Rafa Benitez says he has no idea what was said when Amanda Staveley met Mike Ashley on Wednesday night.

The NUFC owner and bidder having a curry together, along with other people, with a Newcastle United takeover said to have also been on the menu and discussed.

Rafa says he doesn’t need to know what was discussed by the pair.

However, he does have one definite expectation: ‘We had a meeting in May and I am expecting that the money we did not spend in August to be available in January.’

All through the summer transfer window the United kept saying he hoped Mike Ashley would keep his ‘promises’ with regard to transfers, clearly that didn’t happen and Rafa Benitez made clear his unhappiness.

Only an £11.5m net spend, which followed not even a loan signing in January 2017, as well as delivering a £40m transfer profit to Ashley in summer 2016.

Rafa’s latest comments have made clear what he thinks and surely he will only be played for a fool so many times before he refuses to take any more.

Meanwhile the Newcastle supporters stand on the sidelines hoping that a takeover can progress and rid us of this stupidity once and for all.

Rafa Benitez:

“It is my conviction that we will stay up but new players could help.

“We had a meeting in May and I am expecting that the money we did not spend in August to be available in January.

“I hope to have a meeting soon.

“For us 40 points is the salvation, then we see where we are after that.

“Every point is important. We have to stick together to maximise what we have.

“It’s important to compete in these next two home games. Then we can win.

“We cannot win if we do not compete. We have to maximise what we have, which is fantastic fans behind the team supporting the players we have.

“No, I don’t need to be (told what happened at Ashley’s curry chat with Amanda Staveley).

“We have a game tomorrow (with Leicester) and it doesn’t change my approach to the game.

“All I can do is to influence the things I can influence.

“I was not there, so I have no idea. I know because everyone around here is obviously talking about that. It doesn’t change (anything).”

  • TheNutJob


    not a chance Rafael

  • Mike

    THanks rafa good luck in your next job

  • HarryHype59

    The Baroness could come in for Rafa if Gollum continues to be King Midas in reverse!

  • Geordiegiants

    Is everyone 👂🏻 listening? Rafa has enough on his plate dealing with the cancer that has engulfed our club.
    He need support not to critisism!

    • Toonrobbybobson

      Spot on

  • Big Al 1967

    The Fat One used the takeover as an excuse in the summer(remember the rumours of the Chinese Takeover) not to spend and will do exactly the same in January

    • Kneebotherm8

      I’ve mentioned before,Ashley was misquoted on the big Chinese Takeover ,he was talking about a big Chinese take away.

  • Stephen Paylor

    we have the squad to maybe stay up, 50/50 gamble but i don’t see much chance of improving without spending big money. Maybe Luke Shaw on loan would improve our first 11 on the cheap but who else? We need a real talented number 10 and a striker. They cost massive money that we can’t spend. A lot will depend on Dwight Gayle between now and the end of the season. He needs to stay fit and start scoring a few goals regularly.

  • Stephen Paylor

    Edit to below – Luke Shaw and Danny Ings both on loans with options to purchase in the summer for around the 20 million mark. Chance to see how they do first here and hopefully help keep us in the league. 2 million loan fee with 20 million to make it permanent in the summer.

    • 1957

      Can’t see both only costing around £20m. I read somewhere recently ManU wanted to recoup as much of their £22m as possible for Shaw. I suspect Liverpool would want at least £10m for Ings so we would need to find £30m plus to permanently sign them after a loan spell.

      If the present owner is still in place that amount of funding won’t be available, if we have new owners we should maybe be aiming for better.

      • Stephen Paylor

        20 m each my friend, 40 total

      • Geordiegiants

        I very much agree with that.

      • Toonrobbybobson

        Why would we want Ings. He hasnt played for years. Risk we cant take even under fatty’s ownership.

        • 1957

          I don’t know either but for some mystical reason Ings has become the level of player we should aspire to. His PL goalscoring record is on a par with Mitrovic, and where Mitrovic might miss games due to suspension, Ings has had a major injury and there is no guarantee he will ever be at his best again.

    • MichaelMaximusMoose

      I used to think along those lines, But Fatso soon put paid to that

    • Rich Lawson

      Shaw just got bigged up by the manager after the last euro game,who previously said he was getting sold this Jan because he has to sell to buy . No way we will pay his wages even on loan. If we can get Ings,a striker on loan ,go for it.

  • Peaky Magpie

    Adios Senor 👋 👋 👋

    • MichaelMaximusMoose

      No way Jose, he`ll wait until May

      • Peaky Magpie

        That rhymes,there’s a song line in there somewhere !

  • 1957

    Can’t see that happening, the money that wasn’t spent in the summer will remain unspent.

    • MichaelMaximusMoose

      it`ll have gone walkabout, you won`t see or hear of it again

      • Geordiegiants


      • Peaky Magpie

        At the same time as Greggs takings take a massive upsurge mmmmmm.

  • MichaelMaximusMoose

    Fatso`s positioned Rafa behind the 8 ball with the killer clause in his contract,
    the bottom line is he can`t win against the Fat Lad & it`ll all depend on Fatty`s mood how much will be spent next month.

  • toonterrier

    I think we expect too much. You do realise he paid for the curries during the week so that will come out of the club budget as well as his bus fare home so nowt left to buy players but he will say if he’s still here in the summer money will be spent to try and get us out of the Championship.

  • Allan Kidd

    Luke Shaw will be used as a makeweight in Danny Rose transfer to Man U…won’t be going anywhere on loan…we can get by without a full back it’s a goalscorer that we need, alongwith somebody to supply the bullets.

  • TheNutJob

    Fatty`s done his nappa in, if there`s nee wallpaper to cover the cracks next month it`ll be
    Adios amigo`s

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