Laid out below is exactly three months worth of build-up from Mike Ashley and Rafa Benitez, with regard to the January signings to be made.

It starts with Sky Sports reporting on the 16 October 2017 that Mike Ashley has ‘promised to invest in the squad in January’ if Newcastle United has still not been sold.

We are now at the 16 January 2018 and only 15 days until the transfer window closes.

Rafa Benitez hasn’t been allowed to bring in a single player yet, even on loan.

On Saturday his entire team against Swansea were Championship players who played for Newcastle last season in the second tier.

The manager has repeatedly stated he still does not know what his transfer budget, if any, is.

That is the current, quite unbelievable, position Rafa Benitez and the Newcastle fans find themselves in.

Just have a look through these quotes from the last three months, mostly from Rafa.

Time after time calling on Mike Ashley to honour his promises, to at least make available the money he wasn’t allowed to spend in the summer, the fact he doesn’t even know whether he has any money to spend.

16 October 2017 – Sky Sports:

Keith Downie:

“Ashley says he’ll only sell to someone who can take the club forward.

He has promised to invest in the squad in Jan if it’s yet to be sold.”

27 November 2017 – The Mag:

Rafa Benitez:

“We have to compete against Huddersfield, Brighton and Burnley – but we couldn’t compete (in the summer) against those clubs and sign the players that they were signing.

“We couldn’t pay the prices they were paying or the wages they were offering.

“Our fans know where we are and why we are here.

“Are we happy? No….it could be better…but it could be worse. If it gets worse then you keep on going.

“We didn’t do it (spend the necessary money in the Summer) and that is the situation we’re in. We must stick together and I still have full confidence in our team.

Yedlin didn’t have a bad game, he was up against two top quality players and we have to win games as a team.”

“We do not know what is going on (with the takeover) and what will happen.

“Our fans need to know it could be even worse.

“If we don’t sign anyone what can we do?

8 December 2017 – The Mag:

Rafa Benitez:

“It is very simple. You have to be sure that your team is strong enough to stay in the Premier League.

“I think it is obvious that we have some positions that we have to reinforce. I want someone to write the cheques. I’ll be happy with that.

“I hope there is money left from the summer because we did not spend it all.

“I don’t know if someone will write the cheques…

“I’m confident we can stay up, but we need help in some positions – as soon as we have injuries we have problems winning.

“I will have a meeting and I will ask, we will talk about what we have, what we need.

“I think he (Mike Ashley) is a businessman.

“A businessman will have a clear idea about what he needs to do with his business to improve his business, then it will be much better.”

8 December 2017 – The Mag:

Rafa Benitez:

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

“We (Rafa and Mike Ashley) 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.

12 December 2017 – The Mag:

Rafa Benitez:

 “We know our job. Everyone has an opinion. It’s not rocket science – we need players in some positions. If we can, fine, if not, we will have to work harder.

“We’re monitoring players and talking to people. We still don’t know how much money is available. We know what we need, can we get that, I don’t know.”

12 December 2017 – The Mag:

Rafa Benitez:

“What I would say is that if you know where you are (what transfer budget you have, if any…) and what you have, it is easier for me and it is easier for our people.

“We can talk with agents, players and clubs and say, ‘We are here’ and ‘We can’, or ‘We cannot’. It is easier.

“You know where you are and you can go in one direction or another one. You need to know as soon as possible.

“Now we need to concentrate on this game. Hopefully, we can finish this (Everton) game and talk. We have Arsenal in a few days, but still, we need to know because our people are travelling round the world watching games.

“We have our targets.

“I would say (we need to know our transfer budget) as soon as possible. That’s normal.

“You have to go to the market in January and have your targets. You need to know the budget. That is it.”

13 December 2017 – The Mag:

Rafa Benitez asked when he needs to know his January transfer budget:

 “As soon as possible but I don’t know when (that will be).

“We have the money from the summer window – I think we have some money but I need to know how much.”

16 December 2017 – The Mag:

Rafa Benitez:

“We will try to bring in some additions that will bring a lift to the team.

“The fans know the team will be tough. They also know we need something in January that will help the current squad.

22 December – The Mag:

Rafa Benitez:

“I have confidence that Mike Ashley will deliver what we need to stay in the Premier League before January 20, to be sure that we have time to work with the new players.

“I don’t know the budget that I have, so we don’t know how much we can spend…we have to do things as quickly as possible.

“I have the belief and the confidence in Mike Ashley, that by January 15 or 20, we have to be there with everything done.

“Am I confident we can get what we want? In some cases yes, in some cases no.”

23 December – The Mag:

Rafa Benitez:

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

“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.

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

27 December – The Mag:

Rafa Benitez:

“I think that this club still has great potential.

“If we do the things that we have to do now in January and we stay in the Premier League…it is one of the teams that has to be in the top eight – watching the table and the size of the other teams. But we have to be sure we understand that this is a crucial time for us (this season).

(Rafa asked how many January signings he wants) “It depends. You have to be sure that we have three or four positions (we strengthen) and we bring someone in that can give us something different.

“I think that it will be positive. The players, they know, they know the quality of players (that Newcastle need) and what they want is to bring players in to compete and be better.”

30 December 2017 – The Mag (after draw with Brighton):

Rafa Benitez:

“The fans appreciate the effort that the players are putting in on the pitch.

“Now we will see if we can do something in January and bring in some help for this group of players.

5 January 2018:

‘Rafa Benitez admits still doesn’t know January transfer budget.

Rafa Benitez:

“I don’t know exactly what our (January transfer) budget is (yet).

“At the moment, we don’t have any movement (in the transfer window), so we are waiting.

5 January 2018 – The Mag:

‘Sky Sports say that their sources have told them that Rafa Benitez wants to bring in four new players in January.’

8 January 2018 – The Mag:

‘Sky Sports say no chance of Rafa Benitez landing these 3 transfer targets.

Rafa Benitez has no chance of signing three top transfer targets according to Sky Sports.

Speaking to the Sky Sports transfer talk podcast, Keith Downie said:

“Rafa Benitez has looked at David Luiz this window.

“He would like to bring him in on loan until the end of the season but there is no chance of that happening.

“He would also like to bring in Daniel Sturridge from Liverpool, or Danny Ings, but these are not going to happen.

“For one they (Newcastle United) can’t afford it, and two, he hasn’t even been told the (January transfer window) budget.”

12 January 2018 – Rafa Benitez:

(Asked if knows how much he has to spend in January yet) “No – but we are still working.

(Asked if Newcastle will make signings) “I hope so.

“For me it is obvious, he (Mike Ashley)  knows he has to improve the team, so that we have the quality which allows us to stay in Premier League.

“I have made it clear (to Mike Ashley) that we need some help. We need to strengthen certain positions.

“I have made clear what we have to do now (regardless of any future takeover), without thinking about what may or may not happen in the future.

15 January 2018 – The Mag – Rafa Benitez:

“Carvalhal told me that (Newcastle started v Swansea with whole team who played in Championship for NUFC last season) before the game and it tells everybody where we are.

“I have been saying it all season and yet some people say ‘You have to do this and you have to do that’…but this is the reality.

  • anyobrien

    Great article… But apparently rafa needs to be sacked now!
    You see its all his fault because he can’t get the tip top team to perform…. Rafa was guilty of creating so many chances at home but not able to finish, he needs to lose a couple of pounds and we should be OK… #rafaoot… 😂

    • Phil

      I think he is great. I now want him to leave because he deserves better. Needs an owner who will listen to him and fans who appreciate him. Unfortunately a large number of our own ‘fans’ have turned. Absolute fools.

      • anyobrien


    • Damon Horner

      Let them get on with it. It will be the same cycle forever, any comment about Rafa’s “trust issues” is somewhat hypocritical from those who don’t trust in the manager because he won’t play expansively against everybody.

    • FatParosite

      It’s amazing how people can’t see sarcasm even when it’s prefaced as such.

  • Leazes

    Ashley should be taken to court again, season ticket holders sold one thing and given another is breach of contract.

    • Leicester Mag

      I’ll sadly wager you that this tub of 🐋 grease is still here and that upwards of 40K season tickets are shifted.

      • MichaelMaximusMoose

        and he know`s it

    • Peaky Magpie

      I’ll tell you what mind he’s got ruining a football club off to a t.The Grandmaster.

    • MichaelMaximusMoose

      he`ll tell the judge he was drunk

      • magpiefifer


  • Leicester Mag

    The hole (deliberate spelling) club is built on a pile of made up course grit. Only the blind or frankly naive believe a word coming out St James.

  • Peaky Magpie

    Like a lot of rich people what does he do through the day ? Where does he go ? Why is he never seen in public ?

    • MichaelMaximusMoose

      he sits in his Mansion thinking up new ways to shaft us & Rafa
      not doing so bad, is he

      • Peaky Magpie

        🎵🎵 Simply The Best 🎵🎵🎵

    • Leicester Mag

      Maybe he whiles away the time with Penfold chained to his desk in a Gimp suit

      • Peaky Magpie

        Don’t forget the snooker ball in his mouth 😳😳 I imagine Penfold been Fatso’s very own little court jester “ dance yer little f***a,make me laugh yer little t**t “

    • Rich Lawson

      He wears a bad orange wig and runs the USA,hence why he is seen so infrequently at the park.

      • Peaky Magpie

        Just borrowed your Philip Green Trophy quote Rich,cheques in the post !

        • Rich Lawson

          Thanks mate,I’ll use it to buy the copious amount of drink I am going to get through watching the City game Sat’ teatime.

  • Paul Patterson

    It’s simple, what Rafa says is propaganda to try and get answers from above and ultimately money.
    Anything from the (owner authorised) media is either propaganda to avoid spending or, just out and out lies.
    End result, there will be no signings..

  • mactoon

    Unfortunately not one quote directly from Ashley about providing funds to get transfers in during the January window. It’s pretty clear to me there will be no funds available and I am also starting to believe this whole takeover thing is a smokescreen to deflect from this and once the TV money arrives he will have no need to sell the club.

    • Lhc

      I said from day one the takeover is a smokescreen and he won’t sell, you always get pie in the sky fans who have only jumped on bandwagon since the club made up this ‘money spinner’ of a rafalution, bless them! How do we not know that stavely is in on this too alongside Ashley ?! It’s a publicity stunt by the both of them for some hidden agenda, they’ll be some method in there madness!

      • Peaky Magpie

        I also questioned Staveley like yourself Lhc,all is not what it seems and becoming more apparent every day.

        • MichaelMaximusMoose

          Leazes will be over the Moon as i think he started the rumour

        • Lhc

          She’s a fraud mate, simple!

  • ghostrider

    Give Rafa nothing and get rid of him right now.
    Get in a new manager and give him a small lump sum to bring in needed fire power and to rid us of players that are surplus.

    If Ashley gives Rafa money for a keeper of anything other than what we need, then all I can say is, let’s see what manager we get when Rafa leaves after relegating us.

  • X,WHY,Y MAN.

    It’s starting to look like Amanda Staveley is the new Barry Moat character being used to promote the latest phantom sale !
    It’s funny that the last time he was supposedly selling after all the interest he was the only so called credible buyer with that stage managed handshake with Ashley for all of St James’ Park to see.
    Then a few days later a statement from Fatty Arbuckle saying he was staying put.
    What do we have this time ?, Amanda Staveley photographed going into an Indian Restaurant as the only bit of information.

    The closet we are going to get to “Take-Over” is the “Take-Away” that Staveley bought for “The Calorie Challenged One.”

    • MichaelMaximusMoose

      He`s out manoeuvred everybody & they didn`t see it coming

      • Leicester Mag

        Most fans did for the difference it sadly makes

        • MichaelMaximusMoose

          they still keep buying the tickets when the only way to get him out is a boycott

          • Geordiegiants

            The only way.

  • MichaelMaximusMoose

    Mike might spring a surprise & give Rafa a cheque for £40m
    Dated 1/2/2018 or maybe 19. Whatever

  • Oooh bobbi fleckman

    Funny, the Press Association report that Newcastle boss Rafael Benitez has been given the all clear to bring in up to three new signings this month.

    They claim owner Mike Ashley has accepted Benitez’s argument, that he needs to make signings to help the club avoid relegation.

    Benitez could boost his spending power 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.

    • MichaelMaximusMoose

      he won`sell because he`s afraid that the Fat Lad will pull a stroke & not replace them.
      Catch 22,
      sell before you buy, but there`s no guarantee they`ll be replaced

    • FatParosite

      Why trust a KNOWN liar?

  • X,WHY,Y MAN.

    I wonder how much of a nice little earner Barry Moat got from Ashley for fronting that load of tosh for him ?

  • Clarko

    16 January 2018 – Damian Spellman:

    “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.”

    • FatParosite

      Green light and players actually joining NUFC because negotiations are handled properly are 2 abstractly different things. Using this as a positive is laughable.

      • Clarko

        No, ignoring positive information just to fuel your own hatred is laughable.

        • FatParosite

          Don’t you have work to do Charnley..??

          • MichaelMaximusMoose

            He works for Capt James T Kirk

          • Leicester Mag

            Sure it’s not the Klingons

          • MichaelMaximusMoose

            I`m only going off what my bro told me

          • Geordiegiants

            He defo flys space ships.

          • Clarko

            And there we go, nothing of substance to say. Have fun being ignorant 👍🏿

          • FatParosite

            All you ever do is name call, if that isn’t ignorant I don’t know what is.

          • Clarko

            Firstly, I was using the formal definition of the word ignorant. Secondly, I “name call” in response to name calling, not only that but I justify my insult.

            Again, have fun being ignorant 👍🏿

          • FatParosite

            Have fun being ignorant then.

    • Desree

      As long as they cost nothing and play for free

  • Berkshire Mag

    It seems painfully obvious unfortunately Cashley was using the takeover as an excuse not to invest in transfers. He knew Rafa would put pressure on to buy players, by keeping the “takeover” going he has an excuse not to buy and at the end of the window he takes the club off the market saying he couldn’t reach a deal (one he never intended doing anyway) and pockets the next lot of TV cash, [email protected]

    • magpiefifer

      Then we’re back in the Champioship – again!!!

      • Berkshire Mag

        Without a decent manager…

        • magpiefifer

          Yes,no Rafa or Chris Hughton next time!

    • Berkshire Mag

      Seems tonight’s news has proved me right! I didn’t realise my words would be so quickly prophetic

  • Leicester Mag

    Bobbie and Clarko on at the time, how does it work sharing a keyboard?

  • MichaelMaximusMoose

    Where`s the evidence Clarko ?

  • kingfisher

    4 days to go until Rafa’s deadline day of 20th Jan for incoming transfers.By my reckoning that’s this Saturday, so we should have several new faces in against City.I am p*****g myself with excitement as I wait with baited breath. I wonder if any Bookies have posted any odds for this happening?😁😁😁

    • Rich Lawson

      Have you tried Bet Victor ?

  • wheyayeman

    Clarko and any others like him you’re out of your minds or have zero aspirations backing Ashley. Rafa could have been the very best things to happen to our club but he has my full backing to walk out on the owner right now, he owes us nothing and Ashleys lies just keep on coming. I feel my hate for Ashley supercedes my support for Keeping the status quo anymore. I want Ashley out right now and if relegation and the disaster that is brings it then so be it. Even if it doesn’t I just want his whole empire of greed to cheap labour to fall in on itself now. He’s a disgrace.

    • FatParosite

      I have to agree. This is a Mexican stand off. Benitez not willing to give in to stupid sales of players that are only just premiership class in order to make way for loans. I also think that Benitez is not willing to go through his phone book and set up players by using favours anymore. The time to invest has passed. Feb 1 Rafa walks & I will applaud.

      • wheyayeman

        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

        • FatParosite

          Ashley is making yet another gamble on 3 teams being shiHer than us. He is not good at gambling & does not care that it might wipe us out. Our longevity does not come into his equation. Ashley does not want to put money in if he can’t get it out. I have to say I’m coming round to the idea that there is no middle east bidder. This was just a rouse to win a PR war with Rafa. Ashley is totally oblivious to the fact that Benitez was the bandage that held back the fan hemorrhage.

  • FatParosite

    Ashley has merely made this green light to stop any constructive dismissal charge. It may not help Ashley in court.

    • Paul Patterson

      ‘Every penny’ Broadcast on Sky if I remember . .