Raf Benitez has revealed that this past week he was involved in a conference call with Mike Ashley and Lee Charnley.

The conversation was predictably about transfers, or rather, the lack of them.

Newcastle having now reached the deadline (20 January) Rafa Benitez had set in December for all new signings to have arrived.

Rafa spoke positively after the conference call, saying he had been assured that he would now be backed in the remaining days of the transfer window.

However, mindful of how he has been misled in the last two transfer windows by Mike Ashley, with promises broken, Rafa Benitez also spelled out clearly to fans, media, and indeed Mike Ashley, exactly what the position is….

“We have to be able to compete with these teams who are spending the money.”

Relegation rivals Huddersfield,, Brighton and Stoke have each brought in two players this month already, with indeed Brighton and Huddersfield once again breaking their transfer records, as they also did in the summer.

In the past Mike Ashley ridiculously defended the way he ran by Newcastle United by claiming he couldn’t compete with ‘Sovereign states’.

It isn’t a case of competing with Manchester City in the transfer market BUT Newcastle at the very very least have to be competing with Brighton, Stoke and Huddersfield, or else there is surely only one outcome, even if you have Rafa as manager.

Rafa Benitez:

 “It was really positive the message (in the conference call with Ashley), so we’ll see where we are at the end of the window.

“The targets are there, the prices are there, they (Ashley and Charnley) know the prices (of the players Rafa wants).

“So we are working on it but I don’t know if anything is closer.

“But we do have the green light to bring players in  – that is the positive, that there will be some money spent this month.

“It will be a red light when we get to the end of the transfer window but it is a green light for now.

“We have to believe that we can do what we need to do, right up until January 31.

“We are in contact (with Chelsea for Kenedy) and we know what the situation is, and we have to decide, because everything is a little bit difficult.

“We are waiting now for someone to give us a little lift but I will not talk about numbers (of potential new signings) because I don’t know how many (there will be).

“Sometimes you have a target, you think that you are there…I wanted January 15 or January 20 (for all the signings to have arrived by) because then you have time but…

“We are a little bit under pressure but we’ll try to do our best.

“We have to be able to compete with these teams who are spending the money.”

  • Leazes.

    Dear Rafa…..

    Nothing will happen, Lee Charnley is an unmitigated Liar.

    Charnley plays for time and does nothing… he does this with every manager to achieve his bonus.

    • FatParosite

      Rafa has not been hoodwinked, he’s playing the game. By Feb 1st we will know who’s side he is on. I think I already know.

      • Ram Kishore

        Come to senses..
        The reason Rafa didn’t say was because he wouldn’t be authorised.
        That’s how it works

    • Shields Mag

      Spot on Leazes, expect nothing and we won’t be disappointed…..

  • TheFatController

    There will be money to spend ?

    Equity = assets less liabilities

    Assets £350m valuation
    Liabilities £260m for Ashley because he’s not a charity

    So £90m equity – that could be realised as cash to pay for players.

    Thus we can conclude that what we spend net this window is the equity, and thus tells us the true valuation of the club – and we all know it’ll be about £10m if we’re lucky.

    Which means the true valuation of the club by Ashley is only £270m and thus Staveley is not a time waster and her bid should be accepted ..

    • TheNutJob

      i`m sure Fatty will take your advice

      • FatParosite

        Fatty will enjoy that his actions twist the knife.

    • FatParosite

      Ashley does not want to release that money because he’s close to getting what he wants. He does not want to bankroll a failure like he did with McClaren & have some of those loans go against a rapidly solidifying & depreciating asset. We are not in the bottom 3 when he bought Shelvey et al which is another reason why he panicked. This is a gamble in the hope of getting to the Feb tv deal deadline & get whet he thinks is his due.

    • JonMag

      where do you get the assets figure from ?

    • Steve

      That’s a tiny bit simplistic of you….

    • Ram Kishore

      Ig u must be the club accountant

  • Peaky Magpie

    It’s not looking very good is it ? And,I don’t think we’re even anywhere near the worst of it yet…..

  • ghostrider

    We can easily compete against those teams as it is…and we have.
    The issue was in Rafa deciding to shut up shop against them after having a go for half of the game.
    We’ve looked far better than a lot of those teams when we decide to have a go.

    No plan B and a park the bus mentality in games where it’s criminal to do so.
    No wonder we get beat.

  • Paul Patterson

    If he believes that money will be spent then he’s kidding himself. 10m will be the maximum spend, if any but it will probably be loans anyway.
    Charnley is incompetent but the one thing he will be instructed to do is deliberately sabotage deals coming in and encourage deals going out.

    • FatParosite

      Charnley is not incompetent. Charnley does his job according to the role set out for him.

      • Kneebotherm8

        He’s doing a bloody good job for his boss…….

    • ghostrider

      As an interest how much do you think we should be spending in January on permanent signings and in what positions.
      How much for each incoming player?

      • Paul Patterson

        Personally, one striker at around 20m and we’ll be ok for the season. I’d prefer more players but if it’s to be done on the cheap, that’s as low as I’d go.
        We won’t tear up any trees but at least we will win a couple of games and be safe.
        But this should have happened in the summer . .

        • ghostrider

          Any particular striker in mind for that 20 million and how much wage would that be, do you think?
          Because we have to understand that we will more than likely slap a 5 year contract on that player so we need to know a few things.

          1. Will he play for us and not for the shop window.

          2. Will he be played for what he was bought for and not as a cart horse grafter for half of his game time.

          A loan of Sturridge or a Giroud would be good.

          • Paul Patterson

            True, I wouldn’t fancy Sturridge permanently but a loan deal would be an idea (paying half his wages).
            Giroud? God yes.

          • Kev Newcastle England

            Those players wouldnt come here man FFS!

        • X,WHY,Y MAN.

          Very ambitious !

          20 million will be the outlay for all our reinforcements if any.
          Remember Pardew going onto Ashley’s yacht in St Tropez where fat boy had a plan for the last week of the window.
          Well it must have been to do nothing because that is exactly what happened.

          Wouldn’t surprise me if Rafa gets absolutely nothing come the end of the window despite the meetings or conferences.

  • TheNutJob

    Nee transfers yet lads, oh well, i`ll try again tomorrow

    • Paul Patterson

      Don’t waste your time.

  • S.G.M.

    It would appear Rafa’s been lying to us as well, must be catching

    • JonMag

      i don`t think so

    • FatParosite

      The deal is not dead. Rafa knows this. Rafa also knows that keeping his nose clean allows his to detach himself from association with Ashley with his reputation intact. It will be tricky to negotiate through this period. In essence Benitez backs himself to avoid relegation. The prize is a better deal with new owners. Rafa is not lying, but he is gambling like our overlord.

  • ghostrider

    Rafa, go and ask Ashley for 50 million for a goal keeper you don’t need.
    Ask for another 50 million for a striker you’re liable to play as a second half centre back.
    Get both on 5 year contracts on 100,000 a week and we can all blame Ashley, eh?

    • Cockneytrev


      • ghostrider

        You’re not very talkative, are you? lol

        • Cockneytrev

          Hoop licker👅👅

    • East Durham Mag

      Juan Kerr.

      • ghostrider

        You could almost be a comedian.

        • Ram Kishore

          You have reached the level of dumbest comedian

        • East Durham Mag

          You could be Fattys b*tt pl*g your so far up his passage.

    • KRS1

      Makem troll. Very sad little man!

    • KRS1

      You do know what our record transfer is don’t you? You think Rafa is asking for £50 mill player’s?

      • ghostrider

        If he did he would most likely buy the wrong one’s is what I”m saying.
        One’s he doesn’t need.

        • Malcolm Fisher

          Mmmmm you mean like Clark,Manquillo and Josolu, players who could not get a game at their previous clubs???? not even for the mackems…oh dear what we are reduced to !!

          • For 5m and less that’s what you get.

          • Kev Newcastle England

            Clarks a decent player you tool

    • Geordiegiants

      Our net spend over 11 years is 30m you fockin tool. He isn’t going to get £15m never mind £50m.

  • wheyayeman

    Endless false dawn’s, back to the championship cheerio Rafa

  • The quality just isn’t there. Perez, Hayden, Joselu, Gayle all did less than nothing.
    Diame showed he is the man to play in the centre, Shelvey made great passes, but literally did NOTHING ELSE! Nobody really advanced with the ball besides Clark, Murphy, Diame and later Yedlin. I’m sick of Shelvey and the other players not making runs with and without the ball. Just passes and sits there, or can’t control a simple ball. Our players are technically vastly inferior to City and top 6 teams. If we had a clinical striker and THE BLOODY REF didn’t give obvious DIVE penalties, we could have actually had a point here.
    We are in dire need of at least 2 quality additions (Striker and Box-to-Box midfielder).