Rafa Benitez fires clear dig at Mike Ashley following his shocking admission to the press today

Speaking to the press ahead to tomorrow’s trip to West Brom, Rafa Benitez has today admitted that Newcastle could not even compete with fellow newly promoted sides Brighton and Huddersfield over the summer – stating we couldn’t ‘sign the players they signed’ or ‘pay the wages they paid’.

We knew we were restricted financially over the summer following a year in the Championship, however this is a truly disturbing admission from Rafa and the biggest sign to date that Mike Ashley needs to go.

Here’s his sickening comments in today’s pre-match presser, including a clear dig at Mike Ashley – suggesting his lack of investment is the main reason we find ourselves in a difficult predicament:

“We have to compete against Huddersfield & Brighton but we couldn’t sign the players they signed or pay the wages they paid.

“We are where we are because we did what we did. We couldn’t sign players and couldn’t pay wages or the fee.”

Unfortunately, this is a sad sign of just how far we’ve fallen under Mike Ashley’s unambitious reign.

Us Newcastle fans don’t need to be told how important it is that Ashley leaves our club, but these comments make it even more essential that new owners arrive as soon as possible.



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About Olly Hawkins

Born in Gateshead, Olly was a Junior Magpie from birth. As a season ticket holder and avid Newcastle United fan – he eats, sleeps and breathes all things NUFC.

5 thoughts on “Rafa Benitez fires clear dig at Mike Ashley following his shocking admission to the press today

  1. Sadly, with Ashley intent on selling the club, there was never any way he was going to allow any real money be spent in Summer, especially if it meant he would have to help bankroll purchases until the Sky mega bucks came in at the end of the year -he knew that if he’d put up £50M of his own cash there’d be no way he would have recouped it in the asking price

    Once again he shows his true colours; greedy, spiteful, selfish and untrustworthy – gotta just pray that the sale goes through before Rafa decides he’s had enough and the current squad go into freefall.

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  2. Strange comments from RAFA, due to the fact he spent £38+ million in the summer window, only 5 other teams spent more than him.

    Player(s)

    Age

    Nat.

    Moving from

    Transfer fee

    Jacob Murphy Jacob Murphy
    Right Wing
    22 England
    Norwich City Norwich
    EnglandChampionship
    £10.17m

    Florian Lejeune Florian Lejeune
    Centre-Back
    26 France
    SD Eibar SD Eibar
    SpainLaLiga
    £9.00m

    Christian Atsu Christian Atsu
    Left Wing
    25 Ghana
    Chelsea FC Chelsea
    EnglandPremier League
    £6.75m

    Joselu Joselu
    Centre-Forward
    27 Spain
    Stoke City Stoke City
    EnglandPremier League
    £4.95m

    Javier Manquillo Javier Manquillo
    Right-Back
    23 Spain
    Atlético Madrid Atlético Madrid
    SpainLaLiga
    £4.50m

    Mikel Merino Mikel Merino
    Defensive Midfield
    21 Spain
    Borussia Dortmund Bor. Dortmund
    Germany1.Bundesliga
    Loan fee:
    £2.70m

    Adam Armstrong Adam Armstrong
    Centre-Forward
    20 England
    Bolton Wanderers Bolton
    EnglandChampionship
    End of loan
    Jan 1, 2018

    Tim Krul Tim Krul
    Keeper
    29 Netherlands
    Brighton & Hove Albion Brighton
    EnglandPremier League
    End of loan
    Sep 19, 2017

    Ivan Toney Ivan Toney
    Centre-Forward
    22 England
    Wigan Athletic Wigan
    EnglandLeague One
    End of loan
    May 31, 2018

    Lubomir Satka Lubomir Satka
    Centre-Back
    21 Slovakia
    DAC Dunajska Streda Dunajska Streda
    SlovakiaFortuna Liga
    End of loan
    Jun 30, 2017

    Siem de Jong Siem de Jong
    Attacking Midfield
    28 Netherlands
    PSV Eindhoven PSV Eindhoven
    NetherlandsEredivisie
    End of loan
    Jun 30, 2017

    Emmanuel Rivière Emmanuel Rivière
    Centre-Forward
    27 France
    Martinique
    CA Osasuna CA Osasuna
    SpainLaLiga
    End of loan
    Jun 30, 2017

    Florian Thauvin Florian Thauvin
    Right Wing
    24 France
    Olympique Marseille Marseille
    FranceLigue 1
    End of loan
    Jun 30, 2017

    Henri Saivet Henri Saivet
    Attacking Midfield
    26 Senegal
    France
    AS Saint-Étienne Saint-Étienne
    FranceLigue 1
    End of loan
    Jun 30, 2017

    Tim Krul Tim Krul
    Keeper
    29 Netherlands
    AZ Alkmaar AZ Alkmaar
    NetherlandsEredivisie
    End of loan
    Jun 30, 2017

    Kevin Mbabu Kevin Mbabu
    Right-Back
    22 Switzerland
    Congo DR
    BSC Young Boys BSC Young Boys
    SwitzerlandRaiffeisen Super League
    End of loan
    Jun 30, 2017

    Sum: £38.07m
    Average age of arrivals: 24,5
    Total market value arrivals: £55.8om

    source
    http://www.transfermarkt.co.uk/newcastle-united/transfers/verein/762

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  3. Billofengland – aren’t you missing the rather glaring fact that he generated fees through sales as well?

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