Newcastle fans still haven’t heard anything from Rafa Benitez but he was spotted, and photographed, arriving at St James Park on Tuesday afternoon.

Summer 2016 saw the United boss regularly updating supporters, reassuring them that despite a quiet opening to the transfer window, everything would turn out ok.

So it did, whilst numerous players left, Rafa Benitez recruited 12 new signings in that summer 2016 window and they helped Newcastle to go up champions.

After promotion we heard almost nothing from the NUFC manager throughout the summer, as the club failed to sign his targets, until late on at the training camp in Ireland he made his first mention of hoping Mike Ashley would be keeping his transfer promises.

They weren’t kept and so with minimal backing, it was largely down to Rafa’s managerial expertise that the team survived.

Fan hopes for better this summer are quickly fading, so far very reminiscent of 12 months ago. Rafa Benitez not saying a word so far and not a single new face signed, only Martin Dubravka committing from a loan to permanent.

A significant difference is that at this point last year, there were still over nine weeks of the summer 2017 transfer window remaining, whereas today we have exactly only six weeks.

Thursday morning sees the local media printing headlines in the aftermath of the manager’s meeting with Lee Charnley, ‘hoping for breakthrough’ they claim.

Those three words will be Rafa’s epitaph at St James Park.

On Wednesday the Chronicle revealed that the club still hadn’t made a single offer for any of the targets Rafa had given the NUFC hierarchy to pursue, despite ‘dozens of enquiries’ allegedly.

When it was reported early in the transfer window that Mike Ashley was refusing to give Benitez a transfer budget until he signed a contract extension, we all thought surely even Ashley can’t be that stupid…

With half the transfer window having passed, none of us can be quite so sure now.

Remember, this is the owner who after Newcastle had a breakthrough (partly a fluke) season finishing fifth, he only allowed one signing (Vurnon Anita) and that was paid for by selling a number of squad players.

Mike Ashley is also the NUFC owner who didn’t allow a single player to be bought for 18 months, between January 2013 and summer 2014.

Like Rafa Benitez we are all ‘hoping for breakthrough’ but with only four days until the squad are back for pre-season training, the first bid to be made for a new signing would look like a major breakthrough at this moment in time.

To feature like Sam Hepworth submit your article to [email protected] and/or for more info go here



  • Monkseaton Magpies

    He is also the owner who gave McClaren 70m to spend on quality players. Fifth was no fluke as who say we could have actually finished fourth if things had gone our way on the final day of the season. Had some great nights in Europe thanks to Ashley, Moscow, Kharkiv Brugge will be remembered for a long time.

    • MichaelMaximusMoose

      Lunatic

      • Monkseaton Magpies

        Not the first person to call me that and you will not be the last.

        • Westdentoon

          Lunatic

        • Peaky

          Lunatic

        • Paul Patterson

          Lunatic.

        • Big Hairy Man

          Lunatic

        • Milo79

          Lunatic!

          • Leazes.

            That’s unkind…. he’s obviously suffering from some psychosis…. and you lot are feeding it….it will not help him one bit…. best to just block him for his own good.

          • Monkseaton Magpies

            That’s your answer to anyone who loves our club block them very sad.

    • Westdentoon

      Someone lend me a shooter please…can take no more 🙈

      • Wezza

        Just block the troll, he has been exposed as two brothers trolling here daily to annoy and his etc a rise out of people. Fleckman/ghost rider/comeanstakeit/monkseaton/nut/vodkamagpie etc.

        • Westdentoon

          I’d love to think you are correct, however I have a feeling he is actually a true ‘fan’, a prime example of a down trodden follower (& employee?), devoid of any ambition or passion for the club due to years of miss management, underachievement & ignorance of the careful, devious bloodsucking of resources in our club.
          He will of course say different, he has 30 season tickets 10 boxes, 300 mates and has never missed a match home and away since 1920!

          • Monkseaton Magpies

            When you have spent six years following them in the second division one game away from going in the third division, crowds down to seven thousand sitting in a row by yourself you come to appreciate the good times under Ashley like finishing 5th, 8th and 10th twice. The days of going to Southend New Years day twelve O’ Clock kick off losing 4-0 were what I call bad times not now.

          • Westdentoon

            Ha…there you go, in a nutshell!

          • Wezza

            He isn’t a Newcastle fan, he is one of the brothers exposed by Jezza (I think Leazes too) Best to block them.
            Just about every post by monkseaton he has been trying to make people believe he is a a genuine fan. That’s not the case.

          • Monkseaton Magpies

            Lies,lies and more lies. You should join Jezza in the nut house.

          • Monkseaton Magpies

            Six season tickets, my mate has the best box in the ground, well over three hundred mates and 1975 not 1920 for home games so close.

        • Monkseaton Magpies

          Just get a life and post decent comments and stop making things up. You and Jezza should be sectioned for your own good.

          • Billmag

            Hold on after stating we have had some great nights in Europe under Ashley there’s only one person that needs to be sectioned.

      • TheFatController

        Can he buy your season ticket then?

        • Westdentoon

          Aye no bother, it’s all his…

    • TheFatController

      Fifth was a fluke – everything we hit went in. How many times were we on goal of the month last season?

      That 5th season we had about 20 goals on GOTM.

      Demba Ba, Cisse, Jonas, even Ryan ‘OTW’ Taylor and maybe you could argue Hatem BA have not repeated the level of finishing the showed that season, proving the ‘fluke’ nature.

      Without that level of finishing fluke, we soon became a relegation fight level club and have struggled ever since.

      That sruggle isn’t a fluke. It’s down to poor manager selections and/or poor funding.

      But you keep playing your DVD of a 1-0 two leg win of Anji Metalkharvovic ….

    • Paul Patterson

      So by that admission, the dumbing down of this club is Ashley’s fault as you must have had some amazing nights, thanks to the Hall’s, Shepherd’s, Keegan’s, Robson’s?

    • SuperDesHamilton

      Aye Doumbia & Saivet will go down in toon folklore as legends….

  • Leazes.

    You can think of your own three word to summarise Ashley and our Club and its fans…. I’ll start….

    ‘WILL NEVER LEARN’
    ‘ABDICATION OF AMBITION’
    ‘SURROUNDED BY CONSERVATIVES’
    ‘REMAINS ON SHELF’
    ‘WAVE YOUR FLAGS’
    ‘RELEGATION STRUGGLE IMMINENT’
    ‘GOODBYE RAFA FAREWELL’
    ‘UNITED SWOOP MOOTED’
    ‘TICKET PRICE HIKE’
    ‘BABY WITH BATHWATER’
    ‘NOSE DESPITE FACE’
    ‘BRING BACK NOISE’
    ‘MILLION QUID ACE’
    ‘SHOESTING CLUB FAILS’
    ‘GROUND HOG DAY’
    ‘ETC’

    • MichaelMaximusMoose

      That`s saved me a bit of time

    • Wezza

      LIES, GREED, UNETHICAL

    • Big Hairy Man

      GREEDY FAT B*****D
      NO NET SPEND
      FREE SD ADVERTISING
      PREMIER LEAGUE SURVIVAL
      RINSE AND REPEAT

    • TheFatController

      ‘DO A LEEDS’ ?

    • Peter C

      Think you’ve really got it covered

      • Peaky

        Divvent hold ya breath…..😂

        • Peter C

          Well nearly covered!

    • Lhc#Freetommyrobinson

      Miserable old [email protected], three to describe you.

      • Big Hairy Man

        3 words to describe Tommy:
        IGNORANT RACIST C**T

        • Lhc#Freetommyrobinson

          Your very predictable. Like I said on a post to fatcontroller they other day- if people are going to throw accusations around then you need to have evidence. He didn’t have a response and that tells you everything. Also 4 up likes to his 1 so people on here do agree just not many come out openly and say bar one person. Anyhow have a good day and like I asked people they other day, only talk football to me it’s all I’m interested in on here, thank you 😘

          • Leazes.

            ‘F*CK OFF TROLL’

          • Lhc#Freetommyrobinson

            😂🤣😂 the definition of a troll to leazes people is anyone who has a difference of opinion. Have a nice day leazes which will consist of talking more doom and gloom about nufc the fans & Ashley & co. Same 💩 a different day. Goodbye.👋

          • Leazes.

            GREY OUT PROFILE
            ADMINISTRATOR LOG IN
            HAS OWN SITE
            DZA

          • Lhc#Freetommyrobinson

            I log in as a guest you fool, divnt let that stop you spreading your 💩. Your a seriously twisted man, if you want to know more about me we can meet a for a cuppa, available anytime of weekends.

          • Lhc#Freetommyrobinson

            * on

          • Tracker

            DZA LHC TERMS
            BUILDING & MAINTENANCE

          • Lhc#Freetommyrobinson

            Wrong

          • Lhc#Freetommyrobinson

            DZA? What’s this meant to be?

          • Westdentoon

            Just an innocent question for you..why do you use such a politically sensitive ID if you only want to talk football on here? Surely there is a less controversial name you could come up with that wouldn’t cause such a stir?
            Don’t think you can go on a public forum using a name like that and not encounter some hostility..people have opinions on Mr Robinson that lie both ways.
            Just saying….

          • Lhc#Freetommyrobinson

            There entitled to there opinion, we l8ve in a free society doesn’t mean they have to tell me them day in day out. Not being funny but we can call ourselves what we want. The tactics of likes of leazes and his cronies is to try and run people out of town kinda thing but in this case of the mag, but it won’t work. These people are just bullies , well try to be and only operate in pack form.

    • Peaky

      WHAT ABOUT BEARDSLEY ?

      • Lhc#Freetommyrobinson

        Try looking on the roker report, jezza is probably on there.

      • Leazes.

        ‘I DON’T KNOW’

        • Peaky

          LAUGH OUT LOUD

  • Wor Lass

    HOWAY THE LADS!

  • X,WHY,Y MAN.

    DIDN’T, GET, CASH.

  • X,WHY,Y MAN.

    EIGHT, YEAR, CONTRACTS.

  • X,WHY,Y MAN.

    FIVE, BURNING, QUESTIONS.

  • X,WHY,Y MAN.

    F**KING, ALAN, PARDEW.

  • Desree

    The breakthrough will be selling Merino

    • Leazes.

      That’s five words

  • Rich Lawson

    Any day now,(repeat endlessly).

  • Albert Stubbins

    REPEAT TILL FADE!!

  • Albert Stubbins

    NEE CASH LEFT?

    • Leazes.

      ‘YES THERE IS’

  • X,WHY,Y MAN.

    BEARDSLEY, SMELLS, GLOVE.