This Would Be A Great Time For An Ambitious Owner To Buy Newcastle

We have been thinking a lot since Thursday night about Newcastle and what happens now and the outlook is not good.

That’s because it’s almost certain that Rafa Benitez will leave the club at the latest next summer – it’s become clear he has no trust in owner Mike Ashley.

The outlook for Newcastle is that we’ll then appoint a manager much inferior to Rafa, and we’ll be fighting relegation once again.

Is there anything that can happen that will keep Rafa Benitez at Newcastle?

Mike Ashley could change and vow that he will support Rafa in anything he wants to do, but Mike Ashley is not to be trusted and Mike has gone back on his word too many times in the last 10 years.

Rafa Benitez – was the best thing that had happened to Newcastle

In fact, Alan Shearer has turned out to be right about Ashley when he said it was this summer that we’ll find out whether Mike Ashley would support Rafa.

We thought he would but we were wrong – and Alan was correct.

MIke Ashley has not supported Rafa and that’s come through loud and clear as the finances triumph once more.

The owner has shown he has no real ambition to make Newcastle great again but just to have good financial records.

That policy doesn’t score many goals for Newcastle or get many wins for us on the pitch.

We just cannot see Rafa being successful at Newcastle with Mike Ashley as the owner.

Now would be a great time for some (preferably very rich) consortium to come in and buy Newcastle while Rafa Benitez is still the manager.

Rafa has his own detailed blueprint for how to make Newcastle great again and it includes the financial side of things too.

It was something he thought he had got the go-ahead from the owner in May – but that hasn’t been the case.

Once again Mike Ashley has his iron grip on the finances at Newcastle – this time he has brought in Justin Barnes, a lawyer, and long term confidant, to keep an eye on the finances.

And it seems it was Barnes who wouldn’t allow a number of the deals Rafa wanted completed to go through this summer and why Rafa was so frustrated.

And all that was happening while other clubs were paying over £100M for players and we ended up spending a net of only £12M this summer and brought in six players.

There’s a chance that Rafa will stay at Newcastle, but not while Mike Ashley is the owner.

128 comments so far

  • Toon_Fresh

    Sep 2, 2017 at 8:28 AM

    Comment #1

    one negative article after another. transfer window is closed. we signed 6 players, now let’s move on. Rafa hasnt left us yet has he?

  • sing in the corner

    Sep 2, 2017 at 8:35 AM

    Comment #2

    Put simply, how you process the pure speculation being presented in the press, and the expression on Rafa’s face as he left the training ground, depends on your entrenched position. That’s all there is in evidence.
    When it comes out exactly what was promised in May, which Rafa was fully on board with, and what his interpretation is about all the events since then, then people can make informed judgements. Until then it’s pie in the sky.

  • hibbit

    Sep 2, 2017 at 8:43 AM

    Comment #3

    it’s time to move on the window is well and truly CLOSED we have what we have it’s now time to get on with life

    i believe Rafa is not back till Tuesday as he had a prearranged medical procedure carried out on Friday

    time to move on lads

  • Offkey

    Sep 2, 2017 at 8:45 AM

    Comment #4

    Right, Rafa saying that he would have to see if mike kept his promises was in fact Rafa talking about the promise to fix the over inflated transfer market, or a promise to buy him tea and biscuits and nothing to do with transfers, wtf is wrong with a huge amount of you

  • Geordie-john

    Sep 2, 2017 at 8:45 AM

    Comment #5

    Another Lawyer ? Didn’t Kevin Keegan have a problem with a lawyer years ago I think his name was Mark Corbridge if my memory serves me correct. Once owners start bringing in lawyers its normally for more than to watch over financial shite. I think Cashley is starting to sell off the silverware bit by bit until he can afford to take a lower offer for the club.

  • Charlie in the Gallowgate

    Sep 2, 2017 at 8:46 AM

    Comment #6

    would it be better to sell to a consortium/hedge fund – many a consortium/hedge fund will see the Premiership as a cash cow – not interested in football but MONEY.
    Could be out of the frying pan into the fire!!!

    Bit of a curve ball this one – few bloggers couldn’t/can’t wait to get rid of Ashley and sell to a Chinese family/company. A word of warning…

    I don’t know if any of you read Private Eye – read ‘planet football’ at the back about the Chinese investors ie Southampton very interesting read about dodgy dealings and shifting monies about “those clubs’ fans’ dreams of unlimited funding may be just that, or worse.”

    Me I am quite happy with the window – yes we could have got another couple of players in and why would RAFA go to West Ham when he has built a decent team. His team which he can mold into a style of play he wants and a lot of the players he bought came because of him would be totally pissed off.

    Me was impressed the way we played Saturday (four players missing) – the best I have seen for a couple of seasons.

    Just wish everyone instead of being so negative get behind the TOON and give the manager and the players the support they need.

  • Jib

    Sep 2, 2017 at 8:46 AM

    Comment #7

    No point in talking to Ed bonny lad
    It’s 03.46 in Raleigh
    These articles were all set up on timer last night

  • Lindisfarne

    Sep 2, 2017 at 8:48 AM

    Comment #8


    We do not know the amount of money the club has available for transfers, but we only bought one player over £10m and still require a #10, a left back and if believed, an experienced goal keeper. All of which shows that the club has fallen short of the managers expectations and in consecutive windows. Twice shy and all that.

  • jimmysmith

    Sep 2, 2017 at 8:50 AM

    Comment #9

    Lot of money about to pour in though. Makes the owner’s backing far less of an issue, if Rafa gets it, after running costs of course, as was always the case, and uses it well.

  • goalseeker

    Sep 2, 2017 at 8:50 AM

    Comment #10

    No more negativity please Ed we cannot do anything and printing negative points does nothing for the fans or the players. We all know and have read until we are sick of reading about Ashley he is here he is in control so accept it and look on the bright side you are only encouraging the Ashley out brigade and that does no good for anyone. He will sell when it suits him and there is nothing you or I can do about it. The fans can scream and shout as much as they like and if they think they will influence Ashley to leave they are living in dreamworld. We can hope a wealthy buyer can appear from the other side of the rainbow but that is again living in a fools paradise.
    What can we do it is simple yell and shout every game in support of Rafa and every player wearing Black and White until the opposition crumble and their supporters give up trying to shout louder that us. I hurts when you hear the opposition fans shouting for their team there is no way they should out shout the Newcastle support.
    As far as the fan base who read this page let us shout for Ed’s health give him and his family our total support he has done so much to give us an outlet we owe him a great deal.
    Our thoughts and prayers are with you Ed

  • kakaobi

    Sep 2, 2017 at 8:56 AM

    Comment #11

    The transfer window opens in 4 months can’t wait

  • Jib

    Sep 2, 2017 at 8:56 AM

    Comment #12

    Mark Corbridge was brought in by Cameron Hall to oversee the flotation of NUFC on the Stock Market in December1996 Keggan resigned January 1997
    I doubt they even talked to each other

  • hibbit

    Sep 2, 2017 at 8:57 AM

    Comment #13

    i’m not worried about the players we bought looking good so far or the amount of money we did/didnt spend
    its the obvious gaps in the squad we never filled which to me are the problem

  • PJR09

    Sep 2, 2017 at 8:58 AM

    Comment #14

    Cummon big Al get a consortium together – start with the two funny lads get a group of NUFC supporters and local businesses together

  • geordieviking

    Sep 2, 2017 at 8:59 AM

    Comment #15

    First, I don’t see why Jib has been getting so.much flak over his ‘meds’ joke. I’m not going to bore you with a list of my own problems, suffice to say that my friends reckon I’m personally to blame for the NHS deficit.
    The first requirement for living with cancer is a bl00dy good sense of humour.

  • Jib

    Sep 2, 2017 at 9:00 AM

    Comment #16

    Christopher Mort was the name of the lawyer that Ashley brought in as CEO when he bought NUFC.
    Mort and Keegan had an excellent relationship

  • Jib

    Sep 2, 2017 at 9:04 AM

    Comment #17

    Geordie Viking
    I e-mailed Ed and he said it didn’t bother him in the least.
    There’s a few very opinionated posters on here who love to
    stick their noses in .
    I bet Rotonda has knocked on his neighbour’s door to tell him his
    carpet doesn’t match the curtains.

  • geordieviking

    Sep 2, 2017 at 9:04 AM

    Comment #18

    Next, I agree with those criticising Ed’s current negativity. Totally understandable that he’s a bit depressed because of his treatments but all the talk of Rafa leaving is, at the moment, no more than supposition and (social) media sh!t stirring.

  • c-dog

    Sep 2, 2017 at 9:16 AM

    Comment #19

    The negativity is born outta fear of Rafa leaving. I think it’s a genuine concern for everyone given his ambition and the ambition of the current Newcastle United. If Rafa leaves and Ashley resumes his normal managerial appointments we’re probably favourites for going down. Personally Ive a feeling he could be gone before the team next kicks a ball. Any sign of him sleuthing about?

  • Lindisfarne

    Sep 2, 2017 at 9:18 AM

    Comment #20

    Ashley has been responsible for two relegations, he has to change his ways and Rafa is his best opportunity to actually make the club successful. A self sufficient club does not materialise from cost cutting, a proper long term plan is required with all the key decision makers working in unison. Rafa may not be aligned, but the club also need to adjust.

  • Mag52

    Sep 2, 2017 at 9:24 AM

    Comment #21

    Get your facts right Jib.
    Three FA Cups in five years in the 50’s. ’51, ’52’ and ’55.
    As far as the press speculation goes on Rafa’s relations with Ashley, in the face of consistent refusals to see the writing on the wall by some on here, the press have been largely proved right, and anyone who reckons they have a happy owner/manager relationship following this transfer window, are not living in the real world. I’m sure we’ll soon be made aware of the extent of the fallout.
    In the meantime, the one way we, as fans, can influence anything is to increase the volume of support for Rafa, if that’s possible after the superb effort v W.Ham. It’s that support which could keep him here that bit longer. The

  • mikeashleyisamackem

    Sep 2, 2017 at 9:25 AM

    Comment #22

    Maybe Ashley has promised Rafa every last penny of the TVs money
    And maybe Rafa will stay and see if he gets it
    Also he may have told him that he will get all the money from player sales this summer and this year is about survival and trimming the wage bill ready for next year
    That’s the only plausible reason I can fathom as to why Rafa would stay
    Also Rafa is very loyal to the fans as he knows we love him

  • Jib

    Sep 2, 2017 at 9:32 AM

    Comment #23

    mag 52
    26th April 1951
    7th May 1955
    was 4 years 1 month when I went to school

    (a wee hint fer ye tek the 1 frae the 5 and what do you get ?)

  • Toontaff

    Sep 2, 2017 at 9:39 AM

    Comment #24

    So all you lot saying lets just get on with it are deluded mike ashley has ten times the amount of money compared to brighton and Huddersfield yet they spent 3 times the amount that out ..the reason fat guts has been in charge for ten years is because we the fans keep going to games week in week out like little lambs.time to boycott the games he will soon sell up christ even rafa would join us…

  • Madmag

    Sep 2, 2017 at 9:39 AM

    Comment #25

    Sep 2, 2017 at 9:24 AM
    Comment #21
    Get your facts right Jib.
    Three FA Cups in five years in the 50’s. ’51, ’52’ and ’55.

    Look I get it Jib is the blog’s whipping boy, but I think you are clutching at straws here Jib actually said
    “We won an amazing 3 FA cups in four years in the 50’s”
    And I hate to be the one telling you this but 51-55 is actually 4 years not 5

    I don’t understand the hatred that some bloggers have for Jib. He seems a fairly knowledgable poster who occasionally posts something that others find distasteful i.e the ‘meds’ comment to Ed which while tactless is not in itself offensive.

    As another poster has said one thing you need when dealing with cancer is a sense of humour (I concur as that was my experience as well)

  • ArtyH

    Sep 2, 2017 at 9:42 AM

    Comment #26

    JMHO, If Rafa had looked at the history of the Ashley dictatorship he would have seen the road map which the owner follows. While I do not condone Rafa for believing things would be as they were in the brochure, I do think he was gullible, the Keegan incident was there for all to see and so was the way he rode rough shod over EVERY manager coach in the last ten years. Rafa is a man of principle and probably expected everything to be on face value, that was his mistake as you can NEVER trust a LYING SNAKE even if it is smiling and carrying an olive branch. I am sure most true fans over 50 will have seen this coming and years ago I made a promise to myself that I would never set foot into St James park while Ashley had anything to do with the club, I’ve spoke to many others who said the same too. This poison must be driven out of our club while we have a decent manager who actually cares about the fans and the club! I firmly believe that the only way to keep Rafa is for fans to have a meeting with him to see if it is possible for us to get our club back. If West Ham get Rafa we will be in free fall and its a downward spiral cursed with another yes man with no control. Like it or lump it this is the way it is, some will disagree but the reality is staring us in the face again, and history is just against optimism.

  • Jib

    Sep 2, 2017 at 9:43 AM

    Comment #27

    “we the fans keep going to games”
    Ahh but are you the season ticket holding Toontaff ?

  • Charlie in the Gallowgate

    Sep 2, 2017 at 9:44 AM

    Comment #28

    Hey lads n lasses
    If you think Ed is being negative take a look at our local Rags -Journal and Chronicle back to their usual bile – got us relegated already – poor transfer window…
    Their writers marks for the window
    Lee Ryder D
    Sean McCormick D
    Stuart Jamieson C-
    Andrew Musgrove E
    Mark Douglas F
    Chris Waugh C-

    For F**ck sake get a grip how many times have we played since getting the players in 3
    and what I have seen one decent game until Shelvey got sent off
    poor against Huddersfield who were not much better
    and West Ham – exceelent

    so hw the hell can you judge on 3 games

    To many people think that if you spend millions get Marquee signings in then we are going to be great – ain’t always work like that.

    And does the Chronicle and Journal not think that all the negativity rubs off onto the players.

    Last Saturday was excellent and the players reveled in it – did the Chron and Journal not see – no they just want to spout the usual negative drivel .

    Chronicle front page big image of RAFA and asking Ashley 100 questions – yes we did not spend a lot but come on give the players we bought in a chance.
    ARGHHHHHHH does my heeed in

  • Jib

    Sep 2, 2017 at 9:51 AM

    Comment #29

    Charlie in the Gallowgate
    I think the local journos are ticked off because Rafa wouldn’t talk to them
    and his next presser isn’t until the lunchtime of Friday the 8th.

  • TyneMouth

    Sep 2, 2017 at 10:09 AM

    Comment #30

    NUFC competed in the FA cup competition in the 1950-51 season, which they won!

    They repeated their success the following season, 1951-52.

    The next two seasons, 1952-53, and 1953-54 were unsuccessful.

    However, in the 1954-55 competition, NUFC was the winner!

    Three wins in five consecutive seasons, is three wins in five years.

    Five minus one is indeed four, so what? Count the number of finals involved, (5) count the number of wins (3). Three wins plus two defeats equals five!

    Use your fingers if you need help!…

  • jane

    Sep 2, 2017 at 10:09 AM

    Comment #31

    what i don’t get about the conspiracy theory that Ashley personally denied Rafa funds is that if Ashley and Rafa have hardly spoken does that mean Ashley has (regular) contact with other club officials and instructs them to be obstructive?

    does that mean there have been occasions where a transfer has fallen through and a club official has give an excuse to Rafa but really they have deliberately scuppered the deal?

    i would have thought Rafa would not be hoodwinked that easily and would know that some funny business has gone on.

    the thing is to blame Ashley there has got to be a trail like this that leads back to him. but actually proving this may be difficult.

    the best information i think will be what Rafa says.

  • Offkey

    Sep 2, 2017 at 10:09 AM

    Comment #32

    Maiam – the only reason U can think of why Rafa would not walk is that he has been promised to money, seriously, how about a potential clause in a contract that covers it, how about having to potentially fight in a tribunal for what you are owed coz the fat one alleges you breached by walking away….anyone who says, if it did happen he would of walked forgets all this, forgets that you need proof of broken promises or you go to hearing hoping you are believed even though in constructive dismissal the burden of proof lies with who resigned

  • Madmag

    Sep 2, 2017 at 10:10 AM

    Comment #33

    Well said Charlie, personally I wouldn’t insult real journalists by calling the people who write for the Chron journalists. The chron IMO has turned from a reasonable local newspaper to a poor imitation of a tabloid over the last 10-15 years

  • jane

    Sep 2, 2017 at 10:11 AM

    Comment #34

    i’ve given myself a heart for that!

  • Offkey

    Sep 2, 2017 at 10:13 AM

    Comment #35

    Maiam – the only reason U can think of why Rafa would not walk is that he has been promised tv money, seriously, how about a potential clause in a contract that covers h walking, how about having to potentially fight in a tribunal for what you are owed coz the fat one alleges you breached by walking away….anyone who says, if it did happen he would of walked forgets all this, forgets that you need proof of broken promises or you go to hearing hoping you are believed even though in constructive dismissal the burden of proof lies with who resigned

  • Offkey

    Sep 2, 2017 at 10:15 AM

    Comment #36

    Jane so why did Rafa talk about mike keeping his promises

  • Pootle2118

    Sep 2, 2017 at 10:18 AM

    Comment #37

    I have a quick question I’m hoping someone on here can answer.

    When the club release their financial breakdown for the year (which I presume is around the end/start of the tax year) is there a complete breakdown of all the financial transactions included and are the public allowed to view them. I only ask as I would be interested to know if Cashley has taken any repayments towards the loan/s he has provided the club? Also, does anyone know how much he has loaned the club? From all that I’ve read, I make it £170M

  • Clematis

    Sep 2, 2017 at 10:19 AM

    Comment #38

    People need to stop and think and realise that there are many things to consider why we didn’t get anyone on deadline day:

    Perez only wanted to go back to Spain.

    Chelsea wouldn’t let Kenedy go.

    We wanted Targett for the season. The player only wanted a 6-month deal.

    Cabellero only wanted to go to Chelsea.

    Look at the players we did sign – they all actually wanted to come.

    Jonny Evans was touted as a £30mill player! All our cbs are better than that cnut.

    We have assembled a very good squad; one with unity.

    Rafa to Wet Spam? Those cockney tw@ts had a net spend of £4mill. There is no unity and their team are shite.

    Roll on Swansea!

  • Madmag

    Sep 2, 2017 at 10:19 AM

    Comment #39

    They won their first 50’s cup in 1951, they won their second cup in 52 and the final one in 55.
    which is four years.

    I think its a false premise to date their cup wins from the day they entered the competition i.e your maths starting from 50, but there again anything goes when trying to find fault with he who must be shamed 😉

  • toon kk

    Sep 2, 2017 at 10:25 AM

    Comment #40

    All I can say everybody has to get over the transfer window,people should know better than to expect to much from MA.
    Most will have moved on by the next time we play Ash knows that.
    If we survive and Rafa does stay there should be more money available.


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