Rafa Benitez chose last summer’s training camp in Ireland to expose how he was being treated by Mike Ashley.

The manager saying in the lead up to the season that he was being badly let down in the transfer market, Rafa then repeatedly asking the NUFC owner to keep his ‘promises’ in terms of strengthening the squad.

On Tuesday, ahead of the first friendly against St Patrick’s Athletic, as this summer’s training camp was drawing to a close, Rafa Benitez once again opened up.

After a summer of keeping his silence, presumably once again hoping against hope that Ashley would back him this time, Benitez once more felt he had no alternative but to go on he offensive.

The United manager stating that he couldn’t buy his transfer targets unless he first sold players, quite astonishing when every other club is doing all they can to strengthen their squad in what looks a very competitive Premier League.

Now Rafa Benitez has escalated the battle with Mike Ashley, his latest quotes making 100% clear where Newcastle United stand if nothing changes.

Putting it bluntly, the manager says that ‘Next year the target will be to stay up.’

Rafa says he was hoping/expecting more than another battle against relegation ‘but it is what we have at the moment.’

The Champions League, Europa League, La Liga winner, says that with zero support from Mike Ashley in the form of transfer backing, he is ‘100%’ sure that this season it will be tougher than last time.

With only 20 days until transfer deadline day and 22 days until the season kicks off, it defies belief that Rafa Benitez hasn’t even been backed to bring in the striker that is so desperately needed, and indeed was desperately needed last summer.

With the situation as it stands, the manager has no choice but to go on the offensive and let’s hope that he continues to do that.

At the moment he is talking about Mike Ashley but only by default, interesting to see just how far Rafa Benitez is prepared to go in these next few weeks.

One thing for sure is that the Newcastle fans are 100% behind him.

Rafa Benitez:

“Next year the target will be to stay up.

“The reality is that the Premier League is difficult…and every year the others spend money and bring new players.

“You don’t know (if just) because we finished tenth this (past) year, we can (automatically) be in the middle next season,  because everyone (else) is spending.

“We have to fix a target to stay up and that is it.

“Concentrate on staying up and then after that see where.

“It will be more difficult than last year.

“Fulham, Wolves are spending….Huddersfield, Brighton…everyone is spending, making it more difficult.

“Yeah (I was hoping for more than a battle against relegation) but it is what we have at the moment.

“Yes, 100% (it will be tougher this coming season).

Fulham and Wolves have big money and when you talk about the market, you know what offers they are making.

“They will be stronger at the beginning than Huddersfield and Brighton, (but) Brighton and Huddersfield are already in the Premier League and they are spending some (more) money.

“Then you see West Ham, they are spending some money…”



  • Paul Patterson

    He’s basically saying that we need to get to 40 points a s soon as possible. I think we will be ok this season with what we have, especially with Dubravka and kenedy from the start, but it will be a long season.
    He will also have briefed his players on what he’s going to say in interviews so that they don’t perceive his comments as negative or downbeat, all good managers do it.
    Rafa is doing his best for us against an owner who totally goes against the word ‘ambition’ and ‘progress’.
    Expect a sky orchestrated interview and/or a statement from Ashley in the next two weeks.
    Whatever progress we make, will be down to the hard work of the players and above all Rafa Benitez, NOT the owner or his lapdogs.

  • ghostrider

    Mourinho is whining about not being able to get more players in.
    Rafa will whine.
    We do need a few players but guess what?
    We need to ship players out to cater for new players who come with a reasonable transfer fee and wages because we have players on high wages just festering.

    Raf needs to wheel and deal in shipping these players out if he does not want them. If he can’t then how about Rafa using them to add to squad quality and depth rather than be short on it.

    If people think playing Joselu and loaning out Mitrovic or sending him to Coventry in stead of using him if he can’t be sold, is correct, then I can’t get my head around that.

    Take a look at the squad. We finished 10th and have added to it with no major set backs.
    Anyone see a problem?
    I don’t as it stands.
    The transfer window is still wide open and players can be swapped, sold or whatever, in order for us to replace with that wage and fee.

    This is what Rafa needs to concentrate on…but if I was Ashley I’d be cagey about allowing him cash on the hip if he doesn’t sign his contract.
    Why allow a manager to run down his own contract whilst allowing him to buy players in his own image?
    Makes no sense..

    • Big Hairy Man

      And fatty keeps the tv money

      • ghostrider

        Do you have any proof of what he’s keeping other than bandwagon jumping hearsay?

        • TheFatController

          Yes, They said SD would be paying for advertising, they haven’t.

          So by saying they will pay, they admit they owe money. That they haven’t yet paid suggests they are keeping back money owed to the club.

          Or is it ok to say you will pay money but then not pay the money?

          • ghostrider

            I don’t care about SD paying money. It’s Ashley’s business to go with Ashley’s other business. Hand in hand.

            The only time you pay for stuff like this when you own both businesses is when you’re trying to get around some kind of fair play.
            We don’t need to do that because we work in house….but we know a few clubs that do….right?

            So, when you own two businesses…say, something like, a patio cleaning firm and also a bus company…are you saying you wouldn’t use your buses to advertise your patio cleaning firm and vice versa?

            No way you’re going to pay for the advertisements but you would certainly make space if anyone else wanted to use your vehicles as advertising……right?

            Now here’s the real scenario.
            If Ashley was buying in trophy signings, very few would even mention adverts and most would likely big up SD as being affordable wear.
            However, he’s not giving out trophy signings so he’s a pilfering owner who splashes tacky adverts for free around his own club and his sports goods are just so cheap and nasty that nobody would ever walk into his horrible shops…right?

            What a complete and utter load of drivel.

    • nevfur

      If he allowed him cash he would sign the contract. The two need sitting in a room to sort it out. We do need to move dead wood on though however the negotiations are done by Chumley Warner not Rafa. He needs to be realistic. The sense in not agreeing a deal for Sels over a small amount then probably having to pay him large wages for at least six months doing nothing is lost on me

      • Kneebotherm8

        The first piece of deadwood that needs moving is Charnley………..then again,Ashley would just replace him with another piece of deadwood….

      • ghostrider

        Methods in the madness of many decisions.
        Sell Sels for cheap and you open the door for raids.
        Stand fast and you may take the odd hit but you stand your ground doing it.
        It’s all about weighing up the odds.
        Look at Carroll and Sissoko as two expensive instances.
        Deals refused that were way under their eventual deal but holding on tight can pay dividends but sometimes backfire.
        It’s all about calculated gambles and Ashley gets better at it every season.

        • TheFatController

          If he’s so good at selling players, why are we pleading poverty?

          Is there an irony emoji that I could use here ?

          • Rich Lawson

            It’s the”pig” that flies over some peoples head when you use irony on here !!

          • ghostrider

            We aren’t pleading poverty.
            The simple situation is, sell to buy, because wages need freeing up and transfers out need to happen before transfers in. Simple enough.

      • Superdooperhooper

        Yep they could’ve got some money for sels to put in the transfer kitty and got him off the wage bill but for the sake of a half million . Now they’ll pay him more than that to sit on his duff for the rest of the year ! I dunno

    • TheNutJob

      If we had Man U`s players Rafa wouldn`t be moaning, you idiot

      • Kneebotherm8

        Definitely an idiot……….and that’s being kind……

      • ghostrider

        Why? Mourinho’s moaning, so what’s the difference?
        The more you get the more you want, so saying Rafa would be happy is merely best guessing a scenario that hasn’t happened.

        • TheFatController

          Surely Mourinho is saying his competitors are strengthening and they aren’t?

          Seems a valid complaint from a manager of Manchester United, given the revenue they generate. And the amounts Man City spend.

          Plus he’s ambitious. Ambition never rests on its laurels. He’s clever.

          • ghostrider

            Anyone can be clever with sick amounts of money.

    • Milo79

      How exactly have we added to the squad?

      • Wezza

        Don’t feed the troll mate. That’s MonkseatonMagpies or his brother trolling.

        • Milo79

          Ah that makes sense – nobody in their right mind would say these things!

      • ghostrider

        Dubravka as a permanent.
        Kenedy as a season loan.
        Ki Sung-yueng.

        Not much as of yet but players that we have for an entire season regardless.
        Those that have left did not figure in the team 99.9% of the time, except Merino who won’t be missed.

        The point I’m making is, we are better off than we were last season even if it’s by a gnats nose and yet we finished 10th with two late loans. Now we have one of those loans as a permanent and one as a full season, plus Ki.

        Still time to add and take away, so no real panic but Rafa needs to make his mind up on whether he wants to work within the constraints/budget or accept he’s off after this season, in which case he deserves no cash from the hip…only freebies and loans, or players coming to play for Newcastle United…not Rafa Benitez.

        Sign the contract Rafa and see what you get to deal with.
        Don’t and do not whine and whinge that you can’t get to play with large cash sums of other people’s money. Money you would not spend yourself, mr so called ambitious.

    • Wor Lass

      You need to answer Milo. How have we added to the squad? Rafa has done his bit – he has identified targets and he has achieved a transfer profit over the last year. He doesn`t do the financial negotiations, that`s down to Mike`s minions and, to coin a phrase, guess what? They`re effing useless. Or maybe, from your hero Mike`s point of view, supremely effective.

      • Kneebotherm8

        Mikes minion…………the board…….or plank……..whatever you want to call him……

      • Milo79

        I’ll not hold my breath!

      • ghostrider

        He didn’t achieve any transfer profit. It was done for him with players that were not his.
        Rafa’s additions were loaned out or not played, plus a decent striker he inherited was sent to Coventry in favour of a striker who Rafa employed as a defender from the front rather than a front attacker.

        Too many people blowing too much smoke up the backside of a man who provides us with less than attractive football but who’s constantly made out to be so badly done to because he can’t have record signing tiype money with record wages to match.

        • TheFatController

          When were Ritchie, Gayle, Atsu, Hayden, Clark, Yedlin, Diame, Lejeune, Merino, Murphy, Manquillo, Joselu, Kenedy and Dubravka loaned out sorry?

          • ghostrider

            Try again.

        • Wor Lass

          He doesn`t necessarily need record signings – just any would do for a starter.

          • ghostrider

            Clearly any won’t do because it’s always a case of, ” ohh look we got 5th choice for peanuts.”
            Or Rafa bemoaning missing out on targets without freeing up the space needed to fit them in.
            I’d rather we played careful rather than splash out big money and big wages on mercenaries.

        • Graphsboy

          Are you sure you aren’t seven years old?

          • ghostrider

            Are you?

    • TheFatController

      So before the issue with rafa’s contract, Ashley wasn’t cagey at all in giving him cash for players in his image ?

      Genius.

      • Kneebotherm8

        😂😂……thick as pig💩 isn’t he…..

      • ghostrider

        Ashley is always cagey and rightly so when you look at the sickness that is the premier league.

        Clubs trying to keep up with the elite and believing they can. Like a 3 legged horse owner backing his horse to win the national until he has nothing left and his horse dies having tried…but failed….every time.

        • TheFatController

          Which clubs have stated they believe they can keep up with the elite ?

          • ghostrider

            It’s not a statement any club needs to make. You only have to see the silly transfer fees paid out to understand which one’s think they can dine with them, even if it’s just scraping the plates at the table.

    • Disgruntled

      Nice to see someone looking at the whole thing, I’m not an Ashley lover as most on here. We have a stand off Rafa won’t sign a contract until he gets funds, Ashley won’t give him funds until he signs? Would you hand over millions to someone who maybe gone if a better offer comes along, which can happen. Plus a great manager should work with what he has and wheel & deal bring on the youngsters. The last few signings have not been so good and now we can’t get rid of them and even sell them cheap Mbemba for eg and Mitrovic it will cost us more for a championship forward player. It’s a big mess

      • ghostrider

        Rafa is clever. He knows he cannot lose because he has the fans eating out of his hand due to the fact that Ashley and Charnley are disliked/hated.

        • TheFatController

          Well, that and the promotion and 10th place finish.

    • I’ve got the Ki

      Every club has deadwood they need to shift. It’s a myth that NUFC has some exorbitant wage bill tied up by players that aren’t featuring. We don’t pay high wages, and every single club operating at top level today has players outside of their 25 that they want to sell or loan. It shouldn’t prohibit incoming business to the extent it does at NUFC.

      Both that and the ‘Rafa needs to sign a contract’ thing are a ruse. Let’s be totall clear; if Rafa signed a new contract and sold every unwanted player tomorrow morning, nothing would change in terms of the finances that would be made available to him…

      • ghostrider

        If you think we don’t have players taking up big wages and not playing, then carry on. The truth is remarkably different though.

        • I’ve got the Ki

          Every club at top level has this. Most of them to a much higher degree than NUFC. There is no team that has a perfect 25 man squad and no wastage. Find me one.

          The reason this happens is because to try and run only to the 25 is a risk. It allows no room for players that fail, lose form or motivation. Once again, every top level club has these. NUFC have tried to run themselves that way before (of course because it’s cheaper) with all of that ‘purples’ garbage, and the result was relegation.

          Focusing on this as a reason for no spending is another misdirection from the senior administration at NUFC, and some appear to have bought it. For example, to blame the 2m purchase of Achraf Lazaar, or even the 4m purchase of Matz Sels for not being able to improve the squad now, in the context of today’s figures, is so ridiculous it is almost distasteful.

          • ghostrider

            We buy what we buy and we sell what we sell and move on, with Rafa or A.Another.
            That’s the life of a Newcastle United fan and the life of every other fan in this merry-go-round world of football nonsense.

            Instead of fans trying to decide what owner and manager they want, they would be best just concentrating on being a supporter/fan of the club….or simply don’t if they feel they don’t wish to be a fan or supporter….but let other people decide for themselves rather than be almost press ganged into a hatred march/boycott.

            this club pays excellent wages and big enough transfer fees overall for anyone to be satisfied.
            the issue is in looking at what others are doing and being coaxed into a belief that you have to try and keep up, when trying to keep up monetary wise is almost footballing suicide, unless contingency plans are in place, which means someone with a never ending chequebook that does not bounce.

            We aren’t in that league and very few in the world are.

  • Monkseaton Magpies

    The window is over yet and three or four players will come in. However even if they are twenty or thirty million pound players bought or on loan there is no guarantee the players will be better than we have now. At least we have a team which on the day can beat any team with perhaps the exception of Man City.

    • Billmag

      Even you are bound to know we were very lucky with injuries last season we won’t be so lucky this season that’s for sure, surely even you can see the folly of not supporting our world class manager that has to get the begging bowl out every transfer window it’s disgraceful, no other club would treat a manager of Rafa’s distinction like your hero does.

      • Geordiegiants

        He is the only person I have blocked on here, he is only on to stir up reaction, I think Derek Acora is as well.

        • Billmag

          I know what you mean mate it’s just instinct that we respond and you are correct because no right minded person could possibly back Ashley the way he does.

          • Wezza

            He is one of the two brothers who are Man Utd season ticket holders.

    • Megatron1505

      And if we got no injuries ever and nobody else strengthened their squads you may have a point. But they do, so you don’t .

  • Geordiegiants

    As you all know I’m a Jabb hater, and he is a vile filthy cancer that is killing our club slowly. I do though understand that we have to sell and free up space in the squad, Rafa should be off loading them, and to be fair a few of them are his buys, the thing is if Rafa was to off load all of these piles ofshite, what would he be able to buy?
    Exactly the same sort of players!

    • Kneebotherm8

      Should Charnley not be offloading them?…….not much to do with Rafa……is it?

      • Wezza

        Exactly and it’s is hard offloading players who sit out their contract for a decent wage that won’t be matched elsewhere.
        That being said we don’t have a massive squad anyway so that theory is flawed.
        Here is me actually talking about players when the football is an distant second and money is the #1 priority!

        • Kneebotherm8

          Is it not the transfer fee we’re demanding as much as their wages?………Sels and Mbemba transfers were done,we’re all led to believe,sticking point being the fees demanded by us……..always a problem at our end be it wages or transfer fee demanded………..Stick or twist?………..we normally just stick and end up with numbers in our squad who are basically deadwood taking up squad places….

        • Geordiegiants

          We have more players than spaces, that’s what I’m saying. Rafa didn’t fill the squad and he put the mercinaries our to roost last season to try and get them to fuckoff, but they wouldn’t go. We have more than 25 full time players in the squad. There for unless we are going to start doing a Chelsea and running a separate team of loans to make money, we do need to sell.

      • Geordiegiants

        He signed a few of them.

        • Kneebotherm8

          Whether signed or sold, Charney does the signing and selling doesn’t he?…………all deals are done by him……or not done…….whichever…..normally the latter…….whether Rafa wants a player signed on or shipped out,then that’s down to Penfold to “Get over the line”….

          • Geordiegiants

            That is true.

  • Megatron1505

    Let’s see, who should we believe? The court proven liar and his stooges on the internet, or a Champions League winning manager with no history of lying to us 🤔

    It’s a tough one…..

  • kingfisher

    If you don’t spend, you not only stand still, but fall back behind the other clubs who ars spending.How anyone can justify Ashleys business model is beyond me.
    With massive attendances and millions of pounds in Premiership payments,surely no one believes that we have to sell before we can buy?
    Liverpool have just paid a world record fee of £68 million for a goalkeeper. We pay £4 million for a keeper, need I say more?
    I can’t understand why Rafa is still here, because he’s obviously not happy at the way Ashley has treated him since he came, yet he still hangs on complaining about lack of funds. If he’s not happy he should tell Ashley to stick his job where the sun don’t shine, and go to a proper football club, not stay at this pathetic excuse for a Premier League club.

    • hook_menu_alter

      I believe he is staying because of his integrity (honouring his contract) and for the fans. I don’t think he’ll be signing another contract though.

      • TheNutJob

        he has a £6m penalty clause in his contract if he leaves

        • hook_menu_alter

          That’d probably do it as well. Though I imagine if another club (or country) were interested, that’d be sorted.

      • TheFatController

        He also has some obligation to players he’s signed too, and he’ll feel he owes them a year given they signed for him.

        How would Kenedy feel if he walked out now ?

    • Billmag

      Maybe something in his contact that says he can’t walk away who knows but it’s a mess that’s for sure.

      • TheNutJob

        £6m

        • Billmag

          Does he really need the money for me he doesn’t.

          • kingfisher

            Correct ! I’ve said previously that anyone who can afford to give £96,000 to the Hillsborough fund as Rafa did, can afford to walk away from any contract. Also not forgetting that any top club in Europe could afford to buy his contract out. The vultures will begin to circle soon, especially if we get off to a bad start !

      • kingfisher

        Spot on Billmag.

    • Geordiegiants

      I’m not sticking up for anyone here, but our £4m keeper is an excellent keeper no matter what he cost.

      • Wor Lass

        Spot on.

      • Kneebotherm8

        £68 million buys you 17 Dubravkas……….no brainer really innit……..

        • TheFatController

          There’s only one Dubravka! 🙌

          • Kneebotherm8

            Aye,a safe pair of hands in nets for us…….a snip at £4 million….

    • Kneebotherm8

      It’s called honouring your contract………..honourable people do that………..sign a contract and see it out………can’t say the same about fckn Ashley like………a weasel of the first order…………apologies to all weasels for disrespecting you……

      • kingfisher

        Well said Kneebother m8. Things won’t change, Rafa will jump ship when his contract expires, and the people who renew their season tickets without realizing the damage they are doing to our club, will be up in arms but they will still keep going and compounding the problem.

  • hook_menu_alter

    Will see out this season and be off, unfortunately. Don’t blame him.

  • Shipcote Willy

    Nothing will change at the club no matter what anyone says or writes including the manager. The only thing Miser Mike cares about us is Sports Direct Empire. He was bragging yesterday how it was now in the top ten of companies with the most improved reputation. Perhaps his shops should be the focus of protests because all protests at the club have been damp squibs. Rafa’s long goodbye starts on 11th August

    • TeessideMag

      Not a bad idea, a co-ordinated protest outside of Sports Direct, that would make the news, he’d absolutely hate it

  • Lostprofit DBC

    I must admit, contrary to my hopes and beliefs, Ashley could starve us of new players. That happening would confirm that he would tolerate relegation to spite the fans. Drawing in his interest free loan would then ruin us. I wonder if this is his real aim?

    • Wezza

      That is exactly the type of thing MA would do. Someone else touched upon it yesterday about his overall aim could be exactly this and to leave us bankrupt as he high tails it into the wind.

  • BillytheFish

    Not sure how true this is as I heard from about 4th hand, but here goes….Rafa gave a list of his within budget preferred targets, and players who could leave. The club who insist on doing all the business transactions have struggled to do these deals within their parameters. So basically they want too much for the outcasts, and won’t pay enough for new players. This is why Rafa is refusing a new contract until a new owner comes along and sweeps the whole thing out.

    • Wor Lass

      Billy, I don`t think you need any inside info – even first hand – to reach that conclusion. It`s as plain, as someone said yesterday, as the nose on Phil Thompson`s face.

      • Kneebotherm8

        The nose on Phil Thompson’s face……..😂😂…..he stands two feet away from you and you’re nose to nose……….😂😂😂

        • Wor Lass

          In my case, he`d need to be four feet away! lol

          • TheFatController

            I don’t think anyone should mock the physical appearance of another. I say this self righteously as the man mocking the rotund nature of our fabulous owner in my username….

            Fat useless lying sad case that he is.

            There, I feel better already.

          • Kneebotherm8

            😂😂😂

    • SuperDesHamilton

      I heard he’s away no matter what end of the season

    • Kneebotherm8

      There’ll be no new owner………and Rafa will be gone at the end of the season………whether we’re relegated or not……….the lies,sht and pss taking he’s had to put up with from Ashley,on a regular basis, can have only one outcome……..Adios Rafa and best wishes in your next job…..you’ve done a fantastic job at this football club in spite of the owner…..

    • phildene

      Rafa want to see Ashley’s promises of ‘all monies generated by the club’ in writing and signed by Ashley before he signs another contract, as so far Ashley hasn’t backed him one bit, which wasn’t in the brochure. Ashley has side stepped this by more or less blackmailing Rafa by stating no monies will be released until Rafa signs extension contract, so now stale mate. It’s a shocking way to treat a well respected manager.

  • SuperDesHamilton

    Leicester signed a back up keeper for £10 million. We won’t spend that on a striker, a F****** BACK UP KEEPER

    Puts how much of leech Ashley really is

  • Stephen Duffy

    I hope Benitez goes and we get relegated. Unfortunately the cancer that is Mike Ashley will be a painful one to cut out.
    Once we have been relegated and the fans boycott the club in terms of attendance and merchandise. He will have no choice but to leave.
    Sometimes in live you need to suffer in order to recover.

    • Kneebotherm8

      Other way round…….I think we’ll be relegated…….then Rafa will leave…….despite his best efforts for the fans and the football club(that’s the football club..not the fat cnt that owns it)…..

  • Dillon Tovak

    This club is a joke, Ashley just leave you clearly don’t like to play the game of PL football club ownership.
    Stop wasting yours and everyone else’s time.

    Rafa may as well just leave now and us get relegated, we’re a waste of a PL place ran like this.

  • Waxi

    Yes this will be my last season, I can’t be watching us with the fat controller ripping it every transfer window. And still the chronic and every other news outlet link us with tons of players for click bait.

    • Dave Pattinson

      Baled out last season after 42 yrs. Felt that club was no longer ours and simply wasn’t going to give Ashley any more of my hard-earned. Lost seat, all my points for away games etc but was worth it. The man hates us…stay away and out of his sho!te shops.

      • Waxi

        Spot on Dave 50 years for me was born 61 and my first match was 68 and i don’t know how many years i have been saying that’s it am packing in and not going back till the fat man has gone. This year has hurt more than the others for some reason and every year at the end of the season MA comes out with some guff about how he will back the manager and every year i say the same thing and every year i go back it’s like a drug. I might as well have a few pints in the club and watch some other sport as he is killing football for me the fat [email protected]

        • Jonas

          For me, it was feeling too clearly that he’s laughing at us, its too clearly a joke of a club that isn’t even trying and I fully knew this. Came to the conclusion: f him.
          haven’t had a chance to miss it, because he still presides and it will never ever change, Rafa was his last chance and he’s squandered it – deliberately

          • phildene

            So the pennies finally dropped with the fans that Ashley is ripping the club off! This has been going on for years and no one batted an eye lid as in denial. It’s not until the PL stated the all 2017/18 seasons monies must go to the club-it hasn’t and has never gone to THIS club since fatty came. The monies in Ashley’s back pocket aka portfolios and it seems he lives off that and backs SD fully with it.

            We chucked our season tickets in years back, although being in the 10 year deal, we had had enough of Ashley. We obviously still support the club but will not give Ashley anymore money.

            It’s now good the supporters have had enough and are doing something about it-at long last!

  • 5floorshigh

    So while having a dig at Ashley for lack of spending he is also saying to the players they are not good enough and will struggle……not a great seed to sow in the mindset of the players.

    • Megatron1505

      No, he is saying that others are strengthening and so should we. It would take literally 5 minutes of searching to see that that players are also saying the same thing.

      To believe otherwise is stupidity.

      • 5floorshigh

        an employer indicates to the employee that the company is looking to replace them with a more competent person, but in the meantime carry on with your work…….that employee will not be so inclined to put in a good shift.
        Personally I think the squad is good enough with the exception of a quality striker, guessing it will be a season of defensive displays with the odd highlight thrown in.

        • Wezza

          Again, Rafa is saying other teams i.e our nearest competitors are spending big money and we are not.

        • Dillon Tovak

          In football the players are the tools.
          When Tesco brought in home delivery, Asda probably thought we need to invest in this too in order to compete.
          It didn’t mean the employees were failing, you just need to keep up with your competition with additional investment.

        • Kneebotherm8

          A more compliant person……….not competent……..Fatman will not get a more competent person in a million years……….just a more compliant one,which is the way he likes it…….

        • Megatron1505

          So do you believe that every footballer, at every club, seriously believes that they are the best in their position and should never be replaced?

          Do you believe that players are not self aware enough to comprehend that if a team wishes to improve then they will look for better players?

          We aren’t talking about Aldi shelf stackers here mate.

        • TheFatController

          They’re footballers near the top of their profession. They know they’re In a competitive industry where your job is never guaranteed unless you perform.

          Elite people get to the top by accepting valid criticism and maximising their attributes resultantly.

          Examples ? Warren Barton, Gary Speed, David Kelly. I remember Gary Caldwell being released, then working so hard in his final two months Keegan gave him a contract.

          He wasn’t so inclined to put in a poorer shift, no doubt because he knows you’re judged on attitude and performance in football, so every day is a new opportunity to change opinions.

    • TheFatController

      Psychology would suggest players, having reached PL level, have already revealed an ability to overcome criticism by responding to it with improved performances.

      So Rafa is actually motivating because his players rise to challenges. If they do moan, they’re not of a team mindset so it has the benefit of weeding out those who aren’t team players.

  • fistsofsteel2

    The very most Newcastle will spend on a player is £10 – 20 million. In today’s market they’d simply be buying players of the quality they already have………although they may get lucky and buy one who comes good.

    It’s hard to disagree with Ashley’s policy on spending.