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Watch Out – Ashley Becoming Really Ambitious At Newcastle

8:40 am, Saturday, January 30th, 2016 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 24 Comments

There´s an excellent article in the Independent today which basically says that a very important if impromptu meeting took place early in January at Vicarage Road.

Newcastle had just been shamed again and for the fourth time running we had managed to be eliminated in the very first hurdle of the FA Cup – this time by newly promoted Watford.

The FA Cup is a trophy we famously won three times in a short five years in the early 1950s – a time that seems like it´s 100 years away from where Newcastle have descended to today.

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Lee Charnley and Mike Ashley
Come on Lee – get with it – let´s spend some money!!
But boss you never like spending money – I´m confused – what´s changed?

Not surprisingly after that defeat the very long-suffering Newcastle fans – with the emphasis on long and suffering went on Twitter to vent their anger at Newcastle – a club that seems to have become incompetent in many ways.

Mike Ashley called the meeting after Newcastle´s humiliation and urged those present – Lee Charnley, Steve McClaren were two present –  to start spending Newcastle´s money in January – it was available.

Newcastle had shown some signs of ambition in a muted way last summer when we were second top Premier League spenders behind Manchester City and 5th biggest spenders in Europe when we brought in four players for around £52M.

Unfortunately one of those players signed – Florian Thauvin – has been a bust and the then 22 year-old was the target of abuse from Newcastle fans in the 1-0 loss at Vicarage Road in early January.

It looks like the £13M signing wants to leave Newcastle and go back to Marseilles, so it´s egg on the face of Chief Scout Graham Carr who had wanted him at Newcastle for about four years now.

Fast forward to today three weeks after that meeting and we have brought in Jonjo Shelvey, Henri Saivet and Andros Townsend for close to £30M and we have spent more than anybody in the world this month – so far.

]And we are bidding close to £20M for Saido Berahino.

There seems to have been a sea change in the way Newcastle look at transfers now and we have signed two Englishmen and trying to sign a third if only West Brom would accept our huge offer for Berahino.

So we are in the strange position of  wanting to spend even more money this month but cannot because another PL club – West Brom – wont accept the offer.

And we are supposed to have bid over £20M for Lyon striker Alexandre Lacazette.

There was news earlier in the week that Mike Ashley himself had intervened to break the deadlock and get Andros Townsend to the club, after he spoke to Spurs Chairman Daniel Levy who he knows well.

And yesterday we were amazingly linked to three players we want in on loan in the late afternoon.

AS Roma striker Seydou Doumbia, Atletico Madrid left-back Guilherme Siqueira and Valencia left back – center- back Lucas Orban were all linked with Newcastle on potential loan deals.

Siqueira is expected at Newcastle today for a medical, so that deal could even complete today.

So given what´s happened in the last two transfer windows,  after Ashley went on Sky Sports and said Newcastle would make their own luck from now on – anybody looking at Mike Ashley could even think he´s now ambitious at Newcastle United.

What is true is when we were in relegation trouble three years ago he brought in four French players in one week so we have seen this sort of thing before.

But if we do survive in the Premier League  this season – and that´s still an if – then maybe we will see two or three huge signings in the summer – and Newcastle may even have a good side next season.

And given what´s happened to Leicester City in the last twelve months we know anything is possible these days in the Premier League.

The business Newcastle are doing in January will also go a long way to keeping our good players on Tyneside – given that we do avoid the drop – because it  does look like Newcastle have found a new ambition.

Some fans on Twitter yesterday were even lauding Ashley for being willing to spend the big money.

Well – would you believe it?

Howay The Lads!!

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

24 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Jib // Jan 30, 2016 at 8:42 AM

    Hands Tsunki a brown paper bag.
    We cannot have people hyper-ventilating on this blog !!

  • 2 anthc // Jan 30, 2016 at 8:45 AM

    I’ll take all three even if only on loan. All have a ton of experience although I accept they are unproven in the pl. At least they will keep current players on their toes!

  • 3 WestOzMag // Jan 30, 2016 at 8:45 AM

    The blog bully stfu

  • 4 Jib // Jan 30, 2016 at 8:48 AM

    Blog bully ?
    Since Paul Hogan and Barry Humphries retired is there an Aussie left with a sense of humour ?

  • 5 Jib // Jan 30, 2016 at 8:56 AM

    Actually that reminds me of a Glasgow gypsy I used to knock about with called Ronnie Wood ( why is every other gypsy called Ronnie Wood? )
    He lived in Felling so Expatmag may have known him.

    The reason it reminds me of him is , I was standing having a pint with him one day .
    he says .
    ” I must see that new fillum it looks braw ”

    “Which film is that Ronnie ?” qoth I

    “Och it’s called – The Crocodile frae Dundee”

  • 6 WWSBRD // Jan 30, 2016 at 8:58 AM

    Ambitious? Where’s the proof of that? The club has only spent ITS money when it’s been knee deep in its own crap pile

    If we ever finish in the top 6 under Ashley and then the club spends 50+ million then maybe that shows ambition, right now they are just paying the bill for messing up for so long

  • 7 Transfer Sage // Jan 30, 2016 at 8:59 AM

    Very happy with how this transfer window is going. Is Ashley good for his word now?

    We still need a quality CB but maybe they see a lot more from Lascelles and think he could step up if needed. To be fair to Colo he has been much better the last 6/7 weeks really.

    Hopefully another 1 or 2 through the door before the end of the window and we can look to push for mid table, give ourselves a platform for next year.

  • 8 sparky55 // Jan 30, 2016 at 8:59 AM

    interesting some semblance of order appears to being taking place at the good ship NUFC.

    And they’ve even sussed out we need more defenders to survive because we still wouldn’t score the three goals required to win a game even if we had Ronaldo in the team.

    All looks good if all what the press are saying is true but how many will get over that legendary line.

    Truth be told we need all three players but how many will we realistically get. Ed’s headline will soon be proven to be bollox if we don’t get at least two of them!

  • 9 jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew // Jan 30, 2016 at 8:59 AM

    lesh…why would we bid £9M for Rhodes?

  • 10 Transfer Sage // Jan 30, 2016 at 9:01 AM


    I agree we haven’t shown yet whether we will look to kick on and spend when we are ok but there does seem to be a shift in the transfer policy. Hopefully it continues.

    I’m willing to give them a chance to show whether they mean what they said or not, this would be the last chance though after how they’ve carried on before.

  • 11 jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew // Jan 30, 2016 at 9:03 AM

    But TS…our priorities should have been a FW and a CB. The window closes in a few days.

  • 12 Transfer Sage // Jan 30, 2016 at 9:03 AM


    Rhodes is a very good player as well as a good goal scorer.

    The championship and lower leagues are packed with quality players who just need a chance at the right club to suit them in the premier league.

  • 13 WWSBRD // Jan 30, 2016 at 9:06 AM

    They had their last chance with me mate Ashley can give all the guff ‘interviews’ he wants

  • 14 Ian Toon // Jan 30, 2016 at 9:06 AM

    JFK didn’t get too much right at Newcastle. But he certainly was about N’Zogbia. The player he called something else has just turned down a loan move to AEK Athens and plans to run down the remainder of his contract.
    He’s earning around £63,000 a week and training with Villa ‘s under-21’s . Garde is bemoaning his application and attitude and the impact on Villa’s transfer dealings.
    Gus Poyet at AEK ­Athens, had offered an escape route but N’Zogbia will spend the final five months of his deal at Villa.

  • 15 Ian Toon // Jan 30, 2016 at 9:15 AM

    Jordan Rhodes is a good professional and would have been a good acquisition. He does what it says on the tin and scores goals a clinical finisher. Highly regarded by supporters at his past clubs. He was spotted by a group of toon fans at Euston station last Saturday and stopped to sign autographs and for a few photo’s.
    Wish him well at Boro and shame he wasn’t signing for us.
    Still think Berahino is the trophy mentioned.

  • 16 goalseeker // Jan 30, 2016 at 9:15 AM

    WWSBRD – I suggest you go back into hibernation the proof is in the players we have signed this month and who could yet come through the door. We know that one swallow does not make a summer but for the Toon to spend £100m almost over the last two windows is the most that has been spent in the history of the club and smacks of ambition. The great thing is that it is not money that is being spent on money grabbers at the end of their career but on young ambitious players with a point to prove. Shelvey and Townsend want to get back into the squad for the European they can only do that by playing consistently at the top of their game for the rest of the season. With some people if we were winning the league, FA and European cups they would still find something to moan about. I know the real geordie supporters will blast their lungs out home and away to get the team up the league away from relegation worries. If that means surviving without your negativity so be it. As far as only spending the money that has been generated and not out of the big man’s own pocket get real that is what every successful business does spend on the wealth that has been created the owner should not dig the last coin out his duffle coat.

  • 17 WestOzMag // Jan 30, 2016 at 9:19 AM

    your boring JefF . Same old shite from you everyday. Nobody cares

  • 18 Jib // Jan 30, 2016 at 9:27 AM

    hear hear – goaseeker

  • 19 Jib // Jan 30, 2016 at 9:28 AM

    Beg pardon goalseeker
    At least my device didn’t put goatseeker

  • 20 The overrated Frenchman // Jan 30, 2016 at 10:22 AM

    I suppose if we avoid relegation, the Ashley apologists will be crowing “I told you so” And as their dear leader might say “That counts as winning sumpfink too” The rattle of the simple men still resonates.

  • 21 toonfamilia // Jan 30, 2016 at 10:55 AM


  • 22 toonfamilia // Jan 30, 2016 at 11:09 AM

    never been a fan of cashley for obvious reasons such as corruption of our great club and the ‘player farm’ he has built around the ‘sports direct arena’ but give credit where it Is due….he sed he was going to invest 50mill in summer 50 mill in jan and 50mill next summer and so far he seems to have stayed true to his word…we can’t blame him for some of the shambles that the once great graham Carr (tiote..cabaye..sissoko) has made (thauvin)! And I remember hearing that this season was a transition stage…we have a whole back room staff and new 11 (basically) I think staying up is number 1 objective and next season we (should!!)

  • 23 davetoon // Jan 30, 2016 at 12:19 PM

  • 24 isleofmanman // Jan 30, 2016 at 4:41 PM

    Ashley’s ONLY ‘ambition’ is to cling on to his £125m Premier League hand out next season. Period.

    Its only about him and not about us

    We need a couple of seasoned old pro’s in the mix to help the premiership newbies – and he needs to shove his player age policy up where the sun don’t shine

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