Ticking along nicely!

The three stooges

The three stooges
As we can all see, it’s transfer rumour and speculation time and we all have our own thoughts on who we should be looking at in terms of players for certain positions, with many fans pushing for a few defensive targets as a main priority.

There seems to be a conflict of thoughts as well, regarding what the club are actually doing to get these type of players into the club with a few fans believing we aren’t seriously trailing these players because they believe the club is putting derisory bids in, knowing that those bids will be rejected out of hand as laughable. Although it’s understandable why fans can think this way, we must not forget that this club is still in transition, regardless of our excellent finish to last season.

Obviously the summer is an exciting time as regards potential signings for us all but it’s also a game of cat and mouse as far as the club are concerned and it’s on that basis that we have to look deeper into how the club operate, even though many of us, if not all of us actually do know that the club play hard ball.

I can understand many fans thinking that we are Newcastle United and we should be competing on the higher plains right now, but really, if we stand back and take a long, deep, wide angled look, we can see that the club still need to conduct any dealings, sensibly and within a budget to ensure that we are in a position to actually build on what we have and not slip down the ladder as has been well documented in the past.

I’m one fan that would love to see some tasty signings in, to bolster the quality throughout the squad as it obviously does give us a better than average chance of capturing some kind of silverware, yet the old saying of “wise men sing and only fools rush in” is not something we want to become accustomed to like we did in the past, no matter what big names are out there.

As Liverpool proved last season with the signings they made, it seemed to be a case of, “we are Liverpool and we should be fighting for the title, so let’s buy players no matter what” – and indeed they did buy those players at top, top prices, as Andy Carroll’s transfer can attest to, yet look where it got them.

Liverpool managed to do what Newcastle had been trying to do under the old regime, which is a QUICK FIX option instead of getting out the drawing board and building on the actual bonafide quality within their squad.

Patience is still the key issue with all of us fans and also the club itself, which in all fairness, is exactly what Ashley, Llambias and Pardew appear to be not lacking in, which in the long term will ultimately benefit us as fans and the club as a full unit for many years to come.

We are building an exciting squad of players, including an influx of quality youngsters with very obvious potential added to those youngsters that are close to actually making their mark and becoming stars in their own right, meaning they will be a part of this team, adding to the strong team bond and quality that will make other clubs sit up and take real notice and also, other fans of other clubs lauding the quality we produce.

Make no mistake lads and lasses… this club is in fine fettle and is very close to running like a Swiss watch because the ticking is constant and the mechanism is guaranteed to keep on running and as long as Pardew and Co keep on winding it up, we will keep on ticking without missing a tick, which will enable us and the club to TOCK the TOCK as well as walk the walk.

Patience, understanding and the ongoing feel good factor should be the order of the season, which will ultimately produce dividends in short order as far as I’m concerned.

What do you all think?

250 thoughts on “Ticking along nicely!

  1. @MM
    ha . The blogs bollocks. πŸ˜†


    Are you positive about every subject or just the toon?


  2. Wolfie it sounds to me like you’ll just take whatever scraps Jabba would throw down to you, and you would still try to see the positves.

    Aussie how much debt did we have then ?


  3. Good! I was going to say it must be nauseating being around someone positive about everything.

    You get nothing changed that way.

    Were you equally positive under ffs reign not having the benefit of hindsight?


  4. BIGDAVE@228.

    If I thought for one minute that Ashley’s intentions were to wreck this club, I’d be right behind those wanting his nuts on a skewer.

    Yes I take positives from a lot regarding Newcastle but like I said, i also see the potential bad point…I just choose to leave that to those that would rather focus on them and I’ll put a positive spin on that, which creates a double interest and makes a debate.

    I’m not here to tell you or anyone that you are all wrong and I’m right; I just look at things from a wider perspective from my own point of view.

    Others see things differently and that’s what makes the world what it is…it’s differing opinions.

    I do not get any enjoyment out of throwing negative thoughts around about the club and choose to concentrate on the good and it’s as simple as that really.


  5. So in simple terms Dave.
    Wolfie agrees with us but doesn’t like to advertise it.

    We got there in the end. πŸ˜‰


  6. @wolfie

    That is known as the pincer movement.
    Closing in on you from both flanks!

    Anyway, what about fat Freddie’s reign? Were you always positive during that spell?


  7. TROY@229.

    I’m always positive that something good will come out with the club, even with Shepherd because I know he had the interests of the fans at heart as he is a fan himself, yet that was his problem…he thought like a fan and wanted what the fans wanted which is a recipe for disaster in terms of fans wanting expensive trophy toys and scintillating attacking football, which seemed fine because we all believed the club was a bottomless pit of money.

    I was like anyone else…I went with the flow, under all regimes because I never questioned the ability of the club to magically produce OWEN type cash out of the hat, so I joyfully danced about on the signings until the wake up call under Ashley that made me and us all, realise why the earlier regimes could produce the readies….simply because the readies were invisible on the never never.
    We obviously know different now, yet at the time, very few questioned the size of the money tree Shepherd was picking his money from.

    We all know that running a club of this size isn’t as simple as 1.2.3 and money actually doesn’t grow on trees.


  8. @wolfie

    So it’s fair to say you cheer whoever is at the helm? πŸ˜‰

    So I’m sure if the next knight in shining armour comes along such as a sheikh and his bottomless pit of money to challenge man city you will do the same as long as he had the club at heart?


  9. TROY@245.

    I will support anyone who is at the helm who’s interests are to the benefit of the club and the fans whoever they may be.

    I do not control who takes over the club and I do not control what manager or players we bring in.
    What I do know, is, I control my own mind on how I choose to support whoever does come into the club and as long as I see good coming from it and within it, I will be satisfied.


  10. BD, my mistake, we had no debt from the brilliant finacial stewardship of Freddie. There in fact was no debt and ashley has made the whole thing up just to fool the fans of the club he owns purely because he hates them so much. This is his secret plan all along.
    I think there is no point debating this with you as your hatred for Ashley makes it a pointless excerise…



    I think you will find that those fans that stick to the hate, don’t actually hate Ashley, it’s just that they are pissed off that he’s proved them wrong but no way in hell will they admit that, so they will dine out on the past as their ammunition, which is as sad as can be to be honest.


  12. @aussie

    In Daves absence. He never said that.

    You’ve twisted things again but I know you can’t help it. πŸ˜‰


  13. Wolfie, I agree to a point, ashley has earned some of the venom directed at him early on. But as you say, Ashley has become a figure head of hate. Everything is his fault except for the good things..


  14. Aussie I didn’t say there was no debt I asked you what I thought was a simple question of how much debt was there when Jabba bought the club but if you can’t or don’t want to answer thats fine.
    But you must know there was debt as you were saying that it was down to FFS that the club and Jabba was in so much debt. 😳



    Aye, I understand the hatred for him at the start and he basically made a rod for his own back…I don’t think he would even deny that.

    For me,he has righted all the wrongs and then some, which has naturally got many many fans actually singing the same tune now.


  16. Troy, thanks for speaking for Dave, I’m sure he will appreciate you speaking for him..


  17. Dave, how much is the loan? 100+ million, plus there was a 20+ million debt we owed from memory… Please tell me where else would this debt have come from? Or would Ashley just give an interest free loan for the fun of it ??
    How could it have come from anyone other than Freddie. You said it your self, Ashley didn’t do due dilligence and got stung big time. So are you now saying he didn’t get ripped by Freddie..


  18. Troy @ 240 cheers for pointing that out to Aussie πŸ˜‰
    Aussie I simply asked how much debt the club had when Jabba bought the club 😳
    I think you will find that when Jabba bought the club the debts were part of the club so Jabba infact took them on to get the club, so they then become Jabba’s debt
    As for it being FFS that is continually labelled as the man that got the club in debt πŸ˜• am I wrong in thinking that SJH was part of the club so where fore it wasn’t just FFS ❓ ❓
    So I think you will find that the Β£110mil debt that the club was in Β£60 0f it was for the ground, and if im not mistaken we have roughly Β£50mil more debt now than what we had so we should all praise Jabba for that masterstroke


  19. WOLFIE @ 187
    July 21, 2012 at 11:09 (Edit)
    BIG DAVE, you twisted it because I specifically said I wasn’t meaning you, look in the brackets.

    WOLFIE @ 171
    July 21, 2012 at 10:27 (Edit)
    BIG DAVE, I didn’t know what they would spend…how in the hell can I know what the club will spend?
    I took a guess on what they would spend and it never happened.
    You have took guesses on the club spending nothing and you were wrong, so what’s the difference?

    I think its plain to see that you stated @ 171 that I said we would spend nothing so once again you have got it wrong then tried to say that I was twisting what you said ???
    😳 😳 😳


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