In the recent Mike Ashley interview, where he played the forlorn one whose business interests were portrayed as something he was stuck with rather than took pleasure in owning, he did say one thing that raised concerns for me.

That was the line where he said the coffers were empty as far as the Toon was concerned.

Now I am so mixed up and frustrated by this man and would not trust him in any way, shape or form – and I can’t tell when he is bluffing, lying or has a cunning plan…

But what I do know is that Rafa Benitez will have heard that statement, and if he pulls off saving our Premier League status, he will abscond anyway because he will need plenty of dosh to rebuild.

If Mike Ashley was bluffing, I hope he confided in the Toon board and let them know the statement was simply playing to the cameras and funds are still available for Rafa Benitez should we stay up.

If S***** D***** is still doing badly on the day we stay up, I hope Mike Ashley will not snaffle the TV money to shore up his retail business and Rafa Beinitez will be away.

Let us pray Fatty was waffling to the cameras and that we stay up, that Rafa will be given the money he was surely promised when he came to Toon.

If Ashley was telling the truth about the coffers being empty, Rafa will be gone no matter what league we are in.