Rafa’s Patience Reported Wearing Thin After No Success In Transfer Window


There is a report in the Shields Gazette today that Newcastle manager Rafa Benitez is getting more and more frustrated as the January window progresses and the club are unable to bring players into the club.

Owner Mike Ashley is now back from his vacation in Miami so we would expect him to be in touch with Managing Director Lee Charnley and the owner to find out what funds, if any, he has available this month.

Recent rumblings suggest he could get no net funds and will have to sell before he can buy, which is extremely difficult is the short January transfer window.

It’s now January 12th, and Rafa initially wanted all the transfer business completed by January 20th, but there’s no chance of that happening now.

Rafa Benitez – little progress on transfers

With Mike Ashley trying to sell the club it would seem a no-brainer that he wants to invest in the squad so that his investment in Newcastle is protected.

The value of Newcastle United will at least half if we are relegated for a third time under Ashley’s lackluster and pointless ownership.

Mike Ashley has said he wanted to sell the club before the end of the year, but that didn’t happen, and it’s clear no sale will take place unless and until Newcastle are safe from relegation this season.

Benitez has refrained from criticizing Mike Ashley openly after he lashed out last summer at broken promises from the Newcastle owner, but behind the scenes, Rafa is said to be fuming at the lack of professionalism of Mr. Ashley.

The manager will be in front of the cameras early this afternoon for our crucial game at home to bottom club Swansea City tomorrow afternoon – a relegation 6 pointer.

We will find out today if there has been any progress on transfers – but we are not holding our breath.

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26 comments so far

  • getoutofworeclub

    Jan 12, 2018 at 8:47 AM

    Comment #1

    There will be no players brought in and no sale of club wake up fans this is Mike Ashley he couldn’t give a toss about this club

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  • Lee Charnley Bunga Party

    Jan 12, 2018 at 8:48 AM

    Comment #2

    If there wasn’t takeover talk in the air it could almost feel like Ashley is trying to get Rafa to walk……..

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  • getoutofworeclub

    Jan 12, 2018 at 8:48 AM

    Comment #3

    Rafa will walk by the end of this month fact

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  • getoutofworeclub

    Jan 12, 2018 at 8:49 AM

    Comment #4

    Lee Charley that’s what Ashley is doing and Rafa will walk

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  • getoutofworeclub

    Jan 12, 2018 at 8:51 AM

    Comment #5

    If there is no take over and no players brought in by the end of the month and Rafa walks which I think will happen let’s all fans get together and smash he’s cheap sports direct shops up

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  • DubaiMicky

    Jan 12, 2018 at 8:52 AM

    Comment #6

    getoutofworeclub (why is there an “e” in wor btw?). As most people’s parents used to say, if you have nothing constructive to say, say nowt.

    I’m guessing you never had a father.

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  • getoutofworeclub

    Jan 12, 2018 at 8:52 AM

    Comment #7

    Enough is enough I’ve had enough of this prick he needs to go

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  • hibbit

    Jan 12, 2018 at 8:53 AM

    Comment #8

    jesper

    bang your drum as much as you like.
    NO one gives 2 hoots what you say, do, or think

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  • getoutofworeclub

    Jan 12, 2018 at 8:53 AM

    Comment #9

    Typing error Dubai

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  • Jib

    Jan 12, 2018 at 8:55 AM

    Comment #10

    A few days ago Mr Jarvis made this
    observation
    Alexander Jarvis
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    @Ajarvis8
    Jan 8
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    This time of season makes valuing football clubs very difficult. It is the key reason why most takeovers don’t happen. It all can come down to a few points. There is immense risk exposure in paying a premium for a club that may get relegated.

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  • one fine day

    Jan 12, 2018 at 8:56 AM

    Comment #11

    Pretty sure a big part of the takeover was that Rafa was included .
    Rafa walks deal would be off.
    Who knows what’s going on .
    As always this club tells us nothing .
    Interesting they don’t come and and rubbishy this latest fake offer…classic bishop nut amateurish at best .

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  • jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew

    Jan 12, 2018 at 8:58 AM

    Comment #12

    hibbit…should I repost our old conversation and all you silly guarantees or are you just going to keep acting like a spoiled brat?

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Jan 12, 2018 at 9:00 AM

    Comment #13

    If the greedy barsteward had made another 30M available in the summer, we’d be sitting in around ninth on 28 points at least, he would have got the extra 50M he’s asking for without clauses and the deal would be done already.

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  • jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew

    Jan 12, 2018 at 9:00 AM

    Comment #14

    For you hibbit and those who might actually care:

    I honestly find it the most pointless exercise in a long long time on blog to give out guarantees on something you are not in control of and then say if it doesn’t happen you’ll leave the blog for good!

    To what end? If you’re wrong you’ll leave (eventually come back of course) but all hell will be loose on the blog and if you’re right you’ll be gloating and we’ll not hear the end of it!

    …or will you tell that person “no one listens to what you have to say, do or think!

    Are you sure about that 😉

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  • jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew

    Jan 12, 2018 at 9:02 AM

    Comment #15

    getoutofworeclub…Rafa is on huge wages and I don’t believe he’s ever walked out on a job before?

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  • hibbit

    Jan 12, 2018 at 9:07 AM

    Comment #16

    jesper
    post what you like your posts are totally meaningless to me as they are to the vast majority of the blog

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  • Lee Charnley Bunga Party

    Jan 12, 2018 at 9:11 AM

    Comment #17

    Personally I don’t think Rafa would leave the fans or players mid season but there will be plenty of clubs who will pay his release clause in the summer and I think by that point if Ashley is still in charge then I think he would go to a club that will be ambitious!!

    Ashley works in strange ways gave Carr who had no experience of managing a team pretty much an open cheque book the last 2 seasons before Rafa to spend big money on Cabella, Thauvin , Wijnaldum , Shelvey, Townsend, Mitrovic , Saviet , De Jong and Riviere most of them who were flops on big money all because he sold Cabaye for a decent profit !!

    Rafa makes one or two mistakes for players who were not on crazy wages or big transfer fees and then gets zero money to work with despite us having money in the coffers….. madness !!

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  • getoutofworeclub

    Jan 12, 2018 at 9:14 AM

    Comment #18

    Jesper ask your self this would u stay in a job as a football manager where I’ve promised money to spend then let down this is the 3rd time Rafa has been let down he has never been treated like this in any job

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  • mactoon

    Jan 12, 2018 at 9:16 AM

    Comment #19

    I would think Rafa will be looking at the bigger picture. He will struggle during this window which will be reduced to loan deals which will only go through if current players are sold to pay loan deal wages but he will be hoping for a sale to go through so he can talk to the new owners to find out where he stands.

    I doubt he would walk before the end of the season and miss out on what could be a huge shift in the club’s attitude.

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  • getoutofworeclub

    Jan 12, 2018 at 9:17 AM

    Comment #20

    People on here actually believe that a take over is going to happen and we r going to sign some players yet it’s the same every season under ash

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  • DubaiMicky

    Jan 12, 2018 at 9:22 AM

    Comment #21

    getoutofworeclub, are you 12? Did/do you go to any English lessons at school as your grammar is appalling.

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  • hibbit

    Jan 12, 2018 at 9:22 AM

    Comment #22

    mactoon
    i’m sure Rafa is in the loop and that he is well aware of PCP and the new owners thoughts for the future of the club

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  • firebug666

    Jan 12, 2018 at 9:22 AM

    Comment #23

    The takeover will happen, the talks are ongoing, but the question is will it happen this month? If yes Rafa may have time to bring in a couple of players, if no he will have to make do with a couple of loan deals until the summer

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  • runheed

    Jan 12, 2018 at 9:24 AM

    Comment #24

    Swansea has all the hallmarks of a banana skin for me. I do hope we go with our current form and play to Perez strengths ATM. We will have to work hard, and our team is working hard at the moment. If we win it will be a well deserved victory.
    They say you have to be clever to make money in business… Exception: Ashley.
    Proves you can be a complete half wit and still make money. How come I’m still poor?
    On another issue, for goodness sake stop sniping at each other everybody. Cheap point scoring Trite or what.

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  • runheed

    Jan 12, 2018 at 9:30 AM

    Comment #25

    ….and shut up about the takeover. Endless speculation just adds to our distress at the current incompetent ownership without adding the possibility of future incompetent ownership to the mix. Don’t use Man City as an example. A nothing club oozing cash. It’s not sustainable.

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  • neverwin

    Jan 12, 2018 at 11:32 AM

    Comment #26

    I really hope RB pulls no punches in todays Press Conference and tells it like it is.He might as well blow the lid and clear the air.
    There seems little point in being diplomatic where Ashley is concerned.

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