The #IfRafaGoesWeGo protests have now reached the pages of the Spanish media.

The popular daily sports newspaper Marca, has given the campaign by Newcastle fans some great coverage (see below).

No major surprise that they see the actions in support of Rafa Benitez as totally justified.

As they point out, in reference to Mike Ashley’s refusal to allocate a transfer budget to the manager to spend funds in the transfer window: ‘Impossible that way to stay in the Premier.’

Describing the opposing sides in this good v evil classic, Marca says ‘If the Madrid coach is the hero of the story, the ‘villain’ is the owner of the club, a former level-level paddle (squash) player who, after an injury, opened a sports store, Sports Direct…’

As the campaign to support Rafa Benitez and protest against Mike Ashley ramps up, I’m sure we’ll be seeing plenty more coverage at home and abroad, as Newcastle fans try to rid themselves of an owner who is continually working against the interests of the football club in terms of being  ambitious, both on and off the pitch.


Newcastle stands up in favour of Benítez: “If he leaves, we’ll leave”

Rafa Benítez has managed to reproduce in Newcastle the loyalty that he generated when he led Liverpool.

The Madrid coach is not making things easy for the owner, Mike Ashley, (who is) determined not to release funds to bring signings until Benítez does not sign the extension of his contract.

In that spiral of mistrust, with rumours about a possible departure of the coach of St James Park, the fans of ‘the magpies’ have organized to make clear which side they are on.

‘IfRafaGoesWeGo’. ‘If Rafa leaves, we’ll leave.’That is the ‘hashtag’ and the account created in the last week, and that already adds more than 14,600 followers.

If the Madrid coach is the hero of the story, the ‘villain’ is the owner of the club, a former level-level paddle (squash) player who, after an injury, opened a sports store, Sports Direct…and bought various brands. Among them, Lonsdale, boxing icon.

This summer, Newcastle has completed sales of 15 million pounds (Mbemba and Mikel Merino), but only Schar, from Déportivo, and Ki Sungyueng from Swansea, with an outlay of less than three million. Impossible that way to stay in the Premier.

That’s why the fans demand the departure of Ashley, and the continuity of Rafa. Without him, they do not see future.

In the comments from readers of the Marca article:

“Great Rafa !!! Wherever you go, you are loved forever …


  • Paul Patterson

    It’s taken a while, but at last even neutrals are beginning to see it.
    I can’t think there are many that aren’t trolls or idiots that would side with the owner.
    I don’t think anyone wants £100m thrown at the side, just a reasonable amount to compete, instead of relying on bargain buys and freebies. Until Muto comes in, we are currently in profit with 12 days to go, that is shameful.

    • Ba ba.

      100% we just want to compete.

    • Stephen Paylor

      I genuinely thought this year we would have seen at least a 50 million net spend. Looks more like we will finish with a net zero spend. It really is amazing. Can’t wait to see next year what our wage bill is now too, probably 125 million

  • SuperDesHamilton

    Good to see people taking notice. Although Marca have their tongue so far up Real Madrid’s a*** they know what Alfredo Di-Stefano had for his last meal

    • Leazes.

      Oh yes you never did like the Spanish did you Brian, what was it you called them ‘Lazy, workshy’ just a few weeks before we appointed Rafa?

      Its his local paper you idiot!

      • SuperDesHamilton

        Goodness me the wife leaving has absolutely killed your mental well being.

        You not got some ufo’s to chase you bitter weird middle aged bed wetter

        • Leazes.

          Is that the best you can do? The reason you’d even call me that, tells me that you’re ignorant, un-classy, and illiterate.

          • SuperDesHamilton

            Well I wouldn’t of wrote that if I was illiterate…

            You call them utter basket case brothers but you’re the Newcastle version of them.

            Even worse as much as those two Lee brothers are t*** they aren’t grasses like you making someone lose there livelihood is lowest of the low no matter how idiotic they are.

            Grass 🐍 🐍🐍
            Blue giro

          • Wor Lass

            I think you`ve just blown your cover.

          • SuperDesHamilton

            What covers that MONG

          • Wor Lass

            The one that you tried to use to conceal the fact that you`re a nasty little sh*t with nothing better to do than try to put people down. I don`t believe in blocking people but it wouldn`t worry me if I didn`t see another vitriolic utterance from you. Just stick to the footy.

          • SuperDesHamilton

            I do believe you interjected yourself unannounced into my conversation yes?

            I do because I know more about football than you ever could.

            This board is about 5% decent folk the rest are the mental Lee brothers making profiles & the acolytes of Michael ‘leazes’ Martin who descend everything into slanging matches

          • Wor Lass

            It`s a public forum – I can interject as and when I want to. “I know more about football than you ever could.” That just shows what a complete bell end you are.

          • Leazes.

            You can have him I’ve had enough.

          • Wor Lass

            Doesn`t he know that even Wor Lass knows more about football than him?

          • SuperDesHamilton

            Pretty funny all things considered….loner

          • Leazes.

            Why do you have a female name….in the second person?

          • Wor Lass

            It`s complicated but basically so that I could say “Even Wor Lass knows more about football than you” to Michael Caine on the Chron site. I only started posting because I got sick of him putting people down. I eventually got on pretty well with him, though. It`s a shame he`s not around any more.

          • Leazes.

            Fair enough, yes Michael Caine I think I peed him off by having a go at his golfing mate Bobby Moncur.

          • Wor Lass

            He was also West End Zorro. He nearly lost it when he was being trolled by Paddy McFlagerty who kept flagging every post he made.

          • Leazes.

            Ah… I liked West End Zorro, he was on the side of justice…. I don’t remember Paddy McFlagerty who was he?

          • Wor Lass

            Just a troll who wanted to wind Caine up. He kept flagging his posts as inappropriate and they were deleted all the time. It went on for a while and was one of the reasons I started to get on with him (plus Pardew went!). I suspect the Chronic editorial staff intervened eventually.

          • Leazes.

            Probably them doing the bloody flagging, because they have always had stick from fans because of their protection of the owner and a posse of rotten journeymen managers and third rate players.

          • SuperDesHamilton

            Go in the huff like always, grass 🐍🐍🐍🐍

          • SuperDesHamilton

            Not when it’s unwanted lies.

            It’s true though it’s a fact I’m just stating it for the less intellectually invigorated like yourself. Sorry if you’re having a hard time with that disciple

          • Superdooperhooper

            I don’t believe in blocking people either but I couldn’t take anymore of that childish moron

          • Leazes.

            Did your son really get sacked…. nothing to do with me at all? You three were hated by everyone!

          • SuperDesHamilton

            A think the Lee clan are genuinely mentally ill…what’s your excuse?

            Think you’re high & mighty on here. We all know what your really are….GRASS. Nothing worse

            You bring nothing to the table apart from Middle Aged babbling about x-files like conspiracies & whatnot.

            I wouldn’t be surprised if you’re self loathing was a manifestation of the mind and you were really a Lee brother you psychopath

          • Leazes.

            Chill out guy…. Is that why you have trolled me for years thinking it was me that reported Kevin? I said it wasn’t, but the lot of you were hugely disliked it could have been anyone?

            I promise you I wouldn’t have done that, and as much as I dislike the three of you, you did wind up every fan board that you entered. I don’t think Blacbuddha would have done it either he’s as laid back as me.

            Did Kevin really get the sack?

            That explains a lot.

          • SuperDesHamilton

            If anyone disagrees = Lee brother.

            You’re definitely Michael Martin like, fat bitter wife left & now absolutely mentally ruined

          • Leazes.

            I could eat a whole bowl of alphabet soup, sh it it out, and have something better than you just said.

          • SuperDesHamilton

            You’d probably s*** out another useless article for the true faith about Sunderland, Michael.

          • Superdooperhooper

            He’s an utter moron that superdes. He’s the only person I’ve blocked on here . He makes clarko look like an intellectual

          • NUFC17

            Wouldn’t ‘have’ wrote that😂

  • Leazes.

    A 40 m banner has just been unfurled around the SD shop on Northumberland Street …. and various city locations… the Castle Keep and the Millenium Bridge. for PR shots.

    …’He is one man we are a City’….


    ‘Exhausting, frustrating, a complete waste of time’ the Ashley years 2007- ASAP’

    • Paul Patterson

      Any shots online yet?

      • Peaky

        Ronnie website…

        • Paul Patterson

          Apparently someone who works for the Chronicle has asked for permission to use a shot.

          • TheFatController

            Risking the wrath of bully boy Ashley again… they’ll be banned. It’s North Korea, we’d sell loads of shirts there if they had any income !

      • Leazes.

        Yes on the #ifrafagoeswego twitter pages

        • Paul Patterson

          Champion. More than happy to share . .

  • Dillon Tovak

    I find it frustrating that any media outlet reports it as Ashley not releasing funds because of the contract situation.
    On the SkySports podcast in the week, Graves and his merry men were on Rafa’s side but still reporting it as both men being stubborn and the only casualty is the fans and club itself.
    It’s insane.
    Our transfer window would look exactly the same even if Rafa had 5 years left in his contract.

    • Leazes.

      In essence they are giving backing to Ashley, but we expect that of the Nationals….

      …the problem for the chronicle and local media is how they approach it. I’ve always said that they back the regime regardless of the damage they do…. and that goes against their readership and audience.

      • Steve Smith

        “Deluded Geordies” is a much easier story to perpetuate for the media. There’s not much incentive for them to do anything else.

        • Dillon Tovak

          Ambitious hammers, deluded toon.
          It’s a flipping scandal the way we’re portrayed.

          • Leazes.

            Double standards

          • Kneebotherm8

            Patronising to say the least…..

  • Toontaff

    With Muto we now only have 27 senior players, including Mitro, Lazaar, Saivet, Sterry, Aarons and Hayden. So in reality 21 players.

    • FatParosite

      & the stripping continues.