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Newcastle Can Climb The Table Next Season

9:36 am, Thursday, July 2nd, 2015 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 19 Comments

Just before the last game of last season Mike Ashley gave his first interview ever at Newcastle and said he would invest in the club this summer and from now on we would be making out own luck.

After that he then removed himself from the Newcastle Board of Directors and left it up to Lee Charnley, Graham Carr, Steve McClaren and Bob Moncur to decide which players are brought in over the summer with the funds Ashley has given them.

Steve Watson, Newcastle United

Steve Watson in his playing days at Newcastle

That interview raised the mood a little on Tyneside according to our poll:

Are You More Positive On Newcastle's Future Following Ashley's Interview?

  • Yes (55%, 3,094 Votes)
  • No (45%, 2,517 Votes)

Total Voters: 5,611

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But Charnley and company have since labored in the transfer market, and not one player has been signed yet, and it’s almost six weeks since the last day of the season back on May 24th.

Yesterday was the first official day of the transfer window when players can now be signed, but deals have been made during June and made official yesterday

It’s not surprising that fans are getting a little unhappy at the lack of action in the transfer market this summer.

But former player Steve Watson doesn’t share that concern, and this is what he’s said in the Chronicle today:

“I’m not one of these people who buys into the doom and gloom. I understand it but I am always somebody that thinks it is a new season so what is the point in going in with any negatives?”

“Let’s just look forward with a new manager.” “The owner came out and said what he said and you have to trust that. He’s accepted he’s made mistakes.”

“And he’s accepted this is the way of moving Newcastle forward.” “If he does it there is no reason why we can’t climb the table, we have climbed it before.”

“I thought at the end of the season, in the games I seen, I thought they all did well. Paul Dummett, Jack Colback and Adam Armstrong, when he got a chance, shone. They stood up and they were counted.”

“Some of the senior players should have stood up but the younger lads were probably the standout performers. Looking forward that has to be a plus.”

It’s not saying too much that we can climb the table next season after finishing 15th – 6th bottom – last season.

And Mike Ashley seems to have reduced his involvement at Newcastle to giving out the funds in each transfer window, so the attention is now on Lee Charnley as the top executive at the club to start bringing in some players.

The sooner the better as far as we are concerned.

Comments welcome.

Tags: Coaching · Financials · Newcastle News · Poll · Pre-season · Premier League

19 responses so far ↓

  • 1 hibbit // Jul 2, 2015 at 9:42 AM

    ED i bet if you held that poll today the result would look a bit different

  • 2 John Tudor // Jul 2, 2015 at 9:43 AM

    run it again ed

  • 3 ToonFromLeeds // Jul 2, 2015 at 9:45 AM

    Have you seen the poll in the chronic??

    A month on, are you more positive about the future after Mike Ashley’s interview?

    YES 7%
    NO 93%

  • 4 John Tudor // Jul 2, 2015 at 9:46 AM

    where’s the wait and see brigade

  • 5 Lilongwe Geordie // Jul 2, 2015 at 9:47 AM

    Lilongwe Geordie // Jul 2, 2015 at 9:46 AM

    No need to apologise mate. Cheers for digging up the source.

    Nothing concrete in their, so could well be agents trying to smoke interest out, and boost their clients personal terms, or journos putting two and two together. Alternatively, it could be accurate.

    Still, I will continue to hope we can get him. Probably the most talented centre forward we have been linked with, and the most likely to continue to improve. Added bonus that he wouldn’t need to be named in the squad, so it wouldn’t require a departure for him to play next season.

  • 6 Graeme // Jul 2, 2015 at 9:47 AM

    Ashley said absolutely nothing, he committed nothing, he has delivered nothing – at least he is consistant!!!

  • 7 ToonFromLeeds // Jul 2, 2015 at 9:49 AM


    No bother, I like to be of service lol

    I would like to see him in Black and White but seems unlikely

  • 8 Chris // Jul 2, 2015 at 9:54 AM

    The Mitrovic > Porto story is also being reported on the Anderlecht-online website

  • 9 mickalfas // Jul 2, 2015 at 9:54 AM

    Are these sycophants under orders to come out and spout shite
    We have no evidence to show anything has changed
    They are so beholden to the parallel universe that is the epl,so scared that the might end up in the real world of work,they’ll say fcuking anything

  • 10 Mr Magpie // Jul 2, 2015 at 9:57 AM

    That is just embarassing from Watson, fast becoming another sell out just like Moncur.

    Sound’s like he is looking for a job working as a coach in the youth set up.

    Just after his pieces of silver from Mike, i would’nt be surprised if his comments were prepped by Bishop before giving them to approved trinity media partner The Chronicle.

  • 11 will die for the toon army // Jul 2, 2015 at 10:03 AM

    How with no signings

  • 12 Brummie // Jul 2, 2015 at 10:19 AM

    Ashley can take his interview and shove it deep up inside his Batty..

  • 13 bladeuser // Jul 2, 2015 at 10:37 AM

    Another kiss arse comes out the woodwork looking for a job

  • 14 ITUNDERASHELL // Jul 2, 2015 at 10:53 AM

    Watson is a member of a closed shop and wants to prove to a future employee he knows and will follow the script… there is a lot of money to be made out of your innocence.

  • 15 ITUNDERASHELL // Jul 2, 2015 at 11:03 AM

    You are on the menu folks and you will be spun a script to achive Ashley’s forecasted revenue stream.

  • 16 ITUNDERASHELL // Jul 2, 2015 at 11:11 AM

    You are simply game and easy prey because you are LOYAL to A FICTION called NEWCASTLE UNITED PLC. It is NOT your CLUB and never was.
    You live in the hope that those who OWN IT will consider you. Why would they as it is not your property and only view you as a customer in THEIR SHOP.

  • 17 KevinLee // Jul 2, 2015 at 12:11 PM


  • 18 sirjasontoon // Jul 2, 2015 at 1:57 PM

    That Poll is Hilarious 🙂

  • 19 vipgreek // Jul 2, 2015 at 4:46 PM

    climbing down to the championship more like it

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