It was a decent performance from the lads yesterday, especially in the second half, and the next game is the real thing as we face WBA on Saturday in the first match of the Championship.
Oba Martins – 6th player out of the door this summer
And it could be that we play that match without having signed one player in the summer.
We have already lost Michael Owen, Mark Viduka, Claudio Cacapa, Peter Lovenkrands, David Edgar and Oba Martins, and that has saved us around £18M off the wage bill by our estimate.
We have £9M into the transfer coffers so that’s starting to look a lot better but the club will need to get the wage bill below £40M for the year. Right now the wages are at about £56M, from the starting point of about £74M.
We could increase the incoming transfer funds by £10M with the transfer of Bassong this week, and Beye, Coloccini and Gutierrez also are likely to leave Tyneside soon.
Exactly who will decide which players will come in to replace those gone is a good question, and we feel Mike Ashley will be forced to do something shortly if he cannot sell the club.
We hate to say this again, but we think Joe Kinnear could again be the manager brought in to somehow manage this ridiculous situation. It will be deja vu all over again.
Strikers Shola Ameobi and Xisco missed yesterday’s match through illness and Andy Carroll took full advantage of their absence to open his scoring account.
We think Andy is good enough to be a starter this coming season and we also notice that Tamas Kadar, our 19 year-old Hungarian, is quietly doing the job at center-back and the lad certainly looks a player of the future for the club.
Yesterday Newcastle fans made up 2,330 of the 8,876 supporters at Tannadice, and as we reported yesterday the match was preceded by a minute’s applause in honor of Sir Bobby Robson, who died of cancer, aged 76, on Friday.
St James’ Park will be open again today from 9am-5pm to give Newcastle fans another opportunity to pay tribute to the club’s former great manager, who is going to be missed on Tyneside and by the world of football in general.