Due to the sometimes rambling nature of the interview
(especially the questions) some parts of this have been abridged and the
14. Why did the club become a PLC ?
The whole (Hall)
family were controlling the business - it was too much for one
family to carry....it needed to go to a plc basis to take the club forward.
It's a huge thing - since the Hall's came in 1990, there's been £200m
spent, a lot of money in anybody's book.
15. How do you feel about the Club's current "no-spend"
As a fan I think 'Christ we should buy him, we should do this, we should
do that'. It frustrates me but there are always good reasons.... I'll look
pretty damn silly in two weeks time if they abolish that transfer system and
I've cost the club a fortune.
16. Give us the background on Domi
We couldn't have got another penny for him - he had made it quite clear
he wasn't coming back.....We met him - he explained his reasons why he
wanted to leave Newcastle - we didn't accept them but we couldn't persuade
him to return. He was suffering financially and we had to do the best deal
17. And what about Asprilla ?
I hope he finds his way better than he did the last time! We went to
Milan (to sign him from Palma)
and we had an atlas trying to explain where
Newcastle was. He was a great character - a one-off. I think he had just
attempted to shoot someone before he joined us....
As a supporter I'd welcome Tino back to Newcastle, but as Chairman I
wouldn't. Barcelona at home was his finest hour - he beat them on his own.
18. Do you ever interfere with transfers ?
I never offer my advice to Bobby or anyone else (about buying
It's always left to the Chairman to negotiate and do the deals and that way
we take a harder line with agents. We want the player, at the right price.
The Manager wants the player because he wants to put him on that field on
the Saturday and he would probably go that extra yard that we wouldn't go.
19. What do you think of Player's Agents - How do you view them ?
Not very well....they're here to stay but some of them are just
absolutely unbelievable the way they try and get money out of the game. I
went to Buenos Aires for the day to do a deal for Acuna and the agent was
unbelievable....we saved a fortune by going down there for ourselves and
doing a deal with Acuna and the club - and cutting the agents out of it.
They got too greedy.
20. Do you think we can get back in Europe this season ?
I do. We're 7th but we have everything to play for - we have to get a top
six spot to get in there. We haven't done too badly with having seven
players out (Shearer, Cort, Speed, Lee, Solano, Dyer, Dabizas) and when
those seven players come back we're going to have a real surge at the end of
21. How do you feel about the club's PR ?
For the last three years it's been poor - we're trying to correct it and
fulfill everything on the Fans Charter. The fans will be represented
according to the Charter and we're trying to give the fans more information.
It has been poor in the past but we're trying to correct it.
22. And the media ?
....the media like to have a pop at Newcastle. That's because it's a big
club. Not just in England but also abroad, people see Newcastle as a huge
club. Sometimes we underestimate ourselves here.
23 Thoughts on A Super League?
Eventually you'll have a European Super League in midweek - but the
Premiership will stay as it is. You have the best of both worlds, the
Premier League, strong as it is and Milan, Juventus, Barcelona playing here
24. Which would you prefer: to win a European Trophy, The FA Cup or
the Premiership ?
Premiership - it's over the year, you're not tested over 5 or 6
25. What target do you set for the club ?
Not to have ambition to win something must be terrible...I'm full of hope
and ambition to win something. I think if you haven't got that then you
shouldn't be in the job.
26. What About the Big Three North East Clubs ?
Without a doubt we're the top team. With all respect to Sunderland
and Middlesbrough, they can't imagine being the top team in the North
East..... The top team in the North East is Newcastle without a doubt and if
they (Murray and Gibson) put their hand on their hearts they'd recognise
Were all rivals but we're all friends and we all look after the North East
and we're all here to protect the North East and do what we can for the
North East. I'm happy Sunderland and Middlesbrough are up there with us but
Newcastle are the biggest team, without a doubt.
Part 1 of this interview can be accessed from here.