Rafa’s Damning Message To Ashley – It Was The Idea To Win Trophies Here – I Am Not Happy To Survive


Rafa held a meeting with reporters after the game today when we lost 1-0 to Augsburg at home.

The boss was calm and collected and not as agitated as he was on Wednesday night after the team conceded four goals in the second half against Braga.

But Rafa also made a few pointed comments – aimed at Mike Ashley.

He says he came here for a project and doesn’t like just surviving every year – which seems to be what’s happening for next season.

A stern looking Rafa Benitez – in the dugout today

Do only enough in the transfer market, so we are a Premier League club next season – spend as little as possible – that could be the Ashley strategy in a nutshell.

That’s not for Rafa – he wants to achieve things at Newcastle – which is why he will likely call it a day – and leave next summer when his contract is up.

Here are some of the comments he has made as reported in the Chronicle:

“I think it was an entertaining game for the fans because both teams have chances. We improved from the other day because we had more control and played on the ball a bit better. Still we have to improve.”

“At the moment I can’t say a lot (about transfers). Maybe in a couple of days I can say more.”

“I was talking with Lee Charnley before the game and I’ll maybe see him after the game.”

I’m not saying we’re not working, but we had things lined up.”

“I am confident we can do it (new transfers).”   ” If you’re asking me if it’s ideal I would say no because the way I like to work is to do things early but if we can’t do that we have to work.”

“I hope we can do it.”

“Normally when we have had time and support, we deliver. So we have won trophies everywhere.”

“And it was the idea to do something similar here and I am not happy we have to just survive every year.”

“But at the moment we have to see if we can improve the squad.”

We don’t blame Rafa one little bit – but he has an owner in place who has no ambitions whatsoever for Newcastle.

The level of his ambition is to keep us a Premier League side and spend as little as possible to achieve that.

Comments welcome.


279 comments so far

  • jazzyp

    Aug 4, 2018 at 6:28 PM

    Comment #1

    Lee Ryder
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    Rondon has agreed terms with #nufc and is ready to sign. Loan swap is in place subject to Gayle agreeing terms. Meaning Gayle could return in future. Loan fees will also be involved if deal rubber stamped. More to follow. #wba

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  • jazzyp

    Aug 4, 2018 at 6:30 PM

    Comment #2

    Good on ya Rafa. We complained we just had yes men in the dug out now we have someone that speaks the truth

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  • Markaccus

    Aug 4, 2018 at 6:34 PM

    Comment #3

    Jazzy

    Richard Keyes told rafa to shut up or walk the other day. The tw@t
    Thankfully, it looks like Rafa does not agree.

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  • Markaccus

    Aug 4, 2018 at 6:36 PM

    Comment #4

    I really hope Rondon can bang in a few goals, We are desperate.

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  • lochinvar

    Aug 4, 2018 at 6:36 PM

    Comment #5

    According to transfer.com

    Rondon’s ( r ) value is £13m
    Gayle’s ( g ) value is £10m
    And we’ve handed over £2m
    if you ask the clever lady on Countdown to do the maths, it doesn’t add up

    (g + 2) = 12
    and
    r = 13

    then

    g – r = -1

    What has Charney done with the missing million ?

    We need to know

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  • BeeGuy

    Aug 4, 2018 at 6:38 PM

    Comment #6

    NUFC painfully weak on the right wing. This is where someone like Townsend could drive this team forward. Rondon can’t score if he does not get the ball. He may get it from Kenedy or Shelvey, but all teams will leave the other side wide open to tempt NUFC to go there and see the attack fail.

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  • lochinvar

    Aug 4, 2018 at 6:40 PM

    Comment #7

    Markaccus
    Aug 4, 2018 at 6:34 PM
    jazzy

    Richard Keyes told rafa to shut up or walk the other day.
    The tw@t

    Sure is.
    If Keyes had followed his own advise and kept his mouth shut he wouldn’t have had to walk. #whereishenow?

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  • sing in the corner

    Aug 4, 2018 at 6:40 PM

    Comment #8

    Yeah, and cue a few bloggers coming on here to repeat their view that Rafa should STFU and do his job, paid employee that he is..

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  • will die for the toon army

    Aug 4, 2018 at 6:41 PM

    Comment #9

    Rafa shld build NUFC slowly coz Mike is not going to hand him 100m of his money. Let him wait for every penny Mike says. With TV money give it 3 yrs we will be there. But we also have to sell a few to move just like Spurs did. Sale one player like for 75m. Just a thought. One thing I know Mike can’t sack RAFA.

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  • switch365

    Aug 4, 2018 at 6:42 PM

    Comment #10

    Best possible news we could read tomorrow would be the obituary of the fat cockney shopkeeper.

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  • lochinvar

    Aug 4, 2018 at 6:45 PM

    Comment #11

    Just hope that none of the transfer budget is borrowed from our previous shirt sponsors. Or has Ashley given them £10m to help his former buddies out rather than buying Rondon.

    Wonga, one of Britain’s largest short-term money-lenders, has been saved from going bust by an emergency £10m cash injection from a consortium of high-profile technology investors.

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  • dig-n-dig22

    Aug 4, 2018 at 6:45 PM

    Comment #12

    JazzyP 1

    Reading between the lines, what Lee Ryder is saying, Gayle is available to help gain promotion for Weat Brom this season but he will be available to get us promoted again next season.

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  • Markaccus

    Aug 4, 2018 at 6:46 PM

    Comment #13

    Lochinvar

    I know exactly where he is. The mighty BeIN sports 😀

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  • yorkymag

    Aug 4, 2018 at 6:46 PM

    Comment #14

    Rafa
    Please
    Stop moaning you are better than this
    If you are so unhappy
    Walk
    But please please stop making things worse

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  • hibbit

    Aug 4, 2018 at 6:50 PM

    Comment #15

    jazzyp
    as i said yesterday rafa’s got balls not like the arse lickers on here with the mile wide yellow streak down there backs shit scared to say boo to Ashley
    ,what else can the man do to us that makes the crawling snides so shit scared of him liquidate us i don’t think so
    ?

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  • Chancel My MBembaship

    Aug 4, 2018 at 6:51 PM

    Comment #16

    Lochinvar – according to your maths we saved a million quid. We handed over twelve million and received thirteen million in return. What has Charnley done with the missing million? There is no missing million, at least not on our side.

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  • switch365

    Aug 4, 2018 at 6:53 PM

    Comment #17

    Don’t we have a pending influx of cash from the soon to be named shirt sleeve sponsor for this season?
    I read an estimated £8m on average is expected.

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  • Mag :P

    Aug 4, 2018 at 6:53 PM

    Comment #18

    Does anyone take yorky seriously anymore?

    That post is shocking.

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  • Chancel My MBembaship

    Aug 4, 2018 at 6:54 PM

    Comment #19

    yorkymag – Rafa speaks his mind. If he’s unhappy then he’ll say so. I don’t see how he’s making anything worse. Unless you’re suggesting that if he shuts up Fat Mike will suddenly open his wallet because Rafa is being quiet, or sounding happy?

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  • Mister Tuff

    Aug 4, 2018 at 6:54 PM

    Comment #20

    Aye Rafa and whilst you are doing it leave the £6 million for breach of contract on your desk.

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  • hibbit

    Aug 4, 2018 at 6:55 PM

    Comment #21

    yorkymag
    why don’t you practice what you preach and pi$$ off your like a broken record spouting the same shit day after day
    if your so unhappy bugger off

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  • Tosun A. Wobbler

    Aug 4, 2018 at 6:56 PM

    Comment #22

    Mag:….nah, scroll past every time.

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  • Moonraker15

    Aug 4, 2018 at 6:57 PM

    Comment #23

    Lochinvar
    Never mind the missing million! What about the other tens of millions from player sales, tv and other revenues? They’re an absolute disgrace!

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  • yorkymag

    Aug 4, 2018 at 6:59 PM

    Comment #24

    I just can’t see what good Rafa is doing
    He is not going to change Ashley
    He is not doing the current players confidence any good
    And finally it is only going to end one way .
    So the soonervitbhappens and we all move on the better
    Ps its nice to see hibbit is his eloquent self full of respect for other views small minded indeed

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  • Tramp

    Aug 4, 2018 at 6:59 PM

    Comment #25

    Lochinvar.

    If I have a bag of 10 apples and 2 loose apples and you want to give me a bag of 13 apples then you have given me 13 apples and I have given you 2 apples and a bag of 10 apples.

    Nobody lost any apples.

    I just hope the apple isn’t rotten.

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  • jane

    Aug 4, 2018 at 7:00 PM

    Comment #26

    “Stop moaning you are better than this
    If you are so unhappy”

    the moaning is an act inside he is thinking we’ve done alright.
    then when we do better than expected people will think what a good job he has done!

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  • jane

    Aug 4, 2018 at 7:01 PM

    Comment #27

    “Best possible news we could read tomorrow would be the obituary of the fat cockney shopkeeper.”

    shouldn’t even think this let alone say it.

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  • hibbit

    Aug 4, 2018 at 7:01 PM

    Comment #28

    apologies to the rest of the blog but the man’s a complete idiot and just makes my blood boil with the constant spouting of complete rubbish

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  • GeordieTwo

    Aug 4, 2018 at 7:01 PM

    Comment #29

    The best thing Rafa can do is keep speaking out. It tells Ashley his bullying isn’t working and there will be no contract exentension signed unless proper players are brought in this window. Not some fantasy that Ashley prefers like “Oooh I promise Rafa mate, some time in the future we will actually spend some money.” Not going to work AShhole. Rafa has more guts, determination and honesty than Ashley has ever seen.

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  • jane

    Aug 4, 2018 at 7:02 PM

    Comment #30

    algebra for dummies by Lochinvar 🙂

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  • Moonraker15

    Aug 4, 2018 at 7:03 PM

    Comment #31

    Yorky
    How about you shut the fcuk up you clueless moron! Rafa wants success for us and the city of Newcastle. Why don’t you just walk you prick you’re undermining our support and there’s no place for you on this blog!

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  • Tosun A. Wobbler

    Aug 4, 2018 at 7:05 PM

    Comment #32

    In the land of theory, let’s suppose Rafa leaves at the end of his contract, and MA has the unmitigated gall to recall one of his prior charlatans, SA,AP,JC or Stevie McPooplop, as manager. Given that any one of them were previously and rightly hounded out by the crowd for inept and incompetent performances, we may well witness the unprecedented event of anti manager chanting at their maiden match. Oo-er.
    On another tack, watched the Sunlin/Charlton match today and finished up with an uncomfortable and disturbing feeling that there may be a bit of a feelgood atmos developing there.

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  • hibbit

    Aug 4, 2018 at 7:05 PM

    Comment #33

    yorkymag

    and what about Rafa’s views that your so quick to dismiss and belittle

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  • yorkymag

    Aug 4, 2018 at 7:07 PM

    Comment #34

    Moonraker
    No one could support Rafa or nufc more than me .but when a point is reached where two parties are so far apart it starts to cause damage.
    The longer it goes on the more damage it will almost certainly do .
    It’s a point of view and a fairly valid on
    I don’t mind being disagreed with ,that’s fine but please is it necessary to be so small minded to hurl abuse around

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  • jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew

    Aug 4, 2018 at 7:08 PM

    Comment #35

    It’s getting a bit of a chore to watch these games lately…I am starting to worry about the start of the season…

    It’s not just that we are missing players…the starting lineup could easily be the same as last season but we are udderly poor

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  • jazzyp

    Aug 4, 2018 at 7:09 PM

    Comment #36

    To every Nufc fan out there

    We have one common goal and one hope left at the club… And that is RAFA BENITEZ.
    He is the only one that Ashley may listen to and try and make him do the right thing. he realises by jeopardising his own employment status that he must speak the truth rather than lie down and take the sh@te that gets delivered by our current owner.
    Why should an employee “Shut it” as that gobshite Keyes says to do??

    Do what is right by the club and the fans Rafa cos we are right behind you sir to the very end

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  • yorkymag

    Aug 4, 2018 at 7:09 PM

    Comment #37

    I am not dismissing rafas views
    Fundamentally I agree with them ,I just don’t see any good been achieved by driving the wedge further home

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  • GeordieTwo

    Aug 4, 2018 at 7:09 PM

    Comment #38

    Back to WUMing it up again are we Jib/Jane/Jeff? A little dig here a little dig there. Why don’t you leave the blog as well if you can’t stop yourself?

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  • jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew

    Aug 4, 2018 at 7:09 PM

    Comment #39

    …we look disinterested!

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  • GeordieTwo

    Aug 4, 2018 at 7:11 PM

    Comment #40

    The wedge has been driven yorky. It’s done. Rafa would never sign another contract with the buffoon Ashley so he is speaking his mind. At best we will get one more season of Rafa before Ashley returns us to the likes of Carver or worse (if he can possibly dredge that up).

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