So What Are Newcastle Doing In The Transfer Window?

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.

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92 comments so far

  • Jib

    Jun 28, 2015 at 9:16 AM

    Comment #1

    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

  • hibbit

    Jun 28, 2015 at 9:23 AM

    Comment #2

    F**K ALL

  • nut meg

    Jun 28, 2015 at 9:26 AM

    Comment #3

    Anything to report….whispers….anything ?

  • lochinvar

    Jun 28, 2015 at 9:28 AM

    Comment #4

    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 !

  • will die for the toon army

    Jun 28, 2015 at 9:30 AM

    Comment #5

    No one knows.

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

  • BandB

    Jun 28, 2015 at 9:31 AM

    Comment #6

    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?

  • Jib

    Jun 28, 2015 at 9:34 AM

    Comment #7

    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.

  • lesh

    Jun 28, 2015 at 9:34 AM

    Comment #8

    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.

  • Jib

    Jun 28, 2015 at 9:36 AM

    Comment #9

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

  • will die for the toon army

    Jun 28, 2015 at 9:36 AM

    Comment #10

    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.

  • Jib

    Jun 28, 2015 at 9:40 AM

    Comment #11

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

  • Average_Contents

    Jun 28, 2015 at 9:41 AM

    Comment #12


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

    Well done for that.

  • spitfire_

    Jun 28, 2015 at 9:41 AM

    Comment #13

    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.

  • BandB

    Jun 28, 2015 at 9:41 AM

    Comment #14


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

  • Bambams

    Jun 28, 2015 at 9:43 AM

    Comment #15

    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

  • will die for the toon army

    Jun 28, 2015 at 9:48 AM

    Comment #16

    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.

  • Tsunki

    Jun 28, 2015 at 9:48 AM

    Comment #17

    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.

  • Average_Contents

    Jun 28, 2015 at 9:49 AM

    Comment #18

    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 😉

  • will die for the toon army

    Jun 28, 2015 at 9:51 AM

    Comment #19


    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.

  • Jib

    Jun 28, 2015 at 9:51 AM

    Comment #20

    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

  • Jib

    Jun 28, 2015 at 9:54 AM

    Comment #21


    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.

  • will die for the toon army

    Jun 28, 2015 at 9:55 AM

    Comment #22

    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.

  • Tsunki

    Jun 28, 2015 at 10:02 AM

    Comment #23

    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?

  • Jib

    Jun 28, 2015 at 10:03 AM

    Comment #24

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

  • Jib

    Jun 28, 2015 at 10:08 AM

    Comment #25

    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

  • Brummie

    Jun 28, 2015 at 10:10 AM

    Comment #26

    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

  • expatmag

    Jun 28, 2015 at 10:11 AM

    Comment #27

    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.

  • expatmag

    Jun 28, 2015 at 10:12 AM

    Comment #28


    Krul hasnt talked to Pardew at all

  • one fine day

    Jun 28, 2015 at 10:13 AM

    Comment #29

    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 .

  • Tsunki

    Jun 28, 2015 at 10:18 AM

    Comment #30

    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 🙁

  • Jib

    Jun 28, 2015 at 10:20 AM

    Comment #31

    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)

  • lesh

    Jun 28, 2015 at 10:20 AM

    Comment #32

    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?

  • Jib

    Jun 28, 2015 at 10:26 AM

    Comment #33

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

  • expatmag

    Jun 28, 2015 at 10:28 AM

    Comment #34


    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.

  • Toonmania

    Jun 28, 2015 at 10:31 AM

    Comment #35

    LC is probably on holiday

  • will die for the toon army

    Jun 28, 2015 at 10:36 AM

    Comment #36


    I think thats plan C

  • expatmag

    Jun 28, 2015 at 10:37 AM

    Comment #37


    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……..

  • Jib

    Jun 28, 2015 at 10:40 AM

    Comment #38

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

  • will die for the toon army

    Jun 28, 2015 at 10:44 AM

    Comment #39

    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.

  • cestriasteve

    Jun 28, 2015 at 10:49 AM

    Comment #40


    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.


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