Like myself, most NUFC supporters will never forgive the ‘Fat Controller’ and his sidekick Derek Llambias for the mass amount of errors and false promises they have made at the club.
Yet it would seem that the promise made to reinvest every penny from the £35m sale of Andy Carroll to Liverpool is the one that bothers people most. In fact, I would even go as far as to say that some fans are now more concerned about seeing that money spent than they are about seeing the club progress.
Since the sale of Andy Carroll we have went on to sign some very talented individuals. These include the likes of Yohan Cabaye, Demba Ba, Davide Santon, Papiss Demba Cissé and many more. However, that is not enough for many fans simply because the fees spent in bringing these player in have not touched the sides when in comparison to the money we received from the sale of our former no.9. Quite the contrary actually, as we have almost certainly made a profit when taking into consideration the money made from the sales of Kevin Nolan, José Enrique, Wayne Routledge and Joey Barton. Not to mention the extra revenue generated from our new shirt sponsorship Virgin Money.
My main worry here is that I do not believe money should be an issue. In my opinion, the squad has improved greatly over the last two seasons and the fact that the club has made money in the process surely just makes that an even better achievement. Or at least it does in my mind anyway.
There are of course some decisions that have been made by Ashley and Llambias which I shall never agree with. The re-branding of St James’ Park being a prime example. However, when it comes to our new transfer policy I am very much in agreement with the hated pair.
In the last decade NUFC have made some disastrous decisions that have burdened the club hugely from a financial point of view. Signings such as Michael Owen, Albert Luque and the now MK Dons bound Alan Smith, to name a few. That doesn’t mean to say that all big money transfers will be unsuccessful, though. It is of course possible to get a world class player through the door in return for a large transfer fee. But then again why should we take that risk when chief scout Graham Carr is doing such a wonderful job working to our current blueprint?
Believe it or not, writing a blog like this is actually quite daunting! As I’m sure I won’t be making many fans as a result. Yet I can’t help but look beyond whether my own popularity comes under scrutiny and discuss this issue, which I believe is now getting slightly out of hand.
Mike Ashley and Derek Llambias may not have the backing of many Geordies, but when looking at things from a financial aspect, it doesn’t take a genius to see that they are actually doing one hell of a job!