I take you back to a few weeks ago when the regime at Newcastle United let James Perch leave.

I pondered why a hardworking, versatile and dependable player would be allowed to depart the already threadbare squad. When going through the media coverage of the move I came across a quote from Perch that made me sit up and take notice:

Wigan Bound?

‘I understand Newcastle’s new transfer policy……time will tell if it’s the right route’

Now, many of you might say ‘what transfer policy?’ as the lack of any senior players through the door (or should I say ‘over the line’) is becoming alarming. It appears that Perch has been informed of this new policy, something I wish the powers that be would share with the rest of us.

At the present time all we can do is look at the evidence and from what I can make out, the new policy is below (though I really hope I am wrong):

– Release squad/fringe players who are wanted by other clubs and allow young talents to go out on loan. Bring in fitness/performance coach to reduce/limit injuries to first team.

With the addition of Faye Downey as a fitness consultant it appears that Newcastle United are finally trying to address the issue of the continual injuries that have blighted so many promising seasons at St James’ Park. This can only be positive and any help in that area must be welcomed.

However, the results of this and the effect on our players’ injury exposure is anyone’s guess.

Will she be able to get Cabaye through a full season? Limit Taylor’s proneness to impact injuries? Get Ben Arfa playing week in week out at full fitness?

With so many unknowns and so much at stake, I hope my take on the new policy is wrong. While nobody will deny Mr Ashley knows how to run a business, I’m afraid this new approach from NUFC is risky business.

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13 comments
tomellifred360
tomellifred360

Well done Flying Mag. Agree with your last sentence.

Demented_Man
Demented_Man

Cracking article, but sad at the same time. I really wish we could go back to the old days.

Shotley Mag
Shotley Mag

Good article. There is a definite generational thing here that younger fans will not understand. The older ones will remember Jim Iley, Wyn the Leap, the 10 minute flag, getting the coach at Morden Street and so on.

In 'our day' MOTD was all you had, there was no saturation coverage on TV. Today, you can see top class football on TV at any time, on any day as there is always a great game to watch going on somewhere in the world.

I think that this is one of the key reasons for the obvious fall-out between younger and older Toon supporters. We could only really see them once a fortnight unless you went to the away games (which I regularly did)  so there was so much anticipation, so much to look forward to. This increased the loyalty and love for the team. Now we have websites, 24 hour sports news etc so you are only just one click away from your latest Toon fix. This brings the need for instant gratification.  How many times were Newcastle matches broadcast live last season?

If you only got to see the Toon play once a fortnight, the match was a huge event in your life. This is why older fans have a much deeper love which itself results in more patience.

I too desperately want to see the back of Ashley, he is a truly awful excuse for a human being - and he will be remembered for driving a wedge between groups of Toon supporters.

toon tony
toon tony

Well said brother. Saturdays were all about FUN, the result wasn't important, so long as you enjoyed yourself. So long as the team tried, the Kenny Whartons' of this world were our HEROES, we CAN get the FCB out of our club. ASHLEY MUST GO. !!!!

TonnekToon
TonnekToon

At least our generation , The older ones amongst  us , can look back like yourself at the many great memories (and the not so good ! ) but its the young'uns I feel sorry for, especially the kids . At the moment they're not getting the chance to develop those same kinds of memories .  At least for the likes of my grandson  who's nearly nine , he's got time in his Favour , but its going to be a long heavy haul while Fatty's in charge .

v0ices
v0ices

I always think 96 will be remembered as one of (if not the) best years of the premier league two great football sides both great too watch going all out to win the league I still think our rampaging style would work today in footballs negative dominated game.

mactoon
mactoon

My Saturdays were mint, meeting up with my mates (none of whom now go to the matches) enjoying the match and having a few pints after where the whole match was dissected and discussed. Getting home with a curry and settling down for Match of the day to relive it all over again. I've followed them in many away games including one of the best match days I ever had away to Grimsby when we clinched promotion through King Kev, Andy (G)ole and Ned Kelly, (the bus driver wouldn't leave until my drunk mate got off the roof and stopped singing) two cup finals, THAT game against Barcerlona in 1997 when tino destroyed them, Shearers goals, a trip to Monaco and I have been a season ticket holder since the 70's and blessed to witness some of the best football in my life during Keegans entertainers years but Ashleys regime has changed all that. I simply dont enjoy the experience any more. I still watch them on TV but wont put another penny in the club while he is here. I gave up my ticket two seasons ago and wont be going back.


Thanks Mike, I hope you understand what you've done some day.

Porciestreet
Porciestreet

A seriously great post from the heart and one that I feel myself.  As a 66 year old now,I have witnessed the same near misses and the heartache that goes with it. Sadly, I am now resigned to the fact that there is no golden .pot in the rainbows across the Toon and I will leave this mortal coil potless.

Having travelled round europe the season we won the Fairs Cup, I was forced to miss the final home leg against ujpest while sitting exams at marine tech , south sheilds, I would have been flayed alive if I'd missed them though it did cross my mind at the time. 

I wouldn't change a thing in my life as Iv'e had a good one so far but if there;s one thing I covert it's a team to be proud of.

Ashley,   Your a thoroughbred B4st4rd .                HWTF.

Andgeo
Andgeo

It is the only way. Ashley out!