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Newcastle Now Look Like A Proper Football Club – A Class Act

5:48 pm, Thursday, September 1st, 2016 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 16 Comments

Newcastle did very well this summer in the transfer window, managing to get in 12 new players and allowing 21 players to leave and making a £31M profit while doing that.

The very last player to leave the club this summer with about five minutes left in the transfer window was Moussa Sissoko and it just so happens we got the most money for him than any other player this summer.

We sold him got a good £30M and that was £5M more than we received for Gini Wijnaldum from Liverpool.

achraf lazaar and rafa benitez

Rafa Benitez with one of our new arrivals – Achraf Lazaar

Daniel Levy of Tottenham initially offered £15M on Tuesday night so that didn’t look at the time that we would get 30M for him.

Newcastle stuck to their guns and were very willing to keep Moussa at the club if we couldn’t get the £30M.

It took Everton to come in an offer of the full £30M for Levy to sweat a little bit and he immediately bid the £30M, with Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino pushing the Chairman to sign the 27 year-old French International.

Most pundits think Moussa is not worth £30M, given his many poor performances for Newcastle last season in our time of need.

Newcastle got praise for our hardball stance on Sissoko from Sky Sports pundit Peter Graves at the time and even today he tweeted this.

And Sunderland Chairman and former striker Niall Quinn also had some praise for Newcastle, when he said this on Sky Sports Deadline Day last night:

“First of all, they’ve done really well Newcastle.”

“They’ve bought it to £30M.”  “I imagine earlier on today that would have been 15, 18, 19, 20.”

“So Newcastle, in terms of negotiating have done very well.”

We have had a brilliant transfer window, but we also like the way the team fully respects every single opponent before and after we play them.

Rafa Benitez takes nothing for granted and is one of the best managers in the world.

Under Rafa we will never get too big for our boots.

And we have to again mention our chief executive – Managing Director Lee Charnley, who did a ton of work this summer with Rafa in getting all those many deals accomplished.

It looks like Rafa Benitez and Lee Charnley are the two members of the Newcastle Board with owner Mike Ashley in the background – and by doing that Mike is doing his job too.

All Mike has to do is keep supporting Rafa but not interfere – and keep in the background and he will become a successful owner  – and it looks like he already knows that.

We are now starting to look like a proper football club once again – and we could be going places.

We are even starting to look like a class act – both on and off the field.

Long may it continue.

Comments welcome.



Tags: Championship · Coaching · Newcastle News · Other News · Recruitment · Transfer News and Rumours · Transfer Target




16 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Our Toon // Sep 1, 2016 at 5:53 PM

    Pants pulled down by levy

  • 2 GeordieTwo // Sep 1, 2016 at 5:57 PM

    And we got that packet of salted peanuts for Riviere as well. Let’s not forget that…..

  • 3 YouCouldn'tMakeItUp // Sep 1, 2016 at 6:02 PM

    G2

    …but the Daily Star is reporting that we only get one peanut per game, and if he doesnt play enough games, we dont get the full packet!

  • 4 GeordieTwo // Sep 1, 2016 at 6:03 PM

    And Rafa really enjoyed the nuts! Thanks to you Rivi you goal scoring machine you!!!

  • 5 YouCouldn'tMakeItUp // Sep 1, 2016 at 6:04 PM

    And the Star said it was in the Evening Standard,so it has to be true.

    Honestly, journos will print anything. Never seen such utter pap in my life

  • 6 GeordieTwo // Sep 1, 2016 at 6:04 PM

    That’s not true YCMIU mate. I saw the packet! True, it was one of those airline packets with 4 nuts in it but Rafa managed to get all the salt oot as well with his finger. Very tasty it was!!!

  • 7 YouCouldn'tMakeItUp // Sep 1, 2016 at 6:07 PM

    Probably started by some amateur gutter press spuds fan who is gutted that they got mugged for 30M

  • 8 GeordieTwo // Sep 1, 2016 at 6:11 PM

    We saw you comin’ baby!
    We took your 30 mill!
    Now you’re crying baby!
    Now you’ve got wor swill!
    Don’t be cryin’ baby!
    You’ll find that Siss is pants!
    We took your money baby!
    And now we’ll do wor dance!
    Ta to you Levy you big spending ponce you!!!

  • 9 Jail for Ashley // Sep 1, 2016 at 6:11 PM

    OT,
    30M for that tw@t. Who’s had their pants pulled down.

  • 10 GeordieTwo // Sep 1, 2016 at 6:14 PM

    And now to celebrate the wonderful window I will perform my inspirational dance Ode to the Thong of Joy. Errrm just a minute lads….. Having trouble getting my dance thong on…… Seem to have gained a little weight….. Damn it! Get in there you! Wait….. Ahhhhhh!!!! Leg cramp!!!! Ahhhhhh!!!!! Going down!!!! Ahhhh!!!! YCMIU mate straighten me foot!!!! Ahhhhhh!!!! Not that foot!!!! Ahhhhhhh!!!! Back spasm!!! Back spasm!!!

  • 11 GeordieTwo // Sep 1, 2016 at 6:16 PM

    Service will be resumed momentarily…….

  • 12 YouCouldn'tMakeItUp // Sep 1, 2016 at 6:18 PM

    G2

    You needn’t think i am touching your feet of anywhere else for that matter,especially while you are wear8ng a thong.

  • 13 Novocastrian66 // Sep 1, 2016 at 6:18 PM

    We’ll never know the ins and outs of the deal and nor will the Daily Star or the Evening Standard. Sounds to me that Spurs know they’ve paid too much and some “source” is trying to put out a positive spin, via the cockney loving press, having realized they’ve been mugged.
    It’s a bit like buying a new car on a five year deal, selling it on after three years and not paying what you still owe. Absolute horse dung.

  • 14 GeordieTwo // Sep 1, 2016 at 6:19 PM

    I’ll be all right lads. I know you’re all worried…..

  • 15 Hail Wor Ashley // Sep 1, 2016 at 6:19 PM

    There will be a shortfall still in order for us to break even, despite parachute payments and drastically cutting the wage bill. My best estimate would be £5-10m of that profit will be needed to make it up.

    Let’s say £25m profit, hopefully Riviere, SDJ, Krul and Thauvin are all successful out on loan and they make permanent moves, that will bring in £20-£25 next summer.

    So, if this team can haul themselves to the top of the league come January, we hopefully won’t fell it necessary to spend.

    I imagine in that scenario we’ll have a £50-60m budget next season before any sales barring those loanees mentioned who won’t be contributing this season anyway.

    Crucial we get promoted this season or else it becomes tougher and tougher to climb out. That kind of income from sales won’t be repeated and the parachute payment gets cut. Got to make good on our advantages this season.

  • 16 TheBoss // Sep 2, 2016 at 11:22 AM

    I can imagine MA sitting there thinking.. ” What the hell have I been doing for the past 7 years , I should of had a Real MANAGER in from the start “. 12 new players in, 99% of the dead wood out and £31 Million profit..
    One thing narks me though… He gave Pardew and Co. 8 yr contracts & yet the one Real MANAGER and GENIUS only gets a 3 yr one… Am I the only one who see’s that as being a little cocked up..?




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