Strange media claims on Sunday morning regarding Mike Ashley and Rafa Benitez.

It is alleged that Ashley is considering sacking his manager before the season ends.

All a bit bizarre considering Rafa is surely the best chance the NUFC owner has of seeing his club cling to Premier League survival this season.

However, even stranger than that is the claim from The Mirror that Mike Ashley would sack Rafa in order to try and avoid a ‘revolt/backlash’ from the fans.

The only thing that is giving the club/Ashley am inkling of credibility at the moment is the manager.

The same with the Newcastle fans…the hashtag campaign warning to the owner of #IfRagaGoesWeGo surely couldn’t be any clearer.

After raising season ticket prices by up to 20%+, insisting on a £20m+ profit on transfer deals in the summer, and then the owner taking out the unspent millions when the transfer window ended, sacking Rafa Benitez would just about give Mike Ashley a full house in terms of doing everything he can to convince fans to stay away.

The idea of sacking Rafa to supposedly keep the Newcastle fans onboard, is pretty much on the same level as whisking the kids presents away on Christmas morning just before they are going to open them.

About the only thing fans don’t think is wrong with Newcastle United is the current manager.

At most clubs it is the reality that to appease supporters the owner(s) does sacrifice a manager sooner or later.

Newcastle United is most definitely not like any other club though at the moment, it is the owner who is the one who needs to go, and quickly.

The Mirror:

Rafa Benitez fears Mike Ashley will sack him before the end of this season – to save Newcastle United’s owner from a fans’ revolt.

The Spaniard is disturbed that a whispering campaign has started in the last few days, linking other managers with his job at St James’s Park.

Brendan Rodgers is the latest name touted as following Benitez into one of the hottest seats in English football.

There is little prospect of the 57-year-old extending his stay beyond this campaign with friction over the transfer budget bubbling under the surface.

And, armed with that knowledge, Benitez believes he could find himself a casualty with Ashley desperate to avoid a backlash on Tyneside.

The former Champions League winner thinks that by swinging the axe before the current campaign is over and by bringing in a replacement, it would save the billionaire from another monstering at the hands of the Geordie faithful.

Benitez is in the unusual position of seeing Newcastle in the bottom three without a win to their name this season.

That run of form has prompted suggestions a change is on the way.

If Benitez reaches ends up leaving the club next May with his mission accomplished, Ashley will find himself in the eye of the storm with a disaffected public ready to turn its’ back on him – possibly this time for good.

With season-tickets to sell and a new manager to find the last thing the Sports Direct magnate will need is yet another ruck with a support-base that is fast running out of patience with him, leaving his current manager now looking over his shoulder towards a potentially-unwarranted dismissal.’

  • Dillon Tovak

    What a ridiculous load of trash.

  • Paul Patterson

    If he thinks the current protests are tough then prepare for much worse come May if Rafa has gone, Newcastle are in the Championship or both.
    Once again, the problems are caused by the owner and no-one else.
    If he can’t see that now, he never will . .

  • East Durham Mag

    Back him not sack him you thick fat f*ck.

  • t00nraider

    This is a reason the chav protesting should stop.

    • BanJones

      It’s getting ramped UP – the asset stripper doesn’t like the forensic focus on his activities, it’s getting him a bad name.

      • Viru leckworth

        When did he ever had a good name after his first year in tendure?

        • BanJones

          You will have to give me a clue on that one.

  • Toon-Barmy069

    Who writes this rubbish, sounds like another PR stunt, if a manager of the quality of Rafa can not do It know one can. He said in the summer were not good enough and we have had to settle for fourth/fifth choice players as we was not allowed to buy who he wanted again, then to be bullied into signing an new contract to be allowed to buy players. How does Ashley see that this benefits the club, we need players coming in to improve the squad if Rafa is there or not, ASHLEY OUT!!

  • Mxpx

    Well actually Mike would be sensible to buy some players he’s probably too stubborn to back benitez now it would be more likely that we’d see big Sam to me

    • Leazes.

      He knows that Rafa will leave regardless…. there isn’t a cat in hells chance of him putting up with these jokers again…..

      It the nature of theis self-congratulatory(sic) authoritarian regime.

  • Leazes.

    Very predictable, it will now put the onus on the fans backlash to pressure the next incumbent puppet coach….

    …. It will give Douglas and Ryder another chance to simply start the cycle of hope again with the next poor sap and call for fans to turn their backs on protest and rally around the flag…. ‘support the team not the regime’, ‘the club is for sale….really it is’ claptrap.

    As relegation becomes more likely the opportunities for this regime become more limited…. the only way is to get at Ashley and his mates….keep protests against SD and empty the ground…..

    ….. It’ll have to be December….the Wolves game is ideal!

    • magpiefifer

      Spot on Leazes – the pressure has to be increased on the odious fat one.

  • Danimal

    “…the unusual position of seeing Newcastle in the bottom three”??? Was the last eleven years a dream?

    • Malcolm Fisher

      No, a nightmare

  • robbersdog

    That’s like one of those spoof articles that appear in the papers on April Fool’s Day.

  • FatParosite

    More hackneyed PR stabbings at testing the air from Bishop. He really is a fumbling virgin when it comes to firing out his master’s message. I really don’t know anybody more incompetent that is still in business. Oh hang on I do… It’s the tin of grey paint leading the country.

  • Squintytoonarmy

    Come on Clarko – where are you on this one?

    • Wezza

      Don’t invite the troll, thats the last thing we need.

    • BanJones

      if I come on as Glarko and spout nonsense do you think he would do one? Speaking as Ban Jones – that seemed to work or does that idiot Ben Jones still come on here?

      • Squintytoonarmy

        Haven’t seen anything from him for a while – probably getting turned on by the thought of Brendan Rogers as the new manager and unveiling Leigh Griffiths as his first major signing (after selling Lascelles to fund it)

  • Chris Armin

    Ashley insisted on a 20M surplus on our transfer kitty this season knowing full well he was going to squeeze our world class manager for every last bit of tactical nous needed to stay up. He also knows or really should do by now that if and when Benitez is no longer Newcastle manager he faces total mutiny. Mutiny is a very strong word and hard to stomach for us Geordies because we love Newcastle United first before anything in our lives but in my 38 yrs a Mag I’ve never felt this much hatred towards the board and I used to stand singing “SACK THE BOARD” in the 80s when I was 6-7. Simply HE has to go, not Benitez and the fact he wants an inflated price is stopping us moving forward. That’s why the objective must be to get his self proclaimed “paper money” in SD to rapidly decrease. The HOF thing and the constant protesting and bad PR from the dour situation saw the share price fall that much last month Ashley’s 60% is now worth 140M YES 140M less. This has to be the prime focus. Drop the share price, attack SD in every possible manner, destroy their reputation like he’s destroyed ours and force the fat gargoyles hand. Either drop your asking price or lose hundreds of millions from SD. He uses us like a rag doll ! It’s time for this rag doll to come to life and attack the love of his life. IFRAFAGOESWEGO

    • Geordiegiants

      Chris I wished everyone else had your passion.

    • Cockneytrev

      Well said,,👏👏👏👏

    • graham18

      Just wished the FCB read your post

  • toonterrier

    Pity we couldn’t put fatty in a sack and throw him off the Tyne bridge but think how many poor fish would get poisoned unless we use a plastic bin liner (extra large).

    • Leazes.

      Would Shields survive the resulting tsunami?

      • Peaky

        Would Scandinavia….?

  • Jay

    Should have built a bigger boat for all this garbage.

  • Peaky

    I’m rapidly losing interest in this whole fuckingpantomime…..more important things in life than this pile of shyte…

  • Lord

    From the same paper that claimed José would be sacked last weekend, regardless of the outcome of the match.


  • Wezza

    Uh huh. Right you are Mirror, preferred partner group to KBA. Right oh.
    Even if FCB did sack Rafa it would come down on him even worse than it is now.

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  • X,WHY,Y MAN.

    Wouldn’t that cause even more unrest if “The Calorie Challenged One” put that useless article “Brenda” in charge ?

  • Foggy

    WE need to get the Saudi’s across here and bump off a few more reporters. Actually, a lot more reporters.

    • Big Hairy Man

      There are no Saudis coming here.

  • graham18

    It’s of the FCB’s own making even if he sacks Rafa or not.He is already facing the fans backlash and will do as long as he owns the Toon .He just cannot grasp the situation of the club.He will just not invest and when we are relegated for the 3rd time he will address the situation again saying ”mistakes have been made” like he has done in the past.Too late this time bonnie lad..I hope we go down to the conference league if it means to getting rid of the sly,devious,horrible,arrogant man

  • Malcolm Fisher

    As Freddy Shepherd said, “You don’t sack a manager like Bobby Robson”

  • RAFmag

    Can’t see Ashley sacking Rafa before 31/1/19. Once the transfer window is closed, he may pull the trigger then. Ensures he does not need to support a new manager in the transfer window. He is treating relegation/promotion like a gambling thrill to see how little he can invest in the club in an attempt to survive at best. If relegated he thinks we can be promoted quickly again under a new manager for little/no investment.
    We are at the tipping point where relegation this year will see 20K supporters at least walk away from the club. 2 years in the Championship (or worse) and his investment is worth nothing. What then?

    • graham18

      he gambles on everything.If the toon go down this time [which they probably will].It will be the biggest mistake [or one of of them] the FCB has made.

      • RAFmag

        It is like watching a car crash in slow motion. We can all see what is going to happen. Surely he can also. That is what I can’t get my head around. Money is his god and he is about to lose big time. How is he going to react?

        • graham18

          Exactly.If I was him,I’d sell the toon take the money and run but he loves his sports direct too much

  • JoeHarvey

    Might as well put a target on his back to stop being shot at.

  • Carverlier football

    What a strange article from the Mirror. Clearly displaying their usual level of understanding of the situation at Newcastle. Mikey’s already got a backlash on his hands and sacking the manager aint going to change anything. KEEP UP THE PRESSURE!!

  • nufcslf

    What a thick c**t. Laughable.