Rafa Talks About Upcoming Transfer Window, Takeover, And Massive Two Games

Rafa held his press conference early this afternoon, and the manager has talked about the upcoming January transfer window.

He also talked about the massive two games we have coming up next, when we play at Huddersfield Town tomorrow and at home to Fulham the following Saturday.

Both teams are currently in the bottom three positions in the Premier League, so both games are like relegation 6 pointers.

Rafa said he had no news either on the transfer window or the potential takeover.

David Wagner – impressive Huddersfield manager

There are two reports out today in the Star and Express saying Peter Kenyon, backed by Rockefeller Capital Management, is just weeks away from buying Newcastle.

And another less positive report from the Sun saying that Kenyon can only raise £200M and is nowhere near the price of £300M Mike Ashley wants for the club.

Here’s our take on the Star article and then on the Express and Sun articles.

And here’s some of what Rafa has said in his press conference today:

“We don’t talk about players (transfer targets) or the takeover because we have no news.”

“I have seen the names out there, but we have no news.”

“We have identified a lot of names, but we have to decide who to go for. We will go for the first, then work down the list”

“Since the last 2 windows, I don’t think we’ve been favorites against anyone.”

“Am I confident we can beat anyone? Yes – but still we have to work hard to do it”

“Everybody here has been working so hard. Sometimes you are lucky enough to get some points in a row.”

“It’s hard work being rewarded.”

“For us, every game is like a final. We have to approach every game thinking 1 point could make a massive difference.”

“That is why I was so upset against Wolves. It makes it so much more difficult for us when you have these decisions.”

“The next 2 games are massive”

The only thing that really matters at the moment is that we can get back to our winning ways against Huddersfield tomorrow afternoon.

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163 comments so far

  • Rob1971

    Dec 14, 2018 at 2:35 PM

    Comment #1

    Rob the lad who started the rumour is a wind up merchant, his earlier post this morning was saying the deal is off

  • toon22

    Dec 14, 2018 at 2:39 PM

    Comment #2

    It’s never MAs fault

  • RobLeenio

    Dec 14, 2018 at 2:42 PM

    Comment #3

    Yep, I think you’re probably right.

  • RobLeenio

    Dec 14, 2018 at 2:43 PM

    Comment #4

    erm, that was for Rob1971, not the frog

  • NY Mag

    Dec 14, 2018 at 2:46 PM

    Comment #5


    Bombardier global express arrives in NCL this morning from LAX

  • hibbit

    Dec 14, 2018 at 2:51 PM

    Comment #6

    NY Mag

    is that morning your time ?????
    and any info on who’s on it ????

  • RobLeenio

    Dec 14, 2018 at 2:56 PM

    Comment #7

    Morning NY Mag.

    So, that’s an exec jet flying in. Where did you get your info from? As far as I know you have to have a registration number to track these flights, you can’t just search on departure location and arrivals

  • NY Mag

    Dec 14, 2018 at 2:57 PM

    Comment #8

    Landed 8.43AM GMT
    No clue who is on board 🙁

  • hibbit

    Dec 14, 2018 at 2:58 PM

    Comment #9

    time at LAX just coming up to 7am local time
    flight time appox 14hrs arrival 5/6am Saturday morning,

  • hibbit

    Dec 14, 2018 at 2:59 PM

    Comment #10

    so it landed this morning ???????????

  • Nostra Magpie

    Dec 14, 2018 at 2:59 PM

    Comment #11

    This sale is like getting blue balls when your a young man trying to lose your virginity, will we, won’t we, I got to first base now heading for second.

    One morning I so hope I wake up and don’t have blue balls anymore with the heading, Bye, Bye Ashley, don’t let the city hit your arse on the way out.

  • NY Mag

    Dec 14, 2018 at 3:00 PM

    Comment #12

    Afternoon Rob,

    I saw the flight on FlightAware app
    But you’re right, you need registration number to get the aircraft detail……in this case that was a little tricky
    Flight number was VXS406

  • NY Mag

    Dec 14, 2018 at 3:02 PM

    Comment #13


    Yes it landed this morning….left LAX yesterday afternoon

  • Lovem or Hatem

    Dec 14, 2018 at 3:08 PM

    Comment #14

    How often does a private jet flight from LA to NCL

  • Jib

    Dec 14, 2018 at 3:09 PM

    Comment #15
  • Lovem or Hatem

    Dec 14, 2018 at 3:09 PM

    Comment #16

    * fly

  • Optimistic Panda

    Dec 14, 2018 at 3:13 PM

    Comment #17

    There’s flight all the time to newcastle from the west cost of the USA, longsands is mint for surfing.

  • RobLeenio

    Dec 14, 2018 at 3:23 PM

    Comment #18

    In case anyone’s wondering if Jib is doing something clever with URLs (it crossed my mind), you can check it out here too – click the link for yourself.


    Interesting that there is no owner identified and no aircraft type given. Could be a military / Government flight.

  • NY Mag

    Dec 14, 2018 at 3:28 PM

    Comment #19


    You can’t get aircraft type from flight number
    You need the registration number……..
    I’ll save you the google search time….it’s G-CEYL

  • Reilly

    Dec 14, 2018 at 3:28 PM

    Comment #20

    To hire a private jet to fly from l.a to the toon cost over 70 grand,thats just for 1 person.Someone very rich.

  • RobLeenio

    Dec 14, 2018 at 3:32 PM

    Comment #21

    NY Mag, I’m there already – cheers though

    So, this jet on previous days flew from Farnborough to San Francisco on the 11th, then from San Fran to LA on the 13th, then to the Toon on the 14th (arrival dates)


  • Optimistic Panda

    Dec 14, 2018 at 3:32 PM

    Comment #22

    I’ve just heard from a reliable source Cheryl Fernandez-Vassini was on the plane, when she got to LA she realised she’d left the gas on in her Byker wall penthouse so popped home.

  • geordietom

    Dec 14, 2018 at 3:33 PM

    Comment #23

    i’ve got a cousin in the canadian airforce think i’ll talk to him … on messenger… see if he can make sence of the plains reg number … ( i know its not the states ) but you never know … worth shot i think … he might be able to tell me if its private civilian or military …

  • geordietom

    Dec 14, 2018 at 3:35 PM

    Comment #24

    a private civilian flight

  • RobLeenio

    Dec 14, 2018 at 3:38 PM

    Comment #26

    Looks like a charter flight owned by Gama Aviation, who have their HQ at Farnborough. The flights could be unconnected, individual clients each time.

    Worth knowing about, though – cheers NY Mag once again.

  • NY Mag

    Dec 14, 2018 at 3:39 PM

    Comment #27


    That did make me chuckle 😀

  • ilovetoon8788

    Dec 14, 2018 at 3:52 PM

    Comment #28

    lol the desperation. that flight is just a normal client flight unconnected. HAHAHA

    no take over is happening. wake up and smell the coffee.

  • Average_Contents

    Dec 14, 2018 at 4:15 PM

    Comment #29

    Gotta say if you boys are being serious with this flight sh1te then Jesus wept, people fly in private jets all the time, from various locations all around the globe at any time.

    Trying to find out plane numbers, makes, models and owners is taking it a bit far in pursuit of anything to do with the takeover.

    I bet if you looked hard enough there’d be thousands a year flying into Newcastle.

    We all want a takeover and by god we deserve it after putting up with the leech for 11 long years but it’ll happen when it er, happens.

    Everything crossed lads.


    Drop us an email mate

  • Toonces

    Dec 14, 2018 at 4:18 PM

    Comment #30

    Sting could aford that

  • BeeGuy

    Dec 14, 2018 at 4:19 PM

    Comment #31

    I’m convinced we Newcastle fans are as big suckers as Trump supporters. There is no sale, there is no deal for the Atlanta player, there are no transfers coming until all the good ones available have gone to other teams. If there are still good players left for acquisition, no transfers will be made at all.

  • Bambams

    Dec 14, 2018 at 4:30 PM

    Comment #32

    Average Contents

    Fella I never got it off Ed, I requested it at the same time as DubaiMicky as per previous conversation but Ed only sent Dubai’s.

  • Binney

    Dec 14, 2018 at 4:32 PM

    Comment #33

    Make the toon great again 😉

  • Average_Contents

    Dec 14, 2018 at 4:36 PM

    Comment #34


    I’ll ask Ed to forward it on to y mate

  • Average_Contents

    Dec 14, 2018 at 4:38 PM

    Comment #35


  • Average_Contents

    Dec 14, 2018 at 4:39 PM

    Comment #36


    What you getting me for chrimbo mate? Better be something spectacular darling.

  • Average_Contents

    Dec 14, 2018 at 4:42 PM

    Comment #37

    Shire (hibbit)

    Any more info on the takeover bud?

    ra ra couldn’t resist ra ra

    Getting lambasted off poster boy is never good for anyone’s morale haha


  • Bladey

    Dec 14, 2018 at 4:43 PM

    Comment #38

    Why don’t you try trainspotting also
    Sad acts

  • Belfast

    Dec 14, 2018 at 4:44 PM

    Comment #39

    Aye good choice Ed haha

    Spam folder for average contents Ra Ra

  • beefman13

    Dec 14, 2018 at 4:44 PM

    Comment #40

    Oh dear, Rafa MOTM, brace yourselves!

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