Newcastle United’s sensational transfer season
it isn't Alan Pardew alone who decides that Newcastle United will splash the cash
April 5th, 2012
Newcastle United’s transfer business the last two seasons has been nothing short of sensational. Cheik Tioté for a snippet at £3.5m, Yohan Cabaye for under £5m, Ba for free, Ben Arfa for £5m – signings that are beginning to show enough potential to play for a Top 4 side. Through the last couple of seasons we’ve seen a change in manager from Chris Hughton to Alan Pardew, but both of them have resided over some of the real quality signings that we have been able to suss out for small money.
However, it isn’t Alan Pardew alone who decides that Newcastle United will splash the cash on a new striker, midfielder, or defender.
At St.James’ Park there are a team of about 5/6 that gather round a table, (the shape of the table is not known, I’d assume it’s a round one though) and produce a list of potential signings. Of the five/six – Alan Pardew, Lee Charnley, Derek Llambias, Graham Carr & Mike Ashley to a name a few, contribute their thoughts.
Alan Pardew will highlight a position that needs attention, and alongside John Carver and Graham Carr – they will scour Europe, with a specific check-list. The player must be no older than 26 years of age, must accept a decent wage, and must also have a high potential sell on value. Of course, his transfer fee must respresent value for money as well.
When the list has been gathered, the group will meet, and Derek Llambias will go through the projected figures of a transfer deal. The wages, the transfer fee, the agents fee and even season bonuses.
When the figures have been thrashed out, it is then on to Mike Ashley who most importantly: has the final say.
If Mike doesn’t feel that a transfer is value for money, have the potential of making money from it in the future, even despite advice from Llambias and the rest; he will refuse to hand over any cash.
Luckily it has come to a stage where after a handful of astute signings recommended by Graham Carr, Ashley now trusts the men around him – which is imperative to any successful business. After the financial scars of paying off the ‘transfer mistakes’ left behind by previous owners, Mike is cautious where the clubs money goes.
As well as that, the influx of almost £50m cash has somewhat oiled the man’s purse strings.
Alongside a residual Premier League income from TV rights and so forth, there is more money available. Whether that is to fly Graham Carr and John Carver abroad in search of the next Tioté, or to invest in the training facilities – there is cash in the bank.
Our transfer policy is becoming a benchmark for newly promoted teams, a new era for some. The days of splashing £17m on Michael Owen and paying £110,000 a week are long gone on Tyneside. Instead, we’ll dish £9m for a potent goalscorer in Papiss Cissé and bed him into the squad nicely – then we can get the very best from the forward.
The tough decisions taken by the Newcastle United board, the Yes/No answers from our scouting team on certain players, and the impressive man-management by Alan Pardew on and off the pitch have NUFC where they are today. 6th in the Premier League; gunning for Europe. Yes, Europe.
Words by Kevin Doocey, read the rest of his Newcastle Blog on Footballscores.com