NUFC release statement addressing Benitez’s future, summer transfers & the sale of the club

Newcastle United have published ‘detailed minutes’ from the Fans Forum meeting held at St James’ Park last Wednesday, with the club confirming that discussions to extend Rafa Benitez’s contract are ‘ongoing’ and the club IS still up for sale.

For anyone who doesn’t know, the ‘Fans Forum’ is a “body consisting of senior club officials and 16 supporters which meets during the season to discuss all areas which affect those who follow the club. It was introduced in 2013 to enhance communication between fans and the club, enabling fans to give those who make decisions and implement services a fuller understanding of their views and the issues which affect them. The result is constructive dialogue between those who are passionate about the success of Newcastle United.”

Now to the minutes published today from last week’s meeting. Here’s some of the key findings:

1 – The club’s response to questions over Rafa Benitez and transfers:

‘The club stated that the manager has a year remaining on his contract. As the manager has publicly stated, discussions to extend his contract are ongoing. 

‘The club stressed that its conversations with the manager are ongoing and include discussions around the transfer pot available.’

‘The club stated that relegation to the Championship had undoubtedly given clubs that had remained in the Premier League an advantage financially. The club also discussed, in addition to transfer fees, that there are often significant costs such as its wage bill and agents fees that are not factored in or referred to. The club also noted that figures attributed to transfer fees in the public domain were often inaccurate. During the 2016/17 season, the club took a considerable gamble to invest significantly in the team in order to gain immediate promotion. By way of example, the club committed heavily to its wage bill, which was well beyond not only its competitors in the Championship, but also many clubs in the Premier League.’

‘The club strengthened in summer 2017 and also made offers to buy players in January prior to acquiring players on loan.’

‘The club explained that the recruitment process is year-round and doesn’t stop. The manager recruitment team are talking about targets for this window and have been for some time.’

2 – The club’s response to questions over the sale of the club:

‘The club stated that the position has not changed and if or when there is anything to update, the club would do so.’

3 – The club’s response when asked if we have options to buy any of the players currently on loan:

“The club confirmed that it does have an option to make Martin Dúbravka’s loan move permanent but does not have a similar option for Kenedy.”

So, Rafa’s talks are ongoing and include plans over our spending this summer, the club is still up for sale, we have an option to sign Dubravka but not Kenedy.

Here’s some additional details that have emerged regarding a potential extension of St James’ Park, season-ticket numbers and money raised by the NUFC Foodbank:

Some pretty poor and tame responses from NUFC officials here, but worth a read nonetheless. Read the minutes in full HERE. 

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About Olly Hawkins

Born in Gateshead, Olly was a Junior Magpie from birth. As a season ticket holder and avid Newcastle United fan - he eats, sleeps and breathes all things NUFC.

2 thoughts on “NUFC release statement addressing Benitez’s future, summer transfers & the sale of the club

  1. So what they are saying is , because we made a loss when we were relegated that Rafa won’t get much for the coming transfer window , how on earth we could of made a loss is baffling , Wijnaldum ,sissoko and thauvin to name just three big money outgoings , I think they are just making excuses for when they don’t spend anything .For Christ’s sake I wish he would just sell and G.T.F out of Newcastle , stavely please put an offer in and get rid of the lying pariah .I honestly think it’s only fifty fifty that Rafa will stay , and it’s also stated that Ashley still intends to be in charge next season , god help us .I mean no use Rafa being promised money in transfer window cos the guys a complete pathological liar

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  2. Funny that…
    How many of us said they would come out with losses and wage bill to be covered so they don’t have any money to spend.
    Rafa will have to sell before he can buy…………..

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