When this Newcastle United team face Bournemouth, it will be an ambitious Premier League club up against another that is run on a shoestring and simply making up the numbers.

Despite gates of only ten thousand or so for the south coast club, I don’t need to explain to you which club is which.

Mike Ashley says Newcastle can’t compete with sovereign states such as Manchester City.

That isn’t the problem of course at the club, it is the refusal to try and compete with the likes of Brighton, Huddersfield and Bournemouth.

It is amazing that despite all the evidence that says otherwise, many Newcastle fans and neutrals will be talking about how the Magpies should be beating the likes of Bournemouth.

Rafa’s team might win but if they do, it will be a case of the underdogs pulling off a big result.

Last summer the Cherries spent £20m on central defender Nathan Ake, this summer they spent £26m on defensive midfielder Jefferson Lerma.

Newcastle sell a centre-forward for £22m (rising to £27m) and then only allow Rafa Benitez to bring in a 29 year old loan striker as a replacement, a forward who averages eight goals a season in the Premier League.

Mikel Merino is sold for £10m but Rafa limited to a 29 year old free transfer replacement.

This is how Newcastle are likely to line up on Saturday:

Dubravka (£4m)

Yedlin (£5m)

Lascelles (£4m)

Fernandez (£6m)

Dummett (£0)

Ritchie (£12m)

Diame (£4m)

Ki (£0)

Kenedy (£0)

Perez (£2m)

Rondon (£0)

Take Ritchie out of the equation and the other 10 likely starts cost £25m, less than Bournemouth’s summer signing Jefferson Lerma!

When you look at the attacking/midfield positions in particular, Newcastle are relying on two loan signings, a free transfer, two players who cost £6m combined, plus Matt Ritchie.

It makes the £19m outlay on the back five look almost generous!

The harsh truth is that this summer and in previous windows, Bournemouth are shopping several levels higher than Newcastle, so any result that Rafa Benitez pulls off against these clubs is against the odds.

Quite unbelievable that this is what Mike Ashley has dragged us down to and it shouldn’t be forgotten when you are asked to join in with that one-off boycott against Wolves, to make your feelings known.

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  • Paul Patterson

    Oh for some decent backing and think where we could be . .

    • Leazes.

      The article I did showed that the club was sustained at 6th place before Ashley took control (squad value wise), in order to take that position now would require an investment of £400m of the clubs own income.

      Ashley has removed 11 x Advertising something like 50m from the clubs potential earning, and has lost over two relegations in the region of another £150m repayable to himself at will. Just how much we have lost through merchandising is anyone’s guess but its also substantial over the decade, and has plummeted by comparison to our competitors.

      Positioning the club outside of European competition pushed the income down again.

      The clubs ability to compete was taken away, and we are 400m adrift of Bobby Robson’s squad.

      • Paul Patterson

        Very valid. All I was hankering for was a quality striker in the meantime . .

        • Leazes.

          I think a lot of people might be easily fobbed off.

      • Wezza

        Probably the same 400M has been taken from the club into one of the holdings accounts in the FCB’s years here.

        • Leazes.

          No gradually over the years there has become a gulf….. because its leaked away unnoticed.

          • Wezza

            Except we all notice now. We must get him out. I hope the boycott works or is a least in some way successful. I fear the recent result and a few good wins again will make everything think “Oh its not so bad now”.
            It’s beggars belief!

          • Leazes.

            Well unreported then…. the chronicle stayed silent.

          • Wezza

            Oh of course the Chronicle tows the party line so to speak. If they didn’t Ryder wouldn’t be able to report at the training ground or inside the ground on match days. All for personal gain.

          • Leazes.

            ….and that access gives the dynamic duo the arrogance that they know something that we don’t….

            ….they probably know the colour of Robbie Elliots underpants but not what is going on at the decision making level….

            …The arrogance of Douglas and Ryder to sit there and interview each other as if they are experts is staggering!

          • Ron

            But apathy rules

          • Leazes.

            Yup…. we can use that apathy for a boycott

          • Ron

            Love to see it work! I got replies back from MP’s that looked as though they were interested – but since not heard a thing. Anyone heard anything yet?

          • Paul Patterson

            Last summer the transfer pot went on that perennially unfit striker, Fraser . .

  • Leazes.

    Nice one phil…. It makes my blood boil to see clubs of that stature overtaking United…. and an owner taking the p….

    Dave Whelan’s comment’s on Ashley….

    ….“When I first went there just after Mike Ashley had bought it he turned up in the boardroom in a pair of jeans, a pair of trainers and a replica shirt.” “Immediately he did that, the club’s gone.”

    “You don’t do things like that in football. He’s got no class whatsoever.” “He’s representing Newcastle United who were such a proud club.”

    “I immediately knew the supporters may want to have a pint with him on the terraces but basically he was not Newcastle United through and through. The Newcastle fans know that.”

    “Newcastle is a massive club who have had no success.” “You can’t get a Tottenham fan [Chelsea actually] buying Newcastle and letting people think he supports them.” “It’s not right, there’s no pride left in the club.”….

    ….”“I don’t trust Ashley as far as I could bloody throw him.” ….” “You don’t go into a football club as big and proud as that and lower all the standards.”

    2009 Dave Whelan. Wigan Chairman.

    He could and he did…and this is the result.

    #BoycottWolves

  • East Durham Mag

    Just waiting for the usual nutjobs to come on here and refute this. Sobering article.

    • Leazes.

      why?

      • East Durham Mag

        Might be a streak of masochism.

        • Leazes.

          Where exactly in East Durham are you?

          • East Durham Mag

            Actually in Ferryhill now but was born and bred in the Wingate area

          • Leazes.

            And you support United because?

          • East Durham Mag

            Probably due to being brainwashed in the early 70’s by a relation why do you ask?

          • Leazes.

            Because you have to bypass the Stadium of Light….. you see what I mean about United fans not being from Newcastle…..

            its like the drunken revelers in the Bigg Market most of them are either students or from Sunderland.

          • East Durham Mag

            Yes i know what you mean, i can’t remember the question of supporting them or anyone else ever even being thought of, its different not being from Newcastle or Sunderland as there is a mix and you just get along with them with lots of banter for the majority of the time. Agree with you that there is a lot of support for Newcastle from outside the town.

          • Leazes.

            Good answer…..we have to look at the nature of United’s support….. its largely regional, that’s why I said to Jonathan Drape it was hard to get United fans to actively participate in protest…. they’re off for the remainder of the match day experience or the last bloody bus to Hetton le bloody hole

          • East Durham Mag

            I’ve had my own personal boycott since 22and March 2014 and won’t spend a penny in one of his tat shops. As long as people just blindly fill his bank account we will be stuck with him.

          • Leazes.

            Well done

          • Peaky

            I jacked in 2 games into Carver’s tenure…gave my ticket away….will not return until Fatso’s gone…

          • Peaky

            Going to see how many grounds I would have to pass starting at Bramall Lane then ending at SJP…..it’ll be easy for Wor Lass..all of them !!

    • Peaky

      It’s about time Nutjob came out of his self imposed exile….used to look forward to “we are going to pagger these tomorrow”…..”Ashley is a bad bad man”…..and so on and so on…..

      • Leazes.

        You mean the poster ‘nutjob’…. well that’s the moose isn’t it?

        • Peaky

          Yeah….were they not brothers….certainly wrote differently ??

          • Leazes.

            Ask Kenny,

      • East Durham Mag

        I just meant the usual Ashley apologists.

        • Peaky

          Yeah… I know who you mean…..it’s me,I’m confusing the conversation between nutjobs and The Nutjob who used to post on here….hope that makes sense….😂 Going off here now getting pop ups every 2 minutes saying I’ve won an iPhone 7 or £500 Argos vouchers….doing my heed in and I can’t stop it…

  • Wezza

    Good article. This topic has really made me wonder why many people haven’t clocked on sooner! Even under Pardew we couldn’t compete with Stoke, Swansea and nowadays Bournemouth.
    Think about it…
    A team with 10,000 gate makes/spends more than a team with 52,000.
    As far as the accounts go, I do not believe anything from this ‘club’ anymore. We don’t even tell the truth of our actual attendances lately! Down Under Mag posted and I quote:

    “cleverly managed to make sure there is a steady stream of revenue for future needs while ensuring he can claim the club ran at a loss in the previous season and justify no new signings”

    This is spot on, all the while the FCB can take the extra cash and transfer it anywhere he likes.
    We know where the money has gone so for Wolves make a stand and drive him out!!!
    Also beware the clubs’ PR machine will be coming up with some belters in the next few weeks. I will help dissect them on this site.

    • Leazes.

      Good

    • Dave Pattinson

      Gonna be really interesting to see what tosh comes out of Ashley & co pre Wolves game. All I can say is, don’t believe any of it…we all know better now. Boycott Wolves!
      ASHLEY OUT!

      • Wezza

        They are now running out of PR stories so they will probably invent a buyer or say someone is doing due diligence only for nothing to ever come of it, LOL.

  • Themoscow72

    Fulham and West Ham spent nearly £200m and what a mess they are in. It’s not just about spending money but getting the right players. We will finish above them to clubs one of which is technically bankrupt.

    • Wezza

      For once I agree… BUT… spending NOTHING is why we are in this mess right now!

      • Themoscow72

        Think they tried to get that centre forward in for £23m and offered him big wages but he went abroad. Even if we get a new owner think we will have to pay over the odds for players and wages and they might be no good. Thought Gayle would have done better this season so would have kept him rather than Rondon and brought Mitro on for last twenty minutes in games to change tatics.

        • Kenny

          Fake News

        • Wezza

          They just won’t pay money like that for players. All we got in the summer was cheaper replacements.

        • killymag

          The Fat Lad pay 23mil ??? , can you get me some of what ever you smoke or drink

  • Ashley-out

    is leazes Sherlock Holmes or Inspector Clouseau.
    vote now.

    • Peaky

      Vera…..😂🤣😂

      • Leazes.

        Doctor Watson….. if you are interested Monkseaton has outed himself….

        • Peaky

          Has he really….whereabouts?

          • Kenny

            Cadfael
            😂😂

          • Peaky

            Yes that’s it….lives on Lindisfarne….makes a cracking bottle of mead….Leazes is busy working out the lineage of East Durham Mag and why a Toon fan would live in Ferryhill….😂😂

          • Kenny

            I know he is, poor old East Durham Mag,
            Leazes is Cadfael or vice versa
            😁😁

          • Peaky

            😂😂 crossed wires….I thought you meant the MadMonk from Moscow….

          • Kenny

            He wants shooting

          • Leazes.

            No.

          • Leazes.

            Nope…. just want to understand the United crowd better, a heck of a large percent aren’t from Newcastle but commute some distance….where is Peaky from then?

          • Peaky

            Born in Consett….lived in Stanley,went to Tanfield Grammar School…..then moved to Chester le Street then Durham City before moving away..

          • Leazes.

            There you go …..an hours commute

          • Peaky

            Even when I first moved away I had about a three and a half hour journey from the Buxton area which wasn’t a problem but I couldn’t take any more than 2 games into Carver’s time….i gave my ticket away to an old neighbour’‘s lad…..it’s only 2 hours now from Sheffield by train but won’t come back until Fatso has gone…..I’ve actually been given a ticket for the Sheff Utd v Leeds game next month which will be feisty to say the least…..it’ll be nice going as a neutral.

          • Albert Stubbins

            I’m from Newcastle but have recently moved in with partner about out twenty mins away in Tyne valley. The Tyne valley is at least 90 percent Newcastle United quite possibly even higher from my observations.

          • Leazes.

            He just told me that I’d missed the name in Brian’s post…. go over it…. it begins with G he said….. Standen actually named him….

            ….funny thing is I’ve spoken to this guy back around 2013.

          • Carverlier football

            Yeah I spotted that. Not that the name means anything to me. When you spoke to him did he express the derangement and love for Ashley for which he is now known…?

          • Leazes.

            No I think he said he had booked a ticket for Anzhi away….. wears black leather jacket….

  • Pelican

    Squad value and wages is a better guide. There is no reason Newcastle should not be competing with Bournemouth. To attribute Kenedy as a player of zero value is disingenuous. Try not making excuses before the game has began.

  • KennySamsung

    If it was 11 we’d have no chance against them.. NUFC 5 – JEFFERSON LERMA 1

  • Martin Rooney

    K Kennedy £3m loan fee Rondon £2m

    • Mike D

      True, but still paltry in comparison. 8 players cost less. Shocking.

      • Martin Rooney

        It could also be
        Darlow £3.5m
        Yedlin £2.5m
        Schar £6m
        Fernandez £6.5m
        Manquillo £3.5m
        Shelvey £12m
        Murphy £12m
        Atsu £7.5m
        Ritchie £12m
        Muto £10m
        Joselu £4.5m

  • 5floorshigh

    £20m for Ake and £26m for Lerma……just coz they splashed some dosh does not mean they have got quality……£46m wasted imo

    • Martin Rooney

      Ake is quality

      • 5floorshigh

        no better than what we have

        • HarryHype59

          Have you looked at the league table?

    • glassjawsh-got-banned

      wasted on being in 6th place and 14 points ahead of us…

      • HarryHype59

        They have gone up to the next level and won’t be in a relegation scrap this season.

        Their owners are virtually guaranteed £130m TV money next season. Whereas Newcastle have gambled their EPL status, so fatty can turn a short term profit!

    • HarryHype59

      Not another troll!

  • LEE

    Loads of expensive flops in the premiership too, Pogba 90 million and you might get 5 or 6 good games from him,

    we had 29 million Slimani last season,

    Crystal palace paid 27 million for Benteke.

    is it the players or is the the managers.

    I look at the managers, these guys paid the money then played them in a different way than they played in the other clubs they came from.

    Rafa will never get the best out of attack minded players, he will from defensive players. he makes players like Lascelles look like there worth 50 million, only because the whole team sits so deep and compact. IMO he has a poor pass and poor control, but can head the ball,