Frustrated Benitez – The Squad Isn’t Good Enough – But Ashley Has No Ambitions For The Club

Newcastle drew 2-2 last night at the KCOM Stadium against Championship side Hull City last night.

We went ahead with a first-half goal from Joselu as he proved to Newcastle fans he is able to score goals.

And then after going 2-1 behind, we managed to equalize with a late goal from Perez to force a 2-2 draw on the night with Rafa starting three U23 players.

And the bad news was that Florian Lejeune picked up a knee injury.

But it’s clear Rafa needs more players in, and he’s reported to be in a standoff with owner Mike Ashley who again doesn’t want to spend much of the club’s money.

Joselu and Rafa Benitez talk on the touchline last night

After the game, Rafa has again lamented the squad is simply not good enough:

“Is the current squad good enough for what we need? I don’t think so.”

“It needs additions, that is clear. It is clear what we have to do.”

“I am speaking with Lee Charnley every day, but not with Ashley.”

“Normally, during the year, I do not speak with him too much. In this case, I talk with Lee Charnley every day.”

“The main thing is to do what we have to do – I do not have to speak to Mike.”

This is almost a repeat of last summer when Rafa had to plead with the Newcastle hierarchy, but he still didn’t get the players in he wanted.

Mike Ashley is proving clearly that he has no ambition for Newcastle other than to spend as little money as possible to keep the club a Premier League side.

That’s not what Rafa wants – he wants to build a top team on Tyneside – but will be unable to do that with Mike Ashley controlling the purse strings.

This is proving to be another disastrous transfer window, and we wonder if Rafa doesn’t get the players in for the fourth successive transfer window running if he will walk out on the club.

We don’t think so, but he is being treated with little respect by the higher-ups at Newcastle – who are killing this club.

Mr. Benitez will most likely see out the final year of his contract and be on his way to a much more ambitious club.

That’s the least he deserves.

Comments welcome.

13 comments so far

  • DubaiMicky

    Jul 25, 2018 at 6:42 AM

    Comment #1

    The fat twat is treating a multi award winning manager with all the contempt that he does his zero hour lackeys who have to give birth in the toilets so they aren’t sacked.

    Truly disgraceful.

    Great goal by Perez though.

  • jazzyp

    Jul 25, 2018 at 6:46 AM

    Comment #2

    Morning lads
    What an absolute fat w@nker Ashley is.The bloke disgusts every bone in my body for what he has and is doing to the club.
    I swear he’s a Makem in disguise

  • jazzyp

    Jul 25, 2018 at 6:49 AM

    Comment #3

    Tomorrow comes and goes and no one will be brought in. Not only disrespecting the fans of our great club but also a world class manager. Things have to change

  • Lindisfarne

    Jul 25, 2018 at 6:59 AM

    Comment #4

    Pep Guardiola, José Mourinho and Rafa Benitez all have the same issues!!!!

  • Average_Contents

    Jul 25, 2018 at 7:01 AM

    Comment #5

    Sing from previous

    Yes mate, direct from Rafa after the match.

    Just watched a video on ssn and it says it all. Looks right pissed off!

    Fat slug out!


  • Nicky the ball tosser

    Jul 25, 2018 at 7:06 AM

    Comment #6

    Yes, Ashley is far from the most knowledgeable and flexible owner going around but isn’t it also fair to say the squad has some pretty highly paid players that have needed to go before we can responsibly spend. Get one of the keepers, Mitro, Saivet, Lazaar, Armstrong, Aarons off the books, as you have Colback, Merino, Mbemba and if Ashley won’t let Rafa upgrade on them, then by all means chuck your tickets and picket his stores, but we are second season back, so sell before you buy seems fair enough. This “impasse” stuff could easily be no more than that. For each one out, there’s been one in, seems about where we stand so far. Rafa doesn’t like it, but he should get on and do it, as I’m sure he will, and if Ashley stiffs him then the owners gonna quite rightly get what’s coming.

  • ShirebrookToon

    Jul 25, 2018 at 7:10 AM

    Comment #7

    Dear Mikey boy lard arse.

    I hope your ready for the shit storm coming your way. Protesting outside his shite defect shops should be relentless!

    Wonder if I could get a protest here where the heart of the operation is. Few thousand toon fans should do it.

    You’ve hit us where it hurts, now it’s our turn.

    Get out you fat cnut!!!!

  • hibbit

    Jul 25, 2018 at 7:10 AM

    Comment #8

    This quote from Rafa sums things up: “As a manager, you would have liked to have seen these players one month ago, but if we can do something it will be better than nothing.” #nufc

  • crawfordm

    Jul 25, 2018 at 7:13 AM

    Comment #9

    Here we go again – its not good enough , things have to change blah blah. You will still buy the season tickets , still buy the merchandise , still buy from Sports Direct. He makes millions and you lot moan and groan. He will leave when the pot is empty. F#@kin sickening now.

  • DubaiMicky

    Jul 25, 2018 at 7:14 AM

    Comment #11

    Apparently Fabian Schaer is flying into Newcastle later this morning and is expected to sign for NUFC in the coming days.

  • mfw13

    Jul 25, 2018 at 4:22 PM

    Comment #12

    The problem is that it makes no financial sense for Ashley to be “ambitious”. He has no hope of being able to compete with the big six, and the bonuses for finishing higher up the table (about 2-3 million pounds per place) simply aren’t big enough to justify further spending.

    No business owner is going to spend 20-30 million pounds to try to earn an extra 5-10 million pounds….

  • Phil K

    Jul 25, 2018 at 4:34 PM

    Comment #13

    Its the fact that the stinking media are once again enjoying the damage one of their fellow Londoners are doing to our club – that was clear from their rigged defence of Ashley this morning’s SSN – no mention of Premier money in, or sales out and trying to pass off what he “spent” as somehow good
    After they got a lot of angry twitter answers they reluctantly admitted the sales later


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