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Newcastle To Drastically Change Transfer Policy In January

9:23 am, Sunday, November 22nd, 2015 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 60 Comments

Maybe we are being too negative because of the terrible display and result yesterday, but with the games we have to play through January 2nd we cannot see Newcastle being out of the bottom six come January.

And therefore Newcastle will need to bring in some players who can immediately produce for the side and fill the many gaps Newcastle seem to have in the team when January rolls around.


Lee Charnley – running the club for Mike Ashley
Smile – you’re on candid camera

Here are the games we have through January 2nd.

Sat 28	15:00	A	Crystal Palace			
Sun 06	16:00	H	Liverpool			
Sun 13	16:00	A	Tottenham				
Sat 19	17:30	H	Aston Villa				
Sat 26	17:30	H	Everton				
Mon 28	15:00	A	WBA				
Sat 02	15:00	A	Arsenal

We would expect maybe 5 points minimum from those seven games with a home win against Aston Villa and at least draws against Everton and West Brom.

That would probably have us in the bottom three at the start of January.

The Chronicle is reporting today that if we are in relegation trouble in January the transfer targets could change.

The current plan according to the Chronicle is to bring in young players like Georginio Wijnaldum (but he’s 25), Aleksandar Mitrovic and Chancel Mbemba that we brought in over the summer.

But if we remain in trouble the plan could change to bring in some players capable of having an immediate impact on Tyneside and saving Newcastle from relegation.

Newcastle could therefore (we assume) turn to older and more experienced players in January – something that we haven’t seen much of from Mike Ashley’s Newcastle.

This is not earth shattering news and we’d be stupid to bring in young players in January who cannot have any immediate impact in the second half of the season.

But there again it’s hard to accuse the club of being progressive, logical or even sensible over the last couple of years.

We hate to be like a broken record,  but it would mean getting in proven PL players like Charlie Austin – which we should have done in the summer.

We would expect at least four players coming in during the January window and if we are in real trouble they must be able to produce – immediately.

Tags: Newcastle News · Premier League · Transfer News and Rumours · Transfer Target

60 responses so far ↓

  • 1 G // Nov 22, 2015 at 9:27 AM

    Doesn’t matter who they sign if we still have Macca in charge. They will just turn into static players here for the money and nothing else. SackMac

  • 2 lesh // Nov 22, 2015 at 9:28 AM

    Repost from previous thread

    Eastend…… Rodgers’ll be a bit pricey for Ashley’s liking – remember he was like a kid in a sweet-shop when wanting players.

    Ron Knee….. Tim Sherwood’s shown he’s not up to the Prem – as shown at Aston Villa.

    The bigger picture must surely show Ashley that Charnley and Carr are behind our plight – Ashley’s got to be looking at replacing them too, in the fullness of time.

  • 3 cyprus // Nov 22, 2015 at 9:29 AM

    As bad as any Pardew performance, this. Expected to be swearing at Steve during his interview, but he was excellent. Still, don’t know what him, the 12 year old assistant and the amazing motivator guru do at the training ground.

    Players can’t be getting pardewed as the poor man’s gone. Widgi has been absolutely terrible. Janmaat, the worst player on the field and NOT a defender. Mitro woeful. etc. It’s not fair to be picking on people because every single one of them, bar the goalie, should not be paid this week.

  • 4 Slank // Nov 22, 2015 at 9:29 AM


    The comparisons between Carver with McClaren and Pearson with Ranieri (and possibly between Sherwood and Garde too) would appear to suggest that it is far easier to maintain a winning attitude and momentum when changing managers than turning around a failing and defeatist team.

    Leicester were very impressive and their position in the league is fully justified. I hadn’t seen Vardy before and thought that all the praise was just media hype but I was wrong. He is very impressive.

    I wonder whether some of our anguish is that we wrongly perceive Leicester as a small club whereas we are often told that we are a big club and therefore assume that we should be more successful than some smaller clubs like Leicester, Stoke and Palace.

  • 5 Tsunki // Nov 22, 2015 at 9:30 AM

    A bean counter who knows and cares little about football or the clubs legacy. We are punters and commercial targets. Out of his way, he’s got revenue targets! This is the guy who puts the cap on transfer values.

  • 6 Bambams // Nov 22, 2015 at 9:31 AM

    Cheers for that fella. I just feel Carr has picked some poor players not suited to PL Cabella and Cabella 2 (Thauvin ) recently. Even Wini looks off the pace albeit he can finish.

    I totally get the financial restraints by El Greedy one but it still leaves us wondering what he will do. The ‘we will be making our own luck’ statement has come back to bite him in the backside.

    I agree that both our fb need dropping. Mbabu and Haidara should start.

    Just watched Vardy goal again….What the hell is Colo doing ! Just let’s him run into the box……Shocking

  • 7 Ron Knee // Nov 22, 2015 at 9:31 AM



    It’s likely that Fatso will be forced to spend in January just to ensure survival (and continued revenue/brand exposure). But I don’t see the objective changing: mid-table mediocrity.

    If we don’t get relegated this season it’ll probably be the next.

  • 8 Charlie in the Gallowgate // Nov 22, 2015 at 9:33 AM

    Mitro woeful – he was worse than that – lazy twat hardly moved all day never seen him run for the ball cannot jump to head the ball – all he is good at is moaning and fouling. Would of had him hooked after 20 minutes – least Cisse ran about and got caught offside – nowt new there.
    Elliot and Anita did OK rest send them to the ‘jungle’

  • 9 Ron Knee // Nov 22, 2015 at 9:33 AM


    Re Sherwood. That’s why I suggested him. Only proven failures need apply!

  • 10 Tsunki // Nov 22, 2015 at 9:33 AM

    I wonder whether some of our anguish is that we wrongly perceive Leicester as a small club whereas we are often told that we are a big club and therefore assume that we should be more successful than some smaller clubs like Leicester, Stoke and Palace.

    Chalk up a success from Ashleys Perception Training Department. We are no longer allowed to think of ourselves as big a club as we used to be.

  • 11 smoke beer, drink tabs // Nov 22, 2015 at 9:34 AM

    I hear everyone banging on about jaanmat but personally I think he is f@ckin sh1te. He is a defender who cannot defend. That’s his first job to do. Can see why he got dropped from Dutch squad. Was at fault for 2 goals yesterday and bottled a header for the third goal

  • 12 cyprus // Nov 22, 2015 at 9:35 AM

    looks like we watched the same game…

  • 13 Tsunki // Nov 22, 2015 at 9:36 AM

    Ron, as in my post above, fan perceptions have been altered. If Ed took a poll right now on who would be happy if we finish 10 th this season, what percentage would you guess?

  • 14 NUFC FOR SALE // Nov 22, 2015 at 9:37 AM

    Only one bit of transfer policy I want to see change. ….get rid of Carr

    Biggest myth in football that he’s this scouting genius.

    Stop bringing in sh#te from the French league.

  • 15 lochinvar // Nov 22, 2015 at 9:38 AM

    Bournemouth now after Obertron in the New Year to help ” resurrect his career” – which speaks volumes about how NUFC is perceived and run or not as the case might be.

    Looking at the League table apart from the points column check out goal difference for all the clubs. That really show which clubs are shite and how having a strong defence and goal creating midfield serving goal scoring forwards is the best tactic – deep in my sub conscious I recall the words ” wanting to win ” – has McLaren scrubbed that from the dictionary with his sideways tactics plan.

    Colo is mute on the pitch and does nothing to inspire anyone let alone the players around him.

    Just as well the Salvation Army come to the fore at Christmas – have they ever collected for such a hopeless case as NUFC ?

  • 16 G // Nov 22, 2015 at 9:38 AM

    @13 I would take 10th, as to be honest right now I cant see us finishing outside of the bottom 3.

  • 17 Munster Mag // Nov 22, 2015 at 9:39 AM

    I am beginning to think pearson might not be a bad call, sadly. But the issue is carr, not charnley. Charnley is an administrator and buyer. He even did well in getting tough deals sorted in the summer. But who is the football supremo at the club? Carr. He chooses the players and will choose the next manager. Ashley is a disease but carrs input is all over this squad and choice of manager. Moyes might help because he will play more traditional football which will suit mitro/austin. Its sad that it has come to this though.

  • 18 John Tudor // Nov 22, 2015 at 9:39 AM

    we are no longer a big club we are not even a club
    just a revenue accumulator for a fat greedy bathtub

  • 19 Ron Knee // Nov 22, 2015 at 9:40 AM


    One of the few things this club excels at is lowering expectations.

  • 20 Tsunki // Nov 22, 2015 at 9:40 AM

    We can’t go on paying to watch this rubbish. At least if you were a Bournemouth supporter you’d see a team team fighters playing out of their skins who played decent football but struggled to get the breaks. We are tolerating no-shows at good money.

  • 21 John Tudor // Nov 22, 2015 at 9:40 AM

    G we have already finished

  • 22 G // Nov 22, 2015 at 9:41 AM

    @21 agreed

  • 23 Tsunki // Nov 22, 2015 at 9:41 AM

    G a good 90+% would be ecstatically happy to take your hand off at the shoulder for 10 th right now.

  • 24 G // Nov 22, 2015 at 9:42 AM

    Tsunki, if they can achieve it, I will gladly donate both arms mate

  • 25 John Tudor // Nov 22, 2015 at 9:44 AM

    10 is as far off as 1

  • 26 John Tudor // Nov 22, 2015 at 9:45 AM

    16 is more achievable not

  • 27 hibbitt // Nov 22, 2015 at 9:45 AM

    john tudor has it spot on………. we are not even a club
    just a revenue accumulator with no hope and no hart

  • 28 Charlie in the Gallowgate // Nov 22, 2015 at 9:46 AM

    What got me yesterday was they did NOT try – it was gutless – players wandered around for 90 minutes without a care in the World.
    And with players with that attitude we will be relegated by the end of January – something stinks in the club.
    Blame Ashley yes – but there has got to be more to it than that – surely – to turn out that SHITE I had to endure yesterday

  • 29 Charlie in the Gallowgate // Nov 22, 2015 at 9:49 AM

    Also the fans didn’t seem bothered either – just shrugged their shoulders – ‘bad day at the office’ – I was fuming and still am.

  • 30 hibbitt // Nov 22, 2015 at 9:50 AM

    charlie they looked done in after the warm up not a hope of this shower turning it around and even less chance of this lot bringing us back up

  • 31 lochinvar // Nov 22, 2015 at 9:51 AM

    Changing the transfer policy is about as useless as changing the water.
    You can’t change the transfers unless you change the people implementing it.
    Carr needs to retire to a quiet seaside town like Bournemouth.
    Charmless needs to be sent to Coventry.
    Moncur could take over the vacant role of tea lady – familiar face with plenty of stories to chat about over a dunked digestive.
    McLaren should be put on a slow boat to China.
    Ashley ” fly me to the moon” and let him open a shite dire store and stay there.

    There should be an exclusion zone around SJP as these idiots are harassing the fans well being.

    It’s not a football club it’s a Pantomime and we’e right in the middle of the season for it.

  • 32 cyprus // Nov 22, 2015 at 9:51 AM


  • 33 cyprus // Nov 22, 2015 at 9:52 AM

    Kept waiting for them to snap out of it, didn’t.

  • 34 Rotonda heights // Nov 22, 2015 at 9:52 AM


    I don’t think we are being too negative at all.
    We are simply paying the price for having a succession of mediocre English / Brit managers under Ashley.

    Someone like Viera would have been a statement of intent, in going in a different direction. Yes a gamble but KK was a gamble and paid off massively.

    No team deserves to have had Dalglish, Souness, Allardyce, Pardew, JC and now SM as manager.

    The tragedy is if SM goes it will be another dour appointment like Moyes, who’s been sacked from his last 2 clubs for dull and negative hoofball.

    God knows there must be other Klopps, Pochetinnos, Koemans out there with a modern , progressive approach.

  • 35 John Tudor // Nov 22, 2015 at 9:52 AM

    taxi for sissy koko

  • 36 Slank // Nov 22, 2015 at 9:52 AM

    The question is ‘do you throw good money after bad’ ?

    Buying players hoping that their presence is suddenly going to change a team which is clearly inconsistent frequently lapsing between decent and dreadful into a attractive winning outfit has to be questioned.

    Mitrovich, Gini, Thauvin and Mbemba were supposed to be the catalyst for change. There were others before them who were also going to be the catalyst for change and both sets of players took to the field looked on by new coaching staff also supposedly the catalyst for change. But nothing has changed.

    It looks like it doesn’t matter whether it’s new players or new coaching staff the malaise persists. I wish I knew how things could be changed for the best on the field of play but I don’t and it’s no use blaming Ashley has he doesn’t play, doesn’t coach and doesn’t select the team or identify the players to buy.

    All very depressing.

  • 37 Tsunki // Nov 22, 2015 at 9:56 AM

    Lochinvar -” oh no it isn’t! ” ha ha oh…wait….

  • 38 NezzaNUFC // Nov 22, 2015 at 9:56 AM

    All those who wanted McClaren here in the first place must be looking stupid now, again and again myself and others said he’s the wrong man but what do we know! Gloating just seems the only positive thing these days.

    We deserve to be relegated end off and as long as Mike is still in charge we will never be Club we all desire and expect.

    Want to improve the squad and club, get rid of those who won’t play and get rid of coaches who don’t coach starting with McClaren first.

  • 39 Ron Knee // Nov 22, 2015 at 9:57 AM


    The trouble is the decent managers wouldn’t touch us with a barge pole – hence desperate souls like McClaren.

  • 40 Lindisfarne // Nov 22, 2015 at 9:57 AM


    Before you go for the hair of the dog, I would just like to say “I told you so”!

    I am the first to admit when I am wrong so can justifiably claim when I am right and yesterdays match proved that changes to the starting 11 needed to be made. There is no need to apologise for the picture, just the lack of footballing knowledge and being a d##khead.

  • 41 cyprus // Nov 22, 2015 at 9:59 AM

    some strong points there…

    How can a team that played that well vs. Stoke, City (1st), Soton (1st), Norwich, etc. play this bad?

    Blame Ashley and the rest, ok.

    How is this the most unpredictable team in the league, as far back as I can remember? That’s the crazy one. Change of owners, personnel, it stays the same: Inconsistency.

    No one has ever blamed the tea ladies… Maybe ?!

  • 42 Tsunki // Nov 22, 2015 at 10:02 AM

    Ashley HAS set up the operating model, though. And we don’t really know what that is, but we can guess if it’s based on the SD sales target model, that will be why we aren’t functioning. There will be a flat line in earnings until targets are reached. SD staff have experienced constant rises so they remain motivated. When it doesn’t happen, they will simply be replaced by other staff. If that’s the idea at nufc then no wonder the staff have given up already.

  • 43 OneAlanShearer // Nov 22, 2015 at 10:03 AM

    People can blame Carr, Mcclaren and charnley…its Ashley who sets budget and policy. Nowt changed. We start every season about 3 players short of a starting xi and inept squad players. We need 5 players minimum in January and they all need to be quality. We need leaders desperately. Our central midfield is the worst in the league. We need a big keeper who can command his area. A big quick vocal centre back to Marshall the defence. A talismanic defensive defensive midfield playmaker, a solid defensive midfielder to play alongside him who can pass and tackle/break up play. Better fullbacks. A solid experienced striker who likes to run at defenders. A right winger. The only players Id definitely keep are Krul, Mbemba, Wijnaldum,perez, mitrovic. The rest all have flaws. Sissoko can be a driving force when he can be bothered,Janmaat is better going forward than Rb. Colo has been good but is too slow now. Dummett has right attitude but I’d use him as cover for centre back and full back given the choice. Haidara not good enough. Tiote can’t pass. Anita just woeful.colback worth keeping but hopefully not first choice. Thauvin needs to hit the ground running…I wouldn’t give up on him just yet. We also need an experienced striker who wants to run at defenders.

  • 44 Tsunki // Nov 22, 2015 at 10:05 AM

    Btw vardy is the quickest PL player and sissoko our nearest is 19 th. Just a stat. I know.

  • 45 Ron Knee // Nov 22, 2015 at 10:05 AM


    Yes, but the parasite sets the budget and targets to be achieved, and appoints our joke of a Board.

  • 46 Rotonda heights // Nov 22, 2015 at 10:06 AM

    Carr’s position especially needs looking at. 13M spunked on Thauvin when we are crying out for CBs and a LB. Too many misses rather than hits for the money being spent.

    Janmatt for me can go immediately in Jan. MBabu could come straight in there and actually defend.

    Colo doesn’t want to be here. Why is he still?
    Maybe time to give Lascelles a game or if we have to play Colo, have him as a sweeper, nothing else.

    Sissoko’s 1 good game in 6 and endless CL bleatings means he should be gone in Jan too.

    Dummet will never make a LB.

    Why isn’t Wijnaldum played in his proper position.

    Cisse will never master the offside rule.

    Mitro has his own agenda, very good or couldn’t give a rats.

    Thauvin….why, just why?

    De Jong…terminal sicknote

    It’s an absolute joke if these players are scouted and ” vetted” for their good character!!

    The movement off the ball is and has been non exisitent for at least the last 5 years now and if that alone doesn’t improve we are nailed on for the drop.

    Would that rid us of Ashley, Wonga and co? Doubt it sadly.

  • 47 Munster Mag // Nov 22, 2015 at 10:06 AM

    Rotunda your brit bashing is tiresome. And thats coming from an irishman! I am growing quickly tired of PR Steve, but foreign managers guarantee nothing despite your ceaseless screaming for one. U wud have loved remi garde….lets see how he does at villa. So far not so good. Moyes wud save us (just) i think, although i wud rather see steve succeed

  • 48 jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew // Nov 22, 2015 at 10:07 AM

    Er…you are just speculating!

    We could also try something else…it’s a bit new and unorthodox. How about employing management at all levels who can have an immediate impact?

    It’s some new wave sh1t I know!

  • 49 Munster Mag // Nov 22, 2015 at 10:08 AM

    Rotunda i totally agree re carr. The man is the supremo at nufc

  • 50 John Tudor // Nov 22, 2015 at 10:08 AM

    get out now

  • 51 Slank // Nov 22, 2015 at 10:09 AM


    I cannot understand how a team can be so inconsistent. They seesaw between really decent against those you mentioned and then capitulate against Man City (second half), Bournemouth and now Leicester.

    We have some good players. You don’t get picked for the Dutch and French national teams because you are ‘OK’. These players have reached an international standard necessary to represent their country.

  • 52 Rotonda heights // Nov 22, 2015 at 10:11 AM

    One Alan Shearer

    Our budget is nowhere near Leicester’s, yet they have a manager who gets the team playing to the sum of it’s parts, playing like demons for each other.

    They didn’t waste obscene amounts on cabella, Riviere, Thauvin etc. 30M + just there on french playboys.

    Carr is looking more and more accountable now.

  • 53 juan // Nov 22, 2015 at 10:16 AM

    Do any of you think the club will run out of patience with mcclaren and sack him.

  • 54 OneAlanShearer // Nov 22, 2015 at 10:56 AM

    G – I disagree. No manager could help this squad. We have no central midfield and our defence still needs defenders. Plus an alternative nippy striker. He’s hamstrung by a lack of options. We needed to replace moat of the side last summer but decided to do it over 3 windows. Has beens and never beens were never going to compliment the new players well enough. 5 players required minimum to sort this shower out. Teams will always score against this side and with no central midfield we are stuffed in both directions. Plus we need a new captain and more leaders all over the pitch. New youngsters needed leadership. We haven’t had a leader since Ashley cleated house and we lost nolan. His own arrogance brought us to this point. If they buy serious quality it must include leaders or its welcome to the championship for the foreseeable future.

  • 55 Jamesnufc94 // Nov 22, 2015 at 10:59 AM

    Charlie in the gollowgate what can you expect from mitro with no service at all?

  • 56 OneAlanShearer // Nov 22, 2015 at 11:24 AM

    Rotunda. Thauvin was so we could offload cabella and have crossing for mitrovic. Wijnaldum is playing out of position as our central midfield is so incredibly poor. We need to replace them then go 433 451 4231 but right now our soft centre is the problem not the formation or tactics. A pub team could walk straight through our midfield. Wijnaldum should play number ten behind mitrovic. We have loads of players that don’t fit one style. De jong needs to be a number 10 but needs quick layers that we don’t have all around him. Add to that thauvin who I think would fit 451 if he has players doing his tackling and running off the ball. In short we have a completely unbalanced side. We need to buy players to fit one style of play and perfect that style. The squad is so unbalanced as we have bought for cist not position and sold key players or not kept hold of them so we are left with the dross and players who could once do a job to patch over this mess no longer have the legs (colo). Massive investment required. Schteve is trying to balance a side of square pegs. Let him buy what he needs to address this. Anita, Tiote, Colo, Riviere, Gouffran, obertan,elliot, lascelles, darlow, wouldn’t get into any other premier league side. Colback needs someone better alongside him. Dummett I’d only use as cover.janmaat needs to defend better but a reasonable option. Sissoko is an enigma wrapped in an enigma that can play when it can be bothered. Perez, mitrovic, Wijnaldum and Mbemba need better players around them. That suit the positions they are in. Lcfc have a balanced side. I have always rated vardy when I’ve seen him. Mahrez has been given the licence he needed and do not underestimate the tinker man.i always thought Chelsea were nuts to let him go. He is a top manager. I think schteve can be too given the right tools to do the job. The years of poor policy have come home to roost. I think they realised it but planning to rectify it over 3 windows was yet another gamble. We can still stay up and even do well but 5 players in January is a must. Schteve is a good coach but you can’t polish a turd.

  • 57 usmagpie // Nov 22, 2015 at 1:05 PM

    Honestly we need to look at British players, some of this foreign shite don’t care and have no heart. How did we not think Deli Alli was not worth 5 million? Off to Spurs and now England international, transfer policy working. I think NOT !!!!!!!

  • 58 isleofmanman // Nov 22, 2015 at 1:16 PM

    The current aged limited transfer policy in place only to make fat profits for Ashely and the Bag Carrier not working??? Surely not!!!

    For example why would we want to have a tilt at a 29 year old ex non-league Vardy and maybe get 10 goals in 10 games??

    The mis-managing of NUFC began before Keegan left

    The buying policy was facile then and is facile now

    I do hope that Ashley’s personal embarrassment in the business community’s high end increases ten fold

  • 59 mactoon // Nov 22, 2015 at 3:43 PM

    But if we remain in trouble the plan COULD change to bring in some players capable of having an immediate impact on Tyneside and saving Newcastle from relegation.

    Newcastle COULD therefore (WE ASSUME) turn to older and more experienced players in January

    What utter rubbish mate. Not a shred of evidence that will happen, the title of this article says Newcastle TO change their transfer policy. So misleading

  • 60 Ravostag // Nov 22, 2015 at 10:38 PM

    We need players and a Manager who can makean immediate impact aka Pulis, even a Warnock type

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