Former Star On How Newcastle Will Fare Next Season

Jermaine Jenas was brought in by Bobby Robson for £5M when Jermaine was just 18 in 2002 and he was then plying his trade at his home town club Nottingham Forest.

Jermaine was a class player but stayed only three years at Newcastle and only one year after Sir Bobby Robson was sacked in 2004.

Jermaine moved to Tottenham for £7M in 2005.

Jermaine became disillusioned at Newcastle once Robson left the club and the youngster made that famous statement it was like being in a goldfish bowl in Newcastle.

He played for all the England Youth sides and 21 times for the full England side, but he never did reach the promise he showed after first arriving at Newcastle.

His first game for the Magpies was against Sunderland and he was the best player on the field, so we thought we had a great player at the time.

Jermaine has become a very good pundit and he makes sensible comments about the current news.

He was asked on BBC Radio 5 Live if he thought Rafa would be happy if Newcastle were in the bottom half of the Premier League next season.

This is what he said:

“It’s a project, it’s a process.” “The first phase is to remain in the Premier League.” “Easily I would say.”

“I’m not saying I think Newcastle can finish in the top 10 – it is a brutal league, it is ruthless.”

“If they finish in the top 10 it will be a surprise.”

It would be a surprise to us if Newcastle don’t finish in the top half of the table next season – there we’ve said it.

At the moment Southampton are in 8th place and a full 15 points behind 7th placed Everton.

So Newcastle could surely become the 8th best team in the Premier League next season?

We could be wrong but that’s what we are banking on at the moment simply because of Rafa and his extremely high standards.

But yes –  we have been wrong before in the 10 years of this blog.

Maybe twice – even three times?


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39 comments so far


    May 20, 2017 at 9:50 AM

    Comment #1

    Depending on the signings we make….nee point trying to guess where we’ll finish at the minute,players will leave and join…after the transfer window closes it may give us an idea but now,not a chance.

  • Ron Knee

    May 20, 2017 at 10:00 AM

    Comment #2


    Exactly. It’s impossible to tell at this early stage!


    May 20, 2017 at 10:08 AM

    Comment #3

    A lot of these pundits like to spout off so if it pans out they are ryt they can give it the big un later in the season….murphy the other day…. they’ll probs say 3-4 different league places to different media outlets just to cover the bets!lol….no one can have any clue where we will end up,we can hope and wish….but not know.


    May 20, 2017 at 10:10 AM

    Comment #4

    I can’t disagree with us staying up easily tbh but the rest is down to luck and injuries. Reckon we will be in the 14th-8th middle of the pack league though

  • FollowFollow

    May 20, 2017 at 10:15 AM

    Comment #5

    Ed, “it would be a surprise to us if Newcastle don’t finish in the top half…”. You’re part of the crowd that gets us a bad name. Even the teams near the bottom, West Ham, Stoke, Palace have several good players creative players and proven goal scorers and will have this year’s TV money to burn. I’ll be more than happy to finish 17th. Naturally, I’d prefer not to have the anxieties that go with that but I’ll take what I can get as long as we stay up.

  • Jib

    May 20, 2017 at 10:16 AM

    Comment #6

    A bit harsh on young Jermaine.
    I saw the interview.
    He was asked the question.
    He could hardly answer “Sorry Dan but Springy and
    some plug in Oz say I should wait a few weeks”

  • Ron Knee

    May 20, 2017 at 10:22 AM

    Comment #7

    NUFC forward Adam Armstrong has made a flying start to the FIFA under-20 World Cup in South Korea.

    He has scored in England’s first game, with the Young Lions currently leading Argentina 2-0 in their opening group match.

    NUFC goalkeeper Freddie Woodman is also playing in the game.

  • Ron Knee

    May 20, 2017 at 10:27 AM

    Comment #8

    He could have said the question was premature and dependant on the transfer window.

  • mickybraham

    May 20, 2017 at 10:30 AM

    Comment #9

    Video Ref was used in the England u20 game to send a player off


    May 20, 2017 at 10:42 AM

    Comment #11

    Ron knee


    May 20, 2017 at 10:44 AM

    Comment #12

    So has the football world have us linked with today people?….. haven’t seen many south american based players linked yet so im guessing that will be seen before to long!lol

  • ToonRich

    May 20, 2017 at 10:48 AM

    Comment #13

    Barkley going into the last year of his contract and Koeman not confident he’ll stay this summer – Everton have offered a contract but he’s mulled over it too long for Koeman to think he wants to work with him!!
    Maybe our chance to pounce…

  • jane

    May 20, 2017 at 10:48 AM

    Comment #14

    no mention at all of the under 20 match on the BBC football page. poor.

    Eurosport 2 has under 20 world cup at 11am.

  • Mister Tuff

    May 20, 2017 at 10:56 AM

    Comment #15

    Test post – just checking that links still work on here.

    Ah yes seams to work – recognise Jib.

  • cht2015

    May 20, 2017 at 10:56 AM

    Comment #16

    Palace struggled with Benteke Townsend and Zara (probably 60m worth of players). Our purchases need to be on the money even to survive. We need 4 first team, qualify players, we don’t need squad players. 4 quality first team players will cost us between 50-80 million in today’s Premier League. Hopefully we buy well enough to survive this 1st season, then build more. Top half is a pipe dream right now, let’s not get carried away as usual, all Prem teams have quality now (we have Ritchie, Shelvey, Gayle but who else can win us a game!?)

  • Average_Contents

    May 20, 2017 at 11:03 AM

    Comment #17

    Isaac Hayden

    “Look at Sunderland — would they have that loyalty? Even in the Premier League, when you watched [them at the Stadium of Light] there were red seats everywhere”

    Only thing wrong with that Isaac lad is you’re clearly colour deficient as there definitely pink lol.


    May 20, 2017 at 11:11 AM

    Comment #19

    I wonder if arma has a good under 20 tournament,will that help him get a chance with us rather then go out on loan again??

  • lochinvar

    May 20, 2017 at 11:23 AM

    Comment #20

    Ridiculous that the official Summer transfer window is between 1st July-31st August yet most deals will probably be agreed in advance.
    Why not start 1st June and then clubs, player and fans can be better prepared for the new season.

    Is it because the FA take their holidays in June and shut their office – wouldn’t surprise me


    May 20, 2017 at 11:33 AM

    Comment #21

    Anyone read the Hayden interview? He gets it that lad and he’s going to be a big player

  • posada

    May 20, 2017 at 11:36 AM

    Comment #22

    Your colour blind as well.
    Some of the seats are light pink but most of them are now grey.
    They were going to replace the seats but they had a great money saving idea.
    Why not change the shirts to grey and pink stripes.
    That’s what I call thinking outside the box.

  • magspuggy

    May 20, 2017 at 11:40 AM

    Comment #23

    With the prem finishing up today
    Silly season is about to go mental
    All the agents will be throwing our name about just so others will know that player is available.

    Penfold has tabled a bid for harry redknapps dog rosie47 according to the voices in my heed.

    Lets get the rave started ..

  • lochinvar

    May 20, 2017 at 11:45 AM

    Comment #25

    think you may have started something there….with the grey and pink seats and shirts they could call themselves Candyland and get sponsored by Werthers or Haribo

  • ShirebrookToon

    May 20, 2017 at 11:49 AM

    Comment #26

    Werthers Original. Also known as paedo pellets. Fitting sponsor for the mackems i think!

  • Nufc-83

    May 20, 2017 at 11:57 AM

    Comment #27

    Wow top half that is a complete pipe dream! Out best players Gayle, Richie and shelvey would struggle to get a game in sides in and around the relegation zone. We are not going to buy 8-10 players worth 10-15m each so we will have a great season if we stay up then it’s a consolidation job from there.

  • Nufc-83

    May 20, 2017 at 12:04 PM

    Comment #28

    Would be very happy with 6 players who can come straight into the 1st team with positions in priority order:

    Then a few high risk bargain buys to fill out the squad (winger, striker, RB)

    That should secure premiership survival

  • magspuggy

    May 20, 2017 at 12:16 PM

    Comment #29

    How much do you think we would need to spend for the 9 players you want ?

    Who would you sell to make room for them ?

  • Jib

    May 20, 2017 at 12:24 PM

    Comment #30

    Mark my words.

    We will take in some young’uns and freebies.

    of established players we will bring in no more than four – at a total spend of about £50 million.
    Rafa will not want to shake the side up too much in one fell swoop.

    He will also want to see how we cope up until the winter window .

    Then he probably do the same – four new faces for about £50 January 2018

  • posada

    May 20, 2017 at 12:30 PM

    Comment #31

    Re that lot down the road.
    The comments relating to Wethers had me laughing.
    Normally I ignore them as I have found it brings bad luck to do otherwise.
    In the past when I have looked for their results they go on a great escape run.
    But, not this time.
    Going up, going down, going up.
    Oh what a lovely summer I am going to have.
    As Fraser used to say in Dad’s Army – Their Doomed I say Doomed.

  • magspuggy

    May 20, 2017 at 12:34 PM

    Comment #32

    Arnt you the same bloke who mocked me for saying we would spend 50-100 million
    Months ago ??

    50 wont get us 4 prem quailty players that are better than we have imho

    Prices will jump up this year for sure all the prem clubs will spend the extra sky money.

  • AncientC

    May 20, 2017 at 12:38 PM

    Comment #33

    £100 million spent in the next 2 transfer windows. Nice idea, but how is Benitez going to be able to generate that amount of money?

  • AncientC

    May 20, 2017 at 12:40 PM

    Comment #34

    magspuggy, Jib has been adamant for months that Benitez is sitting on a £100 million kitty. He has yet to explain where that money is coming from though.

  • Jib

    May 20, 2017 at 12:40 PM

    Comment #35

    May 20, 2017 at 12:34 PM
    Arnt you the same bloke who mocked me for saying we would spend 50-100 million
    Months ago ??

    No – I don’t think so

  • Nufc-83

    May 20, 2017 at 12:42 PM

    Comment #36

    I think for the 9 players considering 6 would need to be ready for the 1st team you are looking at around 70-90m.

    Players I would sell are:
    – Gouffran
    – Mitro

  • Jib

    May 20, 2017 at 12:57 PM

    Comment #37

    I did say a total spend of £50 million meaning a net spend
    If you look at 83’s list and what we’d most likely make that pobably means about
    70/80 million on 4 new faces.

  • magspuggy

    May 20, 2017 at 1:00 PM

    Comment #38

    I will stand corrected then.

    Spending 50-100 imho will be the easy part
    Wages are where i think we will struggle.

    Defoe is supposed to want 6 mill signing on fee and 100k per week and somebugger will pay it.

    Rafa and lee will not pay that sort of cash to a player we cant resell later on (nor should they)

    We will look for younger players with a view to making profit in a few years time
    But they cost more up front and 50 may only get us a couple.

  • giimps

    May 20, 2017 at 6:18 PM

    Comment #39

    If we stay up this season, our players values will rise to prem league status and that is where we will gain, Championship teams will pay the going rate for prem league players from us if they are promoted and we can use that money to upgrade.
    IMHO, we have a few prem league status players now, under rafas tutelage we may create a few more, we have a few coming through the youth which he likes to give a chance to and a few more coming back from loan he will want to see, not every position that needs filling will need to be bought so a couple of loan deals and 2-3 good buys will see us all right, keeping some of our regular players as backups ready to be upgraded next season.


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