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It’s Not Surprising Newcastle Could Spend £60M This Summer

9:20 am, Sunday, June 7th, 2015 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 96 Comments

We wouldn’t be too surprised if the reports that Newcastle will have £60M available in funds to spend in the transfer market this summer are true – since we spent not one penny on new players in January, and the very last thing Mike Ashley wants is to have Newcastle relegated again.

That almost happened last season, and that came right out of the blue, after we went into a terrible slump with Newcastle getting just one point in ten games, before we pulled out that great win on that last day of the season.

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Lee Charnley and Mike Ashley

But it was still close,  because with just six minutes to go in our game two weeks ago, we were only 1-0 up against West Ham and Hull City were pushing for the winner against 10 man Manchester United.

A goal by Hull and one from West Ham in those final six minutes could have seen us relegated.

But that didn’t happen and the amazing Jonas scored a wonderful second goal for us, and the rest is literally history with Jonas being the best player in Europe on that final weekend of the season – what a way to end his career on Tyneside.

Mike Ashley was completely shocked at Newcastle’s predicament, which he mentioned in his interview with Sky Sports, and coupled with the fact we have plenty of money in the bank these days, it’s not too big of a surprise if £60M net would be available this summer for transfers.

We say net because money from players being sold like Cheick Tiote and maybe others like Papiss Cisse, will be used to reinvest in new players coming in  – so the money laid out by Newcastle (gross) could be less than £60M.

And the club have just received almost £78M from the Premier League for finishing in 15th place in the league last season, so money is not scarce.

It will be interesting to see what the net spend is this summer,  because last summer it was only about £3M after taking in money from players sold – like the £12M for Mathieu Debuchy from Arsenal as one example.

The main reason Mike Ashley is likely to spend big this summer is to keep Newcastle in the Premier League, so that our resale value is kept high, and also to continue to get that free advertising for his Sport Direct company around the world.

Oh yes, and it could even be because Mike Ashley wants to win something at Newcastle, but that’s at best the third priority.

It wouldn’t be surprising if Mike Ashley shakes up the Football Board at Newcastle too, as has been reported today in the Mirror.

Because it was the Board who almost got us relegated last season, with their inept decision-making over the last six months or so, which put us in so much jeopardy of being relegated.

In real life and in the big bad world of real business, people get fired for that level of incompetence, which could have cost the club £80M.

We’ll have to wait to see if any changes are made to the Board.

What do you think?

Comments welcome.

Tags: Financial Fair Play · Financials · Newcastle News · Recruitment · Transfer News and Rumours · Transfer Target

96 responses so far ↓

  • 1 terencelim // Jun 7, 2015 at 9:24 AM

    There’s a difference between net spend and spend.

  • 2 jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew // Jun 7, 2015 at 9:30 AM

    cestriasteve…I don’t understand this concept that SM wants to work under the restrictions but no one else does.

    Where does this come from?

  • 3 cestriasteve // Jun 7, 2015 at 9:35 AM

    I think he’s just come as he knows it’s the last chance for him in the EPL

    On the above 60M your having a laugh our net spend in 5 years is 1.2M

  • 4 jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew // Jun 7, 2015 at 9:37 AM

    geordieboy83…dismissing the HC the board throws our way is not personal to Steve…he’s probably a nice guy.

    The point is he’s just an extension of how things were before and how Ashley wants it to be.

    I don’t want to just except whatever they throws our way. Nothing will change with SM due to what I mentioned earlier 🙂

    I can’t support this! I know alot of ppl feel the same just like alot of ppl feel like you…that’s our curse!

  • 5 WestOzMag // Jun 7, 2015 at 9:41 AM

    Haha ill be very surprised if we spend 20 mill ed

  • 6 jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew // Jun 7, 2015 at 9:42 AM

    I am sorry but when was the last time SM was a success on UK soil?

    …we should have gone with someone young any new with something to prove and a drive to go places!

    That’s what Newcastle need right now…a kick in the butt! And we as a fan-base need someone we can all get behind. If you haven’t realized it by now then SM is clearly not going to be that one!

    So we are back to square one 🙂

  • 7 optimistic prime // Jun 7, 2015 at 9:42 AM

    So Mclaren wants to bring in Lee Clark but he hasn’t decided on Carver Stone or woodman yet.

    Oh ye and £60mil to spend

    Haha pull the other one

  • 8 chasing_rabbits // Jun 7, 2015 at 9:42 AM

    Jesper, who knows what Charnley & Carr have promised him to get him to sign up. Probably why these £60m rumours are doing the rounds. Plus what cestriasteve said, he’s taking what could be his last chance with a top flight club. Lets face it, if he can avoid relegation & get past to 4th round FA Cup he’s been a success (at least in Charnley’s eyes)

  • 9 jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew // Jun 7, 2015 at 9:43 AM

    cestriasteve…and we should take comfort in that?

  • 10 jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew // Jun 7, 2015 at 9:45 AM

    It’s the exact same reason why Pardew came here and wouldn’t quit (until another opportunity presented itself)

  • 11 geordieboy83 // Jun 7, 2015 at 9:46 AM

    Jesper, but in reality the fact sm, has won things, and is being appointed, surely that is a step away from previous when u look at kinnear, hughton, shearer, Pardew.

    This whole head coach model has got flaws but it is in keeping with how football is run now unfortunately we certainly aren’t unique

  • 12 jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew // Jun 7, 2015 at 9:47 AM

    chasing_rabbits…I am sorry, but I am past accepting that and so should you!

    I won’t support this appointment one bit…these opportunists are what’s wrong with this club (that and the horrible management)

  • 13 KevinLee // Jun 7, 2015 at 9:48 AM

    F the board

  • 14 ToonFromLeeds // Jun 7, 2015 at 9:48 AM

    Marco Van Ginkel?

  • 15 jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew // Jun 7, 2015 at 9:50 AM

    geordieboy83…SM is the past my friend! If a career is a parable then his career has peeked a long time ago!

    …no comfort in that! On a contrary 🙁

  • 16 hibbit // Jun 7, 2015 at 9:51 AM

    i have been told that McLaren went on holiday to think over the offer from nufc the problem is he wants his own coaching staff

  • 17 jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew // Jun 7, 2015 at 9:52 AM

    hibbit…who wouldn’t want that here 😉

  • 18 jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew // Jun 7, 2015 at 9:54 AM

    Where do you go to think over a job offer and does his wife know that’s what he’s going to do on their vacation 🙂

    …and where does the paper get all these scoops from! Alot of questions and no answers! Hmm…

  • 19 jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew // Jun 7, 2015 at 9:56 AM

    If SM like any other candidate (except from Carver) want yo pick his own ppl shouldn’t it be Charmless who went on vacation to think it through?

  • 20 ITUNDERASHELL // Jun 7, 2015 at 9:56 AM

    So if they get 30 million for Tiote,Cisse, Crull et al then we may spend 15 million on players and the rest will go on wages.

  • 21 hibbit // Jun 7, 2015 at 9:57 AM

    the coaching staff could be a problem he is back in the uk on tuesday night so we could know one way or the other on wednesday ????

  • 22 jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew // Jun 7, 2015 at 9:57 AM

    I really think spending money right now is the least of our problems!

  • 23 will die for the toon army // Jun 7, 2015 at 9:58 AM

    One step at a time. MCLAREN is one I believe in. Now the ball is in Carrz hands.

    Backroom team am ok jst need one new face.

  • 24 Average_Contents // Jun 7, 2015 at 9:58 AM

    Last time the press mentioned a £60m war chest (last summer, the telegraph if I remember correctly) the club were all over it like a tramp on chips denying it and threatening legal action.

    Why haven’t they this time? It’s been bandied about since that bullshit interview.

    The cynic in me suggests it’s because it suits the clubs agenda of turning over a new leaf.

    Leave it out there so fans buy into it.

    It actually wouldn’t surprise me in the slightest if this was leaked by the club in the first place then just left to linger for the gullible

  • 25 Rotonda heights // Jun 7, 2015 at 9:59 AM

    all the decent other options wanted their own staff too but they weren’t entertained. SM has accepted it, but maybe he can delicately move carver, stone, watson and woodman to cone and bib duties only, if they could be trusted to even manage that.

    The best left field choice as HC would have been the Barcelona number 2. Absolutely awesome coach.

  • 26 jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew // Jun 7, 2015 at 9:59 AM

    hibbit…where did he go? Did he fly with British Airways?

  • 27 Geordie John // Jun 7, 2015 at 9:59 AM

    You reminded me of this from last week on another site:

    One way or another, we will know what the intentions are soon.

  • 28 jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew // Jun 7, 2015 at 10:01 AM

    AC…go with your first instinct it’s usually the right one

  • 29 hibbit // Jun 7, 2015 at 10:01 AM

    jesper……… PORTUGAL the rest i don’t know

  • 30 pavel // Jun 7, 2015 at 10:03 AM

    The transfer amounts given by the club under Ashley always a) Include salary over the full length of contract, and b) never include incoming payments from sales. Bearing this in mind, I do think it is entirely possible that we could sign 4 players on 5 year £40k/week contracts and £5m transfer fees of each. That would make up £60m in Ashley’s eyes. In the meantime, we would probably sell at least 2-3 out of Sissoko, Janmaat, Cisse, Tiote, and Krul, which would bring in £15-£20m in transfer fees and along with players already released would at least balance out transfers for players coming in. The end result being, a team and squad no stronger, net spending about even, but Ashley able to say “we spent £60m, what are they complaining about, we can’t compete with teams like Chelsea, Real Madrid, PSG, and … Swansea”

  • 31 jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew // Jun 7, 2015 at 10:03 AM

    RH…SM will show his true colors soon enough

  • 32 ToonFromLeeds // Jun 7, 2015 at 10:05 AM

    I think McClaren has bigger challenges than Cabella

  • 33 Laurent Robert 32 // Jun 7, 2015 at 10:06 AM

    Keeping our ‘coaching’ team without taking on the new head coach’s team shows further penny scraping and even more lack of ambition.

    All these other managers who have been available over the last couple of years, and we choose ANOTHER one who has been sacked from his recent clubs.

    You couldn’t make it up.

  • 34 chasing_rabbits // Jun 7, 2015 at 10:13 AM

    Jesper, I’m not saying I would accept it if that’s all he managed to achieve. As I said in my post on previous thread though, whoever comes in at least deserves our support for the first few games. If we finish August in a similar position as last year after some serious investment (the players who come in will be more key than who the HC I think) then fair enough, start the protests. I’m not defending Ashley & Co in any way, but we wanted a new HC & we’re going to get one. We wanted the board to come out and make a statement, and we got Ashley taking full responsibility for the clubs situation last year live on TV. He’s a man with pride & a reputation, I don’t think he would have done that if he wasn’t trying to send the fans a message. Otherwise he would have sent Charnley. He even hinted that we might be trying to take the cups seriously and challenge for the higher places in the league. And now we’re told that there’s £60m to spend this summer to strengthen the squad. In my view, all Ashley has done is give us all the ammo we need to take the protests further if he doesn’t deliver.

  • 35 ToonFromLeeds // Jun 7, 2015 at 10:15 AM

    7 Players??

  • 36 OneAlanShearer // Jun 7, 2015 at 10:16 AM

    60 is probably about right to have a decent side but he only wants to ensure we stay up so expect about 10 with the usual gamble of players staying fit. That might work if half your better players aren’t injury prone or now too old.We need not want 2 new centre backs, a playmaker, cover for a playmaker, a winger, a left back, cover at right back and 2 quality strikers…..I hope they realise quite how far from safe we are. Others have continually improved and the regime smugly thought they didn’t need to. I suspect Ashley’s interview was just hot air but hope its not.

  • 37 Rotonda heights // Jun 7, 2015 at 10:17 AM


    Xenophobia at it’s best, yet another Brit HC, no matter that the top 6/7 clubs all have foreign coaches.

  • 38 murvar // Jun 7, 2015 at 10:23 AM

    I’d be surprised if we got rid of Tiote in this window. SM clearly valued him at FC Twente, and I doubt anyone would buy him with his injury record of late. I think he will get a run till Xmas and then he’ll be available if he’s not still up to the mark.

  • 39 Laurent Robert 32 // Jun 7, 2015 at 10:25 AM

    Rotonda, it’s so far beyond a joke it’s ridiculous.

    I think Garcia had Roma 2nd in Italy, and wasn’t Benitez fifth? Now at Real.

    The bar has been lowered on purpose to suit his money making agenda.

    I really do despair. It’s like seeing cowboy builders dismantle your house and replace it with a shed made from reclaimed and unusable wood.

    Ashley out.

  • 40 lochinvar // Jun 7, 2015 at 10:28 AM

    So McLaren is on holiday considering the offer which we don’t know if it’s been made to be Head Coach at SJP.
    On that basis he is or isn’t pondering over whether or not to accept or not accept a job he may or may not have been offered depending on whether or not he might or might not be able to replace the existing coaching staff with his own people.
    Meanwhile NUFC haven’t spoken with Viera and might or might not have ignored enquiries from De Boer and Laudtopp about the job that might or might not be available. Well that clear then. Decision making at the Club is alive and well. The only thing that’s clear in life at Newcastle United is that nothing’s clear.

  • 41 geordie157 // Jun 7, 2015 at 10:29 AM

    Although he’s not who I wanted (De Boer or Galtier) I think McLaren is a decent appointment.

    He will help develop players, improve the style of football and help attract players.

    It will be interesting to see if he adopts the style of play he had at Derby. If he does then it would be De Jong or Cabella in the no.10 role, Aarons out left and ?? on the right. Ideally right wing would be Wijnaldum or his PSV team mate Narsingh.

  • 42 ToonFromLeeds // Jun 7, 2015 at 10:35 AM

    Will Mashers standing down from the board make any difference?

  • 43 posada // Jun 7, 2015 at 10:39 AM

    This holiday business is a load of nonsense.
    If someone offers you a job on 2 or 3 million a year you don’t let holidays get in the way.
    You cancel your holiday and get on with it.
    The time is short and there is a lot to do before the new season starts. In 7/8 weeks time.

  • 44 toon22 // Jun 7, 2015 at 10:42 AM

    Untill MA sells up its all pointless,were a cheap tat shop advert.
    MA will run us as chaply as possible as he trousers all he can,it wont matter wgo the manager is and who we pretend to want as players untill he is gone.

    Its another summer of bullshit from the usual people.

  • 45 mkhalaf // Jun 7, 2015 at 10:49 AM

    Mcclaren is not as bad a manager as people make him to be,, what he did with boro was great,, and what he did with twente was even more impressive. couple that with the fact that he has worked under fergy and all of his previous players speak highly of him all the sudden hes not half as bad anymore.
    also the fact that he is good friends with carr is a hugggge plus for me,, that means that carr will get him players that suit him! and with the right players and support from carr,, which means the constraints for other managers to come to newcastle arent really constraints for him,,, I think he is being set up for success

  • 46 sickandtired // Jun 7, 2015 at 10:56 AM

    And what exactly is the ‘Football Board”?
    If you wish to believe Ashley plays no part in football decisions, players, or coaches, then that simply means Charnley and Carr are the only people doing that.
    Yeah right. Like Ashley would turn over control to that extent to those two?
    There is only one Board and that’s the Board of Directors which Ashley has been part of since last year – funnily enough at the very same time Charnley was made MD.

  • 47 Transfer Sage // Jun 7, 2015 at 11:02 AM

    McClaren is an alright manager. As far as Middle of the road managers go he is one of the better ones. More entertaining than the likes of allardyce.

    As for wanting a manager who has won things here that won’t happen, they are in demand and get top jobs. We wont compete with that so can’t complain.

    As for a young and hungry manager they are unproven so a gamble. I don’t mind that providing they have something about them. Like karanka at boro, done well last season but not premier league proven, would have him as first choice myself.

    McClaren might not be young but he might be very hungry to prove himself as a premier league manager again. Since his last stint here with boro he has won trophies, had some ups and downs but has shown he can win things.

    Not saying he is ideal or whis is hire but is a perfectly acceptable appointment in my eyes. Much better than pardew was, and definitely a good step away from carver.

  • 48 ToonFromLeeds // Jun 7, 2015 at 11:03 AM

    Domenico Berardi anyone heard of him?

  • 49 banjax // Jun 7, 2015 at 11:40 AM

    Fact is we need more like Ten Quality players to completely clear out the squad,so more like £80 to £100m is needed to come anywhere near Spurs and Liverpool. If we are truly going to challenge for silverware and a top4 finish, then realistically, that is the kind of spend we are talking about. Newcastle is a ‘big’ club, a sleeping giant, but we haven’t had the backing of an ambitious owner. Question is- is Mike Ashley going to change his spots and put the money which hasn’t been spent in the past and bring it forward and spend it now on a squad that is more than capable of winning things ?

  • 50 Blackley and Brownlie // Jun 7, 2015 at 11:52 AM

    Surely John you have to resign and look for a head coach’s job somewhere else?

    Clearly you want to be a head coach. If you want to be one at SJP, go and prove your worth and get some experience along the way.

    No competent director could give you the job at NUFC before you had done the job elsewhere with some success. Why do you think they would? Because you know the tea boy’s not competent? You’re right John, he’s incompetent. But he’s not yet certifiable and that’s the difference. You may be certifiable however if you seriously think you stand a chance of getting the job or ever did think that. Did you John? Eh? Did you? Yes you did.

    Now if you have any real ambition, it’s time for you to show it, just like Lee Clarke has done. Why do you think you should be ahead of Clarkie in the queue, John? That’s right John, you shouldn’t.

    So toodle pip and take Mike Williamson and your “Mike Williamson long ball tactic” with you to pastures fresh. Go on. Hurry up before I ring for the men in the long white coats. There’s an ideal job waiting for you at Shutter Island FC if you can’t find anything else.

    All the best John. It’s been emotional.

  • 51 Jail for Ashley // Jun 7, 2015 at 11:59 AM

    People like yourself have turned his not leaving until he’s won something into he wants to win something. Also the clever use of the phrase qualifying for the CL is winning something has people like yourself thinking that he will try to have us in a position to qualify for said competition.

  • 52 jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew // Jun 7, 2015 at 12:09 PM

    chasing_rabbits …to put is simple I am not going to rewind back to the mindset pre Carver or post Pardew for that matter!

    …I am through saying “lets give this one and that one a chance and see what happens”;

    Mike Ashley’s statement is not nothing but static to me…unless something gives. Seeing as Charmless is still here and SM is about to grab an opportunity then I’ll say Ashley just pulled a rabbit out of his hat!

    Nothing has changed, but 60% of the social media think it has. You know what they say the greatest trick the Devil ever pulled?

  • 53 Blackley and Brownlie // Jun 7, 2015 at 12:12 PM

    Old Blackley wouldn’t trust the tea boy and the comedian’s dad with £50 to do his weekly shop at Morrisons. Would anyone seriously trust these two incompetents with £50M?

  • 54 Belfast // Jun 7, 2015 at 12:15 PM

    6 players in and 6 players out.

    Back to square one.

  • 55 stuart no9 // Jun 7, 2015 at 12:16 PM

    £6om is peanuts . Every club in the prem should spend at least £40m at the start of every season just to stay in touch .If he’s thinking of buying a new team with 60m he needs to think again

  • 56 albertluque92 // Jun 7, 2015 at 12:16 PM


    Berardi is one of the best forwards in serie A, owned by juventus who will expect him to step up to the first team, there is not a chance we will get him signed up permanently, though a loan is possible. Counterproductive to juve and us though as he will have to adapt to our league which is a pointless exercise if it is just for a year

  • 57 Belfast // Jun 7, 2015 at 12:17 PM

    John will be staying put, because he won’t get a job anywhere else.

  • 58 jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew // Jun 7, 2015 at 12:21 PM

    …Should read “Mike Ashley’s statement is nothing but static “

  • 59 Blackley and Brownlie // Jun 7, 2015 at 12:22 PM

    John, pack your cones and your long ball to Willo laminate and leave immediately.

  • 60 Blackley and Brownlie // Jun 7, 2015 at 12:24 PM

    Shutter Island FC for John it is then.

  • 61 murvar // Jun 7, 2015 at 12:25 PM

    Harper or Lee Clark to rejoin as coach – SM is said to be talking to a locally connected coach.

  • 62 ronaldo aarons // Jun 7, 2015 at 12:31 PM

    Tfl @ 48

    Berardi is a quality young player. The only thing that will stop him from being a top player is his attitude but he has everything else he needs to be a great Italian player, I highly doubt we will get him. He would be great for us on the right wing.

  • 63 Rotonda heights // Jun 7, 2015 at 12:33 PM

    geordie 157

    not sure SM will attract players, Sissoko had never heard of him!

  • 64 will die for the toon army // Jun 7, 2015 at 12:36 PM

    1. Obertan – 2m
    2. Cisse – 6m
    3. Williamson – 2m
    4. Elliot – 1m
    1. Micah Richards
    2. Van Ginkel – 6m
    3. Flauvin – 14m
    4. Austin – 10m
    5. Berahino – 15m
    6. Shawcross – 15m

    Net spent – 45m.
    Krul, Darlow, Woodman
    Richards, Janmatt
    Durmett, Haidara
    Ryan Shawcross, Colo, Taylor, Lasacell, Good.
    Sisoko, Cabella, Flauvin
    Mauvuex, Aarons, Amoebe
    Toite, Van Ginkel, Colback, Anita, Abeid, Bigi
    Austin, Berahino, De Jong, Perez, Rivere.
    We can b ready to compete.

  • 65 ToonFromLeeds // Jun 7, 2015 at 12:37 PM

    sounds good Ronaldo

  • 66 Rotonda heights // Jun 7, 2015 at 12:37 PM


    if we were serious about CL I don’t think you employ the likes of SM

  • 67 ToonFromLeeds // Jun 7, 2015 at 12:38 PM

    Makes a fair point

  • 68 Rotonda heights // Jun 7, 2015 at 12:41 PM

    sage @ 47

    i think people would have been happy with an and coming coach like a Viera etc, not necessarily one who had achieved things yet but who had shown promise and was looking to make their name.

  • 69 investinyouthtoon // Jun 7, 2015 at 12:45 PM

    We had lots of liabilities last season, and Krul has been on a downward spiral for last couple of seasons bar a good game now and again. So IMO I would sell Krul now and get in Heaton from Burnley as a direct replacement.

    Lots of the deadwood needs gone and replaced with hungrier players. Players like Willo, Colo, STaylor, Tiote, Gouffran, Obertan, Marveaux, Sammy, Cisse, Riviere all are to be shipped out

  • 70 one fine day // Jun 7, 2015 at 12:48 PM

    TFL @32
    Decent article
    I think with better coaching cabella can become the player we thought we were buying.
    A good coach will show him when to release the ball and to be thinking what he is going to do long before he even gets it .
    He reminds me a lot of watching pat Nevin at chelsea. When we were both in the old div two.
    He may not have the natural ability of HBA but his attitude is spot on.
    Keegan was first to admit he wasn’t the most talented so knew he had to work his bits off to make it .
    Under carver direction he will be back in France inside 2 years knackred

  • 71 will die for the toon army // Jun 7, 2015 at 12:53 PM

    ……………………..De Jong
    Darlow, Richards, Van Ginkel, Perez, Flauvin, Cabella, Aarons

  • 72 will die for the toon army // Jun 7, 2015 at 12:57 PM

    We dont need so many changes quickly. We do have some good players in the squad.
    All they need is some good coaching

  • 73 ToonFromLeeds // Jun 7, 2015 at 12:58 PM

    Fair point OFD hopefully McLaren can sort him out

  • 74 ToonFromLeeds // Jun 7, 2015 at 12:58 PM

    5 point plan?

  • 75 Our Toon // Jun 7, 2015 at 1:02 PM

    One fine day

    Cabella is 25 years old he’s not a kid like Aarons, if he hasn’t learned when to release the ball at a quarter of a century old then he will never learn, even with all the coaching in the world. It’s about time we stopped treating Cabella like a young talent and realise he’s a dud. One trick pony who will always slow down the attack allowing the opposition remobilse whilst he’s doing a step over with no one around. I keep referring to this but Greggs loving Arfa did more in 1 game than Cabella has done in an entire season, yet he was blasted for all the things Cabella needs coaching on.

  • 76 Bambams // Jun 7, 2015 at 1:05 PM

    I felt a bit for Krul last season. The games I watched he look totally fed up and I don’t blame him. Nearly every opposition attack he is called into action. The defence next season has to be brand new with the exception of Janmaat. I like Hairdryer but he is injured far too much and Dummet won’t make a regular player next season (imo)

    Midfield we have Colback and Sissoko but I am not sure about Cabella – he is just so small and cannot take the physicality of prem (imo)

    Cisse will be away…River is not good enough and Perez still needs a role model to learn from ( how the hell we are not asking Shearer to coach a bit is beyond me Ash needs to realise he is wrong more times than he is right)

    As for mac coming in….Still not sure but will judge him on how many signings we get and their quality. If he is happy for basic 2-3 million pound buys then he will be hounded out as a yes man or should that be yeshh man….

  • 77 Our Toon // Jun 7, 2015 at 1:09 PM

    Colback shouldn’t be starting for us if we had any real ambition, he wouldn’t start for many teams in the prem. He’s a decent squad player who puts in a shift but far to often cause problems by being the only player to chase the ball like the kids do on a sunday!! Serial sideways passer or backwards passer….very limited ability yet always starts in the squads on here…..strange

  • 78 Blackley and Brownlie // Jun 7, 2015 at 1:12 PM

    ROI v England What’s that about? Should be on holiday.

  • 79 JamesToon // Jun 7, 2015 at 1:15 PM

    Richards & Austin would be a great start to the transfer window, but we would still need a commanding centre half, a midfield playmaker, a winger and possibly another striker.
    A commanding centre half we should be going all out for either shawcross, vlaar or van dijk
    Just can’t see us paying the money for berahino or austin, but they’re both what we need.
    For playmaker, any of Van ginkel, cabaye or hughes would do me.
    As for a winger, either Matty phillips or Tom Ince

  • 80 Blackley and Brownlie // Jun 7, 2015 at 1:18 PM

    Matchgoers will appreciate Colback more than tv viewers will.

    Cabella was dreadful. Get rid.

  • 81 one fine day // Jun 7, 2015 at 1:21 PM

    Our toon,
    I was HBA biggest fan and thought he was the guy who who we would build a team around ( naive)
    And yes I’ m first to admit cabella has yet to blow us away.
    The transition from French league to prem is tricky .
    I am just saying let’s see him under a different coach .
    If that’s. Maclaren then to me. A good yardstick for him is if we see players like cabella and rivière. Improve beyond recognition .
    As for Aaron’s yes he may be something special but clearly is looking elsewhere still yet to even enter into negotiations .
    I will judge him when he has put in say 20 first team games in the prem to say is he is what we are hoping for

  • 82 Blackley and Brownlie // Jun 7, 2015 at 1:21 PM

    Is my android corrupted or is it this site? I’m plagued with redirections to betting and apps of the days. I can’t even edit my words

  • 83 davetoon // Jun 7, 2015 at 1:25 PM

    a lot of posters talking down newcastle today. saying the best we deserve is SMc

  • 84 Blackley and Brownlie // Jun 7, 2015 at 1:26 PM

    Looks like England are on holiday.

  • 85 one fine day // Jun 7, 2015 at 1:32 PM

    Our toon
    Colback now on your list
    To me he is a player who is happy to do the graft , the shit jobs , to cleaning up stuff, along side. Tiote he was thriving.
    Again with a decent coach ….
    As for sideways passing. … Very team needs that .
    Seem to recall Ray Wilkins being the original at this and having quite a decent career with England.
    Serie ais full of these types of players. Who do the unfashionable stuff.
    You are again judging players we have who came in under Pardue. And then a coach who I would thing even under 9’s who struggle to have confidence in.
    We had our chance to bring in a garde/ koeman
    Chance missed
    What can I say.?
    Over to you MACA

  • 86 one fine day // Jun 7, 2015 at 1:35 PM

    Blacklie ,
    Are you being directed to pirates of Penzance costume websites?

  • 87 ToonFromLeeds // Jun 7, 2015 at 1:38 PM

    McLaren to sign 4 year deal

  • 88 Blackley and Brownlie // Jun 7, 2015 at 1:38 PM

    No such luck. Are you not getting plagued or are you not using an android?

  • 89 Blackley and Brownlie // Jun 7, 2015 at 1:43 PM

    McClaren had a charisma bypass operation in his playing days. He’s done well just to have a career in management.

  • 90 one fine day // Jun 7, 2015 at 1:43 PM

    On mac
    Get heaps of pop ups for ikea ( how did my life come to this ? )and tiger lily ( missus has be been on the iPad )

  • 91 davetoon // Jun 7, 2015 at 1:46 PM

    @B&B I used to have issues like that ubtil I selected request desktop site for this site

  • 92 one fine day // Jun 7, 2015 at 1:50 PM

    Davetoon agree the mobile version here is awful .
    Desktop def the way to go

  • 93 optimistic prime // Jun 7, 2015 at 1:54 PM

    Is Pardew having a reunion at Palace?
    Remy Ba and Cabaye.

    It makes me laugh when our fans are getting excited over scraps and every other team is trying for the best they can.

    It maybe paper talk but I’d rather be linked with players like Cabaye Ba and Remy than Austin Richards and Chester.

  • 94 Belfast // Jun 7, 2015 at 1:55 PM

    I’m the same on the mobile site. Constantly being directed to a racing post advert and a dating app lol queep or something like that.

  • 95 mickalfas // Jun 7, 2015 at 2:47 PM

    Hopefully with Mcclaren and Carr being mates ,they will talk about which players are coming in,its not rocket science
    Defense is shite =2 new CB’s minimum
    Proven premiership striker=Austin please
    A playmaker in cabaye mould but not cabaye,he wanted to go ,
    Sort out why we have so many injuries ,and please get rid of Willo and Riviere asap,no liabilities needed
    Don’t think we can expect much more of fatty
    Ashley out !!!

  • 96 ulstertoon // Jun 8, 2015 at 5:39 PM

    £60,000,000… I would be pleasently surprised if Newcastle spend £20,000,000. But even if it is the former the amount, it will still not be enough. I have looked at players and their potential costings and a conservative estimate would put it closer to £100,000,000. Especially as football clubs are a business and everyone in the footballing world knows we have a rich owner and the club is sinking. They have every right to make us pay more it makes sense for them to do it.

    Furthermore who would want to play for Newcastle? Gone are the days when Newcastle where a top club, one to be feared. It’s a toxic club going there is only bad for your career. The only thing I can see for Newcastle to be able to pick themselves up from this diabolical season is an unfortunate avenue of, spend spend spend.

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