The Conflict – Rafa’s Dreams For Newcastle Compared To Those Of The Owner

As we have seen over the summer, there’s a little bit of a conflict at Newcastle at the top of the club.

And the easy way to describe that is to say Rafa Benitez’ ambitions (dreams) for Newcastle are way above and beyond those of Mike Ashley.

One reason that Rafa is liked so much by Newcastle fans is when he talks about the future he speaks of the things fans have wanted for years – a successful team we can all be proud of.

He talks about winning things – something we haven’t done since 1969, and we haven’t won a trophy at home since way back 1955 – when I was just a young lad who was mad on Newcastle United.

Winning trophies and being successful are the things Newcastle fans dream of.

Mike Ashley doesn’t really think that way, at least in the past he hasn’t; he thinks about what is the minimum he needs to spend to keep Newcastle in the Premier League.

The triumvirate running Newcastle United

And Mike has been wrong a couple of times on that when we were relegated and a few more times when we only just escaped the drop.

Staying in the Premier League means we get the huge payout and not spending much on new players means our financial records become even better.

But football does not about having a good-looking bank account – it’s about winning games and ultimately about winning trophies.

The good news is there are real signs that Ashley may be changing his outlook and he has even talked about winning something.

He also has offered £20M to the squad if we can win the FA Cup this season – so he’s putting his (or we should say Newcastle’s) money where his mouth is – so to speak.

Hopefully, Mike’s attitude will change, and he will be a lot more willing to spend money next summer.

That’s especially true if Rafa gets us in the top 10 next May with what has been a squad built on a measly net outlay of only £12M last summer.

Think what he could do if that net expenditure was £100M.

It’s worth thinking about – but please watch out for that potential heart attack.


Comments welcome.

9 comments so far

  • Lee Charnley Bunga Party

    Sep 19, 2017 at 3:23 PM

    Comment #1

    No way will Ashley allow a net spend of anywhere 100 million !!

  • hibbit

    Sep 19, 2017 at 3:30 PM

    Comment #2

    the atmosphere on saturday was spot on
    it’s long time since the full ground were in harmony brilliant afternoon both on and off the pitch

    101% for Rafa and the boys

  • beermonkey

    Sep 19, 2017 at 3:39 PM

    Comment #3


    he might do whats our new sleeve sponsor worth a year ???

  • Jail for Ashley

    Sep 19, 2017 at 3:39 PM

    Comment #4

    An unfortunate downside to the work I do, I can’t make every home game, I only made ten of 23 last season, got to Barnsley, Blackburn, Brentford and Sheff Wed away. Nothing better than a buzzing SJP though.

  • Lee Charnley Bunga Party

    Sep 19, 2017 at 3:52 PM

    Comment #5


    I don’t remember any figures for the deal being banded about? Fun88 are supposed to be paying 10 million a year I think it is?

  • JP...from The Rock

    Sep 19, 2017 at 3:59 PM

    Comment #6

    You’re on fire today Ed! 🙂

  • carl

    Sep 19, 2017 at 5:17 PM

    Comment #7

    This blog, well into the new season had a pessimism fatigue. Mainly due to the unrelenting posting of negative transfer activity. No one believed Newcastle would take the league by storm but that we were an experienced striker away from addressing the main areas requiring bolstering to the squad . Fans broadly accepted that what served us well in the Championship wouldn’t in the Premiership and that the squad needed to be trimmed. This took longer than had been anticipated and funds did not materialise in this window to get the striker that many had anticipated.

    Post forward though the season has barely got underway there’s an amazing mood change with growing optimism, momentum and a broad consensus suggesting that didnt we do well. Meanwhile not everyone’s favourite Chris Sutton and many others have pointed out Koeman’s transfer activity at Everton. Bobby bee seems to be ahead of the football media criticism with his “it’s not what you spend but how you spend it”. Certainly with Everton finishing 7th last season and spending close to £150 million they have massively disappointed so far. Certainly they should have found a replacement for Lukaku before selling him. It does also take time to integrate new players into the team and that’s maybe where we’ve got it right and Everton haven’t. Mind I am not saying that fortunes won’t change but this is the story so far and it’s not that long until the January window and we can do it all over again.

    I was going to post what some had said during the transfer window but that would put many out of a job and I would be taking too much for granted.

  • lesh

    Sep 19, 2017 at 5:20 PM

    Comment #8

    Ashley floated his £20m FA Cup winning bonus offer on Sky at the same time as the players were a little disappointed at his £1m finish 17th bonus offer.

    Ashley’s weighed things up knowing what he sanctioned for summer spend and offered the £20m knowing there’s not a cat on hell’s chance of winning a trophy with the squad he’s left Rafa with.

  • Bryan

    Sep 19, 2017 at 7:31 PM

    Comment #9

    Ashley knows what he’s doing when it comes to giving out money at NUFC. Considering we haven’t won the FA cup since 1955 I’d say he thinks his £20m is pretty safe. We live in hope though.


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