Rafa Benitez is talking to the media today ahead of the first friendly of the season tonight.

Newcastle lay St Patrick’s Athletic after a week of pre-season training once again at Carton House in County Kildare.

Last summer, it was on the trip to Carton House when the manager first spoke out about his transfer window frustrations, wondering if Mike Ashley would keep his transfer window ‘promises’ that were made after promotion was secured.

Moving 12 months later, Rafa Benitez hasn’t talked about broken promises (so far…) but what he has had to say is pretty grim.

The United boss was talking to Keith Downie who covers Newcastle United for Sky Sports.

Downie asked if Rafa had to sell before he could buy, the Spaniard replying ‘I think it’s normal for us now to be like that…unfortunately we wheel and deal, it’s the way for us.’

Referring to how much he has to spend (if anything!) before selling on current players, Rafa Benitez stated: ‘We have to be realistic with our budget, maybe sell some players and then buy some players.’

Last summer the manager said he couldn’t even compete with Brighton and Huddersfield when it comes to wages and transfer fee, as for competing for players now…’As soon as the price goes high I know we can’t buy them (players).’

Rafa Benitez isn’t talking about broken promises but I think we can all see that he must be absolutely furious with the situation, which is totally unacceptable.

Little wonder he refuses to sign a new contract as Mike Ashley still undermines him.

The one positive is that Rafa Benitez is confident of getting a new striker.

However, even on that front, you have to ask just who that forward might be and just how far down his list of preferences that will be?

We did buy a new striker last summer but the last thing Newcastle need now is another bargain basement Joselu, no matter how hard working he might be, without the talent/goals it would be pointless if not an upgrade on the current situation.

Keith Downie via his Twitter account:

Chat with Rafa Benitez at Newcastle’s training camp in Dublin.


“Rafa, are you under the impression you have to sell before you can buy?


“Yeah, maybe. I think it’s normal for us now to be like that. Unfortunately we wheel and deal – it’s the way for us.”

More from Rafa on transfers (or lack of):

“As soon as the price goes high I know we can’t buy them (players).

“We have to be realistic with our budget, maybe sell some players and then buy some players. We have to adapt; we know the situation.”

Rafa Benitez confident he’ll hold on to both Ritchie & Hayden before the transfer window closes.

“To do a transfer, too many things have to happen at the same time,” he says.

Rafa Benitez says it’s a matter of “when – and not if” Newcastle buy a new striker. Working hard and confident of getting one in before the window closes.

  • TheFatController

    Seems Rafa is not singing from the same hymn sheet as Mugoie and his ilk…

  • Viru leckworth

    Is monkseaton going to defend this latest situation?

    • TheFatController

      I think boobifleckman bobbidavro’s £25m net spend bet is looking shaky…

      • Desree

        He will find a way to work his magic to turn – 6m into 25m net spend

        • TheFatController

          I find it ironic that having just endured a lot of ‘don’t be so negative all the time’ from some on this site, next thing you know the manager comes out and is equally negative.

          Either Jezza has Rafa in a voodoo trance or reality may well be hitting home now …

          • Desree

            Looks like we are getting Rondon on loan. He might make Riviere look a snip at 6m

          • Jezza

            I’m not negative I’m just realistic.

          • Kneebotherm8

            So is Rafa…..it’s impossible to put a positive spin on Ashleys repeated antics……unless you’re one of the minority halfwits on this site…..we all know who they are..

      • Jezza

        The troll never pays up anyway.

    • MP01

      sure he always goes quiet when these sort of articles pop up.

      To disagree and suggest the Fatman will stump up the doe ray mee is as good as having a go at Rafa and that wouldn’t be ‘supporting the team’ as he claims to wholeheartedly do. He couldn’t do that being a loyal Newcastle fan since the historic match against Neanderthal F.C in 45,000 B.C .

    • Jezza

      Yes because the troll knows it winds up Newcastle fans and that’s what he lives for. Just block him if you haven’t already done so.

  • whitleylad

    Is anyone else having problems with malware on the Mag website, ie constantly being re-directed to dodgy-looking web pages some of which you can only get out of by shutting down the computer?

    • Down Under Mag

      I’ve certainly had my browser crash a few times because of the ads… Chrome and Ad Blocker does the trick :)

      • whitleylad

        Thanks for the tip!

    • Weyhhadaway

      I put Adguard on my iphone, works a treat.

  • Paul Patterson

    What’s Shola doing these days?

    • TheFatController

      More than joss.

    • Weyhhadaway

      Surely there is another brother lurking in the wings, holding the incriminating photos that kept his brother in a job for too long.

      • Peaky

        Or another shyte De Jong…..

  • East Durham Mag

    All but the biggest hoop lickers 🤪 knew what was coming. How sick must Rafa be? Fatty is cast as a pantomine villain because he lies, cheats and reneges on promises freely.

  • JonMag

    He`s only confirming what fans with their head screwed on already knew,
    those with their heads on back to front like that idiot Monk will still be flying the flag for the Fat lard a$$ scumbag

    • Jezza

      I said on here back in February that there would be nothing but loans and free transfers this summer.

      • MichaelMaximusMoose

        So you did & i for one knew you were right

  • Rich Lawson

    But we all new that already Jackie ? It’s not as ”grim” as you make out when Rafa’ appears to say that we WILL sign a striker ? (Not getting to excited about his identity yet tho’)

    • Jezza

      Adam Armstrong back from loan. A lot of lower league experience under his belt, mature and ready for the Premiership…allegedly. He’ll be just like a new signing.

  • Desree

    Monkseaton Charnley, Don’t stop Keith Bishop and Dennis Clarko Wise are frantic, sending emails to one another co coordinating their attack on Rafa.

    • TheFatController

      It’s a shame Ashley always makes fools of everyone.

      You’d think he had some sort of problem with relating with his fellow humanity.

      But no, he’s just a sensible businessman. Allegedly.

      • Desree

        Rangers fans found a way to get rid of him

  • Weyhhadaway

    Another day, another article to get us all ranting at the Fat Lad. nothing new here, move on.

    Did you here the one about the blonde…………….

    • TheFatController

      I’d be more impressed if you had the ability to get rid of him rather than the ability to shame his critics. But it’s all about opinions…

      • Weyhhadaway

        I am not shaming the critics, I am one of them, read my posts, it does just get monotonous when you see a stream of the same stories day in day out, not saying much, because the club say nowt, so they fall back on articles giving us a chance to gripe.

      • Weyhhadaway

        When I look at it this one is coming from Rafa so it is more relevant than most.

      • FatParosite

        This opinion you think this Bishop stooge is capable of does not exist.

  • Weyhhadaway

    The bi-anual bet is in, Big Mike is going for the big one, 100M Tv, 40-50m in transfer profit and still in the Prem next May. Worry about Rafa then.

    • JonMag

      Next May Rafa will be gone, what you want to worry about is
      if he can work another miracle & keep Newcastle up

  • Peaky

    Not defending the imminent loan signing of Rondon in any way,shape or form but the lad has been Pulised AND Pardewed…..FFS…the fella needs help not a new club.

    • Jezza

      Nothing against Rondon but a club of our supposed stature, with all the television money and transfer profits should be doing a lot better than loaning players from the division below us. That is how much of a laughing stock the fat greedy pig has made us while he continues to pocket hundreds of millions of Pounds of money from our club.

      • Peaky

        And that is why the club is not up for sale or indeed never was…..I’m totally convinced Staveley was all part of his plan all along….a stooge.

        • FatParosite

          I thought it 1 month after her appearance.

  • MadMag83

    Would love to hear from the Ashley mongs as to why we can’t even compete with the likes of Brighton and Huddersfield?

    • Peaky

      Or more worryingly Wolves & Fulham ????

    • Vodkamagpie

      Ummm, don’t have space in the squad, we have to sell players first, which is proving difficult . Rafa understands what the situation is, it’s business.

  • joe mac

    straight from the horses mouth!..ashleys spending nowt!…come on monkseaton..put ya spin on that!

  • MichaelMaximusMoose

    The most alarming thing about Newcastle is that lots of fans think the
    Fat Pig will have a Road to Damascus Moment,
    He won`t

    • Peaky

      Nutty’s quiet……he’s either off on his jollies with Leazes or in for a new liver after all the boozing during the World Cup ??

      • MichaelMaximusMoose

        He`s about somewhere, still recovering from Sunday
        we`ll be watching the friendly on Nufc Tv

  • FatParosite

    Biggest indication ever that Rafa is IN on this.

  • Geoff Dunn

    So sad to see ‘our club’ reduced to the shambles we now have. Ashley created this and the only way to progress is to get rid, and the only way to do that is withdraw all financial support from his whole enterprise. No other avenue will be effective enough to drive him away from the advertising cash cow he has turned us into. SAD BUT TRUE

  • X,WHY,Y MAN.

    So it is a case of “As You Were.”
    The state of play hasn’t changed from this time last year but there will be those who are up in arms !
    It’s pointless getting upset about anymore because Ashley is never going to change so why get yourself into a tizzy over it.