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Warning For Newcastle – Sign Some Quality Players Or Face Relegation Fight Next Season

Harry Redknapp is now the manager of Birmingham City, but he’s commented on Newcastle’s chances of avoiding a relegation battle for the coming season in his column in the Sun.

And the former West Ham and Tottenham manager doesn’t think Newcastle have signed the players they need yet in the transfer window to avoid a relegation fight.

Rafa is still trying to get some class players into the side, and we were hoping that Rafa’s coaching would make us difficult to beat next season even if we don’t get all the players we need.

Certainly, when he came in a year last March, Rafa made Newcastle into a much-improved side after the first four games – once he had time to sort out the players.

So that’s the minimum we are hoping for this season.

This is what Harry’s been writing in the Sun about Newcastle and Rafa Benitez:

“Rafa Benitez doesn’t need my advice as he’s one of the game’s top managers – so he knows the score.”

“Yet we are a month from the close of the transfer window and – for whatever reason – he has not been able to do what he’s aware he has to do to make sure Newcastle do not go back down.”

“That is get in more bodies, and high-quality bodies at that, or you fear it could all go horribly wrong over the next few months.”

“I don’t want to be the prophet of doom for any club, I’ve a lot of mates who are managers in the Prem and I wish them all the very best.”

“But there’s no escaping the fact some are facing a fight to stay up.”

“I’ve identified Watford, Swansea, Southampton, Burnley, Huddersfield, and Brighton as teams that are really going to be up against it.”

“But the seventh of those in danger – Newcastle – is maybe the most surprising for me.”

“To stay up this year, more than in any other year, it is going to be about spending on quality and numbers to get you through.”

“For a club of Newcastle’s size and potential, it has been a worryingly quiet window and Rafa must persuade owner Mike Ashley to part with some more cash.”

“But they seem to get it at Huddersfield. If they are going back down they are making sure it won’t be without trying everything possible to survive.”

“They have already spent money on 10 players, that’s double the number that have arrived at Newcastle, and you have to admire how such a small club is pushing the boat out.”

“But it is not mission impossible for any of the seven clubs – as Sean Dyche has proved at Burnley.”

Harry has said that he thinks Javier Manquillo is the best buy for Newcastle this summer and we cannot believe many fans would agree with that choice.

What do you think about Harry’s comments?

Comments welcome.

41 comments so far

  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Jul 31, 2017 at 1:48 PM

    Comment #1

    Phew struggling to keep up at the moment.

    From what I’ve seen of Murphy so far in the friendly’s he’s looked pretty good to me, he’ll be a star in the coming season and Rafa will probably sign his brother in January.

    I’ve gardened to Afro-Celt sound system and done some granddad dancing whilst I was doing, felt brilliant. 🙂

  • G

    Jul 31, 2017 at 1:51 PM

    Comment #2

    To be fair I have no trust in the opinion of a man who lost the plot a long time ago, looks like droopy, and gets his dog to do his accounts.

  • Mag52

    Jul 31, 2017 at 1:52 PM

    Comment #3

    Harry Redknap, what the !!!! does he know about anything, although he’s pretty well spot on about our need to spend on quality players before the window ends.
    As for our best buy so far, I’d go for Murphy.

  • TyneMouth

    Jul 31, 2017 at 1:53 PM

    Comment #4

    Yawn! ?

  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Jul 31, 2017 at 2:00 PM

    Comment #5

    Market stall Harry, what does he know?

  • JP...from The Rock

    Jul 31, 2017 at 2:02 PM

    Comment #6

    After watching the Mainz match I wasn’t very impressed. Wasn’t good but wasn’t bad either. Quite boring match tbh. Atsu looked sharp though. We gave away the ball sloppily plenty of times something we have to stop doing ASAP. Hayden surprisingly was one main culprits of this, surely it must be rustiness. We are crying out for a proper CAM and a clinical Striker. We need reinforcements pronto and I really hope for all our sake that Rafa has them lined up and been saving the pennies to land two quality players now.

  • jayphoto

    Jul 31, 2017 at 2:14 PM

    Comment #7

    I like the business we’ve done. Its all players at the right age that have the right attitude and can improve. Manquillo and Merino are risks but both have shown the ability to be top level players with the right application…
    We need more, but I’d take our business and squad currently over Burnleys, Brightons, West Broms, Huddersfields and possibly Bournemouths, watfords and Stokes.
    Hate the cliché but Aarons and De Jong being back are like new signings on last season and both have ability if they stay fit.(big IF tho)
    Also, not seen anyone mention this, but we’ve got a few players far better suited to the EPL than they were the championship style of football. Perez, Mitrovic and possibly Colback all benefit from more space and time which they didn’t get in the lower league

  • Fostino

    Jul 31, 2017 at 2:14 PM

    Comment #8

    What a pundit. ..he’s picked 7 teams to be relegation candidates ..he’s nearly as good as Jamie rednapp

  • Fostino

    Jul 31, 2017 at 2:18 PM

    Comment #9

    Jay photo

    I should sign for a Pl club so. I too play better in a league with more space

  • martoon

    Jul 31, 2017 at 2:25 PM

    Comment #10

    I know ‘arry is not popular here but he does have a point. At the very least we still need a decent striker and cover for Shelvey!

  • jayphoto

    Jul 31, 2017 at 2:31 PM

    Comment #11

    @Fostino I completely get that. I play in 2 5 aside teams, 1 with the lads I was at villa with and 1 with some mates. The villa lads is all nice passing and movement and I look a player, the one with my mates is all blood and thunder and pelting it and I look god awful as no one picks up your runs or creates space.
    Definitely think Perez and Mitro looked better players in the PL to the championship.

  • TikiTakaAcca

    Jul 31, 2017 at 2:34 PM

    Comment #12


    Did you seriously just say Manquillo has shown the abilites to be a top level player?

    Where was that? In your dreams pal?

    He’s probably the worst Fullback in the league, an atrocious signing.

  • clinath@ed

    Jul 31, 2017 at 2:38 PM

    Comment #13

    so…if we were the best of those 7 we’d end up 13th(?) at least.
    I’d take that for the first season back.

  • Fostino

    Jul 31, 2017 at 2:39 PM

    Comment #14

    Jay photo

    Ya I get what you mean. I agree with perez and mitro best season was his first. Like Spain for example is a more technical league than the Pl. The same can be said for the Pl being more technical than the championship.

    I still think though if your good enough you’ll be able to find that space in the championship or take advantage of rash players closing down.

    But Ya for sure. .. the standerd of players you play with too is important

  • hellodjo

    Jul 31, 2017 at 2:40 PM

    Comment #15

    TikiTakaAcca Perhaps you should look how he did at Marseille and Liverpool before coming to silly ridiculous conclusions like that? Funnily enough Sunderland fans said he was alright going forward and shite at defending, Liverpool fans said the opposite that he was the best stopper of crosses they’d seen and lacked offensive capability, there is a player in there and Benitez is the kind of manager who can put his game together and give the confidence to reach his full potential, which fyi is more than Yedlin

  • SeanNufc87

    Jul 31, 2017 at 2:46 PM

    Comment #16

    I’d rather not take advice on transfers from a man who has tried to bankrupt half the clubs he’s been at, buying washed out, past their best players for stupid sums of money. If we’re lucky Birmingham might come in for Mo for 10m on 110k wages a week

  • jayphoto

    Jul 31, 2017 at 2:48 PM

    Comment #17

    @tikitakaacca – Played well at Marseille, not being funny but you don’t play for Athletico Madrid under Simeone, Liverpool, Marseille and Spain U21’s if you don’t have ability…Its the application he needs to show but the talent is there.
    Not in the basis of writing off signings before they’ve played a competitive game.. many did that last year with Clark, Gayle and Ritchie…..

  • toon kk

    Jul 31, 2017 at 2:54 PM

    Comment #18

    Dirty Harry is right and we all know, well everyone who is honest with themselves, we will be in a relegation battle unless the right quality players come in, even if they do it won’t be easy.

  • jinxeddeep

    Jul 31, 2017 at 2:55 PM

    Comment #19

    Wenger has said that Perez can leave for 15m Euros. That is well within our reach and everytime I’ve seen, he’s worked his socks off and has shown that he can score goals and create plenty of assists. With PL experience as well, this reallly should be a no-brainer on all fronts: talent, experience and cost.

    Please sign him Rafa! Please!

  • hibbit

    Jul 31, 2017 at 2:58 PM

    Comment #20

    and what make you an expert ???????????

  • Geremi's Prosthetic Leg Fund

    Jul 31, 2017 at 3:02 PM

    Comment #21

    So looks like both Rivière and Haidara have turned down moves back to France due to wages.

    We do only have ourselves to blame for dropping down the list so far to make these signings and putting them on big contracts that average French teams cannot come close to.

    Even more worrying is that if are reliant on them leaving to free up squad space and wages, to sign new players we are in serious trouble. The sane fan would say take the financial hit this year and have those not fit for purpose train on their own so as to no disrupt the team (if they’re not willing to leave) and buy who we need anyway and just don’t register the dross. Unfortunately as we know, the hierarchy simply won’t operate like that.

  • Rotonda heights

    Jul 31, 2017 at 3:05 PM

    Comment #22

    tikki tacca and t.o.f sound incredibly similar. always upbeat and full of optimism. Guys with charisma who light up a room whenever they enter.

  • Rotonda heights

    Jul 31, 2017 at 3:07 PM

    Comment #23

    riviere and now haidara and their agents have no shame whatsoever. clearly not good enough for the PL but willl milk their contracts and deny us getting better players as long as they can.

  • Rotonda heights

    Jul 31, 2017 at 3:09 PM

    Comment #24


    it doesn’t matter who we are talking about, ticci will always have a moan. It’s in his d.n.a

  • ash1001

    Jul 31, 2017 at 3:09 PM

    Comment #25

    We can argue amongst ourselves until ‘the cows come home’, and at the same time defend Rafa to the hilt, but facts are facts, as things stand at the present time it would not appear as if we are any better off now than we were at the end of last season, we had player then that were not good enough for the EFL, most are still here on good wages, those that Rafa might want to move out appear reluctant to go which is there right, so they hang around on good wage and let there contracts run down or we buy them out, which will no doubt come out of funds available (whatever they may) for new players. Players that we have brought in do not appear to be ready to star in the PL, (other folks casts off/not in the squad of their home club/little top flight experience in what league they have been involved with in the past etc.).
    If you are going to bring in quality PL level players surely you do that at the beginning of the window, not near the end, what Rafa’s plan is to me seems a bit of a mystery at present, but the number of Spaniards is going up (ala French in the past), and if you put an honest cap on your head and not be blinded by the supposed ‘Rafalution’ are we impressed by what we have – the answer has to be ‘not up to now. Against Mainz we were just about second best in every area of the pitch, that included movement, skill, finishing etc.
    Its not looking good, we have seen it all before, Is it Ashleys or Charnleys fault, is it the Managers fault (he is supposed to have full control), or is it a combination of everything to do with our club.

  • ash1001

    Jul 31, 2017 at 3:17 PM

    Comment #26

    Rotonda #23, ? what would you do if someone want to reduce your earning by a few grand a week, and you were sitting with a contract for a few years in your back pocket (Riviere 2020, Haidar 2018, Lazaar 2021), it was the club that issued to contract, would you not stay put – pride etc does not come into it.

  • Hail Wor Ashley

    Jul 31, 2017 at 3:17 PM

    Comment #27

    Wheeler-dealer known for habitual massive turnover of players and always needing money to achieve mediocrity at any club thinks NUFC need to follow suit – shocker.

  • Hail Wor Ashley

    Jul 31, 2017 at 3:21 PM

    Comment #28


    You speak as if those players are 30+ and at the end of their careers. If they had anything about them and still had desire to not have their current contract and NUFC be their peak, they’d take a slight pay-cut for the chance to play football, prove themselves and earn better money than they’re currently on in the future. The fact they don’t, even though they’ll all be more than comfortable financially, speaks volumes about their characters and lack of application/belief in their abilities.

    Thanks Carr.

  • ash1001

    Jul 31, 2017 at 3:24 PM

    Comment #29

    jinxeddeep #19 – Perez started only 2 PL games for Arsenal + 9 as sub for a total of 265 minutes, not a lot of game time there, as for PL experience – just about non existent

  • lesh

    Jul 31, 2017 at 3:24 PM

    Comment #30

    Rednapp’s right. Rafa is behind schedule and in the next couple of weeks he has to integrate the new signings into whatever pattern he wants to play. He still needs to sign some key players and by thee time he gets them in, the season’ll be under way.

    The situation is not exactly ideal and is probably not what Rafa had in mind when he hoped to have the players he wanted in, before pre-season.

    Do we say thank you to Ashley and his enforcer, Barnes for what looks like another French Connection (a fcuk up).

    The delay in bringing players in to Rafa’s schedule places unnecessary pressure on him and the players in the early stages of the season.

  • Hail Wor Ashley

    Jul 31, 2017 at 3:27 PM

    Comment #31


    Bollocks. Ask every manger if he wants his target in before June. All would say yes, all would be disappointed. Ideals and realities clash, we’re no better/worse off than any other club as far as recruitment goes.

  • Geremi's Prosthetic Leg Fund

    Jul 31, 2017 at 3:28 PM

    Comment #32

    Don’t like Redknapp in the slightest but no point calling him out on these comments because they’re pretty much bang on.

    When you break down our signings and their stature they don’t look anywhere near good enough for the increased level the Premier League will offer this season. I’m praying that Rafa and his organisation will hopefully get them into a system that works – but I’m expecting no more than steady football and us keeping the relegation mix at bay.

    If we can add 2 or 3 relative top class players, and in my eyes that’s Premier League proven or top division/champions league level successes in the £15m – £25m bracket then I will dare to hope we can have a crack at top half.

    Perez, Samaris and Vazquez would be ideal for me. I’m wondering what happened to the Fernando links? He’d be a great buy to slot straight in. Delph likewise although I don’t think we should stretch to £14m for him with his injury record, but a good player when fit. Ings being touted, again good player but don’t think we can take the risk with his injuries.

  • Bobbybee

    Jul 31, 2017 at 3:29 PM

    Comment #33

    The spending isn’t finished yet so to say this squad will get relegated is meaningless. Pointless in fact. Why they bother is beyond me, other than an excuse to bleat. See where we are when the window shuts and if they’re still whining then that will speak volumes.
    As for ‘Array, he became irrelevant when Brown paper bags went out of fashion – a bit like Hippo Heed. He should concentrate on keeping Birmingham alive and let the man with all the big trophies take care of himself. Hardly fit to lace Rafa’ s boots.

  • lesh

    Jul 31, 2017 at 3:30 PM

    Comment #34

    Essex Geordie Bill…..

    You’ve gardened to the Afro Celts eh?There you go, you never know what’s gonna turn up next on this blog? You’ll be telling us that you’ve been listening to Radio 3s Womad catch ups this weekend. If you’ve missed em, have a look on BBC Radio 3’s site and you’ll get everything they recorded at Womad. And for good measure, Katherine Tickell’s taken a leading role in the Beeb’s coverage.

  • hibbit

    Jul 31, 2017 at 3:33 PM

    Comment #35

    where’s your information coming from on Barnes position within the club ?????????

  • magspuggy

    Jul 31, 2017 at 3:45 PM

    Comment #36

    Re barnes.

    I think he joined the club to help penfold increase the global brand.

    We have been trying to add value and it hasnt worked thus far hence fatties fixer coming on board to see whats not working and to get penfold back on target.

    Tbf . Penfold must be a busy fella and possibly wanted the help.

    I doubt it has anything to do with the football side of things other than brand nufc.

    Hes possibly already back at the sweatshop packing kappa trackies by now

  • jayphoto

    Jul 31, 2017 at 3:45 PM

    Comment #37

    Think we’re lucky that in compared to other promoted teams, really we are one of the few teams to have come out of the championship with a premier league side already in place.
    Yedlin, Lascelles, Mbemba, Dummett, Ritchie, Shelvey, colback,Diame, Gayle, Perez, Mitro have already shown they can perform in the Premier league and have experience of it which compared to past promoted teams and the ones we came up with is a stark contrast to the norm.
    No doubt the current team would stay up, but it’d be nice to have no thoughts of relegation for a year

  • toon kk

    Jul 31, 2017 at 3:52 PM

    Comment #38

    How much stronger is our squad now to the one that got relegated? Before we went down most on here thought we had a great team full of internationals .
    Many thought Mitrovic was class in the making, and still do. But he can’t score. We’ve had no cutting edge since Ba and Cisse was banging the goals in . Cisse fell apart so ended up a waste of space.
    Gayle’s goals promoted us or we’d still be in the championship, trouble is he’s the only goalscorer we have, will he get as many this coming season? Remains to be seen.
    Are we stronger now???

  • Slank

    Jul 31, 2017 at 4:00 PM

    Comment #39

    Redknapp like all other well known national pundits tend to concentrate on a clutch of the top clubs. Beyond these clubs they have but a passing interest in the other clubs in the Premiership which reflects their analysis.

    I’m sure few, if any, of the pundits predicted Leicester would win the league. Moreover, it wouldn’t surprise me to learn that they had predicted relegation for that club prior to the season starting.

    It is journalistic slackness to state ‘high-quality bodies’ without quantifying the price range. I bet they never rated Leicester as a team of ‘high-quality bodies’.

    Yes we could do with a couple of ‘high-quality bodies’ but that in itself would not guarantee a successful season. It is down to Rafa to create a successful team that has a winning mentality.

    Having been newly promoted, like Brighton and Huddersfield, we are always going to be on a pundit’s tick list of those likely to be promoted. But it doesn’t always work out that way.

  • nufc 11

    Jul 31, 2017 at 7:00 PM

    Comment #40

    We are trying to build a premier league team on a shoe string. Loan deals and bargain buys look at what palace spent last season and still struggled. Ashley has his head up his ass if he thinks this strategy will float the premier league is a brutal brutal league.


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