You really have to feel for Rafa Benitez.

The best way you can describe it, is that the Newcastle manager looks as though he takes things to heart as much as the fans.

Just like Kevin Keegan and Sir Bobby Robson before him, he expects certain standards.

When they are not met, Rafa Benitez wears his heart on his sleeve.

Newcastle should have got hammered by Porto on Saturday, tonight they did.

Braga won 4-0 but this was the least of Rafa’s worries when he spoke to the media afterwards.

The manager spoke about the game and says the defeat has to be a ‘wake up call’ – but more importantly, he wants a wake up call off the pitch as well.

Asked if he was confident of getting in the signings he needs, Rafa Benitez replied: ‘Am I optimistic? Thinking that in ten days we can do what we didn’t do in two months? I don’t think so.’

Clearly feeling monumentally let down by Mike Ashley and his minions when it comes to transfers, Rafa declared ‘Our fans are very clever. They know what is going on.’

Sadly, we all know too well what is going on, but when you have somebody like Ashley in charge, knowing what to do to try and bring about any kind of change is the big question.

Rafa Benitez:

“It was a bad game and we did not do things the way that we have to.

“Ten days before the start of the season now and this is a wake up call, we must realise we can’t make these mistakes.

“Things are not going well off the pitch…and I’m worried…you can see a reflection of that on the pitch.

“Fans are concerned and they have to be. We are (also) concerned.

“We are not doing things well on the pitch, or off it.

“This (4-0 hammering) should be a wake up call for everyone.

 “A lot (more signings are still needed), as I said before, (at least) three or four (more) players.

“I can’t say too much about players coming in, because in the end, it depends on so many things and we don’t (usually) finish the deals.

“Our fans are very clever. They know what is going on.”

Asked if close to any more signings:

 “I have no idea.”

On Dwight Gayle’s future:

“It seems that he might stay.”

Optimistic?:

“Am I optimistic? Thinking that in ten days we can do what we didn’t do in two months?

“I don’t think so.

“I think it’s obvious we need people, we need (more) bodies.

“I said two months ago what we needed and 10 days before the start of season we still are where we are.

“There are four or five players we thought we could bring in…but we haven’t.”



  • Paul Patterson

    Well done Mike and Lee. Their plan is going perfectly.
    This man will walk at the end of the season with his head held high, having done all he can.
    The owner and his tea boy, are a disgrace to professional football . .

    • glassjawsh-got-banned

      they are a disgrace to everything save for insatiable greed

    • Jezza

      I fear Rafa could walk the day after the transfer window closes.

  • Stephen Paylor

    Ashley is simply a gambling man. Efforts need to be ramped up against SD. It is the only way to hurt him enough to get him out of the club.

  • Lewis

    The fact that Neil Warnock has received more backing from his owner than Rafa, just shows what a shambles Ashley and Charnley are. People really need to start questioning Lee Charnley more, he’s really not good at his job and seems to get off lightly.

    Guess the real question is….why is Rafa still here??

    • Alreet

      Rafa loves the place and the people. I guess hes trying to show the world what a waster ash and his lapdog are.

    • Toon Andy

      People talk about Charnley being bad at his job, I think he’s amazing at it.
      It seems clear he carries out Ashley’s orders perfectly.

      There’s going to be a riot!

      • Jezza

        Spot on. Charnley is achieving exactly what Ashley wants him to.

  • Tino11

    Sack the boa.. erm Charnley!

    Still no article on the Magpie Group.

    Ashley out, or have an unfortunate life changing accident!

    • Alreet

      Memory loss. Forget u are the owner and give it all away to a very reasonable bid from a very stable investor.

  • ScreamStevie

    I think we have a first team choice which can hold it’s own in the Premiership but little on the bench or as back up. A few key injuries and we’ll be in trouble. If we are in the bottom 3 or a few points off come February, with Rafa on his way out, it’ll be a real crisis.
    I think Ashley is banking on what we’ve got and Rafa being enough to keep us up. Any money we’ve got (either from TV or surplus on sales) he’s going to keep to make available to Rafa’s replacement. I’m not saying that’s going to be a fortune but he needs ‘something’ to tempt someone after how Rafa’s been treated…

    • nufcslf

      Not a chance, he’s pocketed the lot and who ever replaces Rafa will get f**k all as well. But the sheep can’t see past the fat c**t and will keep on a flocking. Idiots the lot of them.

    • Jezza

      There won’t be any transfer funds for Rafa’s replacement. I guarantee our next manager will be some yes man, straight off the football scrapheap and eternally grateful for the job, who will never complain about the lack of transfer funds.

      • Peaky

        I would not be the least surprised if they gave the job to Beardsley..

        • Jezza

          It’s a distinct possibility. Promoting from within would be an incredibly cheap solution. Beardsley’s awful track record as a coach would be a bonus for Fatso and appointing a manager with all sorts of allegations hanging over his head would be the icing on the cake.

        • Rabid Dog

          I suspect you meant this in jest, but it actually makes a ton of sense. Controversy of appointing pedro after the allegations would stir up a media frenzy. All increasing s….. d….. profile…..

  • glassjawsh-got-banned

    Celtic (who made less than 3 million from their TV deal) have spent more on a player this window than NUFC… what an idiotic mess

    • glassjawsh-got-banned

      and I’d wager to guess they’d beat us right now too

      • KRS1

        Afraid I agree with you

    • Danimal

      We’ve been outspent by numerous clubs, Nottingham Forest for example.

      • Jezza

        Yes and Leeds have just signed a striker for £10 million too. We are now being outspent by middling Championship clubs who’s only short term ambition is to consolidate in that division.

        • Dont stop bobbi fleckman

          Leeds will get in the play-offs, a very ignorant comment from you. They have a very good new manager.

          • Danimal

            Oh ok, as they are a team with aspirations of finishing near the top of the second division,it’s understandable that we can’t compete with them financially.

          • Dont stop bobbi fleckman

            Not at all what I said. Simply, as so very often, Fat Jezza is wrong.

          • Billmag

            OUTSPENT.

          • Dont stop bobbi fleckman

            meaning ?

          • Billmag

            You do the maths.

          • Dont stop bobbi fleckman

            Sounds like a Barry Manilow song.

  • Gary Linskey

    Okay then, if we can’t even beat or draw against an average Portuguese side, how on this planet are we gonna compete with Spurs in 10 days time, never mind the rest of the Premier League sides too??!!
    So Newcastle fans, we best brace ourselves for a super tough relegation battle this season & more or less being resigned to the fact we’re gonna lose Benitez by this time 2019!
    I’ve tried being up-beat all summer, but tonight confirmed that we are truly [email protected]#KED!!!

    • Duh

      One match and one result in isolation is not really the issue, any team can have a bad day.

      Rafa’s state of mind is the real issue

      • Neale Bertram

        I get that, obviously keeping Benitez at the club is the main priority.
        But it wasn’t just the Braga match. Porto should have won comfortably & the draw at Hull was a poor performance. Yes Rafa used fringe players quite a bit too, but some of those same fringe players is all the club has right now & may well feature in the league this year.
        That’s why I think we’ll struggle this season.
        I’ve remained optimistic up until recently, but there’s only so much the fans should suffer through!

    • Billmag

      Orient 5 NUFC 0 pre season anything can happen in football that’s why the bookies are rich.

  • Toon Andy

    It makes me feel sad that Rafa has seen promise in the club, but it seems he’ll leave thinking it’s just not possible to succeed at this shambles of a club

    Ashley out!
    Ashley out of the country…sent to Guantanamo.

  • Danimal

    Nothing from the trolls? Have they been sent to bed?

  • Neale Bertram

    Fans are saying we should boycott that shit-heap Sports Direct! Although I agree to a point, would it make that much difference?
    Coz it would only be Toon supporters doing it, the rest of Britain couldn’t care less about our owner & the clubs current plight.

    • 1957

      That’s very true, if you’re on a low income and need some clothing/sports equipment for your kids you’ll most likely go to a SD store. That is even applicable in the north east. I’ve never used SD but once having had young children and low income I understand why people might.

      He seems to hold all the aces and I believe subscribes to the any publicity is good publicity mantra. I done all I can and cancelled my season tickets.

      • TheFatController

        Surely the fans hold all the aces?

        He is obliged to fill the stadium so it’s looks good for the PL selling overseas tv packages etc (check out their website promotion under the section ‘full and vibrant stadiums’ where they pride themselves on having 96% of stadiums filled)

        An empty stadium gets him in big trouble with the FA. That’s not what they are selling TV games as, passionless shells of empty stadiums.

        Sooner or later the fans will work out that this small contractual obligation clubs have to the PL exists, and hold Ashley to ransom on it.

        Well, unless those fans say ‘it’s not really my style to forego a bit of pleasure now to get something better in the future’

        Because that’s called ‘disciplining yourself’ – yes, amazingly not going to matches will be difficult. Things in life are rarely easy if they’re worth having.

        Ashley knows they won’t stop going, just like he wouldn’t stop eating Gregg’s pasties etc if he was told it’s ruining his health. After all , he likes them, why shouldn’t he have that pleasure whilst ruining his future?

    • Lewis SG

      Bad publicity is bad for business. The least you could do is to affect their sales and business at least in Newcastle. For the rest of the world, there isn’t much you can do about but at least you can badmouth about this brand and bring down it’s brand value.

  • Shields Mag

    It’s time to vote with your feet lads and lasses, it’s the only way that Ashley will get the message that we have had enough, he’ll sharp sell when he realises empty stadium every week. It’s the only way…..Ashley Out

  • Duh

    I’d say it’s serious at this point. Mikey is an absolute idiot.

  • Rob

    We’re in a great position to compete for championship promotion next season with so many players who are experienced in what it takes.

    Wouldn’t surprise me if this is Ashley’s take on it.

    • Jezza

      No Ashley’s take is simply that there is no need to dip into the profits to strengthen a team that finished 10th when they only need to finish 17th. Much better to pocket the whole lot.

  • East Durham Mag

    Fatty is blatantly trying to force Rafa to walk so he can replace him with a subservient manager who will not have the temerity to be ambitious, ask for money to buy quality players or openly question or criticise the policies implemented by Fatcnut of raping NUFC.

    • Jezza

      Spot on. I truly believe Fatso has been trying to force Rafa out ever since promotion was secured last year.

      • East Durham Mag

        I wouldn’t blame Rafa if he walked out now the man is honourable and decent, how many more lies and deceptions can he take? If he did we would be in dire straits but i wouldn’t think any less of him. KK’s damning indictment of Fatty and his tenure is frighteningly true.

      • Geordiegiants

        Definetly, the thing is he is able to do exactly what he wants, because we have these fans that say they don’t care what he does they will still go.

      • Wezza

        Maybe he will sell Lascelles to push him over the edge too.

        • Jezza

          That could well happen, Lascelles gone next Thursday afternoon and Rafa walking on the Friday morning.

  • Damon Horner

    I don’t think Rafa does breaking points. Very good time this close to the end of the window and after that result to step up the intensity on the club’s issues.

  • Peaky

    🤓 = Penfold = Useless Fatcunt
    🐷 = Ashley = Evil And Even Fattercunt

    Just fuckoff now the fuckingpair of ya…..and take your arselicking,helmet sucking trolls with ya…….

    • Jezza

      I never thought I’d ever say this but I’m beginning to think that Westwood, Seymour and McKeag weren’t so bad after all.

      • robbersdog

        McKeag was a lovely man. My elder brother was a bit of a bad lad in the 70s, and McKeag was his solicitor. He gave my brother and I two tickets for the League Cup Final in 1976.

        He wasn’t the kind of mega-rich owner that Premier League clubs have these days, but he really loved and cared about the club.

        • Leazes.

          No that’s a bit like saying Hitler was a lovely man because he patted my son on the head.

          • MichaelMaximusMoose

            😂😂😂😂

          • robbersdog

            No it isn’t.

          • Leazes.

            That’s not much of an argument.

          • robbersdog

            Your Hitler/McKeag analogy isn’t really worth debating.

        • Jezza

          Oh he was a pleasant enough chap alright he was just hopelessly out of touch with what was required to run Newcastle United.

      • Leazes.

        hahaha…. with them it was also a show of who was boss as well….

        absolute control freaks, big fish in a little pond, they did occasionally buy a center forward to show the chronicle they were serious about running the club….. the chronicle are still filling pages on the back of MacDonald, Quinn and Co.

        They steadfastly battled against the City Councils demands that they upgrade the SJP facilities and the result was wet fans for 40 years.

        … now we have wet fans because the owner is peeing on us!

    • Wor Lass

      Are you Geordiegiants in disguise? The pupil has outdone the master!

      • Peaky

        Thanks

  • Brian Standen

    What I can’t understand is why would Ashley try to force Rafa out the door? Rafa clearly is the only person who can protect his investment, a third relegation with no Rafa would be catastrophic!
    Ashley is many things but not a fool, but he is gambling with very highest stakes right now!
    0-0 until Lascelles went off, would be just like Ashley to accept a bid of £30 million.
    Worrying times!

    • Geordiegiants

      Even Rafa said, “the fans are clever they know what going on”. What he meant was some of the fans know what’s going on. Does that include you Brian?

      • Brian Standen

        Of course it does, I have said over and over I detest Ashley as much as the othe 95%, I actually think he does it for spite! Why? Because he can!
        The whole thing with Amanda Stavely was real enough, confirmed with a handshake in a London restaurant only for the plug to be pulled, why? Because he can!
        For sure NUFC works for him and SD but he could put NUFC in the conference and he would still be a rich man!
        In my eyes it’s all simply spite!
        He landed here, bought the Bigg Market a drink, sat with the fans and wanted to be some kind of working class hero! However Chris Mort saw the future and left him to it! The fans then saw through him and this working class here became what he is today, a spoilt selfish child who takes his ball home if he is not captain, Why? Because he can!
        It’s a marriage made in hell, till death us do part – here’s hoping!

        • Geordiegiants

          Still you will continue to give him your money and keep him at our club?
          Don’t five me the gate money isn’t worth anything, it’s about £40m a year.

          • Brian Standen

            I reckon nearer £25 million but that’s splitting hairs
            Yes I choose to go along with another 48,000 others – it does not make us wrong either!

          • Geordiegiants

            You are definetly not wrong supporting your club, you are giving him what he wants though.

          • Geordiegiants

            Just because 48,000 others do or don’t doesn’t mean it isn’t wrong or right Brian, you are your own person. If those 48,000 people jumped off the Tyne bridge would you?
            Actually don’t bother answering I think I know the answer.

        • Desree

          Nailed it Brian. The only way to combat is to not play in the first place. And if fans genuinely want progress a united stand and an empty stadium is proven to hurt and get action.

    • ghostrider

      Ashley wanted Rafa to commit. Rafa won’t so he should leave and let someone come in who will commit.
      Rafa is nothing special. He’s been turned into it by the fans who are hanging onto his every word and the words of certain cherry picked players.

      Rafa is playing cryptic games but getting his point across that he’s not happy and beomaning the quality of what he has which is hardly helping the players he has.

      With his attitude and refusal to sign or walk away, we could end up getting relegated if Ashley doesn’t wield the axe on him if it stays like this….or come to an amicable agreement on a contract extension.

      I’m not happy with Rafa. I don’t like his style and ways but I want a manager who is stable in contract. Rafa is teetering and it’s not good for the club.

      • Brian Standen

        Quite frankly that is the most ridiculous comment ever written on here!
        Let me indulge you for a minute, just who exactly would come in and work for this fool and more importantly just who exactly would come in and work for this fool and do a better job?
        Answers on a postcard please!

        • East Durham Mag

          Answers on a pinhead more like. What an idiot.

        • ghostrider

          Very few managers would turn down this job.
          I’m not talking about your Guardiola’s or Mourinho’s …I’m talking about the best of the rest that aren’t big time Charlies wanting fort knox type monies to aid them on their quest for greatness.

          As for working for this fool. That stuff is in the heads of people like yourself who have joined a bandwagon of hate that has festered to a point of just about no return…unless he emptied all of his pockets…bank accounts…and called in every invested penny to put on the table for the fans….and even then some would be up and ready to spew bile.

          Don’t kid yourself that managers wouldn’t come to work for Ashley.
          If any manager turns down this club, it’s due to the fans that would be ready to spew bile at them, not the owner.

          A manager being paid 5 million a year and refusing to get on with his job without constant whining and ensuring the fans back his whining so he can do whatever he wants with impunity.
          Not in my book he doesn’t.

          • Brian Standen

            Oh yeah I forgot about Alan Curbishley and John Gregory!
            Again I reiterate your point makes no sense!
            I’m not getting involved in an argument with you as you have your opinion and I have mine! But with respect I think yours is unbelievable at best!

          • ghostrider

            Why you bring up Curbishley and Gregory, I’m not sure.

            I simply said that most managers outside of the big I am managers wanting fort knox type money would he happy to come to Newcastle under Ashley.
            I firmly believe that.

            The major issue would be a manager who can pacify the fans who are intent on spewing bile or those that can’t let go of a supposed messiah type.

            Molehills are getting made into mountains by a section of fans.
            We are far from perfect as a club and far from ever having the local hero type love in with a number 9 and such….but we are a functioning club like every other.
            We just appear to be expected to play up high with the elites. This is what it boils down to…and billionaire Ashley should pay for it all or else…is the name of the game.

            Newcastle United do not need a new owner. It is begging for a manager that can do a job that the fans want. To play attractive football and using a number 9 that us fans can all adhere to.

            Put that in place and the smiles will come back…even if we finished 12th or whatever.
            Under Rafa we have cautious misery and most likely ultra negative misery this season as his way of having his own dig at not getting big money to play with…because managers like Benitez will never be happy to get on with things unless he gets everything he wants….not needs.

          • Brian Standen

            Ok. I will indulge you further ! Can you name one? I can’t

          • Jezza

            Last season he wanted Pardew back till the Silver Pox flopped at West Brom then he said we should appoint either Koeman or Bilic. That’s the mentality of the person you are trying to have a reasoned debate with. He is a troll who likes to wind up Newcastle fans. Just block him for the love of God.

          • ghostrider

            It’s not about naming one, it’s about almost all normal managers would be willing to be manager of Newcastle United.

          • Gallowgate Dave

            Even scrolling past your long winded drivel is boring.

          • ghostrider

            Block me and save yourself the task.

          • Jezza

            You are debating with a Manchester supporting troll who comes on here purely to wind up Newcastle fans. Don’t waste your time on him. Just block him.

          • pedrodelgardo

            Jezza, how do you block these idiots?

          • Tino11

            I’ll answer for him, there is a small down pointing arrow on the right hand side, click it and select ‘Block User’.

          • Jezza

            Put your cursor over the poster’s user ID then move it directly right to a point directly above above the right hand end of the first line of their comment. A small black triangle pointing downwards will appear. Click the triangle and you will then see the option to Block user. Just click on it.

        • Toontaff

          Do not indulge! ‘This user is blocked’ is all I can see! The bloke needs psychiatric help.

        • Desree

          Goat Rider

        • Billmag

          Asked him the same question before I blocked him Brian and he said he would employ Billic this was before he was sacked by W.H.

      • NeilMcDonaldFanClub

        ‘Fort Knox’ money….when’s Rafa ever been after that….he’s askin us to compete with the rest of the league barring the top 8….you can’t be a toon fan

        • ghostrider

          And we are competing with the rest of the league barring the top 8.
          In fact Burnley 7th have spent, how much?
          The problem too many people have is “net spend” use for the sole purpose of making out the club spend nothing.
          The real issue is, we do, because we sell players to fund buys and it’s still spending, except it’s bysell to buy method.
          Most clubs do it but it gets washed under the bridge because it appears like they spend mental amounts when the truth is, they don’t…except a wages build up which is the major killer of clubs.

          Look at what Liverpool spend. It looks mental but when you add in what they sell over a few seasons, you find they spend very little, because it’s a merry-go-round with those clubs.

          Man City, Chelsea, Arsenal, Spurs, Man Utd as well and then some.
          Tottenham have spend nothing.
          New stadium right?
          Take a look at the spends of the big clubs and see how it pans out with net spends.
          Ours is just done on a smaller scale because we cannot afford to pay those sick wages that these bigger fees create, even if the net spends near balance out.

          We pay sickening enough wages as it stands and are arguably the biggest wage payers outside of the top 8 in the premier league.
          Why would we do that if we are a club that’s not interested in moving forward an inch at a time….or trying to?

          • NeilMcDonaldFanClub

            How are we competing with them….we make a profit 2 out of 3 transfer windows….Burnley don’t….Bournemouth don’t….Huddersfield don’t….we get 52000 every other week….remind me how many cram into dean court every week….and who is their main sponsor….yet they can afford Defoe on £60000 a week and bid £27million for a player….do the math man and wake up

          • ghostrider

            And you think they are competing in a sustainable way do you?
            I don’t need to do the maths. Just watch what happens to all those clubs that go gungho.

          • NeilMcDonaldFanClub

            Absolutely….how much do they get each year now the tv money has spiralled out of control!?
            They aren’t spending £200 mill every window….but they are spending to establish themselves in the premiere league….why can’t we do that….like I said earlier….player sales….sponsorship….tv money….season ticket sales….to establish ourselves in the league not win it!!!!

          • ghostrider

            So how much TV money do they get per season and any extras?

          • NeilMcDonaldFanClub

            No idea….but ours will be virtually the same as teams around us….I do know we have more season ticket sales….I’d imagine more merchandise sales (all over the world) guess who gets that….not NUFC….and better profit over the last 5-6 years transfers wise….yet we can’t / won’t compete to establish ourselves in the premier league….why not….coz of a greedy big business fat bloke who is playing with our club like a number on a roulette chebble

          • ghostrider

            We finished 10th last year. This must mean that all those teams under us do not compete.
            This season we are level on points for the title.
            The next game will see if we can sustain that.

          • NeilMcDonaldFanClub

            If you can be bothered to type that last reply….WOW
            All the teams below us did compete and some of them have spent mega money this time around including the 3 that have come up….it’s like saying yr new car is going to run forever without being mot tested or serviced….spend some money on the thing each year to improve its performance and it’ll be fine with the right driver!! Problem is MA….end of

          • ghostrider

            The thing is, this club does spend money each season on transfers, so what’s the issue?

    • Wor Lass

      Brian, in my opinion a big part of the issue is that Ashley hates to be outfought. Rafa is playing him at his own game and he (Ashley) won`t be beaten. He`s detached himself from the club and doesn`t really care about the team. He`s a bully and a vindictive t*sser and prepared to inflict all sorts of damage in order to win his personal battle and show everyone who the boss is.

    • Kneebotherm8

      Sam Allardyce will save us from relegation when Rafa walks…….he’s got a very good record of saving clubs from relegation(but that’s as good as it gets)……….and fatboy Ashley knows that……..he’s already paved the way with his snivelling apology to Sham and regrets of sacking him years ago……it’s a match made in heaven in Ashleys eyes……..a manager whose past record says he will just about keep us in this division every year….16th…17th position,or not much better,with a style of football that makes Rafas look Keeganesque…….bottom line is……..that’s all that Ashley wants……..a club that survives in this division…….no more and no less……a manager,like Rafa,with ambition for the club and fans and willing to be their voice is not going to survive long at Sports Direct United………

  • robbersdog

    Hey, pre-season’s going well!

  • GlasgowMag

    One embarrassment after another!!! Our once great club is now only a massive advertising board for a very low budget sports retail chain!! This is a classic case of asset stripping hidden by creative accounting and lies. The revenue riches in the premiership have never been greater but we cannot even compete with some championship clubs for the signing of players!!! Wake up and smell the coffee guys this guy needs to go there is no future for the club until he is forced out!!

  • MichaelMaximusMoose

    Relegation looms that`s a cert, Rafa says the fans know what`s going on but 50,000 will still be there a week come Saturday.
    That`s says it all.

    • ghostrider

      Because we’re football fans going to watch our football team.
      We have a football team and a squad.
      It’s not a money bags blank cheque set up like most teams…but this is our team that we go to watch.
      We don’t go to sit in the boardroom or looking about the club to find someone to hate on.

      The only time relegation will be a cert is if too many fans create enough trouble to unsettle the team/squad…or Rafa decides to play silly with his set up whilst blaming everyone but himself.

      • MichaelMaximusMoose

        [email protected]@k off and don`t pester me again, you idiot

        • ghostrider

          Use your block button if you’re getting yourself wound up.
          I’m sure you know how to use it.
          I’ll still answer your posts if I think it’s relevant because there’s other that will see.
          Internet shouting and swearing is a mildness to me. Carry on with whatever you feel.

          • MichaelMaximusMoose

            i`m not wound up, if i was i`d [email protected]@king throttle you

          • Jezza

            Just block the sad pathetic troll.

          • ghostrider

            You’re so wound up it’s eating you up. Just block me before you get yourself wound up further.

          • pedrodelgardo

            Sadness personified.

          • Leazes.

            Block it

          • gordon

            Psychopath

      • GlasgowMag

        You very funny guy!! What’s the going rate these days for working in Cashleys PR call centre chuckle department😂😂😭😭😭

        • ghostrider

          Not sure. Get back to me when you find it out. (chuckles)

      • gordon

        Strange strange person

      • Miraj Gibson

        .
        The only time relegation will be a cert is if…………..Rafa decides to play silly with his set up whilst blaming everyone but himself………………

        A world class manager
        Champion’s League Credentials
        A proven commitment to winning
        A real footballing pedigree

        ……….We don’t go to sit in the boardroom or looking about the club to find someone to HATE ON………

        ghostrider, with your last sentence, I think you did a terrific job of finding someone to HATE ON.

        But of course Mike Ashley would never do that.

        He has a real footballing pedigree
        Over the last decade, he has a proven commitment to winning
        He honestly seeks Champion’s League Credentials, “like Barcelona”
        He is a world class owner
        .
        .

        • ghostrider

          Mike Ashley is a shrewd and tough owner who has learned the hard way.

  • Leazes.

    Report that Ashley was confronted by a fan in a London restaurant last night…. so we know where he is then.

    • Brian Standen

      Put a link up to the report! I can’t see it anywhere!
      Be great if true

      • MichaelMaximusMoose

        try Google it worked for me

        • Brian Standen

          I did

          • MichaelMaximusMoose

            the talk of the toon blog

          • Leazes.

            MOTD reporter.

      • FatParosite

        @ketchell

    • MichaelMaximusMoose

      Fatso repeatedly said NO when asked if Rafa was to get funds

    • MichaelMaximusMoose

      it was an employee of MOTD who confronted him

      • Peaky

        Shearer ???
        😂🤣😂

        • MichaelMaximusMoose

          I wish it was, in his Roy Keane mode

          • Leazes.

            I have more belief in the two ‘interview’s’ he’s given in London eateries to fans being true than the 30 minute special for Sky.

            ….’Loan deals from now, I’m not putting a penny into a club I have no interest in’. jan 18

            …..’Rafa can have every penny generated by the club’. may 18.

            Question is Rafa being given a budget….

            ……’No’ aug 18.

            He’d forgotten to tell the press, the fans, and Rafa about his reversion to the January utterance obviously.

  • Toontaff

    I wonder how many of the ones calling all the match going fans names, wanting them dead even, paid NUFC £4-99 to watch pre-season games? Good news is you’ll get a refund, due to it crashing, apparently, no doubt due to high demand…………..

    • Leazes.

      I think Mark Jensen just doesn’t care at all….. none of the writers(sic) ever reply to fans about anything. Well apart from Brian Standen. Its almost as if some articles are written by someone who isn’t attached to the club or fans at all.

      • Brian Standen

        I’m not a writer, I do the odd home written article!
        And always try to reply if anyone is kind enough to comment!
        My grammar should confirm I’m no pro!

        • Leazes.

          Too modest

        • FatParosite

          I’ve just accidentally come across an article of yours from nearly a year ago and nobody commented on it, I’m sad to say. It was good article, which are few and far between on the Mag these days.

          • Billmag

            Brian has wrote some really good article’s especially about his away days which I enjoyed reading, the only gripe I have with Brian is he responds to Leazes who has loads to say but never ever write’s an article in the Mag.

  • Mrkgw

    The start of armageddon. For the regime to treat Rafa in such a despicable way is unforgivable. Why ever did Mike Ashley have to choose our club? Very worrying times to be a supporter.

  • Toonrobbybobson

    Our club is an embarassment now. Travesty how unprofessional and shady its become. Name has been dragged through the mud to the level of Donnay socks. Disgusted.

    Wish the cuckoo would fly the nest.

    • MichaelMaximusMoose

      His socks are better quality than the players he`s buying,
      i`ve had some bought for me by an idiot who will remain unamed

  • Wor Lass

    Why is kenedy not with the squad? I`m all for parental rights and what-not but he`s a professional footballer and hasn`t been involved in pre season to any meaningful extent. Is he actually injured? I`ve never heard anything like it!

    • MichaelMaximusMoose

      Rumour has it Jonjo`s injured

      • Wor Lass

        Even Lee Ryder couldn`t make this mess up!

  • FatParosite

    This summer’s window was designed to push Rafa out.

  • Kneebotherm8

    Ashley and Penfold treat Rafa like a mushroom……………….he’s kept in the dark and fed full of 💩…

  • Wezza

    David and Kevin Lee, Man Utd TROLLS BLOCK LIST:

    Clarko, Fleckman, Monkseaton, ghostrider, ComeAndTakeIt1836, Mark Potter, Vodkamagpie, funlovingexpress, Nut, Jonathan Gibson, Martin Rooney, mentalman, Ben Jones, Rob Brown, 501ninedarter, your mum.

    • GlasgowMag

      can understand blocking the trolls but also blocking your mum is a bit extreme🤔🤔but then again most of
      my family are a pain so might be the way forward!!! 😂😂😭

      • Jimblag23

        The point of blocking trolls is because they are trolls.
        People with different opinions is one thing, but people posting just to wind people up get in the way of real football debate.

        • GlasgowMag

          Just my sense of humour!! I must admit I still find the trolls rather sad and funny at the same time my response is just respond wth laughter or ignore no need to respond questioning them and they will soon get fed up!!!

  • London_Mag

    I love rafa. Ashley is jealous of that love.
    Even his family wish him dead so they can get their hands on his money.