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Interview – Rafa Waiting To Know How Ambitious Ashley Is – Sadly – He Will Be Very Disappointed

Nobby Solano of Peru was a great player for us, and he had a couple of spells with Newcastle.

The first spell was from 1998-2004 when he played for Sir Bobby Robson, and he was brought back in 2005 by Graeme Souness for his second spell.

Over those two spells, he played 290 games for us with 46 goals and 11 assists and played for Peru a whopping 95 times scoring 20 international goals.

He was a very talented player for us and extremely popular with our fans.

Nobby has been interviewed in the Chronicle today, and he has his say on what he believes Rafa wants to hear from owner Mike Ashley.

This what Nobby has told the Chronicle today:

“I believe Rafa will want to know how ambitious they are and how much investment Mike Ashley is prepared to make.”

“The transfer window is open. The talks really should have taken place before now and this should have been done.”

“They have missed out on some targets. They need to push forward quickly.”

“The summertime is a busy period and if you are too slow you know what happens.”

“You also need to think of the fan base and keep them happy.” “The most important thing in Newcastle is football. Mike needs to recognize that.”

“They just want to have a good team.” “Things have been made hard for Rafa. Without it, nothing can move on.”

“Rafa is waiting for the answers.”

Nobby hits the nail on the head with those comments.

Newcastle (make that Mike Ashley) are again moving far too slowly and showing no real urgency simply because the owner doesn’t have Rafa’s massive ambitions for the club, and quite honestly never will.

That’s the sad part about all of this.


And Rafa will know in his heart of hearts he has an owner who doesn’t care too much about making Newcastle a great club.

Ashley thinks it will cost too much.

Whether Rafa will still sign for us – knowing that – is unclear.

What do you think?

143 comments so far

  • Jib

    May 20, 2019 at 9:37 PM

    Comment #121

    me too

  • lesh

    May 20, 2019 at 9:38 PM

    Comment #122


    Thanks for the Lord Clyde link. I could’ve found it but thought ‘Why have a dog etc’.


  • Essex Geordie Bill

    May 20, 2019 at 9:38 PM

    Comment #123

    GOT time!!

  • Jail for Ashley

    May 20, 2019 at 9:52 PM

    Comment #124

    You can only track back on a comment if you can remember what some has said eg
    a famous carl quote, the bills in the post buster
    Ian Toon

    Oct 2, 2016 at 5:53 PM

    Comment #29
    Jail I can remember the time…

    The bills in the post- sunshine Buster!

  • posada

    May 20, 2019 at 9:52 PM

    Comment #125

    The media arm of the political elite otherwise known as the BBC were not giving Nigel Farage much air time.
    Until he was covered in milk.
    Great move on his part.
    He’s probably gone up 5% in the polls.

  • Jail for Ashley

    May 20, 2019 at 9:54 PM

    Comment #126

    See, that took literally one minute to find, I didn’t have to trawl through thousands of posts to find it, I’m not sure what you want an apology for?

  • lesh

    May 20, 2019 at 10:22 PM

    Comment #127


    How disappointing to hear another misguided soul supporting Farage and his nasties.

    There he is crying unfair smear etc and doesn’t the language sound like Trump’s protestations of ‘witchhunt’ etc. You want Farage and you’ll get Trump. Be careful what you wish for and look forward to eating importred chemically treated food. Although you’re probably in a position where you won’t have to buy such crap.


  • beermonkey

    May 20, 2019 at 10:23 PM

    Comment #128

    tis quiet on here

    not long ago the club advertised some jobs director of loans and some others any1 know of they have been filled
    or are they all linked with rafa staying

  • simon376

    May 20, 2019 at 10:27 PM

    Comment #129

    I applied for the loans one known I wouldn’t get it, though used my football links and got something back saying may get in touch. Of course not expecting anything

  • beermonkey

    May 20, 2019 at 10:39 PM

    Comment #130


    if you promise lee you will provide hob nobs you might get the job, he cant afford the custard creams

  • Tsunki

    May 20, 2019 at 10:41 PM

    Comment #131

    “Essex Geordie Bill

    May 20, 2019 at 9:19 PM

    Comment #114
    Well the last couple of weeks it was let’s kick the shite out of Munster, now it’s Welshgeordies turn, a bit like Mathew Hopkins time on here.

    If he/she has a wart then they’re a witch.

    If they dissent in any way then they’re a wum.

    I do despair at times when sensible people suddenly turn en-masse on bloggers like a rabid mob.”

    I don’t know if you’ve been following the blog long EBG but if you have it’s disappointing you haven’t sussed the Welsh Wums MO. He’s not picked on at random you know, he has terrific form. Give it time. As for Munster…..

  • Tsunki

    May 20, 2019 at 10:42 PM

    Comment #132

    EGB. I’ve no idea what an EBG is. I know what EBGB is maybe that’s where I was going….

  • Tsunki

    May 20, 2019 at 10:45 PM

    Comment #133

    You probably weren’t around when we were on a long losing run and he was posting about bringing back his hero Pardew or rankling against his beloved Swans getting bad reviews by knocking NUFC down.

  • simon376

    May 20, 2019 at 11:00 PM

    Comment #134

    I’ll try that beer, bet I’ll have an interview by next week

  • carltoon

    May 20, 2019 at 11:08 PM

    Comment #135

    Shola got the director of Loans. job for the boys. I got a Wembly cup final ticket of Paddy Leonard in the seventies. I didn’t know who he was. he looked like a villain. Nice looking though..

  • beermonkey

    May 20, 2019 at 11:14 PM

    Comment #136

    is that right about old strolla

    i dont recall seeing anything

  • carltoon

    May 20, 2019 at 11:27 PM

    Comment #137

    well I heard it today. but I don’t know if its true. If it is you heard it hear first.

  • beermonkey

    May 20, 2019 at 11:29 PM

    Comment #138


    if your right you can be an official itk

  • carltoon

    May 20, 2019 at 11:31 PM

    Comment #139


  • beermonkey

    May 20, 2019 at 11:34 PM

    Comment #140


  • beermonkey

    May 20, 2019 at 11:35 PM

    Comment #141


    and the blog loves an itk

  • carltoon

    May 20, 2019 at 11:39 PM

    Comment #142

    I’ll keep me mouth shut.

  • carltoon

    May 20, 2019 at 11:41 PM

    Comment #143

    I did read he had applied for the job, and someone mentioned he had the job. but they could have been wrong.


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