The Worst Could Be Over For Rafa – This Likely To Be Monumental Window

When we were promoted just less than a year ago, Mike Ashley told Rafa Benitez he could have every last penny the club had, but of course, he didn’t follow through on that.

It’s true that we had lost out on big money by being relegated in 2016 and as an example of that, we got £7M from the Championship and about £40M as a parachute payment from the Premier League last May.

So we got £47M from the leagues.

In contrast to that, a smaller club like AFC Bournemouth who finished in 9th place last season in the Premier League received about £125M – almost £80M more than Newcastle, and that makes a big difference when you are going after players in the transfer market.

Rafa Benitez – is the worst over for Rafa?

But the worst could be over, and Newcastle are back in the big money again, and it does look like Mike Ashley will support Rafa this summer – according to a Chronicle report.

Rafa will now be able to get rid of those players he doesn’t need like Aleksandar Mitrovic, Chancel Mbemba, Jesus Gamez, Sadio Haidara, Rolando Aarons, Jack Colback, Henri Saivet and probably Dwight Gayle.

Rafa will try hard to persuade Kenedy to stay on at Newcastle, and he will do the £4M deal to get goalkeeper Martin Dubravka on a permanent deal.

Since we expect him to sell both Mitro and Gayle, he will bring in two top strikers and also a full-back and center-back to fill in for Gamez, Mbemba, and Haidara.

What Rafa will do is bring in players who are better than we currently have to increase the competition for places and improve the quality of the first team.

Those players who leave will bring in transfer money Rafa can spend, and they will also free up the wage bill for better players coming in.

Given what Rafa has done this season on a measly £20M net last summer plus three loan players in January, if he is given around £60M to spend and say another £45M from selling players, then Newcastle could be a much-improved team come September.

We also expect Rafa to try to bring in a  couple of top young players on loan from the big clubs so we can even be challenging for a top-six position.

That’s what Rafa wants to do and win a Cup too.

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12 comments so far

  • G

    Apr 26, 2018 at 2:06 PM

    Comment #1

    Not sure I put too much faith in the Chronicle report mind. Still, here’s hoping. As the old expression goes, even a broken clock is right twice a day.

  • lochinvar

    Apr 26, 2018 at 2:08 PM

    Comment #2

    Perhaps Ashley could take note on how to spend and invest in a football club – in this case a part time stadium. Maybe Mitro and Fulham will end up there as their home ground !

    The Football Association has received an offer, thought to be worth £800m, to sell Wembley Stadium.
    Shahid Khan, the owner of Fulham and NFL team Jacksonville Jaguars, is the prospective buyer.

    It is understood the approach includes £500m for the stadium and £300m for the FA to keep the Club Wembley debenture and hospitality business.

  • RobLeenio

    Apr 26, 2018 at 2:08 PM

    Comment #3

    Howay, Ed – we all know there’ll be nowt left in the pot after he’s bought Isco.

  • A Pain in the Blog

    Apr 26, 2018 at 2:12 PM

    Comment #4


    I’ve just read your health update. That is brilliant news. With your attitude and strength of character you will go on winning this fight for a long time to come. I am with everyone else on this blog – rooting for you all the way.

  • RobLeenio

    Apr 26, 2018 at 2:16 PM

    Comment #5

    Just thinking about when England have played as a touring team and have landed at SJP. There were 3 times in the noughties

    vs Albania September 2001 51,046 attendance World Cup 2002 qualifier
    vs Ukraine August 2004 35,387 attendance friendly
    vs Azerbaijan March 2005 49,096 attendance World Cup 2006 qualifier

    Surely the England team would play better in front of 50,000 roaring Geordies than a half-empty corporate hell-hole littered with half-sucked prawn sandwiches?

    Or in any other of the fantastic club stadia up and down the length of the country. Mind, they may need to start acknowledging players who don’t play in London, Manchester or Liverpool

  • Spellcheck

    Apr 26, 2018 at 2:26 PM

    Comment #6

    Great news on your health update Ed. Loving your blog as well as your eternal optimism. In Rafa we trust. Roll on next season.

  • cleveleysbob

    Apr 26, 2018 at 2:28 PM

    Comment #7

    Repost: missed the bus by a mile,

    Apr 26, 2018 at 2:22 PM
    Comment #55

    Missed the bus repost.
    Jail and Lesh,

    Point taken on all accounts: It’s just that as it seems increasingly unlikely that he’ll “do the decent thing” and sell up, I was looking for a future where we might be able to tolerate him (in the absence of any alternatives). NB. I did start by saying I want to see the back of him!!

  • DutchontheToon

    Apr 26, 2018 at 2:33 PM

    Comment #8

    60 million of Ashley and 45 million for the sake of players. What about the the Academy and the much needed other facilities recently mentioned in other posts. Seems we are tightening the purse strings already.

  • Bambams

    Apr 26, 2018 at 2:33 PM

    Comment #9

    Great to hear about your health update Ed

    Well pleased for you

  • Tosun A. Wobbler

    Apr 26, 2018 at 2:37 PM

    Comment #10


    Cleveleys……….it would be preferable to never see anything of him at, let alone his back!

  • lesh

    Apr 26, 2018 at 2:42 PM

    Comment #11


    You’re on holiday and shouldn’t spoil it by thinking about NUFC. Nowt’ll change while you’re away and you’ll come back to the same old speculation.

    Switch your pad off, put your feet up and enjoy your break.

  • mactoon

    Apr 26, 2018 at 4:17 PM

    Comment #12

    For heavens sake how many times have we heard the Chronicle reporters confidently say Ashley will give Rafa £60 million, £100 million, £150 million only for nothing to materialise?

    I don’t believe a word of it.

    Great news about the health though


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