Alan Shearer Still Not Sure Of Mike Ashley’s Promise To Rafa


Once bitten twice shy and Alan Shearer was done the dirty on (so to speak) by Newcastle owner Mike Ashley back when we were relegated in the summer of 2009 and Ashley never did extend Alan Shearer’s contract beyond the end of that season.

Alan came in on April 1st – April Fools Day – but couldn’t save his home-town club when he managed one win and 5 points from the last 8 games he managed.

Chris Hughton was about the only coach still standing at the end of June that year  before pre-season training and Chris was put in charge along with his assistant Colin Calderwood  – and the rest is history

Alan Shearer – Newcastle manager – circa April, 2009

And even though things seem to be humming at Newcastle this week, with Ashley promising Rafa big funds to spend in the summer transfer window, Alan Shearer isn’t so sure.

First of all this is what Mike Ashley said following the four hour  meeting on Tuesday night at an unknown destination between Newcastle’s new triumvirate – Mike Ashley, Rafa Benitez and Lee Charnley:

“I’ve confirmed to Rafa and Lee that they can have every last penny that the club generates through promotion, player sales and other means in order to build for next season.”

This is what Alan has said on  Coral’s YouTube account:

“Mike has promised that there are big funds for Rafa to spend which is great news, but actions speak louder than words,” 

“We will have to wait and see whether that will happen but hopefully it will and it is all good news for Newcastle.”

There are still lots of people wary of Mike Ashley, but we are hoping he has put his full trust in Rafa Benitez and the Spanish manager and Managing Director Lee Charnley can run the club together for Mike with Rafa in charge of all football matters.

That’s the hope of the fans.

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103 comments so far

  • barkel

    May 11, 2017 at 4:14 PM

    Comment #1

    repost from previous

    Springy

    If we’re to go 3 at the back I would imagine we would go for a 5 man midfield with wingbacks Laazer & Yedlin, I think we tried this once or twice maybe.

    More than likely I think we’ll stick to the 451/433 that we’ve played nearly every game this season

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  • hibbit

    May 11, 2017 at 4:20 PM

    Comment #2

    barkel
    according to the Chronicle Achraf Lazaar will be first out the door

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  • Bobbybee

    May 11, 2017 at 4:23 PM

    Comment #3

    Shearer will always be a club legend, but his try at management was simply a failure. I mean no disrespect by that because I love the man, but most great players struggle with management and Big Al was a great great player. You only need to look at Zola.
    I think it’s because they expect everyone to be able to do what they could do naturally, whereas average players know what they wanted to do, but never could, but are able to explain it to others. If you follow that? 🙂 Chris Hughton is a fine example. In fact, most top managers are. Some great players make it, but not too many.
    Al’s wrong as well. Ashley hasn’t promised loadsamoney, he’s promised every penny. We don’t know yet how much that is. However much it is, Rafa’s happy with it.

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  • ShirebrookToon

    May 11, 2017 at 4:24 PM

    Comment #4

    What’s this news that Reilly has got?
    Or is it bollox!

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  • Essex Geordie Bill

    May 11, 2017 at 4:25 PM

    Comment #5

    Oops missed the bus again.

    Bobby

    Double statue for Rafa and Ashley, now that would be funny.

    I’ve said before that should the club become very successful under Ashley ie league title or FA cup that he could end up getting the freedom of Newcastle and everyone would forgive him. 🙂

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  • Essex Geordie Bill

    May 11, 2017 at 4:26 PM

    Comment #6

    Shire

    Haven’t you heard?

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  • ShirebrookToon

    May 11, 2017 at 4:28 PM

    Comment #7

    EGB

    Heard what? Or is this a wind up

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  • SPRINGY

    May 11, 2017 at 4:28 PM

    Comment #8

    Barkel
    I wonder if Robertson from hull would ve a good shout for left back competition…im not a dummet hater just think he needs proper competition to push him to do betta as he’s pretty much dominated that position so maybe complacent and if he cant improve he’ll be replaced…like a lot of players over the next few windows

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  • ShirebrookToon

    May 11, 2017 at 4:30 PM

    Comment #9

    We’ve not been linked with Jetro Willems yet. What’s going off!

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  • hibbit

    May 11, 2017 at 4:30 PM

    Comment #10

    Essex Geordie Bill
    you obviously haven’t been in newcastle in a long while hell will freeze over before that happens

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  • Essex Geordie Bill

    May 11, 2017 at 4:31 PM

    Comment #11

    Shire

    Dunno mate cos I haven’t heard anything either.

    Sorry about that! 🙂

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  • OneAlanShearer

    May 11, 2017 at 4:32 PM

    Comment #12

    Reilly is probably just a WUM

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  • Bobbybee

    May 11, 2017 at 4:34 PM

    Comment #13

    EGB, you know that. 🙂 Bit of mischievous fun, but hey, who knows? 🙂 Frankly I don’t care who brings us success as long as it arrives. 1969 was a long time ago and ’55 even longer. I don’t actually count our second tier successes as trophies worth bragging about. We would be slaughtered if we did!

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  • ShirebrookToon

    May 11, 2017 at 4:36 PM

    Comment #14

    EGB

    You tw@t lol 🙂

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  • Phil K

    May 11, 2017 at 4:42 PM

    Comment #15

    And he’s right. He’s already broken a promise to Rafa last Jan

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  • Jib

    May 11, 2017 at 4:46 PM

    Comment #16

    W have a bid in for Peter Ankersen the FC Copenhagen and Denmark right back (twin brother of Jakob – FC Gothenburg)

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  • Jib

    May 11, 2017 at 4:47 PM

    Comment #17

    We even

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  • ShirebrookToon

    May 11, 2017 at 4:50 PM

    Comment #18

    Never heard of him

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  • Bobbybee

    May 11, 2017 at 4:51 PM

    Comment #19

    Shirebrook, me neither, but that’s Rafa for ye! 🙂

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  • ShirebrookToon

    May 11, 2017 at 4:53 PM

    Comment #20

    anybody seen him play

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  • Bobbybee

    May 11, 2017 at 4:54 PM

    Comment #21

    Rafa! 🙂

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  • ShirebrookToon

    May 11, 2017 at 4:55 PM

    Comment #22

    Bobby

    That’s all we need to know then 😀

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  • Bobbybee

    May 11, 2017 at 4:58 PM

    Comment #23

    Shirebrook, might be just another rumour.

    Where’s that from Jib? Reliable? Gonna be hell on here with a zillion players rumoured to be coming to the Toon.

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  • Jib

    May 11, 2017 at 5:00 PM

    Comment #24

    I’ve never hoid of da bum either.
    But apparently he was first sounded out in April and now we’ve been promoted he’s jumping up and down to join us !
    An International with lots of Euro club experience at £4million has to be worth a punt

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  • ShirebrookToon

    May 11, 2017 at 5:02 PM

    Comment #25

    Just looking him up on whoscored

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  • Bobbybee

    May 11, 2017 at 5:02 PM

    Comment #26

    Sounds plausible, Rafa will want value for money and he might be it. If he comes, that might be the end of Anita, because Yedders is a much better option, either as right back or wing back.

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  • Jib

    May 11, 2017 at 5:03 PM

    Comment #27

    There’s a few Danish links but you have to be a crazy Skandy to navigate them (where’s Jesper whn you need him ?)
    This is the least complicated
    http://www.tipsbladet.dk/nyhed/superliga/peter-ankersen-vil-presse-fck-sommerskifte

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  • ShirebrookToon

    May 11, 2017 at 5:04 PM

    Comment #28

    Bobby

    Yeah he could be backup or competition for Yedlin.

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  • Hail Wor Ashley

    May 11, 2017 at 5:07 PM

    Comment #29

    Don’t know why people are getting wild-eyes about MAsh’s statement about what will be available.

    That’s always been the policy and I did the figures months ago. There’ll be about £50m give or take depending on the sponsorship. The rest will be from player sales.

    If you’re expecting £100m+ before any sales you’re just setting yourself up to be angry at a promise that was never made.

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  • Jib

    May 11, 2017 at 5:08 PM

    Comment #30

    Young 20 year old Croatian Borna ?ori? has just knocked Andy Murray out of the Spanish open !!

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  • Jib

    May 11, 2017 at 5:08 PM

    Comment #31

    Coric even

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  • Bobbybee

    May 11, 2017 at 5:11 PM

    Comment #32

    Hail, been saying that mate. Every penny is the best we can hope for and clearly Rafa is content with it, but we don’t know how much every penny is.
    Should be 40 from last seasons sales, plus 40 I think, parachute payment. But that’s guesswork, nothing more. It’s why I keep saying ‘stay grounded’.

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  • Bobbybee

    May 11, 2017 at 5:12 PM

    Comment #33

    Jib, that link keeps telling me it’s translated – but it’s lying to me! 🙂

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  • Jib

    May 11, 2017 at 5:18 PM

    Comment #34
  • toonincheek

    May 11, 2017 at 5:20 PM

    Comment #35

    Still not clear what “every last penny that the club generates through promotion, player sales and other means in order to build for next season.”

    Does it mean Ashley will pick up the tab for salaries (which would leave a good amount for transfers)?

    Or – does he just mean Ashley is not looking to have existing loans repaid, but Rafa will have to cover salaries?

    Big difference.

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  • hibbit

    May 11, 2017 at 5:22 PM

    Comment #36

    take it all with a pinch of salt till you see them at Benton with a shirt in there hands !!!

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  • toonincheek

    May 11, 2017 at 5:22 PM

    Comment #37

    I can’t see how Ashley “did the dirty” on Shearer.

    When we were relegated, Shearer wanted something
    like £150M to re-build.
    That wasn’t ever on, so Shearer left.

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  • hibbit

    May 11, 2017 at 5:24 PM

    Comment #38

    toonincheek
    what ever it is Rafa seems happy

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  • hibbit

    May 11, 2017 at 5:26 PM

    Comment #39

    toonincheek
    not the version i heard !!!

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  • Bobbybee

    May 11, 2017 at 5:26 PM

    Comment #40

    Jib, naw, error, page not found – three times 🙂 Cheers anyway.

    Toonincheek, we’ll never know, but Rafa seems happy so all’s well. As long as Rafa’s happy he’ll stay and that’s important. Next season the money will be a lot more. Ashley appears to have taken his blueprint on board and that’s all he wanted. Regardless of how much it is, exciting times are ahead. People just need to be aware that this cannot be fixed overnight and expecting anything else will only result in disappointment. Rafa’s been given the green light to proceed with his project. We just trust him to produce.

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