Worried much? by Paul Marsden
By Paul Marsden
Sunday 13 Feb 2011 18:44:00
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After a couple of weeks of complete anger and frustration at the departure of the big man I have once again come to realisation that goings on in and around St James are strange beyond belief.   If the directors of the likes of footballer’s wives and dream team fancy another punt then Newcastle United for sure is a gold mine. 

Since Chris Hughtons sacking things have gone from, pretty steady, moving in the right direction to what the hell is going on at that club.  I argue that even fat Mike is clueless as to the direction of the club and his mate Pardew has just jumped on for the road trip of surprise and adventure.  I am worried.  I am not going to lie. 

After everything that Ashley has put us through can we really believe that freezing season ticket prices is in the best interests of the fans? Surely he is just indirectly asking us not to expect too much over the next few seasons.  Trying to soften the blow.  Does that 35 million sitting in his back pocket make him able to afford this?  Is this 35 million covering the money that he would get from increasing the ticket prices year on year like every other club does?  I know that in many ways I look at Ashley and always see the worst.  You tell me though, why wouldn’t I?  

There has been talk about our newest Hero Chieke Tiote being tracked by every big club on the planet.  Although I’m expecting bids in excess of 15 million for the midfield rock I can’t even see us turning down a bid of 10 million for the lad.  This is how Ashley works; he sees it all as good business for the club.  This would be correct of course if this club we all love were a sports shop.  It isn’t, so stop running it like one you fat twat.  I am scared of the day when offers for the likes of Jose, Joey Barton, Colo and Williamson come in.  These guys are among our top performers this year but does the cockney have the ambition to hold onto them, or will he just cash in?  At the moment I feel that every good performance put in by any of our top lads brings us closer to seeing them go.  A negative attitude that has come from nowhere due to the Mike Ashley regime.

One thing I do believe is that the best part of our squad does not want to go.  This can only help us, they can fight there corner but we have all seen what happens when Mike wants your price tag and the big boys come calling.

So we have brought in Shefki Kuqi this week.  I laughed when hearing this but after having a bit think about it.  Why the hell not.  Considering what we have up top he can’t do any harm. He is actually in good form, scoring 6 in his only 8 first team outing this year.  Compare that to any of our lot (barring Shola of course), even at championship level he has a better record. He isn’t going to figure much, but depth is depth at the end of the day and with what is available we were never going to get much better.  It is a bit disheartening, frustrating and the rest but signing Shefki Kuqi isn’t the backward step or the bad move.  All of the misdemeanours and bad running have come before this. i.e. Carroll etc. This is just the consequence.


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