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Alan Shearer Pleased With Mike Ashley – So Far

8:38 am, Saturday, August 29th, 2015 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 20 Comments

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.

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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?

Comments welcome.

Tags: Financial Fair Play · Financials · Newcastle News · Transfer News and Rumours · Transfer Target

20 responses so far ↓

  • 1 welshgeordie9 // Aug 29, 2015 at 8:49 AM

    Well said Ed, probably the best transfer window ever, happy if no one else comes in and will be even more if none of our key players leave, it could be worse we could be in Pulis shoes or Martinez.

  • 2 Rotonda heights // Aug 29, 2015 at 8:51 AM

    bit worried people are leaving perez out out their teams. i thought he was superb against manu.


    we need a CB who is both ball playing and ball winning.

  • 3 welshgeordie9 // Aug 29, 2015 at 8:53 AM

    I just worry like today for example that we get a defender sent off with a straight red card with another with a long term injury.

  • 4 firebug666 // Aug 29, 2015 at 8:55 AM

    I think it is going to be a tough ask to win today, but I am hoping the Nitro Mitro will explode onto the scene today and bag a goal or two.

    I think they will fear Thauvin if he plays today, and this could be the key to unlocking their defence. If they are playing their two backup CB’s we have the chance to stretch them using our wide players, and open up some gaps that can be exploited by Wijnaldum and Mitrovic.

    Here hoping we can shock them and grab a result.

  • 5 welshgeordie9 // Aug 29, 2015 at 8:56 AM

    Isn’t mbemba a ball playing and ball winning player.

  • 6 welshgeordie9 // Aug 29, 2015 at 8:57 AM


    Would you be happy with a draw, i would.

  • 7 Goofy // Aug 29, 2015 at 8:58 AM

    Feeling optimistic about a win as long as we don’t sit back for 90 mins. We defended well against (lets be honest) an average Man U but if we do that against Arsenal they’ll rip us a new one, they thrive on teams that park the bus with there tippy tappy one touch football, they’re a lot more precise with their fast close passing than Man u’s direct approach. Ok we can’t play as good as them but if we keep the ball, hold it up and frustrate them who knows we might just do it. I really hope if they score first we don’t drop our heads, seen that a lot last season. The old Newcastle Keegan and Robson teams tried even harder when we conceded, hopefully the new coaching staff have installed that, we’ve definitely been lacking in the hunger department since the season we finished 5th, i’m going 3-2 hoping we have the fight. HWTL

  • 8 firebug666 // Aug 29, 2015 at 8:59 AM


    Yes, but I’d be happier with a win, and for once I think we could pull off a shock result.

  • 9 welshgeordie9 // Aug 29, 2015 at 9:03 AM

    Out of all teams in the league we have got one of the hardest starts to the season.

    Southampton Home which done the double over us.
    Swansea Away which done the double
    Man Utd Away can’t remember the last time we beat them
    Arsenal Home Same as Man Utd.

    You couldnt pick a harder start.

  • 10 mickalfas // Aug 29, 2015 at 9:04 AM

    All I hope for is Obertan is left out
    Perez is a no brainer,one of the hardest workers in the squad ,we’ll need him today
    HWTL !!

  • 11 firebug666 // Aug 29, 2015 at 9:06 AM


    And if we do manage a win today we will have taken 5 points from that lot mate.

  • 12 Take a Chancel on me // Aug 29, 2015 at 9:06 AM

    I’ve said it all week, I think we’ll win 3-1,

  • 13 mickalfas // Aug 29, 2015 at 9:07 AM

    Going for 3-3 today ,and hoping for a cracking match

  • 14 firebug666 // Aug 29, 2015 at 9:09 AM


    I think the game will be closer, they keep the ball very well, and are a lot more fluid than we are. I am just hoping we nick a goal or two to win it.

  • 15 jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew // Aug 29, 2015 at 9:09 AM

    The defense is still woeful and I am convinced we can score goals when it really matters.

    I won’t call this a great window unless we sign the right CB. Another forward can wait til January and a backup RB would be nice ?

  • 16 jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew // Aug 29, 2015 at 9:10 AM

    *can’t score

  • 17 cyprus // Aug 29, 2015 at 9:13 AM

    Wow, a real shock if we win:

  • 18 Mr Funk // Aug 29, 2015 at 9:15 AM

    I think we should sign Terence Kongolo – he can play LB and CB, 6’2”, described as pacey and would be relatively cheap.

    If we sold Williamson – i would definitely go for him as he could cover 2 positions.

    @ Jesper – which CB would you go for?

  • 19 Take a Chancel on me // Aug 29, 2015 at 9:16 AM

    Just put 3 bets on with William Hill

    Nufc to win 3-1 and Mitro to score first 200/1
    Nufc to win 3-1 and Gini to score first 250/1
    Nufc to win 3-1 and Thauvin to score first 250/1

  • 20 Goofy // Aug 29, 2015 at 9:21 AM

    I put Giroud 3-2 Newcastle 250/1

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