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MIke Ashley Willing To Be Guided By Benitez

1:01 pm, Wednesday, July 13th, 2016 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 50 Comments

Mike Ashley’s tenure at Newcastle United has not been a successful one over the last nine years and we suffered our second relegation in seven years in May and are once again a second division club in England.

And after just avoiding relegation a year ago on the final day of the season, the warning signs were there and we spent a massive £80M on new players in the transfer market last season.

And after doing that it took a lot of hard work and complete incompetence to be relegated and Newcastle were in the bottom four almost all season.

But that’s what happened and even Rafa Benitez couldn’t save us.

Mike Ashley Lee Charnley Newcastle United

Lee Charnley and Mike Ashley

We always thought Mike Ashley had done the right thing a year ago by leaving it to the Newcastle Board to run the club.

The problem was the Board members proved to be incompetent and their biggest mistake was in appointing the head coaches.

First of all it was the woeful John Carver who was put in charge to replace the departed Alan Pardew a year last January.

After John almost single-handedly had the club relegated last May he was fired and replaced by Steve McClaren last June.

Steve had failed miserably at Derby County and was never good enough for the Newcastle job, but the Board (of which Steve was a member) kept him in place for far too long and the rest is history – bad history.

But Newcastle did very well to get Rafa Benitez to stay on and he is now essentially running the club for Mike Ashley and we just hope the owner stays out of Rafa’s way as he builds Newcastle United into a football force again.

The signs are encouraging with news in the Shields Gazette today that Ashley wants to keep both Moussa Sissoko and Gini Wijnaldum at the club to help with the promotion drive.


Rafa Benitez – running Newcastle in all football matters

Mike Ashley told Rafa he didn’t have to sell any of his players this summer and the owner has stood by that promise.

And it seems that he is also willing to be guided Rafa Benitez on the incoming and outgoing transfers this summer.

The fact that Rafa was allowed to sing 31 year-old Jesus Gamez and on two year deal is proof that Rafa is indeed in charge of all transfers.

We hope  Mike Ashley allows himself to be being guided by whatever Rafa wants to do at the club as he builds it up from the very foundations into a club in his own image.

If Rafa is allowed to do that and supported along the way by Mike Ashley and his Managing Director Lee Charnley – there’s little doubt Newcastle United will soon be great again.

All Mike basically has to do is nothing – and sometimes that’s difficult.

But it’s so far so (very) good at Newcastle with Benitez making some great progress in such a short time.

Long may it continue.

Tags: Coaching · Financial Fair Play · Financials · Management · Newcastle News · Premier League · Recruitment · Transfer News and Rumours

50 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Tsunki // Jul 13, 2016 at 1:02 PM

    Ashley and that Fat Kid Out!

  • 2 Tsunki // Jul 13, 2016 at 1:04 PM

    Picture caption –

    ” but Michael….Michael.. Michael….its not fair! You said it was a gift voucher and they wouldn’t let me get a Balti pie with it…”

  • 3 Belfast // Jul 13, 2016 at 1:05 PM

    Pokat in !

  • 4 expatmag // Jul 13, 2016 at 1:08 PM


    Michael. If you dont let me cook the Paella instead of Rafa, I am bringing back Schteve as Head Chef

  • 5 martoon // Jul 13, 2016 at 1:10 PM

    Belfast – I’m obviously missing the joke so who was Pokat an alias of?

  • 6 Belfast // Jul 13, 2016 at 1:13 PM

    Tsunki was Pokat.

    A sick experiment that he once tried. 🙂

  • 7 Shadow_Shearer // Jul 13, 2016 at 1:18 PM

    Wonder how much rafa has to spend in total. Let’s keep on mind if he wins the championship we will get something like 100 million

  • 8 Tsunki // Jul 13, 2016 at 1:26 PM

    I’m still living down the same. It seemed like a worthy idea at the time.

  • 9 Tsunki // Jul 13, 2016 at 1:28 PM

    Having said that Pokat was way funnier than me. Not hard I concede but there it is. 🙂

  • 10 martoon // Jul 13, 2016 at 1:30 PM

    Thanks Belfast – it all now becomes clear although I still don’t understand what either of the names mean?
    Shadow_Shearer @7 – You would imagine that in the original negotiations Rafa was promised a transfer budget – I would have thought £20m – £30m would be reasonable for a relegated club (an educated guess) plus any profit from transfers which has been widely reported.

  • 11 Tsunki // Jul 13, 2016 at 1:30 PM

    Roy could still have a vital role to play with the England setup. He could aerate the wembley turf with his zimmer frame.

  • 12 Belfast // Jul 13, 2016 at 1:30 PM

    Yep he was, but I can certainly understand why the right reverend Ian doesn’t like to be linked to riff raff like him lol

  • 13 Tsunki // Jul 13, 2016 at 1:32 PM


    At one time I thought about staying as Pokat indefinitely. Probably should have in hindsight. 😐

  • 14 SuperShearer // Jul 13, 2016 at 1:38 PM

    It seems clear that this relegation might be the making of this club. Because had we survived I don’t think Rafa would have been given the control he has been given and we’d be at the hands of the ‘board’.
    MA has seen that the only way to do it is to hire a class manager, give them full control of footballing matters and back them financially. He’s done that. Let’s hope for us it works.

  • 15 JamesToon // Jul 13, 2016 at 1:39 PM

    Really don’t want Bamford, hes worse than cisse. Touch is poor, cant hold up the ball, doesnt have any pace, literally just a poacher and thats it, and is known to be lazy.

    With the england, i personally hope Eddie Howe gets it, young, may be inexperienced but hes the sort of man our young squad needs, he’ll get us playing exciting and attacking football. Yes it may be too early for him, but there really isn’t anyone else. Even though Big Sam leaving the mackems would be funny, hes just a sidestep to Woy, whats he actually done to justify getting the england job? It will be dire football and we’ll be the laughing stock, nations like france/germany/spain/italy will just laugh at us.

  • 16 Spoof // Jul 13, 2016 at 1:44 PM

    Ashley is at it again, deflecting the blame, the chances of keeping both are remote but when the complaints about selling our best players gets thrown at the club we all know that he wanted to keep them, the sly twat.

  • 17 martoon // Jul 13, 2016 at 1:46 PM

    Tsunki @13 – Thank you for explaining that – so is your current name also an acronym?
    maybe? 🙂

  • 18 martoon // Jul 13, 2016 at 1:48 PM

    or KId even

  • 19 Spoof // Jul 13, 2016 at 1:50 PM


    Should that not be kid instead of kit, sorry Tsunki lol

  • 20 giimps // Jul 13, 2016 at 1:52 PM

    Bamford isn’t as good as what we have IMHO , although we will need a lot of cover for injuries and suspensions (Mitro) but we have u21 to draw from if needed, Arma, Perez, mitro, dejong,gayle Gini and even goiffy and Rivière would be better and work harder than Bamford

  • 21 Tsunki // Jul 13, 2016 at 1:57 PM

    OK ok righto….. no my name is just a random id. Thanks for the glowing references though 🙁

  • 22 Tsunki // Jul 13, 2016 at 1:58 PM

    JamesToon – and of course Germany et al are not laughing at us already….

  • 23 Tsunki // Jul 13, 2016 at 1:59 PM

    Some might say that a Sam Allardyce type team just won the Euro 2016….

  • 24 expatmag // Jul 13, 2016 at 2:01 PM


    Mate….even we Aussies are laughing at you lot

  • 25 expatmag // Jul 13, 2016 at 2:03 PM

    We should slready have enough firepower up front to walk thus league assuming all but Sissoko stay.

  • 26 Ron Knee // Jul 13, 2016 at 2:04 PM

    Wijnaldum to Everton?

  • 27 martoon // Jul 13, 2016 at 2:11 PM

    Tsunki – only teasing 😀
    Under Big Sam England would be hard to beat but would you want to watch it? Also surely one of Sam’s biggest attributes is unearthing gems in the lower basement of the transfer market which you don’t need as an international manager.

  • 28 Tsunki // Jul 13, 2016 at 2:15 PM

    Isn’t that Everton link for Wijno an old one?

  • 29 firebug666 // Jul 13, 2016 at 2:17 PM


    The media especially Sky Sports will do their best to sell off our best players with these stories to unsettle them. It’s good for business you don’t ya know.

    Everton and many others may have an interest in some of our players, but until an acceptable bid comes in they will be playing for us, add to that the Rafa effect and the fact he does not need to sell nor does he want to and the stories will flow with gathering intensity right until the window slams shut.

    After that the headlines will be Everton miss out on…… pmsl!

  • 30 Ron Knee // Jul 13, 2016 at 2:18 PM


    It was in the Chronic today – so you’re probably right!

  • 31 expatmag // Jul 13, 2016 at 2:18 PM

    On Sam……Can the FA afford hus legion of back up team members?

    On Sunderland…..odds on Moyes to replace hippo heed

  • 32 Ron Knee // Jul 13, 2016 at 2:20 PM


    Would you like Wijnaldum to stay at Newcastle?

  • 33 firebug666 // Jul 13, 2016 at 2:27 PM


    Without any doubt mate he would set the fizzy pop on fire, 11 goals last season in a poor team lacking leadership and a manager, he would double that under Rafa and with some quality alongside him on the pitch.

  • 34 Ian Toon // Jul 13, 2016 at 2:28 PM

    Belfast – Who would have thunked it. I thought Pokat was Jail after one of his barbecues. I remember likening to his heralding of Mr Tuff’s return from a holiday in France as Sack Llambias. Just being pizzed. Shame because he was funny rather than morose.
    Thanks for sharing. That’s why your the legend

  • 35 Tsunki // Jul 13, 2016 at 2:35 PM

    ** strokes the back of Belfasts hand…***

  • 36 Tsunki // Jul 13, 2016 at 2:36 PM

    Sorry Ian, to infer you were cleaned out by Ed. Maybe it was carl and pushy I was thinking of? Easy mistake.

  • 37 Tsunki // Jul 13, 2016 at 2:38 PM

    And it’s ‘you’re’, you bleeding half wit. No offence, educational purposes only.

  • 38 welshgeordie9 // Jul 13, 2016 at 2:50 PM

    As soon as Benitez comes back from the Ireland the better, maybe we will do more transfer business, surly he would have like things done when he’s not in the North East, what’s Charnley been doing.

  • 39 firebug666 // Jul 13, 2016 at 2:54 PM

    Welshie boy

    Patients lad, the deals will get done as and when they are ready. some things just cannot be rushed if you want to get the right deal for the club.

  • 40 Rotonda heights // Jul 13, 2016 at 3:06 PM

    Old Ian / Carl / pushy still pleading the 5th amendment. Quite funny really.

    Better throw firebug’s ”patients” while we’re at it in that case

  • 41 Rafa Revolution // Jul 13, 2016 at 3:08 PM

    I haven’t been as excited for a new season as I am with this one, think Rafa can be a god here if he makes us successful

  • 42 Ian Toon // Jul 13, 2016 at 3:10 PM

    Thanks Tsunki.

  • 43 firebug666 // Jul 13, 2016 at 3:11 PM


    Should have been ‘Patience’ but I knew who I was talking too. Confusing isn’t it…pmsl!

  • 44 welshgeordie9 // Jul 13, 2016 at 3:21 PM


    As you can see i haven’t got any.

  • 45 firebug666 // Jul 13, 2016 at 3:26 PM


    You should always keeps a little back for a rainy day mate.

    When you go out to buy something do you ever haggle over the price?

  • 46 Jib // Jul 13, 2016 at 3:27 PM

    Poor Tsunki
    Yesterdays man
    Desperately in denial
    Farage got what he wanted and has done one
    Michael Ashley has turned ovr a new leaf “Ashley out” looks SO sad now
    Tsunki do one mate

  • 47 welshgeordie9 // Jul 13, 2016 at 3:31 PM


    Now and again if they taking the mick with the price, they can be stubborn like me.

  • 48 Mister Tuff // Jul 13, 2016 at 3:37 PM

    Mr Tubbs…………………………………………….OOT
    Fool with a 1000 faces…………………………..OOT
    Costa del Crime inhabitants……………………OOT

  • 49 welshgeordie9 // Jul 13, 2016 at 3:41 PM

    The only reason why I’ve been losing patience is because last week or 2 we’ve been on a roll with signings and i just want them to continue, if you told me we were sign to five players in a short space of time before our first friendly I would have said to you I’ll have what you drinking, this is first time for a long time everyone’s feeling positive this season, things happening this season should have happened a long time ago, manager in charge of transfers for example, i guess it’s like been a kid opening xmas presents, first two or three you like wow so you get greedy and hoping for more, transfer windows is the same.

  • 50 loonie-toon // Jul 13, 2016 at 3:47 PM

    Giimps u forgot Toney fink he could do job for is this season we bought him from this league

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