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Rafa Expects Substantial Transfer Funds From Ashley In January

The Mirror are reporting today that Rafa Benitez believes he will be backed by Mike Ashley in the January transfer window.

The report suggests that Rafa believes he will get a substantial transfer kitty – and it helps that Ashley is now attending games.

The owner can see for himself that Newcastle must be strengthened in January if we are to avoid our third relegation in the last ten years.

That would be a complete and utter disaster for the club.

It would also be a disaster for Mike Ashley regarding the price he can get for Newcastle, so he should be motivated to improve the team in January.

But we never know what Ashley is thinking or what he will do at any given time – he is hard to read and doesn’t seem to act logically.

In four of our last five games, we have failed to score a goal – the exception being the 3-2 defeat at Old Trafford.

So Newcastle are really struggling for goals once again this season, and we need another striker in January.

Rafa is in good communication with Lee Charnley and has been led to believe by the Managing Director that Mike Ashley will fully support him in the January transfer window.

But Rafa’s also been promised funds before and there has been no help coming from the owner.

This could be different because Newcastle are indeed in danger of being relegated yet again.

If that happens Rafa will be gone, and we’re not sure what Mike Ashley would do.

So, as usual, we will have to see what kind of mood Mike Ashley is in when January rolls around – last January he was on vacation in the US.

If Newcastle have made a good recovery in the league through the end of this year, he is also likely to limit the transfer funds Rafa gets.

His ambition stretches only to keeping Newcastle as a Premier League club.

Comments welcome.

13 comments so far

  • DubaiMicky

    Oct 30, 2018 at 9:12 AM

    Comment #1

    Substantial. Well as we made £20m+ profit last window I’m expecting “Break Even” to be substantial – after all it’s £20m up on the last window.

  • Ron Knee

    Oct 30, 2018 at 9:15 AM

    Comment #2

    The January window – all those great players available at knock-down prices.

  • hibbit

    Oct 30, 2018 at 9:17 AM

    Comment #3

    Ron Knee

    Oct 30, 2018 at 8:58 AM

    Comment #5
    David Moyes is still free. Something to look forward to.

    not even sure Ashley would aim that high !!!!

  • lochinvar

    Oct 30, 2018 at 9:23 AM

    Comment #4

    The Mirror ‘believes’ ?
    It’s Halloween.
    They probably believe that Pumpkins are aliens trying to take over the world.
    It’s not a news paper, just a comic.

  • Jib

    Oct 30, 2018 at 9:25 AM

    Comment #5

    The one thing the January window has going for
    it is , some Euro clubs, if eliminated from CL , seem
    to lose quite good players.

  • Ron Knee

    Oct 30, 2018 at 9:29 AM

    Comment #6


    He’s in the McClaren mode, though. Cheapish (probably) and desperate!

  • Jib

    Oct 30, 2018 at 9:30 AM

    Comment #7

    To be fair the article is by Ian Murtagh
    a Geordie journo who attends the pressers
    and who does talk to Rafa.

  • Sav

    Oct 30, 2018 at 9:42 AM

    Comment #8

    Ashley will spend. But it won’t be a change of heart or direction from the Lord of misrule. It’s because he’s got no other effing choice and our season is already screwed. Desperation stakes. 5 year plans my backside. Knee-jerk. Rafa to go in summer is inevitable. Ashley will be partly glad just because Rafa makes him look like such a classless fool and none of the fans’ ire is directed towards the manager like Pardew, Schteve JFK and Carver. Rafa is like a lens on the owner. Keep up the campaign.

  • mactoon

    Oct 30, 2018 at 10:38 AM

    Comment #9

    “has been led to believe by the Managing Director that Mike Ashley will fully support him in the January transfer window”

    Words fail me

  • Toon&oot

    Oct 30, 2018 at 10:51 AM

    Comment #10

    Ashley just won’t spend big in January. Good players demand big wages and you know how he draws out negotiations. If we get relegated the first thing he will do is get rid of the top earners. Despite what Rafa says Ashleys track record speaks for itself. Loans at best I would suggest.

  • wynsleap

    Oct 30, 2018 at 11:32 AM

    Comment #11

    “Rafa expects substantial transfer funds from Ashley”?
    Yeah – and I expect a date in the New Year with Kelly Brook.
    Ain’t gonna happen.

  • mactoon

    Oct 30, 2018 at 12:31 PM

    Comment #12

    I can’t see Ashley splashing out for permanent deals if he thinks the club will be stuck with new players on Premiership wages playing in the Championship and no Rafa

  • widowmagandapoke

    Oct 30, 2018 at 1:34 PM

    Comment #13

    Don’t worry, Mark Lawrenson has said Ashley will spend 30/40 million in January.
    Of course that could be on Debenhams or some other high street straw clutcher.


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