Well here we go again. Just a few more days and the latest Newcastle United season will be underway .

So are you up for it? Are you excited ?

I’m afraid that the thought of the coming nine months leaves me in a pretty apathetic mood, although that may well be down to my advancing age. These days, nothing much gets me going .

Unless I take a blue pill.

This will be my 50th season anniversary of watching this basket case football club, having first stood on the Popular Side terraces a few months after our Fairs cup triumph.

So my support coincides pretty perfectly with our 50 Years of failure (The Texaco Cup doesn’t  really count ) and I’ve come to the conclusion that it’s me. I am the curse hanging over Gallowgate.

And yet, despite decades of failure, in the past I have always been able to get up for a new season.  I would know that we weren’t destined to win anything but it didn’t matter  I had to be there for the first game, home or away.

Back in the days when Hall was trying to get McKeag out, and the “Sack the board” movement was in full swing,  I was a very vocal supporter of a boycott for the 89-90 season.  Of course that was until the fixture list came out and we had Leeds at home.

I quickly crumbled and found myself in the Milburn on that sunny August day, surrounded by Leeds fans,  who had been given the seats of those who had the strength  to stay away.

That’s because watching Newcastle was a major part of my life and therefore letting  Westwood / McKeag / Hall / Shepherd / Ashley  deny me that “pleasure” wasn’t an option

But it’s funny how you see things  differently as the years pass.  Football really isn’t life and death any more.  If we win, my mortgage repayments don’t reduce, If we lose, my daughter wont come home and tell me she’s pregnant.

Thank God it doesn’t, or else I would have a stadium full of grandkids!

That’s why I have splinters in my backside from sitting on the fence when it comes to the “should we stay or should we go now” debate.

Personally,  I would never have a go at those who will be attending the Spurs game a week on Saturday, even though I believe that a huge boycott is probably the only tactic left for frustrated fans to make a point.

Like an addict coming off his fix, I still need a handful of Newcastle United games to get me though a season, but now the £1,000+ it costs to attend 19 games a season is better used to finally getting  the Nationwide off my back and let me retire.

There was a comment a few weeks back on an article (a very good article in my opinion),  that was along the lines of “just another middle-aged moaning man, who is bitter because his youth is long gone.”

My first reaction was to think “ You cheeky tw.t. Who are you to have a go at someone with decades of support behind them.”

But there is some truth in that statement.  I am jealous and envious of the 20 somethings  attending the match these days. Certainly not for the football they have been served up over the last few years, but for the hope and belief that’s within them, that they will see the club be successful

The fact that us old buggers know better, due to the experiences we have endured, is irrelevant.  Since when did a 20 something listen to his dad .

Back in 1984  I was living abroad and was doing alright.

My dad told me to go and buy a  house  as a long-term investment for when I got out of the Army. I listened carefully to his  argument and promptly went out and bought a BMW .

The  house which was £10k is now worth £100k, while my BMW which was £7k  has been recycled into fizzy pop cans. Safe to say that this was not the greatest decision I have ever made in life.

The naivety of youth.

Anyway, come August 11, shortly before 12.30pm in the afternoon, I will take the long walk to the sofa, find sky sports on the telly and shout on the 11 men in Black and White.

Because when it comes down to it , whatever side of the current divide you are on, the fate of Newcastle United still matters to us all. We all want the same thing,  a team to be proud of.

Besides, this is the season we win a cup. not a long-term investment!

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  • TheNutJob

    been over the Metro centre, full of Mackem`s. must benefits pay day,
    all walking around in their daft strips & talking funny.
    Penfold will be on his phone begging for loan deals & the fat gringo will be in his Mansion in Florida

    • kingfisher

      Aye Nutty, our twice relegated,cheesy chip eating near neighbours get everywhere.They even get to Newcastle Airport would you believe?Why on earth don’t they use their own airport……oh hold on a minute😁 🍟🍟✈✈

      • TheNutJob

        we should charge them for entering Newcastle
        😂😂😂

        • bob0411

          I said exactly the same on a ‘chronical’ article last week when their trolls were out in force!

        • pedrodelgardo

          via the sheep dip.

          • Toontaff

            No! I’m not allowing them to use the sheep dip! Poor sheep deserve better than that!

        • kingfisher

          Spot on Nutty.They have so much hatred for all things Newcastle, so much to say about NUFC and yet they come to OUR airport with their red and white tops on and come to our great city shopping.
          How many Geordies do you know who go to The Dark Side shopping?.As you rightly say they should be charged vast amounts to breathe theTyneside air 😎

      • Ron

        Isn’t there an international airport in Consett? Do they really put cheese on their chips?

        • kingfisher

          Not sure about the airport in Consett Ron.If there is it will be snowed up for 11 months of the year.As for the cheesy chips 100% correct !

  • Leicester Mag

    Ashley would have sold the BMW and bought a Trebant

    • TheNutJob

      He drives a Bentley or should i say 1 of his minions drives it

      • Leicester Mag

        Were it a CF he’d swap it for a Donkey or a Hos.

    • Jezza

      Good analogy when you think about Andy Carroll and his replacement Shefki Kuqi.

  • Paul Patterson

    What I don’t agree with is putting the price up on shirts (even though I won’t buy one) sticking the prices of tickets up 20%, selling players for high prices and not spending similar amounts to replace them, in a era when football is awash with money.
    Trolls can say the club is being ran well, but it isn’t. You can’t shaft the fans and diminish the product and expect people to be happy about it.
    #Wheresthemoneygone

    • Ben Jones

      Shirts are 54.99 and on par with other clubs I believe

      The 20% hike in season ticket price isn’t quite what you’re saying is it? I’m sure if Mr Ashley thought it would be met with this then he wouldn’t have offered reduced cost ticketing last season , which was no doubt also met with cynicism from you . Anything to whine

      • Soldier

        troll

        • FatParosite

          Ben Jones is a Ċunt..

          • Soldier

            that`s straight to the point

          • FatParosite

            Factual though… Something he does not deal with…

          • KRS1

            You are right! He is a proper c*nt! Tried to tell me he is married the other day, if he is its to a blow up doll.

          • Jezza

            A year or so ago he said he was very happily single because if he had a woman in his life she would want to turn his fantasy warcraft play room into a dining room. True story.

          • Ben Jones

            And here I am today, with the best fantasy warcraft play room north of just south of Manchester. Who’s laughing now

      • TheFatController

        Either way, let’s not distract ourselves from the point that he’s a terrible owner, and we can’t get new owners whilst he over prices the club for whatever his reasons are.

        There’s too much distraction on here from the very basic point that everyone is miserable – the fans, Rafa, even Ashley and his associates now we are fighting back…….

        • Soldier

          he`s a troll advances the Ashley cause

          • TheFatController

            Either way, let’s not distract ourselves from the point that he’s a terrible owner, and we can’t get new owners whilst he over prices the club for whatever his reasons are.

            There’s too much distraction on here from the very basic point that everyone is miserable – the fans (aka customers) Rafa (aka hugely influential employee)!, even Ashley and his associates now we are fighting back magnificently

        • Ben Jones

          Yup he simultaneously over prices the club (it’s not worth much now after what he’s done to it) and also dips into and lines his pockets with NUFC income (meaning the club is actually worth a fortune with oodles of cash generated which he robs)

          You ride both them horses bud, as long as no one points it out you’ll be fine

          Yup you’re definitely barrista material

          • TheFatController

            Either way, let’s not distract ourselves from the point that he’s a terrible owner, and we can’t get new owners whilst he over prices the club for whatever his reasons are.

            There’s too much distraction on here from the very basic point that everyone is miserable – the fans (aka customers) Rafa (aka hugely influential employee)!, even Ashley and his associates now we are fighting back superbly

      • Paul Patterson

        “(A bit like) getting an
        arrow through the neck and discovering there’s a gas bill tied to it.” Blackadder Goes Forth, Major Star.

        Mike Ashley’s ownership for the last 10 years.

    • Soldier

      jones is a troll

    • GlasgowMag

      Since Puma took over making the shirts the product has been [email protected] poor anyway!!! What happened to the boys who started producing their own shirts during the wonga times. Still have mine from last time mabye time to go into production again to support the struggle!!!

      • Ben Jones

        Yeah, part of me has always suspected that some of the most vocal of the whiners are more than likely people heavily involved in producing ‘struggle’ paraphernalia for a living.

        just a hunch

        • GlasgowMag

          Yes we are all part of the “struggle” even Cashley’s wife has her problems trying to keep him clear of fire places and the buffet!!!😂😂😂

        • TheFatController

          Either way, let’s not distract ourselves from the point that he’s a terrible owner, and we can’t get new owners whilst he over prices the club for whatever his reasons are.

          There’s too much distraction on here from the very basic point that everyone is miserable – the fans (aka customers) Rafa (aka hugely influential employee)!, even Ashley and his associates now we are fighting back like factory workers with the unions behind them and the owner realising they aren’t going away anytime soon

          • Ben Jones

            ‘Either way’

    • Dont stop bobbi fleckman

      Ticket prices have not gone up 20% across the board. Only the platty club has gone up and year on year it’s still not 20%.

  • EveryoneBlockBenJones

    I won’t be leaving many more comments as every article is being trolled but please take note of the following;

    Ben Jones and Clarko joined disqus on the same date in the same year and upvote their each others comments. If you check other known trolls look who they are ‘following’ or are being ‘followed’ by and check out the upvoting of each others posts. Some of them have even resorted to upvoting their own posts to make it look like people agree with their opinion. This isn’t people just having a different opinion, it is proper trolls, some are here just to wind up Toon fans, others are shills hired by Keith Bishop’s company, a PR company, to push pro-Ashley comments. Don’t fall for any of it.

    • TheNutJob

      😂😂😂

    • TheFatController

      Here’s my ‘broken record’ tactical answer of answering the trolls, who want to distract attention from the real issue :-

      “Either way, let’s not distract ourselves from the point that he’s a terrible owner, and we can’t get new owners whilst he over prices the club for whatever his reasons are.”

      “There’s too much distraction on here from the very basic point that everyone is miserable – the fans (aka customers) Rafa (aka hugely influential employee)!, even Ashley and his associates now we are fighting back.”

      • Ben Jones

        ‘Either way’ what?

        • TheFatController

          I mean that, whatever specific you have made a point about, let’s not get bogged down in it. It doesn’t change the fact that…

          And so on, where I put forward my propaganda that you can tell he’s no good for the flub because everyone is just experiencing negative emotions bar the trolls, who are mentally unhealthy it seems anyway.

          I’m not saying you’re a troll, you may have any number of reasons/ motivations behind your bizarre attitudes on here.

          • Ben Jones

            Bizarre attitudes? It’s impossible to actually pin any of you down to any view that you have, once probed(oh er) on what you mean/want you all turn pissy and claim foul play (troll etc etc) and tell everyone to block, you all find every negative, real or imagined and most of you ride two horses not actually knowing or willing to admit to what you want from an owner

          • TheFatController

            Either way, let’s not distract ourselves from the point that he’s a terrible owner, and we can’t get new owners whilst he over prices the club for whatever his reasons are.

            There’s too much distraction on here from the very basic point that everyone is miserable – the fans (aka customers) Rafa (aka hugely influential employee)!, even Ashley and his associates now we are fighting back like a shark to the scent of blood in the water

          • Dont stop bobbi fleckman

            I like bantering with you, don’t post the same thing over and over again, it will be detected as spam and you will be blocked by the app. Delete the multi-posts asap if you can, if not, you may already be barred.

          • TheFatController

            Seems not.

            I will just write new stuff exposing your ability to ignore the elephant in the room of our impending loss of manager, resultant loss of stability, loss of PL status, resultant loss of revenue and thus loss of club value and use to Ashley.

            I won’t be banned because like all the other idiot trolls on here obsessed with trolling reactions to feed their compulsive disorders, I can just create a new profile.

            Everyone will know it’s me because they’ll recognise me battling your illogic (and use of small specifics to paper over the massive cracks appearing at the club) into submission …

          • Dont stop bobbi fleckman

            Mate, I was just helping you out. You are one of the brighter contributors on here so I’d not like to see you banned.

            I doubt we’ll lose Rafa this season. I happen to think Ashley is expecting to see another offer sometime in October / November. Everything that has been done in the window and with the accounts seems set to get the club sold.

            BTW, I welcome new owners who will invest more. However, I’d not welcome anyone but Ashley, I can see some potential problems. Moreover, I’d love the fans to raise the finance and buy the club. That would get rid of this blame mentality our fanbase seems to have.

          • TheFatController

            A blame mentality is when you point the finger at someone erroneously or exaggeratedly to distract from real issues or fulfill some need to be superior.

            I think blaming Ashley is because he’s to blame, and not because others are to blame or people just like to get into a blame mindset.

            A minority will, but as I always say, specifics can’t be used to over rule the general. Most fans want to be supportive, not divisive and blaming even if there’s no need.

          • FleckmanIsNUFCLX

            You have been busted, fleckman and NUFCLX who has posted further down the threa both joined on the same day in the same year. Both make anti left wing and anti labour comments. Reported to Disqus for multiple accounts.

          • Dont stop bobbi fleckman

            I’m afraid you are mistaken. The date joined in Disqus is more than likely the day the Mag migrated from using a different program.

            I’m just one person. I’m sure more than one person is anti left-wing or anti-Labour. In fact the vast majority of people of voting age are anti-Labour.

          • FleckmanIsNUFCLX

            Wrong, it is the date you joined Disqus, the people that have matching dates are you and NUFCLX and Ben Jones & CLarko (their date is different to yours). Most people in this region are not anti-labour and the polls indicate that.

          • Dont stop bobbi fleckman

            Well, to be perfectly honest I could not give a flying’ what you think or believe. If you are thick enough to believe fat Jezza or lying Leazes’, you are not someone I feel able to educate.

            Most business people in the region are anti-labour and people who run Businesses are more important than those who leach off the state.

          • FleckmanIsNUFCLX

            Well let’s see what the Disqus moderation team think. They hold IP logs for every session a user logs in for and they go back over a long period. They will compare your login periods to NUFCLX and the IP addresses and locations.

            Working class people do not ‘leach’ of the state, the clue is in the ‘working’. Tories like to force disabled benefit claimants in to suicide, why am I not surprised you support that type of ideology. Pure Sc*m.

          • Dont stop bobbi fleckman

            Can I ask how old are you? You seem to think the Disqus police are at all bothered. If my profile is not deleted, does that mean I can sleep at night knowing I’m not someone else.

            As I said, I’m willing to meet anyone on a match day if you are really that bothered about my persona. I’d say I was flattered but I’m not.

            I refer to leaches off the state as public sector workers. It’s you who made the connection with the working classes.

            I certainly dislike the current labour scum but I’m not exactly find of other political parties either. Very few have good policies right now.

          • Dont stop bobbi fleckman

            Well, who’d have thought it, despite your inside information, it seems there is no ban. Different ip addresses and different locations must have been confirmed.

            Any chance of an apology?

          • Jezza

            Absolutely correct. No Geordie who lived through the miners strike could ever be pro Tory.

          • panther

            no we all agree on one major point, Ashley has been an absolute disaster for the club, the city and the poor buggers who have to work for him in his tat shops

    • Ben Jones

      I always suspected that Clarko was schizophrenic you know

    • Billmag

      I’m not interested in who’s a troll and who isn’t, this forum used to have good debate but has degenerated into slagging off and name calling.

  • Paul Patterson

    Looks like Rondon will be coming and Gayle going with £3m going to West Brom. Unbelievable.

    • Peaky

      Even more unbelievable is Ronnie saying we are after Danny Drinkwater & Leighton Baines……Ryder is obviously playing stick the pin in his Panini sticker album.

      • Paul Patterson

        Drinkwater wouldn’t be a bad move, but not at £20m

        • Dont stop bobbi fleckman

          Leighton Baines must be on mega money and is slowing by the day. Everton are desperate to get rid of players but he’d have to be free.

        • Peaky

          Chelsea want £35m….😂🤣😂🤣😂

          • Paul Patterson

            I heard £20m. So 35 is just barmy.

          • MichaelMaximusMoose

            £20m is £20m to much for Fatso, forget it

          • MichaelMaximusMoose

            Imagine Penfold asking the Pig for £35m
            CLICK
            😵😵😵😵

          • Peaky

            Drinklager will never sign Drinkwater….

          • MichaelMaximusMoose

            It`ll be that Lunatic Ryder with his wish list

          • Peaky

            I’ve just read his “report” from the training camp in Portugal…..it’s so childlike it’s unreal….

      • Leazes.

        Baines was ten years ago!

        • Scott Robinson

          Frank Clark just happened to be kissing a European cup around 40 years ago at the age of 36, so life left in Baine’s left peg

    • Leazes.

      So long as the chronicle can find supporters who are ‘dooling at the thought of an 8 goal striker’ replacing another 8 goal striker, and they can quote them from facepage then they’ll be happy in the thought it isn’t happening to the club they support….. Liverpool.

      Headline:
      ‘Newcastle fans doing somersaults at thought of the next Luke de Jonge’ by Lee Ryder

      • Scott Robinson

        None of the strikers including Rondon Mogadon will score more than 6 unless of course we buy a decent striker. Expect a lot of parked buses and draws as we head for the relegation spots, unless we sign some somebodies.

        • MichaelMaximusMoose

          Expect a 1-9-1 setup & when the opposition have the ball for 75% of the time it`ll revert to 1-10

          • Leazes.

            It should only add up to 10….. the goalie is a given.

          • MichaelMaximusMoose

            😂😂

          • Callum

            1 at the back and 10 up top or in midfield? Either way we’re nacked without a keeper and very attacking especially for Benitez. Bold plan, doubt it will catch on mind.

          • Leazes.

            No no no…. there are 10 outfield players.

          • panther

            works in ice hockey

          • Leazes.

            Thats a blocker

          • TheNutJob

            another troll leazes ?

      • MichaelMaximusMoose

        Who`s scouting these players ?

        • Peaky

          ‘Figment’ of Ryder’s imagination…..

        • Leazes.

          I think Charnley has branched out into scouting and is doing it and going after links with Spanish clubs to make them look like Rafa buys so he gets the blame…..

          …. there’s no getting away from it they’re average and cheap…. my god….. storing problems for the next manager.

          • MichaelMaximusMoose

            The next manager better be Ethan Hunt

          • Leazes.

            da da da….do do do…etc.

          • panther

            he knocked it back, said it couldnt be done

      • NUFCLX

        Jesus Christ man, give it a break with slagging the Ronny Gill, ok they blocked u from posting years ago, u don’t have to slag them every time you post. Get over it and get a life. Nobody needs convincing that the Ronny is shigt.

        • Leazes.

          I think you’ve been misinformed…. tell me before I press the button on you……do you still believe in Jack Lacey Hattons articles?

          • NUFCLX

            If I have been misinformed, it was by you years ago. U also told me u had pressed the button a couple of months ago. Now u can press the button and tell your sad followers on here that I am a troll – that is what all true sad left wingers do – We believe in free speech as long as u agree with us. Group think.

          • Leazes.

            Oh really what name did you post under then?

          • NUFCLX

            Never ever changed my name, look at my previous comments. You have though, used to be Leazes Ender, u even spelled that wrong when they changed over to Disqus. I did point that out to u.

          • Leazes.

            I can’t imagine how I haven’t blocked you…. I did release a few names to free up space that must be it…

            Can’t say I’ve noticed you on the site you must be a bit boring.

            Do you want to do a witty retort before I press the button?

          • NUFCLX

            No witty retorts, just express my humble opinion and respect others who do the same without blocking them if they disagree with me.

          • Leazes.

            I’m blocking you because you are boring

          • TheNutJob

            😂😂

          • NUFCLX

            That a boy, Jeremy will be proud of u

          • Jezza

            Another class traitor Tory bully boy. It’s not just Leazes who’s blocking you.

          • NUFCLX

            Cheers for proving my point

          • Wezza

            You’re blocked too.

          • ClarkoIsADummy

            Look who joined on the same day and both bad mouth ‘the left’ and labour.

            Yes bobbi flekman & NUFCLX another troll busted.

          • NUFCLX

            Absolutely classic – would not have expected anything more, thanks Jezza or Wezza or Leazes

          • ClarkoIsADummy

            Look who joined on the same day and both bad mouth ‘the left’ and labour.

            Yes you guessed it, bobbi flekman & NUFCLX, another troll busted.

          • Leazes.

            Well spotted

          • paul mclaughlan

            You were doing ok till you started with the “left wing” thing. Now I just think you’re a divvy.

          • NUFCLX

            Sorry mate, I know it is sad but it is true.

        • Billmag

          Well said.

  • toonterrier

    The good news is that if you’re daft enough to buy a season ticket with the fatman in charge and with your mental problems you’re now entitled to a blue badge to help when you buy your BMW so its not all doom and gloom.

  • MichaelMaximusMoose

    Demba Ba & Loic Remy were BMW`s all who followed are Cheap Banger`s

    • glassjawsh-got-banned

      Cisse was what? a mid level sedan?

      • MichaelMaximusMoose

        Hit & Miss job was Cisse, quite brilliant on his day

        • glassjawsh-got-banned

          His strike against Chelsea may have been the last truly special goal produced by an NUFC player. A shame he disappeared so often…

          • MichaelMaximusMoose

            Terry couldn`t believe his eyes it was something special

      • Paul Patterson

        Rolls Royce for 6 months . .

  • Scott Robinson

    ‘Great signing’ – Sunderland fans react to the signing of Peterborough’s Jack Baldwin for £200,000. How the ‘Rafa Beneath uz’ have fallen.

    • Jezza

      I don’t think we’re in a position to laugh at anybody else’s transfer business, not when we’re scraping around for free transfer cast offs from relegated clubs while the likes of Fulham and West Ham are spending upwards of £100 million.

      • TheNutJob

        as predicted by leazes & yourself Fatty`s going to end up in profit
        Michael said he wouldn`t spend a dime either

        • Ben Jones

          It’s been declared early that jezzas early prediction regarding the end of transfer window was true. Ya heard it here early and first people

  • Scott Robinson

    ‘He has a little bit of everything’ – What former managers have said about Salomon Rondon

    Like a walk through Poundland when you are looking for some quality tools, you come out with a little bit of everything, but then wish you had gone elsewhere and bought that quality, as the apparent bargains fall apart.

    • panther

      a little bit of everything, and not enough of anything

  • TheNutJob

    Fulham just spent another £20m on Alfie Mawson, they got there just before Penfold

    • Toontaff

      I’m sure Penfold has just got us Cyril the Swan, on loan, instead!

      • TheNutJob

        If we`re kucky

    • Leazes.

      How can we hope to compete with the mighty Fulham?

      • Jezza

        We can’t even compete with middling Championship clubs who are just looking to consolidate in that division.

        • TheNutJob

          Jezza there`s trolls all over the shop

          • Jezza

            Yes, Nut, always gets bad at this time of year when it’s the school holidays and they’ve got nobody to bully.

          • TheNutJob

            😂😂

        • glassjawsh-got-banned

          Ashley just can’t compete with the likes of Middlesborough and Nottingham Forest… not when there is 30 million in transfer profit to be made… again…

          • Ben Jones

            Transfer net spend under Mr Ashley, where’s that money come from if he’s pocketing the transfer sale money?

          • glassjawsh-got-banned

            tv money. merchandise sales. et al infinitum. the only people who don’t think ashley is screwing this club for his own gain are those who willfully choose to ignore

          • Soldier

            ignore him, he`s a troll

          • Leazes.

            All I can see is three empty spaces above you.

          • cmrowley

            I’d bet that net spend over his entire ownership is less than 10 million right now, if not negative.
            That’s based on right now, I.e. no Japanese striker in and mitro out.

            It was approx 2.2 million per season before transfer window opened. By my reckoning we’ve spent 8 million and recouped 35 million. So pretty much zero net spend. 11 years of tv, txt day, merchandise etc. revenue and zero investment in squad or ground.
            He’s a true hero.

          • TheFatController

            If you look at Rangers deal where they keep 7p out of every £1 from the SD Deal that’s just been re-negotiated for their kit sales, you have to wonder if something similar exists for us.

            Because if it does then SD control our revenues from shops and that can’t be charitable

          • Ben Jones

            He owns 100% of newcastle and ~50% of sports direct . Using maths please show how what you claim is beneficial to Ashley

            Thanks

          • Dont stop bobbi fleckman

            Rangers’ said ours is better than theirs. If all costs are covered, 7p in the £ is pretty good.

          • FatParosite

            Of course Ashley has controlled that revenue from the start. The constrictor’s grip is around everything. The host may have to die to shake it off.

      • TheNutJob

        if we didn`t have Rafa i`d be betting we`d go down & even with him it`s going to be a close call

    • Dont stop bobbi fleckman

      Alfie Mawson would not get in our defence so what’s your point?

  • Neil O

    Not an Ashley fan, so by no means making an argument for the current approach re loans to defend his current lack of investment. However, last season we had two of our best players as loan signings. Dubravka & Kennedy. Did the fact that they were loan signings affect their ability to kick/catch a ball? Both were excellent value, and paying 4m for Dubravka, has to be one of the steals of the century.

    How many on here, including me, were confused by the Dubravka signing? I’m not ashamed to admit that I couldn’t work it out, but Dubravka is a class act. Serious question, who would pick Pickford over Dubravka? I wouldn’t, and I rate Pickford highly.

    Slimani was a loan – thank god……… Easily disposed of. To loan a lad, and have the option to buy is, in my opinion, a pretty decent way to obtain a player on merit – after a practical interview. Not all players settle in the North East – and for that matter in England. Look at the players names littering NUFCs past as a complete waste of money. You know who they are.

    Having said that, this approach should be supplemented by solid, quality buys to reassure the current permanent squad that the team is being seriously invested in, thus helping morale and serving as an extra motivation.

    Last time I looked Mitrovic played in 7 games last season. We’ve just got 22m for him (I like the lad, but did find him exasperating at times – so good luck to him, but he wont be missed in my view).

    Personally I believe that the squad is stronger, but that’s not to say that other squads within the premier league have strengthened more. I don’t accept however, that the Championship squads are stronger than Newcastle’s. They need to spend big to drastically improve the quality.