Rafa Benitez was once again faced with an impossible task.

Badly let down in the last two transfer windows yet Mike Ashley declared back in September that he was sure Newcastle would be safe by January and could have a real go at the FA Cup.

Embarrassingly, he then said he would give the squad £20m if they won the FA Cup, this was after he refused to properly back Rafa in the transfer market.

You couldn’t make it up.

We got to December and Rafa said he needed all signings made by 15 January or at very latest 20 January.

Net result was not a single signing by the 20 January.

Now it is 28 January and still not a single player bought, only a short-term loan for 21 year old Kenedy.

Ashley’s people briefing the media that a £20m striker was going to be signed, then bidding £12m for Nicolai Jorgensen, and now the message is that Ashley/Newcastle ‘won’t be held to ransom’ by Feyenoord who are insisting on their £20m valuation.

Rafa was happy up to a point with his team in the first half against Chelsea today but once it got to 2-0 then his tactics on limited resources, especially with Burnley on Wednesday in mind, the situation was hopeless.

Interviewed afterwards, Rafa Benitez referred to the problems he faces at the club and said ‘The Newcastle fans are very clever, they know what is going on.’

Rafa is keeping it professional but you do worry if nothing happens transfer-wise by Wednesday night, just what the Newcastle boss will do.

He says he wants to stick it out because he loves the City and fans but everybody has their breaking point.

Rafa Benitez:

“The Newcastle fans are very clever, they know what is going on.

“What we have to do is be sure that I don’t let them down.

“I want to keep going because I am a professional and I want to do well, I’m happy with the City and the fans.

“I can see the potential of the club.

“In the first half we did very well.

“We had chances, we were on top of them, we were in control.

“In the second half they were much better because they were 2-0 up and we were more open.

“We tried to put them under pressure but there was a difference of quality in some situations.

“The first half showed we wanted to stay in the competition.

“We did well in the first-half, had chances, put them under pressure.

“We made a mistake in the counter-attack for the first goal and after the second goal we were unlucky.

“There is a big difference to play Chelsea at their home and be 2-0 down.

“I am pleased with the team in the first-half and disappointed we lost the game, now we concentrate on the league.

(Asked about any January signings) “I hope we can (still) do something.”

Stats from BBC Sport:

Chelsea 3 Newcastle 0

Goals:

Chelsea: Batshuayi 31,44 Alonso 72

Possession was Chelsea 61% Newcastle 39%

Total shots were Chelsea 18 Newcastle 9

Shots on target were Chelsea 8 Newcastle 6

Corners were  Chelsea 5 Newcastle 4

Referee: Kevin Friend

Newcastle United:

Darlow, Manquillo (Murphy 77), Lascelles, Clark, Mbemba, Haidara, Saivet, Hayden (Atsu 83), Shelvey, Ritchie, Gayle (Joselu 64)

Unused Subs:

Woodman, Diame, Dummett, Yedlin

Crowd: 41,049

(To read instant NUFC fan/writer reaction to the match go HERE)

(To view the fan Newcastle player ratings and to add your own go HERE)



  • MichaelMaximusMoose

    Another interview in Spanglish,
    you ask the questions but you are no further forward at the end of it.
    the team & the performance was Garbage

    • Leicester Mag

      Sad fact is deep down the club is owned and run by of Warrick Hunts

    • The players who were on the pitch tried as much as they could and we AGAIN had more than a few chances to go in front, but Shelvey, Ritchie and Gayle failed to do anything with them. The team just got shot then by those two goals who were a show of quality from Chelsea and our lack of (both offensive and defensive).
      We need Merino fit and playing week and week out
      I liked Shelvey’s more free roaming role, but his shots are still pathetic
      We really need a confident Sriker
      We need better fullbacks (hopefully we can now play Kenedy and Yedlin on both sides)
      Atsu and Murphy are much better than anything we have on the wings.
      Anything to add?

  • Leicester Mag

    Sadly while fans know what is going on, denial or fear,Ashley knows if Rafa walks the protests will be noisy but short lived. Can’t wait for a clown like Warnock in the championship.

    • FatParosite

      That’s Ashley’s blueprint. The worry is, many people will see that as achievement.

  • Waxi

    He as much as said adios you and i know we are not bringing players in i have done what i can but that’s it. No take over just the same old lies from those in power.

    • Duh

      He’ll see the season out

      • Waxi

        He will unless another club want him bad and they pay his contract up. I hope i’m wrong and we get the players Benitez needs we stay up he stays but with the track record over the past ten year it all points to no signing another management change and relegation.

  • Paul Patterson

    Ive got news for anyone thinking otherwise, there will be no more signings..

  • Waxi

    It’s going to be very interesting to see what sort of atmosphere we get on Wednesday night.

    • Duh

      Obviously dependent on signings and result; all with be forgiven with a 1-0 win and a couple of lame signings

      • Mrkgw

        We wont even get a couple of lame ones in. If Ashley had his way, he would have Rafa field Charnley if it saved a couple of quid.

        • Duh

          Might be a good thing, then he’d understand that you have to be quite good to play football in the pl

          • Mrkgw

            Haha, yes. But in seriousness, the club is doomed to failure. I just can’t see why Ashley wants to see it fail in such a catastrophic manner. Unless of course, he wants to see the club fold so he can sell off the site for student flats or similar. And with that, he sticks one on the supporters in the process. After all, only money turns his head. Pure greed.

          • Mark Potter

            He can’t sell the ground to developers. The freehold belongs to the Freemen of the City. It’s part of the Town Moor and can’t be built on.

        • Albert Stubbins

          Was charnley not playing instead of shelvey today? I’m sure it was him. Bald, slow and unable to muster enough power in a shot to trouble a school bairn?

  • Albert Stubbins

    Rafa seems to have accepted that no one’s coming in by this interview. Groundhog Day again for us once again I’m afraid.

    • Duh

      Yeah his language is all about putting it on the people who are responsible for bringing the signings on. He’s already making clear who is to blame for the s$&@ show of a transfer window.

      Mike & his lackies need to get their act together otherwise his 350m club could be worth considerable less

  • FatParosite

    If even a £20M striker comes in and nothing else. I will lose respect for Rafa if he doesn’t walk. He has given them a list & I assume Ashley is doing to Rafa what he did to us through Parspew. Project an intelligence insulting lie by pretending to work hard on these signings only for the ever changing line to thwart that effort. If Rafa stays he is complicit with that lie.
    I have already lost my respect for those who go to the SJP. They are unwilling to turn the life support off & they ARE complicit in Ashley’s deceit.

    • Albert Stubbins

      I agree. Show some balls and self respect and walk Rafa. It’s becoming painful to watch. He’s been stabbed in the back three times now. He’s starting to look like a lap dog himself now. He’s been crying wolf for too long. Go with all of our blessings before you wind up like charnley and moncur FFS.

      • Blackburn1066

        Raffa may go but he will only go after a date he has in his contract, if he goes before that date he will have to pay fat man something like 6 mil.

        • Mark Potter

          Which is the end of the season. If it gets to then and he has managed the team to It’s second successive relegation, history will record he was sacked, not that he walked out. Managers don’t leave clubs by “mutual consent”. Everyone knows they were sacked. And he knows that too, he said so only in the last few days.

    • Virsino

      The one person that has been telling it how it is (within reason) TO THE MEDIA, and you want him to walk? Who else is going to carry the baton for you? I say, let him stay, let him continue to be screwed over in repeated transfer windows, and let him continue to tell the world. Him walking does NOBODY any good except for appeasing the few who seem to want to lose respect for him because his doesn’t throw his toys out of the pram.

  • Mrkgw

    Thats it then -looks as though there will be no signings and the despised owner has consigned our once great club to the waste basket. Disgusted.

  • robbersdog

    It’s all beginning to feel a bit desperate at the moment. If we we lose to Burnley and don’t manage to sign a striker, the mood could turn very ugly by the end of the week.

    • Mrkgw

      I hope that if Ashley fails us yet again, protests begin on a scale not experienced before. Peaceful of course, but sufficient that he gets the message loud and clear.

      • FatParosite

        Yawn yawn….. “I think there will be a protest if we lose to X” … “Ashley will see empty seats if X goes” same old same old…YAWN.. the happy clappers will still be there. We are effing pathetic. Some of those that go to the SJP have the nerve to slate the scouse bin-dppers. They would not put up with this. Liverpoop fans would have hounded Ashley out of town as soon as Carol went.

        • Hughie_Gallacher

          You’re absolutely right mate. Ashley could make a kick up the ar*e a condition of entry and people would still flock to the ground.

          • FatParosite

            That just made me laugh out loud…. then feel distinctly sad at it’s accuracy.

        • Mirandinha9

          Absolutely agree – the scousers wouldn’t have tolerated these last 10 years and would have hounded him out. Cashley exploits the ‘blind loyalty’ of the Toon fans and laughs at them every time one of them steps foot in SJP.

      • Albert Stubbins

        Peaceful protests don’t work. They get no media coverage of any note. Peaceful protests don’t show any depth of feeling they are worthless although I see your point. Anger isn’t a peaceful emotion. We need to raise the gates of hell to get this b****** out!!

        • Mark Potter

          Yep. There will be no peaceful protests, whatever their organisers state. The mob will be there to scream abuse at ordinary fans for daring to support their club. And if they don’t get their way they will smash up the town. They believe in chaos and anarchy. They want the manager to resign. They want the club to be relegated. They would welcome bankruptcy.

          They are too stupid to understand that their actions make the club unsellable, unattractive to investors and unattractive to quality players. But they love their banners and chants, and imagining they are Lenin leading the October Revolution.

          • JonMag

            you really are a [email protected]@king idiot

          • Mark Potter

            Do you really having nothing to say? No defence of those who promise violence as their way to achieve their objectives.

          • FatParosite

            I love it when they pull out this chestnut “ordinary fans for daring to support their club”…. All I see is Turkey’s voting for Christmas.

          • Albert Stubbins

            Yes I know. Sit quietly in your seat and politely clap and smile like good little boys and girls. Who mentioned smashing up the town? Are you clarkos twin even more ignorant brother?

          • Mark Potter

            You mentioned “raising the gates of hell” and whatever religious B.S. connotations this has, it’s certainly not meant to be cosy and friendly. It implies letting loose the hounds of hell to wreak devastation and destruction on a biblical scale.

            In a democratic society there is no justification for violence and hate. Not to achieve political ends, nor to achieve religious goals, and certainly not over their grievances regarding the running of a football club.

            We live in a capitalist economy. If you want to change the ownership of the club, buy it. If you don’t have the money, vote for a new government that they might introduce a scheme to help fans to buy a share in the club. But don’t threaten violence.

          • Albert Stubbins

            Your clarko arnt you? Telling people what they think and what not to think, what to do and what not to do. They’re all uninformed and dilusional if they don’t agree with you. Raising the gates of hell could mean a million things. My intentions and your interpretation are as usual miles apart. Sitting on your hands and allowing things to remain as they are isn’t an option but you’d quite happily go along with the status quo, kidding yourself that Ashley will come good and that it’s through no fault of his that we’re in the mess we find ourselves in. Seek help.

          • Mark Potter

            I didn’t tell you what to think. I’m telling you that your threats of violence in a civilised democratic society are unacceptable. And don’t try that “raising the gates of hell” could mean a million things. You explicitly rejected peaceful protest.

          • Blackburn1066

            He does not care what you the fans think or do, money that’s what he cares about.

    • Mxpx

      Rather than a protest against Ashley inside the stadium an empty stadium other than away fans would be a much bigger message

      • Mark Potter

        What message does the empty stadium down the road give? “We couldn’t care less if our club drops into the third tier”

  • thewildchimp

    No, I’m sorry, you should stop defending Benitez.
    I don’t care at all that we lost – it was a given – but the way we played – it’s an effin’ discgrace!
    Five at the back and you get a pass from the center of the pitch to our box and we end up in 2 vs. 1 situation? Is that the result of his “meticulous plans” and “brilliant strategies”? Our best man on the pitch was the lad who conceded 3!

    And don’t you dare telling me that it’s Ashley’s fault for no new signings! Liverpool lost against West Brom on their home turf, after 9 months. Tottenham almost got done in by Newport County! Effin’ Newport, from League Two! But they attacked, they ran, they regret not winning it! Where’s their 20m pound striker?!

    The lads are not to be excused as well, but the one who sets them up, prepares them – is the manager. Have you seen Murphy’s look when he was entering the game? He was undoubtedly thinking “Oh, God, why do I have to play in this sh’te of a game?” And he has every right to. He’s a brave young lad, not afraid to take 3 players on – yet every game he is setup not to lose. Not to win, but to avoid loss.
    F’ that!

    I don’t give a sh’te if Benitez walks; if this was Pardew or McClaren – we’d be on a crusade for their heads.
    He disrespects the players, he disrespects us. He has the nerve to tell us that we are smart, we know what’s going on. Yeah, some of us do…

    Just tired of this burlesque of a club. Still: Howay the Lads!

    • FatParosite

      Another who thinks we should go into the Lion’s den without any weapons at all.

      • thewildchimp

        At least we’d die like effin’ men!

        • glassjawsh-got-banned

          yes. getting blown out 6 or 7 to 1 every weak is much preferable to tactically giving your side a chance at points… idiot.

          • thewildchimp

            Maybe I am. But at least I have guts, yet not the stomach for this kind of sh’te I witnessed today.

    • Megatron1505

      So by cherry picking a couple of games out of hundreds played this weekend you can blame Rafa?

      People need to get this through their heads, we are not good enough to stay in the league. Rafa said last season we had a squad built for promotion to the Prem and we would need to bring more quality in, we didn’t.

      Before anyone mentions spend in the summer months can they please explain to me their in depth knowledge of how the budget was divided, and why no strikers were bought in despite targets being identified months before.

      We have been totally screwed again by the court proven liar and still some on here lap up his 5h1t like it’s ice cream.

      • Mirandinha9

        The problem is that it’s not just some on the mag who ‘lap’ up Cashley’s tenure, it’s also the 50,000 fools who put money into his pocket every fortnight who also embrace his deceitful actions.

        • Phil

          P!ss off blaming people for not turning their backs!! The mackems have done that!…. How’s that working out for them?

          1 man and 1 man only to blame

          • Mark

            Totally agree, everyone’s entitled to their opinion and mine is ‘we pay our money to support the team through thick, thicker and some times thin, anyone who chooses not too, for what ever reason, doesn’t really get what following NUFC is all about’.

            also if the fans didn’t turn up week in week out and Rafa walked our club could go to a place it may never return from, Leeds and the Mackems good examples.

      • Blackburn1066

        The little fat man in his tat shop is ok about us taking a drop to the championship again, as he has a team that can play in that league, no players to get. And if the manager goes he can bring some other yes man in…. as I see it job done!

      • thewildchimp

        Mate, I’m not cherry picking. Our entire season is dreadful. He has installed loser mentality in the squad because he tried to wage pointless media war against Ashley. Pointless because Ashley doesn’t care what he says.

        Yes, we need better players. Every squad needs better players. ManCs need better players to have an even better team. But put yourself in the shoes of our lads: how would you feel if your boss constantly gave interviews how you aren’t good enough and he needs better but, alas, he can’t get anyone? Many want to leave. Some say it openly, some say it through their performances.

        My beef with Rafa isn’t that he doesn’t win or whatnot. My beef is because he wants to play HIS kind of football with unsuitable players. If he had the needed money I don’t doubt he’d be top 10 this year. But he doesn’t. And he probably never will in this club. But he still won’t budge, he wants it his way, and only his way, just like Ashley does. The difference is that Rafa is actually competent at what he does.

        The bottom line is that he is equally stubborn as Big Mike and it’s our club that suffers.

        So many other clubs’ fans were p!ssed of by his methods and I realize why after season and a half. Only in Newcastle he has the status of a demi-god.

  • John

    Trying his best to get sacked so his contract gets paid off and he doesn’t look bad.

    • Paul Patterson

      Bitter that you failed in the hot seat in 2015 Mr Carver?

    • Phil

      Mug

    • bob0411

      WUM

  • glassjawsh-got-banned

    My hope is that after Rafa inevitably leaves, he throws out his normally unabated professional decorum and completely lambasts this joke of a regime in the press. No backing at all and lied to at every available opportunity. Leading this Newcastle team in the EPL is akin to trying to paint a house when only given a toothbrush.

    • Paul Patterson

      He doesn’t need to. Everyone is aware of it apart from some on this site.

  • ghostrider

    People still defending Rafa after another classic sickening performance.
    Surely people can see the players are all going backwards under him.
    He’s zapping the life out of them.
    He’s then playing games and saying Newcastle fans know what’s going on.

    They should know what’s going on and that’s knowing they have a manager that’s killing the passion.

    • glassjawsh-got-banned

      Outside of yourself and a few others, newcastle fans DO know what’s going on. We have a manager who is holding a massively inferior/under invested team out of the relegation places by a thread. Without rafa we wouldn’t hit 20 points for the entire season.

      • ghostrider

        Without Rafa I’m convinced we would be much more comfortable, assuming we had a manager that wasn’t some kind of robotic pet lip merchant.

        • relaxed

          What a retarded fukcwit you are

          • ghostrider

            Yeah, I think I saw something similar to this somewhere.
            Well thought out. lol

      • Mark Potter

        So why is anyone wishing he would leave?

    • bob0411

      He’s a champions league winning manager who is liked and respected by the players and the fans. Who do you possibly think could do any better? Or is your post deliberately designed to wind people up? The likes of you and ‘Monkseaton’ mag make me sick. The real fans know there is only ONE person responsible for the mess we’re in, and that’s our obesity challenged owner!

      • ghostrider

        Don’t spin that real fans stuff out man. Honestly it means nothing.
        It’s as if you’re going on about having some kind of ticket to the krypton factor of football know how inside the club as honorary flies on the walls.

        Nobody knows what’s really going on behind the scenes but we can all see what’s going on on the pitch.
        A manager is committing footballing crimes of non passion in the players by destroying their ability to actually play the game in the right way.

        • glassjawsh-got-banned

          I’m with you on this one at least. A “real fan” is anyone who supports the team, regardless of their thoughts/actions.

        • bob0411

          No I simply meant you and he (that’s if you’re not actually the same person alone with John, Rob etc) aren’t in reality Newcastle fans, you’re f*ckwits.

          • Mark Potter

            F*ckwits are those who resort to abusing other posters. Those who can’t actually discuss anything, say anything interesting or even defend their own position.

          • bob0411

            And what about idiots posing as multiple, separate individuals? Who aren’t actually Newcastle fans at all? Get a life man.

          • Danimal

            Hilarious how “they” have all appeared at the same time.

          • bob0411

            Exactly mate, they’re not exactly subtle are they? lol

          • Mark Potter

            You appeared at the same time as Bob. Are you the same person?

          • Danimal

            No but I’m a sane person, unlike you small bunch of Ashley apologists.

          • Mark Potter

            I’ve never apologised for Ashley. Show me one quote where I did that? But I will always defend the right of people to post their views, even if they are a “small bunch” without getting abused. The majority (if that is the case, it’s impossible to tell) have no rights to suppress the minority. Not in a democratic society which respects free speech.

          • Jezza

            Bunch in this case meaning two brothers posting under multiple ID’s.

          • bob0411

            Don’t judge other people by your sad little actions!

          • Kneebotherm8

            Craaaaawlin’ oot the woodwork they are..

          • Mark Potter

            Even if it were true, it doesn’t excuse abuse. But just because Jizzy says it, then why should we believe it? It’s obvious that ghostrider is no fan of Rafa’s tactics, while others continue to support the manager. Some with gritted teeth with some criticisms, others unconditionally.

          • bob0411

            ‘Even if it were true’, so that’s an admission of guilt then? I’m sure the site moderator could quite easily look at the IP addresses being used by us all. Thanks for triggering that idea, I’ll get back to you on that. N.B. it’s not just Jezza claiming you’re a troll, your actions today confirmed it for a number of us..

          • Mark Potter

            Ofc not. Since he didn’t include me in his list. As you can see, I don’t hide behind an alias, this is my FB account. I’m not one of the cowards issuing personal abuse and threats of violence from semi-untraceable accounts.

            The “moderators” could trace IPA’s, go for it. I doubt the people on his list have anything to hide, any more than he does. The only thing they have in common is that they do not always agree with his views. So the accusation is an attempt to limit their free speech, to marginalise and denigrate their views without taking part in debate.

            As I pointed out you could have several accounts. The views, such as they are, from a number of accounts are indistinguishable. Who cares. They like their echo chamber to reinforce their views. They don’t like it when people disagree with them.

          • bob0411

            You’re still a troll and the speed at which you jumped to their defence reflects badly on you. Don’t expect to post inflammatory comments on here and not be called out for it.

          • Albert Stubbins

            You’ve just said f wits resort to abuse and then called jezza jizzy? Can you not see how you’ve undermined your own argument?

          • Jezza

            He’s not a Newcastle fan, he’s a season ticket holder at Old Trafford.

      • John

        So because he won the champions league means he should go on like a total baby because he wants the sack so his contract gets paid off

        • bob0411

          Just proved my previous point there ‘John’. Almost time for bed, its a school night!

          • Kneebotherm8

            It’s John Carver y’knaaaa mate.

      • Bowlsey

        His posts are designed to wind people up on here. Jezza mentioned it to me and ghostrider himself keeps confirming it to me with every post. Why? God knows but some people get a kick out of being contrary and playing devil’s advocate so there is that possibility.

        • Jezza

          He’s addicted to the trolling. It gives him a buzz, inflates his self esteem, fills that big girlfriend shaped hole in his life.

          • Albert Stubbins

            I could get him an second had inflatable one if he likes. One not very careful owner?

      • Jezza

        Don’t feed the troll, marra. He is Monkseaton Magpie, as well as Oooh bobbi fleckman and Clarko.

        • bob0411

          Yep, he proved as such this afternoon, using multiple usernames, a few of us were laughing at hi, clearly an extremely sad individual…

        • Peter Stabler

          That is tradjic, tragic that’s it – tragic.

        • Albert Stubbins

          The good the bad and the ugly!!

    • Rob

      Nonsense.

      Pardew pardewed players.

      Rafa is doing the best with a very average squad.

      • ghostrider

        If Pardew Pardewed players then Rafa is Rafalating them to extremes.
        These players are genuinely going backwards under this clown of a manager.
        The man is no good for this club.
        A decent football manager who knows how to set up a balanced team would inject new life into this team and it would be a joy to watch compared to the horrible disgusting football Rafa is putting out.
        I feel sorry for the players having to just get on with it under this waste of space.

        Rafa is using the fans for as long as he can, because he knows the hate for Ashley far outweighs the irritation of his negativity management.

    • scumtest

      seriously pal, fk off and leave the keyboard alone ffs man!

      • ghostrider

        Amazing comment. Well thought out.
        Are there gold stars to be given on here?
        If there is, peel one off and put it next to your name.

    • Mitros gotta start

      Aye….he said we looked good in the 1st half?
      What game was he watching!
      We lost the 1st half 2-0 with shelvey having a half chance FFS
      Unreal

  • Mirandinha9

    The problem is that although Benitez may be increasingly thinking whether it is worth it and this should surely worry any Toon fan (as we’d never be able to acquire a Manager of similar calibration), the fickle nature of Toon fans is that a win on Wednesday night (even without any further signings) would mean Cashley gets off scot free again. The happy clappers will continue putting money into his pocket. 6 consecutive defeats off 5under1and, two relegation battles, constant early FA Cup exits and ill treatment of Toon icons, means very little to some, who will continue attending regardless of what happens at the club and what mediocrity is put in front of them and Cashley exploits this ‘passion’ to the max.

    • Dave Pattinson

      Wednesday’s gonna be crucial. Decent win against Burnley and a couple of signings and there’s grounds to be hopeful. A reverse,and no new faces and its time for Ashley to have an empty stadium. But sadly, it would never happen and thats why the Fat One will never let us be sold. He’s on a dead cert money-maker.

      • Mark Potter

        Decent win against Burnley, grounds to be hopeful. If the team loses against Burnley they have to fight and fight again until the end of the season, or until it is mathematically impossible to get the points. They need support not protests. The manager needs our trust not marches. They need full houses cheering them on.

    • toonnap

      Why ref 6 defeats to the mackems?more relevant to say unbeaten in our last game against them?

  • East Durham Mag

    All the pundits and the supporters apart from the few total cretins on here know what is wrong with the club. A fat revolting liar with his entire being bent on personal profit and destruction of Newcastle United. I’m not Stan Collymores biggest admirer but he is the latest one to speak up.

    • glassjawsh-got-banned

      even Ian Darke wrote a piece on it

      • Mark Potter

        Ian who?

        • Albert Stubbins

          So he’s not very bright then as his name would suggest! !

      • East Durham Mag

        He seems convinced Jorgenson is a done deal.

  • Pozz Mozz

    No, Rafa. Some fans aren’t clever. In fact they are bloody dim.

    • Mark Potter

      We are not clever enough to read your mind. Do you mean that some fans don’t realise that the Burnley game is more important? That despite his promises to compete for the cup, as soon as Chelsea’s name came out of the hat, that Rafa decided to (a) play defensively and (b) play a second 11? Do you think that some fans aren’t clever enough to understand why Saivet, Haidara, Ritchie and Mbemba started the game? That some fans aren’t clever enough to see that a cup run would stretch our thin resources even thinner? If so, you might be right, judging by the people calling for Rafa’s head.

  • Mark Soper (musicman2000)

    newcastle

  • TheFatController

    The major problem on the horizon is what happens after Rafa walks?

    No progressive manager would take the job, we’d get one of the many ‘if I get a 2 or 3 years deal I can pick up the severance pay once I’m sacked yet again for incompetence like I did at West Brom/ stoke/ Southampton/ Everton/ West Ham/ Swansea/ Leeds*…’

    * delete as applicable

    • Peaky Magpie

      Someone like Neil Warnock….

      • TheFatController

        After the Kinnear appointment, I rule no-one out….

        • JonMag

          you can rule Geordie John out

        • Dillon Tovak

          Who would be the worst after jfk?
          Barry Fry?
          Beardsley? 😂

          • Peter Stabler

            Barry Hearne

          • Albert Stubbins

            Barry bennil! !!

      • East Durham Mag

        FFS that would JFK again. Total disaster.

        • Jezza

          JFK must be the red hot favourite unless Rafa sticks around till the end of the season by which time Pardew should be available again after his likely sacking by West Brom.

      • Peter Stabler

        I’m thinking, Tony Bruce or Steve Pardew or maybe Alan Pulis

        • Peaky Magpie

          Any of them,Harry Venables or Terry Bassett even ….

    • Mark Potter

      So why do you want him to walk?

      • Albert Stubbins

        To save his own self respect and integrity.

    • Albert Stubbins

      He’s walking at end of season. Win lose or draw he’s going. To stay would mean he’s prepared at a price to put up with lies on three occasions from his employer. Bye bye Rafa. Thanks for everything but go for gods sake before you morph into Charnley or moncur.

  • musicman2018

    The Rangers Fans got Rid of Ashley, as they made it very unprofitable for him if he stuck around.

    The problem with Newcastle fans is we are too loyal and Ashley knows 40 plus thousand will turn up no matter what he does.

    As for the sale of Newcastle its not in his interests to sell as of the tv exposure for sports direct gets and also all the profits from Newcastle merchandise goes in to sports direct in fact I would put money on it that most of sports directs profits come from Newcastle united.

    • Pozz Mozz

      Stop buying from Sports direct and spread the word. Boycott Puma and tell them that as long as Ashley is still around, we won’t buy their products.

      • Dillon Tovak

        I have friends that apologise to me when they’ve shopped there, quite rightly I don’t forgive them.

  • musicman2018

    ive noticed a lot of trolls on here probably one Ashleys payroll trying to divide and conquer as Ashley likes nothing better than all the Newcastle fans fighting amongst them selves whilst he’s laughing all the way to the bank.
    Unfortunately for Ashley as I believe all Newcastle fans are united in wanting him out.

    • Jezza

      Those trolls, namely Oooh bobbi fleckman, Clarko, ghostbuster, Monkseaton Magpies and possibly others are actually two brothers from Manchester using multiple ID’s. They are not Newcastle supporters, at least one of them works in a S****s D****t shop and they are season ticket holders at Old Trafford.

      • Dillon Tovak

        I’ve seen you riffling through those sports direct sock bins jezza 😉

        • MadMag83

          I’m crying 😂😂😂😂

      • Ram Kishore

        That’s Ghostrider pal and ig it’s the same person using having multiple IDs..
        After a big debate with clarko and Ghostrider last week I found they are one indeed

        • Albert Stubbins

          Both c u n t z

      • Gallowgate Dave

        It’s a struggle to fathom that there’s one person so dense never mind 4 of them but how do you actually know this Jezza?

        • Jezza

          I realised that I’d been repeatedly having exactly the same argument with all four of those user ID’s. The same twisting of everything with the same playground logic, the same changing of the subject and going off at a tangent when losing an argument, the same steadfast denial of comments they had previously made, the same refusal to answer perfectly reasonable questions, the same childish strops right down the same use of the phrase “stop making stuff up” every time their arguments were disproved, not to mention the same lexicon and speech patterns. I came to unmistakeable conclusion that it could not possibly be different people independent of each other so I decided to look into the matter further. As a result a friend of mine who is far more savvy than me about things such as ISP’s and media social networks did some digging and came up with a lot of information which happened to closely match information supplied by another contributor to this forum who had apparently had a lot of dealings these two brothers.

          • Albert Stubbins

            Yes that’s Clarko full of more shyte than a Xmas turkey. Never answers a direct question and no way a newcastle fan. Sorry for being delusional and uninformed.

  • toonatic

    Sign Luan, he looks mighty decent ,defo looks better than Jorgensen,silky Brazilian skills.

  • David Wright

    As long as we turn up watching Ashley will not buy anyone,he has us in his pocket playing with us like putty.

  • Andy Mac

    TBF Rafa we’d have to be 4 year olds or makems if we didnt know by now what the Fatman is all about !

  • Jonas

    he won’t, but when Rafa walks in the summer, he could easily take Ashley to court and win since he’s been lied to, mislead, totally unassisted and held back – sabotaged in effect.
    And this is the man that FCB is reliant on to save him £100s of millions and his ‘asset’ from terminal decline.
    If Rafa were to walk now, it would ensure that
    and the FCB WILL lose this time, there’ will be no return, the fans will be crushed for the last time and either a full house and bad atmosphere or people stay away with nothing bar his disappearance able to turn it around, nobody will be attracted to the potential when its beyond clear that the FCBs cancer renders it redundant.