In the Premier League era, there have been 12 Newcastle United Managers.
That is, 12 Newcastle United Managers who have been in place when money has been spent on signings.
Our thanks to Chris Holt for the table below.
In the table, Chris has the stats of how much the average cost of signing players has been, under each of the 12 managers.
At a normal club you would almost certainly see an ever-increasing figure, with each subsequent manager having a higher average spend per player compared to the previous one, reflecting the ever more rapid inflation that the transfer market has shown overall.
Not at Newcastle United.
Steve McClaren is top of this table of Newcastle United Managers, the average cost being £9.6m of the players signed when he was ‘in charge’, even though he was allowed no say in terms of who was bought and sold.
However, we then have to go back 12 years for the next one.
Incredibly, Graeme Souness still has the second highest average spend on signings, despite leaving the club in 2006!
Rafa Benitez still in third place despite the hyper-inflation we have seen on transfers in recent seasons.
When figures are rounded up/down, the table shows both Souness and Benitez with an average of £6.2m per signing but Souness is still marginally ahead with the exact figures.
When it comes to net spend, it is quite shocking how Mike Ashley has clearly not shown any proper support for the top class manager he is lucky to have at his disposal.
However, this other measure is just as illuminating.
Since returning to the Premier League, Newcastle United have spent £6.2m or less on the likes of Atsu, Joselu, Maquillo, Schar and others, in most cases you do get what you pay for…and when you pay £6.2m or less these days, what you don’t get is players good enough to be first team regulars in the Premier League.