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The Strange Case Of Mr. Ashley And Mr. Benitez

The Mail is reporting today that Mike Ashley is a little miffed that he has not been invited to training by Rafa  Benitez.

Sportsmail is reporting today that Ashley is none too happy that the Spaniard has never invited him to take in a training session or invited him to a game.

Why does Rafa need to invite him to a game when Mike Ashley is the owner of the club?

The training session is different.

But it seems that Ashley may want to come back into the fold as he attempts to somehow keep Mr. Benitez at the club beyond next summer.

When things were a little better at Newcastle – but not by much

When he was at Real Madrid, the Real President Florentino Perez came to the training sessions to see what was going on and check on Rafa – and he didn’t need an invite from the head coach.

But it seems Mike Ashley wants to repair their broken relationship – although both men are stubborn and that may be difficult.

The two issues of not being invited to a training session or to a game are issues that have been brought up before at meetings between the two sides.

That seems odd.

But there’s a question that can be asked of Rafa at today’s press conference for the game tomorrow at Manchester City.

Time is running out for Ashley to keep Rafa at the club after he has not supported him financially in four successive transfer windows.

But we have this feeling that if Rafa can line up two or three good players for January – Mike Ashley would back him.

The owner has to do something to keep Rafa at the club; otherwise next season Newcastle will be a big favorite to be relegated.

And Ashley will have ruined any chance of Newcastle becoming great again in the near future, while some of us old-timers are still around.


One missing element in their relationship is there is not a direct line between Rafa and Mike Ashley – there should be.

Why doesn’t Mike Ashley pick up the phone and speak to Rafa and they can talk?

We are all for Mike Ashley visiting the training ground if it improves the relationship between the two men.

And if it gets us along the path to having Rafa sign a long-term deal to stay at Newcastle – even if Ashley is still the owner.

All this wouldn’t be necessary if Ashley had supported Rafa with the money the club has and to make a profit of £20M last summer was downright stupid and almost suicidal.

If we are relegated it was suicidal.

Rafa is now forced into trying to save the club again from relegation this season.

No progress it seems over last season.

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19 comments so far

  • Munster Mag

    Aug 31, 2018 at 12:16 PM

    Comment #1

    Strange article, possibly zero truth in it. Its already looking like Jan will be vital

  • Optimistic Panda

    Aug 31, 2018 at 12:18 PM

    Comment #2

    Saw this in the Chronicle earlier..

    Hahaha, like Ashley wants or needs a invite.

    He’s welcome to meet me for a pint before the match if he wants

  • MrMojoRisin76

    Aug 31, 2018 at 12:26 PM

    Comment #3

    “Catchy, that’s a different point of view. I thought Rafa should have won the league more convincingly because we had better players and huge support but we were quite Conservative at times but that’s Rafa’s style I suppose.”

    It is a well known fact that the championship is one of the hardest leagues to win but you thought he should have won it more convincingly?

  • Optimistic Panda

    Aug 31, 2018 at 12:29 PM

    Comment #4

    The top 2 promoted from the championship this year both had the best 2 defensive records…

    Everyone’s at it, sack em all

  • cyprus

    Aug 31, 2018 at 12:32 PM

    Comment #5

    MA needs an invitation to watch a training session or a game?! Ye right.

    I’d rather we stay calm and support the TEAM Ed, you too may be overdoing it with Rafa. Write an article that doesn’t include his name 🙂

    NUFC is bigger than any individual, including Rafa.

    On the game, go for it man. Yes give possession but be dangerous on the counter, or else their keeper will be camped in our half. They ain’t gods, give them something to think about.

    Xxxk goal difference.

  • Just a fan

    Aug 31, 2018 at 12:32 PM

    Comment #6

    If Ashley turned up at training sessions regularly there would be hell on here.Not that there isn’t anyway.

  • Belfast

    Aug 31, 2018 at 12:32 PM

    Comment #7


    It’s so bloody obvious that Ashley’s bum chum is leaking information to the daily mail at the moment. What a load of sheeeeeeet!

  • Toon&oot

    Aug 31, 2018 at 12:36 PM

    Comment #8

    I can smell a bit of poo here. Ashley wants to make up between transfer windows! Already we are buying 2 or 3 in Jan! Give ya heeds a shake. Last year we were staring relegation in the face and he brought in loan deals and we finished 10th. History has a knack of repeating itself and a leopard never changes it spots! Rafa beware.

  • G

    Aug 31, 2018 at 12:37 PM

    Comment #9

    It’s from the Daily Fail, therefore, it’s lies.

  • Belfast

    Aug 31, 2018 at 12:37 PM

    Comment #10

    Players fighting in training, players disagreeing with managers tactics and now Rafa being a cold hearted bar steward who’s making the club a very cold house for poor old Mikey. Hahahaha

  • Mister Tuff

    Aug 31, 2018 at 12:37 PM

    Comment #11

    Mr Tubbs needing an invitation – what a load of tosh – heard it all now. PR tosh at it’s most brazen.

  • Munster Mag

    Aug 31, 2018 at 12:39 PM

    Comment #12

    Mojo I’m possibly being unfair there but we had probably the best team seen down there in years so I thought we wud win it well but I think our safety first approach limited us, even if we were top scorers. I though Rafa did proportionallly better last season.

  • Munster Mag

    Aug 31, 2018 at 12:40 PM

    Comment #13

    Tuff maybe Ashley wants to see a punch up:)

  • Mister Tuff

    Aug 31, 2018 at 12:44 PM

    Comment #14

    Seems we are now accepting that everyone posting has an opinion that they are free to post.
    Well probably not quite – depends whose opinion it is – one or two practising double standards.Whether intentionally or otherwise.
    Also one or two examples recently of some really severe hoop licking- taking ingratiating oneself to a new level – almost became nauseous, had a sick bag at the ready just in case.

  • catchy in norway

    Aug 31, 2018 at 12:46 PM

    Comment #15


    hey, it’s a point of view, and yes we should have won it earlier than we did.

    but last season, I know it’s ifs and buts , but he persevered with Joselu up front when Mitro was the better option, his pig headedness, also teaching Shelvey a lesson and benching him cost us points, i thought that Mbemba did great at LB, most on here agreed, but he had a personal problem with him, so he was dropped for manquillio. I don’t see any of those things helping the team.

    he should have been more professional, played them, then sold them in the summer.

    D Murphy is 35 and more dangerous than Joselu. but we got rid of him.

    Rafa needs to sack his scouts. there hopeless ?

  • Mister Tuff

    Aug 31, 2018 at 12:47 PM

    Comment #16

    Moanster – God knows what is behind all this – definitely though there does seem to be recently a campaign against Rafa. It doesn’t take much detective work to guess who is behind it.
    But really – what is the purpose of it all. Should just let the bloke get on and do his job.

  • AncientC

    Aug 31, 2018 at 12:49 PM

    Comment #17

    Looks like there has been big changes since the days when Ashley went out for a plate of pasta with Coloccini… and goodness knows what he got up to with Pardew on a night out.

  • Graeme

    Aug 31, 2018 at 12:57 PM

    Comment #18

    Surely, in the circumstances, the Manager works for the MD? It is therefore the MD who is the liaison and it is he that should be inviting the Owner to his Property?

    Other than that – it’s a complete load of bollocks!!

  • toonluvva

    Aug 31, 2018 at 4:28 PM

    Comment #19

    Mr Ashley is welcome at any match or training session on one condition in my opinion. He brings and opens his chequebook for Rafa.


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