Manager Adamant Club Must Do Everything Possible To Stay In Premier League

The next six weeks is a critical time for Newcastle United FC.

That will take us to the end of January and the end of the transfer window.

This is all eerily similar to what happened two years ago when we had to strengthen the side to have any chance of staying in the Premier League.

But we didn’t do it, and we dropped down below.

But last season in the Championship was a monumental success after Rafa stayed with the club and we were immediately promoted back to the Premier League as Champions.

It was all so positive at the beginning of May.

But things have slipped since then, and we are now in the relegation zone in 18th place – where we finished in May of last year.

But with Rafa in charge, we could have an effective transfer window and bring in some players with the experience and class we need.

Rafa Benitez – wants a strong January transfer window

Rafa remains as positive as ever – but realistic too.

This is what the manager has said about the upcoming transfer window as reported in the Northern Echo today:

“You have to have some time.”  “If you go to January 30, it is always very difficult to do business in the last day.”

“You have to do business early and get players as soon as possible.”

“We have to do what we have to do to improve the team and be sure we can compete and stay in the Premier League.”

“We are where we are and we have what we have.”

“Hopefully, we will improve and be much better in the second part of the league, and compete against teams we can compete against.”

“We started so well that everyone expected us to be in the middle of the table or something like that,.”

“But the reality is that we’ve had a very bad run and still until last weekend we were not in the relegation zone so we were doing well,”

“It’s difficult for the other teams to get points too, they are winning some games but they’re losing a lot of games, too.”

“It’s not that you’re not winning and they’re winning everything, it’s not true. It’s all so close.”

“We’re one game away from being nearly in the middle of the table. Is it a bad run? Yes. Is it a concern for me? “

“Yes. But is it something I think we cannot change? No.”

“We can change it because we did it before and the team is so close to winning or drawing games.”

“It’s something we have to make sure we change in the future, and January will also help with that.”

Benitez is still waiting to hear from Mike Ashley what his budget is for next month.

But he has been talking to the owner this week, and he seems relatively confident the owner will do the right thing this January – as contrasted to what he did last January.

A year ago he did nothing and didn’t spend one penny of Newcastle’s money in the transfer market.

That is one of the things that has led to this position – and it includes giving Rafa just £19M net (including the £6M to sign Merino permanently) to spend in the summer.

It’s not surprising our team isn’t strong enough for the Premier League at the moment.

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135 comments so far

  • Rotonda heights

    Dec 23, 2017 at 9:13 AM

    Comment #1


    what’s gone off between you and dubai mickey? I missed that completely. Has Dubai been outed as not such an ITK?

  • Jib

    Dec 23, 2017 at 9:16 AM

    Comment #2

    Frank is pissed
    He’s probably crashed out now

  • toontaff2

    Dec 23, 2017 at 9:22 AM

    Comment #3

    There was an NUFC blogger from Denmak called Jesper,
    When we got relegated he was off on his vespa,
    He never backs the Toon cos he only backs a winner,
    Whilst ironing and cooking the family dinner.

  • Jib

    Dec 23, 2017 at 9:25 AM

    Comment #4

    Welsh bards ain’t what they used to be
    That is defo not an Eistedfodd winner

  • Jail for Ashley

    Dec 23, 2017 at 9:27 AM

    Comment #5

    I wonder how the cauldron of bile is brewing up on the NCL Donald. Hail wor Ashley stomping about on his wooden peg, Posadas Parrott squawking obscenities and Captain catchy steering them all in to a maelstrom of hate 😮

  • toontaff2

    Dec 23, 2017 at 9:29 AM

    Comment #6

    Whilst swearing profusely and calling me a multiple,
    Jesper went on and on about my love of a tipple,
    Whilst constantly playing the victim,
    Jester appeared to be pretty dim,
    His rotating captain theory it’s clear,
    Is the daftest idea of the year!
    Merry Christmas, Jesper 😉

  • toontaff2

    Dec 23, 2017 at 9:31 AM

    Comment #7

    JIB, I’m no Dylan Thomas!

  • ShirebrookToon

    Dec 23, 2017 at 9:31 AM

    Comment #8

    Morning RH, Taff, Jail and Jib

    Match day is finally here. Let’s hope we get a result today. Otherwise we’re gonna need a bigger ship for the lemon crew 😆

  • toontaff2

    Dec 23, 2017 at 9:32 AM

    Comment #9

    Jesper just needs to loosen up, a bit!
    You cannot be a Toon fan, without a sense of humour!
    Off to the local to watch the dodgy stream today!
    Beats shopping!

  • DubaiMicky

    Dec 23, 2017 at 9:33 AM

    Comment #10

    @rotunda, he doesn’t like the fact that I’ve been accurate all along, that I support Trump (kinda ironic that when a Middle Eastern consortium/individual takes us over then our owners will make Trump look like far left Democrat) and he’s secretly jealous.

  • ShirebrookToon

    Dec 23, 2017 at 9:34 AM

    Comment #11

    Oh ffs!
    Have to put Baileys on my cornflakes again. The milks off 😆

  • toontaff2

    Dec 23, 2017 at 9:34 AM

    Comment #12

    Lads, there’s a storm a-brewing – Posada’s Parrot 😆

  • Jail for Ashley

    Dec 23, 2017 at 9:35 AM

    Comment #13

    I’m not sure if any bars are still showing the dodgy streams round here anymore. Might have to be Ando and Razor with a few tinnies.

  • toontaff2

    Dec 23, 2017 at 9:36 AM

    Comment #14

    Shire, you’ll be on the blog rotating drunk list 😮

  • toontaff2

    Dec 23, 2017 at 9:37 AM

    Comment #15

    Bell and Bucket 😉
    Mind, the staff are always drunk!

  • ShirebrookToon

    Dec 23, 2017 at 9:38 AM

    Comment #16


    Can I be captain this week then 😆

  • Jib

    Dec 23, 2017 at 9:41 AM

    Comment #17

    Ahh away games in London

    How times have changed

    Jinky once told me a tale
    about an away game to
    West Ham as it happens.

    The team stayed in the Penta Heathrow
    Joe Harvey was in the habit
    of taking the team for a brisk
    walk before breakfast.
    As they came out of reception
    they bumped into Smithy returning
    from an all-nighter in the West End
    Joe Harvey
    “You see what a fine example Jim
    sets – up before all of us – good lad Jinky”

  • toontaff2

    Dec 23, 2017 at 9:42 AM

    Comment #18

    Only if It’s your round, Shire! 😆

  • ShirebrookToon

    Dec 23, 2017 at 9:43 AM

    Comment #19

    I use reddit for streams now. They’re good quality and I can stream it to the tv from my phone. Trained the dog to bring me a can. Getting him to open it is the next step 😉

  • ShirebrookToon

    Dec 23, 2017 at 9:46 AM

    Comment #21

    Taff, fine by me sir! 😆

  • The next Mike Williamson

    Dec 23, 2017 at 9:46 AM

    Comment #22

    I think we’re going to win today. These runs have to end somewhere. Has to start with Gayle though, he’s actually scoring goals.

  • Jib

    Dec 23, 2017 at 9:47 AM

    Comment #23

    I’ve just remembered it’s El Clasico at midday

  • Lindisfarne

    Dec 23, 2017 at 9:47 AM

    Comment #24

    Was it Nolan that seemed to always get suspended at Xmas?

    Perhaps Shelvey was following his method…no training on Christmas day and spend boxing day with the family.

  • ShirebrookToon

    Dec 23, 2017 at 9:48 AM

    Comment #25

    Good job a started drinking early then jib

  • toontaff2

    Dec 23, 2017 at 9:51 AM

    Comment #26

    Shire, I think Frank’s sock suggested getting drunk to go to Newcastle Racecourse – Northumberland Chase Day???

  • Rotonda heights

    Dec 23, 2017 at 9:52 AM

    Comment #27

    Dubai Mickey

    You, sparky, hibbit and shire have been what’s kept us going these last few months. can’t be falling out now.


    great story

  • Geremi's Prosthetic Leg Fund

    Dec 23, 2017 at 9:53 AM

    Comment #28

    When is Shelvey back? Man City?

    I think we will start to see the best of him with some quality additions. Still hoping to see him in a 3 Man midfield alongside Merino and hopefully a Hayden upgrade.

  • ShirebrookToon

    Dec 23, 2017 at 9:54 AM

    Comment #29

    Follow that sock I say! 😆

  • Toondog2

    Dec 23, 2017 at 9:55 AM

    Comment #30


    Rage Rage against the dying of the light,
    And you, my Father,there on the sad height,
    Curse,bless me now with your fierce tears ,I pray,
    Do not go gentle unto that good night.
    Rage,rage against the dying of the light.

    Merry Christmas, oh Welsh bard may the force be with you and of course the lads and The Great Rafa,

    3 points will do nicely today.

  • Howay50

    Dec 23, 2017 at 9:57 AM

    Comment #31

    Everyone seems to have forgotten Mike Ashley saying on Sky that he would not sell NUFC until we had won something, was in it for the long term etc etc. So that was just another blatant lie to us all. It’s not looking good for a positive outcome in terms of a deal with PCP as how can you do business with an individual who is inherently dishonest. One thing is for sure, he will not be giving Rafa money for the January window unless he sells players, same old BS. We better get use to life in the Championship and life without Rafa as that’s sadly where we are heading.

  • toontaff2

    Dec 23, 2017 at 9:59 AM

    Comment #32

    Howay50 man!!!

  • toontaff2

    Dec 23, 2017 at 9:59 AM

    Comment #33

    The positivity endeth! 🙁

  • ShirebrookToon

    Dec 23, 2017 at 10:00 AM

    Comment #34

    Told you we needed a bigger ship! 🙄

  • toontaff2

    Dec 23, 2017 at 10:02 AM

    Comment #35

    Looking to sell Colback, Diame, Aarons, according to press.
    Probably Mitro, Mbemba.
    Maybe Darlow.
    Saivet -????
    Haidara only has 6 months left on contract.
    20 million, at least +30 million = 10 NEW JOSELUS 💡

  • Jail for Ashley

    Dec 23, 2017 at 10:02 AM

    Comment #36

    We won the Championship, but you’re right, he’s a blatant liar.

  • Howay50

    Dec 23, 2017 at 10:04 AM

    Comment #37

    Sorry ToonTaff! supported the Toon for 41 years and I have never felt so troubled about our prospects. It should be a fun experience but I have gone grey and bald before my time and that’s all down to the stress of being a nUFC supporter ?

  • toontaff2

    Dec 23, 2017 at 10:06 AM

    Comment #38

    We play Citeh away on January 20th, then 11 days before we play Burnley at SJP on 31st. FA cup 4th round in between?
    Hence date Rafa told Ashley he wants signings in by. 13 more games after that.

  • Jib

    Dec 23, 2017 at 10:19 AM

    Comment #39

    Selective memory
    Ashley said he’s here until we win summat
    (CL qualification counts)
    Until someone with a few extra noughts on
    their bank balance buys him out

  • Toondog2

    Dec 23, 2017 at 10:22 AM

    Comment #40


    I still think we will survive relegation this time round. Rafa will know by now what he wants and will sell several players if reasonable offers come in.Loan in some good players and possibly even buy.

    Our luck will turn soon . Have faith oh grey and bald one !! from another grey and thinning one with no finger nails.

    I have supported the Toon now for 50years or so.Talk of a rollercoaster ride but thats what you sign up for. Thats why most of us on this blog keep the comments coming . True supporters, some with great knowledge and observations

    Our time will come soon . HWTL


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