Why Big Money Will Be Available For Rafa Next Month

The reporting in the local press has been that Rafa Benitez will have some significant money to spend in the January transfer window and he can spend it  as long as good players are available to bring into the squad.

They will be players who can both help us gain promotion this season, which still has to be  the overwhelming target for Newcastle.

The players will also need to be good enough to be able to perform in the Premier League.

It could also be that as part of his negotiations in May to stay on at Newcastle, specific transfer amounts – probably minimums – were written into his contract for maybe the first three transfer windows.


Rafa Benitez – Newcastle manager

And with Rafa basically making a net profit of £30M in the summer, with the excellent assistance of Managing Director Lee Charnley, there should therefore be significant money to spend next month.

All that has been backed up today by former striker Mick Quinn speaking on talkSPORT, who has said he thinks Rafa has “a few quid to spend” on players in January.

This is what Mick Quinn told talkSPORT:

“I’ve heard he Benitez has a few quid to spend in January,” “I’ve seen enough Championship teams now to think that it is a moderate division.”

“I really do.” “Even when Newcastle went down to nine men, they still had 58% of the possession.”

It’s interesting because we have plenty of money right now – and our day-to-day running costs should not be a problem, unlike the last time we were in the Championship when Mike Ashley loaned the club close to £30M.

We are helped by the huge crowds at St. James’ Park and the wages of the squad were also dramatically cut in the summer.

Highly paid players were either sent out on loan (Tim Krul, Siem de Jong, Henri Saivet, Emmanuel Riviere) or moved out of the club either via transfer (Moussa Sissoko, Gini Wijnaldum, Daryl Janmaat, Andros Townsend, Papiss Cisse) or their contracts were not renewed (Fabricio Coloccini, Gabby Obertan, Sylvain Marveaux, Steven Taylor).

The summer transfer window for Newcastle was one of the best in many years and it was the first one for Rafa at the club.

There maybe a connection there.


Comments welcome.

177 comments so far

  • Mister Tuff

    Dec 7, 2016 at 4:04 PM

    Comment #1

    hibbitt – yes they do publish their written reasons of the hearings.

  • Tsunki

    Dec 7, 2016 at 4:05 PM

    Comment #2

    I think Shelveys mitigation that he had trapped his sciatic nerve when he was tripped and his leg was shaking involuntarily was the thing that swung it. I believe him.

  • Tsunki

    Dec 7, 2016 at 4:07 PM

    Comment #3

    And the ground was so wet he instinctively started doing the front crawl. Very credible. Happens a lot.

  • hibbit

    Dec 7, 2016 at 4:08 PM

    Comment #4

    mr tuff
    do you know when ???

  • AncientC

    Dec 7, 2016 at 4:11 PM

    Comment #5

    Rotonda, Man Utd is a completely different type of set-up, they have an abundance of options.

    Should we get back to the PL, it is going to be a very big transition. The way I see it, there are only a few players in the current squad that are certainties for next season.

    Shelvey, Ritchie, Lascelles – The three best players to my mind.

    Clark and Yedlin have looked good, it will not take long to figure out if they are good enough for the PL, but I am optimistic on both.

    On the Goalkeeper situation, I honestly have doubts about all of them in the PL.

    Fellaini wouldn’t be everybody’s cup of tea, but he can be be an effective player, and the club is going to need to do a big rebuilding job in the summer. Anyways, just an idea…

  • Jib

    Dec 7, 2016 at 4:13 PM

    Comment #6

    The man in the middle vs Birmingham City at SJP is Andy Davies .
    Somewhat more experienced than a certain Steve Martin – his last game involving us was in September – QPR away –
    0 – 6


  • Jail for Ashley

    Dec 7, 2016 at 4:17 PM

    Comment #7

    A PL quality LW and CAM will do nicely.

  • Jib

    Dec 7, 2016 at 4:23 PM

    Comment #8

    Champions League
    FC Porto v Leicester City tonight
    Porto realistically have to win tonight to progress (the Foxes lead the group no matter what)
    It’s on BT sport 3
    Might be worth a watch if just to have a look at Mexican midfielder Hector Hererra.
    Watched him against Braga at the weekend and he looks a cut above.

  • AncientC

    Dec 7, 2016 at 4:36 PM

    Comment #9

    Leicester are playing fringe players against Porto. They are going to get ripped a new one.

  • Jib

    Dec 7, 2016 at 4:37 PM

    Comment #10
  • Jib

    Dec 7, 2016 at 4:39 PM

    Comment #11

    Wrestling even

  • dok - the horrid colonial

    Dec 7, 2016 at 4:43 PM

    Comment #12

    anyone catch the Bayern v Athletico match yesterday?

  • Mister Tuff

    Dec 7, 2016 at 4:45 PM

    Comment #13

    I’ve checked out a few old ones and they seem to be within a day or two of the hearing. Which is quite surprising for the FA.

    Stumbled onto a one you may be interested in from last season – perhaps see some parallels – the case is the Gabriel v Costa back heel.
    Gabriel got sent off for backheeling Costa and Mike Dean sent him off.
    Commission binned it.

    It’s a pdf cannot get the link to work directly but if you Google :-
    In the Matter of Gabriel Armando De Abreu of Arsenal FC
    Claim of Wrongful Dismissal and Excessive Punishment
    Reasons for Regulatory Commission Decision
    Tuesday 22nd September 2015

    you can get the pdf from there.

  • Chancel My MBembaship

    Dec 7, 2016 at 4:49 PM

    Comment #14

    Don’t want to come across as someone ITK, but the word on the street is that Newcastle are after ‘creative midfielder’ Alan Judge. Maybe Ed could write a story about it? Or how about a story about it every couple of weeks? Keep an eye on this one lads…

  • Mister Tuff

    Dec 7, 2016 at 4:52 PM

    Comment #15

    Just having a trial – not submission of my next Rafa bingo line-up.
    Anita Lascelles Clarke Dummett
    Leg Wriggler Hayden
    Ritchie Perez Gouffran

  • bettyswallocks

    Dec 7, 2016 at 5:11 PM

    Comment #16
  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Dec 7, 2016 at 5:15 PM

    Comment #17

    Alan Judge, has he been mentioned before?

    If we did sign Fellaini and he shaved his head I reckon he’d be Shelvey’s identical twin. Now that would confuse the con artists and give them a nasty shock with some really nice controlled retaliation.

  • bettyswallocks

    Dec 7, 2016 at 5:25 PM

    Comment #18


    Shelvey’s case has now been referred to the Hokey Cokey department and that’s what it’s all about.

  • Jib

    Dec 7, 2016 at 5:26 PM

    Comment #19

    What hasn’t been mentioned is that FC Porto’s manager is Nuno Espírito Santo , Ian Cathro’s old mentor.
    So a dialogue between the clubs over the past month is not too far-fetched.


    Dec 7, 2016 at 5:32 PM

    Comment #20

    Do u really think he will turn down the teams he has been linked with to come to us? And we will meet his release clause?

  • Mister Tuff

    Dec 7, 2016 at 5:39 PM

    Comment #21

    Now in a quandry and totally confused.
    I just don’t know who is a leg puller or who is a leg wriggler.
    Is Rafa telling lies about leg wriggler or is Rafa being a leg puller.
    Rafa says leg wriggler kicked but others say he wriggled.
    Oh dear who should I believe.

  • manxpie

    Dec 7, 2016 at 5:40 PM

    Comment #22

    good to see tuff is taking it on the chin haha

  • Jib

    Dec 7, 2016 at 5:40 PM

    Comment #23

    We will meet his wage demands (€2.4 million) no problem.
    He’s Mexican so he and Rafa have no language problems.
    It’s really down to Rafa’s powers of persuasion and Rafa’s standing as a world classs coach.

  • Mister Tuff

    Dec 7, 2016 at 5:41 PM

    Comment #24

    manx – few horseshoes in the gloves today but I’m still here.


    Dec 7, 2016 at 5:50 PM

    Comment #25

    Hes been linked with a host of top clubs with top managers in top divisions, not sure he will turn that down for championship Newcastle even if it is under Rafa
    Not sure language is a issue anymore either

  • Jib

    Dec 7, 2016 at 6:00 PM

    Comment #26


    Rafa would have kept Wijnaldum.

    The dosh he got from Liverpool for the dutchman is about the same as HH’s release clause.

    I think if we get the “Skunk” we will have acquired a better player.

    I also think Rafa has aspirations for NUFC far higher than a lot of negative bloggers on this site.

  • Tsunki

    Dec 7, 2016 at 6:03 PM

    Comment #27

    There are negative bloggers and I have not been informed? 😐

  • Tsunki

    Dec 7, 2016 at 6:04 PM

    Comment #28

    “Rafa would have kept Wijnaldum” was what got us £5m more for him than we would have I’ll wager 🙂

  • Jib

    Dec 7, 2016 at 6:05 PM

    Comment #29


    Language is clearly not an issue with the day to day functioning of a PL player.

    It certainly is when trying to talk a player into leaving his comfort zone for Tyne and Wear


    Dec 7, 2016 at 6:07 PM

    Comment #30

    Rafa sold Gini (he was quite happy to from what I have heard as well, he wasnt as professional about wanting to leave as many would have u believe)

    Also am not saying we could afford him am saying he wont want to come when other teams mentioned are also in for him. Though, yes, I doubt we will break our transfer record while we are in the championship

    Not entirely sure why ur randomly taking a shot at other bloggers either tbh


    Dec 7, 2016 at 6:12 PM

    Comment #31

    I think ur over estimating how much sharing a common language is during transfer negotiations

  • Jib

    Dec 7, 2016 at 6:12 PM

    Comment #32

    I disagree
    Neither of us will ever know
    I think he genuinely would have been happy to keep any of the departees
    Of the 3
    Townsend , Sissoko , and Gigi
    The latter was his favourite.
    Just an opinion

  • Jib

    Dec 7, 2016 at 6:16 PM

    Comment #33

    However it is dramatic how many hispanics Rafa talked into joining Liverpool , Inter and Napoli !

  • Thump

    Dec 7, 2016 at 6:22 PM

    Comment #34

    I reckon Ed wants Alan Judge because with the right kind of light, he looks a bit like Charlie Austin.


    Dec 7, 2016 at 6:23 PM

    Comment #35

    The one he dropped was his favorite? He also stepped in to get him sold to Spurs…not sure where ur opinion that he liked Gini so much comes from?

    And players didnt sign for those teams because Rafa spoke the same language as them more to do with wages, success and reputation

  • Jail for Ashley

    Dec 7, 2016 at 6:27 PM

    Comment #36

    26Jibberish // Dec 7, 2016 at 6:00 PM

    “I also think Rafa has aspirations for NUFC far higher than a lot of negative bloggers on this site”

    Coming from the goon who said Mclaren should keep his job even if he repeatedly failed to meet his supposed target of eighth.
    Ha ha ha.

  • Belfast

    Dec 7, 2016 at 6:28 PM

    Comment #37

    Sorry Tuff I don’t believe the club would have appealed the red card and risked the extra game ban if they believed he kicked out.

    They probably watched it a lot from different angles and decided there was nothing in it hence the appeal.

  • Belfast

    Dec 7, 2016 at 6:30 PM

    Comment #38

    And I’m nearly sure that Rafa quote is from straight after the game on Friday night.

  • Jail for Ashley

    Dec 7, 2016 at 6:30 PM

    Comment #39

    And who are these negative bloggers who are denying the Rafalution, are you on about ToF the Weirdo of Woolamaloo!

  • Jib

    Dec 7, 2016 at 6:34 PM

    Comment #40

    Jail for Ashley

    We played Forest on Friday night
    by Saturday morning everyone was calling Henri Lansbury – Angela

    03.17 this morning
    Doh – why do we call Lansbury , Angela – Doh ?

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