Disturbing Report Means Rafa Benitez Could Leave Newcastle

There’s a disturbing report in the Sunday People today that Mike Ashley is unhappy with some of the transfers that have been made by Newcastle and he now wants to go back to the old transfer system and have Newcastle bring in players who are 26 years old or younger so they have sell-on value.

That transfer system was a failed system that saw Newcastle relegated twice in seven years and it simply never worked, because it was always difficult to get the necessary experience  into the team and Rafa Benitez has changed all that for the better.

Rafa Benitez at Brentford yesterday

Here is a short extract from the article by Neil Moxley in the Sunday People which is slightly alarming if it is in fact accurate:

“Mike Ashley has reinstated Newcastle United’s controversial transfer policy after a series of no-holds-barred meetings with the Magpies’ hierarchy this week.”

“The owner has put his foot down midway through the transfer window and taken measures to have a greater say over the comings and goings at St James’ Park.”

“He has left Managing Director Lee Charnley in no doubt as to his wishes and former recruitment guru Graham Carr is set for a direct role in all future purchases.”

Before Rafa Benitez agreed to sign for Newcastle on a three year contract he had everything written down and signed by both sides simply so that something like this couldn’t happen.

Rafa was in control of all transfers into and out of the club and was also in control of all recruitment.

The manager did not want to be dictated to by the likes of Mike Ashley and in fact he went to some lengths in May so that something like this couldn’t happen.

The report doesn’t mention Rafa Benitez much, but simply says Mike Ashley wants to revert back to the old way of signing younger players.

But why would he ever want to do that?

It was a failed system and Rafa, because of his vast experience has Newcastle at the top of the Championship and on track to have the club promoted in May back to the Premier League.

It’s exactly this type of power move by the Newcastle owner that could have Rafa Benitez walk out on Newcastle,  because the agreements he made to manage the club are not being kept to.

So it’s quite simple – if this report in the Sunday People is true – Rafa Benitez could be forced to walk out on the club.

We have to also say we have trouble believing the report is accurate.

What do you think?

Comment welcome.

40 comments so far

  • brklyngeordie

    Jan 15, 2017 at 5:15 AM

    Comment #1

    Like most with a brain we believe it not true. Why would he go all out to retain Benitez over the summer, come out and say he will not be involved in the football decisions then allow Benitez to do his business over the summer?

    I am from the states and maybe a little bias as I support NUFC but really must say the media in England always try to paint a picture with a dark cloud over Newcastle when we are doing well and finally start to seem to be getting the club on the right path they want to make up stories about or Manager who all said would never stay after relegation and use the fear we all have in the back of our minds that Ashley is scum and will destroy the club.

    Well yes we all know that Ashley is an Evil man but think even he knows that the repercussions of making Rafa turn his back on us maybe the final straw that breaks the camels back and all hell will break loose at St James’.

    Papers need print just like people need food and we all know what that results in sh!t just like this bogus story sh!t

  • firebug666

    Jan 15, 2017 at 5:26 AM

    Comment #2

    I can see Ashley suing The Sunday People and their garbage reporter if this is not true, as it is a blatant attempt to unsettle everyone at the club.

    Wonder how Neil Moxley knows the in’s and out’s of private meetings (if any took place)? Gutter press at it’s best.

  • U.S Magpie

    Jan 15, 2017 at 6:47 AM

    Comment #3

    Sunday people full of Sunday Idiots within the writing pool. There is no way Mike would phuck this up, Rafa was begged to stay at the club and could have gone anywhere. Why would Mike risk a backlash from the fans is Rafa walked, the reason the club is where its at is due to a none football brain owning the club, now he has his very own brain in the manager and Newcastle are making money. Sunday people, thank god only comes out on Sunday!!!

  • dannitoon

    Jan 15, 2017 at 6:50 AM

    Comment #4

    The only thing disturbing about this is the fact you published it…. utter bolloxs… what over 26yearold is he unhappy with… Murphy the £3m OAP who put us top yesterday?!?!

  • expatmag

    Jan 15, 2017 at 6:54 AM

    Comment #5

    Same media outlets reported

  • expatmag

    Jan 15, 2017 at 6:57 AM

    Comment #6

    Same media outlets reported less than a month ago how happy Ashley was in the job Rafa and Charnley were doing and how he would continue to let them run the club thus.

    I think Big Mike has far more business issues to worry him currently than Newcastle United

  • Jib

    Jan 15, 2017 at 7:16 AM

    Comment #7


    This is the story it appears in both the People and Mirror.

    They used to be the chosen media outlets by NUFC until Rafa binned that concept.

    It is written by Neil Moxley a midlands journo/scribbler

    He is a life-long Aston Villa supporter .

    He could’nt possibly have an ulterior motive could he ?

    He’ll be in the Toon on Wednesday for the cuptie v Birmingham I would guess – gosh it would be jolly nice to have a chat.

  • Dennis Twice

    Jan 15, 2017 at 7:29 AM

    Comment #8

    Attack Toon attack, attack!

  • Bambams

    Jan 15, 2017 at 7:38 AM

    Comment #9

    Utter rubbish

  • Jib

    Jan 15, 2017 at 7:45 AM

    Comment #10

    Nottingham Forest have sacked manager Philippe Montanier after less than seven months in charge.
    Could there be some players avaiable ?

  • expatmag

    Jan 15, 2017 at 7:50 AM

    Comment #11

    Whats the betting Ryan Giggs get the gig?

  • Mag52

    Jan 15, 2017 at 7:50 AM

    Comment #12

    We all want to believe this story about Ashley is bollicks, and of course it could be.
    Unfortunately fat Ash is a serial offender when it come to upsetting our applecart just as things are looking good, and I for one wouldn’t put it past him.
    Ashley out !

  • expatmag

    Jan 15, 2017 at 7:54 AM

    Comment #13


    Jf Ashley were to f@$% things up now when everything is going so well, I would fully expect the police to find his body dangling by his buster browns from the Tyne bridge one foggy sunday morning.

    Even he couldnt be that stupid

  • optimistic prime

    Jan 15, 2017 at 7:59 AM

    Comment #14

    Can’t see there being any truth in this at all. Ashley couldn’t handle the fall out from the fans etc. It would tarnish his good name far to much.

  • Jib

    Jan 15, 2017 at 8:05 AM

    Comment #15

    The Tioté saga rumbles on.

    Expected to sign for Sporting Gijon this weekend .

    It now appears that Gijon’s manager, Abelardo Fernández’ future is in doubt and today’s home game against Eibar at teatime is crucial for his job !

    So everything is on hold.

  • lochinvar

    Jan 15, 2017 at 8:05 AM

    Comment #16

    Let’s give credit to some fantastic journalism – just a pity that the printers omitted to print the paragraph that says that Ashley has actually given Charnley a substantial budget go ahead and acquire a host of exciting new young players from around the world for Rafas youth teams, players that will rip up the Premiership in future years leaving the likes of depressing Villa, Birmingham , Palace and the Mackems languishing in the darkness.
    It’s obviously designed to help Rafa with his work load now that he’s established who he wants to recruit and after setting up the new club facilities he can concentrate on first team matters.
    Of course Charnley and Carr will help out as it’s great management by Rafa and Mike to delegate workloads and to protect Rafa’s well being – what caring employers we have.
    It’s so good of Journalists to admit their jealousy of what’s happening at NUFC when their own clubs are heading into oblivion and the Midlands is becoming a suburb of London .
    Cracked Mirror so there’s seven years stuck in the Lower leagues for them then.

  • Bambams

    Jan 15, 2017 at 8:15 AM

    Comment #17

    Would anyone bring Arma back from loan….

    With Shelvey back and if Gayle is going to be out for a few games….Not saying he is like for like but the lad can score

    Just a thought

  • Mag52

    Jan 15, 2017 at 8:17 AM

    Comment #18

    Really hope you’re right expatmag.

  • Jib

    Jan 15, 2017 at 8:19 AM

    Comment #19

    Apparently Rafa really rates the Fulham midfielder Tom Cairney and has gone back with a bigger offer.
    I expect Tom Heardman to at least make the bench against Birmingham on Wednesday night.

  • firebug666

    Jan 15, 2017 at 8:24 AM

    Comment #20


    I think Arma is better off where he is, if he was brought back what would be his chances of first team football in a few short weeks when Gayle and Mitro are back.

    At least for now he is getting minutes where he is and is able to develop.

    As for fat Ash Man, he has taken a step back and left Penfold in charge of the day to day running of the club, and Rafa in charge of the football side of things, He has just coughed up another £33m loan to ensure we have the funds to get promoted.

    Really cannot see him pulling the rug from under Rafa and handing control of transfers back to Carr.

    Having said that, I just can’t resist:-

    Ashley Out!

  • posada

    Jan 15, 2017 at 8:25 AM

    Comment #21

    Yeh get Arma back.
    If he can’t be recalled then somebody at the club needs shooting as old big head used to say.

    I have said on here recently. Some of the transfers concern me.
    Sels, Gamez, Hanley and Lazzar.

  • Jib

    Jan 15, 2017 at 8:26 AM

    Comment #22

    The logic of Ashley changing club policy makes no sense !

    The last time we ignored the U25 policy – in Jan 2013 and bought :-

    Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa -Montpellier £6.7m
    Yoan Gouffran – Girondins Bordeaux £2m
    Massadio Haidara – AS Nancy £2.5m
    Moussa Sissoko – Toulouse £2m

    You can see – we either still have the player or we made a big profit on him.

  • Mag52

    Jan 15, 2017 at 8:27 AM

    Comment #23


    With us now down to one fit striker for the next however many weeks, that would make sense.

  • Bambams

    Jan 15, 2017 at 8:30 AM

    Comment #24

    Cheers Firebug

    I was unsure if we could recall him for say one month then let him return.

    Not sure if this is allowed and I think I read on here from a fellow blogger Arma was mostly on the bench at Barnsley.

    Just been reading about Tom Cairney. But in Rafa I trust.

    If we brought him AND Townsend in I would be a happy blogger. A certain ‘mercurial frenchmen’ on loan as well but I won’t start that debate again.

    Just my opinion

  • Jib

    Jan 15, 2017 at 8:33 AM

    Comment #25

    “I have said on here recently. Some of the transfers concern me.
    Sels, Gamez, Hanley and Lazzar.”

    Yeah I remember that

    You also had Murphy on your list !

    Whoops !!!

  • cyprus

    Jan 15, 2017 at 8:35 AM

    Comment #26

    So only this Neil found out about a series of no holds barred meetings. Fascinating.

    Definitely not disturbing Ed, don’t you worry.

    I can make up a better and more likely story if you want: it is very likely that with the looming Chinese onslaught on PL players and top managers, Rafa too may be tempted to lead one of those teams. This could be a disturbing development.

  • Mag52

    Jan 15, 2017 at 8:37 AM

    Comment #27


    In 2013 Haidara and Sissoko were both under 25.

  • Steak and Kidney Pie

    Jan 15, 2017 at 8:51 AM

    Comment #28

    We are halfway through the season and top, so it’s premature to label any signing a flop. Hanley hasn’t been certainly, just little needed so far. Gamez has been injured, which is part and parcel of football. Selz has done ok, is decent cover, is pushing Darlow, and is still young. Lazaar has not been much needed but is applying himself and did well last time out. These players can all still have made a solid contribution come the end of the season. We need 24 players and some will play little or no football, but it’s important we have them as cover and to push those who are getting games.

  • posada

    Jan 15, 2017 at 8:57 AM

    Comment #29

    talking nonsense again. Poised like a rat trap to go off and misrepresent the facts.
    I had Murphy on a list of signings who do not play much.
    Sign 2 right backs but still play Anita.
    3/4 Mill for a left back but still play Dummet.

    2 million for Murphy as a back up is OK. We all know how that was going to work.
    Are you saying these signings were good. Gamez, Sels, Hanley and Lazaar.

  • posada

    Jan 15, 2017 at 9:01 AM

    Comment #30

    Sels has not done OK.
    He is poor at best.

  • Steak and Kidney Pie

    Jan 15, 2017 at 9:08 AM

    Comment #31

    Posada, Sels has done ok, not well, but ok. He’s done some flapping while adjusting to the English game and has lost his starting place to a good keeper. He remains an important part of the group and Rafa would play him without hesitation if needed, and we would continue to do well as a team if he was playing.

  • posada

    Jan 15, 2017 at 9:12 AM

    Comment #32

    Ask Lascelles and Clark what they think of him.
    They end up bricking it every time a cross comes in.
    Remember the game when lascelles looked to the bench after one of his flaps as if to say what you going to do about this fella.

  • Steak and Kidney Pie

    Jan 15, 2017 at 9:15 AM

    Comment #33

    I’ll rephrase that. Sels has done ok. Not as well as hoped perhaps, but certainly ok.

  • Steak and Kidney Pie

    Jan 15, 2017 at 9:21 AM

    Comment #34

    I very much doubt they’ll be anything like as dismissive of him. He’s lost his place to a good young and experienced keeper, but he’s an accomplished young keeper himself, with still half a season left to push and challenge and step in if called upon.

  • Moonraker15

    Jan 15, 2017 at 9:56 AM

    Comment #35

    You suggest Rafa might be tempted to go to China!
    One reason he is at Newcastle is his family wouldn’t leave the uk and encouraged him to stay albeit they are in Merseyside.
    He won’t leave the uk I’m sure but he won’t take any flak from Ashley either and could walk into many PL jobs tomorrow if pushed by a change in policy.
    The only thing I think about this report is that they want to develop the youth polis so it is effective cos it certainly is not at the moment! Hopefully Theo’s won’t affect our ability to buy players to bring success, not profit alone because that has already been proved as unworkable!

  • Taff the Mag

    Jan 15, 2017 at 9:58 AM

    Comment #36

    My 4 year old grandson used to read the Sunday People but has now moved on to a more serious publication, the Beano.

  • Patoon

    Jan 15, 2017 at 10:17 AM

    Comment #37

    Dennis twat

  • neverwin

    Jan 15, 2017 at 11:19 AM

    Comment #38

    Ashley should put an end to this and clarify situation because he surely will not want this to fester = then again!111

    Regarding Sels he does scare me- Man City and Liverpool also have also seemed to have bought dodgy keepers.
    Only positive De Gea was mocked in his first season yet is now highly rated.

  • juan

    Jan 15, 2017 at 2:14 PM

    Comment #39

    Remy cabella
    Florian Thauvan
    Siem de jong
    Emmanuel rivière
    Henri saviet
    Yanga mbiwa
    Faccundo ferayra

    It’s been such a success story on Ashley’s transfer policy.

  • benjohnsen

    Jan 15, 2017 at 5:10 PM

    Comment #40

    This doesn’t make any sense. Rafa has negative spending and still improved the squad. Compared to last season Ashley must be thrilled by the magical window Newcastle had last summer.


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