Alan Shearer – Rafa Doing Magnificent Job – Fans Desperate For Ashley To Leave

Alan Shearer has been talking to BBC Sport, and he has said the majority of fans are right behind manager Rafa Benitez.

Rafa’s job of keeping Newcastle in the Premier League this season has been made very difficult by owner Mike Ashley, who has refused to spend much money in the last few transfer windows, presumably because he wants the finances to look good so he can sell the club.

Newcastle fans want Mike Ashley to sell up as soon as possible and leave town.

We can then stop the slide we’ve been on since Ashley took over in May 2007 and it’s been sheer torture for Newcastle fans ever since.

Alan Shearer – fans want Mike Ashley out of Newcastle

This is what Alan Shearer has told BBC Sport about Newcastle manager Rafa Benitez today:

“I think he is doing a magnificent job and the vast majority of fans are with him and know what he is going through, and having to put up with.”

”I was not surprised the club did not spend more money in the January transfer window because of what was going on in the background with the failed takeover.”

“I know Benitez wanted to strengthen his squad more than he did.”

“But two of the three signings he did make – Kenedy and Dubravka – have been excellent, and hopefully Islam Slimani will have the same impact in attack when he is fit.”

“The Newcastle fans definitely helped on Sunday, but the way the players went after Manchester United in the first 10 minutes lifted the whole stadium and got the crowd going from the start.”

“Benitez played with two up front in Dwight Gayle and Ayoze Perez, which was a really attacking approach anyway, and the high-tempo start the whole team made set the tone for the rest of the game.”

“We used to try to do something similar at St James’ Park when I was a Newcastle player because we knew if we really took the game to the opposition early on then it created a really positive atmosphere from the start.”

“St James’ Park is also a difficult environment to play in at the moment because of what is going on behind the scenes, with so many of the fans desperate for the owner Mike Ashley to leave.” 

“But now the players have shown what they can do and they also know what kind of response they will get.”

“Newcastle are going to need to produce more home performances like this one in the next few months if they are going to stay up but, with the backing of that crowd, they have got a very good chance.”

We are at Bournemouth a week on Saturday and then at Liverpool the next weekend followed by a home game against fellow strugglers Southampton on Saturday 10th March.

We need to get two wins out of those three games.

Comments welcome.

110 comments so far

  • Bobbybee

    Feb 14, 2018 at 3:48 PM

    Comment #1

    Jail, always said that if we can’t raise enough to buy him out, surely we can raise enough to take him out? 🙂

  • hibbit

    Feb 14, 2018 at 3:55 PM

    Comment #2

    now now Bobby that’s a bit naughty……………where do i send my donation ???????

  • hibbit

    Feb 14, 2018 at 3:59 PM

    Comment #3

    L’Equipeare saying NUFC are looking to tie up a deal to bring St Etienne winger Jonathan Bamba to the club at the end of the season – with the 21-year-old available on a free this summer after failing to sign a new contract with the Ligue 1 club
    is he any good ?????????

  • Jail for Ashley

    Feb 14, 2018 at 4:02 PM

    Comment #4

    Frederick Forysyth can put us all in touch with a very capable guy. Codename Le Chacal, it’ll cost half a million pounds but a tenner each from 52K with a tip should do the job 😮

  • duncandisorderly

    Feb 14, 2018 at 4:04 PM

    Comment #5

    Couldn’t help noticing that the Season Ticket renewal notices came out just after the Man Utd game – Almost like Ashley planned it!

  • Munster Mag

    Feb 14, 2018 at 4:05 PM

    Comment #6

    No jail, i have praised rafa and criticised him when I saw fit. Some others have too who actually have an opinion which goes beyond non stop praise. Eg Lilongwe and posada. I think rafa I’d doing better this year than last year actually. Get over yourself.

  • Bobbybee

    Feb 14, 2018 at 4:06 PM

    Comment #7

    Mmm, for any lawyers or police tuning in, I hasten to add myself and Jail are clearly only joking. Honestly, we are. Aren’t we? Maybe not… How do you set up those ‘gofundme’ things? 🙂

  • Jib

    Feb 14, 2018 at 4:11 PM

    Comment #8

    1.82 metres = 5 feet and 11.6534 inches
    Unfortunately some of the less intelligent
    (stand up Chancel and take a bow)
    read 5.9 feet as 5 feet 9 inches

  • Jail for Ashley

    Feb 14, 2018 at 4:14 PM

    Comment #9

    No Munster you have not praised and criticised when youve seen fit and that’s what boils my pi$$. Youve done nothing but criticise and offered scant praise after a win which there havent been many this season.You’re using Lilongwe as he’s one of the most knowledge footballing guys on here but he doesn’t like Rafa either nor does posada, you won’t cite catchy, beefman, ilovetoon666 or that idiot Kimbo because it makes you look as stupid as them.

  • duncandisorderly

    Feb 14, 2018 at 4:15 PM

    Comment #10

    Can you imagine the police trying to compile a list of suspects with a motive?!

  • Jail for Ashley

    Feb 14, 2018 at 4:18 PM

    Comment #11

    From a legality side of things “Le CHACAL” was a fictional charcater and I’m sure Freddy Forsyth would distance himself from such a plot.

  • H.Houdini

    Feb 14, 2018 at 4:21 PM

    Comment #12

    Give the measurements a rest
    Just looks as though there are some personal inadequacy going on

  • Jail for Ashley

    Feb 14, 2018 at 4:23 PM

    Comment #13

    If he ever got taken out near that curry shop I don’t think I’d be to worried about going in to hiding 😀

  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Feb 14, 2018 at 4:27 PM

    Comment #14


    Sorry but I can’t see what difference it makes if other teams work out how Kenedy plays. He has a lot of ability and if he is playing consistently well then he’ll be a handful against anyone.

    I’m sure a lot of teams have tried to work out how to play Messi (ok a slightly unrealistic comparison) but he still goes ahead and does his stuff.

  • dig-n-dig22

    Feb 14, 2018 at 4:41 PM

    Comment #15

    How about a little competition , suggestions for the best way to take out Ashley. Me personally would like to see him in a big concrete block that we could use as a corner stone for the new stand.

  • Jail for Ashley

    Feb 14, 2018 at 4:44 PM

    Comment #16

    I understand that 99% of posters don’t give a rats knackers about my childish skirmishes but ive been heartened by hibbit and Rob Leenios kind word and sitc the other day. Nine people have liked “Rebeccas” post having a go at me. I know 100% that i am not everyone’s cup of tea but like to think i provide debate and contribution to the blog. Carl, carl, Ian Toon, Jack Root, pushy Pardew, Sack Llambias, chas, Dave and Kane is able are available for comment at all times but rarely post these days which make up a convenient ten. They all have a very good knowledge of blog history and carl is always lurking about. Is this really fair???

  • Jail for Ashley

    Feb 14, 2018 at 4:47 PM

    Comment #17

    Dig n dig,
    Falling in to his new giant size chocolate fon do that ran the length of his mansion and drowing..

  • Toonces

    Feb 14, 2018 at 4:50 PM

    Comment #18

    EGB @ 14

    If you re-read my post, you’ll see that I was responding to people saying Kenedy had a “poor” game on Sunday because other teams have figured out how to play against him. I said he wasn’t able to do as much as he wanted because he was up against Valencia – who is a very good right back, not because ManUtd had him figured out. And to be fair to Kenedy he kept Valencia from being able to get forward until after he was subbed off. Then Valencia didn’t have to worry about him any longer. So Kenedy may not have been as impressive as he was his first couple games, but he made Man U worry about him. keeping Valencia pegged back a bit.

  • dig-n-dig22

    Feb 14, 2018 at 4:56 PM

    Comment #19

    That beats mine LOL

  • Frank pingles come sock

    Feb 14, 2018 at 5:00 PM

    Comment #20


    His real height is 175cm you plum

    Date of birth:14 February 1992
    Place of birth:Middelfart
    Height:1.75 m

    Have you ever been to watch Tottenham ??

    My daughter was mascot toon v Tottenham

    Meet the players ericksen is my height (around 5 foot 8)

    Website saying he is 182cm is rubbish

    He is small

  • Chancel be a fine thing

    Feb 14, 2018 at 5:01 PM

    Comment #21

    If were gonna take Ashley out, I suggest drinks and a curry.

  • Frank pingles come sock

    Feb 14, 2018 at 5:02 PM

    Comment #22

    Christian Eriksen


    Club Tottenham HotspurPosition Midfielder
    Follow Christian Eriksen

    Premier League Record
    Appearances 160
    Goals 38
    Assists 44
    Personal Details

    Nationality Denmark
    Age 26
    Date of Birth 14/02/1992

  • Frank pingles come sock

    Feb 14, 2018 at 5:03 PM

    Comment #23

    Knock knock
    Whos there?
    Christian ericksen
    Why didn’t you ring the bell?
    I couldn’t reach

  • Ron Knee

    Feb 14, 2018 at 5:05 PM

    Comment #24

    The Amazing Shrinking Eriksen:

    Born/age: Feb 14, 1992 (26)
    Place of birth: Denmark
    Nationality: Danish
    Height: 1,77 m

  • Chancel be a fine thing

    Feb 14, 2018 at 5:05 PM

    Comment #25

    Jib will never let facts get in the way of a chance to be abusive.

  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Feb 14, 2018 at 5:07 PM

    Comment #26


    Yeah, I wasn’t having a dig, I was sort of agreeing with you.

    The reason (I think) he had to come off was that he isn’t fully match fit yet, and yes keeping Valencia quiet is quite an achievement, he’s a bloody good player.

  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Feb 14, 2018 at 5:08 PM

    Comment #27

    He’s not small, he’s just a long way away.

  • Chancel be a fine thing

    Feb 14, 2018 at 5:08 PM

    Comment #28

    I would like to see Merino tried in the no.10 role though.

  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Feb 14, 2018 at 5:09 PM

    Comment #29


    Are you thinking along Mr Creosote lines.

    Just one little wavver thin mint Mr Ashley!

  • Jib

    Feb 14, 2018 at 5:11 PM

    Comment #30
  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Feb 14, 2018 at 5:13 PM

    Comment #31


    I think you are assuming that the knocker was lower than the bell, but I think you’ll find that with most doors it is the other way round.

  • Jail for Ashley

    Feb 14, 2018 at 5:15 PM

    Comment #32

    Let’s not get in the way a fact that a guy who thought we won the fairs cup in 1968 and far too many other ridicous blunders to mention is pretending to know the footing height of a perfect number ten by Googling who Rafa had at Inter and Madrid playing in that position and making out he knew who they were.That was my point.

  • Jib

    Feb 14, 2018 at 5:16 PM

    Comment #33

    Essex Geordie Bill
    I must have had the binoculars the
    wrong way round

  • Jib

    Feb 14, 2018 at 5:17 PM

    Comment #34

    Napoli akshully

  • Chancel be a fine thing

    Feb 14, 2018 at 5:24 PM

    Comment #35

    More Mr Jolly lives next door.

  • Jail for Ashley

    Feb 14, 2018 at 5:26 PM

    Comment #36

    Will you take him out, him and Nicholas Parsons, take one on the drink though.

  • H.Houdini

    Feb 14, 2018 at 5:40 PM

    Comment #38

    Is Soldado 5 foot 2

  • Frank pingles come sock

    Feb 14, 2018 at 5:41 PM

    Comment #39

    Prediction time

    Pcp submit new bid (mid March) 300 Million plus 3 umpa lumpas and Christian ericksen

  • Frank pingles come sock

    Feb 14, 2018 at 5:42 PM

    Comment #40

    Ha ha – jib


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