Rafa Benitez is making some big moves ahead of the January transfer window.

At Newcastle United the biggest challenge isn’t actually identifying and signing the targets, it is first having to deal with all the stupidity and politics that Mike Ashley has infested the club with.

On Friday, Rafa Benitez stated that he needed to have his January signings brought in as early as possible, the United boss saying ideally by 15 January and the very latest the 20 January.

Newcastle play away at Manchester City on 20 January and then have 11 days to prepare for the next Premier League match which is Burnley at home on Wednesday 31 January.

After that Burnley match there are only 13 more league games remaining, explaining why Rafa sees time is of the essence in terms of bedding in new players as quickly as possible.

The Newcastle manager has also revealed that he has spoken to Mike Ashley.

The first direct contact according to the Shields Gazette, that the manager has had with the club’s owner since May.

That was the May conversation that Rafa kept referring back to throughout the summer, saying that Mike Ashley had to keep the ‘promises’ he had made.

Recently Rafa mentioned a number of times that he expects for starters the promised money that wasn’t spent in the summer, to be now made available.

He and Ashley have talked about the January window and ‘how to move forward’.

The big question now is whether Mike Ashley will now belatedly deliver on his ‘promises’ to Rafa Benitez?

The clock is ticking.

Rafa Benitez reveals he has finally spoken to Mike Ashley:

“I am talking with Lee Charnley every day, I was also in contact with Mike Ashley.

“We have phones, it is very easy to do!

“We were talking about January, that was the main thing.

“We have been in contact talking about how to move forward.

“What we have to do what we have to do to improve the team, to be sure we can compete and stay in the Premier League.

“We are progressing and I have confidence we will do well.

“Exactly as I’m expecting? I don’t know…but I have confidence we can do something that will be important for the team.

 ‘We are where we are.

“We have what we have.

“Hopefully, we will improve and be much better in the second part of the league and compete against teams we can compete against.”



  • Leazes Ender

    What a load of blather….. the journalists art of page filling…..

    • TheNutJob

      it`s on the chron as well

      • Geordiegiants

        I bet Victor has gone with it as well.

  • Wor Lass

    “Exactly as I’m expecting? I don’t know… We are where we are…. We have what we have.”

    He`s really getting to know fatboy well now.

    • TheNutJob

      the cheques in the post

      • Wor Lass

        No doubt posted on a bank holiday!

        • TheNutJob

          it`ll arrive on the 1st Feb

          • Wor Lass

            If it`s Feb it`ll be the 30th!

  • Peaky Magpie

    Rafa needs to remove the Spanish dagger that he’s put into Mitro’s alledged “bad back “ and ram it right up Fatso’s jacksie.

  • Arty Hume

    It is plain to see Rafa is exposing the fat one to the same tactics which has dogged all the managers during his disastrous time owning our club. Clearly he has had his dirty hands on every deal in and out of the club, no question, its the trait of a power/control freak. Hopefully we will soon see the back of this parasite and it will then be a case of picking up the pieces and trying to put the club back together again under the stewardship of a fit and proper owner of a football club! On that subject it is ludicrous to think that the F.A will have to look into the prospective new owners of NUFC to see if they are to be fit and proper owners, clearly the current incumbent is not, so how does that work? Is it only for a year, like a car MOT, or can they revoke ownership, or is this just some mickey mouse excuse they make up to garner some much needed sense of credibility, of which is in short supply as most fans think F.A of the F.A!
    Please santa, the toon army have been good this year, 3 points please!

  • fistsofsteel2

    After Benitez bought, and insists on playing, the abysmal Joselu I wouldn’t trust him with money again.
    All Rafa deserves is the sack. After such a dreadful run of games any other manager would be gone. His tactics, team selections, and substitutions are absolutely awful. It is his fault Newcastle are in the bottom three.

    • Da Ca

      What striker would you have bought for 5 million then

      • Geordiegiants

        There wasn’t another one, he had NO choice at all. I don’t think he would of sold Murphy had he known what Jabba was going to do.

        • Da Ca

          Exactly which is why you have to laugh at these experts who criticised rafas signings in most cases were his twentieth choice to come in

          • Geordiegiants

            Rafa is fighting tooth and nail for us, against the cancer that has consumed our club. He has been given very limited rescources, and still we are where we expect to be, I don’t know what these mob are expecting? Do they think with this lot we have we should be in tenth or above, because the whole season we are in the bottom half we are going to be a few points away from relegation. There is no getting away from it.

    • Berkshire Mag

      Are you mad or a Mackem??

    • Viru leckworth

      Joselu probably the best available at 5m. Don’t be such a plonker. If,as you inanely suggest Rafa should go, just who could come anywhere near good enough to replace him? Go back to Wearside.

    • Geordiegiants

      What a tool!