Newcastle Fans Have To Hope This News Is Not True

We have woken up to news this morning in all the morning papers that Rafa Benitez is furious with Mike Ashley for not backing him in the transfer window.

Rafa is reported to believe the owner has gambled with the promotion chances of Newcastle by not paying out a small loan fee to bring Andros Townsend into the club last Tuesday.

Rafa thought he could quickly bring the very best out of the former winger and of course they do have a great relationship and Andros was keen to return to the club after he realized it was a mistake to leave last June.

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We don’t know how things are with Rafa – maybe we will find out something in the press conference today.

But if Rafa is even slightly disappointed, it’s going to be reported as big news because Rafa is so big and so important at Newcastle and the fans love the man.

He seems perfect for Newcastle.

So any possibility – even a slight one – that he could leave the club will be blown up in the national press.

Ar least that’s what we are hoping – that it’s been blown up out of all proportion.

But there again we already know Ashley can be a difficult man to work for and he’s shown before he can screw things up big time at Newcastle whatever the situation is.

He is also has  a history of not respecting his managers – think Kevin Keegan and Alan Shearer.

Alan has said the proof of the pudding in in the eating – on whether Ashley supports Rafa and Alan thought that proof would come in the summer transfer window.

But it looks like the proof came last month and it wasn’t good – the pudding tasted horrible.


We would expect a big crowd at tomorrow’s game against Derby County to support Rafa and the team and cheer the lads onto a win.

We cannot allow this to impact the players on the field – but it’s likely to and another poor result tomorrow will only make things worse.

But with Brighton being well beaten last night at Huddersfield 3-1 it puts Newcastle in a much better light and we are just one point behind Brighton after 28 games played.

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So we are hoping this situation is not as bad as reported in the national press.

But history shows that it can be very bad when Mike Ashley intervenes in how the club is run.

Oh my!!

What do you think?

Comments welcome.

6 comments so far

  • archaeomag

    Feb 3, 2017 at 8:18 AM

    Comment #1

    It’s Fake News Ed

    Probably sourced from your blog!

    {Let’s hope}

  • mad-serb

    Feb 3, 2017 at 8:22 AM

    Comment #2

    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

  • ShirebrookToon

    Feb 3, 2017 at 8:23 AM

    Comment #3

    I’m sure it will be brought up in the press conference today. Let’s see what the reply is. Getting fcuking ridiculous this is now. Ed get ya self on loose women marra

  • Mag52

    Feb 3, 2017 at 8:25 AM

    Comment #4

    All those dismissing these reports are, sadly, in denial that history tends to repeat itself, and we are all aware of Ashley’s history at NUFC.

  • Slank

    Feb 3, 2017 at 8:29 AM

    Comment #5


    I really think that you as a fervent Newcastle supporter should not be peddling and at times accepting what other papers say but should challenge the accuracy and the source of the information.

    Most stories in the newspapers are very often a single story from a given journalist / newspaper that is then rehashed and frequently embellished by other newspapers.

    Rafa has been around the block enough times to know that he will never get everything he wants from an owner and ours is no exception.

    It wouldn’t surprise me to ever learn that this story is a plant to destabilise the club and in particular it’s loyal and fervent supporters.

  • Harley

    Feb 3, 2017 at 8:33 AM

    Comment #6

    It’s hard to choose what to believe in the press. Before this news was out it was pretty easy to guess this would be the story everyone was running with.
    Having said that I do agree with some one here that Ashley is more than capable of ballsing it up.
    I remember seeing something on transfer night from the sky reporter saying the deal was all on then Palace moved the goal posts. Hopefully it was their bad actions that caused the collapse and not ours.


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