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Danger That Rafa Will Get The Wrong Answers From Ashley

Rafa is not being told much about the upcoming transfer window and how much money is available and who he can sign.

It appears that Rafa wants to sign a few older players and one of them is on-loan striker Salomon Rondon who will turn 30 in September.

He has 10 goals for us this season and has looked one of Newcastle’s best players this season, and he loves it on Tyneside.

But Mike Ashley is notorious for wanting to sign players under 26, so he thinks he will be able to make a profit on them when they are eventually sold.

That’s the level that Mike Ashley thinks about Newcastle – how to make money on players.

He doesn’t think about keeping the outstanding players to make an outstanding team.

Salomon will cost £16.5M if West Brom aren’t promoted and more if they are.

This is what Jamie Carragher has said on Sky Sports as reported in the Chronicle:

“They have to get the signature done: Rondon in the summer.”

“I know Mike Ashley doesn’t like spending money on players of his age but he’s made a huge difference to Newcastle this season.”

“It’s a deal that has to be made.”

And this is what Rafa has said about Rondon who looks just perfect for this current Newcastle side:

“The kind of striker we were looking for was like him.”

“Someone who was strong, sometimes can hold the ball up, flick it on and can run with the defenders.”

“He was doing a great job for us. Even when he’s tired he goes to the right positions to let the midfielders go and press.”

“He’s an important player for us.”

It’s very likely that one of the answers Rafa is waiting to hear from the owner is whether he will sign Rondon in the summer for up to £20M.

If the answer is no – that would not be well received by Rafa Benitez.

Mike Ashley has gone quiet over the last several weeks as he tried to buy Debenhams, but that proved unsuccessful.

We wonder if he even has much interest in Newcastle these days.

It’s a dangerous situation for the club’s future at the moment as fans are hoping we can keep Rafa at Newcastle.

Comments welcome.

78 comments so far

  • Lee Charnley Bunga Party

    Apr 15, 2019 at 12:36 PM

    Comment #41

    I actually wish we could play Sunderland at the moment with our current team with the likes of Lascalles and Richie there would be no shirking their responsibilities!!

    So many times we have had more quality in the squad and they just outfought us but I think the likes of Richie would just die on the pitch before they let Sunderland win!!

  • Jib

    Apr 15, 2019 at 12:49 PM

    Comment #42

    Was Karl buried in Highgate
    next to his brothers Harpo and Chico ?

  • Jail for Ashley

    Apr 15, 2019 at 12:50 PM

    Comment #43

    I was on holiday a few years ago and got speaking to a Wolves fan who was worried about Mike Williamson as he’d been accused of deliberately getting sent off. It was a cowardly accusation to cover his own short comings, and considering Collocini had got himself deliberately sent off against Everton and the gormless buffoon said nowt about it.

  • RobLeenio

    Apr 15, 2019 at 12:56 PM

    Comment #44

    Someone mentioned the other day that Hughton has done this before – managed a team well in the first part of his time with them, only for their form to fall away.

    I’ve never heard anyone say that before. He was unjustifiably dismissed by us, went to Birmingham and did well before being poached by Norwich, where he stayed for nearly two seasons but never really settled. He’s been with Brighton during and is probably responsible for their most memorable and successful times in their recent history and will probably go down as a club legend.

    Add to that, his bearing and demeanor, through which he never lets himself down. A gentleman and a genuine good guy.

    Anyone slagging Hughton off, to my mind, knows nothing about football. If Brighton do go down, you just know that if he stays, they’ll be competing for promotion again next season.

  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Apr 15, 2019 at 12:57 PM

    Comment #45

    What about Zeppo, Chico and Gummo?

  • Tsunki

    Apr 15, 2019 at 1:01 PM

    Comment #46

    Don’t get all precious jib it was tongue in cheek.

  • OneAlanShearer

    Apr 15, 2019 at 1:03 PM

    Comment #47

    Danger? I’d say it’s an absolute certainty that Ashley won’t give rafa what he wants.

    I’d say Ashley will install a yes man and take what he wants without a care for the future of club most likely.

  • martoon

    Apr 15, 2019 at 1:03 PM

    Comment #48

    I don’t think Lascelles was trying to support Ashley – he was just saying you can play and survive in the Premiership without spending big money if you are astute in the transfer. He was being quite subtle implying you do have to spend to reach the higher echelons of the Premiership without actually saying it!

  • lesh

    Apr 15, 2019 at 1:04 PM

    Comment #49


    Jib doesn’t need any encouragement – being The Blog’s star buffoon comes naturally to him!

  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Apr 15, 2019 at 1:08 PM

    Comment #50

    Whilst I agree that you do need the big name (big money) players, Rafa has done very well with the bargain bin buys he bought in.

    Another foray into the MLS could net some top players.

    Rossi for example is banging them in for fun, OK a bit old now but probably worth a punt.

  • Bobbybee

    Apr 15, 2019 at 1:10 PM

    Comment #51

    Jail, that was against Leicester wasn’t it? No way was he deliberately sent off. That was just a manager out of his depth trying to make excuses for his own shortcomings. He wasn’t the one deliberately sent off in that game. My memory fails me but wasn’t somebody else sent off with about 30 seconds left in the same game, for a really stupid offence? That one appeared more deliberate than MW’s challenge, which was was just mistimed imo.
    I hesitate to accuse any footballer of deliberately getting sent off, but that one by Knockaert was as close as you get. He was already walking before the card came out, which showed intent imo. No footballer of any standard could have expected anything other than red for that challenge, let alone a PL player. Disgraceful lack of respect for everybody else connected to the club.

  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Apr 15, 2019 at 1:11 PM

    Comment #52


    That’s a bit harsh, you wouldn’t want to lose him to a rival blog, would you?

  • lesh

    Apr 15, 2019 at 1:11 PM

    Comment #53


    Unfortunately, Rafa’s been quite open about what he’d like to see from Ashley and expecting him to publicly climb down from his position on signing players over 26, may be asking too much.

    Is there a compromise to be found that’ll enable Rondon’s signing and let both Rafa and Ashley win?

  • Toonces

    Apr 15, 2019 at 1:12 PM

    Comment #54

    I believe that Janmaat also got himself sent off intentionally during the run in of our relegation season against Watford, where he also was transferred to that summer.

    Lascelles is just sticking up for the group of players for which he happens to be captain. Everyone who thinks he is trying to undermine Rafa and support the owner’s policies with this statement need to give their heads a good shake.

  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Apr 15, 2019 at 1:12 PM

    Comment #55

    Got to go, later!

  • Mister Tuff

    Apr 15, 2019 at 1:24 PM

    Comment #56

    A good laugh is to be had from the Politico nutters on here – as demonstrated earlier today.
    Inventing fallacious scenarios (and not mentioning real scenarios) as a vehicle to drive one’s political view is a sad state of affairs.
    It does show however that some folk have an unhealthy hatred of those with a perceived differing view. Unhealthy polarised, hate fuelled rhetoric is not good. Some folk are so serious.

    Anyway – nutter watch on the blog is alive and well. And will provide entertainment I’m sure.

  • Jail for Ashley

    Apr 15, 2019 at 1:25 PM

    Comment #57

    Aye Bobby, it was Jaanmat, but look at Collos earlier in the season on you tube, undeniably deliberate.

  • jayphoto

    Apr 15, 2019 at 1:30 PM

    Comment #58

    Think Hughton has been a bit let down by transfers? They’ve signed some really talented guys from the dutch and Belgian leagues that just haven’t got started, Locadia was about 15m, Jahanbakhsh I think was more? Izquierdo was 15m too, Propper was 10m… so thats around 60m on players from those 2 leagues that just haven’t hit the ground running… theyre all talented players though who i’m sure could change it around next season and make an impact but they seriously need to look at their scouting and transfer policy and how players from those 2 leagues adapt in the premier league etc

  • jayphoto

    Apr 15, 2019 at 1:32 PM

    Comment #59

    On a side note, I met Hoots a few years ago at the grassroots football show when he was manager of Birmingham, couldn’t wish to meet a nicer guy, never lucky enough to meet Sir Bobby but I imagine Hughton is cut from the same cloth, time for everyone, polite, friendly etc.. after 20 mins in his company i’ll never root for one of his teams to fail (unless its at newcastle expense)

  • hibbit

    Apr 15, 2019 at 1:33 PM

    Comment #60

    you still as confident Rafa will stay?????

    especially in the light of all this fakeover news rearing its ugly head again

  • Tsunki

    Apr 15, 2019 at 1:33 PM

    Comment #61

    Rhetoric? Hang on I thought we were doing polemic now? I’m lost off now.

  • jayphoto

    Apr 15, 2019 at 1:36 PM

    Comment #62

    Gotta feel for Knockaert… guy lives his life in David Kelly land…. far too good for the championship, not good enough for the Premier League….
    He’d probably tear it up in the MLS or Scotland and be a god…

  • Tsunki

    Apr 15, 2019 at 1:40 PM

    Comment #63

    Knockaert should have moved from Brighton instead of being a lynchpin in a bang average side he would have been developed in a better club.

  • jayphoto

    Apr 15, 2019 at 1:41 PM

    Comment #64

    Ashley will do to Rafa what he did to shearer….no contact, contract expires,, he’ll hope to ride out the storm as theres no games for 3 months and he’ll assume if he drops 40 or 50m in the transfer market the majority of fans will at least give the new manager a couple games..at worst by august the fans anger will have just turned to discontentment and we’ll go on as normal…
    Moneys on Allardyce…. but the constant links to Genesio are a worry as in France alot think thats already agreed… Hes a talented coach but has Zero control of the Lyon dressing room

  • jayphoto

    Apr 15, 2019 at 1:45 PM

    Comment #65

    Another thought is, if Ashley is selling the club as Dave Kitson says (hes connected in finance tbf) then signing up Benitez right now might not help.. just a thought and its unthinkable to us as fans, but any new owner might have different ideas of manager etc… We love rafa but hes not everyones cup of tea…

  • RobLeenio

    Apr 15, 2019 at 1:47 PM

    Comment #66

    Talking of gentlemen in the game, Christian Atsu has helped out 52 petty criminals in Ghana now. 52 people who could not afford to pay a fine and so were locked up instead, often leaving their already-poor families with no major bread winner and therefore likely to fall even further in to the poverty trap.

    How did he help? He not only paid off their fines but also ensured that they were financially stable on release from prison.

    That’s real help for real people, using his talent to make life better for others.

    Well done Christian, keep up the good work.

  • hibbit

    Apr 15, 2019 at 1:47 PM

    Comment #67

    re Knockaert

    just another version of Dwight Gayle top draw in the championship just unable to make the step up
    both players would be welcomed at any championship club but there choices/opportunities in the Prem would be very limited

  • Bobbybee

    Apr 15, 2019 at 1:51 PM

    Comment #68

    Hibbett, my belief Rafa will stay is nothing more than a hunch mate. I’ve nothing to support it other than Rafa insisting he wants to stay. But yeah, I do still think he’ll stay. I don’t believe anybody in the press claiming to be ITK because Rafa has said his bit and now time will tell.
    Truth is though, like everybody else I don’t know. I’ve had no inside information or any exclusive, I’m just an optimist mate. I’ve never seen the point in torturing myself about what could be, when the time for upset is clearly only if and when the worse happens. It’s stood me in good stead the dozen or so times people on the blog have been certain Rafa was going to leave.
    Whether he stays or goes, it’s completely out of my hands. There’s absolutely nothing I can do to affect the outcome either way, so why worry about things you can’t alter? Until I hear he’s leaving I’ll happily believe he’ll stay. He wants to stay, he’s said so dozens of times.
    I’m under no illusion that Ashley isn’t capable of messing it up – of course he is – but I also think Rafa is probably willing to give a little on his demands.
    Regardless of what happens, life will go on. I’ll have plenty of time to get stressed out if he does leave, without getting stressed out now worrying about something I can’t change either way. Always look on the bright side of life. 🙂

  • jayphoto

    Apr 15, 2019 at 1:53 PM

    Comment #69

    Atsus a quality lad tho.. the amount of stuff he does in Ghana is unreal, hes helped build schools, hospitals etc funded childrens football teams.. devout christian, never drinks, volunteers at church…. i bet he buys his clothes at Asda George….
    In this day and age of millionaire footballers, the guy is an absolute diamond. Theres a reason people in Ghana love him so much

  • jayphoto

    Apr 15, 2019 at 1:55 PM

    Comment #70

    similarly, Tiote and Cisse especially were similar, at one point when he was at Newcastle Cisse was virtually subsidising a whole village back in senegal! When the daily mail runs a story about every financial move Raheem sterling makes etc, I think these stories get nowhere near enough coverage

  • Just a fan

    Apr 15, 2019 at 1:58 PM

    Comment #71

    Mister tuff.
    Your rambling on a bit could you be a bit more specific.
    People can’t defend themselves from ramblings only specific accusations.
    Very clever of you.

  • Just a fan

    Apr 15, 2019 at 2:01 PM

    Comment #72

    “hate fuelled rhetoric”
    Coming from a man who cannot wait to have a pop at jib any chance he has.

  • hibbit

    Apr 15, 2019 at 2:03 PM

    Comment #73

    my vote for gentleman in the game would go to Isaac Hayden,
    even working through is own very difficult personal circumstantial he still finds time to contribute a few hours every week to the west end food bank

    in my eyes a true christian and a gentleman

  • Mindshaft

    Apr 15, 2019 at 2:05 PM

    Comment #74

    Some people on here just have to have a fall guy to blame for something, Lascelles has been one of our better buys and it’s often been in press he’s told other players to get a grip and put some effort in – poor bloke sticks up for the players he’s captain of and people on here accuse him of being an ashley stooge … pathetic really

  • martoon

    Apr 15, 2019 at 2:08 PM

    Comment #75

    I saw the Knockaert challenge and while it was very rash and dangerous, probably born out of frustration, I don’t think he was deliberately trying to get himself sent off because he’s given up. Saying that though it’s a pity he’ll probably be back when they play us 😉

  • Tsunki

    Apr 15, 2019 at 2:12 PM

    Comment #76

    Bit of overreacting to a bit of leg pulling. I doubt very much lascelles is an Ashley puppet but his comments sometimes bear a bit more thought before he chucks them out. Besides which he was wrong. We needed to spend £20m odd to get almiron into the side as someone rightly pointed out i doubt we’d have been so close to safety without that spend.

  • bettyswallocks

    Apr 15, 2019 at 2:20 PM

    Comment #77

    Rafa does seem to be planning for phase three taking us into next season. The way I interpreted it from his interview on Friday evening was that a basic amount of cooperation from the club would allow things to progress.

  • bettyswallocks

    Apr 15, 2019 at 2:22 PM

    Comment #78

    Just a fan / Jib………….l Give it up FFS .You’ve been rumbled mi auld son.


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