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Newcastle United Should Return To Their Policy Of Silence


On Sunday Morning, Lee Charnley had extensive comments in the matchday programme. He spouted the same old tripe about putting all of the money the club earns back in the club and about ambitious aims they had for the season.

It sounded desperate, and when someone truly changes, they don’t tell you about it in a long-winded commentary. They embody the changes they have made and words are often unnecessary. When someone tries to convince the masses of your intentions, it comes across as coercive and transparent.

In the programme, Lee Charnley also took digs at former manager Rafa Benitez. It was the same day Rafa wished Steve Bruce and Newcastle United luck in their upcoming season. The gulf in class between the two was there for all to see.

Well, Rafa Benitez has responded to Lee Charnley’s petty and unwise remarks about Rafa’s decision to not stay with Newcastle.
This is his response as written in the Daily Mail.

“I tried to do my best every day, even staying when we went down to the Championship and saying no to other offers — bigger offers than the one I recently accepted with Dalian Yifang, by the way.

“If I was only interested in moving for money, as Charnley stated, I could have done it much earlier.

“Newcastle’s board had a year to sort out my contract but, when we met after the end of last season, they didn’t make me an offer I could accept.

“They told me they didn’t want to invest in the academy or the training ground — if they like, I can explain the reason why Mike Ashley refused to do that.

“Their idea of a project was a policy of signing players under 24 and, in my opinion, the budget available was not enough to compete for the top 10.

“After that meeting, I knew they would not come back with a serious offer and, when it arrived, 19 days later, it was for the same salary as three years earlier and with less control over signings.

“Charnley’s comments in the programme about having a deal agreed for Joelinton in February explains a lot that I couldn’t understand at that time.

“After three years of unfulfilled promises, I didn’t trust them.”

We don’t blame Rafa Benitez one bit for defending himself as it was Charnley who fired the first shot. However, this has to end. This back and forth between the club and former manager is adding more chemical waste to the toxic sludge that our club has become.

Both sides have given pleaded their cases in public and it really needs to end right here. Lee Charnley should not respond. We don’t know who put Lee up to his farcical statements in the programme, but we have an idea.

It is this club who has spoken of moving forward since Steve Bruce has arrived. However, they are the ones digging up the corpses of the past and throwing them into Steve Bruce’s path.

We begged for communication from this club but now that they have spoken, we encourage them to return to silence. They need to stay in the shadows and let the players and coaches try to salvage a season out of the disorder they have unleashed.


35 comments so far

  • Ron Knee

    Aug 13, 2019 at 9:32 AM

    Comment #1

    Rafa: “I was waiting until late June, like every fan, hoping there would be good news about Newcastle’s prospective takeover.”

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  • Budge123

    Aug 13, 2019 at 9:33 AM

    Comment #2

    artoon.

    Final League Position. 18th
    Final No. of Points. 35
    League Cup Round 4th round
    FA Cup Round 4th round
    Player of the Season (Blog) Longstaff
    Top Goal Scorer (League & Cup) Carroll
    No. of Goals for Top Goal Scorer 6

    Cheers for doing this again Martoon its a lot of work im sure and gives lots on here a good bit of fun.

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  • Jib

    Aug 13, 2019 at 9:43 AM

    Comment #3

    Ron
    So Rafa believed the takeover was real
    Unlike many on here

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  • Jib

    Aug 13, 2019 at 9:45 AM

    Comment #4

    Martoon
    don’t allow Budge 123’s entry
    He missed the “m” off your handle

    😛

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  • Charlie in the Gallowgate

    Aug 13, 2019 at 9:47 AM

    Comment #5

    Final League Position. 20th
    Final No. of Points. 12
    League Cup Round 3rd round
    FA Cup Round 3rd round
    Player of the Season No one
    Top Goal Scorer (League & Cup) Own Goals
    No. of Goals for Top Goal Scorer 4

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  • Budge123

    Aug 13, 2019 at 9:50 AM

    Comment #6

    Helpful as ever Jib!

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  • Ron Knee

    Aug 13, 2019 at 9:52 AM

    Comment #7

    Yes, Jib. And Ashley confirmed it.

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  • martoon

    Aug 13, 2019 at 9:56 AM

    Comment #8

    Jib @4 – yes but he got it right in his following comment so I let him off 😀

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  • Sheikh Unknown

    Aug 13, 2019 at 9:56 AM

    Comment #9

    Well said Rafa.

    Now everyone got onto social media and spread Rafa’s rebuttal to Nufc’s Managing Director Lee Charnley’s absolute bile.

    19th richest club in the world but with a training ground only suitable for a 3rd division club at best.

    “They told me they didn’t want to invest in the academy or the training ground”.

    Break out the kids paddling pool that they got from B&M Stores lads if you need an ice bath or get out the wheelie bins, but remember you’ll have to share or take turns as we couldn’t afford enough to go around.

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  • Lindisfarne

    Aug 13, 2019 at 9:58 AM

    Comment #10

    Newcastle may have to rethink boycott protests
    Around 300 Newcastle fans marched through the rain from the Sports Direct store in Northumberland Street and congregated by the burger van at the bottom of Strawberry Place. They made their presence felt and registered their protest against Mike Ashley’s continued ownership of the club. But still the club were able to announce an attendance of 47,635, just under 5,000 off capacity. That includes season-ticket holders who may not have turned up but, still, despite the filthy weather there did not appear to be more than 6,000?7,000 empty seats at St James’. This is a major problem for those who wish to organise protests: it will take far more than that not to turn up before any boycott begins to have an impact and, at the moment, there seems very little appetite for that – or, at least, there are enough casual fans willing to pick up tickets to counter the recusant hardcore. Jonathan Wilson
    ***************************

    I supported the boycott as a one off protest to really show how despondent the majority of supporters feel. However clearly some misguided individuals will never put anyone but themselves first.

    I do not think a continuation of withdrawal should be demanded as there will be negative consequences. However, give it another couple of matches and the calls from the club for better support will reach deaf ears. Although a hardcore, with assorted sundry, will still fill above half the stadium determined in their right to not abandon hope in the face of evidence to the contrary.

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  • Bleatin' n Bruced

    Aug 13, 2019 at 9:58 AM

    Comment #11

    Jib it looks like Rafa was working on as much information as we were doesn’t it. There was no takeover. If Ashley’s lot didn’t invent it, they milked a completely dead cow for as long as possible.

    You’re showing more signs of desperation hoping to ratify Ashley – you should give it up you’re doing him more harm than good. 🙂

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  • martoon

    Aug 13, 2019 at 10:00 AM

    Comment #12

    Charlie in the Gallowgate @5 – I’m assuming that’s a serious entry? Original top goal scorer I have to say! I take it you were not impressed on Sunday?

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  • Bleatin' n Bruced

    Aug 13, 2019 at 10:03 AM

    Comment #13

    Curious as to the reasons Ashley gave for not wanting to upgrade the wheelie bin ice baths…..

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  • Rob1971

    Aug 13, 2019 at 10:03 AM

    Comment #14

    Jib there was an offer but he simply is not a willing seller, why would he, he is making money with us

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  • Lindisfarne

    Aug 13, 2019 at 10:03 AM

    Comment #15

    In other words, the manager is the biggest advantage to the protesters.

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  • Jib

    Aug 13, 2019 at 10:05 AM

    Comment #16

    To turn to footy matters
    (Sorry Tsunki Lesh OP Genji Jail etc.)
    I think we are going to have one of those seasons
    where Fortress SJP doesn’t exist and the away form
    will probably pull us out of the mire

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  • Rob1971

    Aug 13, 2019 at 10:05 AM

    Comment #17

    Not sure if anyone listened to True Faiths podcast last night with Luke Edwards, have a listen he basically says expect another takeover rumour around October time, just in time for the January window

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  • posada

    Aug 13, 2019 at 10:05 AM

    Comment #18

    Charlie
    I’ve read your comments here for a number of years.
    I would imagine you were at the game Sunday.
    Is it just me who does not appreciate the moron comments made by OLG.

    I would like your view of it, as someone I know is a proper supporter.

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  • Lindisfarne

    Aug 13, 2019 at 10:07 AM

    Comment #19

    Charlie in the Gallowgate

    I have been hoping to see you back on tthe blog. Did you go to the game and do you have a match report?
    I think you said you would attend and from your latest post i take it you were not impressed.

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  • hibbit

    Aug 13, 2019 at 10:12 AM

    Comment #20

    MARTOON

    Final League Position. 17th
    Final No. of Points. 33
    League Cup Round 4th round
    FA Cup Round 4th round
    Player of the Season (Blog) Longstaff
    Top Goal Scorer (League & Cup) joelinton
    No. of Goals for Top Goal Scorer 8

    many thanks Martoon for taking the time to do this again, its always an interesting read at the end of the season

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  • Bleatin' n Bruced

    Aug 13, 2019 at 10:15 AM

    Comment #21

    Lindy – “there did not appear to be more than 6,000?7,000 empty seats at St James’. This is a major problem for those who wish to organise protests”

    That’s a prime example of biased thinking. When was it ever acceptable to start a season against a top flight club, with several big signings, following on from a good run at the end of last season, with a new manager with a club looking forward to pushing on for achievement and still not falling 6,000 of CORE support and not have a vibrant, full to Capacity SJP?

    If you weren’t thinking from Ashley’s point of view you would seriously be aware you had a PR problem on your hands and would be panicking.

    Another thing, if the noisy dedicated support is not in the ground, ironically the silent mass who do turn up out of dutiful habit will do more to get the team demoralised and downhearted than the boycotters!

    That, friends, is a FACT! 😀

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  • Mindshaft

    Aug 13, 2019 at 10:15 AM

    Comment #22

    Welcome back Charlie in the gallowgate – looking forward to your summary of Sundays game :0

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  • hibbit

    Aug 13, 2019 at 10:17 AM

    Comment #23

    @16

    I suggest Jib’s trying to look like he knows what he’s talking about re the football comment, we all know he doesn’t !!!!!!!!!!!

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  • Mindshaft

    Aug 13, 2019 at 10:20 AM

    Comment #24

    Lindisfarne – I think the protest was a huge success and gained worldwide media coverage with a lot of empty seats shown – the actual figures at the game are estimated to be between 42,000 and 47,500 (the latter includes season ticket holders that didn’t attend).
    Lowest opening home fixture for as long as I can remember especially given that we had our new big signings on show and against a supposed top six side.

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  • theartfuldodger

    Aug 13, 2019 at 10:25 AM

    Comment #25

    So Rafa was offered the same pay of 6m by the club. Ofocurse he will ask for 9-10m…Is that not how we negotiate…specially with Ashley…If he wanted 7-8m he would have to start with 9-10m…?

    Add to that the fact that no bonuses were paid as Rafa said…So its only fixed salary…

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  • BenbulbenMag

    Aug 13, 2019 at 10:25 AM

    Comment #26

    I guess Charnley and A$$ LIE think that we will continue to believe their Walter Mitty version of events. We have had 12 years of it and are truly sick to the back teeth of it.

    We all know what needs to change – A$$ LIE out.

    They’re foolish to get into a mud slinging match with Rafa, they are parasites with zero credibility.

    Their transparent attempts to smear and reconstruct the history of our greatest manager since Sir Bobby is foolish, even for them.

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  • posada

    Aug 13, 2019 at 10:27 AM

    Comment #27

    A few weeks ago this was the theme on here and elsewhere.
    It’s every supporters right to make their own judgement on going or not.

    Now supporters who go are called morons.
    No one objects, apart from me. The moron comment gets 16 likes.

    That’s what boycotts do.

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  • Lindisfarne

    Aug 13, 2019 at 10:31 AM

    Comment #28

    Article @10 written by Jonathan Wilson in the Guardians 10 things from the weekend.

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  • JohnJ

    Aug 13, 2019 at 11:34 AM

    Comment #29

    So who would you believe? I know who I would believe and it’s not Charnley!

    It was blatantly obvious for a long time the club were not interested in retaining Rafa!!!

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  • Tonyd3b54

    Aug 13, 2019 at 12:21 PM

    Comment #30

    Sounds like a threat from Rafa. “If they like I can say what the reason is” basicallyShut up or I’ll reveal everything

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  • Tonyd3b54

    Aug 13, 2019 at 12:22 PM

    Comment #31

    Sounds like a threat from Rafa. “If they like I can say what the reason is” basically Shut up or I’ll reveal everything. I wish he would anyway.

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  • papscrunt

    Aug 13, 2019 at 12:36 PM

    Comment #32

    Why on earth should we return to our policy of silence? Rafa coming out and telling the truth is exactly what we need. The more voices who slate Jabba, the better

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  • Big Archie

    Aug 13, 2019 at 1:04 PM

    Comment #33

    Neil

    “They embody the changes they have made and words are often unnecessary.”

    It makes no difference whether he says he’ll change or not. He could be greeting fans at the gate strapped to a polygraph and the fans still wouldn’t believe him when he says good afternoon.

    Yes he has earned the distrust, but on the flip side the fans just wouldn’t give him the chance.

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  • jon.c

    Aug 13, 2019 at 4:24 PM

    Comment #34

    Please take Rafa,s photo off the blog he has gone let us now go forward

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  • Geordie1

    Aug 13, 2019 at 5:44 PM

    Comment #35

    Final League Position. 17th
    Final No. of Points. 33
    League Cup Round 4th round
    FA Cup Round 4th round
    Player of the Season (Blog) Shelvey
    Top Goal Scorer (League & Cup) Joelinton
    No. of Goals for Top Goal Scorer 8

    ASHLEY OUT!!!!!

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