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It’s A United Front On January Window



Lee Charnley has been doing the rounds lately. Yesterday he spoke about the plan to get St James Park full. While we love the idea of having 52,000 fans cheering on the boys, it is concerning that the attendance is so low despite recent results.

The managing director has come out today and hinted that it’s likely to be a quiet winter transfer window. This is what Charnley had to say about January to BBC Newcastle.

This sounds awfully familiar to us as this is precisely Steve Bruce’s stance on the winter window. Bruce has been saying over the past few months that he’s not seen his entire squad just yet, and they’ll only bring in someone if it’s the right deal.

The age-old adage of ‘like a new signing’ also comes to mind with Lee’s comments here. While he’s correct about Bruce not having seen Florian Lejeune this season, we were hardly going to strengthen at center-back.

We certainly hope this pertains only to the first-team. They should be bringing in some youngsters to the Academy at the very least.

A lot is going to depend on how the team does over the next few weeks and also if there are any fresh injury concerns. We still don’t know how long Allan Saint-Maximin is going to be out. If it’s for an extended period, then Newcastle could really suffer in his absence.

Right now, both Matt Ritchie and Jamaal Lascelles are due to be back next month. Ritchie will be a big boost as he can provide cover for Jetro Willems at left wing-back and also play up top on the right-wing.

With around £20m left in the budget for January, that would likely be enough to get Jarrod Bowen in from Hull City. He would be an astute signing and make sense as a January addition.

There are also some outgoings that Newcastle should be working on. We’d like to see both Jack Colback and Henri Saivet out the door next month as a bare minimum.

While Charnley is playing down the expectations, there’s plenty that needs to be done in January. A couple of youngsters and Jarrod Bowen would be a decent window and should be enough to keep us mid-table.

However, if we continue to win over the next month and steadily climb the table, why not just go for it? Spend the money on a top goal scorer in addition to Bowen and some youngsters. That might help fill the stadium.

If Ashley and Co. really want a full St James Park, then spend the money next month on a push for Europe.


21 comments so far

  • c-dog

    Dec 11, 2019 at 1:37 PM

    Comment #1

    Bruce has done a stellar job
    The contingent who willed Rafa to take the shackles off have been vindicated
    I think both sets were right though
    The sole goal under Ashley will always be Premier League survival
    And that is all both managers are trying to achieve with their budgets

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  • hibbit

    Dec 11, 2019 at 1:38 PM

    Comment #2

    first the carrot then the stick.

    “well we have to pay for all these free tickets somehow Lee, put the cheque book away for another year.”

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  • Bleatin' n Bruced

    Dec 11, 2019 at 1:38 PM

    Comment #3

    Martoon said that a lot of hatred is directed towards match going fans , not sure it’s like that. In the early days there were cries if “sheep” – haven’t seen that for a while – and the unfortunately uncomfortable pointing out that they are fuelling Ashley’s long term plan, but nothing like the vitriol, lecturing about fan status and bragging about getting something for nothing that has been pointed towards those taking a stand.

    Rather than lashing out because they are secretly embarrassed by their lack of personal commitment perhaps just holding their hands up and saying that’s all they can do will be enough to leave that argument there for now. There’s no point in boycotting fans lecturing matchgoers because their price has been found and that’s that.

    I would have thought, though, that those who have benefitted from free ticket giveaways could be a little more thankful to those boycotters who gave up their seats and by doing so effectively handed them over for nothing. A little gratitude for that present wouldn’t go amiss, after all you wouldn’t have got them otherwise. And perhaps a little less abusive lecturing and gloating over the sacrifice your fellow fans make for you.

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  • Bleatin' n Bruced

    Dec 11, 2019 at 1:39 PM

    Comment #4

    C-dig – stellar? Wow you are easily pleased.

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  • Mindshaft

    Dec 11, 2019 at 1:42 PM

    Comment #5

    My mates who still have season tickets and have managed to get 5 freebies , 2 of these are going to friends who support Liverpool , one is being ‘kept’ for when uni mates visit … don’t think they’ll be shouting for the toon

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  • c-dog

    Dec 11, 2019 at 1:43 PM

    Comment #6

    Bleatin’ n Bruced

    Well he’s outperforming every manager since Pardews glorious 11/12 season
    I’d say that’s a job well done

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  • Mindshaft

    Dec 11, 2019 at 1:44 PM

    Comment #7

    Sorry, they aren’t giving tickets to homeless kids who live in middle of nowhere …them again , it’s sort of impossible for them to get to SJP anyway given they can’t afford transport or a packed lunch

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  • Bleatin' n Bruced

    Dec 11, 2019 at 1:44 PM

    Comment #8

    Yes I also agree if it’s filling the ground they wanted (and probably more eager support) they could have opened the seats up to worthy support that really can’t afford it. Tatty management with no class though. They’re purely seeing if they can milk a new season ticket market with their loss leader.

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  • Mindshaft

    Dec 11, 2019 at 1:46 PM

    Comment #9

    C-dog – not sure why people keep saying Bruce has difficult circumstances , hrs got an 80 million front line and a Messiah as backup , that’s the most we’ve spent on a front line in Ashley’s tenure which would mean every other managers circumstances were impossible

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  • Bleatin' n Bruced

    Dec 11, 2019 at 1:47 PM

    Comment #10

    C-dog – according to “stats” and of course, up to now. Let’s see how durable his “brand” of football is in a few months shall we? I’d call it stellar if we were hammering down on a cup and in the top five. “Stellar” is NOT dragging our backsides around lower to mid table by the skin of our teeth. Like I said easily pleased.

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  • Bleatin' n Bruced

    Dec 11, 2019 at 1:48 PM

    Comment #11

    Aye with that spend i’d be wanting more “stellar” for my £’s. 😉

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  • c-dog

    Dec 11, 2019 at 1:50 PM

    Comment #12

    Bruce has won me over anyway
    Credit to him

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  • Bleatin' n Bruced

    Dec 11, 2019 at 1:50 PM

    Comment #13

    There are plenty of clubs for underprivileged and those with various difficulties who could have organised some match days. I appreciate thee would be area restrictions on certain disabilities but there are a few worthy causes out there.

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  • Bleatin' n Bruced

    Dec 11, 2019 at 1:50 PM

    Comment #14

    Easily pleased, easily won.

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  • Mindshaft

    Dec 11, 2019 at 1:52 PM

    Comment #15

    The way people talk on here it’s as if fatty’s giving the tickets to poor orphan children who would bleed black and white apart from the fact they are too busy washing the M1 with an old toothbrush to pay for dinner…. The majority of tickets will go to people who could well afford to buy a ticket but won’t , obviously they’ll take one for nowt ..

    Fair play to whoever is actually giving the tickets to children but I thought you had to nominate them and tickets were sent direct to their houses – not sure how somebody is going to surprise the poor mother/orphan on Xmas day as she’ll already have ticket

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  • Bambams

    Dec 11, 2019 at 1:53 PM

    Comment #16

    ‘UNDER-DELIVER’ – God forbid you do that Lee !

    What would we think if you under delivered

    🙂

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  • Mindshaft

    Dec 11, 2019 at 1:59 PM

    Comment #17

    Oh and I thought the free ticket has to be of the same age band as the current season ticket holder so not sure how you can even give them to children ??? Maybe somebody is stretching the truth to fulfill an agenda ?

    Half-season tickets must be the same age band (e.g. adult or senior etc.) as the eligible season ticket holder.

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  • Harley

    Dec 11, 2019 at 2:05 PM

    Comment #18

    ASM is going to be out for a while so need someone in as Atsu is t good enough.
    Sell Gayle and Atsu and bring in Bowen and Fraser. That would improve our team massively.
    While we’re on offer a couple of million for Glen Murray. He offers ten times more than Joelinton!

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  • The next Mike Williamson

    Dec 11, 2019 at 2:06 PM

    Comment #19

    i thought Bruce would have the team playing slightly better than Rafa (in terms of style), but be on between 10-16 pts by now. so his styles far worse than i imagained possible, but hes picked up 6-12 more points than i expected. but weve been incredibly lucky so far and owe a lot of points to the tactic of having dubravka save everything.

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  • hibbit

    Dec 11, 2019 at 2:06 PM

    Comment #20

    c-dog

    still a long season ahead of us and we’ll hit a lot of twist and turns and bumps along the way,
    i wouldn’t be crowing just yet,
    so far we’ve not played well, carried a lot of luck, and losing ASM is a massive problem for Bruce to get round, especially if there’s no incoming in January, we desperately need a couple of new players a goal scoring forward and a Bowen type in your face m/f, and also keeping Andy Carrol fit is a must,
    before anyone can judge the season or the manager,

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  • Ozzy

    Dec 11, 2019 at 2:21 PM

    Comment #21

    Harley
    Is that you, Ketsy?

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