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More Newcastle Ineptitude In The Transfer Market

3:24 pm, Sunday, April 10th, 2016 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 13 Comments

Andros Townsend scored a brilliant goal for us yesterday against the Saints and he was easily our Man of the Match and he’s one we will want to hold onto next season in the Championship – since he has some bottle – unlike a lot of our more famous players.

So it is very worrying that there are various reports in the papers today that he has a £8M release clause in his contract should we be relegated.

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Andros Townsend – not happy at end of game

That would mean if we are relegated – which it looks like we will be – then once a club comes in with an £8M offer for the player we would have no choice but to sell him.

If the news is indeed accurate then Newcastle could lose £4M on him in a short six months – and he would certainly be a good buy at £8M for a Premier League club, especially if he keeps scoring goals for the Magpies.

It doesn’t look like a sensible thing for Newcastle to do but to be fair, maybe we had no alternative if we were to sign him.

Newcastle were desperate to sign him in January, which is why we were willing to payout £12M for him in the first place – but it doesn’t look like Andros can save us – even though he’s looked good for the team.

Newcastle were obviously hoping we could avoid the drop, but it also looks like even more ineptitude from those running Newcastle.

Surely the first step in Newcastle’s hoped for comeback next season is to have a clear-out of the club at both the player level and all levels of management of the club in the summer?

They have both failed the club and the fans for far too long.

Enough is enough.

Comments welcome.



Tags: Andros Townsend · Newcastle News · Premier League · Transfer News and Rumours




13 responses so far ↓

  • 1 toon kk // Apr 10, 2016 at 3:26 PM

    It’s not about the signings we made, it’s the ones we didn’t.

  • 2 scout // Apr 10, 2016 at 3:32 PM

    What was the crack with the group hug at the start useless, how is Shelvey worth 12 million theres better non league players.

  • 3 SPRINGY // Apr 10, 2016 at 3:33 PM

    glad i got that wrong, had a dodgy feeling the mackems would get something from that game all week and although leicester didnt play well they ground out a result with graft,tenacity and a pacey striker on fire this season.

  • 4 Charlie in the Gallowgate // Apr 10, 2016 at 3:41 PM

    Well
    expected the Mackems to win today

    And is that the lifeline the TOON need if so lets take it and NO more SHI*E that was dished up yesterday.

    For F**K’s sake NEWCASTLE UNITED give it a go
    not more of the couldn’t give a Monkees that has been shown in the last few games.

  • 5 davetoon // Apr 10, 2016 at 3:43 PM

    Its amazing how good Shelvey played in that West Ham game. Moved us out of the bottom 3 and gave everyone hope. Seems like an eternity ago now.

  • 6 Lindisfarne // Apr 10, 2016 at 3:45 PM

    Yesterdays match, inside their penalty area, we had one shot (5), eight passes (426) and three losses of possession (27).

    In our penalty area they had 13 shots (20), 19 passes (429) three by defenders and 2 lost possessions (25).

    Out of necessity we had better defensive stats.

  • 7 toon kk // Apr 10, 2016 at 3:47 PM

    davetoon
    It becomes a case with our players, your not trying so why should I. Meaning it’s a knock on effect where better player’s seem to go back over.

  • 8 banjax // Apr 10, 2016 at 3:49 PM

    Hindsight is a wonderful thing for those who didn’t listen to the supporters and the pundits – they know who they are – the Chairman and his toadies. I know the thousands of people on this blog have said we need defenders, first and foremost – I know I have. We advised against buying foreign superstars who had no experience of the premiership – did anyone listen to us – a big fat NO. So we won’t be surprised when most of our (so called) talent will be away when we are relegated. The man to blame for all this is Mike Ashley because he will have lost loads of money in transfer fees and Premiership earnings and his in-debtedness in the club will have got significantly worse. Wanted – any mugs to pay Mike Ashley £300m for Newcastle United ???

  • 9 toonking // Apr 10, 2016 at 3:51 PM

    vardy scores 2, leicester defeat sunderland and are now sitting 10 points ahead of spurs!

    Newcastle united fans and ownership should be ashamed.

    We played a very simular style of play ourselves that season pardew got 5th place but we call it sh1t. The trouble is our team was built around passion and leadership, it’s players were not the sort of quality like that of a top 6 team and it was proven when the players had the transfer away from us. That summer we decide to bring just 1 player in, during the winter ba gets sold without replacement just a selection of panic buys then comes a full season without a single transfer. Not only does our team fail to get built up we decide to remove the entire passion and leadership meaning we can’t even win games through decent team work nstead we watch a team of 11 statues standing around in a very unorganised structure.

  • 10 Lindisfarne // Apr 10, 2016 at 3:52 PM

    If Rafa played Aarons and Perez as strikers then the opposition would not be able to defend a high line so easily and less likely to press the team into making mistakes. We are capable of playing the ball forward but unfortunately when it gets to the last third we are out numbered and no one is capable of making a darting run into space. This is why we are reliant on non-existent crosses, or individual acts of ability to score.

  • 11 jimiley // Apr 10, 2016 at 4:50 PM

    That Leicester team is well overrated. The scum were the better team. At least they are trying unlike our wasters. I would hate to have a team like Leicesters. I would rather have BIG Sam as manager. Another idiot we got rid of because he was not good enough. 10 games to go to avoid relegation. Big Sam or Rafa.??? The club is cursed. The fans know nowt. They are still watching these wasters ffs

  • 12 faustino10 // Apr 11, 2016 at 12:36 AM

    I was wondering why nobody was talking about this until now. Back when we signed Townsend and Shelvey in January an article came out saying that they both had get-out clauses in their contracts in case of relegation. It was pure desperation buying. Typical of the Jan window. Still as it is not my money I am glad they came. Shelvey has lost a lot of his composure but I think he is working harder under Rafa. I think in a better team he would be further forward with less defensive responsibilities. Issue is that you could say that about 2/3s of our squad. We seem to have no shortage of number 10s. It is like playing in the park as a kid were everyone wants the “Free role”. Not quite a striker not quite a midfielder. I think we have been so desperate to replace Cabaye that we have ended up filling the squad with “creative talent” that all want the ball to feet and don’t run for eachother. Issue is Cabaye was an all round midfielder, not just a number ten and the worst business we did last summer was not jumping at the chance to bring him back for 10 million. As it is we have a team of players who all think they are doing the team a favour by defending (I add Jaanmat to that). Now we will lose the likes of Townsend and Shelvey for half the price we paid and can you IMAGINE Thauvin in the championship. No chance. The only consolation is that it must be doing Ashleys head in too. out of the 80 million spent we will be lucky to get 1/3 of it back. What we wouldn’t give to have the likes of Perchinho, Guithre and Simpson available when Rafa first arrived. They should be squad players but they would walk into this mess of a team no question. Last thing, Rafa has to start Lascelles until the end of the season. Colo injured or not Lascelles must start. DeJong for me looks like he cares and got stuck in a bit in CM for the short time he was playing there. Perez cares, Mitro cares, Sissoko looks like he should have always been a fullback. Just took 32 games this season and numerous other seasons for that penny to drop. And we need to get the most out of Townsend while we have him. Best thing from the Southamption game was the Jaanmat and Taylor “injuries”. In the same category as Colos warm down “injury” that has taken 2 months to heal. “Not-arsed-itis” is the toughest injury to heal. Hard to see our club reduced to this. Still I have hope we can beat Swansea if Rafa plays the side that finished the last 10 mins of Southampton game. Sissoko LB, Anita RB, Mbemba and Lascelles CB, Wijnaldum LW, Townsend RW, Shelvey and DeJong CM, but with Mitro and Doumbia CF. Nothing to lose Rafa!!! Role the Doumbia Dice!!!

  • 13 ashleysmate // Apr 11, 2016 at 1:03 AM

    Well said…I’ve been… quite stupidly a toon supporter for 50 yrs and they have never ceased to amaze me(remember SBR getting the boot because we ONLY CAME 5th one Year?!!)…I honestly can’t begin to think what the answer is…but sticking with local talent may help???
    We MUST remove the crap that’s at the top to allow us true fans to give this glorious club one gigantic enenema? so we can move on. Hopefully with Rafa. If not. So what. Let’s move on.




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