Rafa Benitez has taken his pre-Manchester City press conference on Friday afternoon.

Newcastle takeover talk was bound to be a topic of conversation and the journalists were not disappointed.

Rafa Benitez revealing that Mike Ashley had personally told him that the ‘takeover would not go through’.

This week has seen constant claims put forward by both sides via the media.

The only thing that is 100% clear is that the two sides are far apart on any agreement and if anything is to happen, it will be after Premier League safety is secured.

Rafa Benitez pre-Manchester City press conference:

“Now all these things are in the media but I was talking with Mike Ashley before, he told me that the takeover will not go through (in January).

“Since then, we have been working on our targets in the transfer window. It (no takeover) doesn’t change anything for me.

“We have three or four names (of players Rafa would like to sign) and the club has the names.

“It’s just to be sure we sign the players.

“And they know they (Ashley and his minions) can do it because they know the prices of the players too.

“When I was talking to Mike Ashley, he told me the takeover would not go through.

“We are doing what we have to do in this transfer window and preparing for the (Man City) game.

“In terms of training, nothing changes.

“In terms of the transfer window, we have targets, we have names and we are trying to progress.

“There are a lot of names in the press. The position is that we had a meeting, we know what we need and the club will try to sign those players.

“After the last game (v Man City), I said I have to do the best for my team.

“We will try to score goals and we will have to defend well at the same time. We will do our best for sure.

“We don’t have any pressure. We know Man City are a good team, they are top of the table.

“We have to do our job and get points if we can.

“We had chances (against Swansea), especially in the first half. We have to take our chances.

“We have to score more goals if we want to win.

“Our fans don’t need any message from me. They have been fantastic all season.

“We will have a lot in Manchester and they will support the team. We have to be united.”



  • Rich Lawson

    ”It doesn’t change anything for me” Nope, you’ve still got no money to spend !

    • TheNutJob

      where does it say that ?

      • Peaky Magpie

        2nd paragraph of the quote Nut.It has ( no takeover) also in there.

        • MichaelMaximusMoose

          he doesn`t read them, only the headline
          😂😂😂

          • Rich Lawson

            Oooh you fibber,I do read them,honest.

          • Peaky Magpie

            Not 100% sure but I think Moose meant Nut not reading them ?? He’ll probably let you know shortly.

          • Rich Lawson

            He didn’t but I see what you mean,thanks pal.

          • Peaky Magpie

            Nee bother

  • TheFatController

    Neither Staveley nor Ashley will be keeping us up now, that’s become clear this week, so back to supporting Rafa and the team, everyone giving 100% now.

    Probably best none of us have an attitude of ‘they give their all but they’re not good enough’ – it’s old news and doesn’t help. Park it, sacrifice the need to sound superior to allow the players every chance to play at their highest level – a level currently keeping us out of the bottom 3.

    Plus I thought we always gave hard working committed players a fair chance here? Time to live up to the hype…

    • Duh

      I agree, no one is happy with fat mike but protesting and all that will be counter productive. Get behind the team and hope Rafa, the existing players + anyone he can get in will keep us up. Then hope with survival assured, a price can be agreed on.

  • TheNutJob

    when the window close`s is the time we`ll know how far Fatty`s backed him,
    until then it`s business as usual

  • Leazes.

    Rafa does not appear to be the man of honour that most people thought he was.

    He’s still going along with Ashleys nonsense and bolstering his championship bound squad with championship level players….

    Meanwhile in the fantasy world of Ryder…. United remain unbeaten in 2018, so can takle that positive with them to the Etihad…. what a daft begger!

    ye gods where are the people of decency and dignity and truth?

    • Hughie_Gallacher

      I’m coming round to the same conclusion. If he really had scruples and the club’s best interest at heart, he’d be straight out the door.
      He may be waiting for a big club coming in for him.

      • MichaelMaximusMoose

        It`s hard to walk away from a £100,000 a week & a City that holds him up as some sort of Messiah.
        he`s never had that since his Liverpool day`s. i`m glad he`s staying

        • Wor Lass

          That CiTyBlUe`s a right piece of work – he can`t even get his upper and lower case sorted out. Still, he livened up that thread!

          • Peaky Magpie

            If you look at some of his old posts on his profile Wor Lass he would argue with himself in an empty room.

          • kingfisher

            He called me “a Nugget” for my post yesterday.Well that’s charming I thought. I was brought up to believe that being abusive is a sign of lower intelligence and you lose the argument and your self esteem once you resort to name calling.Obviously his comments only go to prove these observations are correct ! Fur king [email protected]@t 🤣🤣🤣

          • Peaky Magpie

            😂😂😂😂😂 He’s got real issues

          • kingfisher

            Aye, little club syndrome😂😂😂

          • Dillon Tovak

            I was with you until you called him a foooking [email protected] at the end there hahaha

          • kingfisher

            Aye,sorry Dillon, I couldn’t help myself.I must be of lower intelligence 🤣🤣

          • Wor Lass

            To paraphrase a quote about Jimmy Carter, years ago, “To be called a nugget by CiTyBlUe is like being called ugly by a bullfrog”! In Carter`s case it was being called dishonest. Also, “nugget”, for him, is hardly abusive.

          • kingfisher

            Point taken Wor Lass. I suppose if you’re going to be abused, far better a full on,no holds barred,below the belt,ar** quivering obscenity.😲😲😲

        • KRS1

          Well said!!

      • Wor Lass

        If he has the best interests of the “club” (ie the fans and the city) at heart then how does walking out help?

        • Hughie_Gallacher

          When I say “interest” I mean long-term interest. Rafa appears increasingly to be another prop to the Ashley regime.
          To me it’s likely that Newcastle will be relegated. They have the hardest final 15 games of all the threatened clubs. Does Rafa really want to go down with the ship, with no transfer funds, a squad of Championship players and no hope?
          I know KK wouldn’t have stood for this.

          • nufcslf

            Nobody should put up with Cashley and his being here. Total waste of time. Everybody walk away and leave him with what he offer’s…….nothing……

          • Pozz Mozz

            Well done pr**ks
            First blame Rafa for not playing swashbuckling football, then blame him for not playing Messi Mitrovic, now he’s an Ashley pawn. Di**heads

    • Wor Lass

      What`s he supposed to do?

    • Wor Lass

      What he does seem to be doing, to me, is two things. Firstly, he`s soldiering on and trying to do his job as manager of a club that he`s committed himself to by keeping us in the PL – despite the owner`s lack of backing. Secondly, he`s building up a very clear picture of an employee who has done everything expected of him whilst consistently being let down by his employer who has broken promise after promise and failed to provide him with the basic materials he needs to achieve his objectives. Could well be a constructive dismissal case in the offing? I suppose he`s also marking time in the hope that PCP do the deal in the end. Oh, and he`s just as stubborn as the FCB so is likely to hang around just to pi$$ him off.

      • Dillon Tovak

        Well put.

      • FatParosite

        I can see both sides here. Rafa needs to make a stand. What kind of stand that is depends on what happens in the next 12 days. Failure to back significantly & walk. I can see this happening as Rafa surely would not want to have his name welded to a relegation. If he does not walk he is taking the 30 pieces. I get the feeling he is biding his time. He has a very strong case for constructive dismissal as he can point at the lack of support through the last 3 windows.

      • magpiefifer

        I find it surprising that Rafa is putting up with the continuous nonsense he (and we!) is getting from Ashley – unless he knows something we don’t!?
        How he can suffer the double-crossing going on from the wide-boy tat trader is to his credit and we can only hope there is a positive finale – but after almost 11 years of the odious one I’m not holding my breath!

      • magpiefifer

        Another constructive dismissal decision – and what would the football overlords do about that !? Sweet FA!!!!!

      • Kneebotherm8

        If Rafa can pi$$ fat Mike off then he’ll do for me……😤😤😤😤😤😤

        • Wor Lass

          And me!

    • hetonmag

      He was quite honourable by sticking by us when we got relegated and bringing us back up at the first attempt. 52,000 chanting his name they seem to think he’s honourable.

      • Mitros gotta start

        5 million reasons a year why he stuck by us…..it wasnt out of the goodness of his heart like in your fairy tale

        • hetonmag

          He could have gone anywhere and for more money are you really that simple.

    • Phil

      Must admit I find it disappointing that Rafa has played dumb all these weeks.

      Why weren’t the fans told at the same time he was? If there was no chance of a deal I can’t see the harm. But we don’t need to know. We go regardless of manager, owner and whoever happens to be playing for us. Why should anybody include us? What we say, think and do means nowt

  • Monkseaton Magpies

    Rafa will stay to the end of the season and assess the money situation then that will be the last throw of the dice in keeping him there but honestly believe he will get £100m in the Summer but as everyone knows that is not a lot in this market. Rafa will also call on the support of the fans in the remaining games so I would be grateful if the Anti Ashley protesters could go and feed the ducks in Leazes Park during the games then after the match protest at the top of the Tyne Bridge on one leg.

    • nufcslf

      Honestly feel sorry for you arguing on behalf of the fat lad. The man has you and thousamds of other sheep right where he wants you, enjoy. When this has something to do with football and football people…not the likes of you and Cashley…I might actually care again, but honestly think too much damage has been done. Thank you all the same to you and the rest of the gutless followers that have allowed fatty to ruin what was once a proud football club. Thank f**k I live in Canada and it isn’t right in my face.

      • Westdentoon

        completely agree with you…just a fcukin brainwashed mug.

        • Kneebotherm8

          Monkseaton Mike…

          • Westdentoon

            He has got ‘117 mates’ you kna…..

      • Monkseaton Magpies

        The fact that you would move to a sad country like Canada and leave Newcastle tells me that gardening and talking ice hockey are your pastimes very sad for you. What made you leave a great city like Newcastle for Canada did you get dementia.

        • Westdentoon

          Obviously you have never been there either have you? You sad little man…stop playing with your Mike Ashley and Dennis Wise dollies and get yourself out your Mam’s house for once in your sorry little life..you never know you might like it!

    • Westdentoon

      Do you never stop and think to yourself that maybe, just for once, you could be wrong if everybody else has different views to you?
      Ive read your drivel for weeks now and you sir are a complete potato!
      You constantly push your minority views on this website and dismiss outright everybody else like your some sort of superior fan.
      Tell you what, we will all just sit on our hands with our gobs shut for another decade whilst Mr Ashley drains the life out of our club shall we?…..Just because you say so!
      Do yourself a favour, make some friends and take on board other peoples views for once in your very long life!
      ‘Monkseaton Magpie’ my arse…more like Monkton Makem!

      • Monkseaton Magpies

        The fact is most of the people on this site do not go to games never have done never will . They are my views the people on the mag website just hate Newcastle. Going down to Manchester in the morning with one hundred and seventeen mates while you lot will be on your computers or train spotting. The highlight of your day is putting the milk bottles out at night.

    • FatParosite

      I’m sure you would Keith.

    • Phil

      F**k you!!

      • Monkseaton Magpies

        That is the limit of the Mag and the anti Ashley brigade brains were lacking when your mothers gave birth.

    • TheFatController

      What money situation? Ashley said we had none last summer, then wanted £400m on an investment of £260m

      That’s £140m equity any investor in the world would provide cash for secured against the equity.

      So either we have money he just won’t use it, or he values it at £260m really and only then the ‘no money’ comment would be true…?

      Spin that one out with an Ashley angle. Impossible as it’s maths, either we’re worth more than £260m and have equity and thus potential cash, or we’re worth £260m and have no money to spend at all?

      • Monkseaton Magpies

        We have very little money in the bank for players full stop. Enjoy the match on the telly that is if you are not at Auntie Mary s having a cup of tea very sad.

    • mactoon

      Rafa will not get £100 million in the summer as Ashley has stated the transfer fund will only comprise of money the club makes and that will not include TV money.

      • Monkseaton Magpies

        Sorry the accounts does include T.V Revenue and Rafa will get the extra to spend.

        • mactoon

          The TV money is paid out at the end of the season but the accounts won’t be finalised then, they are done months after the end of the season so at the time of the TV money being paid they won’t be reflected as income received. That’s how Ashley does his accounts. He will only release an amount of his choosing which has been made by the club. And that won’t include the TV payments. Its pretty obvious that he would never release £100m to spend on players when he is trying to get the club self sufficient

          • Monkseaton Magpies

            Think there maybe an interim payment in January which would have to go in the accounts. However if we did receive a large payment at the end of the year and he paid some of his debt off the price of the club would fall by that amount.
            Believe it or not if we can stay up this season the future looks bright for any new owner.

          • mactoon

            I wouldn’t be surprised if he didn’t pay the debt off for the very reason you state, it would lower the value of the club. If he keeps the debt a new owner would have to pay a higher price because of the TV money input AND the debt in full to him. I hate being this negative but that’s how I see him working. :)

  • Peaky Magpie

    I’m going to make a prediction and maybe put my head on the block but………..I think we’ll get beat tomorrow 😁😁😁

    • MichaelMaximusMoose

      2 bets, 5-0 tenner, 5-1 fiver

      • Peaky Magpie

        As I said the other day anything less than 4-0 will seem like some kind of weird victory GD & all that.

        • MichaelMaximusMoose

          they`ll take the foot off the pedal when they are about 3 up.
          he`ll stick Mitro up front & say i told you he was useless

          • Peaky Magpie

            That’s foot off the pedal after 10mins then 😂😂 Their defenders may as well take a book or iPad out with them as they’ll be bored s***less 😂
            You’re probably right about Mitro.

      • hetonmag

        Betting against the team you say you support what a plonker.

        • Dillon Tovak

          Sometimes you’ve just got to call a spade a spade.

        • Soldier

          betting on a Newcastle win, now that`s areal plonker

          • hetonmag

            I always expect them to win you moron can’t decide whether you and that other dipstick Mickey Mouse are the same person both come out with similar disgusting post’s.

          • MichaelMaximusMoose

            go away, you [email protected]@king halfwit
            your heads up your a $$

          • hetonmag

            Can’t believe the Mag let’s your vile posts through Dummy.

          • Michael Smith

            you must be skint & stupid

          • hetonmag

            Where did I say I backed them stupid I said I expected them to win no matter who the opposition is stupid. Do you want them to win stupid or get beat stupid.

          • kingfisher

            Heton, I used to run a football sweep at work, trying to predict the score, and there was always one lad who would back Newcastle to win every game. He like you, said he always expected us to win, no matter who the opposition was. All the lads used to tell him that obviously we all HOPED they would win, but in all honesty surely you don’t EXPECT us to win tomorrow? If you do, you’re a braver man than me, but I hope you’re right.
            The lad rarely won anything but still stuck to his guns, a true legend, sadly no longer with us!

          • hetonmag

            Cheers mate i go back a long way with the Mags and by god we have had some awful teams, i like a bet always have done but i have never ever backed against NUFC simply because of the fact i never want them to get beat.

          • kingfisher

            Aye Heton,it’s a catch 22. If you bet against them tomorrow,and you win ( i.e we lose),you’ll feel guilty taking the money .I think most of us would gladly take a point tomorrow, but I totally admire your optimism👍👍👍

          • hetonmag

            Can you remember the bloke that won £100,000 when he put £20 on Leicester to win the Premiere, bet there was loads that took the p$$s out of him. Just a little snippet i once worked part time for a Bookmaker, and he told me if he could he would only take Football Coupons because it just takes one of the so called cert’s to draw or get beat and there would be loads of coupons down the swanny

          • MichaelMaximusMoose

            is there another 1 i haven`t noticed, maybe you should ease up on your Med`s

    • nufcslf

      6 nil minimum.

      • Peaky Magpie

        What’s our worst ever away defeat in PL ? Can’t remember & going out soon so don’t have time to look up yet.

        • nufcslf

          I think it was 6-1 to Man City and we scored first.

          • Dave Pattinson

            Thats right,I was there, last relegation season. Think it was in the October. It dawned on me that we were in for a long hard winter. Plus ça change!

        • TheFatController

          6-0 at Man Utd after Allardyce left ?

          • Peaky Magpie

            Cheers,had a feeling it was one of the mancs or Arsenal.

        • grantham mag

          I remember a 7-3 to manue

  • MichaelMaximusMoose

    Rafaball`s in play

  • Duh

    “and they know they can do it because they know the prices of the players too” – that feels like he’s saying he’s done his bit, finding affordable, viable targets and if the club do not sign or loan anyone, it’s once again the incompetence of Charnley & co.

    • mactoon

      spot on, Rafa provides the names, Charnley negotiates the deals, and they don’t get over the line.

      Rafa (last summer) “I have got the players I could get, not the players I wanted”

      • MichaelMaximusMoose

        If anybody can kok it up it`s Penfold

  • Phil

    I enjoy this website and reading people’s comments.

    But the past couple of days has made me realise how much rubbish we all talk.

    Not because we enjoy making things up (that doesn’t apply to everybody) but because we get treat with such contempt from our club. We get no official statements of any meaning. We get drip fed bits of rubbish from ‘sources’. So all we can do is speculate. Some people have more active imaginations than others mind!

    I was disappointed to learn that Rafa has known the takeover isnt happening for weeks. I understand he was probably gagged for whatever reason but still feel disappointed. Probably naive of me.

    Just going to sit back and watch it unfold now. Impossible to second guess any of those involved with us.

    At least we have a match we can look forward to this weekend 😳

    • Soldier

      Rafa can`t say anything about the takeover until it`s in the public domain, he`s an employee.

      • Phil

        I know. As I said naive. The whole saga is a sham from
        both sides.

  • Alan

    As it was said months ago that Rafa knew Amanda Stavely from his days at Liverpool and may have even invited her to the home game against Liverpool. Is it not safe to assume he knew from his contact with her the updated status of events. He will also know from her what the next move is going to be and whether he is going to walk or not.

  • MichaelMaximusMoose

    Blondie going public whilst under a non disclosure agreement blows her bid out the water.
    it`s a PR stunt to try and get the better of the Odious one.
    sorry pet the Big Bad Wolf done you up. Yum Yum
    😂😂

    • mactoon

      She hasn’t disclosed any confidential information she has received about the club so the terms of the NDA haven’t been breached.

      • MichaelMaximusMoose

        yes she has, she`s declared the various bids she`s made.
        you can`t do that

        • mactoon

          It depends what was stipulated in the NDA and again, she hasn’t divulged any of the club’s information Ashley has let her see. If you are referring to the George Caulkin interview he simply sets out details of 3 bids but does not state where the information came from. She simply says ‘the bid’ is still on the table.

          • Michael Smith

            everyone will know where the information came from
            we aren`t all stupid

          • mactoon

            If the NDA is a ‘One-Sided Agreement’ and only stipulates that Staveley must not disclose any details of the club accounts she has perused there is nothing to prevent her disclosing details of any bids she has lodged. But to answer your point, just because we think we know where information comes from doesn’t say 1. it is true or 2. proof of breaking a NDA.

          • TheNutJob

            don`t know what you`s are arguing about the takeover deal as it was is dead

          • mactoon

            ‘allegedly’ Ashley told her there was another bidder willing to pay £350m so she said ok our bid is still on the table, just get back in touch if you want to talk and he hasn’t been in touch since. He has now said £300m may tempt him so i’m hoping she comes back with thast.

          • TheNutJob

            so i`m i but it`s on the back burner

          • Pozz Mozz

            There are no other bids, £275m will seal it.

          • mactoon

            Course there aren’t if it’s true he was trying to double bluff her. I think if any improved bid comes in it will be when she thinks we are safe from relegation, by which time Ashley will know the new TV deal and will raise the asking price again

          • Kneebotherm8

            So there wasn’t a £350m bid?………..honest Mike strikes again…

          • Wor Lass

            It`s not dead if she can get towards £300 mill.

          • TheNutJob

            she hasn`t in nearly 3 months it`s a wait and see game now

    • Wor Lass

      Fatty said the bid was off and then made categorical and quite insulting statements about her and her bid. I reckon she has a right to come back in her own defense and give details about what SHE has done. I don`t know if I`m right but I would guess that the non-disclosure bit relates more to details that she learns about nufc and the viper`s numerous side companies than anything else.

      • TheNutJob

        that may well be the case wor lass but the deals off until she comes up with the dosh. you know yourself going to the press only makes Fatty more belligerent

  • X,WHY,Y MAN.

    As much as I loathe Ashley is Amanda Staveley someone we want at Newcastle United ?
    Everyone is desperate to see the back of “The Calorie Challenged One”, But we could end up in a worse state if she gets involved !

    • Michael Smith

      they`re all after one thing, money

      • Wor Lass

        That is why you make an investment.

        • TheNutJob

          😂😂😂

      • Chris Usher

        What you sniffing tell me a owner of any premiere league club whos in it for the fun not to make money! 🤔

    • Phil

      Only one way to find out

    • mactoon

      Another thing to consider is the two main investors are property developers… gulp!

  • anyobrien

    It’s OK because according to fat boy there are other bidders… It’d a diddly and.. Oh wait he’s a liar proven court aswell… Nevermind eh

  • Michael Smith

    could be quite boring when Mike leaves

  • Damon Horner

    Personally think now for the fans, players and Rafa it becomes about the football. Rafa can’t do more than get the names and asking prices of targets.

    Focus on staying up and if he is still around give Ashley the kicking he deserves next season.

  • TheNutJob

    Any transfer rumours lads. one things for sure with Penfold doing the deals anything can happen, or not

  • HappyToons

    The wearisome waiting for any takeover and Ashley to finally say farewell is a bit like awaiting the promised new Leazes end all those years ago. I think it was 1978 that the Leazes was demolished and 1993 when it was eventually rebuilt with a roof. It was probably a cunning plan by the then Chairman to get rid of the noise and troublemakers who chanted for their blood, hence the speed of replacing it. Thinking rationally how did we accept the Gallowgate corner for 15 years? Basically we had no choice whatsoever and learnt to live with it. NUFC has always been slow to progress.

    You have to be now 55 plus to really have been part of the old Leazes and at least in your very late 40’s to have seen or experienced it all. Who would have thought we would have Ashely for over a decade? You realise as a fan you only have the choice of whether to turn up or stay at home. We have no say at all whether Ashley leaves or when he leaves, only the anticipation. No say at all who takes over. We are only part of the furniture like the grey plastic seats. The sad thing is Ashley has wasted 10 years of our lives hoping for some progress. TEN YEARS. Sit down and repeat TEN YEARS. I am away to lie back down in my darkened room and hopefully in another 5 years he is gone and we are on the up! ANOTHER FIVE YEARS arrgggggggggggghhhhhhhhhhhhh!

  • kingfisher

    In Rafas press conference today, he said Ashley told him 2/3 weeks ago that the take over was off. 2/3 WEEKS AGO !! Why on earth has he taken so long to tell us?
    As I’ve said previously, being the owner, it’s his right to refuse any offer, but why oh why has he always got some hidden agenda? why is always telling lies and misleading us? You really couldn’t write the script ! The Corpulent One couldn’t lie straight in bed.

    • gallowgate26

      Come on… You’re not that daft, surely? Rafa is gagged by Ashley and his minions during pressers. The smirk is all over Rafa’s face for all to see….

      • kingfisher

        I always try to look on the good and positive side of people, however I’m rapidly becoming bitter and twisted 😠😠😠

    • Peaco

      Because His excuse for not signing anyone would have been ruined. It’s now all been released to be conveniently too late to buy much needed reinforcements. [email protected] off and die Of something slow and painful Ashley you fat [email protected]