Bare necessities
By Paul Marsden
Saturday 17 Dec 2011 07:56:00
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I have been away from the blog for a few weeks due to family issues, alcohol problems (Joke) and numerous computer equipment failings.  This is me saying that I am back.  Talking little bits of sense mixed with a whole load of shite and the odd mackem degrading statement.  I have truly missed my blog.  I am back for good, feel free to abuse or even on the odd occasion agree with me in the shout box here on the site.

So my last posting on here covered what had been a pretty impressive start to the season despite all the off field crap that we have had to contend with.  Mike Ashley, the greatest stripper the North east had ever seen was doing a good job of showing himself up yet on the pitch we were flying.  The truth is, we still are.  We are suffering a slight wobble at the moment but when looked at alongside pre-season expectation even the most optimistic of followers would have took this in a heartbeat.  To be completely honest I don’t think that this wobble would of even came about had our lovely owner and the nuggets running the club actually done what we all wanted in the summer.  The squad is bare; lacking depth doesn’t even come close to describing it.  Writing a blog about it seems ridiculous considering how glaringly obvious it is.  We all knew that it was coming.  It seems though as soon as you open your mouth about money, buying players, filling out the squad, that the pro Mike Ashley and the southern media dive straight down your throat.  ‘Newcastle fans are so unrealistic.  Why would you want to spend all that money on a big name just to see him fail?  Mike Ashley has done some great business.’  I have mentioned all this before.  As far as I am concerned black and whites are amongst the most realistic in the country, so negative, especially in recent years.  Waste money on a big name that is going to flop? That’s easy; spend money on someone who isn’t going to flop.  It doesn’t need to be a big name.  Yes the Cabayes and the Tiotes were bargains, unbelievable purchases at the prices we paid. You tell me though, if we found another Cabaye but they wanted ten, maybe twelve million for him, you would do it.  There is nothing wrong with spending big on players if they are going to do a job.  If you can get them for nothing fair enough, but there are not many of them around.  We have replaced what we had, good business though would have been to add to it, or replace it and then add to what you’ve replaced them with.  There is plenty quality within our squad, but in the premier league a more than average sized squad is a necessity.  We have to be big players in the January window to secure our top ten finish. 

Use the Mackems as an example. Do the complete opposite and spend money on some decent players.

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