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The Shame Of Newcastle United

12:43 pm, Friday, May 20th, 2016 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 23 Comments

The official figures are out for the Premier League last season and Manchester City – the best team money can buy – are way out on top with a massive £124.4M spent in the last two transfer windows, which is more than 50% more than second top Newcatsle spent – a mere £80M.

And how embarrassing is that – that a club spends £80M and outspends every other club in the Premier League but one – and yet we are still relegated.


Lee Charnley – guilty as charged

And not only that, but we were in the bottom four almost all season long and were still only 17th in December after beating Liverpool and Tottenham and then drawing with Aston Villa.

But then we lost our next four games 1-0.

It’s an indictment on how the club was run by Lee Charnley and Graham Carr.

The wrong head coach was appointed last summer – a failed Championship club manager – and then players that Graham Carr liked were brought in during last summer and this January – with no bearing at all on whether they solved Newcastle’s weaknesses or not.

Any club that is run like that deserves to be relegated and so we were.

Here are the transfer figures for each Premier League side this season.

Transfers   Club
£124.4M     Manchester City
£80.0M      Newcastle United
£42.5M      Watford
£38.7M      Bournemouth
£37.2M      Sunderland
£33.6M      Manchester United
£28.9M      Leicester
£27.5M      West Brom
£27.1M      Norwich City
£26.5M      West Ham
£21.5M      Crystal Palace
£21.3M      Stoke City
£20.9M      Everton
£15.6M      Arsenal
£15.4M      Liverpool
£9.3M       Aston Villa
£7.8M       Chelsea
£5.0M       Swansea
£4.8M       Southampton
-£6.7M       Tottenham - profit

It’s so ironic that after wasting a good portion of that £80M on players who are not good enough, we are now struggling to find sufficient transfer funds for Rafa Benitez, as he wants to rebuild the team and rebuild the very foundations of the club.

Newcastle United's chief scout Graham Carr

Graham Carr – he brought the players in

We have to hope that those responsible for this catastrophic season are held fully accountable by Mike Ashley – nothing less will be good enough.

Comments welcome.

Tags: Financial Fair Play · Financials · Newcastle News · Other News · Recruitment · Transfer News and Rumours

23 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Bobbybee // May 20, 2016 at 12:51 PM

    Personally, i’m at a loss as to how Charnley can keep his job, but it looks like he might. Fortunately though, he won’t be carrying the same power under Rafa, so that at least is damage limitation. I reckon Rafa has already got his own scouting system mapped out in his head, so Carr can happily retire.

  • 2 posada // May 20, 2016 at 1:00 PM

    It has taken those shameful stats to bring about change.
    Not even MA could look at that list and not see that something was dreadfully wrong.
    If WB had managed to get us into a position of say 15th, he would still be here and we would be doing the same again next year with WB, LC and GC.

  • 3 Jail for Ashley // May 20, 2016 at 1:03 PM

    It absolutely defies belief that a football club could be run in a way that success on the pitch was not part of the picture. All those involved, Beardsley, Moncur the lot of them should hang their heads in shame.

  • 4 Mister Tuff // May 20, 2016 at 1:27 PM

    I’m in the camp of thinking all these supposed Rafa updates by journalists are a complete load of hooey and just re-hashing of what was said originally – nothing new at all being added.
    All these tales from supposed insiders, a nod and a wink from “trusted” journalists is a load of bollix.
    Journalists were voted a few years ago by a poll to be the most untrustworthy profession behind politicians and bankers. They make up stories- breach confidences – certainly not folk to look after one’s wallet.

  • 5 Mister Tuff // May 20, 2016 at 1:29 PM

    – not just a wallet – even a tot’s piggy bank.

  • 6 Average_Contents // May 20, 2016 at 1:36 PM

    That picture pisses me off no end.

    Imbecile of the highest order.

    Just to be clear though, he follows orders or a remit or whatever you want to call it the cnut.

  • 7 Sir Braveheart // May 20, 2016 at 1:39 PM

    Rafa wants Charnley to stay because he made such a clock up last season. Charnley has no power now, he’s got to tow the line. If there’s a decision to be made and Rafa and Charnley are on opposites sides no ones going to go with the gut who got us relegated by his poor decision making. Rafa knows this and would rather have a powerless Charnley than a new guy with authority.

  • 8 Jail for Ashley // May 20, 2016 at 1:50 PM

    Interesting theory but I don’t think so.

  • 9 lochinvar // May 20, 2016 at 2:06 PM

    Parachute Charnley into Rangers
    Everyone’s a winner

  • 10 Jib // May 20, 2016 at 2:09 PM

    A good sign – all betting sites have suspended betting on Rafa – they all think it’s a done deal with NUFC.
    On a side note
    Look who is top of the betting to be next West Ham manager (they are quite happy with Bilic at the moment)

  • 11 Slank // May 20, 2016 at 2:22 PM

    sir B @ 7

    Rafa has been around the block quite a few times and knows how football politics work and will know that Charnley is the owners appointed and (so far) trusted representative and as such will not be rocking Charnley’s boat.

  • 12 lesh // May 20, 2016 at 2:34 PM

    The top three’s spend

    Leicester spent £30m

    Arsenal £16m

    Spurs £7m profit

    Yes, a good time for Carr to retire and use his bus pass to get about. Maybe Mondial might pay for the trips to France which he seems to like so much.

  • 13 lesh // May 20, 2016 at 2:36 PM


    Celtic’d be happy to pay the cost of getting Charnley to Rangers.

  • 14 Mister Tuff // May 20, 2016 at 2:39 PM

    lesh – think the only change will be pops Carr – probably retired due to his age rather than sacked.
    Sacking folk suggests they’ve done something wrong.

    Sir Braveheart – interesting theory – where do you stand on the David Icke lizard men theory and Elvis lives in Glasgow theory.

  • 15 Bobbybee // May 20, 2016 at 2:48 PM

    Get on Arma’s wonder strike in training for coventry. He scored one similar v millwall, but not as far out as this one. Far better than anyone else in our current squad. 😉

  • 16 Sir Braveheart // May 20, 2016 at 2:52 PM

    @ Mister Tuff

    I’ll have you know those theories are both ridiculous nonsense sprouted by people with little intelligence and too much time on their hands.

    Everyone know Elvis prefers Edinburgh

  • 17 hibbitt // May 20, 2016 at 2:53 PM

    mr tuff

    moncur said on sunday that his time on the board was coming to natural end

  • 18 wolfshead@toon // May 20, 2016 at 2:58 PM

    the time it takes for this site to load makes dial up look like superfast broadband
    as for betting being suspended they could be reforming the market cos benetiz has pulled out

  • 19 Jib // May 20, 2016 at 3:02 PM

    David Ginola recovering in hospital after a bypass operation following a heart attack.

  • 20 Jib // May 20, 2016 at 3:05 PM

    wolfshead@toon @18
    By gum you took some time thinking up a negative spin to put on that.
    You neggers are slowing down

  • 21 Mister Tuff // May 20, 2016 at 3:06 PM

    Sir B – touché.

    hibbit – interesting – do you not think the whole board thing was a non existent farce.
    I would have no problem with Moncur – just sticking to the meet and greet job/ambassador role.

  • 22 loonie-toon // May 20, 2016 at 4:19 PM

    I hope arma gets a good chance in team next season showed e could do it in legie one last season now time for step up

  • 23 Moonraker15 // May 20, 2016 at 5:57 PM

    Anyone who’s been manager of the greatest football club in the world isn’t gonna be rolled over by Ashley’s cronies. It’ll be done in Rafa’s time and I’m happy with that. I feel happier (if he signs) than I would had we survived relegation under the old regime. We are on the way to success at last!

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