It was this time last year when Rafa Benitez first went public with his frustrations about the lack of transfer action, whilst the first team squad were at their training camp in Ireland.

The manager calling on Mike Ashley to ‘keep his promises’ and properly support him in strengthening the squad.

That one didn’t end too well, in the final 34 days of last summer’s transfer window, only Joselu arrived at St James Park. It is now only 27 days until this summer’s transfer window closes…

Twelve months on and Rafa Benitez has once again been more than happy to talk about not enough happening so far when it comes to transfers.

He hasn’t gone down the ‘keeping promises’ line, yet, but he asks the question ‘What does it mean to compete?’

Rafa Benitez says that if he has a strong enough squad then Newcastle could look to finish middle of the table or maybe even higher.

On the other hand, if the United boss doesn’t have the squad he needs by the time the window closes…’if we aren’t strong enough, we will try to avoid relegation because every single team is spending some money.’

Rafa says ‘We know what we need to do (on transfers) and we must try.’

Having a team, and a club, that tries is all Newcastle fans expect, but there is little sign so far of proper support in the transfer market yet again.

Both Cardiff and Wolves have a net spend of £25m+ each already, whilst the third promoted team, Fulham, spent £35m on Thursday on two players, with the promise of more to come.

I don’t think anybody is unhappy with the signings of Dubravka and Kenedy, although it is a disappointment that there appears to have been no effort made to buy him and really build for the future.

Ki Sung-yueng is a fair enough squad signing on a free but unless some other real quality players arrive, with significant money spent, then difficult to see anything but another relegation struggle, as Rafa Benitez himself indicates.

Newcastle might be able to put together a first eleven that most fans would be reasonably happy with, if a credible goalscorer was signed, but there is next to no real strength in depth, in terms of players you would be happy to see playing regularly in the Premier League.

At the minute Mike Ashley is sitting on a profit in this summer’s transfer window, that rapidly needs to change.

Rafa Benitez talking to the Chronicle:

“What does it mean to compete?

 “If we are strong enough to compete in the table to finish in the middle or the table or higher, but if we aren’t strong enough, we will try to avoid relegation because every single team is spending some money.

 “You hear people saying ‘This team or that team hasn’t signed anybody yet either’…

“But they have squads that are already strong anyway.

 “We know what we need to do and we must try.”



  • cyclones

    Seriously what have we Newcastle fans done to deserve a owner like Assley ?
    We are one of the most loyal and die heart fans you can find not only in England but also around the world. This seriously need to stop , the only person i really wish he is dead right now has to be Ashley.

    • Jezza

      I really think our loyalty has worked against us on this one. Ashley has got away with systematically dismantling our club because he knows that no matter what he does to our club 50,000 will still turn up every week.

      • Kneebotherm8

        A vote of confidence in his eyes…..and a justification of all his actions…..

      • Megatron1505

        The Quislings who inhabit most of the stadium these days are not fans, they are day trippers who suffer from Stockholm syndrome.

        • Jezza

          True. A lot of them are bandwagon jumpers who have only come along since Sky Sports, the Premiership, all seater stadiums and the general gentrification of football. We are talking about people old enough to have gone back in the 70’s and 80’s but never did. These people just don’t feel the all consuming passion and anguish of supporting NUFC the way those of us who stood on the Gallowgate getting soaked in the pouring rain among crowds of 20,000 used to.

          • Geordiegiants

            They are spectators out for the day socialising.

          • Lhc#Freetommyrobinson

            I’m not, I was born in 89, went to me first game at 95, first away game in 97 Wimbledon 1-1 shearer hartson. Second away game in 2000 sheff wed 2 nil gallacgher shearer. Then regular from 02 Bolton away boxing day till this day present. Got to Marseille away for UEFA semi final in 04 ….. Just, was on a waiting list with club for returned tkts as didn’t get a tkt at first, then got me first mackem away tkt of me season tkt at 16, The 4-1. And here I am. Been the best times of me life following he toon. Way of life. I’m not trying to blow me own trumpet but not everyone is a band wagon jumper mate. I grew up around all my family going, my uncle’s travelling all over to watch nufc n I knew when I got older that’s what I wanted to do.

          • Lhc#Freetommyrobinson

            Trust me I would loved to of followed nufc in the 80’s 90’s at the age I’m at now, would of been very interesting, you know what I mean, but It was out of my control. Anyhow busy day ahead I’m in London for the weekend. Enjoy your day.

          • Lhc#Freetommyrobinson

            My mam used to sell super 7’s when I was bairn to get us tkts as it was that hard to get tkts back then. I remember following me mam round on me bike while she delivered the super 7’s after she finished work.i loved my childhood there will be loons on here who think I’m talking 💩 but I’d have a pretty vivid imagination if I wasn’t! I remember my grandad going to get me the blue away strip when I was a bairn and comimg to the school away gates after he had bought it to give me to put it on as I was that daft about nufc. Went to fa cup semi final in Cardiff against man u on the Adelphi bus as my mate in the year above me was tess’s nephew not going to mention my mates name as that would be wrong of me. It left at 2/3 in the morning I remember going down roads that looked like hills n sheep later on in life when I grew up n started working away i realised this was the m50 the way Into Wales without having to pay. I remember going to brum away in 04 2-2 and being with this lad from I mentioned and my other mate we were in a Birmingham bar before it n my mate got me a pint with his fake Id I looked young as out, n a pig walked in n i gans to my mate put the pint next to you as I was 💩 mesel 😂 as I was only 14. Whatever ppl try and spin on here I’m the real deal I’m no troll trust me.

          • Geordiegiants

            When I was younger and we had a rotten owner, we let them know how we felt, there may of only been 7,000 some games (zenith data systems cup), but we didnt just stand there like mutes doing nothing we all rallied together and protested to get them out, now everyone, even fans of old, just sit like mutes pretending nothing is happening.
            It’s no good sitting there doing fuckalll you either need to protest in the ground constantly or boycott, but doing nothing is a crime in its self.

          • Lhc#Freetommyrobinson

            Definitely not a mute and yes I wish we had a owner with good intentions. Times have changed we are living in a different society not for the better, so not enough will protest or boycott etc I’ve always said in this day n age no one sticks together n that’s why we get fo0ked over in general. Don’t listen to a certain few absolute loons on here n loons is an understatement to describe them, you know who they are your not daft.

          • Geordiegiants

            My point being, you can’t just keep going to the game sitting there doing fuckall about the situation. Something needs to be done one way or the other, because the longer you keep going giving him your money and “supporting” the club, the longer it will continue.

          • Lhc#Freetommyrobinson

            What do you suggest then? Honest question. Have you thought of doing anything yourself? Or being the front of something?

          • Geordiegiants

            My answer is simple easy and effective, there is not one single business in this world that could continue without its customers.
            Firstly, do not buy season tickets or any merchandise/food/drink etc from the club, all this rubbish about it being leased out to Sodexo doesn’t wash, they wouldn’t pay the money to Jabba if they weren’t making it. Secondly have orchestrated boycotts, stick together and be more vocal about it in the ground, especially on live sky games. DO NOT just sit there and do FUCKALL is the most important.

          • Mark Potter

            Or the way you did standing on the terraces at Roker Park.

        • Mark Potter

          What a disgraceful description of loyal supporters going along to a match to watch their favourite football team. Quisling was a fascist, who helped the Nazis overthrow the elected government and occupy Norway. He then was appointed by the Nazis as their puppet to run the country, including imprisoning, torturing and executing many Norwegians. He was hung after the war for his crimes.

          • Megatron1505

            If the cap fits……

    • Peaky

      Assley….like it….simple but effective…..
      🤣😂

    • Monkseaton Magpies

      Who would buy us if Ashley had the misfortune to pass away and who would put money in. Answer is no one.

      • TheFatController

        All the people who refuse to deal with Ashley and his inflated price maybe?

        Aka most of the people wanting a ‘huge potential’ but poorly funded PL club…

      • SuperDesHamilton

        Someone with money?

      • Big Hairy Man

        Certainly wouldn’t be a misfortune.

      • JonMag

        that`s no misfortune, it`s a God send

  • Paul Patterson

    Rafa doesn’t just want to settle for mid-table, he’ll want a crack at Europe. For that a clinical striker needs to be bought, which costs £25m+.
    On the evidence so far, we have a £4m goalkeeper we already had, a loaned winger we already had and a midfield freebie from a relegated team to replace a £10m midfielder and strong rumours of our winger and striker leaving for £15m+ each.
    Profits all round are the order of the summer . .

    • Jezza

      This summer’s transfer window is panning out exactly as I predicted it would back at the end of last season. As you say it is all about profit. The way I see it, there will be no more signings and at least one of our key first team players will be sold for a substantial fee before the deadline.

      • Peaky

        😂😂
        Dubravka to Liverpool for £16m before a ball is kicked….welcome to Fatso’s ‘Flog It’…

        • Paul Patterson

          I seem to remember signing Colback for free and then trying to flog him back to the mackems a couple of weeks later for £5m . .

          • Peaky

            That does ring a bell with me also….you wouldn’t put anything past this lot.

          • Geordiegiants

            Nah it was West Ham Peaky.

          • Peaky

            Of course it was….cheers Geordie.

          • JonMag

            West Ham

        • Kneebotherm8

          If “The price is right”………they’ll be “Gone in sixty seconds”………

          • Peaky

            “Come On Down”…..
            😂🤣😂🤣

      • Billmag

        Jezza he will hold onto his key players as an insurance policy against the threat of relegation.

        • Jezza

          I wouldn’t be so sure. As far as Fatso is concerned we only need to finish 17th. As we finished 10th last season, Fatso will probably be thinking we can get away with cashing in on one of our best players and still finish 17th and even if we do find ourselves in relegation trouble there’s always the January window for a couple of loans.

    • Vodkamagpie

      Easy to say we must buy a clinical striker for 25mil, where exactly do you find one of those?, cause everyone is looking for one. How much did demba ba cost again?, price isn’t necessarily the important thing

      • Paul Patterson

        Er, Hos?

        • Vodkamagpie

          That’s your reply , wow

    • mentalman

      The 10million pound midfielder wasn’t used so the free transfer is an improvement

      • Mike Adam

        Not in the second half anyway.

        • Geordiegiants

          Yeah but selling the mighty Mitro will be a step backwards?

          • Mike Adam

            The conversation was about a midfielder. And the answer to that question depends on who is brought in. I have asked you once or twice before, without response. What striker do you want to see brought in? My choice, even though it will never happen is Vincent Aboubakar.

          • Geordiegiants

            I’m not bothered who we bring in as long as he can score goals at the highest level.

          • Mike Adam

            Well since your mate Jezza says no more incoming players this window we may want to hold on to the mighty Mitro, because Jezza is always correct and that will leave us with only Gayle, Joselu, and Perez as our forwards.

  • SuperDesHamilton

    But Bobbi & Monkseaton said Ashley has given Benítez every penny…..🙄🙄🙄

    Which is probably about £6 the fat lying crook

    • Jezza

      You really want to just block those two sad pathetic trolls. Don’t let them get to you and don’t mention them in discussions. Just ignore them. They only come on this site to wind up Newcastle fans. Don’t give them the satisfaction.

      • SuperDesHamilton

        I enjoy it, they don’t even reply back to me anymore which seems to me as though I’ve out trolled the trolls

        • Monkseaton Magpies

          Yes I do reply back and the dozen or so militants on here led by a self confessed Sunderland fan says it all. We will be spending money and every penny. Jezza is a very nasty bit of work telling people to block true supporters while at the same time having a passion for Sunderland.

          • SuperDesHamilton

            He said block you & your brother though, you both supper Man Utd

          • KRS1

            I know I say it every week, but congratulations….. you are pri#k of the week!

          • Dont stop bobbi fleckman

            Not sure how nasty he is, he has issues. He has them believing he got a private investigator to find IP addresses. Weird.

          • Mike Adam

            LOL, definately!!!

        • Wezza

          I agree, I’m not even going to mention them anymore.

          • Dillon Tovak

            I’m confused as to why people give them so much attention and infamy. They’re attention seekers getting exactly what they crave.

          • Monkseaton Magpies

            Because we actually support the club and to anyone on here that is a crime. Nearly everyone on hates Newcastle despite us finishing tenth.

          • Big Hairy Man

            True supporters would not be so accepting of a parasitic owner sucking the lifeblood out of the club.

          • Danimal

            You support the scumbag Ashley, not the club.

          • Kneebotherm8

            Exactly……

          • Monkseaton Magpies

            People you block are really intelligent people and a credit to society. Keep to pop concerts not football.

          • Monkseaton Magpies

            I am very sad that you no longer care but your mate Jezza will be making more trips to the Stadium of Light this season.

          • Geordiegiants

            Who?

        • Jezza

          If you really want to wind them up go on about our 5-0 stuffing of Manchester in 1996. That always seems to do the trick.

          • Monkseaton Magpies

            If you must know my mate won £8,000.00 that game had Darren Peacock first goal and 5- 0 with Chisholm bookmakers.

        • Mike Adam

          Congrats!

          • SuperDesHamilton

            Thanks, not got something productive to do on a Saturday in America, Like a school shooting ?

          • Mike Adam

            What a pathetic little man you must be mentioning something like that. GROW UP!!!

          • SuperDesHamilton

            I’m just mentioning a time honoured American past time

          • Mike Adam

            You are pathetic!!! This is a forum to discuss articles on football and you bring up “school shootings in America” what a pathetic little moron you are!!!

          • Lhc#Freetommyrobinson

            The kids a freak. He is a troll it’s blatant for ppl to see.

      • Monkseaton Magpies

        Wish you would get back to supporting Sunderland like you did in your early years, your admission not mine. Not only do you hate Newcastle United you make up lies and you are either a very dangerous person or indeed needs serious medical help.

    • TheNutJob

      a couple of nutta`s those 2

    • Kneebotherm8

      Ashley has got extremely short arms……….and very very deep pockets………

      • Dillon Tovak

        And a baby di……

        • Kneebotherm8

          He’s never seen it for 25 years……..😂😂

  • Mrkgw

    We really do need to force Ashley out. Enough is enough. We are reaching the end of our tethers now. ASHLEY OUT!

    • TheNutJob

      Jabba oot

    • FatParosite

      I love the sentiment… but I was at the end of my tether in 2009.

      • Geordiegiants

        Same here, it’s just numbness now.

    • Geordiegiants

      Still the sheep will flock

  • Soldier

    window after window Benitez is let down by Ashley, this one is no different.
    the promoted teams and the likes of West Ham are spending fortunes on players to make sure they aren`t in a relegation battle, Newcastle has spent £4m on a keeper, that say`s it all.

    • Jezza

      Yes just another summer transfer window in which NUFC will bring in far more money from season ticket sales alone than they will spend on new players.

  • Leicester Mag

    This club is a sick joke and fans are the punchline every year. Our spending fails to match the Championship let alone even the lower end of the Premier League.

    • Jezza

      Yes NUFC are making more money than at any time in the club’s history yet our transfer budget now falls short of what even the smallest clubs in the Championship are spending.

      • Peaky

        Just read Fulham & Wolves are going head to head to pay £16m for a reserve wing back from Man City….Fatso would 💩 himself at the very thought…

        • Kneebotherm8

          £16 million?………..nose bleed time…

  • TheNutJob

    the Fat Gringo will spend nowt, his intentions have been made clear for years
    survive on the least expenditure & keep the dosh by hook or by crook
    🐷

    • Kneebotherm8

      That’s Ashley in a nutshell…………greedy bstrd………

  • Billmag

    Feel sorry for Rafa and before anyone says he gets highly paid just remember this he’s the only thing that’s stopping this club from imploding. What other Multi-Million pound business has a one man board, an MD that’s a wimp and an owner that never turns up who just sits in his ivory tower watching the money roll in, all this as his advertising arm (NUFC) stands still.

    • Kneebotherm8

      We don’t pay him any more than anyone else would……simply the going rate for a manager with his CV/calibre/status…

    • phildene

      And still the fans do absolutely nothing about it bar grumble on here. Just how much more will it take for the fans to finally retaliate?????? Grow some fookin balls for Gods sake!

  • Callum

    Same 💩, different window.

  • Wezza

    It wasn’t pretty obvious that with the clubs conveniently late accounts claiming they lost 90M, claiming an obscene wage bill that doesn’t add up (Lazaar, gamez, d Murphy etc. have to be 100k+) then it was clearly apparent that not much if anything would be we spent.
    Fair play to Rafa who is a professional is getting on with it.
    He has been lied to and undermined time and time again.
    126M TV money? That’s gone!

    • Kneebotherm8

      Rafa will leave at the end of the season with his head held high in the fans’ opinion………..he’s regularly stated,in these past few transfer windows,we’re not doing the necessary in the transfer market…….it’s becoming like Groundhog Day……….it’s no wonder he’s not going to commit to a new contract…….he’s ambitious for the club,and himself………the owner isn’t…….

      • Wezza

        He certainly will but what will it be like for us? Another yes man manager who constantly blurts out that we can’t compete with Cardiff, Wolves, Fulham, Huddersfield etc. Truth is we can compete.

        • Kneebotherm8

          Yes,that’s what it will be like for us……..and yes,the truth is we can compete and we should be competing……we all know that…..but with Ashley at the helm it is patently not going to happen……sad days for us all……..apart from the two or three noggins on this site who champion Ashley to the last…..

          • Wezza

            Just ignore the Ashley trolls, they’re not even NUFC fans.
            This is what I’ve always wondered about us not ‘being able to compete’ with a gate like we get and a ground like Fulham can. Fair play to them.
            I have faith in Ashley’s reign will be over one day and when it is we will get our club back.

          • Kneebotherm8

            Not sure if those two or three noggins are the same person…….

          • Geordiegiants

            Leazes is convinced.

          • Kneebotherm8

            Me too….

    • phildene

      And we all know where it’s gone-Ashleys ’back pocket’ aka portfolios/SD. If Ashley doesn’t touch SD money to live off, it’s got to be ours, which has been generated by the club and ‘everything football’ should go to Rafa. Ashley’s a thieving liar.

  • Andynufc

    As long as Ashley is in charge, we’ll always be a team with the ambition of a newly promoted team and that’s not to get relegated. Rafa and is fans deserve better than that fat penny pinching parasite

  • East Durham Mag

    Most people on here knew how the transfer window would pan out and they knew Fatty would lie again and spend sweet F.A. or as close to it as possible. Once again football clubs with less support and grounds less than half the size of SJP will show more ambition than us. Only person to blame is the FCB he is determined to spend nowt and when Rafa finally decides he has had enough of being fed lie after lie and walks Fatty and co will try to blacken his name. Nice to have Kenedy back but buying him would have been better.

  • mactoon

    There’s only so many ways Rafa can say he needs Ashley to back him and he’s tried most of them but every year he gets the same answer, verbal promises followed by being let down. This year he is in the last year of his contract and even Ashley should be able to see the predicament he is in, one more window of discontent and Rafa will just walk away at the end of this season. The fact he hasn’t signed the contract is indication enough that it will pan out that way. Less than 4 weeks left of this window and the inactivity is all too familiar, regardless of the £123 million TV money received. what a mess.

  • Weyhhadaway

    No surprises really, we have been fed a stream of publicity based on lowering our expectations for weeks. At what point does it get so low that we just don’t show up?
    I stopped buying club gear years ago and there are plenty like me.

    The club is run as a business, well Mr Owner, your business is failing to deliver a fit for the purpose product. Unfortunately you know that, we are dealing with the borrow boy mentality, the magic 30 warranty on any promise, goods or services, 30 second/ or 30 ft away, whichever comes first,

  • JonMag

    beats me how any fan can condone the actions of a lowlife like Ashley
    he revels in people`s misery & it`s made him a billionaire,
    he makes Donald Trump look like a humanitarian Nobel Prize winner

    • glassjawsh-got-banned

      he’s certainly just as good at PR spin. tried to convince the world that his billions were fake news!

  • Mxpx

    Predicting that mitrovic goes on deadline day so that money conveniently can’t be spent

    • Kneebotherm8

      That couldn’t possibly happen………..could it???………

    • HarryHype59

      In addition to Lascelles.

  • SuperDesHamilton

    Next thing Benítez will be sitting on Northumberland street with a dog & sign asking for money for transfers

    • Peaky

      Divvent give Fat 💩 any ideas Des…..he might just force them…

  • Kneebotherm8

    Rafa doesn’t sound overly confident for the season ahead……..again……..looks like Ashley is going to gamble once more………leave it till Xmas and see how the team’s doing before potentially releasing funds if we’re struggling ……yet again survival before success,unless Benitez can conjure something with his limited resources…….

  • X,WHY,Y MAN.

    Rafa has basically walked himself into Ashley’s trap there because that now more or less ensures a relegation battle which is all Ashley wants with the view to escaping.
    That is the sum total of what Ashley wants with the gamble being Rafa is a good enough manager to keep them up and the money rolling in !
    With Rafa coming out with it first now sets up that scenario to probably unfold with the fans being warned of it before a ball is even kicked.

  • wheyayeman

    Remember when we bought the most expensive player in the world ?

    • FatParosite

      Yeah that was a heady half hour….

      • wheyayeman

        22 years ago we could splash out £15 million on the best striker in the world when our chairman was a Multi Millionnaire and now we have a Multi Billionaire at the helm and a club awash with Premier League money we have to beg other clubs to borrow players they don’t want because we can’t afford our own first team. Wtf happened to Ashley as a child at the hands of NUFC???!!!