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Newcastle Will Go For Broke Next Season

3:24 pm, Saturday, June 18th, 2016 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 15 Comments

Rafa Benitez wants to keep the majority of his squad for next season and he will only sell some of his good players – Moussa Sissoko, Gini Wijnaldum and Daryl Janmaat are three possibilities – on two conditions.

One is that Newcastle’s high valuations of their stars are met and the second is that we can get a replacement in over the summer.

Newcastle wage bill at the end of last season was probably close to £75M and that will be reduced for next season by either selling the fringe players or getting them off the wage bill via loan deals.

But it will not be reduced much lower than around £60M – if that.


Rafa Benitez – confident and calm with his massive responsibility

It also appears that Newcastle will not be laying off any of the non-playing staff – which is good – since they were hardly responsible for an avoidable relegation last term.

So Newcastle will have (very) high costs next season and rather than get the £75M average amount we have received over the last three years from the Premier League we will get around £38M as a first parachute payment next May.

That’s while the other Premier League clubs will be getting much bigger payments – anywhere from £100M to £180M next May; it’s  the first year of the new massive £5.1B three year deal for the TV rights.

So Newcastle will go all out to get promotion straight back to the Premier League, but if we cannot manage that then next summer at this time we will be cutting costs – and probably a lot.

The man who bears the most responsibility for Newcastle’s fortunes next season is manager Rafa Benitez, but by all accounts he bears that responsibility rather easily and is cool, calm and confident about what he needs to do.

Rafa is thinking big things at Newcastle – and it’s reasonable to say he is building a side to both win the Championship in the coming season and also have the squad next summer be the basis of a very good side he plans to build over the next three years.

It’s a risky business for Newcastle if we cannot get promoted at the first attempt and the first few games next season will be very important.

But we have to say that Rafa seems very confident and upbeat at Newcastle, since he finally has full control at a football club for the first time ever – something he has always craved.

And Rafa plans to be successful at Newcastle – very successful.

The first and maybe the most important first step is to get promoted in the coming season.

Comments welcome.

Tags: Championship · Financial Fair Play · Financials · Management · Newcastle News · Other News

15 responses so far ↓

  • 1 gonz // Jun 18, 2016 at 3:59 PM

    am I alone in the hope that we DO sell Sissoko, Wijnaldum, Janmaat, Colo, Cisse and Tiote? Get rid of those mercenaries and build a stronger-more-together squad with the money sold on that lot…. Thoughts?

  • 2 Belfast // Jun 18, 2016 at 4:35 PM

    Nope me too.

  • 3 WWSBRD // Jun 18, 2016 at 5:04 PM

    Haha the Janmaat abuse I will never understand, bloke is a very good RB (only one we actually have) and only mistake he made was getting so frustrated that he let his team down he punched a wall…that’s stupid but howay

  • 4 Ron Knee // Jun 18, 2016 at 5:11 PM


    Yes, but what about his red card against Swansea?

  • 5 WWSBRD // Jun 18, 2016 at 5:14 PM

    If we are going to sack off every player that gets a red we are gonna struggle to field a team

  • 6 ShirebrookToon // Jun 18, 2016 at 5:22 PM

    Kadar looking good once again for Hungary. Such a shame we let him go

  • 7 Ron Knee // Jun 18, 2016 at 5:22 PM


    I think he wants away.

  • 8 BeeGuy // Jun 18, 2016 at 5:23 PM

    Can sell some goal tenders and the want aways. But there must be purchases of those who are nearly ready for the Prem or fringe Prem players. NUFC must go into every match next season with a better squad man for man.

  • 9 WWSBRD // Jun 18, 2016 at 5:25 PM

    They all want away mate, can I ask why in particular Janmaat? I’ve seen little to nothing about him kicking off yet he’s lobbed in with the invisible man and sissoko

  • 10 Rotonda heights // Jun 18, 2016 at 5:28 PM


    to me janmatt has very poor positional sense as a defender, nearly as bad as Taylor was and his final ball going forward, west ham home game apart, is more often than not very wasteful, like a right sided mirror image of santon.

    plus janmatt’s predilection for seeing the red mist and the fact he was more than adequately covered by anita and with MBabu waiting in the wings, there’d by few tears if he left at all.

  • 11 croftus5678 // Jun 18, 2016 at 5:31 PM

    anyone seen our squad player count yet ?

    i’m pretty sure there was way over what we allowed to have and on decent to very good wages at that ! and tbf even though i’m a fan and dont care about the financial side of things i really dont want to put all my eggs in 1 basket and fall further and further if things dont work out.

    we can lose 5-6 good players and still have plenty of quality to go back up but i’d rather be careful and only buy prem quality that will be good for us if/when we do go up and not fill the squad with championship player who will be like what we have now where we can not get rid of them !

    first and formost imo is get rid of as much rubbish as we can through sell/loan/or freebie then once we are sure theres a player we can get who will be able to be good in the prem but lets not buy a player who’s only good in the championship and have him stuck on a 3 year contract ect as we will end up like we are now.

  • 12 croftus5678 // Jun 18, 2016 at 5:37 PM

    @10 rotonda

    i understand where your coming from janmaat is not the best position wise but tbf he aint all that bad and certainly not saylor lol.

    and ye stupidly fouls a lot also.

    imo he’s a hell of a lot better going forward so i’d use him as a wingback or even a winger if needs be but depends what formation and whats rafa’s thinking of that is tbh….either way in rafa i trust.

  • 13 WWSBRD // Jun 18, 2016 at 5:39 PM

    Am on about the abuse he’s getting bud though I disagree with ur appraisal of him it’s a different matter. Next season of we have him and Townsend on the right they will dominate every match

  • 14 Rotonda heights // Jun 18, 2016 at 6:10 PM


    wasn’t aware of the abuse so much, just don’t think he’s irreplaceable.

  • 15 WWSBRD // Jun 18, 2016 at 6:33 PM

    Oh no hes not irreplaceable, if we could get 10+mill for him Id happily take that because we could pick up a good enough RB for the Championship for around 5 and reinvest the rest in a striker

    But I dont think he should be put in with Gini and Sissoko in terms of how he is viewed, if he leaves I wont have a bad thought about him

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