Murphy’s Law Strikes At Newcastle – After Just 90 Minutes


One definition of Murphy’s Law is that if something can go wrong – it will  (and at the worst possible time).

Newcastle lost two full-backs in the summer – Jesus Gamez and Sadio Haidara – and we didn’t replace either of them.

So we were left short at full-back, particularly at left-back.

But Paul Dummett came through yesterday’s game OK, but on 90 minutes DeAndre Yedlin fell awkwardly, and he injured his right knee – maybe seriously.

DeAndre Yedlin at the end of the game yesterday

The American was seen leaving St. James’ Park on crutches after the game, but that will be a precaution.

However, it doesn’t look good, and we’ll have to wait until he has scans to see the extent of the injury.

We lost both Dummett and Lejeune in the first game last season through injury and in retrospect that hurt our first half of the season performance.

The same thing may be happening this season.

Javier Manquillo (or Jame Sterry) can come in for Yedlin at Cardiff City – a game we should win and cannot lose.

But it’s the old case if you don’t plan for something – it will usually happen.

The corollary is also true – if you plan for something it doesn’t usually happen.

If only Mike Ashley would trust and support Rafa’s football judgment, we’d be in a much better position right now.

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16 comments so far

  • Jib

    Aug 12, 2018 at 9:39 AM

    Comment #1

    Betty
    I feel NUFC is being trimmed (made lean and fit)
    because Ashley wants to get rid .
    I also feel that Rafa is in the picture

    5
  • c-dog

    Aug 12, 2018 at 9:40 AM

    Comment #2

    Our owner is our worst enemy here not releasing the funds to sign adequate cover.

    We reap what Mike Ashley has sewn

    3
  • Black and white armpit

    Aug 12, 2018 at 9:41 AM

    Comment #3

    I agree Jib

    0
  • jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew

    Aug 12, 2018 at 9:45 AM

    Comment #4

    Do we have some real life accountants on here and not just people who think they know how it all works?

    Would be great to hear it from someone who works at Deloitte and even work within this field!

    I found a lot of what I hear on here dubious at best…

    3
  • Jib

    Aug 12, 2018 at 9:47 AM

    Comment #5

    The clubs debt to Ashley is approx. 49% of £300M

    If someone pays him about £156M cash and converts
    his debt into a 49% shareholding he would probably
    take it.

    2
  • outside the box

    Aug 12, 2018 at 9:47 AM

    Comment #6

    im not an accountant but i presume the surplus money will be used to pay off loan …be interesting to see how much loan decreases by this year…..sterry has been included in squad as rb cover so i imagine he will get shout before manquilo.

    2
  • AncientC

    Aug 12, 2018 at 9:48 AM

    Comment #7

    NY Mag, from last night.

    You claimed Ashley has paid himself back £33 million of a loan from last season. Firstly, it wasn’t a £33 million loan in total. I am not completely sure why, but he loaned the club £33 million and at the same time paid himself back £18 million (approximately), leaving Ashley owed £15 million. If you are going to separate that loan from the overall loan.

    Also, where did you read that Ashley was taking back the ‘loan’ in summer 2018 that was to cover operating costs for the Championship season? According to a recent letter written by Ashley to parliament, the debt still stands at £144 million.

    A wage bill of £99 million seems a fairly bold estimate to me, too.

    For for a comparison; Everton’s wage bill in may 2017 was £105 million. Everton are known for paying good wages. The current Newcastle squad wouldn’t be on similar wages to the Everton squad from that year. The squads don’t match up.

    The question still very much remains. Where has the money gone…

    3
  • bettyswallocks

    Aug 12, 2018 at 9:48 AM

    Comment #8

    Jib……. I agree.

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  • Black and white armpit

    Aug 12, 2018 at 9:51 AM

    Comment #9

    There’s a bit of agreeing with Jib this morning… It’s unnerving.

    4
  • AncientC

    Aug 12, 2018 at 9:53 AM

    Comment #10

    49% of £300 million is 147 million.

    You really think Ashley would take a 49% stake in the club which would value the club at £300 million? Isn’t that more than he was asking the first season back, when the club was still facing the possibility of relegation.

    And for that lowly valuation (as he would see it), he only gets 49%, and as such, can have his advertising hoardings removed etc.

    Some chance of that lol.

    10
  • jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew

    Aug 12, 2018 at 9:56 AM

    Comment #11

    outside the box…we have been making a profit for the better part of MA ownership and never has he been paying off the personal loan to Newcastle United!

    I think it benefits him for us to be in debt!

    3
  • Jib

    Aug 12, 2018 at 9:59 AM

    Comment #12

    The Rangers experience shows that even when
    he sells up any shares he still retains SD trading
    contracts.
    IMHO having the SD advertising continue is a small
    price to pay for an owner who backs Rafa to the hilt.

    2
  • Just a fan

    Aug 12, 2018 at 10:09 AM

    Comment #13

    I hate when they do those analys on match of the day.he should be here he should have went there he should have tracked him.seriously?????

    1
  • Black and white armpit

    Aug 12, 2018 at 10:09 AM

    Comment #14

    Poor fishing for a Sunday morning, I’m sure you’ll get a nibble from somewhere mind.

    2
  • crawfordm

    Aug 12, 2018 at 10:29 AM

    Comment #15

    I hate Ashley however we all know he is a tight septic bell end. The stand off between Ashley and Rafa is feasable. There is no way Ashley would give 100 million to a manager to spend if that manager is to leave in 12 months – would a new manager fancy the Rafa players ? A poor situation
    however i will enjoy the next 12 months with Rafa and the boys.

    3
  • ShearMagic

    Aug 12, 2018 at 12:22 PM

    Comment #16

    I also agree with that statement. May be us just wishful thinking though.
    Would explain why rafa is still here maybe?
    Who knows what’s going on behind closed doors.

    1

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