Sky Sports have confirmed that the Newcastle United owner and manager met last Saturday.

Mike Ashley and Rafa Benitez talking after the defeat to Brighton.

Sky Sports quizzed Rafa about the meeting but the NUFC manager said that it was just a ‘normal conversation’ and claims they didn’t discuss the January transfer window.

However, the Spaniard did welcome the fact that this was the fourth game in a row that Mike Ashley had attended, saying that the owner’s attendance at games will mean that they can ‘talk any time and it will not be news in the media.’

Last Saturday was also reported to be only the fourth time that the pair have met since Rafa Benitez arrived at Newcastle over 31 months ago.

The last one of course being the infamous pizza/two fingers meeting earlier this season.

Rafa Benitez:

“It was a normal conversation (with Mike Ashley after defeat to Brighton).

“The good thing is, he is coming now to watch games.

“(So) We can talk any time and it will not be news in the media.”

‘Have you managed to discuss January transfer window?’

“No, I have said before, we are working on that but the main thing for now is to focus on Southampton, focus on the next game, and try to get three points.

“We will have plenty time to keep talking.

“Everybody has his own job.

“The scouting department are working really hard…

“We have communication but the main thing is to be ready for this next game.”

Rafa Benitez asked if he needs to make major changes:

“A lot of the things we did last year and two years ago that were right, why do we have to change all these things?

“We are changing little things we have to improve, we have to make less mistakes, we have to be more precise in the final third.

“When you start changing too many things, it’s a massive risk.

“When you start changing this and that, it could be worse.

“We are so close to being out of the bottom three and winning our first game.

“We have to believe we can do it because we did it last year.”



  • East Durham Mag

    Tell the Fatlyingtwat to stick it Rafa.

    • Danimal

      You get to call the insufferablefatlyingcunt a fatlyingtwat and my comment gets blocked because I suggest that the vile excuse for a human being has got our once beloved club on its a*se. I’m just going to call the fat piece of scum a fuckingthievingwankshaft, then leave the forum. Many thanks. x

      • Danimal

        Hope that’s ok. x

        • East Durham Mag

          Absolutelyfuckingsuper my friend 🤪

      • Peaky

        The swearing is top notch Danimal it’s the x’s at the end of each post that’s a little concerning…..😂🤣😂

        • Danimal

          Just sharing some love Peaky. Ashley hasn’t removed that particular emotion from my world just yet. The real ale in my part of Sheff has mysterious powers. 🍻

        • East Durham Mag

          I didn’t dare say 🙀

      • Wor Lass

        Here`s an experiment – when disqus was on the Chronic it wouldn`t let me use the word title because it has t-i-t in it. Fortunately, we didn`t need to use it unless we wanted to comment on another club. Ah, the Mag is much more tolerant.

  • jordijohnty

    Why the hell was it not about transfer targets. A priority for both parties I would assume. Wtf were they talking about? Where the team are going on holiday next June? ffs…

    • Kenny

      That would be the 1st question id ask the Fat Rat

      • jordijohnty

        Why, where would you choose for your hols?

        • Kenny

          Hawaii, already got the shirt

          • jordijohnty

            Haddaway! Hawaii, Howay!

          • Wor Lass

            You don`t need to go all that way. There`s good surfing down in SW France, near Biarritz. And you can eat snails, drink halves of lager that are nearly all froth and chat up women with hairy armpits.

    • Rich Lawson

      Skegness at this rate !

  • Kenny

    The scouting dept are working very hard, Ffs Rafa.

    • JohnnyH

      Putting a kitchen in at fattys

  • Andy Mac

    Can you imagine the pressure on Rafa, every time he meets the Fatman, to prevent himself from smashing his fist right into the podgy guy’s face …………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………..repeatedly ? 🤔

  • magpiefifer

    There is no way that the conversation would have been constructive in the slightest – Ashley only deals in destruction at NUFC!!
    Nothing will change,we’ll be relegated AGAIN,and at the end of the season Rafa will find another position at a club with football ambitions.

  • Danimal

    I’d like someone to change one thing. Replace ‘Mike Ashley’ with ‘the late Mike Ashley’.

  • East Durham Mag

    Rafa: 100 million? Fatty: No! Rafa: 90 million? Fatty: No! Rafa 80 million? Fatty: No. Etc etc etc etc etc etc etc. Fatty:Supermac on loan from the old folks home and i’m selling Shelvey, Lascelles and Ritchie.

  • Billmag

    C’mon Rafa talking to fatty for only the 4th time isn’t normal.

  • graham18

    Most likely the FCB has gave Rafa and the team the bill for the pizza night out in Ponteland

    • HarryHype59

      😀😀😁😂 Funny that!

  • Wor Lass

    ““It was a normal conversation (with Mike Ashley ….. )”

    “I at least need the profits generated by transfer sales, Mr Ashley – probably a bit more otherwise you could be looking at relegation number 3. I especially need a centre forward who knows how to put the ball in the net. He`ll cost over £20 mill.”

    “Ahfuckoff you [email protected] and get out of the way of the fireplace …. HUUUUGHIE!”

  • MadMag83

    Rafa : Can I have some money to spend in January?
    Ashley: Only if you sell the good China!

    Ashley : C’mon geezer, sign that contract extension you lazy Spaniard!
    Rafa : Not until you give me some transfer money.

    *Awkward silence*

    Ashley : Know any good skin bars with large fireplaces? I feel like splashing the Mitrovic cash on boobs and beer!