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Newcastle Now In Tense Three Way Battle For Charlie Austin

10:54 pm, Wednesday, June 17th, 2015 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 108 Comments

There’s an exclusive being reported tonight in the Express that there’s a three-way battle going on for the signature of Charlie Austin of QPR, and that cannot be good news for Newcastle, who were odds-on favorites only a week ago to sign the 25 year-old striker.

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Charlie Austin – Magpies, Hammers and Chelsea after him

Director of Football Les Ferdinand is adamant he wants £15M for Charlie, and he could well get that amount for a striker who scored 18 Premier league goals in just 35 appearances for relegated QPR last season.

The news is that Newcastle are now in serious talks with Charlie and his agents,  but as yet there has been no  offer from Newcastle, and in the last 24 hours the news was that West Ham had become favorites to sign the striker – who is due to be married at the end of the month.

It seems the last thing Charlie wants to do is sign for a side that will struggle against relegation next season, and with what has happened in two of the last three seasons at Newcastle, the Magpies may have to convince him he is part of a huge rebuilding program this summer on Tyneside.

That could prove difficult since we haven’t signed anybody this summer yet.

West Ham and Chelsea may have the advantage that Charlie can remain in the London area – but the Hammers are said to be balking at paying the £15M fee QPR are demanding.

It’s still not clear that Chelsea really want Austin, but if Loic Remy leaves the club this summer, which seems likely, then Jose Mourinho will need another strike brought in.

But with Diego Costa and Radamel Falcao ahead of him in the pecking order, Charlie may not get too many games at Stamford Bridge – which is the reason Remy wants to leave.

The news seems to be that Charlie would prefer to remain in London, but Chelsea and West Ham seem unwilling to pay out £15M, and the best chance Newcastle have of signing Charlie is to agree to pay the £15M now – so they can then negotiate wages with the 6’2″ striker.

Whether Newcastle will be bold enough or ambitious enough to do that we don’t know – but that could seal the deal.

It would be great if Newcastle can get Austin signed up – but it would also be a huge disappointment to the Geordie fans if Newcastle fail in their attempts to sign a player who is undoubtedly our number one target this summer.

Comments welcome.

Tags: Newcastle News · Recruitment · Scouting Network · Transfer News and Rumours · Transfer Target

108 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Toon Tang // Jun 17, 2015 at 11:00 PM

    Would pay bloody top whack to see this ‘tense three way battle’ hahaaaaaa

  • 2 Toon Tang // Jun 17, 2015 at 11:01 PM

    I wonder what it involves?


  • 3 Canny in Canberra // Jun 17, 2015 at 11:01 PM

    From Last
    War Chest, barely enough to fly a couple of sorties!!

    Multiple Identities – Who cares they usually saying the same daft stuff regardless of the name they saying it under. Doesn’t bother me. I couldn’t do it. I’d forget who was me and end up arguing with myself. Lol
    Don’t sweat the small stuff people 🙂

  • 4 dexter53 // Jun 17, 2015 at 11:02 PM

    If we were in a 3 way battle with Accrington Stanley and Henhousemanure we’d finish 3rd.

  • 5 Canny in Canberra // Jun 17, 2015 at 11:02 PM

    Lets hope its Beer pong b/c Southerners can’t drink.

  • 6 Jib // Jun 17, 2015 at 11:03 PM

    It’s probably a wages thing
    In which case it’s easy with a striker who thinks he’s good.
    Put him on a half decent basic with a monster goals bonus .

  • 7 Thump // Jun 17, 2015 at 11:04 PM

    £25 million available to McClaren? How much did we spend on the fscking horse, like?!

  • 8 sportiquet5 // Jun 17, 2015 at 11:05 PM

    Anyone else getting sick of this saga, reckon the club should be more assertive in the transfer window, if you want a player go all guns blazing , get an objection deal with it or move on , every transfer window promise turns into problems and disappointment

  • 9 BandB // Jun 17, 2015 at 11:05 PM

    Like political reporters, sports reporters are pack animals.
    Getting a scoop is actually less important than not breaking ranks with the others and going against the received wisdom.
    Exclusive media deals won’t make a reporter go out on a limb unless he or she is sure he or she isn’t being sold a pup by her source.
    And sports editors are the most conservative of all.
    That’s why stories are flavour of the day, and then get dumped.
    Paranoia will is why Mirror is now reporting the same transfer budget as the other outlets.

  • 10 Lindisfarne // Jun 17, 2015 at 11:07 PM

    Purely on the number of goals he scored last season Charlie Austin has to be the striker to get and paying anywhere upto £20M should not be questioned. Gladly it is not my money but attempting to get more for money and finishing outside the top ten is not my idea of making a good fist of things.

  • 11 welshgeordie9 // Jun 17, 2015 at 11:07 PM

    If some people think we are going to sign him then they are more naive than i thought.

  • 12 PSYCHOtoon // Jun 17, 2015 at 11:08 PM

    Its only tense if you believe we really want to sign him.

  • 13 welshgeordie9 // Jun 17, 2015 at 11:09 PM

    He would be good at the Liberty though.

    Only joking

    Ha ha ha

  • 14 NezzaNUFC // Jun 17, 2015 at 11:09 PM

    last post for tonight from me guys ( early start tomorrow )

    Austin agents have NOT received any approach from Newcastle, but agents have been contacted by Liverpool and WHU.

    The Cabaye situation is false and again has NOT been approached by Newcastle.

    Troy though on the other hand seems to be 70% certain to happen atm with Carr knowing his agent ( apparently )

    Also strong links with Hughes ( apparently SM top target ever since accepting the job )

    And most of you’s could be right about us signing Championship players ( young lads though with potential and English )

    This may not be 100% accurate but could possibly happen within the next 3 weeks.

  • 15 welshgeordie9 // Jun 17, 2015 at 11:10 PM

    Which paper this week or last week said it was a done deal.

  • 16 Novocastrian66 // Jun 17, 2015 at 11:11 PM

    Well that’s him crossed off the list.

  • 17 jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew // Jun 17, 2015 at 11:17 PM

    Doesn’t look like that many teams believe he’s worth £15M!

    …which is actually quite understandable!

  • 18 PSYCHOtoon // Jun 17, 2015 at 11:18 PM

    If we ran with Cisse and Perez with SDJ as AM then all we need is a couple of winger upgrades. A workhorse like Riviera who doesn’t score is not really much use.

    Its the defcnse where we need real improvement. Virgil is the guy we really need. Okay so he’s not already an EPL player but he is real quality – mobile, good positioning, and scores goials too.

  • 19 ToonFromLeeds // Jun 17, 2015 at 11:19 PM

    West Ham bookies favs for Austin now

  • 20 banjax // Jun 17, 2015 at 11:20 PM

    Look forget about Charlie Austin, he won’t be coming here because he and his family are London based and would probably prefer to play for a London club. It would be nice if we signed him, but I really can’t see it- move on – next !

  • 21 Canny in Canberra // Jun 17, 2015 at 11:25 PM

    Perfect sense that with a young family you’d stay where you had the family support.
    Besdies 15M would be half the piggy bank gone, that could be 2 maybe 3 others so might be for the best. do think he would have been good for us but Meh!

  • 22 Blackley and Brownlie // Jun 17, 2015 at 11:29 PM

    Burnham on Sea. Good old Tuff checks his atlas.

  • 23 Blackley and Brownlie // Jun 17, 2015 at 11:31 PM

    Has anyone visited The Mag via NewsNow recently? My mobile gets bombarded with porn and hook up sites. Anyone had that problem?

  • 24 jimiley // Jun 17, 2015 at 11:32 PM

    A war chest of 25 million, spent wisely, could make us a top 4 team. There is hope

  • 25 Belfast // Jun 17, 2015 at 11:34 PM

    We where never in talks with his representatives and we’ve never bid for him.

    Those are the real facts.

    Twitter facts = bullshit

  • 26 jimiley // Jun 17, 2015 at 11:35 PM

    A 20 million signing would make a statement to the rest of the league that we are serious contenders for the title.

  • 27 Laurent Robert 32 // Jun 17, 2015 at 11:35 PM

    Another day ends, another day closer to the start of pre-season, yet still no signings.

    What a sign of real intent… Not.

    Ashley out.

  • 28 jimiley // Jun 17, 2015 at 11:37 PM

    Ashley is staying until we win something, even 4th place. I would suggest to the owner that he contents himself with winning 14th place or even winning relegation and then keeps his promise and fooks off.

  • 29 jimiley // Jun 17, 2015 at 11:39 PM

    Ashley is committed to winning something before he leaves, even 4th place. I would recommend that the owner contents himself with winning 14th place or even winning relegation and then departs.

  • 30 Belfast // Jun 17, 2015 at 11:41 PM

    The transfer warchest has went from 40,50,60 million to 25 million haha

    Brassnecks some of those journalists.

    You couldn’t make it up, or you can if you’re a journalist.

  • 31 Blackley and Brownlie // Jun 17, 2015 at 11:42 PM

    News that the comedian’s dad has been at Newburn Leisure Centre on recent Sunday mornings to take a good look at Troy Stavers.

  • 32 Blackley and Brownlie // Jun 17, 2015 at 11:44 PM

    The Trapdoor Cup counts as winning something.

  • 33 jimiley // Jun 17, 2015 at 11:47 PM

    Dumbassed Geordies will still turn up next season and pay 40 quid each per game into Mikes pocket. Its the easiest con in the world.

  • 34 Canny in Canberra // Jun 17, 2015 at 11:50 PM

    20 M on one player may make a statement but it leaves little left for anyone else and we need more than one player!

  • 35 Blackley and Brownlie // Jun 17, 2015 at 11:51 PM

    Excluded journos will no doubt stir the pot. If the budget’s £25m, they’ll say it’s 50 and vice versa. I don’t blame them.

  • 36 Ben // Jun 17, 2015 at 11:52 PM

    Hour long evening with McClaren filmed last year. Interesting stories and career background if anyone is interested.

  • 37 ToonFromLeeds // Jun 17, 2015 at 11:52 PM

    No matter what the speculation is us supporters are left in the dark. you would think McClaren would want to get a player in to make a statement of intent

  • 38 Blackley and Brownlie // Jun 17, 2015 at 11:53 PM

    If we’re after Deeney, the miffed journos will say it’s Austin just for bad. Build up expectations and laugh when they’re punctured.

  • 39 nightfa11 // Jun 17, 2015 at 11:54 PM

    if austin goes to west ham, it would probably mean that carroll is comming here..possibly for a discount fee..

    i’m ok with that:) would take him over austin anytime..way more accomplished player..

  • 40 jane // Jun 18, 2015 at 12:00 AM

    “Dumbassed Geordies will still turn up next season”


  • 41 ToonFromLeeds // Jun 18, 2015 at 12:02 AM

    Borrusia Dortmund have come in for Bas Dost

  • 42 toontillidie // Jun 18, 2015 at 12:12 AM

    Lets face it Ashley is full of shit and we are not gonna ever get one of our top targets

  • 43 Blofal // Jun 18, 2015 at 12:17 AM

    He won’t go to Chelsea. He will ruin his career just sitting on the bench and can forget about playing for the national team if he goes there.

    WestHam I worry about., because it is closer to London and really is a comparable club to Newcastle at the moment.

    The only way we can get him is to offer more than WestHam. Bigger fee and bigger wages. And we should. Hurry up and get it done.

  • 44 Mister Tuff // Jun 18, 2015 at 12:19 AM

    blockhead – I need no atlas to check where Burnham on Sea is.
    What’s this about journalists telling lies -do you have evidence of this. If you do you need to arrest them (citizens arrest) and bring them to justice ( just like you wanted to arrest King Percy -but really did not understand the law).
    If you are going to arrest the journalists I’ll let you borrow the squad car – but no using the siren.

  • 45 toonicle // Jun 18, 2015 at 12:42 AM

    Why must we try to bargain even for our apparent top striker target? 15M for a young English striker in the top 4 for most goals last year? Yes please. Exactly what we need up front.

  • 46 Lindisfarne // Jun 18, 2015 at 12:46 AM

    Fans Forum 8th of July, that gives the Club 18 days to get a transfer in.

  • 47 lesh // Jun 18, 2015 at 1:02 AM

    Blackley and Brownlie

    Maybe the stuff that’s piggybacking your Mag links is a product of your phone’s browsing history!

    It may be that setting your phone’s Settings so that browsing history’s automatically.

  • 48 lesh // Jun 18, 2015 at 1:07 AM


    It’s really a waste of time following who’s going to buy who.

    Players we’re linked with won’t be joining us so best just wait a few weeks for the announcement of a player or two at a ‘price undisclosed’.

  • 49 Canny in Canberra // Jun 18, 2015 at 1:21 AM

    Whilst what you say is true. What else is there to talk about until the season starts? The only stories football related are all the transfer ins/outs. Nowt else going on.
    At least the fixture list is up so we can bemoan our fate or celebrate.

  • 50 lesh // Jun 18, 2015 at 1:32 AM


    You’re so right especially when one of the alternatives available involves banging ones head against a wall.

    I’m sure we’d all enjoy some real news to talk about.

    I often wonder whether other clubs’ fans share the frustrations and distrust we do?

  • 51 lesh // Jun 18, 2015 at 1:34 AM

    Signing off now,the excitement of these new signing’s got me whacked!

  • 52 Canny in Canberra // Jun 18, 2015 at 2:21 AM

    Night Lesh. Happy Whacking

  • 53 Chris // Jun 18, 2015 at 3:26 AM

    “There’s an exclusive being reported tonight in the Express that there’s a three-way battle going on for the signature of Charlie Austin”

    Ah yes, the same newspaper that reported last year that there was a three-way battle going on for the signature of Jack Rodwell

    They got that one a bit wrong, didn’t they, so why do people assume that there’s any truth in this latest story?

  • 54 ToonFromLeeds // Jun 18, 2015 at 4:11 AM

    Interesting article

  • 55 willowdalerez // Jun 18, 2015 at 4:18 AM

    So let me get this straight… We want to sell 30 yr old Cisse for £10M but balk at paying £15M for 25 yr old Austin! Hmmm why does that sound a lot like past years? Splash the dosh now or the regime has changed its tune but the band hasn’t turned the corner!

    IMO we shouldn’t be selling Cisse at all unless we are also bringing in Dost or at the very least Carroll (damn good lad but his legs are a mess).

    To the naysayers who say they are too much alike etc I say we need at least one additional proven striker up front because we know how key injuries plagued us yr in yr out with our shallow squad the lst few years)… Fact is redundancy is what it takes to have a bench that can stand in when you take an injury… no depth can equal a blazing start and a wheezing finish… Barely survived relegation again how many lives does our cat have left?

  • 56 willowdalerez // Jun 18, 2015 at 4:24 AM

    @nightfa11 36

    Carroll over Austin are you mad! I loved Carroll but he can barely string 2 games in a row without his hamstring, ankle or knee blowing out… That is unfortunate for him but why would we risk that if we can get Austin?

    Risk paid off with Ba and Cisse but living on risk is living on borrowed time!

  • 57 lesh // Jun 18, 2015 at 5:34 AM

    No backroom staff appointed yet and I wonder if McClaren’s beginning to wonder what the hell he’s got into.

    If Charnley’s pi$$ing about over getting support staff in because they’ll not pay a decent wage say, then it doesn’t bode well for players.

    What a shambles, a cheapskate of an owner and his lacky.

  • 58 jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew // Jun 18, 2015 at 6:00 AM

    lesh…McClaren made his bed he’ll have to lie in it!

    …biggest job he’ll get (just like Pardew before him)

  • 59 jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew // Jun 18, 2015 at 6:05 AM

    I could be a bit worried of what conditions he signed off on! Basically one of the reasons I didn’t want him!

    …the job is in another word more interesting to him than he is to us!

  • 60 sparky55 // Jun 18, 2015 at 6:08 AM

    TENSE MY ARSE! If and only if there’s a three way battle, it certainly doesn’t include newcastle as the player has already said he’d prefer to stay darn sarf before the club told him to remove his tweet to ensure newcastle were supposedly ‘still in the running’ to ensure the asking price stays up at 15 million.

    He won’t be coming here just like the rest of all our ‘premiership class’ targets who have gone to those powerhouse premiership clubs villa, swansea, west ham, Southampton, and west from…how bad can it get FFS????

    Ashley has had plenty opportunity to put some weight behind his hollow words but he’s failed miserably because the recruitment / transfer policy Charnley has to work within is simply too restrictive and we’ll never sign anyone but championship quality / freebies / cheap foreign imports cos the fat fcukers too tight and the pound for pound value he’s looking for doesn’t exist in todays market.

    truly pathetic Mike…you’re a fcuking knob

  • 61 ToonFromLeeds // Jun 18, 2015 at 6:09 AM

    £10 million? seriously?

  • 62 cyprus // Jun 18, 2015 at 6:12 AM

    Agree with J that purchasing a marquee player for 20 mil will be a serious statement of intent to the rest of the league as well as to the fans. In fact, the latter are more important because they can contribute to success at St. james.

    Not sure this 20 m. should be for this Austin guy. If he wants to stay in London then he should stay there. I want players who want to play for NUFC and make CL through this team.

    BTW, is it official that the war chest is 25 mil? We’ll need 50 m., minimum.

  • 63 ToonFromLeeds // Jun 18, 2015 at 6:14 AM

    no Cyprus it’s media speculation. but u are right we do need £50 million minimum

  • 64 firebug666 // Jun 18, 2015 at 6:20 AM

    So the fans forum meeting will take place on the 6th July, a mere 71 days after Lee Charnley’s letter agreeing to bring forward the meeting .

    Now that’s what I call an urgent meeting; pmsl.

  • 65 sparky55 // Jun 18, 2015 at 6:37 AM

    allegedly thats the net spend figure after player sales so depends how much get for Cisse, Willow, Gouffy, Baldy coot, Saylor, biggy , Marveaux and Vukic.

    I reckon 20 million there, so war chest of circa 45 million which is about right although the squad will be even lighter than what it is now unless we attract a lot of loanee’s and free bees and cheap championship / foreign import sh!te

  • 66 sparky55 // Jun 18, 2015 at 6:40 AM

    so much for all the 34 million in the bank being spent! The fat fcuker was no doubt the mystery director who took out more cash in one fell swoop than he’ll spend on players all year

    …sounds about right doesn’t it!!!!

  • 67 cyprus // Jun 18, 2015 at 6:48 AM

    Don’t get the last post there, 55. MA was, like short on cash and withdrew a big amount?!

    Anyways, he publicly made a serious statement of intent and he has shown he means it, up to now. Coaching clear out… now, we must wait and see what will be done re players. In truth, we must get rid of plenty of players as well as buy.

    MA, ball is in your court.

  • 68 bobby mango // Jun 18, 2015 at 6:49 AM

    Well as the days drag on and again we keep seeing rivals sign players with little fuss, still nufc have failed to make a single move.
    Certainly seems like nothing has really changed from Ashley.
    How can someone so rich but so f’ing stupid. It’s obvious we’ll go down acting like this but so easy to fix – act quickly, fairly and firmly in the market. Only problem is that costs a lot of money (albeit a lot less than he’d lose when go down)

  • 69 Lilongwe Geordie // Jun 18, 2015 at 6:49 AM

    Chalk up another lie from the powers that be. Saying they will hold it before the end of the season, when it is actually to be held after pre season begins.

    If there was ever any intent to turn things around, they sure have a funny way of demonstrating it.

    As for transfers, if it is a £25million net spend, then it is another statement of mediocrity. Looking at the players that are available to sell, the only ones we would get reasonable money for are Cisse, Sissoko, Janmaat, and Perez. We may get additional funds from one or two others, but not much and I’m not sure who would buy any of them.

  • 70 Shot Bru // Jun 18, 2015 at 6:50 AM

    25 million to spend on the squad!

    Ashley will be successful in winning relegation to the championship.

    Incredible how over 50% of fans thought the Wally would be successful..he hasn’t got a chance working for a lying deceitful owner like Ashley.

    And another thing…if McLaren is part of the new “forward thinking board setup” does this mean he is unsackable?

    Keep protesting and don’t renew your ST!!

  • 71 mickalfas // Jun 18, 2015 at 6:55 AM

    If it means West ham end up with Austin and we end up with Carroll,I’d be gutted
    With the injuries we had last year ,it’s unreal to even think about him
    The money Carroll’s on will keep him at West Ham ,imo

  • 72 Blofal // Jun 18, 2015 at 6:56 AM

    We need

    2x Strikers £25m
    1x CB £10m
    1x RB £3m
    1x RW £6
    1x Playmaker £15m

    And on top of that we need to replace anyone that leaves. And thats just to be top 10 again. It looks like they are trying to get around the big spend by getting players like VanGinkel on loan and purchasing next year.

    We need pace out wide. Aarons and Sammy will be out left (I wish we had more than that) but Cabella is not your idea winger for the other side. Sissoko is better out wide but better suited to RM in a 4-3-3. Riviere could do a job out wide i think.

    We need a Raylor replacement as backup for Janmaat. Trippier would have been ideal but as usual not to be.

    De Jong is supposed to be our playmaker but we haven’t seen him play much at all. It might take him a season to get used to the EPL.

    They will only buy 1 CB and hope that Lacaselles or Good will come through.

  • 73 sparky55 // Jun 18, 2015 at 6:58 AM

    cyprus…3 points really

    1.) he must be the mystery director who took out all the money that left us with the lower profits than the 45 million everyone guessed we’d make.

    2.) the money he took out is more than he’ll spend on players this year which goes to show where his loyalties lay i.e. his pocket not his football club

    3.) No doubt the money he took out was tax efficient because it’ll be an invoice that’s come in from an Ashley owned saudi based offshore fund where you get your money out tax free….so again it’s all about the money and not the club

    He’s a proper tw@t

  • 74 mickalfas // Jun 18, 2015 at 7:01 AM

    If we are getting shot of the big earners,as in wages etc
    Was the £30m increase in wages last year ever explained,I find it incredible that this squad is one of the highest paid in the premiership
    Performance related?, didnt think so !!

  • 75 firebug666 // Jun 18, 2015 at 7:03 AM

    Lilongwe Geordie

    I have to agree, there are too many lies and too much speculation to sift through.

    We know the club lies to us and always have, we know papers lie to sell their drivel, and now we have two put together “the club and the mirror”.

    Sounds like the title for a horror movie, and not to far from the truth.

    The power that be apparently only held their first meeting at the training ground yesterday to draw up a transfer list. This must be the same list that Carver told us we would be excited about.

    Treading water, sitting on hands are the phrases that spring to mind.

    While the club do nothing the PR team in conjunction with preferred media partner the Mirror attempt to keep the masses quite and encourage the gullible to buy ST with stories of incoming players.

    The reality is, targets have not even been set yet.

    If you assume everything from the club is a lie, you are at least on the right track.

    I was optimistic earlier expecting real change, but not anymore, I can see exactly the same patterns we have had for the last eight years.

    No ambition.
    No Hope.

    Ashley Out!

  • 76 Jail for Ashley // Jun 18, 2015 at 7:06 AM

    Cyprus,The great misconception, where in that interview did he make a serious statement of intent. Far from being sincere, it was a well rehearsed and poorly delivered pantomime in which the clever use of the words CHAMPIONS LEAGUE pricked people’s ears up. Punching above our weight is the weight he has decided we are, which we were told by his former puppet was not being able to compete with Swansea and Southampton. Anyone who took comfort from that speech I’m sorry to say has been duped. He is a born liar and has surrounded himself with those willing to lie for him.

    Get these slimy barstewsrds out.

    Ashley Out.

  • 77 mickalfas // Jun 18, 2015 at 7:08 AM

    I wonder when people like our leader,say, I have enough money now ,it’s time to enjoy it ,like abramovic
    He couldn’t spend his money in 100 lifetimes
    Greedy fat cnut,OUT NOW !!!

  • 78 Lilongwe Geordie // Jun 18, 2015 at 7:10 AM

    I always have hope that things will be better, something will give, but none of that was based on Ashley’s interview, or anything that came from the club.

    Essentially, we are seeing Ashley’s interview play out as he told us. “Continued policy of investment”, Lee would remain in charge of football matters and day to day, the best ‘pound for pound’ value, punching above our weight (previously told we couldn’t compete with a number of teams, so where does he view as our weight), and then ‘trying’ to win a trophy. Even with an understrength squad we could ‘try’, doesn’t mean he will provide the squad required.

    I still find it amazing how many people bought into the interview as a positive, when most of what he said mirrored our statement f intent for the last few years.

  • 79 Lilongwe Geordie // Jun 18, 2015 at 7:12 AM

    I always have hope that things will be better, something will give, but none of that was based on Ashley’s interview, or anything that came from the club. Although, I don’t think Ashley lied (completely) in his interview, he just toyed with emotions and left a lot deliberately vague.

    Essentially, we are seeing Ashley’s interview play out as he told us. “Continued policy of investment”, Lee would remain in charge of football matters and day to day, the best ‘pound for pound’ value, punching above our weight (previously told we couldn’t compete with a number of teams, so where does he view as our weight), and then ‘trying’ to win a trophy. Even with an understrength squad we could ‘try’, doesn’t mean he will provide the squad required.

    I still find it amazing how many people bought into the interview as a positive, when most of what he said mirrored our statement f intent for the last few years.

  • 80 Lilongwe Geordie // Jun 18, 2015 at 7:13 AM

    Ha, sorry for the double post. My internet crashed, so I didn’t realise the post had sent.

  • 81 firebug666 // Jun 18, 2015 at 7:14 AM

    so good he said it twice! 😀

  • 82 sparky55 // Jun 18, 2015 at 7:17 AM

    Jail…correct…all he wanted to do was create demand for season ticket renewals.

    He’s a proper sneaky tw@t who has shown on several occasions how low he’ll go in pursuit of another penny.

    He’s obviously the type who if drops a penny it’ll hit him on the back on the head even though he’s got 3.5 billion banked to date.

    None of us should ever be surprised at what this cnut will say or do in the pursuit for more money.

    He has the geordie nation well sussed…we’re so desperate for good news and for the club to do better we’ll believe pretty much anything he and slim-ball mates say.

    Pretty pathetic really

  • 83 Ron Knee // Jun 18, 2015 at 7:20 AM

    I like the stereo effect!

  • 84 firebug666 // Jun 18, 2015 at 7:20 AM

    Lilongwe Geordie

    I agree mate, I also never bought into Ashley’s statement, but I was optimistic that McClaren would get some decent players, but that now looks very unlikely.

    McClaren is just looking like another puppet, I hope to be proved wrong, but doubt I will be.

    He will most likely get more out of the squad than the inept one and carve-up did, but he has his 30 pieces of silver now, Ashley has his soul, and he will tow the party line.

    Nothing has changed and nothing will.

    Ashley out!

  • 85 Jail for Ashley // Jun 18, 2015 at 7:22 AM

    Ffs, he still has some people saying he hasn’t taken anything out of the club, where has that 20 oddM gone, it’s hardly been questioned.

  • 86 mickalfas // Jun 18, 2015 at 7:22 AM

    I wonder if he can somehow use NUFC as a way to get his tax bill down for shite direct
    He’s staying here for a reason ,free advertising etc ,I’d love to know exactly how much we are worth to him per year,its gotta be a lot of money ,its not as if anybody wants the fat tawt here
    The fact that he’s spending fcuk all and the debt is still huge makes my blood boil,extend the ground to get more fans in ,no, he’d rather sell the fucking land ,what a complete and utter scumbag
    OUT NOW FFS !!

  • 87 Ron Knee // Jun 18, 2015 at 7:24 AM

    When McClaren was appointed I was slightly optimistic in a half-hearted sort of way, but as they still haven’t even found any coaching staff I fear the worst.

  • 88 firebug666 // Jun 18, 2015 at 7:28 AM

    Ron Knee

    Sad but true mate, Just when you think it can’t get any worse Newcastle come along at takes us to a whole new level.

    The only way to save this club is to rid it of Ashley and his cronies.

  • 89 mickalfas // Jun 18, 2015 at 7:30 AM

    The £20m probably went on his accountants to cover up all the skullduggery and for him to be able to say we can’t compete with Bournemouth ffs

  • 90 Jail for Ashley // Jun 18, 2015 at 7:31 AM

    Of course people were feeling a bit more optomistic about a sacked Championship manager, it wasn’t Carver. We had just come off the back of our worst run in the history of the club and Mclaren said the right things, people forgot to factor in that we are dealing with the worst proven liars in the game of football.

  • 91 Jail for Ashley // Jun 18, 2015 at 7:32 AM

    Ashley Out.

  • 92 zimtoon // Jun 18, 2015 at 7:33 AM

    Some people are saying sell cisse and bring carrol which really doesnt make sense considering cisse was our top goal scorer yet he played a few games

  • 93 sparky55 // Jun 18, 2015 at 7:34 AM

    Mickalfas…no mate…it went in his back pocket via Saudi Arabia..the latest tax free haven HMRC haven’t managed to shut down yet

  • 94 Ron Knee // Jun 18, 2015 at 7:34 AM

    How long do you give McClaren before he walks off in disgust?

  • 95 sparky55 // Jun 18, 2015 at 7:42 AM

    At least Maclaren can walk he gets fed up with the lies and unkept promises…not like the debt ridden Pardew.

    Ashley should have to work a little harder to keep Maclaren in the hot seat..Maclaren’s obviously bent over and taken every slimey stroke to get the job but anyone with an ounce of decency would walk if Ashley does to Maclaren what he did to Pardew.

    Once Maclaren leaves after being Ashleyed a few times I doubt anyone but JFK and Dennis Wise would consider talking the job on.

  • 96 Charlie in the Gallowgate // Jun 18, 2015 at 7:42 AM

    If the TOON really want him stop FARTING about and PAY the price and buy him

  • 97 Tsunki // Jun 18, 2015 at 7:44 AM

    The fact Ashley even did an ‘interview ‘ reeked of PR desperation. On the cusp of relegation and a large financial loss all the stops had to be pulled out. I dare say carver and the squad were massively incentivised to get a win I don’t buy this ‘we are suddenly going to play with grit and determination on the last day’ guff. And I agree, Ashley said what was needed to get the right reaction from the fans in front of the cameras, no more. He never intended to leave, the winning thing is a throwaway line. This club is a cash machine for him, why does he need to get a trophy?

    Charnley still controls the purse, and is the pilot of Ashleys business remit. We have a manager with a middling career pattern who accepts the Head Coach ( this is the team, work with it) ethos, and at the moment while other teams are signing firms and shaking hands, we have the same squad that tried to relegate us.

    it’s going to get a bit rough and choppy I think.

  • 98 mickalfas // Jun 18, 2015 at 7:45 AM

    If he won’t go now ,he will never leave after the new TV deal kicks in after next season
    What a fcuking nightmare scenario,years and years of this parasite ,sucking in every penny out of us,giggling to himself
    My old mother always said that we’re too soft when it comes to money
    Rip me off I’m a Geordie !!

  • 99 Jib // Jun 18, 2015 at 7:47 AM

    It looks like Cabaye is returning for a seasons loan which would seem a good solution for all parties.
    McLaren gets his much needed midfield playmaker
    Yohan gets match time to claim his place with Les Bleus next Summer
    The Club avoids spending big dosh on an ageing player
    PSG keep a player happy and get his wages covered for a season

  • 100 Tsunki // Jun 18, 2015 at 7:51 AM

    At least it appears that those attracted by the cheap st deals are backing off seeing as the stuff on display isn’t worth it even for nowt. If anything will motivate this lot it’s a loss of revenue.

  • 101 Jail for Ashley // Jun 18, 2015 at 7:52 AM

    I believe that because of lack of investment and the realisation that Carver was here till the end of the season at least, the players felt they had been duped again regarding the top ten bonus, an argument ensued with the club refusing to back down, it was agreed that the top ten bonus would be paid after all in the week before the W Ham game.
    Just a theory.

    Ashley Out.

  • 102 will die for the toon army // Jun 18, 2015 at 7:56 AM

    U never see our signings coming. All I remember was Cabella and Debuchy.

  • 103 Jail for Ashley // Jun 18, 2015 at 7:59 AM

    Ron Knee,
    Tbh, it’s still early days and the window hasn’t opened yet but the fact that we have been repeatedly told that our recruitment process is long term yet we still haven’t made a statement with a decent CB doesn’t bode well. If he doesn’t get to bring in his own staff and he gets shafted with player recruitment and doesn’t walk, we know this incentive based conract to win something is a load of guff and he’s taken the kings shilling to keep us mid table and in the zombie state we’ve existed in for the last four years.

    Ashley Out.

  • 104 will die for the toon army // Jun 18, 2015 at 8:05 AM

    For me i get tired of speculations. NUFC doesntlike media coveragevso we will waitvin corners until something is annnounced. Am sure no one knows e amount on table.

  • 105 will die for the toon army // Jun 18, 2015 at 8:11 AM

    Mike Ashley is a twat but not that stupid. Doesnt he see how rich he has become after e purchase of NUFC. He can never lose that Sportsdirect is talked abt everytime they talk abt NUFC.
    And come on its a poor side. It’s now in e handsof the so called Board. And we have an MD who ddoesn’t speak at all.

  • 106 lesh // Jun 18, 2015 at 8:35 AM

    So,71 days after saying he’d arrange it, Charnley eventually gets round to fixing a date for the extraordinary FF.

    The 71 days is bad enough but to ignore the Forum members’ reminders is disgraceful in itself. Charnley has demonstrated complete contempt for fans and the whole concept of the Forum.

    I’d hope the Forum members press him for am apology, clarification of Ashley’s intent and assurances about player comings and goings.

    Oh, and a date for the final of the three scheduled meetings for last season.

    Oh, and increasing the FF frequency back to its original four!

  • 107 Owldman // Jun 18, 2015 at 9:05 AM

    West Ham are sure to get Austin, they are a London club wich means the lad dosent need to up sticks, as for Carroll I think we should steer well clear of him . I’ve no doubt they are lining up the excuses already, player wanted too much wages,player didnt want to come to Toon, player overpriced, etc, etc,All this talk about Austin,& we haven’t even spoken to his agent, , I’ve no doubt we will be linked with dozens of players over the summer, by the press of course.

  • 108 The overrated Frenchman // Jun 18, 2015 at 10:25 AM

    I think Austin is a sure thing, once we can iron out the sticking points. Those being:
    Charnley won’t pay the transfer fee asked
    Charnley won’t pay the wages asked
    Carr won’t get his required cut
    Austin doesn’t want to move up north
    Austin doesn’t doesn’t want to be part of this basket-case masquerading as a football club…

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