Ashley Has Failed To Speak To Benitez After Promotion Glory


The well respected north-east journalist George Caulkin of the Times broke the news yesterday that the Newcastle facilities at both St James’ Park and the Benton Training fields had been raided by HMRC officials.

They also raided Managing Director Lee Charnley’s home in Gosforth and arrested him, but later released him in the afternoon without charge.

Now Caulkin is reporting today there has been absolutely no communication whatsoever by Mike Ashley to Rafa Benitez after Monday night’s promotion celebrations.

Mike Ashley – Newcastle owner

Not even a message of congratulations to the Spanish manager.

That’s simply ridiculous and poor form from the owner – where’s the leadership in that?

After all we have roughly estimated that Rafa, by getting promotion for the club, has added close to £200M to Newcastle’s coffers over the next year in terms of revenue and the value of the club

And no word from Mike Ashley yesterday either and certainly Rafa didn’t get any help from the owner as all hell seemed to break loose yesterday morning when HMRC officials raided Newcastle United premises.

Good leaders don’t stay silent during a crisis – it has the look of somebody avoiding their responsibilities.

We should all be as high as kites after what Rafa and our players have achieved this season, but there are dark clouds on the horizon and it’s what Mike Ashley might do now.

It’s not good he has not contacted Rafa after Monday night’s heroics.

Ashley is about the worst communicator we have ever known as a prominent business leader and he continues to act in (very) strange ways.

The sooner Benitez has his one-on-one meeting with Rafa Benitez the better.

If Rafa walks this summer then all hell will be let loose, and Mike Ashley will be forced to sell the club.

That’s because he will have managed to screw up  the best position Newcastle have been in for almost 25 years since Kevin Keegan was bringing us back in the early 1990s.

It’s been ten years of ownership of the club by this man and it’s been a disaster from the very start.

That’s the truth, not an opinion.

We hope to see an official statement from Newcastle United today with some substance and the earlier it’s issued the better.

Those running the club at the top have to show they have some class and are professional and capable of doing the job effectively.

If they did their jobs as well as Rafa Benitez does, we’d be a world-class club in a couple of years.

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38 comments so far

  • Charlie in the Gallowgate

    Apr 27, 2017 at 8:25 AM

    Comment #1

    magscar
    Could be right on the Demba Ba – Chelsea link

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  • toontaff2

    Apr 27, 2017 at 8:28 AM

    Comment #3

    More importantly, what is Penfold carrying?
    Can we have a blog poll, to guess the package?

    http://i4.mirror.co.uk/incoming/article10301274.ece/ALTERNATES/s615/NNP-HMRC_BARMOOR_DRIVE_33.jpg

    Is it a mucky movie?

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  • magpie6699

    Apr 27, 2017 at 8:29 AM

    Comment #4

    Two stories: 1 The club have issued a statement about an employee being arrested. 2. Some papers are saying that Mike Ashley heard about the arrest etc. on TV news and not before.
    There is no direct reason why Rafa should need to get involved in any way. He and the players should be concentrating on the games and the club should set about their transfer plans regardless. Any investigation could take months or even years, no-one has been charged yet and the likelihood of any immediate penalties is zero.

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  • toontaff2

    Apr 27, 2017 at 8:30 AM

    Comment #5

    Maybe a video of Riviere’s greatest Toon goals?

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  • Shoulders knees

    Apr 27, 2017 at 8:37 AM

    Comment #6

    Toontaff2
    A new phone ?

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  • toontaff2

    Apr 27, 2017 at 8:39 AM

    Comment #7

    Pay as you go?

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  • Ibizatoon

    Apr 27, 2017 at 8:39 AM

    Comment #8

    taff…Prison is no place for a pretty boy like that….

    So what’s today’s news then? No message from Ashley? Of course….Mike wouldn’t stick his nose in! He just supplies the money to bring us success.

    Go Mike!

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  • toontaff2

    Apr 27, 2017 at 8:40 AM

    Comment #9

    Or the transfer kitty?

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  • Shoulders knees

    Apr 27, 2017 at 8:41 AM

    Comment #10

    Sorry I thought it was pay as you went?

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  • firebug666

    Apr 27, 2017 at 8:41 AM

    Comment #11

    I think it’s pictures of Mike Ashley, Penfold won’t want HMRC nicking that collection.

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  • WWSBRD

    Apr 27, 2017 at 8:42 AM

    Comment #12

    He cant really of not congratulated Rafa and the club can he? Haha aye he cares so much for NUFC does our owner

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  • magpie6699

    Apr 27, 2017 at 8:43 AM

    Comment #13

    Interesting take from the Guardian on the tax story. Yes, tax evasion is wrong and there are a lot of dodgy schemes out there. HMRC is under pressure to demonstrate teeth, but the sum of £5 million seems puny compared to the estimated £2.4 BILLION pounds paid in tax by The Premier League and its clubs. Likewise, contrast that with the tiny amounts of tax paid in this country by some multinationals and you wonder whether HMRC is really going for the right targets

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  • toontaff2

    Apr 27, 2017 at 8:43 AM

    Comment #14

    Maybe Mike missed the news on Monday?

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  • Shoulders knees

    Apr 27, 2017 at 8:45 AM

    Comment #15

    As others have said, wouldn’t it be boring supporting another team all that spare time with nothing to think about.
    HWTL

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  • toontaff2

    Apr 27, 2017 at 8:48 AM

    Comment #16

    Tax avoidance is not illegal, just morally wrong, unless you’re an MP!
    Tax evasion is criminal.
    Might be hard to prove this was evasion.

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  • Rotonda heights

    Apr 27, 2017 at 8:51 AM

    Comment #17

    As ”wronguns ” go Ashley has few peers. Finally he tumbles to appointing a competent manager and now seems to be doing everything possible to screw up the one good thing he ever did at SJP. A sick twisted little despot if ever I saw one.

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  • giimps

    Apr 27, 2017 at 8:52 AM

    Comment #18

    The video is of penfold and his pet pavingstone on various holidays together, he never goes anywhere without it…….he usually puts it on in times of stress, like when Mike is coming “for a chat” and he knws he has to come to work in his leather lederhosen……….Mike cant know how much it chaffes

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  • Ron Knee

    Apr 27, 2017 at 8:55 AM

    Comment #19

    “Not even a message of congratulations to the Spanish manager.”

    How do we know that?

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  • welshgeordie9

    Apr 27, 2017 at 8:57 AM

    Comment #20

    It never rains but it pours in the north east, ffs.

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  • reilly

    Apr 27, 2017 at 8:58 AM

    Comment #21

    Its john terry’s mams sex tape.

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  • welshgeordie9

    Apr 27, 2017 at 8:59 AM

    Comment #22

    anything else going to happen, earthquake, volcano, hurricanes,

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  • Slank

    Apr 27, 2017 at 9:01 AM

    Comment #23

    Ron Knee

    Yes, quite.

    Journalistic fake news or as it was once known, bullshit.

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  • welshgeordie9

    Apr 27, 2017 at 9:02 AM

    Comment #24

    I know i wind up a lot of people on here but things like yesterday you Geordies don’t deserve that.

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  • welshgeordie9

    Apr 27, 2017 at 9:02 AM

    Comment #25

    I know i wind up a lot of people on here but things like yesterday you Geordies don’t deserve that.

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  • ShirebrookToon

    Apr 27, 2017 at 9:03 AM

    Comment #26

    It’s a DVD called “intro to prison life” by Jeffrey Archer

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  • welshgeordie9

    Apr 27, 2017 at 9:03 AM

    Comment #27

    Oops I didn’t mean to press that twice.

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Apr 27, 2017 at 9:07 AM

    Comment #28

    gimps,
    You can’t listen to the match over the internet due to contractual reasons but the club have provided free radio commentary via Newcastle radio through their website nufc.co.uk. So you can get to listen to Razor and Ando wherever you are in the world.

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  • ShirebrookToon

    Apr 27, 2017 at 9:08 AM

    Comment #29

    Wonder if the club will release a “Proper Statement” today.

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Apr 27, 2017 at 9:10 AM

    Comment #30

    If he hasn’t even text or called Rafa to say cheers or nice one it just re-proves what has been proved a million times before, he doesn’t give a flying fish about our footballing success.

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Apr 27, 2017 at 9:10 AM

    Comment #31

    If he hasn’t even text or called Rafa to say cheers or nice one it just re-proves what has been proved a million times before, he doesn’t give a flying fish about our footballing success.

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Apr 27, 2017 at 9:11 AM

    Comment #32

    WordPress need to sort their shit out, I never even submitted that twice!

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Apr 27, 2017 at 9:12 AM

    Comment #33

    gimps,
    Sorry, by internet I meant the usual channels like tune in etc

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  • lochinvar

    Apr 27, 2017 at 9:12 AM

    Comment #34

    Why is he holding his right arm ?
    Has he be given a truth drug ?
    Or is it an expose of Sunderland’s training tactics – a blank tape

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  • Ron Knee

    Apr 27, 2017 at 9:13 AM

    Comment #35

    Jail@30 and 31!

    Yes, but we don’t know that. He could have contacted him privately.

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  • Mag52

    Apr 27, 2017 at 9:16 AM

    Comment #36

    Following his non appearance at Monday’s match, it doesn’t surprise me that he hasn’t congratulated Rafa on getting us promoted.
    Probably too busy with his shredder.
    The guy has no class whatsoever. The sooner we’re shot of him, the better – but how often have we said this ?

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  • martoon

    Apr 27, 2017 at 9:22 AM

    Comment #37

    Ron Knee @19 – I agree how do we or George Caulkin know if Ashley has contacted Rafa. For example he could have sent him a text or an email and we wouldn’t know. However I’m sure that’s one of the questions Rafa will be asked at his press conference – his answer should be interesting!

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  • giimps

    Apr 27, 2017 at 10:01 AM

    Comment #38

    Cheers Jail,
    Il just have to give her my radio and train her to use it in case hers goes down again.
    Anyone know if its on r5 live or talksport (the cardiff game i mean)

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