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Newcastle United timeline – 76 days since reached safety and now 76 days until transfer deadline

3 months ago
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A little piece of perfect symmetry going on for Newcastle United today.

In terms of looking both backwards and forwards.

It is now 76 days since Newcastle United effectively reached Premier League safety.

That day we had the Jordan Pickford clown show as he lost the plot and ended up helping NUFC secure a 3-2 win (and PL safety), That victory put Newcastle on 34 points, a total that Cardiff couldn’t even pass nine weeks later when the season ended.

Looking in the other direction,  it is 76 days until the summer transfer window ends.

I don’t want to worry anybody but that Everton match doesn’t seen very long ago at all.

It sums up to me just how desperate and stupid this current position is, as we are already 12 days passed the season ending and 8 days since the transfer window opened.

That only scratches the surface though, as it is at least 56 days since Rafa Benitez gave Mike Ashley his exact conditions on which signing a contract rest.

No time for panic but certainly it is very much time for concern at the fact this summer is looking to have all the hallmarks of yet another Mike Ashley disaster.

He cares little if letting things drag, or for the manager position to have a lack of certainty or indeed a clown (Pardew, JFK, Carver, McClaren) occupying it. Whilst the NUFC owner sees seemingly no advantage or urgency in signing players early, as opposed to the final stages of a window with no pre-season.

Down below is the Newcastle United timeline of things that have gone by and landmarks set to be on us very soon…

76 days ago

9 March 2019 – Newcastle beat Everton 3-2 and reach 34 points, effectively reaching Premier League safety. Cardiff end the season nine weeks later on 34 points and a far worse goal difference.

56 days ago (at least)

Rafa Benitez reveals that Mike Ashley requested his exact conditions for signing a new contract and he forwarded them to the NUFC owner back in March.

33 days ago

21 April 2019 – Cardiff lose to Liverpool meaning they can’t catch Newcastle (who won 3-1 at home to Southampton the day before), which confirms the Magpies are mathematically safe.

12 days ago

The Premier League season officially ends, Newcastle win 4-0 at Fulham and finish 13th in the table.

8 days ago

16 May 2019 – Rafa Benitez meets Mike Ashley in London.

THIS IS NOW (24 May 2019)

20 days time

13 June 2019 – Premier League fixtures are released.

39 days time

2 July 2019 – Newcastle squad returns for pre-season.

54 days time

17 July 2019 – Newcastle play Wolves in China.

76 days time

8 August – Premier League transfer window closes.

78 days time

10 August – Premier League season kicks off

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