Why Rafa Will Have Plenty Of Money To Spend This Summer


Rafa should get enough transfer funds this summer – at least compared with the previous transfer windows – because Newcastle will be getting a windfall from the Premier League of around £125M if we finish in 10th place.

Last season West Brom were in 10th place, and they received just short of  £120M for their efforts.

The payments are split between 3 different components – position in the league table, TV money based on the number of times the club is on live TV and a base amount that every club gets just for being in the Premier League.

Mike Ashley – should be able to give Rafa Benitez some big money to spend

It could even be more than that because with Rafa Benitez on the touchline we seem to be a popular choice to have our games televised live and for each live game, we get an extra fee.of just short of  £1M.

And there’s a possibility we can still overtake Leicester City and Everton and finish in 8th position.

We beat Leicester last time out, and now we are at Goodison Park next Monday night, so we have a chance to overtake the Toffees with another win.

Rafa can also sell players we have who are no longer needed like Aleksandar Mitrovic, Chancel Mbemba, Jack Colback and perhaps Dwight Gayle for a decent fee and use that money to bring in more players this summer.

So even with Mike Ashley still the owner there should be money to spend this summer, and it should be the biggest windfall Rafa has had at Newcastle.

Now we need people like Lee Charnley to act quickly and get in the players Rafa wants.

Comments welcome.


163 comments so far

  • Ron Knee

    Apr 17, 2018 at 3:46 PM

    Comment #1
  • Ben Afri

    Apr 17, 2018 at 3:46 PM

    Comment #2

    I’m hoping that “he can have every cent the club generates” specifically includes the TV deal and position in the league.

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  • outsidethebox

    Apr 17, 2018 at 3:48 PM

    Comment #3

    from previous post
    cashley has been quiet for a while …the reason has to be there has never been a better time to sell and he dosent want any adverse comments his appearance would provoke…he can get his price …can persuade rafa with % of tv money and any transfers …but i am sure he will have noted how quick fortunes can change see (plight down the road) and sell while ahead ….only downside would be if he pockets tv money and sells just before next season .

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  • ben.g

    Apr 17, 2018 at 3:52 PM

    Comment #4

    With Leicester and Everton having troubles 8th does look good.

    With Rafa saying the other day “that everything needs to be right” for him to sign a new contract. That must of been a message to the Newcastle board?
    So is there a Newcastle board?
    And who’s on it?

    I just thought it was Ashley

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  • ben.g

    Apr 17, 2018 at 3:57 PM

    Comment #5

    I wonder if Ashley thinks about making us a top 6/7 side next season.

    What would we be worth qualifying for Europe next yea

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  • ben.g

    Apr 17, 2018 at 3:57 PM

    Comment #6

    Year even

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  • Dal

    Apr 17, 2018 at 4:04 PM

    Comment #7

    Ashley will not spend significant money in the transfer market and Charnley is a junior staffer who does what he is told.
    The way forward is the sale of the club and new owners signing a long term contract with Benitez and his team in return for significant rewards and a commitment in writing to transfer funds

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  • lochinvar

    Apr 17, 2018 at 4:05 PM

    Comment #8

    EssexGB – the Runneing song !

    https://youtu.be/y0JwlTtOYGg

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  • Jib

    Apr 17, 2018 at 4:13 PM

    Comment #9

    Dal
    Charnley is a junior staffer who does what he is told.

    Another berk trying to sound like he knows what he’s
    talking about

    I don’t think Her Majesties Custom and Excise is in the
    habit of arresting junior staffers

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  • Tosun A. Wobbler

    Apr 17, 2018 at 4:22 PM

    Comment #10

    Jib, yeah what’s happening with those shenanigans?

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  • hibbit

    Apr 17, 2018 at 4:23 PM

    Comment #11

    bet that looks good on his CV when he’s looking for a new job
    ” i was once nicked by HM Revenue and Customs “

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  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Apr 17, 2018 at 4:30 PM

    Comment #12

    Lochinvar, cheers.

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  • toon22

    Apr 17, 2018 at 4:34 PM

    Comment #13

    Atm the club is worth the most it will ever do with the amount of investment over the last few seasons.
    Imho he will sell before the end of the season.
    If he keeps the club after that point he will have to spend money on players while keeping Rafa.

    Dont think MA will gamble again,but who knows i doubt he knows himself sometimes lol

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  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Apr 17, 2018 at 4:34 PM

    Comment #14

    ben.g

    A really bad run for Burnley and a similar finish for us to last season could see us qualifying for Europe this year, unlikely I know, but!!

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  • A Pain in the Blog

    Apr 17, 2018 at 4:37 PM

    Comment #15

    Dal

    Yes, welcome to the blog from me too.

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  • RobLeenio

    Apr 17, 2018 at 4:37 PM

    Comment #16

    Jib, howay man give the guy a break. I know what he’s trying to say. Charnley’s the senior administrator at the club, but is a mid-ranking member of the Sports Direct management team, the equivalent of a regional manager with responsibility for overseeing several stores or maybe a large warehouse hub.

    If Ashley does sell up, it’ll be interesting to see if Ashley takes Charnley along and uses him elsewhere in MASH Holdings or if he stays behind at SJP. Certainly he’s done nothing against Ashley’s wishes and will probably get credit for handling Rafa. He could become a senior member of Justin Barnes’ team if he wants it, I would guess.

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  • Jib

    Apr 17, 2018 at 4:40 PM

    Comment #17

    Rob@16
    which is a bit more than a junior staffer
    😛

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  • Optimistic Panda

    Apr 17, 2018 at 4:44 PM

    Comment #18

    Charnley is a Tea boy at best, he doesn’t even have the power to choose the biscuits.

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  • RobLeenio

    Apr 17, 2018 at 4:44 PM

    Comment #19

    Ha, yeah – true I guess. But certainly not a decision maker with at least two levels of Sports Direct hierarchy above him. Unless he’s hiring operational staff or paying invoices for the HMRC, of course. It’s about scale, he’s a big fish in a small pond at SJP, when considered against the Sports Direct group as a whole he’s really just an average Joe.

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  • mfw13

    Apr 17, 2018 at 4:45 PM

    Comment #20

    Stop dreaming and think realistically. Why would Ashley give Rafa ANY money to spend given that the current squad is already good enough to finish in the top 10, and that it would take an outlay of $100+ million to take us to the point where we could contend for a Champion’s League place?

    We’ve got plenty of depth in midfield (Atsu, Murphy, Merino, Hayden to back up the starters), a decent strike force (although Rafa should either give Mitrovic a shot or sell & replace him with another target man), and solid starters on the back line. The only thing we really need is a solid backup for Lascelles, because we conceded 16 goals in 5+ matches when he was out injured.

    So I’m not getting my hopes up given how tight-fisted Ca$hley is…..only the threat of Rafa leaving will get him to open the checkbook.

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  • ben.g

    Apr 17, 2018 at 4:56 PM

    Comment #21

    Essex g b

    Ha ha didn’t realize that was possible. Don’t think I looked that far up the table!!

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  • RobLeenio

    Apr 17, 2018 at 4:57 PM

    Comment #22

    mfw, you’ve gone and asked a question and then answered it yourself with a bit of a rant in the middle.

    “Why would Ashley give Rafa ANY money to spend …. the threat of Rafa leaving will get him to open the checkbook”

    I’d respectfully suggest that asking the blog to “Stop dreaming and think realistically” may not be the best opening to your blog career and may well put one or two backs up. Just saying….

    BTW, it’s cheque book.

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  • ben.g

    Apr 17, 2018 at 5:02 PM

    Comment #23

    EGB

    Just had a look at table. We need to win all games and Burnley need no more than 3 points or 4 if we keep our goal difference.

    It’s not impossible though. Burnley have Chelsea, arsenal,Brighton, Bournemouth and Stoke. 3 draws would do it

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  • ben.g

    Apr 17, 2018 at 5:04 PM

    Comment #24

    We don’t often get the chance to dream do we?

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  • ronaldo aarons

    Apr 17, 2018 at 5:07 PM

    Comment #25

    I think europe would be too much too soon.

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  • RobLeenio

    Apr 17, 2018 at 5:07 PM

    Comment #26

    ben.g, generally under Ashley it’s been one long nightmare and Rafa has given us the chance to dream of better times finally. I for one am fully prepared to be as sarcastic as it takes to defend my right to dream right now, dagnabbit.

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  • ben.g

    Apr 17, 2018 at 5:09 PM

    Comment #27

    Lol Rob
    I’m with ya there

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  • ben.g

    Apr 17, 2018 at 5:10 PM

    Comment #28

    Rob. Do you know anything about the Newcastle “board” Rafas on about with the new contract?

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  • ben.g

    Apr 17, 2018 at 5:17 PM

    Comment #29

    What does this mean in practice? How does the NUFC board actually function?
    To put it in simple terms, Newcastle do not really have a fully-functioning board in the conventional sense of the term.

    There are no board meetings as you would see at most companies – which in itself is surprising.

    Instead, Charnley is the man at the helm. It is believed that Benitez submits requests to the managing director, who in turn seeks approval from Ashley – usually via Keith Bishop, who handles the businessman’s PR, or trusted aide Justin Barnes – particularly when it concerns decisions involving significant levels of finance.

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  • RobLeenio

    Apr 17, 2018 at 5:17 PM

    Comment #30

    As far as I knew, the board used to be Charnley, McClaren and Bob Moncur (bizarrely). Obviously McLaren is no longer a member and Bob Moncur was ejected / resigned earlier this year, so I think there is no board as such, not that there ever really was.

    I think the interview from this morning was originally from Marca and is probably a bit of lazy translation or maybe Rafa just using a generic word to refer to the senior management, if I had to guess.

    Or maybe Rafa actually said ‘board’ and meant it as a pointed reminder that the senior management of the club is one area which needs addressing PDQ.

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  • ben.g

    Apr 17, 2018 at 5:18 PM

    Comment #31

    That’s from the chronicle in march 3018

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  • ben.g

    Apr 17, 2018 at 5:21 PM

    Comment #32

    I think your right there Rob.
    He must of meant to charnley i.e who then goes to Ashley.
    Maybe Rafas way of not nameing names

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  • RobLeenio

    Apr 17, 2018 at 5:21 PM

    Comment #33

    March 3018? You been smoking EGB’s runes?
    😉

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  • hibbit

    Apr 17, 2018 at 5:25 PM

    Comment #34

    RobLeenio

    Apr 17, 2018 at 5:17 PM

    Comment #30
    As far as I knew, the board used to be Charnley, McClaren and Bob Moncur (bizarrely). Obviously McLaren is no longer a member and Bob Moncur was ejected / resigned earlier this year, so I think there is no board as such, not that there ever really was.

    Rob you missed one member of the board off you list Graeme Carr was also on it

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  • ben.g

    Apr 17, 2018 at 5:27 PM

    Comment #35

    Ha ha. Didn’t notice that. Hope Rafa can stay here 1 per cent of that

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  • chicousa

    Apr 17, 2018 at 5:27 PM

    Comment #36

    On Charnley
    Not sure any of us really know how effective he has been for NUFC…

    On the plus side Rafa has maintained the line that he and Lee have a good working partnership. As Rafa has said he and his staff and scouts compile a list of targets to try to sign and Charnley then sets about his task. If he fails to get those targets across the lines the indication is that Ashley thru his henchman Barnes pulls the plug on the deal due to tight wallet constraints.

    On the possibly negative side, I wonder if it was Charnley who failed to act in a timely manner in firing Stevie Mac. Ashley always stated that Lee and the board had total control over football matters at that time. So what part Charnley played in that critical blunder and costly bit of procrastination is unknown, but as a member of “the board” he likely bears some responsibility.

    For me the bottom line is whether Rafa can work with him. And it will be interesting to see what happens to Charnley if the club IS (hopefully!) sold.

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  • RobLeenio

    Apr 17, 2018 at 5:29 PM

    Comment #37

    Cheers, hibbit, wasn’t sure if he was, but it makes as much sense as the rest of them.

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  • ben.g

    Apr 17, 2018 at 5:33 PM

    Comment #38

    Cicousa.

    Yeah Rafa has always said he works well with Lee. Wasn’t charnley even at the game on Sunday, sure I saw him clapping at the end.
    I read somewhere that charnley thinks Rafa full backing, but don’t know where I read it so may not be true

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  • ben.g

    Apr 17, 2018 at 5:36 PM

    Comment #39

    I think Rafa should stop giving his transfer targets in number. Just give his top targets in and see what happens,lol

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Apr 17, 2018 at 5:36 PM

    Comment #40

    If Spurs, Chelsea or Man U win the FA cup then that frees up an EL spot, Man City won LC so there’s another, if Arsenal win the EL does eighth not qualify for EL?

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