Newcastle fans have been waiting for Rafa Benitez to give an update/indication on how he believes the transfer window will develop for Newcastle United.

The manager has now given a brief update from the training camp in Ireland and referred back to his meeting with Mike Ashley, in the aftermath of the title win in the Championship.

Asked about a message for supporters, Rafa has indicated that he believes ‘everything is in place to move forward’.

The Newcastle manager saying that after his meeting with the club’s owner in May, he was ‘confident that after that meeting we have the money available and the wages’ for the necessary new signings.

The real punchline though was Rafa Benitez adding ‘Hopefully, Mike Ashley can keep his word and we can do what we want to do’.

Not a lot of word but a very powerful message delivered by Rafa, leaving nobody in doubt as to what will be at the root of the problem, if like January the club once again fail to bring in signings he has identified.

Rafa Benitez talking to the Chronicle:

“We are working very hard and trying to get as close as possible to some signings.

“When I had the meeting with Mike Ashley (in May) I was confident that after that meeting we have the money available and the wages.

“Everything is in place to move forward.

“Hopefully, Mike Ashley can keep his word and we can do what we want to do.”



  • East Durham Mag

    Don’t hold your breath Rafa.

  • Shipcote Willy

    Rafa finding out the hard way what most fans know- never trust Ashley for anything. How long will you wait Rafa?

  • MichaelMaximusMoose

    That`s the Rafalution tommy ducked if Rafa`s relying on the word of the
    Fat Omnipotent one
    Oh Dear !

  • Pelican

    Why is Rafa is so obsessed about Ashley. Another “doom merchant”.

    • MichaelMaximusMoose

      Because he`s the one with the cheque book, or has that passed you by

      • Pelican

        I can see that one went, whoosh, right over your head.

        • MichaelMaximusMoose

          whatever, i only understand plain English

          • Pelican

            Yes, you do not understand irony, but “whatever.” How apt.

          • MichaelMaximusMoose

            that post isn’t ironic

          • Pelican

            Claiming Rafa is a ‘doom merchant’ in quotation marks isn’t irony? I thought you of all people would have understood that one.

  • morryJR

    What exactly has Ashley promised? …specific amounts of money are never mentioned.. only vague references to money being made available..it’s always the same. Rafa kept his side of the bargain last season..so how about more solid backing for the manager and less ducking and diving from the owner.

  • Kneebotherm8

    Ominous words from Rafa, if he’s had Mikes word on it then it’s quite possible it’s not gonna happen. I’d trust him as far as I could throw the 22 stone obese individual.

    • Leazes Ender

      He might have said it to him in a pub, so it doesn’t count….apparently.

      Didn’t he appoint Kinnear in a Pub?

      • Kneebotherm8

        He seems to do the the vast majority of his dealings down at the local,mind you if I’d had 12 pints & chasers then I’d probably have problems remembering what I’d promised any individual, whether it be funds for transfers or £15 million for raising the Sportsdirect share price to a certain level.

        • Leazes Ender

          I wonder if he was plastered when he appointed Kinnear because he just turned up unannounced, unbeknown to the club Chairman who walked out……

          That might explain a few decisions.

          • Kneebotherm8

            He couldn’t have been sober when he appointed Kinnear?……….Could he?………..Surely not……….

  • Tel Boy Telboy

    Shambolic comes to mind, What a complete mess our club is in, We can only hope he sells the club and quickly as reported two months back now.

  • LeroyGibbs

    “Hopefully, Mike Ashley can keep his word….”
    Ah, there it is, I just spotted a slight problemette…..

  • Wor Monga

    As long as Ashley didn’t go looking for a fireplace to ‘call for Hughie’ when he was making that promise…we should be ok!!!

  • TheFatController

    I don’t think Ashley gives it too much thought, would any of us think about much if billionaires?

    His investment is safe, so why would he think about it? When he said ‘you do what you want with the revenue’ it sounded like a man saying ‘I’ll be doing SD business in London pubs, update me occasionally on NUFC’. To lessen his day to day (or week to week) involvement he even hired someone to do it for him this summer.

    Rafa doesn’t speak to Ashley, Charnley does. So Rafa’s comment was ‘I have no idea if Ashley will honour his promise, he’s not really involved so I wouldn’t have a clue.’

    But I think if you offered Ashley 3 Wijnaldums, he’d spend £45m on them, if 3 Mitros he’d block it. Why? He doesn’t care, but likes a deal that makes profit. Can Rafa spend £20m on a 30 get old? Probably not. Can he spend £12m on Murphy? Worth a punt on U21 yes, might be a Adele Ali would be Ashley’s thinking based on him liking a deal.

    He just seems not to care and to love a bargain or deal (see Carroll sale). People who think he rings his fists over things like a madman probably can’t empathize with having a billion and better things to do with your day – things like binge drinking and buying bankrupt clothing retailers …

  • Steve Pearce

    Just hoy the fat Chris Brunt in the Tyne and sell the club for a tenner to the people who make it what it is – we fans…