Sam Allardyce has been up to his old tricks again.

The disgraced former England boss stirring it up with Newcastle United and the fans.

The transfer window saw promoted clubs Brighton and Huddersfield have net spends of around £48m and £43m, making them two of the 10 highest net spending clubs in the whole of Europe.

Meanwhile Rafa Benitez was forced to go bargain basement shopping as he tried to remodel/strengthen his squad, a net spend of only £11.5m, which is totally unrealistic for a promoted club hoping to have the best chance of competing at a higher level.

Despite this, Sam Allardyce has unsurprisingly sided with Mike Ashley against Rafa Benitez and the Newcastle fans.

Quoting the ‘every penny’ Mike Ashley interview, which Rafa Benitez kept referring to throughout the transfer window, Allardyce says Ashley ‘has openly stated he has given Rafa all the money he can possibly give him, that the football club generates’, adding ‘you can’t ask for more than that’.

When the quality signings weren’t arriving, Rafa Benitez repeatedly said that he hoped Mike Ashley ‘kept his promises’ from that ‘every penny’ meeting but only £5m Joselu arrived in the last 34 days of the transfer window. This to a backdrop of a major clearout of players, with the likes of Siem de Jong, Emmanuel Riviere, Grant Hanley, Tim Krul and Achraf Lazaar, all moving off the wage bill in the final stages of the transfer window.

I suppose it basically comes down to whether you believe Rafa Benitez or Mike Ashley & Sam Allardyce?

Not the most difficult of choices.

Sam Allardyce speaking on Talksport:

“He (Mike Ashley) has openly stated he has given Rafa all the money he can possible give him, that the football club generates.

“You can’t ask for more than that.

“Frank de Boer, with his experience and what he has done as a player and manager, seemed a good choice, but they have struggled to start the season as well as they would have liked.

“But to have the threat of win or be sacked, I don’t know if that is the case or not, adds to all the pressure, not just with him but more importantly the players.

“For many years the impatience in the game is really one of its problems.

“The long-term development of a football club by a manager can’t be more than what is going to happen this year and by the end of next year I have got to try to keep my job by getting enough results.

“Any further planning by a manager is almost a bit of a nonsense now.”

  • Leazes Ender

    Why did Sp*rts Dir*ct register the domain name nufcdirectcom 6 months earlier than the takeover from Hall and Shepherd in December 2006 and claim due diligence wasn’t done?

    • Jimblag23

      People read the article as well mate.

    • TheNutJob

      I`ll tweet Ryder & ask him. doubt i`ll get a reply

  • Paul Patterson

    Mike Ashley – Official liar as proven in court.
    Sam Allardyce – Implicated various times for corruption.
    Rafa Benitez.
    I know who I’m with..

  • Toonarden

    What’s the matter with Allardyce? Sucking up to Ashley to get his job back when Rafa goes? That apology from our owner has obviously gone to his head.

  • Mxpx

    I guess big Sam will be our new manager in the coming weeks good news is he’s never been relegated bad news is he’s not going to make us exciting or put us in the top half of the table ….I’d rather keep Rafa boring football yes but he has some ambition …I wonder if Ashley will back big Sam as it appeared McLaren was backed

  • East Durham Mag

    Fat crooks… both Ashley and Sham.

    • TheNutJob

      take Clarko with you

      • East Durham Mag

        Was that meant for Peaky Magpie? It’s a good idea 😁

        • TheNutJob


  • Jimblag23

    Mike Ashley offered an olive branch, Fat Sam is now doing the same.
    Hmm I wonder how this will play out? 🤔

    • Peaky Magpie

      If he comes back I’m emigrating,to North Korea.

  • Peaky Magpie

    Can someone please tell the King of the Backhanders to crawl back under his stone ?

  • TheNutJob

    Who cares what old Hippo Heed thinks

  • Steve Pearce

    Crawl back into the swamp Hippo Heed. Don’t even dream of replacing Rafa as the only time i ever fell asleep at SJP was during one of your games in charge as your football style was soooooo boring.

  • MadMag83

    That’s solved the mystery of the missing transfer budget, Ashley used it bribe slimeballs to say nice things about him.

  • 1957

    Said a couple of weeks ago, Big Sham will be making his managerial return as Benitez replacement. There can be no other reason for Ashley apologising to him…

    • Kneebotherm8

      It’ll be him or Pardew,Ashley wouldn’t pay compo for anyone.

  • magpiefifer

    ‘Ignorance is bliss’ – no, it’s Allardyce and his like!

  • Kneebotherm8

    Shtop shucking Sham.

  • jack

    Maybe he’s hoping he will be offered the job if Rafa leaves ,

    • anyobrien

      Would not surprise me at all if that happened.

  • Taz

    Hippo head should go boil his heed. The bloke is a tool.

    • Kneebotherm8

      Couldn’t find a pan big enough to boil that heed.

  • JulioLaker

    We’re probably still paying wages for Cacapa, Beye, Geremi and some of the other dross Fat Sam brought in.

  • Lhc

    This coming from a man who played a nonce to keep Sunderland up, taking bung after bung for years and on the whole keeping teams up by the skin of there teeth! I sense bitterness in the air fat Sham.

  • Rich Lawson

    Your meant to have retired ? Just shut up and enjoy your illgoten millions ! I hope you recycled all those brown paper bags ?

  • TheFatController

    It’s his fault Ashely won’t let managers here buy their own choice of player….tedious child in a man’s body. Stunted development proven by his bizarre ability to think rules and morals don’t apply to him…