What we do know as FACT at Newcastle United on 15 June 2019
A lot of talk about what is and isn’t happening at Newcastle United.
Newcastle fans left totally in the dark on the questions of ownership, signing players and indeed exactly who will be manager next season.
The media haven’t got a club, leaving supporters even more confused, as the newspaper coverage simply recycles rumours other papers have reported/made up.
So what do we know for sure?
I have put together 10 handy Newcastle FACTS, as Rafa Benitez might say:
Mike Ashley puts season ticket prices up at St James Park
This week saw announcement that Mike Ashley has now put NUFC season ticket prices up for three seasons in a row.
An across the board rise of 5%, despite most other Premier League clubs freezing ST prices this summer. Most of them having done that (price freeze) for a number of years.
No intention of spending any money on club infrastructure
Lee Charnley stated in April that the club wouldn’t be spending money on the infrastructure of the club.
Ashley’s gofer saying that there were no plans for the much-needed new training complex to be built. Despite Mike Ashley stating in 2013 that this was essential if the club were going to compete and it would be completed by 2016.
No signings after 31 days
This is the 31st day of the summer transfer window and not a single player signed by NUFC, nor does there appear any chance of that changing in near future.
Southampton (£34m), Wolves (£44m), Bournemouth (£13m) and Aston Villa (43m) have all committed significant money already. Whilst West Ham paid £24m for a new striker on Friday.
No Manager contracted for next season
Rafa Benitez will end his three year NUFC contract in 15 days time.
No sign of him being willing to sign an extension so far and the club are widely reported as not having made any plan B if Rafa walks away.
Counting down the days
It is 117 days since Newcastle United effectively reached safety from relegation when beating Everton 3-2 at home.
Looking forwards there are the number of days before we reach various NUFC landmarks: 19 days – players back for pre-season, 19 days until deadline for season ticket renewals, 28 days (estimated) until NUFC squad fly to China, 32 days until first friendly v Wolves, 54 days until transfer window closes, 57 days until NUFC play Arsenal in opening game of the season.
Mike Ashley and Newcastle United have refused to make any comment on a potential takeover of the club, despite it being in the public domain for three weeks now.
30 Days since Mike Ashley met Rafa Benitez
Rafa met Ashley on 16 May 2019 and not a single word since then about the managerial situation.
No attempt was made to buy Salomon Rondon before he ended his loan season at St James Park.
A host of other clubs now reported to be chasing his signature.
After allegations of bullying and racist comments, Peter Beardsley was put on gardening leave by the club in January 2018, whilst they investigated the complaints from a number of young players.
It is now 17 months since that investigation was launched and the club are still refusing to tell fans and the young players involved what the findings of their investigation are. This is despite Peter Beardsley and NUFC having parted company in the meantime.
Rafa’s key staff
As well as Rafa Benitez seeing his contract end in 15 days time, it is the same for his key coaches/assistants.
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