Disconnect Between Newcastle And Fans On Transfers

There’s a report in the Chronicle today that it’s their understanding that Steve McClaren is hoping to make our first signing in the transfer market in the next two weeks, and that Steve hopes to have a player in before the first pre-season game at Gateshead.

The first friendly at the International Stadium on Friday 10th July, just before the lads fly out to the US for their three game tour starting at Milwaukee against Club Atlas at the Miller Park on Tuesday, 14th July.

steve mcclaren nufc smiling

Steve McClaren – still hasn’t got coaching team in place

Here is Newcastle’s pre-season schedule in full.

Fri 10th July (8:00 pm)Gateshead
International StadiumW 1-0
Tue 14th July (8:00 pm CT - 2:00 am Wed Newcastle time)Club Atlas
Miller Park, MilwaukeeL 2-1
Sat 18th July (8:00 pm PT - 4:00 am Sun Newcastle time)Sacramento RepublicBonney Field, SacramentoW 1-0
Tue 21st July (7.30 pm PT - 3:30 am Wed Newcastle time)Portland Timbers
Providence Park, PortlandL 4-3
Sun 26th July (1:00 pm)
Sheffield United
Bramall LaneD 2-2
Wed 29th July (7:45 pm)
York City
Bootham CrescentL 2-1
Sat 1st August (3:00 pm)
Borussia Mönchengladbach
St. James' ParkL 1-0

If that’s true then there is quite a disconnect between what the fans are expecting and what the club is doing in the transfer market at the moment.

The Magpies are reported to be close to signing both Bas Dost of Wolfsburg and Charlie Austin of QPR, but we still have some work to do to get any of those players through the door.

We reported yesterday that Dost’s coach at the German club – Dieter Hecking – advised him not to move to Newcastle:

“Why does Bas want to go there?” “He can play in the next season’s Champions League with us.”

“”He will not be able to do that next season at Newcastle nor probably in the following season at Newcastle.”

“We don’t want to let any of our players go.”

And news in the Express late last night that Newcastle are now in the lead to sign Charlie Austin is difficult to believe.

But after losing nine of our last eleven games in the league under John Carver, that would suggest Newcastle  need to strengthen the squad big time this summer, and we’ve been told money is available.

Just how much money is available has been reported to be anywhere between £25M and £60M – so take your choice.

Steve McClaren still has to announce his coaching staff, with time passing by and just one week to go before the players start reporting back from their summer break.

Newcastle need to show more urgency in their efforts to get both players and coaches into the club – it’s not like we finished in the top six in the Premier League last season.

In fact we finished in the bottom six.

Comments welcome.

216 comments so far

  • Jib

    Jun 24, 2015 at 9:02 AM

    Comment #1

    Everyone needs to place the tips of their middle finger together with the tips of their thumbs and incant ” Hhuuummmmmmm” over and over.
    Also save this link to our preferred media partner
    If you check this out now,you will be struck by how little actual real transfer news there is thus far.
    This is not because the board is incompetent or Ashley hates Geordies or the Greek economy is a joke .
    All the young decent players in Europe are busy in the Czech Republic until 30 June and the rest are on holiday.

  • Grafton83

    Jun 24, 2015 at 9:05 AM

    Comment #2

    How come other clubs have made lots of signings then, Liverpool are on about 5. Hhuuummmmmmm

  • welshgeordie9

    Jun 24, 2015 at 9:09 AM

    Comment #3

    The way it’s going at the moment with no players in, mcclaren will go before the Gateshead match nevermind Southampton.

  • spitfire_

    Jun 24, 2015 at 9:10 AM

    Comment #4

    One signing in the next 2 weeks… maybe. So this was the result of “the positive week” according to McClaren.

  • Lindisfarne

    Jun 24, 2015 at 9:10 AM

    Comment #5

    Same old. Same old.

  • lesh

    Jun 24, 2015 at 9:10 AM

    Comment #6

    I think we all know by now that the word ‘urgency’ is not in Charnley’s vocabulary.

    Apart from trying to impress Mickey boy by nt spending money, I wonder just what he’s been doing for the past few weeks?

    Could he be on holiday? It wouldn’t surprise me in the least!

  • croftus5678

    Jun 24, 2015 at 9:14 AM

    Comment #7

    @5 lindis


    we need something to happen as the more the days go bye the less us fans believe.

  • Jib

    Jun 24, 2015 at 9:15 AM

    Comment #8

    I think the Liverpool squad have met Brendan the dwarf and the Brazilian signing while looking good has been forced by Sterling getting pinched by Man City
    NUFC’s squad have yet to meet Supermac
    I’d rather buy what we require rather than panic buying.
    Past summers were spent wondering how Fat Freddy had wasted the clubs money this time.

  • Lindisfarne

    Jun 24, 2015 at 9:16 AM

    Comment #9
  • Blackley and Brownlie

    Jun 24, 2015 at 9:17 AM

    Comment #10

    Two weeks flappy birds How will the flappy birds last two weeks? You’ll be biting each other’s heads off.

    But remember. In Carr you trust. Even Jail gives Ashley credit for appointing the old man. You couldn’t make it up.

  • hibbit

    Jun 24, 2015 at 9:19 AM

    Comment #11

    welshgeordie9 ……. that could be closer to the truth than you think Mc is said to be very unhappy with the way things are going and the offers made to coaches he lined up

  • Jail for Ashley

    Jun 24, 2015 at 9:22 AM

    Comment #12

    I said appointing Carr was one of the rare good things Mashers has done for the club, you have mentioned this about five times now, what is your point ?

  • Jib

    Jun 24, 2015 at 9:24 AM

    Comment #13

    Supermac unhappy ?
    Really ?
    Where did you get this pearl ?
    Your brother know someone down the pub who knows McClarens missus dog groomer ?

  • Blackley and Brownlie

    Jun 24, 2015 at 9:25 AM

    Comment #14

    Old Blackley noted your foul mouth rant to a fellow blogger. How does that advance your blogonomics? You’ve let your yourself down badly there fella.

    Stay calm. Don’t flap. If you trust in our Director of Football to spot the talent, and working as part of the regime, you have nothing to worry about.

  • Lindisfarne

    Jun 24, 2015 at 9:27 AM

    Comment #15


    Despite paying a private PR company and having staff at SJP to deal with the media, publicity, merchandising and hospitality. There are no regular updates from anyone official at the Club and the lack of communication only creates more frustration.

    The Boards perspective may be that whatever is said never believed and attacked. But at least a summary of the current situation regarding existing players, the training ground, the number of coaching candidates currently in conversation, the number of positions in the first team are possibly required and generally discussing the club in a positive light would keep Supporters engaged and less prone to Press / Agent speculation.

  • Mr Magpie

    Jun 24, 2015 at 9:28 AM

    Comment #16

    I am still hopefull that the new much needed signings will arrive but i think a big issue & possibly a major stumblling block that the footballing board have maybe overlooked in signing players apart from the lack of paying competitive wages & the location could be the instability at the club.

    Relegation battles, lack of investment in players & facilities, protests against manager & owner, disharmony from the players, public scoldings from the head coach, lack of competitive desire to win things leading to no European football currently & then they have to sit down with Lee Charnley who has to sell the player his vision for the club.

    They still have time to secure the signings that we need but they are going to have to make sure these players really feel wanted by nufc, not only in financial terms but also in desire to have them playing in our shirt.

    Let McClaren tell them why he wants them here, where he see’s them playing, in what system, talk about his philosophy for the style he wants the club to be associated with & that we want to challenge at the top of the league, win cups, be competitive in European competition.

    They must show them the stadium, walk them through onto the pitch, talk about the history & heritage of our club, utilise legends like Shearer to bring them here because if not then we will not secure the better quality players & we will end up with lower quality players that are maybe players again.

  • hibbit

    Jun 24, 2015 at 9:28 AM

    Comment #17

    jeffrey behave……….. no its coming from a good friend who works for steve gibsons at rockliffe hall / training ground if you dont like it dont read it WUM

  • Jib

    Jun 24, 2015 at 9:28 AM

    Comment #18

    The last Hibbit tidbit
    Carver is defo here until at least Xmas then they’ll look at the league position.
    What it is to be ITK

  • Blackley and Brownlie

    Jun 24, 2015 at 9:30 AM

    Comment #19

    The point is obvious. You must understand it. It makes a rare change for you to give credit to Ashley considering you paint him as the anti-christ. You should remind people of tgat more often. It’s good that you are taking a more balanced view and can give Ashley some credit.

  • hibbit

    Jun 24, 2015 at 9:31 AM

    Comment #20

    lindisfarne ashley owns 55% of that pr company through mash holdings

  • croftus5678

    Jun 24, 2015 at 9:32 AM

    Comment #21

    i’m sideing with jail and all the other carr supporters on this one !

    i too think its one of a few things ash has got correct from the start and i’d hate to think where we would be if he had not got us the quality of some of the players he has done.

    sissoko/siem/debuchy/cabaye/perez/janmaat for a team mostly mid table or relegation fodder he’s found some gems.

    not all have hit i admit but he doesnt get that many wrong.

  • optimistic prime

    Jun 24, 2015 at 9:33 AM

    Comment #22


    The fact NUFC have no representatives at the under 21s kinda blows a hole in your theory

  • hibbit

    Jun 24, 2015 at 9:34 AM

    Comment #23

    jeffrey your a dick head always have been always will be WUM

  • Lindisfarne

    Jun 24, 2015 at 9:37 AM

    Comment #24

    Blackley and Brownlie

    Your words speak for themselves, contrary, facile, rigid and incapable of introspection. You say flap, I say discuss the issues of the day. Are you proud of the fact you draw the most foul mouthed responses? I am sure you are not capable of addressing why that might be.

  • croftus5678

    Jun 24, 2015 at 9:38 AM

    Comment #25

    hmm last season it was the puds linked with every one of our players targeted and this season it seems to be west ham and sunderland !

    anyone get the feeling the papers are just making this stuff up 😉


    Jun 24, 2015 at 9:38 AM

    Comment #26

    Did u used to go by a different name on here?

  • Jib

    Jun 24, 2015 at 9:40 AM

    Comment #27

    Once again your comprehension of written English lets you down.
    In your distasteful haste to debunk every word I say you yet again have totally missed my point
    But I don’t post on here for the school gang.
    I post for the majority who just read and won’t get involved because of people like you

  • Lindisfarne

    Jun 24, 2015 at 9:41 AM

    Comment #28

    hibbit – really?!! Wow! Thanks

    No wonder they are sh#t. How do you publicise without spending any money? It all starts to make sense.

  • Jib

    Jun 24, 2015 at 9:42 AM

    Comment #29

    Your name calling backs up my point that you are an ITK bullsh**ter

  • thevirus

    Jun 24, 2015 at 9:44 AM

    Comment #30

    This is how I see the transfer window going, buy no-one sell at least 4 , then relegated that’s how disconnect I am from the club right now, it’s an absolute shambles, false rumour after false rumour no real communication from the club, and to top it all a shit load of bitches on this blog arguing with each other. It’s time people grew up ( club and blog )

  • musomag

    Jun 24, 2015 at 9:48 AM

    Comment #31

    Squabbling in the ranks and zero transfers going on? I feel like I’ve just logged into the blog of 2014

  • musomag

    Jun 24, 2015 at 9:49 AM

    Comment #32

    Well said thevirus,

    Couldn’t agree more

  • Lindisfarne

    Jun 24, 2015 at 9:50 AM

    Comment #33

    Mr Magpie

    They can offer consistently good competitive football, regular playing time, a large and supportive crowd and higher wages than other European clubs not playing in European competitions. Unfortunately the standard of player that would be attracted is generally low unless the individual is willing to take a gamble on the clubs unfounded optimism. Or the club could present a credible coaching team with a reputation for dynamic and exciting football.

  • SuperShearer

    Jun 24, 2015 at 9:50 AM

    Comment #34

    Those bashing Carr are very naive. He’s the best thing about our clud in the current state it is in. I work next to an Arsenal supporter on one side and a Man Utd fan on the other. I asked them both what / who they would take from Newcastle and they both said: Graham Carr. There’s even rumours that other clubs actively try and follow him round Europe to gauge who he is scouting. Look at the players he has unearthed for us at incredibly prices that allows Ash to then flog at a huge profit.

  • Jail for Ashley

    Jun 24, 2015 at 9:51 AM

    Comment #35

    2013 as well

  • Jib

    Jun 24, 2015 at 9:54 AM

    Comment #36

    Comparing last Summers window to this is fruitless
    Last year we had a manager who had been here 4 years
    Targets we had been chasing since December
    A World Cup to distract the media from making stuff up and the tragic incident over the Ukraine to bring the fans together.

  • lesh

    Jun 24, 2015 at 9:58 AM

    Comment #37

    Mr Magpie

    You jest sir?

    Are you seriously suggesting that Charnley even thinks there’s a need to ‘sell’ the Club to targets?

    Charnley’s got much more important things to busy himself with.

    There’s his holidays, sorting out his to-do list, setting his email ‘out-of-office’, auditing the tea-fund, planning the tea-making rotor…. And so it goes on, decisions, decisions decisions!

    A lesser man would crack under the pressure, but not Penfold – he’s a giant!

  • Jib

    Jun 24, 2015 at 10:01 AM

    Comment #38

    I bet you don’t even know that SJP is staging some games from the Rugby Union World Cup

  • Blackley and Brownlie

    Jun 24, 2015 at 10:03 AM

    Comment #39

    Your anti-Ashley cabal drives most posters away. You now have a long time tight gang who jump on anyone off message. Nobody can answer the question as to how Charnley ended up paying a fortune gor Cabella and Rivi. Someone must have not only idrntified them, but valued them. Perhaps Charnley didca good job in getting tgem gor less than Carr’s valuation. Is anyone duggesting he paid more than Carr’s valuation?

    As to Croftus’ list. There all well known established players. There’s only Perez who looks like he’s been unearthed, although he was sticking through the surface. And he hasn’t made it yet. So what’s the big deal?

  • croftus5678

    Jun 24, 2015 at 10:04 AM

    Comment #40

    imo scouting should be done and they know who they are going for before the season even ended as we employ a head coach who’s only imput in transfers is a yes i want or no i dont imo and that doesnt take more than a few mins.

    they would have also put a list of prices we will pay for those players !

    i just dont get how others can sign players in a matter of days yet the simplist of signings takes us a hell of a lot longer.

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