Mike Ashley Tells Benitez He Can Spend Whatever’s Necessary To Avoid Relegation

It seems like since Mike Ashley has called off negotiations with Amanda Staveley and her PCP Partners Group,  he has done a complete turnaround on transfers this month.

The Mirror is reporting today that Newcastle owner Mike Ashley has told Rafa Benitez he can spend whatever it takes to keep the club in the Premier League this season.

So when Rafa at his press conference on Friday afternoon said it was a very positive conference call with Ashley this is probably what he was referring to.

And there’s recent evidence that Newcastle are trying to buy players since Newcastle have had two bids of 16M and 10M turned down in the last day or two for two different players.

Turkish media outlet Aksam reported that Newcastle have bid €16M for 27-year-old Galatasaray central midfielder Badou Ndiaye.

Calcio Mercato reported yesterday that Newcastle have had a bid of around €10m (£8.8M) rejected for Juventus 20-year-old right back Pol Lirola.

And the report in the Mirror claims that it is Ashley’s own money he has put up for players.

Rafa Benitez – finally getting help in January

The Newcastle insider has told the Mirror that manager Benitez will no longer be left in limbo this month, as he has been for most of January.

The transfer window is closing in just 10 days time so time is short, but Ashley showed back in 2013 that when he’s determined and relegation is a possibility he can get the deals done.

In just one week back in late January 2013 he was able to sign four French players as Newcastle were near the bottom of the league and at the time were also in the Europa League.

We had already signed Matthew Debuchy from Lille (£5.5M) earlier in the window and Newcastle then brought in Yoan Gouffran (Bordeaux £2.8M), Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa (Montpellier £7M), Massadio Haidara (Nancy, undisclosed) and Moussa Sissoko (Toulouse, undisclosed).

And to get those deals done the club had to pay (big) fees to their agents.

But we doubt it’s Ashley’s money being used because there has to be money in Newcastle’s coffers that can be spent.

It’s a bit late coming but better late than never.

It now depends on whether Mike Ashley and Lee Charnley can get the player in that Rafa wants.

January is always a difficult window.

But this is very good news – assuming it is true.

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34 comments so far

  • Tsunki

    Jan 21, 2018 at 9:19 AM

    Comment #1

    Jesper – i don’t know if you can get these where you are but it might be the answer


  • Lindisfarne

    Jan 21, 2018 at 9:20 AM

    Comment #2

    Like someone said earlier, I would prefer the combined amount (£26m) was spent on one striker.

  • Geremi's Prosthetic Leg Fund

    Jan 21, 2018 at 9:20 AM

    Comment #3

    Too bad that information is 21 days too late.

  • ThirdStripeBlack

    Jan 21, 2018 at 9:22 AM

    Comment #4

    “Every last penny gained from promotion”

  • ThirdStripeBlack

    Jan 21, 2018 at 9:22 AM

    Comment #5

    If n

  • ThirdStripeBlack

    Jan 21, 2018 at 9:23 AM

    Comment #6

    If no one is signing off the transfers who cares what she being said by the fat man.

  • Tsunki

    Jan 21, 2018 at 9:23 AM

    Comment #7

    Bloke looks out of the window as he sees the ice cream van powering off down the street…

    “Here you are son here’s 20p – go buy yourself a 99”

  • yorkymag

    Jan 21, 2018 at 9:23 AM

    Comment #8

    From last post
    Spot on
    I was there too and it was an uplifting experience even thou we lost ,there was not one Newcastle player who did not give everything.they certainly lack ability but not fight.
    As we walked back to the car a group of “new “ city fans said to us why do you sing when you are losing ,if we were like you I would not bother even turning up “
    My son turned to him and said that’s the difference Newcastle choose me I didn’t choose them .
    I not sure what made me feel more proud the fans in the ground or that very civil exchange with the Disney football fans

  • Optimistic Panda

    Jan 21, 2018 at 9:23 AM

    Comment #9

    I thought Dummet was immense yesterday, block after block and some brilliant tackles. Murphy will get mom for the goal but I’d give it to Dummet.

    Soft penalty also thought they got a lot of soft free kicks.

    Loads of transfer talk, not, when’s Ashley going to give funds to Rafa, February?

    Ten days of waiting for nothing to happen, great

  • jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew

    Jan 21, 2018 at 9:24 AM

    Comment #10

    Nufc-83…friends can be interpreted in many ways when it’s an online forum you speak off!

    Tsunki…how did they work for you?

  • jazzyp

    Jan 21, 2018 at 9:25 AM

    Comment #11

    Ashley ‘s only choice now is to protect his asset as it looks like no Takeover is going to emerge.

  • Jail for Ashley

    Jan 21, 2018 at 9:30 AM

    Comment #12

    “Nufc-83…I usually judge people by the friends they keep…”
    So considering you done your very best to become pals with the creepy Online Guy, what does that say about you?

  • Tsunki

    Jan 21, 2018 at 9:31 AM

    Comment #13

    Sadly Jesper I’m too busy slaving over a hot footy stream these days to get to too many bake-offs. 🙂

  • Tsunki

    Jan 21, 2018 at 9:32 AM

    Comment #14

    Jazzy- like they say, it’s a Big Ask.

  • The next Mike Williamson

    Jan 21, 2018 at 9:37 AM

    Comment #15

    I’m worried that we still don’t seem to be addressing the problem of no10 which I think is more of a necesity than a striker. At least upfront we have Gayle, Mitro, Joselu, and Perez. We don’t have one single player can play in the hole. Diame seems much better in his natural position as does Perez. It’s worrying we’re linked with another player who is perhaps similar to Diame (as a DM), a RB from Italy (how many have came from Italy and adapted?) and a bunch of goalkeepers and left-backs. Sure they could improve us a little bit, but a no9 and 10, even if just mediocre players, would improve us a lot.

  • lochinvar

    Jan 21, 2018 at 9:37 AM

    Comment #16

    Chelsea now after Slimani on loan.
    There appears to be no end to the top six manipulating the transfer market.
    Wouldn’t be surprised of they share a list of the top 150 players they and the Agents can trade with. Like Top Trump cards but for real.
    Everyone else make do or go and play elsewhere.

  • jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew

    Jan 21, 2018 at 9:37 AM

    Comment #17

    Jail…I honestly don’t care much about what you think or your creepy interest in my family life and values…the same goes for you Tsunki!

  • jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew

    Jan 21, 2018 at 9:38 AM

    Comment #18

    But I’ll let OG know you think he’s creepy…or will you be telling him that yourself?

  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Jan 21, 2018 at 9:41 AM

    Comment #19

    Lilongwe Geordie

    Jan 21, 2018 at 9:35 AM

    Comment #14
    Not been on for so forgive me if I’m making observations/comments that don’t stack up with the full reality of what people on here are thinking…..

    Firstly, last couple of threads, people have been comparing the Villa sale and the Newcastle sale….. When Villa was bought, they had already been relegated. They were a Championship side. They don’t have the appeal for TV companies that we do, and have a smaller stadium and fanbase – essentially this all adds up to revenue generated being lower. There turnover had been decreasing prior to relegation, so the projections were probably fairly grim for the next year. £80million seems on the low side, but Lerner was more than keen to sell, so Xia was able to get a lower price than the probable worth. Newcastle are a Premier league side, who have a big stadium, global brand greater than Villa’s, a one club city, coming TV revenues, an expected significant rise in the TV deal for Prem clubs, and a club that is not dealing in significant losses year on year. £250million could be recovered by the new TV deal in less than 2 seasons. £350million is not an outrageous price for Newcastle United. Both parties want the best deal for themselves, as is normal, but both seem to be stubborn and firm in their stance. Doesn’t make either party wrong, but it does leave the club in limbo somewhat. £350million with clauses based on relegation seems a sensible and realistic option, so long as both parties are willing to compromise.

    Secondly, I’ve seen plenty saying we have a Championship squad, what does that even mean? If we have a Championship squad, then surely a lot of teams in the Prem also have a Championship squad, in which case, does that not mean that the squads are really Prem squads, but of a lower quality than some Prem squads. We have had a pretty bad spell in the last few months, highlighting the areas which do need improving, but the squad is still good enough to stay up as is.

  • TheJimBelow

    Jan 21, 2018 at 9:41 AM

    Comment #20

    Your post made me smile man.
    Good to hear that spirit from your son, sets us apart from the plastics!!

    go get a bleedin striker Rafa!!!!!!!

  • TheJimBelow

    Jan 21, 2018 at 9:43 AM

    Comment #21

    Tbf we’re calling out for a striker as if they just grow on trees.
    But atm we’d probably have a bigger threat up top with an actual physical tree….

  • hibbit

    Jan 21, 2018 at 9:45 AM

    Comment #22

    The next Mike Williamson the key to this is linked !!!!
    how many of these so called links come to fruition answer not many if any.
    we have to trust Rafa knows exactly what we need !!!

  • OneAlanShearer

    Jan 21, 2018 at 9:45 AM

    Comment #23

    Every player in the world should have a rating. Every team should have a cap of so many players per team over a certain rating with under 21 players from the country of that league not being included. It would stop top teams banking players and give u21 players more of a chance. It would make it fair and more competitive.

  • Jib

    Jan 21, 2018 at 9:46 AM

    Comment #24

    My brother-in-law claims he can read lips
    He was watching the Burnley vs Manyoo
    game with me yesterday
    He swears that when Sean Dyche complained
    to the 4th official about Mike Dean
    Said official replied
    “Aye the baldy little tosser is useless”

  • Jib

    Jan 21, 2018 at 9:48 AM

    Comment #25

    That’s pretty much how the NFL in the
    States operates.
    That sport is very much down to the coaching

  • Rotonda heights

    Jan 21, 2018 at 9:51 AM

    Comment #27


    I think we are essentially a champo team because as Shearer said, 9 of the 11 who started yesterday are still there from last season. We are probably by degrees the most notably unprepared team to challenge in the PL because even though teams like Brighton, Huddersfield, Bournemouth etc don’t have the riches of the top 10 what you would term PL standard teams, they are still buying upward of 15-20M players where we have stood still and can’t even sanction loans as wages are too high etc.

    I’m loving how Murphy is shutting up people now. 12M could look an absolute steal. That finish was different class.

  • jarra mick

    Jan 21, 2018 at 9:53 AM

    Comment #28

    We obviously need a better striker who can hold up the ball and score goals. However, the bigger problem is our negative tactics and fear of committing bodies forward to attack. 0-0 draws will relegate us and it’s also shocking to watch.

  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Jan 21, 2018 at 10:00 AM

    Comment #29

    I was really happy with the Murphy signing, to me it was our best piece of business.

    On the squad, surely by the fact we won the Championship and got promoted it would suggest we aren’t a Championship side? Yes, a lot of our starting 11 played for us in the Championship last season. At the same time, in the season or 2 seasons before all except Murphy were playing in the top flights in Europe, including the Prem, with some playing internationally, so did we not really have a Prem side in the Championship?

  • Charlie in the Gallowgate

    Jan 21, 2018 at 10:27 AM

    Comment #30

    Murphy signing
    Lets get his twin Josh – looks as good as Jacob – one on each wing

  • giimps

    Jan 21, 2018 at 10:30 AM

    Comment #31

    Jars Mick, we don’t have a better striker though……so the tactics are to stop us getting beat….teams know we are toothless so can just push midfield and forwards right up ,putting pressure on our defence knowing if we break we’ll probably not score, and if we do, they will have chances themselves to build scoring opportunities.
    Our team are Championship, even the premier league players brought in were not good enough to start for Scumberland and Stoke ffs,
    If we do get better players, the type of football, while still being defensive will get us more goals and be better to watch….until then, staying in the game, counter attacking and the odd piece of brilliance by a couple of individuals is what we can hope for…..IMHO

  • banjax

    Jan 21, 2018 at 11:10 AM

    Comment #32

    Mike Ashley has no choice but to spend decent money on decent players so let’s add the Summer 2017 unspent transfer shortfall to January 2018 budget and that should be £85M. If Rafa is able to raise funds by selling then he should get those funds as well. We all will believe it when we see it but hey you just never know !

  • sickandtired

    Jan 21, 2018 at 11:35 AM

    Comment #33

    Ashley’s ‘own’ money? Yeah right. More loans form St James Holdings no doubt and added to club debt. Ashley’s ‘personal’ loans amounted to 29 million following relegation 1 – and he’s repaid himself that amount in full.
    I’m sure Rafa can spend what he wants – from a budget which will remain completely unrealistic.

  • Pottsclock

    Jan 21, 2018 at 12:00 PM

    Comment #34

    Lil #19
    Good points. it doesn’t matter really what we call our squad – agree that calling them “Championship” is maybe unfair – but at the end of the day we all know what we have. A team that is is struggling with about 7 other teams in the bottom half of the Premier League which is really two leagues these days. Touch-and-go as to who will stay up and who will go down.
    What I think is a little different for us from some of the others struggling is that I think we have a pretty solid back line and we are well organised. I actually think that about 3 very good players in key attacking positions would make a massive difference for us – wouldn’t get us into the top league of the PL but would get us away from relegation worry. But that’s a lot of money these days.


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