Newcastle have had a good transfer window, even if we don’t bring in any players before next Tuesday night and with Gini Wijnaldum, Aleksandar Mitrovic, Chancel Mbemba, Florian Thauvin and Ivan Toney all signed for about £50M, that’s good business in anybody’s book.
Mike Ashley and Lee Charnley at West Ham game
In yesterday’s press conference Steve McClaren said he didn’t expect anybody to be sold before Tuesday, and he added – “we don’t need to sell, we don’t have to sell, we don’t want to sell.”
We had a worry that owner Mike Ashley may have to sell some players once the new lads had been brought in, to cut down the wage bill, but that doesn’t look like it’s going to be necessary, even with the four first team players signed.
Alan Shearer has talked to the Chronicle and said this about owner Mike Ashley:
“Mike Ashley has kept his word from the summer and spent some money, I just hope we don’t sell anyone between now and when the window closes.”
“If Steve McClaren is allowed to manage the way he wants to, he will do well.”
It does seem that Mike Ashley has taken himself our of the football decision-making process at Newcastle, and basically Alan is saying he hopes he keeps out of it.
The owner did say in his Sky Sports interview that he would let the Newcastle Board of Lee Charnley, Steve McClaren, Graham Carr and Bob Moncur keep handling the football business at the club, and Mike Ashley took himself off the Board earlier this summer.
Ashley has done well in one department as McClaren pointed out yesterday – he has the club on a good financial footing.
So if the owner can continue doing that, and allocate the Board good money to spend in every upcoming transfer window from the (big) profits the club will be making, we could be in decent shape before too long.
And yesterday, Steve McClaren again explained this is the first of three transfer windows that will be necessary to build up the Newcastle squad to what he wants, and buying will continue in January and next summer.
Most fans think we have made a decent start this summer – assuming no decent players are sold before Tuesday night.
What do you think?