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Words From A New Leader On Tyneside – The Case For Investment

Isaac Hayden had yet another excellent game for us yesterday in the 1-1 draw at Brighton and as we know Isaac has been clear he wants to leave the club this summer for family reasons.

But he also seems to have become a leader at the club both on and off the field this year.

He has been a starter since December and has been consistently good since then in the middle of the park for the Magpies.

So much so that if he does finally leave this summer the transfer fee has to be more than £15M – becasue he’s looked so good.

Isaac has spoken highly of Newcastle United, and it’s almost like a message to Mike Ashley about why he should start investing in the club and to keep Rafa Benitez at the helm.

Isaac Hayden – has been brilliant for Newcastle this year

Hayden has said this in the Chronicle today:

“Yeah it’s a relief to achieve survival, I think at the start of the season that was obviously the target.”

“We’ve obviously surpassed that now, we’ve got three games to go.”
“Hopefully, we get as many points as possible, and we can beat our target from last year which was 44 points. “

“There was just relief that we got it over the line as quickly as we did.”

“A club of this stature, the target shouldn’t be just to finish above the relegation zone but at the minute that is where we’re at.”

“We have to deal with that as players, coaching staff and as fans who support the football club but that isn’t the ambition in the dressing room. “

“From a lot of the players we don’t just want to be fighting to beat relegation every season, we want to be as high as possible and getting up towards that top six or top eight positions in the league.”

“It’s a massive achievement when you look at it like that (most points collected since November for a side outside the top six) – I think the fixtures at the start of the season weren’t kind to us.”

“Everyone knew that, but since November we have stuck at it, obviously we’ve had a few bad results here and there, but in the main we’ve been a solid outfit and proved to a lot of people that we are good Premier League side.”

“We’ve proven as a squad now that we are capable of performing in the Premier League on a regular basis around that mid-table mark, but if you want to stretch and get into those higher positions and challenge and compete against the better the teams then you obviously need investment.”

“As players you know that you want to play with better players. You don’t just want to sit here and say ‘we’re happy with what we’ve got,’ we always want to improve and get better, play with better players who come in to improve the team and improve yourself.”

“No one has the right to be a big club, but you have to look at the infrastructure from the football club from 20 or 30 years ago.”

“You have a football club which has a stadium which I think is in top 15 in Europe in terms of capacity, we had 50,000 fans every week in the Championship, we have it in the Premier League, we’ve had it for three years now since I’ve been here – full houses every game.”

“It’s becoming a more global club not just in Europe but around the world with the sponsors that we have now so it is growing with that marketing stature.”

Articulate words from the London lad there – and it all makes perfect sense.

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147 comments so far

  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Apr 28, 2019 at 3:56 PM

    Comment #1

    And the wheels on the bus go round and round, oh the wheels on the bus go round and round.

  • Jib

    Apr 28, 2019 at 3:57 PM

    Comment #2

    Bill doesn’t want to be a mass debater

  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Apr 28, 2019 at 3:58 PM

    Comment #3


    Depends on who I’m mass debating with. 🙂

  • Jib

    Apr 28, 2019 at 4:00 PM

    Comment #4

    Liverpool will not be a nice place to be tonight
    Cracking game like

  • hibbit

    Apr 28, 2019 at 4:03 PM

    Comment #5

    toon kk
    if Rafa goes don’t you be counting on a full house every home game because it wont happen, Rafa going will be the straw that broke the camel’s back for a lot of fans.


  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Apr 28, 2019 at 4:06 PM

    Comment #6

    Unfortunately I think Issac is more likely to be a new leader on Thames side the Tyneside. 🙁

  • Jib

    Apr 28, 2019 at 4:11 PM

    Comment #7

    for a small percentage of fans

  • hibbit

    Apr 28, 2019 at 4:16 PM

    Comment #8

    how would you know you NEVER go to games,
    your always oh here during games and have no idea what goes on in the ground,

  • lesh

    Apr 28, 2019 at 4:17 PM

    Comment #9


    Don’t be surprised to see full or near-full houses at SJP if Rafa goes. Ashley will be determined not to be seen as presiding over a fan boycott and thus will make sure any unsold tickets are given away to students, members of the forces etc.

  • Ron Knee

    Apr 28, 2019 at 4:20 PM

    Comment #10

    “Manchester United are trying to avoid suffering an eighth defeat in 10 games, something they haven’t experienced since 1961.

    “That was the year Elvis Presley’s Wooden Heart was the best selling single and Harold Macmillan was Prime Minister.”

  • Jib

    Apr 28, 2019 at 4:23 PM

    Comment #11

    Never = Seldom

  • L Toon

    Apr 28, 2019 at 4:23 PM

    Comment #12

    If rafa walks because the dynamic duo won’t do the bare minimum to keep him, then i can see a few of the players wanting out as well. Even if rafa stays, it really does put into context what we will have to do to crack the top 10 next season when you consider what everyone else will do. Leicester will pay at least 35 mill to get tielmans, everton will invest heavily as will wolves even after spending 32 million on jiminez, west ham will spend big on striker, maybe maxi Gomez whos been linked. Then Bournemouth will invest too.

    Rafa simply has to be given control over the budget and how it is spent, be allowed the chance to build the squad the way he see fit, then the top 10 is definitely achievable.

  • Jib

    Apr 28, 2019 at 4:23 PM

    Comment #13

    The other Supermac

  • lesh

    Apr 28, 2019 at 4:39 PM

    Comment #14

    A headline in today’s Chronic reads ‘Newcastle United boss Rafa Benitez speaks openly about his contract: ‘It doesn’t depend on me – I am waiting” and that says all there is to know about Ashley.

    Four weeks after being asked to submit proposals, Ashley doesn’t seem to have had the courtesy to get back to Rafa and that speaks volumes about our owner.

    If Rafa goes, Ashley’d need to have a replacement in place very quickly as the summer window’s only open for four weeks. A new manager will be faced with:

    – a club tour of China;

    – recruiting his backroom staff;

    – assessing current players, moving some on, trying to persuade some of those who want to leave to stay and identifying targets – unless Ashley’s, helpfully got them lined up and ready to come in;

    – getting players in early (see above)

    – integrating them into the squad and his methods;

    – preparing players for the new season….

    All in a matter of a few weeks.

    And no doubt at great cost and a risk to the club’s Prem status yet again.

    Surely Ashley must see that he’s risking missing out on millions this coming season and the real risk of yet another relegation? Or is he so determined to run the club his way while ignoring the advice of a very experienced, successful and astute man in Rafa?

    If Ashley really wants Rafa to stay, he needs to stop playing games, contact Rafa and sit down to seriously listen to his advice. Will that happen? I think not because Ashley’s ignorance the business of football coupled with his ‘I know best’ arrogance is going to cost the club millions when constructive dialogue with Rafa could reap greater reward for NUFC and reflected glory for Ashley – rather than the incredulity that currently greets mention of his name.

    If he’s going to frack on, he should sell up and frack off!


    Jib, there’s no need to comment thank you.

  • lesh

    Apr 28, 2019 at 4:42 PM

    Comment #15

    Ron Knee

    Careful….. Posting facts’ll make people wonder whether you’re another of Jib’s alter egos.


  • Pain in the Blog

    Apr 28, 2019 at 4:52 PM

    Comment #16


    It’s quite possible that Ashley is very deliberately keeping Rafa hanging on in order to let everyone know that he calls the shots and not Rafa. Hopefully that ego boost will allow him to concede to more of Rafa’s requests than would otherwise have been the case.

  • toon kk

    Apr 28, 2019 at 4:53 PM

    Comment #17

    We can only hope Rafa gets the right backing and stays. I agree with L Toon, a few and probably key players will want out.

    I agree Hibbit if Rafa has to walk away Down to Ash it will be a step to far for many fans but we have a big fan base and time heals.
    Ash will want Rafa to stay but costing him more than he wants to spend is and was always going to be a stumbling block.
    Let’s hope he sees sense.

  • ronaldo aarons

    Apr 28, 2019 at 5:07 PM

    Comment #18

    I’ve just heard that Rafa has received a message direct from Mike Ashley.

    Apparently he has said that he will address the requests made by him in order to stay and sign a contract but he needs to get back to Alan Shearer first.

    I don’t think Rafa will be waiting too long…

  • 9

    Apr 28, 2019 at 5:21 PM

    Comment #19

    1 MA has bigger fish to fry then NUFC – he’s clearly lost all interest
    2 There isn’t the slightest chance MA will compromise on his views; no chance whatsoever; he is almost certainly delighted with the success of his approach
    3 Bye-bye Rafa and good luck you hero.
    4 Oh dear!

  • Ron Knee

    Apr 28, 2019 at 5:26 PM

    Comment #20

    “Magpies owner Mike Ashley was not present at the Amex Stadium and didn’t hold any weekend dialogue with Benitez.

    “However, it is becoming abundantly clear that the unanimous verdict coming from fans, players and club staff is that Benitez MUST stay next season.

    “United’s most influential corner of the dressing room – a group that contains Matt Ritchie, Jamaal Lascelles, Martin Dubravka, Paul Dummett and Ayoze Perez – have made it clear to those in charge that Benitez is the man to lead the charge next season.” (Chronic)

  • GeordieTwo

    Apr 28, 2019 at 5:26 PM

    Comment #21

    Mike Ashley is certainly delighted with the success of his approach? The only recent success at the club belongs to Rafa, and it consists only of staying up. If Ashley thinks he’s had some part to play in our staying up he is sadly deluded (as usual), and will find out the hard way once he drives Rafa out.

  • Lovem or Hatem

    Apr 28, 2019 at 5:26 PM

    Comment #22

    I am still hoping that Ashley is going to sell – he can’t screw NUFC over forever, without more people pointing this out!

  • GeordieTwo

    Apr 28, 2019 at 5:28 PM

    Comment #23

    This is going to end in tears isn’t it Mikey? And us going down again in the near future in all likelihood. But of course you know best, being a world class football club owner with only 2 relegations in 11 seasons.

  • Jib

    Apr 28, 2019 at 5:29 PM

    Comment #24

    Three good games this Sunday
    Hell of a good advert for the EPL

  • GeordieTwo

    Apr 28, 2019 at 5:38 PM

    Comment #25

    And how is driving Rafa out going to add to the club’s valuation for interested parties? Only Mike Buffooni knows that. Yes, wandering around looking for some sad sack replacement for Rafa will definitely make buyers come out of the woodwork to offer huge amounts of money. It’s a well know technique in business. Carry on Mikey. You’re doing a great job as usual son.

  • Bambams

    Apr 28, 2019 at 5:52 PM

    Comment #27

    We can sum up our club by its board ….

    A Premier league football club that is run by ‘Lee Charnley’
    who is described as ‘Quiet and Shy ‘ ‘Doesnt give Interviews ‘ and ‘Likes to keep out of club politics and stay in the background’ (Chronicle)

    I give you all the traits and skills of a ‘Yes Man’

    Yet AshLIE stated Charnley was there to help Rafa !

    Lies, lies and more lies.

  • Jail for Ashley

    Apr 28, 2019 at 5:53 PM

    Comment #28

    Has anybody seen this, a message from Wagner to the mackems on their trip to Wembley, only 14 sec so well worth a little bit of your time 😀 😀 😀

  • Bambams

    Apr 28, 2019 at 5:54 PM

    Comment #29

    I just hope Rafa takes a 12 month rolling contract in the hope somebody buys our club.

    Until we are rid of this parasite our club is nothing more that a
    ‘ neon advertising board for SD ‘

  • Jail for Ashley

    Apr 28, 2019 at 5:56 PM

    Comment #30

    He’s not selling though while the PL keep giving him 150M a year.

  • Lovem or Hatem

    Apr 28, 2019 at 6:06 PM

    Comment #31

    @ Jail

    Where is the £150mil going – no one can seem to find issues with the accounts

  • Jail for Ashley

    Apr 28, 2019 at 6:08 PM

    Comment #32

    Lovem or Hatem,
    The best accountants in the country doing something with it.

  • Jail for Ashley

    Apr 28, 2019 at 6:13 PM

    Comment #33

    Why did he need his 33M back, why not spend it on a training facility, it would definitely put value on the club,why you may well ask, he’s got no intention of selling so why make it more attractive to buyers. I have a house I rent out, the tenant is moving out soon so I’m painting it and smartening it up to make it more attractive to the next tenant, however I’ve just found someone today who is desperate to move in due to a house move, I’m still going to paint it because it’s the right thing to do.

  • L Toon

    Apr 28, 2019 at 6:41 PM

    Comment #34

    If i was a player in that dressing room now id be thinking with rafa signed up running an ambitious backed Newcastle united to win a trophy and break the top 10 id be chomping at the bit with excitement for next season. However with the same endless stupitidity and ignorance from dopey and thicko with an unambitious Newcastle led by the next gopher on a zero net spend with a toxic fan base i would seriously consider wanting out. Perez has made no secret of his disire to play in la liga and without rafa i think he would be the first to go.
    Its a genuine dilemma for lard arse because the whole world knows what rafa is asking for and that its not unreasonable and if he allows rafa to walk then everyone will know just how much of an unambitious club we are in every sense of the word and no amount of spin will change that.

  • Mag52

    Apr 28, 2019 at 6:43 PM

    Comment #35

    Having watched De Jea in goal for Man.U. again this afternoon giving away a goal, I’m hoping Ole Gunnar doesn’t set his sights on our man for next season.
    He’d be worth a good £30 mill.

  • Mag52

    Apr 28, 2019 at 6:50 PM

    Comment #36

    I am not at all sure that Ashley spends too much time thinking about NUFC.
    I really think he sees the club as a hobby on which he makes a bit of money on the side, and has no intention of spending much on, or taking it too seriously.

  • Bambams

    Apr 28, 2019 at 6:52 PM

    Comment #37


    I know mate, its frustratingly, wishful thinking on my behalf.

    I am nearly 50, born after the Fairs Cup win, seen us lift the old First Division title when promoted with KK and we have won the Championship twice…But resigned myself now with AshLIE staying long term and not even challenging.

    He will go down in history as the PL worst owner, someone who is happy to just try to ruin a very historic football club.

    No supporters have the right to win owt – except us 🙂

  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Apr 28, 2019 at 7:24 PM

    Comment #38

    If we are looking for silver linings from Rafa’s potential exit, then Tyne/Wear derbies could in in the offing in the not to distant future!

    Hey we could possibly even have Tyne/Tyne derbies with The Heed, something to look forward to?

  • Lovem or Hatem

    Apr 28, 2019 at 7:25 PM

    Comment #39

    @ Mag52

    I wish Ashley had no interest in NUFC. He seems determined to have things run his way. The worse thing is that NUFC could be able to be self sustaining without any cash input from Ashley. However, it seems Ashley can’t help being involved and complicating things at NUFC.

  • jazzyp

    Apr 28, 2019 at 7:32 PM

    Comment #40

    Ashley is an arsehole and a charisma vacuum perpetuating this myth that NUFC is somehow a normal club with a normal structure and normal levels of investment rather than one run as an arm of Sports Direct with no direction, no football board & an owner who lends instead of investing.

    Don’t kid yourself guys that this leopard is gonna change his spots and become an all singing and dancing owner who throws money at the club


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