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Burnley Manager Sean Dyche On Why Newcastle Are A Rich Club – We Cannot Catch Them

It’s really staggering when you think of clubs like Bournemouth, Swansea, Crystal Palace, Southampton, Stoke, Watford and West Brom have so much money to spend in the transfer market this summer as the TV rights for the Premier League games around the world have simply sky-rocketed over the last year or two.

But it’s not just the money that makes a club a big club which can successfully attract some top players.

History of a club and crowd support are also factors and today the down to earth Burnley manager Sean Dyche – a much underrated manager – has today told some home truths about clubs.

Burnley manager Sean Dyche

Sean says some of the Burnley fans are saying they have at least as much money as Newcastle United (true since we have been down in the dungeon for the last season) and therefore they could at least go head-to-head with us for players.

That’s true to a certain extent, but all clubs were not created equal and whether people like it or not (most don’t),  Newcastle United are a special club with some of the best support in world football.

That was evident last season when we broke the modern-day record for the English second division with a record home attendance of a phenomenal 51,108.

That was the highest since back in 1959 when there was standing at grounds and the attendances ta stadiums were a lot higher than they are today – for instance St. James Park took in around 64,000 capacity.

This is what Sean Dyche has been saying to the Burnley Express:

“Newcastle are coming up and we’re not going to catch them financially, they’ve got owner’s money, same with Brighton.”

“Brighton’s wage bill is above ours already – then you have got a smaller one in Huddersfield.”

“I believe their owners are wealthy but are running it steady, they want to run it more like a concern.”

“So two of the three coming up are going to be above us immediately financially.”

“A fan said to me ‘we’re the same as Newcastle now, because we get the same TV money’.”

“But they have got a fella behind them who is a billionaire, they have 50,000 home attendances and all their corporate and shirt sales.”

Burnley are a smaller club but famous nonetheless.

Back in the 1950s and 1960s they had a very good side in the then English first division and we remember north-east players like center-forward Ray Pointer – born in Cramlington – and right back John Angus – born in Amble – starring for them and both were English Internationals.

Well there’s a long look back in time.


Comments welcome.

22 comments so far

  • Ron Knee

    Jun 26, 2017 at 2:57 PM

    Comment #1

    Yes, we’ve got a magic money tree!

  • The Newcastle Armchair

    Jun 26, 2017 at 3:00 PM

    Comment #2

    Smells like we’ve beaten Burnley to a target

  • hibbit

    Jun 26, 2017 at 3:00 PM

    Comment #3

    hope you have proof of what your saying as that seems a very serious allegation to be making in public


    Jun 26, 2017 at 3:07 PM

    Comment #4

    We’ve got a billionaire owner aye but he’s no interest in spending it on NUFC

  • RUNAWAY777

    Jun 26, 2017 at 3:21 PM

    Comment #5

    Hibbit don’t let any one upset your day bro our great club is reborn under rafa

  • geordiesteve520

    Jun 26, 2017 at 3:21 PM

    Comment #6

    That’s bordering on slanderous, unless you have proof to back it up.

  • john tudor

    Jun 26, 2017 at 3:24 PM

    Comment #7

    we have a tommy tanker

  • Our Toon

    Jun 26, 2017 at 3:28 PM

    Comment #8


    Spot on, we have a billionaire owner on paper but in reality the blokes a tight fisted tw@t

  • AncientC

    Jun 26, 2017 at 3:29 PM

    Comment #9

    I noticed the F-35 was being talked about. The project considered a complete “disaster” in the US. Described as “stealthy” because it isn’t in fact Stealth. Complete waste of money – paying for defunct technology. Russia & China already have the counterstealth technology to spot it. It is typical for Tories to buy failed American technology to help fund their mistakes. Thatcher’s Trident is essentially an American defense system. At least France (De Gaulle) had the sense to build independent weapons.

  • OneAlanShearer

    Jun 26, 2017 at 3:29 PM

    Comment #10

    Armchair – agreed but I’m not sure who. The only one linked I’m aware of to both was robertson I think. Anyone think of others?

  • Mister Tuff

    Jun 26, 2017 at 3:31 PM

    Comment #11

    Jib will be on shortly ” urhhh mmmmm well I’ve checked Google and canna find oot owt aboot Tommy Tanker and which club he plays for urggh ugg.”

  • john tudor

    Jun 26, 2017 at 3:37 PM

    Comment #12

    was he not the centre half mike basset wanted to bring to scumberland if he got the gig

  • AncientC

    Jun 26, 2017 at 3:39 PM

    Comment #13

    geordiesteve520, what do you care if somebody slanders Mike Ashley. He takes the p*** out of Newcastle fans every single day he benefits from revenues taken from the club.


    Jun 26, 2017 at 3:39 PM

    Comment #14

    Id not disagree there haha

    Our Toon
    Aye interesting that people honestly do believe that Ashley fully bankrolls us

  • hibbit

    Jun 26, 2017 at 3:41 PM

    Comment #15

    this is a football blog not bloody speakers corner
    if you want to talk politics find a blog where it’s acceptable
    must be plenty out there were like minded people can discuss the the topics you seem to prefer

  • Mister Tuff

    Jun 26, 2017 at 3:44 PM

    Comment #16

    Lesh – my last post about your favourite politicians – before folk start shouting.
    Peoples homes should be super safe and not at all a risk to their safety. Before you start waving your red flag I think you’ll find that most of the flats that are fire risks are in Labour areas – check it out yourself.

  • hibbit

    Jun 26, 2017 at 3:46 PM

    Comment #17

    now now behave yourself you’ve been real good today

  • Bobbybee

    Jun 26, 2017 at 3:51 PM

    Comment #18

    Our Toon, I didn’t say there’s nothing to worry about. I said we’ve got enough problems without making more up. You’re making them up. Desperately searching. ‘Do you think he might be using this new guy?’ Absolute nonsense. He’s there to facilitate the sale hopefully, not cause trouble.
    Why you’re so desperate to find problems where there are none is beyond me. Maybe not, obviously being right is more important to you than the club moving forward. How sad is that?

  • toontaff2

    Jun 26, 2017 at 3:51 PM

    Comment #19

    Strange BLOG, today! Comrade Corbyn, De Gaulle from ‘Allo ‘Allo, a bit of slander and a new link to Tommy Tanker!

  • WLtoon

    Jun 26, 2017 at 4:22 PM

    Comment #20

    What makes people think we have beaten Burnley to someones signiture just bcos their boss says we are bigger than Burnley financially.
    He obviously has,nt noticed our pathetic attempts to bring in players over the last 8 wks or so.
    much smaller clubs than us are beating us to our so called targets, so Mr Dyche, if you have your eyes on a player and you know Newcastle are interested, just bid a million more than us and you have the deal sealed.

  • sickandtired

    Jun 26, 2017 at 4:50 PM

    Comment #21

    Sorry Sean – but our billionaire businessman has managed to make sure we still earn less from commercial revenue than we did before he bought the club. Our shirt sales as well as our in ground advertising went straight to SD shareholders.
    Other than that – you aren’t too wrong 😉

  • JohnJ

    Jun 26, 2017 at 6:21 PM

    Comment #22

    I recall Ray Pointer as a fine Centre Forward – I worked with his brother Eddie Pointer at Claremont Garages in Whitley Bay (not there anymore) Eddie was a brilliant guy to work with always willing to give a hand when needed. I always had a soft spot for Burnley as it was on of my first away grounds – I recall us winning there 2 – 0 with the late Jimmy Scoular in the team around 1956!


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