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This Is Such A Shameful Situation At Newcastle United

Newcastle are still in a state of complete gridlock, and we suppose it will break as we get closer to the end of Rafa’s contract on 30th June.

If the unthinkable happens and Rafa sees out his contract on Tyneside we wonder what happens then.

Four days later on July 4th, the players return for preseason training and on 17th July and 20th July we have games in China as part of the Premier League Asia Trophy.

The three other clubs in the tournament are Wolves, Manchester City, and West Ham – so we need a manager in place for that tournament to represent Newcastle to the world.

If Rafa walks, there is nobody immediately available to take over (excuse the club), and it’s starting to look like the situation Ashley created 10 years ago.

On the left are football novices – on the right is a world-class manager

That’s; when we had been relegated and Mike Ashley refused to sign Alan Shearer to a new deal at Newcastle.

There was confusion everywhere on whether Shearer would get the job – including the Alan himself.

And then with a couple of days left before the players arrived back for training, Chris Hughton was appointed as caretaker manager with Colin Calderwood as his assistant.

We remember it well, and that’s when the press were having a field day and reporting we would be relegated straight down to League One in the coming season.

That similar situation could even happen again this summer, but we hope something is resolved on Rafa’s contract before the end of this month.

It’s like a circus again at Newcastle, and that’s not going to help the image of Newcastle United.

This situation has become so ridiculous it’s even painful to even comment on it.

The Bin Zayed Group is said to be acquiring Newcastle, and two other groups are doing due diligence on Newcastle books.

If this situation goes on and nothing changes, we will lose Rafa at the end of the month, and there will be precious little business done in this summer’s transfer window.

The disaster scenario would be that Mike Ashley then remains as owner as takeover attempts fall through (again), and Rafa is gone.

We wanted it to be the other way round – Mike Ashley is gone, and Rafa stays under new ownership.

It’s such an embarrassing state of affairs at the club its difficult to believe it’s happening.

We thought we’d have two top strikers in by now – but it’s not to be.

Comments welcome.

21 comments so far

  • Frank pingles come sock

    Jun 14, 2019 at 9:04 AM

    Comment #1

    Geoff hurst

  • Frank pingles come sock

    Jun 14, 2019 at 9:06 AM

    Comment #2


    Longstaff to man united news isn’t false

    Man united do have genuine interest and do want to sign him.

    Longstaff is aware and is giving it thought (IF Rafa leaves)

    If Rafa stays , he wants to stay

    He has to think about his own future , and if Rafa leaves it shows the club have no ambition at all

    Longstaff has ambition

    If Rafa goes he has a hard decision to make , he loves newcastle , but he also wants to become a better player and progress

    He also thinks if Rafa leaves a few others will want to be away (mini revolt)

    He also knows nothing in regards to the takeover

    Same as us.

    He is back at training now and has had a painful recovery , learning how to walk again was the first thing he had to do , as his leg had bent out of line

    He’s running now and getting fitter and stronger by the day , but this injury has knocked his confidence

    All the above is 100% true

  • Tony Baloney

    Jun 14, 2019 at 9:06 AM

    Comment #3

    Dubai Micky: I got up to watch the cricket. Have decided to do a drinking game and have a shot of vodka every time Jon mentions he is having a drink. What’s the betting I don’t make it to the second inning. Hoping for a rainout.

  • RobLeenio

    Jun 14, 2019 at 9:07 AM

    Comment #4

    Someone was asking yesterday what’s special about the 14th June.

    73 years ago today, Donald John Trump was dragged kicking and screaming into the World to make life better for all its citizens and absolutely not to feather his own nest.

    Apart from that, it’s Friday!!!


  • Binney

    Jun 14, 2019 at 9:11 AM

    Comment #5

    Every day this takeover saga drags on I’m getting less and less optimistic… Surely if they meant business it would have been sorted by now.

    WTF is going on? Could really do with an update.

  • RobLeenio

    Jun 14, 2019 at 9:12 AM

    Comment #6

    Frank, good bit of writing, that mate. Would be a disaster if we lost our most promising youth player for a generation because the club couldn’t get its act together.

    He’s a great lad, fully immersed in the community – was handing out awards (plus selfies, signatures and smiles) on two consecutive nights at the North Shields FC youth presentation evening last weekend. He’s never forgotten where he’s come from. Grounded.

    I also know he recently bought his first home. Not far from his folks and in a nice part of town. He’s got his roots down but no reason he couldn’t move on if he felt he had to.

  • Mindshaft

    Jun 14, 2019 at 9:15 AM

    Comment #7

    Somebody asked what was happening today …. No idea about toon but U.K is surely taking this whole pc thing a bit far ..
    A ban on adverts featuring “harmful gender stereotypes” or those which are likely to cause “serious or widespread offence” has come into force.

    The ban covers scenarios such as a man with his feet up while a woman cleans, or a woman failing to park a car.

    The UK’s advertising watchdog introduced the ban because it found some portrayals could play a part in “limiting people’s potential”.

  • Mindshaft

    Jun 14, 2019 at 9:18 AM

    Comment #8

    I’m not sure about a mini revolt from players , friends who comes in as replacement… Changing managers is part and parcel of game for a footballer …

  • Tony Baloney

    Jun 14, 2019 at 9:18 AM

    Comment #9

    Robleenio: it is also flag day in the US, They have national days for just about everything here – Secretary Day, take your daughter to work day.

    Today is also National Strawberry Shortcake Day and National Bath Day.

    If I didn’t know better I would think it was all a marketing gimmick. There aren’t enough days in the year so Flag Day has to share!

  • Mindshaft

    Jun 14, 2019 at 9:18 AM

    Comment #10

    Depends who comes in … I need to turn autocorrect off

  • Posh_Geordie

    Jun 14, 2019 at 9:26 AM

    Comment #11

    Nothing new to talk about and I’ve ran out if ways to say the same thing. Still plenty of time. Same shoite stiring in the media.

    Keep calm
    Carry on

    I’ll give it a week then if no news I’ll start my pessimistic posts again haha

  • RobLeenio

    Jun 14, 2019 at 9:28 AM

    Comment #12

    “If I didn’t know better I would think it was all a marketing gimmick” – Lol, you may be onto something there…

  • Tony Baloney

    Jun 14, 2019 at 9:28 AM

    Comment #13

    I am not even sure what a strawberry shortcake is. A type of dessert? And National Bath Day? So you have one bath a year? Maybe the lot who were reminiscing about the 1950s the other night had one bath a year? Hot water, we were lucky to get tepid and we used to use the bath water after 6 of us had been in there for me Dad’s tea.

  • droppy in Wallsend

    Jun 14, 2019 at 9:29 AM

    Comment #14

    It’s all going to be fine.

    I have zero information but this time it has to be different.

    Players like Longstaff must be given a reason to stay and develop and represent ‘their’ team.

    Have been holding off having a drink until the change of owner is announced, but it’s getting harder by the day to not just open up the bottle and watch the world through the bottom of a glass.

  • Optimistic Oryx

    Jun 14, 2019 at 9:32 AM

    Comment #15

    Recapture of the Falkland islands 14th June 1982

  • RobLeenio

    Jun 14, 2019 at 9:32 AM

    Comment #16

    Tony, it’s a shortcake biscuit with strawberries.



    Bet that’s never ever been posted on a footy blog before.

    ahem – I only know about it from my daughter, honest!



  • ToonRich

    Jun 14, 2019 at 9:34 AM

    Comment #17

    Mindshaft @#8, it is part and parcel of the game…however the players revolting would be just. They will have probably been promised certain things before signing their contract, perhaps revolting against the owner from the inside would help the overall outcome?

    Many of the players will feel just like us; the club is not matching their ambitions, lack of improvement in and around the club…the list goes on!

    Why have the supporters club not forced the issue – dont clubs have a duty to the fans to communicate?

  • DAVE..TOON..9

    Jun 14, 2019 at 9:46 AM

    Comment #18

    i totally agree with Binney …i was so confident takeover was happening this week , now i am starting to worry , the thought of another season with fat Ash in control is hard to take , Rafa will deffo walk if fatty is still here , we just need information …. if fatty stays its no games for me this season,no sky sports and no BT sports im done

  • DAVE..TOON..9

    Jun 14, 2019 at 9:47 AM

    Comment #19

    might go and watch the heed instead

  • Geordie-john

    Jun 14, 2019 at 1:38 PM

    Comment #20

    Mr Blobby

  • wyntheleap

    Jun 14, 2019 at 4:54 PM

    Comment #21

    Well think most people wanted rid of the owner, things look like this could finally happen, the manager has received a new contract which he is still to sign, so we await his response, no one else’s on that issue. Also gossip about missing out on signings, all from reporters who haven’t a clue, or usually even heard from somewhere?
    What do people want, let’s do this in stages, 1 New owner. 2 Manager signs contract or if not new manager. 3 Look at transfers in and out. 4 Renew Season Tickets. 5 Look forward to the new season with a positive outlook for once in a very long time. HWTL


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