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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Dan Small
Dan Small

Baffles me how Tim Krul is escaping blame. He has been shocking this year.

SGM
SGM

Its true we could turn into a Southampton or Swansea. Its also true we could turn into a Leeds, Blackburn, Portsmouth, Where's the argument? FFS

Chemical Dave
Chemical Dave

@SGM  careful what you wish for ? Go on sad lad, you're dying to say it.

hettonmag
hettonmag

I've never forgiven Howey  for not jumping high enough to stop Poyet scoring  in the semi-final  of the FA Cup against Chelski.

hate the mackems
hate the mackems

@hettonmag I've never forgiven sheperd for not insisting the game be played at old trafford, he could of at the time. we would have won there, played villa in the final & won the cup!

Adam_B
Adam_B

Jim, when you said, "Why do none of them ever say ‘Newcastle could turn into a Swansea or a Southampton’ with a new owner who showed just a little ambition?' you really did hit the nail on the head.


The debt at NUFC is arguably just a smokescreen, it is probably no more than a financial device, designed simply to maximise the owner's income. All the TV revenue has vanished - if it had not, and I would love the HMRC to take a proper, official look at NUFC's finances this past 8 years, NUFC Ltd would by now be in profit and as far away from the Portsmouth / Leeds situation as it could be possible to be. Of course, as owner, Ashley has chosen to maintain the 'debt' the club owes him and that is very interesting as it could have been paid back but he has decided to let it ride. There are several possible explanations for this, and none particularly good for NUFC.

pgakev
pgakev

Before i read the rst of this I cameup with the same names. 4 bloody players out of 20 odd that give a f***. How can earth can we replace 20 players before next season. No chance. Shameful

magpiefifer
magpiefifer

Howey's so wide of the mark about Ashley.

The fans would happily take their chances with a new owner - Ashley is the worst nightmare,despite the 'financial stability' of the club.We need an owner who knows something about football and the fans,and is not an ignorant,arrogant slob..

cwtoon88
cwtoon88

F**k off Howey you racist mackem w******r

The only reason you would defend Colback is he is a treacherous Mackem like you, best 2 games at SJP have been for the scum. There is a big reason the team he played for last year only survived by a flukey miracle and this year we are on the brink, but some people cant see past Geordie run a lot to see how often he costs the team

A lex
A lex

Sadly, virtually every fan would come up with the same four names. And that should give everyone the idea of the size of the rebuilding task that is sorely needed.