Rafa Sends Another Pointed Message To Mike Ashley

So much for the £40M to £50M Rafa would get to spend this summer plus anything he can get from transferring players out of the club.

We have a net spend of -£12M right now (a profit) but that does not include loan fees and agents’ fees.

But you can’t say Mike Ashley has given big money to Rafa to bring in good players either.

It seems almost the same situation as it was last summer – and that’s worrying.

Rafa Benitez – explaining the tragedy of a third relegation

This is the latest (plea) from Rafa Benitez – directed squarely at our miserly owner Mike Ashley – who just doesn’t like to spend money:

“Everybody is expecting that you will improve the team and improve the squad.”

“All the Premier League teams are spending big money, and they know how important it is.”

“I said last year, and I am saying this year again, that when you are talking about so much money from the TV, it is crucial to stay in the Premier League if you want to compete.”

“If you go down, the next year is even more difficult because the difference in money is massive.”

“Hopefully, we can do well in the next (two) weeks and we can improve the squad enough to at least be competitive next year.”

Here’s where we stand right now on transfers but we are hoping we can sign 26-year-old Yoshinori Muto for £9.5M from Mainz very soon.

KenedySeason loanChelsea
Ki Sung-yuengFree agentSwansea
Martin Dubravka£4.0MSparta Prague
Fabian Schar£3.0MDeportivo
Yoshinori Muto
Salomon RondonSeason loanWest Brom
Federico Fernandez£6.0MSwansea
Transfer Fees paid out£22.5M
Massadio Haidarareleased
Curtis Goodreleased
Jesus Gamezreleased
Mikel Merino£10.0MReal Sociedad
Jack ColbackSeason loanNottingham Forest
Chancel Mbemba£5.0MPorto
Matz Sels£4.0MStrasbourg
Aleksandar Mitrovic£22.0MFulham
Adam Armstrong£1.5MBlackburn
Dwight GayleSeason loanWest Brom
Ivan Toney£0.5MPeterborough
Henri SaivetSeason loanBursaspor
Transfer Fees into club£43.0M
Net Spend-£20.5M (profit)

Comments welcome.

12 comments so far

  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Jul 27, 2018 at 12:06 PM

    Comment #1

    We still have a local derby with Sunderland this season, in the U23 league at St James Park, could get a canny crowd for that.

  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Jul 27, 2018 at 12:11 PM

    Comment #2

    Aarons out on loan is a good move, doubt if he was going to get many, if any, 1st team games this season.

    I think he’s been trying too hard to do the fancy stuff he was managing pre-injuries with no success and a spell elsewhere will give him a chance to do just that.

  • Jib

    Jul 27, 2018 at 12:16 PM

    Comment #3

    Aye Bill 1900 Monday 20th August

  • The next Mike Williamson

    Jul 27, 2018 at 12:18 PM

    Comment #4

    I think that if we have a good season, MA will make Rafa an improved offer. I expect him to remain, although im a little nervous.

  • ArtyH

    Jul 27, 2018 at 12:21 PM

    Comment #5

    This is the kind of treatment fans deserve as they play right into TFCB hands. Evil prospers when good men do nothing. The only way is to boycott games and his shops. This is a fact and now it must be obvious that he is not going to change. So S.T holders its up to you continue on and watch the club fall further from grace or act and save the thing you all so vehemently say you love. Sometimes hard love is the only recourse, its painful at the start but gets better after a while, when we finally get shot of him we can all go back to the hallowed temple, i’m sick of being in self exile!

  • lesh

    Jul 27, 2018 at 12:25 PM

    Comment #6

    Nicky the ball tosser

    But it’s clear that Rafa can’t live with Ashley and one thing’s near certain, Ashley’s not going to change.


    If we do have a good season, Ashley will see it as job done and let Rafa go next summer.

    If we don’t, he may well pay Rafa off at Christmas and recruit somebody like Moyes and shower him with cash for trabsfers.

    Rafa’s proving to be a thorn in Ashley’s side, his ambitions go far beyond Ashley’s.

  • toon kk

    Jul 27, 2018 at 12:26 PM

    Comment #7

    What a fkin disappointed, going for the cheapest options again. Have we improved on last seasons squad? I’m not so sure ,just maybe. Where’s the powerful goalscorer we NEED.
    We need to spend wisely on proven quality.
    Looking like a hard season coming up.

  • Lindisfarne

    Jul 27, 2018 at 12:26 PM

    Comment #8

    The Next Mike (Ashley!) Williamson

    Sorry could not help a short sighted jibe.

    Removing which ever side of the argument you stand, NUFC as a beacon of the community is currently in an improving situation which has been missing ever since Mike Ashley took ovet the ownership of the club. I would say that is due Rafa Benitez being the manager and his understanding of community work, assisting local charities and encouraging local identity to flourish. This is why it is important that Rafa should not ignored and PL FC owners should not be allowed to consistently extract money at the expense of maintaining a good standard of infrastructure, facilities and the positive attachment that the supporters have towards the club. This is why i state that it is an insult to us all if the situation is allowed to fritter away just because the owner would rather persue his own individual concern.

  • Nicky the ball tosser

    Jul 27, 2018 at 12:31 PM

    Comment #9

    Not remotely clear at all knucklehead. He’s still there as always, turning up for work, diligently preparing the group. You might want to take a break at least till the end of the window, because right now, you ain’t busting popcorn.

  • mactoon

    Jul 27, 2018 at 12:50 PM

    Comment #10

    I still don’t know whether the players who are coming in are merely additions to the squad or improvements to the first team. I am willing to withhold judgement and give them a chance but I can’t help thinking you get what you pay for.

    @TnMW Comment #4

    Even with over £123 million TV money coming in Ashley still shows no intention of getting the players Rafa wants and we are again sniffing around for bargains with no visible intention of improving the clubs facilities so I don’t see any reason for Rafa to stay after this next season.

  • mfw13

    Jul 27, 2018 at 3:56 PM

    Comment #11

    When you finish 10th in the league and have no chance at competing financially with the Big Six, why would any sane owner invest huge amounts of money in improving the club? Especially since the “bonus” for each place higher up the table is only 2-3 million pounds per place. All Ashley needs to do to protect his investment is to make sure we do not get relegated, and the squad is clearly already good enough to do that.

    If the Premier League really wants to try to get midtable teams to invest/compete, they need to increase the bonus.

    Spending 30 million pounds on the off chance of earning 5-10 million more pounds is bad business by any measurement…..Ashley is being entirely logical (unfortunately).

  • JohnJ

    Jul 27, 2018 at 5:05 PM

    Comment #12

    The premier league is a hard and unforgiving environment and it not a place where you can stand still or tread water!

    A team that wishes to survive in such a hostile place has to constantly work at improvement! Just like our manager is always doing his best to do……. but it’s not a place where you can work with your hands tied behind your back!

    It seems to me Rafa is in a straight jacket tailored by the fat shopkeeper.

    Haway man Mr Ashley wake up before we slip back down the The Championship for the third time under your stewardship!

    🙁 🙁 🙁


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