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Rafa Benitez Blasted By Former Chairman

Simon Jordan made his fortune in the mobile phone industry and he is usually very outspoken and likes to keep that image alive by coming out and taking the contrarian view on things.

The 51-year-old former Crystal Palace Chairman feels that Rafa will simply look out for himself at Newcastle, and will wait until an attractive offer comes along and will take that next summer when his contract at Newcastle runs out.

That could happen but if he does leave there will be few Geordie fans blaming him – given the nonsense he’s had to put up with from owner Mike Ashley.

Simon Jordan – blasts Rafa Benitez

Ashley shouldn’t be allowed to run (ruin) a football club.

This is what Jordan told TalkSPORT about Benitez.

“It is difficult to defend the indefensible. I have mixed emotions,”

“I know that he walks on water, I know that they see him as the second coming. I don’t see him that way.”

“Rafa Benitez is about Rafa Benitez and if there is an opportunity for him to advance himself, something that he thinks is better than Newcastle, then he’ll be out the door and leave behind these adoring fans.”

“I believe Newcastle are a stepping stone for him.”

That’s really a criticism of Rafa’s character and we think it’s misplaced.

There’s no reason why Newcastle cannot pull away from the bottom three quite quickly.

In the 12 games we still have to play this year only one is against a top-six club – Liverpool away on Boxing Day.

That compares with the five top-six clubs in the 8 games we have played so far this season.

So we should be able to pick up some wins soon.

If we don’t then it’s time to be really concerned – even more than we are at the moment.

Comments welcome.

51 comments so far

  • lochinvar

    Oct 16, 2018 at 10:24 AM

    Comment #1

    Simon Jordan has an opinion on Newcastle United ?
    It’s a free country so no problem with that but relevant ?
    Close the doors on your way out please.

  • RobLeenio

    Oct 16, 2018 at 10:26 AM

    Comment #2

    Not the first time Simon Jordan has had a pop at Rafa. There has to be bad blood from somewhere, or he’s a mate of Ashley.

    Therefore, his opinion is irrelevant and my respect for him diminishes further.

  • geordietom

    Oct 16, 2018 at 10:33 AM

    Comment #3

    thought it would’nt take long till Mr False Tan came out of the woodwork … orange face tossa

  • ShirebrookToon

    Oct 16, 2018 at 10:33 AM

    Comment #4

    Simon Jordan #bellend

  • DubaiMicky

    Oct 16, 2018 at 10:39 AM

    Comment #5

    A stepping stone? To where exactly?

  • Ron Knee

    Oct 16, 2018 at 10:40 AM

    Comment #6

    He certainly looks intelligent.

  • Lindisfarne

    Oct 16, 2018 at 10:42 AM

    Comment #7

    I seem to recall Rafa saying that he does not deal with the numbers (£££), I imagine he is as equally baffled as to why the club is permanently supposed be short of cash. Especially when he has generated the greatest amount of profit in a very difficult situation.

  • DubaiMicky

    Oct 16, 2018 at 10:48 AM

    Comment #8

    Great story about Newcastle Blue Star in Scotswood, naming their lounge the Sir Bobby Robson Lounge.

    Lovely read.


  • toon22

    Oct 16, 2018 at 10:49 AM

    Comment #9

    He’s looks like Shane Warne
    Let’s blame Rafa.


  • RobLeenio

    Oct 16, 2018 at 10:56 AM

    Comment #10

    geordietom from previous, there has to be something going on. Kenyon would have issued a denial if not. What stage it’s at and how willing Mike Ashley actually is to sell are the key things.

    It’s all about motives. I wish someone would just come out and say something definitive so we could start to believe. At the minute it’s all just ‘what ifs’ and ‘maybes’

  • Rob1971

    Oct 16, 2018 at 10:56 AM

    Comment #11

    No surprise really since Simon Jordan has regularly defended Ashley on Talk Sport, its just another dig at Rafa to take the flak of Ashley

  • scout

    Oct 16, 2018 at 10:59 AM

    Comment #12

    You seriously think Rafa has had zero offers to move on from Newcastle? The mobile phones have fried your brain Jordan. What a div

  • scout

    Oct 16, 2018 at 11:00 AM

    Comment #13

    Love the walk on water analogy, something Ashley could never do.

  • Jail for Ashley

    Oct 16, 2018 at 11:01 AM

    Comment #14

    It’s a well used tactic by talk Sport to drum up phone calls and Twitter abuse.

  • geordietom

    Oct 16, 2018 at 11:02 AM

    Comment #15


    thats what i said when it first broke about KENYON … IF there was nothing in it surely he would of came out and said so …

    i also think if it is going on ( the sale of wor club ) it will be done hind closed doors not like last year when it was all over the blog news papers ect ect

  • lesh

    Oct 16, 2018 at 11:03 AM

    Comment #16


    Come on bonny lad, give Ashley a break.

    You know as well as I do that Rafa’s demands are unreasonable.

    Does he really expect Ashley to have ambition for NUFC’s success on the field?

    Does he really expect Ashley to jeopardize the club’s financial security by spending money?

    Does he really expect Ashley to really honour his promises?

    We all appreciate the efforts Ashley’s made and wish him all the success he deserves. Greedy, selfish bustard!

  • RobLeenio

    Oct 16, 2018 at 11:03 AM

    Comment #17

    scout “Love the walk on water analogy, something Ashley could never do.” – erm, not sure this is really something we can criticise Ashley for – I don’t think Ashley is alone…

  • geordietom

    Oct 16, 2018 at 11:04 AM

    Comment #18

    i dream we will wake up one morning and Ashley has gone from wor club

  • geordietom

    Oct 16, 2018 at 11:05 AM

    Comment #19

    but like the song says TO DREAM THE IMPOSSIBLE DREAM

  • scout

    Oct 16, 2018 at 11:12 AM

    Comment #20

    Very true, a couple of wins incoming and well all be thinking what crisis ??

  • Jail for Ashley

    Oct 16, 2018 at 11:18 AM

    Comment #21

    Firstly I haven’t appointed myself as anything, I made an observation based on your posts. You’ve twisted my words completely just as EGB got his knickers in a twist over a post not even directed at him. I’ve worked and lived all over the world so to suggest I’ve got a problem with expat toon fans is just ridiculous. Whether you like it or not it seems like the majority of posters who are continually slating Rafa don’t go to matches and the most vociferous in his defence do, that’s fact if it offends you so be it. As for being infatuated by Rafa, what I do have is total respect for the man. After years of enduring lickspittles like Mcardew, happy to see the club rot as long as they’re employed it is fantastic that we have a manager fighting for the club and the fans, trying his best to see us ran like a normal football club. He deserves all the support he can get from toon fans everywhere instead of the spiteful digs you’re throwing his way.

  • Geordie-john

    Oct 16, 2018 at 11:19 AM

    Comment #22

    Could he be a mate of Fat lad ? Is he trying to get to Rafa via this version of Dale Winton with a wig ?
    More Bollocks ! Rafa wants the best for his team and club. Fat Lad is the cancer at NUFC.

  • Geordie-john

    Oct 16, 2018 at 11:22 AM

    Comment #23

    Jail for Ashley Comment #21.
    WELL SAID !!!!!!!!! Rafa needs the FULL support from TRUE fans. Not people trying to twist the knife that is already in his back.

  • hibbit

    Oct 16, 2018 at 11:28 AM

    Comment #24

    my apologizes if i caused you hurt with that article it was not my intention to open old wounds
    Please except my deepest sympathy

  • Genjikai

    Oct 16, 2018 at 11:30 AM

    Comment #25

    He has backed ashley on sky sports all the time. Every transfer window, backs ashleys tells us toon fans its not our money he can do what he wants.
    Pritty much his exact words saying id do the same as ashley.

  • RobLeenio

    Oct 16, 2018 at 11:39 AM

    Comment #26

    Genjikai, technically he’s not wrong – he owns the club, in theory he can do what he likes with the assets, the profits, the players, the manager, whatever.

    In reality this is a club, which morally if not factually belongs to the fans. We’ve been here longer than Ashley, Rafa and the players and we’ll be here long after they’ve all gone.

    This is the reality which is accepted by the vast majority of owners / chairmen. It sucks the big one that we have been saddled with an owner that thinks he’s bigger than the club and more entitled than the fans.

  • Jail for Ashley

    Oct 16, 2018 at 11:54 AM

    Comment #27

    I wouldn’t bother rising to what he’s got to say, it’s as convincing as a David Hay fight build up. He’s saying it to get his stupid looking face in the spotlight. Why on earth would anyone be talking about him otherwise.

  • ArtyH

    Oct 16, 2018 at 12:04 PM

    Comment #28

    Have to say I am confused by the recent speculation re the UAE connection taking over Manure/Newcastle. In the first instance a supposed £4Bn bid was regected….FMG £4Bn!!! And there was also speculation this was a smoke screen for a bid for our club??? Paper talk!!!!
    There is no logic to this if they know our club is supposedly on the market for a fraction of this! O.K so TFCB offended them 10 years ago when he was pi$$ed, this is the perfect opportunity to buy the club and show the world just how much potential is being wasted and abused. Whoever/if ever, takes over our club they can be assured of the complete support of the fans and the city because the untapped potential is staggering, just kook at what happened to Man city, and we have so much more to offer than them! The guys in the UAE’s should re evaluate the situation at NUFC , put pride aside take the club and show the world the endless mistakes TFCB has made with this club and revel in their success!

  • Jail for Ashley

    Oct 16, 2018 at 12:15 PM

    Comment #29

    If they were interested though would he not just put the price up knowing they’ve got 3 or 4B to spend. When you think how much he’s making is it worth him selling for less than 400M. If Freddy Shepherd was making money despite shelling out top wages and signings, how much is this footer making without shelling out and TV money at an all time high.

  • Belfast

    Oct 16, 2018 at 12:17 PM

    Comment #30

    Aye he made his fortune in mobile phones and then he lost most of it at Crystal Palace.
    That’s why he’s such a cynical bitter kernt and working for Talksport.

  • Jail for Ashley

    Oct 16, 2018 at 12:18 PM

    Comment #31

    He offended the UAE last time, it’s Saudi this time. I hope he goes there for a meeting, throws up in a royal fireplace and they behead the tw@t.

  • Jail for Ashley

    Oct 16, 2018 at 12:19 PM

    Comment #32

    Did he lose a fortune?

  • RobLeenio

    Oct 16, 2018 at 12:26 PM

    Comment #33

    ArtyH / Jail, it’s all well and good saying this mystery backer has £4Bn to spend. Financial Fair Play rules would not allow that kind of sum to be invested in the club. The purchase price is one thing, but coming in and spending ridiculous amounts on players and wages is another entirely.

    I know that Man City and PSG have done exactly this, Chelsea and others before them, in a project to quickly boost the club’s fortunes, but it’s not realistic any longer. A club is only allowed to increase its wage bill by a percentage of the previous year’s bill.

    Given that limitation, it would take years to grow the wage bill sufficiently to allow a new owner to compete with the big boys on an equal financial footing, by which point they will have moved the goalposts again.

    This is why a settled manager backed with sound investment in the academy, whatever form that takes, is the most realistic method to move any club forward.

    This will be made easier if UEFA / FIFA go ahead and introduce the rules they are talking about with regard to numbers of loans allowed per club – suddenly the big clubs will find themselves with dozens of talented young players they cannot loan out and who will be a liability on their books. They will have to move them on, causing the transfer market, player wages demands and agents fees to drop and thus levelling the playing field for all other clubs.

  • Jail for Ashley

    Oct 16, 2018 at 12:26 PM

    Comment #34

    “Wrapping up the interview, Simon Jordan stressed: ‘Please don’t make me out to be bitter – because I’m not.’
    Ha ha, Aye Belfits he lost a few quid 😀

  • Genjikai

    Oct 16, 2018 at 12:26 PM

    Comment #35

    I know he owns the club.
    I know its his money and i know he clearly does what he wants.
    But what i want to know is surely in this day and age of football with the mega money flung about, how our football club just cant run itself using every single laat penny the club generates available to the club.

  • Brazilianbob

    Oct 16, 2018 at 12:28 PM

    Comment #36

    Well its hardly rocket science to suggest Rafa is using us as a stepping stone when Jordan knows his contract is up at the end of the season and that Ashley is effectively forcing him out by refusing to improve the squad unless he signs a new long term contract. All Ashley wants is Rafa tied down to a contract so he can demand a substantial release fee when the inevitable happens and Rafa has had enough of his empty promises.

  • Jail for Ashley

    Oct 16, 2018 at 12:32 PM

    Comment #37

    All FFP does is let the rich clubs stay in a league of their own. The brainchild of the two most corrupt men ever to be caught in football. Blatter is a slimeball anyway, Platini wants to hang his head in shame and be stripped of his titles for aiding and abetting the guy.

  • RobLeenio

    Oct 16, 2018 at 12:39 PM

    Comment #38

    Jail, I cannot disagree with anything you’ve said there. FFP was a good idea in principle, the way it works in practice is to prevent any club which missed the initial boat from catching up with the big boys.

    The sad thing is with us is that while we are being held back intentionally, the other, so-called smaller clubs are building incrementally and therefore outstripping us.

    If we don’t start competing soon, it won’t just be the likes of the big six who are out of sight, we won’t be able to grow our wages sufficiently to compete with the likes of Bournemouth and Burnley, despite the obvious advantages we have over those clubs in terms of infrastructure.

  • dig-n-dig22

    Oct 16, 2018 at 12:41 PM

    Comment #39

    I praised Rafa last season and I thought 10th spot was more than respectable, however , Rafa should have been banging on Ashley’s door when we reached mathematical safety with a wish list to take us forward into this season, but it was the same old story, with Rafa accepting Ashley’s shit offerings “again” resulting in another crisis that could have been avoided, Ashley is happy to keep kicking the can down the road to the next window where empty promises await.

  • Optimistic Panda

    Oct 16, 2018 at 12:53 PM

    Comment #40


    Is it this weekend you jazzy and AC are up?


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