Toon to announce excuse later – Best to plug the hole for now

Leon Best now Newcastle United's first choice striker?

Shush, just like the club

Newcastle United must now face post-transfer window life and we’ll just have to get on with it. Apparently the club are due to make some sort of announcement today to explain their transfer window failures.

Newcastle United Limited has so far remained silent about the club’s failure to recruit a much-needed striker during the transfer window. Even Alan Pardew – a man not known for being backward in the tongue-wagging department – has had nothing to say.

However, they will apparently make some sort of official statement later today.

Presumably they’ve now had sufficient time to think up an excuse, probably along the lines of “we tried our best”, “we’re not paying over the odds” and “last minute rejections by other clubs”. I think we pretty much know what it’s going to say.

Apparently Maiga was the chap we came closest to buying and Llambias was ready to catch a plane to Paris to collect his signature. It seems, however, that Sochaux pulled out at the last minute ‘without explanation’ according to a Deep Throat somewhere within Newcastle’s hierarchy. Yet according to the foreign press last week, Sochaux had already stated that they wouldn’t let Maiga go if they couldn’t get a replacement.

Apparently we then tried to recruit Ruiz and were shocked to find that he actually intended to honour his promise to Martin Jol and join Fulham.

Well, whatever. It’s all history now and we’ll just have to struggle on.

One man who’ll have a job to do is Leon Best. He is arguably our first-choice striker now – particularly after his two goals against Fulham – and he reckons he’s up to the task. Best said:

I think if you want to go off my starts in the Premier League it is almost one goal every two games.

That sounds very good but I want to add on that. I am obviously looking forward to the next few games. We are in the top six now so why shouldn’t we be as players?

Personally, I have always thought Leon Best has been somewhat underrated and I’d tip him to come good for us. Maybe he’s not quite a 20+ goals a season man, but I reckon he could get into double figures and take up some of the slack left by Nolan and Carroll.

If Demba Ba regains the sort of form he showed last season, he should be able to contribute to our goal tally too.

Whilst I certainly do think there’s still a hole to be filled up front, maybe we have enough to see us through until January when we’ll probably have to go through all this nonsense again.

We’ll just have to cheer the team on and hope for the best. Having said that, is cheering now banned? Anti-Ashley chants are, as is standing up it seems – maybe we can still get away with a polite clap and an occasional “Oh I say, jolly good football, what what”.

Ah, the joys of being a Toon supporter!

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68 Responses to “Toon to announce excuse later – Best to plug the hole for now”

  1. 1
    avatar TROJAN 69 says:

    what ever statement they now make,will look contrived in the corridors of power.they should have came straight out with what had happened,during the window.
    todays statement will be short,patronizing,and will not tell us anything.
    pardew will now sit tight until the qpr game,and hope he gets a result,so this will all go away.
    i’m sure the nutters upstairs will have told him as much,”oh alan get a result against qpr,and those thick geordies,will come crawling back”.
    the sad part about it is,this will be the reality,a few good results and ashley is off the hook again.

  2. 2
    avatar JoeSoap says:

    @Trojan………i’m sure the nutters upstairs will have told him as much,”oh Alan get a result against qpr,and those thick geordies,will come crawling back”.
    the sad part about it is,this will be the reality,a few good results and Ashley is off the hook again…….What’s sad about getting a few good results? Just supposing that was extended to a lot of good results? Hey let’s be really stupid and say we finished 7th in the prem is that still sad? Who outside the top 6 have a better squad than we’ve got now…and I’m not even certain that ALL the top 6 are all they’re cracked up to be…we’ve already played one of them and they weren’t that good

  3. 3

    TROJAN 69 says: “… the sad part about it is,this will be the reality,a few good results and ashley is off the hook again.

    You’re probably right Trojan, although the reduced crowds this season do make me wonder if some people are ‘voting with their feet’.

  4. 4
    avatar sirjasontoon says:

    Nothing Pardew says will make any difference.
    We have had months to properly plan and replace AC with a proven striker good enough to wear the number 9 shirt.
    In reality the NUFC board had no intention of spending money on a decent replacement.
    The 35m for AC was a great bit of business for Mike Ashley but not for the Fans or the squad.

  5. 5
    avatar SteveT says:

    It is my opinion that, until Wednesday at 2300, Newcastle supporters were broadly split into two main categories:

    1. Those who were already convinced that Ashley was embarked on a strategy of asset stripping and had no intention of investing a penny on transfer fees with a total disregard for the views/feelings of the fans.

    2. Those who agreed with the salary reduction programme and the recruitment of young, talented players to replaced the experienced, but ageing, bed-rock of the 2009 and 2010 seasons. However, these fans worried that this approach would result in the sale of the young recruits once their market value doubled. Major concerns also existed regarding Pardew’s ability to do anything other than voice the Board’s propaganda.
    These objections were put on the back-burner until the transfer deadline and the purchase, or not, of a quality striker was, I believe, the key issue that could and would tip these fans into becoming non-believers.

    As we all know, no-one was bought amidst a series of pathetic chirades involving a number of strikers and I suspect that if the deadline had been extended for a further 3 months just for Newcastle we still wouldn’t have bought anyone….
    Ashley doesn’t care about this club or its fans. He only cares about his investment and, because he owns the club, he thinks he can do what he wants. My view is that we have to show him that we DO matter, even in his twisted, money-grabbing world.

    How do we do this? I think we should boycott a single game. Imagine the impact on the media, on the Board, on the concept of fan power sharing, if for one home game nobody turned up? Realistically there would always be a few thousand turn up and I know how hard it would be for some of us, but can you imagine the shockwaves if instead of 50,000 the gate was 5000. It might even stop Ashley in his tracks!

  6. 6
    avatar sirjasontoon says:

    Something has got to give Steve.
    I have never been a big Ashley fan even when it was the height of fashion to worship him.
    To me all I ever asked for was stability,honesty,progression and respect for the heritage of the club.

    Never cried out for huge signings,never demanded miracles just a progressive club that makes me proud and gives me a feeling that I am part of it.

    Not alot to ask for but the current bunch upstairs are seriously failing to deliver anything apart from lies and profit.

  7. 7
    avatar supermac says:

    I accept Ashley genuinely believes that running the club as a sound business makes sense – and in today’s climate he is probably right, far too many clubs (including NUFC for decades) are run by economic madness.

    Football has become big business and has moved so far away from its grass roots that these new rich owners have no real understanding of the traditional supporters they have taken the club away from!

    We any appreciate that the club is better run but that’s not something we can celibrate or enjoy.
    We are steeped in tradition and are driven by emotion & pride – and may sometimes react in ways Ashley probably sees as illogical & unpredictable.
    What he may never understand is the iconic status of the hero no.9 at this club, and he can never feel in the pit of his guts that this should have been his priority target and moved heaven and earth in the last 7 months to get one.
    We can accept wheeling & dealing over LBs, midfielders & wingers and basically accept what we get – but never ever in a million years will we understand trying (and failing) to get a bargain cut-price no.9. He could cockup anything else and paper over it with excuses, but this is something so fundamental that it goes to the roots of who & what we are!

    Until he realises this he will never understand NUCF & its supporters.

    HWTL

  8. 8
    avatar Kamar says:

    Steve @ 5

    ‘……..we should boycott a single game……..’

    There is an old saying, probably dating back to the fifties and still relevant today, along the lines of ‘..a crowd will always gather in Newcastle to stare at 11 black and white striped shirts hanging on a washing line….’

    ‘…….It might even stop Ashley in his tracks…’

    Doubt it. He knows that the following week the ground will be full. Anyway, he is a billionaire, nothing is going to hurt him in his pocket.

    If people want to get rid of Ashley they should wish that we have a very successful team that is well supported. It’s easier to sell something that is successful than something that is a failure but in saying that there is always someone prepared to take a punt.

  9. 9
    avatar sirjasontoon says:

    Football and supporting a team is meant to be fun,fill you with excitement,pride,passion etc
    I feel like a mushroom since MA came in…kept in the dark and fed a steady diet of horseshite.
    It just isn’t fun talking accounts,flow charts etc on the pitch is where it matters and we needed to invest in a new number nine end of story.

  10. 10
    avatar Kamar says:

    supermac @ 7

    You have raised some very good points.

    Ashley like many outside of the North East, probably cannot understand the emotions of the Geordie people to the club and sees much of it as quite illogical and irrational.

  11. 11
    avatar supermac says:

    SteveT @5

    well said
    I was in group 2 – but I now feel like I have been sold a wothless timeshare or a dodgey pension, that is fooled and sick to my stomach. I’m affraid that no matter what he says now I will not believe him.
    Geordie trust is openly given – but once betrayed is lost and gone forever.

    But we have a team to support, and I’m please there is not a home game tomorrow (or for weeks) – this will give us time to cool down.

    HWTL

  12. 12
    avatar Phisix says:

    I don’t think we should boycott as it may deter our new players.

  13. 13
    avatar lesh says:

    FFS has nobody learned from a few seasons ago? Malcontent, banners just accelerated relegation to the CCC.

    Raise the ante again and you can bet your boots MA’ll really market the club and that the players’ll be affected and bingo, we’re on the slippery slope again!

    I’m not a great fan of the way things have been handled and in particular the lack of meaningful communication from the club but, washing dirty linen in public’s not the way to get the point over.

    Fans’ groups really need to be uniting and adopt an approach of establishing meaningful and constructive dialogue with the club (yes, there’s got to be willingness on both sides).

    Let’s have less knee jerks and a bit more thought before there’s real damage done!

  14. 14
    avatar thai mag says:

    Cant really blame Pardew for his silence yesterday, he will be gutted he was hung out to dry again after promising so much, he should leave it to the morons that caused the problems in the first place to give an excuse

  15. 15
    avatar sirjasontoon says:

    7 months,plenty spare cash,supposedly an amazing scout flying allover Europe looking for some top players…pull the other one.

    No excuses acceptable,zero intention to land a good striker.
    Speaks for itself yesterday when Pardew managed to keep his mouth shut for a whole 24 hours.

    Anyone that is taken in by the impending nonsense that Pardew is rehearsing are simply DAFT.
    I suppose we could always judge them in the next window?

    YAWN.

  16. 16
    avatar Dreamer says:

    Don’t shoot me.

    Regarding No 9 shirt. I do believe Ashley understands it. Hand on heart right now can you think of a realistic player on the market that can fit wear it? I can’t.

    It needs to be earnt, and this is what we did just before Carroll was gonna it. He earnt it.

    To be honest, I have this (fantasy of) a feeling that, come end of this season, MAYBE Janauary, AC could come home….wait….hear me out.

    There were some mumours on Tweeter (I no not reliable) that because of the amount of forwards ‘Pool had and that AC hadn’t found his form, that you could be loaned back to NUFC. Now, that would only help us short term.

    My thinking is that if Carroll does perform this season, he price will drop and there is always that small chance we could offer something like £10 million for him to come home.

    To be honest, I don’t care if you ‘rip the pee’ out of me, because I quite like the idea of the prodical son returning…

    …am sure others do too!

  17. 17
    avatar sirjasontoon says:

    So Ashley’s thinking was let’s not bother with a Striker we will get AC back on a free transfer in January?
    Or for 10m when/if AC falls flat on his arse.

    AC would need to lose a limb to see £25 million drop off his value in a matter of months.
    Liverpool are no mugs look at the Torres deal.

  18. 18
    avatar supermac says:

    Dreamer @16
    OK – I won’t shoot you, but I can’t see it happening

    but did you notice that liverpool were interested in sturridge – this might develop during the winter window if AC does not settle in, for example if he has only 3-4 goals and is left on the bench as a long ball option

    as for AC’s real value? £35m was obviously stupid – £20m? too much, £15m possibly, £10m definately

    but, how much would Cashley be prepared for any CF? I’m not convinced he would stump up even £10m!

    HWTL

  19. 19
    avatar sirjasontoon says:

    Ashley will not be stumping up 10m anytime soon…unless it’s to open up more sweatshops in asia,open loads more crap filled shops or buy some tacky clothing label.

  20. 20
    avatar Dreamer says:

    @ 17. 18

    Good points.

    We can dream though…

  21. 21
    avatar sirjasontoon says:

    I reckon Bellamy and Carrol up front may be a decent partnership?
    Anyone else?

    Prefer it to Shola and whoever anyway.

  22. 22
    avatar Dreamer says:

    Bellend is a impact player, will start on bench.

    He’ll do VERY well for ‘pool.

  23. 23
    avatar workyticket says:

    supermac says:
    September 2, 2011 at 11:11 am

    “What he may never understand is the iconic status of the hero no.9 at this club”

    I have to admit that I don’t really understand it either Supermac, as it’s something which comes from the days of yore when formations were different and you had a centre forward, two inside forwards, two wingers, three half backs and two full backs usually.

  24. 24
    avatar sirjasontoon says:

    Forgot the Sweeper Worky :lol:
    Yeah I can’t see Bellamy getting a start for Liverpool…muppet.

  25. 25
    avatar supermac says:

    no workyticket – two half backs & a centre half not three half backs
    don’t you think the number 9 shirt is special? a club tradition? if you give up things like this you will give up everything! what could be better than loosing your best mate over an arguement over the comparisons, memories & merits of Wor Jackie, Mighty Wyn, MacDonald, Sir Les, Shearer, Whitehirst (woops sorry about that)?

  26. 26
    avatar Dreamer says:

    No 9 Legend will come one day. But be honest, WHO realistic would you put in it?

  27. 27
    avatar sirjasontoon says:

    Well Carroll seemed to fit the bill although not for very long.
    Would have had sturridge in think he would fit the bill but would cost over 5m and unfortunatly has an agent…shame.

  28. 28
    avatar sirjasontoon says:

    Also dreamer apologies for calling you a muppet earlier.
    Not usually my style to lose my temper.

  29. 29
    avatar chuck says:

    I agree with Workey in regard to the no.9 shirt, it’s nothing but a reminder of a style of football who’s
    time is long past, the big physical typical English center forward, supplied by a pair of nippy wingers.
    Sorry , anyone watched Barcelona lately ?
    A bunch of little skillfull guys around five foot seven ,who keep the ball on the ground and switch positions constantly, plus get goals from everyone.
    Thats what i wanna see at St. James’s Park, but it aint gonna happen with either this owner and certainly not with this manager, ah well !

  30. 30
    avatar workyticket says:

    supermac says:
    September 2, 2011 at 1:52 pm

    “don’t you think the number 9 shirt is special? a club tradition?”

    Personally, I think there’s a bit of revisionism in all this number 9 stuff supermac, it was originally just a shirt number given to the player who happened to be the centre forward. In the early fifties for example, when Jackie Milburn was at his peak, George Robledo was arguably our greatetst goalscorer, and he wasn’t even a number nine, he was an inside forward mostly. I think this whole fetishisation of one position just locks the team into a certain outlook tactically in a game which has moved on considerably. It doesn’t matter to me what number a player wears, it’s all about the player and the team, not the shirt number.

  31. 31
    avatar workyticket says:

    chuck says:
    September 2, 2011 at 2:08 pm

    “Sorry , anyone watched Barcelona lately ?
    A bunch of little skillfull guys around five foot seven ,who keep the ball on the ground and switch positions constantly, plus get goals from everyone.

    Thats what i wanna see at St. James’s Park”

    Johan Cruyff Chuck. The master.

  32. 32
    avatar Kamar says:

    Barcelona style football at St. James Park?

    Hell will freeze over first or Sunderland win the Champions League.

    May take awhile develop:

    (From Wiki)’….in the 1970s with the invention of Total Football (Dutch: Totaalvoetbal), pioneered by Feyenoord and Ajax and led by playmaker Johan Cruyff and national team coach Rinus Michels….’

  33. 33
    avatar workyticket says:

    Kamar says:
    September 2, 2011 at 3:03 pm

    “May take awhile develop:

    (From Wiki)’….in the 1970s with the invention of Total Football (Dutch: Totaalvoetbal), pioneered by Feyenoord and Ajax and led by playmaker Johan Cruyff and national team coach Rinus Michels….’

    It could be said that the style of play Cruyff developed at Barcelona with “El Dream Team” of Guardiola, Koeman, Laudrup, Stoichkov etc, now known as “Tiki Taka” is Cruyff’s development of that Kamar. The Dutch project at Barcelona has been going for decades now.

  34. 34
    avatar Kamar says:

    Workyticket,

    Yes, and all the teams in Barcelona FC play to the same Cruyff blueprint. Quite remarkable really as they have changed managers a few times. Arsenal are (or were after the recent transfers) the closest we have in the premiership.

    I’m sure I had ‘Tiki Taka’ at my local Indian last week, could be wrong though!

  35. 35
    avatar workyticket says:

    Kamar says:
    September 2, 2011 at 3:38 pm

    “Workyticket,

    Yes, and all the teams in Barcelona FC play to the same Cruyff blueprint. Quite remarkable really as they have changed managers a few times”

    You have to admire good old Sir Bobby Kamar. Succeeded Cruyff, preceeded Van Gaal, won trophies, bought Ronaldo the first and didn’t look out of place at all.

  36. 36
    avatar supermac says:

    workyticket says:
    “A bunch of little skillfull guys around five foot seven ,who keep the ball on the ground and switch positions constantly, plus get goals from everyone.
    Thats what i wanna see at St. James’s Park”

    we’ve been there, had the subuteo men led by dinha in the 80s – followed by relegation (again)
    I can’t remember the other 2 – anyone help me?

  37. 37
    avatar workyticket says:

    supermac says:
    September 2, 2011 at 3:58 pm

    “we’ve been there, had the subuteo men led by dinha in the 80s”

    Aye Willie McFaul. That was the time when he were producing players like Gascoigne, Waddle and Pedro (who Mirandinha replaced), then selling them ASAP.

  38. 38
    avatar chuck says:

    Seems Ashley &co.are on a slow learning curve, sure they got it after a disasterouse first couple of years, well they got some of it.
    Hell i’m not about to criticise anyone for saving money, but getting your scouting system to-gether is only one part of how it works (though very important)
    The players brought in have to have both coaches and a manager who can both develope and apply a system of play,(hopefully one that reflects the modern game as played by the likes of Barca)
    That, and someone who can explain to Ashley what a deal is, becauuse he seems to apply the same brinksmanship policie to each and every possible deal he’s involved in (how many strikers were we associated with during the window, not to mention LB’s).
    Then again his priorities may be more about making money than owning a winning side that can compete with the best ?
    My point is there’s more to running a club than buying and paying players wages, having players with character, having coaches and a manager with the ability to get the most from a side and have them playing both a tactical and technically modern game,also someone to advise on money matters, (not a refugee from some casino)
    Yep it’ a steep learning curve !

  39. 39
    avatar workyticket says:

    Here we go.

    A statement from Newcastle United Managing Director Derek Llambias

    Now that the transfer window has closed, we have had some time to reflect on the business we have conducted over the summer.

    Our aim was to secure young players who represented value for money and could add real strength to the squad. The majority of our transfer dealings were completed in the early part of the window and we feel we have signed some players of exceptional quality. Yohan Cabaye, Sylvain Marveaux, Mehdi Abeid, Demba Ba and Gabriel Obertan were all brought in early and we have seen these players settle quickly into the squad and perform well on the pitch.

    Earlier this week we were delighted to sign Davide Santon from Inter Milan to fill our left-back position after the departure of Jose Enrique. Davide is an excellent young prospect and we’re sure he’ll be another superb addition to the squad. We also welcomed young goalkeeper Rob Elliot from Charlton Athletic who will help us retain healthy competition for that position after loaning out Fraser Forster to Celtic.

    Of course we had also hoped to secure a further striker in the window, in addition to Demba Ba. Work to bring a striker into the club began early in the summer. Negotiations were complex and protracted and unfortunately it was disappointing that ultimately we could not secure our priority target.

    Whilst we did turn our attention to alternative prospects in the latter stages of the window, we have a very clear transfer policy and will not make knee-jerk decisions at the last-minute which are not in the best interests of the club. We understand that supporters will feel frustrated that we did not sign another striker during the window, but it was not for lack of trying that we did not bring our final target in.

  40. 40
    avatar workyticket says:

    supermac says:
    September 2, 2011 at 3:58 pm

    “workyticket says:
    “A bunch of little skillfull guys around five foot seven ,who keep the ball on the ground and switch positions constantly, plus get goals from everyone.
    Thats what i wanna see at St. James’s Park””

    I didn’t write that BTW supermac, Chuck did.

  41. 41
    avatar Jimbob says:

    Fantastic statement, really clears everything up. Thanks Derek.

    The Chronicle are doing a Q&A with the board using fans questions.

    I assume that means they’ll answer only selected questions that they wish, bit like last time.

  42. 42

    Yawn. Usual claptrap from Llambias.

  43. 43

    we have a very clear transfer policy

    Which is? It isn’t clear to me.

  44. 44
    avatar sirjasontoon says:

    Negotiations were complex and protracted and unfortunately it was disappointing that ultimately we could not secure our priority target.

    Haha….who was your Target Owl Heed…the invisible man?
    Useless Twats.

    protracted |prəˈtraktəd; prō-|
    adjective
    lasting for a long time or longer than expected or usual : a protracted and bitter dispute.

    Protracted…useless Owl Headed Goon-you have had over 8 Months you TWAT!!
    FOOK OFF MA,AP AND GOONY GLASSES OWL HEED!!

  45. 45
    avatar workyticket says:

    Hugh de Payen says:
    September 2, 2011 at 7:33 pm

    “we have a very clear transfer policy”

    “Which is? It isn’t clear to me.”

    Derisory offers, prevarication, brinksmanship and possibly attempting to approach the player behind the other club’s back to unsettle him.

    Keep up the brinkmanship until the latter stages of the transfer window, by which time the other club have decided that they will have no time to replace our target, and are sick of the Newcastle’s behaviour anyway and withdraw the player.

    Blame the other club for being awkward with their “complex and protracted” negotiations ie not letting Ashley and Llambias take the piss.

    Finally, panic and make a spur of the moment attempt to hijack someone else after the inevitable happens and eveything else has fallen through.

    Possibly?

  46. 46

    Sounds about right Worky.

  47. 47
    avatar AndyMac says:

    Not that far off WT !

    Noticed that poor bastad Czech keeper Bolek was used as “bargaining tool” with Charlton so they eventually capitulated and let, the now unsettled Elliot, go !

    Lessope Bolek was given a deal by Orient after all :(

  48. 48
    avatar Lesh says:

    Was that really the explanatory statement? If it was, it’s an insult to anybody’s intelligence. Utter contemp, arrogance that beggars belief!

  49. 49
    avatar sirjasontoon says:

    Pardew has got to be running scared.
    Never seen him so quiet….part from the night he was welcomed to SJP pitch black and on his own.
    Class pic that like :lol:

  50. 50
    avatar workyticket says:

    “Work to bring a striker into the club began early in the summer”

    Why not February 1st after he sold Carroll?

  51. 51

    workyticket says: “Why not February 1st after he sold Carroll?

    Aye, 5 months worth of scouting then 2 months to get the signature.

  52. 52
    avatar CLiNT FLiCK says:

    It’s so dull when there’s no football.

  53. 53
    avatar CLiNT FLiCK says:

    http://www.skysports.com/story/0,,11670_7145495,00.html?

    Here’s how it stacks up!

  54. 54
    avatar workyticket says:

    CLiNT FLiCK says:
    September 2, 2011 at 10:07 pm

    “It’s so dull when there’s no football.”

    Try sex and drugs Clint. It used to work for me.

  55. 55
    avatar CLiNT FLiCK says:

    worky,
    the Mrs. has just given birth, so the sex bit is ‘on hold’ & the drugs don’t work anymore.

    Unless you got any candy korn!

    :)

  56. 56
    avatar supermac says:

    Strong squad? only 21 named (including 3 goalies)!
    last season Pardew said we we 3 short – now we appear to be 4 short = progress?

    night all

  57. 57
    avatar Widowmaker says:

    It’s bad, and it is really bad. I am not going to single out any players, but we all know there’s no depth what so ever.

  58. 58
    avatar Jimbob says:

    From the Chronicle:

    “Then the 12 most popular questions will be submitted to the boardroom at St James’ Park in what fans will hope is the beginning of an era of more open communication with Newcastle supporters.”

    Yeah, yeah…Heard this before in 2009.

    What’s the point? They’ll just pick easy ones. Reading that statement again just fills me with disgust. It’s pathetic, must have took ten minutes to write and doesn’t even seem finished. It doesn’t explain anything. WTF “knee-jerk reactions”… So the bids for Michael Johnson, Keiren Richardson, N’Zogbia, Ruiz and Ridgewell during the final day of the last 4 windows are not “knee-jerk”?

    Fcuking liars think the fans are stupid.

  59. 59
    avatar Widowmaker says:

    Jimbob,

    and Ireland. :D

  60. 60
    avatar gedskel says:

    This anti cheering and anti standing nonsense that the dictatorship
    at our beloved ground should be fought and fought what can they do if we all stand 500000 mad and proud geordies standing and cheering they can’t throw us all out.
    As for the striker situation all we can do now is wish Best can step up and hope young Sammy Ameobi is given his chance to show us what he can do, they should also recall young Airey from Scotland as back up.

  61. 61
    avatar Jimbob says:

    Widowmaker, how could I forget the majestic Ireland…

    This whole tenure, this Ashley fiasco has got to end well hasn’t it? I mean, things will eventually get better?

    Otherwise why the hell hasn’t someone sent back a Terminator to fix this now?

  62. 62
    avatar AndyMac says:

    Jimbob says:

    “From the Chronicle:

    “Then the 12 most popular questions will be submitted to the boardroom at St James’ Park in what fans will hope is the beginning of an era of more open communication with Newcastle supporters”

    My question relates to finance at the club.

    Since relegation NUFC has reduced the wage bill to around £47m apparently. Last season’s turnover will be nearer £90m + transfer revenue.

    So my question is

    “With the apparent increase in turnover and profit for last season 2010-11, what percentage of the total turnover is spent on transfers and what percentage is being made available to pay of the “Ashley debt ?”

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    avatar workyticket says:

    AndyMac says:
    September 3, 2011 at 2:08 pm

    “So my question is

    “With the apparent increase in turnover and profit for last season 2010-11, what percentage of the total turnover is spent on transfers and what percentage is being made available to pay of the “Ashley debt ?”

    Andy, from the last published accounts:

    “The group’s total outstanding loan balance from Mr MJW.Ashley was £139 million (30th June 2009 £111 million) including £16.5 million due after more than one year (see note 13). All of these loans are non-interest bearing £28.8 million (30th June 2009 £nil) is secured on future broadcasting income, of which £12.3 million is repayable in August 2010 and the remainder, £16.6 million is repayable after more than one year (see note 13). The remaining (unsecured) balance of £111 million (2009 £111 million) is repayable on demand.

    “Note 13:

    The loan of £16.5 million from Mr M J W Ashley is secured on future broadcasting revenue and is repayable no earlier than August 2011.”

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    avatar chuck says:

    Well they done done it an there aint no use n’talkin bout it no moh !
    Time to take a look at what we got here?
    As for frontmen,
    Shola, Ba, Best, Lovenkrands,HBA with possibly Obertan and Young Ameobi filling in.
    Not a particularly impressive lot , but if Ba or Best can do the job (we know HBA can) perhaps we can pick up a few goals.
    Culdda Shudda ! signed young Shane Long, for £6.5m. a deal, ah well !

    Midfield,
    We got Jonas, Marveaux, Obertan and young Ferguson, which covers both wings.
    I’m happy enough there.

    Cabeye, appears to be the inside playmaker, with Tiote sitting in front of the defense and hopefully Gosling can fill in for either, with the added possibility of HBA playing in midfield, then theres the Guthrie’s and Smiths who i expect due to circumstance will get the occasional game.
    And who knows perhaps a breakthrough for one of the kids.
    Not the strongest, but not that bad a bunch.
    Could be improved through time (the quality of our midfield)

    As for the back four, weak in numbers, with two good CD,s in Colo and Taylor, presently playing well to-gether.
    Simpson who is solidifying his role at RB and improving steadily.
    As for Santon, comes with a big rep. but we cant expect much from a 20 year old, will have to adjust to the league and side, hopefully if given time will become another Jose Enrique, but it took Jose almost a season to adjust, so a little patience please.
    The rest, Raylor, Williamson and Perch, nothing special there, plus Ferguson is wasted as a LB.
    This is where we need strengthening, perhaps it’s about time the club restarted it’s scouting to replace those marginal players, or give some of the youngsters an opportunity to evaluate how they are comming along.
    hell it’s gonna be a long season and this side is going nowhere so why not a bit of experimentation.
    Then what do i Know ?

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    avatar workyticket says:

    kentonmags says:
    September 3, 2011 at 3:18 pm

    “protest next home game”.

    Anyone standing will be shot on site by the NUFC Schutzstaffel.

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    avatar supermac says:

    James Beatie to the rescue – hurray! europe here we come – I’m off to dance in the street

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    avatar AndyMac says:

    WorkyTicket says:

    “Andy, from the last published accounts:

    “The group’s total outstanding loan balance from Mr MJW.Ashley was £139 million (30th June 2009 £111 million) including £16.5 million due after more than one year (see note 13). All of these loans are non-interest bearing £28.8 million (30th June 2009 £nil) is secured on future broadcasting income, of which £12.3 million is repayable in August 2010 and the remainder, £16.6 million is repayable after more than one year (see note 13). The remaining (unsecured) balance of £111 million (2009 £111 million) is repayable on demand.”

    Soz WT I kinda knew the answer before I asked the question. It’s just that if you put it in percentage terms it looks a lot worse. Less than 1% net was spent on players whereas 16% (approx) was spent on paying Fatman :(

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