An Example Of How Mike Ashley’s Penny-Pinching Ways Don’t Work At Newcastle

We had thought that our first signing would have been Andros Townsend this summer, for what we thought was £13M – the release amount in his contract at Crystal Palace.

But nothing happened, and we wondered what had happened since we knew Rafa was a big admirer of the former Tottenham winger and certainly got the best out of him while he was at Newcastle.

Now we are starting to realize why Newcastle didn’t sign him this summer and he seems to be one of the players we missed out on early this summer that annoyed Rafa so much.

Leicester are now willing to pay £27M for him which is more than twice the fee what we sold him to Palace for last summer, and it shows how wild the transfer market has become.

It also shows how right Rafa Benitez was in trying to get him signed for £15M in January and why he was so unhappy on January 31st when for some reason he wasn’t signed.

Rafa Benitez – Newcastle need to change the way we do transfer business

Mike Ashley balked because the total was £2M more than the £13M we got from Palace for him and they were making a £2M profit with the £2M loan fee they wanted from us in January for just half a season.

Andros is now worth £12M more than the £15M he would have cost us in January, so we shouldn’t  wonder why Rafa is saying Newcastle have to change the way we do transfers.

That’s just one reason Rafa is annoyed at the way Newcastle have conducted their transfer business this year.

And Mike Ashley and Lee Charnley have proven beyond a shadow of a doubt they have no idea how to run a football club.

So why do they continue to not fully trust in Rafa Benitez and his 30 years in management and coaching?

Your guess is as good as ours, but that has to change quickly if Rafa is going to stay at Newcastle long term.

Mike Ashley has always found it difficult to look at the big picture, and the club seems to try to do a good deal on every single transaction – on every transfer.

That isn’t always possible.

Hopefully, Mike Ashley and Lee Charnley will have learned from this summer – but we wonder about that.

What do you think?

Comments welcome.

13 comments so far

  • Ron Knee

    Aug 29, 2017 at 7:26 AM

    Comment #1

    “Souness blasted Merino’s poor attempt to track Aaron Mooy before the Huddersfield man struck the winner ten days ago as ‘a joke’.”

  • Jail for Ashley

    Aug 29, 2017 at 7:42 AM

    Comment #2

    Aye, one signing that would have seen us romp home with record points, saved all the negativity and would have ensured we had another PL ready player on the books. Please sell up for a reasonable price.

  • Jail for Ashley

    Aug 29, 2017 at 7:44 AM

    Comment #3

    What’s to say we even are for sale, just like eight years ago when he had no intention of selling, just because he said he wants to sell now. We’re not costing him anything and he gets SD plastered world wide every week, he’s not going anywhere.

  • Bambams

    Aug 29, 2017 at 7:47 AM

    Comment #4

    I never listen to Sourpuss and it rankles him that he was a total failure at our club.

    He was still a director/large shareholder at Rangers when we spent £8.5 million on Boumsong then when he proved to be closer to useless came out with the quote ‘ Alain (Boumsong) has a problem as he has big feet so slips around the pitch, we may need special boots for him with an extra stud” or words very similar.

    Footballer he was a great
    Manager he was found wanting
    Pundit he is useless

    In my opinion

  • Mindshaft

    Aug 29, 2017 at 7:47 AM

    Comment #5

    Sadly Ashley wants all the debt paid back to him and still wants a handsome profit on top – highly unlikely anyone will fork out that sort if cash for toon at the moment, they would need to spend a couple of 100 million to be able to compete for top 4 consistently and therefore be champions league contenders on a regular basis – yes I know Leicester did it on a shoestring but they spent a lot of cash since for relative mid table

  • Jib

    Aug 29, 2017 at 7:49 AM

    Comment #6

    Two statements from Ed

    Hands up if you can see the contadiction between them

    1 – We had thought that our first signing would have been Andros Townsend this summer, for what we thought was £13M – the release amount in his contract at Crystal Palace.

    2 – Leicester are now willing to pay £27M for him

    If he has a release clause why the fcuk would Leicester have to pay double ?

    Howay man ffs

  • Bianconeri

    Aug 29, 2017 at 7:49 AM

    Comment #7

    I hope that rumour is true about us swapping Krul For Zoet

  • Jail for Ashley

    Aug 29, 2017 at 7:52 AM

    Comment #8

    He’s maybe signed a new deal Jiblets with the release clause taken out.

  • Jib

    Aug 29, 2017 at 8:01 AM

    Comment #9

    Christian Atsu is twice the player Andros Townsend is and is much more versatile.

    Jail making statements like:-
    “Townsend the one signing that would have seen us romp home with record points”

    Show the level of footy knowledge of some on this blog


    Aug 29, 2017 at 8:06 AM

    Comment #10

    Apparently we are linked with 2 south american left backs this morning… Argentinian Nicholas taglifico(excuse spelling if wrong) and christian ramirez from ecuador who is playing for krasnador in europe….both under 5m

  • EllaGuru

    Aug 29, 2017 at 8:10 AM

    Comment #11


    I think your statement that Atsu is twice the player Townsend is needs some discussion… I beg to differ.

    Atsu, in general, is not very productive, although he is most definitely a raw talent. I was delighted to see that pull back for Joselu on Saturday. It shows he is maturing. However he is still extremely wasteful at times.

    Townsend was one of our best players under Rafa in the relegation season. Chipped in with goals and assists. I think your comparison is unfair.

  • lochinvar

    Aug 29, 2017 at 8:11 AM

    Comment #12

    Peter Graves is one of us ( fan and season ticket holder at SJP ) and only doing his job when he makes blog worthy comments for Sky about NUFC and expresses concerns over Rafa and Ashley’s direction. Some moaners need to give him a break and some love……you know the song

    Cheer up Peter Graves
    Oh, what can it mean to a
    Sky reporter and a
    Toon loving being

  • Bambams

    Aug 29, 2017 at 8:13 AM

    Comment #13


    Don’t give up the day job mate.



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