For Rafa Benitez it is groundhog day when every meeting with the media comes around.

As well as the immediate, trying to win the next match, he has to yet again go through how he has been repeatedly let down by Mike Ashley.

As Kevin Keegan once famously said: ‘It’s not like it said in the brochure’, when John Hall attempted to renege on promises he’d made to the manager back in 1992 shortly after he’d arrived.

Keegan walked away because of those broken promises but returned once John Hall backed down and made good on what he’d said would happen.

Rafa Benitez hasn’t walked away, so far, and we have all come to learn that there is no way Mike Ashley would do any kind of u-turn. In fact, many Newcastle fans are convinced that Ashley would be more than happy if Rafa did indeed walk away, so he could then bank some cash due to a broken contract and replace him with another Pardew / JFK / McClaren / Carver style puppet.

Rafa might not be quite so heart on the sleeve, or as public with his emotions as KK, but he still makes sure he gets is message across.

Asked about the situation at Newcastle and Jamie Carragher saying that Ashley had made it impossible for the manager to remain, Rafa Benitez said: ‘My view was very clear at the beginning when I decided to stay…potential, project, to compete in the top ten of the Premier League. That is not the case now.’

Rafa doesn’t need to spell it out: ‘Ask any fan in the street in Newcastle and they will know what the situation is (at the club).’

As for the media, they would love for Benitez to spell it out in easy to use quotes about the disgrace that is Mike Ashley but instead he tells them ‘You have to be sure that you understand the situation, that you (the media) can see the big picture, that you think about what I have said so many times.’

Only the corrupt and the truly stupid don’t appreciate what the clear situation is at Newcastle United, that Mike Ashley is ruthlessly using the football club to help prop up the rest of his business empire, leaving NUFC starved of investment at every level and guaranteed to bring about a third relegation during his ownership, very soon.

Rafa Benitez:

“My view was very clear at the beginning when I decided to stay…potential, project, to compete in the top ten of the Premier League.

“That is not the case now.

“It is obvious for everyone that we have to do things in another way.

“Ask any fan in the street in Newcastle and they will know what the situation is (at the club).

 “I know what is the situation and I try to manage in the best way possible…

“You have to be sure that you understand the situation, that you (the media) can see the big picture, that you think about what I have said so many times:

“Just try to enjoy it as much as you can (in the meantime), do what we have to do to stay in the Premier League because for our fans, for the city, for the club, for everyone, it’s crucial.”



  • Toontaff

    Ashley has somehow managed to turn first time promotion, as champions, followed by a top half PL finish, into disaster. I honestly did not believe he could, but, unfortunately, was wrong. We cannot ever have hope of competing as a club until he sells up.

    • Wor Lass

      That says it all.

    • Sickandtired

      Why, he’s done it before!

  • Paul Patterson

    The euphoria of that last day Championship win was another watershed moment, where it could all have changed and progress made, with a top manager, a good backbone of a side and TV riches to come.
    To p**s all that up the wall takes stupidity and incompetence or deliberate sabotage . .

    • Sickandtired

      He was no doubt hoping for another ‘Pardew’ moment which meant a top 5. Of course, he followed that by not allowing the signing of anyone for 18 months and this time around, sitting on over £20 million transfer profit..
      That takes stupidity to an entirely different planet, never mind level.
      Ashley doesn’t care about the quality of players – because St James’ continues to remain full whatever he does. Just like his shops, where cheap kit keeps punters coming through the door.

    • magpiefifer

      The comparison with Wolves’ situation compared with us a year ago is so stark – and where the 2 clubs finish this season will be too!

  • JohnnyH

    Ashley promised to fund Rafa with every penny the club generated. You can argue over how much that sum should be, but even the Ashley apologists that post on this site can’t dispute the fact £123 million in TV money has been generated this season.

    The reality is that Rafa has been betrayed by the crook Ashley, he mustn’t get away with it.

  • graham18

    Let’s see what the FCB does after Rafa’s comments??

    • magpiefifer

      Nothing – as usual!

  • bryan

    to hurt mike ashley 4 things have to happen simple – 1 toon to go down 2 players will leave 3 RAFFA LEAVES and as a toon fan supports to avoid the ground DONT RENEW SEASON TICKETS…. RIP TOON ARMY :(

  • Allan

    To the TOON ARMY pile on the attacks on anything and everything that has ASHLEY’S grubby hands on or in it.
    Especially Online maxinum pressure on Sports Direct because we all know he will hate it.. PILE IT ON, PILE IT ON , NO RETREAT.