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Eddie Howe Admits Newcastle United May Have to Sell Players to Secure Club’s Future – No Transfer War Chest for Summer

Newcastle United’s manager, Eddie Howe, has expressed understanding if transfer decisions are made this month to ensure the club’s future. Despite this, he does not foresee having a substantial budget, often referred to as a ‘war chest,’ at his disposal in the upcoming summer.

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NEWCASTLE UPON TYNE, ENGLAND – JANUARY 13: Eddie Howe the head coach / manager of Newcastle United during the Premier League match between Newcastle United and Manchester City at St. James Park on January 13, 2024 in Newcastle upon Tyne, England. (Photo by Robbie Jay Barratt – AMA/Getty Images)

The Magpies currently find themselves constrained by financial limits set by profit and sustainability rules. Howe openly acknowledges the challenging scenario, stating that bringing in a new player this week is deemed “impossible” without a corresponding departure.

Ongoing talks involve the potential transfer of Miguel Almiron to the Saudi club Al-Shebab. Additionally, there has been notable interest in two key players, namely striker Callum Wilson and defender Jamaal Lascelles.

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Eddie Howe Balances Squad Reinforcement Desire with Financial Fair Play Responsibilities

Eddie Howe expresses a desire to reinforce the squad with a midfielder. However, he emphasizes his preference for maintaining the current squad cohesion. Despite his managerial stance, the ultimate decision may not entirely rest with him, particularly concerning Financial Fair Play (FFP) considerations.

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NEWCASTLE UPON TYNE, ENGLAND – JANUARY 13: Miguel Almirón of Newcastle United FC (24) arrives for the Premier League match between Newcastle United and Manchester City at St. James Park on January 13, 2024 in Newcastle upon Tyne, England. (Photo by Serena Taylor/Newcastle United via Getty Images)

In addressing this, Howe states, “Keeping the squad intact, as the manager, and trying to produce a team to win games would be the one (preference) for me.” However, he acknowledges the broader responsibility as guardians of the club’s future, aiming to make decisions that align with FFP regulations and benefit the club in the long term. Howe pledges support for decisions that prioritize the club’s financial sustainability and adherence to FFP guidelines.

But we are guardians of the club’s future and we want to make the right decisions for the club’s future and for FFP. We don’t want to breach FFP. That is where I will support the decisions that are made for the long term and that will benefit the club

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Eddie Howe Dispels ‘War Chest’ Notion, Cites FFP Constraints in Current Transfer Landscape

Eddie Howe dismisses the notion that exercising prudence in this month’s transfer activities implies the existence of a substantial transfer budget, or “war chest,” for the upcoming summer. He emphasizes that such extravagant spending days are no longer feasible, especially considering the constraints imposed by Financial Fair Play (FFP). According to Howe, the current transfer market dynamics differ significantly from a year ago, and football clubs are adapting to a new approach in conducting transfer business.

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NEWCASTLE UPON TYNE, ENGLAND – NOVEMBER 04: Callum Wilson of Newcastle United during the Premier League match between Newcastle United and Arsenal FC at St. James Park on November 04, 2023 in Newcastle upon Tyne, England. (Photo by Visionhaus/Getty Images)

Certainly not,” he said. “I don’t think there is such a thing now with FFP. The ‘war chest’ days are gone. Every club is doing what we’re doing. The market is different this year. It’s a totally different January to 12 months ago. The summer may well be the same, in the sense that it’s a different way of doing transfer business now for football clubs.”

Addressing the situation around Miguel Almiron, who missed the FA Cup win at Fulham due to illness, Howe expresses optimism about the winger’s inclusion in the squad for Tuesday’s match against Aston Villa. The looming closure of the Saudi transfer window on Tuesday suggests that Almiron’s participation might preclude any potential exit.

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PARIS, FRANCE – NOVEMBER 28: Jamaal Lascelles of Newcastle United FC (6) claps fans following the UEFA Champions League match between Paris Saint-Germain and Newcastle United FC at Parc des Princes on November 28, 2023 in Paris, France. (Photo by Serena Taylor/Newcastle United via Getty Images)

While reports of an approach for Villa midfielder Jacob Ramsey are downplayed by Howe, it is revealed that Bournemouth’s Philip Billing remains a subject of interest if a player were to leave the squad. Howe acknowledges the dwindling likelihood of new arrivals as the transfer deadline approaches, noting the challenge of bringing in a player without a corresponding departure, deeming it practically impossible. The team continues to be without key players, including Callum Wilson, Harvey Barnes, and Joe Willock.

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