FIFA has confirmed the summer transfer window will open on 17 May and close on 9 August, much earlier than usual, as Premiership teams have voted to close it before the new season starts and FIFA rules state it has to last 12 weeks.

The 2017/18 financial year runs up to 30 June 2018 and if history is anything to go by, I am assuming no money will be spent before that date to ensure a healthy profit is shown in those accounts. If my assumption is correct, this leaves only 40 days before the transfer window closes.

The current regime is notoriously late in doing transfers and when they do, they offer less than the selling club’s valuation – making the deals long, drawn out and usually doomed to failure.

It has also been suggested that Charnley has to go to Justin Barnes to get transfers rubber stamped, which adds another unnecessary delay.  History dictates they do not learn from past mistakes, so unless Rafa can change the process, this timescale could really cause problems.

With most clubs having six weeks start on us and factoring in the world cup and player holidays, we will be on the back foot from day one if we don’t do our business early. Surely this needs to be taken into consideration by the club if we are to do any transfer business?

I fear it won’t, as Ashley just seems unable to comprehend that improving the squad will help us compete and result in profit from a higher league position and it’s almost as if he thinks transfers are an expensive luxury the club cannot afford. Rafa is the only one near him who knows anything about football and his advice appears to be being ignored.

This brings me to the next question; does Ashley even intend to spend any money on transfers?

Rumours are circulating that he says he isn’t interested anymore, there is [will be] no more money and he wants to sell.

If this is true and January was any indication of his current thinking, it would appear Ashley won’t spend while trying to sell the club, despite Rafa’s constant warnings that the squad isn’t strong enough.

Names were given to Mike Ashley ahead of 1 January 2018 and deals reportedly set up by Rafa…but any movement was blocked by the club’s inability or refusal to get transfers done, resulting in loan deals on the final day with no solid evidence of permanent deals being pursued.

At the end of this season, the loan players could return to their clubs (with Slimani, the club’s answer to Rafa’s plea for a striker not even kicking a ball in anger for us up to the end of March) this would leave us in a worse position than we are now.

Once again, it seems we are in danger of struggling due to Ashley gambling on Rafa being able to get enough out of the current squad to keep us in the Premiership, but I feel problems are just stacking up due to Ashley’s inertia, and it is only a matter of time before Rafa Benitez has had enough and walks away.

Of course, if a sale takes place, a lot of these problems would go away if the new owners invest in the club properly and release funds for transfers, but I fear unless someone is willing to meet Ashley’s asking price, this will not happen.

If that’s the case, Mike Ashley has to start listening, or Rafa Benitez will have some hard decisions to make.

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  • Angelswithdirtyfaces

    If he wants to keep Rafa then there needs to be a deal sorted out with the fat man

  • MichaelMaximusMoose

    365 days left makes no difference, the Fat lad won`t be buying any players
    it`ll be Rafaball for loans & free transfers
    after he`s sold players that is

  • Leazes.

    Well I’m of the belief that Ashley will only allow loan deals and the sale of the club is a simple excuse to string along Rafa….. and Rafa is here to pick up the third highest wage in the Premiership nothing more.

    He (Rafa) hasn’t taken on Charnley and has accepted subordination to a man who has put his ludicrous bonus scheme before football and the wellbeing of the club.

    Its a straight choice for Ashley’s puppet between achieving his bonus or getting those loan deals in quickly… that is the level we are talking about here. Forget Ryders bargain bucket list of bin-dipping buys that stuff is the fanciful ramblings of a hack trying to fill pages.

    Why do you think our Chairman hides from publicity?

    • Wezza147

      I agree Leazes. Loan deals only, shorter transfer window an excuse.
      Ashley will pocket (like he has with this season) the TV money of over 100m.
      The clue to no money being spent (of the clubs) is that Ashley pockets most of it. Simple. Rafa’s wage is money well spent to keep the club up from relegation. Ashley is nothing more than a proven liar and a coward.

      • Come&TakeIt1836

        What revenues are you referring to that have been available from this season so far for MA to pocket? Please use the historic public ledgers for NUFC to prove your assertion that MA pockets significant sums of the club’s revenue. You indicate it is ‘simple’ so I’d appreciate seeing the details.

  • Rich Lawson

    Come summer Rafa’ is in the driving seat.No penalty clause (£5mil’ at the moment) It’s put up or shut up time for the board (both of them)

  • Kneebotherm8

    There be no sale of the club……..

  • Monkseaton Magpies

    First of all the accounts deadline will have no bearing on transfers and any money spent will help to reduce the corporation tax bill so that is a good thing. Money will be spent but this in affect may push the price of the sale up if Ashley has to put in the money.