Fans Take To Twitter After Summer Transfer Window Closes – Rafa Let Down Again

Newcastle fans have taken to Twitter to vent their frustration in what is probably the worst transfer window of any Premier League club this summer.

Fans are rightly annoyed we couldn’t get the players in, and we are worried about what Rafa thinks today.

But the bottom line is the manager now has the players he will have until January, and he will try to get the very best out of them.

Rafa is such a good manager that he can still create a good side from what he’s got.

But he seems to have had no help from the club at all with only £12M the net spend for the summer.

With last summer’s £32M in profit, that means in the last three transfer windows with Rafa in charge we have made a £20M profit.

Rafa Benitez – will feel let down again by Newcastle

Here are some typical responses from frustrated fans but the bottom line after we recover from this is that we have to support Rafa and the lads.

142 comments so far

  • kimbo

    Sep 1, 2017 at 7:41 AM

    Comment #1

    A big JD sports flag that fills the Gallowgate end is required.

  • optimistic prime

    Sep 1, 2017 at 7:42 AM

    Comment #2

    Nufc isn’t getting sold, who’d buy it?

    If you look at the finances the only thing keeping the club afloat is tv money, all other sources of income have been taken away or sold on. It can’t look good to any potential buyer.

    He has us right where he wants us, overvalued and crippled financialy, with a poison atmosphere of his creating.

    No way Ashley is selling, get ready for another ten years of this unless someone buys him out of SD then he’d have no need for us.

  • Pootle2118

    Sep 1, 2017 at 7:50 AM

    Comment #3

    IMO Fatstuff would be more than happy for us to finish 17th every season with a cup run of no longer than the QF stage. That way he gets the Prem TV money every year and the travel costs and wages will be kept nice and low. I also think (more hope really) that he is close to selling the club which is why he’s kept the cheque book firmly shut. I just hope he sells before any other team, who have ambition, decide they need a change of manager and pay the Fat f#@k the necessary amount to take Rafa. Looking at the state of how Palace and West Ham have started the season, I don’t think we have long.

  • toon kk

    Sep 1, 2017 at 7:52 AM

    Comment #4

    The transfer window went as I expected, everyone knows how the club is run and should know Mash was never going to splash big cash.
    No surprise.

  • Dagga

    Sep 1, 2017 at 7:53 AM

    Comment #5

    I have absolutely no doubt the restricted funds available is the principal reason for lack of signings and I hope Ashley sells up soon as there is just constant misery generated in the way he runs things. That said I am struggling to see how Rafa can escape from this without some blame, if he identifies targets and Charnley goes and negotiates then surely we would know they were open to joining from Rafa’s contact. All I have heard about potential targets over past few days is that they preferred other destinations rather than the host clubs turning down our miserly offers.

  • Pootle2118

    Sep 1, 2017 at 7:53 AM

    Comment #6


    I like your thinking, unfortunately I could see the huffy tw@t banning all flags if that did happen though.

  • Shoulders knees

    Sep 1, 2017 at 7:56 AM

    Comment #7

    Anyone who has supported Nufc for any time must have expected this.

  • lochinvar

    Sep 1, 2017 at 7:58 AM

    Comment #8

    Various comments about where’s the revenue / transfer money gone and flying a JD Sports banner at protest in the ground. All you need to know is probably in this article.

    Did you know that Ashley had ordered a £40m executive jet ? Don’t know if was delivered yet but probably explains why the helicopter wasn’t in use last night. We had Taget booked onto a Southampton – Newcastle commercial flight but he’d didn’t get on. The irony. Bet the new jet that wasn’t affected by budget cuts then ?

    JD are now número uno in the Sports market by a long way – but remember that Ashley I think has bought shares in them as well so makes money when their share price goes up.

  • Jib

    Sep 1, 2017 at 8:11 AM

    Comment #9

    wynsleapComment #11
    So i take it you are quite happy for Ashley to spend nothing each season

    It’s not each season
    Last Summer Rafa spent £63 million and brought in some duds
    Hanley £6m
    Diamé £5m
    Sels £4m
    The season before Supermac spent £80m
    If you are going to try and stir the shit at least get your facts right

  • OneAlanShearer

    Sep 1, 2017 at 8:21 AM

    Comment #10

    The crying shame of this is we have the right man and true gent in rafa to turn the club around.
    He knew what to do on a budget….so what happens….its not who we got in….its that we got rid of what he didn’t want but didn’t get who he also wanted.

    This in my humble opinion leaves us 5 short of being the competitive side rafa tried to make us.

    Left back
    Central midfielder
    Number ten

    Basically he’s been made to make do with what he has. Half a first xi short of where he would like to be.

    Only one man to blame for this. The fella who provides the cash to achieve it.

    Charnley is just ashleys puppet. Blaming him is like blaming pardew, McLaren, JFK, wise, jiminez, fat head Sam, they were all guilty of being poor but only one man sets that standard..only one man stopping this club from growing into what it could be
    …the same man who will ultimately drive rafa out of this club. If rafa stays it’s out of stubbornness and pride…and because he knows without him we are in big trouble. Go down again and we won’t come back up. The championship has become far more competitive. The fat man doesn’t do competitive…he does just enough if you are lucky with injuries and results go your way.

    Ashley sell the club it’s very clear you don’t have any interest in growing it. You are like a cat playing with a mouse, letting limp along without the mercy to put it out of its misery.

  • Jib

    Sep 1, 2017 at 8:21 AM

    Comment #11

    toon kk

    He told anyone who cared to listen in his interview with Sky a few weeks ago.

  • Lindisfarne

    Sep 1, 2017 at 8:22 AM

    Comment #12

    By no means do I ask thiis as a way of excuse, but does anyone know how much loss we made on selling the deadwood?

    I imagine it will push the expenditure up another £10m at least. But that is still poor. I can not remember the guess-timated cost of running the club and players wages, but is £22m really every penny that remains?

    I imagine we were turned down by players despite Rafa being here, as the existing squad are in dispute again over payments and will not have too many good things to say about the owner. At the moment he looks like the biggest liar and the more he opens his mouth the worse it gets, whilst at the same time there is a lack of communication that creates a vortex of anguish.

  • catchy in norway

    Sep 1, 2017 at 8:25 AM

    Comment #13

    The Poll, are you happy, i have to say i voted yes, i would have loved to get in a few more players, but right now i think to many fans are looking at how much has been spent, as if the value of the player is an indicator of how good he should be, and i think that is a spectacular miss conception.

    Its easy for us all to sit here and say buy him with someone else money, and just stock pile players, and while i see the bigger picture as to why people are not happy, as it happens every window, Ashley lies and im not happy with this part of it, im extremely happy we diddnt lose any of our good players, and the 6 added seem to be a decent bunch of players which have added quality to the squad.

    i think the biggest cancer in clubs is unhappy players, the more players you have at the club the more toxic the environment, to many egos, so reducing the players should help with more quality training session, as those who are there will more likely feel wanted by the club and more likely to give more on the pitch.

    right now id hate to be a palace fan or west ham fan, 26 million for Sako, thats the madness of the this window summed up in one transfer.

  • lochinvar

    Sep 1, 2017 at 8:29 AM

    Comment #14

    “….a vortex of anguish”

    And so early in the day, poetic angst. Great title for a song . A protest song mind, not some love ballad.

  • Jib

    Sep 1, 2017 at 8:33 AM

    Comment #15

    Secret sausage
    Hooded claw
    Toonacious T

    Posters rarely , if ever , seen before.
    All on the same theme
    Start the protest against Ashley again

    Is there maybe an agends here ?
    Are they multiples of the same person ?
    Are they WUMS from another club ?
    Who knows ?
    Who Cares ?

  • Reilly

    Sep 1, 2017 at 8:33 AM

    Comment #16


  • The overrated Frenchman

    Sep 1, 2017 at 8:34 AM

    Comment #17

    You’re not enjoying this Jib, are you? Poor old lovey, I’m worried about you. Is there anyone with you apart from the rats and “jane” ?

  • King_Solano

    Sep 1, 2017 at 8:36 AM

    Comment #18

    The fatman has royally screwed us yet again. He probably thinks that since we better than Brighton and Hudersfield last year that we only need to be better than 1 existing premier league team and we’ll be hunky dory. What a cu@t!

    And one thing that is truely baffling, who signed off on loaning Krul to one of our relegation rivals. Seriously? Why improve a rival at our expense. In my opinion, Krul is a much better keep than both Elliott and Darlow. Im stunned

  • Jib

    Sep 1, 2017 at 8:38 AM

    Comment #19

    Bye the bye Wysleap
    If you are going to whinge and whine may I recommend an expert :-


    He does nightclasses on whingeing.

    He owns the biggest whinery in Denmark.

    He also apparently is the only person on this blog to have produced children.

  • Jib

    Sep 1, 2017 at 8:40 AM

    Comment #20

    Whoops there’s another
    King Solano – ffs

  • Jib

    Sep 1, 2017 at 8:42 AM

    Comment #21

    I’m loving it
    I’ll enjoy it even more when Grayson takes your team down to the 3rd tier

  • The overrated Frenchman

    Sep 1, 2017 at 8:44 AM

    Comment #22

    Is there anyone here from Benwell? Can you get round to Jib’s place sharpish – he is becoming completely irrational and hysterical and I fear for his well-being

  • Ciaran

    Sep 1, 2017 at 8:44 AM

    Comment #23


    Not that I think you’re a genuine fan of the club or anything as everything you say is twisted to promote your agenda but do you not understand why some fans would be miffed after this disappointing transfer window?

    I know I’m asking you a genuine question yet I don’t expect a genuine sincere answer. Would be pleasantly surprised if I received one though.

  • The overrated Frenchman

    Sep 1, 2017 at 8:46 AM

    Comment #24

    Ah the old “mackem” slur – that’s more like the cretinous Jib I know. You just forgot the puerile “ha ha” at the end..

  • Reilly

    Sep 1, 2017 at 8:47 AM

    Comment #25

    we need left-back cover Kieran Richardson is a free agent. 😳

  • King_Solano

    Sep 1, 2017 at 8:52 AM

    Comment #26


    Are you happy with our dealings overall? Do you think we are adequately covered through each position? Do you think we will prosper this season? If you do good for you.

    I didn’t expect to spend 100m quid but i did expect to improve our squad more than we did.

  • Jib

    Sep 1, 2017 at 8:55 AM

    Comment #27

    Haidara is better than Kieran Richardson
    Gamez probably too

  • Magic Merino

    Sep 1, 2017 at 8:58 AM

    Comment #28

    Why is everyone so shocked, we were never going to buy average players at 30m which is where the market currently is.
    I do however agree that Lucas Perez at the quoted £10m-ish is where we should be looking. Gayle’s head/fitness or whatever it is was clearly shown in his first two games where he just wasn’t at the races. Couple that with Mitro whos guaranteed 2/3 red cards a season…. well looks like Joselu is our new number 1!

    Personally I think we can get away with using Mbemba at left back at least he offers a bit more going forward than Dummett! Last few years the left side we’ve had zero threat, at least with atsu/murphy there we should create.

  • Jail for Ashley

    Sep 1, 2017 at 8:59 AM

    Comment #29

    It’s not about spending someone else’s money. Big money was found for McLaren simply because we’d almost been relegated the season before, more money was found when it looked like we would be relegated. Money was also given to Rafa to get us back up but none given in January when it looked like we might not need it, a decision that almost back fired and caused way more negativity than we needed. Now we need to spend a few quid more and they’ve gone and left the squad without one specialist LB, Ryan Taylor ring a bell. It’s not just about the money either it’s about letting down the best manager we’ve had for years. Ashley has already relegated us twice with his policies what makes you think we’ll survive after Rafa.

  • DubaiMicky

    Sep 1, 2017 at 8:59 AM

    Comment #30

    catchy in norway, I have to agree with you, I voted “Yes” too.

    The club needs a rank and file clean up, from the top down (or bottom up), hopefully Rafa sees that and will continue to support us.

  • BandB

    Sep 1, 2017 at 9:01 AM

    Comment #31


    I know you don’t suffer fools, and you know your footy inside out. Any judgment by you has to be taken seriously.

    So, as they have now BOTH left the club, can you explain why top-signing Riviere wasn’t turned into a real gem by Steve “Supermac” McClaren after all?

  • Jib

    Sep 1, 2017 at 9:03 AM

    Comment #32

    King Solano
    I did expect to improve our squad more than we did.

    So did I and probably Rafa

    Although his attendance at Nyon looked at in hindsight probably showed he knew the game was up a week ago.

    Loke a lot of driven , obsessed people , Rafa , outside of his football bubble , doesn’t seem au fait with some aspects of the real world.
    Perhaps the next forum he attends should be on accountancy.
    He could invite a few bloggers from here along with him.

  • Jail for Ashley

    Sep 1, 2017 at 9:03 AM

    Comment #33

    If that was the plan that they’d devised fair enough, still a massive gamble but at least the manager knew. He thought we’d bring in up to four players and kept his side of the deal and let fourteen go.

  • Rotonda heights

    Sep 1, 2017 at 9:09 AM

    Comment #34


    You said these last few days were going to be insane for activity. That went well. Not one incoming!!

    You fail to grasp the point that yes, money was given to the desperately inept McLaren, but Mclaren is not Benitez who is an elite coach. Say that slowly.

    Now you are calling Hanley and others duds when previously you said he was a good promotion insurance policy.

    I think the Telegraph puts it quite succinctly

    ”More worryingly, having felt as though promises made by owner Mike Ashley have been broken this summer, he no longer trusts those above him and suspects he will never receive the financial backing needed to turn Newcastle into a major force in the Premier League again.

    Despite being promised every extra penny from promotion, Newcastle have one of the lowest net spends in the top flight, with Ashley’s lieutenant, Justin Barnes, refusing to sanction a number of potential deals because of the cost. ”

    Jib you can bluster on as much as you like with your usual BS but we all know the score here, not matter how obnoxious and bullish you get.

  • Lindisfarne

    Sep 1, 2017 at 9:10 AM

    Comment #35


    I will believe everything is hunky-dory when Rafa says that all was done that could be done, there is no need for any further signings and he happy to take the squad forward. In fact he has already stated that the new players are not all that he primarily wanted but is happy to with, so that is one already crossed off. I have some sympathy for the fact that the club will compete and with Rafa at the helm, probably better than expected. I could even stand behind a club that laughed at the excessive amounts spent by others, whilst appreciating a team of players assembled to take on the ‘world’. However, reading between the lines it appears Rafa was expecting a greater level of investment in the squad and not every penny has been provided or spent.

  • Rotonda heights

    Sep 1, 2017 at 9:12 AM

    Comment #36


    Oh so now it’s rafa’s fault, not your beloved MA

  • lochinvar

    Sep 1, 2017 at 9:14 AM

    Comment #37

    Clearly the FA have long memories as far as NUFC and Mitro are concerned.
    Four years later and nothing had changed, No TMOS only trial by MOTD and Twatter.
    Only consolation is that McManaman has been cast into the Wilderness and exiled in Sunderland.

    Newcastle said the FA’s disciplinary procedures were unfit for purpose after the governing body revealed Wigan’s Callum McManaman will go unpunished for his dangerous tackle on Massadio Haidara.
    McManaman escaped without charge after the FA were told by referee Mark Halsey that one of his officials had seen the incident during Newcastle’s 2-1 defeat at the DW Stadium on Sunday. ( was that assistant sacked ? )
    Yet Newcastle assistant manager John Carver and Wigan coach Graham Barrow found themselves on a misconduct charge for a half-time bust-up that was sparked by fury over the horror tackle.

    Read more:
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  • Ron Knee

    Sep 1, 2017 at 9:16 AM

    Comment #38


    It’s vindictive Ashley showing Rafa who’s boss. Talk about cutting off your nose to spite your face!

  • BandB

    Sep 1, 2017 at 9:16 AM

    Comment #39

    I’m not sure Jib can complain that all that money was given to McClaren.
    I remember he was McClaren’s only truly vociferous champion on the blog. He continued to argue that McClaren would come good eventually long after his presence in charge had obviously become a real relegation risk. .
    I asked him once if relegation was a price worth paying for his faith in McClaren, and he replied “so be it!”

  • Jamesthefirst

    Sep 1, 2017 at 9:19 AM

    Comment #40

    I, like many are frustrated. But for me, only a striker was needed. Cover is available in the other positions. But goals are lacking. However, I’m a big fan of Mitro and believe he will have a big season if given the chance.

    But despite all the negativity, go onto the West Ham twitter and forums, they are going ballistic at their owners for a net spend of only £4 million. Will Rafa want to go to West Ham that is worse than us?

    Arsenal fans are also complaining having only bought 2 players all summer.

    It is not just us that have frustrations. All the comments about not buying anyone last night. We have bought 7 players this summer, which is the most under Ashley in one summer window. Two of the players are exceptional talents (Merino, Lejeune) and one has the potential to be excellent (Murphy). The first 11 is miles better now than it was last season or the season we went down.

    Yes, we need strength in depth for the season ahead. But we needed quality, and convincing them to come in is difficult. No point in just bringing in some players who we then have to get rid of next summer. No point in more deadwood being here.

    Rafa will stay until January to see if money is spent then. If no one is signed in January he will leave next summer. He won’t leave before then.


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