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Rafa Compares Newcastle With Everton – It’s Not Good

When Sir Bobby Robson was the manager of the club (1999-2004) we finished 4th, 3rd and 5th in the Premier League in his final three seasons at the club.

That was after his first season – 1999-2000 – when he saved Newcastle when he came in after Ruud Gullit was fired and the club had only one point from the first six games.

But that season we finished in 11th place on 52 points – a magnificent performance by the manager.

Back during Sit Bobby’s time, both Everton and Newcastle were starting to challenge teams like Manchester United, Arsenal, Liverpool and Chelsea.

But Everton have never been relegated from the Premier League, and since Mike Ashley bought the club, Newcastle have been on a steady decline and relegated twice.

Rafa Benitez – Everton miles ahead of Newcastle in terms of investment

But things have looked up since Rafa Benitez arrived at Newcastle and we are in 10th place in the league table and can overtake the Toffees on Monday night with a win.

Rafa was asked in the Chronicle if Everton and Newcastle are now two big clubs trying to break into the top six in the Premier League:

“No. Everton finished seventh last year.”

“There is a massive difference between teams already in Premier League – Burnley, Bournemouth, Swansea – and those promoted.”

“They already have the money from the TV and are able to attract players.”

“When you are on the brink of dropping out of the Premier League or in the Championship, it is much more difficult to attract players.”

“Everton were ahead of us and are miles away from us in terms of investment.”

“We need to improve to compete, to be consistent in terms of we want to be there.”

“Not just one year where we finish fifth after you could be relegated twice, so it makes no sense.”

“It has to be about the consistency of staying in the Premier League and then competing for something.”

In a normal season with Newcastle having done so well, Mike Ashley would think no real investment is needed in the summer because the players have improved so much this season under Rafa.

This year we are the fifth best performing team in the Premier League behind the current top four clubs.

That’s Mike Ashley’s thinking, and it does not jibe with that of the (very) ambitious Rafa Benitez.

If Mike Ashley stays at Newcastle, he must be prepared to invest in the squad and the club every year even when we are flying high.

But that’s not his nature, and that’s the big problem.

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7 comments so far

  • ArtyH

    Apr 21, 2018 at 10:27 AM

    Comment #1

    Far too many bridges burned to even contemplate the fat one staying at the toon, its not an option! He has to go. Rafa has made his statement on Friday which seams to be a veiled threat about matching his ambition, but sadly we all know the fat parasite is not interested in our club and has stated he will no longer finance it, so it all boils down to how much he can get for the club. He also knows if Rafa leaves it will affect the value of the club, its a delicate balance or is it a bluff? Looks like Rafa has indicated he is not prepared to be screwed again so its put up or sell, lets hope it is the latter.

  • ascot7

    Apr 21, 2018 at 10:30 AM

    Comment #2

    the club have to invest to stay with the leaders. you have to respect Ashly as a shrewd business man.. As he is owed 165 million pounds he invested, now that is his club and money, he can only recoup this money by lifting the price of the club to get his money back. Toon fans do not add up. Staveley is also shrewd, Now that Newcastle is safe, she has to give what Ashley requires, she is not daft, she knows what he invested. But if Ashley lets the club slide again, it will be because of further debt. Newcastle are solvent, are Sunderland, know. bad management, which would you have ? the top six clubs are owned by filthy rich people, ok. They are up their by default, the default is money.

  • Rosco

    Apr 21, 2018 at 10:53 AM

    Comment #3

    All he has to do is give Rafa the TV money. No need to put his own in. He publicly said Rafa can have all the money the club generates so there should be at least 100mill in the coffers.

  • nufcalex

    Apr 21, 2018 at 11:34 AM

    Comment #4

    Newcastle don’t need much more for getting close to the top 4. I think a creative midfielder and a top draw striker and we’ll be very close. Ashley probably takes into account player wages into the total price of buying a player. So we’ll most likely get 60 million to spend on 2 or 3 decent players over the summer.

    We need to be fast in this transfer market as if Rafa doesn’t get the players we want early because the board of squabbling over a few million he’ll be gone.

  • dig-n-dig22

    Apr 21, 2018 at 11:40 AM

    Comment #5

    I don’t think Ashley want’s to be here and would sell at the right price but I think the right price now is a lot more than it was at the beginning of the season because of the much improved team performance on the pitch. At the beginning of the season Ashley valued the club at around £350 Mill but now I think he would value us at around £450Mill due to player assets. I don’t think Even Ashley wouldn’t expect to sell for £ 450 Mill and would try to cream off £ 80Mill, in player assets then sell at £ 350 Mill. I would reluctantly take that if it meant getting rid of the F@T TW@T.

  • WLtoon

    Apr 21, 2018 at 11:51 AM

    Comment #6

    We as Geordies are,nt lucky enough to have thoughts of grandeur. In an ideal world Ashley will sell up to someone who has ambition, not just to stay in the prem, but to challenge at the top. Unfortunately its Newcastle we are talking about here,, and Ashley will be quite happy sitting mid table with the team Rafa has built and do absolutely sod all but rake in the tv revenue.. Any money Rafa wants for new players will have to be generated through sales. Lascelles, 40- 50M for example. Thats how Ashley will look at it.. I have never wanted to be so wrong in my life but having 11 years of the Ashley dictatorship, i think its a case of same old shite with Rafa leaving for one last stab at glory somewhere else with a club that will match his ambition,, bcos he wont get it from Ashley.. Lets just pray that he sells up folks.

  • Pottsclock

    Apr 21, 2018 at 2:22 PM

    Comment #7

    I think Ashley will happily give Rafa the TV money. The thing we need to work out is how much is that? And I think it should be over £50m plus whatever can be recouped from player sales….so maybe £70m or so.
    I agree that Ashley has been useless in many ways. But primarily for me it’s been in his selection and appointment of the footballing side and the lack of footballing.
    I certainly would not want to be in a situation where we borrow even more – we already owe around £130m. Then we have one bad season and the club is in a crisis as we have never seen…like Sunderland, Leeds, Portsmouth, Blackburn..and complete financial meltdown.
    Out of interest, I looked at the Premier League table from when Ashley bought us in 2007 when we finished 12th. None of the 8 teams who finished below us are currently in the Premier League. Three of the ones who finished above us are also no longer in the Premier League (Portsmouth, Villa, Blackburn). We need steady and regular investment, not big bang and then nothing.
    So yes, Ashley needs to give ALL the TV money to Rafa and I will be very frustrated if this does not happen. If it does happen, then we can look forward to several years of good progression under Rafa


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