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Ashley’s Total Unpredictability Means Newcastle Fans Still Have Hope

8 years ago

Ye gods, is it still 76 days until the season starts?? Not even a Euro Championships, or World Cup, to divert the attention away from the traditional summer sporting diet of Ballroom Dancing from Slovenia and Steroid peddling from France.

With that in mind, we don’t have the excuse of having to wait for the competitions end before making our move. Clearly the transfer window isn’t open yet, so anything coming out now is merely agents positioning their clients in case they wish, in the memorable words of Uli Hoeness when Micheal Ballack joined Chelsea ‘to learn a new currency’.

We all know the areas that need strengthening but I think there’s a fear in all of us that it will be a summer of replacement rather than strengthening.

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It all depends on our aspirations, the ones that the club really have, rather than the ones amplified by the PR people when Season Ticket renewals are imminent. If we aspire to trundle around mid-table flogging Mike’s cheap trainers and taking the TV money, then the likes of Williamson, Gosling, Obertan, Shola from the purple squad, and a few of the underachieving stiffs, can look forward to many a more pay day up here.

If the PR people are lying though, and their noses are lengthening as they speak, then clearly the club cheque book needs to be flogged within a inch of its life. At least 2 new strikers are required, along with a wide player, and depending on Colo, a couple of defenders. They don’t need to be expensive stellar signings, Carr has proven that there are good ones for cheap, but they need to be of a standard to challenge current incumbents.

We have no excuses for challenging for at least 1 domestic trophy next season, whilst achieving another season in Europe, and to do that we need good players playing for the shirt. Swansea and Wigan proved that Cup success can be achieved with the right attitude, and whilst it didn’t unduly influence Swansea’s position (probably with Laudrup being a very good manager) in the league, Wigan did suffer, but that was through, in general, a total inability to defend, and trying to play in the most pressing of defensive circumstances.

The reason we needn’t lose hope of summer spree though, is Ashley’s total unpredictability, and his burning desire to protect his investment. There is no way he’ll tolerate another league shambles, and my feeling is that patience with Pardew will run pretty thin if we get away to a shocker next season.

My fear of a moderate investment may be hopefully a bit pessimistic (but this is the best stance to take with matters at the club, it increases the pleasure when you’re proven wrong), but I like to think that at some point in our history, somebody will light the blue touch paper and exploit the staggering potential here.

Of all our recent owners/directors, Ashley has the most finance at his disposal, it would be a huge pleasure to see someone back up their words with genuine actions. I still have many doubts that Pardew is the man to guide us to that particular Narnia, but Ashley must at least provide the tools for him.

If not, then potentially summer days watching Ballroom Dancing from Slovenia will be a high spot, rather than a boring filler.

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