Rafa Works On Getting Players In For Next Month – With Little Help From Mike Ashley

It’s almost unbelievable that with only four days to go until the transfer window opens on Monday Rafa Benitez still does not know how much he will have to spend from owner Mike Ashley.

Given the situation we had in early May after winning the Championship, it’s just incredible how things have gone downhill from then when everything looked so rosy for Newcastle.

But Ashley’s unwillingness to spend money in the summer – presumably to keep the financial records looking good has completely backfired.

And that follows last January when halfway through that transfer window he decided he wasn’t going to spend one penny of Newcastle’s money on new players to the complete bewilderment of Mr. Benitez.

Mike Ashley – Newcastle owner

Rafa has to understand this man knows very little about how to run a football club even though he’s tried to do that over 10 years – the squad has always been second priority to the playing staff.

What you get with that strategy is a good bank balance and a poor team on the field.

There’s no way  Ashley will now get £350M for the club or even £300M since would-be buyers know there is a considerable investment required at the club to get the playing squad Premier League class.

This is the short answer Rafa Benitez gave when asked about next month’s transfer window by Sky Sports:

“I cannot say too much. We are working to try and bring in some players.”

“I have to work with Lee Charnley, and find the players we need to stay in the Premier League.”

And if Mike Ashley for the third time decides to take the club off the market because nobody came up with Ashley’s valuation of the club – all hell will break loose.

We will also certainly lose Rafa Benitez in the summer if that does happen.

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16 comments so far

  • c-dog

    Dec 28, 2017 at 3:07 PM

    Comment #1

    Ashley has a history of investing in Jan when we’re struggling but the takeover might hamper that. Add to that the inflation for transfers is at crisis point. Lee Charnley has his work cut out. And so might we if the right bodies ain’t brought in. Can’t see anything less than 50 million giving us a real competitive boost.

  • YoungMag :P

    Dec 28, 2017 at 3:09 PM

    Comment #2

    It’s absolutely incredible that Rafa is still here. Ashley is a swine.

    Thank God there are only a few numpties that hate Rafa. I really appreciate all of the match going fans, they’re the main reason we still get to see him in our dugout.

  • lochinvar

    Dec 28, 2017 at 3:12 PM

    Comment #3

    Charnley is the Go Between. He should know what money is available to fit in with wage structures and then Rafa’s ambitions for players. Ashley has never involved himself in the detail of running the club nor for that matter Sports Direct, he pays people to do what he tells them. Ashley’s doesn’t bother himself with minuti.

    I’m doubtful if we’re in the market to buy and £25million for Tosan to go to a poor Everton who are nevertheless nine points ahead of us is indicative of the inflated market . Looks like our ambition is loans for a Goalkeeper, Left Back and Striker maybe with a midfielder thrown in for luck. No ones mentioned Townsend or Leigh Giffiths from Celtic for a while, are they on our radar ? Then up pops links with relatively unknown players who miraculously have been spotted at short notice by all the relegation threatened clubs.

    Newcastle in hot pursuit of £10m-rated 43-cap international speed machine – report
    Newcastle United are among a host of Premier League sides on the transfer hunt for Stade Rennais striker Firmin Ndombe Mubele in January, according to a report.

    The Guardian claim on their website that the Magpies are joined by fellow top flight strugglers West Brom, Swansea and Bournemouth in eyeing up the 23-year-old’s signature in the upcoming winter transfer window, as they all look to bolster their squads.

    The 43-time-capped Democratic Republic of Congo speed machine has netted five times in 16 Ligue 1 appearances this season, having been utilised in both a centre forward and left winger role.

  • jazzyp

    Dec 28, 2017 at 3:19 PM

    Comment #4

    Everton have agreed a £25m deal with Besiktas to sign the Turkey striker Cenk Tosun, with the 26-year-old ready to sign a four-and-a-half year contract when the transfer window reopens on 1 January.
    Despite an unbeaten run of seven matches that has pulled them clear of the relegation battle, Everton have scored only 24 league goals this season and have been searching for a striker to replace Romelu Lukaku. Another attempt to sign Arsenal’s Olivier Giroud was rebuffed earlier this month, with Arsène Wenger keen for the France international to remain at the Emirates. This led to a formal approach for Tosun.

    Allardyce has tracked the former Eintracht Frankfurt and Gaziantepspor player for some time and recommended him to Crystal Palace, who had a bid rejected in the summer. A brilliant season for Besiktas in which Tosun has scored 13 times – including four in the Champions League as his club reached the knockout stages – has seen his stock rise considerably.
    Everton’s offer of £15m was rejected before an agreement was struck on Tuesday, with Besiktas set to receive around £20m up front and another £5m in performance-related clauses. It is understood Tosun’s father and agent accompanied him to the club’s training ground on Wednesday to discuss personal terms and complete his medical.
    Born in Germany, Tosun joined Eintracht Frankfurt’s youth system in 1997 but made only one appearance for the first team before moving to Gaziantepspor in 2011, where he spent three seasons. He joined Besiktas in 2014 and has scored 41 goals in 96 matches.
    Despite making two appearances for Germany’s Under-21 side, Tosun opted to play for Turkey at senior level and has eight goals from his 24 caps.

  • lochinvar

    Dec 28, 2017 at 3:22 PM

    Comment #5
  • lesh

    Dec 28, 2017 at 3:27 PM

    Comment #6

    Your earlier post about the difference in positive feedback (ie total hearts) amassed for constructive comments as against the total gained by the neggars was a point well made.

    But whether the hyper-critics even understand what you said is questionable. They’re either stupid or mischief-makers – or more likely, both.

  • lesh

    Dec 28, 2017 at 3:29 PM

    Comment #7

    Let’s hope Ashley’s not using buying players this window as a bargaining chip with PCP.

    What an absolute shit he is.

  • jazzyp

    Dec 28, 2017 at 3:33 PM

    Comment #8

    I would have thought Rafa knows one way or another now as to what Budget he has to work with.
    I also find it hard to believe that Ashley wont protect his asset whether he has already sold us or not. Tosun was apparently high on our wanted list yet Everton seem to have stolen a march on the lad leaving us floundering yet again.

    I’m sure we will all find out in the coming days what Nufc wont to or will achieve in this transfer window.

  • Mister Tuff

    Dec 28, 2017 at 3:36 PM

    Comment #9

    Best thing about yesterday was that the game is over -and it’s time to move on to the next game.
    City are on another planet currently and anyone trying to make “relevant”football comparisons are wasting their time – it was one of those one off games – we did well not to get humped – goal wise.
    The only relevance that can be drawn in my eyes is that it shows how far we are behind city -and probably the other top teams. It illustrates Mr Tubbs running of the club over the last 10 years.

    We will be seeing variations of yesterdays tactics – probably not so extreme – at the weekend.
    People should realise Rafa “penchant” for controlling the midfield (packing the midfield in other words probably). I would guess his tactics for this season are designed to get the best possible return with the players he has – working the odds. Better players next season will allow different syles or different tactics to be employed.

    Shearers comments. Very very teasing – has he heard something or not. To be sure if selling clubs realise new owners have loads of cash they are going to stiff us royally.
    I like the thought that the deal is done but not to be announced until after the window.

  • geordiemark

    Dec 28, 2017 at 3:37 PM

    Comment #10

    did anyone expect anything else, come on this is Ashley were talking about here, if he doesn’t give rafa what he needs and this takeover talk is just talk I can see rafa doing a walk by the end of January

  • hibbit

    Dec 28, 2017 at 3:40 PM

    Comment #11

    i’m sure Rafa knows exactly where we’re at

  • OneAlanShearer

    Dec 28, 2017 at 4:06 PM

    Comment #12

    Hibbit – did you think that rafa mentioning wanting players in by 20th January could be because the deal was done roughly the same time in December so expected premier league ratification and the Saudis to be back in work by then or am I clutching at straws?

  • lochinvar

    Dec 28, 2017 at 4:14 PM

    Comment #13

    Amanda has enjoyed her Christmas break with me but is back away on business now as in her own words ” there’s paperwork to finalise” .
    She should be back for our New Years Eve bash and may have more news then but with the holidays I think it’s a few weeks yet before we can say much more. You’re right about that Alan Shearer lad being a bit of a tease with the news but he’s a pundit so they have to have an opinion on everything, irrespective of whether or not they are in the know.

  • Geordie-john

    Dec 28, 2017 at 5:52 PM

    Comment #14

    Youngmag comment # 2
    The so called numpties are really jealous SMB’s trying to stir the shit as they know that their season is Donald ducked so they are trying to spoil ours as well. Probably that well known early morning TV news reader at BBC Newcastle !

  • widowmagandapoke

    Dec 29, 2017 at 3:41 PM

    Comment #15

    It defies sane belief that Ashley has been so obtuse over this. If he wants to sell the cub he must invest, because if he doesn’t and we go down, where will that leave him? Does he know anything at all about football finance?


    Dec 29, 2017 at 6:36 PM

    Comment #16

    Can’t believe Raffa hasn’t been told what is happening behind the scenes, he is too smart to just believe a vague verbal promise frpm Ashley. If this sale does not go through Ashley will be frightened to show his face North of Manchester never mind make an appearance at S.J.P. I hate that man!


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