newcastle Have Big Plans For This Summer


There is a report in the Chronicle today that has said Newcastle will look to rebuild their squad this summer after a really terrible second half of the season – for the second year running.

Last year at this time we were coming off seven defeats in our final eight games of the season, and now we are coming off one win (last Sunday) and one draw, with nine defeats in our final 11 games of the season.

That included eight defeats in a row which was the worst ever run in the Premier League for Newcastle United.

worried looking mike ashley yesterday

A worried Mike Ashley a week ago

The news today is that Newcastle will go after about six new players to strengthen their squad – and the clear-out of players may not be as big as expected.

Some of our players were in very poor form since January, but we attribute a lot of that to the poor coaching and man-management of the inexperienced John Carver – so we shouldn’t throw the baby out with the bath water – so to speak.

It’s not too surprising to hear that Mike Ashley has been upbeat this week, and he has held several meetings with Lee Charnley and others since last Sunday, and the owner seems finally ready to shell out some significant funds to build the squad up for season.

In reality Ashley doesn’t have much choice about that unless we want to be in another relegation fight next season.

This news is all very well and probably some propaganda from the club, but Newcastle must produce the goods this summer – otherwise we’ll be struggling again and there will be even more protests next season – heaven forbid.

It would be good if we could start to win (a lot of) games next season – that would be a nice change.

We cannot see Newcastle having much chance of getting Danny Ings from Burnley this summer when Liverpool and Tottenham are in for the player with Spurs having reportedly bid £12M for the hit-man who is a free agent soon.

Newcastle have apparently dropped their interest in Anderlecht’s Aleksandar Mitrovic because of his questionable character – even though he looks like an excellent striker and still only 20 years-old – but Newcastle want to ensure that those players they bring in this summer have good character.

A great example of a top signing last summer was  Daryl Janmaat and we need to replicate some of those this summer.

Daryl is our Player of the Season and he not only showed great skills in his performances on the pitch, but was a strong character off the field too, and was one of the few players willing to talk to the press after some of the humiliating defeats under John Carver this year.

The first piece of business for Newcastle is to appoint a new head coach this week – and we’d be very happy if Patrick Vieira gets the job.

If that happens things will be buzzing next week.

The fact that John Carver is still said to be in the running for the job is a little unbelievable, and surely Newcastle now know he caused many problems this year on and off the pitch.

And because of that they would never appoint him to the permanent job of head coach.

That’s right isn’t it?

Comments welcome.



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85 comments so far

  • JToon21

    May 31, 2015 at 3:08 PM

    Comment #1

    Anyone know what has happened to the new training ground plans supposed to have started work already

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  • Mister Tuff

    May 31, 2015 at 3:08 PM

    Comment #2

    The Newcastle United cart does not need much fixing up. Few nails and a bit of grease – then we’re raring to go -the big time awaits.

    http://farm6.staticflickr.com/5224/5829582535_c330aca3ac_z.jpg

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  • armchair fan

    May 31, 2015 at 3:08 PM

    Comment #3

    This whole Vieira debacle is a big smokescreen.

    The cards are in Charnley’s hands with McLaren now he’s not got a job. Charnley just wants to show McLaren that we have other options so he’s giving an interview to Vieira and McLaren is forced to either come to us under the restrictions, or stay in the Championship with teams of Derby’s ilk.

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  • Uri Gellers Magic Mind

    May 31, 2015 at 3:09 PM

    Comment #4

    Everyone knows we need at least 8 or 9 solid proven players to get us back to just the top half of the table. I’d be looking at Richards, Williams and Caulker to sure up the centre back plus Tyrone Mings at left back. Danny Ings and Charlie Austin up front plus two genuine (and decent) out and out wingers and that’s just to start…..

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  • Mister Tuff

    May 31, 2015 at 3:09 PM

    Comment #5

    JT – I was wondering about that the other day – definitely reported that works were going to commence in May.

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  • armchair fan

    May 31, 2015 at 3:10 PM

    Comment #6

    Mister Tuff

    Nah, this season we’re going for a more modern, traditional way of business.

    http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-6Fhw19tZ5MY/TlXJOPwLqqI/AAAAAAAABfc/gUOybcg5yVk/s1600/broken+cart.jpg

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  • toon22

    May 31, 2015 at 3:10 PM

    Comment #7

    Dont think anyone actually believes one word any of them say anymore.
    They coundnt have any less credability,lets hope MA can rely on his board to sort it out.

    LMFAO

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  • Uri Gellers Magic Mind

    May 31, 2015 at 3:10 PM

    Comment #8

    I’d also take AC back if the price was right

    #batteringram

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  • JToon21

    May 31, 2015 at 3:11 PM

    Comment #9

    Mister Tuff
    Supposed to have begun work this month, this story has been quiet since last summer no updates released since then

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  • toon22

    May 31, 2015 at 3:12 PM

    Comment #10

    If Rangers win today he will sell up.

    COME ON RANGERS.

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  • armchair fan

    May 31, 2015 at 3:13 PM

    Comment #11
  • toon22

    May 31, 2015 at 3:17 PM

    Comment #12

    Found the line they need to get the manager accross.!!

    http://media.balls.ie/uploads/2014/03/1.jpg

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  • JP...from The Rock

    May 31, 2015 at 3:18 PM

    Comment #13

    LOL! Let’s see what turn this rollercoaster ride that is NUFC will take next.

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  • NezzaNUFC

    May 31, 2015 at 3:25 PM

    Comment #14

    I said a few weeks ago that a manager that hasn’t been mentioned before would become our next head, Patrick Vieira will be our next head coach and funny enough my partner uncle who works with the youths at Man City has informed my partner that Patrick Vieira wouldn’t sign a new contract because he wanted to get more involved in management.

    He also states that he was fantastic with working with the players from 1st team all the way down to the youths and has a very keen eye for young prospects ( Patrick Vieira also recommend Perez to Pellegrini and Mancini go to Man City a few years back )

    So this could it guys, this could be the one we have been waiting for.

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  • banjax

    May 31, 2015 at 3:27 PM

    Comment #15

    Even M A doesn’t need anymore lessons of how he has failed to manage his investment in Newcastle. All the money he thought he’d made selling our best players like Milner, Cabaye and Debuchy et Al, has come back with an even steeper price tag just to build the squad back to where it was 3 years ago. A quality Manager with quality players sprinkled with ambition and a determination to win silverware is the by word of success but will cost M A more than it should have. Lesson learned Mike ? I hope so, but we will all need some proof of your changed ways first. We are all watching Mike !

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  • armchair fan

    May 31, 2015 at 3:27 PM

    Comment #16

    All horse and cartsh*t Nezza my friend

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  • John Tudor

    May 31, 2015 at 3:30 PM

    Comment #17

    zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

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  • NezzaNUFC

    May 31, 2015 at 3:30 PM

    Comment #18

    armchair fan

    Lol

    My partner Uncle also happens to enjoy pulling pranks on people all the time 😉

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  • toon22

    May 31, 2015 at 3:31 PM

    Comment #20

    I overheard a someones Uncle saying how it was all a load of b0l8ks.

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  • John Tudor

    May 31, 2015 at 3:33 PM

    Comment #21

    dear me gers are playing shite

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  • Lee Charnley Bunga Party

    May 31, 2015 at 3:36 PM

    Comment #22

    The Chronicle are reporting Ashley has sanctioned a spend of a chunk of the money in the bank A CHUNK ?!?!!? We have 34 in the bank from last year about 12 million from the January window , wages saved from releasing lots of players not to mention this years profits which will be crazy because of the TV money etc !!!

    We should be looking for the following as a minimum :

    Ba replacement – Charlie Austin 12 million

    Remy replacement – Javier Hernandez 8 million last
    year of contract

    Ben Arfa replacement – Andre Ayew free transfer

    Willamson upgrade – Chester from Hull 3 million

    Taylor upgrade – Micah Richards free transfer

    Jonas replacement – Georginio Wijnaldum 9 million

    Ryan Taylor replacement – Robbie Brady or Matt Phillips 5 million

    That should be the minimum BUT we still need a top level left back , defensive midfielder , a playmaker and youngsters in various positions !

    Southampton were able to do it all in one window last season and hit the ground running with a new manager can we do it this season ?!?

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  • John Tudor

    May 31, 2015 at 3:36 PM

    Comment #23

    another wally with a brolly for the mothers

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  • magicmac

    May 31, 2015 at 3:37 PM

    Comment #24

    If they only sign 6 players then its another fight next season to stay in the premier league, we need at least 8 players to go straight into the team, and another 4 new players to strengthen the squad, i hope iam proved wrong, but i still dont trust a word that ashely says, he is a con man, his interview in my view was staged managed, it only lasted about 3 minutes, he was not ask any really tough questions, its what he didnt say that worries me, he said all football matters are for the board to decide, thats his way of saying any football problems are nothing do do with him, thats him out of the loop, he might pull the wool over some fans, but it does not wash with me, ive been saying for the last 3 years now that Newcastle will continue to struggle under Mike Ashley and i just can not see any change in the future under Mike con man Cashely, but as ive said i would love to be proved wrong as i love Newcastle United.

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  • NezzaNUFC

    May 31, 2015 at 3:40 PM

    Comment #25

    Lee Charnley Bunga Party

    Good options BUT

    Hernandez, Richards and Ayew wages will be far to high to purchase and I’m talking about they would want over 60k a week which I doubt MA will pay

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  • John Tudor

    May 31, 2015 at 3:48 PM

    Comment #26

    he is not fooling me

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  • Lee Charnley Bunga Party

    May 31, 2015 at 3:48 PM

    Comment #27

    @Nezza

    Thats the thing why would they be too expensive?!?

    We can afford them no problem we have Jonas , Mbiwa , Santon , Ben Arfa , Raylor all off the wage bill so they have the spare legroom in terms of wage budget available !!

    Signing those players would probably keep us in a similar weekly wage bill to what we had last season

    I have a feeling though we probably wont sign any of those players and it will be cheaper replacements while those players go to real clubs like Sunderland , Palace and West Ham !!!

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  • Rotonda heights

    May 31, 2015 at 3:49 PM

    Comment #28

    Newcastle fans! Who would you prefer in charge?

    14%
    McClaren
    86%
    Vieira

    McLaren it is then! The guy who has knocked us back twice already.

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  • John Tudor

    May 31, 2015 at 3:50 PM

    Comment #29

    rot in hell ashley and your cohorts

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  • BoyDoneGood

    May 31, 2015 at 3:50 PM

    Comment #30

    TFL

    That article claims Vieira “would be mad” to come not Newcastle. It tries three reasons. First is that he might get the City job if he stayed. Second is that various TV pundits tried management and failed. Third is that managing NUFC would “tarnish” his reputation so that he would be ruled out as a future Arsenal manager. There’s some screwed up “logic” in there. Point one assumes he’s not hungry enough to want management now. Point two assumes he will/shouild avoid management altogether (duh?) Point 3 assumes that managing Newcastle is the kiss of death – the reality being that most managers/HCs cut their teeth on far less prominent material – lower league clubs. In fact point three is a bit of an insult – this is a high profile job, and now that Ashley has publicly committed to a big spend, it is the pick of the available bunch. Who wouldn’t want to be the man who revitalises this iconic club?

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  • 123 Dummet Time

    May 31, 2015 at 3:52 PM

    Comment #31

    Remi Garde – Patrick Vieira Link Up
    Much better than
    Steve Mcclaren – John Carver

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  • Rotonda heights

    May 31, 2015 at 3:54 PM

    Comment #32

    caulker is massively over rated. he’s a total non footballer who makes willo look like messi with the ball at his feet. as for AC not even this club is that dumb surely.

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  • Rotonda heights

    May 31, 2015 at 3:55 PM

    Comment #33

    dummet time

    would be the dream team

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  • midweek weekend

    May 31, 2015 at 3:55 PM

    Comment #34

    @ 30

    your absolutely right, just like the England national job, the man who gets it right will have there legacy secured for ever, exact same with newcastle, get it right and there be a statue of you outside st james just like the hero who wins us the world cup will be forever remembered with a statue outside wembley

    the newcastle job always has been a fantastic opportunity for one to come and make history, sure the owner is a d*&% and you need to be a little mental to begin with but a great job all the same

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  • BoyDoneGood

    May 31, 2015 at 3:57 PM

    Comment #35

    LCBP

    The expense is the wages. You wanted 10 top class players plus youngsters. That could be £30M a year in extra wages, your 5 outgoing players covering maybe a third of that.

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  • ToonFromLeeds

    May 31, 2015 at 3:57 PM

    Comment #36

    BDG I agree it is insulting

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  • hibbit

    May 31, 2015 at 4:00 PM

    Comment #37

    i wounder why McLaren has knocked us back i believe its 3 times not 2 last time was friday when he refused to meet charnley what is it he wants more money more say his own set of coaches is it one of these or all 3 ????

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  • hibbit

    May 31, 2015 at 4:03 PM

    Comment #39

    bdg by the time we sign someone the out going will be 14 since we signed any one permanent

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  • Lee Charnley Bunga Party

    May 31, 2015 at 4:04 PM

    Comment #40

    There is as many failed managers who were good players as there are successful ones

    The ones who failed badly were the likes of Keane , Bruce, Shearer, Souness , Merson , Di Canio and Tony Adams

    The ones who have done really well are Enrique , Guardiola , Montella , Conte and De Boer

    Now if you look at the difference in personality , intelligence and managers they worked under you can see why a lot of them failed

    Shearer etc are all passionate people but I dont think they have the required smarts to be a top level manager and
    some of them just jumped right into management and started shouting at players if it did not work out!

    The ones who have done well have worked under great tacticians , worked in different countries and have been youth coaches
    for a while studying the game

    Viera has done it all as a player and he has put the work into learning about the game since he has retired , is very intelligent
    and can speak a couple of languages he has the potential to be a special manager

    I would rather risk it on getting him than stay with the same old shite under Carver and Mclaren

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