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Another Huge Clearout Planned For The Summer

We have had almost eight seasons under Mike Ashley as the Newcastle owner, and what have we to show for it – one top eight finish in eight seasons plus a relegation.

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Jonas Gutierrez – contract runs out in June

And we are very likely going to see a huge clear-out of players in the summer,  and interim head coach John Carver has said so today.

This is what John has said:

“Mike Ashley and Lee Charnley know that there has to be a clear-out.” “It is pretty obvious to the man in the street and to the professionals, it has to be done.”

“There are people out of contract, there are people who are not good enough and they know that.” “I am telling you now because I have been part of it in the last few weeks, there are things in place.”

Ryan Taylor and Jonas Gutierrez are two who have their contracts run out at the end of June, and why we still have Facundu Ferreyra on loan, we have no idea.

Steven Taylor and Mike Williamson are two other players who may be sold this summer, and we expect both Vurnon Anita and Cheick Tiote to also be sold.

So it could be a huge clear-out – but Newcastle will have to bring in some replacements, and we haven’t been too good at that over the last several years.

Newcastle must also get a bigger squad as a defense against the club getting so many injuries every season.

We have to do one of two things – get a bigger squad – or else find out what the reasons are we have so many injuries every season and fix them.

As we reported earlier today, there are also some of our better players who may want to move out and/or big offers come in for them, and they are sold.

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93 comments so far

  • jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew

    Mar 21, 2015 at 9:11 AM

    Comment #1

    Beer…that really didn’t come as a surprise

    Jail…nice of you to greet us with your presence!

  • nut meg

    Mar 21, 2015 at 9:26 AM

    Comment #2

    I want to hear that from the hierarchy, not from a temporary head coach. Pardew used to promise the fans new signings & we didn’t get them.Are the top brass hiding behind Carver just as they did with Pardew ? I think so.

  • toonarmydownsouth

    Mar 21, 2015 at 9:29 AM

    Comment #3

    nut meg
    Given his increased interview content and stubborn insistence he’s the man for the job and his seeming increased involvement in the summer recruitment scheme i have a horrible horrible feeling that he’s not that temporary…

  • optimistic prime

    Mar 21, 2015 at 9:36 AM

    Comment #4

    A huge clear out they say.

    I say no chance, who’d buy them?

  • beermonkey

    Mar 21, 2015 at 9:39 AM

    Comment #5


    that’s the prob who will buy obertan willo perma crock taylor
    we know we wont pay out wages for them to sit on the bench and do nothing so were stuck with them and no replacements till they can leave on a free

  • BeeGuy

    Mar 21, 2015 at 9:42 AM

    Comment #6

    Old man Carr and wet behind the ears Charnely will get sold a bunch of crocks. NUFC is like a field hospital for the army.

  • The overrated Frenchman

    Mar 21, 2015 at 9:48 AM

    Comment #7

    I reckon we have 20 players on the books who are not good enough. Staggering.

  • JamesToon

    Mar 21, 2015 at 9:49 AM

    Comment #8

    Cmon carver, put your balls on the line and play Satka and keep janmaat at RB

  • croftus5678

    Mar 21, 2015 at 9:49 AM

    Comment #9

    clear out;

    11 out

    bring in darlow/lescalles/vukic/bigi

    4 confirmed

    also sign ayew/mitrovic/2 more cb’s/2 decent strikers and throw a lb in for show to fully replace the 11 😉 still means 2 squad numbers if my math’s are correct !

    i’ll have messi and ronaldo please ! oh wait hold on thought we was playing panini stickers ???

  • Fostino

    Mar 21, 2015 at 9:53 AM

    Comment #10

    Carver making excuses already. …he’s been an absolute disgrace of a manager. A total yes man. Totally out of his depth. Commands no respect. I can’t stand listening to his comments. Shocking winning record. Makes Joe kinnear look like mourinho and pardew like the great bill shankley. Stick to the coaching John. …Resting players in fa cup…bringing on defenders when it’s 1-1 vs crystal palace….is this what we want

  • nut meg

    Mar 21, 2015 at 10:10 AM

    Comment #11

    part of Charnley’s interview
    I’m confident at the end of this process the individual will be best suited for what we’re looking for and can work within the structure we have. I don’t think anything works and you’re never going to move forward if you have ‘yes’ people in key positions.

    I know people label me as someone who says yes all the time but believe me, if I said yes to everything suggested I wouldn’t last very long. It doesn’t work that way. They have to challenge me, I have to challenge Mike over things – that is how management works. That’s what I expect from all of my heads of department.

    But do I want someone in who will continually try to change our strategy or put obstacles in our way? Clearly not. They will have to aligned with what we are doing.

  • nut meg

    Mar 21, 2015 at 10:13 AM

    Comment #12

    That’s what I fear even though he doesn’t tick any of the boxes.

  • Jail for Ashley

    Mar 21, 2015 at 10:17 AM

    Comment #13

    I’ve said all along that they’re making this up as they go along. Very good for the fat man’s coffers in the short term this buying cheap and selling as quick as you can, there has been absolutely no forward thinking regarding the fact that if you tie players to long term contracts and sell the good ones as soon as a decent offer comes in, you are going to be left with the dross that nobody else wants.

  • mindshaft

    Mar 21, 2015 at 10:21 AM

    Comment #14

    Carver should look in the mirror when he talks about people not being good enough – sorry John but YOU’RE FIRED

  • Dreamcast1991

    Mar 21, 2015 at 10:24 AM

    Comment #15

    To be honest I think under another manager Anita could be a star player, I know he gets a lot of grief but if we got a manager who could get us passing the ball instead of hoof football I think we’d be pleasantly surprised.

  • geordie157

    Mar 21, 2015 at 10:29 AM

    Comment #16

    I like Anita but I can’t recall him ever successfully tackling someone

  • Sav

    Mar 21, 2015 at 10:31 AM

    Comment #17

    Make your mind up Cardew. Like Parver before you, you sing the company line when it suits you, telling journalists we had no need to recruit in January and happy to sanction 5 to Rangers and Santon on loan. Most fans knew last summer that the squad of 25 contained -players who would never get near the first team. And when first hearing about de Jong, his injury record looked like a weakness and so it has proved…another crock. You need 25 able and competing players, not some cardboard cut-outs. If Cardew gets the job, he may give his seal of approval to sales of Sissoko, Perez, Colback and Janmaat but that only makes the recruitment task even harder, more expensive and less predictable.
    Real Geordies can’t stand bullshit. SBR should have told you.

  • scout

    Mar 21, 2015 at 10:32 AM

    Comment #18

    You’re on the list Johnny boy…….

  • AncientC

    Mar 21, 2015 at 10:32 AM

    Comment #19

    The club is being run like it is on the brink of administration.

    And to think there are some that believe Ashley saved us from such a future. A future of a possible relegation (we got relegated anyway) from points docking, a future of having no money to spend on players. (We have a negative outlay on players since the Championship)

  • scout

    Mar 21, 2015 at 10:34 AM

    Comment #20

    Who comes out and says this about your own players, what an absolute fool. Get back on Tommy Millers stag do

  • geordie157

    Mar 21, 2015 at 10:34 AM

    Comment #21

    If santon, marveaux, Jonas, Raylor, tiote, williamson, obertan, Elliot are gone this summer.

    The forest lads come into the squad, we’ll still need 8-10 players. Never going to happen.

    We probably haven’t decent quality and depth in the squad for a long time.

  • jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew

    Mar 21, 2015 at 10:52 AM

    Comment #22

    I think more or less anyone could have saved us from the trouble we were in under former ownership…I what other option would a buyer have?

    …Ashley just saw an opportunity – not to help, but to make money off us! The financial meltdown in 2008 just screwed with his plan and now he’s making up for it.

    The fact that he can keep the club in constant debt without being legally forces to pay off the debt really bugs me! I think we need some legislation on the matters at hand!

  • jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew

    Mar 21, 2015 at 10:53 AM

    Comment #23

    *I mean what…

  • BoyDoneGood

    Mar 21, 2015 at 10:54 AM

    Comment #24

    Ed posted yesterday (?) that we might benefit from a Man City clearout in the summer. Never happen – you have to be desperate to buy most of their players. The City squad is the oldest in the PL – avg age almost 30, compared to 28 for bottom end clubs and 26 for solid PL clubs.

    The opinion of comments here seems to be that NUFC will be badly placed to sell and buy in the summer. (I’m not predicting what WILL happen, just looking at what is POSSIBLE for the club.) That’s not so. Look on Transfermarkt. There are first team squads of 26 players listed for both Man City and NUFC. 13 Man City players are shown as having fallen in value. Only 3 have increased in value. For the Newcastle squad, only 6 players have fallen in value (and that includes de Jong, who may yet come good). But EIGHT players have increased their value. Man City’s spending power is further reduced by FFP penalties and restrictions. NUFC’s profits have been hoarded for two years. Potentially (i.e. if the club utilise their spending power effectively this summer) SJP will be a much happier place than the Etihad next season.

  • magpie6699

    Mar 21, 2015 at 11:08 AM

    Comment #25

    Great. Looking forward to a clear out – we’ve got far too big a squad as it is…..! As for today and the next few games I’m tempted to go into hibernation because I know it’s going to be so embarrassing; but as a life-long Newcastle fan for 50+ years I will still turn up today. Must say i’m looking forward to my other team’s new season though – Durham Cricket Club. At least I’ve been to a cup final with them last September and seen them win in London, something I’ve never seen in countless visits to Wembley with the Toon. (Fairs Cup win was great but not the same as going down to a final). Just hope we can squeak enough points to stay up..

  • lesh

    Mar 21, 2015 at 11:16 AM

    Comment #26

    Nut meg

    Of course Ashley and Carver are hiding behind Carver and you’ve only got one man to blame and that’s Carver.

    Furthermore, unless the HC, whether interim or not, can speak with authority and Charnley’s held accountable for whatever’s said, then statements relating to policy or strategy should be issued from the Chief Exec’s office – not by a person who’s unable to differentiate fact from fiction or see ambiguity when its presented!

    Carver’s merely repeating what fans have been saying for years and I find it difficult to accept that he’s been able to influence Charnley and Ashley to the extent that they’ll make changes that will strengthen the squad sufficiently to mount a serious challenge for the top six or so spots in the Prem.

    Sure there’ll be a clear out but that will include quality players whether they want to stay or not – the usual money making and saving exercises we’ve grown to know and love. Incomers’ll be the usual mix of real talent coupled with bargain basement buys which are gambles.

    If there are players who aren’t good enough, then Ashley, Charey and Carr must admit that they bought them.

    Carver really should shut up because for all he’s a local lad, has inherited a squad that is not fit for purpose, the more he acts as Charnley’s mouthpiece which is trying to con fans into committing their money to STs, the quicker the fan-sympathy will go.

    He’s made and is making a rod for his own back.

  • Jail for Ashley

    Mar 21, 2015 at 11:19 AM

    Comment #27

    So as City look forward to their CL draw and reading stories of the worlds top managers being lined up we can listen to our new head coach explain how we couldn’t get all of our targets over the line and how we have enough in the building. I think I can guess which set of fans will bevthe happiest.

  • Toon Tang

    Mar 21, 2015 at 11:20 AM

    Comment #28

    I can see the clearout now… SD style…

    ***If you are looking for a player sale, take a look at our clearance range at SportsDirect.com. The clearance includes championship quality defenders, glass-ankled midfielders, 3rd/4th choice bench warmers and all-year-round injury room dwellers. We’ve even got some Rangers (yes RANGERS!!) rejects in stock. And as part of the end of line sale, a quality coach or member of the backroom staff come free when buying 3 players or more. Take a look at whats on offer, we’re sure there’s a bargain waiting for you…***

  • Jail for Ashley

    Mar 21, 2015 at 11:20 AM

    Comment #29

    New as in permanent John Carver as opposed to interim John Carver.

  • Toon Tang

    Mar 21, 2015 at 11:23 AM

    Comment #30

    I wonder if an SD mug will be offered to interested buyers.

  • optimistic prime

    Mar 21, 2015 at 11:26 AM

    Comment #31


    Happy NUFC fans under Ashley?
    That’s a Canny stretch of the imagination.

  • hibbit

    Mar 21, 2015 at 11:28 AM

    Comment #32

    jesper i don’t know if legislation can be push through quickly in denmark but in the uk it could take years it would not just effect football but thousands of other companies who would not be happy

  • optimistic prime

    Mar 21, 2015 at 11:31 AM

    Comment #33

    Toon Tang

    If I buy some do I have to employ them as footballers?

  • Ron Knee

    Mar 21, 2015 at 11:32 AM

    Comment #34

    It’ll be like NZ vs West Indies today.

  • hibbit

    Mar 21, 2015 at 11:33 AM

    Comment #35

    bdg who are these happy nufc fans no one i talk to is happy and have not been for a long time

  • Lee Charnley Bunga Party

    Mar 21, 2015 at 11:40 AM

    Comment #36

    This potentially could be a disaster today we could actually be smashed 6 or 7 nil at home today

  • Charlie in the Gallowgate

    Mar 21, 2015 at 11:42 AM

    Comment #37

    In a funny sort of way I’m looking forward o todays game Most likely not the result – but how football should be played at SJP – sadly not us
    I think/know we will get a football lesson if Arsenal play like they did in midweek could be a 0-6
    If we get hammered we will learn anything – sadly not !!!
    Maybe just maybe if we get hammered the next 4 games will make Ashley think either GET OUT or PUT MONEY and BUY players in in the close season because sooner or later we’ll be relegated.

  • hibbit

    Mar 21, 2015 at 11:46 AM

    Comment #38

    charlie its 4 weeks to the next home i think were in for a pounding from start to finish nufc 0 gunners7

  • optimistic prime

    Mar 21, 2015 at 11:54 AM

    Comment #39

    2-1 NUFC

    And yes I’m still drunk from last night

  • Lee Charnley Bunga Party

    Mar 21, 2015 at 11:55 AM

    Comment #40

    This is the next month :

    Beaten by 5 or 6 today

    Financial figures announced to the tune of 50 million profit

    Promises made to spend some cash

    Fools believe this and book season tickets again

    Sunderland then beat us



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