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Rafa Unhappy With Intransigence Of Newcastle Hierarchy – Laments Lack Of Signings

Rafa Benitez did not cut a happy figure after the game last night hen Newcastle collapsed in the second half at SC Braga and let in four goals.

SC Braga were much the better side in the second half, and our players made too many mistakes in allowing four goals.

But all is not lost this summer – well not yet anyway with 8 days still to go in this transfer window.

But it appears that once again Newcastle have failed to get the players in Rafa wanted with the latest being 21-year-old Brazilian holding midfielder Thiago Maia; his club Lille have accepted a £20M bid from West Ham.

It’s clear Rafa is worried about things going on at Newcastle – both on and off the field.

Rafa Benitez – unhappy with transfer window

This is some of what the gaffer had to say after the defeat last night.

“It was a bad game for us.”

“It’s concerning with the season 10 days away. That should be a wake-up call for everyone. If we don’t improve everything we will suffer.”

“We were poor and we made too many mistakes. We have to wake up – that’s it.”

“You see the teams that have been promoted, the money they are spending. Put it all together and you understand why the fans need to be concerned.”

“I said what I had to say on transfers two months ago, we’ll see what the next 10 days bring,”

“I have no idea (on transfers) – I have no idea how close we are to anyone.”

“Now is not a time to talk about Salomon Rondon or Gayle, it’s a time to analyze what’s gone on these last two months.”

“I said two months ago what we needed, and 10 days before the start of season we have four or five players we thought we could bring in but we haven’t – and we still are where we are.”

“We are concerned. Everyone in the dressing room was really upset with our performance.”

“And with how things are going, but we will try to change things in the next 10 days.”

Newcastle now play Bundesliga side FC Augsburg on Saturday afternoon at St. James’ Park and Rafa will want to see a much-improved performance than that second half last night.

For the fourth transfer window running Rafa seems to have been badly let down by owner Mike Ashley who is driving Rafa out of the club.

Comments welcome.

22 comments so far

  • swemag

    Aug 2, 2018 at 10:00 AM

    Comment #1

    Kiese-Thelin, not good enough. Save the money. Jacob Murphy all over again. Mitro 10 times better.

  • Optimistic Panda

    Aug 2, 2018 at 10:02 AM

    Comment #2

    Anywhere in that statement do you get the impression that Rafa and Ashley get on?
    Or even speak?

  • ToonRich

    Aug 2, 2018 at 10:03 AM

    Comment #3

    Perhaps the Magpie Group need to go for the jugular…bypass MA and set up direct meetings with his shareholders. Surely some of them will be football supporters. Make them see that fans can damage their livelyhood (SD) in the way Mike is killing Newcastle?

  • lochinvar

    Aug 2, 2018 at 10:04 AM

    Comment #4

    Oh joy

    Lee Ryder
    Suggestions now from West Brom that Rondon’s release clause has now expired. #nufc #wba

  • ShirebrookToon

    Aug 2, 2018 at 10:07 AM

    Comment #5

    Only way to kill a snake is to cut off its head. Ie SD needs to be hit with protests from fans. Show the fat twat we mean business!

  • ShirebrookToon

    Aug 2, 2018 at 10:09 AM

    Comment #6


    They get on like I house on fire according to a few on here!

    It’s us plastic fans that can’t see that and want to protest because we can’t see the wood for the trees 🙄

    Ashley Out!


  • hibbit

    Aug 2, 2018 at 10:09 AM

    Comment #7


    Charnley needs the go ahead from Barnes who needs the go ahead from Ashley
    Charnley is nothing more than a local figure head with little or no power

  • Optimistic Panda

    Aug 2, 2018 at 10:13 AM

    Comment #8


    Ok, I thought I’d missed them on the pi55 or scouting players together.

  • Get up salmon

    Aug 2, 2018 at 10:15 AM

    Comment #9

    Lets all start with mike ashley insults.. its fun
    Ill kick it off with…

    Mike ashleys teeth are so yellow i cant believe its not butter

  • one fine day

    Aug 2, 2018 at 10:18 AM

    Comment #10

    It may help but only if they see their dividend being wiped out .
    As even if some are footballs fans I doubt anyone who has shares with that shower has not an ounce of empathy or indeed ethics or class.

  • magscar

    Aug 2, 2018 at 10:18 AM

    Comment #11

    Won’t spare the repost – sorry Jail took too long to type so here you are 😉


    I think the team virtually picked itself

    Shevey- thigh strain

    Kenedy – leave allowed

    Lejeune – injured

    Muto – needs work permit

    That is over a third of likely regular starters and the new boys are being introduced gradually not all at once.

    Coupled with that I think Porto took a lot out of the players and last night temperatures were still high when match kicked off with unforced arrors beginning to creep in after a reasonable start – Lascelles putting a simple back pass beyond Dubravka for a corner.

    Of those talked about as being for sale – Ritchie ran his socks off but Gayle looked rusty? disinterested? not match ready for conditions? If Gayle not going he has to be man managed now and there were previous problems with injuries that Gayle seemed to feel but Rafa less convinced? Also when does continually wanting 4 players in begin to get into some players heads that this may be strengthening squad but wait given numbers where is this heading for me personally – that will have to be addressed

    Brafa are a good side well on in their preparations and were up fot it in 2cnd half whilst we wilted and subs just weakened/disrupted us further.

    Rafa may not have wanted the result and I saw little in his selection that we have’t seen so far in pre-season anyway. He was clearly unhappy and possibly turned that to a positive using SKY to beam out his disenchantment and confusion – having now seen the interview and not just read transcripts.

    With our best players back we will be a better side but we have an extemely tough start and we all know what being in the relegation zone with few points after say 8-10 games can mean – another tough relegation fight with no guarantees even with Winter window spending to try to retreive situation.

    On reflection this could be Rafa reluctantly looking to turn negatives into postive, sieze on fan unrest at home and galvanise Ashley into doing something about his contract impasse. If funds and the size of the pot are at the centre of it all then after 10 days that becomes history and Rafa has to fight on with whatever he has ended with and the contract isn’t a bagaining card until winter when it might be too late.

    He doesn’t really have many cards left to play in next week or so and may realise that events involving fans is begining to grow into action even before he goes – that may be akin to a wild beast unleashed over which he and no one else has any control and which could end in an irretrievable situation for all.

    What will be will be but battle lines continue to be drawn even if troops are yet mobilised

  • ShirebrookToon

    Aug 2, 2018 at 10:18 AM

    Comment #12

    I’ve heard Mike Ashley is the only person that can touch MC Hammer!

  • wynsleap

    Aug 2, 2018 at 10:19 AM

    Comment #13

    I really hope that the Magpie Group have lots of ONGOING innovative plans to get rid of this s**t owner because, believe me, this club is at the lowest ebb it has ever been and I go back to the days of regularly watching Ivor Allchurch and George Eastham so I’ve seen it all.
    The thought of this greedy ar****le still being in charge when I shuffle off this mortal coil fills me with dread.

  • lochinvar

    Aug 2, 2018 at 10:19 AM

    Comment #14

    “I have no idea (on transfers) – I have no idea how close we are to anyone.”

    Charnley’s favourite song is clearly “Silence is golden”

    Does he not know how to use a mobile phone ? Maybe Ashley didn’t buy him one.

  • Lindisfarne

    Aug 2, 2018 at 10:19 AM

    Comment #15

    Very interesting to hear Rafa almost encouraging the fan unrest, or at least not try to placate it by saying the players need our encouragement. Lasts nights result reminded me of the Leyton Orient game where they scored 6 against our much more highly paid squad. The players are buckling under the negativity around the club caused in the most part by the owner. I wonder how many of the new players are actually at Rafas request, he can not exactly deny having any involvement in their selection but seems to be very frustrated at the situation he is in.

  • magscar

    Aug 2, 2018 at 10:30 AM

    Comment #16

    For those who like to misrepresent posters views here is a short summay of where i have stood historically

    Ashley has done some (accidental) good but overall has been a disaster

    He will go when he is good and ready

    Fans are unlikely to be able to influence that thinking to any great extent

    Match goers have the individual right to decide when they should give up or not and are not sheep

    Rafa is the best and only defence we have ever had against further damage by Ashley

    Rafa is desperate to stay and see through a project he spotted before he came and was aware of Ashley, started it against the odds and wants to see it through unless and until he sees that it is no longer possible even on an incremental basis until new owner(s) arrives

    Rafa is no fool and accomplished in dealing with rich owners

    Ashley is no fool, takes no prisoners, doesn’t take us into account and if thwarted in his maverick moments will seek redress in some other way

    NUFC was here before him and will be after him even if we have to start a re-build ground up 🙁

  • ToonRich

    Aug 2, 2018 at 10:31 AM

    Comment #17

    Ha, just read this comment under one of the newsnow articles…
    “john Best
    about an hour ago

    We are being taken for a ride by Ashley. The only way to hit back, is by organising a total strike by the manager and the players.ie NO team available for the Tottenham game, then the Premiere league would demand action, perhaps a points deduction on the grounds of misconduct by the owner ! Drastic action is needed NOW ! Forget Charnley, he is no more than a cardboard cut out”

    Imagine if the team let spurs get on to the pitch then head back to the changing room!!!

  • one fine day

    Aug 2, 2018 at 10:32 AM

    Comment #18

    Got a spare few minutes so off to the Australia. Sports defect site.
    Today I will be mostly ” buying up up Tottenham and Liverpool shirts ( they don’t stock manure) in the large and medium until no more are showing in stock.
    Then obviously forgetting to check out as my cart shows $12800 again.
    If we can co-ordinate this with all over seas fans and those in the uk it will concern them…
    Knowing we can stay within the law and disrupt his favourite toy any time we choose due to just being a little absent minded/confused by all this new technology.
    He is breaking my 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 .

  • 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.

  • Sav

    Aug 2, 2018 at 10:55 AM

    Comment #20

    Rafa must be tempted to take us down like Slim Pickens at the end of Dr. Strangelove jumping on the atom bomb with a whoop and a wave of his hat, knowing it will cost Ashley dearly either to pay him off or to lose Prem status for the third time. Trouble is he is too much the professional and takes too much pride on his staff to be that way. Pity the owner wasn’t the same.

  • wynsleap

    Aug 2, 2018 at 10:59 AM

    Comment #21

    Fair comment but Ashley has hundreds of other outlets over the country. It would take more than just blocking at Newcastle’s to bother him.

  • lochinvar

    Aug 2, 2018 at 11:11 AM

    Comment #22

    So far this morning
    We want Rondon but can’t do a deal
    Rondons escape clause has expired
    According to Anderlecht we’ve bid for Thelin
    Shields Gazette now say we haven’t



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