Newcastle Still Need To Convince Both Fans And Players

Newcastle signed Steve McClaren as the new head coach on Wednesday, 10th June, which is 17 days ago,  and since that time Newcastle have not signed anybody else – in fact not much has happened at Newcastle at all other than us being linked with two or three players every day.

It’s been kind of boring – and Steve still has to announce his coaching team.

Since pre-season starts on Wednesday, he needs to do that fairly soon – maybe over the weekend.

worried looking mike ashley yesterday

Mike Ashley and Lee Charnley – Lee looks in severe pain

Newcastle have made no signings yet in a transfer window that is one of the most important in recent years.

It’s not only that we need to bring in good players this summer, but Newcastle’s name has been diminished in the game over the last three years, and we don’t have the name we once had.

This year hasn’t helped, and we lost eight games in a row and only just avoided relegation.

It’s going to be (very) tough for Newcastle to attract good players this summer, and that’s one reason we need to make a couple of good signings (very) early on in the summer.

That will help convince some of our other transfer targets that Newcastle do indeed plan to build up a good side once again, and want to win something.

That’s what Mike Ashley said on May 24th just before we beat West Ham 2-0 to survive in the Premier League, so we assume that’s still true.

We have the money to spend and in late May received about £78M from the Premier League – just in case we were hard up – which we weren’t.

Getting some good players in will also help us to keep the good players we already have at the club, some of which seem to have itchy feet after what happened this year, when we were the worst performing team in the Premier League – well maybe QPR were a tad worse but they beat us!

The Newcastle fans also still need to be convinced, and if Newcastle’s policies in the transfer market do not change this summer – it will not be a good transfer window.

We cannot compete with the two Manchester clubs, Tottenham, Chelsea, Arsenal and Liverpool – the big six – and we know that because Alan Pardew used to tell us once a month that it was not possible.

Note to Steve McClaren – please don’t ever say this.

But in these last couple of years we cannot seem to compete with the likes of  Everton, Swansea, Stoke, Southampton and West Ham – who are clubs with more ambition than we have.

It’s not that we cannot compete, it seems that we don’t want to, and simply will not pay the big bucks to get good players in.

It’s also to send the word out that Newcastle are back in business, and that we aim not only to finish in the top eight in the league next season, but that we also want to win something.

We believe they are still called trophies these days – those things that clubs win.

Signing some top players early in the summer will send the right message out – not signing top players will say it’s the same old same old at Newcastle – and nothing much has changed.

Lee Charnley and others need to light a fire and start getting some players in, and start showing some real ambition to make Newcastle great again.

Comments welcome.

88 comments so far

  • croftus5678

    Jun 27, 2015 at 4:06 PM

    Comment #1

    we need actions !

    i think our players will improve dont get me wrong but if ash says he wants to win something and theres money ready for a challenge then pull your fingers out and sign top quality please and dont wait for the bargain basement avg players as scraps towards the end of the window please.

  • andrew84

    Jun 27, 2015 at 4:07 PM

    Comment #2

    Charnley patronised the fans a few months ago, ordering them to ‘get behind the team for the remainder of the season just gone.

    We did that. So when is he going to start doing the same? Brown nosing lazy incompetent tw@….


    Jun 27, 2015 at 4:12 PM

    Comment #3

    I agree we shouldnt be relying on the youngsters but they do need a chance in the first team or they will stagnate and disappear, which Kemen no doubt will

  • Graeme

    Jun 27, 2015 at 4:15 PM

    Comment #4

    17 days since he was appointed and we are still waiting for his assistant and coaches to be sorted out. The rumours are plentiful, but there is nobody actually signed up for the jobs yet.

    What on earth are they thinking of? McLaren must be really impressed with his MD to date – absolutely sod all has been done!!!

  • croftus5678

    Jun 27, 2015 at 4:20 PM

    Comment #5

    @3 wwsbrd

    if it were me the first port of call would be a loan until they show they are almost ready for first team.

    they they would be bench for sub’s appearances and injury cover before they got a full 90 mins with the odd cup game or unimportant game thrown in for good measure if that occasion occurs. but never 2 youngsters in a team at the same time.


    Jun 27, 2015 at 4:28 PM

    Comment #6

    A loan to somewhere decent Id take but we dont do that. Look at where Woodman might be going. The rest get split between Scotland and Gateshead which is pointless. Look at Sammy and Dummit both came on leaps and bounds because they got real game time at a decent level, to some extent Id throw Abied in there too

    I dont mind more than 1 youngster in the line up as long as they are up to it which McClaren should be able to decide upon after preseason. Id throw Kemen in a lot of games during this preseason with Aarons and Armstrong see what they are actually about…I dont think we have anyone else who up and coming, maybe Sakta?

  • ilovetoon8788

    Jun 27, 2015 at 4:35 PM

    Comment #7

    as of now, we are actually competing with the likes of Ispwich, Brighton and Sheffield United for players.

    no. really. we can’t compete in the market with any of the premier league teams at the moment.

  • Jib

    Jun 27, 2015 at 4:36 PM

    Comment #8
  • ilovetoon8788

    Jun 27, 2015 at 4:36 PM

    Comment #9

    @Graeme // Jun 27, 2015 at 4:15 PM

    at the rate we are going, we will probably have to do with 4 emergency loans and that’s about it..

  • croftus5678

    Jun 27, 2015 at 4:40 PM

    Comment #10

    @6 wwsbrd


    sterry/cobain/woolston/balraser/longstaff/heaney/roberts/mbabu also who have a good chance of becoming very good players.

    imo arma was hurt by last season reputation wise as was perez who undoubtably stepped up but with better players would have been elevated a lot more as he would have scored more and had more time to show what he could do ect!

    same with dummett like you mentioned if he was the only youngster with good quality players around him then his profile would have looked a hell of a lot better than it did last season ect imo.

    fyi i still dont think dummett should be a first choice cb (which i believe is his best position) but i think he’s earnt that bench spot for injury cover ect.

  • croftus5678

    Jun 27, 2015 at 4:44 PM

    Comment #11

    @8 jib

    scary how a transfer window the what we class as “lower teams” than us are over taking us with there quality of players they are signing that we are not isnt it ?

  • Graeme

    Jun 27, 2015 at 4:45 PM

    Comment #12

    ilovetoon8788 @ 9

    At the rate we are progressing, I can see Mc:aren turning round and saying “Thank, but NO Thanks, I’m offski”

    Then what they going to do? Bring back Carver??


    Jun 27, 2015 at 4:53 PM

    Comment #13

    I dont think any of those will have a future in the PL mate

    Am not sure how either Armstrong or Perez were hurt by last season, in fact am not sure if Perez could of had a better season all things considered, he came from the Spanish second division and was able to get himself on the lips of some big teams. Armstrong barely played but atleast he got to train with the first team which will put him streets ahead of his reserve teammates (look at the terrible coaching our first team get now imagine a less important part of the team and think about the level of coaching they get)

    I think Dummit proved enough last season to get some rotation at CB, was probably our best CB last season for me

  • TudorCrisps

    Jun 27, 2015 at 4:54 PM

    Comment #14

    It cant be looked at like a bad transfer window with no activity because the window simply is not open yet, 2 signings by wednesday morning….

  • TacoFlavoredKisses ForMyBen-arfa

    Jun 27, 2015 at 5:05 PM

    Comment #15

    opening day team/squad


    Bench: gouf, anita, cabela, elliot, 3 foreign low priced, high potential resale scrubs

  • ilovetoon8788

    Jun 27, 2015 at 5:07 PM

    Comment #16


    lol. if that’s our opening day squad. god bless us..

  • TacoFlavoredKisses ForMyBen-arfa

    Jun 27, 2015 at 5:25 PM

    Comment #17


    its sad but true. After we miss out on all the top guys well add some stiffs so MASH and co and say they tried.

    unfortunately, FIFA does not allow you to play players you have only been linked to by the media or made lowball offers for.

  • lesh

    Jun 27, 2015 at 5:28 PM

    Comment #18

    No backroom staff for McClaren and no incoming transfers for the lads reporting back for pre-season.

    What sort of message is that going to send out to them?

    Investment? Ambition? No and no!

    Same frugal and amateurish management? Yup and yup!

    Anticipate our ambitious players seeing this and wondering just what the he’ll they’re doing with us.

    There will be signs of discontent among the players and that doubt’ll surely be reflected among long-suffering fans.

    I’d hate to think that Charnley’s been on holiday while there’s important work to be done and similarly, if he’s pi$$ing about counting pennies well, have these people learned anything? Could Ashley be out of circulation and unavailable to approve deals?

    Something is seriously wrong and unless there’s positive movement very soon, the coming season’s liable to nose-dive from day one and relegation’ll be a real possibility.

    What price Charnley doesn’t turn up at the belated Fans Forum meeting. I’d put money on him being absent and McClaren and Moncur turning up instead. That’d be darned unfair on McClaren considering fans’ frustration and simmering anger but nothing surprises me anymore with this lot.

    I hope the FF doesn’t forget its implied threat of a no-confidence vote.

  • jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew

    Jun 27, 2015 at 5:30 PM

    Comment #19

    I assume still nothing have happened?

    They really are a laughing stock…all of them!

  • jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew

    Jun 27, 2015 at 5:35 PM

    Comment #20

    lesh…if McClaren shows up then honestly then I have no respect for him!

    …if he hasn’t made a air tight contract on what he will and will not be doing then he’s just a big as amateur as Charmless!

    The fact that we don’t have a backroom staff of yet and no players have been signed suggest to me that McClaren has not been doing his due diligence and his contract is not ad air tight as if should be!

  • Belfast

    Jun 27, 2015 at 5:37 PM

    Comment #21

    Jesper do you think they’ve lost the horse and are running around trying to find it ?

  • Charlie in the Gallowgate

    Jun 27, 2015 at 5:40 PM

    Comment #22

    I’ve got a feeling that the team you posted will be near as dam it the team that will start against Southampton if they are fit fro pre season.
    Don’t think the TOON are even trying to get anyone – same as last year lot of players names being banded but no signings and the same Sh*t from Charmless we tried to get players in but they wanted too much cost to much or did not want to come here. Charmless is ashley’s spoiler – liked to know how much he is getting paid to wreck transfer deals

  • will die for the toon army

    Jun 27, 2015 at 5:53 PM

    Comment #23

    This has become too boring no one knows wasts happening its jst guess work and I bet the newspapers r out of wat to guess.

    News has been repeated over and over.

  • leonado_keng

    Jun 27, 2015 at 5:54 PM

    Comment #24

    I think I understand Mike’s strategy that many year ago he tried to push Newcastle to become small club from changing policy in traditional Transfer window NUFC since last chairman and when now he’s achieved, club can’t attract and pursuade top player to join NUFC at all. He will have some excuses to tell fans that I put many efforts but these top players deny to come here which is caused and if they will come I must put a lot money is non-sense, so this transfer window we use a little bit to buy players like younger and old player instead and next next summer we will buy again as he prefer to do some hopes for fans……in the past. What do you think that Mike is thinking now?

  • jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew

    Jun 27, 2015 at 6:02 PM

    Comment #26

    Belfast…I don’t think they ever bought that horse 😉

  • Tsunki

    Jun 27, 2015 at 6:20 PM

    Comment #27

    If you want nostalgia check out the blog in June 2007. We had fat Sam hoping to hold on to a nobbled Owen to keep his strike partner Fat Marco Viduka up to pace, and we were wringing our hands hoping the purchase of David Rozenhal. ( Rozo on the back stick – ours) and…sorry I’m shaking my head as I say this…the prospect of wresting the ageing talent of Geremi from Chelsea. Salad days.

    At least they were has beens, now we are after never wills.

  • will die for the toon army

    Jun 27, 2015 at 6:23 PM

    Comment #28

    I think e protests also puts off the players. We look like a club divided feom Top to Bottom. No organization.

  • will die for the toon army

    Jun 27, 2015 at 6:30 PM

    Comment #29

    We had protests, fought relegation, A manager resigned, divided dressing room, the list goes on. That is a turn off for any player.

  • lesh

    Jun 27, 2015 at 6:35 PM

    Comment #30


    There’s every reason why McClaren should attend Forum meetings, it would be good fir him and the fans – if things were running smoothly at the Club.

    The Club continues to be a shambles and it’s just like Charnley to hide from the questioning he’ll be expecting from fans. He’ll set McClaren up to take it and be ‘unable to attend’ the Forum. If he does that, fans’d have every right to raise their discontent at the shabby treatment the Forum’s had from him.

    I hope it doesn’t come to that but these clowns don’t seem able to read the signs.

  • overtheline

    Jun 27, 2015 at 6:37 PM

    Comment #31

    Isn’t the blog altogether a more pleasant spvr yhr ;ast 24 hrs. Long may it continue.

    Have to say Penfold is as bad as Lame-arse at getting them over the line. I suspect he’s playing hard ball to impress the boss – but in so doing might actually be undoing the best hopes and efforts of the head coach. I want to see the coaching team announced on Monday at the latest. The namesmmentioned are fine. Treat them with respect Penfold. They will earn you your salary and bonuses. Indecision is not gonna help the lads returning to training on Weds = or give them any confidence in the best intentions of Mr Ashley or your abilities.

  • overtheline

    Jun 27, 2015 at 6:37 PM

    Comment #32

    space the last 24hrs

  • DENIro

    Jun 27, 2015 at 6:38 PM

    Comment #33

    Same old sorry river club.. But, De Jong is like a new signing..

  • croftus5678

    Jun 27, 2015 at 6:47 PM

    Comment #34

    @33 deniro

    the whole squad has a new slate mate !

    thats 26 new signings ! i dont know what we are all moaning at ! who else has signed 26 new players so far ?

  • will die for the toon army

    Jun 27, 2015 at 6:57 PM

    Comment #35

    Clean Slate for every one

  • ilovetoon8788

    Jun 27, 2015 at 6:57 PM

    Comment #36


    DarLow Lasceles And Saylor and aarons are all like new signings as well.. Make that already 4 new players!!

  • ilovetoon8788

    Jun 27, 2015 at 6:59 PM

    Comment #38

    Oh anD Marveaux as well. With sdj that’s like already 6 signings!

  • croftus5678

    Jun 27, 2015 at 7:27 PM

    Comment #39

    tbf i’m glad we havent signed anyone as i’m really looking forward to seeing obertan next season ! i really think macca can bring the best outa him and williamson 😉

  • chinleymag

    Jun 27, 2015 at 7:27 PM

    Comment #40

    Geordie race horse trainer and magpie said in todays Racing Post “if you dont pay the going rate someone else will” in reference to NUFCs xfer policy. He is exactly right. With Ashley its his way or no way both in the city and at St James. Recipe for disaster. I think McLaren will walk when the lack of investment becomes apparent unless Ashley decides to join the real world of modern football.On another similar we no best bind set the cretins at ARC racing are ripping out the turf at Gosforth Park against the advice of the majority of racing professionals which to me is just another symptom of the arrogance that runs through organsations such as theirs and Sports Direct


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