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Situation Resembles 2009 And Can Turn Into Massive Embarrassment For Newcastle


We wake up every morning hoping the impasse and gridlock at Newcastle will have been solved.

But things are still unchanged with Rafa’s contract running out a week on Sunday, June 30th.

Unless something drastic happens before then, Rafa will not be at Benton to greet the players returning to Newcastle for preseason training on Thursday, July 4th.

The players, like the fans, had hoped this summer transfer window would be a breakthrough for the club so we will not have to fight for a third season against relegation.

That could now happen, but the awful news is that Rafa will likely not be at the Benton Training Grounds to welcome the players back.

Mike Ashley and Rafa Benitez – in a standoff

Just imagine how you would feel as a payer if our world-class manager’s contract has run out when you return to training.

It’s very much like back in the summer of 2009 when Ashley had a similar standoff with Alan Shearer.

Ashley wouldn’t offer him a new deal to stay as manager – but Ashley didn’t say anything – even to Shearer – much like today’s standoff with Rafa.

With two days to go before the players came back to training, Chris Hughton was appointed as caretaker manager with Colin Calderwood as his assistant.

Back then we had just been relegated, but we are in the Premier League now and due to play in a tournament in China in mid-July.

Newcastle will play in the Premier League Asia Trophy  – a prestigious event where clubs can get good publicity in  Asia – or otherwise.

Who will lead us there?

We don’t know.

But Mike Ashley is culpable again for not doing his job as an owner.

It looks like we will not have a manager on July 1st and it could become a massive embarrassment to the club.

Maybe the two coaches who could take over to China are Neil Redfearn and Ben Dawson as Newcastle’s interim manager.

And for us to be talking about this on June 21st is simply a disgrace and a tragedy.

To say we are sick of what’s going on is a huge understatement.

Comments welcome.


19 comments so far

  • Lindisfarne

    Jun 21, 2019 at 8:07 AM

    Comment #1

    Jib
    LOL its not all about you

    4
  • Jib

    Jun 21, 2019 at 8:11 AM

    Comment #2

    I thought it was

    2
  • droppy in Wallsend

    Jun 21, 2019 at 8:17 AM

    Comment #3

    Is the Premier League Asia trophy a possible positive?

    As Ed points out in his article, it’s gained some prestige and is a great vehicle for exposure in Asia, if we go there in a state of total shambles, as we are now, then it’s not going to win over many new fans/investors.

    Or is it just part of the Fun88 sponsorship?

    Ah uncertainty, it’s great for frying the mind.

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  • ShaytoStay

    Jun 21, 2019 at 8:25 AM

    Comment #4

    The mag are saying they’ve noticed that Benitez is no longer in the promo for the new shirt.
    Not looking positive

    2
  • The mighty wyn

    Jun 21, 2019 at 8:31 AM

    Comment #6

    Just shows how much jabba is making on them Reilly

    1
  • lochinvar

    Jun 21, 2019 at 8:32 AM

    Comment #7

    Shay@4
    Rafa doesn’t wear the strip , yet alone a track suit.
    He’s a suits man.
    Now if he was omitted from a Moss Bros promotion then I’d be worried…….

    1
  • toon22

    Jun 21, 2019 at 8:32 AM

    Comment #8

    JIB

    Hiya KBA

    2
  • Jib

    Jun 21, 2019 at 8:34 AM

    Comment #9

    Hiya
    Catchy

    5
  • geordiemark

    Jun 21, 2019 at 8:41 AM

    Comment #10

    i dont get any of this really, you would think a club our size would sort out the manager first really for the training of the players to who goes who signs, 9 days left to rafas contract to run out and nothing from the club but we get how much the new tops are and that the season tickets have gone up 5% should tell us all

    4
  • hibbit

    Jun 21, 2019 at 8:42 AM

    Comment #11

    The one thing we should all be able to agree on …………..
    no one should buy the new shirts !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    *very poor quality
    *most expansive in the league
    *only SD benefits from the sale

    18
  • geordiemark

    Jun 21, 2019 at 8:47 AM

    Comment #12

    hibbit

    aye id go along with that, what a rip off from ashley he obviously thinks the fans should pay the most expensive shirt in the league, I wonder if they have sold all the season tickets, we are going to be left with no manager, players return from holiday with no coaching at all, go on the tour of china no players in or out what a mess ashley has caused through his own greed not only has the mug lost 491 million but all this could backfire into one huge mess the club might not recover from and get relegated this new season, there is only 1 person to blame for all this and thats ashley end off

    3
  • WLtoon

    Jun 21, 2019 at 8:48 AM

    Comment #13

    Someone had said that Raffa had left the club, but i doubt he would without some sort of statement.
    My gut feeling tells me the Raffa will still be here when we head to the Asia cup. He must be in the loop with the takeover and i think he is just biding his time. Ive got a good feeling about this takeover,, the Arabs are genuine, no doubt about that,, and i think they have made it clear of their intentions. They have got Ashley cornered.
    Hopefully we will all be partying in Toon next weekend HWTL

    6
  • JP...from The Rock

    Jun 21, 2019 at 8:52 AM

    Comment #14

    Morning all.

    Typical disgusting treatment from the fat man! The most expensive kits in England lol that’s saying something.

    This could be because;

    1- Ashlie has a deal in place with BZG to keep earning from club kit sales.

    2- AshLie is here to stay and the frog was right all along!

    3- BZG have actually ousted the fat oaf and have increased the price of kits as they expect huge sales after a few marquee signings.
    As Ed says this is very similar to the sad situation we found ourselves in in 2009.

    Not looking positive as it is more likely 1 or 2.

    🙁

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  • Captain AmeriMag

    Jun 21, 2019 at 8:53 AM

    Comment #15

    The only two official statements we’ve had in the whole process have been from BZG and have never been denied by anyone. That’s all we need to know! Everything else in between has been made up by journalists who know nowt, quoting un-named sources who know nowt in an attempt to sell papers and unsettle the fans enough to click on anything they right for advertising revenue. Silence is golden, so is our future! It’s happening boys, maybe not today, but it’s happening

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  • JP...from The Rock

    Jun 21, 2019 at 8:56 AM

    Comment #16

    Morning all.

    Typical disgusting treatment from the fat man! The most expensive kits in England lol that’s saying something.

    This could be because;

    1- Ashlie has a deal in place with BZG to keep earning from club kit sales.

    2- AshLie is here to stay and the frog was right all along!

    3- BZG have actually ousted the fat oaf and have increased the price of kits as they expect huge sales after a few marquee signings.
    As Ed says this is very similar to the sad situation we found ourselves in in 2009.

    Not looking positive as it is more likely 1 or 2.

    ?

    1
  • Dubs Left Glove

    Jun 21, 2019 at 8:58 AM

    Comment #17

    @ JP, i could accept point one if it meant that Ashley has gone. Would just need to buy the kit from elsewhere.

    1
  • WLtoon

    Jun 21, 2019 at 9:01 AM

    Comment #18

    @15

    Spot on , it will all become clear soon 🙂

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  • Geordie-john

    Jun 21, 2019 at 12:42 PM

    Comment #19

    Fat LAD OUT !!!!!

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