Dean Saunders is a bit of an expert when it comes to disastrous transfer windows at Newcastle United.

When Sir Bobby Robson was sacked and disastrously replaced by Graeme Souness (who was due to be sacked by Blackburn), Dean Saunders also moved from Blackburn becoming first team coach at Newcastle.

As right hand man to Souness, Saunders was on the spot as Sir Bobby’s team was ruthlessly dismantled and replaced by Albert Luque, Amdy Faye, Michael Owen, Emre, Celestine Babayaro, Craig Moore, Ronny Johnsen and Jean Alain Boumsong.

Souness and Saunders only lasted a year and a half but the damage they did was untold, with the only positive first team signings being the arrival of Scott Parker and the return of a then 30 year old Nobby Solano from Aston Villa.

Moving to the present day, Dean Saunders has given us the benefit of his expertise when it comes to what is happening at Newcastle this summer, or rather, not happening…

Saunders says that promises will have been made over transfer funds when Rafa Benitez agreed to stay after relegation 17 months ago.

Promises which Dean Saunders clearly feels aren’t been kept this summer.

As a result, the former Newcastle coach thinks everything points towards a ‘car crash coming at Newcastle’, as Rafa Benitez will reach a point where he can no longer put up with being starved of a decent and realistic transfer budget.

Hate to say it but unless you are a Newcastle fan hoping for the best, to a neutral the situation does look dire, compared to what we all expected would happen this summer – with such momentum after promotion.

Dean Saunders speaking on Talksport:

“The conversation when they appointed Rafa Benitez would have been:

‘Come and get us back up – we will give you a good contract.

‘When you do get us back up, we will let you spend THIS amount of money.’

“The problem is, that spending isn’t happening at the moment.

“Rafa Benitez, the way he is, he doesn’t mess around.

“There is a car crash coming at Newcastle.”



  • MagpieG

    Saunders, like Merson and the rest, know nothing about Rafa’s frame of mind. The fact he was coach over ten years ago does give him any expertise at all on the current situation.

    • Munich Mag

      Remind me what Saunders is doing now ? Canny player in his time like…

  • Soldier

    it doesn`t take a genius to come to that conclusion, in fact a cynical person would think that Rafa is being starved of funds in the hope he`ll walk away & no compensation would have to be paid. i can see a Keegan situation down the line
    anythings possible when it involves Ashley

    • Jezza

      Well the one factor that cannot be ignored here is that Ashley has had Rafa’s replacement lined up since 22nd December last year. A manager who has already proven he is happy to work under any conditions Ashley imposes and will never rock the boat despite getting no money for new signings and having his best players constantly sold from under him.

  • Leazes Ender

    Michael Owen was a Shepherd Trophy signing, who took up a large proportion of the budget and wages, his wage was to be £115k pw….. Alan Shearer got an instant pay rise as he had it in his contract that he would have wages in excess of any other player…..

    That is quite an outlay for any team….. the team was to suffer as a consequence of Shepherds interference …… ask fleckman…. she’s read Denis Cassidy’s book too.

    Sacking managers has always been the easy option.

    • MichaelMaximusMoose

      Is Rafa worth owt on transfermarkt

      • Leazes Ender

        Priceless to an ambitious club I would have thought….. nothing to a regime which undermines him and presents him with third drawer players.

        • Munich Mag

          Pity really. Ashley isn’t a gazillionaire for nowt, he has Rafa signed up to a contract, Rafa aint gonna be in a position to renaige if Cashley doesn’t give him the funds. Cashley is probably wary of Rafa’s purchases so far, he’s made some buys which have proven to be mistakes, throw in the flotsam from the last 5 years and Rafa has his hands full trying to offload diddy’s on big wages which noone wants. It’s probaby quite full at the toon training ground during the week :-)

          • Paul Patterson

            Yeah, but let’s not forget about Kevin Keegans ‘constructive dismissal’ claim. Rafa could legitimately go down that route..

          • Leazes Ender

            Yup I don’t think Rafa has had ‘every last penny’….. open and shut case.

          • Munich Mag

            Based on what, have you access to Penfold’s “wor chest” of spondoolicks ? :-) :-)

          • Leazes Ender

            Based on having spent a NET £10m and picking up £24m from season tickets, plus parachute payment, TV payment SD merchandise bequest, shirt sponsorship, and the £30m surplus…..

            Every last penny I don’t know…. its a hunch.

          • Munich Mag

            You could be right. At the same time I reckon Rafa knows he has made his own bed somewhat regarding signings and such. He hasn’t Liverpool, Real Madrid nor Chelsea’s millions to hoy around and must cut his cloth to suit. Throw in the fact that we have the tightest billionaire in the Premier League and you can see where we are. Penfold holds the key to getting signings “over the line”, this season is a season of consolidation, keeping out of the bottom 6 will be success if you ask me. Poor buys over the years has left us in a muddle, it will take 3-4 years to sort out..

    • HappyToons

      But if Owen (an England international at the time) hadn’t been injured and scored his normal goal rate then he would have been just the same (at least for us) as PSG signing Neymar. If Shearer had had another injury and was then just as useless he could have been classified as a failure too. Shepherd wasn’t wrong to go for Owen, just like Keegan wasn’t wrong to sign Shearer. He thought it was a guaranteed goal feast and united with his pal Big Al, surely Owen couldn’t fail, nor could NUFC with two England strikers and the best two in most peoples life time? It just went pear shaped when it could have been much ‘much’ different.

      • Leazes Ender

        Owen was a liability who arrived with an injury and somehow got past his medical… I was writing at the time about the folly of Shepherd ‘putting all of his eggs in one basket’…. I think Denis Cassidy must have read me because he was saying the same thing in the United Board room and put it in his book.

        You simply cant run a club on the edge and hope nothing bad will happen because it invariably does, as sure as pre-season friendlies produce unwanted injuries.

  • alan carr

    cant be a carr crash he has gone

  • Paul Patterson

    £60m would solve this mess. A good striker and a creative midfielder.

  • joolzyoungman07

    How many times do I have to say this? We have a squad of 30+. We are only allowed 25. No-one – let alone Cashley – would sanction more buys before selling. We’d be paying salaries for people who simply aren’t allowed to kick a ball.

    • Guest 2

      And whose fault is that?

      • Lhc

        Benitez

        • Guest 2

          Numpty.

          • Lhc

            He over loaded with bog standard didn’t except it to be this hard to ship out. Now he’s suffering the consequences of this

          • Guest 2

            LOL! Saivet? Riviere? De Jong? Colback? Mitro? Haidara? Lazaar? None of his signings, matey.

          • maginyorkshire

            Lazaar was a Benitez signing

          • Lhc

            True, some weren’t. Hanley lazaar gamez, and he inherited a few others. I wouldn’t put mitro in the bracket, the lad gets a rough deal of some sections of fans but he scored 9 goals at 20 in a relegated side, and stopped the rot of a 7th in a row. some of our signings have been very underwhelming which is a combination imo of lack of funds, mislead promises. The fact we can’t go out and spend 15/20 million on a striker which isn’t a lot in this day n age is proof the regime still rules the manager whoever that may be, nothing has changed and won’t until Ashley n co leave. I’m not holding much hope on that being anytime soon! It’s going to be a long hard season and that’s me being a realist

    • Paul Patterson

      Agreed, but we can’t demand silly money for the ones we want rid of. Gamez and Haidara only have one year on their contracts, just pay them off.

    • Leazes Ender

      How many players can you register for Premier League?
      After the closing of the summer transfer window each Premier League club had a deadline of 4pm on 1 September to submit a squad list containing no more than 17 players who do not fulfil the “Home Grown Player” (HGP) criteria. The remainder of the squad, up to a total of 25 players, must be Home Grown.

  • Steve Smith

    Jesus Christ.

    Just take the hit on terminating the contracts of 3 or 4 of the lowest paid dead wood players, show them the door and stump up the cash for 3 or 4 quality players.

    That 24m for Iheanacho would have turned into 60m in 3 seasons time. Money will not be lost over the long term.

    An outlay now will also mean we aren’t getting stuffed by inflated Christmas window prices either.

  • HenrySlade

    I’ve heard Saunders on TalkSport, and he’s a rubbish as a pundit as he was a coach/manager. He’s just an irrelevant, annoying gobshite.

  • Sing in the Leazes

    Scott Parker?
    He was a great player…
    For Charlton.
    He was poor for us though. Never bossed a game like he was bought for.
    Never engaged with the crowd. Tried hard and sulked – sometimes at the same time.
    Souness was a very successful manager…
    For himself.
    Spent a lot of someone else’s money with agents he was pally with. Bet he left us with his personal finances in much better shape than when he arrived. Same as big Sham.
    Charlatans the both of them.

  • Steve Pearce

    Yeah great – Graham “Bottom Watcher” Souness’s lackey is let forth to dribble his filth on these sacred pages. As I said a couple of days ago, Souness was reportedly let go from his Portuguese employers for having an inordinate interest in watching his younger players in the bath. This came from my mate Luis’s two sons who were in the youth team there.

    So what’s next – John “Von Clown” Carver on who can hockle the furthest while singing the Blaydon Races backwards? Roll on next Sunday and shyte like this will be thankfully irrelevant!

  • Mal

    Why do we get full blown articles on the opinions of Saunders and Savage? They are irrelevant.