A lot of attention was focused on Rafa Benitez after Tuesday night’s match.

Little regard was ever going to be paid to the actual match, as Newcastle struggled to a 2–2 draw at Hull City, courtesy of a late Perez goal from a corner.

Rafa Benitez  declaring ‘A typical pre-season game with some positives and some negatives’, the United boss happy with the goals Newcastle scored but not so happy with the defending on those conceded and the host of chances Hull had in the second half.

After the game though, all everybody was interested in, was what the manager was prepared to say about the transfer shambles at the club, how much further he would go to expose the damage Mike Ashley is doing to the ambitions of everybody who cares about the club.

Rafa Benitez spelling it out in language where nobody can be in any doubt as to how serious things are looking: ‘Is the current squad good enough for what we need? I don’t think so. It needs additions and that is clear – it is clear what we have to do.’

Rafa Benitez:

“Is the current squad good enough for what we need?

“I don’t think so.

“It needs additions and that is clear – it is clear what we have to do.

“There could be a new signing in time for Portugal but then I was expecting things before…

”As I have said before (ED: Many times!), if we have new players coming it will be good and it will be better than nothing (at this late stage).

“As a manager, you would have liked to have seen these players one month ago…but if we can do something (now), it will be better than nothing.”

Asked about the #IfRafaGoesWeGo campaign:

“Everybody is expecting that you will improve the team and improve the squad and all the (other) Premier League teams are spending big money…they know how important it is.

“I said last year, I’m saying it this year again, that when you are talking about so much money from the TV, it is crucial to stay in the Premier League if you want to compete.

“If you go down then the next year is even more difficult because the difference in money is massive.

“Hopefully, we can do well in the next weeks….we can improve the squad enough to at least be competitive next year.”

With Chancel Mbemba the latest to be sold, is there now money to spend?:

“Ask Lee Charnley.”

The return of Mitro:

Aleksandar Mitrovic has to come back.

“He has to come back and he is due to come back on Wednesday (today).

“We have to check on how he is and then decide if he will go to Portugal.

“ Does he (Mitrovic) have a future (at Newcastle)? Tomorrow is the future for him.”

Missing players (Kenedy, Lejeune, Atsu, Gayle and Dummett were all not at Hull)?:

“Kenedy’s wife has just had a baby and so he has had some time off.

“Some of the players have little problems.

“The only one that is a bit more serious could be Lejeune who has a knee problem, we have to assess that in these next couple of days.”

The game:

“A typical pre-season game with some positives and some negatives.

 “You are expecting the team to do good things, which we did with the goals.

“We conceded two goals where we have to defend a little bit better.

“That is part of the process when you are trying to improve your team during pre-season and you have some young players mixed in with senior players.”



  • Geordie-7676

    Honestly, i hope Rafa walks away – i love the bloke and truly believe that he could be the man to bring greatness back to this club – dare i say it, even a trophy, however he will never achieve any of it under the FCB.

    Walk away Rafa, leave him right up s**t creek without a paddle. The bloke is never going to leave until the money stops rolling in, and i am sorry to say but that is going to require an extended period out of the TV limelight and money!

    I could accept it if the parasite f****d off

    • gold coast mag

      I know were you’re coming from, and all the true supporters want Rafa to get the funds to make us great again, but if he walks who does the owner put in his place? A talking head who kowtows to the parasite paying his wages

      • Geordie-7676

        That is exactly the point – the biggest problem we have is FCB, he needs to go, but he isn’t going to go as long as he is able to milk the international advertising and Tv money.

        Let a talking head take Rafa’s place, let him fail, let FCB’s entire money saving plan fall flat on its a**e – i know not everyone will agree with this, but i would take multiple relegation’s, i would take 5 years away from the premiership…..right now i would quite literally accept anything (not necessarily enjoy it of course, but sometimes you have to endure pain to get to where you want to be) if it meant he was gone.

        He is ripping the soul from this club. He is destroying it. He is making lifelong fans walk away. it is at that point that enough is enough. it can not be accepted anymore, and i for one am willing to do anything to help in putting an end to it!

        • Megatron1505

          I’ll get the rope, shovels, bag of lime and plausible alibi. Meet me in Shirebrook 👍

          • Geordie-7676

            I will bring the sandwiches…..Ham Pease Pudding ok?

          • Megatron1505

            I’m literally 2 miles from Shirebrook, time to take one for the team 😂

            Ham and Pease Pudding is good with me, i’ll need a 4 pack of ale too.

          • Geordie-7676

            Sorted – just for good measure i will pack in a couple pickled eggs and some toffee…..the hammer might come in handy!

          • drc74

            careful, last time an outsider visted his sweatshop they sent a maid in with sandwiches to bug the room, 😂

          • Kneebotherm8

            It was Penfold dressed in his maids uniform….sussies et al…….horrible sight….😂😂

          • Peaky

            😂😂 im just outside Sheffield….not too far from Shitebrook…..2pm do ya ???

          • Steven05

            I’ll bring a fishing rod and a bag of fried chicken

          • Peaky

            May as well make a day of it…

          • drc74

            you’ll need to hire a jcb, it’ll take an age to dig a hole big enough for that fat cxxt

          • Peaky

            Unless of course the going rate for blubber is decent at the minute….whale meat & soap…

          • drc74

            and his missus could rebrand his xxxxxxxxxxl shirts and sell them as kids tents

          • panther

            Its the only marquie signing well get

          • panther

            Ill bring the JCB

        • TeessideMag

          Totally agree. I actually want the impending implosion, it feels like Rafa seeing this out is just prolonging the inevitable. This season is going to be a battle to avoid relegation anyway, may as well start the riots now, why wait until the end of the season. What’s a few years away from the prem, rather have a decent chance of competing in the championship for a few years than constantly scrapping at the bottom of the premier league and dealing with this negativity day in day out. Let’s just get it over with and begin Ashley’s long drawn out goodbye

          • Geordie-7676

            For me this has gone past the point of worrying about competing after relegation – there will be people that condemn me for saying openly that i hope we fail, we have all seen it ‘true fans would never want the club to fail’ blablabla…….true fans would rather do what needs to be done in order to rid ourselves of this tyrannical regime. Whats that expression…..

            ‘Tis better to live one day as a Lion, than 100 years as a Sheep’

            We should do whatever it takes, accept the abject obscurity of lower divisions for as long as it takes to get rid of him, then, and only then start worrying about improving and competing.

            I do not want us to fail, i don’t want us to be relegated, but honestly, right now, i just can not see another way of pushing him out. Money is his only drive, and there is no other way to drive him out than losing money. People say don’t buy season tickets……sorry folks but season ticket sales are a drop in the ocean when it comes to the clubs finances. Of course it is important, but it isn’t going to affect him anywhere near as much as losing the Tv money.

      • Kneebotherm8

        Your last sentence describes the exact blueprint of Ashleys requirements for the manager of this football club….just read JFK,Pardew,Carver,Mclaren….

        • gold coast mag

          exactly! I don’t want to see that happen, and it will if Rafa walks. I also don’t want to see us follow our near neighbours into the lower leagues which will happen with a lickspittle in charge

  • MichaelMaximusMoose

    That`s just great Lejeune injured as is Gayle.
    Rafa`s answers say it all.

  • Steven05

    This is surely reaching boiling point. Am I naive to think something has to happen soon? Probably.

    • gold coast mag

      hopefully

  • Andynufc

    In this last season that Rafa is here, he should use the time to just tell the truth in interviews about Ashley and Charnley. Publicly expose and embarrass them infront of the media. Make it as uncomfortable as he can for them.

  • Peaky

    “Ask Lee Charnley”….hard for him to speak with a rubber gimp suit on got knows what rammed up his jacksie and a snooker ball in his gob…..

    • John Oneil

      What a horrible image…!!

  • Mrkgw

    A real signal that the frustrations are showing and that edges are frayed. He should seriously quit and watch on as supporters turn on the despicable regime. It would implode.

    • Megatron1505

      For about a week. People are stupid, their pint with their mates and Saturday ritual are more important than effecting a real change.

      My advice is get yourself behind EVERY initiative that creates waves for Ashley. Despite the perception that he doesn’t care there is clear evidence that he is in fact a mardy, petulant child who will react if pressure is applied.

      • gold coast mag

        what evidence?

        • Mrkgw

          Rangers.

          • gold coast mag

            fair enough

          • Megatron1505

            Singing section, that absolute rubbish about his family being threatened, putting the club up for sale (numerous times), the Sky interviews…..etc…

            Every time a fuss is caused we get a reaction from the blubbering oaf despite what his acolytes would have us believe. We just need to provoke a much bigger reaction with much bigger (or more) actions.

  • Peaky

    Keegan all over again….

    • 1957

      If Benitez is seriously unhappy he should quit like Keegan did. He should take the risk Ashley will sue him for the release clause in his contract, I’m not sure Ashley would want to go through the court’s with a manager again.

      Resignation would be the ultimate condemnation of Ashley and would get national coverage… unless Benitez feels £6m a year is worth the lack of support he complains about

      • Anonymouse1

        He can go public and slag the owner off,
        then his position becomes untenable and Ashley would have to sack him.

      • mentalman

        Seems like he does

      • Jezza

        I’ve got a feeling Rafa will walk after deadline day.

    • MichaelMaximusMoose

      I think he`s trying to force Rafa out

    • MichaelMaximusMoose

      This mornings news should have Leazes sucking extra Lemons
      🍋🍋🍋🍋

      • Peaky

        Christ…..I hope I’ve gone out before he surfaces…..there’s ganna be hell to pay…

        • MichaelMaximusMoose

          I`m off, worse still if he doesn`t put sugar in his T
          😂😂

  • Paul Patterson

    End game..

  • MichaelMaximusMoose

    I`d start from the ankles up with an Axe & feed him to the Pigs
    cannibalism
    🐷🐷🐷

    • Peaky

      I’ve got a wood chipper now…..it’s only a little one……it’ll do for his todger..

      • MichaelMaximusMoose

        It would be a toss up the Pigs or the chipper

        • Peaky

          Can’t say K N O B on this site……😂😂😂 had to go todger….

  • Kneebotherm8

    In past Windows on transfers,it’s always been the diplomatic answer from Rafa……”Lee is working hard”………
    Fast forward to the present and it’s now the not so diplomatic…..”Ask Lee Charnley”………those words tell us all exactly where we’re at…….adios Rafa and hello to Pardew,Fat sham or the likes…..just a question of when… not if……

    • East Durham Mag

      Ask Lee…… if you can find his broom cupboard.

    • Desree

      good observation. There is no narrative about working together.

  • mentalman

    i’m not saying Rafa isn’t justified in saying what he is but last season he kept saying the squad wasn’t good enough and we went on a pretty poor run, as soon as he stopped saying it we started playing well.

    Saying the squad isn’t good enough is counter productive and isn’t going to make MA & Charnley spring into action and start buying new players

    • Megatron1505

      You’re doing the media thing and using half the quote. What he actually said was that the squad wasn’t good enough for what we want to do, which I assume is improve on last season.

      Logic says that if you want to improve your performance you have to improve the squad.

      • Jezza

        Don’t feed the troll, marra. Mentalman is yet another of the numerous ID’s those two brothers from Manchester use.

        • Megatron1505

          Another one for the BLOCKED list.

          • Wezza

            Ditto!

    • Dan Robson

      The squad wasn’t good enough, he was right, it wasn’t “stopping saying it” that made the difference. It was Kennedy & Dubravka signing which gave the lift and the extra quality to finish 10th.

    • Billmag

      He is telling us how it is what would you say if he said we have a good squad you would say he’s a liar like the other manager we had (Pardspew).

    • Paul Patterson

      He will have briefed his players on what he was saying.. The players aren’t stupid. .

  • Hughie

    Many ST holders predicted that this summer would see virtually no signings after we finished 10th , and that RAFA would depart in a huff. So surprise surprise!!
    The worst feature of this club is the lack of information about what is not happening. It has been apparent for years that neither the MD nor anyone apart from the manager attempts to communicate with the public, which immediately breeds mistrust. The MD’s skills appear to be limited purely to conservative accountancy, explaining the tortuous negotiations with every deal or failed deal . The sheer folly of his/the club’s silence policy is costing the club millions in negative publicity and reduced footfall. People also believe that the club disseminates fake news to pretend it is actually acting on transfers. Surely anyone in Lee Charnley’s position would want to portray a positive image instead of perpetuating the current laughing stock that surrounds the Ashley regime. Even if the message is that the TV money, ST receipts, player sales etc is going to be used to pay back some or all of Ashley’s loan, at least we would be in the picture. So come on Mr Charnley– for heavens sake explain what is going on…..

    • Megatron1505

      The puppet can only do what the fatcunt pulling the strings let’s it do.

    • Billmag

      Hughie he isn’t an MD we don’t have a board, I’ve said before the amount of money running through the corridors of NUFC is too much for the puppet to handle.

    • Sickandtired

      None of the revenue will pay down ashley loans – and precious little is going towards buying players.
      Even the brain dead have to ask ehere is the money actually going thetefore.

    • Wezza

      “that neither the MD nor anyone apart from the manager attempts to communicate with the public, which immediately breeds mistrust.”

      Very well said Hughie!

  • East Durham Mag

    I still sometimes have to get my head around the fact that Rafa Benitez is our manager, he is a consumate gentleman, articulate, well spoken, has an eye for detail, lives and breathes football and has a track record of success.
    Then i think about Fatty and Penfold and realise what i really think couldn’t possibly be published here or anywhere. ASHLEY OUT .

  • Shipcote Willy

    The Miser is not listening Rafa. He wont spend anything unless we are in trouble in January and his money is in danger