Fans Will Be Worried – But I Think Newcastle Will Be OK Next Season


Former Newcastle manager Sam Allardyce was interviewed on talkSPORT yesterday and he seemed sympathetic to Newcastle’s plight in another very poor transfer window under owner Mike Ashley.

If we sell Adam Armstrong for £1.5M to Blackburn early next week we will have made a profit of £26M in this summer’s transfer window – not including loan fees and agents’ fees.

So reports at the beginning of the summer transfer window of Rafa getting £40M to £50M of the club’s money and then any transfers he can negotiate (currently that’s at £42.5M) were well wide of the mark.

If nothing changes Rafa will have made a profit of £26M in this transfer window and therefore Mike Ashley has effectively spent nothing at all and is not helping Rafa improve the side in any way that we can see.

Sam Allardyce believes the side will be OK in the coming season based on Rafa still managing to bring some good players in at bargain prices.

Sam Allardyce while at Newcastle – circa late 2007

And the players have already gained a valuable full season in the top flight after we finished in 10th place in May and earned £123M from the Premier league for that.

This is what big Sam told TalkSport starting with how the fans and Rafa will be feeling:

“I think they’ll be worried.”

“Once other clubs start going way past you in how much they’ve spent like they have then it makes life difficult for Rafa Benitez to improve on last season.”

“They’ve dipped into the transfer market, but when you look at some of the clubs who’ve come up this season, they’re exceeding Newcastle.”

“You look at Newcastle and they’re in the lower regions on this summer’s spending again, and it’s right that it concerns Rafa and the Newcastle fans.”

“What that means is you’re relying on Rafa’s experience to make sure they stay in the Premier League and then try and build again from there.”

“Rafa has very good knowledge in the transfer market and I think that was the key element in Newcastle staying in the division last season.”

“Because of the size of the fees now there is no margin for error.

“You have to be a very brave man and very self confident to criticise your club’s owners. Effectively forcing Mike Ashley into spending more money and in today’s world that is extremely dangerous.”

“I can’t imagine many other managers doing that.” “But Rafa is brave enough to do it and he’s experienced enough to do it.”

“I think if a bigger club had already been in for Rafa he’d have been gone. You can tell he’s not happy with his body language.”

“But walking is another matter because the contract will be so tight I would imagine Rafa would have to pay the compensation himself and that’s probably why he won’t walk.”

“He has signed some good players since he’s been at that club.”  “I don’t think they’ll struggle as much as they did last season. I think a lot of the players will benefit from the year’s experience they’ve had.”

“I think they’ll be OK.

“I think the fans should look forward to the season but sometimes up there with the fans it’s beyond the real with the expectations. They always want that little bit more.”

“But at the minute the focus should be on stability and sustaining your position in the Premier League and grow from there.”

We have a really tough start to the season and face five top six sides in our first eight games.

🙁

It will be important to get a decent start to the season.

The final preseason game is this afternoon against FC Augsburg and hopefully, the lads will put up a decent showing.

And it has to be much better than at SC Braga on Wednesday evening when we were taken apart 4-0.

Comments welcome.


44 comments so far

  • Pottsclock

    Aug 4, 2018 at 12:42 PM

    Comment #1

    If Allardyce thinks we’ll be OK then I am really worried.

    1
  • jane

    Aug 4, 2018 at 12:44 PM

    Comment #2
  • one fine day

    Aug 4, 2018 at 12:49 PM

    Comment #3

    Simon
    From previous
    Makes sense now
    Was a cracking player along with David Kelly keeping us from the third division in keegans first season .
    Sad for the reason he left us too.

    1
  • one fine day

    Aug 4, 2018 at 12:51 PM

    Comment #4

    There is no worse scenario than alladick
    Those who for some f@cked up rhetoric want Rafa ( elite manager) gone…be very very careful what you wish for

    2
  • lesh

    Aug 4, 2018 at 12:53 PM

    Comment #5

    It seems that Allardyce’s thrown his hat into the ring by letting the world know what he thinks about Rafa not signing up for Ashley – probably with Bishop’s involvement.

    The result? It now we’re talking who we’d prefer to replace Rafa rather than campaigning to keep him and get rid of Ashley!

    Doesn’t that just show how much manipulating the media can steer peoples’ thinking and opinions!

    1
  • lesh

    Aug 4, 2018 at 12:55 PM

    Comment #6

    Whoops

    * The result? It now we’re talking = ….. We’re now we’re talking ……

    0
  • one fine day

    Aug 4, 2018 at 1:01 PM

    Comment #7

    Leah,
    Not for me
    Was born same year as we won fairs cup
    SFA since
    Rafa is/was the last great hope we could be some special again .
    If he goes and ash still owns us it will be care factor zero sadly as I will be done with Nufc / football .
    He is/was the only guy I thought could sort out a club rotten to the Core

    6
  • one fine day

    Aug 4, 2018 at 1:03 PM

    Comment #8

    Leah
    Lesh
    Apologies

    0
  • simon376

    Aug 4, 2018 at 1:03 PM

    Comment #9

    One fine day, yeah he was a great player and such a lovely bloke as well, nice down to earth lad. His son is doing so well now, was winning cups for karate now owns and runs a gym

    0
  • c-dog

    Aug 4, 2018 at 1:03 PM

    Comment #10

    “not including loan fees and agents’ fees.”

    Without them the stat is worthless given they make up 99% of all money spent on transfers. Eeerrr, right?

    0
  • lochinvar

    Aug 4, 2018 at 1:04 PM

    Comment #11

    Ed – can we move on please
    Giving airtime to Allardyce is polluting the atmosphere and after his shall we say dubious flirtation with the England Managers job his opinion is of no interest or relevance. Is he not joining up with Keys to be a pundit on the Ascension Isle Sports channel . Best place for them both.

    2
  • bettyswallocks

    Aug 4, 2018 at 1:06 PM

    Comment #12

    Eeeeeh Lesh yer reet yer knaa. It’s these rich folk’s PR gurus and the bloody mainstream media that does it .They’re buggers fer it yer knaa.

    2
  • posada

    Aug 4, 2018 at 1:07 PM

    Comment #13

    Big Sam eh.
    I can tell you now the Pardews and the Carrs of this world will be in Ashleys ear. The Casino Boys.
    He’s letting you down Mike. I could do that Mike. I know someone who could do better Mike.

    Enter the JFK 2018 updated model.

    4
  • Chancel My MBembaship

    Aug 4, 2018 at 1:11 PM

    Comment #14

    Just woke up to a lovely grey sky outside, lots of rain, and Sunderland losing at home to Charlton. Perfect start to the day. The missus even brought me breakfast in bed. C’mon you Addicks!

    0
  • hibbit

    Aug 4, 2018 at 1:12 PM

    Comment #15

    posada
    i bloody hope not !!!!

    0
  • bettyswallocks

    Aug 4, 2018 at 1:12 PM

    Comment #16

    I bet this bloody Keith Bishop has organised some paid shills to infiltrate the blog to manipulate the thinking of us simple Geordie folk.

    3
  • c-dog

    Aug 4, 2018 at 1:12 PM

    Comment #17

    Carr was essentially our director of football. He found some gems like Cabaye but mostly crap. He’s more than likely still advising Ashley on football matters. And will be instrumental in finding The master of puppets his new puppet for the 2019/2020 campaign.

    2
  • hibbit

    Aug 4, 2018 at 1:14 PM

    Comment #18

    bettyswallocks

    stranger things have happened ???

    1
  • jazzyp

    Aug 4, 2018 at 1:15 PM

    Comment #19

    Newcastle United make €11m offer for PSG defender Stanley N’Soki

    Premier League side Newcastle United have lodged a €7m + €4m in bonuses bid for young PSG central defender Stanley N’Soki, according to Yahoo Sports FRjournalist Manu Lonjon.

    The Magpies are now waiting for a response from PSG, who wanted €10m excluding bonuses.

     Rafa Benitez is hoping to tie up at least 4 more players before deadline day

    0
  • c-dog

    Aug 4, 2018 at 1:17 PM

    Comment #20

    Blog infiltrators most likely list

    Jane
    Nicky the ball tosser
    9

    1
  • jazzyp

    Aug 4, 2018 at 1:19 PM

    Comment #21

    Sporting Lisbon have agreed a €5m fee with Arsenal for forward Lucas Perez, although are yet to convince the Spaniard to move to the club. [@AlfredoPedulla] #afc

    0
  • lesh

    Aug 4, 2018 at 1:21 PM

    Comment #22

    one fine day

    Dig in bonny lad and never forget, as many have lost sight of in recent times, that the media, including the likes of Facebook, Twitter, have influenced opinions on key issues. We have seen the right leaning media inform and form the basis of major decisions and convince voters to opt for the likes of Trump and the biggest decision that UK voters were called upon to make!

    1
  • simon376

    Aug 4, 2018 at 1:22 PM

    Comment #23

    Jazzy, from what we read last year Rafa wanted him, if he can’t go out and spend 5 million euros on him, really does say it all. Getting him to come straight in and the young French kid would be alright I think

    1
  • lesh

    Aug 4, 2018 at 1:24 PM

    Comment #24

    C-dog

    Could Sutty and yorkie be added to your list of
    Jane, Nicky the ball tosser and 9 – all ably led by Jib?

    1
  • lesh

    Aug 4, 2018 at 1:26 PM

    Comment #25

    Was there some talk of a match at SJP today?

    0
  • DubaiMicky

    Aug 4, 2018 at 1:26 PM

    Comment #26
  • jazzyp

    Aug 4, 2018 at 1:29 PM

    Comment #27

    Simon376

    Let’s see what the final week of the transfer window beings eh pal.I ain’t that optimistic but you never know there could be a pleasant few suprises come our way.
    Ashley out

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  • DubaiMicky

    Aug 4, 2018 at 1:29 PM

    Comment #28

    MASH has just sold Dunlop to the Japanese for £112m, dunno how much he paid for them.

    https://www.telegraph.co.uk/business/2016/12/27/sports-direct-sells-dunlop-brand-japans-sumitomo/

    0
  • Nicky the ball tosser

    Aug 4, 2018 at 1:30 PM

    Comment #29

    This c-dog fella is bright as a shiny new buttton. A real welcome addition to the blog. Full of new ideas and sparkling repartee’. Right up there with lesh in terms of wit and wisdom.

    1
  • lesh

    Aug 4, 2018 at 1:32 PM

    Comment #30

    Jazzy

    The Magpies are now waiting for a response from PSG? And in the meantime, the clock ticks on and the window’s closure looms larger and larger.

    Barnes, Ashley’s fixer/ thug and de-facto MD, knows exactly what he’s doing. But football will never interfere with his focus on screwing Rafa!

    1
  • simon376

    Aug 4, 2018 at 1:33 PM

    Comment #31

    Let’s hope so Jazzy, ain’t over till 5pm on Thursday

    0
  • bettyswallocks

    Aug 4, 2018 at 1:34 PM

    Comment #32

    I don’t understand why we don’t buy Lucas Perez. We were mad for him last year but Deportivo showed more resolve than us , no surprise there, and he’s been in the wilderness ever since . He’s not too expensive and looks to have some quality plus Wenger bought him for Arsenal and he is a fair judge of a player.

    0
  • jazzyp

    Aug 4, 2018 at 1:39 PM

    Comment #33

    Lesh

    Can you stop with the doom and gloom sir.Dont you know everything is Rosy under the current Owner and Rafa cannot wait to sign on for another 10 year due to the fact that yet again he has had massive backing in the transfer window.

    3
  • Nicky the ball tosser

    Aug 4, 2018 at 1:39 PM

    Comment #34

    lesh types “football”, a first! No,no,no,no – apologies, it’s just another instalment in his turgid kitchen sink drama, spiced up with increasing paranoia. It never ends, it just never effen ends.

    1
  • jazzyp

    Aug 4, 2018 at 1:41 PM

    Comment #35

    Betty

    I know 100% why we won’t buy him mate..One word might give you a clue “Ashley”

    3
  • lochinvar

    Aug 4, 2018 at 1:44 PM

    Comment #36

    Dubai@28
    Probably £1 as Dunlop were bankrupt
    He’s applying a similar strategy to our transfer policy which makes me think that like Del Boy he’s in it for the case and the deal first and foremost

    1
  • lochinvar

    Aug 4, 2018 at 1:44 PM

    Comment #37

    *chase

    0
  • jazzyp

    Aug 4, 2018 at 1:46 PM

    Comment #38

    Sometimes I just pray and hope that this is some elaborate plan to get all NUFC fans behind the team and that actually Rafa & Ashley have a perfect understanding of what needs to happen for success. Then I remember that I’m thinking absolute bollocks and I’m an idiot.

    3
  • lochinvar

    Aug 4, 2018 at 1:52 PM

    Comment #39

    Dubai
    Think £1 was a bit ambitious on my part.
    This report from 2007 , note the wording then

    SECRETIVE Mike Ashley has snapped up north west chain Streetwise Sports as he prepares to list his Sports World empire on the market.

    Mr Ashley, whose privately-owned 370-shop chain has toppled Dave Whelan’s Wigan-based JJB Sports from top spot in the sports retail market, is thought to have paid up to £10m for Warrington-based Streetwise, which has 32 shops.

    Streetwise, which is owned by brothers Paul and Ian Simpson operates on a similar low cost model to Sports World. The business was founded in Manchester in 1990.
    Speculation is rife that Luton-based Sports World, which owns the Kangol, Dunlop, Slazenger, Karrimor, and Lonsdale brands, will float in the new year. According to Companies House, the group made £56.4m for the year to April 2005, on sales of £890m.

    0
  • lochinvar

    Aug 4, 2018 at 1:57 PM

    Comment #40

    I see that Taylor scored against the Mackems.
    They must love that name.
    Memories of Stephen Taylor, Ryan Taylor and even that guy Mr. Rahman (?) who mended “zips on the trouser” on the West Road – he was a tailor wasn’t he ?

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