I haven’t posted since the summer transfer window, as my worst case Newcastle United scenario panned out, and I have just had to accept the inevitable.

We have a squad of Championship players trying their best but the glaring lack of quality at this level is glaringly obvious up front.

The manager has been stuck in the ridiculous position of having to keep stating that the current squad is in need of additions, to loosen the purse strings of Mike Ashley, an owner who has consistently lied to him.

The effect of which is to further diminish the confidence of the squad, knowing that to say different, would give the fat liar the excuse to say we don’t need to buy then.

We needed to spend £60m in August, we didn’t, and are in freefall.

Even an idiot like Mike Ashley must see that if he doesn’t spend at least £50m in January, the potential buy out will be delayed. Until May 2018 (at least) – but staying up or not, the offer ain’t going up .

I fear the narrow-minded little man  will do his usual £15m and another hard hitting interview on Sky.

After 10 years of this bloke would anyone be surprised?

In Rafa we trust.

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  • Alex

    Ashley holds no cards at all, and even if he does, they only add up to 16.

    If he doesn’t sell, he has to buy. If he doesn’t sell and doesn’t buy, he loses Benitez and gets a Championship club worth max £150m.

    He’ll push it to the wire, but I still believe a deal will go through. He has few options.

  • Paul Patterson

    The thing is, if we do stay up, I could see Ashley getting to the summer pocketing the £100m+ TV money, giving a small amount to whoever is in charge after Benitez walks, not selling and repeating the cycle all over again ..

    • Down Under Mag

      Yup…the longer this takeover takes the more likely I think it will be for the whole thing to implode and Ashley to appoint some tried and tested hack merchant once Rafa gets a better offer elsewhere and pocket the TV deal and just be content to gamble on the club scraping to safety each season spending as little as possible until he feels he has his pound of flesh. If we go down it wouldn’t surprise me to see him liquidate the club either.

  • robbersdog

    I think I read somewhere that there’ll be around £30m for Rafa to spend next month. That being the case, instead of scraping the bargain-basement barrel like we did for the likes of Joselu and Manquillo, I’d rather see the entire amount spent on one top-class striker. We’re desperately short of quality up front, and this needs to be addressed with far more urgency than the supposed need for a new goalkeeper and left-back.

    We can plug other gaps with loan signings, but if we don’t sign a goal-scorer, we’ll be back at Brentford and Barnsley next season.

    • HarryHype59

      100% correct! It has to be quality over quantity!

    • HTL

      Sounds like a great plan, but will the club pay the wages of a top striker? unfortunately I fear not after their refusal of the loan deal for Tammy Abraham.

      • HarryHype59

        If they don’t it, is good bye EPL and hello championship!

      • Dave Pattinson

        Agreed, we need top quality players into the club but with his usual brinkmanship our beloved owner has hardly made us an attractive proposition for any player to come to in Jan”s window, never mind a ‘top quality ‘ player. Ask yourself, would you fancy working for Ashley AND a relegation battle. We’ll end up with the usual, unless he sells PDQ.

    • Big Al 1967

      The rumour going around is the supposed £30 million will include wages. If this is the case then if we working on say an average of £50,000 a week over say a 2 1/2 year contact, the actual spending money taking the wage out will be less than £24 million.That for me puts a big dint in our spending

  • Peter

    But he doesn’t care. Ashley simply doesn’t care…

    • Down Under Mag

      Sadly no he doesn’t, I expect he will be happy to take the club off the market, look to blame everyone else for the deal falling through and then sulk off to wait for the TV money to come in while seeing who else he can flog at the end of the season.

  • Damon Horner

    Frankly, he needs to give Rafa what it takes to be competitive enough to stay up, even if it’s north of £50mil. I just hope Rafa has his ideas ready to go.

  • Danimal

    I would have agreed but I’ve been persuaded by Clarko’s subtle and reasonable arguments that “Mike” has already given us and our manager far more resources than necessary. We should all hang our heads in shame, having the gall to question this kind gentleman’s intentions. He could easily have bailed out and supported a club with far greater potential, like Swansea or Bournemouth. But he chose little old us. We should realise how lucky we are to have him. In fact, I think one of the forthcoming bank holidays should be renamed ‘Mike Day’.

    • East Durham Mag

      Ah the gift of sarcasm where would we be without it? Thanks that made me giggle.

      • Danimal

        Sarcastic? Moi?

    • Peaky Magpie

      👍👍👍 Brilliant

  • TheFatController

    There’s a bizarre brainwashing that has gone on over a decade clearly.

    They team we played yesterday have a stadium that holds 60k. Their goalscroer cost as much as our starting eleven. We play in a stadium that holds 52k.

    Yet arsenal are not like City with a benevolent owner, they just appoint good commercial and football people.

    If any new owner we get would just employ good football and commercial people, we could slowly build towards something special. Yes, you may need some cash injection, but we can generate a lot of revenue from within, not necessarily rely on outside benefactors (plus FFP will limit that investment anyway, unless you’re PSG of course…)

    It’s time someone else was given a chance to build us from the inside out, they don’t necessarily need to throw £500m at us, and we’d start to feel things were positive again. Seems like a dream, but we should just hope you know who is gone by Feb.

    We build from there …

  • Down Under Mag

    Perhaps a few loan deals from some of the bigger clubs in Europe could be a way of getting Rafa the quality he needs. Otherwise I suspect we will not have the cash available to get the quality needed to drag us up the table, take-over or no takeover.

    • mentalman

      i got criticised for making the exact same comment about loans

    • HarryHype59

      Survival depends on loans! What decent player will want to sign for a club in the bottom three?

      As usual we now in a situation of desperation, due to Fatsos penny pinching!