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Report – Mike Ashley Continues To Fully Back Rafa Benitez At Newcastle

The Shields Gazette have an interesting report out today with the news that owner Mike Ashley is almost as frustrated as Rafa Benitez is right now and wants Managing Director Lee Charnley to push through the transfer deals that are pending.

Rafa Benitez should now be back in Newcastle getting ready for preseason and the players arrive next Monday morning.

He has made it clear over these last few days that he’s frustrated at the lack of progress in the transfer market.

This is not the first time Rafa has made noises in the transfer market in his career since he’s always been very keen to get good players into the club – wherever he’s been.

Mike Ashley, Rafa Benitez and Lee Charnley

We presumably almost have Eibar center-back Florian Lejeune over the line – but the problem is that we’ve been saying that for two weeks – with still some difficulties about how to pay for the release amount of £8.7M in his contract.

We also missed out on the summer’s saga so far – with Chelsea’s Tammy Abraham deciding to go to join Swansea City on a season-long loan rather than come to Newcastle.

There seemed some good news yesterday when it was reported in Spain we have bid £8.7M for Valencia’s 31 year-old Argentine International playmaker Enzo Perez and that could be a deal we could even close this week.

However, the transfer market this summer has been crazy with the big clubs bidding ridiculous amounts of money on individual players – even though in some cases those players are actually good players.


We assume the Gazette has inside information that Mike Ashley is indeed pushing Lee to do the signings and that being the case – if we need to pay a little bit more money for some of our targets we will do that.

The news is that Mike Ashley is in regular communication with Lee Charley and is keen to get business completed.

And the Gazette is reporting that Mike stands by his pledge made last month that every single last penny the club has will be made available to help Rafa build a strong squad for the coming Premier League season.

It’s important we make some signings this week and that’s exactly what fans are hoping for.

Three signings of good players this week and we’ll be in decent enough shape come next Monday when the players return.

And the fact that Ashley is looking for investment into the club is not affecting the transfer business one little bit – according to the Gazette.

What do you think?

Comments welcome.

15 comments so far

  • toon1707

    Jun 27, 2017 at 8:15 AM

    Comment #1

    I am sure players are almost as good as signed because if nothing was happening and we were not trying to get anyone in or if we were missing out on players due to not paying out what players are worth the I think Rafa would of already walked and joined another club he won’t be short of offers

  • Mag52

    Jun 27, 2017 at 8:15 AM

    Comment #2


    High time we heard from our billionaire owner.
    Get your a-se into gear Charnley and let’s see some new faces coming into the club this week.

  • Bambams

    Jun 27, 2017 at 8:17 AM

    Comment #3

    Why the hell do they have to have a meeting to sort this !

    Surely to god mobile phones, landline phone, email, text, fax, pigeon or a bloody Morse code message would be quicker !

    If it has taken two weeks to get charnley and ash to meet up just prior to our most important transfer window in years……

    I am worried

  • Bambams

    Jun 27, 2017 at 8:19 AM

    Comment #4

    Just read it again….missed the part where they are in constant communication !

    Rant over….Its early

  • martoon

    Jun 27, 2017 at 8:21 AM

    Comment #5

    With all due respect I’m not sure how a provincial paper like the Shields Gazette has such good sources into what Ashley is thinking and doing? However I hope it is true and we sort out some transfers this week!.

  • geordiemark

    Jun 27, 2017 at 8:47 AM

    Comment #6

    sign the players we need or its simple its back to the fizzy pop league come the end of next may

  • Jib

    Jun 27, 2017 at 8:51 AM

    Comment #7

    I think there is more chance of NUFC talking to the Shields Gazette than to Brummy tosspot Neil Moxley the Daily Mirror and Daily Mail ace reporter

  • mactoon

    Jun 27, 2017 at 9:09 AM

    Comment #8

    The whole article is just a rehash of all the quotes that have come out over the last few weeks and doesn’t appear to have anything to back up Starforth’s statement that Ashley has reiterated his statement to back Rafa and that he is frustrated with the lack of progress unless he has had contact with the club which he doesn’t mention. If the hold up with the Legeune deal is how we are going to pay the release amount I am confused, don’t we pay transfer fees up front in full? This whole affair smacks to me of Charnley haggling for the cheapest deals AGAIN and that instruction can only have come from Ashley

  • southafricantoon

    Jun 27, 2017 at 9:25 AM

    Comment #9

    They will come in the next 2 weeks…… training starts Monday ,

  • Jib

    Jun 27, 2017 at 9:26 AM

    Comment #10

    Sorry not Martoon – Mactoon
    I thought it was too negative for you Marty
    Anyone else noticed atheme here ?
    The gobshites that whinge about the new page layout are the same folk who whinge about the club

  • DicBDoonToon

    Jun 27, 2017 at 9:59 AM

    Comment #11

    Ed, I love the work you’ve done, and generally find your articles a decent read, but your becoming as bad as the papers, fabricating shlurpy purples up to pump out the articles.

    ”Rafa Benitez should now be back in Newcastle getting ready for preseason and the players arrive next Monday morning.

    He has made it clear over these last few days that he’s frustrated at the lack of progress in the transfer market”

    Can you provide any quotes, from any interviews Rafa has done, from ”these last few days” that show hes frustrated?

    Or are you using your own articles as reference there?

    Keep up the good work Ed, don’t just post sh!t for the sake of it!

  • chuck

    Jun 27, 2017 at 10:16 AM

    Comment #12

    Hey doctor Ed, You serious ?
    People come, people go, nowt ever changes.
    Ashley still runs the club and trusts no-one, “Chubby Charnley” is just a ( poorly paid) no body who passes on Ashley’s decisions and gets to sign the checks and will eventually be fired as an Ashley fall guy.

    Obviously Ashley wants out and could be negotiating a deal, therefor the lack of signings.

    However nowt has changed he still has the final say and still believes he knows how to run a football club without any top management and doesn’t really trust Benitez, who has a rep. of spending big time.

    Hopefully the club will take on an investor with plenty of dosh like Everton did or better yet a new owners with ambition plus the dosh to achieve it.

  • Sav

    Jun 27, 2017 at 11:44 AM

    Comment #13

    I don’t want to add to negativity when we don’t have all the facts. But a couple of points/questions – Do you really wait until the middle of June to sack your head of scouting? Who has Rafa appointed to replace Carr – or does he propose to coordinate all the scouts and agents himself on top of everything else? How does the Shields Gazette know Mashley is pushing Charnley to complete deals? Lejeune has been apparently in the bag for weeks now. What’s the hold-up? Abrahams was potentially a big loss. Even with a grasping agent in tow, it was still relatively a very cheap deal, yet there’s another rubbish, unattributed story about concerns about toon nightlife coming from a West End of London club which is an insult to their own player? And there’s no nightclubs in Swansea? I’m sorry, but that explanation is BS. Doubtless the newsrags have a lot to answer for but all I’m hearing is us being linked with latterday Nicky Butts, Smudgers and the equivalent of John Barnes and Ian Rush.The player-sales part I can understand but.just how much is ‘every penny made from promotion’ which Rafa can spend? Is that after costs, Ashley loan repayments and wages or what? Are the journalists afraid to ask? And does it include the profit Rafa made on player sales from last summer? Lastly, I find the timing of this Justin Barnes bloke being appointed as odd as Carr’s sacking. Both seem designed to create the jitters and instability at the very time we want neither. Every toon fan knows there can be shocking shenanigans with Mashley. It would not be the first time he has used fans’ heroes like Rafa as a smokescreen to cut a few shillings. That’s not conjecture, its fact. We stand to be convinced and so far, I have to say it is starting to look like more of the same. I hope I’m proven wrong..

  • KevinLee

    Jun 27, 2017 at 12:44 PM

    Comment #14

    Fuxking Cashley no money! fucxing go home fatshley

  • mactoon

    Jun 28, 2017 at 10:22 AM

    Comment #15

    Jib doesn’t Ashley have a preferred media partner? it’s not the Gazette as he banned everyone except Sky and the Mirror

    And with regards to the new layout, can we not reply to a comment direct?


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