On the 16th day of the transfer window with no January signings for Newcastle as yet, there has now been a new positive update.

It is reported that Mike Ashley has agreed Rafa Benitez can make up to three signings over the course of the next 15 days, the window closing on Wednesday 31 January.

The report says that Ashley has now accepted that Rafa Benitez is right and that an injection of quality is needed this month, if Newcastle are to successfully avoid relegation.

If this was your usual suspects/newspapers, where they always have to write something even if nothing is happening, then you would take it with the usual pinch of salt.

However, the update has come from Damian Spellman, the main man at Press Association Sport, when it comes to covering Newcastle United

PA Sport don’t just invent stories (unlike some…) and so whilst they don’t reveal their source for the story, they certainly have spoken to somebody who has briefed them as to this (allegedly) being the situation now.

However, whilst I have no doubt that that it is a genuine story, the devil may be in the detail.

Damian Spellman saying ‘However, it is understood that Benitez and managing director Lee Charnley will have limited funds with which to work.’

Rafa Benitez has repeatedly said he didn’t know how much, if anything, he had to spend this month. So just possibly, this is in a roundabout way, that figure confirmed.

The word ‘limited’ means different things to different people and when you have Huddersfield buying Alex Pritchard for £12m already and West Brom reported to have put a bid in of between £12m and £15m for Fulham’s Tom Cairney, it makes you wonder just how far any limited funds will stretch for Rafa Benitez?

I have always thought the best chance of Newcastle bringing in any real quality this month was via loan deals A loan deal for a sought after Premier League player would cost probably the best part of £5m on loan fee and wages for the rest of the season, so sadly I would doubt if Ashley would even agree to two or three of them this month – if the players would indeed come. This is also needing to have Mike Ashley agreeing to loan deals, where he would then never have the chance of a return on his (the club’s) money.

Maybe part of any step forward could be based on Mike Ashley now being willing to accept realistic fees on players Rafa clearly has no wish to keep/play, such as Mitrovic, Mbemba and others.

Just like a football club, every player has his price and clearly for example Mitro has been priced out of a move so far in the last year and a half or more, with regular reports/claims that Ashley expects to get at least the £13m/£14m Newcastle paid for the Serbian striker, who has only started 15 league games in the 22 months Rafa Benitez has been at St James Park.

Even despite the above, I would still be surprised if Newcastle make any first team signings this window, even on loan.

Damian Spellman of Press Association Sport:

‘Newcastle boss Rafael Benitez has been given the go-ahead to bring in up to three new signings to help in the fight for Premier League survival.

Press Association Sport understands that owner Mike Ashley has sanctioned the move having accepted the Spaniard’s argument that he needs further help if he is to keep the club in the top flight and secure another instalment of the riches that would bring.

However, it is understood that Benitez and managing director Lee Charnley will have limited funds with which to work as they step up their ongoing efforts to bolster a squad which was left short during the summer transfer window.

The manager drew up a series of targets some time ago and hoped to have new additions in place by this Saturday, although with the January market proving as difficult as ever, progress has been painfully slow.

Efforts to tie up a loan deal for Chelsea youngster Kenedy have been held up at the Stamford Bridge end, while Liverpool striker Danny Ings has indicated he would prefer to stay at Anfield and fight for his place after his return to fitness.

With time fast running down, Newcastle will hope for movement on one or both fronts, while at the same time turning their attention to alternatives. Benitez could boost his pot and free up wages by offloading current members of his squad with Jack Colback and Henri Saivet among those considered surplus to requirements.

However, he has insisted he has no plans to sell any player currently playing amid speculation over the futures of Chancel Mbemba, Jonjo Shelvey and Christian Atsu.

Ashley has made his move with the Magpies sitting in 15th place in the table with 23 points from as many games and just three clear of the drop zone ahead of Saturday’s trip to leaders Manchester City.

His hopes of selling the club by Christmas are now a distant memory and while the channels of communication with Amanda Staveley’s PCP Capital Partners remain open, sources on Tyneside were mystified on Tuesday by claims that an improved offer had been made.

With little prospect of a swift breakthrough, the sportswear magnate has given Charnley, the man who does the deals, the green light to strengthen in a bid to protect his investment, and the success or otherwise of his mission over the next fortnight or so could prove critical.’



  • anyobrien

    God bless mikey….. We love you.. 😍

    • MichaelMaximusMoose

      That`s stretching it a bit

      • Peaky Magpie

        😂😂😂

        • MichaelMaximusMoose

          Wait till Leazes sees it

          • Peaky Magpie

            Aye,he must be out…

    • wheyayeman

      I can’t stand him

    • FatParosite

      We’ve been saved….. Thank you Buckingham Buddah.. Your mercy is true patronage squire..

      • Peaky Magpie

        😂😂 Buckingham Buddha

        • Kneebotherm8

          Yeah,he’s got a god like body………unfortunately its Buddha.

      • TheNutJob

        😂😂😂

  • Paul Patterson

    OK, so let’s say it’s real. I still don’t believe that the budget will be sufficient or that EVERY EFFORT will be made to sign players WITHOUT letting important ones go.
    I’ve heard that the phone in Lee Charnleys office doesn’t dial out..

  • Soldier

    Limited funds, i hope that doesn`t mean more Joselu`s or Diame`s or we may as well not bother. there`s never an up side in buying players at Newcastle

  • Peter Stabler

    If Tom Cairney is on the move we should be sniffing, best player last season that I saw at St James’s.

    • Paul Patterson

      A no brainer signing..

      • wheyayeman

        Charley has no brain

        • Peaky Magpie

          🤣🤣

  • MichaelMaximusMoose

    Full of the laughing liquid in the Nags Head & Penfold just happened to phone him at the right time.
    Lee, give Rafa a few quid to keep him out the papers
    🍺🍺

  • wheyayeman

    3 players who don’t have a contract with any club presumably. Rafa should walk out in disgust.

    • Mitros gotta start

      Nile ranger?

  • robbersdog

    I’d be very happy to see Tom Cairney at Newcastle, and not West Brom. However, what we desperately need is at least one new striker; unfortunately, the kind of striker we need in today’s market is probably out of our price range.

    • Paul Patterson

      So would I but I think he’s about £10m too expensive for our budget..

      • robbersdog

        You’re right – it’ll be the transfer-market equivalent of shopping at Poundland.

  • Peaky Magpie

    Hazard,Aguero & Sanchez……that’ll see us alright…….

    • TheNutJob

      Rafa will go out & buy a keeper & little Jose to partner the Hoss

  • TheNutJob

    They want a striker but have to sell Cairney to get a good un. swop Dwight for him & say they can have SloMo on the cheep

    • Peaky Magpie

      Good shout Nut,that would probably suit all parties at this moment in time.

    • anyobrien

      He’s done nowt this season for Fulham

      • TheNutJob

        you been watching them, or just taking a guess

        • anyobrien

          Rep at graft is a Fulham boy goes every game said he’s slipped back this season but has had a few niggles plus I’ve watched a few Fulham games on sky… Sorry I’m not hailing him as the new Steven Gerrard and Al that it was just my humble opinion.

          • hetonmag

            He’s had one good game In the last season and a half and that was against us, why hasn’t he been on anyone elses radar.

        • anyobrien

          17 games this season 1goal

      • Peaky Magpie

        So just like Gayle for us then 😂

        • anyobrien

          Aye shyte

          • Peaky Magpie

            😂😂

      • Soldier

        i`ve seen him live he`s a very good player

        • anyobrien

          Impreesed me last season but not the same this one

  • Phil

    Talking about Rafa on this site with a fellow ‘fan’. He said he would rather have Paul Lambert than Rafa!

    This just confirms to me that this country seriously neglects the mentally ill. I hope the authorities act before this lunatic does himself or anybody else some real damage. Straight jacket and padded room is the only medicine for this unfortunate soul.

    Hopefully he gets the help he desperately needs. Poor old ghostrider!

    • anyobrien

      😂 😂.. I it’s mental

      • Phil

        I’m still in shock 😳

    • Peaky Magpie

      I live in The Peak District on the Staffs/Derbyshire border where there’s a lot of Stoke fans and they are not impressed or happy one little bit in Lambert.One dour devoid of personality boss out and his doppelgänger straight back in.

      • Phil

        Id be far from happy. They were in trouble anyway. Now I think they are down

      • Jezza

        Nice part of the world you live in, I get out to the Peak District as often as I can.

        • Peaky Magpie

          Snowing like hell today but yeah it’s ok around here.

          • Jezza

            I was there on Sunday and it was very cold and icy. Snow is great for me as I go there for the mountaineering.

          • Peaky Magpie

            I was over at The Roaches near Leek on Sunday,lovely over there but bloody bleak & freezing.

          • Jezza

            I love The Roaches, some great riock climbing there.

      • Angelswithdirtyfaces

        Lambert is a cracking manager – for a club aspiring to the mid table Championship

    • Jezza

      Ghostbuster has got a personal vendetta against Rafa because he refused to sign him an autograph.

      • Phil

        I see. Maybe he didn’t see him? Rafa does lots of charity work so I’m sure he wouldn’t of just ignored him

    • Damon Horner

      I seen that, if he doesn’t like Rafa because of his negative approach he hasn’t seen Lambert’s teams!

      • Phil

        The mind boggles

  • Mxpx

    If it’s a choice between 3 5m players I’d rather have 1 15m striker as we ARE creating chances against the teams around us in the table

    • Soldier

      Nailed it, you know why Shelvey, Merino etc have no assists, it`s because the strikers aren`t good enough to put away the chances they create.
      yet the idiots quote lack of assists & say sell one of our better players

      • Phil

        So what’s your excuse for shelvey not scoring himself? Is that Joselus fault as well? His sending offs the referees fault and his lack of energy and pace will be down to the useless coaches

        • TheNutJob

          grow up you fool, he`s just stating facts, get back to the circus you clown

          • Phil

            What facts has he stated?

            To state a fact would be that shelvey has 0 assists 1 goal against Luton and has the pace and energy of a tortoise

            I don’t see any facts in his comment… You clown! ✌️

          • Virsino

            I can see both side of this one, but, he did say “the strikers aren’t good enough”, and that’s a fact!

          • Phil

            Facts to idiots like you are like a lullaby to a baby. They keep you nice and quiet! Shhhhhh 🍼🍼🍼

  • wheyayeman

    Look at you all trying to imagine the amazing benevolence of Ashley only having to sell Mitro + Gayle before lavishing us with Cairney. This is madness !!! We’re Newcastle United one of the richest clubs in the world and this is where Ashley has reduced our vision to! This madness of Ashleys reign simply has to end. His chance to reform has come and gone. 52,000 people asleep in the ground watching it all happen without a peep. Well times up for the owner. Rafa walking will be what he fully deserves and I hope anarchy kicks off at the club and throughout his businesses after that. Man is just dust and he needs to humble himself or be humbled. Times up.

    • Soldier

      and how do we get rid of him, short of a Nuclear explosion

      • TheNutJob

        Not many things survive a nuclear bomb, cockroaches & Fat mike are 2 of them
        😂😂

      • wheyayeman

        The storm clouds are already gathering mate

      • Peaky Magpie

        Tell Trump that Fatty hates him,his missus & his combover.

        • Damon Horner

          Just tell Trump that Ashley is North Korean and hiding nuclear weapons in Shirebrook!

          • Peaky Magpie

            😂😂😂

    • wheyayeman

      After all he’s done to destroy NUFC and 300 million isn’t enough for him to part with it. It’s all going to kick off soon!

    • Tomb

      Will he walk though he is on a 5 million a year contract?

      • Phil

        I don’t think he would struggle to get another job

  • Waxi

    It will be the usual bargain bucket players as the fat man won’t spend 50 million. We will still be looking on the 31st as usual and Rafa will be miffed with the fat man again.

    • Clarko

      Even though Newcastle have already spent €49.30m this season, even though Newcastle spent €63.75m last season or €108.26m the season before that?

      • TheNutJob

        it` s ok for you Clarko, we haven`t got access to a Starships computer
        😄😄

        • Peaky Magpie

          😂😂😂😂😂

        • Clarko

          It’s just that I’m not ignorant, that and I’m a fan of the club, unlike some.

          • Toon Arnie

            Are you a fan of Rafa ? If not, do you think we could get any better ?

          • Clarko

            Indifferent and no.

        • Peaky Magpie

          Leazes is quiet,he’s not away out with Rafa’s shopping list is he ???

        • Kneebotherm8

          Beam me up Scotty……I’ve heard enough of his drivel..

      • Dillon Tovak

        Peanuts in today’s game.
        Get with the times, it’s not 2005!

        • Clarko

          “the fat man won’t spend 50 million”

          Alexia without agraphia.

          • Dillon Tovak

            Pardon?

      • Toon Arnie

        Silliness. You’re quoting gross not net.

        • Clarko

          Saying something is silly doesn’t make it silly.

          Now your comment is actually silly, do you want to know why? Because in the same time frame, Newcastle have a net spend of €97.43m, meaning that Mike Ashley will spend over £50m.

          • Toon Arnie

            Too right, I referred to your initial comment as silliness as it was totallly imbalanced and didn’t factor in sales income. You’ve corrected that figure now so thank you for that. Not quite sure how spending £97m over 3 years ( how much in the last 2 seasons ? ) means £50m will be spent in this window ? Fingers crossed you’re right though !

          • Clarko

            Part 1:
            My initial comment wasn’t silly and it wasn’t “imbalanced”. A user stated that the club won’t spend “£50m” and I provided how much the club has spent in the previous three seasons, that is not a silly response, that is a perfectly sensible response, that and the numbers were not “imbalanced”. A reasonable (but irrelevant and lazy) response to my initial comment would have been, “what is the net spend in that time?” not “Silliness. You’re quoting gross not net”.

            Part 2:
            “Not quite sure how spending £97m over 3 years ( how much in the last 2 seasons ? ) means £50m will be spent in this window ? Fingers crossed you’re right though!”

            -I never said £50m will be spent in this window.

            -If you want to know how much was spent in the last two seasons do your own research.

          • Toon Arnie

            It was totally imbalanced – you quoted figures that excluded all income. Using you’re own rationale you should maybe have mentioned that ? Sensationalising the spend without countering with income received probably better fits the ‘irrelevant and lazy’ criteria.

            You’ve Indirectly answered the question about spend over the last 2 seasons by spitting out the dummy and had to include the one ‘ big spend’ season to add some weight to a seriously flaky argument.

            It’s been emotional – over and out.

          • Clarko

            The numbers were not imbalanced, I did not use my “own rationale”, I used the rationale, the rationale of spend. I didn’t “sensationalise” the spend, I listed the spend.

            “Sensationalising the spend without countering with income received probably better fits the ‘irrelevant and lazy’ criteria”. Did I not list the net spend when wrongly called silly? What data or evidence have you presented?

            “You’ve Indirectly answered the question about spend over the last 2 seasons”. Is the answer that I don’t want to provide numbers or an argument that will just be labeled as silly, imbalanced and sensationalised without reason? Because that’s the answer.

      • leo

        Why do you never mention the £92.8M income from player sales during Rafa’s time here, and thats not counting the tbc: fees for Hanley, De-Jong, Mbabu, Thauvin or Tiote. Rafa has generated every penny he has spent from player sales (no net spend at all).

        • Clarko

          I do, you just choose to ignore it, if you had the sense to look two comments down you would see:

          “Because in the same time frame, Newcastle have a net spend of €97.43m, meaning that Mike Ashley will spend over £50m.”

          • leo

            Newcastle do not have a net spend from the time Rafa has been here. you just don’t like the way I give the actual figures during Rafa’s tenure, You have to use figures from outside that time frame to appear that Mr Ashley has backed Rafa, when the true figures prove he has not.

          • Clarko

            I chose the the last three seasons spend as way to disprove the notion that the club won’t spend “£50m” on transfers. This argument is not about “Rafa’s tenure” and the finance/net spend that he has specifically had, that would be silly, selectively choosing to look at the money spent during a relegation and promotion season, it’s just not valid.

      • Waxi

        Clarko Shearer let the cat out the bag when he found out two quality players (can’t remember names)were ready to sign then we got Joselu for five million instead. Ashley will not spend even though Rafa has made him money and god know where all the money goes but it will be the bargain bucket again.

        • Clarko

          “Shearer let the cat out the bag when he found out two quality players (can’t remember names)were ready to sign then we got Joselu for five million instead.”

          That sentence alone tells me that you’re uninformed and that you’re okay with being uninformed.

        • Phil

          I believe it was caballero and Abraham

          • Clarko

            That’s incorrect, Hernandez and Abraham were the players that Shearer stated Benitez had lined up.

            The initial four transfer targets at the start of the window were Abraham, Caballero, Merino and Lejeune.

      • anyobrien

        Blah blah blah

      • Chuck D

        Even though zero was spent last Jan, and there was a net spend of £11.5m in the summer? This was lower than a number of championship clubs.
        Last time I check Rafa had made a profit in transfers?
        Still never spent over £20m on a player under Ashley, plus not forgetting we went 14 months without a single signing. JFK never opened any doors did he?!
        Plus I’ll bank on not a penny being spent this month and I include loan signings!

        • Clarko

          And our net spend was higher than some Premier League clubs.

          Net spend, this season, in regards to Newcastle is irrelevant in terms of squad strength, Newcastle didn’t sell anyone of importance, meaning Newcastle did not weaken the side by selling.

          On paper Benitez has made profit on transfers, if you want ignore that the €35m Sissoko transfer fee was staggered. However Benitez lost ~£100m in TV revenue money when he failed to keep Newcastle in the Premier League, something that should never be ignored.

          I don’t see how spending “over £20m on a player” is the fault of Ashley, Benitez is in charge of transfers right? He decides how to spend the money.

          Spends up until Dec 17:
          Watford €61.50m
          Swansea €50.30m
          Newcastle €49.30m
          Brighton €47.60m
          West Brom €45.70m
          West Ham €45.40m
          Huddersfield €44.40m
          Southampton €39.40m
          Crystal Palace €37.20m
          Stoke €34.90m
          Bournemouth €34.30m
          Burnley €34.04m

          • Phil

            You believe Rafa is in charge of transfers?

          • Clarko

            Yes, the man himself has said so:

            “I’m here because I’m convinced we can go up next season, stay in the Premier League and win trophies. This is a huge club and I want to be part of the great future I can see here. I will have responsibility for the football business, and I’ve had assurances that If I don’t want to sell anyone, I don’t have to.

            “We can keep every player if we want and we can bring in players if we need them. I’d like to build something here and be close to what Sir Bobby Robson had here, and I’m starting work straight away.”

            Do you think Benitez is lying? Did Ashley decide to scout and buy Joselu, Atsu, Merino, Murphy, Lejuene and Manquillo?

          • Phil

            Do you think perhaps Ashley might have not told the whole truth? Made out there was more there to spend. Maybe blocked certain transfers so we ended up with the players you mention? Just maybe

          • Clarko

            I go where the evidence is.

            “Lying” about the size of a transfer budget has nothing to do with who is in charge of that transfer budget.

            Why would Ashley block a transfer? Why would he then sanction a move for a player like Joselu? What would be the point in that? It’s illogical.

          • Phil

            It’s cheap.

          • Clarko

            I don’t know what that means.

          • Phil

            It is cheaper to buy Joselu than a player Rafa actually wanted. So the cheap option was sanctioned. Not what was wanted or needed. Simple enough for you?

          • Clarko

            But you have just imagined that scenario on the basis of absolutley nothing.

            What about Murphy? Was he cheap? Was the Murphy transfer cheaper than the Abraham transfer who Benitez wanted? Or the Caballero transfer who Benitez wanted? Why were they “blocked”?

          • Clarko

            On a side note, what do you mean is that “simple enough for you?” You’re first response was “it’s cheap”, that was too simple for me you complete f*****g moron.

          • glassjawsh-got-banned

            so glad you’re around to inform everyone why patently bad things are actually good things. Donald Trump could probably use you on his white house staff.

          • Clarko

            And what “patently bad things” have I described as “good”?

    • Peaky Magpie

      Aye he’ll be scouring the depths of the lower Spanish leagues as we speak.Sadly.

  • Hughie

    Usual political release. Why now– a response to Rafa’s 20/1/18 deadline perhaps?? So they have 15 days to do something meaningful. As I understand it the club has a nominated 28 man squad (25 is the maximum plus any players of 21 or under), 3 who are 21 or under-Barlaser ,Woodman and Merino. So they’ll have to free up space for any new recruit ,and will have to maintain at least 8 home grown players in the 25. The latter should be no problem with about 12 existing home grown. So unless players of 21 or under are signed, three “over 21” players will have to be sold, “released”, or demoted to the under 23’s if contracts would permit that. Will three signings be enough to keep Rafa, and will the club have to sell first??

    • wheyayeman

      Rafa will walk and I will applaud him for doing so. Then it’s all going to kick off !!!

      • Leicester Mag

        Will it though? Last kick off when Keegan was forced saw the crowd increase! It might have some clout with leadership

        • Phil Yare

          aye, cue a bit flag waving and a few half arsed boo’s.

          should be ripping the sportsdirect signs off the stadium and dumping them on the pitch

    • Kneebotherm8

      Other clubs have full squads,just like us,and they’re signing new players……..how come this problem is only ours?

  • Jezza

    Mark my words there will be no new signings for NUFC this month.

    • Lord

      Does Rafa signing a letter of resignation count?

    • Cockneytrev

      I agree,,,,

  • Peaky Magpie

    15 years ago this month we signed Jonathan Woodgate…..I’m saying nowt else.

    • Jezza

      Those kinds of signings are a thing of the past for NUFC now that Fat Ashley is running the show.

    • Phil

      Now we have cieran clark. The sad thing is we are happy with cieran clark. All ambition has been well and truly sucked out of us

    • Leicester Mag

      I struggle to comprehend how this cataclysmic drop in expectations has been achieved or accepted. Where else would this be possible? Arsenal fans maybe whinging bar stewards but they’d tear the place apart if this happened there as would be the case pretty much anywhere else.

      • Peaky Magpie

        Very true mate.From probably at the time one of the best centre halves in the world to reserve Southampton left backs in 15yrs,and we couldn’t even get him over the line.Now we don’t even get linked with Das Bost 😁😁

        • Leicester Mag

          More likely Das Boat on account of being torpedoed by our habitual chancer

        • Jezza

          Yes from the best player in a Leeds team who had reached the Champions League semi final the previous season to a player who couldn’t get a game for relegation strugglers Stoke’s reserves. That’s how far Fat Ashley has dragged us down.

  • Dillon Tovak

    Why would he give the go ahead midway through the month?
    It wouldn’t surprise me if he was that dumb but…..🙇‍♂️my god!!

    • MichaelMaximusMoose

      He`s been showing Rafa who`s boss

  • Stephen Paylor

    there is zero point in bringing in average squad players. We need first team players with more quality than what we have now. Problem with that is that they cost big bucks. Loans are the only solution but not too many teams are looking to loan out players of that quality as they may be needed for their own run in. Coutinho going to Barca rules out Danny Ings leaving and Sturridge is in my opinion a ball waster with injury history and would be far too expensive. We are left with not a lot of options. Batshuyai would be the signing but would be around 25-30 million.

  • TheFatController

    Doesn’t it mean that if he sells three he can buy three, but that unlike the summer Rafa doesn’t have to sell before buying the replacement, which made it a gamble to spend on players.

    I’m sure he’s going to swap Mbemba now Dummett’s fit (4th CB) and as soon as he loans a new LB …

    I expect a LB/LW and keeper on loan and spend/swap on a forward.

    We’ll be underwhelmed no doubt !

  • Mrkgw

    I will believe it when I see signings at the club. Ashley really does either want out or, he is intent on punishing the supporters. I fear the latter.

    • Leicester Mag

      Both

    • Wor Lass

      Looks like you were right!

  • MichaelMaximusMoose

    Penfold doing the deals
    Oh Dear

    • scotty63

      how many magic beans for Sanchez then Arsene?

      • MichaelMaximusMoose

        a lot

      • Peaky Magpie

        The whole tree

  • Phil Yare

    £59m for berahino. undisclosed deals for dirk kuyt and brett emerton

    • Phil

      What?

    • Phil Yare

      maybe steven ireland if hes not fit. because fatman doesn’t sign fit players

    • Peaky Magpie

      I know you’re only jesting but even we escaped a bullet with Berahino.

    • Peaky Magpie

      🤣🤣

  • Tony English

    ‘Up to 3 signings’ of course means 3 or less…so the journo is correct its 3, 2, 1, or none, more than likely none.

    Hardly a massive journalistic scoop as those numbers cover the level of business done by almost every club in this window…I would say almost everyone on here, and their immediate family has ‘up to 3 sugars’ in their tea.

  • Peaky Magpie

    Fast forward 7 days from now after we’ve been mullered by Citeh 6-0 and I bet we’ve still signed nee bugga !!!

    • Kneebotherm8

      Nee bugga?………..who’s he then?…..hope he’s a striker…..

      • Peaky Magpie

        Was going to say something then but I think the PC brigade will be on full alert tonight.😂

  • robbersdog

    TalkSport are reporting that Newcastle are negotiating a £15m transfer of Dwight Gayle to Fulham, and that Fulham are selling Tom Cairney to West Brom in order to finance the purchase.

    I’m disappointed on two counts: Gayle is the best goal-scorer in our current squad, and I think that NUFC should be signing Cairney.

    If Gayle leaves, I’m presuming that we’ll be signing a better forward as a replacement? If not, we’re in deep sh*t.

    • Peaky Magpie

      Divvent worry mate,Ryder will be reporting tomorrow Aguero has been spotted outside Greggs on Northumberland St.

    • Jezza

      If Gayle goes there will no replacement. You should know by now that’s the way it always works with Fat Ashley.

  • GToon

    The conversation will have gone like this:
    Rafa: “We need five new players”.
    Ashley: “Four new players? What do you want three new players for”?

    • TheFatController

      I presume they talk on the phone.

      ‘Rafa, you want to know the budget..?’ Ashley opens front door, presses door bell, and says ‘sorry, someone at the door. Call me next week?’

      • Andy Mac

        Or “Rafa I’ll let you have three new signings if you can tell me how much money I make every second of every day – to the nearest hundred pounds”

  • Andy Mac

    Three signings you wouldnt want again, Gamez, Lazaar and Sels ?

    Alternatively we could sign er………….Joselu, Lejeune and Manquillo ?

    Let’s face it we’re effed 🤔

    • GToon

      The confusion will be if it means actual new players who currently play for another club or the more usual “like a new signing” that already play for us.

  • MichaelMaximusMoose

    Wait till Mike sobers up in the morning,
    😂😂

  • Peaky Magpie

    Can Penfold play up front ……..

    • Andy Mac

      Not with a ball and chain around his ankles he cant !

    • Leicester Mag

      Only on his own (pfnarr)

  • Soldier

    £15m for Gayle is a good deal for both clubs as he can score for fun in the championship, i just hope Joselu hasn`t got a brother

  • Leicester Mag

    In the couldn’t make it up part 2 following last night’s offer of a trip to Germany to watch some decent football the club tonight offered me the chance to appear in a club comic. Has someone been drinking meths? This club continues to astound

  • Cockneytrev

    Even if this is true,, what quality of player are we now able to attract?
    To attract the kind of goal scorer we need, our salary structure would have to be doubled, this is not going to happen,,

  • anyobrien

    Take over off sky news

    • MichaelMaximusMoose

      It was never on

  • robbersdog

    Mike Ashley has just released a statement – there’s no deal.

    Basically, we’re f*cked.

  • Peaky Magpie

    Groundhog Day 2 The Ashley Years………starring the late John Candy as Fatso & Penfold as the Groundhog……at a cinema near you…..soon !

  • Peaky Magpie

    FFS Just seen the news,the fat c**t has just confirmed he ain’t going anywhere 😪😪😪

    • robbersdog

      I hear that the Fat C**ts Society has rejected Ashley’s application to join; he’s too much of an embarrassment, even for them.

      • Peaky Magpie

        ✔️ You’ve got to 😂 or else you’ll 😭.

  • Leicester Mag

    Ashley here for good. Another 10 years of trucking pap. I feel sick. I honestly feel sick.

    • anyobrien

      I think this will be my last year there is no point

      • Leicester Mag

        Id up mark you but feels so wrong. Sorry that you’ve reached this point so bloody sad

        • anyobrien

          I’m exhausted with it myself it’s all bollocks

      • Waxi

        Yes spot on i can not see the point in having two season tickets to watch a relegation fight or fizzy pop football.

  • Waxi

    He does this every window to deflect the [email protected] away from him. Another nothing window that we all talked about and deep down knew was going to happen.

  • Peaky Magpie

    Adios Senor Benitez.

  • anyobrien

    He’s obviously got his grubby hands on the new TV deal… Fat shyte

    • Peaky Magpie

      Yup…..money,money,money.

    • Mitros gotta start

      ^^^^😁😁😁😁^^^^

  • MichaelMaximusMoose

    He`ll be giving it Large down at the Nags Head with JFK & Den
    [email protected]@ked them again boys, Get the round in
    😂😂😂😂

    • robbersdog

      And vomiting into the pub fireplace.

    • Peaky Magpie

      I think Leazes must be on his way down there to tek him oot !

      • MichaelMaximusMoose

        wonder where he is today

        • Peaky Magpie

          Plotting

  • hetonmag

    That’s probably the final nail the NUFC coffin Rafa will probably stay till the end of the season after that I fear the worst, some Will be happy when Rafa goes and will the same one’s be happy that Ashley is staying to steel havoc on our club.

  • hetonmag

    Here’s hoping there’s a statement from the Staveley camp.

    • Peaky Magpie

      She’s no better,snake with t*ts.

      • hetonmag

        Like that😁😁😁

    • MichaelMaximusMoose

      not worth a nut only 1 statement matters, Fatso`s

  • Leicester Mag

    Just waiting for the Chronic to publish 5 things we learnt about the takeover and I’ll not be responsible for my actions

    • hetonmag

      Ryder might get an interview with Staveley ha ha.

    • anyobrien

      Ha ha class

  • Desree

    No deal on the table. And fatty has gone crying to Sky. Apparently PCP has wasted his time.

    I would love to see this on TV, as a special episode on that show about selling your house.

    Would be great entertainment.

    What a way to create an excuse for not delivering on a promise.

    • GToon

      I’d like to see him come into the Gallowgate end and announce the failure of the deal personally.

  • Hopey

    Thats me done, no Season tickets next time round

  • StevieB

    I still think it’s on to be honest . None of you ever believe a word he says so why yous all starting tonight to ?

    • Duh

      because it’s bad news…

      fair point though, you can’t trust anything that comes out of the club

      the fact that Rafa now supposedly has the green light suggests Mikey has now sanctioned the minimum he thinks he can get away with in terms of retaining Rafa and keeping the club up.

      Things can change at any point but most likely scenario is that we get some mediocre loans and/or signings, Rafa keeps us up and then leaves at end of season. Then back to before, the rafalution being a mere interval between drudgery

  • MichaelMaximusMoose

    He was never, ever going to accept £250m with th Tv money once again due to increase, it already stands at around £120m.
    only the Magic Mushroom crowd would think he was

  • Peaky Magpie

    Well,when is Phil Brown,Lee Clark or Neil Warnock taking over then………?

    • Mitros gotta start

      Clarky all the way…..woohoo

  • Vepr – 12

    That’s last straw. I think I’ll start supporting Blyth spartans. At least I won’t feel like I’ve been mugged.

  • Soldier

    looks like the old brigade on here were spot on,

    • TheNutJob

      they mostly are

  • Peaky Magpie

    This really is the darkest of dark days in the history of NUFC.

    • paul mclaughlan

      Divint be daft. We’ve had much worse.

  • TheNutJob

    Just read the news, looks like the son of Satan`s here for another 10 yrs

    • Mitros gotta start

      Dont know why so many a surprised by this news…..the fat slug himself said he wasnt going anywhere until we won a trophy

  • GToon

    And on this day Newcastle United secured their relegation back to the championship for a third time….. because if there was any feel half good factor then it has totally evaporated with that statement. I wonder how many the man city scoreboard goes up to. Oh and bye bye Rafa, thanks for trying….

    • Kneebotherm8

      Trying……..in very trying circumstances..

  • Wor Lass

    In light of the latest news (yet to filter through to the Chronic, of course), it might be intteresting to know which club Rafa`s going to make those signings for …

    • Soldier

      in the summer Rafa will leave, neither will want to pay compensation so watch out for a mutual agreement statement. Rafa won`t put up with his antics for another year

      • Wor Lass

        Rafa needn`t worry about compensation – £5 or 6 mill is peanuts to the sort of big clubs that`ll be queuing up for his services (that`s real “big clubs”, by the way).

        • Soldier

          he pays up Ashley wins, he won`t have that

          • Wor Lass

            Could be right there.

  • Soldier

    he pulled the plug on the same day as he gave the green light to Rafa
    smells like damage limitation to quell the unrest with the deal falling through

    • Peaky Magpie

      Yup spot on,the conniving devious fat t**t.

    • Wor Lass

      Green light? Really …?

      • Soldier

        according to the chronicle

        • Wor Lass

          Exactly!

      • gallowgate26

        I’ll believe we’re signing 3 players when it happens and also watch to see who’s sold. As yet nothing has happened. Just more Keith Bishop spin, to the press association.

  • anyobrien

    Well after 45 years I think I’m done… There is simply no point until he’s gone.

    • Wor Lass

      Join the club, m8 (he said, sadly!).

  • Wor Lass

    Being unable to go completely doom and gloom, I`m going to curse the fat f00kah for staying so true to character but hold on to a slight – but extremely fragile – hope that the barrow boys trying a bit of last minute brinksmanship. If only …

  • glassjawsh-got-banned

    good thing I stream all the games, otherwise I’d be beside myself with rage over getting robbed by the fat parasite, yet again.

  • magpiefifer

    Well,this the news that so many of us were expecting/dreading!
    My biggest hope (not expectation!) was that I might be going back to SJP after many years of boycotting the ownership of the odious one – and the sad thing is that, at my age, it will probably never happen.At least I have the consolation of witnessing a successful club, winning trophies in the 50’s and 60’s – but my blood boils at the way that man (?) is treating the fans and Rafa.
    One request to supporters – don’t renew your season tickets while Ashley is owner.
    3 relegations in 10 years – what a record Ashley!!!

  • Tino o

    I’m not so sure Rafa will see this season he only stayed under the pretence of a takeover. Surely relegation is nailed on when he’s gone . I give up ! The fat ugly rrrrsole!

  • Peaky Magpie

    The boys at Ronnie are getting it in the neck…..deleting comments left,right & centre 😂

    • Leicester Mag

      Complicit to the end.

  • Mitros gotta start

    At least 1 good thing has come of all this shyte…..brightened up the mackems day….population in pennywell to increase by 25% in 9 months time

    • Peaky Magpie

      And Clarko’s 😳😳😳

  • Hopey

    I know we need Rafa to stay up, but I would respect his decision to walk at this point, and I know how loyal some supporters are but ,we all should probably follow him out of the door

    • Mitros gotta start

      Will never happen…..52000 sheep have less bottle than our manager……even the fat slug cant believe how much he can get away with and still sell out every week

      • Hopey

        True but the anger is gathering pace, after this announcement

      • anyobrien

        Nope that’s it for me it’s become a chore anyway so that’s it I’m oot

      • gallowgate26

        Yes but there are less than half crowds at the SOS and they are still on the way to league 1, the same owner and chairman are still there. Ashley will probably be even LESS likely to sell in that situation and take less than £100m and less than he paid. It would put his nose out of joint big time. He will be convinced that he can build us back up with Matt Ritchie, Dwight Gayle and JFK.

      • Blackburn1066

        Blame the 52.000 because the little fat T-at thinks you are all great for filling his bank account.

        • Mitros gotta start

          Could be worse….we could have the Venkys in charge

          • KRS1

            Would get cheap chicken burgers with the Venus.

  • Hopey

    It’s gonna be a hostile St James v Burnley

    • Blackburn1066

      About time

  • gallowgate26

    If… A) Rafa walks, B) we are relegated AGAIN C) UNTIL players are signed in the summer, I’m not renewing my ST. The FCB is taking the mick now and just wanting to lap up the TV money. As Deborah Meaden on Dragons Den would say… I’m out!!!.

    • anyobrien

      Same here enough is enough

  • East Durham Mag

    This fat horrible c**t just lies and lies. Too angry to think of something else to say.

    • Mitros gotta start

      Bit harsh on Rafa….he isnt that fat

      • East Durham Mag

        What a wit. Well I am half right.

  • Hopey

    That Staveley woman does seem like a waste of time mind, they should be putting their money where their mouth is

    • HarryHype59

      They have made an offer and were the only interested party!

      • Hopey

        This club could be massive with proper investment, an extra £50 million is the same cost of a right back ,if they really wanted to push forward with the purchase they would have paid that amount no problem

        • HarryHype59

          Fair point if NUFC were an established EPL club and were guaranteed the TV money next season. From Stavely’s perspective NUFC could be back in the championship in May and worth around £100m!

  • kingfisher

    If it is true that the takeover is off,why would Raffa stay? Can’t think of one solitary reason.We deserve all we get 😣

    • Mitros gotta start

      I can think of 5 million reasons

  • kingfisher

    Sky have just reported (8.25 pm) that P.C.P say the deal that was put forward in November is still on the table

  • Hopey

    Why leave it until the 16th to announce this news if it was a waste of time, why not in the first few days of the window, now leaving 15 days to try to look like deals may get done then fail at last minute, bank the TV money and take a massive risk of staying up, that is an unbelievable gamble

  • Blackburn1066

    The Flags should now change to protest flags. That would be great on the TV

  • Phil

    RIP NUFC

  • StevieB

    I’ll worry when I see a statement from PCP saying it’s off.

  • KRS1

    The fat bast#rd will be off to Sky as we speak. Will be doing an “exclusive” interview where he says he tried to sell but nasty PCP didn’t play fair.

  • Jack

    So means 3 loan singing becuse fatty will not put his hand in his pocket

    • mus

      who is the reliable source micky quinn lol

  • Shipcote Willy

    Ashley’s idea of an injection of quality will mean three cheap loan signings no better than what we’ve got. There is no forward planning just a grudging acceptance that he has to do something. He’ll be back on Sky soon saying he can’t compete with Man City and blaming Staveley for the situation etc etc

  • thewildchimp

    Sh’t! I ended up in the twilight zone again!
    I mean, there’s no other explanation for Ashley giving money out…

  • markus

    No one will sign. Rafa is off. He has been constructively dismissed by Ashley. What an absolute mess we are.

  • Vladimir Biggski

    This has been Mike ashleys plan all along. This season was his gamble on Rafa, and this will only end when Rafa leaves. The £100m tv money from this season is going straight in Mike ashleys pocket.

  • nevfur

    Let’s get real, he’s not selling for a song and why should he but no one is paying top dollar when we could be relegated. If any deal was ever going to seriously happen it’s at the end of the season. Talk of hostile atmospheres at St James are pointless as Ashley won’t even be there so to be hostile just fails to back the team and can lead to us getting beat. Our best hope of a takeover is if we stay up so Rafa and the team need as much support as possible now to help them achieve that. If we stay up and he still doesn’t sell then protest but nothing going to happen on takeovers tlll we know where the team will play next season.

  • Desree

    Andrew Winter is heading to St James for a special edition of selling houses.

    Hopefully he can convince mike ashley he has no chance of getting 300m

    Would be great TV though but