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Rafa – Newcastle Players Deserve – And Will Get – Support From The Fans

The only man who is dangerous at Newcastle is owner Mike Ashley and maybe his sergeant-at-arms Lee Charnley, who keeps spouting forth on things like running a tight financial ship at Newcastle.

He mirrors what he’s told by Mike Ashley and never seems to think for himself.

Never have we heard Lee Charnley talk about what the team can do on the field – only that the finances have to be kept under tight control.

Mike Ashley’s biggest mistake at the club – and that’s saying something – was when he allowed Rafa to leave earlier this summer.

But it happened and while it was a complete shock to us and most fans – we have to move on with the new manager and the team.

We also need to somehow force Mike Ashley out of the club – and that’s easier said than done.

But we don’t want to impact how the team does on the field: especially when this could be a season where every point counts for our survival.

Rafa Benitez with Steve Bruce

But as Rafa has pointed out in his regular column in the Athletic  – that the fans must (and will) remain united behind the new manager and the players.

This is some of what Rafa said about Newcastle in his column in the Athletic:

“What can I say about them?”

“Before their first game, I wished the players, fans and Steve Bruce all the best and I meant it sincerely because they deserve it. Arsenal was their first match of the season and their first with a new manager, so we have to give them time.”

The signings we made to take us from the Championship have more experience in the Premier League now.”

“I think the combination of “our” young players, like Jamaal Lascelles, Isaac Hayden, DeAndre Yedlin and Javier Manquillo, the new squad members like Miguel Almiron and Sean Longstaff, together with the experience of Paul Dummett, Matt Ritchie, Martin Dubravka, Fabian Schar, Florian Lejeune, Federico Fernandez, Jonjo Shelvey, Ki Sung-Yeung, Ciaran Clark, Karl Darlow and Christian Atsu will be enough to stay up.” (note – Rafa signed 12 of those 17 players mentioned).

“The new players will have to make the difference if they want to finish better than 10th, but they will need — and they will have — support from the fans.”

“Even if they are not happy with how things have been done, because they know the club is bigger than anyone.”

“They have to be United; Newcastle United.”

So there you have it – one of the biggest strengths of Newcastle United are the fans and their undying support.

It has always been that way – and I remember well how my Dad went to all the away games during the 1950s – and it will always be that way.

Let’s not let the hatred of Mike Ashley get in the way of supporting the lads on the field.

The very last thing we want this season is yet another relegation.

The players need all the help they can get, and so does new manager Steve Bruce – who was an innocent bystander in all of this before he was appointed the manager.

He will give 100% as will all of our players.

If we can get the fans behind the team this season – while still trying to rid Newcastle of rogue owner Mike Ashley – we could even do quite well.

We’re hoping that will happen and who knows – when we do not hear anything about another acquisition – maybe Mike Ashley is busy selling the club.

We hope that happens – we pray that happens.

Howay The Lads!!

Comments welcome.

74 comments so far

  • Tony Baloney

    Aug 14, 2019 at 2:58 PM

    Comment #41

    Anglo Saxon: I have no idea what you are on about. But carry on. I might learn something about doing laundry or being a dirty old man. I have no idea where those accusations came from. A tiny mind, I am assuming.

  • toon22

    Aug 14, 2019 at 2:59 PM

    Comment #42


    Thats odd thing SD to do since i was able to google the answer and post it here a few weeks ago
    Right around the time JIB claimed SD were going ot start using KPMG(another lie)

    If SD cant appoint an auditor LSE rules state the shares be suspended
    If an auditor cannot be appointed the regulator will step in and appoint one for them
    At the time i guessed they would end up with the HMRC doing it


  • Mindshaft

    Aug 14, 2019 at 3:00 PM

    Comment #43

    Baloney: I would suggest if you don’t know anything about doing laundry then you’re already a dirty old man 🙂

  • Lee Charnley Bunga Party

    Aug 14, 2019 at 3:01 PM

    Comment #44

    It’s so frustrating listening to Charnley and Ashley spout utter nonsense unchallenged in an interview!!

    Wish someone would ask what happens to all the sponsorship money like Fun 88 etc ?!?! Never seems to be accounted for surely that should be paying for the facilities etc?

    All the boasting about spending 60 odd million conveniently forgets we have got rid of Rafa and his teams wages , Rondons wages , sold Perez , Diame’s wages etc so its going to be nowhere near that figure!?!?

  • Anglo Saxon

    Aug 14, 2019 at 3:01 PM

    Comment #45

    You’ll never learn baloney because you are a narcissist, and I spew more Venom than a viper pit.

  • Tony Baloney

    Aug 14, 2019 at 3:01 PM

    Comment #46

    Yep: I am a dirty old man who washes his underpants once a week in his Dinnington bedsit. You’ve got me pegged.

  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Aug 14, 2019 at 3:02 PM

    Comment #47

    Blimey the bus is motoring along again, can’t be bovvered to repost.but I replied to you hibbit about the wheelie bins.

  • martoon

    Aug 14, 2019 at 3:02 PM

    Comment #48

    toon22 – I’ve been reading this blog for quite a few years now and one thing I can say for sure is that Bills son is NOT an alt of Jib!

  • The next Mike Williamson

    Aug 14, 2019 at 3:02 PM

    Comment #49

    Same thing Hibbit. Exactly.

  • hibbit

    Aug 14, 2019 at 3:02 PM

    Comment #50
  • Tony Baloney

    Aug 14, 2019 at 3:03 PM

    Comment #51

    Mindshaft: you really should give up on trying to be funny.

  • Anglo Saxon

    Aug 14, 2019 at 3:03 PM

    Comment #52

    It’s my vision of you baloney a Dirty old Man

  • toon22

    Aug 14, 2019 at 3:04 PM

    Comment #53

    Not having an auditor means the share holders cant determine the shares value IIRC
    Like said though, was able to google it

  • hibbit

    Aug 14, 2019 at 3:04 PM

    Comment #54

    The next Mike Williamson

    OK if that’ what you think,

  • Markaccus

    Aug 14, 2019 at 3:05 PM

    Comment #55


    Final League Position. 19th
    Final No. of Points. 33
    League Cup Round 4th round
    FA Cup Round 4th round
    Player of the Season (Blog) Almiron
    Top Goal Scorer (League & Cup) Joelinton
    No. of Goals for Top Goal Scorer 8

  • toon22

    Aug 14, 2019 at 3:06 PM

    Comment #56

    You would think even our accountancy expert JIB would know that,ill see if i can dredge up the rules again

  • Mindshaft

    Aug 14, 2019 at 3:07 PM

    Comment #57

    Baloney: I was stating a fact rather than trying to be funny
    btw: you’ve been up since about 4 and it’s now past 9 – don’t you have a job to go to, you seem to spend all day and night on here

  • hibbit

    Aug 14, 2019 at 3:08 PM

    Comment #58

    can anyone put that article up it wont let me,

    very interesting read and shows what a desperate situation SD have got themselves into !!!

  • Ron Knee

    Aug 14, 2019 at 3:08 PM

    Comment #59


    At least the D*ldo Brothers are WHam supporters.

  • Online Guy

    Aug 14, 2019 at 3:11 PM

    Comment #60

    In January Almiron will be sold to Real Madrid or Barcelona .

    We will be bottom 3 .

    The manager will be sacked .

    Replaced with Sam Alladdicio .

    Relegation will follow.

    Rinse and repeat for the next 20 years of Ashley rule.

    Still going along ? Have fun.

  • Ron Knee

    Aug 14, 2019 at 3:11 PM

    Comment #62

    “Sports Direct has now asked the UK government what its options are as it faces breaking stock market rules if it cannot appoint an official auditor at its annual general meeting, according to the Financial Times.

    “The business secretary, Andrea Leadsom, has the power to appoint an auditor to a quoted company if it cannot do so itself. If Sports Direct fails to find an auditor it will be the first major publicly listed company to do so.” (Grauniad)

  • hibbit

    Aug 14, 2019 at 3:14 PM

    Comment #63

    Thanks Reilly

  • Tony Baloney

    Aug 14, 2019 at 3:14 PM

    Comment #64

    Mindshaft: I work part time at the moment from home. If you can call it work! Taken a bit of time off as well because I have enough money to decide on the next step in my career. Been to see me mam in Newcastle for 6 weeks and me brother in Thailand for 6 weeks. The idiots on here will probably doubt that as well.

    Cricket starts at 4am so my body clock gets thrown off sometimes and I have an afternoon nap.

  • hibbit

    Aug 14, 2019 at 3:15 PM

    Comment #65

    its the FT one that was after thanks anyway,

  • The next Mike Williamson

    Aug 14, 2019 at 3:16 PM

    Comment #66

    It is Hibbit. Next time don’t call people idiot then go and say the exact same thing you just called stupid. Or else your calling yourself stupid which isn’t very bright to say the least.

  • hibbit

    Aug 14, 2019 at 3:18 PM

    Comment #67

    Best i can do wort a read

    Sports Direct in government talks over auditor trouble
    Grant Thornton to quit next month and no other firm is willing to step in

    Sports Direct could ask the government to appoint an auditor if it is unable to secure a replacement for Grant Thornton © Tolga Akmen
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    Sports Direct has asked the UK government to clarify how it might act if the troubled retailer becomes the first major listed business to fail to appoint an auditor.

    Grant Thornton, which has audited Sports Direct since it floated on the London Stock Exchange in 2007, has told regulators that it intends to quit after the retailer’s annual meeting of shareholders in September.

    The decision leaves Sports Direct struggling to appoint a replacement auditor, as it admitted that it had not previously persuaded rival accounting firms to tender for its audit contract.

    Sports Direct, founded by tycoon Mike Ashley, has asked the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy for clarity on the powers of the secretary of state to appoint an auditor to a public company, according to two people with knowledge of the matter.

    The Financial Reporting Council, the audit watchdog, has also been involved in the talks, the people said.

    Under the UK Companies Act, the secretary of state for the department for business, Andrea Leadsom, has the power to appoint an auditor to a quoted company if it fails to appoint one itself. The company must notify the department within a week via a notice to Companies House.

    A person close to the discussions said the process was “completely untested”.


    Brooke Masters
    Higher audit costs are a price worth paying for the Big Four
    Sports Direct said during its annual results that all of the Big Four firms — Deloitte, PwC, KPMG and EY — had claimed to be conflicted from auditing it. “Deloitte carry out the tax work for the group and therefore cannot carry out audit work?.?.?.?KPMG, EY and PwC have indicated that there are currently barriers to engaging with us but we believe these are not insurmountable,” it said in its annual results. BDO, a mid-tier accountant, ruled itself out of a proposed tender process last year, citing reputational risk.

    Mazars, another small firm, approached Sports Direct about becoming its next auditor but with a number of conditions about governance. Sports Direct said in its annual results that it did not believe a firm outside of the Big Four would be able to “cope” with its audit in the future due to an increase in its size and complexity.

    The situation has drawn the attention of the UK accounting profession. The chief executive of a Big Four firm said there were significant unanswered questions about the possibility that it could be forced by ministers to audit Sports Direct. “How will we convince one of our audit partners to be the signed partner on the accounts? Will they be given special dispensation from enforcement action from the regulator?” he said.

    The UK’s largest accounting firms are preparing to purge risky or unprofitable audit clients after a string of corporate collapses and scandals that have increased scrutiny on the sector. EY, KPMG, Deloitte and PwC, as well as Grant Thornton and BDO, have launched sweeping reviews of clients this summer to weed out those they consider potentially problematic.

    Sports Direct did not respond to a request for comment. The FRC declined to comment. The department for business said: “The secretary of state’s powers to intervene only apply in particular circumstances, which do not currently apply here.”

  • #BoycottAshley ( OP)

    Aug 14, 2019 at 3:20 PM

    Comment #68


    I’m loving watching you backtrack.

    After all you bile towards “naysayers” and “doomsters” now you think Bruce maybe not that good.


    Now that is entertainment.

    Quick rewrite history before anyone sussed you.

    With idiots like you about theres no need for comedians.

  • Tony Baloney

    Aug 14, 2019 at 3:22 PM

    Comment #69

    I also went to Seattle and Madrid for a week each. If you want me to tell you where I stayed I can do that. With friends in Burien near Seattle and the Atlantic hotel in Madrid and also Toledo at the Marriot overlooking the city.

    Jib can probably jib it to authenticate what I am saying.

    I was in Koh Samui to see my brother. Stayed at The Weekender Resort.

    Alternatively, I have been sat in Dinnington in my underwear.

  • Online Guy

    Aug 14, 2019 at 3:23 PM

    Comment #70

    Alex Bruce if you read here ..Your old man is a good bloke but he’s no Rafa , KK or Sir Bobby.

    He means well but we think he took the Job for his own reasons, his own ambition and ignored the fact that Mike Ashley is a dishonest man.

    When Pardew took the Job other managers were ringing him up same day asking him why he was going to work for that creep !

    So you see Alex (if your reading) your fatha is in league with Ashley and will become one of his yes men as Ashley manipulates. As the clock ticks by to January your Fatha will be told what to say and when to say it ..in fact if he has a think it will suddenly dawn on him he’s working for a dishonest dictator and he should resign ..hopefully he will realise he took the Job for selfish reasons and walk out.

    Sad but true. Good look kidda.

    Ashley is no reflection on your fatha but we all know where this is going .

    It’s all going to end in tears.

  • Tony Baloney

    Aug 14, 2019 at 3:27 PM

    Comment #71

    OOH you’re such a world traveller Tony!!!!

    Actually, I am, Have been to about 30 states, Canada, Costa Rica, Mexico, Thailand, 3 weeks in Egypt, all over Europe.

    Well, from my couch in Dinnington watching travel shows on TV.

  • Online Guy

    Aug 14, 2019 at 3:28 PM

    Comment #72

    No other accountancy firm will step in because they will not want to unravel and make presentation of books that have possibly been formed in a creative manner shall we say ?

    ‘Sides, when the knots unravel they may find that everything is not as it should be and will have no part in devious shennanaigans. If any exsist I need to say .


  • Anglo Saxon

    Aug 14, 2019 at 3:30 PM

    Comment #73

    Yep give him enough rope as they say.

  • Bills Son Is Back

    Aug 14, 2019 at 3:57 PM

    Comment #74

    OP & Jail,

    The lengths you two will go to spout crap about me is laughable.

    This is what I’ve posted since Rafa went and Bruce arrived.

    1. Some of the football under Rafa was awful – undeniable.

    2, Whilst I didn’t like the football I had total confidence in Rafa keeping us up.

    3. I wish Rafa was still here.

    4. Bruce being a good man manager doesn’t make him a good results manager.

    5. Bruce won’t survive on good management and attacking football, he needs points and results.

    6. I’d rather see us play crap football, stay in the Prem and win a trophy than see exciting football and win nowt.

    So there you have it.

    No double tracking, no rewriting history, no about turns.

    The only double tracking, rewriting history, about turning blowhards are OP and Jail.


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