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Did Mike Ashley Try To One Up Rafa Benitez?



It appears as though, in the classiest of fashions that only Mike Ashley can produce, Rafa Benitez was not aware of the announcement given by Newcastle United this morning of the end of his tenure.

Here are some tweets doing the rounds on Twitter at the moment:

If Mike Ashley got upset at Rafa and sent out the announcement when Rafa Benitez was still expecting further negotiations, then the situation at Newcastle is even worse than we thought. And we didn’t think that was possible.

In an interview earlier this morning, Luke Edwards of the Telegraph reported that Rafa Benitez was refusing to come in and Mike Ashley was resigned to the fact that Benitez would leave.

However, it may be that Mike Ashley was frustrated with Rafa’s negotiating tactics and thus, out of spite hastily released the statement this morning.

If that is actually the case and Rafa Benitez has been prematurely let go by Mike Ashley while there was still hope of him staying; then Mike Ashley is a bigger wretch than we thought he was. And we didn’t think that was possible.


299 comments so far

  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Jun 24, 2019 at 8:12 PM

    Comment #41

    On a more serious note please put me down for every shocked, saddened, angry, p!ssed off comment, squared, by every one on the blog.

    I didn’t expect this to happen and like many others hope it’s a precursor to something better soon.

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  • Chancel My MBembaship

    Jun 24, 2019 at 8:14 PM

    Comment #42

    Jail – did you participate in the Ed Harrison fantasy football league I set up last season? If so, how did you do? Just curious!

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  • geordietom

    Jun 24, 2019 at 8:14 PM

    Comment #43

    mund …

    you put on what ever you want mate . take no notice of the Frog … i do waits for jail to comment …LMFAO…

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  • oldarse

    Jun 24, 2019 at 8:15 PM

    Comment #44

    Mund don’t worry about it mate we all have a cross to bear

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Jun 24, 2019 at 8:15 PM

    Comment #45

    Mund,
    You live in boro and you’re a toon fan?

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  • ronaldo aarons

    Jun 24, 2019 at 8:16 PM

    Comment #46

    Anyone who has an idea about local journalists should know Luke Edwards is a tw4t. Even more so those past few months.

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  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Jun 24, 2019 at 8:16 PM

    Comment #47

    Tom

    Did you check out the Show of Hands link?

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Jun 24, 2019 at 8:16 PM

    Comment #48

    Chancel My MBembaship,
    I thought you set it up?

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  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Jun 24, 2019 at 8:17 PM

    Comment #49

    Jail @45

    That makes perfect sense to me! 😉

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Jun 24, 2019 at 8:18 PM

    Comment #50

    EGB,
    Why, smoggies footin hate us?

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  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Jun 24, 2019 at 8:18 PM

    Comment #51
  • welshgeordie9

    Jun 24, 2019 at 8:19 PM

    Comment #52

    Apparently Mourinho doesn’t want to be the next manager, so we are now linked with average managers, forget about any takeovers happening now.

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  • geordietom

    Jun 24, 2019 at 8:19 PM

    Comment #53

    EGB…

    i did mate looked canny i do like the folky music myself . wor lass booked the cruise for october but she’s just changed it to august … egb show of hands what cruise line are they on mate …

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  • ronaldo aarons

    Jun 24, 2019 at 8:19 PM

    Comment #54

    Doesn’t hibbit live on Teesside too?

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  • Clasol

    Jun 24, 2019 at 8:20 PM

    Comment #55

    Mund, Appreciate your input – as you can read, some take delight in calling people out.

    Get yourself an avatar – took me through two conference calls to figure it out, but got it done. This also shows up on your prior posts. Keep us updated on any other news, although after the crap you just got – have a drink or three first!

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  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Jun 24, 2019 at 8:20 PM

    Comment #56

    Jail

    If you had a choice of supporting the smoggies or us who would you choose whether you lived in M’Boro or not.

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  • ronaldo aarons

    Jun 24, 2019 at 8:21 PM

    Comment #57

    Mund
    Putting my cards on the table, I think you’re talking crap or have been told crap which you’re now passing to us.

    Ashley keeps a close circle around him. So your supposed family member is narrowed down somewhat and they will have then been a part of what Ashley has done to this club.

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  • ronaldo aarons

    Jun 24, 2019 at 8:23 PM

    Comment #58

    If your family member is not part of this circle then they are not going to know anything.

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  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Jun 24, 2019 at 8:23 PM

    Comment #59
  • Jail for Ashley

    Jun 24, 2019 at 8:24 PM

    Comment #60

    I think hibbit lives in Stokesley or Yarm, I’ve met plenty of Hartlepool lads who support the toon but never one from the boro.

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  • geordietom

    Jun 24, 2019 at 8:25 PM

    Comment #61

    gotta go got my mate and his missus here catch up the morrow…

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  • geordietom

    Jun 24, 2019 at 8:26 PM

    Comment #62

    EGB …

    got it mate ill check it in the morning cheers for that …

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  • droppy in Wallsend

    Jun 24, 2019 at 8:26 PM

    Comment #63

    Mund

    Fair play to you for sharing.

    I’d love to believe but after today I think we’ve had a very bidder interested but the repugnant sack of pus who owns us has decided to keep killing the club.

    I hope I’m wrong.

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  • Paully

    Jun 24, 2019 at 8:26 PM

    Comment #64

    Don’t know why I’m shocked at today’s announcement tbh, 35 years of following the Toon and I’ve never felt as saddened, disillusioned, and angry as I do today. I don’t want Mourinio or anybody else for that matter (ok maybe Pep) 😉 I just wanted Rafa, The singular thing left that was good about this club.

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  • Munster Mag

    Jun 24, 2019 at 8:26 PM

    Comment #65

    Depression kicking in. Dyche? With his awful football? Stevie G, with that accent? No no no.

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  • c-dog

    Jun 24, 2019 at 8:27 PM

    Comment #66

    Gary Monk spotted eating dinner with Denis Wise in London

    It’s happenin!

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  • Paully

    Jun 24, 2019 at 8:27 PM

    Comment #67

    *Mourinho

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Jun 24, 2019 at 8:28 PM

    Comment #68

    Munster Mag,
    Shut up ffs you couldn’t wait to see the back of Rafa for the first two years, no good crying now.

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  • Ketsbaia9

    Jun 24, 2019 at 8:28 PM

    Comment #69

    I am shocked but not too disappointed. He made some poor signings and got rid of some quality players. We shouldn’t have sold Mitrovic, Mbabu, Marveaux etc. He signed Lazaar and Barreca and never gave them a chance. Aarons should’ve been starting instead of sent out on loan. Mbemba and Saivet shouldn’t have been loaned out or sold. He kept playing Lascelles, Dummett and Hayden who shouldn’t have been starting and signed players like Joselu, Sels etc who were useless. Merino should have started more too. Real Madrid want to sign him now. Bring Arsene Wenger or Sven Goran Eriksson in. As long as the takeover goes ahead, that’s the main thing.

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  • geordietom

    Jun 24, 2019 at 8:28 PM

    Comment #70

    EGB …

    just told wor lass showed her the vid she says yeah cheers mate you’ve just cost me more money … joking a side think we would enjoy them as we like Davey Arthur And The Furies …

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  • geordietom

    Jun 24, 2019 at 8:29 PM

    Comment #71

    EGB …

    you booked yours yet mate ?

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  • Paully

    Jun 24, 2019 at 8:30 PM

    Comment #72

    I agree Jail, Munster couldn’t wait to stick the knife in at any opportunity.

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  • droppy in Wallsend

    Jun 24, 2019 at 8:31 PM

    Comment #73

    Luke Edwards is definitely on the payroll.

    Basically painting out it’s all Rafa’s own fault, what an absolute Charlie Uniform November Tango.

    So who’s the new boss folks?

    And who hopes that Ashley’s next Sh!t is a steel hedgehog on a bungee cord?

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  • IconicNumber9

    Jun 24, 2019 at 8:31 PM

    Comment #74

    Quick question when has anything any “ITK” said come true?

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  • Sherlock

    Jun 24, 2019 at 8:31 PM

    Comment #75

    C dog why be such a prick. Sad news and now have no faith in takeover. Can’t believe it

    1
  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Jun 24, 2019 at 8:34 PM

    Comment #76

    So can we assume that Mr Monk will get a warm loving welcome on his first home game.

    Perhaps to make him feel welcome those (few) at the game can leap up and down chattering like monkeys with heartwarming cries of welcome ashlies monkeyman.

    That should make him feel good.

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  • lochinvar

    Jun 24, 2019 at 8:34 PM

    Comment #77

    Its up to the new owners to appoint the manager of their choice.
    If Ashley or is it Charnley appoint someone then it’s goodnight vienna.
    Steve Bruce is a free agent isn’t he ?

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  • Mund

    Jun 24, 2019 at 8:35 PM

    Comment #78

    Long story mate but got into them around 9-10 and never looked back fell in love always got called a sad Geordie b@stard but never moved me. Got tortured my whole life mind but they are like having another child

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  • lochinvar

    Jun 24, 2019 at 8:36 PM

    Comment #79

    droppy in Wallsend
    I couldn’t agree more.
    What a Tango Whisky Alpha Tango Ashley is

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  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Jun 24, 2019 at 8:36 PM

    Comment #80

    Tom

    I wish, waiting for a few bob from the lottery first. 🙂

    Still as a one off once in a lifetime thing who knows!

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