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Fans And Journalists Back Rafa’s Stand Against Ashley – But The Situation Is Becoming Dire

Fans and journalists alike have taken to Twitter as it’s becoming more and more possible that Rafa will indeed walk away from Newcastle when his three-year contract ends on June 30th.

Rafa stayed last time based more on what his heart was telling him and he went down to the second division with Newcastle.

But he has not been rewarded for the great job he’s done at Newcastle with very little money to spend.

That has culminated in him and Newcastle fighting relegation for the last two seasons.

That’s something very familiar to fans during Mike Ashley’s disastrous tenure of the club.

Rafa will only stay if he gets cast-iron guarantees from Mike Ashey about transfer budgets and other things he needs to make Newcastle United int a top club in Europe.

But it’s like pulling teeth to get anything out of Ashley.

Their ambitions for the club are miles and miles and miles apart.

It won’t work.

It’s probably better for Rafa to find a club who will fully support him in his goals – maybe Wolves and he would be close to his family home in the Wirral, Cheshire.

Rafa Benitez – answering question from reporters

This could also be the end of Ashley at Newcastle but if it’s after Rafa’s left – the damage has already been done.

Here are some comments from fans and journalists on the increasingly dire situation with Rafa.

73 comments so far

  • lochinvar

    Apr 20, 2019 at 10:08 AM

    Comment #1

    “I finish my contract on June 30. I am a professional.
    If ever there was a coded message to the fans then there it is.

    Ashley doesn’t want to outlay £6m plus on salary for Rafa and a three year contract when he can get say Wagner for £2m. Saving = £4m ( rubs fat hands in glee)

    Ashley doesn’t want to invest say £40m in new state of the art world class Training Centre and Facilities when he can send Chumley down to BandQ to spend £500 on paint for a touch up job at Benton.
    Saving = £40m ( because Chumley has to buy the paint himself out of his £150,000 pay rise )

    Corporate negligence ?
    More like Corporate Incompetence

  • ronaldo aarons

    Apr 20, 2019 at 10:08 AM

    Comment #2

    He’s going.

  • ronaldo aarons

    Apr 20, 2019 at 10:09 AM

    Comment #3

    Check out this tour of Arsenal’s training and performance centre

  • ashleysmate

    Apr 20, 2019 at 10:11 AM

    Comment #4

    Re post, I missed Eds hi speed bus
    Rafa leaving? Let’s be honest it’s what we expected but hoped would never happen.
    How the hell phatt boy is so successful in other walks of life beats me.
    He hasn’t a clue how to run a football club and is so naive he doesn’t realise the storm that’s about to greet him if he let’s Rafa go.
    You just don’t treat one of the WORLD’S greatest managers like he has/is doing.
    I could go on and on but what’s the point, its all been said before,.. I was hoping against hope the phatt Spurs supporter might see sense, but I suppose you have to, have a brain sprinkled with emotion to know that

  • Jib

    Apr 20, 2019 at 10:12 AM

    Comment #5

    Rafa doesn’t have Cornflakes for breakfast
    He’s a Madrileño
    He has a carajillo de 103
    con Churros cubierto de miel

  • Budge123

    Apr 20, 2019 at 10:12 AM

    Comment #6

    Looks to me like Rafa has stopped being ‘economic with the truth and playing Cashly like a fiddle and has decided to become transparent.

    He seems to be saying Im totally sick of working in this manner.
    I’m out of contract soon.
    Want to work for 10 years and will win things
    Come and get me

    Nothing positive to be taken from this

  • fairscup

    Apr 20, 2019 at 10:12 AM

    Comment #7

    Jib, FREE were the best ever. Reminds me of working at the Spanish City in 1970, I was feeling low but I,m ALRIGHT NOW.

  • Ron Knee

    Apr 20, 2019 at 10:14 AM

    Comment #8


    Malign incompetence.

  • ronaldo aarons

    Apr 20, 2019 at 10:15 AM

    Comment #9

    About the salary thing.

    Says the £93m made up of
    Wages and salaries 82m
    Social security costs 10m
    Other pension costs 229k

    Either way 93m is only like 52% of income. Very low for football clubs. The clubs target is actually 60%.

  • Geordie-john

    Apr 20, 2019 at 10:28 AM

    Comment #10

    It looks official. If Fat Lad doesn’t give Rafa the things he needs and he probably won’t then Rafa is gonna walk.
    I don’t blame Rafa as he has tried and tried over and over to give the greedy twat the chance to make things right.
    I’m done if Rafa goes. No hesitation . I’m gone, We have almost everything in place to get near where we should be apart from Fatty taking every opportunity to scam the club financially and keep it for himself. Another lump of cash no doubt gone over to the USA recently.

  • Ron Knee

    Apr 20, 2019 at 10:32 AM

    Comment #11

    “As for Jack Colback, a 15th yellow card in his 38 Championship appearances means he has now effectively ended his loan spell and is on his way back to Newcastle.

    “Forest have only three games of the season remaining after today, which the midfielder will miss after picking up a three game ban.

    “With a year still left of his six(!!) year Newcastle contract, interesting to see what happens with him now.”

    He’ll be just like a new signing!

  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Apr 20, 2019 at 10:43 AM

    Comment #12

    Repost from last night, copied from EGB (myself) just in case anyone missed it.

    The board game session went quite well tonight, Mike, Lee and Keith came around and Lochinvar we did play Monopoly.

    It was a bit strange though, cos anytime Mike was directed to go to jail it was Lee who ended up there.

    Also Mike got the Mayfair and Bond street sets but they somehow all became the Old Kent Road sets.

    Also Mike was using a football marker which seemed to confuse him and he kept trying to eat it.

    Still it was a good night until Mike decided to throw up in the fireplace at which point Keith took him home.

    Not sure if I’ll invite them again!

  • Jib

    Apr 20, 2019 at 10:43 AM

    Comment #13

    Lee Ryder
    ?Verified account@lee_ryder
    31 minutes ago

    #nufc vs #lfc is definitely on Saturday, 4th May. Kick off time TBC.

  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Apr 20, 2019 at 10:44 AM

    Comment #14

    6 Hours 45 Minutes to KO

  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Apr 20, 2019 at 10:45 AM

    Comment #15

    Loads to do in the garden today so I’ll be flitting in and out.

  • ronaldo aarons

    Apr 20, 2019 at 10:46 AM

    Comment #16

    May the 4th be with us.

  • lochinvar

    Apr 20, 2019 at 10:52 AM

    Comment #17

    Good post on Arsenal’s Training facility
    Down on the coast take a look at what Brighton have…..and this could be for Championship players !


  • AncientC

    Apr 20, 2019 at 10:54 AM

    Comment #18

    “My gut feeling is the same. I think he will stay but if he doesn’t, it’s his decision to go and nobody will blame him for making that decision. But how much money the club has to spend is how much they have to spend. £60m plus player sales this summer is not bad at all.”

    Oh, so Luke Edwards’ article [ https://www.telegraph.co.uk/football/2019/04/01/now-seems-almost-certain-rafa-benitez-will-sign-new-contract/ ] was all a gut feeling.

    There’s credibility for you.

    I hope my post came across clear enough to be understood. I wouldn’t want ‘NY Mag’ on the case seeking clarification, much to his forlorn ‘bemusement’; which appears to be fairly commonplace on the blog nowadays.

  • lochinvar

    Apr 20, 2019 at 10:56 AM

    Comment #19

    There she stood in the street
    Smiling from her head to her feet
    I said hey, what is this
    Now baby, maybe she’s in need of a kiss
    I said hey, what’s your name baby
    Maybe we can see things the same
    Now don’t you wait or hesitate
    Let’s move before they raise the parking rate
    All right now baby, it’s all right now
    All right now baby, it’s all right now
    I took her home to my place
    Watching every move on her face
    Waltzers, the lasses, bottles of Broon to the backdrop of Free on the airwaves….

    She said look, what’s your game baby
    Are you tryin’ to put me in shame
    I said slow don’t go so fast
    Don’t you think that love can last
    She said love, Lord above
    Now you’re tryin’ to trick me in love
    All right now baby, it’s all right now
    All right now baby, it’s all right now

  • sickandtired

    Apr 20, 2019 at 10:57 AM

    Comment #20

    Wolves? Why would they replace Nuno who has gotten them promoted and now into the PL top 10?

  • Rotonda heights

    Apr 20, 2019 at 10:59 AM

    Comment #21

    Geordie John,

    Couldn’t agree more. Sadly 52000 will still turn up and we will never progress or be ambitious under this turgid excuse of a human being. Therein will always lie the problem, sheer blind loyalty. We can’t even theoretically extend the ground because of Ashley now. I have never known an owner work so tirelessly against the good of his own club.

    The Leicester owner was a philanthropist who dedicated himself to good causes and was loved and admired far and wide. Ashley has just surrounded himself with nasty b–t—ds created in his own image, from Wise and Llambias (”don’t you know how nasty we can be”) through to Barnes and Bishop. Not a single day seems to go by without some negative press re – Ashley.

    Rafa has totally exposed Ashley and his cohorts for what they really are. Tbh if it all goes t-ts up and we are relegated for a 3rd time with yet another Z lister yes man allowed to spend 80M, then it is hard to see how any genuine fan can continue to support NUFC as it currently stands. Please don’t say ”support the team, not the regime” nonsense.

  • AncientC

    Apr 20, 2019 at 11:03 AM

    Comment #22

    Looking on the bright side of things; perhaps Luke Edwards could double up as the next Russell Grant for the Telegraph… kill two birds with one stone. That is… when he gets another one of his “gut feelings”.

    I cannot wait for the next bird migration, then Luke Edwards can really augur what is in the winds.

  • Mister Tuff

    Apr 20, 2019 at 11:13 AM

    Comment #23

    Saw Free at the Mayfair many many moons ago. A true recollection, not like some of the suspected bogus claims that appeared on here a couple of weeks ago.

  • Ben Afri

    Apr 20, 2019 at 11:15 AM

    Comment #24

    Hey guys, I’ve been away over the last few weeks and trying to catch up on all the games before tonight’s big one. I’ve just seen the Leister game and I saw a strange thing happening at the end with Dubravka hunched over on one knee calling for assistance from Ritchie. He comes over and pats Dubravka heavily on the back as if he was choking. I’ve watched this over and over but I’m unable to determine what happened. Has anyone seen this?

  • Munster Mag

    Apr 20, 2019 at 11:16 AM

    Comment #25

    Hopefully there will be compromise in both camps. Luke edwards is really respected and feels there is fault on both sides and I can’t see Fats allowing rafa to blow the whole budget on one player of that’s what rafa wants. The comments about the training facilities are short sighted from Charnley, fool. Let’s hope rafa can compromise a little because a 50 mill budget this summer is better than the zero spend of last summer. Maybe he can argue for the Facilities upgrade in a year or two but the fact that Ashley is not directly involved is an appalling indictment of the man.

  • Mister Tuff

    Apr 20, 2019 at 11:24 AM

    Comment #26

    top o’ the morning to ya

  • ronaldo aarons

    Apr 20, 2019 at 11:32 AM

    Comment #27

    Yeah I remember seeing them when they came out. With other clubs developing training facilities and then you hear our esteemed MD comments about training facilities. Night and day.

  • fairscup

    Apr 20, 2019 at 11:33 AM

    Comment #28

    lochinvar, Simply the best time ever, RIP Paul and Andy.

  • Rotonda heights

    Apr 20, 2019 at 11:35 AM

    Comment #29


    I just think the poor guy, especially at his age, has just had enough of Ashley’s endless duplicity and weazel words.
    Rafa really doesn’t need the stress or hassle, so entirely due to a complete buffoon who can not see beyond his own personal greed, ie turning down and disrespecting the Mansours, arguably our best ever manager is about to exit stage left. God only knows who will taker the poison chalice next. One thing for sure it won’t be an elite 13 trophy winning appointment.

  • neverwin

    Apr 20, 2019 at 11:36 AM

    Comment #30

    Why do we bother commenting – me included.
    We all know Ashley does not give a toss about anybody but him.
    Words or threats just wash over him.
    We should also bear in mind that Rafa is in a win -win situation He will always get another job.
    Losers are us as usual.
    Ashley will never bow down to an “employee”.
    He thrives on his image – does not take a genius to realise that.
    Compromise between both sides also seems alien.
    Really do despair

  • ronaldo aarons

    Apr 20, 2019 at 11:37 AM

    Comment #31

    For the record, 10 years period, 2008-2017.
    Newcastle spent 10m on infrastructure. (Stadium and training facilities).
    Spurs 493m in the same period. (Now they’ve added a shiny new £billion stadium on top)

    Fair enough, can’t compete with spurs you say.
    Ok I’ll list some teams that have been in the championship that have spent more in same time period.

    Bristol city
    Cardiff city
    Aston Villa

  • Munster Mag

    Apr 20, 2019 at 11:50 AM

    Comment #32

    Ben my guess was that it was a breathing issue fix.

  • Jail for Ashley

    Apr 20, 2019 at 11:56 AM

    Comment #33

    People saying 50M a year isn’t bad, he could tell him there’s 100M a window available but what use is it if every signing he proposes is knocked back. So he starts buying young players, there is a lot more chance they won’t work out and then you get your catchy’s and Munster harping on about the Murphy money, he can’t win under this set up, added to the fact that you simply can’t trust the owner. Players will be sold from under you, the training facilities will be put off with excuse after excuse. Cheers Rafa and more fool anyone who turns up next year to give Mike Ashley more money.

  • Ben Afri

    Apr 20, 2019 at 11:56 AM

    Comment #34


    Yeah, it was my guess too but it was very worrying watching. Thanks mate

  • lochinvar

    Apr 20, 2019 at 12:11 PM

    Comment #35

    Quotes from Charnley.
    “We all want to see the club improve,” Charnley said.
    Something of a contradiction when he’s already said that he believes we’re having a good season ?

    “[We want to] be competitive at every level, and in every competition”
    Something of a contradiction considering our League position, exits from the League and FA Cups and absence from the Europa and Champions League.

    “We are convinced that the best route to achieving this is to do so sustainably, spending on young development players”
    Something of a contradiction when you consider the Beardsley fiasco.

    “and adding high quality to the first team squad each season”
    Something of an understatement

    “Players that can really make a difference and improve the team”
    Well world class Training and Medical facilities might be useful in attracting them and looking after them

    “without risking the financial health and stability of the club.”
    That’s what Mike told me to say

    Laudable statements from a dull PR perspective.
    Clearly beige is his favourite colour.
    Me, I like full blown black and white.

  • lesh

    Apr 20, 2019 at 12:13 PM

    Comment #36

    Isn’t today a good day for fans to let Rafa see how much he’s wanted at SJP and that Ashley gets that message loud and clear. I can’t see Ashley rocking up at SJP today or any time soon – he’s probably got more pressing matters to deal with! Presumably Charnley and Bishop’ll show up to take the shit directed at Ashley.

    Make your voices heard, win, lose or draw.

  • ashleysmate

    Apr 20, 2019 at 12:17 PM

    Comment #37

    It really is dire straits now, we must remain brothers in arms and not being seen to be dancin by the pool.
    A sadder story you couldn’t find, not even romeo and juliet is anywhere near.
    We must send phatt boy down that telegraph road.

  • beermonkey

    Apr 20, 2019 at 12:26 PM

    Comment #38

    i know that the wages quoted were for last year but 90 mill is a bit a steep


    that looks about it is this years roster and there is no rondon on there but we sold and replaced on around the same wages but last years might be a little dearer with the likes of slimani

    last year i reckond our wage bill was around 55mill give or take 5 mill but not 90

  • magscar

    Apr 20, 2019 at 12:27 PM

    Comment #39


    Do you really think the crowd haven’t been behind Rafa at SJP and every away ground since day 1- even if you can’t get to games you must have seen the flags and banners and heard it on TV or streams? Even when it’s not going well all you here is “Rafa Rafa Benitez”

    Ashley isn’t “Tommy” so isn’t deaf dumb and blind and knows only too well what fans think of Rafa and what they want without question.

    Despite some posters wanting the crowd to be the shock troops in the battle after being calling them sheep and blaming them for our plight they are instead one of the main reasons Rafa chose us and has stayed because of the total support he always gets from crowd

  • Mister Tuff

    Apr 20, 2019 at 12:28 PM

    Comment #40

    Romeo and Juliet ?
    We’ve got Jib and Jane.


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