Any Newcastle win over Chelsea is to be enjoyed and along with the rest of the Newcastle United fanbase, Alan Shearer enjoyed this one.

Rafa’s team were only playing for the prize of a top half finish on goal difference but they totally dominated last season’s champions.

The game could and should have been won by half-time but only a Dwight Gayle goal separated the two teams at the break, Ayoze Perez then adding two more to give a more realistic final scoreline.

At a normal well-run club you would have the fans only looking forward to next season now…but this is Newcastle United and Mike Ashley.

Rafa has made clear that there has been little or no progress in talks on extending his contract at Newcastle, the talks having began around a month ago when Premier League safety was reached with  a handful of matches still remaining.

Instead of doing the right thing, Mike Ashley has refused to meet his manager’s needs/demands and so we now go into the close season with no idea of what to expect, very much hope for the best and fear the worst.

Instead of doing things properly and coming to meet Rafa Benitez in person to thank him and sort out any concerns and a new contract, Mike Ashley chose to get his PR people to release another ‘every penny’ statement (see below) in the aftermath of Sunday’s win over Chelsea.

Newcastle legend Alan Shearer was far from impressed…

Alan Shearer asked, on Match of the Day, what he thinks of Mike Ashley’s statement:

“Copy and paste.

“It is exactly the same as last year.

“Give him (Rafa Benitez) some money to spend.

“I am very concerned.

“He (Rafa) has got Newcastle into 10th position.

“If he can do that with that squad…could you imagine what he could do with some backing and some finance.”

Meanwhile, Jonjo Shelvey and Mohamed Diame dominated Kante and the rest of the Chelsea midfield on Sunday.

Diame was excellent: making six tackles, four interceptions and winning the ball back 11 times.

However, it was Jonjo Shelvey who was man of the match in the 3-0 win over Chelsea, with more passes (73) than any other player, as he dictated play.

Alan Shearer also believes the Newcastle midfielder should be on the plane to Russia, declaring:

“Jonjo Shelvey controlled the midfield.

“What we’ve made in the past with England is errors with gambling on players you can’t rely on because of injury.

“Jack Wilshere has had 12 starts this season because of injury and I don’t think you can take too many gambles.

“Shelvey isn’t a gamble.”

That Mike Ashley statement – Sunday 13 May:

“I would like to thank Rafa Benitez for his magnificent achievement this season.

“I would also like to applaud the players, led fantastically by the captain Jamaal Lascelles. 

“On many occasions throughout the season they have been described as a Championship side, which I personally consider to be derogatory.

“Rafa, as always, has my full support, and contrary to some media reports that portray me as a pantomime villain, I will continue to ensure that every penny generated by the club is available to him.

“I hope very much that Rafa will remain at Newcastle United.

“Finally, I would like to thank the fans for their unrivalled support of Rafa and the team throughout the season.”



  • Paul Patterson

    Every man and his dog knew that a statement was coming after the game. Hollow words..

    • Billo

      Hollow words indeed a repeat of what has been said in the past

  • robbersdog

    I’ll say one thing in Mike Ashley’s favour…he’s definitely a master of bullsh*t. As we all know ‘every penny generated by the club is available to him’ is just a fancy euphemism for ‘the transfer budget is zero’.

    • Paul Patterson

      My worry is that the term ‘every penny the club generates’- means Ashley saying ‘You get nowt unless you sell players. The £125m is mine . .’

      • gold coast mag

        It is a sad state of affairs if he believes he is owed money from his investment in buying our club, and his cronies and lickspittles are trying to justify a massive return, and not beginning to take into account the decade of free advertising and selling of players for a massive profit, but that is what the game has become- an opportunity to put your brand out to a world market

        • ghostrider

          We are 10th in the premier league because Ashley released money to pay a manager extortionate wages and transfer fees for players, plus extremely exceptional wages.

          He is not obliged to run the club how everyone else sees fit.
          Every person can spend his money or the clubs money, hypothetically as if it were their own.

          Every person would take a massive step back and evaluate their hypothetical opinions on their spends if the money became literally theirs.

          • Ba ba.

            Zzz zzz

          • Rich Lawson

            For a manager of his standing and the job he has done Rafa’s wages (£5mil ?) are not extortionate surely ?

          • ghostrider

            Not when we’re all brainwashed into thinking 5 million a year is normal, no.

          • Ram Kishore

            5 million is a lot ik..The money paid by Liverpool for its manager ig..
            let’s not forget he was making that kinda sum at Real Madrid too…
            Why do u always have to bring Rafa’s wages into every defence of Ashley..
            If just like Ashley says he.wants 400 for the club.. Rafa has the right to demand the wages he offers for his service

          • ghostrider

            My argument is merely about us being brainwashed into thinking 5 million a year is normal for a manager.
            Just like you’re trying to argue that Real Madrid paid the same or Liverpool pay more, or whatever.
            The point is, it’s sick money and we accept it as if it’s pennies.

          • Ram Kishore

            If football clubs and EPL makes billions .. it has got to trickle down to players and managers , staff and others..
            Spending good quality money on someone whom the fans are behind and the manager who’s doing well ..
            I think it’s worth if the team needs him as a manager..

            The club has resources to generate and pay 5 Millon for a manager

          • ghostrider

            It doesn’t trickle down to players and managers though. It cascades.
            Anyway, my issue is that we’re brainwashed into believing a few million is simply chicken feed.
            When we can argue that 5 million will only get you a striker who can do very little, then we really need to take heed of our senses and realise how bad it’s got.

            I’m well aware it’s a case of go with the flow and football moves on etc….but the issue is still there in what I mention.

          • Ram Kishore

            EPL is no more just a league in England.. it has evolved into something global..

          • ghostrider

            Global?
            Earth’s not a globe mate… but anyway, I do get what you’re saying.
            It’s all over the world.
            However, the money is still sickening.

          • Ram Kishore

            People are not brainwashed..
            They know it’s big money ..
            They know big money is coming into EPL..
            So EPL clubs charge more for tickets don’t they?
            Just as sky windfall is increasing the value of NUFC (I’m not accusing Ashley here.. he’s just being a businessman)
            In that way the managers and players demand more money based on their value…
            U say NuFc can’t attract players..
            So we need a manager to attract right quality players..
            Not a big name players who aren’t right..

          • ghostrider

            We are brainwashed.
            At the end of the day a leather football is kicked by 22 men plus subs with the end product of putting that ball over a goal line or trying to within 90 plus minutes.
            We all love to watch it but we know it’s played by people who love the game.
            The reality is too many of them are losing sight of reality due to being overpaid sickening wages and who are at a stage of demanding more than the sickening wages or they down tools…etc.

            I know there’s nothing we can do, because we are drugged. Pacified. Collectively in acceptance, because we’re all brainwashed into a belief that it’s all worth it .

          • Rich Lawson

            But the players get so much more,and if the team fails to perform it is the manager who takes the blame/sack not them ?

          • ghostrider

            It works all ways.

          • pedrodelgardo

            What do you do when a proven liar speaks?

          • ghostrider

            Does the proven liar always lie or does the proven liar tell the truth as well as lies.
            Do you believe you go on in life being around people who simply don’t lie?
            Do you think lawyers are truthful all the time?
            Have you ever needed a lawyer to get you out of a sticky mess?
            Have you even needed an accountant to sort your books in your favour by being totally honest?
            Have you ever lied to get work or to get out of situations.

            We are all quick to slaughter others when it doesn’t suit us but are quite happy to find it funny when someone is willing to lie in your favour.
            We’re all a bunch of hypocrites and as long as we accept that we can then carry on placing a bias wherever the situation requires it.

          • Lakeland Mag

            We are 10th in the league because of Rafa’s ability in getting an essentially Championship squad playing at a Premiership level, and a group of players raising their games over the course of a 38 game season (and all credit to both manager and players) and in spite of Ashley’s continual underfunding of the squad. Don’t even begin to try and say that our achievements this season has anything to do with your hero.

          • ghostrider

            Tell me something.
            Did Rafa buy the players with his money?
            Did any of the players come to play for Rafa because of what Rafa personally offered them from his own pocket?

            If you can answer yes to those questions then you can leave Ashley out of the equation.
            If you can’t then your “in spite” is clearly down to hatred and your own spite by your stubborn refusal to acknowledge the reality of the situation.
            However, that’s your prerogative and you’re quite entitled to it…..but it doesn’t make you right.

          • Lakeland Mag

            What’s your point. Of course Rafa didn’t buy the players, the owner did, but that’s what he’s there for. The usual problem, of course, is that he spends as little as possible in the hope of surviving in the Premiership and maximising his profit margins (Ashley’s only ambition when it comes to the footballing side of things) and leaves it to the manager to make the best of what he’s given. Rafa not only kept us in the Premiership but got us to 10th – Rafa, NOT Ashley. And none of the recent nodding dogs that Ashley has appointed as manager in recent times would have got anywhere near the top ten. My prerogative is to believe in the best manager we’ve had since Sir Bobby (no disrespect to the excellent Chris Hughton), yours is to believe in an owner who puts his business interests and personal gain ahead of any sporting ambition for the club he owns. Each to their own.

          • ghostrider

            Tell me something else.
            Did Ashley give McClaren a lot of money in the premier league…way more than you could argue was to just keep us up?

            Over hyping Rafa is almost as dangerous and slating other managers.

          • Lakeland Mag

            Your personal dislike for Benitez is not going to change the positive effect he’s had on the club, but don’t worry, if Ashley holds true to form, keeps on with his transparent PR stunts and continues with his customary lack of ambition for the club, Rafa will leave and you’ll get your way – another lame duck manager and another relegation fight next season, but hey, you’ll still have Mike.

          • Ba ba.

            Ignore him he’s a fukwit

          • Lakeland Mag

            But it passes the time getting a rise out of the trolls, and some of the things they come out with are quite funny (if a bit sad too).

          • ghostrider

            I have nothing against Rafa Benitez, personally.
            I do not like his style and his ways.
            And as far as a relegation fight is concerned….we were so close to it under Rafa but for divine intervention of two lucky loan signings who hit the ground running….because if they hadn’t of done, we’d have been done.

            I’ll say it again.
            Ashley gave enough money plus player sales to hand Rafa a more than fair seasons transfer pot.
            What Rafa done with it was down to Rafa, not Ashley.

            Luckily for us, the premier league has 12 teams in it that are no better than us overall and generally worse than us, regardless of the fallacy of us having a championship squad.

            I’m happy with 10th but I’m not happy with the football Rafa plays, overall.
            I want better football and if Rafa can provide it then crack on Rafa. If he can’t or won’t, then I’d rather he wasn’t here.

  • Mrkgw

    Jonjo’s omission from Southgates squad is a disgrace. Same old routine from that stuffy old boys establishment. What incentive is there for players to aim for the squad when the door is always closed due to this pathetic stubborness to pick the same bunch of dismals every time.

    • Dingus

      Exactly. Big club bias, friends with agents, bung happy managers… Form goes out the window

    • Leazes.

      Is it really only 3 months since Ryder was trying to get him sold by demonising him and running polls against him?…. Yes it is!

      Isn’t that strange, some of the Mag writers also jumped on the Ryder bandwagon…. and if I remember correctly there was only a few of us sticking up for him…..

      ….. a lot of paid writers don’t understand the game at all and fill out pages with tripe, and wouldn’t recognise a bus if it wasn’t big and red or green or….

      • Rich Lawson

        Hit them as they were crossing a road !

    • FatParosite

      I could not care less. England has always been a old boys network and cronyist hive. If Shelvey goes to the WC expect him sold by the end of July & none of that money going to making us a stronger outfit. Same goes for Lascelles, Gayle & Mitrovic. The World Cup will be another disappointment & an opportunity for the nation to see what it’s like for us Toon fans. The likes of Smalling or Wiltshire being mentioned as internationals is proof that the FA cow-tow to the bigger clubs. It is wretched corruption which only sees England dismissed before decent rounds in the tournament.

      • X,WHY,Y MAN.

        Let us stop calling them England and give them their proper name : London Utd !

        • Jezza

          Spot on. I have never supported the national team. As a working class kid growing up in the North East in the 70’s I never felt they represented me or my part of the country.

          • Rich Lawson

            Spot on. I wont watch them outside of tournaments now.There isn’t a proper mix of clubs in the squad anymore,picked on ability rather than geography. It is not a NATIONAL team.

      • Jezza

        In the 45 years or so since I’ve been following football the England team has never been picked by merit. It’s always been players who play for the right clubs and in the right part of the country, successive England managers have always had their favourites, often players who they had previously managed at club level and the media has always had every bit as much say in who plays for England as the England manager.

        • Ba ba.

          Carlton Cole says it all

          • Jezza

            Emile Heskey, a striker, went to three successive World Cups with the England squad despite the fact that in the eight years spanning those tournaments he didn’t manage to score a single goal for England.

  • Geordiegiants

    Why why why do they release statements under the name of Jabba? Keith the poison shithouse released the statement not Jabba.

    • ghostrider

      Released the statement does not equate to making it.

  • Monkseaton Magpies

    It’s a fact that there is very little money left in the bank account after buying players.
    The last published accounts showed that there was just over £2m left in the bank.
    All Shearer does is shout his mouth off. He never offers to put money in and does not look at how much the club actually has to spend.

    • Paul Patterson

      Buffoon!

      • Leazes.

        I say steady on old chap, I know he’s an absolute shower but language like that is well below the belt, I use the button it saves me from getting annoyed and you only have to use it once for each of his personas which is the game he plays….. he’s a troll…. that’s what they do!

      • Dont stop bobbi fleckman

        He’s proven to be right.

      • FatParosite

        Bang on the money. I only get “This user is blocked” for Wankseaton Bagpipes, Carko et al. It saves me from all those minimum wage Bishop cronies. Do yourself a favour & block them now.

    • Mrkgw

      Cripes.

    • Billmag

      He isn’t a billionaire.

    • Ba ba.

      Lmfao. … 😂 😂 😂
      Your deluded
      Poor Ashley eh… Sell up then if there’s nowt left

      • Monkseaton Magpies

        Let’s see if there is anyone out there willing to put their money where their mouth is.. Ashley has spent £279m everyone one else perhaps a million between them yet he get’s the stick.

        • Ba ba.

          Guru your off ya tats…. Ashley is a cancer and your a wind up merchant.

          • Dont stop bobbi fleckman

            He’s right though. Ashley has put more of his money into this club than anyone in it’s history.

            Someone has to buy it for him to sell, Stavely is very quiet.

          • Danimal

            “Put money into”. Bought it and swapped a bank loan for a loan to himself. Now he needs to run it properly or sell it to someone who will. Something must be seriously wrong if the club is generating little or no money despite the consistently top five crowds and the huge tv income that wasn’t there ten years ago.

          • Dont stop bobbi fleckman

            Bought it, replaced the bank lending, paid off a lot of pressing creditors, added money to cover working capital for the impending losses, player trading, VAT case that Shepherd got us into, put more money in again for transfers – it’s a bit more than just replacing the bank debt, the whole club finances needed a restructure.

            We’ve only enjoyed a season of the increased media money and we only actually see the final tranche in June. We will have lost money last year, the season before we made a moderate profit of £4m, previously a very good £36m.

            It’s run pretty well, we’re in a strong financial position.

            He wants to sell, we just need a buyer.

          • Billmag

            He could have built a state of the art training facility if he had kept the club in the premiership, but his failure to run the club properly has cost us progression.

          • Dont stop bobbi fleckman

            True, ironically, we spent a lot of money in that summer.

            Clubs get relegated, it happens, we picked the wrong manager. What is running it properly?

          • Billmag

            You have actually answered that by signing the wrong manager, now he has the right man in place he needs to do the correct thing and back him.

          • Dont stop bobbi fleckman

            Getting the right manager is not an exact science.

            The continental structure sadly it failed and has been shelved.

            What does backing the manager mean? He’ll have a decent budget but not one of a top 6 side, is that backing the manager?

          • Rich Lawson

            Surely it is the shrewdness with which you spend your limited budget. Rather than the marque signing going for the mid price players who your managerial expertise can develop into something better ?

          • Dont stop bobbi fleckman

            It is, I don’t think our signings of the summer 2015 were marquee as such and given one is about to play a Champions league final, the is the best player at Marseille and about to play the Europa league final as well as Mitro who can indeed be on fire, the signings wren’t too bad.

          • Billmag

            The continental structure failed, and who’s idea was that, getting the right manager, and who’s idea was that, not backing the manager when finishing 5th, and who’s idea was that. Now you can back your hero as much as you want but the stats of the last 11 years he’s owned the club certainly don’t back your assessment of Ashley

          • Ba ba.

            He knocked back three offers
            His a very greedy fat pig and yes he has put money in as a owner that’s what they tend to do. .. Put money in so put some more in or knock off

          • Dont stop bobbi fleckman

            He’s knocked back three offers that are too low.

            He no doubt feels he’s put enough of his money in now.

          • Ba ba.

            So you think we are worth 400 million?

          • Dont stop bobbi fleckman

            To be careful, we are talking about the shares and repaying Ashley’s loan but
            there is an argument to say we are worth £400m. I suspect £350m buys the club and repays the loan.

          • Ba ba.

            He was offered that with a relagation clause.. He knocked it back because he’s greedy

          • Dont stop bobbi fleckman

            He wasn’t offered £350m, the closest was offered on November 10: £150m on completion. £50m January 1 2020. £50m January 1 2021. £50m January 1 2022. £50m in the event of qualifying for the Champions League. Benítez to stay as manager. Penalty clauses in the event of relegation and HMRC fine.

            Realistically, that’s just £300m

          • Ba ba.

            Canny offer for a team that was in the bottom three.
            I

          • Dont stop bobbi fleckman

            Not really if there is a penalty for relegation, it pays in instalments too.

          • Danimal

            He publicly stated that instalments would be ok. Not that his public utterances usually mean anything.

          • Dont stop bobbi fleckman

            Installments were ok at the full asking price, these guys waned 30pc discount.

    • Dont stop bobbi fleckman

      This is true, Shearer could mobilise investors, he could call Stavely and say, he’s my twopenneth.

    • Cockneytrev

      🔔 end

      • Monkseaton Magpies

        See Shearer has put lot’s of money in to help the cause. Hope it’s nice and sunny I London for you today to cheer you up we won yesterday . You and others on here must be heartbroken.

        • Lakeland Mag

          It’s not Shearers place to put up money to improve/advance the squad, it’s the owners, but the owner of NUFC has no ambition for “his” club beyond how much profit he can make from owning it !!

          • Monkseaton Magpies

            He could have teamed up with Amanda but prefers to shout his mouth off and do nothing. Ashley is not interested in making a profit but does not want big losses or would end up just like Sunderland. However most on here prefer Short to Ashley but that sums this site up perfectly.

          • Lakeland Mag

            Utter nonsense !

          • Billmag

            Well if the site is so bad stop posting your drivel on it then, trying to belittle a legend is just about your level.

          • Monkseaton Magpies

            Some legend when he continually attacked the team during November and December when we needed his support.

        • Cockneytrev

          What part of London?
          You Ashley hoop licker,,,,👅👅

    • thewildchimp

      Well, he kinda invested the 10 years of his life in his club as a player, and continues to serve the club even today, without getting a penny for it. He has absolutely nothing to gain for himself by speaking against Ashley. It only proves what kind of a man he is: honest, hardworking and passionate.

      Besides, he doesn’t have the money to put in. If he was a player now, he’d be earning as much as Messi, Ronaldo and Neymar. But he was born 15 year before. So no Greek islands for his agents.

      • Monkseaton Magpies

        Was just that when we had the bad spell he put the boot in left, right and centre when the players needed support. He must know it is not easy having won only one game out of eight when he was in charge.

  • Fatwatch

    If the World Cup was to come a year later and Shelvey maintained this level of behaviour he’d be in there without a doubt. Unfortunately, he’s only had a few months of not being a tw*t on the pitch. It’s not his ability keeping him out of the squad, it’s his behaviour.

    • Lhc

      It’s got nothing to do with his behaviour mate. Southgate likes who he likes and also wants appease certain clubs managers and the fa. He wants to keep himself in his well paid easy job for as long as possible.

      • Fatwatch

        A tad cynical? You can’t deny Shelvey has an adolescent streak in him which is totally destructive. Successful international squads rely on the players bonding quick, and Shelvey doesn’t strike me as easy to get along with. Southgate has two strikers who’ve scored 50 PL goals between them this season. He has a chance to get us to the semi’s. His rep will be all he cares about, not appeasing managers which won’t be in their jobs come next season. The FA comment is another story…

        • Lhc

          I respect your opinion but I disagree, it’s not cynical it’s just truth. Regarding shelvey I don’t know he may not be the most easiest to get along with but he’s there to play football. He has a lot of talent and he wasn’t born with a silver spoon in his mouth which makes him who he is as a person. Personally I like that type of character shelveys bartons etc I can relate, there real no fake sh!t. Obviously not Southgates cup of tea tho. Southgate seems like the type who will not rock the boat say all the right things etc so I doubt shelvey will go to Russia but he should.

          • Dont stop bobbi fleckman

            Southgate seems to want to play a quick pass and move game. Shelvey appears to play a lot of Hollywood passes and because Southgate is never at SJP, he will not see that Shlevey would fit into a pass and move side, he always makes himself available which is very important.

          • Lhc

            Agree, good thing about shelvey he always wants to be in the game the main man etc he’s always active in looking for the ball and he always plays positive. He’s streets ahead the likes of he Henderson lingard etc. He could play for a top 4 side. But his reputation holds him back, unfairly.

          • Billmag

            You could certainly see Shelvey picking out Sterling with one of his Hollywood passes that’s for sure.

          • Dont stop bobbi fleckman

            Sterling or Vardy would have a field day IF there is room behind the defences.

            The problem England will have is that most teams will play very deep and Shelvey could find it frustrating. We’ve seen it with Newcastle, he gets more joy out of the better sides as they push up. The first 25 minutes away to Man U for instance, he was running the show but they wised up.

        • thewildchimp

          Maradona was a complete @rsehole but he was never dropped until he started doing drugs extensively. Suarez bit (at least) three people during his career and the repercussions were laughable. So his behaviour isn’t the factor. Vardy, Kane, Ali… All obnoxious pr’cks…
          You are right, though, when you say that he looks like someone who has hard time blending in. But our national team is never cohesive anyway.

      • Ba ba.

        100%

      • X,WHY,Y MAN.

        Southgate is a handpicked sap who is favoured by “The Lancaster Gate Mob”, So there is little chance he will be picked, Although I hope to be proved wrong and he is.

    • Fireman Sam

      Shelvey and Varney in the same team would be awesome.

      Unfortunately, spurs players always get the nod.

    • Haitchdee

      Shelvey won’t go because he will not fit in with the Spurs and Liverpool axis. Not that it matters 3 games and on the plane I think .

  • Ba ba.

    Ashley must die or leave simple as that

  • Fireman Sam

    Where has the TV money gone then Mike?

    Has this gone straight to mikeashley holdings??

    • Ba ba.

      Exactly

    • Dont stop bobbi fleckman

      You are not too bright are you?

  • X,WHY,Y MAN.

    Shearer is right, This is nothing more than Ashley getting in first so the onus is now on Rafa.
    If negotiations are unsuccessful they can now say we wanted Rafa to stay but…
    This is typical Ashley where he is only interested in Newcastle United in fits and starts.
    Because they made the best out of a bad situation and managed to finish 10th, Ashley now sees this as a sign that his way is working so he becomes involved again.

    It wouldn’t surprise me if a statement is released soon telling the fans that he is not selling the club !

    • Peaky

      Spot on with that last sentence and he’ll give his normal spiel of “well I did try”….

      • thewildchimp

        The only way for him to leave is that somebody offers him the amount he would milk anyway during the next 5-6 years. He gets the money right away, packs up and ruins somebody else. Otherwise, the leeching will continue.

  • Peaky

    And so comes another summer of uncertainty……fuc*ing sick of it me….Ashley just pyss off once and for all and take your bunch of incompetent tw*ts with you…..

  • X,WHY,Y MAN.

    You also have to look at the fact that Ashley is now back in the game with quite a few saleable assets to make top cash on.
    His rag tag bunch have went from zeros to heroes and there will be clubs at the top end sniffing around and also the newly promoted teams who will see some of his charges as a good bet to keep their clubs afloat in The Prem.

    Shelvey’s stock is now high.

    Lascelles will have a host of clubs lining up for his services willing to pay way over the odds.

    Perez will now have few clubs home and abroad looking at him through his rejuvenated form.

    There are a host of others players like Dwight Gayle who may be courted by a top end ambitious Championship club who may look to pay more that what we did.

    It is definitely going to be an interesting summer but probably not for good reasons as is always the case where Ashley is involved !

  • Weyhhadaway

    The mixture of not wanting to spend and incompetent negotiating means we have been looking for a top class center forward since Ba left. Remi was a loaner. This is how concerned I am with Penfold and his cronies doing the looking. Big thank you to Gayle for a magnificent effort in there but he isn’t going to get us 20 goals in the Prem.

    Rafa seems to be saying that even if he doesn’t sign an extension he will see out his current contract. I think he should hold out on signing, it is the only tool he has to persuade the club to come good on their promises, while it might frighten off some players on the down side.

    Give Rafa the ability to go out and get the man he wants, because you can be sure Rafa identified all of his targets a long time ago. Then we might be in good shape.

    • FatParosite

      Wake up. There is nothing incompetent about not getting deals done your manager has told you not to get. In fact Charnley likely to get his bonus this season off the back of that exact fact. I suspect Rafa is now aware of the quite obvious obfuscation and is standing firm because of it. Ashley will cash in on players and Benitez when a Premier side comes knocking.

  • Kneebotherm8

    Warwick Hunt………….that’s all I can say about Mike Ashley…..

  • Haitchdee

    If he is going to give Rafa the money generated by NUFC that should include the money from the premiership. No NUFC no premiership payments so we can forget that one. Congratulations to all the players, management and staff for getting that championship team? (Not anymore ) over the line with games to spare.

    • Dont stop bobbi fleckman

      Not sure what you mean there, he’s basically saying the budget is whatever is left over after costs. So all income is counted.

      • Haitchdee

        Will the powers that be produce a full set of figures during the summer. Then people with far more time and knowledge can tell us where the money generated by NUFC goes

        • Dont stop bobbi fleckman

          We should see the 2017 figures anytime now. we’ll not see the 2017/18 figures until April next year.

        • Mirandinha9

          £3 Million of it goes on Cashley’s pastries per annum

  • Philippines

    “Slaughters…” ? Why can’t these folks just write the article without the ‘sex change vicar in drug mercy dash’ type of headline?

  • Monkseaton Magpies

    Alan Shearer the same bloke who packed his box in saying his mates preferred to play golf and his liked rugby better some supports is Alan. Did not see him in Moscow.

  • Disgruntled

    The government must look into the Newcastle Account Statement, and what is going on with the Inland Revenue Investigation.In fact ALL of ASHLEY’s business dealings with Newcastle and all of his private dealings should be investigated.
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