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Ashley: 'Days Of Big Signings Are Over'
Published : 10 Sep 2011 14:18:17
7) Many fans clamoured for a marquee signing on the striker front. Are those days gone and can we expect more continental-based players coming in January, if any? ANSWER: THE days of Newcastle United acquiring ‘trophy’ signings who command huge salaries for past successes on the pitch are over. Yes they have generated excitement and anticipation in the past, but ultimately many of them have left the club poorer and with little to show for it in terms of our standing in the league. As for where we scout from, we have no specific policy to recruit continental players and we obviously have to satisfy the Premier League rules in respect of home-grown players. It’s not about where a player is from, it’s about their ability, age, character and value for money. We’ve found this year that we have got better value for money on the continent which is why we’ve recruited well from France in particular this summer.