My issue isn’t selling Perez to Leicester for £30m, it’s what Mike Ashley will do with the money..

I’ll be totally honest here. I think £30m for Perez is good business and have felt for months now that he was always going to leave – whether Rafa stays or not.

There’s been claims that the fee could be £16m, but both Sky Sports, the Chronicle and BBC Radio Newcastle are saying £30m, so let’s go with that.

My issue isn’t Perez leaving for £30m – it’s a great offer and he always looked likely to leave. My issue is the fact I have ZERO faith in Mike Ashley’s ability to reinvest the money received.

He was our top scorer last season and has been one of our star men over the past few years, however, at £30m, he’s very much replaceable IF you reinvest.

The big issue here is the fact I have a good idea what Mike will do with that money received – and it won’t be to tell any new manager to go and get better with £30m.

Will it go in his piggy bank as he prepares to buy the latest high-street store on the decline? Will he sign a bargain basement replacement and keep the rest for himself? Or will he ‘reinvest’ but only give any new manager £30m provided it covers both transfer fee, agent costs and wages of Perez’s replacement?

Had Rafa stayed (and been promised £20-£30m to replace Perez) or had new owners arrived with a competent manager by their side, I’d be feeling fairly optimistic about our chances of replacing Ayoze – a player who’s supremely talented on his day, but also someone who’s shown real inconsistency in terms of his final product, involvement in games and goal return.

I’m not saying he’s not a good player and £30m is outrageous fee to be paying for him, but I think the real underlying issue here is how he’ll be replaced.

Just look at what Mike Ashley has done in the past. He sold Andy Carroll for £35m and replaced him with Shefki Kuqi. Mikel Merino left – a highly rated Spanish international with a huge future ahead of him – and he was replaced with a relegated Ki Sung-Yeung who’s career has been on the decline.

The timing of it also stinks given we’re still trying to get over Rafa’s exit, the takeover silence and the fact Rondon is now as good as gone. It comes after several bits of devastating news with not one positive in between, but the real issue here for me is my total lack of faith in a quality replacement arriving – and the same applies to Rafa and Rondon.

And that’s a HUGE worry when you consider we’d have been left on 21 points last season if you took away Rondon and Perez’s goals, not forgetting the fact Benitez gave us so much solidarity and organisation at the back.

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227 thoughts on “My issue isn’t selling Perez to Leicester for £30m, it’s what Mike Ashley will do with the money..

  1. I think today is the best News Now day even!!.

    You can go from one headline saying BZG are adamant the takeover is going through – to the next one reading Bruce the new favourite for the Newcastle job ?

    Talk about 2 ends of a spectrum!!.

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  2. The Bruce book review is quite long but it is very funny. Well worth a read and the book itself seems totally bizarre. I suppose his O Level English teacher told him to write about what he knows but he goes on strange tangents about Yugoslavian Nazis, lesbian prostitutes and the Mossad.

    One of the people his detective hero meets is:

    “a rotund man with a happy face. Needed to lose a couple of stone. Jaw line not firm enough”.

    Taking a selfie for the back cover there Steve!!!? And the back cover is a picture of Steve in his Man U days from 30 years earlier when he was not quite as rotund.

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  3. For this monstrous affront to English Literature alone I would not want Steve Bruce as Manager (coach now? Again?) of NUFC.

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  4. Sorry, Bruce did not get Sunderland relegated. He was sacked with them in 16th. So that’s only one ex-Mackem manager who got them relegated on the list (Moyes). But 16th for the Mackems in 2011 is probably the zenith of Bruce’s later career. He did relegate Hull though if I recall correctly.

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  5. Apparently they have ruled Van Bronckhorst off the shortlist.
    Whilst he wouldn’t be my first choice, I would far sooner see what he could do ahead of Moyes, Bruce or Monk.

    I think Martinez or Arteta from those mentioned. But I reckon the club want Bruce ??‍♂️

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  6. Carly Telford (women’s England keeper) was speaking today at Wimbledon about the disappointment of the North East clubs not investing in Women’s football …. news flash Carly – Newcastle aren’t investing in men’s football either pet ??‍♂️.

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  7. Sharpy: you have to read the review of Bruce’s book I posted earlier. It really is hilarious.

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  8. Eric Sykes:
    Sharpy: you have to read the review of Bruce’s book I posted earlier. It really is hilarious.

    Eric – I got about half way through it mate, and had to stop when I realised this plank could be our next manager – or should I say, will most likely be our next manager.

    I can’t begin to imagine who his star striker will be to replace Perez and Rondon ??‍♂️

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  9. Apparently Charnley is “Carefully considering his next move” I swear, the icebergs are melting faster than this weapon works!

    This is how it will go; They will approach Gerrard, Arteta, Viera and they’ll all say “**** off, I’m not desperate” and then they will have only one option and that will be Bruce.

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  10. Sharpy17: Eric – I got about half way through it mate, and had to stop when I realised this plank could be our next manager – or should I say, will most likely be our next manager.

    I can’t begin to imagine who his star striker will be to replace Perez and Rondon

    Darren Bent

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  11. Sharpy: I have to admit I didn’t finish the whole Steve Bruce book review either, I sort of skimmed a lot of it thinking what a fcking idiot!

    The back cover with a picture of him 30 years ago was the worst. I wonder if that is what he would put up for internet dating? They would be in for a shock. He was never an oil painting but could you imagine the date’s faces when a manatee turned up at Starbucks to meet them!

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  12. It is really depressing. I just can’t see this takeover happening and now have to choose between a rock and a hard place:

    Arteta: Working for 3 years with Pep should make him at least a gamble worth taking, especially since we could probably get a loanee from City.

    Moyes: we have a decent squad if, IF we can retain Hayden and Longstaff AND, AND get a striker. Moyes could work with it and would be 50-50 to keep us up. That dour demeanor though!

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  13. Eric Sykes:
    It is really depressing. I just can’t see this takeover happening and now have to choose between a rock and a hard place:

    Arteta: Working for 3 years with Pep should make him at least a gamble worth taking, especially since we could probably get a loanee from City.

    Moyes: we have a decent squad if, IF we can retain Hayden and Longstaff AND, AND get a striker. Moyes could work with it and would be 50-50 to keep us up. That dour demeanor though!

    I will be staggered if a takeover happens now. It really is late in the day and I can’t believe it can all be done within the next few days unless we’re further on than everyone knew. I doubt it. I think this is just Ashley and Charnley incompetence. Staggering incompetence but all the same.

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  14. My theory now is that Ashley’s lot are pushing Bruce in the media so we react the way we are. So that when they actually sign someone slightly better, we will be pleased – and instead of saying ‘yeah but he’s not Rafa’ we’ll be saying ‘thank god it’s not Bruce’.
    That’s how I imagine these inept Aholes work.

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  15. Sharpy I am pretty sure we will end up with Bruce now. I believe the only people who would take the job are those who are desperate to get a gig in the PL and therefore aren’t too bothered what conditions they work in because they’re thankful. A la Pardew, McClaren, Carver and Hughton.

    I will have a lot of sympathy for Bruce to a degree because he will have to face the media and the fans when the club inevitably make a mess of things like transfers and other odd decisions they make. But then I will think, it won’t be like he wasn’t warned what it will be like. I won’t have much respect for anybody taking the job as working for Ashley must make thgem desperate thats for sure.

    Does anybody really believe we will have improved our squad before the start of the season? I am not convinced we will even have a squad as good as last season. Add that to a inferior manager and it means were relegation fodder. 7/2 it’s a steal!

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  16. It’s being reported that Rafa had calls from Viera and Arteta and that he put them both off going to NUFC. Rafa could you now ring Bruce, Moyes, Pulis, Hughes and Monk. Put them off too.

    I still don’t understand why the club or MA haven’t come out and denounced the so called BZG takeover .. . . unless it is happening.

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  17. Sun now reporting offical approach to be made for Bruce. Jesus! Has there ever been a swing like this? From Rafa to Bruce? Any normal club would realise they have it wrong when the only manager who will acceot the job is a Championship manager who has a couple of relegations on his CV… Not this club though…

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  18. I don’t know anymore.

    Steve Bruce. I would have thought Moyes because he is unemployed.

    Rafa warning off Arteta? Is that true? If so, I think the undying love for Rafa should stop. Ashley is obviously a sh!t but Rafa let his contract situation fester for 18 months.

    And then the boycott. These fan groups have proven in the past they cannot organize a p!ss-up in brewery. What they can do however is sow enough discontent to cause the worst of all worlds – Ashley stays and we get relegated. I am not behind them for that reason but I am not FOR any alternatives because I don’t have any. This has done my head in, including the way Rafa has played this.

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  19. Got to feel for Steve Bruce, always seems a nice guy. Sadly not sure a nice guy is what Newcastle want right now though.
    I’m not at all sure he’ll take the job anyway, he’s secure where he is and supported by the owner, steves not daft he knows the score here and big Al will let him know what to expect.
    I’m sure fatty wants him but not so sure he’ll come.
    Maybe fatty will offer a considerable war chest, that might swing it i suppose, but any manager is on a hiding to nowt with us right now.

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  20. Eric, if Rafa is warning them off, i say fair play to him. We are ****ing toxic right now and guys turning us down can only help get shot of the cancer that owns us.
    I reckon fatty and lee are shatting themselves , they know they have overplayed their hand this time.
    Everyone and i mean everyone in football will see what the status quo is with us under him now .

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  21. Kim – that’s not true. Good managers will be warmly welcomed! However none have been mentioned yet.

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  22. Georgio, good managers won’t touch us, and i cannot think of anyone free at the moment who i would fancy.

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  23. Stuart79:
    Sharpy I am pretty sure we will end up with Bruce now. I believe the only people who would take the job are those who are desperate to get a gig in the PL and therefore aren’t too bothered what conditions they work in because they’re thankful. A la Pardew, McClaren, Carver and Hughton.

    I will have a lot of sympathy for Bruce to a degree because he will have to face the media and the fans when the club inevitably make a mess of things like transfers and other odd decisions they make. But then I will think, it won’t be like he wasn’t warned what it will be like. I won’t have much respect for anybody taking the job as working for Ashley must make thgem desperate thats for sure.

    Does anybody really believe we will have improved our squad before the start of the season? I am not convinced we will even have a squad as good as last season. Add that to a inferior manager and it means were relegation fodder. 7/2 it’s a steal!

    Stu – I think Bruce is desperate to get the chance to manage his boyhood club rather than a PL gig. By that I mean I think he would take the job regardless of Ashley or what league we are in. That desire to fulfill a dream would supersede all of those things.

    I agree with Kim. Bruce seems a nice guy and I have no ill will towards him, I just don’t think he’s a good enough manager/coach anymore.

    We are not a club players want to join at the moment. He is not a manager that is going to draw players in, and he does not have the connections to get the decent loan players in … oh, and it goes without saying he won’t have the funds to spend either.

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  24. kimtoon:
    Eric, if Rafa is warning them off, i say fair play to him. We are ****ing toxic right now and guys turning us down can only help get shot of the cancer that owns us.
    I reckon fatty and lee are shatting themselves , they know they have overplayed their hand this time.
    Everyone and i mean everyone in football will see what the status quo is with us under him now .

    Kim – it’s hardly a classy move though is it?!.
    Bit of a sour grapes, bitter ex feel about it for me if it’s true.

    Let’s not forget, Rafa stuck round to see out his £6m, 3yr contract.

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  25. Sharpy17: Stu – I think Bruce is desperate to get the chance to manage his boyhood club rather than a PL gig.By that I mean I think he would take the job regardless of Ashley or what league we are in.That desire to fulfill a dream would supersede all of those things.

    I agree with Kim.Bruce seems a nice guy and I have no ill will towards him, I just don’t think he’s a good enough manager/coach anymore.

    We are not a club players want to join at the moment.He is not a manager that is going to draw players in, and he does not have the connections to get the decent loan players in … oh, and it goes without saying he won’t have the funds to spend either.

    He’s turned this dream job down previously when we were in a far better position so I’m not sure it’s that reason he will take it.

    Will he even take it? Surely he will speak to Shearer and what will he tell him?

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  26. Sharpy17: Kim – it’s hardly a classy move though is it?!.
    Bit of a sour grapes, bitter ex feel about it for me if it’s true.

    Let’s not forget, Rafa stuck round to see out his £6m, 3yr contract.

    Sharpy imagine this happened;

    Arteta “Hi Rafa, NUFC been in touch and want to talk about the gig.” What do you think”?
    Rafa “ Fans are amazing, City is amazing and the club have huge potential. They can’t fulfil it under the owner though. They don’t see footballers as assets on the pitch they see them as assets on the balance sheet. You won’t get much control on the football side of things and they move very slow to get targets. If they think they will save a million here or there they will leave a transfer for 6 months and revisit it regardless of the impact it might have on the team. Ashley only spoke to me three times in three years. Charnley is a good guy but ultimately can’t do anything with the owners say so. All in all, if you have ambitions to achieve anything this owner wouldn’t be for you.”

    What would be wrong with that, Sharpy? Or would you prefer Rafa to lie?

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  27. Stuart79: Sharpy imagine this happened;

    Arteta “Hi Rafa, NUFC been in touch and want to talk about the gig.” What do you think”?
    Rafa “ Fans are amazing, City is amazing and the club have huge potential. They can’t fulfil it under the owner though. They don’t see footballers as assets on the pitch they see them as assets on the balance sheet. You won’t get much control on the football side of things and they move very slow to get targets. If they think they will save a million here or there they will leave a transfer for 6 months and revisit it regardless of the impact it might have on the team. Ashley only spoke to me three times in three years. Charnley is a good guy but ultimately can’t do anything with the owners say so. All in all, if you have ambitions to achieve anything this owner wouldn’t be for you.”

    What would be wrong with that, Sharpy? Or would you prefer Rafa to lie?

    And yet you stuck around for 3yrs Rafa ?. Anyway, thanks for the advice, good luck full filling all your ambitions out in China ?

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  28. This would be Bruce’s last chance at a good job so I think he would take it. He managed Villa and that’s about it. But all of these failed Managers seem to believe next time will be different.

    He always has his detective novels to fall back on. I think he sold at least 6 copies. Number 119000100101000101001 on the Amazon best sellers list.

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  29. Again, I have to ask is it time to revisit all of the love for Rafa. As Sharpy says he has buggered off to China for the lucre and farting around with his NUFC contract for 18 months. We know about Ashley but Rafa seemed content to use Charnley as a intermediary. Why not pick up the phone? And we finished 10th and 13th and were relegated under him FFS. He was hardly the second coming of Brian Clough at NUFC. And he was always telling us how shyte the squad were. We certainly played shyte football in the first halfs of the last 2 seasons. Unwatchable at times.

    And yet, he had to work for Fatty and I think we have the basics of a good squad even though he lucked into the 2 central midfielders who now are supposedly worth about 50 million.

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  30. Sharpy17: And yet you stuck around for 3yrs Rafa .Anyway, thanks for the advice, good luck full filling all your ambitions out in China

    Rafa had a contract to fulfil and he’s never broke one in his life.

    So not only do you expect him to lie you expect to leave a contract he has and pay £6m to his employers?

    All very odd your views on Rafa, Sharpy. On one hand you say you think Ashley is out of order in the way he runs the club and on the other hand you expect managers to just accept it or resign and not give any feedback to people who ask him how the job went for him. I’m quite sure you’re that consistent, Sharpy.

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  31. Stuart mate, I think Rafa did the best he could under restrictions but he farted around for 18 months with his contract and then took the Chinese lucre. He is a stubborn fckr and should not be given sainthood just because Ashley is worse.

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  32. Stuart79: Rafa had a contract to fulfil and he’s never broke one in his life.

    So not only do you expect him to lie you expect to leave a contract he has and pay £6m to his employers?

    All very odd your views on Rafa, Sharpy. On one hand you say you think Ashley is out of order in the way he runs the club and on the other hand you expect managers to just accept it or resign and not give any feedback to people who ask him how the job went for him. I’m quite sure you’re that consistent, Sharpy.

    Stu – I’m far from perfect mate. But I have ended every relationship I’ve ever been unhappy in and walked away from every job I have found too much to bare.
    For the record I am happily married to a fine woman now and work in a job that in the main I thoroughly enjoy – though would be lying if I said there aren’t frustrations. But I don’t believe the perfect job exists and even if you are the boss, there will still be decisions and things you need to do that you won’t be entirely happy with – but need doing for the greater good ??‍♂️.

    If Rafa was so unhappy and found it so unbearable, then yeah, I’d expect him to walk.

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  33. The piece says they were ‘warned off’ by Rafa. That suggests it’s more than him just laying out the facts and more ‘don’t take the job’.
    Admittedly it could just be more poor journalism with the wrong choice of wording to dramatise the situation.

    But there’s more from Rafa saying he’s met his new owners more this week and Ashley in 3yrs. Now I accept that’s wrong and Ashley is a d*ck. But again, that has a hint of bitter ex about it.
    Does he really need to say that?, does he need to say anything about Ashley anymore?.
    A classier response would just be to say, I’m not a Newcastle anymore and am really happy with the initial relationship that’s forming with my new employer ??‍♂️

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  34. Every time Rafa opens his mouth now he destroys his reputation with Toon fans more and more. Not something I would have expected. I thought he was way above this petty sh it.

    So does the Bruce pursuit signal the end of all takeover talk? It would seem likely although I for one would be extremely disappointed.

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  35. georgio: I think for most Toon fans Rafa can do no harm.

    I think he did OK for us. We had a decent squad though and it was certainly not as bad as Rafa said when he said avoiding relegation would be a miracle. And he selected the players so he deserves credit for that, but he also got lucky with Longstaff and Hayden. Those two, Schar, Dubravka, Lejeune, Shelvey and Almiron are a decent legacy and base for a new Manager.

    He should keep his gob shut though.

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  36. Eric – I think he done better than just OK. But I don’t think he was as brilliant as most made out – his success was fine margins.
    My only real issue with Rafa is his contradictions. He knows how to say the right things, but his actions didn’t always back it up.

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  37. Maybe he wants the fans to know exactly how it was under jabba.
    I’m pleased he’s letting stuff out, people seem to have a problem accepting Jabba and co are a nightmare to work for.

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  38. He fulfilled his contract, got us up, kept us up for 2 seasons with zero proper backing, he must of felt like walking many times in truth but why should he break his contract through no fault of his own and then to add insult to injury have to pay compo to jabba.
    He obviously has no respect for Mike and really can you blame him.

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  40. kimtoon:
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    Rafa, who saw out his contract under awful conditions, was criticised for moving on. But Steve Bruce, breaking a contract at Sheffield Wednesday to join #NUFC, will be applauded. English manager double standard again.

    ? you’ll hear little clapping in Newcastle!!!

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  41. Sorry Kim but I think Rafa comes off better by keeping his mouth closed on this one.
    I really don’t think we need to ‘hear it from the horses mouth’ to know Ashley is a $hit owner.

    But if he’s gonna speak up, then I think it’s fair game to ask why he said then?!. I mean he was such a nightmare to work for, but I was happy to take his money for 3yrs doesn’t really add up to me.

    You mention him having to pay compo, then go on to mention KK – who sued Ashley and won. I’d have more respect for Rafa doing it that way then speaking out about Ashley now.

    None of us have respect for Ashley, but none of us took £18m off him either ??‍♂️.

    I have no issues with him going, it’s the contradiction in moving to China I had the problem with.

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  42. Kimtoon: I am not really slagging off Rafa, I am just mad about everything NUFC at the moment. The only positive is that he left us with some decent players who I always thought were a bit better than Rafa gave them credit for. But he had been Managing Madrid and Napoli before us so he was used to elite players.

    If I look at it from his side he was in a very strange situation where they said there was money but he didn’t get it. The owner wouldn’t talk to him and who knows what Charnley’s role is. And then there were the 3 takeover attempts. That much turmoil usually relegates a club. It might still.

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  43. Sharpy, if he’d done a KK, he would get pelters for suing the club from a section of fans like KK had.
    Look i’m not saying he’s a saint but we surely agree he was working under a lot of constraints, there is zero ambition at nufc under jabba. I really think he thought he could take us somewhere, he was sold the idea that the training ground would be updated, they showed him the plans ffs, 3 years later he said they had painted the walls !
    He must of been so frustrated with it all, i think he stayed because he hoped jabba would change and because he’s never broken a contract.
    As for going to china for the money, why not, he’s earned it and has been given a project to run with in a country which is really growing football wise. They are mad for it over there and his clubs owner has real ambition, must be a breath of fresh air after us.

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  44. There is an opportunity though because there is the basis of a decent team and there is money there. I have banged on about the accounts for a couple of years saying you could do the calculations on a beer mat and know there was a built in profit of 50-70 million. There still is and it will be a travesty if Ashley lets us get relegated rather than spend it. I can’t understand it and Rafa had to deal with it every day. No wonder he got frustrated.

    Like Sharpy though, I am not doing the Saint Rafa. He can’t have it all ways, where he was here for the fans as almost a benevolent kind uncle thing and then fck off to China for the gold and say that it was for something other than money.

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  45. This takeover must be dead as well because with so little time we are in a relegation fight again, which if it happens would half the value of the club. They would have to have a Manager, Director of Football and transfers all lined up and that just doesn’t seem plausible.

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  46. This season will show us how good a job Rafa did. He spent nowt and the manager will have about £100m to spend. IF it gets spent I would bet we still don’t finish 10th which is where Rafa got us to finish. Or even 14th where we finished last season for that matter.

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  47. Eric, some toerag stole a metal skip on wheels, attached it via 2 brackets to back of his van and as he went up my hill it broke loose and hit my car twice!, sadly we didn’t get his plate number. There were loads of cars parked in my street and he had to hit mine. 🙄 The skip company collected the skip but refuse to pay for damages as it was stolen and not driven by one of their drivers. I can still drive my car luckily, it just left a lot of blue paint on my bumper and passenger door and my bumper popped out a bit too. I have over 15 years no claims and a £150 excess on my policy but no one to claim against.
    Funny thing the car parked behind me took a hell of a hit on saturday night too, it’s on the end of street. Wheel all bent and bumper buggered, but we did get the drivers plate before he sped off, i wasn’t so lucky, then i never am .
    On top of all this my joints have flared up and i’m in agony and the lads not well too. The toon are just about finishing me off tbh.

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  48. We have to pray Steve Nixon knows what he is doing and that we get a couple of strikers and keep all of the rest of hour players. That includes Shelvey, Hayden and Longstaff.

    As far as Manager/Coach goes? I have no idea. We went down that road with Schteve, then reversed track completely and gave Rafa control of everything. We are a total mess.

    How did Ashley become a billionaire again. We must be the most dysfunctional club in at least the top 2 leagues. Maybe Coventry, the Mackems and a few others might challenge us for that title in the lower divisions but that is why they are in the lower divisions.

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  49. This has been a slow motion train wreck.

    Our last game was against Fulham on May 12.

    We learn that Rafa had made up his mind about leaving at the meeting with Ashley on May 16.

    BZG supposedly went to the PL on April 17.

    And on July 10 where do we stand?

    Managerless
    No transfers and we don’t even know who is making those decisions.
    A takeover that has not just stalled but looks dead.
    Fans in open revolt if you can believe the fan groups (who couldn’t organize a p!ss-up in a brewery anyway)

    Maybe the Harvard Business School with do a case study on how to kill an organization when it seemed to have everything going for it.

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  50. I think Ashley must be going crazy going after Bruce, surely Alan Pardew would be the cheaper choice ? Tbh Pardew is probably the only manager who work’s well under Ashley’s constraints.

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  51. Just read the latest article on here. The end referenced Paul Daniels’ catch phrase “you’ll like this, not a lot…”. Olly, were you even born when Paul Daniels was on the telly?

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  52. His not a fan favorite but since when has Ashley cared about what the fan’s think. I wouldn’t be in the least surprised if Pardew returned.

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  53. Wasn’t it enough we had to suffer the pickled walnut with hair but now we are getting bloody bagpuss.

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  54. kimtoon:
    Sharpy, if he’d done a KK, he would get pelters for suing the club from a section of fans like KK had.
    Look i’m not saying he’s a saint but we surely agree he was working under a lot of constraints, there is zero ambition at nufc under jabba. I really think he thought he could take us somewhere, he was sold the idea that the training ground would be updated, they showed him the plans ffs, 3 years later he said they had painted the walls !
    He must of been so frustrated with it all, i think he stayed because he hoped jabba would change and because he’s never broken a contract.
    As for going to china for the money, why not, he’s earned it and has been given a project to run with in a country which is really growing football wise. They are mad for it over there and his clubs owner has real ambition, must be a breath of fresh air after us.

    Kim – sorry I’ve had the boy to his swimming lesson, not that he’s learning anymore like, he’s up to his life savers at 10yr old.

    Rafa couldn’t win either way as he’s getting pelted by some fans now.
    I don’t think too many could have blamed him if he had left. But ultimately, if he was so miserable as Newcastle manager, the view of a very small number of Newcastle fans wouldn’t bother him or stop him leaving.
    I speak from experience. I walked away from a job as a recruitment consultant because I hated how the company operated – I had nothing else to go to at the time, and certainly didn’t have the money Rafa would to keep me going.

    I think it would be $hit managing NUFC under Ashley, but bearable.
    I can understand him not renewing his contract and don’t blame him. I also don’t blame him one bit for going to China – but for the £12m wage – not the ambitious project of managing in China.

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  55. So we’re negotiating the fee for Bruce. Jesus man alive! We’re even paying for him!!! Hopefully they’ll negotiate about as quickly as they do for players. We might get him by February.

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  56. Stuart79:
    So we’re negotiating the fee for Bruce. Jesus man alive! We’re even paying for him!!! Hopefully they’ll negotiate about as quickly as they do for players. We might get him by February.

    Stu – he only went to Shef Wed last season didn’t he?
    Says everything if they are ready to let him go already!!

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  57. It’s a real shame I’m not bothered about the impending announcement of Bruce as our new manager – not because I’m happy about it, but more because I’m really passed caring.

    I think this is the first summer in over 30yrs of supporting NUFC that I really don’t care who we get in, or if we get anyone at all.

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  58. So apparently Jabba offered Fat Sam the job last week but he declined because he would get “little of no say on transfers”. 😀 Oh and Nolan was to come in as his assistant. Probably explains Nolans comments last week…

    Finally Penfold met Bruce tonight and is likely to be done by the time thye fly to China. I suppose he was just last man standing.

    The joys of NUFC.

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  59. So, is Bruce arriving in a Delorean? Head Coach, not manager. No say in transfers. Who will be in charge of transfers? What do we know about Nixon? Is he using Rafa’s list? You have to Carr or Wise will be I the background somewhere? 3rd failed takeover in 2 years.

    Back to the Future.

    Tell me, how did this end last time they tried this? Ah yes, relegation.

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  60. SA confirms he spoke to the club. Told Alan Brazil this morning. Is Ashley trolling us or is he so oblivious?

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  61. Eric Sykes:
    This would be Bruce’s last chance at a good job so I think he would take it. He managed Villa and that’s about it. But all of these failed Managers seem to believe next time will be different.

    He always has his detective novels to fall back on. I think he sold at least 6 copies. Number 119000100101000101001 on the Amazon best sellers list.

    6 copies? I think my children’s book on Amazon has sold more copies. At least 8 I think… ??. Read the review of Brucies book, funniest thing ever…

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  62. I don’t care anymore. I don’t care who’s manager/coach, who makes the signings, how much is spent or any of it – I just don’t care.

    I have never wanted us to be relegated and could never understand the mentality of those who have wanted to see it in the past – I always thought relegation was punishment for the fans for mistakes Ashley made. But I get it now. While Ashley is in post, relegation will always be the 2nd worse thing that can happen to us.

    But if a takeover doesn’t happen soon, I see us going the same way as Sunderland.

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  63. I’m neutral on Bruce, seems a canny bloke with a below average record.
    I’m fuming about the takeover though, what’s left of it (or if it even existed at all – this Midhat guy is an Essex boy who knows Ashley).
    What’s left? They’re still moving at snails pace despite the urgent needs. It’s beyond my comprehension . . .

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  64. I see Manu are signing yet another expensive midfielder. That at least should put an end to the Longstaff speculation.

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  65. I think Jabba is going to war with fans now. I think he’s in full on stubborn, I will do what I want forget the fans mode. It’s like he’s looked at all the season tickets not been renewed and the boycott and thought fu*k you lot! There really is no other explanation.

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