Newcastle Need To Completely Revamp Their Transfer Policy – Otherwise Rafa Will Leave


It’s been an incredibly disappointing day for Newcastle fans with no players coming in – in fact no players have come in since we signed Joselu from Stoke over two weeks ago.

But other smaller Premier League clubs (at least we thought they were smaller) like Crystal Palace and Swansea have done some decent deals – but don’t accuse Newcastle of that.

We have moved five players out since last weekend – and saved money on the wages and brought in some transfer fees too.

That will please owner Mike Ashley.

Manu Riviere moved to Metz, Siem de Jong moved back to Ajax, and Grant Hanley moved to Norwich City, so we got around £8.5M for those three deals and of course got their wages off the wage bill.

And by tonight at 11:00 pm we should see both Tim Krul and Achraf Lazaar move on season long loans to Brighton and Benevento respectively.

We still don’t have a fit left back with Paul Dummett out injured after we finally withdrew this afternoon trying to get Matt Targett in from Southampton, even though the player was keen to join us.

Mike Ashley – Newcastle owner for the last 10 years

The Saints said Newcastle wouldn’t pay the loan fee and Newcastle stated that they wanted a full season loan and not just six months.

But why do we think the Magpies refused to pay the high loan fee?

This summer’s transfer market simply hasn’t worked, and we have spent by our reckoning a net of only around £14.5K, and that includes some loan fees for players coming in – like Mikel Merino.

We made a profit last summer of £31M and spent nothing in January even though Rafa wanted Andros Townsend brought in for£15M.

But Mike Ashley refused to do that deal and then found out the price for Townsend in May was £27M.

Why doesn’t Ashley listen to Rafa – who knows all about football?

So what has Ashley done for Rafa since the Spanish manager joined us around 18 months ago?

He has made a profit of close to £17M over the last three transfer windows.

That’s a good recipe of how to screw this all up, and that’s exactly what the Newcastle hierarchy – make that Mike Ashley – have managed to do.

You cannot really blame Rafa for being frustrated because he has all the ambition in the world for Newcastle.

Ashley has again shown he’s more worried about the financial side of Newcastle than having a good team.

That does not mesh well with Rafa, who wants the team and football to be the most important thing at the club.

West Ham will have watched how Newcastle have been miserly over the last two transfer windows and may make a move for Rafa,

However, we don’t expect Rafa to leave during this season, but you cannot blame him for leaving next summer, after just over two seasons on Tyneside.

The fans just love him, but the owner has shown over 10 years as the Newcastle owner that he’s determined not to have a successful club and will not spend the money when it’s necessary.

Mike Ashley is not the right owner for Newcastle, and we all know that.

And it looks like this little gift we got that Rafa Benitez wanted to join Newcastle and make us great again – has been rather quickly wrecked by the owner.

In May we never even thought that was possible, but we were wrong – again.

All we can hope for now, on the positive side of things, is that Rafa makes a good team from what he’s been given.

And indeed our display against West Ham United last Saturday suggests Rafa is a good enough manager to do just that.

But it’s with no help – with the emphasis on “no” – from owner Mike Ashley.

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288 comments so far

  • Mr Funk

    Aug 31, 2017 at 8:41 PM

    Comment #1

    Rafas already left – it will be either at the end of this season or when his contract finishes

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  • BlacknWhiteBarmy

    Aug 31, 2017 at 8:47 PM

    Comment #2

    The damage is done – once a liar always a liar and Ashleys has had that proven by KK

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  • Bambams

    Aug 31, 2017 at 8:48 PM

    Comment #3

    That’s all folks…..

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  • Shoulders knees

    Aug 31, 2017 at 8:48 PM

    Comment #4

    Can’t blame him.

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  • swemag

    Aug 31, 2017 at 8:48 PM

    Comment #5

    Gayle to Wolves????? What the ferk…and on loan. No transfer fee. What the ff…..

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  • BlacknWhiteBarmy

    Aug 31, 2017 at 8:49 PM

    Comment #6

    1st Prem team to sack manager will come calling and Rafa will go – FatAsh gets his £5M penalty clause and we look forward to the Championship

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  • Bambams

    Aug 31, 2017 at 8:49 PM

    Comment #7

    Rafa stated this is no longer a long term project.

    We should of known then.

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  • Toonboy

    Aug 31, 2017 at 8:51 PM

    Comment #8

    I bet the odds on Rafa walking have dropped

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  • Wandering Geordie

    Aug 31, 2017 at 8:51 PM

    Comment #9

    Oh well.Since the transfer window is nearly over and all the who will who won’t sign scenario……It will start again tomorrow for the start of the January window……….

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  • wynsleap

    Aug 31, 2017 at 8:51 PM

    Comment #10

    I just hope Newcastle fans are not just going to lie down and take this without a fight. That’s the least we owe Rafa.
    Stuff the fact it may not help the team. Get the banners out at EVERY game like “We need a new owner”, “Why can’t we compete with Burnley and Swansea?, “When are you selling up Ashley?” etc.
    There can be no more Ashley apologists at this club now. Let’s all get together and shame this guy out of our club. We know he doesn’t like criticism. Let’s give it to him in spades.

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Aug 31, 2017 at 8:51 PM

    Comment #11

    Aren’t we going to see posts from Jib and magspuggy telling Ed to give it a rest slagging the owner?

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  • welshgeordie9

    Aug 31, 2017 at 8:51 PM

    Comment #12

    It dosent matter who’s the manager while Ashley is here, Christ if Rafa can’t get the help he needs I hate to think if he goes, what’s going to happen with future managers, they have got no chance.

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  • kilcline

    Aug 31, 2017 at 8:51 PM

    Comment #13

    Please can someone buy us who can see the club infrastructure, fans passion and potential this great club has?

    If Ashley stays we are a yoyo club at best and the gap only gets bigger as the likes of Bournemouth continue to earn more tv money and bid £25m plus for players.

    Ashley out

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  • lochinvar

    Aug 31, 2017 at 8:54 PM

    Comment #14

    Newcastle Need To Completely Revamp Their Transfer Policy – Otherwise Rafa Will Leave

    Come on Ed we need the truth, we need the real headline that will make us sit up and notice

    Newcastle Need to Completely Revamp their Ownership – Otherwise Ashley will Stay

    Please make it so
    Aye Captain

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  • Jib

    Aug 31, 2017 at 8:55 PM

    Comment #15

    Ed give it a rest slagging the owner
    😎

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  • West Lancs Geordie

    Aug 31, 2017 at 8:55 PM

    Comment #16

    It’s Deadline Day otherwise known as Thursday to us Newcastle fans!! Classic tweet to Sky Sports by Olive

    Is this latest blog supposed to final finish off all true Toon fans.
    We certainly know who he is & what he has done or correction what he has failed to do.
    AND we don’t need his flaming smug picture to remind us.
    10 years – he’s long past his sell by date.

    3
  • swemag

    Aug 31, 2017 at 8:56 PM

    Comment #17

    Lee Ryder claiming we get Tom Cairney for Gayle plus 5 million.

    If that is true I will be happy.

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  • ShirebrookToon

    Aug 31, 2017 at 8:56 PM

    Comment #18

    Ashley should think about selling up now. What happened to the potential buyers we had at the beginning of the summer? Or was that just a cock n bull story for once!

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  • optimistic prime

    Aug 31, 2017 at 8:57 PM

    Comment #19

    Id like to know why he doesn’t want a successful club.

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  • ShirebrookToon

    Aug 31, 2017 at 8:57 PM

    Comment #20

    Swemag
    When was that reported??

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  • DjMickyg

    Aug 31, 2017 at 8:57 PM

    Comment #21

    We have to start boycotting the matches. Its the only way. Im sick of this. He has to go. Benitez is gone it will be announced over the next few days.

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  • check the toastie

    Aug 31, 2017 at 8:58 PM

    Comment #22

    Hopefully Fat Sh1t is cutting costs awaiting a sale. He is openly trying to sell club why would he invest any of his own cash, makes no sense. Only hope we have for the club is somebody buys him out. Very Unlikely.?

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  • BlacknWhiteBarmy

    Aug 31, 2017 at 8:59 PM

    Comment #23

    How about flags with Decathlon (other sports shops are available) – lets give some of FatAshes free advertising away!

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  • Bambams

    Aug 31, 2017 at 8:59 PM

    Comment #24

    We are a live advert for Sports Direct.

    Nothing more unless someone can show me different

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  • check the toastie

    Aug 31, 2017 at 8:59 PM

    Comment #25

    If Tom Cairney signs I take that back. ?

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  • firebug666

    Aug 31, 2017 at 9:00 PM

    Comment #26

    Ashley doesn’t give a toss about protests UNLESS they are directed at his baby SD it’s the only time the fat slug ever takes any notice.

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  • ShirebrookToon

    Aug 31, 2017 at 9:01 PM

    Comment #27

    I’ll be bringing a JD sports bag to the next game and a flag if I can get my hands on one 😆

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  • swemag

    Aug 31, 2017 at 9:02 PM

    Comment #28

    Shirebrook – this is all from Lee Ryders twitter feed.

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  • RUNAWAY777

    Aug 31, 2017 at 9:02 PM

    Comment #29

    This man has killed our club but for some readon we keep giving him our hard earned money can someone tell why and dont say we support nufc it will still be there long after we have gone so why.

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  • ShirebrookToon

    Aug 31, 2017 at 9:02 PM

    Comment #31

    Firebug
    I’ve got people on the inside of his beloved empire waiting for instruction 😆

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  • dannitoon

    Aug 31, 2017 at 9:03 PM

    Comment #32

    F’me… did sherlock holmes write that….

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  • West Lancs Geordie

    Aug 31, 2017 at 9:03 PM

    Comment #33

    Come on you 126 people who voted us to finish in the top 6 – Who are you?. No doubt you have been to Ladbrokes & got super odds for your 50p stake money.
    Glad 73% think we’ll stay up.
    Let’s get behind the lads & Rafa.
    He deserves freedom of the City if he stays on!

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  • firebug666

    Aug 31, 2017 at 9:04 PM

    Comment #34

    Shirebrook

    Give them that word mate…lmao

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  • ShirebrookToon

    Aug 31, 2017 at 9:05 PM

    Comment #35

    West Lancs
    I think we’re the only thing that’s keeping Rafa here mate.

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  • ShirebrookToon

    Aug 31, 2017 at 9:08 PM

    Comment #36

    Swemag
    Cheers

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  • lochinvar

    Aug 31, 2017 at 9:08 PM

    Comment #37

    What are the betting odds on Bilic getting sacked next week as soon as West Ham’s owners have seen the state of NUFC transfer window and quietly had a word with Rafa’s agent

    Odds on ?

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  • ShirebrookToon

    Aug 31, 2017 at 9:08 PM

    Comment #38

    Firebug
    Can I borrow your Dalek then mate lol

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  • BeeGuy

    Aug 31, 2017 at 9:09 PM

    Comment #39

    Bad window, did not move Colbeck among others. Still have Shelby, Mitro, Perez, Diame. Better luck next time.

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  • West Lancs Geordie

    Aug 31, 2017 at 9:09 PM

    Comment #40

    Great if we were to get Tom Cairney but if Gayle goes we can’t rely on just Joselu & the Loose Canon up front or are we going to play 6 across the middle?
    I do think we are being drawn into a big wind up again. But there is still just under two hours of the window left!!!!

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