Rafa Benitez has said no to Sky Sports and appearing on Monday night football, at least for the time being, but he had an able deputy in David Ginola last night.

In great form, the former NUFC star enjoyed watching Newcastle make it three wins on the bounce, but also had a word, or several of them, of caution.

David Ginola saying that of course you can and should enjoy watching the team win some games but that the reality is that the long-term has to be sorted at Newcastle United.

Mike Ashley has never planned further than trying to survive another season in the top tier and no proper foundations are being laid.

Ginola thinks it is time for his old club to give Rafa Benitez the ‘keys to succeed’, as he is ‘one of the best managers around’, a fact that Newcastle fans are all too aware of.

He questions whether Newcastle United, which of course means Mike Ashley, can ‘match Rafa Benitez’s expectation in terms of the financial aspect of the game’ going forward.

Rafa Benitez was allowed to build a team to get out of the Championship but even then, a £40m profit was made on transfer deals.

Whilst since then Mike Ashley has simply messed the manager around, refusing to allow any buys in Januarys 2017 and 2018, minimal cash for players in summer 2017, then insisting on a ridiculous £20m+ profit this summer gone.

Rafa Benitez wants to improve the Academy, the training complex and of course the first team squad.

He has repeatedly said he doesn’t expect unrealistic amounts of cash, just decent support and freedom to get on with the job.

Mike Ashley selling the club to new ambitious owners would set Newcastle United alight, sadly just a daydream still for Rafa Benitez and the fans, and David Ginola…at the moment.

David Ginola quizzed on Rafa Benitez and what will/should happen at Newcastle United, speaking on Sky Sports:

“He (Rafa Benitez) is the main figure for the club.

“My question is, can Newcastle United match his expectation in terms of looking at the future?

Rafa Benitez is one of the best managers around and he has proved it so many times.

“Now I am questioning, whether Newcastle are able to match Rafa Benitez’s expectation in terms of the financial aspect of the game, because if you want to compete against the best. The top teams take young players from the academy and bring them to the first team, or they invest in two or three players to bring the momentum that the club needs.

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“It is not just because you won three games on the spin that things will change.

“I think the outcome of the last three games (and wins)….don’t expect then to (automatically) win because maybe next week you are going to lose, maybe lose two games on the spin.

“Then you are thinking that’s it, we are back at the bottom.

“I think it is the long-term period where you need to fix the long-term problems at the club.

“Rafa Benitez is the main figure because he is the man in charge.

“Now can you give him the keys to succeed?

“Otherwise they are going to stay mid-table or fighting relegation every season, and I think if you want to see them right at the top and challenging, they need money.”



  • Leazes.

    I think the chronicle do that same thing you know……. they look for comment from past ‘stars’ who weren’t here in spirit and are mammothly out of touch with events during the Ashley occupation.

    What is the excuse for their own stance with this owner?

    …’We’ll sit on the fence and hide like Charnley and Ashley from any scrutiny!’

    But aren’t we supposed to ask the questions?

    ….’We have an excuse, Ashley and Charnley don’t speak’

    So why give them any benefit of doubt?

    ….’Because we can’…. because we can hide as well.

    If anything has categorised the Ashley occupation it is the roaring perpetual silence, they like it that way, so what does a PR man Keith Bishop do then if its not customer relations?

    ….’its to help maintain the cloak of darkness’ surely….

    Meanwhile at the chronicle….

    ….3 positives we have spun today and 5 things we aren’t going to say….. we like it this way….

    • Coble’s Return

      Bishop is the embodiment of that steel plate at the back of an agricultural slurry tank – he is there to deflect the sh!t. “The Natives are getting restless again Keith.” “Fear not Mike – we’ll tell them that we have a buyer lined up in the States – that’ll shut them up for a while.” “Nice one – whose round is it?” “I’ll get them in – oh FFS man – not in the fireplace again!”

      • Leazes.

        I’m not acquainted with agricultural slurry tanks…. I’ll take your word for it.

    • wheyayeman

      Agreed Chronicle could have played an essential part of pushing Ashley out of the door but they have played the part of blind, deaf nostalgic sleepwalking zombies this protecting the status quo. They do not represent the fans but they represent the interests of the heirarchy perfectly.

      • Toon Arnie

        I stopped about two years ago for exactly this reason. I only ever bought it for the football ( other than births, deaths & marriages and the 2 page tv spread the rest of the paper seemed to be about people getting their heads kicked in across various locations in the north east ) and the standard of journalism has sunk so appallingly low it was relatively easy to stop buying it and rely on the websites for up to date news.

      • Cockneytrev

        The chronicle is terrified of a law suit, this is one of Ashley s main weapons , he has enough money to gamble on any law suit so is prepared to take on anyone,,,,

  • Carverlier football

    Sorry David, Ashley has no interest in succeeding so the keys will remain at the bottom of those deep pockets…

    • Kneebotherm8

      Success for Mike Ashley is 17th spot in the premier league…….nothing more..

      • Peaky

        Gives rise to a new phrase….”survival of the cheapest”…

        • Kneebotherm8

          He’s a cheapskate alright…

  • Toonrobbybobson

    Mike Ashley couldnt even bend over to pickup those keys.

    Have to say though Ginola… what a guy. Breath of fresh air as a pundit last night. Spoke football sense and from the heart. Top man.

    Players like him should have continued to be involved with the club.

    • Lewis SG

      He speaks from the heart and that’s why he is not involved in any clubs. Nobody wants the truth, they all want to be left alone in their own incompetency.

  • Cockneytrev

    Thanks David, but it isn’t going to happen, Ashley uses and has always used NUFC as a cash cow/advertising tool, nothing more and nothing less.
    Ashley out!!!

    • t00nraider

      Wasn’t the case when handing McClaren a transfer window record spending amount.

      • Cockneytrev

        Just read your past posts,,
        Your an Ashley hoop licker,,👅👅

  • Wezza

    We all know that won’t happen, unless you’re a troll (which are blocked)
    We were not going to spend the clubs own money in January anyway. Next installment of TV cash goes into MASH Holdings.
    The “loan” is not putting money into the club.

  • t00nraider

    Yes David, that is right, but if you just start writing wonga cheques you risk doing a Leeds. This is half the reason we struggle because of previous regime finance.