Newcastle Get Backing To Win The Championship

Newcastle are currently red-hot 7/4 favorites on SkyBet to win the SkyBet Championship next season with the next on the list being Aston Villa at 8/1 and the other relegated side Norwich City being 9/1 followed by Derby County at 10/1.

So we are the clear favorites to win the league and to simply get promoted we are 4/7 odds on.

rafa benitez closeup in cap

Rafa Benitez – has already improved the Newcastle squad

Maybe it’s because not only is Rafa Benitez out manager but it looks like by the end of today Rafa will have brought in a total of  six good players for around £34M gross and around £11M net – given some of the players we have sold – like Andros Townsend and Remy Cabella.

Matz Sels£4.5MKAA Gent
Dwight Gayle£10MCrystal Palace
Matt Ritchie£10MBournemouth
Jesus Gamez£1.5MAtletico Madrid
Isaac Hayden£2.5MArsenal
Grant Hanley£5.5MBlackburn
Ciaran Clark£5MAston Villa
Mohamed Diame£4.5MHull City
DeAndre Yedlin£5MTottenham
Daryl Murphy£3MIpswich Town
Achraf Lazaar£3MPalermo
Christian AtsuLoan - seasonChelsea
Transfer Fees In£54.5M
Gabby ObertanReleasedAnzhi Makhachkala
Sylvain MarveauxReleasedLorient
Steven TaylorReleasedPortland Timbers
Fabricio ColocciniReleasedSan Lorenzo
Andros Townsend£13MCrystal Palace
Remy Cabella£7.5MMarseille
Papiss Cisse£2.5MShandong Luneng
Gini Wijnaldum£25MLiverpool
Florian ThauvinLoan - seasonMarseille
Siem de JongLoan - seasonPSV
Kevin MbabuLoan - seasonBSC Young Boys
Henri SaivetLoan - seasonSt. Etienne
Daryl Janmaat£7.5MWatford
Tim KrulLoan - JanuaryAjax
Tim KrulLoan from JanuaryAZ Alkmaar
Gael BigirimanaFreeCoventry City
Adam ArmstrongLoan - seasonBarnsley
Emmanuel RiviereLoan - seasonCA Osasuna
Jamie SterryLoan - JanuaryCoventry City
Haris VuckicLoan - JanuaryBradford City
Sammy AmeobiLoan - JanuaryBolton Wanderers
Moussa Sissoko£30MTottenham Hotspur
Transfer Fees Out£85.5M
Net Spend-£31M

We should be signing Grant Hanley for 5.5M from Blackburn Rovers today – which is great news.

Tim Sherwood has talked about his former club Aston Villa today on talkSPORT, but also thinks Newcastle are in a great position to win the Championship next season:

“I know Roberto Di Matteo has got a tough job,”  “He’s got a lot of players there who can do a good job in the Championship.

“I think Newcastle are absolutely nailed on to win that league, but Villa should be right up there.”

It looks like our squad will be stronger than it was when we beat Spurs 5-1 in our final game last season.

Newcastle could still lose Moussa Sissoko and Gini Wijnaldum, but it will still be a stronger squad from last season because it is much more balanced.

Rafa has strengthened some of the weaknesses in the Newcastle team including  the defense,  which has been needed for the last four years.

We conceded a massive 255 goals in the Premier League over the last four seasons.


Comments welcome.

59 comments so far

  • G

    Jul 20, 2016 at 1:42 PM

    Comment #1

    Assuming Wini / Sissoko go then there isn’t a great deal of creativity in the side still. If Rafa can make Shelvey come good, then we are covered, however, it’s a long season, so I think we need just one more player in CM position, and another LB and we are ready to rock.

  • JDdubai

    Jul 20, 2016 at 1:43 PM

    Comment #2

    Might be worth playing the first few away games with Mbemba at RB and Hanley with Lascelles in the middle. Gvies us more solidity and strength and better in the air – reckon the first few away games teams will be runnin’ around mental when they play us and luanching the ball into the box as much as possible.

    Home games we can have attacking FBs no issue..

  • G

    Jul 20, 2016 at 1:46 PM

    Comment #3

    @2, I suspect Rafa will not experiment too much outside of the friendlies, however, I do expect that over the course of a very long season he will employ pretty much everybody in the squad before now and June.

  • Jib

    Jul 20, 2016 at 1:56 PM

    Comment #4
    The usual thing about fakes – please don’t shout at me if it doesn’t work.
    However I have a feeling this could be Rovers own stream

  • cestriasteve

    Jul 20, 2016 at 2:02 PM

    Comment #5

    Stuff the creativity, we’ve got more than enough and focusing on that’s got us nowhere.
    No what Rafa has done is build from the back and although I didn’t get to many games with my stroke affected season what I did see is potential another Johnathan Woodgate in our midst with Lascelles, with Rafa’s coaching he’s going to be some player that lad. Mark my words, give him another season and he’ll be learning his Spanish too.

  • stuart no9

    Jul 20, 2016 at 2:04 PM

    Comment #6

    Hail Wor Ashley—- rm previous topic .
    thats agood point ypu made about Hanley. Every CB has a mistake in them of course , take luiz at chelsea , he was a nightmare sometimes but still one of the best in the world , as you say when it comes to the bramble era , no one made more cockups than him . For the first year he was here i thought his first name was ” mistakeby’ coz thats all i heard the commentator say – mistakeby bramble, untill i found out it was actually Titus.

  • clinath@ed

    Jul 20, 2016 at 2:19 PM

    Comment #7

    Does anyone else think Rafa could keep some money back until the January sales?

  • stuart no9

    Jul 20, 2016 at 2:30 PM

    Comment #8

    cli nath ——- without a doubt . hell test the water untill xmas . then do what he has to do to finish the job.

  • firebug666

    Jul 20, 2016 at 2:30 PM

    Comment #9


    I think there will still be enough in the bank should Rafa need to make changes in January.

  • Hail Wor Ashley

    Jul 20, 2016 at 2:39 PM

    Comment #10


    Yes I can recall a handful of Mbemba mistakes last season, Lascelles had at least 1 biggy, Colo an increasing frequency in his latter years, Steven Taylor was a worthy Mistakeby Bramble tribute act, not quite the real thing and Willo was always good for the odd lapse in concentration.

    Defenders failings are remembered just as keenly as attackers successes. Who’d be a defender!?

  • Hail Wor Ashley

    Jul 20, 2016 at 2:40 PM

    Comment #11

    Anybody noticed the rise in single mothers calling their children Gedere in recent years? Odd name, anybody know it’s origin?

  • JDdubai

    Jul 20, 2016 at 2:41 PM

    Comment #12

    Just seen the new FA guidelines for yellow and red card offences for players using bad language or their behaviour…….might need another CF to fill in each month for Mitro’s bans..

  • Our Toon

    Jul 20, 2016 at 2:50 PM

    Comment #13

    Are we seriously taking player of the season with seriousness? Williamson was voted player of the season at the toon was he not?

    Was Hanley voted by his peers into the championship team of the year?

  • stuart no9

    Jul 20, 2016 at 2:51 PM

    Comment #14

    hail wor ashley– could it be geordie ?? Gerdere? sounds like a posh geordie, ya naa , someone from the west end , like darrass hall or Kenton bar , lol

  • Mister Tuff

    Jul 20, 2016 at 2:56 PM

    Comment #15

    The panickers should recall that Benitez has said Penfold knows we need cover for each position.
    So the extra games would appear to being attended to.
    So no gambling on what might be – chance is not in the blueprint – like it was in the past.

  • Bobbybee

    Jul 20, 2016 at 2:59 PM

    Comment #16

    We’ve got a young winger who played with Arma and Aarons etc through the academy and is currently in the U21’s team. Very creative and capable of beating defenders and getting in quality crosses. He’s called Callum Roberts and hopefully he might get a chance this season too. Not short of pace and can pick a killer pass through the channels. With Rafa’s coaching, he could save us a transfer fee for certain.

  • Bobbybee

    Jul 20, 2016 at 3:09 PM

    Comment #17

    If i was Rafa, I’d keep plenty money back for January. For one, regardless of what money we get for Sissoko and Gini, the chances of replacing like for like in the Championship are zero. However, if we are clear at the top by January and knocking bets for promotion, then persuading quality players to join us becomes easier. A few months in the Championship followed by the PL under Rafa is a good prospect for any ambitious player.

  • clinath@ed

    Jul 20, 2016 at 3:12 PM

    Comment #18

    my thoughts too lads

  • Shadow_Shearer

    Jul 20, 2016 at 3:23 PM

    Comment #19

    Times the game??

  • Toon-Prodigy

    Jul 20, 2016 at 3:25 PM

    Comment #20

    The game is 19:45.

    I see Cisse has scored on his home debut. Took him 14 minutes off the bench.

  • lordy_geordie

    Jul 20, 2016 at 3:28 PM

    Comment #21

    Yeah but didnt look like much of a goal. First shot blocked.

  • Shadow_Shearer

    Jul 20, 2016 at 3:29 PM

    Comment #22


    Seriously?? He barely scored a goal for us in the last 10 games. Only 1 I can remember was against liverpool. Here he is scoring 14 minutes in his debut.
    Looks to me he was out of motivation here.

  • Bobbybee

    Jul 20, 2016 at 3:33 PM

    Comment #23

    JDDubai, not seen those rules yet, but it beggars the question as to how Rooney will get through 90 mins, with his foul mouth! Then again, the rules will be laxed a bit for manure – aren’t they always? 😉

  • ToonRich

    Jul 20, 2016 at 3:34 PM

    Comment #24

    Looking forward to tonights match…I’ve only been to the Keepmoat once before when we last played them!

    Any idea of starting line up?

  • Bobbybee

    Jul 20, 2016 at 3:36 PM

    Comment #25

    Shadow, or against better quality players over here? Maybe the chinese don’t play offside? 😉

  • Spoof

    Jul 20, 2016 at 3:36 PM

    Comment #26


    I can see your logic but without the quality of Gini, Sissoko and lets not forget Townsend would we have enough quality to be clear at the top come January, are we not in danger of concentrating too much on a balanced squad due to fear of the heavy schedule and possibly forgetting that we also need a good side and not only a good squad.

    With the possible exception of Gamez which is due to my own personal dislike of Janmaat who I feel is dreadful (personal opinion only) I would suggest that the team is possibly weaker than what it was last season as for me Ritchie is not as good as Townsend, is Gayle better than Mitro assuming we play the expected 4-2-3-1 so they won’t play together that much, is Hanlay better than what we have, is Hayden better than Tiote or Colback, and whoever takes over from Sissoko and Gini will have to be some player, we seen to have bought quite a few squad players, I just hope that there is enough quality amongst them, on that we will find out, but a couple of marquee signings at this point would for me be very welcome.

  • Toon-Prodigy

    Jul 20, 2016 at 3:36 PM

    Comment #27

    He will probably start smashing in worldies soon! Half volleys from impossible angles and that! I’ll never forget that annoying grin when he has just been caught offside for the millionth time!

    Some canny goals though, I’ll give him that.

  • Bobbybee

    Jul 20, 2016 at 3:45 PM

    Comment #28

    Spoof, i’d love to see some marquee signings too, but we are what we are – a Championship club. Marquee signings aren’t queing up to join Championship clubs matey, which is why we’re losing ours. Rafa pointed this out immediately after he signed. He’s looking for players he can improve with better coaching, because he’s fully aware persuading PL quality players to join us in the second tier won’t be easy.

  • Jail for Ashley

    Jul 20, 2016 at 3:51 PM

    Comment #29

    255 goals over four years??? If you take away the the seven, all the six, five, four and three nil hidings we didn’t really concede that many to be honest.

  • Spoof

    Jul 20, 2016 at 3:52 PM

    Comment #30


    When I say marquee I don’t mean £25M+ players as they aren’t as you say going to come to the Championship, but a marquee for this division is what I mean ( if that term excist’s in this league ) perhaps a Danny Ings or another winger as we are relatively short of numbers there of a quality which is far better than what is normally found in this league.

  • clinath@ed

    Jul 20, 2016 at 3:53 PM

    Comment #31

    spoof I agree with you that the new players are possibly not as good as those that may b leaving, or have left.
    But what, I believe, we will have this season, is a much better team, and that is the important thing.

  • JDdubai

    Jul 20, 2016 at 3:53 PM

    Comment #32

    Spoof @26

    Surely our performance LY tells us that what looks good o paper counts for nowt compared to a solid, organised unit playing “properly” and actually giving everything each game.

    Of course, on paper, our side will look worse off after being relegated but the squad and team as a whole will be stronger in the long run.


    Jul 20, 2016 at 3:54 PM

    Comment #33

    Jib // Jul 20, 2016 at 1:56 PM
    The usual thing about fakes – please don’t
    shout at me if it doesn’t work.
    However I have a feeling this could be
    Rovers own stream

    Thats Fake Link Mate, Same User On Youtube Name Queen WhosHad Our Last Game Stream Link All Turn Out To Be Fake

  • YouCouldn'tMakeItUp

    Jul 20, 2016 at 3:55 PM

    Comment #34

    Looking back i noticed a few did reply to my “hows are squad looking” question. Thanks. I lost all connection so could not keep up with the discussion.

  • Spoof

    Jul 20, 2016 at 3:56 PM

    Comment #35


    your probably right and hopefully it’s just me being overly wary as this is Newcastle and when does good things ever happen to us, at my age it’s natural to be wary.

  • Bobbybee

    Jul 20, 2016 at 4:00 PM

    Comment #36

    Spoof, got to fly, maybe continue this later mate. I know exactly what you mean, but then, we rescued Townsend from obscurity and he still chose the PL and Palace agead of us. Footballers are strange creatures. 😉

  • Shadow_Shearer

    Jul 20, 2016 at 4:12 PM

    Comment #37


    U make a very good point about the squad not been as good as last season. But I don’t think rafa plans on building from last season. I think he’s playing on building depth this season. Then season he will hopefully build quality on top of the depth.

  • Shadow_Shearer

    Jul 20, 2016 at 4:17 PM

    Comment #39

    * then next season

  • Mister Tuff

    Jul 20, 2016 at 4:22 PM

    Comment #40

    I see that Twitter pic is outside the Hilton at Gateshead. At least he’s here.


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