This Is The Extremely Weird Situation That Currently Exists At Newcastle

With Newcastle’s absent owner Mike Ashley now back from his long Christmas vacation there is news in the Chronicle that’s not too surprising –  Rafa will seek to talk to Ashley about what his transfer funds are – if any – in this January window.

Alan Shearer has made the point that Newcastle are a Championship side playing in the Premier League and unless we strengthen in January we could be relegated for the third time under Ashley, who bought the club back in May, 2007.

As we reported yesterday, Rafa has already set up some deals this month but has not been able to get anybody to sign off on them.

Apparently, Managing Director Lee Charnley is not able to do that so we assume they have to go to Ashley himself or maybe Justin Barnes who was put in charge of the finances almost a year ago.

Rafa Benitez – seems to have been left on his own

There has been no real news on the takeover over the last several weeks, although Sky Sports reported yesterday that the deal was still being worked on and negotiations have not broken down.

But it’s now 11th January, and Newcastle still haven’t signed anybody after Rafa wanted players brought in early this month.

Newcastle have a really important game at home to bottom of the league Swansea City on Saturday afternoon and Rafa will be giving his press conference for that game tomorrow afternoon and will be asked about the transfer situation.

It’s a weird and crazy situation where Rafa seems to be left on his own fighting to save Newcastle from relegation.

Neither owner Mike Ashley or would-be owner Amanda Staveley seem too interested in strengthening the team.

Not that Ms. Staveley can do much about it other than loan Newcastle money.

And she tried to do that, but Mike Ashley would only agree to a loan if the negotiations were further along and the two parties had agreed on a price for the club.

They have so far failed to agree on a price for the club.

Other clubs are strengthening, and Newcastle have been made to look like paupers in the Premier League.

We have to hope that Mr. Ashley comes to his senses quickly and wants to protect his investment in Newcastle by giving Rafa the funds he needs to ensure we are not relegated in May.

We have no idea if that’s what he will do.

Comments welcome.

20 comments so far

  • ashleysmate

    Jan 11, 2018 at 8:46 AM

    Comment #1

    Another NUFC manager left swinging on his own.
    Not trying to be clever but some weeks ago , although I think the takeover will go through…I did wonder if Ashley would be an awkward #*$# right up till the las minute

  • Little h

    Jan 11, 2018 at 8:49 AM

    Comment #2

    That’s 470 sd stores in the UK I’m sure 1000 of us could go camping for a month outside the stores and stop them opening maybe if there’s a good hacker amongst us shut down his tacky online store or even somebody get there wife to say Ashley assaulted her we need a plan

  • Lee Charnley Bunga Party

    Jan 11, 2018 at 8:52 AM

    Comment #3


    Huddersfield Town have agreed a fee with Norwich for Alex Pritchard.

    The fee is £10m rising to £12m.

    The attacking midfielder will undergo a medical with the Premier League club on Thursday.

    How are Huddersfield able to buy players outright and we can’t?

    It is such a shocking set of affairs for us all of our relegation rivals are getting in players to make them stronger for the second half of the season

    Palace have also agreed a fee for Sakho from West Ham for 10 to 12 million as well !!

  • TheJimBelow

    Jan 11, 2018 at 8:55 AM

    Comment #4

    Little h
    LOL love that train of thought man.
    In any other circumstance I’d think jeez relax but you’re right when it comes to Jabba getting out, it’s getting desperate

  • getoutofworeclub

    Jan 11, 2018 at 8:56 AM

    Comment #5

    If people believe that Rafa has a clause in his contract that if he walks he will pay 5 million to ash needs to take a look at them selves Rafa no’s ashley history there is no way he would except them terms more like Rafa will have something writing in his incase ash screws him over

  • TheJimBelow

    Jan 11, 2018 at 8:57 AM

    Comment #6

    10 to 12m, our biggest expenditure from the past THREE windows!!
    You’re right man wtf is this turning into 🙁

  • SColl

    Jan 11, 2018 at 9:00 AM

    Comment #7

    In regards to Huddersfield, i suspect they are spending money that they don’t have ie TV/Prize money which is due to come at the end of the season. They are probably banking everything on staying in the league and playing players to ensure that.

  • Jib

    Jan 11, 2018 at 9:01 AM

    Comment #8

    Shelvey doesn’t sound the brightest or most charismatic button in the box.”

    I Disagree

    He’s not Ian Hislop
    he compares favourably with the majority
    of footy players I’ve heard interviewed

  • Fub

    Jan 11, 2018 at 9:03 AM

    Comment #9

    The straightforward answer is, there is NO money for transfers this window, and there never was going to be. He won’t sell the club, and hopes that Benitez, tied up in a contract he’d have to buy himself out of, will manage to keep the championship squad up. Roll in the TV money and the free advertising of SD. In the meantime, don’t sign off on any deals, keep Rafa believing he will get someone, and release lots of lies to hacks that there may be transfers, keep the Geordies hanging and suffering. Jellied eels and as much lager as you can swallow all round!

  • Corv

    Jan 11, 2018 at 9:03 AM

    Comment #10

    Hopefully the fat parasites return from the US will get things moving one way or the other.

  • Nufc-83

    Jan 11, 2018 at 9:04 AM

    Comment #11

    Ninja if your comparing slimani to Joselu I’m afraid you need to look again. He is 10x the player and would be immense for us but looks like we have no chance.

  • Little h

    Jan 11, 2018 at 9:07 AM

    Comment #12

    Thejimbelow 9 out of 10 times I would be more rational but it’s like he’s got a vendetta against us I hope the news that the takeover is all but done is true I really do but on the off chance it’s not done I think Ashley needs a taste of his own Medicine it’s so hard to win against the man holding all the aces surely the club must have generated some sort of profit to spend I just don’t understand why he won’t just say here have 1 player even that would be massive

  • getoutofworeclub

    Jan 11, 2018 at 9:08 AM

    Comment #13

    Lee Charley cos they have an owner that will back there manger we have 1 that’s likes to gamble when will the fans wake up we’ve had 10 years of this sh1t and nothing has changed he is doing what he did to Keegan but worse I no there is only 2 reasons Rafa is still here one the fans and 2 because of the takeover but if this deal falls through and we don’t bring any new players in Rafa will walk

  • Jib

    Jan 11, 2018 at 9:11 AM

    Comment #14

    Sunlun are the early KO in the Championship
    on Saturday – away to Cardiff – I bet ex Swansea
    Chris Coleman is really looking forward to that !

    Hull , Birmingham , and Burton all have home games
    The mackems could really be in the clarts come
    Saturday tea-time

  • getoutofworeclub

    Jan 11, 2018 at 9:13 AM

    Comment #15

    So what’s yous all going to do at the end of the season and we go down cos we didn’t strengthen the team and the takeover dosent happen and Rafa walks

  • getoutofworeclub

    Jan 11, 2018 at 9:15 AM

    Comment #16

    Team’s below us will all be bringing new players in spending to stay up we r lucky to be were we r in the league now only cos of Rafa if we don’t bring 3 to 4 new players in we will go down even with Rafa here

  • Ninjacent

    Jan 11, 2018 at 9:28 AM

    Comment #17


    If we did sign him, I would hoped to be proven wrong, he’s conversion rate is around 8 goals in 35+ games for Leicester. Joselu has similar rate in what you could say with lesser players around him.

  • Geordie-john

    Jan 11, 2018 at 9:56 AM

    Comment #18

    It’s as if Fatman not only wants NUFC to be relegated AGAIN under his ownership but he wants Rafa to walk as well before the sale ( If it ever happens )

  • Nufc-83

    Jan 11, 2018 at 10:45 AM

    Comment #19

    Ninja I really hate stats lol but fair enough, either way it doesn’t look like he will be coming 🙁


    Jan 11, 2018 at 7:18 PM

    Comment #20

    Fatty has lied & been vindictive to Newcastle for 10 years & wont change now. Footballwise the man is a stubborn fool who cant believe he is wrong. What kind of man who has a big sports dealership in the city alienates half the North East by his actions of changing the name of ground, selling the likes of big Andy, Cabaye, Townsend & Milner. Bringing in Wise to supervise Keegan etc etc. He has had us relegated twice & looks likely a third but his greed & stupidity will prevent him allowing any of what he thinks is his personal money not the clubs being invested in players. Instead he will gamble we will finish 4th bottom, collect & pocket the t.v. money & let the whole sorry saga start again next year. He must be one of the very few people who daren’t show their face at a game of a team he owns I HATE THE MAN


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