Mike Ashley said the club was up for sale in October, some four months ago now.

At the time Rafa Benitez had the team on a very decent run and there looked every chance of avoiding a dreaded relegation battle.

Now we are in February and Newcastle fans still have Mike Ashley, Rafa Benitez (thankfully) and Premier League football, at least for the time being.

Everything now appears to have been put on hold until the relegation/survival issue is sorted, including the chances of Rafa Benitez being NUFC Manager long-term, as well as whether Mike Ashley is serious about selling up.

We are asking you to look forward, to September and after the Summer transfer window has closed.

Who/What do you think we will have?

Three questions to answer:

Mike Ashley or a new owner in place?

Rafa Benitez or a new manager in place?

Playing in the Premier League or Championship?

We are interested to hear what Newcastle fans think are the most likely outcomes (by September) to the questions above.

All variations are listed below so please choose one option and then we will bring you the results later.

  • Blackburn1066

    Back in the bottom 3 this weekend. the little fat man has taken us there

    • Kneebotherm8

      Which little fat man?

      • ghostrider


    • Come&TakeIt1836

      Just to be clear, you are saying any two of:
      – H-field will beat Bournemouth
      – Stoke will beat Brighton
      – Swansea will beat Burnley
      …will occur.

      The likelihood is that none of those happen or maybe Swansea wins if their current form extends but to get two of the above to occur seems a stretch.

    • ghostrider

      Rafa Benitez is taking us there if we end up there.
      If he takes the plaudits for keeping us up then he takes the flack for relegating us, if it happens. Simple as that.
      The man is not the messiah, he’s a very naughty boy.

  • Blackburn1066

    why does the mag not understand the fans, the manager the world hates the owner of NUFC we need him to just F-CK OF- and give us a future.

    • Kneebotherm8

      Totally agree

    • ghostrider

      Too much hatred is steaming up the wider view of things.
      The hatred has consumed too many fans to the point of sickening.
      Yeah he’s not a santa claus owner but he’s nothing like what fans are making him out to be.

      As for him leaving and giving the club a future, how many Sunderland fans said that about Ellis Short after a few years?
      Answer: None, most likely.

      Because he was playing santa claus.

      How many want him out now for a better future?
      Answer: Most likely all of them.

      Because santa can’t bring any more presents.

      I still recall our fans saying ” look what we have and look what Sunderland have….I wish we had an Ellis Short.”

      How many are still wishing for that?
      How many would swap Ashley for Ellis short, now?

      The grass isn’t always greener on the other side and regardless of how much hatred there is for Ashley and all the lies about him bleeding the club dry, etc.
      If he wanted to bleed it dry or use it to make fortunes he could have made his fortunes a mile higher by investing in something that actually gives real returns for his hundreds of millions he used to buy and refloat this club.

  • Blackburn1066

    I hate the Little fat Cu-t.

  • Blackburn1066

    Well, that’s of my chest I have had my pills off to bed. bye!

  • Leazes.

    The ‘pret-a-manger interview’ Ashley:London: 8th Feb 2018

    “I was taking to him for about 5 minutes and, to be fair, he seemed like a nice guy. He was very open about it all.

    “I asked him about Staveley. He thought she was messing him around and wasn’t 100% committed. He personally thought she was not interested (in buying NUFC) and said he was ‘not interested’ in dealing with her even if she comes back with an improved offer.

    “I asked him if there was any other parties involved. He said Staveley was the only one who came forward, but said that deal was ‘off completely’.

    “He talked about any takeover deal as being ‘straight forward’ as the club is in no debt. He compared it to getting a standard mortgage.

    “I asked him if he benefited from going down to the Championship and getting the parachute payment. He replied ‘I make more money in the Premier League!’.

    “He said he was hoping we’d stay up to then sell in the summer as he has no interest in the club and does not want to invest, saying this why we got loan signings last month.

    “As he was about to walk out he said ‘we will carry on!’. To this I responded ‘as long as you keep Rafa!’.

    • Mrkgw

      How depressing it will be if he doesn’t sell up. But, if there is money to be syphoned then I suspect that he will be there.

      • Leazes.

        Annoyingly he’s just said ‘No spending in the summer’ too, and loan deals again!

        Interestingly he said ‘no debt’ which is what I’ve been saying for years, as it was manufactured, the price of the club is the cost of the Share buy out and the accumulated Mortgage that he hung around the clubs neck to twist journalist thinking. £300m with no debt is a fair price.

        • ghostrider

          Show me where he’s said no spending in the summer.

      • ghostrider

        How depressing it would be if he does sell up and you get a few years of an Ellis Short and then the inevitable fall from grace.

        One day you might realise that Ashley isn’t the devil you thought he was…..maybe.
        Also can you tell me what money he’s siphoned that you’re absolutely sure of?

  • Down Under Mag

    It’s going to come down to the wire if we stay up this season, it’s not a given we will go down as long as we can retain good goal difference compared to those around us then it may be crucial. There’s a part of me wants the club to go down just to prove Ashley that his gambles don’t pay off, but I suspect he won’t sell if we are in the Championship because the club value will be lower and he will get nowhere near what he expects.

    I have my doubts over any sale in the summer though, no matter what league we are in. Ashley will just end up being too greedy and any talk of a sale, given past events, would just be a smoke-screen for no incoming signings.

    As for Rafa, unless he is given a certain amount of cash to spend, can spend it himself and he gets no interference from other parties at the club then I suspect he may be off. Certainly any talk of him inking a new contract is pie in the sky. If Rafa does go then I suspect we will end up with another yes man, some tried and tested (and failed numerous times) hoof-ball merchant, one of the football merry-go-rounds ever presents and if we don’t go down this season we most certainly will next.

    Happy days at NUFC eh??

    • thewildchimp

      Rafa said it himself, Ash would need to splash some cash, for him to stay. He probably will, but not enough. So Benitez will walk, out of principles. He could find a new job easily, since the managerial scene in England is in shambles. That’s how it currently looks, but you never know with Ashley.

      • ghostrider

        Out of principles?
        Do you not think Rafa is also to blame for not doing enough to bring the right players in.
        After all he brought 2 players in and sent them out on loan after one season of not playing them.
        He bought in players he didn’t need whilst neglecting the position he did need a player in.
        All in all he could have spent about 25 to 30 million on a really good striker but chose to buy players that have hardly featured.

        I think he has to take the lions share of any blame.

  • relaxed

    Ashley will never sell this club while it is making him money period

    • ghostrider

      Break it down and tell me what he’s making.

  • pedrodelgardo

    3 points won (3 draws) against the teams we have to play again tells me we are down.

  • TheNutJob

    Doomed, he`s a bad, bad man

    • Leazes.

      Keep it simple its less confusing.

  • Paul Patterson

    Still have Ashley, he will continue his policies, we will probably stay up by the skin of our teeth, unfortunately Rafa will be the casualty of that.
    Rinse and repeat the process . .