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Mike Ashley To Splash The Cash Again In January

7:51 am, Friday, September 25th, 2015 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 12 Comments

The very last thing Newcastle owner Mike Ashley wants this season is a relegation which would mean Newcastle missing out on the new £5B Premier League deal starting next summer, when we are likely to get anywhere from £135M and up from the Premier League for those next three seasons.

So after he has dished out more than £52M in the summer transfer window and must be wondering what he’s got for that money, there’s news today in the Telegraph that the billionaire is willing to give the Newcastle Board more money to spend this January to strengthen the side.

The doesn’t come as much of a surprise.

Mike Ashley Sky Sports West Ham Match May 2015

Mike Ashley – more money available in January

But there is not only pressure on Steve McClaren to turn things around at the moment – with our defeat against Sheffield Wednesday in the League Cup being our fourth defeat on the trot – but there  is  criticism of those responsible for setting up the transfer targets – Graham Carr and Lee Charnley.

In other words, the Newcastle Board is under scrutiny – and so they should be if things don’t turn around.

There are some fans who believe Graham Carr has too much power at the club and certainly at this point our last two summer transfer windows don’t look too good.

Charnley and Carr were also responsible for the appointment of Steve McClaren and that hasn’t looked a good appointment, but there´s lots of time to turn the situation around.

While new players will be arriving in January, we don’t think there will be a clear out of players at that time and that´s because it´s just too risky to do that, but a few players could leave.

We have to believe the atmosphere in the dressing room is not as bad as the press is making out.

If there are some bad eggs then maybe those can be loaned out or sold – but this could just be a ploy in the national press to pile on the pressure at Newcastle – and they are doing a good job.

If we are in trouble at the end of the year we fully expect Mike Ashley to make more big money available and Newcastle then have to ensure we get players in who can have an instant impact.

Charlie Austin is one of those players.

It looks like Carr and Charnley balked at paying out the £15M for Charlie but when you look where we are at the moment that was a mistake.

Hopefully, we can get Charlie in during early January whether we are at the bottom or further up the league table.

Bringing in a good center back at that time would also be good.

What do you think?

Comments welcome.

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12 responses so far ↓

  • 1 sing in the corner // Sep 25, 2015 at 8:04 AM

    We can’t keep sacking managers. We have to stick with SM this season, knuckle down and just make it work. I agree that the whole scouting system needs overhauled. We’re simply not signing the right players for the needs we have. This season is of course about nothing but survival now. The fan base need to see that pulling up from this nose dive is the only focus for now.
    In the ground at the Watford game the crowd started buoyant and very supportive. But the confidence is so wafer thin that the Watford goal sucked the life out of the fans and the players. It was shocking to witness it.
    This is why I think that in the current context all our hopes rest on Mitrovic.
    The only thing that will galvanise this squad is for him to come back in and bang in a few goals. We need a bit of fortune. A pen here, deflection there, the ball hitting someones arse and flying in.
    We are due some luck surely?

  • 2 The overrated Frenchman // Sep 25, 2015 at 8:07 AM

    I wouldn’t trust Charnley and Carr with change to go and pick up a pint of milk and a packet of fags. Talk about throwing good money after bad.

  • 3 Munster Mag // Sep 25, 2015 at 8:10 AM

    Good post Sing. I dont think smc is the man as he cant seem to motivate our lazy troops. Appointing colo as captain was probably politically motivated from inside the club and will need to be addressed. But lets hope smc can do it. I aint optimistic though

  • 4 Reyantoon // Sep 25, 2015 at 8:13 AM

    Lacazatte here we come..
    Carr is 71.Whether he is at fault or not,he won’t stay beyond this season,as luke Edwards fairly mentioned.He bought some flaws but our scouting has improved under him since 2010.

  • 5 Lindisfarne // Sep 25, 2015 at 8:13 AM

    Instead of MOTM can we select from the whole squad the player we would most like to leave?

    It would be a real indicator of Supporters opinion.

  • 6 Blofal // Sep 25, 2015 at 8:18 AM

    I expect there will be a massive clear out in January. That will include Cisse, Sissoko and Tiote.

    And I think the threat of relegation will have them recruit older players that are proven at a higher level. Spending 100m in the summer is nothing when you compare it to the money lost by relegation.

  • 7 chicousa // Sep 25, 2015 at 8:23 AM

    Yeah we are due some luck alright. And I hope you are right and Mitrovic controls himself and scores a goal or two come Saturday. But the focus is too often on individual players being saviors. We need the team to start playing as a unit and working with each other and looking for each other. We need all 11 players to graft for each other! Howay the Lads!!!

  • 8 beefman13 // Sep 25, 2015 at 8:37 AM

    Wijnaldum dosnt want to play were he is being played but he says he does what he is told, he is an offensive player who is being told to hold, it’s bloody ludicrous and maddening.

    Thauvin gets a 1 out of 10 from the mail sports corospondant for the Sheffield Wed game, the first time ever in 9 years reporting on matches that he has ever given that mark, the black and white shirt means nothing to these premaddona footballers.

    Everyone again around the town are down in the mire, flat as a fart.

    Teams know how to play against us, no fear factor at all, there is a massive task ahead for this club, me like all others I suspect haven’t a clue how we get out thus whole we are in.

    Folk talk about signing experienced prem players, what, like the ones that got us relegated, we used to buy players for years who could not get in to the too sides anymore ie Scott Parker and the like and they could not do it up here.

    We have had players come to the toon and hit the ground running, they haven’t all been flops, the french revelation and all that wasn’t it, now everyone has their back up at Graham Carr for instance, but the management are not good enough to get the best out of our players, they and extra year contracts to the likes of Colo is a mockery.

    Elscnweta is a nine letter word but what a bloody conundrum it is, you’s can probably work it out but the management have a clue.

  • 9 ArtyH // Sep 25, 2015 at 8:42 AM

    Hindsight is a wonderful thing, many of us me included thought £15m for Austin was a lot of money because of his contract, but I think we lost sight of the fact he is a £15m player. He should be bought by us in the January sales and a commanding C.H. Thing is though there will be an auction for Austin and it could end up at the £15m mark or close to it by clubs in the bottom 3. Last throw of the dice for the big money next year. Austin and Mitrovic could be the next Shearer/Ferdinand?

  • 10 The overrated Frenchman // Sep 25, 2015 at 9:15 AM

    Thauvin may turn out to be a worse signing than Luque. Imagine that. I reckon you could pick a reasonable “worst NUFC eleven” from Graham Carr’s signings. Cabella, Riviere and Thauvin up front is proper canny for a start…

  • 11 toon-to-win // Sep 25, 2015 at 9:59 AM

    bring in austin and abdennour £25-30m and offload the likes of marveux, williamson, cisse and so on. Even if we got £10m for the lot their wages would cover a big chunk of the two new signings. Squad would be smaller but the quality would have shot up a level! in terms of the club wanting more british players i feel theres nobody available thats good enough at cb, although i believed we should have signed micah richards in the summer! Austin is british and i feel our midfield is full of players that need the season to prove themselves. Adding more will result in them not getting much game time, de-valuing them and the club wasting money. Genuinely think the two signings i said would turn things around. Guarenteed goals and a much more solid defence with colo taken out. Dont feel midfield is the issue as it stands

  • 12 stuart no9 // Sep 25, 2015 at 4:02 PM

    the problem we face now is trying to temp quality players to the club, lets face it if you knew you were good enough to attract decent clubs ,why would you sign for us??.
    Its a struggle now to get players specially if we are bottom by xmas . we wont get anyone decent.

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