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Fact: Bumbling Mike Ashley Has Completely Wrecked Newcastle By Forcing Rafa Out

Warning – this is not the most positive article I have written on this blog.


The Newcastle United Blog was created in late April 2007 and it was a month before Mike Ashley bought the club.

Sam Allardyce was the manager back then and since that time we have had 9 managers trying to work with the owner Mike Ashley who has messed up the dreams of Newcastle fans continuously.

While we would never say it – it often looks like he does this on purpose to hurt the fans.

He was very successful with that yesterday.

The managers under Ashley have been Sam Allardyce, Kevin Keegan, Joe Kinnear, Alan Shearer, Chris Hughton, Alan Pardew, John Carver (acting), Steve McClaren and Rafa Benitez.

In all of the seasons under Mike Ashley, there’s only once we have been in the top six – when we were 5th in 2012.

But the next season we were fighting relegation again.

Next best in the Premier League – we’ve been 10th a few times including under Rafa a year ago.

The owner brought in Rafa Benitez on March 11, 2016, to try to save us from relegation.

He didn’t do that but had us promoted the next season and in the last two seasons, we finished 10th and 13th  in England’s top flight while fighting relegation until we pulled away in the second half of each season.

All Mike Ashley had to do was to agree to Rafa’s terms and we would have had the world-class manager and maybe one of the most exciting summer transfer windows for a long time.

But no – Mike Ashley wouldn’t give up control of the transfers at Newcastle to the manager.

And so Rafa realized he couldn’t make Newcastle into a top-six club with Ashley as the manager.

Since Ashley is supposed to be selling the club why did it matter to him?

And all the good work Rafa did at Newcastle will soon be lost.

He cut down the injuries dramatically by installing new 4G technology pitches – he knew what to do in almost every circumstance.

Players wanted to join the club becasue he was the manager.

He has left a group of players who love him and who are better players under his guidance.

So we have seen what it’s like when a world-class football manager is at the club.

And it will never be the same again.

Some of our top players will want out as soon as they come back on July 4th.

Just think how they must feel like with the incompetence shown by Ashley and no Rafa at the club.

It was a difficult task to lose Rafa, who kept saying he wanted to stay at Newcastle but Ashley managed it.

It was six weeks since the last game of the season and apart from the new strips the most expensive in the Premier League) and a 5% increase on tickets the next thing we knew was that Rafa was leaving.

No updates on what was happening – just a no comment.

Newcastle under Ashley is the no comment club.

Some of the potential managers to take over from Rafa are pitiful.

Will Lee Charnley bring in the likes of Steve McClaren or John Carver again?

We’ll be fighting relegation again next season for the third season in a row without the comfort of knowing Rafa will get the job done and save us.

Yesterday was one of the darkest days in the history of the club.

Make no mistake about that.

How this owner – who is incompetent, bumbling and arrogant can carry on destroying the club is beyond me.

He should be reprimanded by the powers that be – the Premier League and the FA.

But that will not happen and everybody will have sympathy for our fans.

And nothing will change with Ashley continuing to be allowed to destroy the club.

Something must be done to rid the club of the cancer that is Mike Ashley.

And we wouldn’t put it past the owner that this takeover is a ruse in that he and he will refuse to sell the club – once again.

But only after the transfer window ends in early August.

That’s what we have to hope for – an ambitious owner comes in and hires the likes of Jose Mourinho.

But Jose will not touch Newcastle with Ashley as the owner.

Our fans around the world don’t deserve the nonsense served up by the completely incompetent Mike Ashley.


Sorry to be so negative but I had to get that off my chest.

37 comments so far

  • Thump

    Jun 25, 2019 at 10:36 AM

    Comment #1

    Don’t apologise, Ed. You’re as frustrated as we all are. If only we could all be so eloquent.

  • The Sheikh'sMate

    Jun 25, 2019 at 10:39 AM

    Comment #2

    Jesus Ed, your moving the blog faster than Ashley changes managers

  • ToonArmyMidlands

    Jun 25, 2019 at 10:40 AM

    Comment #3

    Great article Ed. More like this needed to show the world how bad our owner is. This bbc article from last night also paints an accurate picture of the shambles at our club … https://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/football/48750789

  • c-dog

    Jun 25, 2019 at 10:41 AM

    Comment #4

    He gave Rafa less money than any other manager. Rafa was the only one capable of keeping this squad up with his brilliant attention to detail management. The role is a poison chalice now. If Ashley isn’t gone by mid July I’ll be putting money on is going down. I’d rather spend match ticket or merchandise money trying to alleviate the hurt of another relegation.

  • Ron Knee

    Jun 25, 2019 at 10:41 AM

    Comment #5

    “I bet now that come the end of August Ashley is still the owner.”

    You’re probably right, Ed.

  • Bills Son Is Back

    Jun 25, 2019 at 10:42 AM

    Comment #6

    There can be only three situations now…

    1. MA knows the takeover is not going through, Rafa won’t stay and needs to get a new manager in asap.

    2. BZG don’t want Rafa and have got MA to take the flak by asking him to pull the plug.

    3. BZG want a huge PR explosion by announcing Rafa has been reappointed once they complete the takeover.

    One of these must be true – take your pick which one.

  • WarrenBartonCentreParting

    Jun 25, 2019 at 10:45 AM

    Comment #7

    Number 3 please

  • Shoulders knees

    Jun 25, 2019 at 10:45 AM

    Comment #8

    Yes that’s a mystery why hasn’t it been given.
    Good post Ed

  • RobLeenio

    Jun 25, 2019 at 10:46 AM

    Comment #9

    Nice article Ed. You’re allowed to write a negative piece from time to time, as long as you keep your chin up in real life.

  • martoon

    Jun 25, 2019 at 10:46 AM

    Comment #10

    Go, Ed, Go.

    kev1664 – re. DD – I think you’ll find you started paying in April so you’ve actually paid 3 months i.e. a quarter. I’m in the same boat as you and apparently if you just cancel your DD it can completely knacker your credit rating – this is the drawback of fixed price on 9/10 year plan.

    So while it’s easy for the likes of Tsunki to slag off ST holders the actual mechanics don’t make it so easy just to give up your ST so I’ll reluctantly hold on to ours for this season but if nothing improves (i.e. a takeover) then I’ll definitely cancel next January which is when you are allowed to!

  • martoon

    Jun 25, 2019 at 10:47 AM

    Comment #11

    Ron Knee @5 – Hope not or I’ll lose my bet with toon22 😀

  • kev1664

    Jun 25, 2019 at 10:49 AM

    Comment #12


    I’m sure I’m on 12 month DD that starts in feb. I definitely get money taken out by NUFC every month.

  • NezzaNUFC

    Jun 25, 2019 at 10:50 AM

    Comment #13

    Rafa will return when the new owners officially take over, he will appear from the middle of the pitch and leap up like Ray Mysterio, running to every corner of the pitch with a beat on the chest and both arms held high.

    He will then unmask himself with a freshly clean shave on his face and a big smile on his face.


  • one fine day

    Jun 25, 2019 at 10:50 AM

    Comment #14

    Sums up my feelings completely .
    Look around the premier league and I would say klopp and eddy Howe are the only two who enjoy anything close to the relationship Rafa had with the fans .
    Klopp has the luxury of mega cash however and still has hit doubters among the self entitled Liverpool fan base .
    I cannot think of one manager I would be happy to see in the dugout more than Rafa .
    Oh and ed Neil ,
    Please no more pictures of those two on the headers .
    Was mentioned the other day a tapeworm would be more appropriate .

  • count

    Jun 25, 2019 at 10:55 AM

    Comment #15

    Can’t believe some posters are STILL coming out with “boycotting televised games won’t make a difference” Or “telling sky I’m cancelling my subscription because of Ashley won’t make a difference”

    Or even worse… “nobody has the right to have a go at people who aren’t willing to support a protest”

    These people deserve everything Ashley does to them for being so utterly limp.

  • Ron Knee

    Jun 25, 2019 at 10:56 AM

    Comment #16


    Perhaps Ashley will be motivated to wrap up a deal quickly if he appoints a cut-price coach, knowing that NUFC will probably be plunged into yet another relegation battle.

  • one fine day

    Jun 25, 2019 at 11:00 AM

    Comment #17

    You mentioned a little online shopping yesterday .
    My advice don’t mess around with the small things .
    Did you know rort dire have a wonderful selection of billiard /snooker tables and 8 man tents .
    I currently have $490,000.80 “pending” in my basket .
    If only I could remember my PayPal password .

  • Nicky the ball tosser

    Jun 25, 2019 at 11:03 AM

    Comment #18

    It certainly does look as though Rafa either doesn’t believe the club is being sold, otherwise why not sign a one year deal, or he doesn’t believe he’d be wanted by new owners.

    If he’s asked for more money than the club has in its coffers for a transfer kitty, as has been widely reported, then that must strongly suggest he doesn’t think a sale is happening.

    Obviously Ashley couldn’t sanction that if the club was being sold.

    Frankly, things look very bleak, unless he can convince a really top manager to take the job.

  • Jail for Ashley

    Jun 25, 2019 at 11:04 AM

    Comment #19

    Bills Son Is Back,
    I bet it’s tearing you apart having to admit to yourself how very very wrong you were all those years.

  • lochinvar

    Jun 25, 2019 at 11:04 AM

    Comment #20

    One report claims that Ashley and co weren’t expecting to have to replace Rafa as they were expecting him to sign a new contract. As a result there is no contingency plan for appointing a new Manager and so Charmless and Nickerson are now tasked with finding a second hand runner who is unemployed because Ashley won’t sanction paying compo to another club to sign up someone we might actually want. What utter chaos.
    This will cost them more in the long run and could’ve been avoided if they compromised in keeping Rafa and three coaches. They’re now faced with recuruiting one top level manager and three coaches so very unlikely they’ll find all four as one package,which is what we had.

    Or are they going through the motions until after 30th June the financial year end and end of Rafa’s contract and four days before the players return to training.

    Charnley has no credibility.
    Both he and Ashley need to be consigned to history. Nine days to go.

  • Lindisfarne

    Jun 25, 2019 at 11:05 AM

    Comment #21

    I know there is a lot more to the difference in attitude towards player transfers. But it is bizarre that the club would spend £80m on a manager that was unwanted by Derby and yet give no leeway to a manager that was making a profit with transfers.

  • Kamakazeee

    Jun 25, 2019 at 11:06 AM

    Comment #22

    Exclusivity is a red herring. The journalists are over-thinking it. It can range from 2 hours to 24 hours to 24 years. If the money and deal is in place ready to go it can be as quick as you want it to be. We may never know they entered it, its negligible, it just means Ashley is isn’t talking to anyone else.

  • The mighty wyn

    Jun 25, 2019 at 11:06 AM

    Comment #23

    Does anyone know if they would have to tell us about exclusive negotiations. It’s a private business, don’t think they have to. In any event just because we or the hacks haven’t been told doesn’t mean they’re not in an the end game. The hacks seem to think Ashley will tell them when it’s close ha ha !

  • Muz

    Jun 25, 2019 at 11:07 AM

    Comment #24

    Not sure where the crack about exclusivity comes from. Do they have a signed piece of paper that says ‘we’re only prepared to sell to you’? Very much doubt it so perhaps you could argue that there is no exclusivity. But do you think BZG would proceed with anything without any kind of assurances from FF that they’ve got first option? Heads of Terms are agreed which is probably acting as a Memorandum of Understanding; think gentlemen agreement but slightly more official. BZG have already paid for the company formation via a top law firm who’s probably on retainer for this entire process. They’ll have been in the accounts and through the paperwork well before this point if they showed funds back in April. All of that costs money.

    In short, this story about no exclusivity is just another click bait headline. It’s the truth but spun in a way to make it sound really, really bad.

  • West Lancs Geordie

    Jun 25, 2019 at 11:08 AM

    Comment #25

    Yesterdays “news” about Rafa has completely overshadowed any thoughts about the “takeover”. Ashley was deluded in thinking Rafa would just roll over and sign a new contract so he could take the Club off the market. If the takeover is not announced officially in the next 6 days then I don’t think it will happen at all.
    There are two scenarios either BZG don’t want Rafa and they have lined up a high profile successor OR they want to make a huge impact with the Newcastle people by announcing Rafa is reinstated.
    By Rafa’s reaction ,however , I feel the deal is dead in the water like the previous hype caused when Staveley was interested & we’ll find that Ashley has played his final humiliating card.
    If members of the Managers Association are honourable then nobody will show any interest in coming to NUFC and the players should back Rafa by refusing to play for the “Club” en masse.

  • West Lancs Geordie

    Jun 25, 2019 at 11:12 AM

    Comment #26

    All this talk of Ashley wanting Rafa to sign a new contract is all bullshit . It was immaterial if the Club is in fact about to be sold. The man is just a compulsive liar!!!!!

  • ToonRich

    Jun 25, 2019 at 11:13 AM

    Comment #27

    One fine day, sd sell a BCE Westbury 12ft Steel Cushions Slate Snooker Table @ £7,999.99…it’s allowed a Qty of: 2499…Total: £19,991,975.01!!
    If everyone did this, would we actually tie up that amount for the day?!

  • one fine day

    Jun 25, 2019 at 11:16 AM

    Comment #28

    Micky the ball tosser,
    Finding atop manager is one thing .Getting one who will work under these clowns is quite another .
    Unlike the carvers ,pardues and maclarens Rafa is an elite coach who attends the meetings twice a year and will have contacts all over the globe .
    Unless ash is gone we will be scraping the barrel I think .

  • one fine day

    Jun 25, 2019 at 11:18 AM

    Comment #29

    Toon rich
    Yes I am feeling greedy .?

  • Jib

    Jun 25, 2019 at 11:19 AM

    Comment #30

    A bit of Bodylines from the kid from Ashington

  • one fine day

    Jun 25, 2019 at 11:19 AM

    Comment #31

    I will soon have enough tents to host my own boutique music festival

  • RobLeenio

    Jun 25, 2019 at 11:21 AM

    Comment #32

    One fine Day, that’s an interesting point, I’ll have to look at that. I’m getting my kitchen done, I might want a snooker table in there. Of course, I won’t want it delivered yet and when I do, I might want to have a look at a few, say maybe 20, to choose the right one for me.

    I’ve made a few selections, I’m sure they’ll stay in the basket until I’m ready to actually order them….

  • Bills Son Is Back

    Jun 25, 2019 at 11:22 AM

    Comment #33


    I bet it’s tearing you apart me not answering your obsessional, childish, posts directed at me.

    Jog on.

  • Nicky the ball tosser

    Jun 25, 2019 at 11:32 AM

    Comment #34

    The job really is a pretty good one though OFD, thanks mainly to what Rafa has done for us, so there surely will be some good managers interested.

    We have a solid squad, there is 60 million to spend plus outgoings, a great stadium and great support and if Rafa’s salary is anything to go by, a decent wedge for taking it on.

    Rafa wanted more than Ashley was willing or able to give, or simply had enough of him, but someone good can still come in and continue where Rafa left off, if Ashley has the will to go after him.

  • Tsunki

    Jun 25, 2019 at 12:17 PM

    Comment #35

    It really, really, really does not matter one bit who is the next manager.

    What has happened is that Mike Ashley has finally stamped his cynical intent toward his punters. They are there to give up money and have nothing but a plastic seat and 90 minutes of jumping up and down, shouting and cheering, catch-up chat and buying refreshments for your cash.

    There will be no trips to Europe, no cups. But you will have the pity of the football world for your aimless existence. You get what you pay for.

  • Munster Mag

    Jun 25, 2019 at 12:26 PM

    Comment #36

    Billson, as I warned you, Jail is an obsessive who cannot give up past spats.Its seriously childish. I disagreed with some of Rafa’s tactics against weak teams and stand over the comments, when there wasn’t a soul here who would dare criticise the man. He went on for years that I hated Rafa :). The man is obsessive. Not the worst geezer ever, but obsessive. Welcome back by the way.

  • supermac69

    Jun 25, 2019 at 12:50 PM

    Comment #37

    Ofd and robleenio, I think I’ve already bought most of the snooker tables but plenty pool tables left, should fit in ya kitchen rob lol


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