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So What Are Newcastle Doing In The Transfer Window?

9:14 am, Sunday, June 28th, 2015 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 92 Comments

It could be that Lee Charnley and company are working hard behind the scenes and looking to sign some top players for Newcastle, but while other clubs are starting to make their signings, there’s nothing from Newcastle – absolutely nothing – and Steve McClaren hasn’t even announced one coach who will be part of his coaching team this season.

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Lee Charnley – what’s he doing?

Perception is reality, and the perception at Newcastle is that we are not going after our targets with any genuine urgency or ambition.

And because of last season, when  it looked with three games to go like we would be relegated,  extreme urgency is needed in this transfer window.

Yes – we know there is still plenty of time left before September rolls around – but if any club in the PL needed to make a top early signing in this transfer window it was Newcastle.

The other thing that’s starting to frustrate Newcastle fans is that we were told by Mike Ashley and also by top executive Lee Charnley, that Newcastle would go out and spend (big) money this summer and build a good team.

The goals for Newcastle next season also have some ambition behind them – sorry if you just spit out your corn flakes in shock – but the official targets are to finish in the top eight in the Premier League and try to win one of the cups.

Notice the word is to try to win cups, which we haven’t done since 2006.

So for the first time in the last eight years, since Mike Ashley bought the club, Newcastle will try to win something.

It’s difficult to know what’s really happening behind the scenes as we’ve said,  but Newcastle have more money than most in the Premier League, and after all we are still the 19th richest club in the world.

And yet we haven’t been close to signing one player,  while other clubs outside the top six like West Ham and Swansea are making some good signings.

Newcastle need to get more urgency and more ambition in this important summer transfer window, and start bringing in some good players.

And that lack of communication at the club is again there for all to see.

Just like nothing was said (or done) when we lost eight games in a row, there has been no executive communication coming out of the club in the last few weeks.

Even Steve McClaren – who we suppose is the official mouthpiece of the club – has been quiet over the last week.

Why don’t Newcastle – Lee Charnley – issue a communique to the fans saying what they are trying to do?

Good communication in an organization never hurt anything, and that has been one of the main factors why there is frustration with Newcastle fans – we never know what’s going on.

The communication from the club to the fans – who are interested in anything about their club – has been little short of shameful over the last eight years.

It’s something the club needs to improve significantly.

Tags: Newcastle News · Other News · Recruitment · Transfer News and Rumours

92 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Jib // Jun 28, 2015 at 9:16 AM

    It being the last Sunday before the window opens I expected a real flurry of transfer stories.
    It is eerily quiet , the calm before the storm perhaps ?

    This is it really

  • 2 hibbit // Jun 28, 2015 at 9:23 AM

    F**K ALL

  • 3 nut meg // Jun 28, 2015 at 9:26 AM

    Anything to report….whispers….anything ?

  • 4 lochinvar // Jun 28, 2015 at 9:28 AM

    Silence is golden
    It’ll be all right on the night
    Wait until the fat lady sings
    Who loves ya baby
    I’m stepping outside I may be gone
    They call her Cushy Butterfield and I wish she was here – probably our best chance of a signing !

  • 5 will die for the toon army // Jun 28, 2015 at 9:30 AM

    No one knows.

    Cant wait to see e players back on Wednesday. I missed them.

  • 6 BandB // Jun 28, 2015 at 9:31 AM

    Perhaps Jib is right.
    After the stunning coup of signing wonder coach Supermac, maybe sensible fans should give him until Christmas to transform our present squad before pestering the club to waste money on buying footballers?

  • 7 Jib // Jun 28, 2015 at 9:34 AM

    Genuine question
    How long after a holiday break does it take the squad to get back up to speed , where they can play competetive 5 , 7 , 11 a sides ?

    Obviously some will take better care of themselves than others.

    SM can’t really assess a players skill levels etc. until they are in A1 condition.

  • 8 lesh // Jun 28, 2015 at 9:34 AM

    Yes, what is Charnley doing?

    As Ed says, he’s a poor MD who hasn’t even got the sense to get McClaren’s backroom staff signed up.

    He’ll succeed in pi$$ing the HC off before the season gets under way and that being so, another bad season beckons.

    Ashley, get a grip of Charnley, kick his backside into action or get rid of him.

  • 9 Jib // Jun 28, 2015 at 9:36 AM

    Like a Candyman’s trumpet you steal me young heart away

  • 10 will die for the toon army // Jun 28, 2015 at 9:36 AM

    I dream that it’s the clubz strategy to keep things quiet and annouce all signings once. To boost STs.
    Bost, Matip and Thauvin were talked to and it went quiet. I think its done deals waiting for announcement.
    One day we r competing with Sunderland for the PSV capt. Now no one is talking abt it. Done deal.
    And then we concentrate on Austin and selling utility players.
    Even Mcclaren is quiet. He knows all is going well.
    Let me hop am not dreaming some one wake me up.

  • 11 Jib // Jun 28, 2015 at 9:40 AM

    Mock ye not
    SM has a track record of turning dross into world beaters.

  • 12 Average_Contents // Jun 28, 2015 at 9:41 AM


    More eloquently put than I could ever manage after the Bullshit that spews forth from jeffs mouth.

    Well done for that.

  • 13 spitfire_ // Jun 28, 2015 at 9:41 AM

    The word “window” confuse all the morons in the club. When the window is open, they just l?ok through him, because this is what you do with the windows… look through them.

  • 14 BandB // Jun 28, 2015 at 9:41 AM


    I’m not mocking Steve.
    I’m mocking you.

  • 15 Bambams // Jun 28, 2015 at 9:43 AM

    If we are trying to convince prospective targets (Austin, Bost) that we are now heading in the right way y making some good signings we need to hurry up.

    If I was one of our targets I would wait to see the calibre of player they ‘signed’ before committing

    I don’t rate Charnley on this transfer business

  • 16 will die for the toon army // Jun 28, 2015 at 9:48 AM

    Charnely started his reign we signed 6 players got replacement for Debuchy. Lost e battle on Lacazzatte and Tony (Southampton loanee). Which were e main signings lost Mbiwa no replacement wrong move.

    Lost Pardew made a call on Carver good at that time didnt have a bad start. Then it all went wrong.

    Had a crisis meeting tried to bring Mcclaren in last 3 games failed, talked to e players without Carver got their motivation up, made up Colocinni letter got e fans back, we didnt get relagated, Got MA to speak and watch e last game.

    Got Mcclaren for the next 8 years, Got MA to step down and set up a Football board. The story continues.

    I wld give him 6 out of 10. Not a bad start. For 38 yr old MD.

  • 17 Tsunki // Jun 28, 2015 at 9:48 AM

    Yes. How can McLaren be expected to decide on the fate of players like Williamson or the first team candidacy of ones like Dummet, gouffran, colback.. nooooo…. Surely he has to see them in action, a few seasons of dross can’t possibly be an indicator that replacements are needed.

    Not so serious answer btw.

    We will begin pre season trying to crack that perfect cross to Willo, and gouffran being converted into the new Su Downing.

  • 18 Average_Contents // Jun 28, 2015 at 9:49 AM

    Regardless of what shteve could do with the current squad I think it’s plain to see what’s needed in order to push us forward.

    Namely, defenders and strikers. Everyman and his blind dog knows this but let’s rely on shteve in order to save the club a few quid and make do.

    Do one you fcuking trampy twat.

    Is it just me or is jeff the last twat standing? Awfully quiet for a change it actually feels strange. Just those annoying adds to disappear and we’ve cracked it people 😉

  • 19 will die for the toon army // Jun 28, 2015 at 9:51 AM


    Wat if they r our first signings wat shld they do. May b signing Austin and Dost was e bench mark to show ambition and then move on. We can start with CM.

  • 20 Jib // Jun 28, 2015 at 9:51 AM

    Pardew wanting Krul may have legs
    The unconsidered factor in it is Andy Woodman going to Crystal Palace and Eric Steele coming from Derby

    Didn’t know Krul was on £40 grand a week like

  • 21 Jib // Jun 28, 2015 at 9:54 AM


    Are you a big lass and a bonny lass who likes her beer ?

    I knew you were mocking me

    Thats why I said

    “mock ye not ” doh

    For a wannabe journo your English comprehension is execrable.

  • 22 will die for the toon army // Jun 28, 2015 at 9:55 AM

    We surely need to get a CB. We have had e worst defence for e last 8 years. Even wen we finished 5th we had a goal difference of +5. I think e rest is zero.

    And Pardew could nt see that.

  • 23 Tsunki // Jun 28, 2015 at 10:02 AM

    Have to say Jeff, and on the English comprehension thing, glass houses and all that, your composition of post 11 was ambiguous. How did you not comprehend that?

  • 24 Jib // Jun 28, 2015 at 10:03 AM

    It is because Andy Woodman is going to Palace that Krul talked to Pardew

  • 25 Jib // Jun 28, 2015 at 10:08 AM

    You are to be commended for rushing to a ladies defense.
    Very gallant
    Michael Heseltine did the same for Maggie until he saw the light

  • 26 Brummie // Jun 28, 2015 at 10:10 AM

    Hibbit you took the words right out my mouth…..Newcastle are a joke of a club….seriously they don’t care about us. All they care about is making money from football players. Ashley Out Now

  • 27 expatmag // Jun 28, 2015 at 10:11 AM

    I referred to the current squad on a previous thread.

    Last season, after a shocking start under an abject manager, inept coach and a terrible injury list, we were a top 20 team until Carver took control.

    Think what we could be like under a quality experienced coaching team with the addition of at least 3 premium players in key positions.

    Things nay not be as bad as some might think.

  • 28 expatmag // Jun 28, 2015 at 10:12 AM


    Krul hasnt talked to Pardew at all

  • 29 one fine day // Jun 28, 2015 at 10:13 AM

    So far sweet F A then.
    When is this fans forum meeting meant be ? You know the urgent one chinless brought forward to ” before seasons end”?
    Again where is the communication from this club ? The complete lack of respect they have for fans ( you know the ones who without you wouldn’t have have a f@@ king club in the first place) is just astounding .
    Any one have any idea how the st are selling? I am hoping poorly until
    Some sort of ambition is demonstrated .

  • 30 Tsunki // Jun 28, 2015 at 10:18 AM

    Jeff au contraire, I was rushing to point out what an ass you are to all and sundry using all opportunities to pick a fight.

    Btw I can testify to BandB being quite capable of defending herself 🙁

  • 31 Jib // Jun 28, 2015 at 10:20 AM

    I agree
    However it is the 3 key players brought in that is the problem.
    They have to hit the ground running , and assessing which foreign players will quickly adapt to the EPL is a constant headache for coaches.
    That’s why I think Austin rather than Bas Dost or Mitrovic
    Even the best defenders find the speed of the prem disconcerting at first so we should be looking at fellow EPL clubs defenders (we may be for all I know)

  • 32 lesh // Jun 28, 2015 at 10:20 AM

    If Charnley’s budget won’t allow for signings now, he’ll be wondering why there’s no money.

    Well, he shouldn’t have too much thinking to do.

    Assuming ST sales are at say 10000 and he’s budgeted for 30000 @ say £500 each, then his budget’s short of £10m cash!

    That would be handy to have wouldn’t it?

    Ah, thinks he, it’s them nasty fans what’s responsible – they haven’t renewed so players have got to be sold before we can buy.

    Expect the FF to be told it’s the fans what’s the problem, not the so-called board!

    Speaking of which, are it’s members able or willing to start asking Charnley pointed questions about the lack of incoming transfers?

    Isn’t that what a board’s for?

  • 33 Jib // Jun 28, 2015 at 10:26 AM

    Re Krul
    My bad
    I misread a Dutch site that says he wants talks with SM before deciding to talk to AP

  • 34 expatmag // Jun 28, 2015 at 10:28 AM


    I agree Austin is a priority. We should meet his demands and possibly more.

    Ron Vlaar has premiership experience and could do a job for a couple of seasons whilst young Lascelles learns from him.

    I would also bring in Tom Ince. Young talented and english and relatively cheap.

  • 35 Toonmania // Jun 28, 2015 at 10:31 AM

    LC is probably on holiday

  • 36 will die for the toon army // Jun 28, 2015 at 10:36 AM


    I think thats plan C

  • 37 expatmag // Jun 28, 2015 at 10:37 AM


    The sky money more than pays for the player and staff salaries whilst season ticket money would probably be divided up between the clubs operating and transfer budget.

    I would imagine any fans forum discussion would answer the clubs assertion the fans were to blame by not renewing season tickets by telling them to show some ambition by spending the 34 million quid in the bank on quality players and then maybe the fans might just decide to come back.

    Until then……..

  • 38 Jib // Jun 28, 2015 at 10:40 AM

    I would imagine Carr and Chanley are in the Czech Republic that’s where all the agents are this week.

  • 39 will die for the toon army // Jun 28, 2015 at 10:44 AM

    Carr sells e club to the player. Charnely negociates the contract & Price. Mcclaren explains where he will play him.

    This was all done by the Traditional Manager.

  • 40 cestriasteve // Jun 28, 2015 at 10:49 AM


    I doubt whether anyone gives a monkeys about ST sales, there must be a lot of people like me who are on the scheme, we have to give notice in Feb. I think of giving up our ticket for the forthcoming season. I bet the drop off from last season is pretty minimal.

    On transfers, I’ve got no doubt we’ll sell before we buy Cisse and Tiote I would imagine and with Krull changing agents him to. net spend 5 million, Charlie Austin, lol not a hope. Thauvin do we really want to go there? We will be picking round the championship at best. I think the future is a bit grim.

  • 41 NUFC FOR SALE // Jun 28, 2015 at 10:50 AM


    Its absolutely ridiculous to expect a professional football club to announce their transfer business to the world just to keep a bunch of fans happy.

    come on Ed get real…….how exactly would telling fans everything that is being done, who their targets are, going to help the situation in getting players for the right price.

    Oh yeah lets just broadcast to the world so it pushes up the price and informs other clubs who we’re after.

    Bunch of dafties

  • 42 optimistic prime // Jun 28, 2015 at 10:50 AM


    You’ve already claimed that our scouts are at the under 21’s, then in the next post you put up a link that claiming Carr was in France.

    Shame that the official list of scouts at the under 21’s shows there’s no representatives from NUFC at the tournament.

    Shame you decided to forget I’d already pointed this out to you.

    If you’re going to make claims that our scouts are somewhere one destination should do.

  • 43 optimistic prime // Jun 28, 2015 at 10:53 AM

    Saying that if you post a claim everyday, one will eventually be right

  • 44 cestriasteve // Jun 28, 2015 at 10:56 AM

    OP, seriously no scouts at the euros? Scary fact that!!

  • 45 optimistic prime // Jun 28, 2015 at 10:56 AM

    Sunderland to offer Harper a one year deal??

  • 46 optimistic prime // Jun 28, 2015 at 11:02 AM


    There’s other links also

  • 47 chasing_rabbits // Jun 28, 2015 at 11:15 AM

    Not a bad read… Would certainly make some sense of the situation…

  • 48 Jib // Jun 28, 2015 at 11:17 AM

    Keep Up
    Carr and Charnley wouldn’t be on any list of scouts , they are both board members.
    They are not there to scout you plug , they are there to meet agents.

    Starting to have serious concerns about you.
    You either only post pops at other posters or links to news about the Mackems , very worrying.
    Classic scum infiltration tactics.

  • 49 optimistic prime // Jun 28, 2015 at 11:20 AM

    Is this what’s really happening, I suspect most fans will hope so.

  • 50 optimistic prime // Jun 28, 2015 at 11:22 AM


    Keep up it’s op not ap

    That’s a stretch even by your standards.

    So the chief scout isn’t a chief scout he’s a board member now?

    Ok, who’s scouting?

  • 51 Jib // Jun 28, 2015 at 11:30 AM

    Do you really think Carr is the only scout
    He is the chief of quite a big network

  • 52 Sav // Jun 28, 2015 at 11:35 AM

    For once, a decent article from Supermac:

  • 53 optimistic prime // Jun 28, 2015 at 11:35 AM


    You should have pointed out to Blackley Carr wasn’t doing all the scouting, he wouldn’t have been so upset with Carr and may not have got banned.

  • 54 overtheline // Jun 28, 2015 at 11:37 AM

    JackButler // Feb 19, 2012 at 10:41 AM

    Love him or loath him but Mike Ashley had brought a business model and scouting system to Newcastle that is the envy of a lot of clubs and will be a future model for clubs.

    Now isn’t this an interesting take – 3 years down the line !

  • 55 optimistic prime // Jun 28, 2015 at 11:38 AM

    A bunch of freelance scouts touting players for their agents would make a lot of sense considering.

    Has Carr got a dog like Harry?

  • 56 jazzyp // Jun 28, 2015 at 11:38 AM

    Chasing rabbits
    Would make a lot of sense with the Financial year ending and the fans forum coming up.
    Then again maybe us fans grasping at straws

  • 57 Charlie in the Gallowgate // Jun 28, 2015 at 11:38 AM

    So what are the TOON doning in the transfer market – one word sums it up NOWT!!!!! as Charmless could be on holiday until the end of August as far as we know

  • 58 Mister Tuff // Jun 28, 2015 at 11:38 AM

    It is always pleasant to see bloggers post using relatively unusual words or words that are not in common usage.
    I noted jib’s use of the word execrable this morning when he was having a dig at BandB.
    It is interesting that the only other person to use that word -execrable on this blog that I am aware of………………………………………………………………………………………………………’ve guessed – Jeff from Benwell.

  • 59 Lindisfarne // Jun 28, 2015 at 11:38 AM

    “I was going for the ball Ref!”

  • 60 Rotonda heights // Jun 28, 2015 at 11:43 AM


    well 50000 like you with the same attitude unfortunately perpetuates the misery of ashley.

    making a stand and walking away is admirable but just saying it won’t make any difference is not. Evil succeeds by good men doing nothing.

  • 61 will die for the toon army // Jun 28, 2015 at 11:47 AM

    Niceiarticle its wat I thought too

  • 62 Jib // Jun 28, 2015 at 11:53 AM

    Comparing a knob like Ernie Clay to MA is a bit naughty.

    He treated SBR worse than Fat Freddy.

    He tried to get permission to build riverside flats at the Cottage but was prevented by a covenant on the ground.

    Ended up robbing a very financially weak Fulham of £5 million

    I’ve got to say I saw the McDonald managed Fulham play at SJP and they were nice to watch.

  • 63 jazzyp // Jun 28, 2015 at 11:56 AM

    See Chelsea linked with mitrovic. Do you think sometimes than big clubs buy these type of players just to tie them up and stop us “Mediocre” teams having a successful player.
    Take Ba or Remy…….Were a hit with us but crashed and burned with a bigger club

  • 64 expatmag // Jun 28, 2015 at 12:01 PM


    I have no doubts about it. Chelsea and Man City are serial offenders. Look at how many players Chelsea loan out each season.

  • 65 ToonFromLeeds // Jun 28, 2015 at 12:10 PM

    Ok then

  • 66 optimistic prime // Jun 28, 2015 at 12:12 PM


    Has or where is Remy going/went?


    I’d like to see all inter league loans banned.

    It may make young talent think twice about joining a bigger club, then stay at their parent club for first team football.
    Or go abroad to develop, both a win win for the development of young players.

    The result of a young English prospect moving to a bigger club usually results in a handful of games over 2 years then going on loan, its no good for anyone.

  • 67 beermonkey // Jun 28, 2015 at 12:12 PM

    expat / jazzy

    Chelsea are doing to a lot of buying low sell high so they stay with in the ffp last couple of season they have sold loads most wont play for the club like lakaku but they made a lot on him same with others

  • 68 jazzyp // Jun 28, 2015 at 12:16 PM


    Sorry mate didn’t realise I was in a grammar class

  • 69 Belfast // Jun 28, 2015 at 12:18 PM

    If we sign them and they do well Chelsea and Man city for example would have to pay more money for them two years down the line a lot more money in some cases.

  • 70 beermonkey // Jun 28, 2015 at 12:20 PM


    look at city they are desperate for home grown players as they are already short on squad number because of ffp fine and lowering the numbers of players registered and if they cant fill there home grown limit it will get lowered again
    they will pay for sterling and or Wiltshire and they will be available in around 3 years for 5 mill each

    if the fa want to improve the national side they should encourage talented kids to steer clear of the champions league teams till they get to a place in there career when they can dictate terms like games in there contracts

  • 71 jazzyp // Jun 28, 2015 at 12:20 PM


    Agree mate. Take Sinclair, A talent at Swansea, goes to Citeh and has wasted some of the best seasons of his career

  • 72 optimistic prime // Jun 28, 2015 at 12:22 PM

    In league loans

  • 73 ToonFromLeeds // Jun 28, 2015 at 12:22 PM

    can’t believe the mackems wanna sign Harper

  • 74 will die for the toon army // Jun 28, 2015 at 12:25 PM

    Big clubs r surrounded by good players do they have a plan A abd B but us mediocre clubs have only plan A.

    u can imagine we had almost e same injuries as united but they finished 4th. Us 15th

  • 75 martoon // Jun 28, 2015 at 12:25 PM
    This seems credible except for the fact that July 1st is when the transfer window opens so technically no transfers can be done until then so presumably clubs announcing signings are in advance of 1st July therefore why can’t NUFC do the same????

  • 76 jazzyp // Jun 28, 2015 at 12:26 PM


    Surely Those two players mentioned especially Wiltshire would be able to dictate game time. The lad is further on in his career.
    I just don’t understand apart from the money side of things why a player would go and sit on the sub’s bench and waste the best days of there career away.

  • 77 optimistic prime // Jun 28, 2015 at 12:27 PM


    Cheers for the answer to my question.


    It’s been happening for years, no amount of quotas will sort it.

    Do you know where Remy is going or went?

  • 78 Graeme // Jun 28, 2015 at 12:30 PM

    Expat @ 63 – it would make sense denying their challengers some good players, if you could justify the astronomic costs involved.
    There would be little point in buying up players to stop the likes of us becoming competitive though.
    Teams like us are not going to be a challenger to Chelski within the next 4 years at least – if ever.

  • 79 jazzyp // Jun 28, 2015 at 12:31 PM


    Even Ashley is not stupid to go into next season with the current crop of players we have available.
    I read somewhere that next summer we will lose another 5-6 first team players through there contracts ending.
    Unless he wants us in the fizzy pop league then I do think he will invest. Setting myself up for a fall maybe but I do believe

  • 80 jazzyp // Jun 28, 2015 at 12:34 PM

    Get French Football ?@GFN_France · 2 hrs2 hours ago
    Manchester United and Liverpool are front runners for the signing of AS Monaco defender Aymen Abdennour, according to L’Équipe.

    Another one bites the dust !

  • 81 beermonkey // Jun 28, 2015 at 12:37 PM


    I think there are a couple of factors to reach the top in any sport u have to have a certain belief in ur ability
    they believe there that good
    agents telling them there that good
    and then money most clubs that would do a better job of developing these players will pay them 2 3 mill a year the top 4 will give them 5 and where is the agent going to push them

  • 82 beermonkey // Jun 28, 2015 at 12:39 PM

    don’t think remy has signed for any1 yet but I think palace and west ham were looking

  • 83 lesh // Jun 28, 2015 at 12:39 PM


    That argument from the Mag that signings may be delayed to ensure transfer buy costs are allocated to the 2015/16 year has one weakness: There’s nothing to prohibit signings being made in this current year and costs being allocated to 2014/15 if contracts are effective from 1 July and fees paid then. If fees need to be paid over before the new accounting year, then they could be paid as long as the cost is allocated to the new year.

    If it is the case that agreements have been made, there’s no reason why they can’t be announced – unless Charnley’s been told that that’s the way it’s to be.

    We haven’t got a Finance Director to offer Charnley professional advice on the matter so Charnley, who is not an accredited accountant, will have to use his own limited judgement on the matter.

    How Ashley can even consider scrimping on the cost of an FD further confirms he’s running the Club as though he were selling tat from a barrow on the Quayside – by the seat of his pants and without any planning.

    What a shambles.

  • 84 Jib // Jun 28, 2015 at 12:41 PM

  • 85 optimistic prime // Jun 28, 2015 at 12:42 PM


    Along with banning loans I’d make players pay agents fees.

    They always want maximum fee to get there cut.

    Why should the club pay it, if the player had to pay I’m pretty sure the agent fees would drop pretty quick. Would stop loads of money leaving football.

  • 86 optimistic prime // Jun 28, 2015 at 12:45 PM


    Cheers, Chelsea are linked with everyone to replace him. He’s still there and didn’t they agree to loan Falcao? How many strikers do they need? 😉

  • 87 beermonkey // Jun 28, 2015 at 12:45 PM


    is it only football that the buying club pay the agents
    actors pay a % of what they earn

  • 88 overtheline // Jun 28, 2015 at 12:47 PM

    The Mag piece is optimistic we’ll sign players after 1st July. But as Martoon says there is no obstacle to us negotiating and agreeing transfers beforehand. So its a bit hopeful to think we’ll suddenly annouce a trio of players on 1st July. Or even one player.

    I suspect Penfold’s negotiating skills are as bad as Lamearse was. Maybe Mr Ashley will swoop down from on high and take control, as he did with the French connection window and save the Toon from lower league oblivion, earning the unending gratitude of Toon fans who raise him shoulder high, and cheer him to the rooftops.

    What an excerable prospect. You couldn’t make it up.

  • 89 martoon // Jun 28, 2015 at 12:49 PM

    lesh @82 Agreed. I think you’ve put it more eloquently than me 🙂
    OP @ 84 Good idea about agents fees – after all the agents are employed by the players therefore they should pay them which is the norm, say, in show biz etc.

  • 90 ToonFromLeeds // Jun 28, 2015 at 12:57 PM

    Just typical

  • 91 leonado_keng // Jun 28, 2015 at 2:57 PM

    We’re being lied with the big liar from…..
    What the matter if Newcastle spends money not more than 10 million pound and sell the key player like cisse to Besictas ?

  • 92 mactoon // Jun 28, 2015 at 3:21 PM

    “we were told by Mike Ashley and also by top executive Lee Charnley, that Newcastle would go out and spend (big) money this summer and build a good team”

    That’s not how I remembered it..

    He said he would continue to invest in the club and were now able to punch above our weight.. but not that we are going to..

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