Newcastle’s hierarchy this week confirmed – in contacting newspapers to deny numerous transfer stories – that the “no capital outlay” referred to in their recent five-year mission statement DOES mean that they will be making no cash signings.
Neil Farrington writing in yesterday's Sunday Sun. If it's true, it's very worrying for our prospects next season. Team spirit and organisation should be just about enough to keep our heads above water, but injuries to the likes of Nolan, Enrique or Carroll would leave us reliant on unproven reserves and Shola Ameobi. Nobody expected Hughton to be one of this summer's few big spenders, but we're crying out for cover at full-back and pace and creativity in the centre of midfield - and have been since the last time we attempted to avoid relegation on the cheap.
Ashley never learns. He just crosses his fingers harder.