Newcastle Should Already Have One Buyer For Star Player

With Fulham beating Aston Villa 1-0 at Wembley yesterday in the Championship playoff final they were finally promoted back to the Premier League after a four-year absence.

The Cottagers were dominant in the first half and it seemed like Villa hadn’t bothered to turn up for the game.

The winning goal was scored in the first half by Fulham captain Tom Cairney who for us – was the best player on the pitch.

But he will not be coming to Newcastle this summer – the Scottish International will stay at Fulham who looked a very decent team yesterday with lots of skill.

Aleksandar Mitrovic – so what’s the name of that massive Cup?

In the second half, Steve Bruce’s side were much better and made it more of a game.

They were given a chance when Belgian Denis Odoi was sent off after 70 minutes for a second yellow card.

But Fulham showed they could hold on defensively in one of the most important matches they have played in a very long time.

Fulham manager Slavisa Jokanovic had said he wanted to sign Newcastle’s Aleksandar Mitrovic if Fulham were promoted.

Mitro put in a workmanlike performance yesterday and worked his socks off for Fulham.

The 23-year-old was delighted after the win with the cameras continually on the Newcastle striker who will represent Serbia in the World Cup this summer in Russia.

This is what Serbian manager Jokanovic said after the game:

“We have shown we are one of the best Championship teams.”

“We showed we can be solid, organized and work altogether for a clean sheet.”

“The last 20 minutes all we were thinking about was not conceding.” “This is a really important victory for us and we deserved it.”

“It’s not easy to play at Wembley, there is a lot of pressure.” “We know what is ahead of us.”

“The Premier League is the best and most competitive league, and we must be clever.”

“One important improvement is now finished, and now we must show ambition to be a Premier League team.”

“To show the ambition, we’re going to need to show the money too.” (oh yes)

“We believe we can play this way but we must know what characteristics of players we need.”

“In general we must try to dominate against some teams that we believe we can dominate against and be realistic against others.”

“We must know what our plan is and what are the characteristics of the players we need for the future.”

Jokanovic had Watford promoted back in 2015, but he could not reach an agreement on a new contract, so he left.

The manager deserves to be in the Premier League, and we assume he will be staying with the Cottagers for next season.

We wonder if Fulham now have £20M to spend on Mitrovic – but the fee could be higher than that if Newcastle wait and Mitro has a good World Cup – which is very possible.

We doubt that Fulham will have enough money to buy Mitrovic.

Comments welcome.


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21 comments so far

  • The next Mike Williamson

    May 27, 2018 at 9:42 AM

    Comment #1

    As if we’re going to know what’s going onwith Benitez. The Staveley deal had been off for a month or so before Ashley told us himself. The Chronicle etc all the while telling us it was on on minute, off the next, non of it close to the truth. This will be the same.

  • The next Mike Williamson

    May 27, 2018 at 9:46 AM

    Comment #2

    But I will say if BEnitez is tied up it will increase our chances of signing Kenedy and other good players. If I was a player and Benitez was selling his project but only had a one year deal I’d be concerned. After all you could end up playing for Kinnear or some clown next year knowning Charnley & Ashley.

  • lochinvar

    May 27, 2018 at 9:47 AM

    Comment #3

    Is Adomah from Villa worth looking at ? I saw glimpses of yesterday’s match and he seemed to be busy on the left wing and putting in the crosses, or us that berth reserved for Kennedy.

    Greyish seems to be the press story at the moment but daresay the likes of Liverpool will try to Hoover him up. Maybe they could help us by taking in Darlow or Elliot as they have a vacancy in that department.

  • DubaiMicky

    May 27, 2018 at 9:51 AM

    Comment #4

    Villa tried to do what we did, in effect “buy” the Championship, with high wages and what not.

    However they failed, Terry will leave and Villa will be sat there for the next few years now, their gamble didn’t pay off.

  • Rotonda heights

    May 27, 2018 at 9:52 AM

    Comment #5

    It’s very alarming how much the debt has now increased under Ashley. Even stranger to comprehend is the appalling return, or seemingly lack of, on commercial revenue streams going directly back into the club. Our sponsorship is miniscule compared to other teams. You would think Ash would have uearthed a Son or an Okazaki to boost shirt sales in the Far East but there seems to forever have been so little off field imagination and creativity within our marketing dept. Do we even have one? A lone Chinese betting company pays us an absolute modicum compared to to other teams with in excess of 52000 home gates. For all his protestations Ashley is very much the self serving and super greedy pantomime villain. Now 400M because Staveley didn’t gamble on Rafa at 300M allegedly. Will it ever end?

  • AncientC

    May 27, 2018 at 10:00 AM

    Comment #6

    Magscar, from previous, it was ‘themag’ that posted the new information about lease payments. A lot of people seem to dislike TheMag, but it’s not like it has a unified message… it’s different writers with different slants. I find it difficult not to like TheMag when it gives a platform for fans to write articles and share views. I am certain TheMag doesn’t wholly endorse every article it posts from fans/writers, as so, it’s not TheMag that is at fault.

    It was Kieran Maguire that spotted the lease payments, so I am not sure why Jib is having a pop at Maguire for doing some further digging. That said, Kieran Maguire did post a wild valuation of Newcastle United F.C. two years ago valuing the club at more than half a billion pounds, that valuation being close to the same value as Liverpool; that seems absurd and goes on to contradict his more recent assessment of Newcastle.

  • Jib

    May 27, 2018 at 10:03 AM

    Comment #7

    the ledge
    Optimistic panda “The bloke wants a slap with a 25lb Cod”
    Quote of the day.

    That is in the under 8 years of age category of course

  • AncientC

    May 27, 2018 at 10:04 AM

    Comment #8

    For reference, the last time Kieran Maguire was discussed on the blog.

  • magscar

    May 27, 2018 at 10:05 AM

    Comment #9

    I don’t blame Villa for gambling (last season they did as well to less effect) but it shows that promotion for “big” clubs with parachute payments isn’t a foregone conclusion. Of 6 clubs relegated in last 2 seasons only 1 came straight back up and I has dropped another division.

    Even with parachute payments clubs can find their squads ripped apart with better players going and difficult to replace. Sometimes teams missing out via the playoffs (like Fulham amd Boro previous time and Brighton) can achieve promotion following season but again that isn’t always as easy.

    Often it is a team that comes from nowhere the previous season who win the prize like Wolves and Cardiif in season just ended.

    Villa now have big problems as FFP can kick in and they have several loan players leaving (Terry reportedly on £60K pw!) and likes of Grealish being sought by PL clubs. No sympathy here .

  • DubaiMicky

    May 27, 2018 at 10:08 AM

    Comment #10

    At least Villa will have a couple of derbys next year, with Brum (their real rivals and they despise each other), and the Baggies (whose rivals are really Wolves – Black Country).

    Who is our local club for anything like a derby? Huddersfield?

  • magscar

    May 27, 2018 at 10:15 AM

    Comment #11


    I used to faithfully buy the Mag in it’s printed format years ago and it was as now populated by articles by different writers and generally a very good read.

    Now as is often the case on a swollen social media with all sorts of clowns adding their twopennyworth it has fallen below the standards of the great Fanzine it once was. Good articles, match reports and humour from guy on next to last page (cant recall his name now but more restrained than The True Geordie). It had to go online but has deteriorated in my opinion. Younger readers no doubt love it.

    I do see that Ashley as in everything NUFC related on line will dominate articles and posts though.

  • lesh

    May 27, 2018 at 10:17 AM

    Comment #12


    Ledge, Jail
    Walloping Ashley with a cod, a tuna or any animal for that matter’s not on – it’d hurt the creature. A sledge hammer or the like’s be more appropriate – and better for the environment. An afterthought, as Jib’s not serving any useful purpose……… ?

  • the ledge

    May 27, 2018 at 10:18 AM

    Comment #13

    Jib,…..and you would know all about the under 8 categories wouldn’t you!

  • Jib

    May 27, 2018 at 10:23 AM

    Comment #14

    Modern communications and the rise
    of TV footy has changed things as far
    as regarding traditional derbies in England

    Other countries
    Barca and Madrid runs much deeper
    than simply footy

    Hadjuk Split vs Dynamo Zagreb from the old
    Yugoslavia has racial overtones.and of course
    the Scottish Old Firm affair is religious.

    Liverpool fans seem to hate Man Yoo more than Everton
    The rivalries in the PL seem now to depend on which part of the table
    a club is perceived as belonging to.

    The rivalries in

  • lesh

    May 27, 2018 at 10:29 AM

    Comment #15

    Given we’ve had a season in the Prem and received a £123m windfall, it’ll be interesting to compare Wolves, Cardiff and Fulham’s demonstrated ambition with ours under Ashley.

    No doubt it’ll be the same crap, different season.

    And folk that’ve read the Chronic’s piece on talks about Rafa’s future, will have noticed it said that while talks had reached an impasse, Ashley seemingly wants him to stay and has discussed the matter with his trusty lieutenants, partners in crime, Barnes and Bishop – and has told Charnley to make sure Rafa stays!

    I translate that as Ashley’s talked with Barnes and Bishop about a contingency plan knowing that Charnley hasn’t got the authority to make any deals with Rafa without his agreement.

    So, it’s SNAFU.

  • RUNAWAY777

    May 27, 2018 at 10:30 AM

    Comment #16

    If fulham can buy mitro and gayle after coming up after so many years in the championship and we are struggling with money tells me that ashley is ripping this club off,

  • Tsunki

    May 27, 2018 at 10:30 AM

    Comment #17

    Can’t wait for the second instalmemt

  • Tsunki

    May 27, 2018 at 10:32 AM

    Comment #18

    Fulham will be receiving a decent wedge for promotion though runaway. And they’ve plenty of precedent for investing well to stay in the prem year one.

  • Jib

    May 27, 2018 at 10:33 AM

    Comment #19

    Apologies to Kevin Maguire the rather good
    Sunderland supporting journalist.

    Of course I meant
    Kieran Maguire

    ta Ancient C

  • Jib

    May 27, 2018 at 10:37 AM

    Comment #20

    Fulham’s owner is a totally different kettle of
    fish to Ashley.

    As well as Fulham – Shahid Khan owns
    Jacksonville Jaguars in the NFL.

    He spends big dosh without batting an eyelid

  • lesh

    May 27, 2018 at 10:53 AM

    Comment #21


    Didn’t we receive a ‘decent wedge’ when we went up as champions?

    Jiblets – your point about the Fulham owner’s wealth and the likelihood of a relatively big transfer spend has some merit but he will have something Ashley doesn’t and has never had for Newcastle United – ambition to win trophies and football success.

    Had Ashley demonstrated an ambition for the team to succeed, to win things and made appointments that were equipped to deliver that success from the start of his reign, the club wouldn’t be pi$$ing about scratching for pennies to buy players on the cheap.


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