The EPLindex web-site has ranked every team as being above, in line with, or below expectations for the summer transfer window.
Newcastle are one of the four clubs in line with expectations along with the two Manchester clubs and newly promoted Watford.
Steve McClaren – canny motivational skills
This is what the site has said about Newcastle’s transfer business:
“Though Steve McClaren has made improvements at Newcastle United, it’s not enough to propel the Magpies to a position where they can challenge the very best, as owner Mike Ashley claims to want.”
“Nonetheless, some clever signings for not very much money, allied to McClaren’s canny motivational skills, have made a real difference year-on-year with what we saw last season.”
For not very much money?
Newcastle were second in the table of net spend to Manchester City, who spent around £60M, assuming it was £45.8M, although Lee Charnley last night said it was £52.6M in net spend.
As far as Newcastle’s fans are concerned, they seem fairly happy with the business that has been conducted over the summer.
In the same poll carried out last year the results were almost the exact opposite – so at least fans at the moment seem fairly upbeat with what the club is trying to do.
The goals for this season are to win one of the cups, and to finish in the top eight of the Premier League.
Can you imagine what we’d all be feeling like next May if we can really achieve that?
What do you think?