Ashley Disappointed Rafa Went Public On Transfer Dispute

There’s a report in the Mirror today the Newcastle hierarchy – read Mike Ashley – are disappointed that Rafa Benitez went public last week with his dismay that no players were brought in during the January transfer window, even though Rafa had said who he wanted and why he wanted them.

The report is that Mike Ashley was unwilling to spend money last month on the off-chance we didn’t make it to the Premier League in May and then we would have had to sell those players at a loss if we stay a second season in the Championship.

Mike Ashley – Newcastle owner

They report that a St. James Park insider (we would guess Lee Charnley perhaps) told them that Ashley was committed to spending big money in the summer, once Newcastle are a Premier League club again.

But that it will be done Mike Ashley’s way, as he again seems to want to have personal control of what’s going on at Newcastle.

So that’s bad news right there.

The insider also said that Rafa Benitez was well aware of the situation.

Of course they didn’t say he agreed with it – and releasing that type of information is just self-serving.

The news is that Mike Ashley will “dig deep” and provide Rafa with adequate transfer funds once Newcastle are promoted back to the Premier League this season.

We always thought Mike would do that, especially since he spent nothing last month.

Let’s hope this thing gets cleared up – we don’t particularly care who is right or wrong.

Just that this situation gets patched up and Mike Ashley, Lee Charnley and Rafa Benitez talk this through and get it all out on the table and sorted – and fix any differences they may have.

These things can fester and we hope the very experienced and down to earth Newcastle manger doesn’t respond to this news report.

Just let it lie and speak personally to Mike Ashley next week.

That should do it and then we can then push 100% for promotion.

What do you think?

Comments welcome.

29 comments so far

  • catchy in norway

    Feb 4, 2017 at 11:15 PM

    Comment #1


    i purposely wrote it that way because i’m sick of reading about the crap from people who go to the game as if it’s the only way to see it and any other way is just inferior, good for u, u got tickets.

    i went for a drive around gateshead once with Douglas Hall in his ferrari f40, he told me Shola only got as far as he did because SBR liked him, and that SBR didn’t rate Chopra, even though most at the club thought chopra was the next ENG striker.

    Regardless what u think, mitro was fed scraps today and we won because of him.

  • toon22

    Feb 4, 2017 at 11:18 PM

    Comment #2

    Well if its in the Mirror it must be true.


    Bullshit story from a bullshit “news”paper

  • Nufc-83

    Feb 4, 2017 at 11:18 PM

    Comment #3

    Blackie I think you are being a little harsh but agree with the general point on mitro. The problem is he has no aggression or determination (not in a violent way as he certainly has that). If you watch a player like carrol for instance when I cross is played in he will attack that ball no matter where the cross is delivered to and do anything to get his head on the ball. When a cross comes in for mitro he stands there and doesn’t attack it at all. The cross has to be pin point almost and then he will use his strength to try and beat the defender to it which in a lot of cases doesn’t work (if cb a beast). He needs to learn how to move in the box and how to attack crosses if he is to become a decent prem player but I wouldn’t completely right him off which seems to be the case with you.

  • catchy in norway

    Feb 4, 2017 at 11:20 PM

    Comment #4

    we hardly cross anymore

  • stan anderson

    Feb 4, 2017 at 11:22 PM

    Comment #5

    Ashley is the boss of course.
    Ashley OOT

  • stan anderson

    Feb 4, 2017 at 11:24 PM

    Comment #6

    I said a while ago all is going well till the fat man Ferks it up as usual

  • Blackley and Brownlie

    Feb 4, 2017 at 11:29 PM

    Comment #7

    You identify the same thing as I do. I assume the big man game is meant to be his game, but in all the time he’s been here, I can only remember him having two or three decent games. How old is he? 21? So what has he actually achieved in his career to justify the hype?

  • Blackley and Brownlie

    Feb 4, 2017 at 11:37 PM

    Comment #8

    I go to games and I watch tv and sometimes I’ll go to a game and then watch the tv. I get by far a better appreciation of the game and performances by being in the stands.

    When Mitro had that chance, I never flickered because I knew he would fluff it. He took it like a defender.

    Why do you think Rafa plays him as second or third choice so often?

  • NoahJ

    Feb 4, 2017 at 11:38 PM

    Comment #9

    I may be in the minority, but I am largely unconcerned about our lack of transfer activity. we have the best squad in the league; we have players on the bench that would start for most other teams in this league (mbemba, mitro, elliot, etc.), and above all we are six points clear of promotion places with a game in hand. We have the potential and the ability, we just need the concentration and belief.

    That said, our squad is miles away from premier league-ready. If Ashley doesn’t fully back Rafa in the summer, then he deserves everything he gets. The optimist in me is saying the reason Rafa didn’t walk the other day (as was widely reported he would) is because he’s been promised a massive budget in the summer!

  • Blackley and Brownlie

    Feb 4, 2017 at 11:47 PM

    Comment #10

    Clearly Rafa doesn’t like the complacency in the boardroom. Neither do I. Presumably he doesn’t share the fans absolute confidence as epitomised by John Anderson.

  • toon22

    Feb 5, 2017 at 12:08 AM

    Comment #11

    Lets hope the fat man sells on us going up its the best option for all imho

  • G

    Feb 5, 2017 at 12:13 AM

    Comment #12

    @3 nail on the head regarding Mitro. I hope he comes good, but I only see a player looking for the Hollywood ball. Frankly if anybody offered us decent cash for him I would snap their hand off!

  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Feb 5, 2017 at 12:20 AM

    Comment #13

    Weighing in on the Mitro debate; I’m normally very pro Mitro, as I do think he has plenty of potential if Rafa can bring it out. But today, he looked lethargic, or just less fit than he did earlier in the season. He’s lacked decent game time to really keep any sort of match fitness and sharpness.

    He had one really good chance and he screwed it wide. He really should be burying those chances 9 times out of 10. He has to to take them. I didn’t see the Oxford misses, but from what I’ve heard at least he hit the target from what I’ve heard. Disappointing though, and I’m pretty certain he will be annoyed at himself for missing that.

    On the plus side, his hold up play was good. His lay offs and holding the ball up were good today, and he did well bringing players in to the game as well as creating chances including the assist for the goal.

    Once Gayle is back Mitro’s hold up play could compliment and assist Gayle by taking men out of the game and by keeping play and holding it higher up the pitch brining Shelvey and other midfielders into the game higher up the pitch.

  • banjax

    Feb 5, 2017 at 12:24 AM

    Comment #14

    Like it not (and I don’t) Mike Ashley is the owner and he holds the purse strings. We are worried that Ashley will revert back to form but – by upsetting Rafa he now knows he will upset the majority of fans, job done Rafa. As I wrote a few days ago after the transfer window shut, the actual time we need lots of money is when or if we are promoted and it’s good to hear M A re-iterate he is preparing to give Rafa a big transfer kitty. One thing is for certain, Rafa is no fool and as such he will ensure his contract for the Premier League will have his guarantees written in and legally noted, otherwise Rafa will walk away. So we should all be prepared for a long stoney silience whilst – wait for the outcome. Rafa will have his demands costed and if he doesn’t get them answered he will walk. Let’s hope Ashley uses his common sense and we can all move forward to years of success and silverware under Rafa Benitez.

  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Feb 5, 2017 at 12:27 AM

    Comment #15

    As for comparing him to Lukaku, Costa and Giroud. At the same age, Lukaku scored 10 Prem goals for Everton in the league playing more games and more minutes than Mitro, who last season managed 9.

    As for Costa, at 21, he was scoring 10 goals in the Spanish second division in 35 appearances. It wasn’t until 25 when he had a very good season. Giroud at the same age was scoring 2 goals in the French second division in 17 games. Again, he didn’t have a really good season until 25.

    Lukaku is an exceptional talent, that was clear from a very young age. The other 2 took a long time to develop and grow. Mitro is way ahead of where they were at the same age.

  • Blackley and Brownlie

    Feb 5, 2017 at 12:47 AM

    Comment #16

    Mitro has got nothing to suggest he will ever emulate those other players. His hold up play was poor today, as usual. And his energy was pants. I cannot see him having any success in the Prem with us or anyone else. Quote me on it. When he’s banging the goals in, never tire of telling me, “I told you so.”

  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Feb 5, 2017 at 12:54 AM

    Comment #17

    Without having seen Costa and Giroud at the same stage, it is pretty much impossible to claim that he can’t emulate them, despite his superior record at the same stages of their careers.

    Granted, Lukaku is a cut above.

  • U.S Magpie

    Feb 5, 2017 at 1:23 AM

    Comment #18

    I’m sorry I cannot wait for Gayle to get back, Mitro is useless. Why do people think he is any good, wanting to be like shearer does not make you shearer. Lets be honest if he cannot do it in this league, he will not be doing it in the premiership. I hope the reports are true, Ashley backing the manager if we get to the premiership, having the African cup on nations players back is like getting some new signings. Trying to put that positive spin on things.

  • Sav

    Feb 5, 2017 at 3:51 AM

    Comment #19

    Charnley should have made a statement about the transfer window. He’s only too happy to let Rafa talk to the press. If the owner is disappointed at Rafa being disappointed he should at least have had LC profer some explanation instead of having Rafa fill the vacuum.

  • acuna

    Feb 5, 2017 at 3:59 AM

    Comment #20

    Will we ever be rid of that useless pile of shite sammy ameobi…..League 1 is his level, evidently.

  • brklyngeordie

    Feb 5, 2017 at 4:04 AM

    Comment #21

    Even more points scored in my book for Rafa if true that he upset Ashley and think he knows exactly what he is doing by going public with his dissatisfaction of the January window by putting pressure on Ashley now that if he delivers Premier football back he wants him to keep up his end with a healthy transfer funds in summer. If not it’s simple he will just walk away with his head held high and have let fans know exactly where it went wrong, although we already know. Either IF we go up it will be an interesting summer to say the least.

  • ash1001

    Feb 5, 2017 at 5:06 AM

    Comment #22

    Ed, sorry but you are worse thn the Mirror, Daily Mail and Express put together, all in the interest of creating a headline to up your CLICKS counts and fill your pocket with $’s. then your favourite guy ‘Mike’ gets a mention as well.
    Ed, yes as fans we like to chat about NUFC, but we do not need as many articles on the same subject all at the same time as you churn out, all for your own benefit.

  • Slank

    Feb 5, 2017 at 6:32 AM

    Comment #23

    Rafa has been around the block enough times to know that the owner always has the final say whether its Ashley or any other owner. Its a situation all managers have to deal with and moaning to the press rarely, if ever, helps their cause. Very often it puts a spanner in the relationship which more often than not results in the manager being sacked.

    I have some sympathy for Ashley in this case. All the pundits and all the Championship managers have said that the Newcastle squad is the best they have ever seen in the league and as such should ‘walk’ the league to promotion.

    Because its not happening, is it because all the other teams with lesser squads are better than everyone expected or we aren’t as good as everyone expected ?

    The fact that we are not ‘walking’ the league must put doubts in the owners mind that perhaps what he was told about his new manager when he appointed him appears not to be the case.

  • cyprus

    Feb 5, 2017 at 6:43 AM

    Comment #24

    Ed my man, leave it, it’s fake news.

    These ads at the bottom really obstruct my keyboard. How do I get rid? Thanks

  • expatmag

    Feb 5, 2017 at 7:12 AM

    Comment #25

    All those who think we should have signed players this window need to get rid of the peripheral vision and look at the big picture.

    Whilst I am not a supporter of Ashley, I xan understand his reasoning here.

    Firstly, we have a highly experienced manager and coaching staff in place who have been working wonders at all levels throughout the club in a short space of time. This DOES NOT come cheap.

    Secondly, the current squad we have us the best in tbe division and should gain automatic promotion. We have Gayle Mbemba Atsu Aarons and Colvack all able and available soon to give the manager a full complement to select from for ghe tun in to the end of the season.

    Thirdly, we are top of the league, 6 points clear of 3rd with a game in hand, a far far superior goal dofference and soon to play them again.

    Fourthly, the options available to us in this window were overpriced, unavailable or just plain ridiculous, such as £2 million pounds for a half season loan of a player clearly out of form. I mean, lets ve honest here, who thinks McCarthy us worth £20 million quid or Townsend £13 million plus the loan fee?

    Finally, without any doubts, the press have had a field day, winding up the fans with nonsense inuendo and lies and you lot have fallen for it.

    In truth, the following applies:

    Firstly, Rafa was fully aware of the situation financially. Ashley made no secret that the cupboard was bare after McLarens £80 million splurge last season.

    Secondly, it was evident that the £50 million spent last summer came from portions of the £80 odd million raised from sales. Whilst Ashley prefers to pay in full, most clubs pay in instalments such as Spurs with Sissoko and probably Liverpool with Wijnaldum and Watford with Jaanmat.

    Thirdly, due to item 2 and Ashleys policy of self suffiency, funds were clearly not available thus window especially at clearly extortionate prices.

    Finally, I am not sure hiw FFP rules affect us but cleatly, thus is an issue close to Ashleys heart when you consider the penalties involved.

  • Jib

    Feb 5, 2017 at 7:23 AM

    Comment #26

    The only SJP “insider” that talks to Ashley is the the CEO Lee Charnley who wouldn’t piss on the Mirror Group if it were on fire let alone give them secret briefings.
    Any thing to sell papers

  • SuperShearer

    Feb 5, 2017 at 7:39 AM

    Comment #27

    This is becoming journalistic sh*t stirring. Ed, these journalists have to be held accountable, can you start naming who the journalist is? Once again, no quotes to back up any claim.

  • one fine day

    Feb 5, 2017 at 7:54 AM

    Comment #28

    Wonder how Patrick van Arnolt is feeling today after his dream move.
    Likewise Andros ,who had a very smug grin on his face the other night warming up at Southampton .
    Funny as f@ck to see them drop with cabaye , and remi on board too.

  • OneAlanShearer

    Feb 5, 2017 at 9:11 AM

    Comment #29

    If Ashley is disappointed with Rafa he only has himself to blame by interfering and also not backing him. CreaTed the drama himself. He needs to follow rafas lead. Learn from the expert.


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