Rafa Now Ready To Meet Ashley – Owner Must Meet Manager’s Demands

Rafa Benitez will hope his meeting with Ashley to discuss what he needs from Newcastle to stay at the club long-term, will be sooner rather than later.

Although Rafa wants to concentrate on the final five games of the season, he can always take a day out or have Mike Ashley fly to Newcastle for them to discuss Rafa staying longer term at the club.

But whatever Mike Ashley promises Rafa he has to deliver this time.

Rafa Benitez – second terrific full season at Newcastle

That’s not what he did last summer after he had told the manager he could have every last penny at the club –  to spend on transfers.

The Chronicle is reporting Rafa wants a competitive transfer kitty which at £20M net he didn’t get last summer.

We should get around £125M from the Premier League, and some of that will be allocated for transfers.

Rafa also wants to make changes at Newcastle such as improving the Training facilities at Benton and making significant changes to the Youth Academy and the U23 setup.

Rafa wants more players coming through the system to the first team than we’ve had over the last ten years.

This is what Rafa has said about Newcastle owner Mike Ashley:

“We have to be on the same page.”

“I don’t want to waste too much time talking about that now because it makes no sense. The main thing is to concentrate on games.”

“They know my idea and what every single fan is expecting.”

“It has always been to compete. It was always my idea when I came here.”

“To be in the top 10 in the Premier League and to compete in the League Cup, FA Cup and Europa or Champions League.”

“You need the possibility to compete and win games. If you can, win games you can win trophies.”

“If we keep doing things in the same way we can beat anyone.” “You just have to have your day.”

“Some top teams will have their day against us.”

“But for us we need to have that winning mentality.” “It means to approach every game with the idea to get three points.”

Just like in the last two seasons Rafa has had a powerful end to the season.

Last year we won our last three games to win the Championship, and two years ago we hammered Tottenham at home 5-1 on the final day and took 12 points from the final six games.

At the moment, we have won four wins in a row, and Rafa will want more wins in the last five games.

Mike Ashley would be foolish not to give Rafa all he needs to stay at Newcastle.

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87 comments so far

  • Lindisfarne

    Apr 22, 2018 at 3:38 PM

    Comment #1


  • lochinvar

    Apr 22, 2018 at 4:06 PM

    Comment #2

    Rafa Now Ready To Meet Ashley – Owner Must Meet Manager’s Demands

    More importantly is Ashley ready to meet Rafa ?
    Not sure when Ashley was last in Newcastle but hope that he’s now got the sweetbreads to visit the city as the mood is lightened or maybe take Rafa for a curry with Amanda in some quiet spot.

  • Online Guy

    Apr 22, 2018 at 4:11 PM

    Comment #3

    It’s like Billy’s Boots on here most days.

  • Online Guy

    Apr 22, 2018 at 4:14 PM

    Comment #4

    Ashley is buying property in the Toon ..retail..trying to keep up with the Ruben brothers ? , wonder if he’s playing monopoly with them ?

    Let’s hope he lands on Go straight to Jail .

  • lochinvar

    Apr 22, 2018 at 4:20 PM

    Comment #5

    If he lands on Jail for Ashley he’ll flatten him
    Better if he lands on HMP Durham – Maximum Security

  • 9

    Apr 22, 2018 at 4:21 PM

    Comment #6

    Our owner has a completely transparent track record, so why anybody would think he will change, baffles me. Of course, we HOPE he’ll change, but common sense tells us the opposite. There is zero possibility he will spend big. Rafa can expect the TV money + sales, and that’s it. As Ashley undoubtedly knows, Rafa has got us in the top half with the money he has given him, therefore Ashley was right all along.

  • Jib

    Apr 22, 2018 at 4:27 PM

    Comment #7

    In Spain at the mo’
    My mackem neighbour is body
    swerving me all the time
    very strange ?!?

  • bettyswallocks

    Apr 22, 2018 at 4:31 PM

    Comment #8

    Jib…….. Are you playing rugby?

  • DaveD1000

    Apr 22, 2018 at 4:32 PM

    Comment #9

    He isnt in your League

  • bettyswallocks

    Apr 22, 2018 at 4:34 PM

    Comment #10
  • sing in the corner

    Apr 22, 2018 at 4:51 PM

    Comment #11


    Just wondering if you are watching Swansea at City this afternoon. What do you think of how they are approaching the game?

    Ha ha ha

  • Tsunki

    Apr 22, 2018 at 4:51 PM

    Comment #12

    “jesperfuglsang – capt’n awesome of the lemon crew

    Apr 22, 2018 at 12:45 PM

    Comment #19
    Tsunki…that is exactly what you are doing you goon…

    …it’s not humour when you are trying to get a few of your gender stereotypes out in the open disguised as “humour” or what most would call Lulz!

    …are you familiar with that expression?

    Pack it in and grow up!”

    You got 3 hearts for that? Wow you must have called favours in from your mates at W.I. Denmark!

    1/ I’m not “gender stereotyping … (Sigh – having to explain a joke you’re really in trouble ha ha) I’m just pulling your leg about your proudly self-professed househusband role. That’s all mate lighten up and get with the program. You should get the other half to do a turn with the 3am feeds you’re turning into a right old Grinch 🙂

    2/ no idea what “lulz” is but it’s sufficiently crassly stateside slang for me to avoid.

  • Tsunki

    Apr 22, 2018 at 4:52 PM

    Comment #13

    Apologies if that sounded slangist.

  • Sherlock

    Apr 22, 2018 at 5:33 PM

    Comment #15

    Funny that one jib.. wor lass wondering why I’m giggling I’m normally such a miserable sod.

  • jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew

    Apr 22, 2018 at 5:54 PM

    Comment #16

    Of course you are Tsunki…who am I to question your integrity…

  • jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew

    Apr 22, 2018 at 5:56 PM

    Comment #17

    Betsy…I always seem to forget that you are this blog’s Lil Sebastian…

    …you know how much a value your opinion

  • Tosun A. Wobbler

    Apr 22, 2018 at 6:10 PM

    Comment #18

    OK, don’t get me wrong, I’m happy as a pig in shit that the Mackems are obliterated, but if anybody’s got the patience to clarify how they are mathematically relegated……..
    They’ve got 2 games to play, so potentially finish on 40 points (if they win both) and a current goal difference of -30.
    Bolton are currently on 40, with 2 to play and a goal difference of -34. If they lose both, don’t the mackems go above them?
    Now I know I’m opening myself up to ridicule here, so be kind.

  • mfw13

    Apr 22, 2018 at 6:15 PM

    Comment #19

    Talk is cheap.

    And other than the very real threat of Benitez leaving, Ca$hley has little financial incentive to invest more money in the team, because the gap between midtable and the Champions League places is too big.

    It’s going to take $100 million plus to get us in contention for the Champion’s League places, and even then it would be no sure thing. And we all know Ca$hley isn’t going to spend that kind of money on NUFC.

  • lochinvar

    Apr 22, 2018 at 6:18 PM

    Comment #20

    Some rare footage has emerged of the new occupants of the Stadium of Shite blowing in just as the last few fans left the ground after the match against Burton


  • ben.g

    Apr 22, 2018 at 6:28 PM

    Comment #21

    Tuson a wobbler

    Birmingham are 5th bottom on 43 points. And not catchable.

    3 teams are relegated.

    Sunderland can not get out of bottom 3

  • Jail for Ashley

    Apr 22, 2018 at 6:35 PM

    Comment #22

    It’s because Bolton and Burton play each other, so no matter which way that match goes it leaves the mackems unable to catch one of them.

  • Jail for Ashley

    Apr 22, 2018 at 6:40 PM

    Comment #23

    Is Lil Sebastian what the house husbands of Dænmark watch when tte chores have been done. Is it like a Danish Loose men?

  • bettyswallocks

    Apr 22, 2018 at 6:52 PM

    Comment #24

    The Sunlun players and management didn’t even realise they were relegated until after they had left the dressing room after the debriefing from Coleman and were on their way out of the ground. The maths were obviously too complicated for any of them to work out. Need we say more?

    That is absolutely true , it’s on TalkSport website.

  • Tosun A. Wobbler

    Apr 22, 2018 at 6:54 PM

    Comment #25

    Ben and Jail. 10-4 guys, cheers.

  • jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew

    Apr 22, 2018 at 6:58 PM

    Comment #26

    Did you say something Jail…your gramma makes it a “chore” sometimes to read!

  • ShirebrookToon

    Apr 22, 2018 at 7:05 PM

    Comment #27

    Poor old Sunderland! 😆

  • Nostradamus the Geordie

    Apr 22, 2018 at 7:15 PM

    Comment #29

    With Wenger leaving at the end of season and all the talk through out the year that they would try and go in for Rafa, then why the hell is Ashley not getting his ARSE to the club to make sure that does not happen. Is he again trying to get signing money from another club if Arsenal go after and get Rafa. WTF is Chumley Warner doing, god this guy is the epitome of the dumbest person on the planet, if I was him I would be inviting Rafa over to discuss things now, send him the helicopter and take him to a location where they can talk it out and give Rafa everything he needs, then jump on Sky Sports and tell the whole world that he has agreed to what Rafa needs and wants and actually tell the world how much that money this is and tell everyone that Rafa is in charge of all the recruitment. Easy really, not rocket science.

  • jane

    Apr 22, 2018 at 7:20 PM

    Comment #30

    what’s the betting Wenger will still be at Arsenal next year if they win the Europa league.

  • jane

    Apr 22, 2018 at 7:22 PM

    Comment #31

    probably made the announcement just to take the pressure off him.

  • jane

    Apr 22, 2018 at 7:22 PM

    Comment #32

    then they say we looked around and couldn’t find anyone, will you stay another year Arsene?

  • jane

    Apr 22, 2018 at 7:23 PM

    Comment #33

    if Ellis Short sells Sunderland or they go into administration he will loose lots of money.

  • jane

    Apr 22, 2018 at 7:24 PM

    Comment #34

    so what does he do?

  • Tosun A. Wobbler

    Apr 22, 2018 at 7:24 PM

    Comment #35

    Betty, hey, that hurt, #18.

  • jane

    Apr 22, 2018 at 7:25 PM

    Comment #36

    throw more money to get promoted soon or sit tight and wait for it to happen one day.

  • Nostradamus the Geordie

    Apr 22, 2018 at 7:26 PM

    Comment #37

    Sorry couldn’t resist with some Sunderland jokes, many have heard them before but still makes me laugh.
    Q: How many Black Cats supporters does it take to stop a moving Bus?
    A: Never enough.

    Q: What do you call a Black Cats fan with no arms and legs?
    A: Trustworthy.

    Q: What’s the difference between a dead dog in the road and a dead Sunderland fan?
    A: Skid marks in front of the dog.

    Q: What’s the difference between a Sunderland fan and a Vibrator?
    A: A Black Cats fan is a real dick

    Q: Did you hear that the British Post Office has just recalled their latest stamps?
    A: Well, they had photos of Sunderland players on them – folk couldn’t figure out which side to spit on.

    Q: How many Black Cats fans does it take to pave up a driveway?
    A: Depends how thin you slice them.

    Q. What would you call a pregnant Sunderland fan?
    A: A dope carrier.

    Q. What do you call a Sunderland fan with half a brain?
    A: Gifted.

    Q: What do Black Cats fans use as birth control?
    A: Their personalities.

    Q: What ship isn’t going to make it back to Sunderland?
    A: The premier ship

    Q: What’s the difference between Frequent Flyer Miles and Sunderland?
    A: Frequent Flyer Miles earn points.

    Q: Why are Sunderland strikers like grizzly bears?
    A: Every fall they go into hibernation.

    Q: What’s the difference between a line of cocaine and a pair of Sunderland tickets?
    A: People would pass up a pair of Sunderland tickets.

    Q: What’s the difference between a fat chick and a Sunderland striker?
    A: Even a fat chick scores every once in a while!

    Q: Why do Sunderland fans suck at geometry?
    A: Because they never have any points.

    Q: Why do people like driving a car with a Black Cats fan?
    A: Because you can park in the handicap zone!

    Q: Whats the difference between Sunderland and a mosquito?
    A: A mosquito stops sucking.

    Q: What is the difference between a Black Cats supporter and a baby?
    A: The baby will stop whining after awhile.

    Q: What is the difference between a bucket of shit and a Sunderland fan?
    A: The bucket.

    Q: How do you casterate a Sunderland supporter?
    A: Kick his sister in the mouth

    Q: What does a Sunderland fan do when his team has won the Championship League?
    A: He turns off the PlayStation.

    Q: What does an Sunderland supporter and a bottle of beer have in common?
    A: They’re both empty from the neck up.

    Q. Why do ducks fly over the Stadium of Light upside down?
    A. There’s nothing worth craping on!

    Q: Why did god invent alcohol?
    A: So Sunderland supporters can get laid too.

    Q: Which sexual position produces the ugliest children?
    A: Ask a Sunderland supporter!

    Q: What’s the difference between onions and a SAFC supporter?
    A: I cry when I cut up onions…

    Q: What’s the difference between Sunderland supporters and mosquitoes?
    A: Mosquitoes are only annoying in the summer.

    Q: Why are Sunderland jokes getting dumb and dumber?
    A: Because Black Cats supporters have started to make them up themselves.

    Q: What is the shortest book in the world called?
    A: Intelligent SAFC supporters.

    I set my XBOX password to “Sunderlands Defense”. It said it was to weak.

  • jane

    Apr 22, 2018 at 7:28 PM

    Comment #38

    “The Sunlun players and management didn’t even realise they were relegated until after they had left the dressing room”

    reminds me of this


  • Tosun A. Wobbler

    Apr 22, 2018 at 7:29 PM

    Comment #39

    I’ve got one

    Q. How can you tell Billy Hardy’s a mackem

    A. He looks like one.

  • sing in the corner

    Apr 22, 2018 at 7:38 PM

    Comment #40

    Why do makems make the best dates?

    …they go down repeatedly.


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