Rafa Benitez now has six days to prepare his players for their Premier League kick-off.

With a ‘disappointing’ transfer window, there looks to be next to no chance of any new faces being named in his starting eleven against Tottenham, unless injuries or real desperation takes hold.

Fabian Schar will only start if either Lascelles or Clark get injured, the Swiss international not looking great in the friendlies so far, probably still not up to full fitness after his extended World Cup break.

Similarly, Ki Sung-yueng won’t be starting on Saturday unless injuries intervene, though it is a worry with Hayden still desperate to leave, Shelvey only playing the last half hour against Augsburg after missing Braga through injury, whilst Mohamed Diame was forced off with what appeared to be a hip injury in yesterday’s first half.

Yoshinori Muto will train with his new teammates this week but Spurs will come far too soon.

Whilst even if the Rondon move/swap at last goes through, I can’t see Rafa Benitez throwing him in from the start, that is unless he feels that he has to, with no other option but Joselu.

What a mess.

In the aftermath of the Augsburg defeat, Rafa Benitez has revealed what might have been.

Last summer the manager was left angry and frustrated when he put in a lot of work to line up a number of early signings, only for Mike Ashley to block them.

Moving forward 12 months, the manager has confirmed that this has occurred once again.

Rafa saying he and his staff ‘were ready to go’ and bring in the players they had identified, Benitez stating ‘we knew what we wanted to do.’

The United boss is realistic and says that his plan wasn’t to compete with Man Utd and Man City in the transfer market but that with realistic backing on transfers, he know he could have made the team more competitive.

As before he has said he wanted Newcastle United to be a long-term project where over a period of time the club/team could improve, Rafa Benitez saying this season Newcastle could potentially have got ‘closer to European positions, maybe we could challenge for a trophy…’

Instead, he has to try and force a few late desperate signings to try and fight another successful relegation battle.

Mike Ashley continues to stack the odds further AGAINST his manager, whether Rafa Benitez can overcome them this time must be in grave doubt.

You would have to be daydreaming if you honestly think there will be any late change in Ashley’s position, so the best we can hope for in terms of transfers by 5pm on Thursday is maybe Rondon and another one or two other fair to average players, who aren’t going to suddenly transform our fortunes.

Rafa Benitez:

When I decided to stay at Newcastle United it was because it was a project.

“Everyone knows that we can’t compete against Man City or Man Utd…but we can do things in the right way.

“Maybe we can be more competitive, or closer to European positions, maybe we could challenge for a trophy…That was the idea.

“Then we finished 10th, and credit to our players (for doing that), but I still thought we could do something more (this summer in the transfer window) to be closer.

“(But) It is not the case.

“We will see where we are and we will fight until the last minute (this window), trying to improve the squad first, then after that the team.

“I was talking with Lee Charnley before the game and I will maybe see him after the game.

‘I’m not saying we’re not working, but the point is we were ready to go (with lined up transfers) and we knew what we wanted to do.”



  • Paul Patterson

    At best this is incompetence, at worst it is deliberate sabotage from Ashley and/or Charnley. I don’t recall many clubs failing to actually compete in the Premier League. The F.A need to look at themselves, it’s their product that they (via tv) give massive fees to clubs to compete and there is one team that will not be performing to their best this season.
    #Wheresthemoneygone

    • East Durham Mag

      Its not incompetence Paul its pure greed and utter malice from this hated regime.

      • Milburn_Taylor

        it certainly is

      • Leazes.

        Malice!

        When you have wealth as he does the figures become totally irrelevant…. it becomes ‘Power’…. the super rich use power to create dynasties and exert political clout.

    • Milburn_Taylor

      the money as we say is in the wind

  • ghostrider

    We never ever get to see who the transfers were.
    They’re always lined up and knocked back but no newspapers ever seem to lay them out for the fans to look at.
    Why?
    Maybe because Rafa hasn’t identified any like that and what he has identified is what we’re trying to bring in and have brought in.

    Look…think about it.
    He would have negotiated his contract to have control over bringing in his players or players he wants…not what is forced upon him…or he would be able to walk like Keegan did.

    So clearly he’s getting players he wants but not the big money signings he craves.
    Because I’m sure there’s a clause in his contract with wages and fees having a ceiling.

    He won’t renew his contract.
    If his contract is breached he would walk if he feels he can’t work with what he has.

    Rafa: Stop moaning and get on with the job or simply get out of the club and leave it to a manager who won’t whine at every opportunity and who will be honoured to make the best of what he gets in..

    • NeilMcDonaldFanClub

      What an absolute w***er you are pal….is he moaning or simply stating facts that promises have been broken from above….’every penny generated’….£22.5 mill profit….give your head a shake man

      • ghostrider

        He’s moaning. He’s whining like a spoilt brat. He’s putting down his own players by calling them sub standard, except he’s trying to put it subtly.
        He’s got the fans massaging his ego. He thinks he’s got the upper hand in a war with Ashley as far as the fans are concerned.

        The man has had no promises broken or he would have walked with compensation.
        And don’t believe for a minute he wouldn’t walk if that was the case, just because he feels the love of the fans and the city.

        The man is a stubborn ego tripper.
        He needs to shut up and get on with being a manager or he needs to leave.
        Two choices.

        Commit or piddle off.

        • JohnCornwell’sHair

          So Rafa is the liar in this scenario?

          • ghostrider

            What has he said that constitutes a lie?
            Rafa has used his words cleverly and carefully.
            He hasn’t directly said Ashley won’t help him. He’s playing cryptic messages and winding up the media and fans to play his tune.

          • JohnCornwell’sHair

            So nobody is lying? Promises made or not?
            Promises broken or not?

          • ghostrider

            Do you know?
            I only know what the tabloids are spewing out. Speculation.
            Oh…and forums and blogs like this.

          • JohnCornwell’sHair

            I don’t know, i was asking you, what do you reckon?

          • ghostrider

            As long as you don’t know then all we are all doing, is speculating.

    • GeordieZebra

      “Honoured to make the best”… what a balloon you are. Enjoy your day wearing a Lonsdale tracksuit and having Sunday lunch with Uncle Mike.

      • ghostrider

        Ahhh right, so you’re a name on the clothing type person.
        Guess what?
        There’s millions out there in this country and billions all over the world who don’t require branded clothing.
        Some people would rather pat £4 for 3 pairs of socks rather than £15 for one pair with a big brand on them.

        Anyone happy wearing puma trainers?
        Nooo?
        Why not?
        They’re more than happy to wear puma Newcastle tops.
        Are you one of them?

        Let me guess. You wish it was Nike or Adidas, right?
        Or is it another big name?
        Here’s something for you.

        Do you know why Mike Ashley’s a multi billionaire?
        No need to answer it. Just sit back and think about it.

        • JohnCornwell’sHair

          I’ve got Puma trainers, very comfortable.

          • ghostrider

            Good.

          • JohnCornwell’sHair

            No probs

        • GeordieZebra

          He’s a multi billionaire from selling tat and because he’s an exceptional businessman.

          As a supporter of our fine club, I don’t want him profiteering and not delivering on promises year after year after year whilst we have a world class manager trying to achieve what we as a collective fan base desire.

          Rafa moaning is fine. If you’re not, go and support somebody else.

          • ghostrider

            I’m a bit fed up of the world class manager nonsense.
            Let him prove it at this club, because he’s done nothing more than any run of the mill manager would have done.

          • grantham mag

            You really are shithouse door if he had the backing of your bumchum who knows what he might of achieved.

          • ghostrider

            He’s got backing or can’t you appreciate that?
            Let me guess. You want a VanDycke n or a sterling, right?
            You want big money and big stars on big contracts who will get us a few steps up the league then give up, only to want out but nobody out there willing to pay the massive wages, so we end up stuck with them.

            Or did you want something else?
            Let me know.

          • NeilMcDonaldFanClub

            Nobody wants £200mill spent in a transfer window….but just to be active in the market and spend some money that’s been brought in is what the majority want….when’s he’s called the players ‘sub standard’ btw….never heard that come out of his mouth yet….stop spouting sh*** man

          • ghostrider

            He doesn’t directly call them sub standard but he implies it by using choice words.
            You know it and so does everyone else.
            The man needs to shut up and get on with the job he’s paid to do.

          • JohnCornwell’sHair

            You’re a bit fed up? hope your day picks up.

          • Ben Jones

            Bless. You’re a trier, gotta give ya that

          • JohnCornwell’sHair

            That means a lot, thank you.

          • Ben Jones

            Where it’s due

          • ghostrider

            I’m fine but thanks for your concern.

          • JohnCornwell’sHair

            Anytime

          • SuperDesHamilton

            Chill out have a few pints,

          • ghostrider

            Good for you. Enjoy and slacken off a little.

          • SuperDesHamilton

            A feel like your going to combust

          • ghostrider

            Ignition.

          • SuperDesHamilton

            Your filled to the brim with mike Ashley’s man batter, don’t go near a naked flame

          • GeordieZebra

            Promotion and 10th on a shoe string. If he goes, let’s see Paul Lambert or similar achieve the same. They won’t.

            More knowledgeable people than me (and definitely you) say he is and his cv says he is. Your ignorance or stupidity is embarrassing.

          • Martin Rooney

            You need to check the shoestring theory the palyer cost at Rafa’s disposal is staggeringly high.

          • ghostrider

            Kenedy and Dubravka helped get us to 10th, not Rafa.
            If Rafa hadn’t of struck lucky with those two firing on all cylinders, we’d have likely been relegated and Rafa would have been 100% to blame.

          • Kneebotherm8

            A very exceptional business man……….he makes money in all his business dealings generally…………….none more so than NUFC…….

        • Squintytoonarmy

          I wish a few of the Stone Island lads would sort your lover out

    • JohnCornwell’sHair

      We just want better players, for that someone needs to spend some realistic money. I don’t see Rafa moaning he’s just letting everyone know about the lies and broken promises. Why should he walk away? he’s an honorable man who agreed to do a job, while the window is open it is his job to try to improve the squad however he can once it closes he will get on with the job with what little he has to work with.

      • ghostrider

        He’s getting players.
        What’s the issue?
        Who’s lying to him?
        He is moaning.
        If promises were broken then those promises must have been made when they were out on the drink with nothing signed…right?
        Because if those promises are not contractual promises, then what’s he moaning about?
        He should have factored what he wanted into his contract.
        I thought he spent many weeks with his lawyer and the club negotiating everything to favour him and the club?

        Surely if the club have broken a contractual agreement he can walk owing nothing and actually gaining compensation and also with the backing of the fans.
        He can’t lose…but yet here he is moaning and also refusing to commit.

        I find that egotistical and stubborn.
        In a nutshell, he”s a whining Mr want rather than an accepting Mr need.

        Get on with it Rafa and stop putting down your own team because your whim is catered for in every department.

        • JohnCornwell’sHair

          Unbelievably i’m actually going to agree with you that the promises that were made by the liars at the club couldn’t have been put in the contract, a mistake has been made and that i suspect is why Rafa has sacked his long time agent. He botched the deal and has paid the price. Rafa isn’t going to make the same mistake this time.

          • ghostrider

            He shouldn’t have made the mistakes the first time.
            He’s a genius so I’ve heard. He’s intellectual so I’ve heard. His attention to detail is magnificent, so I’ve heard.
            And yet he makes a mistake on a contract that his agent rigged up? And his Lawyer overseen?

            Nahhhhhhhhhh.
            How about he was out of a job and he saw us as a perfect route back. Big club and big wages for his big ego.
            Once he saw the fans pampering him whim he stood on his mountain and started dictating his commandments.

            I only wish Ashley could sack him without paying up his contract.

          • JohnCornwell’sHair

            Who would you have to replace him? or who do you think Ashley would sanction to replace him?

          • ghostrider

            I honestly don’t know. There’s loads of managers out there but we’d need to get one in that the fans would take to on the basis of team management/coaching ability, because any leaving messiah like Rafa has been turned into would create a cauldron of immediate dislike for any newbie manager rather than a welcome.

            I want a manager who gets the team playing real football not a game of chess or bash our fort down if you can.

          • Angelswithdirtyfaces

            “I honestly don’t know” is the only useful comment you have ever made on this blog

          • ghostrider

            And yet you still read them all and comment.
            Keep it up.

          • Billmag

            For god’s sake don’t ask the idiot that.

          • grumpyoldmag

            Big club????? That’s the funniest thing I’ve heard all year. POTENTIALLY a big club if the best manager you’re ever going to get is allowed to build the club up not stand still every season at best.

          • ghostrider

            Far far from the best manager we’re ever going to get.
            The man is a boring manager.
            His football is generally dire.
            There’s nothing spectacular about him other than the golden pedestal he’s been placed upon.

          • grumpyoldmag

            Well that’s certainly a unique view. I can honestly say I have not heard that expressed in any pre or post match discussion in any pub I’ve visited and certainly never in my part of the galliwgate end. Do you actually express this view at the match? Does anybody agree with you? I’d certainly like to know which serial winner of trophies in multiple countries and / or champions league manager we’d get to replace him. So yes the best manager we are ever going to get.

          • grumpyoldmag

            Or better still – start a chant of Rafa out at the spurs match se who joins in

          • ghostrider

            No, I doubt you will have heard it. It’s what’s known as a minority view.
            How that works is, most people just follow a pattern.
            Most people are scared to veer away from the majority view that’s built up.

            Mass opinion wins for the masses.
            The minority will toe that line of be ridiculed or crushed verbally or violently.

            So it’s hardly surprising that people are going to have a pop at Benitez over Ashley when the hatred is an epidemic for Ashley. And also the messiah like pedestal set out for Rafa.

            It’s all about the bandwagon.

        • SuperDesHamilton

          Just because a Spanish waiter s***** your lass in salou doesn’t mean all Spanish people are bad you know.

          Lay off Benítez

          • ghostrider

            Are you sickening for something?

          • SuperDesHamilton

            No idea what you mean but read it again & come back please

          • ghostrider

            I did.

          • SuperDesHamilton

            And you still sound like a gonk even after proof reading it

    • Ram Kishore

      I don’t agree with your last paragraph pal. This interview seems very calm, careful and collected ..
      But it’s unsettling but I would wait until Aug 9 .
      If PL survival is our club’s management’s objective. Its a bit wrong but I’m just speculating
      🤔☺

    • toonsteve

      He has every right to moan. If the contract rumour is correct, then he has to pay to walk. If Ashley doesn t want him commenting on the club s lack of ambition he can dismiss him. The majority of fans support Rafas stance.

      • ghostrider

        He’s got no right to moan.
        He’s paid a fortune to do his job.
        His job is to manage a football squad.
        Get on with it Rafa.

    • Angelswithdirtyfaces

      Why don’t you stop yer hate campaign and stop moaning ?

      • ghostrider

        No hate campaign here. That’s the Ashley haters.
        My issue is with a whining manager that refuses to commit to his job and whines that he’s not getting players when he clearly is.

    • Mrkgw

      He has a reported penalty clause should he walk of his own accord – £6m apparently. Rafa has every right to moan and he does so to benefit the club and ourselves as supporters. In essence, he has our best interests at heart.

      • ghostrider

        he whines to benefit himself. Make no mistake about that.
        The man’s a mercenary.

        • Mrkgw

          Bit harsh that Ghostrider. If he was a mercenary then he would be at West Ham right now. Or, even better given his track record. He has been strung slong and hung out to dry by this regime and Ashley.

          • ghostrider

            You’re right he would have been at West Ham if he could walk away from the club for nothing and West Ham didn’t have to pay compensation.

            He’d be off like a shot.
            I actually wish West Ham had paid for him.
            But you know what?
            I’d still back Rafa is he nailed his colours to the mast and signed on for a few years.
            I’m not a fan of his tactics but he’s shown he can change them up if he uses the right players.

            As it stands and the way things are going on with his whining and refusal to commit, I’d rather he was sacked or negotiated a walk away with Ashley.

            The way this is panning out is playing right into Rafa’s hands and Ashley should see this, or I hope he does.

            You see, if the team does badly this season with Rafa’s set up, Rafa can use the fans toi make out he didn’t get his signings or set money or whatever excuse…and the fans will back him…even if we get relegated…because naturally it’ll be Ashley’s fault…or Charnley’s…or both. But not Rafa.

            Then Rafa can walk away and into whatever job he walks into.
            If the players play well, then Rafa’s a genius on a shoestring.

  • Monkseaton Magpies

    As the Burnley manager said I have signed no players because the fees are crazy and wages crazy. No good paying ten million over the odds and the player is a flop.

    • JohnCornwell’sHair

      Speculate to accumulate, some players flop some thrive. Why always look on the downside?

      • Paul Patterson

        With his logic, he’d starve to death ..

      • Kneebotherm8

        When we’re in a stick or twist transfer situation……..Penfold normally sticks…..

    • Milburn_Taylor

      what he actually said was that the club had no ambition, sounds familiar doesn`t it.

    • SuperDesHamilton

      Fake news

    • Squintytoonarmy

      Signing BenGibson for 15 mill?

      • Ben Jones

        [email protected]@king bargain mate!

        • Squintytoonarmy

          Rafa would never be given 15 mill for a centre half – he don’t even get that fir a striker. That’s the point I was trying to make

          • Ben Jones

            Would you have had him for 15m given the chance?

          • Squintytoonarmy

            Probably – he was valued 10 mill more 12 mths ago and on verge of England squad

          • Ben Jones

            Rafa mustn’t have fancied him/would’ve took too much from the budget I guess

      • Martin Rooney

        Yes now but the press were quoting Mboro as wanting £20+ until recently.
        So as the time is getting closer and they need to get a replacement the agreeable price is getting done.
        The rational that a move on sunday the week before window closes shows a club positively in comparison to the club doing business the monday tuesday wednesday. before is staggering. Some
        Fans need to get a grip.

        • Squintytoonarmy

          Get a grip on what?

    • Milo79

      Ben Gibson from Middlesbrough for £15m? Nothing crazy about that fee.

  • Toon River

    There’s still time left in the window. I think we’ll still get a striker in, there’s no point being too negative just yet. If Rondon sings and Gayle does go the other way as a loan it could work out well. Rondon is a player Rafa clearly rates, if he hits the ground running great. Worst case scenario if we do get relegated we get Gayle back next season who is great at Championship level. Obviously I don’t want to get relegated, but least if we do we’ve got a proven championship striker coming back next season in Gayle

    • Paul Patterson

      ‘Still time’???
      Have you ever heard of forward planning?

      • Ben Jones

        Presumably every club that signs someone from now on have failed at forward planning? No no course not, every signing that other clubs make from now is further showing their ambitions isn’t it Paul…

        • JohnCornwell’sHair

          Signings definitely show ambition or the lack of it.

      • Toon River

        I think the signings we’ve made are good signings. I still think we’ll add to them. I’m just trying not to be too negative before the season has even started mate

        • Milburn_Taylor

          you don`t happen to be another troll, you certainly post like one

          • Leazes.

            Well spotted…. he’s not exactly ‘master of disguise’…. he’s had so many aliases that the name’s he comes up with now are poorly conceived.

          • Toon River

            I literally signed up a few days ago. I think you lot need some fresh air mare. How can someone be a troll just for trying to look on the brightside instead of moaning all the time ?

          • Ben Jones

            Long story mate, to cut it short, you’re either called Kevin or David and you now live in Manchester, hope this isn’t an inconvenience

          • Leazes.

            Bye kevin….

          • Wezza

            They always deny it tooz if they engage with me I can tell if they are a Lee brother!

          • Laurents left foot

            Im assuming youre claiming me to also be a troll? If you read my last post you would see that I’m very much anti Ashley and very much like the majority on here supportive of Rafa.

          • Wezza

            No mate not at all! Just love the name!

          • Laurents left foot

            Ah ok, just noticed your pic too 👍🏻 best left foot ive ever seen at sjp!

          • Wezza

            He was just as good as Ginola, was great to watch in person!

          • SuperDesHamilton

            Virgin

          • Tony English

            Ah…you’re new around here…expect the paranoid androids to circle and question your very existence.

          • Toon River

            It’s a sad state of affairs when people get called a troll for trying to be remotely positive

    • JohnCornwell’sHair

      Rafa rates Rondon in the price bracket he’s being forced to deal in. If there was realistic money we wouldn’t be signing Rondon. Hope it works out though and he has a great season.

    • Jimmy_toons

      There’s no point in being too negative? And then you say if we do get relegated? Which is it? I don’t know any United fans wanting to get relegated. Silly talk, or some crazy thought.

      • phildene

        We’ll do anything to get rid of Ashley and if it takes relegation again, then thats what it takes! we’ve followed nufc for donkeys years and can’t stand the fat man and what he”s done to our club-and to Rafa now. The reason why Ashley is still here is plenty of dosh rolling in from everywhere, free advertising, plus a guaranteed crowd of 50+ every home game…….when will people wake up and smell the coffee-the only way is to make sacrifices and stop paying Ashley season ticket and merchandise money. No Incoming money-No Ashley-simples!

    • Blackandwhite9

      Not bothered about his singing ability to be honest …. just hope he bangs a dozen or so goals this season .. we are going to need them
      IRWT

    • Wezza

      It will probably be a loan but that doesn’t benefit west neon they want cash and we won’t pay despite having 25M transfer window profit. Shambles.

      • mactoon

        Rumour has it both deals will be loans with Rondon and Gayle going opposite ways. Win Win as we get Rondon who Rafa rates and Gayle gets another chance to prove he can be prolific and come back with more confidence from getting a regular game.

  • JohnCornwell’sHair

    What intent is our club showing the world? Genuine question.
    Imo the intent is “Don’t get relegated” thats it, I’m convinced if you could guarantee
    Ashley 17th place every year he would snap your hands off.

    • Geordiegiants

      No doubt about it!

      • JohnCornwell’sHair

        The bloke also thinks we should be dancing in the streets at that ambition, we should know our place, toe the Ashley line, be happy with our lot.
        Not me, i want more.

        • Kneebotherm8

          99.9% of us want more,including Rafa………..we all know who the individuals are who make up the 0.01%…….the usual suspects on this site……

          • Ben Jones

            Everyone wants more?

            I want more gravy on my chips, and I want more chips

          • JohnCornwell’sHair

            We should all just probably accept what we’ve got then.
            Fair enough.

          • Ben Jones

            Ok

          • JohnCornwell’sHair

            What a relief

          • Kneebotherm8

            Yeah,you’re one of the 0.01% I’m talking about….

          • Ben Jones

            82% of 187 women who use head and shoulders disagree

          • Kneebotherm8

            OK………Dover…..😛😛😛😛

        • Geordiegiants

          I would rather sink under him than get money off him. I would bite my nose off to spite my face, I detest what he has done that much.

    • Kneebotherm8

      1000% correct…..

      • Jimmy_toons

        Totally.

    • SuperDesHamilton

      No intent at all, we just exist nowadays under fatty

  • Leazes.

    Ashley doesn’t need the few measly millions that he steals…. it’s not even an abdication of responsibility….

    …….it is just pure malice… he could have had fun for very little outlay but chose not to a decade ago.

    That’s why the incompetent Charnley was left in a position of power and overseen by Justin Barnes to make sure the club struggle.

    There was 21k at SJP yesterday to watch a team comprising of average players take on a German side of no particular interest….

    …..that’s why he can get away with it. United catchment area isn’t just Tyneside, its wider than that, and with the lack of competition the club can be run as a failure as it was for much of its history.

    The press keep going on about United’s wonderful support in order to butter us up, but its not the same people…. its a footprint of fans on a conveyor belt of dissatisfaction before they step off…. the Loyalest ‘supporter’ we have is Lee Ryder because he’s been forced to attend to do his job!(sic)

    If there is 50k inside the ground then they are on the way to realisation of the mockery of media promise and a sham of a club, and there’s another half a million at home who couldn’t take the nonsense any more.

    I had a coffee on the quayside yesterday, I spent £2 and didn’t get angry, wandered up through crowded Motor Show in the city centre past superb sports cars Ferraris and top end exotics and looked on as an admirer….

    ….Spurs next week and we have a bus.

    • FatParosite

      Springtime for Ashley….

    • Jimmy_toons

      Agree. Also Hall bought the club knowing if he put something into the club and invested, like the metro centr he’d get a good return as the Geordies have biggest disposable income spend in the country. Weekend millionaires.
      I Imagine one of the reasons the FCB bought the club was that Hall told him this and that if he kept the club in the Premier league, 50k will continue to turn up. Bingo. And with free advertising, increased tv money, merchandising straight into his pocket he can make more money. Probably recently realised that getting in a decent albeit expensive coach who knows what he’s doing will help keep the club up, and not giving any money to Benitez is the gamble he so likes, as is the ‘walk if you want Benitez, it will cost you £6m’.
      Lucky Benitez only has to the end of the season, which will make it 3 he’s had to put up with it. We will have had 12.
      #GetoutofourclubyouFCB

      • Martin Rooney

        The northeast has the lowest disposable income of every region where do you get you info from FCS.

        • HarryHype59

          If you are in a job paying less than £25k, the chances are you have a far higher disposable income than someone living in the SE. This is mainly because of lower housing costs.

          My son lives in Kent and is amazed how low rents are in the NE.

          • Martin Rooney

            II agree but the facts are that our disposable income is lowest in the UK

          • HarryHype59

            My son lives in East Kent, he cannot believe how packed the bars and restaurants are in a so called area of deprivation.

            Having lived in the SE for decades and only returning here a few years ago, I think life is far harder down there for people on lower wages, than it is up here.

        • Jimmy_toons

          We spend more on leisure and recreation as a percentage of our income than richer regions in England, but we do have the lowest disposable income in the country so I will correct myself.

          • Martin Rooney

            That leisure is beer and its caused by watching the toon

      • phildene

        Also John Hall still sold the club Ashley knowing what he was going to do with it-use for advertising- as Ashley told him and John Hall was supposed to be a fan! aye of money! I went right off John Hall when the iron gates were fold lying rusting up in a corner of a field! He’s got loads of storage room at his mansion so why not use that??.

  • Stephen

    It’s the players agents that being allowed( to long) that are ruining the game.
    The fees and add on’s to transfers are mad.
    For a good insight as to what really goes on read Simon Jordan ‘ Be Careful What You Wish For’.
    These people are parasites who represent there own best interests
    Interesting that Burnley are refusing to deal.

    • Paul Patterson

      Yo lost me when you said ‘Simon Jordan’. One of the most vocal anti Newcastle people going . .

      • JohnCornwell’sHair

        Agreed, disgusting human being.

      • Stephen

        The book was given to me as a holiday read
        My opinion was the same as yours
        Read it. It’s been an eye opener for me.

        • Ben Jones

          I think he’s anti muppet rather than anti newcastle

          • Big Al 1967

            Would suggest you listen to him on Talksh1te. He is most definitely anti NUFC, like his pal Jason Cundy. Cundy even admitted it on air last Thursday night

          • Ben Jones

            Spontaneous and without reason hatred of a football club while possible, I find hard to imagine, there must be an underlying reason, have they given their reasons?

          • Big Al 1967

            Cundy because he thinks we all have Delusions of Grandeur and think we should win the League every year(Yet to meet a fan who EVER thinks that) and Jordan because he thinks we hate all things Cockney, you know like SuperMac, Sir Les, Rob Lee, Chris Hughton, Centre Partin’ the list is endless. The pair of them deal in massive generalisations without doing any research into the subject they are paid to talk about.
            It is my understanding that neither has set foot on Tyneside other than when visiting SJP in a capacity of a player or owner

          • Ben Jones

            Just as I suspected, they’re anti muppet not anti newcastle united

          • Big Al 1967

            Whatever, as suggested listen to them, here’s an example
            Thursday Night Newcastle caller ‘Jason,why do you hate Newcastle’ Cundy’s reply ‘Because they all have Delusions of Grandeur and think they are a big club’
            No denials, no rephrasing, a direct admission that he hates the club. What more do you want

          • JohnCornwell’sHair

            Delusions of grandeur ha he should have a long look at that bird he used to be married to, mutton dressed as kebab meat.

          • Big Al 1967

            And yet there are people still willing to defend the to$$er, see above

          • Ben Jones

            What’s happening there is the caller is asking one question(why do you hate the club) and he’s answering a different question(all the fans are muppets), of course I don’t agree with his statement, it’s only the vocal whingers that are the muppets and they show our club up in a bad light

          • Big Al 1967

            Did you listen to the call? I know I did and I know exactly what he said.
            No denials, no rephrasing, plenty of opportunity to say ‘No I don’t hate the club but.. ‘ , none of it.

          • Ben Jones

            He’s telling you he hates the fans of the club by making a sweeping statement about how he views all the fans, but his views are based on the more vocal fans

          • Big Al 1967

            So why then did he not deny he hates the club. In the past he has
            Criticised Keegan
            Hammered the club for getting rid of Fat Sam
            Opened took the pi$$ when we won promotion
            Consistently states we have never been a big club
            But no in your world he does not hate us. That’s fine and if you are happy to defend a man who thinks women have no place commentating on football then so be it

  • Christopher Smeaton

    Blocking ghostrider, fleckman, clarko, yourmum, and monkseaton is the best thing i will do today and it’s not even 10AM.

    After screenshotting instances where they have contradicted themselves countless times, moving the goalposts on transfers, the efficacy of Benitez, net spend etc etc etc so that they can paint Benitez to be some kind of villain and Ashley to categorically, and without fail be on the side of the good.

    My suspicions that the regulars such as Leazes on here were a little conspiratorial, but as time has gone on and the utter drivel posted by the names at the start of this post has left me to believe what the true fans on this page are saying- and that these people are intentionally pushing anti benitez and pro ashley rhetoric and i personally find my day is worse when i read what these alleged Man U supporters have to say about a manager and a club I love.

    I write this long message in the hope someone will read it and block Clarko, fleckman, monkseaton and ghostrider rather than reading their twists and manipulative turns intended to stir up misplaced derision and division among nufc supporters.

    Get them blocked. You won’t regret it.

    • Ben Jones

      It’s 10.30 fella, you’ve just shown that it took over 30 minutes from starting to write it to finishing it, can’t fault your dedication even if I could fault your words per minute ratio

      • Christopher Smeaton

        i was busy making a bit of breakfast at the same time :-)

      • JohnCornwell’sHair

        What happened to Ustinov?

        • Ben Jones

          Exactly mate, another of Rafas targets deemed too expensive, the russian would’ve been a stalwart at the back n’all

          • JohnCornwell’sHair

            Just couldn’t get him over the line, oh well.
            Rolando Aarons will be like a new player so every cloud etc

          • Ben Jones

            Eh? Just was his replacement

    • SuperDesHamilton

      I keep Monkseaton unblocked he entertains me, hes utterly mental the rest however I ignore, on the other side of the coin I blocked Leazes, jezza, nut job & maximus. Their exactly the same with a different opinion. Maximus just gets drunk & upsets people on here who dare to have opinions

      • Billmag

        The last named has switched the light out and left the building.

      • paul mclaughlan

        I invited MMM to the Rising Sun pub in Wallsend on Friday after he said he was gonna rip my (and my brothers. (I don’t even have a brother)) head off. He didn’t show up. The reason was my joke about the paranoia on here.

    • Billmag

      Well Manure supporters hated it when Rafa won another European Cup for the bin dippers, and he also questioned Furgies mind games it’s no wonder they try to put Rafa down.

      • Wezza

        Spot on.

    • Hughie_Gallacher

      Have some respect. There is at least a 50 iq between the lot of them.

    • Tony English

      Any relation to top fella Bob Smeaton?

      I partly agree with you…

      to one extreme Clarko is just a calculator, if the numbers can be made to make his point then he won’t embrace the honest emotion of a situation…

      …to the other Leazes and Jezza can only whistle one tune and bully anyone new if they dare to show a single word of positivity.

    • Wezza

      I’ve got them all blocked.
      The clue to their behaviour is the above article…
      There is no rational way to defend Ashley so they resort to plain trolling. They get their kicks and live for this to fulfil their sad sex starved lives. They always slip up and claim Ashley hasn’t never taken a penny from the club. LOL.
      5-0.

    • Jimblag23

      I asked the trolls if they bothered to watch our friendlies and not one of them watched any of them.
      That confirmed their troll status as why would you spend all day everyday talking about a club and then not watch them play?
      My week has improved since blocking all of them.

    • Desree

      Agree. I have always been up for banter. But the opinions that bunch have come up with, they are extremists.

      I can’t help but think it is intentional to get comments on the site. Or they are employed by one of Ashleys companies.

      Debate and difference of opinion is healthy.

  • Mxpx

    Rafa is kicking the hornets nest again here wonder if he’s looking to get himself sacked and have Mike Ashley pay out his contract

  • East Durham Mag

    God only knows what sh*t the club will be in 12 months from now. The spectre of Rafa seeing out his contract and walking,then the Fatcnut installing another compliant muppet and constantly sucking the lifeblood out the entire club is not worth contemplating.

    • JohnCornwell’sHair

      David O’Leary in my nightmares!