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Souness and Shepherd v Pardew and Ashley

8 years ago

So, it’s as we expected. We expected nothing, we got nothing.

The whole philosophy at Newcastle United is profit, profit, profit and, just when we think we can spend a little to gain a little, NO! Profit reigns supreme.

This summer has been the worst transfer window of business for this club, since Souness and Shepherd combined to bring in Celestine Babayaro, John Alain-Boumsong and Amdy Faye during January 2005.

Looking back, they were hardly the right moves to take this club forward, although at the time, most fans were happy to see a left back, centre back and midfielder come through the door. We don’t have the powers of hindsight. Babayaro turned out to be a crock, Boum turned out to be a useless donkey and Faye gave off the impression he hadn’t played football in his life.

But money was spent to, at least attempt to improve a side that was actually on its day, rather good. Look at the side at the time; Given, Milner, Shearer, Jenas, Dyer, Bellamy, N’Zogbia, Hughes, Robert. Quite a list, some with flaws, but some with skill and ability that needed putting together and adding to in equal measure to form a lovely cake with a juicy cherry on the top.

2013 reads:- Krul, Coloccini, Sissoko, Ben Arfa, Mbiwa, Tiote, Cabaye, Cisse. Once again, some with flaws, but talented and useful if added to and pushed in the right direction. Nothing drastic, no £50m investment, just a couple of honest buys in two or three positions (Striker, left winger and centre back for me) to fill out and bolster a decent set of players.

Sadly, alas the problem lies with the owner of the club, Shepherd 2005 meet Ashley 2013, one spent when he couldn’t and one doesn’t when he could. And there lies the problem, clueless muppets in charge of this great club.

Who knows where we may be come January 2014, or next May, we may be ok and find ourselves safe in mid-table, on the other hand, while every other ship makes sweeping repairs BEFORE setting sail, the good ship Newcastle may just be adrift in choppy waters with a holey bucket to pump out the water.


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