Newcastle Transfer Targets Will Have To Change

If Newcastle cannot start picking up some wins very soon then there will have to be massive changes made at the club this summer, because we will find ourselves a Championship club for only the second time in 24 years – but the second time in seven years with Mike Ashley as the owner.

That stoppage time goal by Olsson yesterday will now make it very difficult for Newcastle to avoid the drop and while it’s not impossible that we can still survive it means we need to pick up four or five wins in our last seven games – that’s not going to be easy.

Since we beat West Brom at home 1-0 on 6th February – the first game after the January transfer closed – we have picked up just one point from the last six games – so no wonder we are now 6 points from safety – it just hasn’t been good enough and we only have ourselves to blame – especially those running the club at the top.

We have never been ahead in any one of those previous six games and our goal difference has has gone from -18 to -27.



Rafa Benitez pointing out the Norwich goal came way past the one minute added time in first half

And if we do go down it’s going to be all change in the transfer market this summer as our current targets will be shelved.

Newcastle will also look to sell some players like Moussa Sissoko, Daryl Janmaat, Siem de Jong, Georginio Wijnaldum and others who will not want to play second division football in England.

And players like Steven Taylor, Gabby Obertan, Sylvain Marveaux, Yoan Gouffran, Sammy Ameobi, Haris Vuckic, Emmanuel Riviere and others will be let go in a massive clear-out of players.

We just envision the conversation when Lee Charnley asks Graham Carr which French players he likes this summer and has lined up to come in and help Newcastle fight their way out of the second division at the first attempt.

We suggest there should not be too many – in fact none – and we will need to bring in some British players that have leadership skills, because we are really short of those players this season.

That’s one reason we are in the mess we are in right now.

It’s not certain we will be relegated, but the loss to Norwich yesterday makes that much more likely now.

And if it happens we will need to bring in a new manager to replace Rafa Benitez – who will leave for pastures anew if he cannot save us.

Relegation will be an utter and total catastrophe for Newcastle if it happens – but now unfortunately it’s more likely than not – after yesterday’s devastating loss.

Here are the current league positions at the bottom – our one chance was to catch Norwich.

Crystal Palace38-1242
19 Norwich38-2834
20Aston Villa38-4917

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146 comments so far

  • Harley

    Apr 3, 2016 at 10:23 AM

    Comment #1

    If by some miracle we could actually win a few games, we could really do with Sunderland beating Norwich.
    I think it’s all for nothing now as yesterday probably sealed our fate.

  • midweek weekend

    Apr 3, 2016 at 10:28 AM

    Comment #2


    I’ve said a few times before pardew was terrible but he somehow managed a 6 game win streak each season which would ultimately give us enough points not to get relegated.

    With mcclaren too many times one game wed actually play well but fail to get the result think the Chelsea 2-2 game and the Sunderland game before collo is sent off, under mcclaren a run of wins simply never happened and the truth is he should of been sacked way back October albeit benitez wouldn’t had been available at that time but holding on too mcclaren killed us.

    Each week wed lose and he comes out smiling grinning just didn’t make any sense but the underlying fact is who in their right mind appoints a failed championship manager when your supposed to be an established epl side.

    Mcclaren goal was the same as pardew simply keep us in the prem and everyone is happy the whole top 8 and trophies was an illusion. So January approaches and alarm bells are ringing and funds are used to attempt to save us the one goal of not to come in the bottom 3 was looking dodgy, and after no improvement benitez is brought in but at this point were clutching at straws.

    A premier league club which exists to survive has no place in this league we are an absolute disgrace to teams like Leicester who despite all their shortcomings play everything single match with a we will go out there and give our all mentality and actually try to win. Newcastle United a team that’s scared of securing European football cause that means we actually have to spend some money by buying additional players.

    A football club needs to set goals and slowly work towards them and naturally progress up the league and attempt to secure some trophies on the way, Newcastle players are happy just to get mid table to secure the bonus this football club has a let’s win some games but not too many eh don’t want that nasty European football do we don’t want to show the fans were too ambitious they might demand we buy some players, we finished 5th and signed ONE PLAYER IN ANITA.

    9 years under Ashley has equalled basically 2 relegations we won’t come back up cause we don’t have Barton Nolan Carroll even lovenkrands was decent, but one player I really liked in our last championship spell was Alan Smith past his best but gave 100% that team under Chris Houghton would not be relegated that team doesn’t lose to Sunderland, the reason chrisy got sacked was cause he couldn’t accept we wanted to simply exist and not thrive and progress, Newcastle United is a broken football club which needs saving before we’re lost forever in the football league only a new owner can change our fortunes this summer window will define us for the next 10-15 years.

    Sorry for long post

  • Slank

    Apr 3, 2016 at 10:35 AM

    Comment #3


    The first half we were very poor and the blame rests entirely with Benetez. He selected the players and he determined the tactics. There is no way that eleven players decide to totally ignore their manager’s instructions.

    The second half we were very good and the stats for the game confirm this. Benetez takes credit for this as he made the substitutes and changed the tactics but alas he can’t do much for individual mistakes.

    On paper under the current circumstances Tiote, Cisse and Anita looked the right choice supported by many on this blog but Benetez clearly saw that Anita was being run ragged and was often found missing from the left back position. Additionally he provided little attacking movement. Same with Tiote who was very static and didn’t really compliment Shelvey who was too deep. In the second half Shelvey played higher up the field and had a greater impact as it was easier to find players. Sissoko provided the attacking threat down the left that was missing in the first half. Janmaat also played higher up the field.

    The puzzle for me is why is De Jomg not selected. It’s the complete opposite of Ameobi who was always selected irrespective of manager. De Jong is never selected irrespective of manager.

  • one fine day

    Apr 3, 2016 at 10:37 AM

    Comment #4

    From previous
    See your point but I think we have to admit both Norwich and Sunderland have improved dramatically since the first time we played both this season.
    The confidence seems at an all time low ,other than mitrovic ,right now.
    In the derby do you think mac would have thrown on as many strikers as the laws allow to have a go and be proactive ?
    It got us a point and took two off Sunderland which still may count for something on the last day.
    It’s been said here so much but under mac we were Certs for the drop Rafa has come in and is trying everything to sort things but has zero time,my only criticism of him so far was cisse in for mitrovic but bringing him off the bench almost actually worked and had we nicked a point or even a winner we would be saying Rafa was a genius.

  • Jib

    Apr 3, 2016 at 10:40 AM

    Comment #5

    one fine day
    I suppose repeating what we all know and what has been said so many times until it bores the cat , has a therapeutic effect.
    So if it stops you being horrible to the kids and shouting at the missus feel free to rant away

  • NoahJ

    Apr 3, 2016 at 10:42 AM

    Comment #6

    I remember reading that shelvey and townsend both did not have a relegation clause in their contract. If they stayed, and we managed to keep hold of at least one of perez/ mitro, then the future in the championship looks way more encouraging (not saying these players are good, but they probably will be in the championship!)

    add Armstrong, Aarons, Toney to the mix, then that’s quite a nice attacking line-up

    the squad will look ridiculously thin though; can’t see anything other than getting rid of: sissoko, wiji, tiote, saivet, marveaux, oebrtan, gouffran, cisse, doumbia, coloccini, janmaat, krul, haidara, mbemba

  • Slank

    Apr 3, 2016 at 10:43 AM

    Comment #7


    You are jumping the gun and making assumptions.

    The key question is whether the current team have a better chance of getting promotion with the players they have now or whether the majority of the current squad should be sold and replacements of less ability should be bought who have experience of the Championship ?

  • Jib

    Apr 3, 2016 at 10:43 AM

    Comment #8

    Sorry that post was for midweek weekend

  • one fine day

    Apr 3, 2016 at 10:45 AM

    Comment #9

    My rant was addressed in response to nezza from previous three mate.
    Pretty sure most on here use it as an emotional crutch / self help group after one bad result after another.
    A bit like AA but you can visit more than just the first Tuesday of the month

  • Jib

    Apr 3, 2016 at 10:47 AM

    Comment #10

    Rafa just may fancy a complete rebuild at NUFC involving a relegation and promotion .

    Look what promotion has done for Leicester.

    Remember he knows all about the cream of Spain and Italy’s young players and has good contacts in Latin America.

  • Charlie in the Gallowgate

    Apr 3, 2016 at 10:48 AM

    Comment #11

    If Benitez is the manager he is cracked out to be then why in F**k’s name did he drop: Lascalles for that muppet Taylor.
    also Cisse for Mitro who is improving and scoring
    Where has Saviet gone –

    Sick of the same old same old
    Got nowt to lose why not play Saviet and De Jong next week instead of Winjammer and Tiote

  • Slank

    Apr 3, 2016 at 10:57 AM

    Comment #12

    Noah @ 6

    Looking at the players contracts many will be in their final year next season and except Wijnaldum, Sissoko, De Jong, Shelvey, Perez, Haidara, Janmaat, Saivet and Townsend.

  • Jib

    Apr 3, 2016 at 10:57 AM

    Comment #13

    Charlie the proof of the pudding etc.
    You’re having a pop at a manager over one or two selections you disagree with , but he’s walked the walk , the trophies are in the cabinets and on his cv.

  • NoahJ

    Apr 3, 2016 at 11:06 AM

    Comment #14

    slank @12

    True, but I think this can be a good thing- e.g. finally getting rid of the likes of taylor, curtis good, obertan etc. these players are just completely unqualified

    If it’s true about the contract situation with shelvey and townsend (and possibly perez, who also re-signed recently), then I don’t see any reason why we should sell them, unless we get our money back (highly unlikely). they’d be more valuable to our promotion campaign than the equivalent we’d get for the money we’d otherwise get for them

  • 21st Century Schizoid Man

    Apr 3, 2016 at 11:08 AM

    Comment #15

    “it is irrelevant who owns the club.”


    “I must be mentally challenged ”
    “I hate sloppy thinkers me.”

    all 3 pure jibberish – the genuine article in know nowt bloggers

  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Apr 3, 2016 at 11:13 AM

    Comment #16

    I only saw the MOTD highlights but I was dismayed to see the team line up before they were shown’

    The living statue Taylor on for Lascelles, Duh!

    Mitrovic not starting. Duh!

    I have to say I was all for Rafa but already I am having doubts.

    What has been happening at Long Benton during the international break cos I don;t see any tangible improvements.

    Norwich should have been a very winnable game with the right team selection and tactics but we gave it to them.

    Exasperation, not halve!!!!!

  • Ron Knee

    Apr 3, 2016 at 11:18 AM

    Comment #17


    It’s stretching it a bit to describe our bunch of misfits as a team!

  • Lindisfarne

    Apr 3, 2016 at 11:18 AM

    Comment #18

    We have never been a pass and move side, the team does not have the technical skill, defensive ability or mobility to play that way. To continue trying is only flogging a dead horse and a more basic approach that galvanizes the players is required. Moving to a more direct tactical game will at least provide opportunities through probability rather than craft.

  • Charlie in the Gallowgate

    Apr 3, 2016 at 11:21 AM

    Comment #19

    Yeah he has the trophies in the cabinet but he ain’t managed a team in a relegation fight (basically are shit and lack confidence).

    Seems you need a certain type of manager for the relegation fight and a certain type of manager to manage top teams to championships.

    Yes I would like Benitez to stay and sort out the mess we are.

    But would a ‘Pulis’ type of manager be better for the relegation battles we seem to have season after season.

  • Lindisfarne

    Apr 3, 2016 at 11:26 AM

    Comment #20

    Can someone not simply ask Benitez why de Jong, Saivet have not been given an opportunity in the three matches he has been in charge of. Even a politically correct and non-judgmental answer would give some kind of clarity, along with an assessment of playing Aarons, Lascelles and Good. Plus a statement about what he hopes Coliccini, Cisse and Tiote will bring to the table that they have so far failed to show in the past three seasons.

  • Lindisfarne

    Apr 3, 2016 at 11:27 AM

    Comment #21

    Forgot to add Taylor to that list of oldtimers at the end of @20.

  • stuart no9

    Apr 3, 2016 at 11:30 AM

    Comment #22

    ED . how to you know Raffa is leaving at the end of the season ? has he told you ? untill he makes a statement saying hes leaving – hes staying .
    Ok its not looking great this morning , however by the law of averages we are due a win , A draw at saints next week is not going to be a decider but we MUST take all 3 against swansea, 1 point against M city, zilch against liverpool, 3 against palace, 3 against villa and 3 against spurs coz the title will be won by the time we play i can see 14 points that are acheivable . 14 plus 25 =39 . enough to stay up this season . thats it we are safe. benitez stays and we kick on next season


    Apr 3, 2016 at 11:31 AM

    Comment #23

    morning all
    cisse probably got the nod as i doubt he was away on internatrional duty and has been training the last 2 weeks in a set formation…he had a couple of half chances…that may have had a lot to do with rafas choice to start him…. in this league over the course of a season you get what you deserve…defensively we have always been weak even when we finished 5th a few years back,i remember afew games where we got an absolute beating and we’ve struggled to stay clear of relegation by the skin of our teeth for a number of years….no matter what the manager or how much the management above him has failed,the player recruitment, and loyalty to poor players is all part of the problem which looks like it may take us down….these players are not as good as they or we believe they are,whether thats due to confidence or quality,its not good enough unfortunately.

  • Lindisfarne

    Apr 3, 2016 at 11:32 AM

    Comment #24

    There is no knowing what will happen in the short term future, or who will be in charge next year as it is all dependent upon what occurs in the next seven matches. In terms of results and the positive / negative reaction of Players, Fans and Directors.


    Apr 3, 2016 at 11:32 AM

    Comment #25

    if we go down… i wonder if de jong would stay if played?

  • Ron Knee

    Apr 3, 2016 at 11:33 AM

    Comment #26

    Many managers seem tempted to rely on ‘experience’ when a club is in dire straits.

  • Lindisfarne

    Apr 3, 2016 at 11:33 AM

    Comment #27

    SPRINGY – to true

  • Lindisfarne

    Apr 3, 2016 at 11:36 AM

    Comment #28

    Ron Knee – it is a natural and logical route to start with, I just hope Rafa can adapt quickly to the realisation that its the senior players that have got us into this position.

  • NoahJ

    Apr 3, 2016 at 11:37 AM

    Comment #29


    The more I think about it, the more I think it’s not so ridiculous that Rafa might stay:

    1. his life is in England- his home, wife and children were here, even when he was in Italy and Spain… and this is demonstrated by the fact that he chose to come to Newcastle, when he could have gotten another top job abroad

    2. no other top English team are looking for a new manager apart from probably Man U (and possibly Arsenal), but I don’t think either would go for him; Chelsea and Man City are already spoken for

    3. he likes a challenge, and he’s admitted that he likes this club and sees the potential in it. The idea of having full control and starting from scratch and bringing in his own players and staff must appeal to him

    4. I posted on here yesterday that I think he should come out one way or the other, but actually, if he does choose to stay, the timing would be best when we do get relegated- it would be a nice boost to soften the blow, and give us fans something to hope for next season

    …. don’t get me wrong, I’m 75% sure he will leave (probably because he’ll be offered a top job somewhere), but it’s not beyond the realms of possibility for him to stay.

    And, if he stayed, I would have 100x more confidence that we could come straight back up

  • Ron Knee

    Apr 3, 2016 at 11:37 AM

    Comment #30

    That’s why I put ‘experience’ in quotes!

  • Ron Knee

    Apr 3, 2016 at 11:42 AM

    Comment #31

    “Three Premier League clubs have denied “false” doping allegations made by the Sunday Times newspaper.”

    On this season’s performances NUFC are totally innocent!


    Apr 3, 2016 at 11:47 AM

    Comment #32

    i read or heard…he did say something a long the lines of he would review the situation and discuss everything at the end of the season…but i think he would want total control and a healthy supply of transfer funds….if the club is wanting to do things right they would back him…but its whether they want to do things right,which could mean selling our best players if they want to leave,taking heavy losses on players that are just not good enough and then strengthening at all levels which could be very costly….im not so sure ashley/charnley would be willing to do that.

  • Slank

    Apr 3, 2016 at 11:49 AM

    Comment #33

    Lindisfarne @ 20

    My own view of those players you mentioned:

    De Jong – mystery man. Why don’t successive managers select him ?
    Saivet – hasn’t looked good when selected. Perhaps he isn’t any good ?
    Aarons – flatters to deceive. Perhaps he can’t deceive managers ?
    Lascelles – looks good. Quick and commanding. Not For Sale.
    Good – not made the grade. For Sale.
    Collocini – best days are behind him. Retirement.
    Cisse – best days are also behind him. For Sale.
    Tiote – interested only in Chinese takeaways. For Sale.

  • Slank

    Apr 3, 2016 at 11:51 AM

    Comment #34

    Stuart @ 22

    It is believed that he has the option to walk away without compensation should Newcastle be relegated.

  • Lindisfarne

    Apr 3, 2016 at 11:52 AM

    Comment #35

    Charlie in the Gallowgate – IMO Rafa is being true to his word that all the players will have a chance to pull us out of the mess we are in. But if he is attempting to minimise injuries by using the wider squad, then why do Sissoko, Shelvey and Wijnaldum keep getting 90 minutes?

    And why does Cisse get a game, who did not travel Internationally and also Mbemba, who did, goes straight into the starting eleven?

    At a guess it would be horses for courses and each position individually decided by non-general criteria. However, the fact is we are running out of games and the only criteria needed is to score first and score more than once. Unfortunately, this has not been the natural way of play this season, or the last, or the one before….you get the picture and through personal experience.


    Apr 3, 2016 at 11:52 AM

    Comment #36

    i do have a little worry that if we go down and rafa walks the club may turn to colo as manager….some may think im doolally…. but this nufc ….crazy shit happens here!!

  • midweek weekend

    Apr 3, 2016 at 11:56 AM

    Comment #37

    Sorry jib

    I dont post regularly so I was just giving my views on the whole situation/seasons if I posted more often I wouldn’t be so doom and gloom but this season hasn’t had anything to get excited about, so as we face yet another relegation is it so surprising the mood on the blog is a poor one, we simply got nothing to cheer about have we

  • Lindisfarne

    Apr 3, 2016 at 11:58 AM

    Comment #38


    “”Saivet – hasn’t looked good when selected. Perhaps he isn’t any good ?””

    A lot of players do not look good to begin with and take time to coming to terms with the speed of PL games. Rightly or wrongly he has not been given enough match time.

    And we forgot Gouffran but we need not mention him.

  • jimiley

    Apr 3, 2016 at 11:59 AM

    Comment #39


    You have called on Mike Ashley to resign. Good on you. But its FIVE YEARS too late. You criticize Charmless for failing to act and doing his job and you do exactly the same thing. I was calling for a boycott five years ago and have not been to the ground for three years for that very reason. You would not support a boycott and came up with the woolly reasoning that Ashley was good for the club because what is good for Ashley will be good for the Toon. He would not hurt the club because he would be hurting himself. I argued it was bollocks then. How can constantly selling your best players and buying cheap imported and unproven foreigners be a recipe for success? The best advice I would give to any fan is STAY AWAY. You are a real mug if you keep paying him. Like a crack junkie who cannot help themselves. Delusional fans.

  • Lindisfarne

    Apr 3, 2016 at 12:00 PM

    Comment #40

    Despite all the hullabullo about Leicester, this is actually a good read:


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