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Former Newcastle Defender Questions Recent Spending

Former Newcastle left-back Jose Enrique spent four years with Newcastle after joining from Villareal in 2007. He endured the low of relegation in 2009 but stuck with the club to help Newcastle bounce straight back up to the Premier League.

However, the following year saw the club sell Andy Carroll and captain Kevin Nolan, and it proved to be too much for the Spaniard. He publicly criticized the club’s transfer business and was sold to Liverpool in August of 2011. Joey Barton left for QPR just a few weeks later.

Ironically, Newcastle had a stellar season that year and finish 5th in the Premier League. However, it turned out to be an artificial bump as the club began the slide toward their second relegation under Mike Ashley just five years later.

Jose Enrique has made some comments about where he believes Newcastle should be challenging year in and out. Here is what he had to say as published in the Shields Gazette:

“Obviously, top four is very difficult, but it should be a team that fights for fifth and six position, definitely. It’s very difficult now, but it should be a team fighting for Europa League. It should be there.”

“I think it’s a team for the Premier League. It’s a team that should be fighting for things.

“Steve Bruce is a top manager as well. Rafa was doing well with not much money to spend. All of a sudden they give so much money to spend this summer instead of giving it to Rafa. Hopefully, they don’t get relegated.”

Unfortunately, Rafa had the club primed for a run at European competition if he received the right backing this summer. However, the club did not seem to share Rafa’s vision for Newcastle United, and the Spanish legend left when his contract ran out.

We are not sure if there is a correlation between Rafa leaving and funds becoming available under newly appointed Steve Bruce. The Joelinton and Allan Saint-Maximin deals seemed to have been in the works for some time before being completed.

However, it’s not likely that Newcastle will be challenging in the top half this season. We’ll have to see what transpires in the next two windows to see if it’s where they can aspire to get to next year.

56 comments so far

  • Jib

    Oct 16, 2019 at 7:44 PM

    Comment #41
  • Jail for Ashley

    Oct 16, 2019 at 7:44 PM

    Comment #42

    Can anybody see a pattern here twixt Jib and Jeff from Benwell, maybe Dr Harrison or Alex (Lilongwe) can?
    Jeff from Benwell

    Feb 20, 2015 at 11:55 AM

    Comment #66
    stuart no9 ….I used to know Ray really well….lost touch now….no way he’d make it today , he was by his own admission a lazy trainer , that’s why he and Jinky were big mates


    May 6, 2019 at 4:01 PM

    Comment #4
    Close Jait

    I used to drink with Jinky and Ray Ellison (both taxi drivers)
    knew Moncur (also a taxi driver) that leaves a few hundred
    footballers I don’t know.

  • Jail for Ashley

    Oct 16, 2019 at 7:51 PM

    Comment #43

    Jeff from Benwell

    Feb 2, 2015 at 1:43 PM

    Comment #247
    OK apo polly loggies
    The little lady obviously doesn’t fancy living in Milano

    more similarities twixt the two


    Jan 7, 2017 at 6:12 PM

    Comment #14
    I thought it was “Once in a lifetime”
    with apo polly loggies to
    Tarkin Heids

  • Jail for Ashley

    Oct 16, 2019 at 7:53 PM

    Comment #44

    Come on weasel, why not just admit it, everyone knows already anyway?

  • lesh

    Oct 16, 2019 at 7:56 PM

    Comment #45


    What a find – ‘apo polly loggies’ nails down Jeff and Jiblets.

    Eempressive Sherlock!

    Or should we call you Sherlock?

  • Jib

    Oct 16, 2019 at 8:02 PM

    Comment #46

    It saves you and lesh talking footy I guess

  • Jib

    Oct 16, 2019 at 8:04 PM

    Comment #47

    Clearly there is more than one person read
    “A Clockwork Orange”
    Who would have thought ?

  • Nufc-83

    Oct 16, 2019 at 8:13 PM

    Comment #48

    Really looking forward to the Chelsea game should show us were we really are as a team with very few injuries.

    Jail I tried finding comments from individual posters on a google search as you suggested and nothing really came up. Really intrigued to understand how you can quickly find any posters comments from random years.

  • Jail for Ashley

    Oct 16, 2019 at 8:15 PM

    Comment #49

    Who both claimed to know Jinky Jim, Ray Ellison and Bob Moncur, were both taxi drivers and used the medieval word twixt, of course there was Jib/Jeff weasel 😮

  • davis_toons

    Oct 16, 2019 at 8:21 PM

    Comment #51

    ..wanted us to be the best Academy in the region..but refuse to invest in the academy and its facilities?

  • Jib

    Oct 16, 2019 at 8:28 PM

    Comment #52

    There are more things to an academy than the facilities
    The club has dramatically upgraded the academy
    personnel which is probably the most important thing

  • Jail for Ashley

    Oct 16, 2019 at 8:33 PM

    Comment #53

    Who’s the weasel now Jibbers 😮

  • jasper

    Oct 16, 2019 at 8:38 PM

    Comment #55

    I followed Gebjikai’s link to the planning application for Strawberry place.
    I was astonished to find only 29 comments, mostly objections.

    I would suggest that people spend a little less time on internecine blog warfare and get your objections in ASAP. To be effective the number of objections should be numbered in the hundreds if not thousands.
    The link
    Should take you straight to the page.

  • JohnJ

    Oct 16, 2019 at 10:31 PM

    Comment #56

    Essex Geordie Bill

    Oct 16, 2019 at 7:13 PM
    Comment #27

    I had great difficulty finding an email address but after a lot of time & searching I found the one below.



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