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More Bizarre Reports – As Playing Standards Drop Back To Before Benitez Era

It’s been a really a strange summer for Newcastle fans and maybe the weirdest under Mike Ashley’s awful and disastrous stewardship.

It’s crazy, and it’s a complete and utter shambles with Newcastle now finding it hard to appoint a manager who can accompany the team to China next weekend.

And to think the big reason we were invited to the Premier League Asia Trophy was becasue of our world-class manager Rafa Benitez.

Well – he’s now already in China managing Chinese Super League club Dalian Yifang, and they won their first game 3-1 under Rafa – who is now trying to sign Salomon Rondon for his new club.

Rafa has signed up for 30 months for the Chinese Club.

Rafa Benitez welcomes Achraf Lazaar – August 2016

We have many fringe players returning to the club who didn’t have a look-in under Rafa but now with the standards dropping at the club – columnist Alan Biggs has said that caretaker manager Neil Redfearn rates Achraf Lazaar who has been a disaster at the club since he joined three years ago from Palermo.

He has played only 10 times for Newcastle in three years.

This is the tweet sent out by Alan Biggs:

Rafa was a world-class manager and had world-class standards but nor we expect the playing standards to drop under whomever the new manager is.

That’s bound to happen as Mike Ashley has proved again and again he has no interest in building a team that can challenge for the top six.

Jack Colback may even be good enough for the new Newcastle team – especially if Sean Longstaff is sold for £30M to Manchester United.

We have brought in no players yet, and we have sold Perez for £30M to Leicester City and maybe Longstaff to Manchester United for £30M or more.

The transfer window opened on May 16th and deals could be done and then and made official on July 1st – the start of the new financial year.

So in seven and a half weeks in the summer transfer window, we have sold one player and maybe two – and two of our best players too.

And we will not be signing Salomon Rondon who could join Rafa in China.

We will likely make yet another profit in this transfer window as Ashley is only worried about the money; he cares little about the standards of the team that is put on the pitch.\

Mike Ashley seems to be selling some of our good players just in case fans thought we were not a selling club.

We are – as long as Ashley stays in charge.

And to think I was so happy and upbeat back on May 13th before Ashley started doing his dirty deeds.

Comments welcome.

56 comments so far

  • Muz

    Jul 8, 2019 at 3:39 PM

    Comment #41

    lesh – Repost: I think if the wheels had well and truly come off the deal we’d have had a more official statement from Midhat released in the same way that the other two statements had been released by BZG.

    I suspect that this was put out via Peter Redding because he has had a LOT of SM traffic to his feed along with @geordiedentist. I genuinely think BZG want to communicate directly with the fans and they thought, (perhaps foolishly), that Redding was a good outlet for it given he is in the UAE and is, in a small way, a radio celeb.

    I just have to keep reminding myself that BZG must be interested in the club, there’s a lot of expense and effort gone in so far and perhaps Mickey can put me right here but all of the arab owned companies I’ve done work for in the past usually get their own way in the end. Only thing spoiling this will be FCB

  • toon22

    Jul 8, 2019 at 3:39 PM

    Comment #42

    So our fake buyer just ever so happens to prefer some bloke on twitter for press releases
    Has a duff website
    Was described as time wasters the last time
    With some bloke on WhatsApp doing ad lib PR
    All under some magical NDA that apples where people would like it to

    We’re that stupid

  • lochinvar

    Jul 8, 2019 at 3:41 PM

    Comment #43

    This is according to analysis of baby naming data compiled between 1996 and 2017 in England and Wales.

    Did seeing Craig David on Love Island over the weekend make you think “that would be a great name for a baby”?

    What’s Love Island ? Is it when the tide comes in trapping you on Coquet island and you’ve nothing else to do ?

    If it didn’t, turns out you’re not alone.
    The amount of baby Craigs being born has fallen by 96% since 1996.
    Other names like Gemma, Kirsty and Jordan have all faced similar fates.

    I can think of another one that’s not going to be be very popular going forward.

  • RobLeenio

    Jul 8, 2019 at 3:41 PM

    Comment #44

    lesh “Were they face to face with the CEO, over the phone and more to the point, were the Kenyon-like words actually uttered by Midhat?”

    Midhat is not the CEO, Sheikh Khaled is. Redding said “The BZG quote is official from the CEO” so you can assume that those words have come directly from Sheikh Khaled himself.

    Earlier, he started his statement with “Following a meeting with BZG officials”, so he’s been there, met with BZG and has a direct quote from the Sheikh.

    That’s pretty solid, IMO.

  • naptoon

    Jul 8, 2019 at 3:43 PM

    Comment #45

    What tells me it’s a red herring is that it’s been released in a different way to previous statements, no other news outlets are following it up, there isn’t anything different in Redding’s stuff to what we’ve already been told and it’s not definitive, it’s near enough the same as what Kenyon said and because it’s not definitive redding has a get out of jail free card … he hasn’t said if it’s on or off and gave no times dates or anything else to corroborate what he’s said. Only small positive is the tapeworm hasn’t come out and completely shot it down in flames a la stavely.

  • jazzyp

    Jul 8, 2019 at 3:44 PM

    Comment #46


    It’s the way the statement has been constructed is what’s p@ssing fans off.Whether you have a positive or negative mindset the choreographed script is worded for both parties to save face if nothing materialises.
    If a new manager comes in this week it has to be on the agreement of the new perspective owners otherwise how can he feel safe in the fact that he might be ousted as soon as The Bin Zayed group wrestle control of Ashley.
    Whether it be Nufc or The new potential owners…Just come out and give us clarity either way ffs and stop stringing us along

  • Jib

    Jul 8, 2019 at 3:44 PM

    Comment #47

    It’s great fun trying to work out who currently controls the
    toon22 account.
    At the moment my money’s on Average Contents

  • Bills Son Is Back

    Jul 8, 2019 at 3:49 PM

    Comment #48

    Mikey is getting really annoyed (fed up even) with BZG.

    All these non working Friday’s and weekends, attending weddings and funerals (can’t they wait until AFTER the takeover) and day long shenanigans smoking water pipes while betting on camel races in the Burj Al Arab…

    Mikey’s helicopter has been up and down more times than a whore’s drawers thinking they were on their way.

    Haway Sheik man, Pardew is itching to spend your dosh.

    Das Bost is on a free.

  • chancel be a fine thing

    Jul 8, 2019 at 3:51 PM

    Comment #49

    It seems to me, the message was meant for the fans, who were all in the dark as to what was going on, constantly being fed lies (as we now know) from the Ashley PR press. We now at least know the deal, whether it goes through or not, is in it’s final stages and we needn’t listen to Lee Ryder when he says the deal is not far along/no offer has been made etc. You can call it unprofessional, but it’s intended audience was the fans, and it has certainly succeeded to that end.If you have an objective and you achieve that objective simply and quickly, how is that not professional.

  • shay Robson

    Jul 8, 2019 at 3:57 PM

    Comment #50

    Remember Newcastle players read these posts !!

  • Toon Cat

    Jul 8, 2019 at 3:59 PM

    Comment #51

    I guess all any of us is doing right now is trying to make a complete picture from an incomplete jigsaw.

    We know Ashley is a liar, greedy, unpredictable, aand a highly difficult and demanding seller. In other words a nightmare for anyone to deal with.

    But there are no plausible reasons to doubt the intent or resources of the BZG group.

    There is no plausible reason for Redding to risk prison and a huge fine to lie or misrepresent them for the sake of a few twitter likes.

    There is no plausible reason why a multi-billion £ group like BZG would collude in some elaborate Ashley scam to fool fans.

    Others may see it differently, because we have so little to go on, but the picture I’m seeing is of a genuine buyer doing everything they possibly can to push Ashley over that mythical ‘line’ and get a takeover done.

    Whether they’ll succeed where so many others have failed is snybody’s guess at this point.

  • Toon222

    Jul 8, 2019 at 4:31 PM

    Comment #52


    Spot on again with all ur posts, liverpool said they wer time wasters so who better 2 hav fronting the latest takeover but a crowd of time wasters, always 2 or 3 steps ahead

    The whole thing is bullshit to waste time so they only hav 2 weeks of a transfer window by the end of it in which 2 sign players, perfect excuse again

    Problem is, its repetitive, same crap every window and more and more fans r catching on2 it


  • lesh

    Jul 8, 2019 at 4:53 PM

    Comment #53


    Sorry to labour it, but those Kenyon-like words puzzle me. Sorry, but I can’t see the CEO uttering them. The language and sentiment worries me.

    If BZG are really pushing to close the deal and Ashley’s jo to his tricks, the statement wouldn’t have given him the get out. If they had said that BDG are keen and left it at that, I’d have felt easier about it.

    Ok, Redding may have met BZG but could he have done so with a pre-drafted statement for discussion and sign off – thus becoming their quotable words.

  • geordietom

    Jul 8, 2019 at 4:59 PM

    Comment #54

    TOON22 …

    you sound angry whats up ? the wheels coming of your bus …

  • geordietom

    Jul 8, 2019 at 5:03 PM

    Comment #55

    jib …

    my monies on OLG …

  • Toon Cat

    Jul 8, 2019 at 5:20 PM

    Comment #56

    At least the latest BZG statement has injected a bit of hope back into the situation. If it turns out they’re telling the truth (and why on earth would they lie so publicly ? ) then such as Ryder and his fellow scribblers at the Chron who have constantly rubbished the takeover and said categorically ‘no bid’ and ‘ F&P tests not started’ so recently will have a lot of explaining and apologising to do. Not that they will, of course.


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