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Aston Villa Facing Financial Crisis – Newcastle In For Star Player

News today that Newcastle are monitoring the situation at Aston Villa and of their star player Jack Grealish.

Aston Villa could be in deep trouble financially, and at the very least they must significantly reduce their operating costs, with the club reported losing £6M a month currently.

Rafa has joined a long list of PL clubs watching what happens to Jack Grealish this summer and could try to sing the player.

There are rumors that Aston Villa may have to go into administration (bankruptcy) and they would have to have a sale of several of their top players if that happens.

It seems that Villa are suffering from being over-ambitious and failing to get promoted this season has been a hammer blow to them financially.

Jack Grealish and Aleksandar Mitrovic in Championship playoff final

It looks like Villa will have to sell Jack Grealish this summer for the highest price possible.

With so many PL clubs interested in him that will help to raise the price and Newcastle will likely not be able to afford the 22-year-old Englishman.

In fact, Villa have already put a £40M transfer fee on his head, and they may even get that from a free-spending club.

But that’s not Newcastle United.

Newcastle may never be a free-spending club as long as Mike Ashley – know for his thriftiness – remains the owner.

There’s no way Newcastle will sign Jack Grealish this summer even if Rafa would like to.

Comments welcome.

79 comments so far

  • Nostradamus the Geordie

    Jun 7, 2018 at 2:43 PM

    Comment #41

    Agree Swemag, Rafa has made him a better player. So if its Kenedy plus cash from Chelsea, I would say Kenedy plus 25/30 Million, I think Rafa could make a few players better say Alfie Mawson or Calum Chambers maybe a look at John Stones as he is so far down the pecking order at Man City they may sell him at a lower fee, could Rafa bring the best out of these players.

  • Pitmatic

    Jun 7, 2018 at 2:47 PM

    Comment #42

    I wouldn’t take Grealish at any price. Jonathon Kodjia might be worth a look if we could pick him up on the cheap. He’s coming off a long-term injury, but a definite upgrade on Joselu as a back-up striker. Very impressive at SJP the year we came up.

    Agree that Lookman would be a cracking signing. Better prospect than Murphy I’d say.

  • Pitmatic

    Jun 7, 2018 at 2:58 PM

    Comment #43

    Lascelles has galvanised the team and the club from the minute he came into the team. How many of his supposed superiors – the list of players ahead of him in the England queue seems a pretty long one – would have had anything like the same impact? I’d say the answer is zero.

    There are certain players who you might want to cash in on while they’re flavour of the month and before everyone realises how limited they are. Tiote and Ben Arfa were good examples, and it was a mistake not to sell them when their stock was high. Lascelles is in another category – he’s the real deal, and all offers should be resisted until that is absolutely obvious to everyone, which is probably a couple of years away yet.

  • ilovetoon8788

    Jun 7, 2018 at 3:14 PM

    Comment #44


    We still have ciaran Clarke. And rafa sure can sign another lejeune like defender for less than 10million.

    Under Ashley we have no choice but to sell to raise cash. Lascelles for kenedy and Loftus cheek look a great business.

  • DaveD1000

    Jun 7, 2018 at 3:21 PM

    Comment #45

    I’m strugggling to remember many swaps in the last couple of transfer windows…..or are we talking Panini stickers?

  • DubaiMicky

    Jun 7, 2018 at 3:26 PM

    Comment #46

    Dave The Horse
    ?@zoolander1978 Jun 6

    A ode to Aston Vile

    I remember well, that fateful day
    In May two thousand nine
    The dog’s abuse you hurled at kids
    That f***ing stupid sign

    Grown men who spat at women
    The laughter, all unjust
    But the last laugh will be ours, because
    We’re not going bust

  • willowdalerez

    Jun 7, 2018 at 3:31 PM

    Comment #47

    Sorry if this has already been passed along but the fix is now officially in…


    Really need a separate Champions League for Europe as this will kill and remaining semblance of competition in the EPL and is the perfect excuse for Ashley to continue his penurious ways.

  • Nostradamus the Geordie

    Jun 7, 2018 at 3:38 PM

    Comment #48

    Swap deals are nothing new, they have been happening forever. Here are a few that may sound nuts. Alexis Sanchez – Henrikh Mkhitaryan / Zlatan Ibrahimovic – Samuel Eto’o / Nemanja Matic – David Luiz / William Gallas – Ashley Cole / Francesco Coco – Clarence Seedorf, yes not many happened in the last two windows but they happen, our very own Ashley Cole was involved with a cash plus swap deal. Today this is meant to be happening but sounds a little crazy for a 33 year old player. Manchester United prepared to swap Pogba and £132m for Ronaldo. With our owner being so tight fisted with his money and many clubs out there restricted also, this seems to be the new trend, clubs looking at possible swap deals.

  • DaveD1000

    Jun 7, 2018 at 3:53 PM

    Comment #49

    not convinced that list were straight swaps in the same deal nostro

  • lochinvar

    Jun 7, 2018 at 4:09 PM

    Comment #50

    I think I smirked when I saw that.
    I don’t know if smirking is legal or if it will result in me being banned from matches but yes definitely worth a good smirk.

    How about Ashley buys Greylish for a knock down price as he likes a deal. Then just when Villa think they are safe in the water they go I to administration but are saved at the last minute by a buyer. Ashley. As he likes bankrupt stock. In fact it’s his business model. As he can only own one club he sells NUFC to Amanda and her consortium and Villa fans can get free tickets to games in Division One (after FA points deductions) when they buy three pairs of Donnay socks.


  • OneAlanShearer

    Jun 7, 2018 at 4:26 PM

    Comment #51

    It’s impossible to know if any if the billions of rumours have any truth to them now.

    I’m pretty much ignoring them now.

    It all smells of delaying tactics By the regime, spin, media bull and is pointless acknowledging now.

    It will be a miracle if rafa gets supported sufficiently rather than being left short by someone who does not deserve to own this historic and great club.

  • posada

    Jun 7, 2018 at 4:41 PM

    Comment #52

    We can’t compete with Man U or Man City.
    Won’t unless there is another big change in the game.
    What would success look like. It would probably be if we do what Spurs and Liverpool are doing.
    We would have to buy players for 20-30 million who improve to be worth 80 million.

    Liverpool have done that a few times.
    Not 3-4 million who turn into 15-20 million players.

    But, it does involve selling as well as buying.
    All clubs are selling clubs. Some more than others.

  • Pottsclock

    Jun 7, 2018 at 4:45 PM

    Comment #53

    Villa want to sell Grealish for £40m. What has he proved in his career so far? Nothing. Is he an established PL player? No.

    All he has is good potential and a history of a questionable attitude in a squad that got relegated. Maybe a good coach could develop him and a good manager could change his attitude. But for £40m any buyer wants the finished article and not a “maybe” player.

    It’s going to be interesting to see what happens and who gives in first – Villa or a desperate buyer. My guess…he’ll go to Wolves for around £25m

  • Mag52

    Jun 7, 2018 at 5:11 PM

    Comment #54

    Ashley out

  • dig-n-dig22

    Jun 7, 2018 at 5:13 PM

    Comment #55

    Willowdaleres 47

    this could be the dangling carrot that could make Ashley commit to all in ,if not, then we are nailed on to be the best club up for grabs in the PL, no matter what happens, Rafa must be retained, along with our best players.

  • AncientC

    Jun 7, 2018 at 5:15 PM

    Comment #57


    Jun 7, 2018 at 10:53 AM

    Comment #4
    “Someone pointed out yesterday when
    know-it-alls were comparing our commercials
    to Leeds

    I’ll say it slowly so folk like Lesh will get it

    The Leeds figure was T u r n o v e r

    Our figure was P r o f i t (cos ours is farmed out)

    Geddit ?”

    That “someone” was I. Jib, while you are giving yourself a pat on the back, perhaps you can explain how Newcastle were able to make £14.8 million in profit from outsourced commercial revenues?

    Take your time with that one… you’re going to need it.

  • ronaldo aarons

    Jun 7, 2018 at 5:15 PM

    Comment #58

    I would only support the skrtel signing if he was only back up for lascelles. Someone experienced to step in only when lascelles is injured or suspended. I mentioned this as something we need before the season needed. If he is a replacement or signed with a view to regular football then it is only weakening our defence. The last couple years at Liverpool he was a liability and looked as if his legs were going, he is not the defender he once was and I didn’t even rate him then either.

    And to add, lascelles was always a good young defender and had leadership qualities. Rafa has helped develop and improve him further as you’d expect but he always had it in him. He was not some poor player that Rafa has made into our main man and captain and is disrespectful to lascelles. He is one player that is irreplaceble and what he and Lejuene have is difficult to come across as both together look a very fruitful partnership. I can’t think of any player that we could get to replace him that is similar and has his leadership. If there was, there is no guarantee that he would gel with Lejuene.

  • Mag52

    Jun 7, 2018 at 5:16 PM

    Comment #59


    How to replace Lascelles. Yes it’s a tough one. There’s John Terry still fancies a season or two in the PL. Stones can hardly get a game at Man.City, and James Chester, also at Villa who bought him for some £8m. a few years ago. I reckon he might like to play in the PL under Rafa.

  • AncientC

    Jun 7, 2018 at 5:19 PM

    Comment #60

    Btw, Jib, if Newcastle is such a snip at £400 million, why is it that Ashley hasn’t been able to make a profit and has ramped up the debt—in the entirety of his ownership?

    Where has this guaranteed surplus that you speak of gone over the last 11 years, Jib?

  • ronaldo aarons

    Jun 7, 2018 at 5:20 PM

    Comment #61

    Garry Rodrigues comments

    As quoted by Turkish Football, Rodrigues said: “I do not want to leave, I am focused on the Champions League. I am at a Championship-winning side and think want to compete in the Champions League under the management of Fatih Terim.”

  • ronaldo aarons

    Jun 7, 2018 at 5:24 PM

    Comment #62

    NUFC target Thiago Maia: “I am very happy in Lille and I hope to continue so that I can gain a little more experience in Europe. I know that this first season I had was learning and it was not easy. [Globo Sport]

    “It was not easy not only for me, but also for the other Brazilians, the other athletes and the coach as well, but I hope that what happened in the past does not happen in the present.” #NUFC

  • hibbit

    Jun 7, 2018 at 5:25 PM

    Comment #63

    these fans pushing to sell lascelles need to remember we would not only need a new CH we would need a new captain to replace him
    we don’t have another outfield player player of his stature or ability to fill both these roles it won’t be an easy job to fill his boots
    maybe thats why so many clubs appear to be lining up for him, a good player but a great captain in the making
    please dont sell him !!!

  • AncientC

    Jun 7, 2018 at 5:36 PM

    Comment #64

    Here is an interesting for one you to ponder, Jib. Commercial revenue at Newcastle was around £25 million the last season in the PL before relegation, 2015/16. The club had outsourced services back then too… so explain this to me… if the club plays more games in the Championship than in the Premier League, and the commercial revenues posted come from profits from outsourced revenue—why then did the revenue go down by £10 million—when the stadium was still being packed and there was 4 more league games to play in the following season.

    “G e d d i t” yet?

  • hibbit

    Jun 7, 2018 at 5:45 PM

    Comment #65


    has Terry not said he’s joining Frank Lampard at Derby ???

  • Pottsclock

    Jun 7, 2018 at 6:01 PM

    Comment #66

    Haven’t John Terry’s legs gone? I don’t mean that literally – he still has them – but he longer longer has that blistering pace that he never had nor even the mediocre pace that he actually did have at his peak. I think he’d get roasted in the premier league which is at a different pace to the Championship.

    Personally, I’d rather have Skrtel as back up…but not as a replacement for Lascelles if he goes, which he won’t. Why would he? The fans here are so much better !!

  • AncientC

    Jun 7, 2018 at 6:06 PM

    Comment #67

    Stones could be an interesting prospect, were he available for the right price/wages (unlikely I know).

    Guardiola is to my mind the best manager in the world, par none. But Guardiola isn’t exactly known for developing defenders. If Stones could work under Benitez, it could be the making of him.

  • Lindisfarne

    Jun 7, 2018 at 6:08 PM

    Comment #68

    I called Juan Bernat in January, Spanish left back with one year left on his contract has been linked with spurs.


  • Toonces

    Jun 7, 2018 at 6:09 PM

    Comment #69

    Ancient @ 64 – I hate that I am answering a question that you directed to Jib but I answered this the other day…

    Probably our main sponsorship deals – Wonga and Puma – had relegation clauses in them. And all the actual advertising that is sold (i.e. non-SD) had to be sold at lower rates because the TV exposure (national and global) was much less due to the relegation. I think that logic makes some sense. Not sure if it is actually what happened but probably the easiest explanation.

  • Pottsclock

    Jun 7, 2018 at 6:16 PM

    Comment #70

    Toonces..I wanted to answer too but resisted. You spoilt it !! LOL

    Actually the two clubs that had bigger commercial income that us were Norwich and Leeds I believe in the Championship. I don’t know about Leeds but Norwich is a bit of an exceptional case for two reasons:
    1. A hotel is built into the stadium and they receive 30% of all revenue from the hotel as part of that deal. Used to use it a lot because I worked for Aviva
    2. All their catering is done through a Delia Smith labelled company that is named after Delia but owned by the club…so not outsourced. That catering company also provides services outside of the stadium and across the Norwich area…weddings/corporate events and the like.

  • Lindisfarne

    Jun 7, 2018 at 6:22 PM

    Comment #71

    Marko Pjaca (23) is being talked about moving to Fiorentina, he would be a great #10 for us.

  • lochinvar

    Jun 7, 2018 at 6:24 PM

    Comment #72

    Premier League executive chairman Richard Scudamore is to stand down by the end of 2018 after nearly 20 years as head of the organisation.
    The 58-year-old was appointed in November 1999 and has overseen a period of sustained growth.
    The league’s UK television rights were valued at about £670m when he joined, and the last deal was worth £5.14bn.

    So now prepare for the football equivalent of F1.
    The new European Super League will include the top 6 from the Premier League and possibly a wild card entry from seventh place each season paired with the top clubs from Spain, Italy, France, Germany, Portugal etc.

    It’s no coincidence that “super stadia” built to host a core of traditional fans but filled out with Chinese tourists (the volume market) and Corporate largesse (the money market) are predominantly in the major urban areas with access to hub airports – the expansion of Heathrow will boost this target market. So London with Arsenal, Chelsea and Spurs (I’m excluding West Ham despite their stadium capacity) and Man City, Man Utd and Liverpool ( Liverpool and Manchester airports can service all three of these clubs ) meet the criteria for franchised football.
    One place left and at Newcastle we have the airport well linked to European hubs and infrastructure to host matches and with some expansion a 60,000 capacity at SJP. Most games to be played home and away as currently but expect some showcase matches to build global markets and revenues be exported to the USA, China, Japan as already happens with rugby and vice versa NFL and Baseball arriving in London.

    If Ashley wants to be part of the future of football but not as we know it Jim then he has to seriously invest to ensure that NUFC becomes irrefutably a must have franchise club. That means start building now with Rafa, Lascalles, Bas Dost ? stadium expansion, purpose built new academy and training complex to serve the club and city. In that scenario he’s in the big league with Sports Direct exposed to a global audience.

    Failure to have that vision will leave the Premier League minus the top six plus the top six Championship clubs.

    Might take ten years as it’s taken Scudamore and his cronies 20 years to build the TV and advertising infrastructure but none of those with a vested interest are going to let that go.

    Newcastle v. Barcelona home and away sponsored by say Mercedes
    Newcastle v Leeds home and away sponsored by say Greggs

    Think Global, be local or whatever the saying is.
    Bernie Eccleston anyone ?

  • jazzyp

    Jun 7, 2018 at 6:27 PM

    Comment #73

    What …Jib lost for words or no sarcastic or patronising comeback

    Now there is a first

  • Lindisfarne

    Jun 7, 2018 at 6:38 PM

    Comment #74

    Why are Italy bothering to play Balotelli when they have Moise Kean?!


  • Lindisfarne

    Jun 7, 2018 at 6:53 PM

    Comment #75

    Good quick read on young potential at the WC – all but two from the Eredivisie though.


  • RUNAWAY777

    Jun 7, 2018 at 6:56 PM

    Comment #76

    Still nothing doing says it all about this great club we have supported from being kids ashley will do nothing for the geordies he will keep pushing that knife farther in.

  • lesh

    Jun 7, 2018 at 7:05 PM

    Comment #77

    Pottsclock @70

    Interesting comments about Norwich’s commercial income. Perhaps they key point is that Norwich’s board are thinking outside of the box, proactively trying to maximise revenue whereas our owner seems to be at the polar opposite – he tries to minimise expenditure rather than maximise commercial income.

    Why do the big hitters draw in massive commercial revenue? Because they’re attractive brands that seek glory and therefore people throughout the world want to be associated with. Whereas NUFC seems to flirt with relegation every year or so.

    Again, Mr Ashley, what price economy?

  • lochinvar

    Jun 7, 2018 at 7:08 PM

    Comment #78

    Bet Putin and the Ruskies are worried

    Val Kilmer is set to star in the Top Gun sequel, reviving his role as fighter pilot Iceman. He will star alongside Tom Cruise in the film, 33 years after the original was released, US media reported.

    Perhaps we could have our own version: Top Toon
    Lascalles plays Maverick.
    Shelvey plays Iceman.
    Rafa plays the Base Commander.
    Ashley plays the baddie – ha ha
    Eva Carnerio is signed to play the Kelly McGillis role
    Braydon Races plays on the juke box.

    33 years on ? Gawd some of the bloggers here won’t know what I’m on about or what I’m on for that matter.

  • Pottsclock

    Jun 7, 2018 at 7:22 PM

    Comment #79

    Shouldn’t Amanda Staveley play the Kelly McGillis role?


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