Mike Ashley has been making the headlines once again.

Wednesday afternoon seeing the season ticket prices for next season belatedly announced.

Prices in every stand and in every age group surprisingly going up, some fans finding out that they have to pay over 20% more compared to last season, if they want to renew.

Coinciding (badly) with this unwelcome news, was a report revealing that a month into the transfer window Mike Ashley has so far not allowed a single offer to be made for any of Rafa Benitez’ transfer targets.

The Martin Dubravka loan to permanent deal had to be completed by the end of May for the bargain £4m previously agreed price to be activated.

However, not a single bid has gone in for any new face to add to the squad, according to The Chronicle.

They say that their information is that Rafa Benitez had an extensive list of summer targets to instantly pursue and wanted ideally five to be signed by the time the squad regroup for re-season.

However, with only now 18 days left until that happens, there has been no attempt to buy a single player.

Newcastle fans, and undoubtedly Rafa Benitez as well, thought that securing Premier League safety in early April would have given Newcastle a headstart in being able to decide on transfer priorities/targets at such an early stage, rather than having to wait to see which division they would be in.

To now be nine or ten weeks later without a single offer being made, never mind a new face added, is beyond belief.

Whilst fans understand that a lot of factors go into making a transfer actually happen, it seems unthinkable that for example Newcastle wouldn’t at least have instantly put in a bid for Kenedy and tested Chelsea to see whether they are willing to sell a player who is never going to get regular first team football there.

The report does add that Newcastle have been asking clubs about players and had ‘quotations’ back…but at some point, and quickly, you have to take action and agree a quote to fix the roof, before it ends up falling down around you.

The World Cup kicking off was always going to be a landmark for Newcastle fans to be taking stock of new signings made so far, exactly four weeks into the transfer window and compared to the end of last season NUFC are actually weaker, with Slimani and Kenedy going back to their clubs and Gamez & Haidara released.

The squad regrouping for pre-season on Monday 2 July will be a massive landmark and surely it is unthinkable that there won’t be significant transfer activity by that point, isn’t it?

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  • Paul Patterson

    ‘To now be nine or ten weeks later without a single offer being made, never mind a new face added, is beyond belief’

    Not really, it’s all part of the plan.

    • Dont stop bobbi fleckman

      There was a list of transfers a few days ago, but for the Monaco lad to Liverpool’s, all were small deals or loan confirmations.

      • chris smeaton

        How is that relevant?

        • TheNutJob

          ignore him

        • Dont stop bobbi fleckman

          In that nobody is getting their significant deals done. Players are on holiday or at the WC, we’ve made enquiries which is logical. I would assume Rafa’s first choice is getting Kenedy, is he available? loan? sale? we don’t know but we’ll have a 2nd & 3rd choice in the pipeline too. Do we get teh 3rd choice now and forget about the first choice so early in the window?

          • TheFatController

            Is this a ‘this is what I was posting on The Mag a year ago today’ feature?

            Last year there was plenty of ‘players on holiday’ (maybe Joss was on a beach somewhere yes), got to wait for first choice (and then eventually we got the World’s first choice full back Manquillo), other clubs haven’t signed either (despite most clubs actively picking up players regularly).

            Rinse and repeat.

          • TheNutJob

            same song sheet different year

          • TheFatController

            Can we also add in the old ‘get players out first’ chestnut – you know, those players who go out on loan last day of the window …

          • molend

            ‘Same song sheet’. A rousing chorus of ‘I’ve got a luvverly bunch of coconuts’ led by your very own Lee Charnley, followed by a virtuoso performance by everybody’s favourite barrer-boy: ‘Not six quid, not five quid, for you darlin’ half a crown’. It could be on the Quayside on a Sunday morning. All proceeds to go to a charity of Mike Ashley’s choice

          • TheFatController

            Replace ‘coconuts’ with ‘Lonsdale Hoodies’ and that’s about spot on yes…

          • chris smeaton

            He is available, it has been reported in a lot of places, even on this site I believe, and as a Newcastle fan who actually cared about bringing in quality, you would know.

            You always seem to have expert knowledge on club income and expenditure and internal politics, but you’re unaware that a player we covet hugely hasn’t been made available for sale? Seems a bit inconsistent to me like.

          • Dont stop bobbi fleckman

            If a report in the papers means it’s definitely true, we should have hundreds of players. Who briefs the papers? Usually it’s the agents with an agenda spinning, in Kenedy’s case, this may be positive but it’s not come from Chelsea or Newcastle.

          • Wezza147

            Just block them Chris, theyre Manchester based trolls who come here daily just to wind us up. They’ve been been exposed and I think Leazes knows who they are.

    • TheNutJob

      his plan seems to be to force the manager to resign

  • SuperDesHamilton

    Then we can bid for Bryan Ruiz with 2 hours of the transfer window remaining. Is Kuqi still kicking about?

    • Danimal

      Is Des Hamilton?

      • SuperDesHamilton

        He’s always their in need

    • panther

      sholas on the dole

  • TheNutJob

    his intentions are clear & as per the last 3 windows he has treat the manager as if he wasn`t even there, if i was Rafa i`d be looking for another club as he`s getting nowhere with this lot.

    • csh

      Sadly I’m inclined to agree with you :(

    • Arty Hume

      Yes mate an unfortunate truth, however some fans still buy S.T’s and support the regimen thereby killing the team/manager! When Rafa leaves the club will descend into depths akin to that of the webbed feet mob don the road! Well we can look forward to derby’s again soon. :(

  • Slim_Newcastle

    For gods sake put us out of our misery Rafa and get yourself away..

    • Leazes.

      He can’t because he’d have to pay the club £6m…. so he’ll probably see it out without signing or a club comes in and pays the fee. I can’t see him putting his name to any more contracts here or putting up with this hostility from a club he’s helped.

      • Dutch

        I’m sure Spain would have no problem finding 6 million under the circumstances.

      • TheFatController

        Yes. It’s is now a standoff. See who blinks first.

        Ashley will probably happily settle for a constructive dismissal case.

        Keegan’s only cost him £2m. He’s a billionaire, and it’s the club that will pay Rafa anyway.

        • TheNutJob

          best solution, mutual agreement, Fatty won`t want to risk losing again

          • Leazes.

            Mutual agreement and a non disclosure clause.

          • TheNutJob

            yes

        • Lostprofit DBC

          Yes his treatment of Rafa, indifference to the fans and shadowing of behaviours in other transfer windows, price increases and non contact shows his complacency. He knows the fans are powerless and will still back the team whatever happens. All our moans fall on deaf ears.

      • Arty Hume

        True, however it will make it crystal clear to the fans that TFCB only treats the club and fans with derision, some have known this for a very long time, some need to be spoon fed! Just do not buy/renew S.T’s! I am convinced Rafa loves the club, but will not tolerate being lied to or bullied into signing a contract that conflicts with the ethos of the fans desires and the good of the club. Rafa will see out his contract as he is an honourable man, shame TFCB was the polar opposite!

  • Leazes.

    I said that we’d sign Dubravka and then you would see nothing until late in the window, but you will probably get a flurry of activity as Charnley replaces the 22 youth and squad players he released….. Ryder will present them as major signings….. always does!

    I still maintain that Charnley isn’t doing anything because he doesn’t want to mess the accounts up just a few weeks before the statement is due and he’ll do things very late, including the sale of Lascelles.

    • TheNutJob

      Jezza as well, he predicted what would happen

      • Leazes.

        I think you got the chronology wrong…. I was the one who said it and Jezza repeated it.

        • TheNutJob

          ok then
          👍

          • Leazes.

            idiot

          • TheNutJob

            😂😂😂
            right again

        • Lostprofit DBC

          It hasn’t happened yet. You could be right though. I think they are waiting for the first chunk of the prize money as there is no funding available til then. We all know he won’t speculate with his own funds.

          • Leazes.

            Just going by every season that they’ve had Chanley doing the business….. I’m not saying I’m the Oracle of Delphi.

          • Lostprofit DBC

            No I think it’s a vg call. What can we do though?

          • Danimal

            It isn’t speculating if you know 100% it’s coming in, which it is.

          • HarryHype59

            “No funding” ffs

            According to the Chronicle out beloved owner has already collected the £126m 2017-18 TV money. He is due to get his pudgy mitts on the first tranche of next seasons TV lucre in July.

            All top flight EPL clubs including this one, are basically minted.

            Fat man is sitting on a huge wedge of TV cash.

      • Dillon Tovak

        Where is the J-Dogg these days?

      • Kneebotherm8

        He did…

      • Dont stop bobbi fleckman

        And they will be proven wrong as ever. They will continue to make up nonsense and lie.

  • ghostrider

    Very few clubs have bought anyone. We’ve bought one player as it stands, so we aren’t behind, are we?

    • TheFatController

      Well, Huddersfield and spurs have got managers on extended contracts, but I guess we’re talking player purchases so, going off past experience, I’m sure we’ll be ahead before long yes…

      • ghostrider

        Maybe we will, but as it stands we are in no worse position than most in waiting for transfer activity coming in.

        • TheFatController

          Nope, we’ll be behind. There’s a standoff between club and manager is my point.

          Without a contract signed, how can we get ahead of any other club?

          We know Ashley won’t have it until Rafa signs, and Rafa isn’t signing.

          • ghostrider

            Then Rafa needs to sign or walk away if he’s got any so called integrity…but he won’t walk away unless he’s offered a pay off…which is fair enough…but shows him to be all for the money and sod everything else.

            The stand off helps nobody as it stands but we are at the right time to get rid if Rafa decides not to play ball.
            That way we can get in a manager who will work with what he’s given, which is not pennies. It’s only ever been pennies when people start believing millions equates to pennies.

            How hard can it be for Rafa to sign?
            Look at the simple scenario.

            Rafa: I’ll sign an extension if you tell me what I’m working with and put that into the contract.

            Ashley: Ok Rafa, this is what you’re getting (x amount) but we need to keep a wage bill at (x amount)..can you work with that?

            Rafa: Yes I can, draw it up and I’ll sign.

            Rafa: No I can’t and I won’t.

            Ashley: Ok then allow me to get in a manager who will. Will you compromise on a pay off..say half your 5 million?

            Rafa: No, I want it all or I simply see out my contract and soldier away.

            Anybody can take whatever they want from it but the reality of it is simple.
            We need a manager to commit to the club, regardless.
            What we don’t need is a manager who dictates…or else, scenario, whether you like Ashley or hate him.

          • Big Hairy Man

            Rafa: So where’s the TV money going.
            Ashley: We have a lot of overheads and operating costs.
            Ashley: Lee, we seem to be paying SJP staff an awful lot of money.
            Charnley: It’s that darned minimum wage, we can’t get around it.
            Ashley: We manage to get around it at Shirebrook so get it sorted.
            Rafa: How is it that we can’t compete financially with newly promoted clubs?
            Ashley: You get every penny generated.
            Rafa: Generated by what?
            Ashley: Generated by player sales minus agents fees and overheads.
            Rafa: How much can I have apart from that?
            Ashley: Nowt. Deal with it

          • Dont stop bobbi fleckman

            You spent all that time writing that, ahhhh bless

          • Danimal

            In humourous response to your pal Ghost’s ludicrous effort. Bless.

          • robbersdog

            None of the game’s elite managers (and Rafa IS one of the ‘elite’) would commit to a club regardless.

            Only second raters who are desperate for a job, eg, Steve McClaren and Joe Kinnear, would do that.

          • ghostrider

            Then we need so called second raters who will commit to the club.
            Just someone like the manay managers around the world who are apparently second raters whilst the small handful of elite can just flit between elite clubs.

          • robbersdog

            You’ve made the central point, whilst appearing to miss that point at the same time.

            NUFC is NOT one of the world’s ten or so elite clubs, but we DO have one of the world’s elite managers. I’m quite sure that if we had last season’s squad, and a manager like McClaren, Pardew, Carver or Kinnear, we would’ve been relegated.

            Basically, the fact that we have a manager like Rafa acts as a fig-leaf for the incompetence and under-investment of the club’s owner and executive management.

          • ghostrider

            We nearly got relegated under Rafa man. His lucky loans and his forced tactical change because of Kenedy was the reason we got out of it.

            A different manager might have got us relegated but then again maybe a different manager might have been shaking hands with Mitro and Gayle and thanking them both for scoring a decent amount of goals between them.

            Rafa is being put on a massive pedestal. One which he does not deserve.
            Rafa has to prove he can do a job with sensible funds, instead of moaning and shining and trying to gain favour from the fans by saying stuff like ” they know.”

            If he’s interested in doing the job then sign and get your extra 5 million a year, each year.
            Very few clubs will give him that and very few clubs like his style of football….including Newcastle fans if they’re honest with themselves.

          • TheFatController

            Good trolling. Now thank me.

          • ghostrider

            Hmmm…….just hmmmmm, really.

          • Megatron1505

            Come on pal, show us where Rafa touched you.

          • TheFatController

            You seriously have a bizarre attitude to rafa.

            I’ve just been honest with myself for a minute. I don’t mind Rafa’s style of play. I particularly remember as I was at QPR and that was fantastic football.

            Speak for yourself maybe, but not as the designated spokesperson for all fans who ‘must’ not like his football style either, because the mighty ghost rider knows it.

            Being psychic, but not psychopathic.

            What a doughnut.

          • ghostrider

            You’re remembering the championship.
            Try remembering the dire football for 90% of the premier league prior to Kenedy being loaned.

            Oh…and I might not speak for you if that’s the football you like but Newcastle fans in general do not enjoy that kind of football from earlier in the season but were willing to put up with it as a n adjustment back into the premier league, in my opinion.

          • Toonrobbybobson

            Aye ill walk and wait one year before I can take another job or pay you £6m… yeah right.

            Rafa will run his contract down and leave with integrity and Ashley to sort the mess hes created for himself.

            The gift Rafa will leave us fans is promotion and 3 years of prem football and tv money but that will go to fat man. But the what if will go with him in 12 months.

          • ghostrider

            Rafa is well within his rights to see his contract through but I’d sooner sack him and pay his contract up in order to get in a manager who is committed.

            If Rafa leaves now he’s done nothing special…literally, except for a lot of hype over him.

          • Toonrobbybobson

            Haha you’re a great wind up merchant like

          • ghostrider

            I think people wind themselves up. I don’t seem to need to try that.

          • TheFatController

            Well, that’s put me right – you’re not not bizarrely anti-Rafa, you’re just a normal bloke.

            Hmmmmm

          • ghostrider

            Yeah a normal bloke who can criticise Rafa when he deserves it…something many dare not do for fear of upsetting him.

          • robbersdog

            Rafa is being put on a massive pedestal. One which he does not deserve.

            You’re spouting absolute drivel; Rafa Benitez’s record in management puts him right up there amongst the top 10 or so managers in Europe, he’s done a fantastic job at NUFC, his loans are not based on luck but on sound judgment and you won’t find many genuine Newcastle fans moaning about his style of football.

            YOU are not a genuine Newcastle fan, you’re a shill for Mike Ashley – but not a very successful one, because all you do is generate more dislike for him by being such a disingenuous apologist for him.

          • ghostrider

            You’re 100% welcome to your thoughts but I stand by what I said.

          • Wezza147

            You’re right about them not being genuine Newcastle fans. Others on here have exposed then as two manchester based brothers who troll here on the daily. They detest Shearer as well, he only turned them down.

          • robbersdog

            That makes sense. Which account is the other brother?

          • Danimal

            Many managers do great jobs on little or no resources at your ‘non-elite’ clubs. But I bet they’ve been told what’s available or not available before they start. Can’t you see it’s the constant smoke and mirrors that p*sses everyone off more than the lack of money?

          • ghostrider

            Yeah I can if that’s the actual case.
            I don’t see many clubs coming out and telling the fans they have x amount to spend but they might tell the manager who will then say he has funds.

            I believe Rafa has funds and has been told…but I also have a feeling that Rafa is playing hard ball and wanting more.
            That’s my speculation.
            People can believe it’s Ashley doing it…but as you say, if it’s supposed smoke and mirrors, then none of us can claim to be correct until we see some legit answers.

            Ashley came out and told us fans what was what and he was cast off as a liar and just rigging stuff up to wind people up….so what’s the point in him saying anything?

          • Danimal

            And do you think Ashley has told him what’s available? Surely that’s the problem, Rafa can’t sign without knowing what he’s being asked to sign up to. Ridiculous situation.

          • ghostrider

            But can’t you see how Rafa has the entire ball in his court?
            He asks for promises on the contract that are agreeable. He signs the extension.
            If he doesn’t get what was agreed he can walk with all of his wages intact and Ashley loses.

            Why would Ashley do that when he was bitten before with it?
            I don’t know what’s going on behind the scenes but it takes two to tango, so let’s wait and see what’s what.

          • Danimal

            I repeat my question.

          • TheFatController

            It takes a certain kind of grandiosity and righteousness to criticise in a superior tone anyone for not walking away from a payout that are legally entitled to that would be in the millions.

            I commend you therefore. You’re one in a million.

          • ghostrider

            Thanks.

          • TheFatController

            And that’s why people avoid you…

          • ghostrider

            I don’t waste time worrying about stuff like that.

          • TheFatController

            Wisely

          • Albert Stubbins

            I don’t believe its the money thats making him stay- Rafa is a very wealthy man in his own right- he has mistakenly believed that Fatty would change and its been a bad call as he never will but Ive got to kind of agree with the rest of that assessment- Rafa knows the situation with fatty and has done for some time now- Im losing sympathy for his situation to be honest. He cant bleat about lack of funds as he’s been told what he’s getting well in advance- he’s been treated appallingly but its not like its can be any surprise to him by now.

          • ghostrider

            As much as people like Rafa and dislike Ashley, we all agree that no employee is bigger than the club.
            Rafa might have a good CV.
            He might be revered by Liverpool fans and fans of other clubs.
            He might be looked upon as some kind of messiah by some.
            What he cannot be allowed to do, is moan and whine and try to dictate his own matters.
            I believe he’s using the fans and his credentials as massive bargaining power.
            His issue is, he’s up against a man that has suffered arguably the worst bile of an owner in this country…ever, for the length of time he’s endured it all and he’s not just going to back down on his stance on funds, to take risks on a manager who wants to gamble…or else.

          • Megatron1505

            So you expect Rafa to pay Mike Ashley £6m because Ashley won’t spend money on strengthening the team. You’re a loon 😂

          • ghostrider

            No. I expect Rafa to walk if he thinks Ashley won’t back him..and to allow a new manager to do the job. This way Rafa keeps his supposed honesty and integrity intact.
            By staying and seeing out a contract of one year, he knows he’s doing more harm than good the the entire footballing set up….all for the stubborn act of wanting his 5 million.
            Of course he’s entitled to it…it doesn’t mean his morals towards the fans are anything like honourable.

            Sign Rafa or walk away and walk away with your integrity intact because tides can turn very quickly.

          • Megatron1505

            I’ll repeat. Do you expect Rafa to pay £6m to walk away from his job?

          • ghostrider

            Nope, he would be silly to do that.
            I would expect him to come to a compromise in the event that he refuses to sign an extension so we can get in a longer term manager who can build.
            All Rafa can do is manage to the best of his ability for one season and then walk away….but like I said, it would be to the detriment of the squad rather than to the benefit…because it will create unrest, in my opinion.

          • Megatron1505

            So you would place the onus for compromise on the employee and not the boss? Even though the boss is responsible for the terms of employment?

            Why?

          • ghostrider

            Because once you start to bow down to employee pressure it creates a monster.
            It’s a recipe for disaster because it creates ongoing stand off scenarios.

            Owner tells the manager what’s available. the manager sees it as doable or not. Either try and negotiate for extra and if there isn’t what you want then either do your best with what you have or walk away.

            Just remember who pays the bills. It isn’t Rafa.

          • Megatron1505

            Really? Because you’re expecting him to negotiate his way out of £6m….sounds like you expect Rafa to pay to me.

          • ghostrider

            I’m expecting Rafa to stop being a stubborn clown and extend his contract and get on with the job he professes to love, along with the fans and the city.
            I’m expecting him to get on adding attacking impetus to the squad with available funds which will be there but the moaning minnie is likely spitting out a big dummy until he gets what he wants…not what he needs.;

            Failing that I’m expecting him to do the next best thing and simply walk away from his final year and leave it up to a new manager to start his build onto what he will already have.

          • Megatron1505

            That’s weird, because that’s not what you wrote. You said he should walk out and therefore pay £6m to Fatty.

            So now you’re saying he should just accept we’re a tin pot no hope club and get on with it, then collect his money owed under the terms of the contract the owner agreed?

            Can I have the number of your crack dealer please?

          • ghostrider

            No I didn’t say pay 6 million to Ashley.
            By all means go and find where I said that and we’ll talk further.

          • Megatron1505

            Well how else can he “walk out” without paying it?

            Explain that and we’ll talk further crackhead 😂

          • ghostrider

            If you’d have read my other posts you’d know that I said walking away by coming to a compromise or simply walking away and forfeiting his final years salary which he hasn’t earned as of yet so he would effectively be paying nothing back.
            Then he can go to whatever clubs are begging for him and willing to give him a long contract, massive salary and whatever funds he desires and leave Newcastle United to get on with bringing in a manager that is willing to work with the set up.

          • Megatron1505

            You want Rafa to compromise on £6m owed to him, but it’s ok for Fatty to penny pinch on the transfer budget, relegate the club twice and raise season ticket prices?

            You’re a loon man 🤣🤣

          • ghostrider

            Who said he was penny pinching?
            Didn’t he freeze season ticket prices?
            How many clubs done that?

          • Megatron1505

            We don’t compete with Brighton and Huddersfield but Rafa should “compromise” on £6m.

            Complete fruitcake 🤯

          • ghostrider

            Did we finish higher than Brighton and Huddersfield?
            A yes or no will do.

          • Megatron1505

            So that’s our competition now is it? Wonder how that happened 🤔

          • ghostrider

            All teams are our competition but you specifically used Brighton and Huddersfield and us not competing with them and now you’re saying ” so that’s our competition now, is it?”

            I asked you if we finished higher than them and asked for a yes or no.
            Have I backed you into a corner or something?

          • Megatron1505

            Nope, but you’re doing a cracking job of continually highlighting how far we have fallen/ been dragged down by your rotund pal.

            Now, about that phone number…..

          • ghostrider

            Fallen where?

          • Megatron1505

            Well, there were those minor incidents of a couple of relegations, and twice appointing Joe Kinnear. Obviously if you were actually a Newcastle fan rather than a pointless troll you would remember such things.

            But no, obviously Mike is awesome and Rafa should walk away by negotiating himself out of the £6m he is owed, perhaps even by paying good old Mike for the privilege.

            Are you giving me your crack dealers number or not?

          • ghostrider

            You said I was highlighting how far we had fallen….not fell at one time.
            We are higher than we’ve been for a long time, so how have we fallen?

          • Megatron1505

            You mean higher than we were after the last Ashley sponsored relegation?

            Higher than we were after the relegation before that?

            Not higher than we were before Tubs brought in austerity?

  • TheNutJob

    1st game at home to the Spuds
    Cardiff A, Chelsea H, Man C A, Arsenal H, some hard matches there ok

    • TheFatController

      Tough start. All the big boys first, plus Cardiff away. Could be behind on points early in season …

      • TheNutJob

        Doomed

  • Lostprofit DBC

    This sums the bloke up really, as with any window, playing for time with modest mediocrity his aim. Minimum input for maximum return. I think he could be trying to get rid of Rafa. Ironically his preference, to suit his strategy, would be big Sam, the first person he sacked.

    • Danimal

      Sam likes to spend.

  • Scottie Chugger Dearden

    As soon as I read according to the Chronicle I gave up on this article, constantly feeding us clickbait and it’s pathetic, wait till the world cup is over and see what happens then judge them, agreed if last year is anything to go by we are doomed but those that don’t learn from history will repeat the same mistakes, over to you Mr Ashley who has a habit of doing his business around the beginning of July !

    • Toonrobbybobson

      Hes had over a decade making the same mistakes…

      • Scottie Chugger Dearden

        I suppose, I thought he had realised his errors when he got Rafa in but typical of Ashley here’s your hope and now I’m taking it away!

  • Wezza147

    If anyone doubts the article let me remind you that MA did exactly but the same thing last a time summer with Rafa going for Tammy Abraham and Wily Cabelero only to be blocked by the rotund one.
    I don’t doubt the same is happening again.

    • Dont stop bobbi fleckman

      Tammy Abraham did well didn’t he? Moreover, Rafa pulled us out of that after Abraham demanded too much.

  • Leazes.

    The scandal isn’t that Ashley does this….we expect him to….. the scandal is he gets away with it because the local media stay onside and don’t rock the boat and fans sign up for more.

    • Desree

      And willingly pay 20% extra

  • Oldgeordie

    He is turning our club into another SD. Cheap and not cheerful. Waste of space that man.

  • mactoon

    If this is true (and I have no reason to doubt it) it comes as no surprise. The manager is not yet willing to commit further than one season so I wouldn’t expect a club owner to allow him to spend money on players who may not be wanted if Rafa leaves and a new manager comes in.

    It’s time for compromise, Rafa is never going to get the assurances that Ashley’s ambition for the club matches his, because it simply doesn’t. He has no ambition if he wants to sell the club so Rafa is just going to have to put his ambition for the club’s future onto the back burner until a new owner comes along and accept Ashley’s terms or leave. Bleak but true.

    • Toonrobbybobson

      Ashley is never going to sell. Wake up its a smokescreen. Its a convenient excuse. Every window he engineers them. He wants the club to exist to advertise his tat. We even pay sports direct a few million a year! If he gets a stupid bid he will leave but that wont happen. Its a cash cow for him as long as its in the Prem. no ambition whatsoever. Sad state this club but as fans weve done nothing. I dont mean protests thats pointless and amusing to him. But you start hurting him financially he’ll soon start taking action its the only language he speaks. All about the £.

      • mactoon

        Notice I said “if” he wants to sell, for the record I don’t think he wants to because the club just about runs itself now with the TV money coming in and SD is getting free advertising. He has no need to sell, just keep it ticking along and spend as little as possible and it suits his needs unless as you say he gets a ridiculous offer, which he won’t. Rafa now needs to make a decision to either go along with it or leave.

        And I don’t see how you can hurt him financially, throw in your season ticket and someone else will buy it and SD isn’t going to suffer if a few thousand geordies stop buying cheap tat from SD.

        What’s needed in my opinion is one of the fans groups to contact the Staveley group and organise a concerted effort to raise money by a ‘crowd funding’ project which will give the fans shares in the club in exchange for say, £500 each. This could raise the difference between the current Staveley bid and Ashley’s price.

        • Toonrobbybobson

          While the fans arent United and full of apathy then no it never will change.

          Start to be organised, professional and United over a prolonged time and that changes.

          1. is not renewing season tickets and organising it. 2 is painful but release statements and a petition that as a Newcastle fan I refuse to watch the club on TV and we launch PR via Skysports we intend to do so. This hurts two fold. TV appearance money, advertising income and air time to Sports Tat Direct. Listen to the radio. 3. Give a PR deadline for this to start happening inviting bidders to come forward for the club where fans will work with them.

          Ashley has to start to realise the risk that the fans CAN get organised and talk his language of money. This vastly weakens his hand in negotiations and a realistic fee for the club.

          Hes not a fit and proper custodian. 2 relegations of a club the size and status that Newcastle was shows that. The club has gone backwards both on and off the field including the books. Our revenue has not grown. Hes feeding off the club for his other means. Hes drowning it and hurting it for future generations that it will never recover. I firmly believe its at a tipping point it may never come back from as the gap will forever be too big. Sadly it will have happened on our watch.

          • mactoon

            Ashley hasn’t started to realise any risk of the fans getting organised because there is no risk to him. A few thousand Newcastle fans not renewing season tickets or watching Sky (while it will raise the profile of our grievance) will not put a dent into Ashley’s money and will not force him out. He simply hasn’t got a buyer and is happy with the situation, he didn’t get where he is by making friends and a few fans turning against him simply doesn’t concern him.

            The ONLY way to get rid of him is for someone to match his asking price and the only way the fans can help to achieve this is to contribute to a credible bid if it doesn’t meet his price. If 50,000 season ticket holders gave up their ticket for one season and added the price to a funding project it would raise £30 million (based on an average ticket price of £600) and that would go a long way to bridging the gap of the Staveley group’s offer and Ashley’s price.

          • Toonrobbybobson

            Its a combined effort. Being hit financially reduces his asset to a level more affordable or at least for him to be more open to negotiations actually happening.

            Him losing TV revenue and season tickets will hurt. Money is the only language he speaks. If there is a boycott of Sky pressure will start to increase as they wont give him his stupid airtime for a start.

            The more angles hes hit with in a professional orchestrated way the more in open to negotiations he will be. Hes got to start realising weve had enough. Hes too comfortable. Putting season ticket prices up with nothing for fans to get excited about as there is no ambition whatsoever is disgusting.

            Staveley was never buying though. If a buyer comes along it will happen fast and we will have no wind of it. It will just happen. Her bid was too public and straight away thats a no no. Just unsure whether it was Ashley orchestrated or not.

  • Viru leckworth

    Does Ashley enjoy relegation? Judging by the first two months’ fixtures, we could be bottom of the heap if the rumours of selling our best players and buying few lesser replacements materialise.
    Increasing season ticket prices won’t help the mood either. What is their justification for that?

  • Geordieguy

    Beyond belief ? Par for the course more like . Never expected anything else but a last minute scrabble among the bargain bin for players

    • Desree

      It is beyond belief that this is considered news

      • Kneebotherm8

        Correct……this is Groundhog Day..

  • Hughie

    Policy perpetuated sell first buy cheap after. No surprise!

  • Weyhhadaway

    We all knew Ashley would play hard ball financially and to force Rafa’s hand on the contract.

    Buying will start when sales are made or when the TV money arrives, not one second before.

    • HarryHype59

      “When the TV money arrives”

      The club is sitting on £126m from last season ffs.

  • X,WHY,Y MAN.

    Mike Ashley not allowing bids for players ?, I am not having it because it’s not like him !

  • Toonrobbybobson

    Do yourself a favour Rafa and leave. We thank you for all you have done but you’re wasting your time/life/skills. As fans its our cross to bear that we cannot escape from until action of some sort. Death by one thousand cuts this club. So depressing to be trapped in this football equivilant of ground hog day.

  • Taz

    Ashley is just one big fat banker with a capital W. !!!!

  • nufcslf

    What a stupid ignorant fat c**t.

  • John Marshall

    who will rid us of this horrible person?

  • Ashley wants at least 4-5 more off the wage bills before we can sign someone.
    Not that the transfer money is scarce but he doesn’t want to support a 30+ first team squad with half of them sitting on the bench or playing for reserves.
    Problem is, nobody wants Sels/Colback/Lazaar/Aarons who we need to sell the most

  • Angelswithdirtyfaces

    Ashley doesn’t know anything else but his business methods so it’d be a triumph of hope over experience for anyone expecting him to change now. His management and corporate governance of SD and his other holdings has been cited by many business leaders and economists as showing the absolute worst side of modern capitalism, but we just have to live with this Groundhog Day stuff til he sells. At least we can go for a pee without being sacked.

  • Shipcote Willy

    Can you remember Ashley’s interview ‘ I don’t know what is happening at the club, I leave it to others to run’ Just another of his lies No future while the odious owner remains. Only certainty is fans will continue to fill the stadium whilst moaning on message boards.

    • Leazes.

      Yes he said that when he makes suggestions to Charnley he’s told to keep his nose out of it….

      …. absolving himself from blame… its not what Graham Carr said in an interview three weeks ago….. he said he’d stopped,making recommendations to ASHLEY that were over a certain figure (£15m) because he realised they would be ignored completely….

      Now there’s the problem he governs the finances completely and leaves it to his team to operate within a straightjacket…. none of them football people…. Justin Barnes, Keith Bishop and Lee Charnley….. two money men and a PR. (Barnes is an asset stripper).