The Rafa Benitez Dream At Newcastle Has Ended Quickly

In early May things looked great at Newcastle.

That was after the meeting with Rafa and Mike Ashley, and we were promised that Mike would give every last penny of the club’s money this summer to help Rafa build a good team for the Premier League.

We were all looking forward to an exciting summer player signings.

But it’s not the first time Mike has not followed through on his promises.

And a short four months later it looks like Mike’s unwillingness to spend the club’s money has cost us potentially the best manager we have had in our 125 years of history.

Certainly, when he arrived a short 18 months ago with three European Championships with three different clubs, Rafa was the most successful and experienced manager we have ever hired in our history.

But the arrogance of Mike Ashley and his unwillingness to spend money on players has got in the way once again, and Mike seems determined to keep Newcastle as an average side.

Mike Ashley – Newcastle’s frugal owner

That’s after we had over 51,000 average crowds last season in the second division – the highest for many decades – and we will have sold out crowds of over 52,000 this season in the Premier League.

Rafa has been let down badly by the owner, and he will not stay at Newcastle past this season.

We are now reduced to hoping that we can avoid a second relegation in three years and the third under Mike’s disastrous  10 years of ownership in which we have finished in the top nine in the Premier League only once.

That was in 2012 when we finished 5th, and we were fighting relegation the next season.

We suppose one hope is that some consortium comes in to buy the club, but that would have to be before next summer while we still have Rafa Benitez as our manager.

With a good owner in place who will allow Rafa the freedom to build the club in his own image and give him the money necessary to do that, Newcastle could indeed become a powerhouse in Europe.

But if (when) Rafa leaves, not only is that dream dead, but we’ll be back struggling against relegation again as Mike Ashley spends the minimum amount of money to keep us as a Premier League side.

Mike Ashley should do the right thing for the club and sell it to an owner who has the ambition of Rafa Benitez.

Then we’d be back in the big time again.

16 comments so far

  • kakaobi

    Sep 2, 2017 at 8:10 AM

    Comment #1

    It’s pretty obvious that Rafa has upset Ashley and Ashley wants rid of him he’ll not pay him off so he’ll be hoping West Ham want him. That way he gets rid of a problem and gets £6m as well. Ashley is a money motivated greedy ba$tard who only thinks of one person he should never own a football club

  • Munster Mag

    Sep 2, 2017 at 8:11 AM

    Comment #2

    Ashley didn’t say he would give ” every last penny of the club’s money”.

  • firebug666

    Sep 2, 2017 at 8:19 AM

    Comment #3

    Rafa was promised every last penny the club had or could generate through player sales, in the end, he didn’t get it. “He said he could not bring in the players he wanted, he had to bring in the players he could afford.” This pointed to the fact that his funds were limited.

    When he mentioned about promises not kept etc, he was brought into a meeting and told to shut his mouth and get on with his job. I think Charnley, Barnes, and Bishop (who were at that meeting) failed to see they were actually hampering him in doing his job, part of which was to rebuild the squad for the Premiership.

  • lochinvar

    Sep 2, 2017 at 8:22 AM

    Comment #4

    Stop. We need to change the record.
    Arsenal are in a real mess. Palace in no mans land. West Ham in crisis. Sunderland in the do do. We are Newcastle and have achieved much in the transfer window and may well have achieved exactly what Rafa agreed to within the restraints of what the clubs position allowed.

    As far as I know Rafa has not made any definitive statements regarding his personal position, rather he has expressed frustrations and concerns over the ludicrous nature of the transfer window which is out of control and the ability to work with the restraints that we as a club clearly have.

    Reality is that we signed Atsu fast and that prevented any other club coming in for him later in the window which would have been a possibility. After that Rafa has made some astute acquisitions who I suspect were in fact number one targets all along because they are players we had identified, have potential to grow with the team and represented great value and compared to what’s happened elsewhere then that looks astute. The fact that we didn’t sign anyone for 34days actually speaks volumes and we have our target man in Joselu. Links with remote Argentina and Austrian players were surely just a smoke screen to keep press and punters interested in the soap opera of the Transfer window.

    We all get sucked into this Sky and PFL manipulated circus and look at the state of Arsenal and Liverpool’s blood pressure , we are not alone.

    Rafa is a true professional and will I’m sure now get on with motivating the new squad to be focused on the season ahead. After all the next window is only 16 weeks away.

  • Jib

    Sep 2, 2017 at 8:23 AM

    Comment #5

    Can somebody tell me when NUFC were ever in the big-time
    We won an amazing 3 FA cups in four years in the 50’s when the board
    allowed the captain Joe Harvey to virtually run the team (they were
    normally selected by a committee in those days managers just took training)
    The club dined out on those glorious days for years
    Then said Joe Harvey was officially appointed manager and managed to win the 2nd tier Euro cup.
    Mr Keegan came along at the birth pangs of the Premier League and made us into what looked like a contender but we never quite made it.
    We haven’t won a 1st tier title since the year Brown Ale came out – 1927
    Big time? – WHAT ?
    Jib the realist

  • jane

    Sep 2, 2017 at 8:25 AM

    Comment #6

    has Rafa actually said he is unhappy since the transfer window closed?

  • firebug666

    Sep 2, 2017 at 8:27 AM

    Comment #7


    It’s not easy to decern what is going on with so many press stories flying around.

    However, Rafa did say that Newcastle was no longer a long term project, and after the window closed he was said to be considering his future.

    People can read what they want into those comments, but reading between the lines Rafa looks to be ready to leave, when is anyone’s guess, but I’m with Ed and think we will lose him at the end of the season.

  • jane

    Sep 2, 2017 at 8:28 AM

    Comment #8

    just because more money wasn’t spent doesn’t mean it wasn’t available or do we know for certain that transfers fell through because the money wasn’t available. seems to me that a problem is being bigged up without all the facts.

  • firebug666

    Sep 2, 2017 at 8:31 AM

    Comment #9


    Apparently, he turned up at the training ground on Thursday and after a brief meeting with Charnley, he left with a face like thunder, Obviously having been told he was getting no more signings.

    He won’t be back until Monday now, maybe we will hear something then.

  • jane

    Sep 2, 2017 at 8:33 AM

    Comment #10

    yeah Ed put some more positive messages or at least balanced ones.

  • Lindisfarne

    Sep 2, 2017 at 8:37 AM

    Comment #11

    Players are (very well payed) human beings, the last thing you should do when trying to attract them to the club is treat them as a commodity. Taking 3-4 weeks to negotiate for players that actually wanted to sign is ludicrous, not very professional and damaging to the clubs image.

  • Jib

    Sep 2, 2017 at 8:43 AM

    Comment #12

    Rafa had a face like thunder when he left therefore it must be Mike Ashley
    What nonsense
    Elliot could have dropped a particularly smelly fart in the showers
    or the sight of Colback’s ginger pubes

  • Ian Toon

    Sep 2, 2017 at 8:45 AM

    Comment #13

    My mother would regard Mr Tuff’s behaviour as unseemly. I have always thought him puerile and more recently his homophobic depictions as being reprehensible.

    However, when posting some six months ago, I was too self indulgent and intrusive in my response questioning ; addressed to Mr Tuff. As a result he divulged a personal family tragedy.
    I am sorry and apologise for any distress caused at the time.

  • sing in the corner

    Sep 2, 2017 at 8:46 AM

    Comment #14

    The signing of a player is a complicated business now. All sorts of 3rd parties, side deals, player demands, agent interference etc can happen. Doesn’t in all cases, but can happen. We know we seem to take ages to do these negotiations but we don’t know why in the case of Praet, who I think you might mean, because I’m not aware of us not signing someone else who was reported as definitely wanting to come here?

  • Peebles_dave

    Sep 2, 2017 at 12:20 PM

    Comment #15

    All this navel gazing about the transfer window is actually achieving nothing, (apart from raising some peoples blood pressure, and letting others vent their spleen).

    I would much rather look ahead to the rest of the current season.

    We need to score goals, we have mostly the same players who scored 85 goals last season, I know we are in a much higher league now, but even if we score half of that the odds are we will stay up (based on the number of goals scored by surviving teams over the last 5 years). The addition of Joselu for Murphy seems decent business.

    We do not want to concede goals, again largely unchanged from last season, I think we would all agree Lejuene (from what we have seen so far) is an upgrade on Hanley, and M’bemba seems to be finding his feet. Both fullback positions seem suspect, but have cover of sorts.

    Midfield, again I think we have actually strengthened there, signing Atsu, Murphy and Merino looks like good business, £16.2 million, compared to £35 million for Ross Barkley who is injured for weeks to come?

    I’m not optimistic, but hope for the next few months, time will tell.

  • ashleysmate

    Sep 3, 2017 at 10:56 AM

    Comment #16

    He left early to stockpile his library with “learn to speak Chinese” books


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