Things Looking So Much Better For Ashley And Benitez


Sky Sports pundit Don Goodman has said on the Sky Sports News’ Premier League Daily Show on Monday morning that for Newcastle to survive we will need to sign some players this summer.

How many times have you heard that before?

Of course it’s been about a year since anybody bothered too much about Newcastle once we were relegated, but now we are back in the big time.

And especially with world-class manager Rafa Benitez in charge of the club we should get lots and lots of coverage in the national press.

Rafa Benitez with Championship trophy

Don Goodman, a striker who played for Sunderland from 1991 through 1994  said this on Sky Sports earlier today:

“Benitez has made it clear in no uncertain terms over his future. In January we saw an upset Rafa as they could not add to the squad.”

“He’s got a meeting soon.”

“My word, there is work to be done in terms of recruitment. I was very impressed with his recruitment to get them out of the champ.”

“If he gets the backing, I think they’ll be OK next season but he needs players.”

It seems the meeting with Ashley will take place sometime this week, but from the pictures we saw last night things are starting to look good for Newcastle.

Mike Ashley, Rafa Benitez and Lee Charnley

One reason we never thought Ashley would not support Rafa in this summer’s transfer market is if he fully supports his manager, Newcastle could be worth hundreds of millions of pounds in the years ahead and much more than maybe the £300M Newcastle are worth now.

Mike likes money, but it also seems he may really see how great things are when Newcastle are winning so much and we are successful with our fans so upbeat and passionate about the side.

And how long will it take to sell out the season tickets this summer?

We hope Mike gets on board as part of what could well be a 10 year journey, as Rafa builds the club from top to bottom in his own image.

And it all sounds so exciting!

Howay The Lads!!



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103 comments so far

  • Jail for Ashley

    May 8, 2017 at 12:46 PM

    Comment #1

    North East lincs,
    Is it your first time here, the bickering has been very mild this morning. 150 plus comments on a Monday isn’t too shabby either.

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  • ShirebrookToon

    May 8, 2017 at 12:48 PM

    Comment #2

    Aye, can tell most of you have thrown a sicky or booked day off work. Lucky barstewards 😀

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  • Tsunki

    May 8, 2017 at 12:48 PM

    Comment #3

    Is Sky chock full of mackem wind ups or what? There’s a tangible tidal force of will for us to fail or get bad news in some way.

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  • Tsunki

    May 8, 2017 at 12:53 PM

    Comment #4

    I just checked the Bickerometer and it’s only registering about 5-6 degrees, hardly lifting off the bottom really. Forecast is mild to moderate chuntering, with mostly sunshine and a few blasts of hot wind coming from roughly an hour away from Leeds, bringing on heavy arguing later on in the evening, interspersed with bouts of White Lightning and possible rain on somebody’s parade.

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  • jayphoto

    May 8, 2017 at 12:58 PM

    Comment #5

    no way Iron mike gets off the premier league gravy train yet…The way football is growing in the far east, and the way the commercial side keeps growing, I don’t think that we’ve seen anything yet finance wise to what could yet be! If you look at the money in the NFL, soccer still has room to grow! The game will change more in the next 10 years than it has in the previous 100 commercially, reckon Ashley will sense its a good opportunity to eventually make a lot of money!

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  • Tsunki

    May 8, 2017 at 12:58 PM

    Comment #6

    That was the weather forecast, now on with our programme, here’s a classic from Gene Pityacker to get the morning moving….

    “Only…. 24 minutes from Richmond,
    Only…1 hour away-ay from Leeds.. “

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  • Jail for Ashley

    May 8, 2017 at 12:59 PM

    Comment #7

    I hope them bands have been fitted correctly I feel a rant of epic proportions aimed at the borg and any other anally retentives.

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  • Bobbybee

    May 8, 2017 at 12:59 PM

    Comment #8

    Wow, all these worldly wise geniuses eh? Shyte for brains Goodman acting like he’s an oracle. Even Ashley knows we need to buy players and he knows nowt about football. 🙂 Do they pick these pundits on how low they score on the IQ test? Come on now, be honest, I bet none of you realised we needed to sign players to avoid relegation until these venerable geniuses told you, right? You’ve only watched all season, how would you know after all? Masters Degree in stating the bleeding obvious. Tell us something we don’t know. Goodman would be better off giving his unwanted advice to Moyes down the road. Rafa’s forgotten more about football than Goodman will ever know.

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  • toontaff2

    May 8, 2017 at 1:00 PM

    Comment #9

    I feel rough :mrgreen:

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  • jayphoto

    May 8, 2017 at 1:01 PM

    Comment #10

    To be honest, with Rafa wanting a long term plan, if Ashley does the right thing it should be a similar situation to when Arsenal hired Wenger. Commercially, the success he’s built has taken that club to new levels, hard to remember that when he came in they were a mid table club, smallish ground, not really huge in the funding department. Shows what can be done when you let a manager work.

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  • toontaff2

    May 8, 2017 at 1:03 PM

    Comment #11

    What a day! Managed to keep going until 8pm! Did start at 8am 😀
    Dwight Gayle is getting an FA disciplinary for his cheeky celebration :lol;
    Going down, Going up, going down, going up
    Wonder what we’d have done if Henri manbun had scored for Villa?

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  • Jail for Ashley

    May 8, 2017 at 1:06 PM

    Comment #12

    Jay,
    They were hardly a mid table club, one of the most successeful club sides in the country.

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  • toontaff2

    May 8, 2017 at 1:07 PM

    Comment #13

    Kamil Grosicki, Hull for the wing?
    Maybe we can have a poll? 😆

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  • jayphoto

    May 8, 2017 at 1:07 PM

    Comment #14

    not sure if anyones noted this, but if results go a certain way, I feel for the away day lads…
    Sunderland, Boro and Hull down , Brighton and in all likelihood Fulham up would see our away day mileage next season be huuuuuuge! Trips to Brighton, Southampton, Swansea, Bournemouth, 5 London clubs, Watford.. our local derby will be Burnley some 2 and a half hours away…

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  • lesh

    May 8, 2017 at 1:18 PM

    Comment #15

    Bobby

    ‘………we were relegated after he invested the best part of a hundred million with McClaren…..’

    He’s spent a lot of money yes, but surely a number of players were bought before MacLaren arrived – whether there was a squad need or not.

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  • lesh

    May 8, 2017 at 1:18 PM

    Comment #16

    Bobby

    ‘………we were relegated after he invested the best part of a hundred million with McClaren…..’

    He’s spent a lot of money yes, but surely a number of players were bought before MacLaren arrived – whether there was a squad need or not.

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  • Lee Charnley Bunga Party

    May 8, 2017 at 1:19 PM

    Comment #17

    @jayphoto

    With the money sloshing about the premiership there should be some kind of subsidy by clubs to help cover the cost of away fans travel especially the toon!!

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  • Bobbybee

    May 8, 2017 at 1:20 PM

    Comment #18

    Tsunki, are you really unable to read? For those too thick to understand the joke, I even rewrote that I was joking about the hour from Leeds. Everyone else got it except you and AC. Wonder why that was? Too stupid? You really are a sad little nobody. Yesterday was a day those who were there will never forget. I’d try to describe it but I could never do it justice. Nobody could.
    Do you think if you keep repeating the same thing, something that they got days ago and moved on from, you’ll get somebody with half a brain to join in? Grow up Ffs. You’re embarrassing yourself again. Only your little posse of an anally retentive saddo’s hasn’t realised that was a joke, but like everything else, you can’t let it go. You prove my point every time you chirp up with your puerile comments 🙂 You’re still crying about the time months and months ago that you all cried off, threatening to leave the blog forever – until you realised nobody gave one. I get it. This is your life. It starts and ends here. Anybody threatening your safe space must hurt you so much. 🙂 Just grow up and move on. Nobody else cares about your little problem with me – posse aside, who rush to each others aid ha ha ha! Pathetic. Let it go baby. Release it to history where it belongs. Never can though. Repeat a lie often enough and people start to believe it’s truth. Thick people anyway. Move on. Maybe a shrink can help?

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  • Lee Charnley Bunga Party

    May 8, 2017 at 1:22 PM

    Comment #19

    So now that the dust has settled on a victory what are peoples thoughts on some of the players that have question marks over their names:

    Diame
    Lazaar
    Sels
    Anita
    Gouffran
    Atsu
    De Jong
    Krul
    Saviet
    Mbabu
    Sammy
    Vuckic
    Haidara

    Personally I think if Rafa was to get rid of most of these players and get better players it would be great ! A couple of them I would keep but I guess we will find out soon enough

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  • Mister Tuff

    May 8, 2017 at 1:22 PM

    Comment #20

    Would rather speak about Mr Tubbs and his past stunts and strokes than talking about another persons hoop ailments and treatment for piles.
    Put me off my corn flakes.

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  • lesh

    May 8, 2017 at 1:23 PM

    Comment #21

    And Bobby

    You surely can’t codone the model Ashley used when foisting players onto a head coach without even addressing shortcomings in the squad.

    It’s history and we need to hope that Ashley sees the need to run the club well by someone with a deep knowledge of the professional game.

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  • TyneMouth

    May 8, 2017 at 1:25 PM

    Comment #22

    Off topic, perhaps;

    Lee Charnley is claimed to be 39 years old!

    The new French President, Emmanuel Macron, ‘le Big Mac’ is the same age, appearances can be deceptive!

    The question is; which one is telling porkies?

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  • jayphoto

    May 8, 2017 at 1:29 PM

    Comment #23

    @Lee charnley..
    Id do the following
    Diame- keep, PL experience, good squad player
    Lazaar- get rid, not good enough or strong enough
    Sels- give him preseason, see where hes at
    Anita-let go, contracts up, slightly too small for PL
    Gouffran-let go, we should be signing better
    Atsu- Keep if the price is reasonable
    De Jong- keep if he passes a medical
    Krul- keep, he’s a better keeper than we have IMO
    Saviet- who knows..I like him as CDM tho
    Mbabu- keep, looked good when given a chance
    Sammy- get rid, 25 and still seen as potential…
    Vuckic- didn’t realise he was still here…
    Haidara- get rid – hasn’t progressed enough

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  • magscar

    May 8, 2017 at 1:29 PM

    Comment #24

    No matches until July

    Pundits ( and whisper it even some on here might think it a consolation 😉 ) wisely ha ha concluding Rafa won’t be backed by Ashley and walk (wishful thinking !)

    We will know soon who new Sponsor(s) are and what the outcome of the discussion(s) between Rafa and Ashley are – so if all good will the eternal argument finally settle. For many yes but for those so deeply affected by Ashley’s tenure no not until he goes. That’s the way it is.

    Perhaps the balance on here has shifted more towards the attitude of “Rafa is here and the future is bright as long as Ashley stays on side” but it isn’t going to alter the views of those posters who can’t forgive or forget.

    The arguments as ever are rendundant whilst we are progressing but are deep rooted with some.

    Next up will be transfer guesses and if no one has learned from the virtual impossible game of “Rafa Bingo” you are unlikely to 2nd guess the Man With The Plan.

    Didn’t buy as many last time up as some hoped but that January transfer window brought in a few for next season faces ( different market then) likes of Simpson, Williamson and Best as I recall.

    As for Shearer I hope his mention of £150M was to cover successive windows to gradually strengthen us and aim for top 8 and not only for this summer! If he believes that is possible and needed no wonder his plans put to Ashley when we last went down seemed to not be taken as realistic?

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  • expatmag

    May 8, 2017 at 1:32 PM

    Comment #25

    Geez….Bobby

    Thought you said you were going for the summer?

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  • WWSBRD

    May 8, 2017 at 1:32 PM

    Comment #26

    LCBP
    Diame keep
    Lazaar keep
    Sels loan
    Anita free
    Gouffran free
    Atsu keep
    De Jong probably sell
    Krul keep
    Saviet pay to leave
    Mbabu let him go
    Sammy free
    Vuckic free
    Haidara wouldnt complain either way

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  • magscar

    May 8, 2017 at 1:33 PM

    Comment #27

    Jayphoto @14

    Yes and likely to be made worse by Sky’s previous choices of matches involving us and moved to difficult times for traveling fans 🙁

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  • Jail for Ashley

    May 8, 2017 at 1:35 PM

    Comment #28

    Bobby,
    I’ve just read rant the previous post. You’re at it again, you rant that no one tells you what to say but there you are telling me what I can and can’t say. I never mentioned Mije Ashley others did, if someone posts that he has done nothing wrong over the past two years and I don’t agree with it, am I supposed to ignore it, if we all ignored comments we don’t agree with there wouldn’t be a blog.

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  • Mister Tuff

    May 8, 2017 at 1:35 PM

    Comment #29

    Looks like it’s gonna be a good summer.

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  • expatmag

    May 8, 2017 at 1:37 PM

    Comment #30

    TSunki

    Your turn today to be called a sad little nobody….lol…….maybe my turn tomorrow

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  • jayphoto

    May 8, 2017 at 1:38 PM

    Comment #31

    Tbh, theres only a few players Id be really disappointed if sold in the summer..
    Yedlin
    Lascelles
    Hayden
    Shelvey
    Ritchie
    I think players like Gayle, Perez, Diame Mitro, Mbemba, any of the 4 keepers, even dummett etc could play a part next year,and definitely not suggesting we sell 15 players but id be understanding if Rafa moved them on and upgraded!
    Think Yedlin, Hayden and Lascelles aren’t there yet, but love their attitudes and all have a lot of potential to be massive players. Shelvey is our most talented player, the kind of player that will probably get better and better too! Ritchie is our best player for me as even when not playing well he works like a dog.
    Would probably have Gayle on that list if he wasn’t so susceptible to hamstring strains

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  • SPRINGY

    May 8, 2017 at 1:39 PM

    Comment #32

    Lee charnley bunga party
    Diame..sell
    Lazaar..keep,didnt see enough of him
    Sels..loan
    Anita..keep
    Gouffran..release
    Atsu..keep
    De Jong..keep(if fit,last chance)
    Krul..sell
    Saviet..sell, didn’t see enough of him but looks like rafa, doesn’t like him
    Mbabu..keep if fit
    Sammy..sell/release
    Vuckic..release
    Haidara..keep
    Cant get rid of to many straight away as will already weaken a under strength premier squad

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  • Lee Charnley Bunga Party

    May 8, 2017 at 1:39 PM

    Comment #33

    WWSBRD and Jayphoto

    Hard to argue with either set of choices!

    Diame is a strange one I thought he would be a beast this season but teams marked him out of the game! He may end up being better after a full pre season with us or he could be a lot older than what he said he is…..

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  • Lee Charnley Bunga Party

    May 8, 2017 at 1:41 PM

    Comment #34

    Also I have found with a lot of players in that list is no one really knows what they would play like with a run of games because a lot of them can never stay fit for long enough!!

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  • magscar

    May 8, 2017 at 1:42 PM

    Comment #35

    On transfers generally the same problems we have faced in other close seasons still remain and I don’t mean budget. Manager may want? to shift out for upgrades but who will want to buy and at what price and does player himself fancy the move ( and drop in wages and higher tax if in France).

    Rafa is far more experienced in these matters than any of our recent managers (possibly all of them bar SBR) and is hopefully in a more conducive environment to make balanced decisions which take account of football and financial aspects so am relaxed for now.

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  • Bobbybee

    May 8, 2017 at 1:42 PM

    Comment #36

    No need to repeat yourself Lesh, I heard you the first time 🙂 Didn’t realise it mattered who blew the money, it was still there to be spent. Most people would think twice after that, but he’s done it again with Rafa. Does that seriously not show a change in heart? He’ll do it again with Rafa this summer. Rightly he’ll expect some return from sales, who wouldn’t? Not all owners splash the cash like at Chelsea and City. As long as he backs him, that’s all that matters surely? If he doesn’t match Rafa’s ambition he’ll walk and THEN we can talk about it seriously. I don’t get this perpetual harping back when we can simply wait a time you can count in hours rather than weeks in order to find out what will happen. How many on here KNEW FOR A FACT that we’d blown the title? I’d say the vast majority had given it up. Couldn’t happen and it was Ashley’s fault for that as well apparently. 🙂 Whoops! Kk and others had us relegated after two games. Whoops. Last summer there was no way on this planet Rafa would stay. Whoops! Sometimes it’s better to wait and see. I think Ashley will not only back him, but there’ll be an extended contract soon enough. I use the word think advisably because I don’t know for sure. If people can’t see there’s a shift in Ashley’s attitude then imo they’re not paying attention. Then again, some people don’t want to see it. Can’t remember who it was and frankly, I don’t care enough to trawl back, but a regular poster said they hoped Rafa walked to teach Ashley a lesson. That’s obsession. Why any Newcastle fan would want to lose Rafa, just to get at Ashley, is mind boggling. Unbelievable if it hadn’t been in black and white.

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  • jayphoto

    May 8, 2017 at 1:43 PM

    Comment #37

    @magscar – its written in the stars that Brighton away will be on a Monday night.
    Sky always take us playing Man Utd at home as a tv game, and heaven forbid aguero get his annual 5 goals against us away from the sky cameras so my guess is those 2 games will be tv too! They usually put us on away at anfield too!

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  • expatmag

    May 8, 2017 at 1:44 PM

    Comment #38

    Bobbys list of sad little nobodies

    SUNDAY……JFA
    MONDAY…..Tsunki
    TUESDAY…..MR.TUFF
    WEDNESDAY…Expatmag
    THURSDAY….WWSBRD
    FRIDAY….Lesh
    SATURDAY….JFA (Twice because he really is….lol)

    Expecting a long winded tirade without paragraphs in the next hslf hour…..lol

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  • JackBall

    May 8, 2017 at 1:46 PM

    Comment #39

    Good thing about being here in the USA, is that I will get every Newcastle game on TV, oh how I missed that this year. The bad thing is I can’t get to games in person.

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  • jayphoto

    May 8, 2017 at 1:46 PM

    Comment #40

    @lee charnley- I actually think Diame, because his touch is woeful, probably will benefit from the extra space you get in the premier league. From what ive seen of him at Hull and West Ham he seems most dangerous when hes actually given time to think, whereas championship defenders seem to give less space and time. Not sure he;s a number 10 in a million years though, for me he looks like a central midfielder in a 4-3-3 but we don’t play that system so who knows…

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