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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19 comments
Mike The Mart
Mike The Mart

Is anyone really surprised? When you sell three of your back four to Champions League sides in the last 12 months, is it any wonder we can't defend?  (Arsenal, Roma & Inter Milan).


Add to those, Cabaye, Demba Ba & Remy - again to Champions League sides - the only way is down. Forget what you might think of these players, the fact is that the professionals in charge at those clubs wanted our players.


You are supposed to build the 'brand',  Mr Ashley, if you want to succeed and sell your product.

keith d
keith d

bring on paul daniels, he might produce a bit of magic and keep us up, carver wont. Or OZ and his mates and they can brick the goal up

Adam_B
Adam_B

It is 11.15 am and still no  announcement? Only at Newcastle

Pedrothegreat
Pedrothegreat

The dithering dimwits that run our club have no idea what they are doing, they are obviously too scared to make decisions, There has been more than enough time to appoint a coach, Carvers lost 8 games and where sinking like the titanic, yet still they stand around twiddling their thumbs. Gormless morons from top to bottom. Its appropriate how they have been so fiscal with the running of Newcastle, not wanting to waste money etc, yet the idiots have just cost us 50 Million with their ineptitude.

TerryHeale
TerryHeale

the trouble is mate we are sinking faster than the titanicand and it looks like the captain has already left the ship.

TerryHeale
TerryHeale

Carver has obviously lost the plot,he has no control over the players and time is running out. why don't we get someone like glenn hoddle for the last 3 games.I know I'm grasping at straws but something has to be done.

Andrew Johnson
Andrew Johnson

Fair enough. Why would you sign up to Ashleys shite empire?

Bills frollocks
Bills frollocks

He is obviously not bowing to Ashley's demands. I mean who else would. Pardew did, Carver really is and of course we all know Wise did.

Toonarden
Toonarden

Still wouldn't rule him out. If we we employ him it shows how ambitious we are .

The whole structure of this club from top to bottom needs replacing. If not this club has NO future.

BuckBlack
BuckBlack

@Toonarden He's not stupid enough to come to us, even if he was cheap enough for Ashley (or crap enough - Ashley needs someone who couldn't possibly put a cup run together or get us into a European qualification spot).

A lex
A lex

Sounds more like an ultimatum to Newcastle, "If you want me, then get a shift on and make your mind up". Making our minds up has never been a particular strong point of this lot. In this instance, though, I pray he stays where he is.

CarlaHolmes
CarlaHolmes

hurry up and go stevie mac (DERBY FAN)

prestondave
prestondave

No thanks you can keep him . He's crap.

Little Davey
Little Davey

Best thing he can do is wait and see which league we are playing in next season.

He would be better off staying where he is than taking on this poison chalice.


mrkgw
mrkgw

He hasn't said no to Newcastle but if he doesn't want to come then that should be that. Under Ashley, the reputation of the club is in tatters. Shambolic state of things.

MarkLawson500
MarkLawson500

@TeamToon Dont blame him for 1 minute, who in their right mind would want to work for the FATMAN?!