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Updated Report – Talks In Gridlock – Ashley Refusing To Budge On Finances And Transfers

There’s a report in the Chronicle today from Lee Ryder, and the news is that the ongoing negotiations will likely continue well into the weekend.

That’s also what Keith Downie of Sky Sports had reported today.

The report mentions the talks are in deadlock after yesterday’s meeting with two specific sticking points.

  1. Ashley seems to be refusing any more transfer funds than Lee Charnley mentioned in his financial report a few weeks – we understand that’s £00M plus anything Rafa can get from outgoing transfers – that’s just not enough.
  2. The owner seems to be refusing to allow Rafa full control of the transfer money and to bring in players over 26 when he sees fit for the good of the team.

These are two long-standing issues, and it doesn’ appear that Ashley is willing to budge on these.

If he maintains his stance, we are getting concerned that Rafa could walk away – that seems a real possibility now if this stalemate continues.

Mike Ashley – very stubborn – difficult to work with

The Chronicle is reporting that Ashley is as he was with Alan Pardew – only willing to buy players under 24 (note – not even 26) – seems like he wants even younger players in.

Those are the two issues, and this report from the Chronicle confirms what we reported this morning – there is a real deadlock in these negotiations and unless someone budges – no agreement will be forthcoming.

But they are still talking and when that’s the case there’s always hope.

The report points out that current Juventus manager Massimiliano Allegri is set to leave the Italian powerhouse at the end of the season.

And Rafa could be linked with that job since he’s managed Inter-Milan and Napoli in Italy already; he could immediately manage a club in the Champions League every single season and win a lot more trophies.

Juventus have been one of the top clubs in Europe for decades and have won the Champions League (European Cup) twice, and the Europa League (UEFA Cup) three times.

And of course multiple local trophies in Italy – too many to number.

But Rafa wants to manage Newcastle United and stay in the Premier League – he has set that on multiple occasions.

We hope Mike Ashley wises up quickly and becomes a lot more flexible otherwise he will screw this one up in a major way.


Comments welcome.

156 comments so far

  • geordietom

    May 17, 2019 at 3:10 PM

    Comment #1


    TOON22 have had a reply off the F.A. yet ?…

  • Optimistic Panda

    May 17, 2019 at 3:14 PM

    Comment #2


    The Lad has plenty of time to get a big money move, he has more sense than to be a bench warmer at another club.

    He’ll get way more pitch time here, only a fool would leave to be a sub at best.

    I’ll give the lad some credit, you should try it.

  • geordietom

    May 17, 2019 at 3:14 PM

    Comment #3

    TOON22 …

    from previous …

    what part of they have met and talked do you not get ?…

  • geordietom

    May 17, 2019 at 3:16 PM

    Comment #4

    i think Rondon is waiting to see what happens with Rafa …

    as i said the other day he wont be wanting to sit on the bench …

  • geordietom

    May 17, 2019 at 3:19 PM

    Comment #5

    what gets me is how do all these ” journo’s ” know whats going on behind closed doors they dont …

    they make crap up to fill spaces on a slow news day …

    they know as much as us NOWT …

  • Nostradamus the Geordie

    May 17, 2019 at 3:20 PM

    Comment #6

    Keith Downiest, how the fcuk would you know anything about the talks, its a closed door meeting.

    Rafa and Mike agree that Rafa will get a five year deal at 6 million a year with a transfer budget of 200 million a year, you see Keith this Journo writing is easy as shite, fcuking journos full of shite.

  • toon22

    May 17, 2019 at 3:22 PM

    Comment #7


    No i haven’t heard from the fa
    No MA hasn’t talked to Rafa Charley has

    Anything else ?

  • Jib

    May 17, 2019 at 3:32 PM

    Comment #8

    I’ve just seen Keith Downie live on Sky Sports News
    standing outside the Riverside in Smogland !!

  • geordietom

    May 17, 2019 at 3:33 PM

    Comment #9

    TOON22 …

    what i’ve picked up is that Ashley has been at the meetings …

    but like you do i believe everything i read … nope …

    yeah have you been to St James ? LMAO … block caps …

  • geordietom

    May 17, 2019 at 3:34 PM

    Comment #10

    jib …

    is it Hoots for the smoggies then ?…

  • Dave76

    May 17, 2019 at 3:37 PM

    Comment #11

    OFCOM should make Sky Sports News change its name to Sky Sports Speculation or just Sky Sports make up 50 stories and hope one turns out to be true. There are probably 5 or 6 people who know what is being talked about in these meetings and everything from sky, chronicle etc is just guesswork

  • Jib

    May 17, 2019 at 3:38 PM

    Comment #12

    I don’t think Longstaff will go to Man U
    but transfer talk can turn young heads
    Milner is 33 Henderson 29 next month
    Lobby would slot straight into LPools 4 – 3 – 3

  • Jib

    May 17, 2019 at 3:41 PM

    Comment #13

    Hoots is 2nd favourite at 4/1
    Even money favourite is Jonathan Woodgate

  • Oldgit1

    May 17, 2019 at 3:46 PM

    Comment #14

    Hoots will work well with the owner of the Boro. A good combination and see the team taking off.

  • DubaiMicky

    May 17, 2019 at 3:49 PM

    Comment #15

    I was chatting to my Smoggy mate just after it happened, you could have got 16/1 on Hoots then.

  • IrishRob

    May 17, 2019 at 3:50 PM

    Comment #16

    Is it really possible Ashley won’t give in and conversely force Rafa out?? God I hope he’s not that stupid. That really would put the icing on the cake in regards to whether he is just playing one big game with us.

  • Big Archie

    May 17, 2019 at 4:02 PM

    Comment #17

    The funny thing here is that talks that are in gridlock don’t stretch from 1 day to 3.

    If they were in gridlock the talks would end and Rafa would be on his way.

    Talks going into 3 days suggests that the talks are moving forward.

    If Ashley’s not budging then Rafa would be on his way – and vice versa!

  • RobLeenio

    May 17, 2019 at 4:03 PM

    Comment #18

    I thought Hoots was off the West Brom?

    Seems a better fit for me, but then I’m no judge

  • Shoulders knees

    May 17, 2019 at 4:04 PM

    Comment #19

    Well I must say what’s the point of meetings going into the weekend. If Slug refuses to budge on transfers and control of them, plus the amount Rafa has to spend, there’s no point in meeting again ! just walk away Rafa you deserve better than this.

  • lochinvar

    May 17, 2019 at 4:04 PM

    Comment #20

    Irrespective of the play off final result you have to wonder if Jack Ross will stay at scummerland when he might be offered the job as International Manager for Scotland. Would leave the door open for Fat Sam or Pardew to head down to that way.

  • babeandbp

    May 17, 2019 at 4:09 PM

    Comment #21

    Some reet bellends on here the day!

  • c-dog

    May 17, 2019 at 4:18 PM

    Comment #22

    Typical of Ashley
    He’s not gonna change now
    Need a new owner
    Ashley’s not budging on his selling price
    Sports direct would lose too much in global free advertising
    Fans continue to suffer

  • ronaldo aarons

    May 17, 2019 at 4:23 PM

    Comment #23

    Keith Downie don’t know Jack Ross, see what I did there 😉

    Saying that I’ve said from the start of the season this is Rafa last season. Still believe that we’ll have David Moyes come in.

    Worth remembering that Shearer had talks when we were first relegated, still waiting to hear back from Ashley and Llambias.

    Don’t see Ashley changing enough to satisfy what Rafa wants let alone agree to it on writing in a watertight contract with escape clauses for Rafa should promises not be delivered.

    Infrastructure investment is a factor too and recently Charnley said it’s either that or transfers, not both. Just little things that you pick up on that indicate a business as usual mentality.

  • ronaldo aarons

    May 17, 2019 at 4:24 PM

    Comment #24

    You have the wage issues too and we are behind the others in that regard. It’s not just a case of signing players, this is another thing that comes in to play.

  • Jib

    May 17, 2019 at 4:40 PM

    Comment #25

    What we have here is a clickbait fail.

  • RobLeenio

    May 17, 2019 at 4:40 PM

    Comment #26

    I just don’t see Ashley letting Rafa go – it will damage his investment, destroy his relationship with the club beyond any hope of repair and potentially lead to the next relegation.

    The time to panic is when Rafa says it’s all over and he’s off to Juve. I just don’t see that happening.

    Blinkers on, perhaps, but really, what’s changed over the last 24 hours? Nowt.

  • estechco

    May 17, 2019 at 4:42 PM

    Comment #27

    “we understand that’s £00M” – LOL, nice Freudian slip there… or is it?

  • toon22

    May 17, 2019 at 4:58 PM

    Comment #28


    You seem to believe anything JOB says but doubt anyone else


  • toon22

    May 17, 2019 at 4:58 PM

    Comment #29


  • Jib

    May 17, 2019 at 5:01 PM

    Comment #30

    toon22 = anyone else
    footy blogs the last refuge of self-absorbed kids

  • Jib

    May 17, 2019 at 5:07 PM

    Comment #31

    c/mon froggy
    get Ed’s hit count up you lazy bastard

  • toon22

    May 17, 2019 at 5:12 PM

    Comment #32


    Remind me again who bought the club last time ?

    Seemed to have missed it

  • toon22

    May 17, 2019 at 5:13 PM

    Comment #33

    Oh wait he plans to sell us again next year


  • Jib

    May 17, 2019 at 5:15 PM

    Comment #34

    good lad keep the repetitive drivel up

  • toon22

    May 17, 2019 at 5:16 PM

    Comment #35

    So whats the PR spin this year?

    Rafa probably leaves
    We dont sign Rondon
    Longstaff is sold and the money trousered

    Most likely get someone like Stuart Pearce in as our new mug

    Rinse and repeat

  • toon22

    May 17, 2019 at 5:17 PM

    Comment #36

    Hiya JIB


  • toon22

    May 17, 2019 at 5:18 PM

    Comment #37

    But hey the accounts are super good


    Just because MA is being investigated for just about his every action dont mean he has bled the club dry

  • toon22

    May 17, 2019 at 5:20 PM

    Comment #38

    You see hes just such a trustworthy bloke i simply cant see why anyone would doubt his intentions for our club

    he seems to have a long history of being a top bloke and an honest man

    Aint that right JIB

  • 9

    May 17, 2019 at 5:20 PM

    Comment #39

    MA looking after his money, which he’s perfectly entitled to do. Wolves looking after Football, have had a brilliant, unbelievable season and are looking to strongly improve, immediately. What a contrast!

  • toon22

    May 17, 2019 at 5:22 PM

    Comment #40

    What shop do you think we will buy next season ?

    Hes starting to run out of targets


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