Rafa Benitez Comes In For Even More Criticism

From what we can tell Newcastle have spent about £35M gross on players and a much more significant number – £12M net on transfers.

But fans and manager were expecting around £70M net to be available this summer, so that’s a huge discrepancy in the money that was spent – if that’s all Mike Ashley had available to give to Rafa Benitez.

For the money we did spend, Rafa brought in some decent players – all of whom can improve under his coaching.

Sam Allardyce – while Newcastle manager

Former Newcastle manager Sam Allardyce has come out and defended Newcastle owner Mike Ashley by saying that’s all Mike could do – give Rafa all that was available that the club had generated.

We were obviously behind the other clubs in the Premier League who had just received huge money from the new £5.1B rights agreement last May, which looks like it may even keep increasing in future years.

This is what big Sam has told talkSPORT.

“Mike has openly said he’s given Rafa all the money he could possibly give him that’s generated by Newcastle.”

“I don’t think you can ask any more than that. But it’s how you spend that money and who you spend it on,”

“Of course he openly said you can’t compete with Manchester City, as much as the fans would want them to.”

“They can’t compete with Manchester United, Manchester City, Arsenal, Chelsea even perhaps Everton, certainly not Liverpool.”

“Financially they just can’t get there; you have to do the best you possibly can with what you get.”

“Newcastle should be happy to finish in the Premier League for next season and then build from there and try not to put too much pressure on the players.”

Here are the comings and goings at Newcastle this summer.

Christian Atsu£6.2MChelsea
Florian Lejeune£8.8MEibar
Jacob Murphy£10MNorwich
Javier Manquillo£4.5MAtletico Madrid
Mikel MerinoLoan - seasonBorussia Dortmund
Joselu£5.0MStoke City
Transfer Fees In£34.5M
Vurnon AnitaReleasedAston Villa
Sammy AmeobiReleasedBolton
Haris VuckicReleasedFC Twente
Lubo SatkaReleasedFC DAC 1904
Florian Thauvin£10.0MMarseille
Kevin Mbabu£1.0MYoung Boys
Matz SelsLoan - seasonAnderlecht
Yoan GouffranReleasedGoztepe
Adam ArmstrongLoan - seasonBolton
Lewis Gibson£1.0M initiallyEverton
Daryl Murphy£2.0MNottingham Forest
Ivan ToneyLoan - seasonWigan Athletic
Emmanuel Riviere£1.0MMetz
Siem de Jong£4.0MAjax
Grant Hanley£3.5MNorwich City
Tim KrulLoan - seasonBrighton
Achraf LazaarLoan - seasonBenevento
Transfer Fees Out£22.5M
Net Spend£12.0M

Comments welcome.

9 comments so far

  • Chancel be a fine thing

    Sep 7, 2017 at 1:29 PM

    Comment #1

    Fat Sam spotted, sitting by the roadside, next to a table full of lonsdale trackie bottoms.

  • Chancel be a fine thing

    Sep 7, 2017 at 1:32 PM

    Comment #2

    Times are so hard for Sam right now, that he can no longer honestly say that managing sunderland was the low point of his life.

  • Tsunki

    Sep 7, 2017 at 1:41 PM

    Comment #3

    Aye right Sam keep your eye on the barbecue don’t want the burgers to burn while you’re skimming the pool.

  • martoon

    Sep 7, 2017 at 1:45 PM

    Comment #4

    Nobody was expecting us to compete with Man City etc. Most of us thought we could use the £30m profit from the last transfers plus the parachute payment which would give us a kitty of about £50-60m plus any profits from players sold. A bit simplistic accounting I know but not completely unrealistic I think.

  • Spotlight Kid

    Sep 7, 2017 at 1:50 PM

    Comment #5

    “Newcastle should be happy to finish in the Premier League for next season and then build from there and try not to put too much pressure on the players.”

    Love him or loathe him, one can’t really argue with that statement.

  • lesh

    Sep 7, 2017 at 2:00 PM

    Comment #6

    Allardyce is clearly letting Ashley know he’ll come crawling back if needed. If he wants to say it, then he’d be better saying it loud and clear instead of using coded language.

    Furthermore, he overlooks the fact that Ashley’s got form when it comes to being honest with folk and whilst Allardyce is backing what Ashley’s said to the media, he doesn’t know what was said to Rafa who may well have misinterpreted Ashley’s vague response to his business plan and strategy. If Allardyce were in Rafa’s shoes now, he’d have a lot to say so he should keep his thoughts to himself.

  • JP...from The Rock

    Sep 7, 2017 at 3:12 PM

    Comment #7

    Big Sam has clearly heard Fat Ashley’s ibterview on Sky when he mentioned giving him the sack too soon. Sam stop sucking up to Ashly you’re not wanted here! As for us not being able to compete with Man City, Liverpool etc.. we know that you tool! We are not delusional as you and many down south wish to paint us as. We want to be able to compete with the Bournmouth, Brighton, Swansea and West Hams of this lesgue you fool.

    So sick of these idiots talking shite about us fans. They take it as if they k ow what we are thinking when in fact it’s the complete opposite.

    More than 80% of fans would love a comfortable 12-16 place in the table. I haven’t heard anyone say we should target top 10 as if it is our right. The following year is a different story but this season is all about survival and slowly building for a better placed team in the near future.

    Rafa was hard done by and we all but these clowns know that.

  • dcbashore

    Sep 7, 2017 at 3:54 PM

    Comment #8

    I mean, say what you want about Sam personally or as a manager but he’s dead-on here. I think that the media started trumping up reports of 70 million or whatever — I read in ONE place that Rafa said there was 30 million left over in January, but the bottom line is we don’t know how much was available. If you piece reports together bit by bit, it will look a little something like this when the 16/17 accounts come out, I think.

    – 1.7 million cash on hand at the end of relegation season
    – netted roughly 30 million in transfer profit for 16/17 IF Tottenham paid in full for Sissoko, which we don’t know yet. If not it is substantially less
    – our wage bill was the same, if not higher (Simon Bird reported it was at one point 97 million this summer, which is about 23 million more than in 15/16)
    – our gate was similar because of price freezes and maybe a slight uptick in attendance
    – We brought in about 28 million LESS in TV and placement money, including the parachute payments

    So best case, if Tottenham paid Sissoko in full and we had that money available, that left us with somewhere around 3-5m to spend in the summer window. We have something like a 20m net spend so we probably have spent whatever TV money was already given us for the games already picked. The fact we allegedly couldn’t afford a free agents’ wage demands tells me we have no money on hand.

    We’ll see for sure when the accounts come out in 16/17. This is just my thought on it, and I’ve said this elsewhere and immediately been called an Ashley apologist. I don’t think he’s the right owner for this club and he has done himself no favors over the years, but I think in this particular instance he’s being treated harshly for what he’s been perceived to have said. Whether he should invest his own money (if he even can) into the club is a separate argument IMO.

  • Chancel be a fine thing

    Sep 7, 2017 at 4:33 PM

    Comment #9

    Although Chancel is unfortunately returning injured, there is a silver lining, as he’s managed to finally sort out the dispute over his age. Early substituation through injury allowed him the time to get to his mum’s and look through his old bedroom and he’s only gone and found his birth certificate! Chancel, although injured, has plenty of time to recover as he is now only 18. A real one for the future we’ve got there.


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