I have been concerned and confused from something that I read recently in which Alan Pardew was quoted.

The quote; “We can’t compete with Man City, Chelsea, Manchester United and Arsenal in those Champions League positions with that extra revenue.”

MikeAshley8Ok, this to a certain degree is true. Under Mr Ashley’s current regime it is true that we don’t have the huge and stupid amounts of money to spend on wages and transfer fees. This was not the part that has got me seriously concerned.

The next quote is what has made me chew over in my head since reading it, “We can’t compete with teams like Southampton in spending.”

How on earth can we not compete with Southampton, Fulham, West Brom and even Norwich & West Ham in the transfer market? I do not believe these clubs have more money to play around with on transfer fees and wages.

Their owners are not exactly Sheikhs as at Manchester City with huge long arms and even deeper pockets. I have not been able to stop thinking about it all day.

We lost Darren Bent to Fulham (wages, and slightly overrated but will score goals), didn’t follow up on Norwich’s Van Wolfswinkel ( looks like a handy lad that’s going to score goals) and not really getting involved in attempting to bring Andy Carroll back ( would not even match West Ham’s offer to bring home one of our own).

How is this the case? It is seeming like we are falling behind the smaller, less followed, smaller capacity stadiums, less revenue generating clubs and yet being told from the financial report coming from the club that we are moving forward.

I understand Mr Ashley’s business thinking on trying to clear debts and help the club be back on a level that is not so far in debt that we become another Leeds Ttd,but surely the man himself does not want to be being beaten by the let’s face it, smaller owners in the club owners world.

He seems to have too much showmanship and business pride to lose out in the retail sector to let this happen to this amazingly highly followed and regarded club.

He just needs to remember that once the business side is sorted to how he wants it to be, he can turn his showmanship and billions to our huge sleeping giant of a club, make history and have us singing his name for all the right reasons, which is competing in the transfer market and winning silverware.

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A lex
A lex

I always think back two years to our relegation close shave then. Swansea's vital (for us) win at Wigan when they had their mind on the FA Cup.........We've had 'luck' with us for a while.

TonnekToon
TonnekToon

It says everything there is to say about the regime , If  Carvers still being discussed as a possible/probable candidate for the job . The true faith ? absolutely  NO faith !

kuromori
kuromori

I'd say our Premier League ambition is to always hope that there are three worse teams and that 17th is our minimal placing.


Good thing we didn't try in any cup competitions - wouldn't want to have got caught up in a relegation scrap, would we?

Mal44
Mal44

Already the feeling of optimism following the Ashley interview is fast disappearing. First of all Charnley is clearly still in charge and is going to be making the major day to day decisions. Considering that his decisions in January almost cost us dearly I find this disappointing to say the least. Previous statements that we had done all the preparatory work in assessing head coach candidates are obviously a load of rubbish and we are now set for weeks of the club continuing to drift and apparently we will still have carver, stone etc. whatever happens. This will seriously reduce our chances of getting a decent head coach.

Ashley needs to be more proactive and clear out Charnley and the coaching staff which I doubt would cost more than the Pardew compensation we received. Then we might get somewhere. The current lot just aren't up to it. Can't he see that?

Chemical Dave
Chemical Dave

If anyone did have a "feeling of optimism" after fattys interview then they deserve everything they get.

toon tony
toon tony

And next season we're lucky Boro aren't in the Premier league. ...that would be 6 more derby points we would give away.

Noir Et Blanc
Noir Et Blanc

Excellent article and I couldn't agree more. The fact that the John Carver debate still rages on is symptomatic of everything that is wrong at the club. A clean sweep is required without delay!