Newcastle United have confirmed/claimed today that Mike Ashley is now ready to pay higher transfer fees than he has allowed in the previous 8 seasons.
Via the minutes of the NUFC Fans Forum which took place on Monday, the club state that ‘…while its business principles still apply, there is the possibility to consider players that may command a higher transfer fee than previously considered.’
The club going on to state that Newcastle United’s plan is supposedly to ‘…pursue quality over quantity’.
Obviously we have seen neither of those so far this summer!
Here are a selection of the questions by Fans Forum members and answers by the club on transfers:
“Are we back to square one in terms of player recruitment since the new head coach came in?”
The club stated that its targets have been refined in some cases following conversations with Steve about his style of play and the specific expectations he has for each position.
“Other teams on a similar level as us are reported to be making bids for players that we’re linked with. Why aren’t we?”
The club suggested that view was based on the presumption that it wasn’t doing the same and that what the media writes is often not necessarily the reality behind the scenes. In terms of the calibre of player and level of fees, the club is confident it is very competitive within its grouping.
The club affirmed that while its business principles still apply, there is the possibility to consider players that may command a higher transfer fee than previously considered. The club’s view moving forward is to pursue quality over quantity and the club is confident it can attract those type of players.
“What can the club do to attract new players?”
The club’s view is that Newcastle United has always been attractive to new players. In addition, the appointment of the new head coach is a big step forward. Privately, Steve McClaren has been a big draw for players the club has been speaking to both at home and abroad. The club has no concerns about attracting players.
“I’m excited because the objectives are clear and you can sell that to players coming in. We want to win something. We are going for something.
“I’m excited because of the plan I’ve seen. We don’t just go short term with this transfer window, we look at the next window and the next one. We have a great opportunity in the next three windows if we get the recruitment right. I can understand if there is negativity but if I was a supporter and I knew what I know in such detail, I’d be very excited about the future.
“Talk is cheap. We have to make it happen.”
The statement from the owner seemed to lift the club but supporters still know we haven’t signed a player. The mood will change when the first player is brought in.”
The club is working hard to ensure the players who come in are the right players whether it takes a week, two weeks or more but understands there will be scepticism until that happens.
“As a coach coming in, I want to know what we’re doing and who we’re going for. It doesn’t always work. You need the right people and it has to be at the right time.
“I’m very chilled about it because I know what’s going on behind the scenes. Eventually, we’ll get there. I wouldn’t have come here if that hadn’t been the case. I know what we can do and what we intend to do. We’re in control of things and they’ll happen in their own time. There are clubs around the world chasing the type of players we’re interested in and that’s the challenge for us.”
“Fans are waiting for something to happen. Do the club give false hope to fans ahead of important season ticket renewal dates?”
The club stated that it does not and emphasised the need to maintain a consistency of messaging via its direct communication to fans.