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Benitez Deal Is Now Close To Being Finalized

5:05 pm, Thursday, May 19th, 2016 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 194 Comments

Keith Downie of Sky Sports is reporting today from outside St. James’ Park and he says the Benitez deal is getting close to being finalized.

Keith seems to be confident the deal will go through, and the main thing holding it up are all the assurances Rafa has been given – they need to be put down in writing before Benitez’ lawyers will allow their client to sign off on the agreement.

Who said Rafa wasn’t a very smart guy?

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Rafa Benitez – wants everything in writing from Newcastle

The assurances will need to go into some detail, with the amounts he will be given in the summer and January transfer windows being part of the written agreement.

Presumably they will have to be sizable enough for Rafa and meet his demands.

This is what Keith has said:

“There is an acceptance, a willingness as I understand it from both Benitez himself and Newcastle for him to carry on as manager.”

“But he will only agree to do so once he has everything in writing –  the assurances that he has asked for and were promised on Sunday by Mike Ashley – the assurances need to be in writing.”

“Things such as full control over transfers and he will not want the situation that Steve McClaren and Alan Pardew had – that’s one thing Rafa will want.”

“In terms of budgets as well, he wants money to spend in the summer and then January as well – certain amounts will have to be put in writing within that contract.”

“Also changes in the scouting system at Newcastle, Benitez will want to have his own men looking at players to bring in and improve the side in the Championship.”

“You would think that plays into Graham Carr’s area and that could throw into doubt the future of Newcastle’s long-standing Chief Scout, Graham Carr.”

“So as I said I think there is a willingness to get this thing done.”

“The only thing holding it up are getting these things signed off, not only by the Newcastle lawyers, but also the solicitors of Rafa Benitez himself.”

One positive way to look at this is that things are moving along, but that Rafa does not want things just promised verbally – he  wants it all put down in writing to ensure Newcastle will keep their part of the bargain.

Who can blame him?

This is an experienced business man in action.

It just so happens he is also a world-class coach and hopefully the manager of Newcastle United for at least the next three years.

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  • 1 magscar // May 19, 2016 at 5:06 PM

    magscar // May 19, 2016 at 5:03 PM


    NUFC.Com advertise MJS computers who will repair any brand of phone tablet and there is a discount mentioned if you check on their site. Never used them so no idea how good or how cheap compared to others

  • 2 WWSBRD // May 19, 2016 at 5:09 PM

    Hipefully includes the rebuilding of the training grounds, physio room and youth set up

    Christ we are asking Rafa to build us a bloody football club aren’t we? The only thing he’s got atm is a stadium and fans

  • 3 lesh // May 19, 2016 at 5:10 PM

    That’s the way….. Get the legals on the case to string things out and those acting for each party making a fortune – and putting a dent in Penfold’s budget!

    You’ve got to feel sorry for Penfold, spent hours setting his Excel spreadsheet up – with the help of a ten year old of course!

  • 4 SPRINGY // May 19, 2016 at 5:13 PM

    didnt think you could set up excel spreadsheet with crayons and stencils!lol

  • 5 SPRINGY // May 19, 2016 at 5:13 PM

    but if he gets rafa to stay he can have a stick on gold star for effort!lol

  • 6 WWSBRD // May 19, 2016 at 5:18 PM

    Hope Ginola is alright

  • 7 WWSBRD // May 19, 2016 at 5:19 PM

    Anyone know what happened?

  • 8 Bobbybee // May 19, 2016 at 5:19 PM

    Mags, cheers for that, but wor lass has already ordered a new glass and the tools to fix it – 15 quid. We’ve already got the tools to replace the battery – another thing that went – so might as well become totally diy. 🙂 Not damaged internally and the touch screen still works – as you can see.

  • 9 SPRINGY // May 19, 2016 at 5:20 PM

    whats happened to ginola?

  • 10 WWSBRD // May 19, 2016 at 5:21 PM

    He’s in hospital from what I just read, it says suspected heart attack but I don’t know how reliable it is

  • 11 AncientC // May 19, 2016 at 5:21 PM

    Hopefully Benitez has one or two contacts at Chelsea from his time there. Surely Chelsea will be bringing more players in over the summer, leaving quite a lengthy list of players available to go out on loan for next season.

    Kalas would be worth a look.

  • 12 GeordieTwo // May 19, 2016 at 5:21 PM

    So is David Ginola a dead beat dad as they call them over here. Apparently he hasn’t been paying his support payments for a child to his ex-wife. Sad if true.

  • 13 The Newcastle Armchair // May 19, 2016 at 5:22 PM

    …and cisse gets the four novelty votes from our readers in Senegal

  • 14 WWSBRD // May 19, 2016 at 5:23 PM

    Chron says fell ill after playing in hot temperatures not a heart attack

  • 15 AndyMac // May 19, 2016 at 5:23 PM

    I voted for Lascelles as it was his outburst after the Saints debacle that ultimately led to the six game unbeaten run. His comments about players not giving 100% were spot on and it needed to be said by a player to back up the manager.

  • 16 GeordieTwo // May 19, 2016 at 5:24 PM

    Sorry that’s old, old news. That must have been sorted long ago. Hard to tell what is recent and what isn’t on the internet and I’m not that familiar with it. Very frustrating and can cause nasty rumours to circulate.

  • 17 SPRINGY // May 19, 2016 at 5:24 PM

    aye just been having a look….the bit i read said he’s unconscious but stable….curse of the toon,pavel,now ginola

  • 18 JAMSHA // May 19, 2016 at 5:25 PM

    hmmm villas new owner to give nxt manager 50mil to spend cool

  • 19 The Newcastle Armchair // May 19, 2016 at 5:25 PM


    Went for Elliot myself, Lascelles played very well towards the end of the season and showed some real mettle, but not enough to be voted through the whole season

    A real talent, very positive about him in future!

  • 20 Hail Wor Ashley // May 19, 2016 at 5:27 PM

    So many votes for Mbemba – baffling.

    1st third of the season – good, looked promising

    2nd third – awful and solely responsible for a number of goals

    Final third – so-so, but looked shaky compared to Lascelles.

  • 21 GeordieTwo // May 19, 2016 at 5:30 PM

    The back four definitely need a leader to organize them. I think it will be one of Rafa’s top priorities to sort out. We need a CB who can take charge and organize things. Haven’t had that for ages. Colo was definitely not a leader and Lascelles is still learning his trade. I don’t rate Mbemba as a leader either.

  • 22 WWSBRD // May 19, 2016 at 5:31 PM

    Seems to of only been made public recently I assumed it wasn’t new news. Yeah I read he is stable too mate fingers crossed he’s ok

  • 23 Back Door Man // May 19, 2016 at 5:33 PM

    Bobby – plenty of Youtube videos on how to fix tablets and phones. I successfully repaired a screen on my previous Samsung following a Yt instructions film.

    Also, check-out your house contents insurance as some cover breakages … I suppose this is only worth it if it’s expensive, top-of-the-range tackle.

  • 24 SPRINGY // May 19, 2016 at 5:36 PM

    sky now saying hes fainted whilst playing football in hot conditions this afternoon…getting checked out

  • 25 SPRINGY // May 19, 2016 at 5:38 PM

    not a heart attack apparently

  • 26 Bobbybee // May 19, 2016 at 5:43 PM

    BDM, cheers matey, we’ve seen those and already ordered the screen and parts. Rest assured, mine ain’t top of the range. It was once, but no longer!! 😉 I basically use it for on here and skygo, so i can watch matches on sky and bt when wor lass wants the tv. It serves my purposes adequately. Or lass does lots of work with tiny beads – like native americans – and has wonderful dexterity. I’ve got clumsy fingers, so she does all the fidgetty stuff. I ‘d end up throwing it out the window! 😉 She wants to fix it, so who am i to stand in her way?

  • 27 magscar // May 19, 2016 at 5:44 PM


    That’s fine. Samsung are a lot easier than Apple stuff to DIY 🙂

    I have battery to replace in an Ipod and have the new one and tools but just waiting for a few hours and the confidence to coincide so I can follow Youtube video.

    Good luck

  • 28 GeordieTwo // May 19, 2016 at 5:45 PM

    When is this Rafa deal going to get signed? Is Ashley trying to put some fine print in there? I don’t trust him at all and neither should Rafa.

  • 29 SPRINGY // May 19, 2016 at 5:45 PM

    theres a young cb playing for barnsley tonight meant to be good….never seen anything of him play,just heard his name mentioned a few times since he has apparently been named players player or something…..anyone know anything about the lad, alfie mawson is his name… he any good?

  • 30 GeordieTwo // May 19, 2016 at 5:46 PM

    Yes that’s what happens. Ginola does the same as wor Canadian fainting goats. One minute they’re fine and the next they’re on the ground. Harrumph..

  • 31 SPRINGY // May 19, 2016 at 5:47 PM

    sky reporter just now, reckons early next week.

  • 32 Bobbybee // May 19, 2016 at 5:48 PM

    Looks like wor daveed has discovered the limits that come with age! Running around playing football in very hot conditions has laid low many a younger man, let alone daveed. Let’s all hope he’s none the worse for his experience.

  • 33 GeordieTwo // May 19, 2016 at 5:50 PM

    So the written agreement might be ready by next Monday when Charnley and Rafa meet again. I certainly hope that’s the end of it and Rafa can get on with the real job.

  • 34 SPRINGY // May 19, 2016 at 5:51 PM

    aye that pesky south of france sunshine and heat has a lot to answer for!…..but if you are ganna pass out anywhere,why not there?lol

  • 35 GeordieTwo // May 19, 2016 at 5:51 PM

    Yes that’s what I’m seeing as well springy mate. That agreement had better be above board. If they mess Rafa about he’ll be gone.

  • 36 GeordieTwo // May 19, 2016 at 5:53 PM

    David should have a refreshing bottle of expensive French bubbly to recover. Then a laze in the sun, then a nice stroll along the coast. No more hot weather footy for you Monsieur Ginola…

  • 37 SPRINGY // May 19, 2016 at 5:54 PM

    sky reckons theres no problem,everything agreed…just needs to formal in writing…and rafa is apparently working on as manager now and looking at players.

  • 38 Bobbybee // May 19, 2016 at 5:55 PM

    Mags, wor lass replaced my battery in this samsung really easily and quickly. She’s good like that though. Never done any craft in the past and started to crochet, following you tube footage. That was only a matter of months ago and now she’s on to beading things like the native americans, using tiny beads and minute cotton. She sticks her stuff on the net and already has designers asking her to sell them her patterns. Very delicate stuff. Far more suited than me to fidgetty jobs than yours truly. 😉

  • 39 SPRINGY // May 19, 2016 at 5:55 PM

    a quick walk along shields or whitley bay coast line will bring his temp back to normal!lol

  • 40 GeordieTwo // May 19, 2016 at 5:56 PM

    In Rafa we trust. He’ll decide whether Taylor could be useful or not. I think we’re going to see a fairly big clear out. It already started with Obertan and Marveaux. It will continue with some proper player sales and possibly a weekend garage sale for Riviere….. Sorry beermonkey mate I know you liked Rivi. But he just doesn’t seem to be in the plans. I’m recommending we get the Belgian midget strikers back….

  • 41 SPRINGY // May 19, 2016 at 5:57 PM

    aye bobby fidgety, small screws and things are nee good with gorilla fingers!

  • 42 GeordieTwo // May 19, 2016 at 5:58 PM

    Yes, that would snap him out of it springy mate! Then some Brown Ale for breakfast and a rub down with fish and chip papers….. What a life those ex-footballers live!

  • 43 Bobbybee // May 19, 2016 at 6:01 PM

    Evening springy. You well? Better to get everything right, so there’s no ‘misunderstandings’ later eh? Solicitors never work fast due to the rates they charge, so we might have to wait a wee while longer. As long as the end result is Rafa in charge of everything to do with football matters, including ins and outs, then any wait will be worth it. I’m already counting down the days to next season. 😉

  • 44 GeordieTwo // May 19, 2016 at 6:01 PM

    I’m sure we can get the midget strikers at two for the price of one. And they can easily be paid under the table….

  • 45 GeordieTwo // May 19, 2016 at 6:03 PM

    So nobody noticed my attempt at humour there? Unbelievable…..

  • 46 magscar // May 19, 2016 at 6:06 PM


    Not being sexist but women are generally thought to be better at fiddly stuff like soldering on circuit boards and stuff -us blokes are too cack-handed.

    Lot of good videos on Youtube – have recently fitted new batteries and charging connectors on 2 Hudl’s – cheap and easy.

    As I say Apple like to make it near impossible to DIY their stuff by their designs – you would think putting a new battery in an Ipod would be straightforward but no it is buried away under other electronics and has to be stripped down bit by bit and some re-soldering as well – not for the faint- hearted 🙂

  • 47 SPRINGY // May 19, 2016 at 6:06 PM

    im areet bobby, had bit work to do on laptop so could’nt get on here for a few days…..pleasantly surprised with the way the club seem to have made moves to keep rafa tbh.

  • 48 Lee Charnley Bunga Party // May 19, 2016 at 6:08 PM


    Are all gone and need replaced so start with getting players to take their place and that would be a good start

    We really need midfielders with pace and energy who will battle for 90 minutes as most teams will play their hearts out against us !

    Us and Villa will be the big scalps especially if we have Benitez and they get Di Matteo

  • 49 magscar // May 19, 2016 at 6:09 PM


    Oh and good luck to your lass with her hobby/business – might be able to afford an expensive tablet for you soon 😉

  • 50 SPRINGY // May 19, 2016 at 6:11 PM

    ryt got to go,catch you later people…….be nice!

  • 51 GeordieTwo // May 19, 2016 at 6:12 PM

    After all the midfielders we’ve signed since Ashley came it’s unbelievable that we still need…. you guessed it, more midfielders! What a mess Carr and Charnley made of that. Grounds for sacking. I suppose that’s why Carr is stepping down (we think).

  • 52 Shearer.Milburn // May 19, 2016 at 6:16 PM

    David Ginola rushed to hospital… Hope all is ok with him!!!

  • 53 Bobbybee // May 19, 2016 at 6:17 PM

    Springy, aye, looks like they’re going flat out. Never bought into the idea that Ashley deliberately set us up to fail, i leave that to the conspiracy theorists. He’s always wanted us to succeed imo but never understood the fineries of football. No question he’s had crap advice and done some petty things, like closing the singing section because he didn’t like the content, but the idea that he bought us just to waste millions of his own money is bordering on insanity. Seems he’s ignored other advice and has decided to go the sensible way, with someone who knows about the game. All credit to both parties for sitting down and thrashing it out. Not before time either.

  • 54 Bobbybee // May 19, 2016 at 6:23 PM

    Mags, i’m happy with this one marra. I’m an easy going person, just people who don’t know me struggle with my strange sense of humour. 😉 As i say, i use it for this sort of thing and skygo along with you tube. Nothing fancy. Can’t see the most expensive tablet available doing a better job – providing i don’t keep dropping it of course! 😉

  • 55 magscar // May 19, 2016 at 6:30 PM


    Not one for expensive stuff in general myself. Use an over 3 year old tablet and put together a media centre computer about 6 years ago which I use with TV for all sorts including Kodi. Oh and have a Raspberry Pi for use on another TV with Kodi and a PI Zero (£4!) which I haven’t decided how to use yet.

    Later as have to get on – not with Ipod repair though!

  • 56 wolfshead@toon // May 19, 2016 at 6:31 PM


    10yr old kids are even better 😉 lol

  • 57 Bobbybee // May 19, 2016 at 6:32 PM

    I see on sky sports that the football league is considering changing to five leagues of twenty clubs in each, which might be interesting.

  • 58 Shadow_Shearer // May 19, 2016 at 6:32 PM

    Penfold, get ur muppet finger out your ass & get all this in writing. Bad enough u got us relegated, now we have to wait to find out the rate of our future!

  • 59 Bobbybee // May 19, 2016 at 6:36 PM

    Mags, lmao! Lost me there mate, i have no idea what raspberry and kodi etc is. Not very techy as you can see! 😉

  • 60 Ibizatoon // May 19, 2016 at 6:41 PM

    Bobby…Not sure the theory was that he wanted us to fail, just that sporting success had always been secondary.

    Not sure it’s much of a conspiracy, seems fairly factual.

  • 61 Ibizatoon // May 19, 2016 at 6:42 PM

    That’s a lot of “not sure” for a post I am fairly sure about.

  • 62 Ron Knee // May 19, 2016 at 6:43 PM

    I expect we’ll just have to wait until Benitez’s lawyers do the necessary, crossing the i’s, dotting the t’s. That type of thing.

  • 63 Bobbybee // May 19, 2016 at 6:52 PM

    Ron, the hold up will definitely be down to the lawyers. They have little incentive to act promptly and drag anything out they can. That’s just life sadly. Still, better to get it right so there can be no backing out at a later date. The quicker the better, but let’s remember that Rafa is still 100% our manager and will be unless he chooses to opt out. He’s showing this by continuing to look for new players. I think a happy ending is on the cards though. 😉

  • 64 GeordieTwo // May 19, 2016 at 6:54 PM

    Ah there you are Ibiza mate. Harrumph. I just wanted to congratulate you as co-Winner of this seasons Blogger of the Year award! Well done mate! Now, don’t take this too badly but Lilongwe as your co-winner has already accepted the Porsche 356 Luxury Speedster as his winnings. What I have left for you is a very nice package of Deluxe Pipe Cleaners (shipping not included). Once again congrats Ibiza mate!

  • 65 Ron Knee // May 19, 2016 at 6:55 PM


    Benitez has obviously done his homework on how Ashley operates!

  • 66 wolfshead@toon // May 19, 2016 at 6:55 PM

    i wonder whos blood he has to sign the contract with his own or churnleys

  • 67 Bobbybee // May 19, 2016 at 6:56 PM

    Ibiza, his first job was to make us financially secure, which he did. That enabled us to spend eighty million smackers last season. Not his fault it was wasted. It also means the club is in a position to give Rafa what he wants, which was never an option before. It’s been a painful period, but lets hope for all of our sakes that the future isn’t. Not defending him, just wanting to be factual. 🙂

  • 68 Ron Knee // May 19, 2016 at 6:57 PM


    I asked you yesterday (I think) if we would be having the awards ceremony in Shirebrook. What is the decision?

  • 69 Bobbybee // May 19, 2016 at 6:59 PM

    Ron, can you blame him! He’s one slippery customer when all’s said and done! 🙂

  • 70 GeordieTwo // May 19, 2016 at 7:01 PM

    Sorry Ron mate but Lilongwe insisted I deliver the Porsche in person to him at home. It was a difficult decision mate but Africa just nudged it. Next year of course I can consider Shirebrook but Ibiza is already making noises about having it on the White Isle.

  • 71 Bobbybee // May 19, 2016 at 7:01 PM

    Wolfie, they can use my blood if they want it. I’ve had gallons taken recently, there must be some spare lying around somewhere! If not, i’ll give a bit more if it means getting it done quickly. 😉

  • 72 YouCouldn'tMakeItUp // May 19, 2016 at 7:02 PM

    The main question that everyone should be answering is this:-

    What am I going to have for tea, since it’s just me tonight? Come on, priorities.

  • 73 GeordieTwo // May 19, 2016 at 7:03 PM

    Of course you have to realize Ron mate that I’ve already got my Manly Men Tanning Butter ready for next seasons awards…. Does Shirebrook get a lot of sun?

  • 74 Ron Knee // May 19, 2016 at 7:05 PM


    And the Lifetime Achievement Award for players?

  • 75 Ibizatoon // May 19, 2016 at 7:06 PM

    G2…Thanks. Can I donate the winnings to charity? As long as they pay the postage, of course.

    Bobby…I wasn’t looking for an Ashley debate. It never seems to go well. All I said was that sporting success came secondary, which it did.

    I’m not sure we can go crediting Ashley too much on the finances when you look at the TV money that’s been coming in. Most other revenues have been down since he came in.

    I wont touch the rest, as it’s more opinion than fact, in my opinion.

    Whatever has gone on before and why, hopefully becomes irrelevant (other than when thinking of how it could have been so much easier and sooner).

  • 76 GeordieTwo // May 19, 2016 at 7:07 PM

    YCMIU mate I was getting a bit worried about you. There were rumours going about that you were feeling poorly after not winning the Blogger of the Year award. The Porsche is not such a big deal mate. Although it did drive rather nicely when I was delivering it to Lilongwe. Lovely interior as well. But….. what was I saying? Ah yes you just have to buck up YCMIU mate! (and please get a shorter less awkward user name…. Harrumph!)

  • 77 Ron Knee // May 19, 2016 at 7:07 PM

    Two nominations: Messrs Doumbia and Ferreyra

  • 78 AncientC // May 19, 2016 at 7:07 PM

    After 1 relegation and removing revenue streams, Ashley just about gets the club financially secure, in so much as it could cover its costs. Now the club is relegated again, so back in trouble in regards to covering costs against income.

    Not to mention the what, £140 million? debt?

    The club only had an overall net spend on players since the last time we came up, last summer, and that was only sanctioned because the club ended the season the worst in the league.

    I would rather Ashley didn’t try to make the club (whilst siphoning free advertising to himself and SD shareholders) financially secure or want what is best, if that is the result.

  • 79 GeordieTwo // May 19, 2016 at 7:09 PM

    Ahhhh…. that’s a bit awkward as well Ron mate. I had already booked a rather large venue at Monte Carlo you see, for that one. But definitely Shirebrook is in contention mate! Definitely….. I’ll just put it on the list here….. If I can find the list. Beermonkey! Where is that list I gave you before we went to the pub last night?

  • 80 Jib // May 19, 2016 at 7:09 PM

    Everyone seems pretty good natured and upbeat cosidering this is a blog for fans of a club that has been relegated.
    It must be the “Rafa factor” (try saying that fast) !

  • 81 GeordieTwo // May 19, 2016 at 7:10 PM

    Third nomination: Monsieur Riviere. (again, no offense beermonkey mate).

  • 82 Bobbybee // May 19, 2016 at 7:11 PM

    YCMIU, sounds like a takeaway to me marra. There’s a cracker chinese one in Ashington called ‘you welcome’ as it happens. Anyway, takeaway sounds favourite to me. 😉

  • 83 Jib // May 19, 2016 at 7:12 PM

    Should have said – “nearly everybody “

  • 84 lesh // May 19, 2016 at 7:12 PM


    Who says Charmless doesn’t plan ahead. He gets a kid to set up his spreadsheet, print it out and bingo, loads of cells to colour in. Hours of fun!

  • 85 GeordieTwo // May 19, 2016 at 7:13 PM

    I had counted on you saying that Ibiza mate. The pipe cleaner packet accidentally got opened and one fell out so I used it on my pipe. But still….. I can fix it up to look just like new and send it off straight away! Most excellent postings again today by the way. Jesper? Not so much….. his rating just went down to 2.0 sadly…..

  • 86 Back Door Man // May 19, 2016 at 7:13 PM

    Bobby – glad to hear that Minnehaha makes good wampum.

  • 87 wolfshead@toon // May 19, 2016 at 7:13 PM


    great news just make sure its there by the stroke of midnight haha

  • 88 Ibizatoon // May 19, 2016 at 7:14 PM

    Jib…For me, the biggest crime of Ashleys reign has been his treatment of the fans and the killing of belief.

    As has been said many times, if he can address those two areas, we’ll be on the right track.

    Rafa brings belief with him.

    Ancient C…He’s a great cost cutter. Usually the product shifts with those cuts. They certainly have at NUFC.

  • 89 Jib // May 19, 2016 at 7:15 PM

    Our local chinese is called “Wah Yu Wan” – at least thats what they say when they answer the phone

  • 90 Bobbybee // May 19, 2016 at 7:17 PM

    Right, gonna watch the darts finals, so i’ll say fare thee well for now. 😉

  • 91 Back Door Man // May 19, 2016 at 7:18 PM

    YCMIU – get a large party box of Maltesers and a bottle of Dog then ‘pig-out’ in front of the telly.

  • 92 GeordieTwo // May 19, 2016 at 7:21 PM

    Ashley’s a mess. Let’s face it. He never understood what it takes to run a football club. This is his one last chance to finally set things right. If he messes it up it’s over. We might linger in the Championship or even go down another division. I think it’s that crucial to keep Rafa.

  • 93 beermonkey // May 19, 2016 at 7:23 PM


    stop pickin on riviere

  • 94 Bobbybee // May 19, 2016 at 7:24 PM

    Ibiza, just caught that. If he gets Rafa on board, NUFC will have more belief than it has had since Keegan first came on board, without question. 🙂

  • 95 GeordieTwo // May 19, 2016 at 7:24 PM

    If Rafa tries to walk away he’s going to find me clinging to one of his ankles so it could get very awkward. I’m putting on extra weight to make it especially difficult. He’ll never get oot of the Toon with me clinging on….

  • 96 Belfast // May 19, 2016 at 7:24 PM

    The nominees for the blogger of the year award must have been pretty crap.

  • 97 GeordieTwo // May 19, 2016 at 7:25 PM

    Oh all right then beermonkey. It’s just that he looks like a billy goat……

  • 98 GeordieTwo // May 19, 2016 at 7:26 PM

    That’s quite unnecessary Belfast. You got a very decent ranking but in the end Lilongwe has superior footy knowledge and Ibiza lives in a nice sunny spot I’d like to visit…..

  • 99 Ibizatoon // May 19, 2016 at 7:27 PM

    Belfast…You may be on to something there.

  • 100 Bobbybee // May 19, 2016 at 7:27 PM

    Jib, both our chinese takeaways must be run by the same people by the sound of it. 😉

  • 101 Ibizatoon // May 19, 2016 at 7:28 PM

    Ha ha, that explains it.

    You had me scratching my head for a while G2, but it all becomes clear.

    Sorry, there’s no room at the inn.

  • 102 GeordieTwo // May 19, 2016 at 7:31 PM

    Well, I don’t need a whole inn Ibiza mate. A tidy room with a view of the beach will do nicely.

  • 103 GeordieTwo // May 19, 2016 at 7:32 PM

    I do a very nice fryup in the mornings as well….

  • 104 the broons // May 19, 2016 at 7:32 PM

    May I just say, what a disgrace that more people voted for Townsend ahead of Mbemba. Elliot yes deserved it but our defence was appaling whenever Mbemba was out of it. While as I still firmly believe that Townsend has only had one really good game against Spurs. The rest average with an occasional wonder goal.

  • 105 GeordieTwo // May 19, 2016 at 7:38 PM

    That’s a little unfair broons mate. Townsend was excellent in several games. Four excellent goals and 2 assists. Had a dominant role in several matches and worked his socks off supporting his fullback as well….

  • 106 GeordieTwo // May 19, 2016 at 7:40 PM

    You surely can’t say you wouldn’t like to tuck into some Canadian bacon, sausages and scrambled eggs could you Ibiza? I mean surely not…..

  • 107 welshgeordie9 // May 19, 2016 at 7:40 PM


    Your blog ratings are rubbish, it’s all a fix, how can people like Jail, Average and tuff have better ratings than me, you can shove your ratings where you normally shove your honey badgers.

    Ha ha ha

  • 108 welshgeordie9 // May 19, 2016 at 7:42 PM

    Wish the club would hurry up and sign Benitez, all this fannying about is doing my swede in.

  • 109 bettyswallocks // May 19, 2016 at 7:44 PM

    Jib…… Sounds like our local takeaway. As you walk in the gadgie shouts really loud !”Wha you wan?” Then his missus suggests ,”Fi and shi, Chicken and shi, Portion of shi on its own. Then when you have your order and are about to leave she asks,” You wan a f..k.? She means fork of course.

  • 110 GeordieTwo // May 19, 2016 at 7:44 PM

    I normally shove my honey badgers down Welsh peoples shorts welshie… But if you insist…..

  • 111 Our Toon // May 19, 2016 at 7:45 PM

    And here I thought I was coming on a football blog, turns out it’s a racist one instead…..disgusting from jib and betty

  • 112 Bambams // May 19, 2016 at 7:46 PM


    That chippy in Heaton by any chance ?

  • 113 GeordieTwo // May 19, 2016 at 7:47 PM

    Don’t worry Ibiza mate I’m just teasing about coming to the White Isle. I’ll probably never make it. I did love Barcelona and the east coast of Spain when I visited though. Wonder café con leche. The best.

  • 114 Bobbybee // May 19, 2016 at 7:49 PM

    So, no shock there. MGV through to the final. The power v the flying jock next. Interesting.

  • 115 Our Toon // May 19, 2016 at 7:50 PM

    As for the finances, we aren’t financially stable, we owe Ashley 120m. Good job the TV revenues have gone up since he came in because we would be knacked if it was still the old TV deal with 2 relegations on Ashley’s cv

  • 116 GeordieTwo // May 19, 2016 at 7:50 PM

    All the best to everyone. I’m off for a bit now.

  • 117 JackButler // May 19, 2016 at 7:51 PM

    How long before people start to think that this whole “He’s staying” lark has gone tits up???

  • 118 AncientC // May 19, 2016 at 7:54 PM

    Celtic lining up Brendan Rodgers, who should be our number 1 target if Rafa does not stay. I hope the club are looking at the Rodgers situation and viewing it as a sign to get Rafa’s signature done and dusted, before other candidates are gone.

  • 119 Shadow_Shearer // May 19, 2016 at 7:54 PM

    I wonder what tomorrow’s news will be. Benitez deal is even closer!

  • 120 bettyswallocks // May 19, 2016 at 7:58 PM

    Our Toon….. You’re the racist for even thinking along those lines. Pathetic sad case that you must be.

  • 121 welshgeordie9 // May 19, 2016 at 7:59 PM

    How close is it, I mean there’s been reports that it’s been close for the Last couple of days.

  • 122 welshgeordie9 // May 19, 2016 at 8:01 PM


    Was thinking along those lines yesterday.

  • 123 the broons // May 19, 2016 at 8:03 PM


    Everyone else has said the same to me, however, my opinion stands. Thought he was excellent against Spurs but think in the other games he simply hasn’t been as bad as others but still not great.

    While as Mbemba and Elliot have easy saved us about 10-20 goals this season where they at least give us a fighting chance. I still think Townsend should be up there in the ratings, but to put him ahead of Mbemba is an insult in my honest opinion.

  • 124 welshgeordie9 // May 19, 2016 at 8:03 PM

    If another team were interested then surly they would have done something by now, I bet they will cock it up and he won’t stay, be so pissed off if that happens.

  • 125 Lee Charnley Bunga Party // May 19, 2016 at 8:03 PM

    Ashley has been lucky that the massive TV deals have come in or else we would be screwed !

  • 126 Our Toon // May 19, 2016 at 8:07 PM


    Sorry mate, I’m racist for thinking it yet you are not for actually being racist. Might seem like acceptable behaviour amongst your friends or household but in society it’s racist behaviour. Read what Jib put and how you responded, for the record my wife is Chinese… yes I find it unacceptable and racist for that type of stuff on an open blog which has people on from all backgrounds…’s the type of stuff I expect from uneducated kids not from fellow supporters and definitely not on this type of forum

  • 127 bettyswallocks // May 19, 2016 at 8:10 PM

    Our toon…….Its all about intent and there was none. You are being over sensitive.

  • 128 Bobbybee // May 19, 2016 at 8:10 PM

    Broons, your opinion is as valid as the next marra, you stick by it. I don’t agree, but then mine is just an opinion as well, no more or less valid than yours so wtf? 😉

  • 129 Our Toon // May 19, 2016 at 8:16 PM


    I’m not being over sensitive, know where you are before typing stuff like that. You may not see anything wrong with it but someone else will. You may think it’s acceptable, if find it racist as most other people would. It’s a football blog mate!!

    I find it racist, as does my wife, some people won’t but do you really need to type that sort of stuff on here? Same with Jib

  • 130 bettyswallocks // May 19, 2016 at 8:25 PM

    Our toon……. I have no intention of entering into a huge debate on racism with you. I am 100 per cent not racist and if my post has caused you offence then I apologise to you and your wife.

    I joke, laugh, poke fun at , tease, have banter with etc etc. all the people I come into contact with on a daily basis as a way of life. If the post was specifically directed at you or you wife then you would have every right to be aggrieved but it wasn’t . That’s all I’m saying on the subject. Hope you accept my apology.

  • 131 Bobbybee // May 19, 2016 at 8:26 PM

    Our toon, i think it was a joke, nothing more. You’ll never stop jokes. You should’ve read some of the vile nasty fully intended digs at me over my disability. It’s life mate, you have to learn to laugh at it or it will take you down. It’s like it the world over. There was no harm intended whatsoever and it honestly isn’t worth it.

  • 132 Our Toon // May 19, 2016 at 8:36 PM


    Apology accepted mate, you are a fellow fan and we bleed black and white, if you walked into your local Chinese takeaway and spoke the way you typed on here with imitating the workers / owners of that establishment then they wouldn’t be happy either. If you did it directly to their face at the takeaway they’d deem it racist and I’m sure you would feel it would be racist to do so, so doing it behind their backs is no different in my eyes

    I’m all for banter etc and normally have zero issues with you buddy, jib has had previous on this type of thing and has been called out by many on this blog. What’s happened has happened, all good mate. Now let’s hope Rafa stays and we get straight back up. Your an excellent contributor to this blog normally apologies if I offended you in anyway but let’s move away from this distasteful topic

  • 133 magscar // May 19, 2016 at 8:40 PM


    Just catching up – I can see that you are joking and it is also part of your Blog persona ( which I have no problem with) but I also see why Our Toon doesn’t like it and isn’t being over sensitive in my opinion.

    It is on an open Blog as he says and joking about accents may be just acceptable in some situations ( I know we take mick out of Mackems and such) but when you can easily offend other posters because of their nationality however unintentional it is best avoided.

    Not meaning to preach or make an issue but can see Our Toon is upset and just adding some moral support. Hope it is all blown over.

  • 134 Our Toon // May 19, 2016 at 8:41 PM


    I just didn’t think this was the right place for that type of chat, no issues with Betty though as normally a stand up person. As for your disability mate, even Mickey takes of that is vile behaviour. After a long days work it’s good to catch up with people on here, just don’t like that type of stuff on a football blog for my beloved club.

  • 135 magscar // May 19, 2016 at 8:43 PM

    Our Toon/Betty

    Just saw your post@132 – sorry to butt in

  • 136 ShirebrookToon // May 19, 2016 at 8:46 PM

    Be nice to wake up tomorrow to have it all signed and sealed so the building and preparation for next season can begin, tough season ahead and I’m really looking forward to it with Rafa at the helm

  • 137 Our Toon // May 19, 2016 at 8:49 PM


    Appreciate your kind words mate, we’ve had some interesting tussles in the past but you are right in what you say

    All is forgotten though and we’ve made up

  • 138 Our Toon // May 19, 2016 at 8:51 PM


    It would be a perfect start to the day if when you awake tomorrow I have news that rafa is staying. I keep thinking it’s not gonna happen, he won’t stay but something inside is keeping the hope going, tough with this regime but we need a big change in direction and rafa is perfect for it

  • 139 hibbitt // May 19, 2016 at 8:52 PM

    ShirebrookToon @136

    that implies you actual sleep i’ve never had a wink for days just thinking about charnley handling this deal

  • 140 magscar // May 19, 2016 at 8:54 PM

    Our Toon@137

    Good to hear all sorted.

  • 141 ShirebrookToon // May 19, 2016 at 8:56 PM

    Our toon

    If he doesn’t stay it will be a disaster and a massive blow to everyone and everything to do with Newcastle United.

  • 142 Ibizatoon // May 19, 2016 at 8:58 PM

    You do have to wonder whether, given learnt lessons, Ashley would allow Charnley to mess up this deal.

    Surely this isn’t being set up to be another failing of Charnleys?

    The big boss has got involved. His subordinates are surely at this stage, carrying out his very specific instruction.

  • 143 ShirebrookToon // May 19, 2016 at 9:00 PM


    I only sleep because I dream of Rafa taking us straight back to the premier league and winning the FA Cup and league cup lol

  • 144 Bobbybee // May 19, 2016 at 9:00 PM

    R toon, trust me mate, i have my fair share of laughs at my problems, so i don’t mind anyone else – as long as it is just that; a joke. Then again, i think everyone is faif game when it comes to jokes. Learning to laugh at yourself is one of lifes greatest gifts imo. They we’ren’t jokes though. They were intended to be nasty. Failed. Water off a ducks back in my case. 😉 One was hilarious though, really funny. What made it funnier however, was he wasn’t trying to be funny! 😉 who’s laughing at who? Humour is what gets us through life and sometimes we have to be flexible. Anyway, apology has been accepted and all’s well that end’s well. 😉

  • 145 loonie-toon // May 19, 2016 at 9:03 PM

    Won’t mind Redmond over summer

  • 146 Lee Charnley Bunga Party // May 19, 2016 at 9:04 PM

    So who would you all rather keep if it was a choice between Sissoko or Wijnaldum?

    If we were to get a winger of Townsend quality to play on the left it would widen the pitch for us allowing Wijnaldum or Sissoko a lot more room to play I think Wijnaldum would score about 20 goals in the championship under Rafa

  • 147 bettyswallocks // May 19, 2016 at 9:04 PM

    Our toon…… I am of the belief that tiptoeing around people and treading on egg shells out of fear of being politically incorrect is not the way to live life. I have stated this on here several times over the years. However I accept that we are all different and sometimes my sledgehammer wit doesn’t go down too well with everyone. I can take as good as I give in the banter department and never intend to cause offence. I wish everyone could share this philosophy but as I mellow with age I realise they can’t . Hoping this explains my indiscretion.

  • 148 Bobbybee // May 19, 2016 at 9:12 PM

    Lee, tough one. On their day both are high class, but off it… ouch! I think Sissoko is going anyway, so I’ll go with Gini. Disappointed in him because he can be so good, but would like to see him under Rafa until January at least.

  • 149 ShirebrookToon // May 19, 2016 at 9:13 PM


    Id keep wijnaldum and get Redmond or Tom ince

  • 150 ShirebrookToon // May 19, 2016 at 9:14 PM

    Or pinch Adama traore from villa lol

  • 151 bettyswallocks // May 19, 2016 at 9:16 PM

    Anyway where is Jib through all this ( Bwave , Bwave , Bwave Sir Robin)
    Jibby…. Here’s another fine mess you’ve gotten me into !

  • 152 Lee Charnley Bunga Party // May 19, 2016 at 9:19 PM


    He is getting a wage rise at Villa which will take him to near enough 75k a week ! Was in his contract when they signed him ! I don’t think they imagined he was going to flop so bad !!

    Junior Hoilett is available on a free transfer remember when we were supposed to sign him…….

  • 153 Lee Charnley Bunga Party // May 19, 2016 at 9:21 PM

    I feel the problem will be with Sissoko next season is that teams will man mark him and sit deep so he wont get any space to work in

    We should basically be expecting to dominate games so will have a lot of the ball which doesn’t really suit Sissokos game anyway whereas if we are on top and playing pass and move football it will suit Wijnaldum who will get lots more chances on goal

  • 154 YoungMagpieFromBurnley // May 19, 2016 at 9:24 PM

    Betty, vile behaviour? Hmm..

  • 155 Bobbybee // May 19, 2016 at 9:26 PM

    Betty 😉 at least you should like my philosophy on life.

  • 156 beermonkey // May 19, 2016 at 9:34 PM


    i wouldnt worry sissoko will be gone before we start the new season

  • 157 Bobbybee // May 19, 2016 at 9:35 PM

    Betty, slipping up matey. It’s bwave, bwave, bwave Sir Wobin. 😉

  • 158 bettyswallocks // May 19, 2016 at 9:38 PM

    YMFB …….. Don’t you fcukin start.

  • 159 YoungMagpieFromBurnley // May 19, 2016 at 9:39 PM

    Just having banter mate, sorry.

  • 160 Essex Geordie Bill // May 19, 2016 at 9:43 PM

    Bobby just rejoined blog so a bit late to offer advice, but it may be worth your while to buy a rubber cover for your tablet. Don’t know how effective they are as I never dropped mine but geek friends of mine all say it’s doing, getting a cover that is not dropping them.

    I recently had to get my car mended after the engine just stopped on the M40. I was taken into a garage owned by a Chinese guy who was a brilliant mechanic but I had to laugh the way he complained about bl**dy immigrants saying why they no speak English.

  • 161 Yo-yo // May 19, 2016 at 9:59 PM

    Jib has a fair bit of form on the ‘racist’ front. Engages mouth – or rather keyboard – well before any brain activity is detectable.
    However, to give him his due, he is pretty good at ‘fessing up so I expect he’ll back off, maybe even apologise, when he reappears.

    I lived on Cardigan Terrace for a few months in the late 80s and there did indeed used to be legendary takeaway on Heaton Rd of great quality at that time. If it’s still there and still as good as it was then – then they deserve a long service medal.

  • 162 matt11_25 // May 19, 2016 at 10:07 PM

    Hail Wor Ashley ur assessment of Mbemba’s performance is baffling.

    Though if Elliot, Lascelles, or Tiote had played more of the season they would’ve probably have taken my vote. Possibly even Dummett, he was very consistent and we definitely were poorer without him.

  • 163 Munster Mag // May 19, 2016 at 10:12 PM

    lads, give over with the Chinese unfunny jokes. not big not clever not funny

  • 164 Yo-yo // May 19, 2016 at 10:24 PM

    Just looking at the managerial merry go round in the EPL, and maybe Rodgers going to the Hoops, and its no wonder Ashley wants to keep Rafa here. The quality of the top 6 EPL clubs managerially is very high indeed. Ranieri at the Foxes kinds of proves the point – the same side wouldn’t have done it with say Pulis or Pardew now (or could they?) Nobody without a competent, even world class, manager is going to get anywhere near the Top4 next season.

  • 165 reilly // May 19, 2016 at 10:37 PM

    ed set this blog up to be a a meeting point for all newcastle fans from around the world.
    problem is you get a few numptys and self righteous pricks that have taken over.
    thank god this is just a very small percentage of the geordie faithful.

  • 166 YoungMagpieFromBurnley // May 19, 2016 at 10:48 PM

    This blog over reacts to everything because deep down everyone loves abit of drama. Having said that I don’t condone racist behaviour, to extend further I don’t believe betty had any intention of being racist either. Bad mishap that’s been blown out of proportion.

  • 167 Lee Charnley Bunga Party // May 19, 2016 at 11:06 PM

    It wouldn’t surprise me if the delay is more to do with Benitez staff and people he wants at scouting level !

  • 168 jimmysmith // May 19, 2016 at 11:11 PM

    Betty, your excellent chippy story reminds me of the time I walked into a pub at 18 and ordered my first ever pot ( a mid sized beer in Qld). And feeling a bit peckish, asked the lovely old girl behind the bar if she had “any nuts”.

    Much to the delight and great mirth of the many punters propping up the bar, and leaving me suitably shamefaced and feeling like a schoolboy in short pants and cap.

  • 169 magscar // May 19, 2016 at 11:21 PM


    I thought matter had been sorted but if I read you right you are stating that someone who suggests that certain joking comments on a Blog for NUFC fans throughout the world (including Hong Kong and China as well as those from there who may live here) might give offence and so should be avoided is simply being self-righteous.

    I would rather it was fellow poster(s) who pointed out that such jokes were inappropriate than have some Chinese person(s) reading Blog and feeling that he/she was fair game for humour because of his accent and that other posters shared that.

    If I have misintrepreted your view (which I may have done but it is ambiguous) I apologise.

  • 170 magscar // May 19, 2016 at 11:27 PM


    I think delays are genuine and necessary work is being done by lawyers, Charnley and Rafa behind the scenes.

    However we are nevertheless vulnerable to another club stepping in until the new ( or amended) contract is signed so let it happen soon !

  • 171 Jib // May 19, 2016 at 11:37 PM

    Actually that – “wat yu wan” joke was originally told me by Andrew Chan – a real good friend and Supermag – who’s family started with a takeaway just off Chilly road and now have the splendid King Neptune on Stowell Street .

    I’ve known Andy since he was a 14 year old at RGS he’s now in his forties and still b & w daft.

    Our Town you are just a mischief maker.

  • 172 reilly // May 19, 2016 at 11:49 PM

    you read it which ever way you like

  • 173 magscar // May 19, 2016 at 11:51 PM


    Let it go if you don’t feel an apology is called for. I don’t think Our Toon is making mischief but is genuinely sensitive to matter as I would be if my wife were Chinese.

    Times have changed and oddly I was just watching a recording of a Blues documentary from the other night which referred to minstrel shows where the Afro-American males but not the women partly blacked up. I recall as you probably will The Black and White Minstrel show on BBC TV in 60’s which my mother &and 1000’s of others loved and couldn’t see why it was eventually regarded as racist ( because none was intended) when it was shelved.

  • 174 Tsunki // May 19, 2016 at 11:51 PM

    So without wanting to upset anyone, and just to clarify, if I said Mike Ashley and Lee Charnley have more Chins than a Chinese Phone Book, that’s wrong on how many levels again?

  • 175 Tsunki // May 19, 2016 at 11:53 PM

    Photo caption –

    “You call that an offer Lee? Ha ha – live long and prosper mate…live long and prosper”

  • 176 bettyswallocks // May 19, 2016 at 11:53 PM

    Magscar….. I sincerely hope that your comments at 169 were tongue in cheek. If not then you have serious issues to deal with.

  • 177 Tsunki // May 20, 2016 at 12:00 AM

    Magscar – although I hated it as it invariably signalled bedtime, my mum also loved the B&W minstrel show, I don’t think it made any impression on her that it was racist in any way in fact, she was virtually aracist if that’s a word ( it is because I just made it up) in other words, she brought us up to be oblivious of race issues entirely.

    I saw a program not long ago in which the presentation of 70’s politically nightmarish shows were seen as the product of evil minds – no they weren’t. We just have to accept that the culture of the day took a long time to refine and that by and large people really meant no harm. I look back on much of that time as Mickey taking of people’s outdated attitudes rather than celebrating them.

  • 178 magscar // May 20, 2016 at 12:00 AM


    Fine apology withdrawn.

    Self-righteous is quite an encompassing term – some who bandy it about don’t even realise they are wearing the hat.

    Oh can I add that I hope your sentiments are only representative of a few small-minded Geordies who don’t want their Blog reading usurped by posters who speak up for others.

    Apart from that I do generally enjoy your posts especially the Kodi ones

  • 179 reilly // May 20, 2016 at 12:12 AM

    you have totaly missed my point but never mind.

  • 180 Tsunki // May 20, 2016 at 12:13 AM

    I never really liked the Daleks though. Scared the life out of me. Especially the bosses, the black daleks. Or was it the red ones? Does that make me Dalekist? I worry sometimes.

  • 181 magscar // May 20, 2016 at 12:15 AM


    My mother was also not at all racist but like many of her generation couldn’t see what the fuss was about at first. I simply didn’t like it then as I hated variety shows.

    Nothing was intended by the type of 70’s shows but I think the one which did poke fun at racism and politics was Alf Garnett but it became too much.

    PC can be too over-sensitive at times but I would rather that than let things slide back to what were unenlightened times.

    I was happy to leave matters with Our Toon and Betty after my support for OT( both of whom are good posters) but others had raised issue when I checked before switching off. I have responded to reilly who I think was having a go and Jib and am leaving there as it is gaining unnecessary traction.

    Night all

  • 182 magscar // May 20, 2016 at 12:25 AM


    Not looking for a falling out as I do enjoy your posts.

    I wasn’t being humorous simply clarifying why I had given support to another poster but don’t worry I don’t have issues to deal with other than getting some kip without being impolite and ignoring another genuine poster.

    I honestly have no wish to drag matter out as you apologised to OT and he was Ok with that.

  • 183 jimmysmith // May 20, 2016 at 1:32 AM

    Uncle Sam goes to China To ask for a little extra credit to tide him over.

    China, with fists clenched down by his side, and eyes tight shut, bellows – “NO, NO, NO!!!!, YOU PAY NOW. YOU PAY NOW!!!!

    Uncle Sam, weighs that a spell, then SLOWLY drawls – “Arh China, what happened to ya Man? You used to be so cool”

    China, just as excitedly as the first time – “OK. OK, OK!!!!! YOU PAY RATER. YOU PAY RATER!

  • 184 Santon03 // May 20, 2016 at 3:58 AM

    I have uneasy feeling about this, I fear that after verbally agreed to stay, the contract will be full of twist of words and worse than that LC trying to re-negotiate the term verbally or in contract.

    If no deal will be signed, our reputation will be fcked because Rafa will say something in interviews the reason why he refuses to sign.

    About revenue, lately Ed has brought it up couple of times. No need to concern about it, we have healthy bank account able to survive 1 year in championship without reducing cost. We spent more than 50mil in transfers only in this season since we were in premier league again and I don’t think MA would mind injecting another “free interest loan” of 100mil just in case the club needed.

    The payment of that loan will be extended time of SD free ads, I think it’s quite fair. (please don’t shoot me for this last paragraph) 😛

  • 185 Chris // May 20, 2016 at 5:30 AM

    Santon03 // May 20, 2016 at 3:58 AM

    “….we have healthy bank account able to survive 1 year in championship…..”

    Are you sure?

    The club’s most recent accounts showed a cash at bank figure of £48.3m (as at 30 June 2015) and since then (during the summer and January transfer windows) there’s been a net spend of just under £80m on the playing squad, as well as a “significant increase” in the wages bill.

    When Ashley said a couple of months ago that there was “virtually nothing” left in the bank account I think he was probably telling the truth.

    If you want a few more details regarding the club’s finances, this is an extract from the financial report which was released along with the latest accounts:

    “During the year ended 30 June 2015 Newcastle United generated a profit after tax of £32.4m (2014: £18.7m) and a net cash inflow from operating activities of £39.1m (2014 £32.9m). Of the £39.1m cash generated £23.8m was spent during the financial year on the playing squad (net of disposals). The remainder (which formed part of our cash balance at 30 June 2015 of £48.3m) has been spent (or has been contracted to spend) in full since 1 July 2015.

    “In total, the summer 2015 and January 2016 transfer windows have seen a net spend on the playing squad of just under £80m, and a significant increase in the club’s annual wage bill.”

  • 186 magscar // May 20, 2016 at 6:05 AM


    I think you have interpreted the bank situation correctly but that is why the soon to come monies from PL are so needed. Interestingly there is talk of an overdraft suggesting bank loan not further input from Ashley.

  • 187 Jail for Ashley // May 20, 2016 at 6:35 AM

    I don’t understand how landing a club with the fourth highest debt in the league while worsening non TV related income is classed as making us financially secure. And at what price has the security came, two relegations, five relegation battles and some of the worst football seen played at SJP in history.

  • 188 Jail for Ashley // May 20, 2016 at 6:42 AM

    Also I seen someone post that he didn’t set out to waste millions and have us fail. I’d definitely agree with the fact that he didn’t intentionally set out to waste millions but he allowed a totally unqualified set of board members to invest millions in the hope that it would yield a profit. As for not deliberately wanting to fail, I’d disagree on that one. Is exiting the cups at the first opportunity not wanting us to fail. And after finishing fifth and then deliberately under investing so that it could not happen again not a failure of sorts.

  • 189 cyprus // May 20, 2016 at 8:02 AM

    ‘Personality cult’ in full swing, still. He’s a likable fella, ok, with a lot of PAST success, most probably the BEST possible candidate, but come on man.

    Ed, did Sissoko and Gini say they want out? Because I couldn’t find that anywhere. How veiled were their statements? Very?

    I think those two would be enormous in the Championship, they’d be better than that level easy, so they’d be major contributors to our return. Keep them if you can. God himself appreciates Sissoko or he wouldn’t have made him captain. Or was he wrong?

  • 190 Jail for Ashley // May 20, 2016 at 8:13 AM

    There was a report yesterday that said Sissoko had no intention of staying, I don’t think it was a direct interview though.

  • 191 Jail for Ashley // May 20, 2016 at 8:15 AM

    When did Sissoko sign, was it January 2013

  • 192 Jail for Ashley // May 20, 2016 at 8:20 AM

    Sissoko did indeed sign in 2013 so if the club don’t want to sell he is going nowhere unless he has a relegation clause in that contract of his

  • 193 YouCouldn'tMakeItUp // May 20, 2016 at 8:25 AM


    The trouble with that is, do newcastle want a player who a) does not want to be here and b) is unlikely to be up for the dogfight that is the championship?

  • 194 Jib // May 20, 2016 at 8:26 AM

    Cyprus the quote from L’Equipe wasn’t Sissoko’s words but a journalist quoting the assumptiom of another journalist “That of course Sissoko will want out straight away”

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