Alan Shearer has spoken to Rafa Benitez and it isn’t good news.

The weight of evidence that things have to change at Newcastle, is now surely overwhelming, for even the most optimistic of supporters.

The behind the scenes lack of support for Rafa Benitez from Mike Ashley and his minions, has created a situation whereby the United boss approaches the season with a squad way below the quality he was expecting to have.

Alan Shearer says that having spoken to him, ‘There is definitely a frustration there from Rafa Benitez’ after missing out on countless transfer target this summer.

Shearer says that Rafa still needs to sign the experienced goalkeeper he is desperate to have as his number one, as well as a left-back and minimum of one, maybe two, strikers, before the transfer window ends.

The legendary number nine says that Rafa expected to be able to carry on the momentum if he won promotion but that if the backing from Ashley is not there, then ‘he won’t be there much longer’.

Alan Shearer speaking to Talksport:

“I think there’s definitely a frustration there from Rafa Benitez, having spoken to him.

“They have been in for a lot of players and they have missed out on a lot of players.

“They have tried but for different reasons they haven’t got some of the players in that they’ve wanted.

“They have been too late, other clubs have gone ahead and beaten them to it.

Rafa will have them hard to beat, he will have them organised and well drilled…but Rafa wants to be bigger and better than that.

“He went to the Championship knowing that his job was to get the club back into the Premier League, then thinking he could go one step further and build and get bigger & better.

“That is what he wants and if he is not able to do that, he won’t be there for much longer.

“He will have to have signs of bringing more players in and I think it’s a big two or three weeks regarding bringing a few more in.

“He needs that, there is no doubt about it.

“He says he needs a new striker, he might need two, he needs a full-back, he also wants an experienced goalkeeper.

“He says they’re working hard to bring those players in and hopefully they can.

“I think we will know a lot in a month’s time and if he doesn’t get what he wants, than you might see it starting to unravel.”



  • MichaelMaximusMoose

    Al wouldn`t haven`t have made these comments if he hadn`t got the nod from Rafa, it seems the situation is deteriorating faster than I thought

    • Jezza

      We are on the very brink of a full scale crisis.

      • MichaelMaximusMoose

        Yip its all going pear shaped Jezza

  • East Durham Mag

    It’s more a question now of which yes man will get the job. We get a world class manager and the Fat piece of sh#t undermines him and lies to him. Every year he says he might sell up then nowt more is said. He must hate Newcastle United.

    • Biggs Darklighter

      He loves Newcastle United, it is lining his pockets. We need to get rid of him.

      • East Durham Mag

        Concrete shoes? lol

      • Oooh bobbi fleckman

        You have a strange definition of lining pockets. I’d say he’s better off sewing them up

    • Jezza

      I think we all know which yes man will replace Rafa. Ashley has had him lined up since 22nd December last year.

      • MichaelMaximusMoose

        😂😂 True

      • East Durham Mag

        God forbid.

        • Soldier

          my thoughts exactly God forbid & what jezza has posted

      • Oooh bobbi fleckman

        I bet you £20 Alan Pardew will not become Nufc manager by Christmas.

        • Jezza

          I agree. He will become Newcastle manager by the second week in September.

          • Oooh bobbi fleckman

            £20 says he will not. Or are you not betting / have the courage to back up your words?

          • Jezza

            As I have said before I have never gambled in my life and am not going to start now just because of some Mackem wind up merchant infiltrating a Newcastle United fan’s forum.

          • Oooh bobbi fleckman

            Stick and stones Jezza, it’s convenient that you don’t in principle back up your words. £10 to Altheimers if Pardew has not been our manager by Christmas?

          • Jezza

            I am not making convenient excuses. You do not know me. I am a man of my word and I am honest. Here is what I will do. When NUFC appoint their next permanent manager after Rafa Beinitz, if that permanent manager is anyone other then Alan Pardew, you’ve got your £10 donation to Alzheimers.

          • Oooh bobbi fleckman

            Good, name your charity as it’s only fair to reciprocate.

    • Shipcote Willy

      I don’t believe he has any intention of selling as he has everything he wants at NUFC, including free advertising, for no outlay

      • Oooh bobbi fleckman

        I can think of cheaper ways of advertising than risking £272m

        • Kneebotherm8

          He’s not risking anything,that money and more is still in the value of the club,that’s obvious to any halfwit,is it not?

          • Oooh bobbi fleckman

            Yes and no. In the premier league with the current TV deal, the club is worth about £450m – £500m, in the championship it can be argued it’s worthless with the wage bill, that’s a risky business to have thrown a quarter of a billion at. I think it may be a halfwit who doesn’t take that risk on board.

            If Sports Direct wanted advertising at a similar profile football club they could go to Everton and pay £2m a year and get 1/2 the perimeter advertising available. Mike Ashley could have put £260m into a safe high interest account in 2007 and got 5% (even available today) a year, that’s £444m his savings would be today so, a mean figure of £17m a year Ashley has forgone by investing in NUFC. (ignoring the additional investment in 2009 and 2016).

          • Kneebotherm8

            Why did he buy the club then,if he could could be getting 5% interest on his £260 million pound investment which is £13 million a year and then pay Everton £2 million a year for SD advertising.Dont tell me it’s his love of NUFC that made him invest his money in the club.

          • Oooh bobbi fleckman

            I suspect he thought it would be more fun running nufc. He’s also a Nufc fan

          • Kneebotherm8

            NUFC fan?………………..😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂 you’re one sad individual.

          • Oooh bobbi fleckman

            As we’re not allowed to put links up, search this site for ‘barbecue’ and you will see the article confirming this.

          • Kneebotherm8

            Worth £450-500 million? I thought he was trying to sell the club for £400 million,you must be an even tighter [email protected] than Ashley.

          • Oooh bobbi fleckman

            The most recent valuations have been above £500m in the EPL. Everton’s 49.9% shareholder paid £200m last year suggesting Everton’s value was around £400m. NUFC don’t need a penny spent on a stadium like Everton so you’d put Nufc a little higher with similar status and (assuming) similar potential.

          • Oooh bobbi fleckman

            Hardly tighter you fool, it means that should I join a consortium to buy into the club, it would cost more.

  • magpiefifer

    Even in a best case scenario that we do get 2 or 3 quality signings by the deadline,we’ll be 3 games into the season and probably 5/6 before they are bedded in – will we be playing catch-up!?
    This is not the way Rafa planned,and if it goes belly-up we know what will happen!

    • Geordiegiants

      Pinocchio 🤥

  • shellington

    If Rafa goes the biggest walkout in football history needs to happen, empty SJP for months and tell Ashley he is not welcome for a second longer.

    Anyone who turns up with Rafa gone is a traitor to the club and a part of their down fall.

    • magpiefifer

      Agree entirely – but the exodus won’t happen!
      Look at what Ashley has done to us over the past 10 years,and still 50,000+ turn up at SJP!!
      I gave up my season ticket and won’t be back at SJP while Ashley owns NUFC,but I’m in a tiny minority,and will remain so.

      • mactoon

        Me too. Season ticket holder since the 70’s but Ashley has sucked all the enjoyment out of going to watch my club. I gave my ticket up shortly after 2013 and vowed never to give him any more of my money. Still a fan, no longer a supporter finance wise

      • Oooh bobbi fleckman

        Glory hunter.

        • Jezza

          Just exactly what glory was on offer for Newcastle fans between the 70’s and 2013? This guy is a true supporter who stuck it out far longer than he could have been expected to. You on the other hand are an attention seeker.

    • Andy Mac

      and anyone who argues their case to claim a place on the terraces is just a self serving, mind numbingly stupid moron.

      Those who claim they have a right to sit in the ground on matchdays, after Rafa has gone, deserve a good kicking from the rest of us.

      • Wor Lass

        If Rafa walks then there could well be a really significant boycott – but there`s no need to be calling fans who don`t agree with you like that, Andy.

    • Oooh bobbi fleckman

      And what good will that do? It will not cungure up a buyer. Unless of course fans chip in themselves and buy him out but history says Nufc fans are a little shy at risking their own money.

      • Geordiegiants

        Cungure?????? You really are a clever clogs.

        • Oooh bobbi fleckman

          wow, a spello, well done! I was typing on a phone, live with it.

          • Geordiegiants

            Spello????

          • Oooh bobbi fleckman

            Spelling mistake, get down with the kids

          • Geordiegiants

            I’ll stick to English thanks.

  • Shipcote Willy

    Rafa wont walk out as he has heavy financial penalties built into his contract and would be tied up legally from taking another job. I am amazed Rafa agreed to this but it was probably a requirement to get the lucrative contract he has and he would be expecting Ashley to keep his word. I think he will stay until the end of the season then walk away and deal with the consequences then. Which division we will be in and which Ashley yes man will in charge is anyone’s guess. I rue the day Ashley ever got involved with our club.

    • Paul Patterson

      Nope. Constructive dismissal.

      • Oooh bobbi fleckman

        In what basis?

  • Soldier

    my biggest fear is that Rafa`s replacement is in the sky studio on Sunday

    • Oooh bobbi fleckman

      Gary Neville?

  • Leazes Ender

    Look there’s now way on earth that Pardew will replace Benitez…. It’ll be Barry Fry, he may have died a few years back but this is the level we are at.

    • Jezza

      Ha ha, reminds me of my reaction when Joe Kinnear got the job. My exact words were “I thought he was dead”.

      • Leazes Ender

        Just my impression of the ‘happy-clappies’.

      • Andy Mac

        He was from the neck up Jezza.

    • mactoon

      from the Rafalution to the resurrection :)

    • Andy Mac

      So someone dressed in a Barry Fry costume parading along the touchline by remote control ? Plus you’d have to pay Bazza a few quid just to pretend he’s dead

      • Leazes Ender

        He is isn’t he?

        • Andy Mac

          Third attempt. No he isnt !! This fkn disqus system is shlte

          • Leazes Ender

            I miss the ability to insert cartoons.

          • Geordiegiants

            Pure

    • Mrkgw

      I’ve thought that’s Ashley had Pardew lined up for a while now and this whole fiasco with transfers adds weight to that fear. Ashley is killing the club.

      • Leazes Ender

        Pardew knows he’s hated, no chance.

        • Geordiegiants

          Are you joking or what? His skin is like a hide of crocodile.

          • Jimblag23

            Pardews wet dream is rejecting Newcastles offer.
            His ego would explode.

          • Geordiegiants

            You are probably right, but he knows he will never get the sack if he come here.

          • Kneebotherm8

            You couldn’t sack him,he’s sackless.

  • nufcslf

    Not a surprise really. Wouldn’t go to matches until fatty was gone any way. Glad I live in Canada and only have to watch or like last season, listen to them. Thanks Mike…..now go to hell.

  • Oooh bobbi fleckman

    Shearer is becoming a rent a gob

    • Geordiegiants

      Yeah yeah yeah. Ashley is a messiah and Shearer is a traitor!

      • Oooh bobbi fleckman

        He did take us down

        • Kneebotherm8

          Ashley took us down not once but twice.

        • Geordiegiants

          See below.

        • Jezza

          Oh yes that’s right. Shearer took us down after the wonderful Joe Kinnear had left us in a safe as houses mid table position. Go boil your head.

          • Oooh bobbi fleckman

            If Kinnear didn’t have to drop out, we’d have never gone down. Stats my dear.

          • Jezza

            Not only a Mackem wind up merchant but you know nothing about football either. Next you’ll be saying Rafa took us down in 2016 when McClaren would have kept us up.

          • Oooh bobbi fleckman

            No, the stats and momentum had McClaren taking us down. Kinnear had us mid-table.

            For all the negativity for Kinnear amongst fans, listen to the players, Barton, Nolan, Duff, Saylor all said he was good. He left us 13th and doing OK, I admit I saw his 2nd last game at City and we were destroyed by Bellamy and just lucky he couldn’t finish although I recall he scored a cracking winner for them.

          • Jezza

            What position were Newcastle United in when Alan Shearer took over with eight games to go?

          • Oooh bobbi fleckman

            18th, he should have improved in that, he didn’t.

          • Jezza

            As ever you are being deliberately ridiculous just to provoke a reaction. I suppose Rafa should have imprived on our position when he took over too because he had 10 games and Shearer only had 8.

          • Jezza

            We were already in a relegation position when Shearer took over with 8 games left. I rest my case.

          • Oooh bobbi fleckman

            But you can’t blame Kinnear

          • Jezza

            I never blamed Kinnear for our relegation in 09 but you most certainly did blame Shearer which was what started this whole debate.

          • Oooh bobbi fleckman

            OK, I don’t think Shearer helped much.

          • Kneebotherm8

            Why?

          • Oooh bobbi fleckman

            Why, because he seemed to lose the confidence of some players within a very short time.

            The problem that season was KK left but Kinnear was a safe pair of hands for the season and was keeping us mid table. It was bad luck when JFK got ill and in hindsight, Chris Hughton was out of his depth at that point and another interim manager put in place. AS was an appeasing choice, not the right one.

          • Kneebotherm8

            Pure pro Ashley hypothesis, my dear.

          • Oooh bobbi fleckman

            How, we were 13th when he had his heart problem. We weren’t puling up trees but we were doing OK. We’d had a pretty bad January with injuries and suspensions but got a win away to WBA and played well. After Kinnear stepped down, we couldn’t buy a win and looked rudderless.

          • Kneebotherm8

            You wouldn’t be able to find a pan big enough to boil that heed.

        • disqus_GFJ5SSXQ7o

          Idiot, if you think Shearer was responsible you are a mug

          • Oooh bobbi fleckman

            Shearer didn’t help. It looked to me that he lost the dressing room by the time we lost to Liverpool away. nobody but Barton tried in that game.

            It was bad luck to lose Kinnear.

    • Big shaun

      Wtf?!

    • Kneebotherm8
      • Oooh bobbi fleckman

        True, he’s always been a bit of one. He’s a terrible pundit.

        • Jezza

          If there was any doubt before ther isn’t any more. Now I know you’re nothing other than a Mackem wind up merchant.

          • Oooh bobbi fleckman

            Is he a good pundit? really?

          • Jezza

            He certainly talks a lot more sense than you ever do. Then again, who doesn’t?

          • Oooh bobbi fleckman

            That’s not really a clever response, come on Jezza, what next? “my Dad’s bigger than yours.”

          • Jezza

            Say what you like but it was an entirely accurate response.

        • Kneebotherm8

          Him as a pundit or Ashley as an owner, I know who gets my vote every time and it ain’t your buddy Ashley.

          • Oooh bobbi fleckman

            I don’t think that’s the debate?

          • Kneebotherm8

            You made it the debate when you criticized him for daring to question your beloved Ashley.

    • Jezza

      You are an utter disgrace. Call yourself a Newcastle fan. Constantly sticking up for Ashley and now slagging off a true Newcastle United legend. Shame on you. NUFC do not need so called fans like you.

      • Oooh bobbi fleckman

        I happen to think Shearer is a great player but he does what’s right for Alan Shearer (and why not?). Bobby should have sold him and gone with his plan to move forward.

        Shearer is a poor pundit. People are rude about Steven Taylor on the TV but he’s far more insightful than Shearer.

        Remember Shearers list of players to get out the championship?

        • Jezza

          I’ll tell you what Alan Shearer did. He turned down trophies galore and glory everlasting to come and play for Newcastle United to win nothing and for less money too. That man sacrificed a guaranteed cabinet full of winners medals of the very highest order to play for us Newcastle fans. If you can not show him the respect he deserves then you are not a Newcastle supporter. You are a joke. Get back to Roker Park.

          • Oooh bobbi fleckman

            Hmmm, so he’ll tell you. He joined United after we’d finished 2nd place but reality was, we were the best side in the country who just needed to get that first trophy to get momentum going. We were the best side that year, we were just psyched out. Shearer joined thinking he could join the trophy hunt and be a hero as he’s seen as the difference between 95/96 and the glorious trophy winning 96/97 side.

            Less money? no fella, NUFC offered more money, we always did.

          • Jezza

            NUFC matched the basic salary he was offered by Manchester. He would have earned more at Manchester through win weekly win bonuses, bonuses for winning trophies, image rights and more lucrative sponsorship deals as he was playing for the highest profile club in the league.

          • Oooh bobbi fleckman

            Yes, I’m sure, if you take winning bonuses into consideration. Who’s to blame for NUFC not getting winning bonuses? The players. The same players got NUFC to 2nd the season before, Shearer didn’t get us any higher and latterly went backwards.

            To think that Shearer chose to miss out on medals and trophies is daft, in the summer of 1996, NUFC were every bit as good a prospect for winning trophies than Newton Heath.

          • Jezza

            Maybe NUFC were seemingly on the verge of winning trophies in 96 but Shearer stopped for 10 years. He could easily have left and gone onto better things after a couple of years when the team fell into decline but he didn’t.

          • Oooh bobbi fleckman

            That is true, he did stay on but once.he was injured his options were limited

          • Jezza

            He certainly had the chance to go to Liverpool in 1999.

          • Oooh bobbi fleckman

            They weren’t exactly a step towards silverware then, i thought it was later and Bobby was ready to let him go.

        • Kneebotherm8

          Steven Taylor? Now I know you’re tekkin the pss.

          • Oooh bobbi fleckman

            He’s a decent lad is Taylor.

      • Kneebotherm8

        He’s an Ashley fan,not a Newcastle fan Jezza. Massive difference there,chalk and cheese I’d say.

  • Big shaun

    I absolutely hate the fat useless, greedy slug that is mike Ashley! Inept selfish bar****d.

    • Andy Mac

      I share your pain and anger. However you need to redirect it at the 50k who turn up every match knowing they’ve been taken for mugs but cant be bothered to do anything about it ?

      • Damon Horner

        We’re not in the playground now mate. Having a go at fellow fans because you disagree with them won’t do anything.

    • Leazes Ender

      How did you get your hands on my transcript of Ashley’s biography.

    • Kneebotherm8

      He’d be a better bar steward than the clueless,unambitious,self serving football club owner he is.

  • Thesickas

    50000 go and most struggle to pay for it and fat boy just loves it.. he’s never worked a day in his life so what does he know about struggling nowt.hes a lying s**t bag and he’s got little creeps around him nodding like lap dogs.
    Get out of our city and get out of our beloved club.

    • Leazes Ender

      A very fair and balanced assessment.

    • Oooh bobbi fleckman

      Yet, he’s given us some of the cheapest tickets in the premier league and reduced a lot of ticket prices from their 2007 level. That to me suggests he’s helped those 50,000 who struggle to pay to get to the match,

      For him to get out of the club, there has to be someone to buy him out, something nobody seems prepared to do.

      • Kneebotherm8

        Sycophantic windbag.

        • Oooh bobbi fleckman

          The problem is, these are facts. Are lot of the stuff you, Leazes, Jezza and others are coming up with is just a load of pub talk, ill advised nonsense.

          • Kneebotherm8

            You quote few facts,only your weirdly biased Ashley rhetoric. Very weird in fact………….

          • Oooh bobbi fleckman

            I don’t really know how to answer that. Facts and reality is all you can act on. Some people can be taken in by misinformation and that’s understandable if they don;t know. People only become stupid when they know the reality yet still make strange illogical conclusions.

            I’d gladly show Ashley’s mistakes but I’ll defend him if people are following lies and coming to incorrect conclusions.

          • Kneebotherm8

            You defended him against a Commons Select Committee inquiry which found him undeniably guilty on his Shirebrook operation. I’ve not read one piece on the Mag,from you,criticising Ashley. Your defence of him from any criticism,from any source,even a Commons Select Committee,which slaughtered him on his Shirebrook operation,is very weird to say the least.

          • Oooh bobbi fleckman

            The commons select committee are a bunch of MPs who have no judicial power. Hardly any of them have any life skills, the Tories get on through nepotism and college handshakes, Labour are just a bunch of work-shy union shop stewards and nepotism as well. There was no undeniable guilt , they don’t have the power to make judgement.

            All they concluded was the security checks effectively made SD guilty of not paying minimum wage. I’d love them to visit my local big employer, it’s the MOD and secutity checks there can really leave the employees late for work.

            It’s very easy, if you don’t want to work somewhere, leave. Personally, I’d not pay so much dole out but hey, I’m not an MP yet so don’t have a say.

          • Kneebotherm8

            What the fck are you on about,they’ve been sacking workers for the most trivial of offences,a culture of rule by fear(of losing their jobs)and that’s a fact. Ashley sat there like a dummy,cap in hand admitting his companys guilt to the CSC as he had no other option,and that’s a fact too. Guilty as charged indisputably.

          • Oooh bobbi fleckman

            Personally I’d have told the MPs tondo One and get a proper job. That guy from Hartlepool was shouting his mouth off but MA has created wealth in Mansfield in 20 years whilst his Labour party presided over job losses and misery in Hartlepool.

          • Kneebotherm8

            Jeez,What fkn planet are you on? You defend the indefensible.

          • Oooh bobbi fleckman

            I don’t think government should get involved in business. If people don’t like working at SD then they can leave, fair enough?

          • Jezza

            There’s only one person spouting nonsense of this forum.

          • Oooh bobbi fleckman

            There’s more than just you Jezza, don’t be hard on yourself.

          • Jezza

            I’m really getting sick of you. You are just an attention seeking agent provocateur.

          • Geordiegiants

            Two or three Jezza: Clarko, Fleckman and Anita. Three *****

          • Kneebotherm8

            Pub talk?Youve got that the wrong way round, I think you’re one of Ashleys inebriated drinking buddies,we’re the ones with the facts and you’re the one with the pub talk comments,obviously fired up by your main man drinking buddy.

          • Oooh bobbi fleckman

            Errr, no. What facts do you have?