Mike Ashley delivers devastating news to Rafa Benitez – This is an absolute disgrace

The Chronicle have released a particularly worrying story this lunchtime, claiming that Mike Ashley will once AGAIN not back Rafa Benitez in the January transfer window with any sort of significant funds – with the Spaniard having now received his budget.

The former Real Madrid manager will be forced again to shop in the bargain basement, which as we know, decreases our chances of finding the quality additions we need to stay up.

Here is a snippet from the article, which won’t fill Newcastle fans with any sort of hope when it comes to the January window and Benitez’s future as a result:

“Rafa Benitez will be shopping in the bargain basement again when the January window opens for business.

“Newcastle spent just £23million on permanent deals over the summer, and there has been no assurances from boardroom level that Mike Ashley is prepared to splash out in January, despite the club’s precarious position.”

It’s absolutely ridiculous, if true, that Rafa won’t backed yet again.

We are in a real battle to stay up and Ashley is already sitting on a £20m profit from the summer, yet Benitez is continually being asked to work miracles with the nucleus of a squad from the Championship still.



The article goes on to state that Rafa wants deals done early in January (which would be a first) in order to avoid late drama and desperation like we saw with the Islam  Slimani deal last year, also being forced to tell scouts to ‘dig deep’ to find ‘low budget’ deals.

It’s the constant lack of investment which is forcing Rafa out of the club and another window like this will almost certainly see him walk away from St James’ Park come May.

Mike Ashley just isn’t interested in changing and the only way Rafa is going to stay long term and fans get any form of hope back, is if he sells up. We need to keep the pressure on him to sell and fast – May will quickly come around and at present, the club is completely and utterly stagnant, devoid of any ambition whatsoever.

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About Simon Riddlesden

Lifelong Newcastle United fan and East Stand season ticket holder. Observations from a supporter who has followed NUFC during Champions League participation and through relegation, taking me from Milan to Scunthorpe.

14 thoughts on “Mike Ashley delivers devastating news to Rafa Benitez – This is an absolute disgrace

  1. This is it for me, I can not watch the club I love die in front of me. That Fat one will do anything he can to destroy the one thing we hold dear. Rafa was our ticket out of mediocrity if only Ashley had backed him. I don’t believe there is any intention to sell, there’s been opportunities to sell already but he’s still sat there like a pompous dictator destroying everything in his path.

    I’m out and won’t purchase, view or read anything until the virus has gone.

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  2. Bojcott the fat ones business.
    Put “stop buying sports direct banners” in sjp. That will have a chance yo make him sell.
    Stop going to games is what he wants. The club is a way for him to play a sadistic game with the fans for not taking him as a hero when he bought.
    The game does not cost him at all and he is enjoying himself. Hurt his pocket hard and he will run.

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  3. I’ve mentioned this can we have an anti Ashley coloured scarf like what man Utd did a number of years ago and something like yellow and screen which supporters could wear to protest against ashley.

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  4. This is like playing Chinese Whispers at school.

    “Have you heard anything about transfers?”

    “No, nothings been confirmed”

    “Nothing? Benitez iz getting nothing?”

    “He has to sell to buy!”

    “Benitez has to sell his car to pay the bills”

    “Ashley eats babies”

    “”Ashley eats babies, and he doesn’t even cook them first”

    FFS boys – go back to the source and read it.

    For those of you screaming “last straw” – what is the last straw? Another misquote? A misinterpretation? Yet another deliberate twisting of words?

    Remember the good old days when we talked about transfers for 3 months in Summer and another month in Winter? How did we arrive at this situation where we’re ****ing about it all year long?

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  5. The worst thing is, if Rafa does go, who would want to come and work here. No money, no ambition. Who would we get ? Some second rate puppet. Oh, hang on, Fat Sam and Pardew are still unemployed !!!!

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  6. Consider: 1. FCB wants to sell club soon/now. 2. He wants to keep as much money as possible from the club. 3. Potential buyers know that the club may be in the Championship next year if no investment in January 2019. 4. So, the sale goes ahead, new owners, good transfer window January and we finish 10th again. Oooops, just woke up …………

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  7. To The TOON ARMY pile on the pressure on anything and everything that has ASHLEY’S grubby hands on or in it especially online.
    Target Everything , PILE IT ON PILE IT ON PILE IT ON PILE IT ON.

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  8. It pained me to do it but after fat boy bought our club I gave up my season ticket as soon as I could . It was a tremendous decision for me to make as I have been attending matches since 1961. I will not set foot in SJP tilts odious man sells up

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