A couple of weeks ago we seemed to be doing quite well in the transfer market after we made a couple of surprise signings – right-back Javier Manquillo of Atletico Madrid and holding midfielder Mikel Merino of Borussia Dortmund.
Both were Spanish players basically signed out of the blue.
We had also just signed 22-year-old Norwich winger Jacob Murphy, so things seemed to be looking up a little bit.
But since then we have not signed anybody and appear to be short of real money to spend in the transfer market, and we still have players like Krul, Riviere, Lazaar, Haidara, and Saivet to sell to get their wages off the salary list for the coming season.
Alan Shearer – not sure Rafa will be manager at Christmas
Alan Shearer has been interviewed on talkSPORT today, and he’s not certain Rafa will be the Newcastle manager come Christmas.
And the seems to be based on owner Mike Ashley not keeping his promises he made in May this year to his world-class manager.
Alan was asked if Benitez will still be the Newcastle manager at Christmas, this is what Alan told TalkSPORT:
“I hope so, but I don’t think we can guarantee that.” “I think there’s definitely a frustration there from him, having spoken to him.”
“They’ve been in for a lot of players and they’ve missed out on a lot of players.” “They have tried, but for different reasons they haven’t got some of the players in that they’ve wanted.”
“They’ve been too late, other clubs have gone ahead and beaten them to it.” “Rafa will have them hard to beat, he’ll have them organised and well-drilled, but Rafa wants to be bigger and better than that.”
“He went to the Championship knowing that his job was the get the club back into the Premier League, then thinking he could go one-step further and build and get bigger and better.”
“That’s what he wants and if he’s not able to do that he won’t be there for much longer.”
“He will have to have signs of bringing more players in, and I think it’s a big two or three weeks regarding bringing a few more in. He needs that, there’s no doubt about it.”
“He says he needs a new striker – he might need two – he needs a fullback, and he also wants an experienced goalkeeper. He says they’re working hard to bring those players in and hopefully they can.”
“I think we’ll know a lot in a month’s time and if he doesn’t get what he wants then you might see it starting to unravel.”
We’re sure some fans have the exact same opinion as Alan, but we are hoping that Mike Ashley can come in and get the job done in the next 22 days and give Rafa three good players by the end of this month.
If we can do that and also get a decent start to the season things will start looking up on Tyneside.
That’s what we are hoping for.
Personal – update on NewsNow status:
After receiving an email on Friday night that I was to have my blog suspended for two weeks because of journalistic concerns – I wrote a personal letter to the top people at NewsNow over the weekend based on the quality of my articles and also on compassionate grounds because of my health status.
Today I got a response from Managing Editor Andy Beill of NewsNow saying in short that “Simply put, this has not been dealt with in the best way, and a suspension was not a necessary course of action.”
Also, I can tell you on a personal level the email Andy sent me increases my respect for the human spirit in people – it was a heartfelt message from the Managing Editor.
This reflects so well on Andy as a person and on NewsNow as an organization.
I am delighted to be able to continue having my articles published on NewsNow and will continue do the best I can to make the pieces the best they can be.
Thanks to everybody for their support.
And to think I thought I looked good bald – but my beautiful wife Madeline disagrees – and hey – she’s the boss – grow the hair Ed!