What a club, Newcastle United always ahead of the game.

Premier League clubs voting on Thursday to significantly shorten the summer transfer window but Mike Ashley was already ahead of the curve.

The window just closed, saw Newcastle buy only one player in the final 34 days, as the NUFC owner reined in Rafa Benitez’ ambitions.

The change will come into effect in the summer window of 2018, instead of ending on the final day of August like pretty much every other major European football nation, the Premier League transfer window will end at 5pm on the Thursday before the 2018/19 PL season kicks off.

With it being a World Cup year (starts 14 June 2018 and the final is on 15 July 2018), it will mean only around three weeks after the tournament ends, before Premier League clubs can’t buy any more players.

It required at least 14 of the 20 current Premier League clubs to approve the shift and the Chronicle reported that Newcastle were one of those in favour and voted accordingly.

To some cynics it might look a deal made in heaven for Mike Ashley, as Newcastle won’t be able to buy anybody once that Thursday (5pm) before the start of the season is reached BUT for around three weeks after that, NUFC can sell players to clubs from any of the other European leagues.

Whilst the transfer windows are undoubtedly annoying, due to the never ending speculation…which doesn’t even stop once a window closes. It remains to be seen exactly what benefits will be seen overall for Newcastle fans.

At the very least though it will be an early finish for the Sky Sports reporters on deadline day, who no longer will be hanging around training grounds until the current 11pm deadline.

The bottom line is that probably the shortening of the window is irrelevant because as Newcastle have shown over the years, when signings are blessed by Mike Ashley then players arrive – five in January 2013 when threatened with relegation and four in January 2016 when the same circumstances applied.

This summer saw Rafa Benitez line up four signings at the very start of the transfer window, only for a block to be put on the likes of Tammy Abraham and Willy Caballero from above.

The only thing that is needed at Newcastle United is everybody pushing in the same direction, then everything would be able to flow from there.



  • Rich Lawson

    I’ve read this article already by someone else ?

    • mactoon

      I posted a comment that it would fall into Ashleys blueprint of selling players without the chance to replace them, maybe it was that you read?

      • Rich Lawson

        Could be,thanks for that.

  • ghostrider

    Is anyone allowed to write good things about the club or is it always doom and gloom and Ashley hating?
    What the hell do people want from the club and Ashley?
    If Ashley went to sleep for a season, would everything that happens in that season be his fault?

    • Leazes Ender

      If you have some good news you could do an article and email it….. I hope its exciting,

      • MichaelMaximusMoose

        😂😂😂

      • Paul Busby

        Might be tricky to find the facts to base it on though :p

    • toonterrier

      Let him go to kip as long as he doesn’t wake up.

    • Georgia Peter

      Porciestreet;
      We want our football club back and the fat theif gone. Not some tatty excuse for socks and trainer fire sales every week.

      • ghostrider

        Yeah, ok, I know you want him out.
        I have no issues with that to be fair…..unless….unless we end up with something a lot worse.
        The tatty excuse for socks and such has a massive business that is successful selling all the so called tatty stuff.
        I wonder who buys the stuff?
        Regardless of that though, I wonder how you would feel if a Chinese super billionaire comes in and plasters the stadium with China’s version of cheap made goods….you know, the tatty stuff.

        As long as he was filling the team with Aguero’s and Guardiola’s and giving you an exciting transfer window every season, I’m as sure as can be that his stadium full of advertised tatty garbage will look more like comfortable stadium enhancing colours.

        As long as you get to see the club pick up some silverware, eh?

        • Georgia Peter

          Porciestreet
          No, not at al….Ive never seen any silverware lifted and my first game was in 1956. I was at college the night we won the Fairs cup so I suppose that doesnt count.
          The main point is that his ads all over the place are soley for HIM .everything that happens within the club is soley for HIM. Nothing about Newcastle United as it is is about the team, the fans or anything else connected ,unless its about HIM.
          Enough of the apolgetic excuses for the cancer that is Mike Ashley.
          The situation as is is totally as he was aiming at through his first meeting with the Halls . Purely and simply a money laundering aparatus that has an engine that just doesnt break down,and the sooner people understand that , the better the club will be for it.

          • ghostrider

            I don’t really care what Ashley does outside of Newcastle United. that’s his affair.
            What I care about is having a Team to support and be a fan of.
            I’m not forced to be a fan and I don’t have a gun to my head to support the club.
            I choose to take an interest in the football team and the manager and coaches who make it possible for me to take that interest.

            I do not go to matches or sit there worrying about what Ashley and co are up to behind the scenes.
            Do you seriously and truthfully believe that the Sheikhs and oil super billionaires and now the added in Chinese contingent etc, are all above board and all knowing football people?

            They’re 10 times more naive than Ashley ever was and most likely 10 times more shady in their dealings.
            But guess what?
            They hand blank cheques to chosen mercenary managers who are allowed to buy mercenary players and that’s enough to pacify the hardest opposer of shadiness.

            All this Ashley business is dummy spitting because he’s not providing what certain fans WANT…EXPECT.
            It’s always argued that the fans come out with ” oh we just want a team that tries…we’re not expecting to be in the champions league or anything.”

            Yes they are. Yes they are. The moaners are expecting just that.
            I’ll guarantee you right now that, if Ashley started to come out with a line of, ” you know what, I’m going to personally bankroll this club and we are going after the big hitters” and then he handed Rafa a few hundred million and told him to go and get exactly what he wants and not to worry about wages…plus there’s more in reserve should some players not work out…..the moaners would stop moaning.

            If we started to battle it out with the top teams from that point on with ready cash on the hip, then Ashley’s name would hardly ever be mentioned…but Rafa’s or any manager spending it would be revered.

            Should Ashley come out with ” oops, I’m so sorry fans but I’ve bled myself dry with the constant attempts to keep top players at the club and now the club will have to run in house and on a wage structure.

            BANG……SMASH…BANG…WALLOP….the moaners would be out wanting Ashley’s head on a stick.
            This is the truth of the matter with a portion of fans….NOT ALL…..NOT ALL.

          • Georgia Peter

            Porciestreet;
            Sadly, I think wer’e both looking at this from totally seperate perspectives and its perhaps best if we end this here.
            I still want him out and someone in that actually cares about Newcastle United.

          • Oooh bobbi fleckman

            How much money would you contribute to a fans consortium to buy him out?

          • ghostrider

            A question for you.
            Who do you want in that cares about Newcastle united.
            Just pick a person and explain what that person could do to change things whilst making sure we live to fight many more seasons.

          • Oooh bobbi fleckman

            Yep, until a fans group put money together to buy him out, I see no point in whining

          • MadToonFan&VitalAshleyDroveOut

            Well for me that is so far from the true, why I constantly moan about this regime: Asset stripping, I will not support a cash cow club, I will not support blindly buying players that a club cannot buy, be it thro debt, & sustain. My mates & I never said we should be up there with the best, even with 52K peeps a week, I realise there will always be other clubs in much superior financial state than us, but even trying with a cup run would be worth looking forward to each season & that’s been took away. The Toon is run with a Skelton staff, I feel for those peeps who have lost their jobs, and I think Newcastle could do more in the community, even likes of Southampton makes use of their enormous wealth thanks in partial to Tv cash & not solely from Charity alone, I would like a club that appreciates their fans without padding out the truth, or in fact carefully constructed lines that one could say verge on lies, and believe me this list goes on, but you would have read it all by now 🙈
            Just like I will never side with your point of view, never! The small portion of my moans here, and the ones I cannot be bothered 2 list; you will never understand. I can never blindly support a club, hand cash over fist, that operates like this, to generate profits over anything else & regardless of cost. So I decided not 2, yes, my decision, that I find hard to bare at times. I even stopped the footy on the box, told all family & friends never to buy any Toon related items as presents, because as we know supporting a football club they say is like religion, it’s with you 24/7, and when it dawns on you they’re only interested in maximised profits and advertising, well that’s not for me.

        • MadToonFan&VitalAshleyDroveOut

          Toon Toon black & white Cash Cow army!

      • Oooh bobbi fleckman

        How much money would you put into to a fans group to buy him out? Just need 10k each

    • Geordiegiants

      I’m looking forward to a positive story from you, or comment.

  • Steve Smith

    The signings happen in January because the impact on SD share value can be absorbed by the Xmas value increase.

  • MichaelMaximusMoose

    The new transfer window rules could have been written by the Great Fat One himself, then again he closed the window when he wanted this summer

  • mactoon

    The shortening of the window is not irrelevant as it gives the club the opportunity to sell players to European league teams after the opportunity to replace them has gone. The only way it would work is if every league agreed to align their transfer windows and season start. Or our transfer window rules included a rule that prevented them from selling players too.

    • Clarko

      Can you give examples of Newcastle selling players “after the opportunity to replace them has gone”?

      If “every league agreed to align their transfer windows” surely nothing would change, you yourself stated that the problem at hand “happens at our club EVERY window”.

      • mactoon

        As usual you are being pedantic. You need to step back and look at the overall picture posts are trying to portray instead of nit picking every detail. Your choice, but doesn’t put you in a good light.

        The point I am making is that Ashley will use this rule to sell players once the incoming transfer window is closed. Thus, the manager will not be able to replace them. The opportunity I mentioned is because the present owner actively sells players with the intention of not replacing them regardless of whether the manager has time to replace them or not. Maybe not an ‘opportunity’, possibly more of a ‘rule’ but still a fact

        2011
        Andy Carroll
        2012
        Lovenkrands
        Smith
        Best
        2013
        Demba Ba

        And that’s just strikers. Lets not forget the fact we got rid of a left back with no way to replace him on deadline day

        • Alex

          Erm…….which foreign clubs would’ve wanted any of those?

          • mactoon

            Individual names are totally irrelevant. The point is closing the transfer window before European clubs means an English club can sell ANY player to a European club with no opportunity to buy a replacement and I am convinced ashley will do this

          • ghostrider

            But surely if that was the case then an English club would only sell a player to a European club if that player was surplus to requirements, either playing wise or upsetting the squad wise.
            No English club should require any opportunity to replace.

          • mactoon

            Ashley would for profit

          • ghostrider

            Would he? Like who?

          • mactoon

            Anyone who he can make a profit from, it’s been his MO since he came, you disagree with that statement?. I am amazed Gayle and Mitro are still with us. If it wasn’t for injury and suspension I recon they would have been gone late in the window and Charnley would have shut up shop without getting a replacement. All eyes on the January window.

          • ghostrider

            Tell me who Ashley made a profit from who didn’t want to leave the club?
            You’re just making things up because it suits your mindset on Ashley.

          • mactoon

            Erm.. Carroll! With no replacement.

            Others wanted to Leave simply because they see newcastle as a stepping stone club by ashleys constant failure to invest in the first team squad in favour of profit unless relagated or threatened with relagation. Cabaye, cisse, Enrique, Ba, debuchy, wijnaldum, sissoko all left due to Ashleys lack of investment or ambition. If you think ashley is a fit and proper person to own a football club I can only say you are mistaken.

          • ghostrider

            I replied to this like I have with a few others and they keep getting wiped off.

          • mactoon

            Are you using links? Possibly awaiting moderation

          • ghostrider

            No, I’m simply replying and not using anything else to do with any links or rule breaking.
            Maybe the long posts are just being classed as spam and forgotten about.
            Maybe I’ll have to type less amounts.

        • Clarko

          You state that “Ashley will use this rule to sell players” and “the present owner actively sells players with the intention of not replacing them”, what is this based on? You cannot take one off occasions and claim that to be the norm, your last example of this happening was in 2013, nearly 5 years ago.

          Ba was sold on Jan 4th 2013 where his release clause was met, I don’t think that classifies as selling “after the opportunity to replace them has gone”.

          Best was sold on Jul 2nd 2012, plenty of time to be replaced.

          Smith was loaned on Jan 29th 2012 before leaving on a free transfer Jul 10 2012, during the 11/12 season he made 2 League appearances for Newcastle, he was a reserve/unwanted player and doesn’t apply to this discussion.

          Lovenkrands left on a free transfer on Jul 9th 2012, plenty of time to be replaced.

          The sale of Carroll in on Jan 31st 2011 is the only valid player on that list, a transfer that occurred ~6 years ago.

          • fatboysneverendingstory

            31/08/2017…… Free transfers reducing wage bill with no one replaced

          • Clarko

            I don’t know who are what you’re referring to but no player left on a free transfer on “31/08/2017”, both Krul and Lazaar departed on loan at the specified date, both unwanted, both were no where near the first team picture, they didn’t need to be replaced.

          • fatboysneverendingstory

            Krul’s contract expires 2018 @rsehole. Even someone on Ashley’s payroll can work that one out. You must fantasize over beloved Fatso every time you close your eyes. zzzzzzzz…. aarrrggghhh Fatso. goodnight.

          • Clarko

            I explain how you are wrong and your ego is hurt so you reply with “insults”, grow up.

          • Oooh bobbi fleckman

            Hmmm, Fatboy, you are struggling here. Why would you need a 4th choice keeper replaced?

          • Oooh bobbi fleckman

            No facts please Clarko, it upsets them.

          • Geordiegiants

            Ask Clarko about him sneaking in the accounts room when on a stadium tour.

          • Oooh bobbi fleckman

            I think he was talking metaphorically

          • Geordiegiants

            😂🤣😂🤣😂 Have you tried to talk to him? I Know he is being 100% serious.

          • Oooh bobbi fleckman

            He seems logical and informed, I think he meant he looked at the accounts online as anyone can do.

            If they did, there would be less silly talk in here.

          • Geordiegiants

            I think you will find he is a bit strange, I’m actually starting to think he has mental health issues.

          • Oooh bobbi fleckman

            If you do think that, be nice.

            Why not offer to meet at a match and talk through your differences?

          • Geordiegiants

            I think I’m going to give him a wide birth until I make my mind up, but thanks for the advice.

  • Oooh bobbi fleckman

    This paragraph shows how out of touch Jim Robertson is:
    “This summer saw Rafa Benitez line up four signings at the very start of the transfer window, only for a block to be put on the likes of Tammy Abraham and Willy Caballero from above.”

    Jim, you are clueless.

    • Damon Horner

      I’d rather deal in facts and nothing suggests that’s a fact so I don’t take much notice but The Mag comes out with quips of that nature regularly.

      • Oooh bobbi fleckman

        Exactly, I also know the reason behind Tammy Abraham not coming, I would have thought Mark Jenson knows or should know as his mate was in Germany when Rafa spoke about it. The fact is that that the truth does not fit the agenda so it’s ignored.

        • Lord

          What was the reason – I thought it was down to not being guaranteed enough starts?

          • Oooh bobbi fleckman

            That’s partly right. Speaking directly to some fans (If not including the editor of this fanzine, I’m certain he will have heard from his mate who was there) at their 5-star hotel in Mainz, the story was that despite Abraham demanding £50k per week and all sorts of other lucrative appearance/goal bonuses, he actually demanded a £1m down-payment for a new house for his mam and dad (he currently lives with them). Apparently Swansea HAVE paid this £1m for the house as well as a huge payment to his agent, whilst Abraham secured the £50k per week he demanded by signing a contract with Chelsea before he went out on loan to Swansea. Rafa was disillusioned by the young player’s demands, from someone who had done nothing so great as to deserve this – yet? And so, Rafa & NUFC pulled the plug on the deal and decided to look elsewhere for someone “wanting to play for NUFC” rather than merely ‘chasing the money before ambition’?

            I’m annoyed because even if the author did not know this, the editor almost certainly did.

  • Steve Pearce

    The real question is this: Should we have a transfer window at all?

    Can you imagine how industry, commerce, and medicine would be like if all vacancies could only be advertised and filled for two months each year? It would be catastrophic and would cost millions and indeed lives. So why are we lumbered with this stupid impediment where injuries and lack of form can reduce a team’s effectiveness? Forgive my ignorance, but wasn’t there a time when there was no window and transfers were conducted on a basis of need.

    This is a matter that needs addressing and could also put a brake on the spiraling transfer fees on the basis of making money when demand is at its highest,

    • ghostrider

      One transfer window per season should be the norm.
      End of season start and finish 1 week before the new season and that’s it.
      Any loss of form or disputes or injuries have to be dealt with using the squad each club has….plus youngsters that have potential.

      This not only stops a lot of the issues of big club robberies of smaller clubs, it also ensures that the youngsters get a much better opportunity to play and actually levels the playing field, sort of thing.

      This is what should happen, because the game’s changed so much with the devil taking over (not literally) that leaving any season long transfer activity to keep ongoing would just upset the applecart at many clubs with the bigger clubs just picking off the better players like apples from a tree.

      • Steve Pearce

        Which is probably why they brought in the transfer window…

        • ghostrider

          Yeah, but I don’t agree with having two windows in one season.

  • disqus_GFJ5SSXQ7o

    The window is closed, is The Mag going to have a daily cry until the next one opens? Writers are like little children, I’d say spoilt but no NUFC fans are spoilt!