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Newcastle Will Find It Difficult To Sign This Long-Term Target

3:03 pm, Monday, December 21st, 2015 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 71 Comments

Even if Newcastle want to sign long term target Charlie Austin from QPR in the January transfer window, that may now be very difficult because we are again fighting relegation.

It could even be more difficult for Sunderland, who are also said to be interested in Charlie, because they are 5 points behind us in the league and in worse trouble than we are.

Charlie is unlikely to want to join another side fighting relegation  after being relegated with QPR only last season.

charlie austin

Charlie Austin – may join a top six club

QPR Director of Football Les Ferdinand has even hinted at that when he said this in the Evening Standard.

“I’m realistic and sometimes that gets people upset, but there are teams in the top six of the Premier League that are struggling.”

“If one of those teams come in and bid for Charlie, he will want to go because that’s where he sees himself.” “Charlie’s goals-per-game ratio is up there with the best in the country.”

“But obviously we’d love Charlie to stay until the end of the season because we’d have a great chance of making the play-offs.”

QPR manager Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink has realized he has very little say in whether Charlie is sold or not next month and we have to remember the star striker becomes a free agent in June and will at that time be able to leave QPR for nothing.

This is what the new manager Hasselbaink has said about his star striker:

“I think in football you can’t guarantee anything.” “Everyone wants to make profit and at the end of the day it’s a business.”

“We have to understand that, as a manager and as a club. “Do we want to put him up for sale? No. The club does not want to sell him. But, on the other hand, it’s up to the owners.

“I can only advise. I can only say, ‘No, I don’t want him to leave, I need him. I think they will respect that.”

It will be important for Newcastle to get some wins against Everton and West Brom in our next two games and while we are 4th bottom of the league at the moment just 2 points above Swansea – the last thing we want when January rolls around is to be in the bottom three.

That will make it very difficult for us to sign good players in January – including Charlie Austin.

Comments welcome.

Tags: Recruitment · Scouting Network · Transfer News and Rumours · Transfer Target

71 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Tsunki // Dec 21, 2015 at 3:05 PM

    Austin Out!

  • 2 Our Toon // Dec 21, 2015 at 3:08 PM

    Jimmy also has dropped Austin for 2 of his 3 games in charge. Says alot about Austin as a all round player that he struggles to get into the managers team even though he’s scoring!! I hope we stay well clear of the lad as I dont rate him at all

  • 3 magpie6699 // Dec 21, 2015 at 3:08 PM

    From the last post:
    There was a brief and relatively modest spot of booing at the end but quickly followed by a more widespread round of applause.

  • 4 toonluvva // Dec 21, 2015 at 3:11 PM

    This is the reality that Mr Charnley refuse to acknowledge.

    Successful clubs will aalways be able to recruit better players. Less successful ones, such as NUFC, will struggle to bring in decent players.

    We will perpetually be battling against relegation until those at the top at NUFC change their ways and show some interest in adving the footballing side of the club.

  • 5 Tsunki // Dec 21, 2015 at 3:28 PM

    You do get the impression that these Charlie Austin featurettes aren’t quite whipping up the enthusiasm that they once did.

  • 6 Tsunki // Dec 21, 2015 at 3:29 PM

    Lack….frenzied commotion…and…all………..that……zzzzz

  • 7 Tsunki // Dec 21, 2015 at 3:30 PM

    Is that a young Eric Clapton photoshopped in behind Charlie there?

  • 8 Wayayman // Dec 21, 2015 at 3:32 PM

    What’s the obsession with Austin? If he came here, who does that affect? If it means Cisse leaves then great but if it means Mitro is always second choice then we’d be mental. Mitro is doing bloody well considering his age and PL experience.

  • 9 Tsunki // Dec 21, 2015 at 3:37 PM

    I think that every time Ed puts up a photo of someone in a blue hooped shirt the blog goes narcoleptic.

  • 10 SPRINGY // Dec 21, 2015 at 3:51 PM

    Afternoon all
    Get well soon pav.
    Its a pity we cant fit sissoko ,SDJ, gini,perez and mitro in the side rhe actually worked cant see it happening…hope SDJ continues to play….not so much cisse…he looks like he cant trap a bag cement for 3 games then is areet for one…so wouldn’t be bothered if he doesn’t start against everton.

  • 11 Average_Contents // Dec 21, 2015 at 3:53 PM

    Get well soon pav.


  • 12 SPRINGY // Dec 21, 2015 at 3:56 PM

    Would be interesting to see Armstrong playing up top in front of SDJ ..his movement could be a menace

  • 13 JamesToon // Dec 21, 2015 at 4:03 PM

    Would like us to go back to the possession based attacking philosophy like against Southampton. Now that the lads have a bit of confidence start playing out the back and getting the ball on the deck get players like SDJ involved a bit more. I know the pitch conditions were so bad and wouldn’t of wanted us to play the ball on the floor at the back, but starting with Everton, we need to prove we can get a grip on games and break teams down not just playing on the counter. If Bournemouth can do it, so can we.

  • 14 lochinvar // Dec 21, 2015 at 4:15 PM

    Pitch against Everton will hopefully be dried out and even slightly frozen as cold weather is forecast for the Xmas / Boxing day period. Lets hope that King Mac and his extensive back room team will take that into account and pick a team that play football on the deck ( crosses into Mitro aside )…..that would suit SDJ who can be a playmaker for us, more and more as his fitness improves after so many set backs.

  • 15 beermonkey // Dec 21, 2015 at 4:16 PM

    get well soon pav

    not sure if stat is true or not but some1 posted over the weekend that we have lost 12point from winning positions this season

    is it worth spending cash on Austin when a decent defender and leftback should see us climb the table

    not sure whether the rumours are true about shelvy falling out with swans owner but at 23 I would go all out for him as well

  • 16 JamesToon // Dec 21, 2015 at 4:18 PM

    stick to the principles they set out to do. That’s the only way we’re gonna get stability and consistency in the long term

  • 17 lesh // Dec 21, 2015 at 4:22 PM

    Well well. The chickens are about to come home to roost.

    Had Charnley and his puppeteer been prepared to enter serious negotiations with QPR over Austin’s fee, he could have been at SJP and the Club higher than fourth from bottom staring relegation in the face.

    There’s times when spending a bit more pays bigger dividends and this is yet another example of penny-pinching leading to potential disaster.

    Will Charnley and Carr, presumably Ashley’s voices on the si-called board ever have the balls to challenge Ashley over his over-frugal financial management? Somehow, I can’t see it.


  • 18 Reyantoon // Dec 21, 2015 at 4:25 PM

    Would prefer signing a midfielder than Austin.
    One of Grenier,Pijanic,Nygolan or Shelvey Will do the tricks.Is Carr watching our games regularly by the way? If he is watching and haven’t noticed our MF weak link,he is blind.Wijnaldum is suppose to be the Cabaye replacement but he doesn’t seem to fill his role.Kind of different player the way we saw him.So is sdj.Give Thauvin the chance on the left & push Wijnaldm upfront behind Mitrovic.That way,Sissoko and
    Wijnaldum will combine splendidly.Whether you like it or not,that is my opinion 🙂

  • 19 lesh // Dec 21, 2015 at 4:26 PM


    The story about losing 12 points after leading appeared courtesy of Lee Ryder in yesterday’s Chronic.

    Yes and I’ll say it again, Ashley and his lackies don’t seem to want to see that spending wisely can save more and make more in the long-run.

    But no, their eyes are glued to the calculator and pound signs

  • 20 Jib // Dec 21, 2015 at 4:36 PM

    The Eric Clapton look alike is Niko Kranj?ar whom I fully expected us to sign , in the epoch when our owner seemed to be captivated by all things Redknapp.
    He followed ‘arry to Portsmouff , Tottingham and QPR , I think he is back in Kiev now.

  • 21 1949BH PROUDTOBEAGEORDIE // Dec 21, 2015 at 4:41 PM

    reyantoon nice to see you are still trolling about grenier. has started 6 games since march 2014. results llldll. is lazy and gutless. even carr is not stupid enough to sign him.

  • 22 GeordieTwo // Dec 21, 2015 at 4:48 PM

    Charlie Autism! We want Charlie Autism! Or errrm whatever his name is…..

  • 23 beermonkey // Dec 21, 2015 at 4:48 PM



    goes to show where we need to strengthen

  • 24 GeordieTwo // Dec 21, 2015 at 4:49 PM

    Beermonkey for Senior Vice President Football operations!!!

  • 25 GeordieTwo // Dec 21, 2015 at 4:51 PM

    We’re going to wait until Charlie is really, really old and then say we’re not interested in him because he’s too old! Brilliant bit of thinking there Charnley….

  • 26 GeordieTwo // Dec 21, 2015 at 4:52 PM

    The Belgian midget strikers are ready to play!! Certainly they’ve had a few late nights out but they’re raring to go now!!!

  • 27 firebug666 // Dec 21, 2015 at 4:56 PM

    Best Wishes and praying for a speedy recovery for Pav, always a Geordie in his heart, and always a Geordie in our minds.

  • 28 GeordieTwo // Dec 21, 2015 at 4:59 PM

    Hmmmm, just looking at McLaren’s first 17 games in charge compared to Carver’s first 17.. Let’s see now expecting a huge improvement….. Carver: 2W 2D for 8 points. Steve McLaren: 4W 5D for 17 points!!! Incredible improvement!!! This is amazing!!! And you lot are complaining….Harrumph….

  • 29 Reyantoon // Dec 21, 2015 at 5:01 PM

    1949BH – Nice to see u are still around too.
    Believe me or not,you came to my mind this morning , I don’t know how 🙂
    Well, I heard he was injured but I expected he is back by now.I haven’t seen any French league football this season but I still believe he is a good player,not lazy.If he is injury free,he still is a perfect cabaye replacement.Nice to see u still following Grenier talk and respond whenever his name pops up.

  • 30 GeordieTwo // Dec 21, 2015 at 5:04 PM

    At this rate we’re on our way to a possible 16th place finish!!! Well that may be getting a bit carried away but definitely 17th place is possible!!! Just think of it another bottom 10 finish under Mike! So exciting….yawn…feeling a bit tired now after all the excitement of thinking about picking up the 17th place trophy at the end of the season….

  • 31 GeordieTwo // Dec 21, 2015 at 5:04 PM

    Get well Pav. Cardiac arrest at his age?

  • 32 Jib // Dec 21, 2015 at 5:09 PM

    In Canada the common age for cardiac arrest is 62 😎

  • 33 Moonraker15 // Dec 21, 2015 at 5:15 PM

    So McClaren thinks the fans are “Fragile” eh?
    Someone needs to tell him something about his team and how new players are needed – IN JANUARY !

  • 34 GeordieTwo // Dec 21, 2015 at 5:20 PM

    Has anyone mentioned to Siem that he has to run around a bit and practice heading the ball if wants to play footy? He looks like he would be more comfortable in a rocking chair….

  • 35 GeordieTwo // Dec 21, 2015 at 5:22 PM

    We’re not fragile. We have to be tough as nails to support this club. Dealing with Kinnear, Llambeezee, Ashley etc etc. You think that’s easy? Harrumph….

  • 36 Tsunki // Dec 21, 2015 at 5:24 PM

    With all respect to the match going contingent, I would have to assume the booing section comprised mainly once in a blue moon fans who have little idea of what’s going on, or how playing football in such appalling conditions can be, and even possibly what the game is about in the first place. I hope SM doesn’t think the bulk of fans are as empty-minded and unreasonable. The rest of us have not seen us winning for almost a lifetime and I’ve personally never booed the lads off myself. Not been pleased many a time but never booed.

  • 37 Jail for Ashley // Dec 21, 2015 at 5:31 PM

    What a lovely thing to mention !

  • 38 GeordieTwo // Dec 21, 2015 at 5:34 PM

    Tsunki is spot on as usual!!! This is no time to sit at home arguing with your parrots!!! Get oot there lads and protest!!! Find a club executive and poop in his wellies!!! Demand better things for the club…..It’s up to us!!!

  • 39 GeordieTwo // Dec 21, 2015 at 5:44 PM

    That’s all right Jail mate. I’m not responding to personal insults anymore. There’s enough ill will in the world as it is.

  • 40 John Tudor // Dec 21, 2015 at 5:49 PM

  • 41 Jib // Dec 21, 2015 at 5:51 PM

    Ha ha ha

    You’ve got to love Canucks !!!

    It comes on the blog every teatime dishing out personal insults right left and centre.

    Then heaves a big sigh , trembles it’s Canadian bottom lip and tries to take the moral high ground back to back with Jail for Ashley , the best lavvy cleaner in the Forties field

  • 42 John Tudor // Dec 21, 2015 at 5:54 PM

    better loved than hated

  • 43 Jib // Dec 21, 2015 at 5:55 PM

    Innervisions was a great album
    However Songs in the Key of Life is up there with Sergeant Pepper and Dark Side of the Moon

  • 44 jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew // Dec 21, 2015 at 5:55 PM

    There’s been big request for this one, so give it up to Jeff!

  • 45 GeordieTwo // Dec 21, 2015 at 5:56 PM

    I’m actually impressed by the improvement in Anita this season. He looks much more confident now. I still hope for a better LB, 2 CB’s and a striker in January. Mid table is still possible.

  • 46 Jib // Dec 21, 2015 at 5:56 PM

    I deem it an honour to be hated by scum like you JT

  • 47 John Tudor // Dec 21, 2015 at 5:58 PM

    i think youll find theres more than me nobba

  • 48 jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew // Dec 21, 2015 at 5:59 PM

    Tsunki #36…you know you want to 😉 just give in. Do it…no pressure! Now..!

  • 49 Jib // Dec 21, 2015 at 5:59 PM

    I must tell you
    Lemony Snicket is very American and hardly known in the UK and probably explains your many linguistic faux pas

  • 50 jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew // Dec 21, 2015 at 6:00 PM

    …Now! 😀

  • 51 jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew // Dec 21, 2015 at 6:02 PM

    I am sorry Jeff but I don’t speak monkey!

  • 52 GeordieTwo // Dec 21, 2015 at 6:03 PM

    I’m hoping Ashley is serious about upgrading the club in January. We can only go so far with what we’ve got. The counter attack suits players like Sissoko and Wij but we’ll need a few more players to make it work more often and then defend well enough to win games.

  • 53 jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew // Dec 21, 2015 at 6:03 PM

    Maybe you should get out more Jeff. Never leaving ones comfort zone can lead to xenophobia!

    …but that ship has probably sailed

  • 54 John Tudor // Dec 21, 2015 at 6:06 PM

    self appointed blog monitor
    i bet you were a prefect at La Sagesse

  • 55 optimistic prime // Dec 21, 2015 at 6:08 PM

    Good luck Pav, always a Geordie!

    Bit shocked to hear this, I was only listening to him last week on Total sport.
    Good crack still with a real passion for NUFC and the area, a decent bloke to.

    Hope he gets well soon.

  • 56 Jib // Dec 21, 2015 at 6:15 PM

    Ahhh La Sagesse
    toujours beaucoup de vaches
    Avez votre sœur y aller?

  • 57 John Tudor // Dec 21, 2015 at 6:15 PM

    Speedy recovery Pav, always a Geordie!

  • 58 John Tudor // Dec 21, 2015 at 6:17 PM

    a good read sullied by jeff

  • 59 nightfa11 // Dec 21, 2015 at 6:26 PM

    The title should be

    Newcastle will find it difficult to sign Eds long term target..

    Seriously.. Were nufc ever after austin? Cos I dont know..I dont remember..

  • 60 Tsunki // Dec 21, 2015 at 6:28 PM

    Count Olaf wasn’t it, Jeff? 🙂

    “…A series of unfortunate events” sounds exactly right. Btw I see Real Vallllllllllllllllllllllllllecano didn’t too to well against Rayo Madrid the other night. 😀

  • 61 Tsunki // Dec 21, 2015 at 6:30 PM

    I know Stevie Wonder is revealed in many circles but I think it’s distinctly wishful thinking to stick any of his albums up with Sgt Peppers. No offence to Stevie btw.

  • 62 Jib // Dec 21, 2015 at 6:32 PM

    I bet you are one of those pink Englishmen that calls Spain’s most popular beer. “San Migwell”

  • 63 Jib // Dec 21, 2015 at 6:33 PM

    Revered perhaps
    Blame it on your device thicko

  • 64 Tsunki // Dec 21, 2015 at 6:34 PM

    Oh yeah and Ray/Jeff did you use your impeccable socialist credentials the other day to find out what the difference was between Unite and Unison? Just wondering how…that….went….there…

  • 65 John Tudor // Dec 21, 2015 at 6:42 PM

    self righteous condescending fruitcake of the species you are
    as well as a foul mouthed jerk off

  • 66 Jib // Dec 21, 2015 at 6:45 PM

    Your naiveté is breathtaking

  • 67 Jail for Ashley // Dec 21, 2015 at 6:48 PM

    Looks like the sneering obnoxious jeff has been on the San Migwell this arfternooon, been chased from his budget hotels pool for peeing in it and shouting hola coño, the only two words he knows at everyone walking by !

  • 68 welshgeordie9 // Dec 21, 2015 at 6:53 PM

    Now now you know what our boss Ed said last night be civil to each other, why can everyone be like me.

  • 69 welshgeordie9 // Dec 21, 2015 at 6:54 PM

    Like I said last night, get Charlie Austin in.

  • 70 Tsunki // Dec 21, 2015 at 7:01 PM

    Naivete. You say Jeff? I think it’s ably trumped by your rank stupidity, as that link shows a collaboration on a Credit Union, which sadly Jeff is not a Trades Union. No, I know but it really isn’t! It just gets more cringeingly embarrassing doesn’t it? Unite is the manufacturing union that took up the SD Workers cause. Unison is, how do they put it? another union altogether….that.. er…didn’t.

    Now let’s us move on to what is more pink, me or your cheeks – Heineken are indeed the masters of bulk, so you should have googled their CruzCampo brand before falling into the assumption that Mahou San Miguel ( mi – gehl) was the most popular beer in Spain. They may have caught up some since 2014 who knows but for now it’s another boulder propped up by a twig for you, Wile. E.

  • 71 Jib // Dec 21, 2015 at 7:02 PM


    A little Spanish lesson for you.

    Folk probably tell you coño means c@nt in Spanish

    Actually it’s diminutive for conejo which is rabbit.

    Which is it actually means bunny.

    A bit like pussy in US english.

    So it is not nearly so insulting to Spaniards.

    So you see , you only learn so much from cd’s and stuff .

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