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What’s Needed To Stay A Premier League Club – But It’s More Difficult Than Last Season

It would be almost unbelievable if Newcastle are relegated once again from the Premier League this season.

After somehow getting Rafa Benitez to come in and manager the club and then stay with Newcastle to get us straight back up form the Championship we thought Newcastle would be doing well by now.

But because of our austere owner, Mike Ashley – Rafa has struggled the last two seasons to avoid a relegation fight.

We did pull away last season with the fans completely united behind the team and behind Rafa.

The same thing is needed this season, but that may not be possible with some fan groups likely to demonstrate again against the owner.

That’s in the hope he will eventually sell the club and end this nightmare.

That will all boil up again at the end of this month, and while those fan groups have the best of intentions for the club, it could affect our home form.

Rafa Benitez – yes – we can stay up

And that hasn’t exactly been great so far this season.

But Rafa is convinced we can stay up and it’s important to him if he wants to stay on at the club:

“This squad can stay up. If we work like we did at Stamford Bridge and play with the same passion, intensity and work rate.”

“We will definitely have chances to get points against a lot of teams,” 

“We know we can beat some of the teams we still have to play, and in the end, that will make the difference.”

“We have to beat the teams at the bottom of the table.”

Fans are down in the dumps at the moment, but we have home games coming up against Cardiff, Burnley, and Huddersfield.

If we can win all those games, we’ll be flying (very) high.

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427 comments so far

  • ShirebrookToon

    Jan 14, 2019 at 3:18 PM

    Comment #1

    Can we not play the games away instead. More chance of getting a result then!!

  • West Lancs Geordie

    Jan 14, 2019 at 3:20 PM

    Comment #2

    Well knock me down with a feather . Why on earth would Diego Laxalt not want to come to NUFC? More fake news perhaps?

  • geordietom

    Jan 14, 2019 at 3:24 PM

    Comment #3


    you beat me to it mate …

  • ronaldo aarons

    Jan 14, 2019 at 3:24 PM

    Comment #4

    Don’t think laxalt knows about our high spec, highly advanced wheelie bin ice baths. Or our state of the art, ahead of the times, hydrotherapy paddling pool.

  • Jib

    Jan 14, 2019 at 3:25 PM

    Comment #5

    West Lancs
    you totally misread that twitter stuff
    Keys is clearly a Coventry supporter

    Well said Simon Bird

  • West Lancs Geordie

    Jan 14, 2019 at 3:26 PM

    Comment #6

    If we can beat Cardiff, then four days in February will define our season .Problem is Two HOME games against Huddersfield (23rd) and Burnley (27th). Will we have to play a weakened team against Huddersfield in case players get injured & save them for the Burnley game?

  • West Lancs Geordie

    Jan 14, 2019 at 3:32 PM

    Comment #7

    Yeah Jib hold my hands up – I’ve already apologised to Rob and Jay. Can’t help being a simple old git when it comes to comprehending high tech posting.
    The pillock is still a hypocrite though!
    Really love Simon Bird :https://www.mirror.co.uk/sport/football/news/newcastles-situation-been-poorly-assessed-13853672

  • Optimistic Panda

    Jan 14, 2019 at 3:33 PM

    Comment #8

    I’ve just seen Ashley on a unicorn with Almiron in tow

  • lesh

    Jan 14, 2019 at 3:34 PM

    Comment #9

    The way Ashley’s playing things just doesn’t make sense. There should be money to buy the players Rafa wants and needs now but according to Ashley, he won’t release funds until Rafa extends his contract – in case a Rafa replacement may not want those players. By the same token, any manager he recruits to replace Rafa may not be wanted by a new owner – if he ever sells up!

    Ashley’s willing to gamble on not reinforcing the squad this window in the hope Rafa pulls off yet another feat of avoiding relegation or if we go down, using what money’s in the pot to recruit a new manager and players and that may mean Ashley loads more debt onto the club. Relegation would both devalue the club and offer no certainty of promotion first time yet again. It’s madness surely?

    The way this is sticking up, I reckon Ashley has no intention of selling so wtf is he up to?

  • RobLeenio

    Jan 14, 2019 at 3:39 PM

    Comment #10

    Just to reiterate, Sorensen cannot play in place of Joselu as he’s away with the Denmark U21s.

    Think we’ll see Joselu again tomorrow night.

  • chancel be a fine thing

    Jan 14, 2019 at 3:41 PM

    Comment #11

    I had a thought that maybe Kenyon is Ashley’s safety net, in that he maybe has enough to pay Ashley’s championship price and Ashley will keep us if we stay up and sell to Kenyon for 200M if we go down and he keeps his advertising and tat shop.

  • Optimistic Panda

    Jan 14, 2019 at 3:42 PM

    Comment #12

    The reason there’s no money to be spent on players is Ashley is keeping it in reserve in case we are relegated.

    That’s his logic, there’s money there but he’s scared if we go down there’ll be nothing in the coffers to get us back up.

    Most people would say this is ridiculous logic but it’s how Ashley works, he doesn’t like to put his hands in his pockets no matter what the PR says.

    I guarantee if we go down the manager will get £50m to get us back up, I’d bet my left nut!

    I cut see us coming straight back up but Ashley can’t see past the end of his nose, it’s not a gamble to him, he loses nothing and won’t sell until he gets what he wants!

  • West Lancs Geordie

    Jan 14, 2019 at 3:42 PM

    Comment #13

    I see that Mick “The Mighty Quinn” is the latest to criticise Toxic Mike
    Speaking on Alan Brazil’s Sports Breakfast on talkSPORT [Monday, 09:36], he said: “It is Mike Ashley’s club, and he can do what he wants, that’s his prerogative. But just say: ‘There’s no investment, there’s no money, and I want to get out as soon as possible.’

    “The reason no one has bought Newcastle United is because he’s made it so difficult for people to buy it, and I know that for a fact. He’s made it so difficult.”

    However is the way to try to protect your £300M ish investment to do absolutely nothing. I don’t think too many high ranking financial experts would back his gung-ho philosophy. But it’s his Club!

  • Optimistic Panda

    Jan 14, 2019 at 3:43 PM

    Comment #14

    I can’t see us

  • West Lancs Geordie

    Jan 14, 2019 at 3:48 PM

    Comment #15

    Rob Leenio – Pity it’s wintertime as Jokelu would almost certainly have got a better offer giving kids donkey rides on Blackpool beach but very reluctantly think you may well be right. He’ll lead the line at Rovers. You never know some rogue shot may go in off the back of his head or ricochet off his shin like against Liverpool last season.

  • hibbit

    Jan 14, 2019 at 3:55 PM

    Comment #16

    not big fan of Simon Bird but he certainly nail it with article

  • West Lancs Geordie

    Jan 14, 2019 at 4:03 PM

    Comment #17

    OP. So if we go down Rio will be proven right and Toxic Ash will invest £50M in players to get us back up?
    But he won’t need to “invest” as he will probably have sold Lascelles £35M Dubravka £25M Shelvey £15M Darlow £6M Hayden £8M. So brought in £90 M at least by then and got Rafa £6M a year off his payroll.
    He’ll be quids in and still have free advertising for his Tat shops.

  • Jib

    Jan 14, 2019 at 4:03 PM

    Comment #18

    Ashley is a classic procurer he has always acquired
    and (to my knowledge) never sold a business in his
    He’s shit scared that someone is going to make a fist
    of NUFC and he’s going to get mocked for selling too

    However the realisation has hit him that a parting of
    the ways is the only way this can end and it’s time to

  • Optimistic Panda

    Jan 14, 2019 at 4:05 PM

    Comment #19

    There’s a couple of comments on that article from non Nufc and they sympathise with us, so at least the truth is out there.

  • toon22

    Jan 14, 2019 at 4:06 PM

    Comment #20


    You’ve spoken to MA about it ?

    He’s no intention of selling the club

  • scott

    Jan 14, 2019 at 4:07 PM

    Comment #21

    Optimistic panda

    I was told over the weekend that for many years Ashley has included the players wages to the price we offer for a player, that’s why we low ball every offer!

    So if we pay £8m for a player & his wages over his contract is £5m then the £5m is paid into a players wages account!

    So in affect all the current playing staffs wages are already covered until contract runs out!

    The significance of this is because it’s been so long since we bought anyone the tv money last season & this season could all be there in its full sum because when we sell for big money it’s over 4-5 years at £5m-£6m per year covering running costs!

    The theory the guy had is he has stripped the club to the bones,will sell remaining jewels in club,take 2 seasons tv money & sell for £150 -£250m depending on relegation but atleast taking close to £400m+


  • Optimistic Panda

    Jan 14, 2019 at 4:12 PM

    Comment #22


    He won’t invest but he’ll let whoever the manager is spend the club’s money to get back up.

    If we didn’t come straight back up THEN he’d put his hand in HIS pocket then add it to the club debt.

    He doesn’t give a toss about the club, we probably generate enough interest in his ads in the championship, what difference does it make to him what league we’re in, as long as when he wants to sell us we’re in the prem he’ll be happy.

  • Optimistic Panda

    Jan 14, 2019 at 4:19 PM

    Comment #23


    Nothing would surprise me.

    I’ve heard similar about the wages but I’m No financial expert, it all seems like smoke and mirrors.

    In a way I think a bit like what Jib just said, Ashley has to go now, surely he can see it.

    No one’s been able to unite the fans and nothing that’s happened has either, there’s a set of conditions on the horizon that could unite every Nufc fan.

    Rafa goes, we’re Relegated and there’s no sale.

    If the above happens I believe it will be game on for the fans, those 3 straws will break the camel’s back.

  • ronaldo aarons

    Jan 14, 2019 at 4:30 PM

    Comment #24

    Cardiff close to signing someone for £18m.

  • Tsunki

    Jan 14, 2019 at 4:30 PM

    Comment #25

    I’ve just seen an Almera pull up at SJP and someone carrying a box of laxatives. That will probably explain it.

  • Tsunki

    Jan 14, 2019 at 4:32 PM

    Comment #26

    Someone is one top player. How come we can’t get Someone, or even Somebody. We got Nobody in this time so I suppose we can’t be Greedy.

  • Optimistic Panda

    Jan 14, 2019 at 4:32 PM

    Comment #27

    On the footy.

    Very happy for Cal Roberts, asked if he should get a chance last year and again during/after the Blackburn game.

    From what I’ve seen of the youngins he’s closest to making it bar Longstaff.

    Sorenson isn’t ready, too lightweight and doesn’t do enough in games for Rafa to give him a shot.
    He scores but isn’t involved, we can’t afford to carry anymore players. He’s set for a loan imo.

    We may see both Longstaffs at one point, looking forward to the game, I expect us to win.

  • ronaldo aarons

    Jan 14, 2019 at 4:33 PM

    Comment #28

    Lol, someone was easier to write than emiliano sala.

    However, I’d take someone over Joselu.

  • Jib

    Jan 14, 2019 at 4:36 PM

    Comment #29

    If Ashley had half a brain he would realise that the
    PL has a much brighter future than UK high streets.
    Take on board Cook or Kenyon , or someone else
    with a proven track record in footy, and work on
    achieving primacy in a rapidly expanding global
    phenomenon with NUFC

  • Online Guy

    Jan 14, 2019 at 4:36 PM

    Comment #30


    The non disclosure part is active , It’s tight .

    So it’s still on lads n’ lasses.

    Be hopefull .

  • ronaldo aarons

    Jan 14, 2019 at 4:39 PM

    Comment #31

    You can stick ‘hopeful’ where Rio Ferdinand sticks his nose in mike Ashley.

  • Optimistic Panda

    Jan 14, 2019 at 4:40 PM

    Comment #32


    What does that mean?

    No one’s talking?


  • RobLeenio

    Jan 14, 2019 at 4:41 PM

    Comment #33

    “The non disclosure part is active , It’s tight”

    Are you implying that some party or other has entered the exclusive stage? If so, that’s massive, though maybe too late to save our transfer window.

    Understand if you feel you can’t say

  • Optimistic Panda

    Jan 14, 2019 at 4:43 PM

    Comment #34


    I’m sick of this shit.

    If you’re a buyer shit or get off the pot

  • ronaldo aarons

    Jan 14, 2019 at 4:43 PM

    Comment #35

    Mike Ashley
    Sir John Hall’s dream for Newcastle was to have a team of 11 geordies.

    Mine is to have a team of 11 loan players.


  • Shoulders knees

    Jan 14, 2019 at 4:43 PM

    Comment #36

    Quite a few on here have emailed btsports. Any one had a reply?

  • ronaldo aarons

    Jan 14, 2019 at 4:45 PM

    Comment #37

    FourFourTwo ??
    ?? Ayoze Pérez
    ? Tenerife – #NUFC
    ? 2014
    ? £1.5M

    Perez doesn’t turn many heads, but in a low-scoring side he averaged a goal or assist every other league game last season, while only five other players outside the ‘big six’ clubs contributed more in 2018.

  • Optimistic Panda

    Jan 14, 2019 at 4:45 PM

    Comment #38

    I was going to email BT but I get it for free, thought they might think I’m cheeky and take it off me.

  • Online Guy

    Jan 14, 2019 at 4:46 PM

    Comment #39


    My message was short above I know .

    I’m ..It’s self imposed.


  • Online Guy

    Jan 14, 2019 at 4:48 PM

    Comment #40


    It’s a bugger to explain.


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