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Best Summer Spending For Four Years – But Tough Part Starts Now For Steve Bruce

This is turning out to be one of the best summer transfer windows under owner Mike Ashley since we spent over £50M net, back in 2015.

We had only just avoided relegation then under caretaker manager John Carver, after Alan Pardew had had enough, and left the club to join Crystal Palace in late 2014.

And Ashley seemed willing to put decent money out that summer for the likes of Georginio Wijnaldum, Aleksandar Mitrovic, Chancel Mbemba, Florian Thauvin, and Ivan Toney – and all five players have since left the club.

Steve Bruce with Fabian Schar and Jack Colback

As a reminder here’s what we did in the summer transfer window four years ago – the summer before we were relegated again under Steve McClaren.

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With the capture of Joelinton, Kyle Scott, Jake Turner, Jetro Willems, and Allan Saint-Maximin, it’s been a good window so far for us.

Here’s how we are doing at the moment.

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Newcastle have spent a net of £20M so far this summer and could end up actually spending money this summer as we did four years ago.

In the last three summers when Newcastle had world-class manager Rafa Benitez at the club – we made a profit of £31M in 2016, spent £12M net in 2017 and made a profit of £20M net last summer.

So at least for the three summer windows under Rafa, we made a profit of £39M.

You would have thought the time to spend money was when you have a world-class manager in place – who knows what he’s doing.

But it seemed like owner Mike Ashley wanted to retain control of the club and do it his way, as we found out six weeks ago when Rafa left.

So the club have reverted back to paying out the full fees for players and signing young players on long contracts.

We’ll just have to wait and see what happens, but that’s sound financial management.

The hard part starts now for Steve Bruce, but he’s done very well so far – given the toxic state of the club.

We hope Steve’s successful at Newcastle, but the main thing is for us to remain in the Premier League this season.

If Rafa had stayed, we had hoped to be looking higher than that – perhaps for a top-eight position.

We’ve had a top-eight position only once under Ashley when we somehow finished 5th back in 2012.

But maybe Steve Bruce and the lads can do that (top eight) this season – we certainly have the best squad we have had for several years.

So we have some hope for this season, and we’ll support Steve Bruce and the players as much as we can.

We also somehow have to force Mike Ashley to sell the club – hopefully before the end of the year.

Comments welcome.

260 comments so far

  • Tony Baloney

    Aug 4, 2019 at 5:34 PM

    Comment #241

    Hiya frog. Can you even name a player in the NUFC team?

  • geordietom

    Aug 4, 2019 at 5:35 PM

    Comment #242

    French Claims of Emil Krafth Deal Done Denied, Newcastle United Asked For More Money

  • Jib

    Aug 4, 2019 at 5:37 PM

    Comment #243

    What’s the toon ?
    Ha ha ha
    Got to admire your neck after last night
    The fans at NUFC never refer to themselves as “The Mags”

    comedy gold

  • #BoycottAshley ( OP)

    Aug 4, 2019 at 5:39 PM

    Comment #244

    It’s TRUE Ashley will leave when he’s ready.

    I’d just like to help persuade him to leave sooner than he wants, if that means making him and SD look the shadie tw@ts they are so be it.

    His one true love SD is taking hits left right and centre drawing attention to his neglect not only of the squad but all of the facilities can only tarnish his image more with his share holders and the world.

    Theres not been or will there be a better time to be a pain in the arse for Ashley.


  • Tony Baloney

    Aug 4, 2019 at 5:39 PM

    Comment #245


    even those who call Mike Ashley a tw@t.

  • ronaldo aarons

    Aug 4, 2019 at 5:41 PM

    Comment #246

    Ashley said Bruce was on a shortlist of 3. Allardyce said his agent was approached. I’m not exactly a fan of arteta or rate him as worth going for but it would be an odd list to have Allardyce, Bruce and arteta on the same list as managerial replacements.

    Then local reports had it the likes of viera, Gerrard etc amongst others were approached.

    Like pretty much the past decade, lots of mixed messages and disinformation.

    Don’t know what to believe. Feel like we’ve been mugged though seeing Bruce here!

  • the white tino

    Aug 4, 2019 at 5:41 PM

    Comment #247

    Jib got no answer from you, is that the same man City who’s owner wanted to buy us first???? But your pal ashlie pissed off????

  • dougie

    Aug 4, 2019 at 5:45 PM

    Comment #249

    No way would any any self respecting and ambitious premier league club have Steve Bruce high up on a manager wish list,just another yes man at the last chance saloon.I can’t wait to see who they buy with the bulk of the transfer kitty that hasn’t been spent yet.

  • the white tino

    Aug 4, 2019 at 5:49 PM

    Comment #250

    Jib why the racist remark you dick???

  • Jib

    Aug 4, 2019 at 5:51 PM

    Comment #251

    Looking like Ashley has replaced Grant Thornton with KPMG

  • Jib

    Aug 4, 2019 at 5:52 PM

    Comment #252

    ‘Cos I’m a dick – maybe ?

  • the white tino

    Aug 4, 2019 at 5:54 PM

    Comment #253

    You got that bit right jib, something you know first hand

  • toon22

    Aug 4, 2019 at 5:56 PM

    Comment #254


    He had to as GT quit

    KPMG sound a good fit for him

    KPMG faces Patisserie Valerie shareholder suit


  • Charlie in the Gallowgate

    Aug 4, 2019 at 5:59 PM

    Comment #255

    KPMG never out of Private Eye

  • #boycott Arsenal

    Aug 4, 2019 at 5:59 PM

    Comment #256

    Bill’s son is back,
    Busy at the minute but more later. Have you forgotten that this is the exact same policy we have returned to that got us relegated. We turned down 18M for Tiote, not because we’d convinced the lad he was a major part of our plans, we’d already bought his replacement in Anita, we turned down 18M because our greed thought we’d get 20M out of them.

  • Moonraker15

    Aug 4, 2019 at 6:03 PM

    Comment #257

    We missed a great opportunity to sign Rondon for 16 million. Joelinton is in for a shock when he comes up against PL defenders.
    We need a proven goal scorer otherwise we will struggle big time! We lost 25 goals with Rondon and Ayoze bearing in mind we only scored 40 odd total! Next season the premier league will be stronger than ever! We will struggle!

  • Lindisfarne

    Aug 4, 2019 at 6:03 PM

    Comment #258

    “”Newcastle fans are far from a homogenous group. Not all the diverse sub-groups housed in a broad church are anything like as polite as Saturday’s congregation.””


  • Munster Mag

    Aug 4, 2019 at 6:04 PM

    Comment #259

    Toon 22 cant prove any of his managerial and other, assertions. What so do know is that he hasnt been to st james, probably hasnt been to an away game, knew nothing about us calling ourselves the mags (now that was deeply funny) and knows no newcastle football songs. So he cant be classified as an nufc fan by most normal definitions. Yet…. Because of ashley being a pig (yes we know he is frog)… He is slagging off long time fans on here and saying they have links to this horrible businessman. Meanwhile Tarquin and others support him? Some of you need to take a good look at yourselves.

  • Moonraker15

    Aug 4, 2019 at 6:16 PM

    Comment #260

    Ashley trying to acquire Jack Wills! Bang goes the rest of the transfer budget!

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