Rafa Is Really Positive – He’s Prepared Us So Well For Spurs

No player has yet been brought in this summer to challenge Paul Dummett for the starting left-back position at Newcastle although we would hope that Jesus Gamez can show some good form so he can push the local lad this season.

Rafa may still be able to bring in a left back to challenge Paul this month, but we seem to be scraping the barrel as far as transfer funds go this summer – which is surprising.

We didn’t spend anything in January and last summer we made a profit of £31M in that transfer window, but there again we didn’t get much money at all from the leagues for being in the second division last season.

Relegation has crippled us financially – but only temporarily.

Paul DummettRafa so positive in training

Paul has said, Rafa, has been upbeat and positive in training which is not too much of a surprise for a manager who just loves what he’s doing in life.

Here’s what Paul Dummett has said about Rafa as reported in the Shields Gazette today:

“He’s really positive,” “I don’t think he could be negative around the team, because I would say it would only bring the team down.”

“Yes, he’s really positive around the training ground.”

“I’ve never seen him be upset about the lack of signings either around the players or around the training ground.”

“He obviously would not want that, because you don’t want to be going into a season when the whole team is down.”

“You want to be positive and ready to go.”

“I’m really excited. “The Premier League’s the place to be in England.”

“It’s where everyone wants to be. “We’ve had one season in the Championship, which everyone enjoyed because we won a lot of games and got that winning mentality back.”

“But the Premier League’s where everyone wants to be, and we’re really happy to be back.”

“Spurs have some of the best players in the league, but we’ve worked hard and prepared well.”

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178 comments so far

  • hibbit

    Aug 12, 2017 at 8:42 AM

    Comment #1

    keep the faith lads it might be no better but its definitely no worse
    we kick off in the prem tomorrow that’s got to be a plus

  • Ron Knee

    Aug 12, 2017 at 8:43 AM

    Comment #2


    In Rafa I trust. In Ashley I most certainly don’t.

  • Ron Knee

    Aug 12, 2017 at 8:46 AM

    Comment #3

    On the Colback training incident, which player had a knock?

  • hibbit

    Aug 12, 2017 at 8:46 AM

    Comment #4

    Ron Knee

    100% with you on that

  • optimistic prime

    Aug 12, 2017 at 8:52 AM

    Comment #5


    Are you sure Ashley doesn’t buy other companies with green shield stamps?

  • expatmag

    Aug 12, 2017 at 8:57 AM

    Comment #6

    One question that Ashley has not addressed is what role this guy Barnes has at NUFC?

    As far as I was aware, he was Ashleys SD finance guru whose major role was the sale/purchase of assets for ashley.

    If this is true, what is his role at the club then?

  • Jib

    Aug 12, 2017 at 9:00 AM

    Comment #7

    optimistic prime

    Ha ha ha
    Greenshield stamps !
    FFS how old are you ?

  • Reilly

    Aug 12, 2017 at 9:04 AM

    Comment #8

    Has the sd sign on the gallowgate roof gone.a mates says it has,if true its not like the fat man to miss out on free advertising space.

  • Jib

    Aug 12, 2017 at 9:05 AM

    Comment #9


    Justin Barnes is a really smart QC who specialises in copyright and trademark law,and company acquisitions

    He also set up a company to deal with Sports Direct goods deliveries.

    i personally believe he was brought in to give a clearly overwhelmed Lee Charnley a hand
    with transfers – in and out.

    Nothing more sinister than that.

  • TyneMouth

    Aug 12, 2017 at 9:06 AM

    Comment #10

    There are two weeks and five days left of this summer’s transfer window, a lot can happen in that time!

    There will be movement, Colback, for certain, should start emptying his locker.

    One way and another there will an exodus, it has to happen, you can’t have bad feelings in the camp. The incident with Colback has to be a one off.

    Team spirit would appear to be at an all time high. It must be maintained at all cost. No more disruptions! I’m looking at you Michael ‘Po-Boy’ Ashley…

  • Krul To Be Kind

    Aug 12, 2017 at 9:07 AM

    Comment #11

    We are back in the big time again… 2 words just to remind those that can’t see the wood for the trees… PREMIER LEAGUE!!!

    We’re back and we’re gonna give one hell of a fist of it with what is basically an average squad with no huge stellar names, a team that works cohesively with an ethos of one for all and all for one. We will get beaten at times and we might get some draws and will win some too I think… The ride that is NUFC has global attention again and we are in for some thrills and spills… Hope you all enjoy it as much as I will. My only expectation is to see 100% effort, sacrifices, unity and a desire to be the best that we can be with our limited resources, I like to think my outlook is realistic!


  • Ron Knee

    Aug 12, 2017 at 9:08 AM

    Comment #12


    The interview was conducted by David Craig, a client of Ashley’s PR adviser Keith Bishop. It was all well-scripted!

  • Jib

    Aug 12, 2017 at 9:19 AM

    Comment #13

    A PR operation or not
    Well scripted or not
    It was needed and welcome

    Below is a list of Mike Ashley’s peers in the PL.
    If anyone kind find a link of any of them speaking as frankly as MA
    feel free to post it.

    Arsenal – Stan Kroenke Alisher Usmanov
    Bournemth – Maxim Demin
    Brighton – Tony Bloom
    Burnley – Mike Garlick , John Banaszkiewicz
    Chelsea – Roman Abramovich
    C Pal – Steve Parish , Joshua Harris , David S. Blitzer
    Everton – Farhad Moshiri,Bill Kenwright, Jon Woods
    Hudders – Dean Hoyle
    Leics City – Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha
    LPool – John W Henry , Tom Werner
    Man City – Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan,Khaldoon Al Mubarak
    Man Utd – Joel and Avram Glazer
    Soutuhampton – Katharina Liebherr
    Stoke City – Peter Coates
    Swansea – Jason Levien,Steve Kaplan,Huw Jenkins
    Spurs – Joe Lewis , Daniel Levy
    Watford – Gino Pozzo
    WBA – Guochuan Lai
    West Ham – David Sullivan , David Gold

  • Dave76

    Aug 12, 2017 at 9:21 AM

    Comment #14

    Read the blog for years but never posted

    I am a season ticket holder,not a fan of Ashley but a realist in that he is no better or worse than 90% of other owners.so unless a country or an oil barron buys us as a plaything I am happy as long as all the money the club generates is put back into club

    Disappointed we don’t have a striker yet,but let’s hope we get one.

    I think we will stay up and that is all we can hope for, we have less spending power this season than any club that was in premier last season including relegated sides

    People who think we should be able to compete with Watford etc because of crowd size need to think again.our extra 30k of tickets is probably about 10m max all real money is in tv and they probably got 70m more than us last year

    My hope is everyone gets behind team through thick and thin this year and hope we can stay up then we may be in a position to compete and push up the league.Leicester winning gave everyone hope that with team spirt,a good coach,a supportive crowd and a bit of luck anyone can win it

  • TyneMouth

    Aug 12, 2017 at 9:34 AM

    Comment #15

    I was at the Emirates stadium, (the new ‘Library’) yesterday evening. Invited for a meal, a drink, (or two) and a chance to catch a live match.

    The game had it’s moments, quite entertaining to a neutral viewer. However the defending, by both sides, was atrocious, and the spectators knew it.

    If you think there’s a lot of pessimism on this blog, you should have been in Islington last night! The shear hatred and bile from the ‘Fans’ near me made this blog seem like meeting ot the Mothers Union.

    It goes to show, the grass isn’t always greener, its just green!

  • Jimmy Waff

    Aug 12, 2017 at 9:35 AM

    Comment #16

    Couldn’t agree more Dave76 – we have to build from the bottom up and earn the right again to re-establish ourselves back in the prem

  • Ron Knee

    Aug 12, 2017 at 9:35 AM

    Comment #17


    Fine words butter no parsnips.

  • Mr Funk

    Aug 12, 2017 at 9:41 AM

    Comment #18

    I still think the striker NUFC was linked to yesterday (Olarenkwaju Koyanda) could be a possible target. Similar player to Dwight Gayle and most importantly he is cheap (around £3-4m)

  • AncientC

    Aug 12, 2017 at 9:48 AM

    Comment #19

    Jib, are you sure you are not the dense one. Players are not signed using cheques either. It is speaking metaphorically, and it was Ashley that used the cheque terminology which I continued with.

    Another day, another gaffe from Jib. Nothing much changes. The amount of times I have embarrassed you on this blog; I would have thought you would have given up trying by now.

  • Jib

    Aug 12, 2017 at 9:49 AM

    Comment #20

    Ron Knee

    Ashley didn’t use fine words he told it like it is.

    Actions actually do speak louder than words
    He acquired McClaren who failed , so he binned him , and got Rafa.

  • AncientC

    Aug 12, 2017 at 9:51 AM

    Comment #21

    Dear Mr Mike Ashley, Jib believes you are dense for believing you would have to write a cheque for £200 million, when the funds would be transferred electronically.

  • Krul To Be Kind

    Aug 12, 2017 at 9:53 AM

    Comment #22

    Now the season is getting underway can we call an end to the oneupmanship that is continually peeing on the rational bloggers cornflakes please…. There’s probably more chance of us qualifying for champions league though!

  • Munster Mag

    Aug 12, 2017 at 9:54 AM

    Comment #23

    Great to be back, gotta get the shirt in the wash for tomorrow! It was a useful interview by Ashley. Essentially all we are getting is TV money, if we are lucky, next year, so Watford etc are well ahead of us in revenue terms. The poor man must have struggled to come up with the 200mill for the houses. Still, we are where we are. I expect a very tough season but at long last we have a team of fighters.

  • Ron Knee

    Aug 12, 2017 at 9:57 AM

    Comment #24


    So you’re happy to have Ashley as owner?

  • AncientC

    Aug 12, 2017 at 10:02 AM

    Comment #25

    Mike Ashley ” I don’t have that cash in the bank, so I don’t have that ability to write a cheque for £200m.”

    Jib, btw, the leader of the opposition party is called ‘Corbyn’ not “Corbin.”

    Your grasp of political/current affairs, is truly lacking. “Sheesh.”

  • Ron Knee

    Aug 12, 2017 at 10:04 AM

    Comment #26

    AC or JC

    That should be ‘Doh’ at the end, no?

  • bills-son

    Aug 12, 2017 at 10:05 AM

    Comment #27

    Munster me owld mucka!

    Dead right about us finally having a team of fighters.

    In my regular posting days I said time and again that we were a pushover with a powderpuff midfield and defence. The only player in the squad who was a real warrior was Tiote, God bless him, but when he wasn’t playing there was no battle in team at all.

    However, whilst we now have players who will fight and run for the team we still lack real aggression and muscle in midfield and if there is one player who could make a real difference, especially away from home, it would be Tiote in his prime.

    In my opinion signing a player in his mould is almost as big a priority as another striker.

  • TyneMouth

    Aug 12, 2017 at 10:06 AM

    Comment #28

    On the subject of Justin Barnes role at SJP, he would appear to be a specialist in Mergers and Acquisitions, should there be any mileage in the far East take over rumours, that would make his presence appropriate.

    There is also the, not insignificant, matter, of Charnley’s little ‘meeting’ with HMRC! We haven’t heard the last of that. Just sayin’…

  • toon kk

    Aug 12, 2017 at 10:08 AM

    Comment #29

    I wonder if Rafa knew we were skint when MA told him he could have every penny the club generates.
    There are obviously some available funds but just not enough.
    Rafa is having to make the best of a bad financial situation.

  • AncientC

    Aug 12, 2017 at 10:09 AM

    Comment #30

    “You actually believe when one company acquires another they issue a cheque ?
    Jeepers you are dense!
    When a company is acquired by SD the shareholders of that company are offered shares in SD at an agreed exchange rate.”

    Jib is confusing acquisitions for mergers. I could whale on him all day.

  • toon kk

    Aug 12, 2017 at 10:12 AM

    Comment #31

    Bills son
    Jonas was also a fighter for the club, the lad gave his all.

  • Jib

    Aug 12, 2017 at 10:13 AM

    Comment #32

    Ron -= when I look at the list of chancers who own other clubs in the PL or think of Fat Freddy and SJH’s predecessors – I’m not unhappy with Ashley’s ownership.

  • lochinvar

    Aug 12, 2017 at 10:16 AM

    Comment #34

    Ashley’s comments have some truth to them as he is competing with the likes of China, Saudi Arabia and Russia in the guise of Abranovic although his wealth will half when Mrs. Abranovic gets her half share.

    Then you have West Ham who have moved a step close to landing Tottenham target William Carvalho after the club reached a verbal agreement with the player and a transfer fee of £30million ?

    Then again West Ham are funded by the tax payer and we should demand better use of our money . For half the price they can buy Jack Colback and Buy British which seems only fair.

  • Bobbybee

    Aug 12, 2017 at 10:17 AM

    Comment #35

    Just curious. Of those clubs already in the PL, the usual suspects apart, how many of them gave the full 100m to their manager to spend?
    Without checking, but going on transfers, I’d say none. Not one.
    Why some of you think we should be an exception I fail to understand. Since the PL began football has become big business.
    Those clubs with sugar daddies have spent a lot. Those without have not. Get over it. Separate your hatred of Ashley from NUFC and get behind the club, manager and players.
    Ashley can’t sell shares. Look at the hit they took since Brexit. To raise enough money he’d have to sell three times as many as before Brexit. Only a raving looney would do so. This is not the time to sell shares, it’s the time to buy. And I’m not even clued up on business ffs 🙂
    The season’s started. We have better things to discuss than who hates Ashley the most.
    Next season will be different thanks to the Sky money. Rafa will get more than any other normal manager.
    Let’s just support the team. They’ll need us this season. Howay the lads.

  • Charlie in the Gallowgate

    Aug 12, 2017 at 10:17 AM

    Comment #36

    Instead of argueing over rhe merits of Ashley and his monies – RAFA understands the limitations and is frustrated like a lot of us – instead of slagging each other of lets get behind the TOON this season and be UNITED. The squad look UNITED (except Colback) and are behind RAFA which could go a long way in keeping us up

    Whre we screwed is getting relegated 2015-16 season – where there was no great payouts unlike last season the Mackems will get £93 million over this season making football a joke.

    If we can stay up and RAFA stays and Ashley keeps his word then next season we the football club will get over £100 million, which will hopefully get some decent players in and be able to afford higher wages.

  • AncientC

    Aug 12, 2017 at 10:18 AM

    Comment #37

    The debt against turnover isn’t any better under Ashley. And the club actually was competitive under his predecessors. I wonder what Hall or Shepherd could have done with the club, when those unforeseen bumper TV deals kicked in.

  • Jib

    Aug 12, 2017 at 10:18 AM

    Comment #38

    I disagree with that selection
    We need Hayden to compete v Dembelé their main midfield threat.

  • Jib

    Aug 12, 2017 at 10:19 AM

    Comment #39

    Maybe Hayden is the player who had a knock , that Colback refused to replace in training

  • AncientC

    Aug 12, 2017 at 10:24 AM

    Comment #40

    Brexit was not the cause of the decline in SD. It was nosediving before Brexit. It was just another lie from Ashley. Nobody is saying Ashley should compete with Chelsea and Man City. Where is that coming from.

    Fact. Ashley can afford to pay for advertising. Sports Direct can more than afford it, and he is in a position to write a ‘cheque’ (steady on Jib), so there is no excuse.

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