Rafa Benitez couldn’t have made his message any clearer.

The United boss once again quizzed about the lack of action in the January transfer window.

Rafa had said back in December he ideally wanted all signings to be made by 15 January so he would have plenty of time to work with them ahead of crucial games, though he then added that at the very latest he wanted all transfer business concluded by 20 January.

Always the pragmatist, on the eve of the Swansea match the Newcastle manager says that they do have until 31 January ‘…and I am confident that we will do what we have to…I have to wait and see if we can do that.’

When Rafa Benitez says he is ‘confident’ of Mike Ashley doing the right thing, he is of course…anything but confident of it happening.

Last January it was exactly the same, Rafa repeatedly saying that he was sure that his targets would be signed, even in the last few days of the window. Not one player was signed and the manager went public with his anger.

This past summer, Rafa Benitez met Mike Ashley in May and the owner made ‘promises’ of backing in the transfer market. When this didn’t happen, from late July onwards he kept calling on Ashley to keep his promises. The only signing he made in the whole of August was Joselu for £5m, after he finally had to accept that the promises wouldn’t be kept and he was desperate for a striker as Gayle was injured and he had zero faith in Mitrovic.

Rafa says once again he has ‘made it clear’ to Mike Ashley ‘that we need some help’ with new signings.

We published poll results yesterday, after asking Newcastle fans what their expectations were of what would happen this month.

A massive 74% believed that no signings at all would be made to improve the first team in January. A further 21% thought one or two ‘decent’ loan signings might arrive. Only 5% expected anything better, such as quality signings – whether buys or loans, to happen, or even any decent players to be bought.

I wonder what Rafa Benitez would have voted for as the most likely outcome…?

Rafa Benitez:

“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.

“We still have some weeks to go and have to keep working and try to do our best.

“The point is that I want to do the best for the team.

“Can I change the transfer window talking with you here? No.

“We have though until the 31st of January and I am confident that we will do what we have to do…I have to wait and see if we can do that.

“We have to work with the names that we have and we have to try and do our best in the conditions we are working in.

“I thought that we could sign a player this week but we couldn’t do it.”



  • Peaky Magpie

    Been there before,a thousand times or more……..

  • Alex

    Should’ve brought down Ashley 3 years ago, when the chance was there. But, too many “supported the regime” for fear of getting the club relegated. Well, it happened anyway, didn’t it? By and large, we’re no further forward.

    • Wor Lass

      It`s a real conundrum – “can`t live with it, can`t live without it”. I stopped going to matches but I don`t criticise anyone for continuing. I can`t go now, anyway, because I live abroad. The funny thing is that some of the people who were really vocal about boycotting are also quite scathing about people making comments who weren`t at the game. They`re also among the first to call others happy clappers. They get around the contradiction by changing their monikers or creating alternatives.

      • Leicester Mag

        Agree it is wrong to ever criticise someone for being a fan. I happen to believe that only a total boycott an empty stadium as a backdrop to the heinous direct tat adverts will drive Ashley out. That said that is an opinion an my prerogative. What I and everyone should call out is the alternative ‘facts’ trawled out by some on here. Ashley is a disaster by any sane and factual measure.

        • MichaelMaximusMoose

          i haven`t been for 4 years & i`m not going back until the Pig leaves

      • MichaelMaximusMoose

        i thought you had a Mansion in Pennywell

        • Leicester Mag

          I think Donald Trump had Pennywell in mind the other day #sheethole.

          • MichaelMaximusMoose

            I`ve been to Africa & where i was is a Schithole

          • Peaky Magpie

            Or Stoke city centre !!! 😁

        • Wor Lass

          You`ve got me mixed up with Harry!

    • Peaky Magpie

      They should have & could have took him on at the Chronicle if they had stronger writers !

      • Alex

        Agree completely!

      • Leicester Mag

        Writers? Crayon technician would be more accurate

        • Peaky Magpie

          😂Lee Ryder’s book of dot to dot classics !

  • MichaelMaximusMoose

    Best place for Rafa is at another club,
    the Fat Scumbag won`t change his policy & he won`t sell the club either.
    he`ll roll the dice once again & rely on Benitez to cobble together the results to survive.
    A Lowlife Owner, a halfwit bean counter as Managing Director & a Newcastle Legend accused of racism & bullying.
    everthing`s going swimmingly, isn`t it

    • Wor Lass

      Welcome back – did the transplant work? Have you tried it out yet? ha ha ..

      • MichaelMaximusMoose

        i`m fighting fit, thanks

    • Leicester Mag

      Welcome back hope you are on the mend. Just hoping you are fit enough to run the wood chipper.

      • MichaelMaximusMoose

        i`d want to torture him before he went into the wood chipper

        • Peaky Magpie

          Yes,he’s back……😂😂

    • Peaky Magpie

      Return of The Moose !!! Hang fire folks there’s a good months worth to get off his chest here ! Hope you’re feeling better.

      • MichaelMaximusMoose

        Fine, thanks

      • MichaelMaximusMoose

        i`ve released the Muppet from his Zero hours contract, running around for me for in the last month.

        • Peaky Magpie

          😂😂😂😂😂😂😂 Its like New Year has finally started !

    • HTL

      Welcome back Moose, hope you are feeling better. HTL

      • MichaelMaximusMoose

        i`m great

    • kingfisher

      One thing’s for certain Moose,we are fast approaching one of the most important times in the recent history of N.U.F.C.We are at the crossroads and if we go the wrong way and the takeover doesn’t happen,Rafa gets no transfer kitty and leaves and we get relegated, simples ! If we go the right way, Amanda comes in,Rafa stays and we are heading in the right direction.
      It’s not rocket science and If thousands of people know this,then obviously M.A. does. He says he wants to sell up,so I believe (hope) the takeover will go through sooner or later !

      • MichaelMaximusMoose

        the bottom line is Ashley just doesn`t care which way it goes

  • Leicester Mag

    What is obvious is that Ashley cares for nothing beyond his ego and bank balance. A toxic combination of zero empathy, zero humility, zero interest in anything else, small wonder we struggle. His arrogance and contempt is all encompassing, for his workers/our club and even Parliament. How / why would we expect it to be different, that after 11 years he’d undergo a Damacian conversion? He has to leave and if he won’t fans have to. There is no future under him and never will be.

    • kingfisher

      Spot on Leicester,I’ve always said that the only way fans can possibly influence Ashley is to stay away from S.J.P (especially in televised games),and to boycott his S.D outlets.Every team has it’s bad spells and going to games through these bad times is part of being a true supporter,however when fans keep turning up in their thousands, the way Ashley is treating them, they are doing more harm than good in the long term,because as long as the tills keep ringing,Ashley doesn’t have to do anything except rub his hands and count the wonga !

      • Lhc

        It’s a way of life as I say, dna. To much to throw away in terms of loyalty points. Chuck the ticket in then they vanish. Thousands of pounds worth. The good times, I use that term lightly, shall I say the better times will come back around it always does eventually. But at this moment in time that seems along way off!

      • Mitros gotta start

        52000 sheep every week and the fat slug learns nothing

  • East Durham Mag

    Rafa looks like he knows the score with the Fat Oaf already, he doesn’t care one jot for NUFC in any respect other than as free advertising for Sh*t Direct and making a fast buck from player sales to enhance SD and his own pockets. He couldn’t lie straight in bed.

  • TheFatController

    Rafa says Ashley knows, but the reality is, he’s been told, but that doesn’t mean he’s registered it as being the reality.

    Ashley seems like a narcissist, and part of their traits is they are convinced they are right. If you tell them what they do is wrong, they do the same thing again to prove they were actually right and you are wrong (so good luck Rafa!)

    So for 11 years now, Ashley ‘knows’ you can keep a team in the PL by minimising costs. Relegations and advice from football people are an irritation to him, its a case with each relegation of ‘back to the drawing board as I yet again devise a plan to prove you can stay in the PL on minimal investment’

    Success for Ashley would be constant PL survival on a shoestring. It’s a compulsion for him (allied to the benefit of promoting SD), if it wasn’t he’d have sold the club to PCP, already, and could probably have sold it years ago.

  • kingfisher

    In the past,some clubs have kept their Prem status without spending Zillions,Everton being an example,however you have to have the type of Manager (and Owner)who is used to operating within a tight budget i.e. David Moyes. I think he was at Goodison approx 11 years and they were never in danger of being relegated !Perhaps those days are over now and the spending power of the big “6” means unless you have a massive budget,every season is going to be a struggle.We live in hope 😁