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This Is What Newcastle Are Trying To Do Over The Next Year

8:53 am, Wednesday, September 2nd, 2015 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 13 Comments

We’re pretty sure that after what happened in the second half of last season under John Carver, owner Mike Ashley doesn’t want to have any more situations that can cause him and Newcastle fans a heart attack, with Newcastle flirting with relegation.

So the owner seems to have finally agreed to spend some of the big money the club is making – and we started in the summer by signing four class players for around £50M – that was a good start.

mike ashley lee charnley last game west ham

Mike Ashley and Lee Charnley during last game of last season

However, just like last season, we haven’t made a great start to this season, after just getting over the line and staying up, when we were threatened with relegation on the last day of the season in May.

The season before last was very similar, when we lost seven of our last eight games, and then ended up with only 4 points from the first 7 games last year at this time.

Last season we lost nine of the last eleven games, with just one win on the last day and a draw in that terrible streak – the worst run ever by Newcastle in the Premier League.

Newcastle have to do (much) better than that this season, which is why the next two games against West Ham and Watford are important, and we need to get some wins on the board.

So just in case we have another bad start to the season, Newcastle have lined up some players in January in case we need strengthening.

It seems that some players will be brought through the door at that time, and how many could be dependent on how we have done through the end of the year, and also the situation of the players we want.

For instance, it may be a good time to pay out a reduced fee for Charlie Austin from QPR, so we can ensure we get him through the door.

If QPR are not willing to sell him then – maybe they are challenging for promotion in January – then Newcastle could get him on a pre-contract agreement and sign him what he’s a free agent next summer.

January will be like a first step, before next summer’s transfer window, which should again be a big one.

It’s what Steve McClaren  has said when he came in, that  the first three transfer windows of his reign as head coach will be important, and January will be almost like a safety first one in case we are again struggling in the league.

We don’t expect Newcastle to be struggling in the league come January, but we didn’t last year either.

So a decent January transfer window will ensure Newcastle don’t collapse in the second half of the season – which is exactly what we have done over the last two years.

The goal this season is to finish in the top eight by next May – and if do that then next summer will be another one.

Newcastle will again be able to spend some big money to bring some class players through the door and further improve the quality of the squad.

If we keep doing that, then who knows,  we may even end up with a very good side and win something.

Comments welcome.

Tags: Coaching · Financial Fair Play · Financials · Newcastle News · Recruitment · Scouting Network · Transfer News and Rumours · Transfer Target

13 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Slank // Sep 2, 2015 at 8:58 AM

    If you want to see complete bias look at Merson’s transfer ratings on Sky.

    We get a B? A question mark because he feels that our signings may not work out (no doubt unlike all the signings at all other clubs which will work out !)

    Arsenal get a B because all they have bought is a goal keeper. No one else.

  • 2 cyprus // Sep 2, 2015 at 8:59 AM

    B and B,
    Disagree. The facts don’t add up. These numbers are available. Last year, our average wage (40,000, about) was higher than Swansea’s we were 8th. I suspect with the marquee new signings, that number has risen.

  • 3 cyprus // Sep 2, 2015 at 9:02 AM

    If one simply looks at numbers, without over or under-achieving, we should be finishing 8th. We aren’t, so someone must be blamed. We haven’t pointed the finger, but if it ain’t the coaches (whom I’ve blamed, but look at AP now), it’s Carr.

  • 4 BandB // Sep 2, 2015 at 9:08 AM


    Average wage is not necessarily a precise guide to overall age structure, though is it?
    Is there a reason other than wages you put forward for why Ayew may have found Swansea a more attractive option than us? Or why we found him suddenly a player we didn’t want after years of tracking him?

  • 5 cyprus // Sep 2, 2015 at 9:15 AM

    With both average and total wage we are higher than Swans… you ask a difficult question. Maybe players consider them a better run club? Or with more potential? Or a nicer place to be? Who knows?

    A couple days ago, I heard a foreign ex player (was it Zola? can’t remember) answer that question. He said, unless much more money was offered, foreign players would choose the south, every time.

    I think we’ll need to break the bank a couple times, to catch up. So I do agree it’s about wages, in the end. But not on equal terms.

  • 6 blew // Sep 2, 2015 at 9:18 AM

    No matter who the manager is Graham Carr
    brings his type of player in. Cyprus @3 you
    are spot on.

  • 7 Ibizatoon // Sep 2, 2015 at 9:23 AM

    BandB…Was it his character? Those pesky characters have a way of dereailing deals and saving money.

    Blog….I see that Carr being responsible is picking up some speed these days on here. Is that based on Ashley now “opening his wallet” and Pardew / Caver being gone a whole 8 / 4 months?

    I get we all make assumptions – we have too. But I honestly struggle to get my head around, out of all the characters that have been round SJP since Ashleys arrival, that it is Carr and “his type of players” that we’re going to start putting this down to.

  • 8 BandB // Sep 2, 2015 at 9:24 AM


    Surely the only relevant question when discussing why players we have been linked with for years, including several more this summer, were not signed is this. Who on our books is presently being paid more than they are at their new clubs?

  • 9 Toon-Prodigy // Sep 2, 2015 at 9:36 AM

    Sometimes it is worth paying the 80-100k wages to a player. It dosn’t always work out. You end up with dead wood like we have.

    Your Riviere, Marveux, Obertan, Mbiwa, Gouffran etc etc.

    Sometimes you have to branch out and pay the wages to being top players in. This dosn’t happen at NUFC.

    I think alot of our recruitment is based around the wage structure at the club. We may have been 8th last season on our wage bill but there is alot of poor players there on cheap wages which would of been better spent on quality. It’s no good having 5-6 players who are pure dead wood.

    Just my two cents.

  • 10 BandB // Sep 2, 2015 at 9:38 AM


    No-one can deny it was a big spend by our standards. Mike spent the TV windfall that fluttered down on the club. Who can say they are not relieved?….though there were still a few counselling him to stick it in his purse for a rainy day like a prudent little housewife. Perhaps he was convinced that the rainy day had arrived?

    With the exception of Wijnaldum (the benchmark for me) we still didn’t land the players repeatedly cited as “mouth-watering prospects” by the fans on this blog. They went elsewhere, despite transfer funds being available. The question is why?
    I can see another fan-based campaign to point the finger at a new likely scapegoat taking shape. We have indeed set off on a whole new lap around the block.

  • 11 John Tudor // Sep 2, 2015 at 9:44 AM

    for me and i would have thought many others it would take more than a few pennies spent of money what rightly belong to the club, the people, the fans and the city of newcastle and surrounding areas

  • 12 posada // Sep 2, 2015 at 10:58 AM

    Graham Carr finally being talked about and assessed.
    Think we should. Last summer he made 3 major signings that contributed little to our season.
    Think NUFC though are trying to trade in players as a commodity, so they must meet a certain criteria.
    Value has to be in their potential, so we have 20-24 year old players, worth 12M, but not on huge wages. By the standards of the day that is.
    If they do well there is the incentive for them to move for more money. Also, a profit for the club.
    Pay a free agent a big wage though and there is little scope to sell on later at a profit.
    If that makes sense.

  • 13 sickandtired // Sep 2, 2015 at 11:30 AM

    @Cyprus – “foreign players would choose the south, every time.”

    Are you suggesting Ayew, Gomis, Bony all chose Swansea because of how wonderful the City and location is? Have you ever been to South Wales? And it;s almost exactly the same train journey time to London as is Newcastle.

    Those guys plainly went there for a higher pay day – one which Ashley wasn’t prepared to meet despite prolonged scouting of them.

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