Benitez Laments Lack Of Support For 4th Window Running – Sets Stage To Leave Newcastle?

Rafa Benitez has finally come out and said that because he is not being backed in the transfer market then Newcastle will have to ensure they stay up this season – that’s the goal again for a second successive season.

And it all seems like deja vu all over again.

This is what happened last summer when Mike Ashley refused to spend money but this is one year later, and we have been paid £123M by the Premier League.

It’s the fourth window running that Mike Ashley has refused to support the manager with sufficient funding.

If Mike Ashley doesn’t want to back Rafa, then he should leave before we lose the boss and then we’ll be back in the dark ages again.

Rafa Benitez – a frustrated manager currently at Newcastle

Rafa has said the goal this season has to be to stay up because of a lack of investment from the owner :

“Next year the target will be to stay up.”

“The reality is that the Premier League is difficult, and every year the others spend money and bring new players.”

“You don’t know because we finished tenth this past year, we can automatically)be in the middle next season, because everyone else is spending.”

“We have to fix a target to stay up and that is it.”

“Concentrate on staying up and then after that see where.”

“It will be more difficult than last year.”

“Fulham, Wolves are spending….Huddersfield, Brighton…everyone is spending, making it more difficult.”

“Yeah I was hoping for more than a battle against relegation but it is what we have at the moment.:

“Yes, 100% it will be tougher this coming season.”

“Fulham and Wolves have big money and when you talk about the market, you know what offers they are making.”

“They will be stronger at the beginning than Huddersfield and Brighton, but Brighton and Huddersfield are already in the Premier League and they are spending some more money.

“Then you see West Ham, they are spending some money.”

This is all depressing and disappointing, and if Mike Ashley will not support Rafa, he should get out.

He keeps saying he will sell Newcastle but the three times he has done that seem to be nothing but a PR stunt.

It will not help with players coming to the club this summer either, and maybe Rafa is setting the stage to fans that he will leave – if not now then definitely next summer when his contract runs out.

If Rafa leaves the club – and these comments are very worrying – then Mike Ashley will be held 100% accountable and responsible.

Even when he has a world-class manager in place who has done miracles over the past two seasons for the club – Ashley still won’t support him.

That’s why he has to leave Newcastle.

Did I say this is all very disappointing?

Comments welcome.

42 comments so far

  • jazzyp

    Jul 20, 2018 at 9:06 AM

    Comment #1

    Concentrate on staying up, and after that see where. It will be more difficult than last year. Fulham, Wolves are spending. Huddersfield, Brighton everyone is spending making it more difficult. Next year the target will be to stay up.” – Benitez
    There you have ya optimistic stance from Rafa.What a season we have to look forward to again fighting relegation

  • DubaiMicky

    Jul 20, 2018 at 9:06 AM

    Comment #2

    News from the BBC:- “Boko Haram is joining Islamic State”

    Good grief, even ISIS are having a better transfer window than us!

  • Charlie in the Gallowgate

    Jul 20, 2018 at 9:07 AM

    Comment #3

    Ashley cannot get out because no one will buy the club for £300 million never mind the £400 million he wants.

  • RobLeenio

    Jul 20, 2018 at 9:10 AM

    Comment #4

    “Boko Haram is joining Islamic State” If you didn’t know better, you’d think an acid-house band were signing a new citar player

  • Optimistic Panda

    Jul 20, 2018 at 9:10 AM

    Comment #5

    This season could be torture

  • Jib

    Jul 20, 2018 at 9:12 AM

    Comment #7

    I liked “whiter shade of pale”

    by boko haram

  • DubaiMicky

    Jul 20, 2018 at 9:13 AM

    Comment #8

    Yes Charlie, but if he takes say half the Sky money, £62m, out of the club, it drops his alleged debt to around £80m, add the cash he paid and that’s around the £200-220m, so selling it for £300, makes him a tidy profit.

    I wonder if that’s what he’s doing? Reducing his exposure in order to sell?

  • AncientC

    Jul 20, 2018 at 9:16 AM

    Comment #9

    Jib, you do realise that your hyperlinks are cringe worthy. They are not funny. I mean, if you were 14 years old and new to the internet, maybe…

    Hold on guys… I just need to go look up a new gif, then put the gif into hyperlink form on the blog. lol.

    This Jib fellow is real interwebz savvy, for sure. *winces*

  • Moonraker15

    Jul 20, 2018 at 9:16 AM

    Comment #10

    From previous post. You are now looking increasingly ridiculous in your defence of Ashley’s running of NUFC.
    Can you remind me of the positives, other than that we haven’t gone bust?

  • RobLeenio

    Jul 20, 2018 at 9:18 AM

    Comment #11

    I’m disappointed with the window so far just like everyone. I expected Mitro, Mbemba, Aarons and Colback at least to be sold with £35M in fees added to our transfer pot, a strike and LB in as minimum by this point (on top of the signings we’ve actually made and the promise of more signings with the TV money.

    It hasn’t happened that way, but I’m still optimistic for the new season.

    Rafa has said we need to avoid relegation, but I don’t see that as being too much of an issue. Our team is one year more experienced, the new players we signed last season know what is expected of them and the system they will be working in and we have made an upgrade to left wing, goalkeeper and Centre Mid since the start of last season.

    I’d expect the team as it stands to be better than it was last time round, which should see us comfortably away from the drop zone. If that counts as a season of consolidation which is what we all expected, then fine. Hopefully our comfort (if I’m right) in mid table can show any prospective buyers that we’re worth a punt, Ashley will lower his prices due to paying off his own loans and we can get the club out of his hands.

    You never know, we may even sign one or two more players yet – there is still time – which will help to lift the gloom and give the team a boost. Striker and LB are essential in my eyes, anything else on top is a bonus.

  • Nufc 4ever

    Jul 20, 2018 at 9:19 AM

    Comment #12

    Good on Rafa if you leave no one would blame you. All you want is the best for the club . This will come to a collision this time.
    The fat one has no interest whatsoever and he will be hounded out hopefully this will only get worse until we are finally rid of the parasite well done Rafa

  • martoon

    Jul 20, 2018 at 9:19 AM

    Comment #13

    Thanks Jib – seems like you’re not allowed an opinion any more!

  • Jib

    Jul 20, 2018 at 9:20 AM

    Comment #14

    Ancient C
    Cringeworthy is the perfect description of
    that comment by you to Martoon


  • Optimistic Panda

    Jul 20, 2018 at 9:21 AM

    Comment #15

    The optimism on the blog reminds me of lottery optimism, works 5hit life’s 5hit but I’ll win the lottery this week.

    About the same odds of winning the lottery than Ashley doing something positive for the future of the club.

    Cue Jib

  • Jib

    Jul 20, 2018 at 9:22 AM

    Comment #16

    The weather has turned at Carnoustie
    brought a big smile to Tiger’s face

  • RobLeenio

    Jul 20, 2018 at 9:26 AM

    Comment #17

    Pompous C – comes on the blog, contributes nothing to the football chat, takes a swipe at a couple of posters unprovoked and sits back (presumably) smiling

    Not the first time


  • nufc 11

    Jul 20, 2018 at 9:26 AM

    Comment #18

    All this just proves the theory that SD and nufc are one and the same if one is failing they both do and if one is doing good the other benefits from the profits or commercial deals that come with success it’s all interlinked why would SD pay for all the advertising they receive from nufc? Why would nufc shop around and get the best kit supplier deal out there when SD benefits so much from the relationship with puma? Where has the fun88 sponsorship money gone?

  • kimbo

    Jul 20, 2018 at 9:26 AM

    Comment #19

    Now is the time to E-mail Mike Ashley and ask for a refund on season tickets as he has lied to us, if he got 30000 emails in the next week asking for a refund he would no doubt offer credit notes to be used in the future, but hey what a headache to give him.

  • Our Toon

    Jul 20, 2018 at 9:27 AM

    Comment #20


    The team has 1 year more experience under its belt but that doesn’t mean it’ll do better than last season. Whilst we stand still others around and below us improve by bringing in quality, that only means one thing. We wont be better than last season as the opposition will be better.

    It’s good that you are optimistic but take it from rafa, this will not be am easy season and don’t be surprised if we go down. In football you can’t stand still as we proved when finishing 5th

  • Jail for Ashley

    Jul 20, 2018 at 9:27 AM

    Comment #21

    Why is this season avoiding relegation not an issue, you an jane have spent all summer telling us this season was about consolidation, last season was about survival, the owner is rotten and has no interest in the club as a footballing success, what bit don’t you get?

  • Jail for Ashley

    Jul 20, 2018 at 9:30 AM

    Comment #22

    A group of players finished fifth, realised what the owner had in store for them and nearly got relegated the season after. Do not give me guff about the players knowing the system, you need fresh places for competition year in year out, it’s called progression.

  • Lee Charnley Bunga Party

    Jul 20, 2018 at 9:31 AM

    Comment #23

    What I can’t understand is how come we aren’t getting rid of players ?!

    Mbemba , Mitrovic , Saviet , Colback have all been pretty much excluded from the group and have clubs wanting to sign them? What’s the hold up?

  • Our Toon

    Jul 20, 2018 at 9:33 AM

    Comment #25


    Spot on mate

  • AncientC

    Jul 20, 2018 at 9:34 AM

    Comment #26

    Robleenio, do you know what a lickspittle is? I am not sure. You are not really from the North East, so I cannot tell. No matter how much you try to amalgamate yourself, Newcastle will never be your birthright, sorry about that.

  • kimbo

    Jul 20, 2018 at 9:35 AM

    Comment #27

    Well Lee Charnley Bunga Party,
    It is pretty simple Newcastle pay 3 times the wages that what the buying clubs want to pay, the players will stay until their contracts are up. Looks like Colback will go on loan and we pay most of his wages.

  • RUNAWAY777

    Jul 20, 2018 at 9:35 AM

    Comment #28

    You look at the first 8 games apart from the cardiff one we will be luck to get much from the other 7 which will define our season if where in the bottom 3 it will be a scrap to survive and of all the teams one person keeps saying have not got any players in yet they never mention west ham who are getting players in strange one.

  • Nicky the ball tosser

    Jul 20, 2018 at 9:37 AM

    Comment #29

    Ashley is certainly pretty cut throat at this brinksmanship and negotiations malarkey if this is as reported. I wonder if Rafa saw it coming. But surely if you put the screw on Rafa he’ll just slide right of there, and Ashley knows it. He’s prepared to lose him, has quite probably accepted it, maybe even prefers it, if things are as being reported, which of course they probably aren’t. I’m gonna take a “Tsunki” till we see something a bit more conclusive.

  • Jib

    Jul 20, 2018 at 9:37 AM

    Comment #30

    I think Rafa mentioning how tough it’s going to be this season
    has less to do with our spending and more to do with some
    very good new faces
    Unai Emery
    Manuel Pellegrini
    Slavisa Jokanovic
    Nuno Santo
    Murizio Sarri
    Marco Silva
    Javi Gracia

  • AncientC

    Jul 20, 2018 at 9:37 AM

    Comment #31

    RobLeenio, somebody who knows nothing about being born or raised in the North East, telling everybody how they should feel about their football club. Gotta admire that.

  • RobLeenio

    Jul 20, 2018 at 9:37 AM

    Comment #32

    Jail, I agree the owner is rotten, I did go on to say that we could hope to have him out of the club later this coming season.

    Why do you cherry pick which parts of a post you respond to and ignore the rest?

    How would another, more comfortable mid-table finish not be consolidation?

    Definition of consolidation: “the action or process of combining a number of things into a single more effective or coherent whole.” – exactly as I described above with the whole team improvement.

    Our Toon, the quality brought in by others has yet to be proven. Just because they’re spending money doesn’t mean they’re buying a better team. West Ham and Everton proved last season that improving the team isn’t just a case of throwing money at it. Rafa is disappointed because he wanted the right players brought in at the right time, not because we haven’t spent the same amount as other clubs.

    I will be very much surprised if we go down. Rafa is setting out his priorities as last season – first avoid relegation, then see where we stand.

  • RobLeenio

    Jul 20, 2018 at 9:40 AM

    Comment #33

    Pompous C, are you just trying to prove my point? Get as personal as you like, you’re just showing yourself up now. I’m sure our contributors from all over the Country and the rest of the World are taking very careful note of your words, as I am.

  • Lee Charnley Bunga Party

    Jul 20, 2018 at 9:43 AM

    Comment #34


    I think clubs know we are desperate to sell so are waiting till the end of the window to see if we will just bottle it and agree a cheaper deal especially Colback! Wouldn’t surprise me if some of the players who are set to leave are wanting to see if Rafa quits as it could allow them back into the frame…..

  • Nufc 4ever

    Jul 20, 2018 at 9:50 AM

    Comment #35

    The biggest joke in pre season was signing a new scout . Why if you dont buy why would you need one the joke that is fat man Ashley

  • Little h

    Jul 20, 2018 at 9:52 AM

    Comment #36

    Mike ashley is actually gonna make me cry

    All the pride.
    All the expectation rafa gave us
    All the hope
    All the joy
    All the excitement
    All of it i cant wait for may maybe next year we can compete for the league title against leeds an co.

    I just cant get my head around it.
    why is he doing this he cannot and will not compete any body with a single ounce of decency would sell up and do the right thing.

    I here by swear on the new testement of our lord jesus christ if the season opens and the window shuts without a meaningful addition i will make it my lifes
    mission to rob and vandalize all mike ashley related businesses

    I will come up with a good plan one which is evasive of insurance cover one which will cost money.

    I might apply for a job and bring to light further abuse of the employer/employee legislation

    The man abuses such laws. He is the equivalent of a modern day slave master. He has been investigated by panarama, still no action taken.

    He is a dictator who breeches the rules around proper ownership of a club yet uses “weasel words” and “clever” accounting to make it look like hes doing a good job

    For the first time in my life i will clearly say i hope the man gets what he deserves

    Unfortunately karma only seems to come for those of us of a working class back ground

    And the fa is still bent as ever and wont take on rich men

    Please god somebody help us all its an entire region of this country that man is mugging off

    How do you Stand up to a man who doesnt give a f

    He has the income sewn up, he will make massive money despite boycotting etc so that aint the way

    Surely some one can come up with an idea

    Some one shaft his daughter and give the cAnt syphilis

  • Lindisfarne

    Jul 20, 2018 at 9:58 AM

    Comment #37

    Heading into a new season will be the notoriously ‘second album’ phase, especially without much new blood to stimulate the creative juices of the established band members.

  • Lindisfarne

    Jul 20, 2018 at 10:01 AM

    Comment #38

    Does MA have to declare at the same time if he makes any payments to himself, or do we just find out in two years when the accounts are released?

  • Moonraker15

    Jul 20, 2018 at 10:37 AM

    Comment #39

    The club doesn’t have to declare what payment is being made, eg to Ashley but it would show in the accounts. However, if he declared he was paying himself I think most of us would welcome that and see it as a sign that he is preparing to sell up! However, as usual not a word from him. Going back to his “every penny” statement, that was obviously a LIE.

  • Geordie-john

    Jul 20, 2018 at 10:43 AM

    Comment #40

    Again we are left behind the teams that we once thought were lesser teams than NUFC. We can’t even match them in a bidding war now. Where is all the money going ? Why don’t people comment on the above story instead of trying to p##s other s off everyday ? It’s the same ones over and over. Comment on the current blog or keep your crap to yourselves.


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