Newcastle are currently in 10th place in the Premier League, and if the results go against us today and we also lose to Chelsea, the lowest we can finish is in 15th place.
A win would probably see us remain in 10th place or at worst in 11th place, and that would help with the Premier League money we will receive later this week.
The amounts each club will receive should be published this week although the payments aren’t made all at once.
And Newcastle have already received some money from the PL.
It’s estimated that the loss for dropping five places in the league would be around £10M, and that would mean we could get between £115M and say £125M this week.
That based on the clubs’ payments from last season – the first year of the new three year TV rights deal.
Mike Ashley and Lee Charnley at the final game against Barnsley last season
Newcastle received £40M in parachute payments from the Premier League a year ago and £7M from the Championship (£47M in total) so at a minimum Newcastle will make £68M more than last year from league payments.
That’s a considerable figure and why Rafa should get a much larger transfer fund to spend this season.
The other thing in our favor is Newcastle are a popular club and have been televised live in about half of our games – 18 – and we get just over £1M a game for that – said to be around £21M in total by the Chronicle.
So even if everything goes against us today, we are still back in the big money.
While there was some justification of being short of money last summer, there’s none of that this year.
And why Mike Ashley is dragging out the negotiations with Rafa, we have no idea other than he’s proven to be stubborn over his 11 years of owning Newcastle.
Here’s where we stand before our final game of the season at home to Chelsea today.[table “68” not found /]