TK0001_Tim_Krul_Newcastle_United_NUFC (2)I would like to take this opportunity to both reflect on the first half of our season and look ahead to the future, a future that looks, at this moment in time, very bleak. I feel as though I am one of the more optimistic toon fans but with each day that passes, I feel the optimism being sapped away, only to be replaced more often than not, by disappointment.

I thought our start to the season was not too bad. A good win against Spurs on the opening day and a few more results that we were grabbing points from. But then it started to go wrong. Poor displays against West ham, Swansea and Southampton have summed up our season so far; no creativity, no enthusiasm and no real effort in my opinion. Decent result against a 10- man Wigan only for those hopes to be crushed by a terribly boring Fulham.

Then hope arrived once more. We dug deep at Old Trafford and scored three against the league leaders. But we let in four, my faith was still there for the trip to the Emirates and we scored another three. We all know what happened next. And so the results so far have built us up only to knock us straight back down to reality. Even when Everton arrived, Cisse’s terrific early finish left me dreaming of a five goal rout. Enter Bradley Wiggins and a useless player who only ever manages to make his way out of the treatment room to score against us.

So that leads me to the January transfer window and a few days in and Mathieu Debuchy arrives,  a class right back to replace our poor one. I was dreaming once more, this time of having the rest of the window to bring in a centre back and a striker (at least), I was built up. It was only inevitable that just a short while later I was shoved back down when our top goalscorer (and pretty much only goalscorer) was off to London.

HMV_Blue Cross_SaleAt this point I’m already down, and then there’s more, our leader, captain, curly haired talisman, Coloccini could be on his way out the door as well. This was followed by the news that all of our goal scoring problems could be solved by a Mr. Jeremie Aliadiere. Good lord. Are we that desperate? This is a man who not only played for the smoggies but scored an impressive 11 goals in 78 games for them. As well as a devastating 3 goals in 50 games for Arsenal, West Ham and Wolves. This was a kicking whilst I was down, salt in the wounds, insult to injury!.

I’m now having my doubts about those transfers. Remy does not look interested and neither does Coloccini. So will we have to rely on Cisse to score another bunch of goals in the second half of a season to steer us to safety? Most probably. (This by the way, is another of my dreams). No new players. No reliable goalscorer. Possibly no captain.

So where will we be playing our football next season? Whether in the top tier or in the championship, I fear a mass exodus is on the horizon. Why would the likes of Cabaye, Tiote, Krul and Coloccini want to be at a club on the decline? Then will these players be replaced? Almost certainly. Will they be replaced with players of equal ability? Almost certainly not.

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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.......