Will Ashley show any ambition this month?

Mike and his bitch.
When the clocks hit midnight this morning it meant the arrival of a new year, a fresh start and new beginnings for some as we wave goodbye to 2011 and welcome 2012. Of course the month of January is an eagerly anticipated one for football fans too as the transfer window opens again.

I have said many times a transfer window is either time of excitement or a time of pure dread and panic, depending on which club you are associated with. It’s often a comfortable time if your a ‘non selling’ club who are merely looking to strengthen their squad. Few can argue that as a whole Newcastle’s last couple of windows have been controversial and has seen many first team players sold for various reasons.

The last two transfer windows have seen us sell Andy Carroll, Kevin Nolan, Jose Enrique as well as releasing Joey Barton after a number of rows with the hierarchy. If you look at each player’s departure, there were varying reasons for the players walking away from the club. Let’s not forget we tried incredibly hard to keep Jose Enrique at the club, but let’s face it the Spaniard had his head turned and wasn’t interested in remaining a Newcastle player. Kevin Nolan was replaced by a better player and the club couldn’t guarantee him regular football and wasn’t willing to offer an ageing man a lucrative deal which is kind of fair enough.

The Andy Carroll departure on the last day of January last year is a transfer which caused a lot of debate and there were so many rumors as to what actually happened. The fact of the matter is the lad handed in a transfer request and for me if a player wants to stay at a club it would never get to that point. The question is will their be a repeat of the Carroll saga this January with another Newcastle star?

Newcastle’s good form this season has been noticed by rival bosses. The likes of Tiote, Krul and Colocinni have attracted interest from other clubs and it seems the press has at least one of them linked with a January move every time I browse the net or open a newspaper. The journalists are constantly badgering Alan Pardew, asking him if he can keep his top players this month.

Pardew is approaching the issue with caution, it’s obvious he doesn’t want to promise the supporters anything but he has stated he doesn’t wish to sell. He however keeps laboring the point that it would take a lot of money to force the club to sell, at times it’s as if he’s candidly telling the world that players could be available and almost inviting interest. Having said that after the Carroll saga last year, I don’t blame Alan one bit for how he’s handling such questions.

We all know the squad is a little light and we certainly need defensive reinforcements this month. I think as well as a striker we could do with a wide man and midfield cover for Tiote, although I realize that is probably asking too much. But this window for me is all about who we keep rather than buy. I believe we have a squad very capable of competing in the top half and a couple of solid additions would push us on further.

The word Europe was mentioned today by Pardew. Well it’s a possibility if the club shows enough ambition. If Mike Ashley and co understand the potential of this squad then they will think twice if and when a bid is received for a big name. Let’s hope we can have a successful window and a few of us are left surprised in a good way.

Either way, who ever is or isn’t pulling on the black and white of Newcastle United come February 1st I will still be there singing me heart out for the lads. HWTL. P.S missed you all, MarkToon X.

About MarkToon

I'm Mark, I live in a little town called Rugby. I go back a long way with Toonsy, we have traveled the country together watching the lads. I eat, breath and sleep Newcastle United! Follow me on [email protected] MRStockers or add me on Facebook- Mark Stockley.

319 thoughts on “Will Ashley show any ambition this month?

  1. I agree with most of what you’ve said about Ashley. In fact I’d go further and say he’s a lying, cheating bast*rd. I’m just saying, you’ve got to give him credit for what he has achieved. You seem to be putting a lot down to luck. I’m just giving him credit where I think it is due. He’s made mistakes, but haven’t we all when we’ve taken on a new job? Its what you do when you’ve made the mistakes that matters. Even I think selling two big players might be a big ask, but Ashley has pleasantly surprised me before. I simply ask whether losing Tiote would be the end of the world as many people seem to be implying. As I said earlier, it would not surprise me if tiote’s replacement is already on the books. Guthrie looked a new player recently, and Abeid is an unknown quantity. Somebody was mocking the lad from the non-league, but I’m old enough to remember Alan Shoulder.


  2. Dwayne – I wanted 300. Ashley will tell the players he has big plans for the summer. That’ll keep them on board. Anyway, its a rollercoaster, remember. We might sell nobody, and instead make one or two shrewd purchases.


  3. B&B It’s not the actual selling of Tioté it’s what happens after with the cash. I personally don’t think he will leave but if he did would we reinvest it all into the playing squad i.e. a new tiote cabaye ba etc but in the positions we need? It’s not like we want a 30million striker, 4 or 5 players at 3-4 million would be ideal but would it happen?


  4. @B&B

    I do give credit to Ashley, I subscribe to a lot that Wolfie has to say.
    I think Ashley could make a difference but at the same time I could see him undoing it all for the sake of profit.. we’ll see.

    I believe we could replace Tiote, i have said that many times, hopefully if we do it will be soon so we can replace him now, rather than later.

    I was joking when mentioning the Bognor Regis player. I give everyone a chance especially roy of the rovers stories like his.

    anyway, defo off to bed, didnt want to be rude and not answer your reply, if u did 😀

    nite nite


  5. B&B @ 295 Rome was not built in a day, I wasn’t saying I want all the carroll cash spent now if that’s what you meant?

    I’m saying a couple extra additions here and there and we would have been easily 9 points better off. Everyone could see it but if you say out you’re cast as a doom merchant or neg and told to ‘support the team’. No one is asking for trophy signings like people like lee ryder think we want.

    But to answer your other bit, you can’t compare fergie and wenger’s early years to the “pardew years”. Times are totally different RE time managers get, player fees and wages etc.
    Fergie has only ‘built’ one decent lot of youngsters about 1994-95 (scholes beckham etc) and where is the rest? 25 years he should surely have a production line but now a days its just dribs and drabs like simpson, with the odd welbeck he’ll keep.
    If that is the way, what explains Fergie spending 30 mill on ferdinand, 30 mill on rooney, 18m on carrick, 20m on anderson, 20m on de gea etc?

    Comparing us to big clubs like Manchester USA and Arsenal is laughable really, they have a bit of ambition.

    We’ve got the right idea we’re just doing it the wrong way, a bit too stingy. We need a couple more bodies in along the ilk of the cabayes and tiotes but a left back version and centre half. The kid from bognor regis I’ll take him as a striker because he will have more about him than lovenkrands etc but it just shows what little faith we have in the strikers coming through, are these the fruits of cashley’s five year plan?


  6. Happy New Year!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :mrgreen:

    Back at work today…. which really means sat at my computer reading transfer bollocks.

    I believe we will lose one player and one will come in.

    I just hope Ba and Tiote don’t get injured at the ACON.


  7. Watching the Barton incident last night, what an idiot getting dragged into a red card yet again, good for us that he is banned but what about the Norwich player, horrible cheating twat and had the nerve to sit at the darts holding a card up to the cameras taking the piss out of Barton.
    ” Simulation”, or cheating in English, is destroying our game and im sick of it, its time they used video evidence to hammer the cheats as well, its got to stop, Barton is an idiot but hes been done like a kipper and its not right that Johnson can walk away sniggering.


  8. Robert-exactly. Even though Barton aint our player any more his ban should quite clearly be rescinded…or the Norwich player given suspension as well, its a joke to be honest.


  9. Dwayne @306 – Good detective work. Good read too. I stand by everything I said. I didn’t write Pards off. I said I wouldn’t sack him, and I’d even have Jedward as manager if they’d get us the FA Cup. I said I hate the lies and Pards has shown himself to be a liar. To be fair, as I said above, he has surpassed my expectations footballwise, and you’ve got to give him credit for that.
    @BillyB I have long been critical of the reserve team. We should have a good player ready to step up in every position if we are to be an ambitious club run in a professional way.
    I don’t think Sammy is good enough, for example. Hope he proves me wrong, but he could well be another Routledge or SWP or worse, and that is saying something. We can get by without Tiote, but we are desperately light up front. I predict we will struggle big time without Ba. However, Pards and Ashley have surprised me before. LIke I say, the reality to date is two steps backwards, three forward – unfortunately, it is usually in that order. I’d be happy with progress made on that basis, but I reckon so many of you have little patience.


  10. No silverware in over 43 years ! Endless conveyor belt of managers ! Relegation ! Greedy lying thifing owners come and go ! And still gates of close to 50 k impatient b&b I think not ?
    Anyway after well over 300 posts and aprox 10 thinking ashley has ambition I think we may have a winner in the reality stakes 😥


  11. @B&B

    You refer to some of Ashleys purchases and include Collo. I don’t believe you can include him unless you include the other players he bought in that era as well. Alan Smith and Xisco for example.

    I just ask you, having seen the team this season, knowing theres a transfer window now, where you believe we will finish and where you believe we should finish?


  12. Scott Wilson
    Don’t expect #NUFC to be rushing into anything in this transfer window. They’ll sign a defender but it will probably not be until final week

    that dosnt sound good.
    if true


  13. the Journal

    Meanwhile, there is nothing imminent brewing in United’s defender hunt, although The Journal understands a fresh move for West Ham’s Tomkins has not been ruled out.

    While United are not at an advanced stage with any deal yet, few teams in the Premier League are as the division’s top clubs look set to play a waiting game

    Manging-director Derek Llambias and secretary Lee Charnley have both returned from short breaks over Christmas and United are braced for tough negotiating during a transfer window traditionally harder to operate in than its summer equivalent.

    Inevitably agents are using Newcastle’s desperation to sign a centre-back to get their players in the shop window.

    Foreign reports linked United with both Young Boys of Berne’s Zambian striker Emmanuel Mayuka and Bordeaux’s Michael Ciani over the weekend, but neither are targets.

    Manchester City’s Nedum Onuoha is not on United’s radar either.

    Newcastle are not looking to taking anyone on loan, with the board believing a temporary switch is not cost-effective.


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