FIrst Newcastle Player To Leave Is Confirmed

We will have quite a large number of players leaving Newcastle this summer – some of them who are simply failed recent  signings, who should never have been brought to Newcastle in the first place.

Two of those players are currently on loan at Marseille – Remy Cabella and Florian Thauvin – and they cost us around £22M.

They are examples of poor signings made by Chief Scout Graham Carr, who may even retire this summer.

Remy Cabella

Remy Cabella while at Newcastle

There are reports out of France that Marseille will definitely trigger the clause in his loan contract that will make Cabella a Marseille player come July 1st – when the summer transfer window officially opens.

The amount is said to be €8M – which is about £6.3M.

Newcastle really have to change their failed recruitment policy and stop bringing in untested players from France, who take at least a season to adjust and then all too often don´t make it at the Premier League level.

Manu Riviere is another one who we signed recently and is a bust – and we are not even going to mention Yoan Gouffran, Gabby Obertan and Sylvain Marveaux.

Graham Carr has been mainly responsible for wasting money on those French players, with guidance from owner Mike Ashley.

Mike Ashley is good at one thing – finances – and he should be looking at the finances for next season when we are again in the Championship with severely reduced revenues – about £100M less than we would get if we were still in the Premier League.

We should be able to rake in quite a bit of money from players who will leave the club this summer and that money  could see us through next season,  when hopefully we can be promoted back to England´s top league – the most popular sports league in the world.

Clubs like Lazio and Inter-Milan are both said to be interested in Florian Thauvin, so we could also get a decent deal for him and get some of our money back.

But Newcastle will lose money on both Remy Cabella and Florian Thauvin this summer.

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112 comments so far

  • job

    May 8, 2016 at 9:34 AM

    Comment #1

    remy cobbella……….
    dross oot

  • The overrated Frenchman

    May 8, 2016 at 9:37 AM

    Comment #2

    Cabella, Riviere,Thauvin, Saivet – Carr really had his snout in the trough with those signings. His last big pay-day. And was Charnley guilty of being part of the scam or just clueless in signing the cheques? We’ll never know I guess.

  • Dennis Twice

    May 8, 2016 at 9:48 AM

    Comment #3

    Attack Toon attack, attack!

  • JP...from The Rock

    May 8, 2016 at 9:58 AM

    Comment #4

    Newcastle United should change the club name to Depression United, it suits the club much more.

  • Jail for Ashley

    May 8, 2016 at 10:01 AM

    Comment #5

    It beggars belief that it has been allowed to carry on, but money was made on Cabaye and Debuchy and Tiote almost so at an outside glance through broken spectacles in the dark it might have appeared to be working. The fact that every other player bar possibly Perez and Colback because he was free will be sold at a loss.

  • Oleg G

    May 8, 2016 at 10:01 AM

    Comment #6

    If we will get to the last game of the season and without even a mathematical chance of staying up, the fans should use that game to beg Benitez to stay.

    Cheer for him in the end of the game, sing his name.

    He did everything possible to help.
    Didn’t have enough time and still did great.
    Turned some players around.

    So if anything, fans should say thanks to him and show him that he is welcome and loved already.

  • lochinvar

    May 8, 2016 at 10:01 AM

    Comment #7

    So right
    How about ” I can’t believe it’s not a football club ” ( anymore )

  • one fine day

    May 8, 2016 at 10:06 AM

    Comment #8

    24 hours ago was looking forward to staying up and what be with Rafa sorting us next season .
    Only nufc can give this almighty kick in the @@@locks on such a regular basis .
    Turn on TV and even here in aus it’s showing boro going up ,mackums / unwashed celebrating and of course Leicester ( you know one of those teams like us who should have been just happy to be in the same league as the big boys etc etc) winning the league.
    Happy days
    Thanks Ashley , charnley ( do the decent thing before the spurs game please)
    Beardsley all need to go.
    And you all should be fired before the non playing staff whose jobs you have lost for them

  • lochinvar

    May 8, 2016 at 10:07 AM

    Comment #9

    I have heard from good sources that Rafa loves the fans, the City and the club’s potential. His family although based on Merseyside also appreciate that Rafa and them are respected and there is little intrusion on their family life where’s as in Merseyside, Manchester and London you are subject to banal scrutiny from press and wannabe fans who have little understanding of basic respect and good manners.
    Class always rises to the top – here’s hoping.

  • toon kk

    May 8, 2016 at 10:08 AM

    Comment #10

    Such a shame we’ll be relegated, feeling quite depressed about it tbh but I knew it was coming, really bad the reality of it though. But We’ve played all season without a striker or it seems like it.

  • toon kk

    May 8, 2016 at 10:12 AM

    Comment #11

    Tiote said that they were more than warriors they were fighters, didn’t see much evidence of that yesterday.

  • Charlie in the Gallowgate

    May 8, 2016 at 10:13 AM

    Comment #12

    Sad fact it maybe better being relegated before next Sunday and as someone said make it a party atmosphere for Benitez.

    Don’t think I could go through 90 minutes of edge of seat watching a huffing puffing TOON hanging on hoping for a goal and the Mackems losing

  • Jib

    May 8, 2016 at 10:13 AM

    Comment #13

    The one thing Managers at a new club rarely get is time , the pressure is on from the getgo ( just ask Steve McClaren ).
    Rafa seemed to have hardly entered the Bernebeu and his fellow Madrileños were howling for his sack !
    The 48 games of the Championship plus the 3 transfer windows of season 2016/17 would be a perfect opportunity to build a good squad with the right playing qualities and team spirit.
    If in twelve months we were going back to the PL as champions of the second tier it could be a great start to what we’ve all been waiting for.

  • midweek weekend

    May 8, 2016 at 10:16 AM

    Comment #14

    I only hope Everton can avoid defeat Wednesday it would be horrible to play for nothing on the last day, I guess crazier things have happened and the mackems are away to Watford could be a tough game, but make no mistake Everton were poor yesterday against Leicester and most play better or even the mackems would win by 3-4.

    If we could hang on to rafa and and bring in the right players we could probs pis the championship but if rafa goes the whole atmosphere and gloom and doom would of truly set in and if they next coach is uninspiring like pearson then we could be lost in the lower leagues for years to come.

    Everton must Win on Wednesday night martinez must win or be sacked so they may try time will tell

  • NoahJ

    May 8, 2016 at 10:24 AM

    Comment #16

    Carr has a good reputation because he signed three or four good players in a row, which made people sit up and take note (e.g. tiote, cabaye, Cisse (when he was incredible), debuchy).

    His signings since this golden period have been abysmal including, but not limited to:

    Luuk de jong
    Remi Cabella
    Gabriel Obertan
    Sylvain Marveaux
    Romain Amalfitano
    Flaurian Thauvin
    Yoan Gouffran
    Emmanuel Riviere
    Facundo Ferrerya
    Seydou Doumbia

  • Jail for Ashley

    May 8, 2016 at 10:24 AM

    Comment #17

    Why cite Steve Mclaren? He told us the season started in October. He even asked to be judged after ten games. They should have looked at our league position after those ten games and took him for his word.

  • nufc 11

    May 8, 2016 at 10:25 AM

    Comment #18

    Seems like it was an all mighty fight for ma to ok the signing of rafa in the first place with a yes man MD what do you expect they left macca sink to bottom before pulling the plug if only before the la manga trip rafa was brought in wed be fine now. Ifs and buts we can only move on now wouldn’t be was bothered about relegation if rafa stays this time next year we will be a force make it right Mike and give rafa what he wants to make the club whole again.

  • midweek weekend

    May 8, 2016 at 10:27 AM

    Comment #19


    Hanging on to Steve is whats killed us rafa needed more time and we would of won against Norwich and Sunderland and be planning for next season now useless owner who employs a useless board is why we are relegated

  • Jail for Ashley

    May 8, 2016 at 10:30 AM

    Comment #20

    Can’t see a team that managed to come from behind twice not being able to get two points against two teams with absolutely nothing to play for. We had five games that were very winnable and two that were must win when Rafa took over. We won two of them and neither were the important ones, this has been our recent undoing.

  • lesh

    May 8, 2016 at 10:33 AM

    Comment #21

    If Rafa’s to stay, he’ll no doubt want assurances from Ashley – for what they’ve proved to be worth – that he’ll have control of player recruitment and all matters football.

    However, Rafa’s been shown to be high-maintenance in that he’ll expect big spending on players. I can’t see him accepting having to run the show on bargain basement players. There lies a problem.

    The FFP rules will dictate the amount of money available for transfers and wages so where will it cone from? Given that Charnley and Carr wasted over £80m over thus season, I’d presume that any cash reserves that had been built up over the austerity years has gone.

    So, where would any substantial funds come from to comply with FFP? Can we expect SD to pay Ethiad levels of advertising money? Something tells me that’ll be a non-starter. Would selling players raise enough to cover the costs of the type of players Rafa might want? Unlikely and if high-value players are sold, what are they to be replaced by without breaking FFP rules?

    All in all, Ashley’s stupidity and shortsightedness has cost us dear and we can only hope that he rethinks his Club structure and model and dumps it. Furthermore, he’ll need a forward-thinking, football savvy MD to work closely with whoever’s got control over player movements.

    Sadly, it was obvious months ago that relegation was waiting to hit the Club, however, those who have caused the damage clearly ignored the signs and appointed Rafa far too late.

    Another chapter in Ashley’s new book of corporate management – how to miss out on millions without really trying.

  • midweek weekend

    May 8, 2016 at 10:36 AM

    Comment #22

    Yeah jail

    Unfortunately we’ve simply blown it as others have said we just need to wait and see now if rafa is staying or not and focus on the let’s be honest the much needed rebuild, so many players need to leave it’s ridiculous, we need to sign players who can fight and have the heart for it interesting summer window this no matter what division were in

  • reilly

    May 8, 2016 at 10:39 AM

    Comment #23

    this is 1 massive cluster fk that will not be sorted out over the summer.
    look how long it takes the club to do anything.
    next season should be all about steadying the ship in the championship.and not falling through the trap door.

  • Blackley and Brownlie

    May 8, 2016 at 10:40 AM

    Comment #24

    “My door”, said Ashley. He’s the man to blame now it has all gone wrong. And it has gone stupendously wrong. Ignominious failure and scores of millions of pounds burnt on a bonfire. Any idea that the club will recoop much in the firesale is fanciful.
    The only players worth keeping from that lot are Lascelles, Dummett, Darlow, Elliott, Mbabu and Townsend.

    Ashley was bolting the horse to the cart in order to win something. In terms of the top ten haunting rants, his outburst at the end of last season goes straight to number one, shoulder barging into the stands Keegan’s “I would love it if we beat them” rant.

    And now the muppet has said it’s no good coming to him because you’ve had the money and spent it. His door’s shut. He’s at home but he’s not answering.

    You couldn’t make it up. A complete disaster. All predicted by the more knowlegeable fans and well seasoned followers of this special club. All falling on the arrogant Charnley’s deaf ears.

  • lesh

    May 8, 2016 at 10:41 AM

    Comment #25

    NUFC 11

    Surely Rafa only arrived because of Ashley’s intervention? Charnley wouldn’t have had the wit or the balls to even think about appointing Rafa. It was clear long before Christmas that McLaren had to go but no, Charnley and his props (that’s Carr and Moncur) would continue to believe that McLaren would turn things around.

    Again, the fans could see the writing on the wall but those in control of the Club either couldn’t or more likely, wouldn’t.

  • Mister Tuff

    May 8, 2016 at 10:46 AM

    Comment #26

    If we are relegated on Wednesady – with nothing to play for – the spurs game would be an opportunity to protest.
    Might hear another Tubbs statement via Bishop – designed to fool Geordie – which it will – promising the world.
    If Rafa stays – dont think he will though – mr Tubbs and Penfold will be heralded by Geordie – as having done the right thing -and will be supported – not chased oot of Toon.
    So no changes will occur – they might retire Carr.

  • Jail for Ashley

    May 8, 2016 at 10:50 AM

    Comment #27

    There really isn’t anyway of knowing what he’s got planned. For years people were convinced he wanted success here despite him making it obvious that he didn’t. People talking about him having Damascus moments and saying he’s turned a corner, if McCardew had us in Bournemouths position he’d be delighted. My only hope was that if Rafa had of kept us up that it would have been absolute madness to screw him over the way he did KK and it may well have been the last straw for many. No, I think Ashley will do what he thinks is right next season, and that thinking hasn’t really worked out well over the ladt nine years.

  • Ron Knee

    May 8, 2016 at 10:54 AM

    Comment #28

    We should brace ourselves for the return of Llambias – or someone of that ilk. It’s unlikely that the parasite will entrust the “rebuilding” to Charnley alone. I can’t see Carr surviving this.

  • Jib

    May 8, 2016 at 10:56 AM

    Comment #29

    If (when) we get relegated on Wednesday the club need to clarify Benitez’ position before 1500 Sunday 15th May.

    No “I’ll think it over on my summer hols ” crap.
    Everyone needs to know exactly what is happening before – windows , summer tours , and preseason.

  • Jail for Ashley

    May 8, 2016 at 10:59 AM

    Comment #30

    Do you honestly think that they’ll announce that he’s moving on before the Spurs game. KB will be preparing Churnleys statement for release on the following Wednesday.

  • Charlie in the Gallowgate

    May 8, 2016 at 11:01 AM

    Comment #31

    When the TOON are confirmed relegated ….
    They finish second bottom they are predicted to get £72.3 million for the season.


    They would receive the first of three parachute payments. In year one, the club receives 55% of the equal share of broadcast revenue paid to Premier League clubs and in year two, 45% of the equal share and in year three 20% which could equal around £70m+ over three years

    Plus they should recoup £50 million in transfers.

    They should be able to build a decent Championship Team to get us back up

    If not then we are knackered

  • Jib

    May 8, 2016 at 11:02 AM

    Comment #32


    I could have cited Vahid Halilhodzic.

    I probably cited SM because he was Rafa’s predecessor.


  • toon22

    May 8, 2016 at 11:04 AM

    Comment #33

    Regardless of what happens this season imho if the fat mans ever going to sell the club its this summer.

  • BandB

    May 8, 2016 at 11:04 AM

    Comment #34

    Jib’s right.
    IF we get relegated on Wednesday, Rafa’s position will be all anyone wants to talk about. It will be a circus.
    Best put it straight.
    The distraction might help them in the short term. But it will make things worse the longer it goes on.

  • Rotonda heights

    May 8, 2016 at 11:05 AM

    Comment #35

    Ashley defines the expression ” after the horse has bolted” If it wasn’t us suffering too, it couldn’t happen to a nicer bloke.

    Karma in a way for all Ash’s mis-deeds, apparently he’s lost 1 billion this year and now TV millions. Owned by Ash, ran by Charnley and Carr, sponsored by Wonga, R.I.P NUFC.

    Think best bet moving forward is Cathro and bringing on all the decent youngsters. Sadly it will revert to someone like Llambias as MD, but even Ash must surely bin Charnley, Carr and hopefully Wonga. Even better, find a buyer and end this whole rotten turgid affair.

  • Jail for Ashley

    May 8, 2016 at 11:07 AM

    Comment #36

    It’s frightening to think what could happen. He has to fund a promotion bid or effectively kill us off if he wants his money back. If he can manage to sell them he might get 30M for our top earners, collect the parachute payments and then fold us, he will definitely do what’s best for him ratber than the club and its fans.

  • BandB

    May 8, 2016 at 11:08 AM

    Comment #37


    Charnley already has a nice little rebuilding project on Strawberry Place to keep him busy.

  • Nufc-83

    May 8, 2016 at 11:12 AM

    Comment #38

    Lochivor I live very very lose to Rafa and I can assure you he will never leave caldy on merseyside and there is not this major attention on him as you suggest.

    On another note the best thing we could do is promise Rafa a chance to build the club from bottom up and make it his own. We should if remotely possible get Townsend out on loan (he will never play in champ) tell him he will be a big part of our future in the prem. Get rid of all the useless cnts like sissokho, gini, cisse etc

  • Jail for Ashley

    May 8, 2016 at 11:13 AM

    Comment #39

    Personally I think Stuaert Pearce will be brought in to oversee our demise. He ticks all the boxes, English, managed in the PL and Championship before and might have won a manager of the month award in the past. But most importantly he is desperate for a job, he has said complementary things about Mikey in the past and being a former plsyer should be well liked and respected by fans, just like Beardsley and Moncur.

  • Rotonda heights

    May 8, 2016 at 11:19 AM

    Comment #40

    I think yesterday showed when we couldn’t beat the worst team in the league home or away that carr is hugely culpable.

    I’m sorry I’m just not sold on Mitro at all, no pace or mobility to get round the pitch and the amount of clear cut, not even half chances he misses for a premiership striker is ridiculous.

    Colback frequently loses the ball and then does daft fouls in front of the ref trying to amend.

    Wijni really has become the invisible man.

    What really kills us is the complete lack of a pacey striker, what the hell was the deal with Doumbia, this season’s Ferryra!

    The really ironic thing is that we look far more solid in defense!


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