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Lots Of Work To Do – But Newcastle Again Handcuffed By Ashley


There is a report in the Chronicle today on the futures of Salomon Rondon and Dwight Gayle.

Rondon is back at his club West Brom where he has one year left on his contract.

He has a £16.5M release clause, and he seems to be waiting of Rafa to sort his future out at Newcastle,

But now there is a complicating factor with the Bin Zayed Group trying to buy the club.

And that could delay things further.

Rafa Benitez with Salomon Rondon

If the potential new owners are successful in buying  Newcastle, we expect Salomon to arrive at the club almost immediately.

This is what Rafa has said about Salomon, who is our Player of the Season:

“I was really pleased for him and for us.”

“It’s congratulations to him because he did so well.” “He helped the team to stay up.”

“He has been an important player and it’s exactly the same when I talked about my situation (his future depends on his current employers).

“His situation depends on West Brom so we will see what happens with them.

“We will have time to talk about his future.”

There really is a lot to do this summer, but once again Newcastle are handcuffed by Ashley in yet another transfer window.

He has taken weeks to try to agree on a new deal with Rafa but no success so far.

If that had been accomplished, we could at least be signing some of the top players the manager has lined up; they would know the manager is staying on Tyneside.

Dwight Gayle is another player whose future needs to be sorted out.

But in this case, it looks like Dwight will be leaving Newcastle and we expect nothing to be done until Dwight returns to training on July 4th.

Norwich City are yet another club who are reported to want him, and we see no reason why we cannot get £20M for the striker we paid £10M for from Crystal Palace three years ago.

He’s now a better all-around player than he was when we signed him.

So there’s lots of work to do, but Newcastle at the moment are in a little bit of chaos and not able to sign any of our transfer targets.

Other Premier League clubs have no such problems.

Comments welcome.


245 comments so far

  • one fine day

    May 30, 2019 at 9:03 AM

    Comment #1

    Wonder if the hold up is Shaike Khalid simply asking “can we please sort oot the minty kit puma has knocked up for next season?…get me adidas on line one !” 🙂

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  • Lee Charnley Bunga Party

    May 30, 2019 at 9:03 AM

    Comment #2

    I suppose with Rondon’s release clause being known he can kind of afford to wait to see how it plays out with Newcastle for a few more weeks!

    There will be plenty of teams interested in him after last seasons performances but I think if we are being bought over why would you not want to wait and be part of that!?

    Imagine being a player who was involved in bringing us home a trophy? All the wages in the world wouldn’t compare to the love you would get in Newcastle

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  • bettyswallocks

    May 30, 2019 at 9:05 AM

    Comment #3

    I’m pretty sure Rafa will be asked to stay on at the club as it would make no sense to disrupt the relationship between Rafa and the fanbase and create animosity as a starting point.

    I also think Rafa will be instrumental in ensuring that the club and it’s new owners get value for money in the transfer market. Rafa has been made more than aware how to run a tight ship recently so will obviously be relieved to have the purse strings loosened to a degree but however rich someone is value for money is much nicer than being ripped off.

    4
  • yogz69

    May 30, 2019 at 9:08 AM

    Comment #4

    One fine day I wonder if there’s still time to sort out that awful kit should new owners come in

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  • hibbit

    May 30, 2019 at 9:11 AM

    Comment #5

    would love to see the back of PUMA and there cheap tat 😉

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  • bettyswallocks

    May 30, 2019 at 9:13 AM

    Comment #6

    https://tse2.mm.bing.net/th?id=OIP.GpGTuifotZfB-SjMh43dlQHaIW&pid=Api&P=0&w=300&h=300

    Lesh………. I won’t be getting embroiled in another political discussion as there are more important matters to concern us now.
    However if you tell me where you will be later on I have a present for you. X

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  • Lee Charnley Bunga Party

    May 30, 2019 at 9:15 AM

    Comment #7

    It would be good if Rafa was allowed a similar spend that he had at Napoli to basically go out an buy the bulk of quality needed the majority of his team is still there and are now worth fortunes !!

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  • lochinvar

    May 30, 2019 at 9:16 AM

    Comment #8

    Sheik Bin the kit
    Get Adidas back in Toon at least their competent the Puma ideas look like doodles by the bairns

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  • one fine day

    May 30, 2019 at 9:17 AM

    Comment #9

    yogz
    sadly i think it may be already signed off and contracted .but (hopefully)ash is going…Adidas will be looked at again .
    Since puma took over ,other than the centennial one ,they have all left me shaking my head and don’t even get me started on wonga !
    We may literally just have to wear it for next season.
    I think the last one i had was an NTL one and haven’t bought one since .
    What will be hilarious is when its announced sports direct no longer are connected is to see club merchandise flying off the shelves in ways fatty dreams about.

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  • G

    May 30, 2019 at 9:20 AM

    Comment #10

    Wasn’t Puma started by one of the two founding brothers of Adidas, after they fell out? I’m sure I read that somewhere. I agree though that they are the worst kit manufacturer we’ve had since Asics.

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  • BlacknWhiteBarmy

    May 30, 2019 at 9:20 AM

    Comment #11

    I see that other clubs are raising the fear of the money de stabilising the EPL – even though the money for other teams seems to acceptable. Envy no doubt – if it goes through. However, there is an issue of the relationship to the Citeh owners and the possibility of the EPL not allowing it as they are from the same family (or not if you see rumours).
    So one again the elite win and stop another team getting their nose in the trough – and I thought politics was corrupt!

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  • RobLeenio

    May 30, 2019 at 9:20 AM

    Comment #12

    LCBP Rondon is away at the Copa America until at least the 22nd June, later if Venezuela get through the group stage.

    Like with the World Cup and Euros, his contract value will soar if he has a good tournament. He’d be foolish to commit to any contract before he’s finished there, as we would be foolish to sign a player who could end up breaking his leg in three places and not be able to play till Easter.

    That said, I hope he does well.

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  • barkel

    May 30, 2019 at 9:21 AM

    Comment #13

    I’d even have the asics tops back .. anything other than puma!

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  • WarrenBartonCentreParting

    May 30, 2019 at 9:21 AM

    Comment #14

    Doesn’t Ashley have a majority stake in Adidas?

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  • BlacknWhiteBarmy

    May 30, 2019 at 9:22 AM

    Comment #15

    Re the new strip – its crap – but how many time do they actually wear it……. Home games then swap to away or 3rd strip as often as not.

    Im guessing the black back leaves ample space for ShiteDirect advert

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  • one fine day

    May 30, 2019 at 9:22 AM

    Comment #16

    Just saw this on sky sports…. well deserved ban but imagine been booted NOW of all times for 5 years ? “gutted” would not begin to describe

    A Newcastle season-ticket holder has been handed a five-year football banning order after being convicted of racially abusing Liverpool players at St James’ Park.

    Michael Collins was observed directing racist abuse at players by undercover stewards during Liverpool’s 3-2 win on May 4, and was subsequently arrested by Northumbria Police.

    Collins was found guilty of racially aggravated harassment at North Tyneside Magistrates Court, and – in addition to the court sanction – Newcastle have banned him from St James’ Park for an indefinite period.

    Steve Storey, head of safety and security at Newcastle, said: “Racism has absolutely no place at St. James’ Park or in our city and we will continue to do everything we can to drive it out of football and society.

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  • bettyswallocks

    May 30, 2019 at 9:23 AM

    Comment #17
  • TyneMouth

    May 30, 2019 at 9:24 AM

    Comment #18

    Someone yesterday mentioned Lee Charnlies’ future with the club.

    For what it’s worth; I wouldn’t be to quick with his P45, I hold onto him for a short time, ( under strict supervision!) simply because he’s probably the only employee, outside of Ashley’s inner circle, who knows where the bodies are buried.

    Obviously it would be wise to confiscate the keys to the biscuit cupboard. Just sayin’…

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  • lesh

    May 30, 2019 at 9:24 AM

    Comment #19

    Mag52

    You sound just like the automatons that hang on to and applaud every word uttered by Farage – true or not. Why would I draw parallels with the crowds that applauded Herr Hitler’s every word? Think about it bonny lad, you and many others are being taken for mugs.

    Bettys

    Liked the milksheikh – 🙂

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  • WarrenBartonCentreParting

    May 30, 2019 at 9:25 AM

    Comment #20

    I’m guessing Michael Collins will be kicking himself now.. What a tit..

    3
  • barkel

    May 30, 2019 at 9:25 AM

    Comment #21

    OFD – Good enough for him, should be a life ban

    3
  • one fine day

    May 30, 2019 at 9:27 AM

    Comment #22

    g,
    Yes i believe your right ,without googling adi dassler ? i think

    Warren b cp,
    really?
    Always heard the main reason Adidas were booted was down to him ?something to do with him arguing over the rrp and price fixing margins to the point where shite dire was refusing to stock Adidas .
    sure someone here can bring up the exact goings on

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  • lesh

    May 30, 2019 at 9:27 AM

    Comment #23

    TyneMouth

    You’re right about Charnley. Like him or not, he’ll prove useful to any new owner. And, yes, he’ll know where the jammy dodgers are secreted.

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  • Lee Charnley Bunga Party

    May 30, 2019 at 9:28 AM

    Comment #24

    The thing that is really going to annoy me the most is the second we start to buy any players its going to be because we have suddenly got “Arab money” but if Ashley hadn’t been hoarding all the money for himself we should easily be able to be buying players like Almiron every season anyway!

    So if we whack 100 million plus this season and pay for players in installments like everyone else does that isn’t spending money we don’t have its just being run properly!!

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  • DaveD1000

    May 30, 2019 at 9:30 AM

    Comment #25

    G@10
    na that was twix mate

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  • one fine day

    May 30, 2019 at 9:30 AM

    Comment #26

    WarrenBartonCentreParting

    May 30, 2019 at 9:25 AM

    Comment #20

    Well i suppose he can always try n get a season ticket at chelsea lol they always have plenty spare and he would fit right in with those racist dicks ..bit of a drive mind

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  • one fine day

    May 30, 2019 at 9:33 AM

    Comment #27

    G,your quite right
    Here we go..couldn’t help myself
    courtesy of wiki
    “The company was started by Adolf Dassler in his mother’s house; he was joined by his elder brother Rudolf in 1924 under the name Dassler Brothers Shoe Factory. … In 1949, following a breakdown in the relationship between the brothers, Adolf created Adidas, and Rudolf established Puma, which became Adidas’ business rival.”

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  • Jib

    May 30, 2019 at 9:36 AM

    Comment #28

    bettyswallocks
    You posted
    “I’m pretty sure Rafa will be asked to stay on at the club as it would make no sense to disrupt the relationship between Rafa and the fanbase .”

    Rafa has frequently said that he and Charnley work well together
    They have each learned from each other
    .

    We all know that RB is no bullshitter

    Lee Charnley has been at NUFC since Keegan was a player here
    He receives a lot of flak that should be directed at Ashley

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  • RobLeenio

    May 30, 2019 at 9:39 AM

    Comment #29

    hibbit from earlier, I’ve been checking for inbound exec jets too and have not seen any listed yet.

    I think they could probably do it discreetly, however, and keep the flight details off the public forums, at least until closer to the time.

    At least, this is what I’m telling myself.

    To be fair, though, this sale is not dependent on private jets touching down at NUFC tomorrow, I think it’ll be going through anyway. If we hear something tomorrow, great, if we hear something next week, that’s also great.

    I fancy if it takes much longer then Midhat Kidwai will give us another update, he seems very willing to pass on the situation as it stands.

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  • RobLeenio

    May 30, 2019 at 9:45 AM

    Comment #30

    Charnley is heavily embroiled with not only the club, but also the SBR Foundation, which he essentially set up. I’ve been told his relationship with Rafa is none so good lately, however.

    I think it would be sensible to keep him on in an Operations role, essentially looking after the day-to-day running of the club admin and finances, which he is well qualified for and has largely been his role anyway. Keep him well away from the football side, however.

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  • Jib

    May 30, 2019 at 9:46 AM

    Comment #31

    This was Mansours first appearance at the Etihad August 2010 .
    He bought Man City September 2008

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  • ToonRich

    May 30, 2019 at 9:49 AM

    Comment #32

    @ #14,

    Didn’t MA buy into Adidas only to sell his shares immediately on for a profit of around £29m…that pi$$ed off adidas which is when they turned their back on us.

    1
  • Lee Charnley Bunga Party

    May 30, 2019 at 9:50 AM

    Comment #33

    I suppose with Charnley he is essentially working towards Ashley’s instructions you seen how fast he worked in the championship when the mantra was “what Rafa wants Rafa gets” 18 players out and 14 purchased in ONE WINDOW!

    So he can do good work if motivated enough Ashley might not want him to stick around though seeing as he will know all the dirty secrets etc

    1
  • Jail for Ashley

    May 30, 2019 at 9:58 AM

    Comment #34

    So the 40 year old Lee Churnley has been at Newcastle since KK was a player here. Jiblets really is a gift that just does not stop giving.

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  • Sheikh Bobby

    May 30, 2019 at 10:05 AM

    Comment #35

    Yes, that would mean Charnley would have been 5 years old when Keegan retired from football at Newcastle. Lol

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  • bettyswallocks

    May 30, 2019 at 10:06 AM

    Comment #36

    Jib……….. I think Charnley’s close connection to Rafa is one thing but his even closer connection to Ashlie would leave too many bad memories. Needs a clean sweep out at Board level IMHO .

    2
  • beermonkey

    May 30, 2019 at 10:07 AM

    Comment #37

    jib

    if your not going to google properly the blog will appoint some1 else

    https://www.chroniclelive.co.uk/sport/football/football-news/who-lee-charnley-newcastle-united-6772955

    just to help you out

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  • Sheikh Bobby

    May 30, 2019 at 10:08 AM

    Comment #38

    Was he getting some work experience at SJP in the evening after nursery? 🙂

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  • beermonkey

    May 30, 2019 at 10:10 AM

    Comment #39

    i take it no new news while i was asleep

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  • Optimistic Oryx

    May 30, 2019 at 10:11 AM

    Comment #40

    Ronaldo

    I sold Perez to spurs to fund the purchase of Salah, hope you dont mind.

    I took advice from Danny Mills who said “sell him, one good 6 months in 5 years”

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