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Stunning Claim By Ashley That BZG Are To Blame For Rafa’s Exit

The Mirror are reporting a shocking claim by Mike Ashley that the reason he pulled the plug on Rafa’s new contract was at the behest of the Bin Zayed Group.

They are reporting that Mike Ashley claims that BZG did not want Rafa as the Newcastle manager when they completed the takeover. Therefore, in order to avoid paying any compensation to Rafa Benitez, Mike Ashley halted all negotiations and released his announcement on Monday.

This is what the Mirror claim as new exclusive information.

But MirrorFootball can reveal that there had been discussions between Ashley’s people and Sheikh Khaled’s advisors over the 59-year-old’s future. It became clear the Middle East-based group had their own targets, which included managerial rock-star Jose Mourinho and long-time Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger, as we exclusively revealed earlier this month.

That would mean sacking Benitez and paying out hefty compensation of around £6million if he signed a new deal under Ashley and then had to be dismissed by Newcastle’s new owners once a takeover went through.

As there are no quotes attributable to Mike Ashley, we cannot verify the veracity of this report. However, this could be Mike Ashley’s attempt to deflect the growing outrage at him by Newcastle fans. A outrage that will not cease until he leaves this club. He can be certain of that.

Yesterday there were protests outside of his residence in Totteridge in which a group known as London Magpies staged a demonstration.

Here is some footage of this protest.

However, if the Mirror report is true it would mean that the Bin Zayed group are close to completing their takeover and that they truly did not want to keep Rafa Benitez as manager.

There have been too many reports over the past few weeks signaling that this takeover has not progressed to the level where BZB would be calling the shots on Rafa’s contract.

Also this scenario of Mike Ashley relenting to the wishes of BZG is not in character with his history of narcissism and self-interest. It also would counteract the Chronicle’s Chris Waugh and his very believable scenario of events that led to the announcement on Monday.

Chris Waugh’s report concludes that a series of terse emails between Rafa’s group and Mike Ashley led to a rankled Mike Ashley rashly sending out Monday’s announcement.

While under present circumstances this news would be welcomed as it would mean that Mike Ashley is that much closer to getting out of this club. However, we feel this would be harsh on Rafa Benitez and would be a bit torn on his account.

Though, the number one objective going forth for all of the Newcastle faithful is to get Mike Ashley out of this club. That is even more important than retaining Rafa Benitez because as long as he wields his malevolent control, the future is an abyss of neglect, torment, misery, and abject suffering for the best fans this world has to offer.

28 comments so far

  • lesh

    Jun 30, 2019 at 1:29 AM

    Comment #1

    So for all Ashley’s probably doing his level best to screw every last penny (now where have I heard that before?) out of BZG and risking pi$$ing them off, he’s prepared to to jump to their time over Rafa?

    Nah, c’mon Mikey boy, if that’s the best Bishop can do, best let him go too.

  • one fine day

    Jun 30, 2019 at 1:30 AM

    Comment #2

    Don’t believe for one minute BZG were behind this .
    More likely tubs threw his toys out of his pram .

  • Singinginthecorner

    Jun 30, 2019 at 1:31 AM

    Comment #3

    So if ashLIE has said this bang goes the non disclosure

  • one fine day

    Jun 30, 2019 at 1:33 AM

    Comment #4

    so much for keeping to the NDA then mickeyboy ?
    You really cannot make this club up .It just keeps on giving

  • Mag52

    Jun 30, 2019 at 1:33 AM

    Comment #5

    Sounds a bit unlikely, but if it does mean that the takeover is near, then it’ll all be worth it.

  • geordietom

    Jun 30, 2019 at 1:33 AM

    Comment #6

    just read all the comments . i dont believe we should target their houses . his shops all his other ventures . peaceful demonstrations . the media will pick up on it it will gather pace . inform the press where the demo’s are gonna be at hopefully get them on our side you never know the might side with us NEWCASTLE UNITED for once .

  • Macas

    Jun 30, 2019 at 1:34 AM

    Comment #7

    If this has been leaked by Ashley and isn’t true, surely BZG would just come out and deny it?

  • davo

    Jun 30, 2019 at 1:34 AM

    Comment #8

    Mike Ashley owns a PR company and has created a huge PR nightmare for himself with his lies and greed.Posters on here are pouring cold water on pontential protests.

  • one fine day

    Jun 30, 2019 at 1:35 AM

    Comment #9

    Same thoughts just slower at typing 🙂

  • davo

    Jun 30, 2019 at 1:35 AM

    Comment #10

    Pure KBA

  • lesh

    Jun 30, 2019 at 1:36 AM

    Comment #11


    Froggy my friend, when you first appeared on here with you 24/7 posts, people were saying you were a bot. We’ll, it’s time to watch out coz your position as super not’s under threat from Tony Balony. He’s catching up on you. At least your intentions are clear whereas…….

  • Singinginthecorner

    Jun 30, 2019 at 1:37 AM

    Comment #12

    geordietom nothing wrong with peaceful protests freedom of speech and all that plus don’t think the locals think much of ashLIE going off the video

  • davo

    Jun 30, 2019 at 1:40 AM

    Comment #13

    I agree Lesh.Tony posts one anti Ashley comment then a whole days worth of inane drivel. Diluting the rage I think.

  • geordietom

    Jun 30, 2019 at 1:43 AM

    Comment #14

    sing …

    aye i watched the video plenty of drivers tooting the horns …

    fat boy slim must be well loved where he lives NOT

  • neverbeento wembly

    Jun 30, 2019 at 1:44 AM

    Comment #15

    More b.s. from fatty’s p.r. company The heat might be getting through his thick skin

  • davo

    Jun 30, 2019 at 1:45 AM

    Comment #16

    I’ve done the numbers, boycott won’t work.
    Let’s talk about cricket for ages. What a load of BS.
    I think we should be protesting west Ham style

  • geordietom

    Jun 30, 2019 at 1:45 AM

    Comment #17

    hopefully its the end game for Fat Ash …

  • Toon Cat

    Jun 30, 2019 at 1:47 AM

    Comment #18

    Ashley breaks his tomb-like silence to tell Mirror journo – “It weren’t me, mate, honest it weren’t – it were them arab blokes wot wanted rid of Rafa”

    Newcastle fans nod forgivingly and reply – “Oh well that’s all right then Mike. No problem. Decent of you to clear it up” ..

    Meanwhile, back in the real world ..

  • geordietom

    Jun 30, 2019 at 1:48 AM

    Comment #19

    would of loved Rafa to still be at wor club . i’am hoping the arabs do take us over put Rafa back where he belongs thats if it is The Fat ones B/S coming out to cover his arse …

  • brighter

    Jun 30, 2019 at 2:13 AM

    Comment #20

    >Though, the number one objective going forth for all of the Newcastle faithful is to get Mike Ashley out of this club. That is even more important than retaining Rafa Benitez

    These comments what i have been waiting for so long.That doesn’t mean i dislike Rafa. But this is the only way to save Newcastle United.If Mike Ashley is decided to remain as the club as the owner for years to come, no matter how great manager will be helpless.

  • Arizona Fan

    Jun 30, 2019 at 5:27 AM

    Comment #21

    Nothing about any of this make any sense at all anymore. You can’t make this stuff up.

  • oldarse

    Jun 30, 2019 at 8:00 AM

    Comment #22

    Obviously there reading the blog, yesterday the threat of having to pay compensation has them riled FA, SKY, BT, got them on the run keep the pressure on lads.

  • rais

    Jun 30, 2019 at 8:21 AM

    Comment #23

    are the BZG will buy Newcastle or not???
    seem like MA don’t want to sell Newcastle

  • Sav

    Jun 30, 2019 at 9:08 AM

    Comment #24

    Give fans a fair sheik, Mashley. Take your sleazy cronies, your lickspittle CEO and your plastic signs and do one. As for me, I won’t darken the gates of SJP again until it is to celebrate your departure. That is not a lie and its not PR spin. Not one more penny.

  • Geordie1

    Jun 30, 2019 at 11:08 AM

    Comment #25


  • Kenny

    Jun 30, 2019 at 1:05 PM

    Comment #26

    Wasn’t it the sun who claimed a statement from BZG was that they wanted to take the club over and that Rafa was very much part of the deal… this whole mess is caused by one person and that is the lying greasy toad Mike Ashley, I have been watching NUFC throughout while he has been the owner and I think it time for him to sell up and go, the East Stand will be missing another supporter next season, there are 6 of us who have decided to take a stand and not enter St James until he’s gone.

    NUFC is our club but is going nowhere with Ashley as the owner, everyone must show him we mean business and hit him where it hurts the most.. stop giving him your hard earned cash until he gets the message, don’t use the club shop or SD and do not renew season tickets..

    We will be watching the toon on TV and traveling to away games when we can.


  • Toonboy

    Jun 30, 2019 at 9:55 PM

    Comment #27

    Imagine if the BZG takeover doesn’t happen, Fat Ash wouldn’t have a leg to stand on with his lies

  • dig-n-dig22

    Aug 11, 2019 at 11:24 AM

    Comment #28

    If Ashley has come out with a statement like that, then what becomes obvious is BZG were a lot more than just tyre kickers so maybe Ashley did too much overkill on the brinkmanship.


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