New Rules Should Help Rafa Change The Way Newcastle Operate

Newcastle United were one of the 14 Premier League clubs who voted in favor yesterday of the transfer window shutting before the start of next season.

Rafa Benitez has often said how stupid it was to allow transfers in England once the season has started and now the window will shut at 5:00 pm on the Thursday before the season starts.

Rafa often made the case that the team had been practicing set plays and other things in the summer and a player could move to another club and know exactly what Newcastle would be doing.

That’s one reason he had players he wanted to leave the club training with the U23 side.

The other thing that didn’t work with the transfer window was in those last three weeks of August the transfer window was just so hectic with preparation for games also being necessary for the managers.

Rafa will be pleased with the change, and it may help him get Newcastle to change their transfer policy and the way they do things.

Rafa Benitez – wants Newcastle to change their transfer policy

Signings we made last summer saw Newcastle penny-pinching on almost every deal – something the club have done consistently since Mike Ashley bought the club over ten years ago.

That was the reason the Florian Lejeune deal was held up for weeks and weeks, and it took a long time to bring Mikel Merino into the club.

Newcastle must come to terms with that now and not penny-pinch if it will delay the deal or even mean we lose out on the deal because other clubs come in late and do the deal quickly.

It was the reason we didn’t get Tammy Abraham on loan for the season when everything had been agreed, but Newcastle balked on what the agent wanted to do the deal.

Those are some of the things that angered Rafa in the summer, and it wasn’t just about so little money being made available.

The shortening of the summer window could mean January becomes much more important and Rafa will likely push to get some deals done then.

And if we cannot complete the deals during January we should be going after those players who are free agents next summer who Rafa wants and try to get them to sign pre-contract agreements.

That will allow the players to come in early during the summer once July 1 comes around when the window is officially open for business.

A good January transfer window for Newcastle should allay some of the concerns  Rafa had this summer about the way Newcastle did their business.

In short – laboriously slowly.

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67 comments so far

  • cyprus

    Sep 8, 2017 at 8:30 AM

    Comment #1

    Good words from Mitrovic, Ed.

  • SuperShearer

    Sep 8, 2017 at 8:34 AM

    Comment #2

    Ironically we were almost certainly not one of the 14 clubs who voted for this because MA likes to flog our stars on deadline day once the season has started and clubs panic buy. Benefits Rafa = GREAT, Annoys MA = AMAZING!!!!

  • Pootle2118

    Sep 8, 2017 at 8:47 AM

    Comment #3

    Hi Ed, hope all is well health wise with you and I hope all the family are coping well with it all.
    Not wanting to question you too much but I thought I’d read that the summer window will still be open for the same length of time (12 weeks I believe) which means it will open sooner than 1St July. If I’m wrong, then I apologise and stand corrected.
    As mentioned above, all the best for you and yours Ed 😉

  • lochinvar

    Sep 8, 2017 at 8:51 AM

    Comment #4

    Does FA stand for Failed Atrociously ?
    Their decisions are selective and influenced by biased pundits looking to keep themselves in lucrative jobs and being contentious is part of that.
    It’s not rocket science for the FA to either introduce TMO’s or to review ALL referred incidents from ALL matches or even watch ALL of ALL Matches and apply the same rules to all incidents.

    But then again it would interrupt their gin fuelled business lunches down at their private club so don’t expect too much action or change.

  • hibbit

    Sep 8, 2017 at 8:52 AM

    Comment #5

    it looks like we voted for the change

    Requiring a two-thirds majority to be adopted, 14 of the 20 clubs backed the radical proposal, seeing off opposition from United and City – who appeared to vote in defiance of managers Jose Mourinho and Pep Guardiola’s wishes – Crystal Palace, Watford and Swansea City, with Burnley abstaining.
    from the Telegraph

  • Rotonda heights

    Sep 8, 2017 at 9:12 AM

    Comment #6

    If Fernandez, El-Mhanni and Barlaser stepped up to the first team squad, would that not be like 3 new signings.

  • jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew

    Sep 8, 2017 at 9:32 AM

    Comment #7

    But isn’t it still a problem that PL teams can sell players to foreign teams after the window shuts before the first PL game?

    You can argue they can do that already but that’s also an issue I think…more so it will be now!

  • optimistic prime

    Sep 8, 2017 at 9:34 AM

    Comment #8

    Penny wise, pound foolish

  • Veltman

    Sep 8, 2017 at 10:12 AM

    Comment #9

    Chancel b… – If you are around, i haven’t ignored your idea of how to play Super 6 mate.I was thinking about it if what you said is possible.Can you enlighten me a bit further as i didn’t understand well what you said last time out.Cheers!

  • Thump

    Sep 8, 2017 at 10:16 AM

    Comment #10

    @Jesper: a huge issue imo. With any luck it’ll at least make clubs think twice, but the whole “it’ll allow players to get their head down and concentrate” is the biggest pile of crap I’ve heard in a while unless players exclusively think of premier league football.

  • lochinvar

    Sep 8, 2017 at 10:18 AM

    Comment #11

    So Pinocchio thinks that Ali was unlucky to be caught on camera, rather like Kane was against us then ? But it made no difference.
    Mitro in the meantime must be relieved to know that he was the lucky one that was caught on camera. Thank goodness for that then.

    Abusing a ref – must be at least a five match ban you would think.

    Fifa has opened disciplinary proceedings against Tottenham midfielder Dele Alli after he gestured with his middle finger during England’s match against Slovakia on Monday.
    Television pictures showed Alli’s gesture during the 2-1 World Cup qualifying victory at Wembley.The 21-year-old said it was a “joke with good friend” Kyle Walker.
    It is thought the case will not be dealt with until late September at the earliest.
    Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino, who also described the gesture as a joke, said Alli was unlucky to be caught on camera and that his general behaviour is fantastic.

  • jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew

    Sep 8, 2017 at 10:24 AM

    Comment #12

    Thump…the way I see this leaves the door open for bigger European teams to unsettle players they are interested in…the PL club can try an resist, but if the buying club is big enough we now how that goes!

    Then it’s impossible for the reluctant selling club to get an replacement!

  • jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew

    Sep 8, 2017 at 10:24 AM

    Comment #13

    And knowing Newcastle…we’ll just sell without blinking an eye…lol

  • Hooded Claw

    Sep 8, 2017 at 10:32 AM

    Comment #14

    Hahah the smelle fanni finger incident to be investigated

  • Lindisfarne

    Sep 8, 2017 at 10:33 AM

    Comment #15

    Lochinvar @11

    The irony of that article.

  • carl

    Sep 8, 2017 at 10:33 AM

    Comment #16

    This is something I posted earlier on another site:
    The answer to the doubt created by alleged predators is for the clubs to stand firm. The sums of money being bandied around make it impossible for any but the elite rich to partake. Can anyone foresee this happening every year? not so likely because the only clubs which make enough profit without sugar daddies aren’t competing at the ridiculous level set by PSG et al with their petrodollars. The solution lies with the clubs and contract integrity in order to retake the high ground.
    People talk about the players / agents rights but I have little sympathy for the highly paid prima donnas who are in it as mercenaries.
    Let’s look at a particular scenario from this latest window. If the PSG Arab money hadn’t triggered the Neymar move would Barcelona have been able to chase Coutinho at the rates being quoted. The window is a secondary problem when compared to the prevalent financial doping which is ruing the game for most clubs.

  • beefman13

    Sep 8, 2017 at 10:36 AM

    Comment #17

    Hibbit me old son, mate, please stop referring to Manchester United as UNITED, you sound like a match of the day pundit haha.

  • SeanNufc87

    Sep 8, 2017 at 10:46 AM

    Comment #18

    For this to work they’d have to close outgoing transfers on the same day. If a top player has a release clause in his contract there’s absolutely no failsafe for the team starting the season without a star striker or something. If implemented correctly I think this could be a good thing but there’s certainly a few questions that need to be asked about it before it’s implemented.

  • Our Toon

    Sep 8, 2017 at 10:54 AM

    Comment #19

    Don’t know if anyone has mentioned this as I’ve not looked at comments.

    We have a new sleeve sponsor, in fact our first ever. MRF Tyres, Indian tyre conglomerate. Interesting that we have a shirt sponsor from China and sleeve sponsor from India, very good idea to try to drum up interest in Newcastle United merchandise etc and grow the fan base in these countries.

    Dare I say we’ve been sensible in getting these 2 on board from a commercial aspect

  • hibbit

    Sep 8, 2017 at 11:02 AM

    Comment #20


    sorry mate but that was a direct quote from the Telegraph not me

  • lesh

    Sep 8, 2017 at 11:05 AM

    Comment #21

    Our toon

    It’s surprising that SD’s not plastered all over our kit. It’s all over the ground and to cap the advertising it gets for nowt, I hear that 93% of revenue from shirt etc sales through the club shop and website goes to SD with only 7% to NUFC.

    So, not only is Ashley denying the club of advertising revenue, he’s taking a big cut of merchandising revenue from it.

    Talk about having his cake and eating it. Ashley’s bleeding the club of as much money he can yet he demands it’s run self-sufficiently!

  • Ruddy Marveaux-lous

    Sep 8, 2017 at 11:06 AM

    Comment #22

    Our Toon

    Well our commercial revenue stream has lagged behind many other Premier League clubs for years so it is about time we’ve done something about rectifying this. The irony of those begrudgingly praising Mike for being a shrewd businessman and tough negotiator is that he’s consistently failed to get a decent commercial deal for us for nigh on a decade (or has hired people who are woefully inept at doing so) so he’s not even that!

    I agree with you that I think it’s positive to be trying to tap into emerging marketplaces, of which China and India are 2 rapidly growing markets when it comes to football.

  • Ibizatoon

    Sep 8, 2017 at 11:08 AM

    Comment #23

    Lesh..We’re not allowed to talk about that stuff anymore, it’s time to get on with the job at hand.

    Mind, don’t let that lead you into thinking there will be a time where such things can be discussed. In the window we’ll be back to seeing what he does before we can comment.

    Out of interest and talking about shafting the club out of it’s self sufficiency money, have you heard anything about the Strawberry Place development?

  • jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew

    Sep 8, 2017 at 11:14 AM

    Comment #24

    I would argue Mr. Ashley – based on his decision-making – is a rather naive/poor decision-maker.

    As lesh says it’s all well and good you want Newcastle to be self-sufficient, but then at least make sure every know way to make money is optimized…he doesn’t seem to know how to make real money!

    …isn’t JD Sport kicking his arse as well these days…

  • Ibizatoon

    Sep 8, 2017 at 11:18 AM

    Comment #25

    Hold up here, this all seems to be getting rather negative about Ashley, can we please think before submitting these hate filled messages as failure to do so will be the primary reason for any team failures this season.

    It’ll have nothing to do with the reasons you’re mentioning, just to be clear.

  • Charlie in the Gallowgate

    Sep 8, 2017 at 11:21 AM

    Comment #26

    Ali finger – tough son you got away with murder up hear with your niggling, whinging attitude all game which ended uyp with Shelvey getting a red card. You shoud of got a yellow for the same incident for grabbing the ball which stop Shelvey taking the free kick. And Kane got away with GBH on Lejuene.

    As I said yesterday I find it strange that we have gone over 90 games in the Premiership since we have had a player sent off against us – and in that time we have had 17 sending offs. Wonder how many of our sending offs have been for retrospective action??

  • jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew

    Sep 8, 2017 at 11:27 AM

    Comment #27

    Charlie…back when retrospective action was being discussed as a possibility I thought it might be a good way forward…getting rid of all the nastyness, but seeing it being used especially in the PL I must say my opinion has changed…

    …everything seems more ruff or dirty on a 2D camera showing something in slow motion. But there’s no depth in a 2D shot and you cannot really argue intent just from a flat 2D image.

    In the Mitro incident, both The WHam manager has said he didn’t see the incident but thought nothing of it at the time,,,neither the WHam player had anything to say about the incident.

    Someone has decided it had to be reviewed…and when that happens how often do a player get off without a suspension?

  • Charlie in the Gallowgate

    Sep 8, 2017 at 11:40 AM

    Comment #28

    trouble is Mitro and Shelvey are marked men step out of line get punished when other shits get away with the same offences week in week out – Play for England and you wil be all-right

  • Ruddy Marveaux-lous

    Sep 8, 2017 at 11:45 AM

    Comment #29


    I always find a strongly worded letter does the trick as opposed to actual activism. It also makes you feel good about yourself for taking a strong stand in defence of the club.

    I’d love to see the look of horror on Ashley’s face when he’s informed that there are tens of letters being written to him telling him what a naughty boy he has been.

  • Ibizatoon

    Sep 8, 2017 at 12:03 PM

    Comment #30

    Ruddy….Not too strongly worded I would hope, wouldn’t want to be upsetting Mike, he may stop releasing funds altogether!

  • magspuggy

    Sep 8, 2017 at 12:04 PM

    Comment #31

    Madras rubber factory on the shirt sleaves
    It could be worse @ least its tyres the sell 🙂

  • Ruddy Marveaux-lous

    Sep 8, 2017 at 12:07 PM

    Comment #32


    We all know what a sensitive soul he is and how we should be appealing to his sentimental, compassionate side. After all, he must really care about Joe Kinnear to not only hire the moronic invalid once, but twice. What a lovely guy, can’t be upsetting him too much.

  • Ibizatoon

    Sep 8, 2017 at 12:10 PM

    Comment #33

    Mags…A curry flavoured rubber. I suppose there may be a market.

    Ruddy…The words look right, but my sarcasm detector is going crazy. Surely you’re not being insincere?

    What is Joe up to these days? Never have I seen such an important figure in football disappear so quickly.

  • magspuggy

    Sep 8, 2017 at 12:17 PM

    Comment #34

    Ibiza. I had to google them as tbh i had never heard of them b4. When madras rubber factory popped up i though here we go but it seems they make and sell tyres paints and rubber toys

  • lesh

    Sep 8, 2017 at 12:19 PM

    Comment #35


    As ever, you are right. You are right to point out that the window’s gone by and we should focus on football. Our beloved owner is such a sensitive soul who’ll doubtless reflect on past actions, learn from them and continue to support the club he owns as much as he possibly can! Bless him.

    Strawberry Place happenings? Has there been a change in plans? I must say that one puzzles me in that SJP is owned by the Freemen of Newcastle and as I understand it, can’t be used for anything other than recreational activities. Who owns the piece of Strawberry Place that’s subject to development? FFS, how many students is the City expecting to house?

  • ShirebrookToon

    Sep 8, 2017 at 12:20 PM

    Comment #36

    Didn’t Durex make a curry flavoured rubber?

    Other brands are also available!

  • Ibizatoon

    Sep 8, 2017 at 12:20 PM

    Comment #37

    Mags…I’m not sure “rubber toys” is clearing much up tbh.


    Sep 8, 2017 at 12:21 PM

    Comment #38

    MRF is a big brand that sponsers cricket n sachin tendulkar in india also sponsers for other sports

  • Ibizatoon

    Sep 8, 2017 at 12:24 PM

    Comment #39

    Shire…Did they? This needs some further research 🙂

    Lesh…Sarcasm aside, I would be interested to hear from fans that if not now, when is the time to discuss how our club is run. Seems it’s always taboo for one reason or another.

    I thought the £60m development had been given the green light earlier this year. From what I understand land values for sites are currently 40-50% of GDV, so I’m wondering who is benefiting from what should be a £24m valued piece of land which NUFC did have the lease on, before being helped out by Mash.

  • jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew

    Sep 8, 2017 at 12:25 PM

    Comment #40

    Charlie…I don’t know if it’s that’s the case…it might be! I just think the use of retrospective action raises a whole lot of other questions…


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