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Important Transfer Meeting Planned Today At Newcastle

11:11 am, Wednesday, July 1st, 2015 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 79 Comments

There is news in the Shields Gazette that Newcastle will hold an important Board Meeting today to assess their transfer options, with the club seeming to flounder in their attempts to bring is some of their top targets and not one player has been signed by Newcastle since the season ended 38 days ago.

There was a pledge at that time by the owner that money would be available and the team would be strengthened in the summer.

Newcastle would also be trying to win one of the cups next season for the first time in over eight years.

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Lee Charnley – needs to show more drive, decisiveness and determination

The players are reporting back to training today, and yet we have still not been told who will be part of Steve McClaren’s coaching squad.

In fact we haven’t heard anything from Steve for over a week now – so communication coming out of the club is as pathetic as ever.

Lee Charnley is the lead man on the Board, and it’s his job to pull things together and get some players into the club, and at least from the outside he’s not doing a very good job at that – not at the moment anyway.

Newcastle will play a friendly with Gateshead a week on Friday at the International Stadium, and then they jet off to America for three games – and hopefully we should have at least two players in by then.

How about striker Charlie Austin and center-back Joel Matip?

Other Premier League clubs have been signing players – so Newcastle have to show more determination, decisiveness and drive and the willingness to spend some big money to bring some good players into the club.

As we said, there’s still time, but you cannot be timid in the transfer market and be successful at the same time.

Here’s the pre-season schedule.

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

Comments welcome.

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

79 responses so far ↓

  • 1 overtheline // Jul 1, 2015 at 11:14 AM

    So who’s got the keys to the contracts cabinet.
    Penfold is it you ?
    Mac, have you got the keys ?
    Anybody ?
    Oh shite.

  • 2 ToonFromLeeds // Jul 1, 2015 at 11:14 AM


  • 3 Mr Magpie // Jul 1, 2015 at 11:16 AM

    Reports linking Ameobi with a loan to Wolves but no confirmation from the club that they have even managed to get Ameobi over the line by getting him to sign his new contract.

  • 4 banjax // Jul 1, 2015 at 11:23 AM

    West Ham and Swansea have stole a march on the following pack of clubs with their decisive transfer dealings and not afraid to splash the cash (TV money) It looks like they have bought well and will pose a serious threat to NUFC in terms of beating them or finishing above them. Saying that it is still early doors and there is plenty of time yet to bring in some quality signings at Newcastle.

  • 5 OneAlanShearer // Jul 1, 2015 at 11:30 AM

    Nothing has changed – all just hot air with no substance.

  • 6 will die for the toon army // Jul 1, 2015 at 11:34 AM

    The other problem is NUFC wanting to pay up front. Pay in installments jst do the Maths

  • 7 BandB // Jul 1, 2015 at 11:38 AM

    Shortly after we finished fifth, Alan Pardew began to speak of us being unable to compete with Swansea and Southampton.
    At the time almost all of us thought it was an impossibly daft statement and thought it must be said with his tongue in his cheek.

    But that is exactly where we are, and for the sole reason that his words represented those who run the club’s vision for us, their view of us, their ambition for us, and their policy for us.

    Pardew’s words weren’t an assessment. They were a statement of intent.
    A self-fulfilling prediction about to be determinedly fulfilled.

  • 8 mickalfas // Jul 1, 2015 at 11:40 AM

    Well its good in one respect ,if they’ve been on the practice pitch this morning ,Steve must know now what a major job he’s undertaken
    10 minutes must be enough to realize what a set of donkeys Penfold has bought before

  • 9 lesh // Jul 1, 2015 at 11:42 AM

    They’re going to assess their options today?

    What the hell’s Charnley been doing for the past four weeks? He’s as much use as a chocolate fireguard!

  • 10 Graeme // Jul 1, 2015 at 11:47 AM

    Lesh @ 9 – charnleys been busy man… holidays… race meetings… golf….. give the bloke a chance pfft

  • 11 BandB // Jul 1, 2015 at 11:49 AM

    Penfold’s Pens.

    Penfold; “Okey dokey, pig in a pokey. Good morning gents. This morning we are going to discuss OPTIONS. You can’t sign footballers until you have OPTIONS! Now THEN, let’s shout our some names. Stevie luv….?

    Stevie luv: “FIREMAN!!!!”

  • 12 expatmag // Jul 1, 2015 at 11:54 AM


    just replied

  • 13 Lindisfarne // Jul 1, 2015 at 12:03 PM


    Shall we go for Cookies, Ginger Snaps or Digestives?

    Pound for pound, we should really go for a Variety Tin.

    Oh Crumbs Chief!

    We need to pop to the Spar for more biscuits.

  • 14 sparky55 // Jul 1, 2015 at 12:06 PM

    sounds like a meeting about a the last meeting where nothing was decided and they’ll now have a meeting to decide what the buying strategy will be now we have a back-room staff and by the time we’ve agreed the strategy we’ll have one day left in the transfer window to buy 6 people and we’ll just fail to get them over the line (because they’ll have all gone to another premiership club) and by January Big Mike will have to step in and buy 6 players to save us from relegation again…Ring any bells Mike???

    That’s what happens when you put muppets in charge of your club Mike

  • 15 DJM TOON // Jul 1, 2015 at 12:11 PM

    why is it planned today and not 38days ago?

  • 16 mickalfas // Jul 1, 2015 at 12:13 PM

    Penfold …..after much deliberation we’ve narrowed the field down to four players,you can have them all ,Ings ,Ayew ,Juanmi and not forgetting Tyrone mings,what do think about that ?
    SM……I’ll get my coat!!

  • 17 reilly // Jul 1, 2015 at 12:14 PM

    they will be having this meeting to draw up a new transfer target list,because we missed out on all our top targets.

  • 18 Mr Magpie // Jul 1, 2015 at 12:16 PM

    Band B
    lol used to love the league of gentleman…. in the style of Pappa Lazarus Steve McClaren, he’s Charnleys head coach now!!

  • 19 Graeme // Jul 1, 2015 at 12:17 PM

    Most of the top targets are fully aware of how the Illustrious Owner runs and operates the club. On a sporting basis they have decided their futures will be better served at another club – ANY other club bar NUFC!!!

  • 20 lesh // Jul 1, 2015 at 12:18 PM

    Sounds familiar

    Charnley – “Now we’ve got the backroom boys in (by the way, it’s still hush hush fellas), we’ve got about 20 in the kitty – quid that is.

    “So, we’ve gotta raise some cash from sales – there’s that geezer Cabaye and his pal Debuchy for a start, they haven’t been played for a while. Any more suggestions?”

  • 21 Jib // Jul 1, 2015 at 12:19 PM

    This is what Alan Pardew actually said in August 2013

    “When you look at the teams now and the money that’s being spent, you have to be honest and say it’s going to be difficult replicating that fifth-place finish. But our ambition must be to try to do that,”

    “Demba went to Chelsea, and that was a big blow for us last year. I think the fact that we never really replaced him got missed a little bit.

    “We brought in (Yoan) Gouffran, but we weren’t really able to replace Demba like for like. If I can replace Demba into this team, I think this team is stronger than the one that finished fifth. But I think the task of finishing in the top five is more difficult for us because of the growth of some of the other clubs who were just below us.

    “In particular, Liverpool and Spurs have spent a lot of money, and other clubs such as Swansea and Southampton have coordinated their financial strength really well.

    “You look at a club like Southampton, and they’re in a much stronger financial position than us in terms of purchasing players. Even though my team might be slightly stronger on paper once we replace Demba – team and squad – it’ll be even more difficult to get fifth.”

    Now Pardew knew Southampton very well and was well aware of the situation there.

    and I think he was trying to send a message to Ashley but it was too subtle for the fans who just chose to mock it.

  • 22 DicBDownUnder // Jul 1, 2015 at 12:19 PM

    Ive been told by an insider this meeting is to discuss when the next meeting will be held. Ive also heard shteeve asked for viscount, but was told penfold couldnt agree a price at the co-op and instead went for Aldis ‘minty circles’…

  • 23 Toon Tang // Jul 1, 2015 at 12:21 PM

    I wonder what this meeting involves?

  • 24 BandB // Jul 1, 2015 at 12:25 PM

    It was a coded message from Pardew, but perfectly clear.
    For me, coming after the “eighth is still the target” message, it was confirmation, at the height of the euphoria of the time, of where we were headed.

  • 25 BandB // Jul 1, 2015 at 12:25 PM


    Loved LOG too.

  • 26 Lindisfarne // Jul 1, 2015 at 12:27 PM

    Is the 1st July an important date for every PL club?

    A sense of anticipation (with knowing dissappointment) has built up and there is little to justify it. I think SMC must have mentioned today would be the first day of training for the whole squad, in relation to assessing players with a ‘clean slate’ and being ready with coaching staff, plus a signing would be great.

    So trying to get things in proportion I am trying to see what is passing for PR from other clubs. If anyone can help compile a link for each club, we can see how many are beginning training and how many clubs relish the relationship they have with their fans.

    Just to kick us off:

    ManU – ’35 man squad getting into shape’

  • 27 ToonFromLeeds // Jul 1, 2015 at 12:31 PM

    Wonder when this pic was taken

  • 28 BandB // Jul 1, 2015 at 12:36 PM


    The people mainly hawking today as a significant date have been those offering it as a reason for why we have done no transfer business.

  • 29 YouCouldn'tMakeItUp // Jul 1, 2015 at 12:37 PM

    Did we ever find out for sure what the butcher was selling?

  • 30 Lindisfarne // Jul 1, 2015 at 12:38 PM

    Chelsea seem to be still on holiday.

    So that is one each for the NUFC camp / not NUFC camp.

  • 31 BandB // Jul 1, 2015 at 12:39 PM


    It was never made clear, though they denied later that it was human flesh.

  • 32 ToonFromLeeds // Jul 1, 2015 at 12:40 PM

    Well some players here but no new signings lol

  • 33 optimistic prime // Jul 1, 2015 at 12:41 PM

    Who’s taking training today?

    Schteeeve all by himself?

    Or is Beardsley taking up the slack

  • 34 Lindisfarne // Jul 1, 2015 at 12:42 PM

    Can always rely on Koeman!

  • 35 YouCouldn'tMakeItUp // Jul 1, 2015 at 12:43 PM


    Ah right. I have to say i always assumed it was human flesh. The face the butcher always made when he brought out the carrier bag alwas made me laugh.

  • 36 YouCouldn'tMakeItUp // Jul 1, 2015 at 12:43 PM


  • 37 YouCouldn'tMakeItUp // Jul 1, 2015 at 12:46 PM

    Actually…. i seem to have used the word “always” 3 times in that comment.

  • 38 Lindisfarne // Jul 1, 2015 at 12:46 PM

    ToonFromLeeds @32

    Thank goodness someone at NUFC has some sense and I can give up my thankless task.

    Q1. Who is the guy next to Anita? It looks like Streete to me but am not sure.

  • 39 JP...from The Rock // Jul 1, 2015 at 12:47 PM

    Lindisfarne – What shirt are they wearing??

  • 40 bobby mango // Jul 1, 2015 at 12:48 PM

    Why didn’t they have this talk a week ago!?
    The incompetence is reaching new levels.

    Dwarfed in the market by Swansea, West Ham, Everton. Even Stoke put us to shame. And it’s all the owners doing. No one else is to blame

  • 41 N1CK06 // Jul 1, 2015 at 12:48 PM

    First day back at training and the number one priority is getting the players to model the new training kits for a photo on the NUFC Twitter page.

    Yep seems about right…

  • 42 Jib // Jul 1, 2015 at 12:50 PM

    Lots of clubs still hanging back

  • 43 Ron Knee // Jul 1, 2015 at 12:50 PM

    The Chronicle are organising an online poll:
    Do you think Newcastle will invest sufficient funds to improve the squad this summer?

  • 44 Keith in France // Jul 1, 2015 at 12:52 PM

    For what it is worth, I think there is something up .
    Support team still not announced, SMc no comments from him at all for over a week and no players signed,not even a hint of one.

    Given the poor sales of season tickets etc you would think the club would at least be putting out some sort message to try and encourage sales.

    Maybe MA is going to sell after all????

  • 45 Tinman // Jul 1, 2015 at 12:53 PM

    Wow, that calender actually brings home how close we are to pre season! We need to try and get 3 in before we head of to the US…

  • 46 Lindisfarne // Jul 1, 2015 at 12:53 PM

    JP…from The Rock @39

    The training kit, on general sale in all official NUFC stores….SD stores.

    Q2. Have we seen the away kit yet or are they keeping the silver/grey one?

  • 47 Lindisfarne // Jul 1, 2015 at 12:59 PM

    We can’t bring players in and also pay their wages:

  • 48 ToonFromLeeds // Jul 1, 2015 at 1:01 PM


    Q1 it’s Jamaal Lascelle

  • 49 ToonFromLeeds // Jul 1, 2015 at 1:02 PM

    We need to strengthen everywhere

  • 50 Lindisfarne // Jul 1, 2015 at 1:06 PM


    Ta, is it just that he is next to Anita or is he packing?!!

  • 51 Ron Knee // Jul 1, 2015 at 1:06 PM

    Keith, tu rêves!

  • 52 Tinman // Jul 1, 2015 at 1:07 PM


    He’s packin

  • 53 ToonFromLeeds // Jul 1, 2015 at 1:08 PM

    Yh its Anita lol

  • 54 ToonFromLeeds // Jul 1, 2015 at 1:09 PM


  • 55 Tinman // Jul 1, 2015 at 1:10 PM

    He’s 183cm, 83kg, which is pretty hefty since EPL average weight is around 73. Nothing special though

  • 56 Tinman // Jul 1, 2015 at 1:11 PM

  • 57 beermonkey // Jul 1, 2015 at 1:12 PM

    So what do people think about the Sammy rumour
    Signing a new deal then going onloan to wolves

  • 58 Tsunki // Jul 1, 2015 at 1:14 PM

    it’s all very well saying no panic. Loads of other clubs are taking their time, but if you recall we got ourselves into all sorts of bother end of last season and it all started with the lack of activity in previous windows. We surely can’t afford to be in the category of heel draggers seeing as we have a squad rebuild on our hands. Unless. Unless we’re NOT rebuilding it. Unless Steve has already been told that he’s patching it up and pushing it to the front line as per usual.

  • 59 BandB // Jul 1, 2015 at 1:15 PM

    Were any of the new back room staff at work today?

    Does it matter to us or the players if they weren’t?

  • 60 ToonFromLeeds // Jul 1, 2015 at 1:18 PM

    Well macca is in training

  • 61 Tinman // Jul 1, 2015 at 1:19 PM

    None of the other clubs in the league, except Liverpool and the 3 new teams, need recruitment like us. Time to panic!

  • 62 optimistic prime // Jul 1, 2015 at 1:20 PM


    Same old same old, Sammy is just filler for the squad. Reading the chronicle and they say the club wants 5 or 6 players who can challenge for places in the first team.

    To me that sounds like more potential players who may or may not make it. Doesn’t sound like they’re looking for quality first team players.

    Not surprised

  • 63 Tinman // Jul 1, 2015 at 1:20 PM

    At least Cabella sorted his barnet out

  • 64 ToonFromLeeds // Jul 1, 2015 at 1:22 PM

    Anyone know who is in that pic with McClaren?

  • 65 Lindisfarne // Jul 1, 2015 at 1:23 PM

    Obertan, Vuckic, Marveaux, Ferguson, Williamson, S.Taylor.

    Six players in the last year of their contracts, who will struggle to get offers from other clubs and probably on anywhere between 20,000 – 50,000 per week. A total annual wage bill of approx £11M, which is a huge amount to dump on player wastage, before getting any transfers in.

    The more likely scenario undertaken by a competent CEO would see transfers coming in even if it meant players being payed and not being in the squad. Then either loaning them out on a proportion of their wages, or selling them for a minimum fee in January.

  • 66 beermonkey // Jul 1, 2015 at 1:23 PM

    Prime we are never going to buy ready made players it’s all about potential

    It’s not what we need but it will be all we get

  • 67 optimistic prime // Jul 1, 2015 at 1:24 PM

    Can the players cope with the tropical temperatures?

    We all know they struggled with it in London, give them a week off.
    We don’t want to burn them out yet.

  • 68 optimistic prime // Jul 1, 2015 at 1:27 PM


    Perfect for a potential relegation fight.

    If we’re in the bottom 5, there’ll be more Intrest from the papers and more tv time for shite direct ads.

    Win win

  • 69 Lindisfarne // Jul 1, 2015 at 1:27 PM

    BandB @59

    It would seem Penfold is struggling on that score.

  • 70 ToonFromLeeds // Jul 1, 2015 at 1:29 PM

    Just pay the £15 million you tight twats

  • 71 Lindisfarne // Jul 1, 2015 at 1:29 PM

    Plus the reconstruction of the Training Ground?

  • 72 DJM TOON // Jul 1, 2015 at 1:30 PM

    the only other teams not investing now are the ones that already have their core and spine of the team sorted, they’re waiting for the right pegs in the right holes.

    us on the other hand need a complete overhaul from top to bottom and were pissing around, its unlikely we’ll get the players we need, nor will they have time to get to grips with the club/team in pre season and so yet again we’re left playing catch up.

    if we recall, MA said he wpuldnt sell up until end of the coming season… he came out with his little TV performance to placate the fans tell them what they wanted to hear, but he doesn’t want to do sod all, the fact 38days have gone by is shocking, he must of spun so many people the same lines he sold the fans out on.

  • 73 optimistic prime // Jul 1, 2015 at 1:31 PM

    9 new faces at training.
    I didn’t realise this site was a preferred partner, they will be after PR like this.

  • 74 BandB // Jul 1, 2015 at 1:32 PM

    Perhaps now we have wrested the signature of wonder coach Supermac from under the noses of a posse of hungry big clubs, the problem is solved without the need for too many new players?

    Maybe with Supermac in charge and the horse bolted to the cart, Lascelles, Darlow and signings from last summer who made no show will ALL be like new signings.
    He will be the man to extract the pound for pound value from de Jong, Cabella, and Riviere, while turning Aarons and Armstrong into world beaters.
    Maybe such a man NEEDS no back room staff?
    Don’t panic.
    We’ll soon be punching above our weight in lower mid table, no bother.

  • 75 optimistic prime // Jul 1, 2015 at 1:34 PM


    Did you write the link I’ve just posted 😉

    It’s saying pretty much what you just have.

  • 76 Our Toon // Jul 1, 2015 at 1:35 PM

    Stoke City have had a 12m bid for Shakiri accepted…..meanwhile we sit back and do FA

  • 77 BandB // Jul 1, 2015 at 1:42 PM


    He was a fantastic floor supervisor at the England Football Company you know.

    He’d even get behind the tills if there was a bit of a rush on.

    Neither read nor wrote the article. The situation invites a bit of general teasing.

  • 78 ronjohno // Jul 1, 2015 at 1:49 PM

    seems like another window of despair.
    cannot believe Charnley is employed – complete useless moron that he is.
    Obviously McClaren was desperate for a job and paying lip service a la Pardew.
    On a downer before season starts.
    Only positive is that I do not think Media have a clue as to what is going on.

  • 79 vipgreek // Jul 2, 2015 at 4:51 PM

    maybe we can ask chelsea, man utd, man city, arsenal, tottenham for their reserves bench warmers to loan them to us that way Ashley can save heaps

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