Mike Ashley Has Chosen The Exact Wrong Time To Do This

There have been several reports that Mike Ashley would like to extend Rafa’s contract to keep him on Tyneside past the 18 months he still has left on his current contract.

This after Ashley has refused to support his manager in last summer’s transfer market – which is one reason we are one point above the relegation zone at the moment and desperately trying to sign players in the final 9 days of the transfer window.

And Ashley refused to support Rafa last January when we could have brought Andros Townsend back for £15M but he refused to spend any money – and then Andros’ transfer fee last summer went up by £10M.

Last week suddenly Mike was very good to Rafa and told him he was willing to bring in players to help Rafa save Newcastle this season from yet another relegation under Mike Ashley.

And now is the exact wrong time to start to talk to Rafa about extending his contract at Newcastle.

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Maybe Ashley knows that a would-be buyer is only interested in Newcastle if Rafa stays at the club – and if Rafa walks – they walk.

And that’s probably true for any other potential buyer of Newcastle United.

And we don’t think Rafa will commit to anything at Newcastle until we are at least safe from relegation.

That’s the first hurdle and after that, he will want to know who the new owners will be – if there is indeed to be a change in ownership.

And then if Ashley decides to stay in charge – which would not surprise us – we’d be shocked if Rafa would sign any extension to his Newcastle contract.

And at least we have a sensible manager who has told Mike Ashley he will not discuss an extension until this very important January transfer window is over.

And perhaps Rafa has already hinted to Ashley that how well he does in bringing in new players this month will help Rafa make a decision on whether he stays long term on Tyneside.

Rafa has not been treated fairly or well by the Newcastle owner, and Ashley has proved to Rafa his word is not to be trusted.

Comments welcome.

17 comments so far

  • Mr Funk

    Jan 22, 2018 at 2:15 PM

    Comment #1

    I see Sky is saying Kenedy loan deal agreed in principle

  • Jail for Ashley

    Jan 22, 2018 at 2:17 PM

    Comment #2

    I’ll spare the repost but can anyone answer my question.

  • ronaldo aarons

    Jan 22, 2018 at 2:19 PM

    Comment #3

    Mr funk
    I think that was always the case. Just needed conte and Chelsea to sign off on it. They’re getting the lad from roma so would assume they’d be willing to let him leave. Batshuayi too if dzeko arrives. Would def take batshuayi but have to admit, I think he’s a poor player. Good inside the box though.

  • Reilly

    Jan 22, 2018 at 2:21 PM

    Comment #4

    luke edwards i think jail.

  • twotonearmy

    Jan 22, 2018 at 2:21 PM

    Comment #5

    Like my landlord trying to renew my lease when my hot water isn’t working, the walls are crumbling, and electricity only works every other day.

    Ashley wants to extend Rafa’s contract bc he wants to leverage his selling power (if he even ever does that) and to choose the lower cost option to keep the fans backing the club. Cheaper to keep Rafa around than it is to buy a shiny new 15 million pound player.

  • ToonRich

    Jan 22, 2018 at 2:21 PM

    Comment #6

    All this talk of Gameiro, tbh I’d take Torres on loan if available…he knows the league, the manager and knows where the net is. We could do a whole lot worse!!

  • Mr Funk

    Jan 22, 2018 at 2:24 PM

    Comment #7

    @ ronaldo

    I like Batshuayi -think he would be a good ST for NUFC – need regular games


    Jan 22, 2018 at 2:24 PM

    Comment #8

    16m for gameiro….aye i could understand that sort of money at his age….not that i believe we’d pay that for someone his age….until they are pictured having a medical…hard to believe anything with regards to any transfer business with us….pie in the sky…bullshit…or paper drivell until then.

  • mactoon

    Jan 22, 2018 at 2:24 PM

    Comment #9

    With 9 days left Charnley should be concentrating on players otherwise we lose the Manager and our Premiership status

  • Frank pingles come sock

    Jan 22, 2018 at 2:25 PM

    Comment #10

    Lesh – told you

  • Canadian Mag

    Jan 22, 2018 at 2:27 PM

    Comment #11

    Or the talks of renewing rafas contract and finally breaking our transfer budget could indicate the club is changing hands…

  • ToonRich

    Jan 22, 2018 at 2:29 PM

    Comment #12

    Or MA is already lining up Silva to replace Rafa? 🙁

  • ronaldo aarons

    Jan 22, 2018 at 2:31 PM

    Comment #13

    Keith Downie
    Left-back Emerson Palmieri close to joining Chelsea from Roma. That will push through Kenedy’s loan to Newcastle.

    Understand their priority is a striker, and preferably a permanent signing – not a loan.

  • Jib

    Jan 22, 2018 at 2:34 PM

    Comment #14

    Of the 2 Atletico Madrid aging strikers
    I think Torres would be the better option
    I always thought Gameiro looked too frail
    for the PL

  • bettyswallocks

    Jan 22, 2018 at 2:43 PM

    Comment #15

    The cat and mouse situation regarding the sale of our club obviously now incorporates the cost of any new signings should Ashley shell out some of his hard earned to strengthen the squad?

    Would fatty allow the club to spend money without adding it on to the cost for any buyer?

    Would Amanda be prepared to accept paying for new recruits should she come back in with a new offer?

    Would Amanda be satisfied that Rafa’s choice of new players would be the same if she had already bought the club?

    Is Amanda waiting until after the transfer window before pushing the deal through knowing full well that Ashley has no option other than allow Rafa to spend to stay up?

    Is Rafa complicit with Amanda’s strategy?

    Is the reason Ashley got the hump because he was hoping to have sold up before having to shell out?

  • ashleysmate

    Jan 22, 2018 at 2:46 PM

    Comment #16

    Rafa holds all the cards now…if I were him I’d tell fat boy slim I’ll extend contract only if he puts it in writing that he’ll sell up before this summer

  • toonluvva

    Jan 22, 2018 at 4:11 PM

    Comment #17

    We need Rafa to provide continuity and Mr Ashley knows that.

    He also knows that keeping Rafa onside is the best way to ensure PL survival as is investing in new players, be they loan or purchases.

    It’s all about protecting his investment. He will probably add any costs to his sale price or at least use it as a bargaining tool with PCP.

    No doubt PCP will be heartened to see positive moves for NUFC, but will they come in with another bid?

    Only time will tell.


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