Rafa Benitez has been left high and dry by Mike Ashley.

Newcastle fans at The Emirates made clear their backing for Rafa and their hatred for Mike Ashley, due to what he has done to their club (and the current manager).

On the other hand journalists who you would trust as far as you could kick them, and the likes of Richard Keys, say that Newcastle United are in a mess primarily because of Rafa Benitez, not Mike Ashley.

Hmmm, what a dilemma, just who should you take notice of…?

Much is made (quite rightly) of the low net transfer spend Rafa Benitez was allowed to make in the summer (£11.5m). Taking into account that he produced a £40m transfer surplus in summer 2016 and spent nothing in January 2017.

However, when you really look at it, the biggest problem is trust when it comes to Mike Ashley.

How can you run a club properly when you have an owner constantly undermining and misleading the manager?

Ashley would rather put lots of time and effort into ridiculous things such as doing that disgraceful Sky Sports interview on the same weekend Rafa Benitez was organising his team to take on Spurs. Why would you do that at a club you own?

That is how disgusting Mike Ashley is, he would rather potentially harm his own asset just to try to win a PR offensive against his own manager!

You can only guess at how many lies have been told to Rafa Benitez in his time at the club by Mike Ashley and through his minions.

However, the manager made crystal clear both in January and this summer, that he was completely misled as to what money was available and the signings which should have been made.

It is impossible to make a club successful with that situation going on. Mike Ashley did the same to the only other decent proven manager he took on, Kevin Keegan, and he would do the same whoever was in charge.

Anybody who thinks Rafa and not Ashley is the problem, needs to give their head a wobble.

Rafa Benitez – 25 August 2017:

“I am signing the players that I can, not the players that I want.”

Rafa Benitez – 6 August 2017:

“When I decided to stay I was expecting another thing… Now we are where we are.’

Rafa Benitez – 17 July 2017:

“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.

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

Rafa Benitez: – 1 February 2017:

“I can’t change things (transfers) now (the window has closed) so I have to concentrate on bringing the best from my players.

“I said before I am disappointed but I have to concentrate on the players we have and try to improve them.”

  • MichaelMaximusMoose

    There is no trusting Fat Mike,
    if you were looking for a Bond Villain he`d top the list by a country mile

    • Rich Lawson

      He’d have sat on the cat in his 1st scene !

      • MichaelMaximusMoose

        He kills kittys

        • Leicester Mag

          Is that the fur in his Lonsdale winter coats ?

        • Rich Lawson

          And hope ! He’d be better as The Grinch ?

      • Peaky Magpie

        Is that his cat Penfold ?

        • Rich Lawson

          I think the reply I have in mind would probably not get past our good friend’s in the censor office on this page ? Season’s greetings to you and your’s Peaky,I’ve enjoyed our chats this year.

          • Peaky Magpie

            😂 All the best Rich,your Oasis montage is now part of folklore.Have a goodun.

          • Rich Lawson

            Thanks for that,and tonight,you’re ”A Rock n Roll Star”

    • DC1964

      He could play Bloatfeld!

      • FatParosite

        Dr. Not-a-chance

        • Peaky Magpie

          Chodd Job

      • FatParosite

        Mr Big/Fananga

      • FatParosite

        Xenia Onabottom

  • mentalman

    “You can only guess at how many lies have been told to Rafa Benitez in his time at the club by Mike Ashley and through his minions.

    However, the manager made crystal clear both in January and this summer, that he was completely misled as to what money was available and the signings which should have been made.”

    And yet he still stayed!

    The press are making these statements because they don’t have hatred for MA and can look at the situation objectively and see that the issue not only lies with the fat one

    • Dillon Tovak

      Stockholm syndrome.

      • FatParosite

        £100+k a week

      • MichaelMaximusMoose


  • Rev

    Can’t argue with what you’ve written about the owner, but i’ll Pass on the ‘He’s RafaBenitez, its never his fault’ bit untilthe seasons over. Ashley hired a world class manager knowing this was coming and its the managers job to deliver premier league football next year. Kudos to Rafa for over achieving with supposedly average players early doors, now the same players are underachieving, which comes down to management and luck (injuries). If results dont change soon the owner may call time on the Rafalution and risk winning the fans back by betting on a new man keeping us up. Remember Ardiles teams, outfought, out thought every week? The new bloke didnt do so bad.

    • FatParosite

      I can’t see Ashley bringing anyone in that would placate them. Ashley knows he can’t win a PR war. The silly Sky one way traffic interview did not work & he knows it. This Staveley thing might be a case of “Meet the new boss… same as the old boss” But it might just work as Ashley knows that he is a busted flush.

  • TheNutJob

    Fatty`s spoiling Chrimbo for the lads

    • Peaky Magpie

      Yes,he’s a real life modern day Ebeneezer Fat T**t Scrooge.

  • Martin

    Not sure I remember Ardiles ever putting out a team that defended as well as we did against Liverpool at home this season.

  • Leazes Ender

    There is another possibility to Rafa ‘being strung along’….. that is….he’s NOT being strung along.

    …… Is Rafa a part of Ashley’s ‘unique selling point’?….. seemingly attached to the club and is being handsomely rewarded with £5m a year to draw out a genuine buyer…. well the Gallowgate flags proclaim the case is fact….. The fans love Rafa and Rafa loves the club….doesn’t he? ….

    …..At the moment I don’t love the bloody club…..

    …the Staveley thing just doesn’t look genuine…. photographed with Ashley and the owner of express newspapers in a curry house….. come on…. this has all the hallmarks of a crass Keith Bishop staged event, like his confusing Sky commercial for Ashley…. ‘I’m going nowhere’…. then suddenly…. Amanda pops out of the lamp.

    David Craig ‘Here’s to the Next Ten years’ Mike

    • 1957

      Benitez doesn’t ‘love’ the club he’s like any other manager, he loves his £5m per year and will put up with any c##p from Ashley because of it. Otherwise he would have been gone by now

      • Leazes Ender

        Has this been a staged event that didn’t draw out a genuine buyer?

      • hetonmag

        Absolute garbage.

    • hetonmag

      Leazes you really need to stop reading conspiracy novels.

      • Leazes Ender

        Advertising is a conspiracy…… hiring a PR in Keith Bishop was for a reason seamingly….. either to sell the club or string out its death throes…. there are only two possibilities.

        This looks like a failed attempt to draw out a genuine buyer.

        • hetonmag

          Only half agree with you and that’s because of the Kieth Bishop influence.

    • Ivan

      Your on the right lines, when nobody knows the potential owners but assume that it’s middle eastern billionaires then why are they baulking at another 50million when the owners of Man City think nothing to pay that for an average right back, it’s a staged event to lure out a real buyer, also as a footnote remember Staveley is from an upper middle class family who herself is a millionaire then why walk out of the curry restaurant carrying a £5 bottle of cheap wine, a case of “here Amanda hold this we’ve organised the paps outside to fool them”

  • TheFatController

    I’ve actually given up on whether Rafa is the man to keep us up, deliver a great team etc

    I just realised in a moment of lucidity that it doesn’t matter who the manager is, we’ll probably be relegated any season we’re in the PL, and will never have a great team.

    To argue over whether the manager is at fault is therefore futile, how could you tell the performance of a manager when they are working under the Ashley regime?

    How would guardiola do? Or mourinho? Conte? Dyche? The answer’s obvious.

    They’d not touch it with a barge pole. They’d be confused, like we are. ‘Would I succeed? Success for Newcastle is 17th, I don’t know how you manage to that requirement every season? I wouldn’t have a clue.’

    Yep, we’re all left clueless, searching for answers where ‘17th’ is the only answer that means anything….

    • TheFatController

      You could say ‘but Dyche would take us higher like Burnley’.

      Yes, but as soon as he did, his transfer window would deliver ‘vurnon anita’ or ‘loic remy’

      Why? Because ‘17th’ is the answer….

      The better the manager, the more likely 17th will be.

    • robbersdog

      I’d settle for 17th!

    • hetonmag

      It’s just a mess and has been for the last decade as you say I don’t think it would matter who the manager was, we just happen to have a world class manager at the moment who thought he could make a difference to this great club, he may do but not with poison that presently owns the club.

    • Damon Horner

      I think the same about “doesn’t matter who the manager is”, it’s why i’m not on board with the “Rafa out” stuff because it’ll feel like the same story with a different protagonist.

      Can see this being looped with the “spend what’s in the bank” approach because on the back of a PL season, our cash available would look healthy, spend a lot to increase our firepower to earn promotion to find the Championship revenues will follow the next season where if promoted we will likely fall short. The whole financial side of it is odd.

  • MichaelMaximusMoose

    See who`s part of buying Barnsley,
    Billy Beane, Mr Moneyball himself.
    here`s looking forward next month to another dose of Rafaball

    • Leazes Ender

      Billy Bean for the love of the game….. NOT….. soulless accountant!

  • MichaelMaximusMoose

    Look on the bright side, we win games in the championship in front of 50,000

    • Peaky Magpie


    • Hughie_Gallacher

      We’ll be back to “Ashley Oot” v “Support the team not the regime.”
      Round and round the big wheel turns …