Fans Blast Mike Ashley – Why Is Absent Owner Pushing Rafa Out The Door?


Rafa Benitez looked very down last night after the 4-0 defeat at SC Braga and he’s once again been let down by the owner Mike Ashley.

This is now the fourth transfer window running that Rafa has not been given the money to improve the Newcastle side and it could even be taking its toll on Rafa.

He looked a really frustrated man last night and bemoaned that promoted clubs like Fulham and Wolves were spending so much more money than Ashley has allowed him to spend.

Newcastle are currently making a profit of £25M in this transfer window so Ashley hasn’t really spent a penny of the club’s money so far with just a week to go.

Newcastle’s current owner Mike Ashley

Here are some tweets from angry Newcastle fans about our current situation.


73 comments so far

  • Wayayman

    Aug 2, 2018 at 10:31 AM

    Comment #1

    Im just disgusted.

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  • DubaiMicky

    Aug 2, 2018 at 10:31 AM

    Comment #2

    @PeteGravesSky
    23m23 minutes ago

    Rafa fuming, players bemused, what’s happening at #nufc? We’ve been inundated by messages from angry fans. I’ll be laying down the facts of the club’s NET spend under Rafa Benitez in part one of the 10am on @SkySportsNews.

    Did anyone see this?

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  • Jib

    Aug 2, 2018 at 10:32 AM

    Comment #3

    Hayden was still at the Braga stadium at midnight
    last night he’s done real well to be outside his flat
    at 10am this morning !

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  • SUTTY1978

    Aug 2, 2018 at 10:33 AM

    Comment #4

    What has last nights result got to do with Ashley? The players out there were pretty much the same ones we were using last year. the reason we lost is because the manager has lost the dressing room. they dont want to play for a man who is not committed to the club and openly says that the squad i.e. the players on the pitch last night, are not good enough. you want to blame someone for poor results, blame Rafa. If it were Pardew or Carver that is where the bile would be spouted.

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  • DubaiMicky

    Aug 2, 2018 at 10:39 AM

    Comment #5

    The private plane landed at 02.30 Jib, was on the news somewhere. (Which surprised me as I thought UK airports had a midnight close).

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  • wynsleap

    Aug 2, 2018 at 10:40 AM

    Comment #6

    Why can’t The Magpie Group devise a letter setting out ALL of Ashley’s lies (confirmed in court), embarrassing mention in Parliament by Chi Onwura, permanent non investment, money MADE in transfer windows each time, dubious accounting procedures, missing millions, distasteful treatment of Newcastle United legends, managers and fans, ongoing decay of facilities and youth policies and general disregard to a fabulous club, fabulously loyal fans and a fine, progressive city since the very first day he came here. There must be plenty of archive material.
    Send it all to the FA and ask them whether they think this guy is a Fit and Proper Person to own a Premiership football club. In the meantime send it also to all of the media and national press.
    Give us copies if need be and we’ll ALL sign it.

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  • Bobbybee

    Aug 2, 2018 at 10:41 AM

    Comment #7

    Shirebrook is right. Targeting Newcastle hurts the club, it’s cutting your nose off to spite your face. SD has to be the target because he cares about that more than Newcastle.
    I still think declaring war was a dumb idea because all he’ll do is take everything possible to court. He can afford it. Can we? No. Remember, this is the man who happily admits to drinking so much he had to puke to make room for more. He has no shame.
    He needs to be hit where it hurts.
    Why is the SD shop in Newcastle centre not surrounded by pickets? Or is it all talk? It’s fine coming on here giving it large but where’s the action?
    Rafa’s still here – just. He’s doing his level best to put out a team capable of competing. Withdrawing our support is not the way to do it. It hurts the club and as long as he and the team can be bothered to try, they deserve our support. SD has to be the target but nobody is doing anything but talk.
    The majority of fans will not give up their seats and you need to change tack. That won’t work. You can scream and shout and throw your toys out the pram but it won’t happen. All it does is divide support where it needs to be united.
    Target SD. Are you telling me out of those 15k IRGWG fans, they can’t muster up enough fans to block the shop? Why not? Show some commitment and others will follow. I see very little so far. I will happily join any SD protest but won’t do anything that might damage NUFC.

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  • Blofal

    Aug 2, 2018 at 10:42 AM

    Comment #8

    This situation is far worse than I ever imagined we would be in. The worst thing to me is it’s completely unnecessary. We have money. It never had to be like this.

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  • A Pain in the Blog

    Aug 2, 2018 at 10:43 AM

    Comment #9

    Last summer Ashley played this very same brinkmanship game, withholding funds until as late as possible to wind up the fans in retaliation for our hatred of him. He’s doing it again – and probably really enjoying the reaction he’s getting.

    Some posters think Ashley would never read this blog. I wouldn’t be surprised if he’s reading it now – and feeling very smug.

    Let’s hope that his preference to avoid another relegation forces him to release some cash in the last few days – having enjoyed playing the fans like a cat with a mouse. It will be too late for Rafa to get who he wants but just enough to appease Sky and his other lackeys.

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  • posada

    Aug 2, 2018 at 10:43 AM

    Comment #10

    hibbit
    Aug 2, 2018 at 9:31 AM
    Comment #1
    posada
    my big worry is we wake up one morning and ashley’s pulled the plug and we don’t have a seat to sit on
    and don’t he he wouldn’t because the man’s a maverick and nothing is beyond the bounds of possibility with this guy

    *****
    Hibbit.
    If he does that we will still have a seat to sit on. It might take that. A Leeds or Rangers melt down. If that happens it is the supporters who will still be there. I’ve said for a while that it may go that way.
    Thing is MA does not care about his reputation. It could not get any worse. Freddy West has better PR.
    MPs said his HQ was like a Victorian Workhouse. What did they manage to do about it. Nowt.

    Sports Direct is 40% owned by investment companies like Legal and General and Royal London.
    The directors of those companies do not like MAs governance. What are they able to do about it. Nowt cos he owns the other 60%.
    I understand the anger of supporters, but some are turning on their fellow supporters. At the end of the day I really cannot think of anything that will change things for the better.

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  • Bobbybee

    Aug 2, 2018 at 10:43 AM

    Comment #11

    favourite train set slowly so I will smash his to bits at every small chance I get.
    If only we could those anonymous hackers onside to really work his online stores over …every day it gets more and more severe until the window closes and then it’s meltdown Micky time .
    Come on lads ..do it .

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    Bobbybee

    Aug 2, 2018 at 10:33 AM

    Comment #19
    Shirebrook is right. Targeting Newcastle hurts the club, it’s cutting your nose off to spite your face. SD has to be the target because he cares about that more than Newcastle.
    I still think declaring war was a dumb idea because all he’ll do is take everything possible to court. He can afford it. Can we? No. Remember, this is the man who happily admits to drinking so much he had to puke to make room for more. He has no shame.
    He needs to be hit where it hurts.
    Why is the SD shop in Newcastle centre not surrounded by pickets? Or is it all talk? It’s fine coming on here giving it large but where’s the action?
    Rafa’s still here – just. He’s doing his level best to put out a team capable of competing. Withdrawing our support is not the way to do it. It hurts the club and as long as he and the team can be bothered to try, they deserve our support. SD has to be the target but nobody is doing anything but talk.
    The majority of fans will not give up their seats and you need to change tack. That won’t work. You can scream and shout and throw your toys out the pram but it won’t happen. All it does is divide support where it needs to be united.
    Target SD. Are you telling me out of those 15k IRGWG fans, they can’t muster up enough fans to block the shop? Why not? Show some commitment and others will follow. I see very little so far. I will happily join any SD protest but won’t do anything that might damage NUFC.

    1
  • JohnJ

    Aug 2, 2018 at 10:44 AM

    Comment #12

    Ashley is a complete and utter disgrace all he can see in front of him is the £££ signs

    He has a total lack of forsight into what could be!

    He is also blind and unable to see the possiblities of “future cash” by having a successful Newcastle United up the top end of the league and in Europe – This is more than possible under Rafa but sadly he who is blind will not see!

    Mr Ashley just go and the sooner the better for all who really care about NUFC!

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Aug 2, 2018 at 10:47 AM

    Comment #13

    SUTTY,
    There has been one constant in eleven years of strife and mismanagement.

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  • ShirebrookToon

    Aug 2, 2018 at 10:48 AM

    Comment #14

    Just go in SD and ask to try all the trainers on then get them to put them behind the counter and then when you go to pay them and they open the boxes to make sure they the right ones. Nope they not right to every single set.

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  • ShirebrookToon

    Aug 2, 2018 at 10:49 AM

    Comment #15

    What we really confuse em is go in and ask if they stock replacement air bubbles for Nike air max trainers!

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  • geordiesteve520

    Aug 2, 2018 at 10:50 AM

    Comment #16

    The scumbag is preparing a bid for House of Fraser, saying he is a better option that the Chinese – that’s our bloody money he’s using there!

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  • Get up salmon

    Aug 2, 2018 at 10:52 AM

    Comment #17

    I would like to know 4 things:

    1. With a fit and proper owners test in place, various rules around the “proper” ownership of a club, how is it that mike ashley can openly admit he cannot and will not compete and still be allowed to own a club?

    2. There are various rules stating that owners must have enough money or funds available to be competent as an owner, yet mike openly said on sky sports “think of my wealth as wallpaper” or in simple terms i dont have money but i can provide evidence to say i do.

    3. Publicly admiting deceiving the public, media and fans

    4. Using various “smokey” accounting tricks to defraud the freedom of information act and make his accounts look like hes making msssive losses, an example of this is selling a player for x amount payed in installments and only factoring the installment paid that year, yet when buying a player on a 5 year contract he adds the total wage (over the full 5 years) into the accounts? Im pretty sure this is highly immoral if not slightly illegal.

    Now i will leave it at 4 bullet points because i believe these 4 points provide sufficient grounds for investigation.

    This man is taking advantage of a club, a community, hard working tax payers, a city, international money spending football fans and an entire region of people.

    He makes the english game look a farce

    He is showing others what can be done and attracting similar type owners

    Please take action now before the premier league is simply 6 teams competing and 14 being exploited

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  • one fine day

    Aug 2, 2018 at 10:53 AM

    Comment #18

    Sutty ,
    That last post has to be simply the most arrogant and ill thought out comment I have read in quite some tIme … Christ man ..”he has lost the dressing room ” “isn’t committed ”
    he wants this club more than any other to be what it can be but honestly with the likes of you among the ranks of fans then why should he bother ..
    Don’t worry I think you will get your wish very soon and you can get back to watching us get humped every game with Alan and Jon back in the dugout

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  • Bobbybee

    Aug 2, 2018 at 10:53 AM

    Comment #19

    Shirebrook, enough people could just do a sit down protest in his shops. Fill the shop in Newcastle so nobody can get in or out.
    Personally I’d have been a bit smarter than declare outright war on a multibillionaire but its done now. Too late to change it.
    If these people can’t be bothered to shut down his shop in our city, then what chance have we?

    1
  • outside the box

    Aug 2, 2018 at 10:53 AM

    Comment #20

    bobby @ 10 …have to agree …dont hit nufc the team the manager support the club dont stop going to games …its our club and will be again …hit ashley by hitting sd thats where his money is …wynsleap you missed len white out a few posts ago best cf never to play for england

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  • SUTTY1978

    Aug 2, 2018 at 10:57 AM

    Comment #21

    Jail – if Ashley is responsible for us getting turned over in Portugal last night, then he’s also responsible for us beating Man U, Chelsea etc. last season.
    Everyone would like to see more being spent on players, but it’s Benitez’s responsibility to get the most out of the players he has, players that he has chosen. Clearly he’s not doing that at the moment. Just like he didn’t do that for a large swathe of last season which was masked by a decent run at the start and at the end of the season.
    Some peoples have rose tinted memories of last season, it was for the main part horrible football to watch. I suppose Ashley’s to blame for our constant parking of the bus?
    We played the same way with the same little decent runs under Pardew and everyone (me included) wanted him out, but because it’s Rafa it must all be someone else’s fault?

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  • Get up salmon

    Aug 2, 2018 at 10:58 AM

    Comment #22

    Sutty give it a break man the guy knows football and hes won a lot with outsiders

    Blame ashley 100% the players were in one becasue of you guessed it ASHLEY

    There was no fight because we don’t have any players to fight for a starting place with and whys that? Yep ashley

    There was/is no stand out quality and whys that? Yep mikey boy again

    Give rafa players he will win things (liverpool, valencia madrid for example) now give it a rest rafa bashing man if my boss was like that id of knocked him the f out

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  • DubaiMicky

    Aug 2, 2018 at 10:58 AM

    Comment #23

    Ashley was always going to take over HoF and Debanhams, although quite why I don’t get, they don’t own the properties – unless he’s been buying the freeholds up? That would make sense, then HoF would have to pay him rent.

    1
  • lesh

    Aug 2, 2018 at 11:00 AM

    Comment #24

    Sutty

    Ffs stop doing a Jib with your ill thought out posts.

    Rafa’s lost the dressing room has he? Doesn’t it occur to you that the dressing room might just see the writing on the wall, see how Ashley’s doing his level best to under one Rafa, their manager whom they have respect for?

    Pi$$Ed off Rafa results in pi$$ed off players – geddit?

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  • welshgeordie9

    Aug 2, 2018 at 11:01 AM

    Comment #25

    Why is the owner pushing Rafa out the door?

    Because he’s a first class prick.

    4
  • SUTTY1978

    Aug 2, 2018 at 11:01 AM

    Comment #26

    one fine day, so “world class” Rafa in the dugout and getting humped is OK, but a Pardew type in the dugout and getting humped is not? what’s the difference?

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Aug 2, 2018 at 11:04 AM

    Comment #27

    SUTTY,
    There has been one constant in eleven years of strife and mismanagement….

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  • SUTTY1978

    Aug 2, 2018 at 11:04 AM

    Comment #28

    Lesh – so dragging the players down with him is OK? So he hasn’t lost the dressing room, he’s more of a disruptive influence you say? fair point.

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  • ToonRich

    Aug 2, 2018 at 11:07 AM

    Comment #29

    Lesh/Sutty…its not even Rafa the players are pi$$ed off with, its Ashley yet again! He’s withholding monies left right and centre, which is taking an effect throughout the club.

    Give Rafa MONEY…happy Rafa
    Give players MONEY (bonus)…happy players
    Give fans all the above…Happy Fans!

    It really could be that simple! No?

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  • Bobbybee

    Aug 2, 2018 at 11:09 AM

    Comment #30

    Outside the box, people I know who sit around me won’t give up their seats. It’s just how it is. SD is his baby, we’re just an add on. That’s where to hurt him. Disrupt his shops. Sit down protests or pickets. I would’ve thought with all the keyboard warriors on here his shop in town would be closed by now. One man unfurled a banner long enough for it to be photo’d and that was it.

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  • Rob1971

    Aug 2, 2018 at 11:10 AM

    Comment #31

    Sutty you won’t have much longer to moan about Rafa as he will be gone soon so you should be happy, you won’t have to whinge about him much longer

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  • lesh

    Aug 2, 2018 at 11:10 AM

    Comment #32

    wynsleap @6

    There’s some mileage in your idea of contacting the FA/ EPL about Ashley’s disgraceful behaviour towards NUFC.

    A charge of him bringing the game into disrepute might just be a possibility.

    Come on Magpie Group, hit the bastard – it could affect the public’s and SD shareholders’ opinion of him.

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  • outside the box

    Aug 2, 2018 at 11:14 AM

    Comment #33

    bobby@29 …yeah dont buy anything from sd shops especially not shirts …in time that would be noticed by shareholders… dont stop going or supporting the club …its ours no matter what cashley does…keep the faith…its wor club

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  • Get up salmon

    Aug 2, 2018 at 11:15 AM

    Comment #34

    Sutty the big glaringly obvious difference between rafa and p45dew carver brollytit etc. Is squad quality

    If rafa had just spent 85 mil on players and lost 4-0 to braga maybe we would have summet to say but as it stands hes been given some sand and super glue to build a house

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  • wynsleap

    Aug 2, 2018 at 11:16 AM

    Comment #35

    Outsidethebox @19
    Yes I watched Len White regularly . He was my first idol at that time. A wonderful player with dribbling skill, a great header of the ball and a ferocious shot. He really had it all. People like him, Joe Harvey and Wor Jackie must be turning over in their grave at the way Ashley is running this club.

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Aug 2, 2018 at 11:19 AM

    Comment #36

    I think the first protests in and around his shops will be starting soon.

    1
  • Bobbybee

    Aug 2, 2018 at 11:21 AM

    Comment #37

    Lesh, he’d likely sue mate. Even if he knew he’d lose he’d drag it through every court in the land and that costs money. He has it. Do we? Just a hearing can cost thousands of pounds that we can’t afford. This is why a declaration of outright war was a mistake imo. Any chance he gets he’ll litigate. How many court cases before the Magpie Group is broke?
    Last time we had SJH backing us. Where will the money come from this time?
    I wasn’t against the idea of the letter, just the way it was worded. He’s a nasty vindictive man who will take pleasure destroying anybody who gets in his way.

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Aug 2, 2018 at 11:23 AM

    Comment #38

    Bobbybee,
    Why dismiss those wanting to do something as keyboard warriors, there are a lot of angry people out there waiting for some kind of announcement. I will certainly be heading to Newcastle SD on Saturday if a protest is announced.

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  • lesh

    Aug 2, 2018 at 11:24 AM

    Comment #39

    Took Rich

    Read my post (addressed to Sutty) again and you’ll see that its not (to use your words) even Rafa the players are pi$$ed off with, its Ashley yet again!

    He’s pi$$Ed Rafa off and the players, being human, sense that from Rafa’s demeanour and become disillusioned and demotivated!

    Ashley is and always has been the root cause of the club’s problems.

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  • catchy in norway

    Aug 2, 2018 at 11:25 AM

    Comment #40

    Jib

    i can safely say i didn’t, i have not watched 1 pre season game yet, i watched 2 mins of highlights vs porto and we got battered by them.

    i’m sitting in Gran caneria at the mo, and i didn’t even bring an nufc top, first time ever for me. but it’s a start.
    as much as i like the new away top, i will not buy it.

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