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What New Signing Told Federico Fernandez About Newcastle Before He Arrived


Federico Fernandez will be in the squad for our next game at Cardiff City on Saturday in the early game (12:30pm kickoff) – just like last Saturday against Spurs.

Fernandez joined former Swansea team-mates Jonjo Shelvey and Ke Sung-Yueng at Newcastle on the final day of the window, and he is delighted to be back playing for Rafa,

Federico had said when he signed that Rafa was full of energy and really wanted to stay on at Newcastle.

We’ll have to wait and see about that.

Federico is another excellent character Rafa has brought to the club.

And the Argentine has lots of Premier League experience having played four seasons at the Swans, and he made 117 league appearances for the south Wales club.

Federico Fernandez – has 32 caps for Argentina

Before he made the decision to sign for Newcastle, he talked to new signing Ki Sung-yueng about the club.

Ki said only good things about Newcastle, so the 29 year-old was on his way to Newcastle via helicopter last Thursday to sign.

This is what Federico has said as reported in the Chronicle:

“I found out a couple of weeks ago that Newcastle were interested. But it was really in the last two days of the window that it became something more intense.”

“I spoke with Ki a lot before I came. He only had good things to say about the club, the city and everyone at Newcastle.”

“When I was on my way (to Tyneside on deadline day), he sent me a message telling me he was glad I was joining him.”

“Everything was fine, we have a very good relationship.”

“The Premier League is the best in the world so we need to be focused if we want to start well.”

“We have some big, big games early on. The first few weeks are tough but they are also very exciting.”

“The most beautiful thing in football is to play against the biggest and best teams and challenge yourself.”

“There will be a great feeling in the dressing room before those games, and hopefully we can continue that on the pitch too.”

“Of course our first objective has to be just to stay up. And then, depending on how we start, we can think about looking forward and finishing as high in the table as possible.”

“But at the moment, with the speculation that is around, and with how much rival teams have improved, it will be tough.

Fernandez will now be fighting for a starting place at Cardiff City on Saturday, and he could even be used at right back in the absence of the injured DeAndre Yedlin.

Comments welcome.


42 comments so far

  • RobLeenio

    Aug 14, 2018 at 10:17 AM

    Comment #1

    “Of course our first objective has to be just to stay up. And then, depending on how we start, we can think about looking forward and finishing as high in the table as possible.”

    Was that a direct quote lifted from Rafa’s presser the other day? Definitely the party line, no matter what they may be saying behind closed doors.

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  • Munster Mag

    Aug 14, 2018 at 10:28 AM

    Comment #2

    It’s the new pr mantra. If pardew or mcclaren had talked about avoiding relegation we’d have pilloried them.

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  • RobLeenio

    Aug 14, 2018 at 10:28 AM

    Comment #3

    Nice to see that Ki has been impressed with the club since his arrival to the point that he’s recommending his mates come here too.

    Whatever we think of the way the club is run, the team affairs (handled by Rafa and his staff) seem to be beyond reproach.

    Of course, a little investment in the training facilities would not go amiss….

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  • RobLeenio

    Aug 14, 2018 at 10:30 AM

    Comment #4

    Munster, I think it’s always been Rafa’s way – understated in his goals, promise less deliver more.

    Nice to see the lads buying in to it, helps them keep their feet on the ground as a unit and individually.

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Aug 14, 2018 at 10:33 AM

    Comment #5

    Munster,
    It’s because they’ve won a paint trophy, a lager trophy and a second rate league title between them.

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Aug 14, 2018 at 10:38 AM

    Comment #6

    It would be nice to win a cup in Rafa’s swansong.

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  • Munster Mag

    Aug 14, 2018 at 10:38 AM

    Comment #7

    It’s more because our aspirations have been lowered. Buy Donnay, don’t expect Adidas

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  • RobLeenio

    Aug 14, 2018 at 11:04 AM

    Comment #8

    nufc 11 from previous “90 million can be funneled out of the club at the drop of a hat when a business opportunity arises”

    You make it sound easy. It’s not.

    NUFC operates as a stand alone legal entity under Newcastle United Ltd, with Lee Charnley as the sole officer but St James Holdings Limited registered as a ‘person with significant control’. This holding company has Mike Ashley as an officer and MASH Holdings as a ‘person with significant control’, also Eacotts which is Ashley’s legal team.

    In order to remove money from NUFC, he would have to pay St James Holdings a taxable dividend from Newcastle United Ltd, then pay it on to MASH Holdings or himself, again as a taxable dividend, then spend it on whatever he wants.

    Dividends are (off the top of my head) taxable at 7% so moving £90 million twice this way would see him essentially hand HMRC a cheque for around £13 million. Not good business.

    These transactions would leave a large footprint in the accounts (admittedly not visible till next year) at which point we would all see what he has done and presumably the press would be all over it too. After all, it would be a heinous and flagrant misuse of the club’s funds, secured in great part for the club by the Premier League via their TV rights deals and a huge chunk of cash removed from football. I think the FA and PL would be all over Ashley if that was proven.

    I’m not saying he’s not a c0ck, just that he’s not likely to have used club money to buy House of Fraser, at least in the way you imply

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Aug 14, 2018 at 11:10 AM

    Comment #9

    RobLeenio,
    I for one am not saying that money was used from us to buy HoF, but he is 100% taking more money out of the club than we could ever imagine. He does not hire the Dennis Wise and JfK equivalents to do his accounts.

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  • RobLeenio

    Aug 14, 2018 at 11:10 AM

    Comment #10

    I think the other implication is that if he used club funds to buy House of Fraser (other than the 11% Sports Direct already owned) without first transferring the cash, would that not mean that Newcastle United is now the proud majority owner of a failing but famous high-street retail chain?

    Cashley may not be cash rich, but Sports Direct (widely reported as being the entity which actually bought out H of F) may well be. After all, they’ve never had a problem buying other failing brands before.

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  • posada

    Aug 14, 2018 at 11:11 AM

    Comment #11

    Robleenio
    lets hope so. The supporters played a big part in getting us back into the Prem.
    50K at most games. The expectation was the Prem money would allow us to compete.
    Thing I don’t like about MA is this. Tell us what’s going on.
    ” make our own luck” ” every last penny ” were the last things I can recall him saying.
    When was that 3 years ago ?

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  • Slank

    Aug 14, 2018 at 11:12 AM

    Comment #12

    RobLeenio

    ‘…..just that he’s not likely to have used club money to buy House of Fraser, at least in the way you imply…’

    The media, in particular the financial press, have said that Sports Direct and not Mike Ashley have bought House of Fraser.

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Aug 14, 2018 at 11:13 AM

    Comment #13

    posada,
    For transparency, the guy is full of shite.

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Aug 14, 2018 at 11:13 AM

    Comment #14

    slank,
    Mike Ashley is Direct Rots.

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  • RobLeenio

    Aug 14, 2018 at 11:14 AM

    Comment #15

    Jail, agreed – that is one aspect of his empire that I feel sure is well funded. His tracks are well covered and we may never know just how much money he’s taken out of the club over the years.

    If he just ripped off £90 Million, though, I think authorities would start to sit up and pay attention. Catering contracts are one thing, but this would be a whole different ball game.

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  • posada

    Aug 14, 2018 at 11:16 AM

    Comment #16

    Rob
    I think you will find that SD has debts.
    Is it 350-400 million.
    However, it does generate cash and this is not paid as a dividend to shareholders.
    The 40% other than MA don’t like this.
    However, he treats the company as his own due to his majority 60 % share.

    If it made 70 million last year that a lot of HoF paid for.
    I don’t think he would have trouble raising the money by means other than NUFC.

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  • posada

    Aug 14, 2018 at 11:18 AM

    Comment #17

    Jail for Ashley

    Aug 14, 2018 at 11:13 AM
    Comment #13

    posada,
    For transparency, the guy is full of shite.
    ****
    Who, me, Robleenio or MA.

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  • posada

    Aug 14, 2018 at 11:20 AM

    Comment #18

    MA has said he is going to do his very best to keep all the stores open.

    He also said ” every last penny “

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  • RobLeenio

    Aug 14, 2018 at 11:20 AM

    Comment #19

    posada “Who, me, Robleenio or MA.” Lol – all of us, I think….
    😉

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  • lesh

    Aug 14, 2018 at 11:20 AM

    Comment #20

    Rafa’s reported as wanting to stay.

    The club issue a letter, jointly signed by Rafa, Lascelles and Charnley claiming their desire for all-round harmony and dialogue within the club and with the fans.

    Bishop has friends and influence at Sky and its mouth piece TalkSport radio.

    TalkSport run a poll asking what Ashley should’ve done with the £90m he paid for HoF (below).

    As Bishop can get Sky et al to lobby against Rafa and for Ashley, why didn’t he use his influence to block this somewhat biased poll?

    The spirit of harmony? Bollix, they’re still at it!

    https://mobile.twitter.com/talkSPORTDrive/status/1029011729399906304?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw%7Ctwcamp%5Etweetembed%7Ctwterm%5E1029011729399906304&ref_url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.nufcblog.co.uk%2F2018%2F08%2F13%2Ftalksport-release-pathetic-mike-ashley-poll-set-up-to-make-nufc-fans-look-stupid%2F.

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  • Mister Tuff

    Aug 14, 2018 at 11:21 AM

    Comment #21

    It is always a relief to hear that our beloved NUFC were not the targets of the HMRC investigation but those wicked football agents. Scallies everyone of them!
    Well such is the news as reported by Jib earlier on this morning.
    ………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………wait though.

    Why would a barrister or QC tell lies to a High Court Judge at Leeds Crown Court.
    I’m sure the judge was told that “Newcastle United “systematically abused” the tax system to “secretly” make payments to agents and players during transfers, a court has heard”.

    Jib – can you at least try to post things that are accurate or at least desist from your skewed interpretation of things factual. Divvy!

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  • posada

    Aug 14, 2018 at 11:23 AM

    Comment #22

    There will always be an excuse that means he has to change direction.
    He’s never been consistent with us.
    That January window when he splashed the cash on the likes of Sissoko and the other French players.
    Then 80 M to Carr/SM.

    What could Rafa do with that money.
    Although you have to say it’s a different market.
    27 for Mitro sums it up for me.

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  • ronaldo aarons

    Aug 14, 2018 at 11:23 AM

    Comment #23

    https://mobile.twitter.com/JonathanComyn/status/1029268887488159745

    Worth looking at this. The weekend just gone, the cost of every teams line up and subs used is listed. We are 17th. Will be 19th once Bournemouth and Burnley get there new signing involved. Lerma and Rico for Bournemouth, Gibson, vydra for Burnley.

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  • RobLeenio

    Aug 14, 2018 at 11:24 AM

    Comment #24

    Yeah, “every last penny” has been proven to be a load of bull. Ironically, I think it’s been shown that we had spent every last penny up until the time Rafa took over, since then the accounts have been (no doubt intentionally) as clear as mud and Rafa has made a profit in every transfer window (again I think but may be wrong) with those funds not being released back to him in the following window.

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  • Slank

    Aug 14, 2018 at 11:24 AM

    Comment #25

    Jail,

    I believe he owns 61.7% of Sports Direct.

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  • ronaldo aarons

    Aug 14, 2018 at 11:31 AM

    Comment #26

    Have to say, I’ve been getting frustrated with lots of twitter comments, talksport, sky etc. Talking how mike Ashley has invested so much etc how he is right to go and spend on retail and save lots of jobs. I keep stressing that we haven’t been asking him to put his own money in the club, just what he keeps stating that is to spend what we make. On top of that, fair enough he’s buying HOF and supposedly saving lots of jobs. When this is aimed towards us, why do they not mention that 1000 people have lost jobs at nufc under Ashley? If they are trying to scout this, Mike Ashley = saviour type mentality then at least be fair and look at his record with us in terms of jobs.

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  • ronaldo aarons

    Aug 14, 2018 at 11:35 AM

    Comment #27

    He isn’t buying HOF for the supposed idea of saving jobs, it’s purely for personal gain. Nothing wrong with that as a businessman, just annoying when people act like it’s more than that.

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  • RobLeenio

    Aug 14, 2018 at 11:37 AM

    Comment #28

    Ronaldo, that’s a very good point. I think the majority of journos these days are just lazy and get their stories direct from Twitter, rather than thinking independently and doing their own research

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  • Ron Knee

    Aug 14, 2018 at 11:41 AM

    Comment #29

    “Sports Direct founder Mike Ashley has vowed to keep 80% of House of Fraser stores open, after buying the troubled department store out of administration last week.

    “The retailer had previously announced the closure of 31 out of its total 59 stores, but the new owner told the Sun that he will try to keep most of the branches open.

    ““In a year’s time you can hold my feet to the fire on that,” he said.”

    We shall see.

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  • Jib

    Aug 14, 2018 at 11:55 AM

    Comment #30

    I see the blog arsehole – Lesh – has posted a long url
    despite loads of warnings about it screwing up the site
    DOH !!!!

    Mister Tuff
    It is always a relief to hear that our beloved NUFC were not the targets of the HMRC
    investigation but those wicked football agents. Scallies everyone of them!
    Well such is the news as reported by Jib earlier on this morning.

    Tuff that’s a great attempt – a common device in social media
    is to not quite accurately report what an opponent says.
    (you must have been coached – you don’t have the brains)

    I actually said:-
    I think part of HMRC looksee at our
    books was directed more at the agents
    than the club.

    Tuff that’s a pitiful attempt even by your shitty standards

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  • RobLeenio

    Aug 14, 2018 at 12:04 PM

    Comment #31

    Ron Knee, I think we can probably assume that Ashley is sincere on this, if not for purely altruistic reasons. He doesn’t necessarily care about the shops themselves or their staff, but he does care about the opportunity each one represents to sell more tat.

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  • Ron Knee

    Aug 14, 2018 at 12:10 PM

    Comment #32

    RL

    His son-in-law is in charge, apparently. The Cashley Dynasty!

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  • Get up salmon

    Aug 14, 2018 at 12:11 PM

    Comment #33

    Come to the conclusion whilst reading this blog that jib is an actual divvy.

    Obviously a doley weekend warrior

    Obviously googles every thing he knows (actual i.q very very low)

    Shoots down anything any body says with googled facts (or his interpretation of)

    What sort of sorry loser sits online all day googling peoples posts on a football blog just so he can appear intelligent when he replies

    Monday to friday overly vocal friday to monday obviously a bit intoxicated on something (frosty jack most likely)

    Although hes an asset to the blog and i would miss his divisive posts if he ever left

    I can clearly say 100% highschool drop out doley cider drinking google loviing jobsworth

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  • Jib

    Aug 14, 2018 at 12:20 PM

    Comment #34

    (Note to self)
    Get up Salmon another Mr Tuff multiple
    Tuffty man you are so dim
    ha ha ha
    😀

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  • Jib

    Aug 14, 2018 at 12:26 PM

    Comment #35

    Tomorrow in the FA cup

    Heaton Stannington vs Seaham Red Star

    does that count as a Tyne/Wear derby ?

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  • Jib

    Aug 14, 2018 at 12:28 PM

    Comment #36

    4 more posts after this and normal service will be resumed

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  • Jib

    Aug 14, 2018 at 12:28 PM

    Comment #37

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  • Jib

    Aug 14, 2018 at 12:29 PM

    Comment #38

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  • Jib

    Aug 14, 2018 at 12:29 PM

    Comment #39

    3

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  • Get up salmon

    Aug 14, 2018 at 12:29 PM

    Comment #40

    Jib
    Lol im just having a laff its hilarious when your on a mission and lol im no multiple im not that sad jane err i mean jib? I come in here to read any info people may or may not have about the toon drop a few comments and laff along with (but not at) you jib genuinley one of my favoured posters if im honest. Atbleat your not a clique type.

    The previously posted comment was to entertain myself while we wait for the concrete wagon to come and you normally fill that void with a nudge

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