New Rumblings At Newcastle And A Frustrated Rafa Benitez

It’s a Sunday so we should probably expect some sensational news today – since it’s also the last weekend before the Premier League season starts.

There is news today in the Mirror that Newcastle has had a £12M offer for Stoke City striker Joselu turned down.

That was Newcastle’s second offer after the first one – called a derisory offer by the Potters – was also turned down.

We must say the transfer prices are going sky-high these days and we have to remember that Joselu was signed by Stoke from Hannover 96 for only £5.75M two years ago.

Andros Townsend – made available by Palace

The second bit of news in the Mirror is that Mike Ashley and Managing Director Lee Charnley are not backing Rafa to bring Crystal Palace winger Andros Townsend back to Newcastle.

That seems against the agreement made with Rafa – since he’s in charge of which players Newcastle go after and which players they can sell.

And yes – the third bit of news is as you probably have already guessed – Rafa is furious with things at Newcastle.

Rafa still doesn’t have a new striker this summer, and he cannot get one of his favorite players – Andros Townsend – back to the club.

Always assuming this story is true – it must be at least the second time this summer Rafa has been annoyed with the Newcastle hierarchy.

And that followed the standoff in January when Mike Ashley did not want to spend any money, and Rafa wanted two players brought in – James McCarthy from Everton and Palace’s Andros Townsend.

If the news is true, this does not bode well for the future of Rafa Benitez at Newcastle.

Ashley and Charnley should accede to Rafa’s requests and not try to run the club themselves.

We’ve tried that before, and it was an absolute and utter disaster.

But we also assume the Mirror report is a little sensationalized too.

What do you think?

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17 comments so far

  • hibbit

    Aug 6, 2017 at 7:07 AM

    Comment #1

    LOAD OF BOLLOCKS that’s what i think

  • hibbit

    Aug 6, 2017 at 7:11 AM

    Comment #2

    Lucas Vazquez

  • Mag52

    Aug 6, 2017 at 7:15 AM

    Comment #3

    Well, I’d be really surprised if Ashley were interfering, going back on his promises, penny pinching, or whatever else he is being accused of.
    I mean to say, he’s been the very model of an owner of a football club, supporting his managers whenever needed for as long as he’s been at NUFC, hasn’t he ?

  • jazzyp

    Aug 6, 2017 at 7:18 AM

    Comment #4


    Ya gonna start the Meltdown early bud, The transfer window isn’t shut yet

  • Dingo†®

    Aug 6, 2017 at 7:18 AM

    Comment #5

    It’s all huff n puff….. on a different note

    I think mitro will come good this season for us. He hasn’t had good service from the wings yet, when he gets that he’ll bother a fair few defenders.

  • Bambams

    Aug 6, 2017 at 7:19 AM

    Comment #6

    Ashley’s track record worries me but I believe this is just scaremongering from the press…again.

    However I do believe Rafa is not happy and will be waiting to see what has been achieved at the END of this window in way of signings.

    One thing for sure is Ashley and Charnley will have nowhere to hide this time. They agreed to Rafas request prior to signing his contract.

    I am still hopeful we will get other players in but it’s the usual ‘wait til last minute, get them cheaper ‘ routine.

    Still glass half full….

  • Wayayman

    Aug 6, 2017 at 7:20 AM

    Comment #7

    Hibbit, I totally agree. The last couple of transfers at Newcastle show just how much the press actually know. I really don’t get why everyone outside Newcastle seems to stir it up big time with thinly veiled suggestions that Rafa isn’t happy. Rafa’ probably not happy, but he’s also a very smart bloke who will understand why the window has been difficult for us and he doesn’t seem like the sort who points the finger or looks for someone to blame. He’s experienced it all in football and has a project as he calls it. Luckily for us, we have a manager with integrity and skill.
    We’ll show him some love today, I’m just setting off in a minute for a 600 mile round trip for the friendly today. Like a kid at Christmas and it’s not even a competitive match!

    On another note, Ed I hope you are doing ok mate. I’ve subscribed as requested yesterday as I’m sure have many others who value your massive efforts.

  • geordiemark

    Aug 6, 2017 at 7:22 AM

    Comment #8

    ill wait and see what happens but no one can blame rafa if he walks and everyone will be gunning for chumley and letskeepthecashley that’s for sure

  • Ron Knee

    Aug 6, 2017 at 7:23 AM

    Comment #9

    Does Ed want us to subscribe to FeedBurner?

  • Jib

    Aug 6, 2017 at 7:26 AM

    Comment #10

    There are a couple of articles in the Sunday red tops about Rafa being on the verge of quitting.
    Steve Millar in the Express – A Warrington based scribbler who mainly writes on Lpool and Everton
    Colin Young in the Mirror – A Boro supporter who writes once in a blue moon mainly derogatory NUFC stuff

    Strangely both seem to write most on quiet Summer Holiday Sundays when newspaper sales drop dramatically

  • jazzyp

    Aug 6, 2017 at 7:27 AM

    Comment #11


    I agree mate that as of yet I think our transfer business has been somewhat underwhelming.
    Most on here at the beginning of the window we’re hoping for more Quality brought into the squad than has been at present. We are so light in so many areas with only a week to go it is a bit worrying

  • firebug666

    Aug 6, 2017 at 7:29 AM

    Comment #12

    I read this story last night, it was started in the Daily and Sunday Express I think, a load of tosh, yes Rafa (along with many other managers no doubt) is frustrated, so are the fans.

    But looking at things realistically, we already have too many players at the club, we need to move some on to bring in new faces, the prices are way over the top even for a mediocre player, and finally clubs are getting more money than ever before and can now afford to hold onto players until an extortionate price is met.

    Keep calm… it only a transfer window!

  • Jib

    Aug 6, 2017 at 7:32 AM

    Comment #13

    I find it amazing that people are so ready to bite on the Ashley/Rafa conflict stories.

    It may come as shock to some bloggers , but , not everyone in the world loves Geordies and the Toon in fact some hate our guts and would do anything to rock our boat.

    They must rub their hands in glee when they see gullible folk chewing on their bait .


    Aug 6, 2017 at 7:42 AM

    Comment #14

    How much has Rafa got to spent £70 and a couple of mars bars?

  • Jib

    Aug 6, 2017 at 7:47 AM

    Comment #15

    This one is a bit out of the blue
    (sorry for the pun)

    NUFC still pursuing possible Zlatan move, but Melbourne seemingly likely destination due to #MCFC City Group ownership as PR face for them
    — Michael Warrington (@MJWarrington) August 5, 2017

  • James RS

    Aug 6, 2017 at 8:41 AM

    Comment #16

    Looks like Ashley wants to alienate the fans once again, go for relegation and get rid of the manager. It all stinks.

  • nufc 11

    Aug 6, 2017 at 8:58 AM

    Comment #17

    Surely Ashley and Charnley knew a forward was going to be the most expensive purchase this summer 15 million was going to be the min 12million for joeselu is scandalous I think it’s more wages that fees with this lot they don’t want big wages on the books well you shouldn’t be in the premier league then should you Mike playing with the big boys now and rafa needs to be supported or this will get embarrassing very fast.


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