Friday morning has seen maybe the strangest ‘Exclusive’ so far, when it comes to the ongoing  nightmare at Newcastle United and the issues between Rafa Benitez and Mike Ashley.

The newspaper ‘exclusive’ claims that Mike Ashley is upset because Rafa Benitez hasn’t invited him to go and watch a training session so far.

The report adding that the NUFC owner is also upset because Rafa hasn’t invited Ashley to go and watch a first team match.

This is quite bizarre, the training session watching thing is strange enough but since when did Mike Ashley have to wait on an invitation to come and watch his significantly understrength and under-invested team play?

Whether you believe these strange claims or not…if the story has come from ‘sources’ then clearly it appears to be from Mike Ashley’s side of things

Though exactly what this hopes to achieve is anybody’s guess.

The Mail ‘exclusive’ suggests that this latest news gives fans hope that there could be a positive solution to the problems between Rafa Benitez and Mike Ashley, IF Rafa offers the owner an ‘olive branch.’

I’m not sure where there can be any positives if what we are really being told is that if only Rafa Benitez had invited Mike Ashley along to training, then the manager would have been properly backed in these past four transfer windows!

If this report is on the money, then it just tells me that Mike Ashley is even more pathetic than what I though he was.

To let the club and squad get in such a state doesn’t make any sense whatsoever, whatever problems there might be between an owner and a manager.

The Mail:

‘Newcastle owner Mike Ashley is miffed that Rafa Benitez has never invited him to watch training – but would still be likely to accept an offer from the manager, raising the possibility of the pair mending their broken relationship.

Sportsmail has learned that the sports retail tycoon is irritated that the Spaniard has never invited him to take in a session at the club’s North Tyneside base or invited him to a game, issues which we understand have been raised during meetings involving both sides.

The pair do not speak and Benitez only communicates with Ashley through managing director Lee Charnley.

But we have been told that, were Benitez to extend an olive branch to Ashley, there is a chance they could meet face-to-face in a more relaxed setting away from the negotiating table. Sources close to the owner say he does not want to be at war with Benitez.

The news will offer hope for supporters that the popular boss could yet stay on beyond this season – when his contract expires – but it is further evidence of the stand-off which exists between them.

Sources have spoken of the ‘stubbornness’ and ‘principles’ of both men being a part of the problem which is jeopardising the future of the club.’



  • Big Hairy Man

    Yet another load of bollox from the Daily Fail.

    • Steven05

      I hope it’s true/put out by CancerBoy

  • Monkseaton Magpies

    Rafa has continually said his happy at the club and his last quote was why should I move I am all ready at a big club and will talk about a new contract in April so great news but bad for the Mag.

    • Big Hairy Man

      He’ll be talking about a contract at another club, one where he is not shafted every transfer window. Big club, no ambition, at least from the owner.

      • Monkseaton Magpies

        He was talking about our club. Has anyone read the article in the Sun today that is more worrying.

        • gordon

          Haven’t read it and nor will I; I think I’d believe Trump before I believe anything printed in one of Murdoch’s lie rags

        • Big Hairy Man

          What’s that? Is Ashley buying Wonga? They are on his ethical level.

    • TheFatController

      Oh Mugpie, your understanding of human nature is appalling.

      Rafa replied, when asked directly about contract talks, that there would be none until April.

      Now, to anyone with the merest understanding of humans, that’s Rafa saying ‘every time you ask between now and April, I’ll say “April” ‘

      He won’t be talking in April. He’s just put the media circus around his leaving on hold until then. Hopefully like last year we’d be safe by then, but I’m not confident in that.

      • Will In Despair!

        Delusions of grandeur, the lot of them.

        Apologist ilk with Delusions of grandeur towards certain people/issues!

    • SuperDesHamilton

      Remember when you said Benitez told fans to not protest….which was a lie 😀

      • Monkseaton Magpies

        He said you had to support the team at matches that was the only way which means protesters rot in hell.

        • SuperDesHamilton

          Don’t think it quite means that monk to normal sane people like.

          Still waiting for it…..

        • drc74

          see what u do when u bxllsxit, sxunkster, poor super des is still searching for that quote about not protest

      • Icky (Heaton)

        They are constant!

  • Paul Patterson

    ‘Mend their broken relationship?’ From Ashley’s side?

    That’s where the story loses all credibility . .

    • Sickandtired

      And even more pathetic where it goes on to suggest Lascelles is in direct contact with Fatty. The Manager can’t get to speak to him when he wants but the team Captain can? PMSL!

      • 1957

        Was there not a story last year that Lascelles negotiated the season bonuses, directly with Ashley when talks with Charnley broke down and the owner was so impressed with him the were in regular contact

        • Sickandtired

          A story, aye. If Rafa can’t deal directly with him then why on earth should we believe Lascelles does?

          • 1957

            I can see Ashley being a believer in divide and rule, so I wouldn’t dismiss it out of hand.

          • Sickandtired

            Well, I would and do. Nothing in his ownership which would remotely indicate such a thing was likely. He sold off the last Captain (and most of the team) who argued a bonus scheme with him.

    • BeatleJews

      Ashley playing victim, yet the real victims are the fans. It has been a humiliating time for us, it is hard to talk about the club with pride, almost like we have to be ashamed of supporting the club. I will always be a newcastle united fan, but will not support mike ashley in any way even though that means i have to switch off from everything.

  • Lord

    This is so bonkers that I doubt the Mail would have had the imagination to make it up.

    So logic implies it has been fed to the Mail by Ashley PR.

    Why? What a strange thing to plant and the easiest thing in the world for Rafa to refute.

    • Sickandtired

      We should all chip in and send as many dummies to St James’ as we can. Ashley has clearly lost the many he keeps spitting out…

  • BanJones

    Did I ever tell you the one about my mother in law?

  • Wezza

    “, IF Rafa offers the owner an ‘olive branch.’”

    Oh please. So his latest PR game is playing the woe is me card. Give me a break. If his PR keeps up like this it will backfire even more so.

    • Sickandtired

      Pathetic isn’t it? Like Rafa owes the miserly fat lardy [email protected]@ any form of groveling?
      Pretty clear to anyone with more than a single brain cell that Rafa has kept to his side of the bargain, provided the results required, while Fatty has reneged on every word publicly (and privately you would suspect) uttered.

      • Wezza

        Utterly pathetic. I wonder if there will be more Ashley PR sulking. He is rattled and is playing the ‘what me?’ card.
        Sorry MA but you caused all of this, Rafa has been professional unlike the way you run your businesses.

  • Sickandtired

    As far as I am aware, Rafa has met with Ashley only TWICE since he came here! Fatty also stopped bothering to attend matches long ago.

  • Billmag

    Never mind going to watch training fatty wants to get his fat [email protected] up here and have a look the training and ground facilities these places are in serious decline.

  • TheFatController

    I thought there was a clue in the comment ‘I’d sign for 5 years, ten years, if we showed ambition’, were they to look for signs of olive branches?

  • Hughie_Gallacher

    Oh yeah. This must be true. You can just picture the Bloated Embezzler being interested in training, can’t you?

    • TheFatController

      ‘So Rafa, how does training here differ from that at Real Madrid?’

      ‘Well, roughly by about £500m’

      I presume Rafa is avoiding that sort of question fomjng up.

    • SuperDesHamilton

      He’ll be checking the sockets & light fittings, see if he can sell them

  • Jimblag23

    This is ridiculous. Also not true obviously.
    We’ve only had two home games anyway 😂

  • Peaky

    Watch the Man City documentary and see what we could achieve with the right backing…
    Fatbastard OUT OUT OUT…..his face above just wants to make me puke…..despicable excuse for a human being….

  • SuperDesHamilton

    This is quite possibly the worst rumour ever. The editor who let this story run wants to hand his head, Ive seen more truth in the national enquirer

  • mactoon

    What complete and utter nonsense. The discussions between Rafa and Ashley revolve around Rafa wanting player, training and academy facility investment and Ashley’s response is reported to be:

    ‘but I’m miffed that you haven’t invited me to a training session or a home match of the club THAT I OWN! boo hoo’

    Ashley has put Charnley and Bishop in charge of the club and is an absent owner based down south who has distanced himself from the club of his own choice. He can choose to visit the club at any time but chooses not to.

    ‘Sources have spoken of the ‘stubbornness’ and ‘principles’ of both men being a part of the problem’

    Is that Rafa wanting to take the club forward and Ashley refusing to? How Rafa’s stance can be classed as ‘jeopardising the future of the club’ is beyond me. Only Ashley’s refusal to invest and losing Rafa because of this is the only thing threatening the club’s future.

    I doubt a cup of tea over training will persuade Rafa to stay after this season. And putting out this ridiculous story trying to portray Ashley as the victim won’t help either.

    Ashley reminds me of a man drowning on a sinking lifeboat full of holes due to his refusal to buy a new one while shouting ‘it’s not my fault’.

    • Sickandtired

      They could share one of those ‘ice baths’ in a wheelie bin that the players were recently photographed having to take. Maybe ‘Mike’ would then appreciate how much like a closing down sale SD shop our training facilities actually are. Better still, the team/squad could have a nice friendly face to face with him over the bonus scheme…

      • mactoon

        In the words of Brody in ‘Jaws’,

        “You’re gonna need a bigger wheelie bin” 😂

  • benton mag

    All lies if he was interested it’s too late he has had his chance years ago if hate was influenail he would be dead now he’s running scared now

  • 8prestondave

    So FCB is waiting for Rafa to offer him an olive branch. Why.? What has Rafa done wrong.?

  • Carverlier football

    Utter piffle. There’s only one person who’s broken the relationship and who needs to take action to repair it (he won’t) and only one of them who has principles. Unless you’re talking about the principle of making as much money for SD as possible at the expense of NUFC. Anyway, I’m sure it’s been reported they did meet face to face at some point over the summer

  • BeatleJews

    I distanced myself from NUFC 4 years ago, 4 years on and it seems like nothing has improved. It is a very sad reality that I may not be following NUFC for some time yet, until that idiot in charge is finally disposed of.

    • Will In Despair!

      Boohoo, 11 years for me now, a hard thing to do but I do get a little satisfaction knowing that the 0dious goit hasn’t had any cash from my family or me 😊

      • BeatleJews

        He is going to lose a lot more soon, but sadly the football club has to suffer.

  • panther

    Is this a joke?

    • Kneebotherm8

      Yes…

      • panther

        Im not sure, bullies like Ashley will try to deflect everything

        • Kneebotherm8

          He’s one conniving individual is our Mike…….

  • Kneebotherm8

    It’s fair to say that Ashley is laying the lines down for the departure of Rafa with the…….”I’ve tried desperately to get him to sign a new contract”……….”I’d love an invite from him to see a match or a training session”………….”but he’s rejected me”……..
    Pretty obvious what Ashley is attempting to portray here……….one devious FCB……..it ain’t gonna work though……

  • gordon

    It’s probably not true; very little printed in The Daily Fail is true (I still remember one screaming headline about Muslim protests forcing the abandonment of a community swimming pool for religious reasons – turns out there were over a hundred objections and only two of them were from Muslims who were peed off about their house prices! And before anybody accuses me of being a terrorist lover, I f*****g hate terrorists – I’m just not so stupid that I equate all Muslims with terrorists). If, however, it is true, has anybody ever heard anything so pitifully pathetic from a grown man: ‘mummy, mummy, the bad man won’t let me into my own ground’ – Jesus H F*****g Christ

    • Toonrobbybobson

      Ashley always plays victim. Hes like that annoying spoilt kid at school that always plays that card and fits in with no one.

      • gordon

        Annoying spoilt kid; an apt and succinct description which nails fatboy’s character in three little words – well done, sir!

        • Toonrobbybobson

          You cant play with my toys anymore. I have the best ones but I have no friends…

    • Will In Despair!

      Oh bollocks, I agree with you fully here!

      I’ve just posted elsewhere how I believe the 0dious goit is doing this to torment us fans, and he never wanted Newcastle to be anywhere close to a decent team, the f00ker

  • Cockneytrev

    Sources have spoken of the ‘stubbornness’ and ‘principles’ of both men being a part of the problem which is jeopardising the future of the club.’
    WHat sources? Tell us,,,,,although most sane supporters know who the source is,, Bishop….
    There is only one problem at the club and that is the owner,,,

  • Wor Lass

    That explains it all.

    • Kenny

      it says that the Rat is under pressure & his PR minions are seeking a way out of the bad relationship with Rafa

      • gordon

        I said before the season started that Ashley will have looked at the first six games and (even with his limited knowledge of football) expect us to be bottom or thereabouts, thereby giving him the perfect excuse to sack Rafa. I would be surprised if even fatboy could be that stupid……so probably a nailed on certainty!

        • Kenny

          Not if it costs him £6m

          • 1957

            He would happily leave Benitez in place no matter where we are in the league to save £6m.

            A friend suggested last week that if Benitez walked the £6m compensation clause only comes into effect if he gets another job before the end of the season

          • gordon

            True but he seems to have no objection to hoying money about for his own enjoyment as long as it doesn’t go anywhere near NUFC – the pleasure he would get from sacking Rafa might just be too much to resist.

  • Toonrobbybobson

    What a load of rubbish…

    Maybe amongst this Ashley forgets he owns the club and that he can turn up anytime he wishes.

    But naaaaa this is about as believable as Rafa was going to be backed with £80m in the last window or that Ashley wanted to sell the club.

    PR BS I smell.

  • Toonrobbybobson

    Just imagine if the Ashley shackles were removed from this club the support from fans that have lost hope come back, the celebrations on the streets, it will be such a huge burden removed it will be like winning the Champions League.

    Its just the damage he will leave behind as there is sure to be some horrible legal clauses and ways hes manipulated the club for his own gains through asset stripping etc.

    Awful man.

    • Will In Despair!

      Aye, what a team we would be, fans backing them up with force every game, but that’s why I recon why the 0dious goit has this stance, he never wanted to see it happen with Newcastle United, coupled with this torment and touture for the fans!

  • Keeganontherebound

    Inviting Ashley to attend training could turn out to be a stroke of genius though – if he can be convinced to take part in the warm up that should be enough to land him in hospital.

    • Will In Despair!

      Lol 🤣 I bet many would love to see that on likes of YouTube, lol, if only, I’ll def be keeping my fingers crossed 😉

  • GToon

    Invite him. £100m entry fee. Payable in advance, no installments.

  • 1957

    The owner of a football club needs the permission of the manager to attend a game…even Lee Ryder wouldn’t invent that.

  • Ron

    So will our supporters invite Mr Ashley to visit his store in Northumberland St on a match day?

  • GlasgowMag

    This is a funny story has Bishop ran out of ideas. Owner of a football club needs an invite from his employee to visit his own premises, very funny!!😂😂🤣🤣

    • Will In Despair!

      Agree, it sure is scraping the bottom of the barrel, what an obnoxious bunch of tools they seem!

  • Ron

    Does anybody here ask for an invite to visit anything they own?

  • Tweed Mag

    Not sure this story has an ounce of credibility. Ashley does not like his dealings publicised – he was not amused when his curry with Ms Staveley hit the papers. If it does have any truth in it, then he is acting like a big spoilt brat.

  • Superdooperhooper

    This is how ashley gets away with everything ! He pleads ignorance. I didn’t know what was going on at Shirebrook because the warehouse manager didn’t invite me. I didn’t know that the training and academy facilities were so terrible because rafa didn’t invite me ! Great excuse

    • Paul Patterson

      It’s a bizarre excuse. Imagine if Hitler did that?
      ‘Concentration camps? Well I’ve never been . .’
      True story by the way.

    • Will In Despair!

      Aye, he sure seems to have form with this type of claim, it’s laughable, really is.

      I’d be amazed if anyone will actually believe it, well except the apologist ilk with their Delusions of grandeur!

  • Mrkgw

    If it were all that simple then, I wish that the exclusive was true.

  • Ruel Intentions

    Just turn up you massive parcel… you own the place.

  • Angelswithdirtyfaces

    bully boy plays the victim.

  • magpiefifer

    Is this the Ashley PR machine at work,trying to convince the ignorant/uninformed just how little control FatAsh has over one of the businesses he owns!?
    Pigs flying high again!!!!

  • Waxi

    What a tool the bloke is. You starve your manager of over 100 million in transfer funds as he did not invite you to your own clubs training session, YOU TOOL

  • Will In Despair!

    This again is just another fabrication to add to the many we’ve already endured, whether from the 0dious goit himself or not, he sure will be fully aware of it!

    It sure does show the depths he/they are capable of delving too, although on reflection, if you’ve capable of committing perjury (allegedly), I suppose you’re capable of all most anything!