Rafa Benitez met up with the assembled press on Tuesday ahead of the St Patrick’s Athletic friendly.

However, this was far more than your usual pre-match press conference…

Rafa declaring: ‘Mike Ashley said (on the final day of the season) that ‘every last penny’ was available…I don’t know exactly what it means.’

It is really excruciating to see a world class manager who has worked at many of Europe’s top clubs, having to discuss the ridiculous nature of Newcastle United under Mike Ashley.

The likes of Fulham, Cardiff, Brighton, Huddersfield and others all spending tens of millions yet Rafa saying he has to sell players or else he can’t bring in any of his targets.

The Newcastle boss though knows that unlike Mike Ashley and his minions, there is one group of people who he can trust, to both back him and who know what the score is: ‘The fans are clever…our fans, they understand the situation.’

Yes, sadly we all understand the situation far too well, been there seen it done it in this owner’s 11 years at St James Park.

Rafa Benitez:

“I am trying to do my best in these conditions, that is what I can say.

“The fans are clever…our fans, they understand the situation.

“Everybody is expecting that if we can compete, we can be stronger (by bringing in new players), then Rafa will be pleased and then is happy here – I don’t think that the fans don’t know the situation.

“I think they understand clearly the situation and we will see at the end of this window how well we did.

“I have tried to do my best but we will see later…

“I have to just concentrate on bringing in the best players for the squad…I don’t do the numbers (money), I don’t control the numbers. I know my numbers but it is not my job to do accounts – it is the owner who decides the money available and that is it.

Mike Ashley said (on the final day of the season) that  ‘every last penny’ was available…I don’t do the numbers and so I don’t know exactly what it means. We are fine in terms of profit so maybe you have to ask Lee Charnley, he has the numbers.

“I am trying to do my best in these conditions, that is what I can say.

“I don’t think an extension is an excuse for anything…because if you sign a one year extension what does that mean for the players you sign on a five-year contract? This is nothing, it is not an issue. A lot of clubs have managers and they then finish a contract but still they improve the squad to be sure that they (the club/team) are better.

“Still, I don’t think it’s an issue with my contract (as to why the training complex and Academy can’t be invested in now) – I told Mike (Ashley), Lee (Charnley) and Justin (Barnes). They know that if we do the right things (and make proper investment), then I am keen to stay here for five years, or whatever.

“But they have to do things in a way that…for me as a football professional…there is a way to do things and we have to be sure that we do those things..

“If you sign an extension for a lot of years then the main thing and the first one has to be the Academy, then all these (other) things, you have to have everything in place…

“I am really pleased with the fans, the city, and the atmosphere at the games, the staff are professional, everyone.

“We have all the potential to grow and to be a top side, a proper top side.

“I hope that I can still strengthen the squad (this summer). I have been trying hard for two months to be sure we have players to bring on loan.”



  • Wor Lass

    Basically, what Rafa seems to be saying is that he`s done his best and will continue to do so until he goes at the end of his current contract. No surprise but very sad. I think only a boycott would help him now. Easy for me to say as I live abroad and don`t go anyway but it`s surely the only thing that would make the fat oaf reconsider his disastrous approach.

    • gold coast mag

      that’s my interpretation too. Likewise I don’t/can’t attend matches, but how much income is generated by season tickets, the only boycott that would work in this pre-season, or does Ashley believe walk ins would generate more money? What is the difference in costs between a one off ticket and a season ticket per game, because,practically every game is a sellout?

      • Geordiegiants

        This myth that season tickets are a drop in the ocean to our income is a load ofshite!

        • gold coast mag

          the maths would be simple multiple tickets by cost- it has to be a bucket load of dosh, but can theoretically more be made by one match sales? Chinese tourists with no passion filling the stands

          • Geordiegiants

            The thing is, people keep saying it’s not worth anything to Jabba, its roughly around £40m a season in bums on seats revenue.

      • mentalman

        they would use it as a PR thing making seats available for people to buy on the day, helping out the fans who can’t afford a season ticket etc

      • Desree

        An empty stadium is very bad PR – Ashley hates being in the spotlight, an empty stadium would get world wide coverage. How does Ashley explain an empty stadium? He can’t lie his way out of it.

        He might plead innocence but there will be pressure from sponsors, Sky and the premier league.

        It isn’t about money. Ashley has a huge ego, an empty stadium is a major PR fiasco and brings him unwanted attention.

    • Geordiegiants

      I think the FANS know this, it’s the spectators that are out for the day that’s the problem. I have asked and asked if anyone has any other way apart from boycotts and not one suggestion has come for ears that will work. Boycotting has worked at West Ham, Arsenal and even at the inbreds. These people that come on and say, it’s the only time I see my m8s/kids/family are only interested in them selves and not the club. If your bother about points and stuff, but the tickets but still don’t go, it will only last a short period of time then something will have to be done.

  • Paul Patterson

    One person holding us back- as usual . .

  • gold coast mag

    just read on the Sun Bournemouth are paying 57 million for a couple of defenders- they don’t shy away from spending their tv money up front- it’s a disgrace!

    • Wezza

      Well we can’t compete with Bournemouth let’s be fair! LOL.

      • TheFatController

        Surely they’ll struggle to get their signings over the line.

        Plus there’s agents fees. It’s difficult signing players.

      • Mike

        we cant compete with ANY club at the moment

  • Lord

    Mike Ashley being pig headed and keeping funds back for no other reason that Rafa’s temerity in standing up for himself and not signing.

    The insult of an employee not doing what’s he told!

    “Well, I’ll show him who’s boss,” thinks Mike Ashley, “I’m sure Alan Pardew will be around next summer.”

  • TheFatController

    I always read these articles whilst imagining Ashley reading them sat on a mountain of money, counting it.

    The money is the season ticket renewal and shirt sales money.

    Ashley is chuckling.

    All the articles make sense then.

    • mentalman

      Do you think he reads fans comments

      • Wezza

        No but I’d put money on his PR goons reading comments and hiring shills to sway opinions.

  • Hughie

    Risking relegation yet again– makes no sense. The account showing 90 million debt in the 16-17 season may be a factor, but that should have been balanced to a large extent by the success and TV money in 2017-18, and then improved by the knowledge of the 2018-19 windfall. Wondering if Ashley has given the club an ultimatum re paying back his 139 million? Additionally its obvious that the club has not changed its sell first then buy cheap policy which has already failed twice or more. Totally illogical.

    • joe mac

      its not illogical in ashleys world, get CHEAP labour abroad to make things CHEAP, ship them over here CHEAP,get people to work in your shops on the CHEAP,sell the goods CHEAP,millions of people get a CHEAP bargan. Then bingo! you become a billionaire.Transfer the above business model to running a football club then you have the current Newcastle United!…if norwich city hadnt already been called the canarys i.m sure ashley would have renamed us…..CHEEP,CHEEP,CHEEP!

  • Wezza

    ‘ it is the owner who decides the money available and that is it’

    We knew this already and we knew fine well MA was lying when he said he isn’t involved with the day to day running of the club.
    I expect some club PR backlash next. Be prepared for more lies!

    • mentalman

      it depends on his and our interpretation of what the every day running of the club is.

    • I Think Therefore I Am Will

      It really is a sad state of affairs when people are persuaded and believe (some) that a Premier League Club makes no money.
      Yes, accounting for relegation – thanks to miss management, but seriously the cash clubs are awarded is eye watering, it’s another world for most folks.

      Erm.. Perhaps the clubs a couple leagues under us; should really consider not to bother, after all what is the point, if there’s more cash to be made where they currently preside 🖖 (sarcasm)

      • SuperDesHamilton

        It’s mental but fatty has actually conned people into believing we have to sell to buy.

        • Icky (Heaton)

          Aye, sadly with all his cash, the one thing he’ll surely did/do, is hire s top PR peeps, and boy what a job 😭

          • SuperDesHamilton

            I’m sure the cancer owns a PR firm

          • Icky (Heaton)

            Aye, of course he will, would makes sense, tho it didn’t cross my mind, I get pretty blinkered when on my strong meds 🤩

  • Monkseaton Magpies

    What it means is that as the last two sets of accounts show is that the bank account is empty. The bank balance tells the full story. In fact we were eight million overdrawn at the last set of accounts not a great starting point. We have players Rafa never uses taking a round £400,000 in wages a week so no wonder Ashley wants some players off the books. Sels, Colback, Mitro, Mbemba, Saint, Hadaria, Gomez, Merino and others were earning big money and not even in the squad. It’s common sense to get these players out.

    • Megatron1505

      No you deluded troll, they show that it WAS empty (if you choose to beLIEve them).

      • Ron

        If the accounts were audited and they were then he is right to believe them, the cost of keeping the dead wood is also right, but that has to be similar for the other smaller clubs who are spending more. Our problem is we cannot (do not) make enough via the commercial side – Sports Direct get it all for free.
        We don’t have the vision to see a good extra source of Revenue. Why couldn’t we invite the football team stuck in a Thailand cave to watch us – Man U did already – they were thinking how much extra far eastern revenue that would provide – not rocket science. Rafa has the football side running very professionally. Commercial side amateurish!

        • Megatron1505

          No Ron, he said that the accounts show us that the bank is empty. This is factually incorrect. They show that it WAS empty.

          Also, do you not think that Carillions accounts were audited? Don’t be so naive.

          • Ron

            I’ve actually read the Auditors Report for Carillion – have you? It is littered with concerns about material mis-statements. I’m not naive to think auditors will get it all right but they have to get the bank balances right it’s fundamental. I know the bank account balance was only on that particular day but would probably only have gotten worse, (at least until the tv payouts) all I’m saying is Monkseaton Magpies were reasonably correct. My point is, and I’m sure you’ll agree, the fat bafoon in charge is milking us dry by not getting the commercial side right at all, and stopping us selling valuable advertising that he gets for nothing.

          • Megatron1505

            What he is doing is shifting club money (his money) into the MASH account (his account). He, MASH and Newcastle United are one and the same, this allows him to manipulate the financial position of the club to show us and the world whatever he wants.

            Until we all realise this, and the media realise this, the myth of the club being skint and owing Ashley money will continue.

          • Ron

            I agree it looks as if it’s manipulation but there will be
            two sides the entry, it could, legitimately, be repaying loans etc.
            But all that doesn’t change the fact that the cost of
            keeping the dead wood has to go or we could suffer like the Makems have, then on top of all that we need to generate other funds to complete in the Premier
            League, but that fat “orphan” is tying our hands behind our back. Nicking the advertising and too tight to
            employ someone with vision to capitalise commercially to a worldwide fan base.
            I think the bank balance is a complete red herring, it is
            only one part of the balance sheet, and even that doesn’t show the full picture because it won’t show what extra funds are available from other sources (Ashley
            himself, potential new customers, potential buyers (ha), banks etc.).

          • Megatron1505

            See I think people need to start viewing Newcastle United, MASH and any other solely owned businesses for what they essentially are, which is Mike Ashley’s bank accounts.

            He can legitimately manipulate the balances of accounts and move funds for any one of a hundred reasons, then use that movement to paint whichever picture he wants.

            Regarding the stifling of commercial revenue, the excuse often used is that it offsets interest payments on the clubs debt to Ashley. However, as we know, there is no debt other than the one he has created on paper to add legitimacy to his cost cutting and asset stripping (commercial revenue) etc…

            As I keep saying, until people realise that Mike Ashley and the club are one and the same then nothing will change. You can’t fund one without funding the other, you can’t actively support one without legitimising the other.

            Fans do this naturally because of how they feel about Newcastle United, and it is this “feeling” from supporters which keeps Ashley in place and raking the money in.

          • Wezza

            And if anyone wants further proof take a look at yesterdays revelations where it seems like the TV money has vanished! Even the Chronicle said that. Myself and others have been saying it for months.
            What surprises me is that so many thought we would be spending tens of millions on new players.

          • Megatron1505

            Unfortunately if you look back at Rafas interviews from last season he was one of those convinced that we would finally have a loosened purse this summer.

          • Wezza

            100% spot on!

  • Lostprofit DBC

    Good article capturing Rafa’s despair. 5 things have become clear.
    He is very happy here and loves the place.
    He isn’t going to get any funds, sell to buy policy in force.
    His hands are tied and he has to watch what he says (warned by Ashley about legal action if he says the wrong thing about promises).
    The fans need to back him and make a big noise.
    The Press need to blow the whole regime and strategy out of the water both nationally and locally. Time for action.
    This is what people already knew but is still hard to swallow, time for an uprising.

    • Desree

      The press need something – an empty stadium is a great vehicle for them to launch an attack. Not 52000 fans singing for RAFA.

  • Mark Davies

    Im reposting this as it has been deleted but not sure why…

    Hello. Im one of the “spectators” who go and I dont
    think any boycott at this stage would matter a hoot to ashley and Im not going
    to miss supporting my team or watching them live for a pointless exercise.

    However I do think you have some very valid points
    between you and think there may be one action that may have an affect albeit
    maybe too late im the season by then.

    I have a ten year deal which coincidently expires in
    the summer when I believe Rafa will walk if he isnt backed now and in January.

    I aslo reckon that if thats the case, given not just
    the increases to season ticket prices but the way rafa has been treated and the
    way the club is run the majority of people on that deal wont renew without
    something positive happening.

    So, if everything is the same by the middle of the
    January window I think then is the time to consider a boycott or going to the
    match but stand facing backwards. Something that will make the news. We play
    Man City at home on 30th so if televised maybe thats even the one to target.

    However in addition to any protest perhaps some sort of
    “walk with rafa” (open to better name suggestions) group should he formed and
    all season ticket holders encouraged to write to the club at that point asking
    for guarantees over the furure running of the club or to cancel for the
    following season before the new direct debits for the following season can
    begin as Im sure on the direct debit set up I start paying for the following
    season in advance.

    That said, im sure ashley is aware of the ten year
    deals running out, wants rafa away and is already planning on pocketing balloon
    cash, selling every decent player and closing half the ground like the mackems
    have. He dosent care and as the odious llambias said

    “You dont know how nasty we can be”. Well mr llambias, I think your mate has
    shown us just that.

    Something does have to be done.

    • JonMag

      Newcastle is a billboard for his tat shops, go live on tv by Sky or BT with an empty St James & it would go viral.

    • X,WHY,Y MAN.

      The same kind of answer you would expect and typical from those who attend without question.
      Although I admire your loyalty on the one hand, Your continuing attendance of matches only validates Ashley’s ownership.
      You ask for something to be done but are not prepared to act which doesn’t make any sense.

      • Mark Davies

        Hi, thats fair enough response. But I did mention a possible solution including not attending come January and also included a mass cancellation of season tickets if nothing changes mate.

    • I Think Therefore I Am Will

      Pretty blinkered and an simplistic pushover, typical sheep that believes everything that your supposed to from that Botfly, sadly.

      • Mark Davies

        It was just an idea. Take it you dont go and thats your choice. Im certainly no blinkered sheep though. I go out of choice not following others and am awake to whats going on. I agree something needs doing but what I dont quire know. Any ideas?

        • I Think Therefore I Am – Will

          My full apologies, I actually thought I was posting 1st comment on another forum, Doh!
          I’ve altered it to fit, I had several pages to many open, which is never a good thing 😁

          • Mark Davies

            No problem mate

          • I Think Therefore I Am – Will

            Thanking you.

        • Geordiegiants

          Starve the fatcunt. Which means don’t give him any money, how can you be realistic about doing something to get him out when you are feeding him, HE IS ONLY INTERESTED IN MONEY.!

          • Mark Davies

            Not so sure my 11.50 a week will starve him. Maybe if every season ticket holder did he may take notice. Until something is properly organised its a pointless exercise as someone will always but my ticket at the moment and that means the only loser would be me

    • phildene

      You can cancel your 10 year deal any year-we had one which was cancelled years ago. It seems your using the 10 yr deal as an excuse to keep going, which is yet another excuse the ‘fans’ use ,plus the fact you pay upfront is more reason NOT to pay anything.

      We’ve had 11 years of Ashley and the excuses for not cancelling are still being used! As much as we hate them, at least the mackems had the bottle to stop going and look what happened- dropped down the leagues forcing Short to sell and at a great loss.

      It can be done……….

      • Mark Davies

        Indeed you could cancel the ten year deal earlier but it ends this season anyway for those who chose not to.

        I would have been going anyway ten year deal or not as it happens but as the end of the reduced prices coincides with what will probably be rafa walking it maybe time for a rethink unless theres a mssive change.

        Kudos to you if you decided to cancel but the ten year deal wasnt an excuse for me to keep going. Id have went anyway and despite all his best efforts to spoil it, I still have great memories albeit few and far between.

        I wouldnt swap a lot for being in SJP when Greaslish scored against brighton to let us finish top. Its sad little days like that, that make it worthwhile going. Still hate ashley and want him gone but the thrill of the days we win and the following buzz in town are something not given up easily.

        You dont go and I respect you for that. As a fellow fan respect those who still do. We all have the same agenda but until something meaningful is organised what can we do? If I dont go my seat will still get taken on a matchday amd id rather it was my fat ar53 in it

        • Geordiegiants

          You have just said it your self, sad little days like Grealish, WTF???
          Is that what it’s about like?
          Things have been arranged and still the sheep flock.
          You must realise, he is only after your money?
          You must realise he is taking thepiss out of you? You must realise he will never stop until he is stopped? You must realise every single person that gives him money is the reason he is here? You must realise he isn’t here for anything else?

          • Mark Davies

            And the sad little days like that are still amazing to a fan whether there or not. I remember celebrating promotion with chelsea and sheff weds and still being humped by the owners, enjoying scraping not being relegated to the third tier and other such days that i guess would mean nothing to some or a later generation.

            We arent at a level tom compete with the champions league teams as the money paid out is unproportionate. Its a sad fact but we missed the gravy train way before fat mike.

            Unless we are bought out by some arab or russian who doesnt care about money then unfortunatly mid table prem is where we are at.

            Doesnt stop me despising ashley but ive given money to greedy or useless owners before. Hes just the latest in a long list. Thats our lot as Newcaslte fans im afraid.

            No om not happy with that, far from it but thats the money rich modern game. Would he nice if we actually spent something to try but its not like we have been anything but also rans since the 50s apart from 69 and magical period with king kev and sir bobby.

            As ive said before, id love hom to eff off but without a buyer he cant. Protests, boycotts or not.

            So even you must realise that.

            Please tell me, did you stop going under westwood or mckeag? Did you possible stop going because fat freddy nearly bankrupted us? If not, why not?

          • Geordiegiants

            No I started with Seymour, Football was nothing like it is today, nothing. We did protest every minute of every game through Mckeag years until Hall took over. Even when there was only 7,000 of us at the zenith data system games.
            Please don’t take this the wrong way but there are followers in this life and leaders.
            Followers just sit and take anyshit that comes their way. Leaders try and change things. By your own admission your more than happy to take it as you have your whole life, we will have to agree to disagree as I have never yet to this day settled for anyshit thrown at me.

  • X,WHY,Y MAN.

    Despite the obvious reasons, Why would Rafa leave Newcastle ?

    He has a job where the fans are fully behind him and worship him.

    There is no expectation placed upon him other than try not to get relegated.

    He only has to see out this year of his contract and he can then walk away with his head held high.

    If it all goes wrong he will not get any blame attached to him and again will walk away with reputation in tact.

    If that happens there will be no shortage of job offers and he will be able to take his pick.
    That would be the case anyway but with the added sob story of how he had to work for the truly awful Mike Ashley, And how he was treated will create even more interest

    Yes Rafa would want to be successful here in terms of honours but he still has it made either way, So why would he want to chuck it at this stage ?

    • Jezza

      What you say is all true but the situation is that Rafa is far to good a manager to be working with both his hands tied. He is capable of far more than avoiding relegation season after season. His talents are wasted at our club and sooner or later he is going to reach his breaking point.

      • Icky (Heaton)

        Aye, altho on a pretty handsome salary, I bet he didn’t expect to the extent that things have actually gone!

      • Geordiegiants

        I think he already has but is professional enough to see it through to the end.

      • Down Under Mag

        Rafa saw potential and wanted to create a legacy, the problem is he can’t make his own vision come true while he has his hands tied by the owner. I wouldn’t care if we were cutting costs in the market to put that money into Academy and training ground projects, but the truth is we have no idea where the TV money has disappeared to.

  • MichaelMaximusMoose

    Everything Fatso does in respect of Nufc is through spite,
    he`s an odious human being

    • Jezza

      I don’t think it’s out of spite to be truthful, it’s all about greed. He is a money grabbing capitalist businessman and he is not a football man in any way whatsoever. He simply wants to run our club as a highly profitable business and if that comes at the expense of any kind of success on the field of play so be it.

      • Geordiegiants

        I think it’s definetly a bit of both.

      • Down Under Mag

        I think there is definitely still a sore spot for the fans who turned on him…he has not forgotten and has no interest in the club beyond making money and getting free advertising, but I don’t think he can help winding fans up along the way…otherwise surely he can see that a small amount of investment (just the clubs money not his) would actually generate more interest, more publicity and more advertising potential for his other business…he just prefers to make the money by annoying the fans as well. There is nothing in his running of this club that lends me to believe otherwise.

      • Lord

        I think there is a bit of spite this time. I reckon Ashley would have given some spending money to Rafa if that contract extension had been signed – not as much as Rafa would have wanted or we would have expected, but *some*.

        I think Rafa has enraged Ashley with his rebellious decision to reject a contract (and rightly so) and this is now Ashley throwing his toys out of the park as a result.

        Of course, even he couldn’t resist spending £4m on a goalkeeper that he could double his money on immediately if he wanted to….

  • Ron

    We need to step up a gear or two but Charnley (or is it Ashley) can only find reverse!

  • paul mclaughlan

    After Hillsboro the Scousers boycotted The S(c)um after it printed lies over (made up) events what happened in the aftermath of that tragedy. And they still boycott that disgusting rag to this day. Now in no way am I trying to compare our plight to the 96 of that terrible day. But I do believe that we should be boycotting his awful junk shops and not keep putting cash in the fat bastards pockets. We won’t though. I bet the Scousers would.

    • Wezza

      It seems like any other club wouldn’t put up with the shenanigans but our loyal fanbase has worked against us.

      • SuperDesHamilton

        Our fans love to be loyal but at what point do we say enough is enough

    • Paul Patterson

      The only people who read The Sun are the uneducated and young perverts . .

      • JonMag

        So, you get it delivered, do you
        😀😀

        • Paul Patterson

          Har, har. I’m not so young anymore . .

      • paul mclaughlan

        To be truthful I stopped reading papers a long time ago. Lying bastards the lot of them.

    • FatParosite

      Toon fans can’t mobilise. It’s an embarrassment that Liverpoop fans can see off their owners or get the owners to re-think a price hike for ST’s. Those happy clappers in the SJP just bend over and take more. They’ve put up with this since before Ashley came & don’t have the gumption to just stop going and hit Ashley in the pocket. Yet they will come on here and moan that they have been supporting 40-50 years, but do nothing. Pathetic.

  • Wezza

    I expect a PR backlash after this and the lies will be dead easy to spot.
    Disgusting the way this club is ran/chugging along on fumes.

  • SuperDesHamilton

    Mike Ashley has just about killed what’s left of this husk of a once proud club off.

    • robbersdog

      We finished 10th in the Premier League; that’s hardly a ‘husk’.

      • SuperDesHamilton

        I’m quite worried that you’re actually serious.

        Lacelles wants away, Benítez won’t sign a new contract, chronically underfunded but aye it’s all hunky dory you little happy clapper

        • robbersdog

          I merely stated a fact, ie, the we finished 10th in the Premier League, to put your ‘husk’ analogy into some kind of perspective. That doesn’t mean I’m happy with the way the club’s being run, but the point I was making is that you’re exaggerating our plight.

          I’ve supported this club for all of my 60 years and I’ve lived through some genuinely bad times which were far worse than today’s situation.
          I have perspective, and you don’t.

          And BTW, we’re all on the same side here, so lose the aggressive, sarcastic insults and grow up.

          • SuperDesHamilton

            Bloody hell youre bitter & grouchy in your old age aren’t you grandad

          • robbersdog

            Bitter and grouchy? I see that irony isn’t your strong suit.

          • SuperDesHamilton

            Are you gonna cry?

          • robbersdog

            Well, I’m crying with laughter at your childish attempts to get the ‘win’ by insulting me.

            Look…this isn’t going well for you, so get back to your job search; the taxpayers who pay for your benefits want their money’s worth.

          • SuperDesHamilton

            The win? I’m serious it seems as though your gonna cry I’m worried

          • robbersdog

            You remind me of the famous Mark Twain quote…

            Better to remain silent and be thought a fool than to speak and remove all doubt.

          • SuperDesHamilton

            Goodness me! Are you lonely, has the wife left? I’ve never seen such a cry of attention since Shannon Matthews mother

          • robbersdog

            I’m beginning to feel like a cat toying with a wounded bird, and that’s not fun. No-one wants to feel like a bully, even when the ‘victim’ is a cretinous gobshite.

            The best thing you can do is focus on your job search; the taxpayer doesn’t fund your benefits so that you can spend your days making an a*se of yourself on internet forums. Good luck with that.

            BTW, I’ve blocked you so that I won’t have to read any more of your childish drivel; it means that I’ll no longer be tempted to swat you like the annoying little bug that you are.

            And the moral of the story? Don’t go picking arguments with people when you’re as thick as sh*t.
            And here endeth the first lesson.

          • SuperDesHamilton

            You blocked me, I win 😆

        • I Think Therefore I Am – Will

          As you said 10th ❤️, lovely that’ll keep me totally satisfied until I’m 6″” under, or turned into C (carbon) 😭

          • SuperDesHamilton

            Something to tell the kids about!

      • SuperDesHamilton

        We’ve constantly sold our best players & been relegated twice in 11 years but aye we finished 10th last season so we must be a super club now

      • Angelswithdirtyfaces

        He has killed optimism, he has killed spirit.

      • I Think Therefore I Am – Will

        Luck played some part, lucky clubs beneath were utter 💩, hence the lowest points total of our position.

      • FatParosite

        Is that ambition…?? 2 relegations in 10 years… I’d say HUSK.

    • I Think Therefore I Am – Will

      As I’ve moaned on about before, a sports club that generates millions upon millions per annum – with zero ambition, I say speaks absolute volumes!

      • SuperDesHamilton

        But we have to sell to buy, all money is given to the manager etc….🙄🙄🙄🙄🙄

  • Lewis

    That was painful to read! Such mixed emotions….I appreciate how lucky we are to have Rafa, but constantly feel like he’s slipping away. It’s embarrassing how Ashley and Charnley are treating a world class manager. My dislike for Ashley has gone up significantly this summer, with shirt prices now almost unaffordable and more expensive than any other Premier league club, it’s starting to feel personal. For the first time in my 20+ years supporting the Toon, I won’t be buying a new shirt, which was a tradition in my life.

    • Down Under Mag

      The only thing I can think of that makes any sense is Ashley is looking to wipe off the debt by taking money out of player sales, TV money and higher shirt/season ticket prices and then offload for the market value. The alternative is he is just going to squirrel away as much as he can, annoy the fans as much as possible and scrimp by until another relegation inevitably happens, Rafa has left and he then either claims bankruptcy for the club (well MASH) and sticks two fingers up at the fans. When/If he leaves you can bet he will take a parting shot at the fans who turned on him and this looks like the writing on the wall for such a two finger salute as he leaves with cash in hand and the club in the toilet.

      • Peter C

        You’ve hit the nail on the head, with your alternative supposition.

    • FatParosite

      It’s always been personal….. & profit. Well done for waking up. I hope you’re not going to the SJP either… otherwise these words are ash.