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The 10 questions you are asking yourself about Newcastle United

2 years ago

With Newcastle United, there are always more questions than answers.

Maybe though, at the minute we are at a record high.

Mike Ashley once again excelling himself.

Has there ever been a time when so much uncertainty has ran right through our football club?

Trying to make sense of everything, I have asked myself the following questions AND attempted to answer them.

Comments welcome at the bottom…

Will Rafa Benitez still be manager in August?

If new owners come in, definitely yes.

If Mike Ashley is still in charge, I would say only a 10% chance Rafa will be sticking around.

Will Newcastle buy Salomon Rondon?

I think this is very much linked to the question above.

If Rafa Benitez doesn’t stay on, then I think zero chance of last season’s player of the year being bought. If the manager is still here then I think every chance.

So overall,  I would guess something like a 35% chance of NUFC buying the Venezuelan striker.

Can Isaac Hayden be persuaded to stay?

We all know that the midfielder feels he needs to be nearer his family, especially with his daughter having various health issues.

I think with Rafa Benitez still here and new owners, there would be maybe something like a 40% chance of persuading Hayden there could be a solution/agreement found to convince him to stay.

If it is Ashley still here and no Rafa, I think probably more like a 75% chance of Hayden staying. Due to Mike Ashley simply refusing to sell the player as he tries to avoid Premier League relegation for another season at all costs, without a decent manager.

Will there be a realistic transfer budget this summer?

With new owners I would say 100%

With Mike Ashley still here and Rafa Benitez staying, I would guess little chance, maybe 30%.

However, if Ashley stays and Rafa goes, I wouldn’t be surprised to see much bigger money spent as the NUFC owner sees if he can bring in a few young players for decent money who could potentially seriously increase in value.

Will season ticket prices go up?

Sadly, we already know the answer to this one.

Unbelievable, season tickets all around the stadium going up yet again (this time by 5%), whilst nearly everybody other PL club price freezes. Unbelievable.

Will Mike Ashley sell the club?

The big question.

There appears to be a willing buyer and for the very first time, a willing seller.

I am actually strangely optimistic and thinking maybe 50% chance of it happening.

Most of the 50% thinking that it won’t happen, is due to simply either Mike Ashley changing his mind, or potentially keep moving the goal posts and trying to make any sale far better for him and worse for the buyer.

Will Newcastle get tough fixtures at the start of the season?

Another one that has been answered already.

On Thursday we found out that Newcastle are playing nine of last season’s top 11 in their first 11 games.

Plus one of the other two games is away at Norwich for their first home game back in the Premier League. It is tough, regardless of who owns the club and/or manages the team.

Will the development go ahead opposite the Gallowgate End, stopping St James Park capacity ever being increased?

Until the takeover talk came along last month, I was resigned to the horrendous development going ahead opposite the Gallowgate End, on land that used to be owned by NUFC.

I am not saying the development will definitely be stopped BUT at least we now have hope.

New ambitious owners would surely do everything they can to stop/adapt these plans, to allow the possibility of expanding St James Park.

Will star players agitate to leave Newcastle this summer?

This is 100% linked to Mike Ashley and Rafa Benitez.

With Rafa and new owners, I would be 100% convinced that we could keep all the players that we would like to…and if anybody still left, then they weren’t right for Newcastle anyway.

If though we don’t have Rafa and Ashley stays, I wouldn’t blame Dubravka, Lascelles, Schar and others asking their agents to find them new clubs.

Will St James Park be full next season?

It’s simple.

Last season the Man Utd game on 2 January was the first to sell out and eventually, I think only a couple of others, including the last home one against Liverpool sold out.

Personally, with new owners, I think every game will be sold out.

However, if Mike Ashley is still in charge, even if Rafa stays, I would be amazed if more than one or two, if that, matches are sold out.


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