Ashley On Benitez – We Are Working On It


Here´s a tweet that Newcastle fan Jim has sent out.

Jim was in a London pub yesterday and Mike Ashley was there – and when Mike was asked the situation on Rafa Benitez he said ?e are working on it



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82 comments so far

  • Tsunki

    Mar 11, 2016 at 10:07 AM

    Comment #1

    Ashley Out! But get a pint in first.

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  • Novocastrian66

    Mar 11, 2016 at 10:08 AM

    Comment #2

    Is he talking to Alex Mcleish? I hope not!

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  • catchy in norway

    Mar 11, 2016 at 10:10 AM

    Comment #3

    did shteve turn up for training today ?

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  • danf98

    Mar 11, 2016 at 10:11 AM

    Comment #4

    Ed I thought you just previously suggested he was out of the country… this is a bit contradictory.

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  • AncientC

    Mar 11, 2016 at 10:11 AM

    Comment #5

    That’s definitely Ashley isn’t it? If somebody on Twitter has found his double, Ashley could hire him to go to games for him. Like a Saddam number 2.

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  • cyprus

    Mar 11, 2016 at 10:12 AM

    Comment #6

    If Jim said it it’s true.

    Repost:
    You asked me (a few threads back), then who if not Benitez. I didn’t say I want someone else, just said it ain’t nailed that he’s our savior. His record isn’t always glittering, especially with smaller teams. But I compliment him: like I said, it’s like buying a Ferrari to go off road.

    I’d get the most unpopular choice for the next games, someone who’d kick some axx and take the pressure on the chin: Pearson.

    Benitez will gladly sign a contract with this or that little term and special clause, in the summer.

    Right now we need someone hungry for a fight. Not the fancy type. The street brawl.

    AC, hope so.

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  • Novocastrian66

    Mar 11, 2016 at 10:13 AM

    Comment #7

    Catchy. The players have the day off. No training today.

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  • SPRINGY

    Mar 11, 2016 at 10:14 AM

    Comment #8

    day off i think catchy….well the players have anyway

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  • lochinvar

    Mar 11, 2016 at 10:15 AM

    Comment #9

    Looks like he’s talking to a younger Harry Redknapp or has Jamie aged a lot in recent months ?

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  • hibbitt

    Mar 11, 2016 at 10:18 AM

    Comment #10

    McLaren is playing golf a Rockcliffe Hall day off

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  • The overrated Frenchman

    Mar 11, 2016 at 10:20 AM

    Comment #11

    My daughter sees him regular at a pub (or a restaurant maybe) near where she works in Clerkenwell.

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  • hate

    Mar 11, 2016 at 10:22 AM

    Comment #12

    That’s something, right?

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  • Lindisfarne

    Mar 11, 2016 at 10:24 AM

    Comment #13

    Damn you jail, beat me to the weather joke!!!

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  • catchy in norway

    Mar 11, 2016 at 10:24 AM

    Comment #14

    thanks,

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  • The overrated Frenchman

    Mar 11, 2016 at 10:25 AM

    Comment #15

    Yeah, that’s something, hate.

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  • catchy in norway

    Mar 11, 2016 at 10:29 AM

    Comment #16

    so today is the day,

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  • YouCouldn'tMakeItUp

    Mar 11, 2016 at 10:35 AM

    Comment #17

    If the club f#$k this up at this stage, they should just close the gates for good. If McCockup is still here tomorrow morning then what little faith I have left will be truely gone

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  • neverwin

    Mar 11, 2016 at 10:35 AM

    Comment #18

    I do not believe for one minute that Benitez or any other strong willed manager will be appointed.
    There is no way that Ashley will be dictated to. Christ he is even cocking a snoop at Parliament today.
    Just to look at Charnley is a stomach turner – horrible.
    I was starting to feel sorry for the way McClaren had been treated this week but then I thought no- he has treat supporters like shite with his football and team selections – so what goes around………

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  • RonVanDam

    Mar 11, 2016 at 10:40 AM

    Comment #19

    Was Benitez the waiter at the pub?

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  • YouCouldn'tMakeItUp

    Mar 11, 2016 at 10:41 AM

    Comment #20

    Hibbit

    So when McPants rolls up to the golf course and asks for a game, and the manager says “yeah, sure. What’s your handicap?”
    Does McPants reply “Well, I am a sh1te football manager!”?

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  • The overrated Frenchman

    Mar 11, 2016 at 10:42 AM

    Comment #21

    YouCouldn’tMakeItUp@17. I agree. If this all goes t*ts up it will be the last straw for a lot of people.

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  • Whumpie

    Mar 11, 2016 at 10:43 AM

    Comment #22

    If Rafa comes I will be optimistic for the first time in ages. He will only be here as manager, not as coach, and the club has shown it will spend money now it has it to spend.
    It could just work ya knaa.

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  • Veltman

    Mar 11, 2016 at 10:48 AM

    Comment #23

    May be Benitez told Lee that “I reviewed the situation of the club.It didn’t look difficult.I’ll save it,but I need you to clean up the entire coaching staff and the setup behind..”
    Lee shocked by Benitez’s confidence,but unable to decide on his own.Waiting for Mike to decide..
    Mike is out of the country.
    It’s one of those kind of things..
    continue holding my breath.

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  • YouCouldn'tMakeItUp

    Mar 11, 2016 at 10:53 AM

    Comment #24

    TheOverated….

    So many mistakes have been made and repeated over so long, now, that I don’t think many can take another huge let down. If everything about this up to now is true, it will take such spectacular incompetence to ruin it that they would have to write a biblical epic about it.

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  • Rotonda heights

    Mar 11, 2016 at 10:58 AM

    Comment #25

    Rafa’s conditions effectively end Carr’s involvement to a large degree and Charnley is just going to have to live with that.

    The pair of them have wasted millions on players and brought us JC and SM. Carr is 72 any way and should just retire, while if we stay up / drop, Charnley must walk for his gross ineptitude either way.

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  • The overrated Frenchman

    Mar 11, 2016 at 10:58 AM

    Comment #26

    @24. It is a saga of almost biblical proportions, that’s true. You couldn’t make it up…

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  • Rotonda heights

    Mar 11, 2016 at 11:00 AM

    Comment #27

    YCMIU

    You wouldnt put it past them cocking this up and frankly if they do I hope we do go down, ash loses a ton of money and carr and charnley are run out of town

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  • hibbitt

    Mar 11, 2016 at 11:02 AM

    Comment #28

    Rotonda heights
    carr has an 8 year contract more money down the pan if we have to pay him off the bill to get Rafa in just gets bigger and bigger

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  • Thump

    Mar 11, 2016 at 11:02 AM

    Comment #29

    Honestly, I thought Rafa was another one of those blinkered situations where we’re told they want him but just couldn’t agree on terms (read: “Want the job Rafa?” “No.” “Alrighty then!”), given that it’s going on this long it’s probably safe to say that we are in for him, but I still can’t see him coming. He’ll want to rock the boat and the powers that be won’t do it.

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  • Rotonda heights

    Mar 11, 2016 at 11:03 AM

    Comment #30

    Ron

    Naughty!!! Even chelseas fans had come round to rafa in the end. fat spanish waiter was so wrong on so many levels.

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  • Rotonda heights

    Mar 11, 2016 at 11:05 AM

    Comment #31

    hibbitt

    82 M sounds like we’ve spent a lot but we had stockpiled that for years and used it now in desperation. 150M tv money will dwarf paying carr off if we stay up.

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  • YouCouldn'tMakeItUp

    Mar 11, 2016 at 11:05 AM

    Comment #32

    Overated

    Spielberg has already bought the movie rights.

    “Toonidus:- Planks and Knakkas”

    Rotonda

    Yeah, if they do drop this cosidderably large b0ll0ck, then the only plus side would hopefully be exactly what you suggest. Where can we buy reasonably priced baseball bats with nails in?

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  • Rotonda heights

    Mar 11, 2016 at 11:06 AM

    Comment #33

    this is chinese water toture. just waiting and praying that for once the teaboy doesn’t mess up

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  • Belfast

    Mar 11, 2016 at 11:08 AM

    Comment #34

    That picture could have been took years ago.

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  • hibbitt

    Mar 11, 2016 at 11:09 AM

    Comment #35

    Rotonda heights
    my post was tongue in cheek LOL

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  • Rotonda heights

    Mar 11, 2016 at 11:11 AM

    Comment #36

    over rated

    you’re right I’ve watched them for 45 years and in that time I’ve seen incompetence off the scale, but this would top everything.

    Cocking up getting a world class manager with an amazing book of contacts, because they wanted to look after carr and charnley’s jobs would be pitchfork territory.

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  • The overrated Frenchman

    Mar 11, 2016 at 11:11 AM

    Comment #37

    If Benitez takes the job, I hope the first thing he does is give Graham Carr the boot. I always believed his dirty dealings would come back to haunt him, so it would be instant karma for Carr…

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  • YouCouldn'tMakeItUp

    Mar 11, 2016 at 11:15 AM

    Comment #38

    I did intend to revert to my original “Markaccus” before xmas, but since my current tag seems to suit the stuff that constantly happens at nufc, i might as well keep it longer.

    Honestly, you just couldn’t…..et.c

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  • ilovetoon8788

    Mar 11, 2016 at 11:20 AM

    Comment #39

    Benitez has arrived at Newcastle!.

    at long last!!!

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  • Ian Toon

    Mar 11, 2016 at 11:22 AM

    Comment #40

    Jib/Cyprus – yours earlier this morning. What might we expect from Benitez?

    Soccernomics show a case study of bad transfer policy and they look specifically at Liverpool from 1998- 2010. Manager”s during this period were Houllier and Benitez. Big fees without ever seriously threatening to win the league. Carragher in hia autobiography provides a dolefully comic commentary on a number of signings with Fernando Morientes the greatest disappointment being a yard off the pace.
    Benitez replaced Houllier in 2004.and he encountered a number of poor, overpaid players but with expectations as great as ever. In 2008 Robbie Keane left Spurs for £20 million and left L’pool six months later to go back to Spurs at a loss of £8 million. At the time Virgin Trains placed a series of newspaper adverts that said ” A Liverpool to London return faster than Robbie Keane”. For all the spending L’pool’s best players during this period were homegrown that cost nothing- Gerrard, Owen and Carragher. Hyppia cost only £2.6 m. In short there didn’t seem much correlation between spending and quality.
    After Benitez sixth and last season he had spent £122 million more than he had received in transfer fees. SAF’s net spend in the same period was only £27 million.

    Cyprus had a point- though his failure at L’pool was partially disguised by one night in Istanbul and victory in the Champions League in 2005. This after being 3-0 down at half time. Benitez subsequently acknowledged that he had got the tactics wrong going into the game and turned the team upside down at half time. Carragher acknowledged that he convinced the team at half time that they could win the game. However the most reliable gauge of a team’s quality is their performance in the League. Carragher believes that Benitez has learnt that having money is no guarantee of success unless you spend it on the right players.
    Benitez should he join will need to put his mark on a woeful defence and secure a goal scoring ST.

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