Ian Wright has positives and negatives for Newcastle fans.

The big negative is that he doesn’t think Newcastle United are strong enough with the players they have got at the moment.

The fact that Mike Ashley hasn’t properly backed his manager in the transfer market has actually put Rafa Benitez in a ‘great position’ according to Wright.

The former Arsenal striker basically saying that because he hasn’t been allowed to buy the level of players he needs/wants, Rafa can’t be blamed if everything goes pear-shaped.

The big positive for Ian Wright is that he does still ‘believe Newcastle have the capability of attracting players’ and that as it did under Sir Bobby and Kevin Keegan, ‘once it gets going up at St James Park it is pretty awesome‘.

A net transfer spend of only around £17m this summer has crippled Rafa’s plans so far, especially disappointing considering that last season he generated a £40m transfer surplus for the club AND got promotion as champions.

To see Huddersfield showing more ambition so far with a net spend of around double what Newcastle’s has been, is difficult to accept as fans, never mind what Rafa must be feeling.

Ian Wright speaking to Sky Sports

“I don’t think Newcastle are strong enough to perform well at the moment.

“I think Rafa Benitez is in a great position…

“He has said: ‘OK, I will deal with what I have got’ – if it is not going well going into Christmas it will then start getting restless and it will go back to what it was before.

“If Newcastle had the money and had the right people, they could attract players, because once it gets going up at St James Park it is pretty awesome.

“We know that players might want to move on after that but I do believe Newcastle have the capability of attracting players.”



  • MichaelMaximusMoose

    No good having control of transfers if,
    1st the money isn`t there & you miss out on each & every one of your primary targets
    2nd funds are there but the Fat Lad will only release them under certain circumstances
    therefore Rafa has no control over whats going on, he`s in the same situation as his predecessors

    • Leazes Ender

      I think the money is probably there but so is Charnley and a wage cap.

    • Wor Lass

      If you read what Pinocchio said in the same programme (on the Chronic) he reckons there`s money available but the deals so far have just been too expensive. It`s the wages, agents` fees etc that make the difference. Probably true – we need new investment!

      • Guest 2

        Money will never be there as the fat billionaire slug won’t spend any of his own nor grow the commercial revenue to supplement income (FFP permissable).

  • superalansuddick

    Everybody and his brother know what`s wrong at NUFC except the two toads in control.

    • Leazes Ender

      …..and two toads on here….fleckman and his younger brother Kev.

  • Steve Pearce

    fleckman apparently has the money to buy us out – if he hasn’t blown it all on a mighty session…

    • Oooh bobbi fleckman

      i didn’t say I did and to be honest, if it were my money, I’d run it pretty close to the Mike ashley way.

      • Danimal

        Jesus Christ.

        • Oooh bobbi fleckman

          You recognised me. Get me down from this cross, I want to do miracles

  • 1962egg

    The only time the clowns holding the purse strings pay the going rate for players is when they realise they are in a dire straights, fighting a relegation battle or trying to climb out of the championship. Otherwise it’s back to the same Ashley barrow boy mentality of putting in insultingly low offers for players hoping for a bargain deal. As a result all the primary targets Rafa wanted are long gone and we are probably now looking at 3rd and 4th choice players or possible loan deals. Ashley makes his pre season sound bite of making money available then treats the manager with the same disrespect as every other, running the club with his market stall mentality.

  • Jack Chapman

    Ashley is not a wholehearted newcastle man he is not doing right with RAFA he told Porkys and cannot be trusted. Why doesn’t he sell the club to some rich Sheik if he’s too tight and needs a few bob

    • Taz

      Or just kill himself

      • glassjawsh-got-banned

        shut up. it’s a sport you child.

        • Taz

          Boil ya heed.

        • Taz

          You hav3nt got a clue, that’s a bit of dark humour, a tounge in cheek bit of banter, try a little harder to understand that we have a sense of humour over here and yes it probably
          borders on offensive to those who don’t have one……but that’s your problem.

          • glassjawsh-got-banned

            “I disagree with you, so I hope you die!”
            And all of Britain giggles at the sidesplittingly funny bit of dark humor that is in no way childish or idiotic or the sort of reaction that a 5 year old would have when his mother doesn’t prepare his breakfast or tea the way he’d like it~! You’re right, it’s my fault for not understanding English sensibilities.

          • Taz

            You moron. Your holidays will be finished soon and you will be back to school, you stupid child. By the way you will never understand English as you are so obviously not. Please don’t reply as you should be doing your homework.

          • glassjawsh-got-banned

            If I were on holiday, I wouldn’t have any homework to do would I?

  • Guest 2

    40 mil sales surplus. Almost 41 mil parachute payments + 7.1 mil for winning the Championship. 88 mil or thereabouts, at least.
    17 mil net spend for PL so far. Way to go Fatty.