If you are anything like me, you spend the entire Newcastle United January transfer window obsessively searching the internet for some credible transfer news. The same again in the summer months.
We are now past halfway in what looks like another disappointing transfer window. It’s either going to be a ‘loan ranger’ and JFK will get De Jong in, or nothing and the usual ‘we couldn’t find any at the right price’ etc etc.
However, put yourself in his shoes, plod along surviving and in every month of May, for a minimal outlay you get a nice £60m pay packet, plus along the way ticket money, shirt sales and if lucky selling players on at a profit. For him it’s a cash cow (even JFK could work that one out, no need for Sherlock).
Every now and then when the chants from the Gallowgate and the media coverage find a way through his thick skin, out comes a spokesman like Pardew or JFK to say that “he has injected loads of his money into it” or “he’s balanced the books”.
How much he has put into the club is always a guess and depends on who is speaking on his behalf at the time but it made me think.
Is Ashley’s new plan (which seems to change every week) to get someone like Remy in on loan for one year at a relatively small outlay, who with 15-20 goals a season is pretty much guaranteed to make you finish at least 17th in the league, then pocket the £60million, then the next year do it again – that’s £120million of his money back.
After he makes his money back he then looks to sell the club for a profit, blames us for forcing him out, and to everyone else ‘darn sarth’ he looks the hero and we look the bad lot.
So after all that I finally get to my question, would you take another 2-3 seasons of silence in the transfer market to get rid of him?
In other news, Joe Kinnear is looking to negotiate in Germany, after watching a documentary last night he thinks this bloke called Hitler should be stopped before he starts – super Joe to the negotiating table!!! we are in safe hands.