Ashley Desperate For Newcastle Success – He’ll Invest In January

Assistant coach Paul Simpson has been interviewed on BBC Newcastle’s Total Sport and he’s been asked about the upcoming transfer window and whether Newcastle will be investing in bringing some new players into the club in January.

We brought in four first teamers in the summer and three of them – Chancel Mbemba, Gini Wijnaldum and Aleksandar Mitrovic have looked the part with Florian Thauvin struggling a little bit – but the young Frenchman could still come through.

Mike Ashley Sky Sports West Ham Match May 2015

Mike Ashley – speaking to Sky Sports in May

Paul was asked if he could reveal any specific transfer targets (no way) in January and this is what Paul told BBC Newcastle’s Total Sport:

“No, I can’t say anything publicly at this moment. Not at this moment.”

“We’ve had a good chance to look at the squad so far, we know there are areas to improve but the one thing I would say is that so far the owner has backed us fantastically well.”

“And I’m sure if Steve goes to him in January and recognizes areas that we need to strengthen again, I’d be very surprised if Ashley doesn’t back us again.”

“We all want the same thing, don’t we? Regardless of what the perception is of Mike Ashley, he is desperate for success with Newcastle United and I’m sure he’ll invest again.”

That’s a little bit of a surprise that Mike Ashley is desperate for success at Newcastle because that has not been apparent in the eight years he’s been the owner.

However, since it comes off last season’s completely unexpected nightmare – when John Carver almost took Newcastle United down to the Championship – maybe that’s shaken up the owner a little bit.

Mike did say he wants to win something at Newcastle and we’re sure he would be a lot happier – as would our fans – if the team can be in the top half of the table – and not fighting relegation all the time.

Fighting relegation is not at all good for the old nerves.

So it wouldn’t surprise us if big money is again spent in January and that’s especially true if Steve McClaren has identified a number of players he wants signed  in the upcoming transfer window.

What do you think?

Comments welcome.

5 comments so far

  • Ibizatoon

    Nov 13, 2015 at 4:08 PM

    Comment #1

    Paul…A word of caution. From the outside looking in, it does appear that you, and the rest of the coaching team are doing a good job. On Ashley though, you must appreciate the issues some fans have.

    Do we want the same thing as Ashley? You say so, but then we were told the same thing previously too. You can’t just say regardless of what the perception is, as that is what we have to work with. I’ve seen nothing from Ashley, or his actions / instructions to show that he is “desperate for success”.

    Still, i am pleased that you’re confident that Ashley will spend again.

    Anyway, my word of caution. Best stick to your job and not try to convince others of Ashleys intentions. They will become clear over time, without you putting yourself in the firing line.

  • Grafton83

    Nov 13, 2015 at 4:09 PM

    Comment #2

    Here’s hoping, I’ll believe it when it happens

  • angelswithdirtyfaces

    Nov 13, 2015 at 4:13 PM

    Comment #3

    jane – from previous ……. 43 pts is a dismal target – though would almost certainly avoid the drop.

    1.66 pts a game over a full season is 63 pts – and only Pardew got us that many points in the last ten years – otherwise it was only in the Robson era we did that since the millenium.

    I think we needed to average 1.22 pts a game over 28 games to get to 43 pts, after the ‘ judge me’ period. As we have only averaged more than 1.22 pts a game twice in the last five years, the odds still marginally point to relegation. Still a wee bit too early to get excited that performances will mean points after the last game, but we live in hope.

  • lesh

    Nov 13, 2015 at 4:13 PM

    Comment #4

    If Steve goes to him [Ashley] in January……
    Going to Ashley in January’s far too late and Simpson must know that. He’s doing the right thing saying what he said though; we know what the meeja’s like!

  • mactoon

    Nov 13, 2015 at 6:55 PM

    Comment #5

    “I’M SURE if Steve goes to him in January and recognizes areas that we need to strengthen again, I’D BE VERY SURPRISED if Ashley doesn’t back us again.”

    “We all want the same thing, DONT WE? Regardless of what the perception is of Mike Ashley, he is desperate for success with Newcastle United and I’M SURE he’ll invest again

    This is rubbish. It doesn’t say Ashley is desperate for success and will invest in January! It says what Paul Simpson THINKS is true and in NO WAY reflects what Ashley has told im


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