Pundit – Rafa Will Sicken Of Ashley’s Nonsense – And Leave This Summer

Rafa Benitez has not been supported by owner Mike Ashley in the last three transfer windows.

And the reason Newcastle are 5th from bottom and in danger of being relegated (yet again) is because of this.

And Ashley cannot say there wasn’t money available because the two other promoted clubs last May – Brighton and Huddersfield – both spent more money than Newcastle in the summer transfer market.

Huddersfield and Brighton are both above Newcastle in the league too – but not by much.

Rafa Benitez – will leave Newcastle this summer

Pundit and former Liverpool player Mark Lawrenson thinks Rafa will get fed up with the way he’s being treated by Ashley and leave in the summer.

This is what Lawrenson has said about Benitez:

“I don’t see him being there past the end of the season unless they sell.”

“At the end of the season he will be kind of thinking ‘you know what, I deserve better than this’.”

“You can’t have a constant scrap, a battle to try and get players.”

“The first transfer window in August they were linked with loads [of players] and hardly got any.”

“He will have done really, really well to stay in the league with the players he’s got.”

“It’s easier coaching better players.”

“If you’ve got Championship players you probably need to tell them two or three times to do something.”

“If you’ve got Champions League players, you tell them once.”

The takeover led by Amanda Staveley last year broke down, and whether a new offer will come in, we don’t know.

But Newcastle will need to be a Premier League club by the end of the season for a new offer to be made.

Newcastle are now in 16th position in the Premier League and just two points above the drop zone.

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27 comments so far

  • cyprus

    Mar 4, 2018 at 3:34 PM

    Comment #1

    Those last two sentences are very embarrassing for our players, like they’re dumbos.

    Well done Chris and Brighton. Miles away from us, I’d bet quite safe.

    We’re still very much in the scrap, of course. It’s touch and go, safety. We need three worse teams and in truth there really aren’t. We’re just as bad as the other three four candidates. Toss a coin.

  • AncientC

    Mar 4, 2018 at 3:41 PM

    Comment #2

    If Benitez had to move Mitrovic out to get Slimani, then things are not likely to improve much. The club should already be operating on a PL wage budget yet had to shift Mitrovic out.

    It will be another summer of Charnley inferring that the squad is already too big and players need to leave first… then you will have Charnley playing mexican standoffs with other clubs over sales/buys until the end of the window.

  • tommotoon

    Mar 4, 2018 at 3:44 PM

    Comment #3

    We are not fighting relegation because of defeats against Liverpool, Chelsea, Arsenal, Man City away etc. We are where we are because of so many points dropped at home against teams in the lower half of the table that’s why I worry so much about our next 2 games against Southampton and Huddersfield if we don’t get 6 points from these 2 games we only have ourselves to blame no more”we must learn from our mistakes excuses’ ‘ sick of hearing it to be honest.

    Do the business at home or we are doomed, doomed I say doomed.

  • Jib

    Mar 4, 2018 at 3:47 PM

    Comment #4

    I don’t know if anyone watches beIN sports USA
    Ray (Rocky) Hudson the commentator (exNUFC)
    owes a lot to Sid Waddell for his commentating style

  • 9

    Mar 4, 2018 at 3:49 PM

    Comment #5

    We would be extremely lucky to get 6 points from these next two (possibly future defining) matches. Soton just don’t lose away to mugs like themselves and us. Check it out. 1-1 must be on the cards, and, as we all know, absolutely not good enough.

  • 9

    Mar 4, 2018 at 3:53 PM

    Comment #6

    8 teams left in the mix after Brighton’s match today. Nobody gives West Brom an earthly, so that leaves 7 others to fill the 2 remaining drop slots. We need 2 teams + West Brom to do worse than us. This is very possible – look at Palace without Zaha,for example.

  • bettyswallocks

    Mar 4, 2018 at 3:54 PM

    Comment #7


    Ancient C……….. Your hero wouldn’t be too impressed with you revelling in Arsenal’s defeat being the devout gunner that he is.

  • wynsleap

    Mar 4, 2018 at 3:54 PM

    Comment #8

    If we go down and it seems to be now more than likely it will be the LAST time the fans will have a chance to oust this utterly despicable owner.
    We have to stay away, DON’T buy tickets and DON’T go to the ground. Yes we have heard all the old tired arguments about ‘support the team and not the regime’, ‘it will hurt the team’ etc. but let’s be honest – where has that got us?. We won’t even have Rafa to hitch our wagon to. He’ll be long gone.
    It’s no good the fans saying ‘ Oh – Ashley has given some decent money to the new manager (Lee Clark, Pardew or Kinnear – God forbid) to get out of the Championship so let’s go along’ . That won’t work or will EVER work because Ashley will go on rinsing and repeating for ever, picking up the Premiership money and getting his FREE advertising for his SD baby then hoping a few quid will promote us so he can do it all again the following year.
    If we are all here again next season complaining about the same thing we only have ourselves to blame. We’ll get what we deserve.

  • Bigjim67

    Mar 4, 2018 at 3:56 PM

    Comment #9

    Hey is this blog for NUFC fans? Reading some of the posts since last night, its hard to believe it. I get why some are frustrated by what they see as negative tactics and not getting forward but had we went against Liverpool all guns blazing we would have been handed our a#see, would have been embarrassing. The bottom line is, our team isn’t good enough but thats not Rafa’s fault. I agree with Stevie G, if not for having a top top manager we would be rock bottom. Get behind the team and the manager, i honestly believe we will survive and i reckon a few posters on here will be gutted.

  • dig-n-dig22

    Mar 4, 2018 at 3:57 PM

    Comment #10

    6 pts can do the same for us. Brighton can be sucked back in, check their fixtures, much prefer ours.

  • Bigjim67

    Mar 4, 2018 at 3:57 PM

    Comment #11

    *a#se* lol

  • H.Houdini

    Mar 4, 2018 at 4:02 PM

    Comment #12

    I’ll have a glass of what he’s had

  • Jib

    Mar 4, 2018 at 4:03 PM

    Comment #13

    Two minutes and Man City have a corner v Chelsea already

  • bettyswallocks

    Mar 4, 2018 at 4:06 PM

    Comment #14

    Be very careful Ancient or it’ll be off to the salt mines for you my lad!


  • 9

    Mar 4, 2018 at 4:07 PM

    Comment #15

    wyn@8 Dream on, mate. Nothing, NOTHING, NUFC fans are liable to do will influence the owner. He’s already heartily sick of owning the club, he just needs somebody to offer him a small profit then he’s out like a shot. You and I don’t come anywhere near having an influence.

  • dig-n-dig22

    Mar 4, 2018 at 4:08 PM

    Comment #16

    9 #5
    1 pt at home to Stoke means more on Soton than us. Same effort against Souton as against ManU means we are fine. Huddersfield , 1pt max against Swansea puts more pressure on them, Hudders have a horrific run in, I fancy them for the drop!!!

  • tommotoon

    Mar 4, 2018 at 4:10 PM

    Comment #17

    Agree with you mostly but I would like to see thousands of fans protesting against Ashley outside the ground instead of going in, the TV coverage would be excellent and Ashley would hate it. Think best to wait until we are safe, last game of the season against Chelsea would be a good opportunity if it was planned even if just for 20 minutes or so then go in and support the team.

  • Bigjim67

    Mar 4, 2018 at 4:12 PM

    Comment #18

    wynsleap@8 that won’t ever happen though. If fans boycotted the games and club shop etc etc would that harm the club even more than Ashley already has? He would still be here as he definitely wouldn’t have a buyer. Just hope we can stay up, i think its the only way he’ll be able to sell.

  • Munster Mag

    Mar 4, 2018 at 4:13 PM

    Comment #19

    Probably fair to say that Houghton has out coaches rafa the last two seasons. They have spent more and better this season but half our team would get in theirs so its not that we have poorer players. We also have an apparently better or more intimidating home ground but we don’t attack enough to build a big atmosphere in most games. That said we all know where the main problem lies with nufc

  • Bambams

    Mar 4, 2018 at 4:19 PM

    Comment #20

    Said it a few weeks ago….we should all buy T-shirts with ‘JD SPORTS’ emblazoned across the chest. Any live matches picking up on the advertising of his rival would annoy him the most

    In my opinion

  • bettyswallocks

    Mar 4, 2018 at 4:21 PM

    Comment #21

    I’m sure Ashley has had enough and is looking to sell the club. Protesting at this stage of the season can only have an adverse outcome for the team . Ashley can not do anything now until the summer when hopefully he will sell or provide funds for Rafa.

  • Ron Knee

    Mar 4, 2018 at 4:26 PM

    Comment #22

    Mitro scores, Hughton wins, Rafa loses – obviously a good day for some on here!

  • dig-n-dig22

    Mar 4, 2018 at 4:54 PM

    Comment #23

    Bettyswallocks #21

    If Ashley stays Rafa goes. 3 loan signings on the last day of the transfer window, one crocked. This isn’t the first time Rafa has been shafted by Ashley

  • RUNAWAY777

    Mar 4, 2018 at 5:10 PM

    Comment #24

    Looks like Brighton safe almost anyway if we go down I blame Ashley for no money and rafa for playing that clown joselu and bring a injured player in who my not even kick a ball when mitro was fit all the time no one can prove he wasn’t can they just rafa say so .

  • dig-n-dig22

    Mar 4, 2018 at 5:46 PM

    Comment #25

    Just saying , Gary Neville has slaughtered Chelsea for, how should I say “Using Newcastle type tactics” in their fixture away against Man City. just for the record, Chelsea had huge amounts of praise heaped on them for using the exact same tactics AT HOME against Barcelona in the CL Who the FCUK does Gary Neville think he is?

  • marshy

    Mar 4, 2018 at 6:06 PM

    Comment #26

    in my opinion the the so called sale of the club was just a big con by ashley to get out of buying anyone in the january window and to completely sicken the fans, I don’t know why but he seems to have a hatred for the fans. I also reckon that staveley was in on the scam as there is no mention of the sale now that january has gone, no mention either of the other bidders. so it looks like we are stuck with ashley until he gets tired of playing his horrible games.

  • Geordie-john

    Mar 4, 2018 at 7:37 PM

    Comment #27

    I’m very sad to admit or even think of this as a possibility but I think Rafa will walk as there is only so much one person can take. GREEDY COCK-ney Fatman has TOTALLY took the p##s throughout his reign at SJP.
    I just wish there was an alternative to Ashley.


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