So much happens at Newcastle United, that occasionally some pretty obvious, and important, things get ignored/overlooked.

Obviously, the only important thing on the actual pitch is NUFC staying up this season.

Then we have the small matters of confirmation that Rafa Benitez will be staying, whilst Mike Ashley hopefully exits.

Both things almost certainly going to be affected by what happens on the relegation/staying up front.

However, if Newcastle do stay up, then between now and the end of the season there could be an interesting potential bonus.

A victory against Huddersfield in the next game, would enable the club, and fans, to then wonder just how high Newcastle could possibly finish.

This is how the Premier League table looks on Thursday morning:

newcastle unitedNewcastle could finish anywhere up to as high as ninth, in my opinion.

It would need a lot of things to go in our favour but it isn’t impossible.

Everton are in ninth and their next four fixtures are home matches with Liverpool & Man City, plus tricky away games against relegation battlers Stoke and Swansea, then they play Newcastle.

The league placings this season see 20th position worth an extra £1.9m, whilst 9th place will land a club £22.8m (every place worth £1.9m more), over £20m difference.

Whilst we all hope that Mike Ashley leaving will herald a new era of opportunity, whoever owns the club, this extra cash cold be a massive boost to Rafa Benitez and his squad.

Landing £22.8m would/could potentially pay for both Dubravka and Kenedy to be signed permanently – the keeper has a £4m buyout whilst claims this week that Kenedy could be landed for £15m – though I think if Chelsea were up for selling, you’d be looking at a £20m minimum.

Even if Newcastle could maintain their current Premier League position that would still be an extra £15.2m, which even by itself is larger than the net spend Mike Ashley has allowed Rafa Benitez since August 2016.

People talk about lining up ducks in a row, well for Newcastle you keep looking at it and wonder, what if…

In a chain of events I suppose you are looking at securing safety, then as high up as possible in the table (and potentially that £22.8m via league placing), Rafa staying, Mike Ashley leaving/new ambitious owners arriving, then a summer transfer window where both the club’s generated funds and an initial injection from those new owners, could see Newcastle make giant strides very quickly.

First step, beat Huddersfield.

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  • MichaelMaximusMoose

    I know where an extra £22m would go & it wouldn`t be on players, there are still a few around that think the Fat Lad will invest in Nufc,
    Sad cases indeed

  • Jezza

    “every place worth £1.9m more”

    Therefore every place higher up the table means another £1.9 million going straight into Fatso’s pocket.

    • Wor Lass

      Come on, Jezza. You know that every penny generated by the club goes to Rafa for transfers. Mike said so. Every penny! He`s not getting the pounds but the pennies – they`re all his.

      • Leazes.

        Of course we don’t generate money from advertising like we used to… or merchandising come to that, and of course Rafa will get every penny to spend… that gets released, well for loanees well down his list.

        • Wezza147

          The whole of the TV money won’t be in the clubs account, it will be in MASH Holdings.

          • Leazes.

            One third was paid in January.

          • HarryHype59

            According to the Chronicle re TV money. NUFC recieved an eight figure sum in July 2017 and receives additional monthly payments to ease cash flow.

            This is in addition to the Jan lump sum and a final lump sum, that is paid at the end of the season. This has the performance money added.

            Phatz is already rolling in TV dosh!

          • Wezza147

            He has pocketed millions which is why he owns the club.

          • Dont stop bobbi fleckman

            He hasn’t

      • Oldgeordie

        Brilliant .

      • Rich Lawson

        And now the chancellor wants to do away with the pennies !!

  • Leazes.

    Five Things that Dean didn’t learn.

    1. There’s probably the whole of the Sky TV money in the clubs account, at least one third was paid in January. (about £40m plus)

    2. Fatty say him no like United, him no buy players for United. 18.2.18 pret-a-manger interview.

    3. There is no buyer for the club, Fatty will still be here and not spending money whilst the club is ‘up for sale’. he said so, ‘loan players only’.

    4. Rafa will still be here as his contract runs down in 15 months (30.6.18) and he’s been strung along by Ashley and has in turn strung along gullible fans. The club has dropped all mention of a ‘Rafalution’ in its program and stadium advertising.

    5. Regardless of finishing position and money in the bank (all clubs get money) Ashley positioned the club in a position to play Russian roulette with United and he’ll do it again and again, whilst local journalists ignore what is blindingly obvious and fill their back pages with stuff about potential targets.

    £22.8m for final league position…..hmm nice, let’s get to safety first before we start counting our chickens.

  • HarryHype59

    Ashley could have allowed Rafa to use the staggered Sissoko fee to fund a £24m striker. Instead, he insists players are bought outright. The £6m Sissoko installment for this year paid for Atsu.

    This massively handicaps Rafa’s ability to bring in better quality players and partly explains why our transfer fee has remained intact since Owen!

    I can see Shelvey, Mitro and Lascelles going for £70m next summer on five year staggered payments. Ashley will then give Rafa the £14m to strengthen the squad.

    This is what the “every penny generated ” actually means.

  • Lord

    First things first. Crystal Palace still have Huddersfield, Stoke, West Brom, Brighton and Bournemouth to play. I think they’ll get out of it.

    If Southampton get a new manager bounce and take points off the imploding West Ham and we don’t beat Huddersfield, we could find ourselves one game away from being in the relegation zone (again).

    I think we’ll be ok but no time for complacency.

    And I wonder what Mike Ashley would make of us getting to 9th on a net transfer spend of £11m…

    • Jezza

      All your points are extremely valid particularly the last one. If we finish 9th on a net spend of £11 million, Fatty is certain to be be thinking we can spend nowt this time, maybe even sell a first teamer too, and still finish 17th.

    • Dont stop bobbi fleckman

      Where do you get a Net transfer spend of £11m?

  • MichaelMaximusMoose

    wonder how HMRC are getting along with investigating Fatso`s minions & their systemic abuse of the tax system..
    😂😂😂
    Maybe he`s saving up to pay the fine, £20m would come in handy

    • kingfisher

      Never mind H.M.R.C Moose, what about the Peter Beardsley case. It’s went very quiet on that front.Perhaps no news is good news?

      • Peaky Magpie

        Aye that’s some ‘gardening’ leave…..what’s he doing….pruning Kielder with secateurs ?..

        • kingfisher

          😂😂😂👍👍👍Another classic from the Peaky collection!

      • Gary

        cos there is no one at the club that actually knows how to deal with a grievance or investaigation……..clueless

  • TheFatController

    The mentality of players will have a big influence.

    Mentality polarises between fear of being the villain and desire to be the hero (this difference usually determines the outcome of Germany England penalty shoot outs)

    So the team that goes out thinking ‘a few more points and we’re heroes’ will win, those fearing being villains will not. Take Saturday’s game against Saints as proof.

    I think that Palace, Bournemouth, Huddersfield, Brighton have that desire to be heroes in adversity. Whether Hughes can do the same for Southampton remains to be seen. But West Ham’s toxic home atmosphere may be a major problem, unless Moyes can harness a siege mentality, as Rafa has done, bonding team and players in the midst of owner grievances.

    But currently, West ham and Southampton fail on the ‘win and we’re the heroes’ mentality….

  • Rich Lawson

    Can we just stay up before you put us in 9th with yet more millions to spend on players ! It’ll be a late run for Europe next.

    • Leazes.

      Geordie trait… crossing your bridges before you come to them, wide eyed expectation fueled by exuberance and ingredient [x].

      • The higher we finish the better for everybody, but ensuring survival is what we must do first and that is getting 37 points before the last 2 rounds.

  • Desree

    If we finish 9th fatty will want $500m and will be spending nothing on players.

    • Dont stop bobbi fleckman

      £350m at the current exchange rate? I think it will settle at £325m which is fair, perhaps even a bargain.

  • Stephen Paylor

    If we stay up, then the stage is set for Ashley to sell. He will of course empty the bank account as he leaves with the 40-50 million made from this year added to the 280-300 million he gets for the club,