In a surprise move, Alan Pardew has announced that he’s put the block on Shola Ameobi’s participation at the African Cup Of Nations.

Tomorrow the list of Nigeria’s foreign based players selected for the preliminary camp in early January is due to be announced and the Nigerian coach had strongly hinted that Shola would be on it.

However, Alan Pardew had this to say today;

“Shola won’t be going. The national team manager knows the reasons, which I am keeping to myself”.

Personally, I don’t think Shola should ever have been going considering the season we are having.

However, if it was simply a case of not wanting to be down to only two strikers (Ba & Cisse) for a month or more then why let the charade go on this long?

With Alan Pardew not willing to elaborate on the decision it surely can only point to the very likely scenario of Demba Ba leaving in January and so Newcastle United having only Cisse and Shola available for part of, or the whole of, February.

HMV_Best_Of_2012_The_MagWith the added fear that it could stay that way to the end of the season.

After the Andy Carroll sale, and no replacement in that particular transfer window, then we can’t discount it totally.

Yes this is all speculation but Alan Pardew started it!

If Ba does leave then I’d be gutted but if it comes to pass then a quick replacement is an absolute must. The rumours of Marseille’s Remy arriving very early in January could have a bit more substance now.

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9 comments
No Brainer
No Brainer

in fairness to him he doesn't shout from the roof tops on any item

AndyMac1
AndyMac1

It was an exercise in damage limitation from Fatman.

If the figures had revealed, what many had forecast, the true profit of £40-£50m (albeit pre tax) there would have been discontent on a major scale even from the SJP going faithful. 

So this post tax profit figure has kinda taken the wind out of the sails of the opposition which, I assume, was the point of it all ?

Gaffa201
Gaffa201

The 2013 accounts show £40m in tax losses not used so no tax will have been paid in the 2014 accounts.


For 2012 TV revenue was 55.6m and Commercial revenue 13.7m to fill the gaps.

RexN
RexN

@Gaffa201 Thanks for that. A part of the rationale was to look at what the club included and excluded when they made the original announcements.

radgiegadgie
radgiegadgie

@RexN @Gaffa201 Yes, and prior year losses can be offset against future profits given certain time limits.  Corporation tax is not simple but, I don't think Newcastle will be paying too much of it right now.

Demented_Man
Demented_Man

You would expect HMRC to take an interest in these figures, given they will receive considerable less corporation tax than expected.

As you say it's a mystery how operating costs could have increased so dramatically for no apparent reason.  After all, the club's whole operation seems pared down to the bone.

Sniff, sniff.  That's the smell of books being cooked.

radgiegadgie
radgiegadgie

@Demented_Man No, this won't be the case.  You have to add back any costs that might be disallowable for tax purposes.  We won't see NUFC's tax return but it is likely to be legit and different from the figures announced, Mash will hire tax specialists from a top four accounting practice and they will look for every loophole but, will not break the law.


LeazesEnder
LeazesEnder

Lee Charnley is ripping the heart out of one of England's important clubs - and Newcastle deserve better...Lee Charnley is a guy who has risen without trace....


Daily Mirror.


very apt bio.

mickg
mickg

Maybe he's scared of heights.......