What Newcastle Fans Are Thinking This Sunday Morning

We check on Twitter now and again to gauge the mood of the Newcastle fans.

We suppose our best bet of keeping Rafa Benitez at the club is for some rich consortium wo come in to buy Newcastle from Mike Ashley and pledge to keep Rafa at the club and completely support him in terms of funding.

That would be manna from heaven for Newcastle supporters and there’s still a long time to go before next May.

That’s assuming Rafa will stay with us at least until then.

But it’s also clear that Mike Ashley is and has been bad news for Newcastle United ever since he bought the club in May 2007 – one month after I started this blog.

Mike Ashley – Newcastle owner

Did I say it would be soul-destroying if Rafa does leave the club – we’ll be fighting relegation again with some average manager.

As Yogi Berra used to say – It will deja vu – all over again.

8 comments so far

  • Jib

    Sep 3, 2017 at 7:48 AM

    Comment #1

    I found it quite revealing that in the notorious Ashley interview with Sky that the figure of £200 million was mentioned several times in different contexts.

    That figure just happens to be about 49% of MA’s valuation of NUFC.

    If he was to take a big hitting investor on board that would be about how much he’d have to cough up.

    I wonder if in July there was an investor lined up (Rafa bought Jacob Murphy when the squad was in Ireland like it was the start of a spending spree) and it subsequently fell through or was delayed.
    That being the reason for the dramatic change in recruiting philosophy and Rafa’s frustration.

  • hibbit

    Sep 3, 2017 at 8:03 AM

    Comment #2

    from previous post
    a lot to agree with there

    but in all these equations Rafa is the key we have to keep him to make this work

  • Lindisfarne

    Sep 3, 2017 at 8:04 AM

    Comment #3

    Just catching up:

    Accounts for June 2016 showing little profit. As mentioned these were for the relegated season and therefore had the lowest possible return from league, a smaller TV money. Plus a massive increase spend on new players from both the summer and winter transfer window, with finally the cost of dismissing Wally McBrolly and appointing Raga and his team.

    We know that subsequently there was a massive clear out of players with approximately a £30m profit, plus a reduced wage bill. The level of income at June 2017 will have been also smaller and I can not guess the profit available for Rafa to spend on new players. But it would not be impossible for the club to release a preliminary statement of accounts to settle the unease about the club.

  • Grafton83

    Sep 3, 2017 at 8:05 AM

    Comment #4

    Honestly it’s exhausting trying to constantly retrain my brain to just enjoy following the team whilst blocking out everything MA does. It’s all you can do as a supporter at the moment though, it’s a misery if you let it get to you.

  • lochinvar

    Sep 3, 2017 at 8:08 AM

    Comment #5

    What am I Thinking?

    “May Day, May Day, we are sinking!”
    “Hallo—Zis is ze German Coast Guard.”
    “We’re sinking, we’re sinking!”
    “What . . . what are you thinking about?”

  • Jib

    Sep 3, 2017 at 8:24 AM

    Comment #6

    “Don’t tell him Pike”

  • Moonraker15

    Sep 3, 2017 at 10:43 AM

    Comment #7

    The most frustrating thing about having an owner like Ashley, is the total lack of ambition and interest in the club, despite having appointed a world class manager for the first time!
    I remember when Ashley used to revel in being with the fans and not sure when that all changed.
    He makes huge gains and losses with SD shares each day so selling NUFC for a loss would surely not be a problem to him!
    Or, does he enjoy the kudos of owning the club.
    Who knows! But if Rafa leaves we’re going down for sure!

  • Moonraker15

    Sep 3, 2017 at 10:46 AM

    Comment #8

    The irony of the transfer window saga is that they only needed probably 1 more signing, say Targett and we’d be reasonably happy!


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