Eight months ago a vote was taken to move the Premier League Summer transfer window, as from the 2018/19 season.

The motion put forward to the current 20 Premier League clubs was that the transfer window would now close at 5pm on the Thursday before the season kicks off, whilst it will now open ‘shortly after the previous season ends’.

The vote wasn’t unanimous but enough to get the job done.

There were 14 in favour, five against, and one abstained.

Voted For

Newcastle United, Arsenal, Tottenham, Chelsea, West Brom, Southampton, Burnley, Liverpool, Everton, Leicester, Bournemouth, Brighton, Huddersfield, Stoke

Voted Against

Manchester United, Manchester City, Watford, Swansea, Crystal Palace

Abstained

Burnley

The Premier League summer transfer window opens on 17 May 2018 this year (some media had claimed 9 June 2018 but overwhelming majority say 17 May, it doesn’t help clarity though when even the official Premier League website is still saying it opens ‘soon after the Premier League finishes’), then closes at 5pm on Thursday 9 August 2018, with the season kicking off on the weekend of Sat 11 August.

Premier League/EFL

17 May – 9 August

Spain, Italy, Germany, France

1 June  –  31 August

Some people have claimed that the new arrangement gives the other European clubs a major advantage, as they have an extra 22 days where they could buy Premier League players (and those from the EFL), whereas English clubs will only be able to sell and not buy.

However, you can also say that well run and organised Premier League clubs will have a big advantage at the opposite end, able to buy players from all the European leagues (and beyond), whilst those in Spain, Germany etc etc can’t.

Which brings us to Newcastle United.

The Premier League season ends in 12 days time and four days later the summer transfer window opens.

With the World Cup kicking off only four weeks after the window opens, then the opening days/weeks of being able to buy players should/could be crucial.

With Rafa Benitez having shown he can identify and put forward early transfer deals in these past transfer windows at Newcastle, it should be good news.

However, with Mike Ashley and his minions having repeatedly failed to follow up this early preparation work from Rafa, it could be disastrous if repeated.

With question marks still hanging over who will own NUFC in the near future, plus the manager still yet to commit to a contract extension beyond the one year he has left, can we really believe that for once all the ducks will be lined up in a row with transfer budget agreed and Rafa fully backed to bring in the players he needs/wants?

If common sense prevails then this could go really well and Newcastle put some great building blocks in place for next season and beyond BUT if it is more of the usual, we could be looking at an epic own goal which would be beyond anything else Mike Ashley has previously ‘achieved’.

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  • MichaelMaximusMoose

    A one day windows 23hrs 59mins to long for the Pig & his Minion Penfold
    🐖 🐖
    😵😵

    • kingfisher

      They are all a bunch of clowns.🤡🤡🤡

      • MichaelMaximusMoose

        Amateurs, neither has a clue

    • Peaky

      It opens then shuts like a spring loaded door….a mousetrap of a window.

      • Jezza

        This summer you’ll find it’s a door that opens one way. It’ll let players out but it won’t let new ones in.

      • MichaelMaximusMoose

        Rat trap

        • Wor Lass

          Moosetrap!

  • Jezza

    I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again. You can bet your life that the Ashley camp will seize upon the shorter transfer window as the perfect ready made excuse for not spending any money. That’s why NUFC voted in favour of it. The shorter window still won’t stop them cashing in on Lascelles and Mitrovic though but.

    • Leazes.

      Well chief apologist for the regime Ryder certainly will, this is a godsend for our Liverpool supporting roving reporter.

      Not that the regime will make excuses Ashley will be absent and say nothing, Charnley will stay hidden from view, and the conservative troll behind the Mag will say ‘Rafa dodged a bullet there in not buying a striker.

      Rafa will express his disappointment at not being backed as a couple of Loan signings sneak in through the side entrance without fanfare.

      I don’t believe in prophecy or the power of foresight but I do believe Ashley does this sort of thing…. not because its penny pinching, but because its nasty and malicious.

      Viva la Lafalution

      • Jezza

        I don’t think those loan signings will sneak in without fanfare. Quite the opposite. They will be making a huge publicity stunt out of it, trying pass them off as major coups in the transfer market and con the fans into thinking the club is showing ambition.

        • Leazes.

          He’s never done anyone with a fanfare… and no Pardew isn’t coming back.

          • Jezza

            The club and Ashley’s allies in the media will definitely be making the most of any loan signings that comie in. As for Pardew, I never mentioned him in my post but let’s wait and see.

      • Peaky

        “Lafalution”
        🤣😂🤣

        • Wor Lass

          Baffalution (I`m available to explain if necessary … lol).

          • Peaky

            Is it French ???
            🇫🇷🇫🇷🇫🇷

          • Wor Lass

            No – just a bit tenuous. We`re all going to end up a bit baff(a)led! It`s the way I tell `em!!

          • Peaky

            Pleased the season is nearly over then I can just sit back,relax and enjoy 4 months of rain…..

          • Wor Lass

            I know what you mean – I used to go out with a girl from Chapel en le Frith MANY years ago!

          • Leazes.

            Chapel en le frith….that rings a bell….the supporters club busses used to stop there on the way to away games somewhere.

          • Peaky

            Stoke maybe ?

          • Leazes.

            I can’t remember but certainly remember Chapel en le frith…. I think we used to go the pretty routes to time the arrival, although I also remember arriving in Norwich at 5.30 AM once.

          • Weyhhadaway

            Did the Norwich run, drunk in the Toon on Friday night then wandering around the open air market till the pubs opened.

          • Weyhhadaway

            Walking back to the train station at Leeds was an all time low for me. Absolute mayhem.

          • Rich Lawson

            Worst fans in the league for nastiness ( I don’t get to Millwall much, but would put the yorkie’s above West Ham )’

          • Wor Lass

            Just beat me to it.

          • Peaky

            Not too far from Chapel but I’m moving in 6 weeks….staying in Peaks but going east closer to Sheffield…

          • Wor Lass

            Hope you`re not going to join fatty in Sh*tebrook!

          • Peaky

            😂🤣😂
            Getting closer….currently 33 miles…..new house 22 miles….he’s in striking distance….

          • Jezza

            That’s almost my back yard. I’m out mountaineering in that area most weeks.

          • Rich Lawson

            Yes,Stoke’s a wonderful place,I used to have to go there for work every couple of months.It’s horrendous to drive to,Don’t they call it the 5 towns ? Each one more awful than the last.What took you there ?

          • Peaky

            Actually about 25 miles from Stoke….it’s horrible.Manchester only 30 miles and Sheffield about 28.Work brought us down here as it’s nice and centrally located to get to cities easily.

          • Leazes.

            or even Laughelled

        • Rich Lawson

          You’ve got to laff or you would ?!!!

    • mactoon

      Unfortunately clubs can still sell players up to 31st August!
      Presumably to clubs outside the Premiership.

      • Jezza

        Yes that’s a dream situation for Ashley. 9th August, the profits safe and completely untouched and still three weeks to flog one or two key first teamers to continental clubs for big money.

        • mactoon

          yup and Rafa tied to a contract. Groundhog day

    • Desree

      At least they aren’t pretending to be after decent players anymore though Jezza.

      • Jezza

        Yes that’s another damning indictment of how much Ashley has lowered standards and expectations at our club. The transfer window isn’t even open yet and already we’re resigned to nothing but loan deals.

  • Himanshu Dhingra

    How can Swansea vote against it when all i heard was Clement rambling on and on about how his squad was getting disturbed by the window and how window should close before the season starts.

    • Leazes.

      Because Club Chairmen vote on it.

  • Alex

    Sounds as if that’ll be 15 days before Fatty leaves for his holidays, and be totally uncontactable, then.

    • Leazes.

      Most of the professional clubs will have identified targets before the window opens, Charnley will dither and wait and get the best value pound for pound of whichever players are left looking for a club…. and they must be under valued or better still free.

      The club only exists to provide this fool with a job and a bonus scheme so whatever squad we end up with will not be competitive….

      Ashley positioned the club at fifteenth this season…. lets just see where he’s put us next…. it won’t be far from 15th because all clubs get Sky money.

    • Peaky

      Aye and Penfold will be chained to the wall…..in the basement at SJP…..in full gimp suit regalia….snooker ball in mouth…just out of reach of a phone…

      • Jezza

        Penfold will be completely inactive for the first few weeks of the summer but after the World Cup he’ll be working round the clock to flog Lascelles and Mitrovic to the highest bidders.

      • Rich Lawson

        Where’s Bruce Willis when you need him ?

        • Peaky

          Too busy “Respecting Himself “ ……”Under The Boardwalk”…
          😂😂😂

        • Paul Patterson

          Washing his vest?

  • Hughie

    Or dear Mike will call in his loan.

  • Paul Patterson

    Recruitment for next season won’t have even been discussed by those above Rafa. That’ll take place after the season has finished at the earliest.

    • Jezza

      Ha ha those recruitment discussions won’t take place till about 48 hours before the window closes when they will start looking for some rejects, crocks and misfits who they can get on dirt cheap short term loan deals.

      • mactoon

        I expect transfer expectations will be discussed next week as part of Rafa’s contract discussions but whether they are agreed or not I also expect:

        Ashley to leave all transfer discussions to Charnley

        Rafa to hand over a list of players without being told how much he has to spend

        Charnley to fail to get any of Rafa’s top transfer targets over the line while reducing the wage bill by selling several players including 2 or 3 first teamers

        End up with Dubravka signed on a permanent, possibly another loan deal for Kenedy and at best, one mediocre striker to replace Mitro or Gayle or both.

        Anything more will be an unexpected bonus

        • Jezza

          That’s pretty much exactly what I expect. Dubravka at £4 million will be our biggest signing of the summer.

  • Weyhhadaway

    Well I think we will get :
    20M Mitro
    15M Gayle to a championship side like Sunderland,oops forget them.
    30M lascelles
    15M for various deadwood
    80M from transfers
    40M after wages and running costs out of TV money
    120M for Rafa to play with and we won’t be one red cent in debt.

    Winner winner chicken dinner, oh, argh, hang on my meds just kicked in, three loans and 30M spent.

    • mactoon

      god I was itching to ridicule your comment… until I read the last line :D

      • Weyhhadaway

        If Ashley kept his promises then those numbers aren’t far away, obviously we would like to keep Lascelles.

  • Jonas

    Depressing. Another window looming with this scumbag still here.
    don’t envisage us having our usual window and keeping Rafa – something is going to give.