Reports – Furious Benitez May Leave Newcastle This Summer

Ir was always going to be  a possibility that Mike Ashley would not live up to his promises to allow Rafa Benitez a free rein at Newcastle, which is the reason Rafa agreed to stay on at the club in the first place after we were relegated last May.

And today there is more proof that Rafa Benitez is furious with Mike Ashley, with news in all the major newspapers this monring that his long term future at the club is now uncertain at best.

Mike Ashley – interfering again

We don’t know if this is true, but Mike Ashley always has a habit in the ten years he’s owned the club of getting involved and demanding the way things are done at the club – something we thought was in the past after Rafa Benitez came in, but it doesn’t look like it.

It now looks like Newcastle definitely failed to back him with the players he wanted in January and Rafa is as angry as he has looked recently about the whole thing.

Ashley was unwilling to spend money last month to strengthen the side – something that Rafa wants to do in every transfer window – so we stood still last month.

That’s something Mike is unwilling to do when everything seems to be going well – spend money – he did the same thing in the summer of 2012 after we finished 5th by not adding to the squad and we were fighting relegation six months later.

It now looks like Rafa could leave Newcastle at the end of the season – certainly that’s the news being reported in the major newspapers today, although he will stay on this season and try to get the club promoted.

Rafa Benitez – reported furious with Mike Ashley

It seems that Rafa is furious Newcastle failed to sign Andros Townsend on the last day of the window when it looked like all was well and the signing would happen before the transfer deadline.

It looks like Newcastle pulled out at the last moment unbeknownst to the manager.

Rafa is not one to allow himself to be messed around, especially when he has all the agreements written down in his contract at Newcastle.

Rafa is also wary of the reemergence of Graham Carr in a major scouting role at the club and he would rather use his own scouts, while utilizing Graham at the same time.

Rafa is supposed to be in charge of all scouting and he was told he can choose which players he can bring in when he signed the contact on May 25th last year.

That seems to have changed last month.

If Ashley screws this up and Rafa Benitez does leave the club, it will be another disaster for Newcastle United.

It should also be the end of Ashley, because he will have proved without doubt he can screw up any situation at Newcastle, even when everything is working well and we have a world-class manager in place at the club.

You can also bet this news will alert top clubs in Europe and the Premier League of the potential availability of Benitez this summer and he will definitely get big offers coming in for his services.

If this news is true it is another potential disaster for Newcastle United and their fans.

But this is a huge one – even worse than relegation.

I think I’m going to be sick.

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20 comments so far

  • firebug666

    Feb 3, 2017 at 7:42 AM

    Comment #1

    Oh well!


  • Mag52

    Feb 3, 2017 at 7:46 AM

    Comment #2

    How can you say it should be the end of Ashley, Ed?
    He owns the club. He will sell when he chooses to sell, no matter how much criticism he gets from supporters. It’s all water off a duck’s back to the fat slug.
    We’ve seen it all before when he’s denied previous managers the wherewithal to do a decent job. The manager walks or gets sacked, and Ashley stays on to wreak more havoc on our club.

  • one fine day

    Feb 3, 2017 at 7:47 AM

    Comment #3

    56one fine day // Feb 3, 2017 at 7:45 AM

    Average contents ,
    I have said as much recently on Carr .
    Last night I fact..
    The biggest mistake ( and only one ) Rafa has made since he arrived was when he had Ashley over the barrel and was negotiating his contract last June ,was to not insist Carr was peddled pronto.
    How a guy who only ever managed Northampton seems to be given an ear over an elite manager is simply beyond me .
    Hopefully when tufty is back in town he may try and poach the auld tw@t

  • G

    Feb 3, 2017 at 7:53 AM

    Comment #4

    Absolute pony from the press, as usual. Not one of them has quoted a reliable source of the information. Just raking about the muck to create news when there is none. If Rafa was going to walk, he would have done so already.

  • one fine day

    Feb 3, 2017 at 7:54 AM

    Comment #5

    Sorry ed …. But breaking news ? Then ….”we don’t know if this is true but….” Ffs man get a grip. .
    Profess to be a lifelong fan but helping to propergate a rumour without one ounce of credibility?
    You need the clicks that badly ?
    It’s like when sign a player .. None of us believe anything until we see them at Benton holding up the shirt …yet without a word from the man himself everyone just filling in the blanks like a jazz critic …. ( you know? It’s all about the notes they don’t play yeh ?) nice

  • firebug666

    Feb 3, 2017 at 7:56 AM

    Comment #6


    A scout should be a scout, nothing more nothing less, Carr was bending Ashley’s ear and no doubt telling him how he could do a better job than Rafa.

    They only thing he would have to mention is “How he could save money” and Ashley’s ears would prick up.

    The usual suspects at the club have stabbed Rafa in the back of that there is no doubt, how much damage has been done? and, How repairable that damage is? are questions left for the summer.

  • hibbit

    Feb 3, 2017 at 8:00 AM

    Comment #7

    easier said than done Ed
    till some one gives him the amount £££££££ he wants Ashley won’t be going anywhere he’s under no pressure to leave either financially or personally he’s just about untouchable

  • one fine day

    Feb 3, 2017 at 8:00 AM

    Comment #8

    Rafa signed because of the fans ( yes and a few quid granted )
    Even his daughters who went to that Liverpool away game last year pleaded with him to stay telling him these people need you .
    He didn’t stay to help out a fat businessman, he stayed because he loves the game and simply wants to make us better.
    What don’t people get ?
    How about everyone gets of his F@ucking back then and supports the guy ?
    Next home game let him know how much we are on his side in all this or get used to having a Pearson or worse next year
    Best chance we have had of being a real club again yet a few Fifa 17 Bellends think they have more answers. Ffs .

  • andrew84

    Feb 3, 2017 at 8:02 AM

    Comment #9

    Hang on a minute….

    I cannot believe that MA is truthfully listening to Carr again. This is the man who blew millions upon millions on the likes of Cabella and Thauvin after all. If Ashley really is all about the money there is no way he’ll have forgotten about these knackers.

  • G

    Feb 3, 2017 at 8:03 AM

    Comment #10

    The second I saw that this story stemmed from the ‘Daily Fail’ I knew it was horses. No credence to it whatsoever.

  • ash1001

    Feb 3, 2017 at 8:03 AM

    Comment #11

    Ed You are playing with headlines again, you looking for ‘clicks’ or something.

    Rafa can leave whenever he wants to, he does not need the Newcastle job, but hopefully he will stay, yes he has made mistakes, but not half as many as Ashley and Co. Hopefully Rafas feelings toward the fans will see him through this mini crisis and get the players minds focused on the job at hand.

    Watched Huddersfield on the tele last night, and wowee they gave it there all for themselves, the manager and the fans – that is what we need to see against Derby.

  • firebug666

    Feb 3, 2017 at 8:06 AM

    Comment #12

    hibbit @7

    I agree mate, while life is sweet Ashley is not bothered about us, his manager or the club, as long as he gets his cash.

    However there are other ways to get at Ashley, and that’s been proven. When the ground gets toxic, when his SD get targeted, when his name is linked to every undesirable even, he starts to sweat, he gets himself on TV trying to pacify the masses, and goes into hiding.

    He can be got at if it is done the right way.

  • sing in the corner

    Feb 3, 2017 at 8:07 AM

    Comment #13

    It’s in all probability outrageous shoyte stirring by the press. They must love Ashley and NUFC. An endless source of hysterical stories which just need setting up and they catch like wildfire.
    Easy peasy.
    But doesn’t help the confidence of the team / fans during a mid season wobble.
    We need to show we can graft and show passion on Saturday. Bit of fire in the bellies on display and the crowd will lift with them.
    I must be in bubble of atmosphere in the east Gallowgate. Keep reading how poor and quiet the crowd is. Not for me. Its pretty good with some natural lulls.

  • one fine day

    Feb 3, 2017 at 8:08 AM

    Comment #14

    Agreed he seems more of mondials ambassador to the uk more than a scout to be honest .
    Even as the pure business thinking man he is ash must surely look at Carr and think 6 mil for rivière ? Wtf ? How much did Carr and tufty spunk up the wall last year ?
    One day this will be one hell of a book …or a musical ? Cirque de st James …. We already have a fat ring master .

  • one fine day

    Feb 3, 2017 at 8:11 AM

    Comment #15

    Sing in the corner ,
    The team do not need this sort of stuff flying around why does ed help to feul it ?
    It’s about as helpful as “who was our best player pole when we got humped by Oxford ?”
    Does my biscuit at times

  • Mag52

    Feb 3, 2017 at 8:12 AM

    Comment #16

    One fine day.

    Rafa signed, after some lengthy discussion, because certain promises were presumably made regarding the amount of say he would have in managing the club.
    If Ashley has gone back on those, the trust has been broken, and no matter how much love Rafa has for the fans and them for him, he won’t be prepared to continue to work for Ashley surely.

  • one fine day

    Feb 3, 2017 at 8:14 AM

    Comment #17


  • mad-serb

    Feb 3, 2017 at 8:22 AM

    Comment #18

    Normally when all newspapers including the local papers start running these stories there are some merit behind it.

    And Rafas press conference the other night indicated that all was not well. Maybe you say you need proof but when most run these stories there are normally some proof behind it. Like Van Gaal situation and Man Utd where papers in January started running stories of Mourinho the new Man utd boss. What happened in the summer? Mourinho was the new Man Utd boss.

    Wish I could have made tomorrows game, I would have had my sign made up “If Rafa go We go” and then started the chant 🙂

    They need to solve this asap. Give him the reassurance he needs and was agreed upon. send carr to his French villa and through away the keys.

    This is like allowing a fat kid to taste ice cream and then take it away from him. After all these years of gloom and then the glimmer of hope this would take me over the edge and probably many more.

  • banjax

    Feb 3, 2017 at 8:34 AM

    Comment #19

    I just wonder what would have happened if we’d won against QPR. Would we have had this latest speculative furore which is becoming a trademark of NUFC and its press and commentators. It happens every time a result doesn’t go our way. Does anybody believe that Rafa could be so childish as throw his toys out of the pram when nobody sees Chris Hughton doing after his side was comprehensively beaten on Thursday. Rafa may well have issues with the Hierarchy at Newcastle but don’t you think all eventualities and conditions were covered by his legal team before he signed on as his manager- god knows it took long enough. So for gods sake let us not jump to conclusions about Rafa and Mike Ashley because we are going to need quite a few million quid for Premier league quality players if we’re promoted so let’s just hold fire and see where we are at in June.


    Feb 3, 2017 at 9:39 AM

    Comment #20

    Pure speculation, the press have had nothing to whinge about at NUFC for too long, paper sales are suffering so they will have a pop at Newcastle. Rafael was obviously upset but you don’t know what Fat Sam wanted for Townsend, it might have been ridiculous. Pure scaremongering.


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