An interesting, and slightly bizarre, new report on Friday morning has revealed what Mike Ashley is allegedly going to be offering Rafa Benitez, when a meeting is held after the Leicester match.

It is not clear whether Mike Ashley will attend the meeting with Rafa Benitez, or just leave it to his minions, but The Chronicle say they have information as to what will be offered by Ashley in response to what the manager is asking for, if he is to be persuaded to stay on beyond this season.

It is not good  news…

The Chronicle say that when it comes to signings in the next window, Mike Ashley ‘will offer Benitez limited funds for transfers in January again’, well in the summer it was a £20m+ profit that Ashley insisted on, whilst last January the manager wasn’t allowed to buy a single player, only loans, so a repeat of either of those scenarios won’t be convincing Rafa Benitez of anything. Apart that is, from simply confirming that absolutely nothing has changed.

Meanwhile, when it comes to finally putting proper investment in the Academy, things get very bizarre, with The Chronicle saying that Mike Ashley is ‘concerned that investing too heavily in the youth team is risky as there are no guaranteed results of unearthing homegrown talent.’

Quite ludicrous, no wonder Newcastle have such a disastrous record at bringing through young players and obviously no intention of doing anything to change that.

Meanwhile, amusingly The Chronicle reveal that some ‘major’ improvements have already been made at both the training ground and St James Park…’In recent weeks the training ground staff have installed a new NUFC plaque at the front of the premises while contractors cleaned the walled areas next at the Gallowgate End next to the Sir Bobby Robson statue earlier this week.’

A plaque and that wall which has been scruffy for ages, at last getting a clean, I don’t know what more these deluded Newcastle fans could be asking for…

Maybe the most telling thing is when The Chronicle report that: ‘The club do not feel they are in a position to sanction training ground improvements at this stage.’

That’s funny because five years ago (see below) we were told that work on a ‘stunning new state of the art training complex’ would start in May 2015 and be finished in early 2016.

They have had the plans for five years and not one thing has been done, simply because Mike Ashley chooses to let it happen.

The club attributing these quotes to JFK though no doubt they were simply written up by Mike Ashley’s PR people…

‘Top players and top teams need top training and medical facilities. Our current training ground has served the Club very well but the new complex will give us all of the ingredients that we need to continue maintaining and enhancing the performance of elite footballers. It will also be an added attraction when we are looking to recruit players.’

Mike Ashley was never going to give Rafa Benitez what he wants/needs, over 11 years of the Ashley regimes negligence, lies and broken promises tells us that.

30 November 2013 – Newcastle United Official website:

‘Newcastle United Football Club have announced plans for a stunning new state-of-the-art training complex as part of a multi-million pound redevelopment of the Club’s existing 35-acre training ground site.

The current intention is that work will get underway in May 2015 and when complete in early 2016, the Magpies will occupy one of the finest training facilities of its kind in Europe.

It will accommodate newly-designed changing, training, rehabilitation, medical, leisure and catering facilities and will also introduce the latest aquatic technology to the site, with a 20-metre swimming pool, a hydrotherapy and fitness pool and specialist equipment to aid injury prevention and recovery.

The new construction will also create a fitness centre double the size of the Club’s existing gymnasium, as well as administrative space, a presentation suite for match analysis and a new media suite.

Newcastle United director of football, Joe Kinnear, said:

“This is a hugely exciting development for Newcastle United. We have one of football’s great stadiums and we are delighted to now be announcing plans for a training complex which will rival any in Europe.

“Top players and top teams need top training and medical facilities. Our current training ground has served the Club very well but the new complex will give us all of the ingredients that we need to continue maintaining and enhancing the performance of elite footballers.

“It will also be an added attraction when we are looking to recruit players.”

The Chronicle – Today (Friday 28 September 2018):

‘A recruitment summit meeting will take place following the home game with Leicester City but it remains unclear whether Ashley will be involved.

Ashley has not attended a home game since May 2017 (ED: Mike Ashley was at Spurs home match in August 2017) but has made it clear he wants to make a visit to the training ground soon.

It is believed that Benitez’s concerns about a new deal are not salary-based and his requests were more based around improving the training ground, Academy and Under-23 set-up.

However, it is believed that Newcastle are reluctant to sanction those requests and are concerned that investing too heavily in the youth team is risky as there are no guaranteed results of unearthing homegrown talent.

Newcastle will offer Benitez limited funds for transfers in January again but the club do not feel they are in a position to sanction training ground improvements at this stage.

In recent weeks the training ground staff have installed a new NUFC plaque at the front of the premises while contractors cleaned the walled areas next at the Gallowgate End next to the Sir Bobby Robson statue earlier this week.’



  • SuperDesHamilton

    This club is an absolute embarrassment under fatty

  • Ron

    The most important improvement we need is a new owner, Ashley’s eyes must sting badly with his head constantly in the sand!

  • Mrkgw

    Only good piece of news there is the cleaning of the stadium walls. Otherwise, typical penny pinching regime. ASHLEY OUT!

  • Waxi

    Have i missed something what has the FCB offered as i can’t see it in the article just what has gone on in the last few windows. God ronny gill you should use plain english

  • panther

    The incompotence and greed is unbelievable, unless your Dennis Wise

  • mactoon

    I wonder where the Chronicle get their information because one of their reporters told me they have tried to talk to Ashley but he has not accepted any requests and has shown no inclination to be interviewed.

    • Leazes.

      Bishop.

    • Ron

      Except by HMRC – has no choice then. Fingers crossed.

      • Kneebotherm8

        Or Parliament….

        • Ron

          Either will do – any Port in a storm.

    • Billmag

      Maybe someone from the fans forum has fed them snippets.

      • mactoon

        whatever happened at the forum, any minutes?

  • GlasgowMag

    Improvements at the training ground someone cleaned the NUFC plaque very funny😂😂🤣🤣😭😭

    • GlasgowMag

      Oops misread changed the plaque still funny though!!😂😂

  • Leazes.

    Seems that Douglas and Ryder are being given stories from Ashley to leak to fans….. this really is a war by remote control….and one piece of information you can be sure of is that if they are feeding the treacherous duo……

    …. is that Ashley is here and he’s not budging, he’s planning for his next five year plan for his advertising hoarding!

    Did anyone see the Premier League Show last night? Brighton and Hove Albion’s state of the art training sports and science centre…wow!

    • Kneebotherm8

      Make that 10 years……

      • Leazes.

        You don’t have to fool all of the people all of the time…. just let Douglas and Ryder do each generation in turn!….

        ….that has been the chronicles way since the last FA cup win in 1955

  • Paul Patterson

    There were upgrades to the training ground in the summer. I’m sure I saw it. Wasn’t it an inflatable paddling pool that the players were sat in?

    As for the ground, I’m sure the paper towels in the bog I visited were replenished a little quicker at the Arsenal game.

    Top efforts Mr Ashley . . 😣

  • Stephen

    Help me out here
    Mike Ashley’s company get free advertising at SJP, but what good is that if the club looses its premier league status?
    Let’s say they manage to scrape it and stay up this season. The Manager and the loan signings leave at the end of the season the newly promoted invest in better players and Ashley continues with his plan or lack of it
    Where does it end?

    • Paul Patterson

      It doesn’t . .

  • relaxed

    Why are you all so shocked ? it Is exactly what was antisipated and it will never ever change while the FCB is still here stripping our club of everything that he can even our past memories and our hope for the future
    I declare this club now deceased
    RIP NUFC.

    • Dave Pattinson

      Maybe its time to think about an AFC UNITED of NEWCASTLE , and start all over again? I just feel that after a lifetime of supporting my club, I have no connection there now. Bloody sad, it was once a big part of my life.

      • kingfisher

        My thoughts exactly Dave. I’ve put in over 50 years of support and Ashley has managed to all but wipe those 50 years away !

  • Wor Lass

    Jim, the Chronic has certainly been a bit of a lap-dog for Fatty over the last few years and the standard of reporting is invariably dire but to insert the phrase “some ‘major’ improvements” and pretend that they reported the plaque and wall cleaning as such is a bit pathetic. They don`t need setting up like that, they can make complete [email protected] of themselves without it. Strangely, their stance seemed to be shifting in recent weeks with some quite blatant anti-Ashley pieces. Maybe that`s why Bishop is throwing them a few bones now.

  • robbersdog

    Is this a spoof?

  • JohnnyH

    ‘Not in a position to sanction training ground improvements at this stage’

    If you do a rough calculation; TV money + commercial income + gate receipts
    Then deduct the wage bill and estimate running costs, there’s got to be somewhere between £70 to £90 million left over?

    FFS if he spent a few million on it he’d still be quids in.

    How the [email protected] is he getting away with this?

    Got to get the MPs onto this on the 3rd October.

    • HarryHype59

      What is he doing with the multi million pound profits the club is generating? Not spending on decent players or developing the club infrastructure.

      Mike Ashley- Greed is good!

  • molend

    Totally irrelevant, but my wife (who’s dead posh) and I were watching the Kavanaugh hearing at the Senate Judiciary Committee and the woman accuser mentioned that she’d heard two men ‘pinballing down the stairs’. Wor lass said ‘Is that the same as ‘stottin’ doon the waall?’.

  • Leicester Mag

    Rather that leaks it feels more like each is like pi$$ing on the club and fans. The Evening Beano is such a rag, a new plaque God the Bigg market will be 10 deep with fans celebrating. As for the wall being cleaned wow fans must be salivating.

    Getthefatbarstewarrdout!! 🤬🤬

  • Allan

    A hundred quid wall clean and a new tin badge, what an effing joke.
    PILE ON THE PRESSURE, Target everything that has ASHLEY’S grubby hands on or in it. ESPECIALLY ONLINE.
    Constant all out pressure.

  • Malcolm Fisher

    What a load of bo****ks

  • Dillon Tovak

    Lol

  • grantham mag

    Rafa just tell him to go and suck his little toddger. Then walk away.

  • Jewell Ahmed

    Very persuasive. How could Rafa possibly resist if this is what is being supposedly offered. I’m sure Rafa will sign the new contract there and then!

  • Wezza

    Laughable. Like the club that offers 3M for a 10M player. What a disgrace.
    There is no way Rafa should stay even as much as I want him to.
    As KK said, you cant work with these people. There is no trust there.

  • TheFatController

    I chuckle when we hear Keegan didn’t understand the financial constraints they were under, and the same noises are made for Rafa.

    Yet it’s worth £350-400m?

    It’s either penniless and for sale at sub £300m or we’re flush and worth £350-400m, but it CANNOT and both financially constrained AND £350m in value.

    That’s why Staveley wanted clauses, it’s a financial mess. Plus a lot of the revenue streams will probably still go to SD or MASH after sale.

    He’s such a bare-faced liar and charlatan. There can be no case made for him if you look at basic contradictions made daily by him like the high sale price / low financial clout scenario I mention.

  • BanJones

    great news! The window cleaners have been – things are on the up….

  • BanJones

    If you want to see how a modern football club is run watch “All or Nothing” Man City – brilliant TV.

    • Clarko

      Mike Ashley: ‘I am nowhere near wealthy enough in football now to compete with the likes of Man City’

      Fans: ‘We don’t expect you to compete with Man City’

      Also fans: ‘If you want to see how a modern football club is run watch “All or Nothing” Man City’

      • BanJones

        Give over simpleton, nobody is saying that’s what we should do, it is something to aim at and an example of good practise. I think Boris Spassky needs some advice on his next move in the other room.

  • BigHairyDog

    If I remember right we got a payment from the FA to help with the so-called academy improvements, it would’ve taken it to the top grade in which the FA rates academies. Where did that go?

    From what i’m led to believe we are only going for loan signings in January, any of them on decent wages won’t be signed with any option to sign permanently. Big wages will be a no-no, money will only be authorised to be spent if we’re relegated.