Tim Krul became the 16th and final player to leave Newcastle in this summer transfer window.

Just before the window shut, loan deals for Lazaar (to Benevento) and Tim Krul (to Brighton – see below) were announced.

Claims that Newcastle had any intention of backing Rafa Benitez with further signings in the later stages of the window proved as hollow as they could possibly be.

In the final 34 days of this transfer window, only one signing arrived, Joselu a bargain £5m buy after Rafa Benitez was blocked from bringing in the signings he wanted/needed.

Many Newcastle fans now dreading what may happen in the aftermath of this latest joke of a window under Mike Ashley.

Incoming:

Buys

Christian Atsu, Florian Lejeune, Jacob Murphy, Javier Manquillo, Joselu

Loans

Mikel Merino (loan)

Outgoing:

Sold

Florian Thauvin, Kevin Mbabu, Daryl Murphy, Emmanuel Riviere, Siem De Jong, Grant Hanley

Loaned out

Adam Armstrong, Matz Sels, Ivan Toney, Achraf Lazaar, Tim Krul

Released

Vurnon Anita, Sammy Ameobi, Yoan Gouffran, Haris Vuckic, Lubo Satka

Official Brighton announcement:

‘Brighton & Hove Albion have signed Dutch goalkeeper Tim Krul on a season-long loan deal from Newcastle United.

The 29-year-old, who played under Albion manager Chris Hughton at St James’ Park, travelled down from the North East this afternoon and completed the deal at the American Express Elite Football Performance Centre this evening.

Krul has made 157 appearances for the Magpies in the Premier League and provides Albion with another option between the posts alongside summer signing Mathew Ryan and Niki Maenpaa.

The shot-stopper joined Ajax on loan last season, before switching to fellow Dutch side AZ Alkmaar for the remainder of the campaign, where he featured 16 times and helped them to a sixth-placed finish in Eredivisie.

Hughton said, “I know Tim from my time at Newcastle and he is an excellent professional that has a vast amount of experience at both club and international level.

“He’s played an extensive amount of games in the Premier League, as well as playing in the Europa League and his experience will also help benefit the other keepers in the squad.”

After beginning his career with Dutch side ADO Den Haag, Krul moved to Newcastle in the summer of 2005, before keeping a clean sheet on his his first-team debut against Palermo in the UEFA Cup the following year.

The Dutchman then won the Under-21 European Championships in 2007, after signing a new four-year contract with the Magpies.

Between 2007 and 2009, Krul spent time on loan at Falkirk and Carlisle United, before returning to Tyneside, where he made his Premier League debut in 2010 and ended the season as Newcastle’s first-choice goalkeeper.

Krul kept a clean sheet against Brazil on his international debut for Netherlands in 2011, and has made seven appearances for his country to date.’

Newcastle United official confirmation:

Newcastle United goalkeeper Tim Krul has joined Brighton & Hove Albion on a season-long loan deal.

Krul, 29, has linked up with former Magpies boss Chris Hughton at the AMEX Stadium, where he will remain until the end of the Seagulls’ first season in the Premier League.

The Dutch international stopper – one of United’s longest serving players, having arrived at St. James’ Park in 2005 – also spent time out on loan at Ajax and AZ Alkmaar last season.

Krul, who has played 185 times for United, was part of Hughton’s Championship title-winning squad in 2010, during the Seagulls boss’ time on Tyneside.



  • Peaky Magpie

    So we are stuck with Colback,I reckon he refused to leave as he’s hedging his bets on Rafa leaving and getting a reprieve.

    • Biggs Darklighter

      Super Pards has been on the phone

      • Peaky Magpie

        On your phone ? I hope you told him to eff off !

    • Taz

      You must know how shit3 you are when riviere is wanted before you. Collback is a prime example of a footballer on long contract for shed loads more than he could ever justify .

      • Peaky Magpie

        Yes,the fraud squad and trades descriptions need to get involved here for someone pretending to be a footballer on £70k a week.

  • Paul Patterson

    If you wanted a blueprint on how not to conduct yourselves in a transfer window, this club has aced it (again).
    Well done Mike.

  • Biggs Darklighter

    Mike Ashley = Fat [email protected]

  • Peaco

    Clearly this has been an overt exercise in trying to force Rafa out by putting him in an untenable position because he had the audacity to call Ashley out. Another catastrophic Ashleyism of self-harm. I woul ask “when will he learn” but I’ve asked that question so many times it appears that the only conceivable response is that he will never learn. Expect to see Joe Kinnear/Pardew or someone worse in the dugout for the next match.

  • TwinFire

    Thanks Mike, we all appreciate your effort to get rid of the deadwood at this club. You have amazing business acumen! I cant wait to see the financial returns next year! Exciting times for NUFC! Bravo!

  • Mrkgw

    Pathetic showing from this odious and now thoroughly despised regime of Ashley, Charnley and Moncur. Nothing will change with them steering the sinking ship and they must be thrown overboard. Don’t be surprised if Rafa is forced to walk the plank tomorrow.

  • DC1964

    Sickened to the core – AGAIN!

    • Peaco

      Complete betrayal.

  • Moderate

    Thanks Rafa for getting us up. Don’t blame you if you want to get out of this car-crash club. Why doesn’t Ashley just sell-up? I simply do not get why he wants NUFC when he’s not prepared to sink money into it or even enjoy it. What is the deal?

    • Peaco

      Because he can bleed it dry?

    • Guest 2

      Profit.

    • TheFatController

      Mentally ill is why. Petty vendettas showing the world that hated the fat kid that he has more money than them so that’ll teach the world not to love him.

      The minute we put that Rafa flag up Saturday I knew Ashley, with his personality disorder, would be telling Barnes to shaft Rafa and the fans for loving each other and not him.

      He’s a compulsive liar and compulsively resentful of others – a resentment he thought money would cure, but money cures financial problems, never emotional problems, look at all the rich people that have to see shrinks …

      He’s a basket case.

      • Peaco

        Read an interesting article about how he shafted his parents who initially loaned him the money to start [email protected] direct. What a [email protected] even his parents and family hate him. Even if he rotted in hell for eternity I doubt he’d learn anything. A complete wrong ‘un and I’d agree with you- he must have a personality disorder.

        • TheFatController

          I don’t think I’d struggle against and libel case he brought against me saying he had a personality disorder when in court I could show evidence of him in front of government committees to explain business practices they disagreed with, waving money around at a pr event at his company mainly made up of low salaried employees, losing to Keegan and Jonas in court whilst being proven as a liar, saying football is all about £40m a year stadium rights and being owner by Countries, stating a manager can have all the money and being called out by that manager as not being of his word…..

          Any specialist I called into court would say that behaviour shows clear signs of narcissistic personality disorder and I’d have no case to answer…

  • Guest 2

    In a football world where two players cost as much as probably our whole club – why don’t those financiers PLEASE come along and buy us!

    • DC1964

      If only!!

      • Guest 2

        The penny has to drop someday with someone.

        • DC1964

          It has to, sooner rather than later!

  • TheFatController

    The only positive now would be if Rafa stayed, the players respected him staying and battled for him. And the supporters repeated the solitary flag and singing support from Saturday. And the key players stay fit.

    Then I can see us doing enough to survive til January outside the bottom 3.

    All that matters now is that Rafa stays and we stay up. A buyer will come along one day, just because one day some other billionaire will decide he now fancies it.

    So let’s give Rafa continued backing, back the team who give 100% a witnessed v West Ham, if we are capable of staying up we can refuse to mention Ashley. If he’s not putting money in, then Rafa and the fans run this club, Rafa chooses the team and we back it , Ashley is just the owner and somewhat irrelevant to the success of the club given his non-investment and transfer interference.

    • Guest 2

      And what happens in January? As proven, nowt will get spent or released unless we look like are heading down again.
      The better Rafa does, the less money he will have access too. That’s the Ashley way. Have you forgotten that?

      • TheFatController

        Nope, but we would be able to sign a few players as Ashley always knee jerks when he has no choice.

        So my memory is good, Ashley will spend in January if he thinks he’ll lose £200m off the value of the club come May – I’m using my memory to remember Townsend shelvey sissoko haidara debuchy yanga mbiwa etc all panic bought in January windows

        That’s the Ashley way I’m remembering. Have you forgotten our relegation-threatened January windows ?

        • Guest 2

          Haven’t forgotten just last January when we and Rafa again heard it’s such a bad time to buy.
          Late business by Ashley results in one thing. Relegation.

        • TheFatController

          When I said ‘out of the bottom 3’ I meant 16 or 17, I doubt even Rafa can get that team to conjur results against the top teams – so we will be in a relegation fight, I mean just not cut adrift so no amount of new players would stop the rot like witnessed under MacLaren

        • Jezza

          I can’t Ashley giving Pardew any money to spend in January.

        • Danimal

          That’s two January windows. One we just about stayed up, the other we went down anyway. 50% “success” rate. Fills me with confidence. Cheers.

    • Rev

      The best thing that could happen is Rafa swallows his pride and goes, denying NUFC the chance to flog him too. There is only going to be a drawn out battle if he stays, does he need that or have anything to prove? He isnt going to outlast Ashley.

      • East Durham Mag

        Rafa must know what he is dealing with now. A lying, shameless, arrogant,greedy, devious and amoral blob of sh*t who would sell his own Granny if needed.

        • Geordiegiants

          I hope Jabba dies a slow and painful death.

    • Geordiegiants

      It’s a bit bury our head in the sand, but I’m with you on do anything at all cost to keep Rafa. Even if we were a decent mid table side, it would be hard to attract the likes of Rafa.

    • Danimal

      He’s somewhat relevant to our consistent and repetitive failure.

      • TheFatController

        My point is our time would be better spent worrying about what Rafa needs from us and not what we say and do about Ashley, given Ashley isn’t interested in the club and thus isn’t taking any notice of us.

        My ‘irrelevant Ashley’ refers to the reality that even if he woke up this morning and wanted to invest £200m he can’t now do it so he’s irrelevant to the success of our season.

        Only Rafa and the players can keep us up. They are all that is relevant therefore. To focus on Ashley would be a waste of time, he’s now unable to buy players and he doesn’t care what we think/say anyway…

        • ToonNL

          you cant partition life like that. Ashley is intrinsically relevant to our lack of success this season. we should back rafa but cmon dont be silly

  • Kneebotherm8

    Who’s gonna be our next manager then, cos that’s the final nail in Rafa’s coffin.
    Thanks a million to fat Mike.

    • Geordiegiants

      Probably, but I’m still hoping.🤞

    • lukegte

      Sam Allardyce. He’s as much a crook as Ashley and doesn’t give a toss who the club signs, so long as he can get a bung out of it. Marriage made in heaven really. They’ve both recently been in the media bigging each other up too. To me, it looks as though something is going on

    • X,WHY,Y MAN.

      The only kind of ilk you would get to take the job will be the likes of Conspiracy Mike Newell and other assorted desperado’s.

  • Danimal

    Rafa wanted to strengthen in the goalkeeping department. The owner has delivered. Sadly, he has strengthened the goalkeeping department of our relegation rivals. Nice work.

    • Geordiegiants

      I’m not sure I agree with you on that, I think all of our keepers are/were much of a muchness. Plus Woodman never went out on loan.

      • Guest 2

        Has the position ben strengthened therefore? That’s a big fat NO!

        • Geordiegiants

          Again, I’m not sure I agree. Is Woodman being part of the squad not a chance to strengthen?

          • Guest 2

            Rafa Benitez wanted a new main keeper. But you disagree. Oh, ok then.

          • Geordiegiants

            I’m not saying Rafa is wrong, I’m asking, is Woodman getting his chance not a good thing?

          • Guest 2

            I’ll side with the Manager. He seems to know a thing or two.

          • Geordiegiants

            I don’t disagree, but I’m here long term as a fan and Rafa has publically stated that it’s not a long term project managing Newcastle.

          • X,WHY,Y MAN.

            There’s nowt like digging yourself further in !

          • ToonNL

            third choice keeper will get plenty of chances eh

          • Geordiegiants

            Funnier things have happened.

          • ToonNL

            are you willfully ignorant or were you born this way?

          • Geordiegiants

            How did Darlow get his chance? If I’m not mistaken, Darlow was our third choice behind, Krul and Elliot. Now is that ignorance on my behalf? Or yours?

  • Geordiegiants

    In my opinion, I HATE Jabba and his dealings, but we have got rid of plenty of dead wood. I hope Jan is a bit more successful with incomings.

    • Jezza

      Like last January.

      • Geordiegiants

        No like 2013, 😬

        • Guest 2

          Hahahahah! Where we had won only 5 games by then. Panic buys to avoid relegation and we still finished 16th

          • Geordiegiants

            Hey, I’m not saying it was ideal, I’m just saying, I hope we buy like 2013.

          • Guest 2

            What, that we are in such dire straits that fatty has no choice but to loosen the purse strings again in the hope Rafa can save his tv money? You miss the point, mate. If money was to be spent it should have been now, not half way through a bad looking season.

          • Danimal

            Sissoko, who no one has a good word for; Haidara, who we still can’t shift; Gouffran, who didn’t set the world alight. Who else, I can’t remember. Then there was the 2016 January panic window – Shelvey, Townsend (both decent), Doumbia and Saivet (both baffling).

          • X,WHY,Y MAN.

            The signing of Doumbia sums Mike Ashley’s pathetic tenure as Newcastle owner.

  • Stevie

    I think Rafa has already resigned ! why would you stay a minute longer than you have too! Despite Rafa’s appreciation of the fans and our support for him he now knows he is dealing with a man who’s word can’t be trusted there is not a single Newcastle fan would blame him …this club has a massive problem,a manager who wants to take the club forward and an owner who has no vision or the skills needed to develope Newcastle United.Yes Mike, as you said on sky “this is Newcastle United” but your Newcastle United and our Newcastle United are miles apart it was’nt that long ago we were a force In the premire league,and then you came along,and the rest as they say is history.
    Football has become a crazy game stupid money for average players,less enjoyable to watch,fans becoming less and less important and more explioted but we take all of that on the chin because we love Newcastle United, you have no role to play hear …..”please just sell up and leave”

    • Guest 2

      5 million apparently if he resigns – so no doubt he’s on the first train to London tomorrow to speak to the Hammers! Fatty will rip their arm off for the compen.

      • Geordiegiants

        He will probably fly him down and pick up Pinocchio on the way back up.

    • Zin

      It is entirely possible he will do a keegan and take Fatty to court

  • Geordiegiants

    We need to look at positives. It hasn’t gone to plan, BUT let’s hope it’s all on Rafas terms. I know it hasn’t, but let’s just hope eh?

    • Guest 2

      What are the positives?
      The plan HAS gone to plan. It was Ashley’s and he’s done it again.
      How the [email protected] you think any of this is on Rafa’s terms is beyond me.

      • Geordiegiants

        Ha ha ha, read the comment.
        The positives are, we have offloaded 16, that is 16 lumps of shyte. It’s not a good or even an ok situation, but I can always find a positive in my life no matter how bad things get.

        • Guest 2

          Well, if you actually read any of Rafa’s comments you’ll know he was a seriously unhappy bunny before today.
          Shifting 16 players from the payroll, earning fees and reducing the net spend – and still not being allowed to sign anyone is not something to be optimistic about.
          Will you remain optimistic if Rafa walks?

          • Geordiegiants

            Well, you want the positive out of Rafa leaving?
            If Rafa goes, we will go down, if we go down, we will go further down, if we go further down, the further down we go the less money we are worth, the more chance we have of the fans buying the club. Look it’s bad, very bad, but don’t worry about it until it happens

          • Guest 2

            If that’s the basis for your optimism you should take up drinking – copiously. Or perhaps you already do as that would explain much.

          • Geordiegiants

            PMA, keep your chin up youngin.

          • Jimblag23

            He’s proved with Oldham he’ll take a lower league club so he’d just keep us and not invest at all.
            Then just take advantage of SJP and organise other event type things like concerts or rugby or whatever.
            We’re stuck with the C LI N T until he’s bored or dead.

          • Biggs Darklighter

            F A T C LI N T

          • Jimblag23

            He sure is.

        • glassjawsh-got-banned

          you mean 15 lumps of shyte and also Daryl Murphy

          • Geordiegiants

            Sorry, I stand corrected. Daryl shouldn’t of been sold

          • Biggs Darklighter

            Neither should Krul or de Jong baring in mind they havnt been replaced

  • wheyayeman

    There are no positives here! I literally feel sick! I love Rafa to bits but he must realise now Ashley will not change and it’s time to go. If it is then im willing to accept it on the same grounds that the sh*t hes put us all through for 10 years is unbearable and if it pains you, you’d rather not see someone you respect like Rafa having to endure it any longer ( even if he does love the fans and wants to do right by them. ) After winning the Championship maybe 70 % of the fans must have believed (I was one of them) things may just start to roll in a new direction, no whole scale changes but a more positive and calculated investment with Rafa’s influence – A top manager in place, Champions! fans excited and united, maybe even Ashley could be convinced to trust his manager to invest well and go for it. Well that ship has well and truly sailed. Rafa is sure to be gone by new year if not by next week and off we go towards Relegation no 3 ! How can we get this sh#tbag out of our club? It’s driving me crazy!!!

  • X,WHY,Y MAN.

    Scandalous but fully expected, There’s nothing much else you can say on the matter in all honesty.
    Now that the window has closed you are left with the feeling you are some kind of low rent psychic of Septic Peg proportions the way things have gone.
    From the moment Fatty Arbuckle uttered the immortal words : “Rafa Can Have Every Penny Of The Transfer Money”, You just knew in your heart of hearts what would follow.
    I think even the most optimistic fan had a lingering doubt in the back of their mind of what that really meant in the scheme of things.

    Looking at Fatty Arbuckle’s interview now you fail to see the point of it because it didn’t make any sense or convey anything of any kind even in a propaganda way.
    If it was supposed to soften us up to this very outcome then it failed miserably and Keith Bishop is getting paid for nothing because everyone is still up in arms !
    The only thing that is looking certain now is his wanting of a mid table finish even that seems ambitious in the extreme.

    Looking ahead the only light you can see at the end of the tunnel is this surely cannot go on with football going the way it is with the vastly inflated prices.
    This has to price that grubby fat parasite out of professional football for good because he cannot continue to exist within it for too much longer ?
    Dictatorships are finite thankfully so lets just hope that his amateur half hour way of running a football club catches up with him and he is bounced out of the game, Here’s hoping !

  • BigBird

    why does this feel worse than the mcfaul, smith and ardiles days ? the players then were not the best but we still supported them and looked forward to the next match/season, has football lost its soul or are we becoming old and jaded? HWTL

    • Dillinja

      It’s worse now because we are being treated like mugs, we know it, everybody knows it. Other clubs see us as the cheap and tatty penny pinching laughing stock of English football. Even Sunderland are laughing at us and they’re in the Championship. I always wonder where would we be now if Ashley had bought a different club to exploit. Shame.

    • Mirandinha9

      No one in the 80s and early 90s, incessentantly lied to us the way Cashley does. During the last Committee he was enforced to sit in front of he said that he didn’t have any involvement with NUFC – “nobody really listens to me” he expressed. What a load of tosh, he pulls over the strings and everyone within the club and the supporters no it. So do once formed icons of Moncur and Beardsley, that’s why you never see their faces anymore, as they’re always so far up Cashley’s derrière.

    • East Durham Mag

      On tv the oaf promised Rafa money to build a squad and it seemed he was in earnest. Promises even made for millions to see and hear mean nothing to him. Taken for mugs is right as Dillinja says.

  • MediaMook

    Oh so predictable. Squad needed at least $100 million spent to compete in Premiership and avoid a relegation fight.

    Some fans on here are already hoping cash will be splashed in January. Wake up. Ashley cares not for Newcastle United or its supporters.

    Heard it all before every transfer window too many times in past decade.

    Rafa could and frankly should walk away and come back if the club ever has a new owner willing to invest in the team.

    He may feel loyal to the few players he persuaded to come to the Toon in recent weeks though in the short term.

    Even if stay up this season then what? No ambition, no enjoyment, no hope.

    No doubt some will still claim all the EPL money at end of season will be used to buy players. Not going to happen. Again.

    “The club can never go anywhere under Mike Ashley – I promise you that.” — Kevin Keegan, 2010

    • East Durham Mag

      Everyone should have know after the disgraceful way Fatty treat Keegan and then Hughton. The only thing that matters to the ba$tard is £££££££££s.

    • Mirandinha9

      I love Keegan to bits and he’s been proved absolutely right about Cashley, albeit, we do go places under Cashley’s regime. We dont always remain static in one division. In May 2018, we’ll have had our 3rd relegation within 10 years.

  • 1957

    At least Ryder and his crew at the Chronicle will be happy, they can now run the ’10 free transfers Newcastle could sign’ article

    • MichaelMaximusMoose

      True

  • Down Under Mag

    Well despite my calming voice early on and cries of let’s wait and see…there you have it! Total farce and i’m surprised Rafa is still here to be honest. Ashley clearly has no interest in the club any more, he’s waiting for his TV cash come the end of the season and cares nothing for where we finish. Are we still allowed to sign loan players?

  • MichaelMaximusMoose

    My alarm bell started ringing as far back as when they offered a new contract to Gouff.
    in my opinion that Fat F had no intention of backing Rafa & has deliberately starved him of funds in the hope he’ll resign & be replaced by another Minion

    • Biggs Darklighter

      I think he knows Rafa won’t resign. I’m sure he has gambled on Rafa keeping us up with minimal investment. Could backfire drastically! But the fat scum doesn’t care

  • MichaelMaximusMoose

    Rafa will be gone as soon as a decent club comes calling & who would blame him,
    yet the Sheep will continue to fill St James Park

    • Zin

      As soon as a suitable job comes up in the prem he is off, and that is the moment of truth for NUFC fans, if they still go and endorse this product then they deserve all they get

    • Biggs Darklighter

      I’m sure Ashley’s plan is to cash in on Benitez. In the Fat idiots world everything is for sale.

  • Leicester Mag

    Time the Chronicle and every decent journalist targeted the fat elephant in the room that is Ashley. This includes the Mag, True Faith and Ed Harrison. Headline in Chronicle. “Let down” doesn’t go any way far enough . Time to call in every way possible for him to leave. Time to expose every skeleton, every act of greed, malice and hubris. The Rubicon has been crossed, no more chances

    • Biggs Darklighter

      We should send him a bill for £200million for all the free advertising Sports Direct has had over the past decade

    • Leazes Ender

      I’m afraid that with people like Ryder and Doctor Ed it will be business as usual….. the local television pundits such as Jeff Brown are the worst, they don’t say boo to a goose….,. then interview anyone passing SJP for a quote, usually a student in Halls of residence from Leeds or Manchester, or some batty old woman off to do her shopping.

      We’ve been here a lifetime.

  • Soldier

    Ashley must be the thickest billionaire in the world and when Rafa leaves that team will be relegated

  • Steve Pearce

    I can hear the baaaing of 52000 sheep from here – the sheep that will turn up every home game to watch us sink slowly down the leagues until we are playing Gateshead. The sheep who moan about how Ashley is only in it for the money he gets but put more money in his pocket. The sheep who will be lining up to abuse me for telling the truth. The sheep who could become wolves if they stopped going to home matches even though it means wasting the price of a season ticket and turning their back on the team they love. For this is the only weapon that will start the war against that bag of southern pus and force him to sell up and leave us for ever. Over to you sheep – or do you just love the taste of Ashley’s mint sauce…

  • Simon Ritter

    Ashley is a businessman who wants to make maximum profit with minimum investment. In financial terms he has overseen a great job this summer, ridding the balance sheet of high earners, spending relative peanuts on new recruits, perhaps gambling he can sell the club for an inflated price and thus make a profit as fat as his head. In every cloud there’s a silver lining . . .

  • Hughie

    Is Ashley pulling the strings- yes and no!! His minions run the club, with a policy instruction identical to his retail philosophy. All that matters to the hierarchy is to ensure world wide advertising for SD. As ST customers we are 40k suckers who faithfully donate £18-20m into the club’s coffers months before a season starts. What other business is guaranteed that sort of money in advance, apart perhaps for the holiday industry, but there again that is not guaranteed year in year out ? What other business fails so spectacularly to inform its customers about itself and what level of service this massive public “donation” will guarantee? Moral bankruptcy is yet another charge.
    The minions’ top summer priority as instructed was to clear out the dross. Job done.Simultaneously someone made a judgement that the squad as it stands with a few low price additions can survive in the PL. The question is who has made that decision– Ashley, Barnes or Charnley? As we all know that judgement relies almost entirely on Rafa staying and scraping 40 points.
    Conclusion– the club’s main customers have been undersold yet again; the club has taken a huge risk against all footballing judgement by barely adding to a championship squad, and it has risked losing a top class manager. Only makes sense if the man is intent on reducing the value of the club ‘s assets– ie a massive wage bill reduction– to improve the chance of a sale?? We can but hope.

  • Taz

    Sorry to see Tim go he had some awesome displays for us. Brighton have got themselves a great shot stopper.

  • SAMTHECAT

    I’m sure Rafa will stay this season but that will be it, i dont expect us to compete with the top 6/7 but we cant even compete with the rest, nothing has changed since day 1, Ashley took over the Shepherd/Hall debt of 100m and has made it clear he was not going to put any personal money in and has only been forced to by 2 relegations.
    The idea of generating transfer funds by buying cheap foreign players under 26 and selling on has worked on and off, but hasn’t generated the money and as for the Academy producing players-hardly anything in 10 years, not exactly Monaco are we.
    My impression was Charnley was in complete control, he decided who we bought,
    Rafa wanted Abraham but we lost out to Swansea-how if we had 5m in the bank for Joselu, who made the decision to pull out?

  • DaveBillyAllen

    How is this a disaster?as far as I can see we have only lost 2 players who appeared with any regularity in the 1st team last season, both of whom were journeymen at best (Anita Gouffran)
    Whereas the players we have signed have undoubtedly improved the squad all of whom look as though they will play a significant part this season, to be honest I’m a regular reader and occasional contributor to the Mag but this constant negativity is starting to wear a bit thin.
    Support the club, cheer on your team and stop giving the media pundits the opportunity to gloat about our perceived misfortunes