Sky Sports have had some shameful episodes in the past where Mike Ashley and Newcastle United are concerned.

The broadcaster happy to side with the owner against the fans and Rafa Benitez, at it s shocking worst last August (2017) when screening that embarrassing ‘interview’ with Ashley, which was basically a free PR platform for the NUFC owner to push his anti-Rafa/fans agenda, as his mate David Craig hosted.

However, this latest one is maybe even worse.

Covering Newcastle United for Sky Sports, Keith Downie has now claimed that the reason for this disastrous transfer window is down to Rafa Benitez (and Mike Ashley) being stubborn, as though this total mess is something the manager should be taking equal blame for.

The Sky Sports man pointing to Rafa refusing to sign a new contract as something that would legitimately explain why Newcastle United wouldn’t be spending any money.

Quite unbelievable.

This current disaster that is currently unfolding is solely down to Mike Ashley.

So was it Rafa Benitez not extending his contract that was the valid reason for no players bought in January 2017, or a net spend of less than a third of what Huddersfield and Brighton spent in summer 2017 – when Rafa said Ashley had broken promises and he couldn’t compete on wages or transfer fees with those two clubs, or January 2018 when once again no players were bought despite being in the middle of a relegation fight?

Is it  Rafa not signing a contract that has prevented Mike Ashley breaking Newcastle’s 13 year transfer record, including in the nine seasons before he (Rafa) arrived?

This is not normal, many/most clubs will have owners and managers who have different ideas as to what should happen in the transfer market but in normal clubs the outcome isn’t that no money is spent!

At the beginning of June, the Chronicle (see below) reported that Mike Ashley was refusing to give Rafa Benitez a transfer budget unless he signed an extension to his contract.

We all laughed because surely even Mike Ashley would be stupid enough to do that to try and win a battle of wills…

Then earlier this week (see below) when Rafa Benitez at last went public with his transfer frustrations (for this latest window), he made particular reference to the contract situation, saying that well run clubs don’t ban spending in the transfer market just because their manager might have only a year left to go. They keep on going building the team/club.

It is of course also out of order for anybody, including Sky Sports, to pretend this is only about Rafa Benitez wanting loads of cash to spend in the transfer market.

Newcastle United are a shambles and 11 years of Mike Ashley has seen relative pennies spent on the infrastructure of the club – St James Park itself, the training complex, as well as a failing Academy in urgent need of a massive revamp and investment.

Rafa Benitez has made clear that he sees the Academy and the state of the art training complex that Ashley promised five years ago, just as essential to the future of the club, as it is spending cash on new signings.

This mess is not due to a battle of wills, it is down to Mike Ashley refusing to allow Newcastle United to be a club that will try to be as good as it possibly can be, on and off the pitch.

As for Keith Downie’s assertion that the ‘only people being  hurt out of this are the Newcastle supporters’, this is not true. Rafa Benitez is a world class manager who is basically wasting his time at Newcastle after risking his reputation when taking over a club that was all but relegated already when he took over. What could Rafa be achieving elsewhere with proper/normal backing, he must look at West Ham (and others), the Hammers already having spent some £85m net on players this summer…and ask just what is he doing staying at NUFC?

Keith Downie speaking on Sky Sports:

“There’s a massive stand-off happening here, a huge stand-off.

“The only people being hurt out of this, are the Newcastle United supporters and the club itself.

“Newcastle United finished tenth last season, that should have been a platform to then go on and build.

“Rafa Benitez though has one year left on his contract.

“There have been two offers made to Rafa Benitez to extend his contract this summer.

“He has turned them both down because he wants to see the club’s hand first.

“He wants to see what kind of money they are going to spend in the transfer window.

“They haven’t done that yet, so he is waiting on them spending money.

“The club are waiting on Rafa signing a new contract.

“Both Mike Ashley and Rafa Benitez being stubborn here and it is the club that are being punished and Newcastle have essentially stood still from last season.

“They have signed three players, two of them in Kenedy and Martin Dubravka were there already, so no change, the third is Ki Sung-yueng, a free transfer from a relegated club.”

Rafa Benitez – 17 July 2018:

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).”

The Mag – 7 June 2018:

An interesting, but worrying, update on the situation regarding Mike Ashley and Rafa Benitez.

As it stands..

Rafa Benitez has so far refused to sign an extension to his three year contract which has only one more year left to run.

Exactly three weeks into the transfer window and with only three and a half weeks to go until pre-season training begins, the only signing Newcastle have made is Martin Dubravka, a deal that only had a very limited time limit (like Christian Atsu a year earlier), whereby the agreed £4m buying figure that was part of the loan arrangement, had to be triggered by a certain date.

Taking those two things into consideration, The Chronicle have given us a worrying update.

They say a stand-off has developed between Mike Ashley and Rafa Benitez.

The report says that the owner is refusing to give the manager a transfer budget this summer, until Rafa signs a contract extension.

Meanwhile, the local newspaper says that the manager is refusing to sign any new contract, until he sees ‘evidence’ that Mike Ashley shows the ‘desire’ to back his manager with what needs to be done.

A classic Catch 22 situation but one where everything should point at Mike Ashley, as to the one who needs to shift.

Rafa Benitez has achieved everything asked of him.

The manager delivering instant promotion, 10th place in the Premier League, and even a profit in the transfer market in his five transfer windows so far.

Rafa has an established record of bringing success to football clubs, the plan that needs to be put in place, as shown when taking Valencia to two La Liga titles and Liverpool to two Champions League finals, winning one of them.

When it comes to football, Mike Ashley has been proven to be a total failure, with two relegations and a few near misses already.

What needs to happen is common sense for anybody to see.

It was the luckiest day of Mike Ashley’s football life when after sacking Steve McClaren belatedly, Rafa Benitez approached NUFC offering his services.

Even Ashley wasn’t foolish enough to turn that one down but will he prove foolish enough now to not back the best manager he will ever have?



  • Toontaff

    Simple question : Why would Rafa sign a new contract before the end of the transfer window?

    • LEE

      FOR THE NUFC FANS. if he doesnt sign, he is screwing us not Ashley. we will be left with very little time to do anything, so inn many ways both are to blame

      • Dillon Tovak

        He’d be screwing himself. I like Rafa and would rather he didn’t waste his career here if Ashley’s just gonna keep 💩on him.

        • Peter Graham

          I’ve just blocked him Dillon, he’s just another Ashley brown noser. Suggest you do the same. Block not brown nose.😀

      • KRS1

        Bollocks! 100% Ashleys fault.

      • panther

        and the 8 years before benitez?

    • mactoon

      He wouldn’t, it’s the only bargaining chip he has to make Ashley spend money.

  • Dillon Tovak

    It doesn’t even make any sense anyway, Rafa isn’t signing players for Rafa United. If he leaves he doesn’t just take the players with him.

    • Geordie Cruyff

      Different managers like different players mate. Whoever comes in next might not like players Rafa could buy now.

      • Dillon Tovak

        But any manager would come in to any club and there be an existing squad.
        He then sells and buys as he sees fit, but by your logic that manager shouldn’t be backed either just in case he doesn’t stay forever.

        • Leazes.

          That’s fleckman Dillon (David Lee)… he’s just registered a new name.

          • Dillon Tovak

            What a 🛎🔚

            I should have realised.

          • Geordie Cruyff

            Who is fleckman? I can assure I’m not anyone in disguise you paranoid nut jobs haha

      • KRS1

        The next managers opinion will be irrelevant – Ashley will hire a yes man who will do as he is told.

      • glassjawsh-got-banned

        Oh see. So any owner should just not buy players because on the off chance his manager leaves he doesn’t want to upset his potential replacement? That certainly isn’t the most moronic thing I’ve ever heard.

        • panther

          its the most moronic thing ive heard

      • panther

        well other teams better not sign anyone ever again

  • Stephen

    How does Ashley and his minions get Sky Sports on side? It cannot be a bribe (He’s to mean isn’t he?)

  • Toontaff

    The Mag have missed the worst part of Downie’s podcast. He reckons it is ‘highly unlikely’ Rafa will get a big chunk of Mitro’s 20 million fee to spend on transfers.

    • Leazes.

      Its not about the money is it… its about the damage he can do to the club?

    • mactoon

      Any sale of Mitrovic will be paid over a period of years so there will only be in the region of £4 million of that fee available for this transfer window, IF Ashley makes it available.

  • Toontaff

    “The thing that got to me that Rafa said was essentially they need to sell before they buy’ players.’
    “But even if they do, I get the impression if they were to sell Aleksandar Mitrovic tomorrow for £18-20m – which I think is going to go through – it’s my understanding that he will not even get all of that money.”

    • Leazes.

      It totally contradicts the ‘every penny’ promise.

      • MetalMickey

        Actually it’s quite the contrary Leazes, Rafa is getting every penny, unfortunately the pounds are staying in the fatman’s wallet!

    • foggy

      Likely as not they’ll sell Mitro in the last few days of the window thus denying Rafa the time to sign anyone with the dosh.

  • Tweed Mag

    Poor reporting by Downie. He opens by saying Rafa is involved in a ‘stand off’, then goes on to mention perfectly legitimate reasons why he has not signed a new contract. In other words he contradicts himself within the space of a few sentences. Bishop/Barnes/Penfold spinning PR rubbish – yet again. Rafa is running rings around them, hence the stupid use of second rate hacks.

  • Leazes.

    Downie is from Glasgow and as he has a Scottish as opposed to an Irish name I’d hazard a guess he’s a Rangers fan….. they’ve just moved heaven and earth to get Ashleys tank of their bloody lawn, so much so they are still in legal wrangles to pay the money owed.

    Bloody Hypocrite….

    • Desree

      He was probably in the same lift as Monkseaton when Ashley had his King Kev shirt on

  • Matthew Reader

    When I first read this on the sky website I almost signed up to twitter to give this idiot dowie a piece of my mind!!!!!

    For anybody to suggest that this contract situation is the reason no money is being spent is ridiculous. All of these spending commitments could easily be put into the contract, the ONLY reason not to is because you actually have no intention of doing so.

    Ashley is trying to lock Raffa into a contract because he thinks Raffa can insure premier league survival for 6 Mil a year + minimal net outlay. Raffa is not stupid, the fans are not stupid, Mike Ashley is a frigging disgrace!

  • Geordie Cruyff

    It is a stand off. Rafa doesn’t want to be tied into a contract without concrete promises, and Ashley doesn’t want to spend money on players for a manager who might not be there in 12 months time, I can see it from both sides to be fair. Ashley would need to rip it all out and build again in 12 months time. It’s a nightmare.

    • Tweed Mag

      But Ashley does not build on anything – that is the whole problem in a nutshell. Everything is done on the cheap.

    • Wor Lass

      There`s only one thing Ashley needs to rip and there`d be a queue as long as your arm to do it for him.

    • MichaelMaximusMoose

      Fatso doesn`t want to spend money no matter who`s the manager, Period

      • Geordie Cruyff

        He backed McClaren. You don’t go to games. So your opinion is irrelevant. Stop commenting on proper fans posts please

        • MichaelMaximusMoose

          [email protected]@k off, you piece of schitt

        • MichaelMaximusMoose

          A$$hole

        • Dillon Tovak

          Your posts are embarrassing. Give it a rest. It’s sunny outside by the way.

    • SuperDesHamilton

      Why would Benítez believe a man that’s been called dishonest in court? A man who talks more s**** then the herald & post

    • panther

      no Ashley takes everyone for mugs, we are not and either is Benitez

  • Peaco

    How much did Ashley buy you for Downie? So much for journalistic integrity and a free press.

  • TheFatController

    You have to chuckle at the irony of the excuse that ‘we can’t buy players the next manager might not want’, given that the policy before Rafa arrived was that they bought players who were young and had resale potential, and the selection process had little or no manager involvement.

    Now it’s very important a manager selects his players and doesn’t inherit them? How things have changed…

    • Geordie Cruyff

      You probably don’t know much about football so I’ll explain something. When a manager comes in he likes to have his own staff and players. If we go and buy loads of players this summer on 4 or 5 year contracts the next manager will be stick with them next season. Look at the deadwood we can’t shift now. I hope this makes sense. Any problems just shout up

      • chris

        if that’s the case why didn’t we sign a load of players rafa chose this time last year?

      • Matthew Reader

        Could happen with any team seeing as most managers these days are lucky to last 2 years!! The spending is also to do with the academy, which seems unfit for purpose and the stadium. Don’t kid yourself Ashley is trying to trap Raffa because he sees him as a way of keeping the premier league gravy train rolling with a comparitivly minimal spend.

      • Leazes.

        You are fleckman…. button time bye!

        • Wezza

          That was my first thought too.

        • MichaelMaximusMoose

          Spycatcher par excellence
          😎

        • Geordie Cruyff

          Hahaha you are so predictable. You cretin. [email protected] off and watch the match in the pub. You fake plastic moron. The club owes you nothing

          • MichaelMaximusMoose

            What match would that be, you [email protected]@king A$$hole

          • Geordie Cruyff

            I was talking about newcastle matches mate. All I’m saying is if you don’t go to games what can you possibly whinge about? They don’t owe you anything you know

          • jack

            Idiot

          • Geordie Cruyff

            Thanks mate

          • jack

            Don’t mention it. Why don’t you troll your own team and supporters , wether it’s sunderland or man u

          • Geordie Cruyff

            I can assure you I’m a toon fan son. Let me guess, you don’t go to games do you?

          • jack

            I stated going to Newcastle , 1957/58 season , I’ve probably been to more matches home and away,than you’ve had hot dinners son , and if you were a Newcastle supporter and a genuine one and not another troll who is so far up fatty’s backside you’d understand , there’s not one reason to think that Ashley has shown any ambition or done any good for anyone to praise him in his 11 year tenure ,either your ah idiot or part of Ashley’s pr team or you could write on a stamp how much you know about football and still have time for a cup of tea , or your just a troll who keeps changing your name

          • Superdooperhooper

            No and we owe ashley nothing either . I don’t go out of principle. Ashley hates us and I hate him back . I will never go back while he’s the owner. But have a nice time next season in your 65 quid shirt watching a desperate struggle to stay up

          • panther

            just as well, the clubs skint, Ashley stole all the money

          • Dillon Tovak

            According to you, no one goes to games. Who are the 50,000 in the stadium? 🤣
            You’re an idiot 😂

      • Oldgeordie

        If Rafa signs players he will sign his contract and hence he will be the manager stuck with them. Maybe that makes more sense. “Simples!”

        • Danimal

          Sorry, you’d already said it better!

        • glassjawsh-got-banned

          always good to see you post. glad you’re still kicking!

          • Oldgeordie

            Thank you. Yes still on the green side of the grass and looking forward to the new season even though it is with a little trepidation.

        • GeordieZebra

          Let him sign them first then and Rafa may well sign. Who do we trust?!?

      • Danimal

        If we buy loads of players the current manager will still be here.

      • Wezza

        Another username huh David? Why don’t you go troll the MUFC forums and protest at the price of YOUR kit.

        • SuperDesHamilton

          It happened in 96 man David, get over it

        • Geordie Cruyff

          What on earth are you babbling on about you moron? Who’s David? You don’t go to games so your opinion is completely irrelevant. Go with leaves to the pub or watch match of the day. You know nothing about football

          • Dillon Tovak

            Who’s David? Who’s fleckman?
            I didn’t think it was possible to be a bad actor through the written word but you’ve pulled it off 😂😂😂😂

      • Desree

        Does that apply to selling too?

      • LA toon

        Therefore, in your world, if a manager has only 2 years on his contract, then new signings have to be on a 2 year contract. I can see that happening.

      • panther

        so nobody should sign anyone ever

    • Desree

      So Mitro is staying put then?

    • Superdooperhooper

      They twist and turn like a twisty turny thing. Any excuse not to spend money

    • GeordieZebra

      Bang on. PR policy has changed to reflect badly on Rafa. Club is poisonous.

  • molend

    Divvent get yersels aereated. He’s a hack, a pen for hire. Next week he might be writing about woolly mammoths.

  • Wezza

    I warned of the PR backlash and here it is crystal clear and guess what… we don’t fall for it either.

  • Desree

    If this were true surely Downie should be questioning the sale of Mitrovic when a new manager might want him.

    PR and propaganda masquerading as journalism.

    • SuperDesHamilton

      That sounds like common sense or even half decent journalism. Things lacking with sky sports.

      Plus they Dare not bite the hand that feeds

      • Desree

        I ask, what exclusives can sky receive that makes it worthwhile?

        They are the customers. Mike Ashley has to keep sky happy. Not the other way round?

        Breaking news, Newcastle have signed Ki from Swansea on a free. In other news Liverpool broke the record for a keeper, Ronaldo signs for Juve and mahrez goes to city for 60m.

        • SuperDesHamilton

          What are you on about.

          I’m pretty sure Ashley & Bishop ate majority owners of the agency tha represents a fair chunk of the sky sports presenters etc…

          That explains the lack of criticism or coverage of Criticism on sky sports news or the absolutely pathetic soft ball
          Interview he gave them exclusively last season

        • Ram Kishore

          I think chronicle has revealed more exclusives about the club this year which has been true in many cases..
          The Rafa’s contract talks..

  • MichaelMaximusMoose

    The guy`s a Moron

  • MichaelMaximusMoose

    See the Obese One is rumoured to be letting Fulham pay for Mitro on the drip.
    We all know what that means

    • Big Hairy Man

      There won’t be many pennies for Rafa’s “every last penny”.

  • SuperDesHamilton

    You’ve got admire How fatty tries to spin anything 😂😂 he has no shame

    But Jim white etc…are so far up his starfish it’s unreal

    • Geordie Cruyff

      It makes me laugh when people say that Mike Ashley has some sort of control over Sky. It’s the one of the biggest companies in the world haha. They report the news, but the news doesn’t go along with your mental conspiracy theories so you brand them as pro Ashley. You don’t go to games so your opinion is irrelevant. The club owes you nothing. If you don’t go don’t moan. Stay in the pub and watch. We don’t need your negativity. Cheers

      • Big Hairy Man

        He doesn’t have control over Sky but he has influence. He is never asked any searching questions, especially when his mate David Craig or “Craigy” (client of Kieth Bishop) is doing the interviewing. Last year’s farce was a stage-managed PR stunt.

      • KRS1

        You sound like Clarko, but without the charm.

      • SuperDesHamilton

        Which brother am I speaking to here? Or is this fleckman

        • Geordie Cruyff

          No idea what you are going on about mate. Stick to watching the game in the pubs. Leave supporting the club to the real fans that actually go to games. You paranoid buffoon

          • SuperDesHamilton

            I’ve never ever mentioned once about if I go or if I don’t hmmmmm. Wonder how you’d know that? Maybe because you’re a Manc who is still seething a Geordie Turned then down

          • Geordie Cruyff

            Because I’ve read this page for years mate and you are always saying you’ve been boycotting the match for years. I’m not a manc. Born and bred in newcastle and supported them all my life

          • SuperDesHamilton

            Aye and I’m the queen of sheeba. Imagine being so bitter & twisted you’ve gotta make up multiple accounts to fill the void left by total & utter lack of friends.

          • Geordie Cruyff

            Wow, you really are paranoid hahaha. I’m from newcastle, I’ve been to more toon matches than you’ve had got dinners son. I thought your conspiracy theories about Ashley were hilarious but this is something else haha. I’m from Manchester! !? Go and get help mate.

          • SuperDesHamilton

            I haven’t had many ‘got’ dinners, are they nice?

            People like you are the reason the parasite is here to stay. Old bitter stinking fans who think because their older they know everything. Just because you lot haven’t as long left doesn’t mean people can’t try for the best & get fatty out.

            You do seem very defensive about being from Manchester though, is it that bad of a place?

          • Geordie Cruyff

            Aye it’s my daft phone. Auto predicted text. I meant “hot” haha. Got nowt against Manchester son, quite like the place to be honest. I’m just not from there.

          • SuperDesHamilton

            One doth protest too much. Although you’re an acolyte of Ashley which is just as bad as being a WUM

          • Wezza

            They always slip up… he has “read this page for years” (trolled) yet he just made his account.

          • SuperDesHamilton

            Exactly. And he just made the account to because he’s been rumbled.

            You ever seen the film split? That’s how I imagine him on here

          • Dillon Tovak

            You could easily prove it by describing a particular street in amazing detail.
            Also by describing your favourite nufc match in detail.

            😂😂😂

          • Billmag

            If you have read this page for years how come you haven’t posted till now.

          • Wezza

            Thats what I said too. Shearer turned them down and they really took it to heart. Not to mention the 5-0 demolition job as well.

          • SuperDesHamilton

            They’ve won everything since then yet this one thing kills them still. A reckon one of them got shafted by a Geordie bird & there still bitter

      • Ram Kishore

        I agree on many of your points but I don’t see why a manager who still has one year contract left shouldn’t be backed with atleast few signings worth 40 million and be forced beg..
        Each and every club has objectives in each of the past two.seasons the objective has been met by the coaching staff..
        The manager and his team of staff having openly committed to sign the contract once he has a satisfied window.
        I’m a realistic and i want to wait until the end of the window to make any criticism of Club’s top management i.e Charnley and co.
        I don’t agree with Leazes’s antics ..I have questioned him..
        This wheel and deal thing doesn’t feel right..
        It’s like the manager has no idea of what he can spend ..
        It means a nil budget..
        So the only idea he has is..
        “I have to wait until the unwanted and the want away players to leave .Then i know this much money is available. Then i can buy players.with the available fund.” Its seems this is how he must be thinking..
        I’m just speculating..
        Maybe we end up with a good window but if everything is ok with Rafa why does he have to give such a interview?
        These are my genuine views

    • MichaelMaximusMoose

      Block the a$$hole, he`s a troll aka a keyboard C nut

      • Geordie Cruyff

        Hahaha pathetic

  • Ba ba.

    Sky sports and davey “Craig” Craig are Ashley’s mouth piece

  • Wezza

    Bottom line is this excuse about Rafa not signing therefore funds will not be released is as truthful as the ‘every penny’ line.
    You don’t lie, undermine and lie again and again and expect a manger to re-sign a contract based on lies. That makes no sense at all and even the PR morons have no other way out of it.
    Funds wouldn’t be released if Rafa signed a new contract or not. MA has been making hundreds of millions and will continue to do so for as long as he can get away with it.

  • Shipcote Willy

    Miser MIke has his tame journos everywhere and Craig is his TV mouthpiece. The Miser and his cronies will be briefing them all through Rafa’s long goodbye and will hammer him when he leaves. The sad thing is we will lose a world class manager who has given us some relief from Miser Mike and his puppet managers and normal service will be resumed next season.

    • FatParosite

      It will be sooner than that.

    • nufcslf

      Already well under way as soon as safety was guaranteed last season.

  • FatParosite

    This is Bishop and no mistake. Expect a lot more of this as the war rages on. This is classic defence character assassination. The escalation of such means they have made their mind up & they are looking to remove the too popular Benitez.

  • funlovingexpress

    What is shameful about it?

    Everyone knows that there is a stand off.

    Ashley has promised Rafa every penny.

    Ashley wont put his hand in his own pocket but very few owners do. That leaves the money the club has spare. Most player sales come in at drips at drabs and £20 million for a player doesnt mean 20 million but £5 million over four years so only 5 million would be available minuse the fees to agent, player wages and signing on fee etc.

    We ofc still have money coming in off the likes of Gini and sissoko so its not all bad.

    Problem is Benitez wants money for players and the academy.

    This season was always going to be hard for us because most of the money we get will go on the shortfall for the dramatically reduced amount we got from promotion. Its a shortfall that has to be made up from somewhere and its not going to come from Ashleys pocket. Hes already said that.

    The club will have money but I dont reckon its doable to do players and academy this year. Maybe next season, as balance should be sorted then but at the moment the club just doesnt have the money.

    If it was me, Id do what Rafa wants but let him know that next season there wont be money available unless he makes it from player sales as the loan for the academy has to be paid back.

    But Ashley isnt me and he has already said he wont put a penny in.

    Problem Ashley also has is he might have believed the rubbish Pardew spouted about academies and it not being doable in Newcastle.

    The irony is, if Ashley had, had Benitez instead of Pardew then we would have a system that works and players coming through now.

    Ashleys ideas were sound, he just did it with the wrong manager at the wrong time

    • GeordieZebra

      B*llsh*t.

      Promised him every penny but won’t spend money. Makes no sense.

    • FatParosite

      There is money for phantom bids. Or promises to open the purse strings if Rafa signs. Ashley can’t have his cake and eat it. Ashley is lying on one hand or lying on another. Either way if I was Benitez I would not touch a contract from Ashley with yours.

  • Jimmy_toons

    Boycott Sky. Murdoch trash.

  • nufcslf

    They would, the Cashley rse licking prats.