Why This Was A Brilliant And Bold Transfer Window

Rafa Benitez’ experience, decisiveness, initiative and vision were in full view for Newcastle fans during the summer.

First of all he made changes to the Newcastle training ground at Benton, which he deemed needs major improvements.

But for this season he made do with installing two new 4G pitches, upgrading the  gymnasium with new and better equipment and redesigning the internal configuration of the players’ and coaches quarters at the actual Benton building.

That would be enough  for this coming season.

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Lee Charnley and Rafa Benitez
The two men running Newcastle United

Then he started on the squad and did something that should have been done a long time ago – got rid of the deadwood and brought in new, young and much hungrier players.

So off went players like Fabricio Coloccini, Steven Taylor, Gabby Obertan, Sylvain Marveaux and others and in all 11 players permanently left the club including £30M Moussa Sissoko last night.

And the four players we were wondering about in the summer about whether they would stay – Andros Townsend, Gini Wijnaldum, Daryl Janmaat and Moussa Sissoko all did leave and we got a massive £75.5M for those four – really good business by Newcastle.

And Rafa decreased the Newcastle wage bill significantly  by allowing 21 players to leave the club permanently or on loan this summer.

But it is the new arrivals that have most impressed the Newcastle fans.

Rafa has ensured we have at last two good players fighting for each position in the team and he has brought in hungry players with skill who want to be at Newcastle United and are proud to be playing for a world-class manager in Rafa Benitez.

It is a whole new and different feeling surrounding Newcastle now – one of competence and even excitement –  and it’s due to one man –  the manager at the top – Rafa Benitez.

He knows exactly what he needs to do to make Newcastle a great team and a great club again.

So it was a brilliant transfer window for Newcastle in many ways and credit principally goes to Rafa and Lee Charnley, with the two men seeming to form an excellent working relationship for the good of the club.

Rafa is a workaholic and Lee is a hard worker who gets things done quickly, when given direction on what to do.

He led the transfer signings all summer long and did extremely well after the calamities he presided over last season.

Things are looking up at Newcastle United but the proof of the pudding is still in the eating.

What does that mean?

It means we need to beat Derby County on September 10th away from home and then win our next game after that.

But we go into every game wanting to win and knowing we can win.

We know that’s true because Rafa will demand nothing less.

Here are the details of this transfer window – one of the best ever for Newcastle United, given where we stand at the moment.

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

Did I mention we made a profit of £31M and we know that will now be invested into the squad in January and next summer.

Comments welcome.

32 comments so far

  • Laurent Robert 32

    Sep 1, 2016 at 9:14 AM

    Comment #1

    Well done to Rafa and Penfold. A very thorough transfer window.

    The Rafa effect.

  • SuperShearer

    Sep 1, 2016 at 9:17 AM

    Comment #2

    Ed, love the blog but with all the plug-ins and ads you’ve got going on these days it really doesn’t run very smoothly. Constantly crashes web browser.

  • catchy in norway

    Sep 1, 2016 at 9:20 AM

    Comment #3


    not quite sure what you mean, but I have always said that managers would work with Ashley, there pretty much the same as players, they follow the money, and regardless what some say, we are a big club

  • lesh

    Sep 1, 2016 at 9:23 AM

    Comment #4


    Strangely enough, the blog’s pretty steady on my Nokia – it crashes on both the Chronicle and the Mag’s sites.

  • Jail for Ashley

    Sep 1, 2016 at 9:26 AM

    Comment #5

    Didn’t work out for him??? Is that how you’d describe it. When we’re we ever in the lead long enough to kill a game off. There might have been a couple of decent displays but you don’t end up with a -40 GD by playing good football. Every manager in the world would like to play attacking football while winning. Most can’t and Mclaren was an abject failure.

  • geordiemark

    Sep 1, 2016 at 9:28 AM

    Comment #6

    thank god that French winging prat is gone hip hip horayyyyyy, now its spurs fans who will be winging when the French nut job decides spurs aren’t big enough for him and he disapears

  • geordiemark

    Sep 1, 2016 at 9:29 AM

    Comment #7

    excellent work on transfers in and out of the toon I tip my hat off to rafa am still out on penfold though


    Sep 1, 2016 at 9:31 AM

    Comment #8

    But there’s still holes in the squad that 30 mill would of filled but didn’t get the chance to

  • geordiemark

    Sep 1, 2016 at 9:32 AM

    Comment #9

    why it crashes is probably because of all the adverts on it plus now I am on windows 10 seems to get stuck now and then, when typing it slows down drives me nuts

  • Charlie in the Gallowgate

    Sep 1, 2016 at 9:32 AM

    Comment #10

    Only blot on the landscape we did not get Tiote out!!!

  • FollowFollow

    Sep 1, 2016 at 9:33 AM

    Comment #11

    Seems more like back to the old days to me. Another £30m made for Mashley’s pocket.

    Maclaren was right. He said look how different we’ll be in 3 windows time.

  • funlovingexpress

    Sep 1, 2016 at 9:37 AM

    Comment #12

    Ive said it for decades. Top managers pay for themselves. Rafa has just proved my point with spades on.

    Makes you wonder why we as a club havent employed very many of them. People went on about Rafas wage and my response was always the same.

    You could pay twice that and you will still be better off both financially and on the pitch.

    Now he just needs to get £30m for Colback and that will pay his wages for the decade after this one.

  • Ron Knee

    Sep 1, 2016 at 9:38 AM

    Comment #13

    Mbemba and Sels (separately) possibly in action tonight.

  • lochinvar

    Sep 1, 2016 at 9:39 AM

    Comment #14

    Can Tiote still go out loan or is that not allowed ?
    If his injury is cleared up maybe he can do a deal to buy out his contract then as a free agent is he allowed to join up with another club outside of the transfer window. China or Quatar ultimately beckon.

  • funlovingexpress

    Sep 1, 2016 at 9:39 AM

    Comment #15

    Follow Follow, top managers do good deals. They create money to spend.
    Ashley leaves the club to be ran by Charnley and Benitez. They get to invest all of the money back in but when the pots empty he wont put his hand in his pocket. Not many do.

    He is a billionaire he doesnt need the pocket channge from the toon like Shephard did.

  • funlovingexpress

    Sep 1, 2016 at 9:40 AM

    Comment #16

    lochinvar he had no intention of going. He knows he can get a great deal in January.

  • SA Toon

    Sep 1, 2016 at 9:42 AM

    Comment #17

    A huge change from previous windows where there didn’t appear to be any coherent strategy to signings and our best players were sold at the last minute without being replaced. With Rafa you get a sense that he has a plan and even with the high prices he has managed to get some really interesting looking players into the squad. I’m excited to see the introduction of some real pace which I think will give us better penetration against teams that want to try and lock up shop against us. I am excited for the season ahead.

  • funlovingexpress

    Sep 1, 2016 at 9:42 AM

    Comment #18

    WWSBRD it would be £6m not £30m. Wev dont do chucky. We pay from what we have not what we are going to get.

    Spurs are paying the £30m over 5 installments.

    Why has everybody missed this point? We all know how it works at the toon.

  • Jail for Ashley

    Sep 1, 2016 at 9:42 AM

    Comment #19

    No manager worth his salt would have worked under the previous set up, hence the hiring of lower league chancers like Pardew and Mclaren.

  • Spoof

    Sep 1, 2016 at 9:43 AM

    Comment #20


    He didn’t kill games off because we were usually dead and buried before he got the chance to kill them off.

    Managaers would always work with Ashley, what about KK, howay catchy, we all know how Ashley used to run the club, which is in a different universe to how he is running the club now, ask yourself this, if Dennis Wise was over ruling Rafa and deciding which players were sold and bought would Rafa be here now, and another question, if Ashley allowed KK to run the club as he is allowing Rafa would KK have jacked it in when he did.

    Seriously catchty your claim that good managers would work for Ashley is outlandish, they would now but now we have a totally different Mike Ashley.

    As far as going where the money is, that does apply but not always, KK walked away from the money, Rafa would have done so as well if he wasn’t given total control, two bit managers like Pardew, McClaren, Puis and that type may work for the cash, the top managers work for buzz as most top sportsmen do, the US open is currently on, give Andy Murray a choice, a £3m pay check with a semi final defeat or £50k but win the tournament and he would take the tournament without hesitation, when it comes to the best success is paramount as they know that wealth will naturally come with it, wages without a winning chance will not get you a top manager.


    Sep 1, 2016 at 9:46 AM

    Comment #21

    Ive seen no confirmation of how the money will be paid to us, got a link to it?
    Also top managers do good deals and make money for themselves?

  • funlovingexpress

    Sep 1, 2016 at 9:47 AM

    Comment #22

    Unfortunately for us Agents immediately took a large chunk of that £31m profit.

    We paid £54.5m on transfers and then would have to pay the agents. Its usually around a quarter so around £13.6m then would go to them.

    As we only received £6m off spurs it puts us about £6.5m down overall.

    Still a cracking window though

  • Rotonda heights

    Sep 1, 2016 at 9:49 AM

    Comment #23

    don’t know how anyone couldn’t be pleased with this window, with le sulk being the icing on the cake. 12 new players and so much deadwood cleared, absolutely fantastic.

    how is it same old, same old. didn’t sm get 80m to spend. i guess some are never content.

  • geordie157

    Sep 1, 2016 at 9:51 AM

    Comment #24

    Really good window, even managed to get the best of the youngsters out on loan, all of which are to January so can be reviewed. Only Curtis Good got left behind but he’s always injured anyway.

    I’m being greedy but I think signing Diego Poyet on a free would be a good addition to the squad.

  • funlovingexpress

    Sep 1, 2016 at 9:53 AM

    Comment #25

    WWSBRD Im just going off what sky sports said. They said Newcastle were prepared to accept installments on this occassion to push the deal through.

    When I say a top manager pays for himself I dont mean with kickbacks.

    I mean a poor manager sells two players for say £20m, a top manager would sell those very same two players for £50m by creating the envirionment for the demand.

    So one makes you £30m more just because he is brilliant at his job.

    If that top managers wages are 5m a year, it means with that one deal alone you have paid his wages for 6 years.

    Poor managers do the opposite. They cost you money and you still have to pay their wages.

  • Spoof

    Sep 1, 2016 at 9:56 AM

    Comment #26


    £30m for Colback, what planet are you on mate, if Sissoko is worth £30m then Colback has got to be worth at least £45m, seriously funloving, give yourself a shake lol

  • funlovingexpress

    Sep 1, 2016 at 9:56 AM

    Comment #27

    WWSBRD make more money for themselves with respect to what they have to spend in the future. Sorry about that mate, just realised I should have been more clear

  • funlovingexpress

    Sep 1, 2016 at 9:57 AM

    Comment #28

    Ha ha spoof, dont get greedy mate we might have to settle for £25m

  • isleofmanman

    Sep 1, 2016 at 10:01 AM

    Comment #29

    Stella performance from Rafa

    The ever over-fed Charnley has had a master class in how to use somebody else’s money on the back of somebody else’s negotiation skills

  • lesh

    Sep 1, 2016 at 10:20 AM

    Comment #30


    Presumably your windows 10’s on you pc?

    If you’ve just installed the ‘anniversary’ update, you’ll find your pc slow to respond and boot up. It was a big update with some bugs in it but Microsoft issued corrective updates to debug the first. Check for updates and install though it takes some days of use for them to bed in. Failing that, check with Microsoft support.

  • James RS

    Sep 1, 2016 at 1:35 PM

    Comment #31

    Good Transfer window but why are we continuing to play the worst goalkeeper . Gives me the jitters whenever the opposition attacks.. 1) Krul 2) Elliot 3) Darlow 4) Woodman 5) Sels… He could jeopardise our promotion bid… Promotion would be a cert with Krul or Elliot in goal but surely Sels should only be back up.

  • davis_toons

    Sep 1, 2016 at 2:29 PM

    Comment #32

    Great Analysis @25.

    Rafa the best


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