New Signing Talks About Former Captain And Linking Up With Rafa Again


Even with top center-back Florian Lejeune now injured and possibly out for the season, there will still be considerable competition in central defense this season.

Rafa has brought in Fabian Schar of Deportivo and yesterday we got Federico Fernandez who has played in the Swansea first team for four years in the Premier League.

So captain Jamaal Lascelles and Ciaran Clark will soon feel the pressure of these two players pushing for a first team starting position – and that’s great for the team.

Federico has been interviewed by nufcTV and has talked about Fabricio Coloccini who was at the club for eight years when we signed him from Deportivo in 2008 for about £10M.

Federico Fernandez – signing for Newcastle yesterday

Fabricio had a tough first season when we were relegated,  but over the next five years or so he was a top-class center-back before losing form in the last couple of years on Tyneside.

Federico has talked about the former Newcastle captain on nufcTV:

“He was a great player for the club and I hope I can do the same as he did.” “I hope I can be like him.”

“Maybe in the future I will have the opportunity to speak with him.”

“I need to think about the city and the club and during the week I will contact him.”

“I worked with him (Rafa) at Napoli and he won trophies.” “He was also the key to me moving to Swansea too because he told me about the Premier League.”

“We have now found a way together again.” “Rafa and the staff are working really hard to improve the players.”

“It’s very good for everybody at the club.”

Fernandez has already played for Swansea this season, so he is match-fit and likely to be on the bench tomorrow for our first game at home to Tottenham.

Watch for some top players to e left out of the match-day 18 for tomorrow’s game.

Swansea were reported to be wanting £10M for Fernandez all summer, but we agreed a fee of £6M for him with the Swans – probably paid in total up front – which allows us to get good deals on players.

That’s another good deal to get an experienced Premier league center-back into the squad.

But yes, we were still surprised Ashley actually paid out some money on the final day of the transfer window.

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57 comments so far

  • Lindisfarne

    Aug 10, 2018 at 12:11 PM

    Comment #1

    9

    Has Kenedy played in any of the pre-season matches?
    Although he is probably still good enough to go straight in to the first team.

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  • Pavel is a geordie

    Aug 10, 2018 at 12:13 PM

    Comment #2

    Judging by the news this lunchtime, Ashley had much bigger fish to fry than buying us some players, like a “small” department chain. I think we all have to remember that on Fat Mike’s list of things to do, keeping us faithful, and Rafa, happy lies just below giving up pies and being a twat.

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  • Ninjacent

    Aug 10, 2018 at 12:13 PM

    Comment #3

    We have brought 6 players with Prem experience that will challenge for spaces in the 1st 11. We now have squad I think will stay up and avoid relegation. Another top ten finish will be tough and a lot of managers will be under pressure after splashing the cash so come on the toon army.

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  • ronaldo aarons

    Aug 10, 2018 at 12:14 PM

    Comment #4

    Kenedy played in the first match then the final match. Coming on as a sub in both games.

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  • ronaldo aarons

    Aug 10, 2018 at 12:17 PM

    Comment #5

    Kenedy and his partner had a baby I think after the first preseason game so came back to Newcastle. Didn’t go to Portugal with the group but supposedly still trained at the training ground. He probably has a decent level of fitness but no match fitness or sharpness. I can see him starting on the bench v Spurs.

    Think the only signing we could see starting v Spurs is dubravka and rondon.

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  • posada

    Aug 10, 2018 at 12:17 PM

    Comment #6

    Think you must remember that Man U apart the most ever paid for a Prem club was the 220M for Liverpool. Earnings have gone up but so have expenses re wages and transfers. It’s a catch 22 situation. The more you get the more you have to spend to stay in the league.

    Unless of course you are Mike Ashley. Spend as little as possible and hope that Rafa can work a minor miracle. As he did last year.

    Then suddenly we are talking about 500+ million for a 30% share of the Arsenal.
    Game changer or a reflection of the fact that we are in the far North and not considered fashionable by the new money folks.

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  • Average_Contents

    Aug 10, 2018 at 12:18 PM

    Comment #7

    Anyone who says he’s not a vindictive w@nker who hates us fans with a passion only need look at his purchase of HOF.

    One day after the transfer window closed in which he didn’t back the manager to push the club on.

    Look what I can do.

    The sooner he fcuks off or has an untimely end then the better for all concerned regarding NUFC.

    And if you think it’s a coincidence then your even more brain dead than previously realised!

    Fat cnut out!

    Hwtl
    Hwtf

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  • ronaldo aarons

    Aug 10, 2018 at 12:19 PM

    Comment #8

    George Caulkin
    @CaulkinTheTimes

    1h
    When it comes to football, Ashley is a specialist in self-destruction. It’s what he does best. For every day Rafa is at Newcastle, the team will get better. For every day Ashley hangs around, the club cannot. That’s their great, internal contradiction.

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  • ronaldo aarons

    Aug 10, 2018 at 12:21 PM

    Comment #9

    Supposedly official @nufc twitter account has been blocking fans because they asked about the whole ‘every penny generated’ issue. If that’s true, that’s shocking.

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  • Jib

    Aug 10, 2018 at 12:26 PM

    Comment #11

    Ashley’s not a vindictive w@nker who hates us fans with a passion

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  • Markaccus

    Aug 10, 2018 at 12:27 PM

    Comment #12

    Personally I think a future sale of NUFC depends solely on what Mash wants to do with Hof. If he wants to re grow it and push his own brand more up market, then considerable investment is required, and I think would result in NUFC being sold, and possibly sooner rather than later. If he wants to just turn it into another chain of tat shops, then we are stuck with him for another few years at least.

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  • hibbit

    Aug 10, 2018 at 12:28 PM

    Comment #13

    O yes he is

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  • RobLeenio

    Aug 10, 2018 at 12:28 PM

    Comment #14

    Welcome, Federico. I hope you have a long and successful career here. Please take after Jonas and Colo and not Bassedas and Cordone.

    Interesting how he specifically refers to Rafa as being one of the reasons he’s joined us. Can anyone imagine any player saying that about Pardew, McClaren or John Carver?

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  • Jib

    Aug 10, 2018 at 12:28 PM

    Comment #15

    To think that the timing of the
    threatened administration
    of HoF was driven by the
    PL transfer window
    is shockingly stupid.

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  • Markaccus

    Aug 10, 2018 at 12:29 PM

    Comment #16

    Jib

    A decade of evidence would refute your claim.

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  • posada

    Aug 10, 2018 at 12:31 PM

    Comment #17

    House of Fraser.
    Sold for 450 million in 2014.
    Bought by Cashley for 90 million in 2018.
    Or so it would seem from some brief research.

    Hope the pensioners are safe.

    Would he need money from NUFC to finance this. Probably not.
    How much is he worth.
    Is it 2 billion these days ? Who knows.

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  • Lindisfarne

    Aug 10, 2018 at 12:35 PM

    Comment #18

    Ronaldo Aarons (big blogger)

    Thanks for info on Kenedy.

    I find your calculation for the valuation of the club in the last article, very interesting. IMO the transfer activity is a red herring for those who want to protest against the ownership of the club and they should be focusing on the club being able to “wipe its own nose”. The decision making of the club is not transparent, nor who is actually paying for Barnes and Bishop to hold the club back.

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  • Markaccus

    Aug 10, 2018 at 12:38 PM

    Comment #19

    Posada

    He’s buying it off the administrators for 90m yes. However, if he wants to fix the issues that got it there in the first place, a re launch and a sustained investment over several years will no doubt be required. I’m clinging to a bit of hope.

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  • Markaccus

    Aug 10, 2018 at 12:40 PM

    Comment #20

    Jib

    Are you getting that back to front on purpose? The idea is that, since the HoF admin has been imminent, Ashley’s lack if transfer funding is down to him waiting to pounce.

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  • Lindisfarne

    Aug 10, 2018 at 12:40 PM

    Comment #21

    Hibbit

    Dedicated follower of fashion?

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  • DubaiMicky

    Aug 10, 2018 at 12:41 PM

    Comment #22

    I would think that tft (the fat twat) buying HoF has pretty much guaranteed a big protest tomorrow.

    1
  • hibbit

    Aug 10, 2018 at 12:42 PM

    Comment #23

    ray davies kinks ???

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  • posada

    Aug 10, 2018 at 12:44 PM

    Comment #24

    How much is Ashley worth.
    Well a lot depends on how much SD is worth.
    2.2 billion if the present share price is used. He owns 60%.

    Based on it’s net asset value probaly a lot less than that. Perhaps just a billion or so as it has a lot of debt.
    Again, very approximate figures.

    I think he does have other assets.
    Don’t think he will find it hard to raise 90 million though, which is the point.

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  • Lindisfarne

    Aug 10, 2018 at 12:44 PM

    Comment #25

    It would be nice if the Journalists at Rafas press conference today, just concentrated on why Bishop is in attendance and did not ask any other questions until he left.

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  • Lindisfarne

    Aug 10, 2018 at 12:46 PM

    Comment #26

    Hibbit – referring to @13!

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  • Lindisfarne

    Aug 10, 2018 at 12:48 PM

    Comment #27

    I can not believe the House of Fraser purchase has anything to do with NUFC. Only another advertiser that we will not be paid for.

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  • Jo

    Aug 10, 2018 at 12:48 PM

    Comment #28

    Ancient
    In case you didn’t get a copy. I see you are still posing as a football fan. Maybe time to kick on with presence outside the stadium on match days. As I said on the phone a while ago now you would have a captive audience under the guise of being anti Ashley and want him out etc etc.

    Jeremy Corbyn has made known his vociferous support for Palestinian causes as well as his objection to the current state of Israel and its policies. Why then can he not work on resolving the differences between the two opposing factions, by understanding the views of the Jewish diasporic community as well as the Palestinians. By alienating one side he has set his stall open to show his own personal “racist” agenda. If he really wanted to effect change in the Middle East and act on his “idealist” ethos, he needs two sides to work with, and unfortunately the cost of alienating the Jewish community shows a complete lack of understanding.
    Jo Scorah

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  • posada

    Aug 10, 2018 at 12:49 PM

    Comment #29

    Markaccus
    Fair point. If he wants to re launch it.
    Could asset strip the business if the parts are worth more than the whole.
    Do they own the real estate for the shops. Don’t know.
    The business goes back years so would think so.
    The only folks with any protection would be the pensioners/pension funds.

    He’ll have it all worked out. Many are saying it is a bargain at that price.

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  • Markaccus

    Aug 10, 2018 at 12:49 PM

    Comment #30

    Posada

    He will raise the 90m no problem. Agreed.
    The next point is, if he is to fix HoFs problems and raise his own high street profile, a lot more investment will be required.

    0
  • Markaccus

    Aug 10, 2018 at 12:50 PM

    Comment #31

    Posada

    Ignore my previous post, i thought you’d missed my initial response 😀

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  • Average_Contents

    Aug 10, 2018 at 12:52 PM

    Comment #32

    Mark

    It’s not even worth trying to have a discussion with it.

    My point is, he’s unwilling to spend the clubs money on the club but can spend shite defect money ONE day after the window closes.

    That’ll show em.

    Odious cretin out

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  • Lindisfarne

    Aug 10, 2018 at 12:53 PM

    Comment #33

    Only a theory, but i wonder if the earlier offer of a £50m loan was to distract HoF from seaking funding elsewhere. Then dilly-dally long enough until the company fails.

    Not the first time our owner has had a helping hand in a company going bust before buying iton the cheap.

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  • SredniVashtar

    Aug 10, 2018 at 12:53 PM

    Comment #34

    Martooooooon

    The window is finally shut so I can make my predictions without fear of us signing anyone else (although I haven’t looked at which free agents are available…)

    Anyway seen as everyone is saying mid table I’m going to take a wild risk

    Final League Position – 5th
    Final Number of Points – 67
    League Cup Round – quarter final
    FA Cup Round – losing finalists
    Player of the Season (Blog) – Yoshinori Muto
    Top Goal Scorer (League & Cup) – Muto
    Number of Goals for TGS (League & Cup) – 16

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  • Markaccus

    Aug 10, 2018 at 12:53 PM

    Comment #35

    There are rumours that he does want to move up market, from what I’ve read anyway. Keeping my fingers crossed

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  • Ron Knee

    Aug 10, 2018 at 12:56 PM

    Comment #36

    Anybody have problems accessing this site a few minutes ago?

    0
  • hibbit

    Aug 10, 2018 at 1:00 PM

    Comment #37

    bbc are saying he paid cash and was able to move very quickly

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  • Jib

    Aug 10, 2018 at 1:02 PM

    Comment #38

    I still haven’t given up hope on
    Gospodin Usmanov – surely if
    he was going to strengthen his
    ties with the Toffees it would
    have been announced by now.

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  • hibbit

    Aug 10, 2018 at 1:03 PM

    Comment #39

    obviously Charnley wasn’t involved in the HoF deal
    “able to move very quickly”

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  • RobLeenio

    Aug 10, 2018 at 1:04 PM

    Comment #40

    Jib, yes the Usmanov links are interesting. I don’t like the fact he already ‘owns’ Everton, however. He hangs round like a bad smell over the EPL frankly. If we’re to be taken over by a Russian oligarch, I’m not sure he’d be my first choice.

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