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Newcastle United Transfers under Mike Ashley

In 2007, Mike Ashley purchased the combined stakes of John Hall and Douglas Hall, effectively giving him ownership of Newcastle United. Since that time, and the appointment of Alan Pardew, Mike Ashley has continued to be accused of asset stripping the club to make a profit. Backers of Mike Ashley, few though they are, continue to push that the club is now on an even keel. Mike Ashley detractors, who seem to be in the majority, argue that if the club would spend more money on players and do more than just balance the books, the club could push for top five, or even higher.

One of the questions that remains to be answered is just how much has Mike Ashley profited or lost from player transfers alone?  [click to continue…]

Pressure’s on Pardew After Fifth Summer Signing

So after watching Newcastle land Emmanuel Riviere and complete their fifth signing of the summer, it made me think about the plight of Alan Pardew. Mike Ashley doesn’t strike me as the kind of bloke who doesn’t demand a return on his money, so let’s say we get 2-3 more players in (Janmaat, a striker, and a centre-half), and we don’t see an improved NUFC by Christmas, what then? [click to continue…]

Newcastle United Sign Remy Cabella

Newcastle United confirmed late tonight that they have acquired Remy Cabella from Montpellier. Cabella signs on a six year contract, with a fee thought to be in the region £12 Million, but an ‘undisclosed fee’ according to the club.

This now takes Newcastle’s total summer signings to four, after confirming Jack Colback, Ayoze Perez, and Siem de Jong. Get more Newcastle United transfer news.

The club are expected to pursue Daryl Janmaat as a replacement for Mathieu Debuchy, and Emmanuel Riviere from French club Monaco.

See Remy Cabella’s first visit to St. James’s Park and watch him launch a football onto the pitch:

NUFC Suffer Another Heavy Defeat Against Man Utd

It’s as you were for Alan Pardew and Newcastle United, as the Toon suffered yet another 4-0 defeat (take a look at all the heavy defeats NUFC have suffered under Pardew’s management), this time against Manchester United at St. James’s Park.

I thought we started off well, seeing a lot of the ball and pressing Man United in their own half. If we had scored during that time, the atmosphere would have been totally different inside St. James’s Park. In reality, it was an all too familiar feeling, as the players wearing black and white shirts capitulated, letting Man United do as they please. This then turned the atmosphere inside St. James’s Park from enthusiasm to apathy, and it didn’t get better from that point forward. [click to continue…]

We’re NUFC, and We’re Used to Taking Hammerings

*UPDATED: Included April 5th game against Manchester United.
**UPDATED: Included April 28th game against Arsenal.

A quote from Alan Pardew after the wretched display from his team against Southampton this weekend:

“When we turn to the fans, what can we say? They left at half past five this morning and they’ve come to watch a performance that isn’t ‘us’.

Far be it from me to disagree with our esteemed manager, but fans of Newcastle United have heard apologies like this all before. The last part is especially irksome because it seems like all too lately, Newcastle teams managed by Alan Pardew get resoundingly beaten on a regular basis.

So this afternoon I did some research to find out just how many times have we been hammered under Pardew, and compare that with the season we were relegated. [click to continue…]