Mike Ashley will make it seven in a row if he turns up at St James Park this afternoon.

After not attending a match for 13 months, the Newcastle United owner has attended the last six.

No explanation given for the change in behaviour and maybe particularly surprising, considering his business empire has never been busier – Mike Ashley seemingly intent on buying up any ailing business to grow his influence and wealth.

Newcastle United of course continues to play an integral part in that business empire, with the worldwide advertising of his brands via the club, plus of course the club revealed that the owner took an unspecified amount of money out of the club once the transfer window ended, after a £20m+ profit on deals in and out was made.

Rafa Benitez has repeatedly said in interviews that he won’t make any decision on a possible contract extension until he sees first what happens in the January transfer window.

A newspaper exclusive last week said that Mike Ashley was intent on tying Rafa down to a new five year contract BEFORE the transfer window even opens, fat chance of the manager falling for that one.

Saturday morning has seen the Chronicle reveal that their information is that Mike Ashley has still refused to give any indication of what, if any, money will be made available to spend in January.

A year ago with Newcastle deep in a relegation fight, Ashley refused to allow the manager to buy any players, instead Benitez having to make do with three loan signings.

Newcastle were very lucky to see two of the three instantly hit the ground running and prove huge successes in the run from February to April that took Newcastle to early safety, with wins over Man Utd, Arsenal and Chelsea before the season ended.

Difficult to see that luck repeated if Rafa only allowed to scratch around in the loan market.

Rafa Benitez revealed at his Friday press conference that Mike Ashley spoke to the players as well as himself and the coaching staff after the victory over Watford.

Rafa Benitez:

“I wasn’t there in the dressing room (when Mike Ashley spoke to the players) but when I spoke to him he said: ‘Well done, congratulations,well done. Thank you.’

“He congratulated the team and he congratulated the staff.

“He is welcome, he is the owner, he can do what he wants.”

Mike Ashley has done exactly ‘what he wants’ for these past eleven and a half years and that is why we have experienced such a chaotic mess, due to a failure to invest in every area of the club.

The training complex, St James Park and the Academy all desperately in need of money, care and attention if the club is to get anywhere close to having a go at reaching its potential, not forgetting failing to properly invest in the first team squad…

Rafa Benitez has repeatedly made clear in transfer windows that he wants targets brought in early, in this next one it is absolutely essential.

Mike Ashley has to belatedly back Rafa and make clear to him now, at what level he can go shopping at, then set up signings to come in at the very start of the January window.

The clock is ticking.



  • Ashley-out

    Rafa will get what he got in previous windows, a selection of free transfers, loans & a list of players he hasn`t even heard of

  • t00nraider

    It won’t be loans as the club has used the maximum allowed this season with Rondon and Kenedy I believe. There was 7 players brought in in the last tansfer window and all premier league quality.

    • Ashley-out

      shut up

      • Wezza

        That’s a troll.

        • Realist

          How have you come to this conclusion then? I bet I can guess.

        • Leazes.

          So is realist…that’s why he uses a guest log in.

          • Wezza

            Leazes, I think you missed my post yesterday…
            Brian Standen, 3 months ago said he would be in the 3 bulls at 10 inviting anyone – MonkMoscow has been saying the exact same time and place this week. Cant be coincidence! He slipped up!

          • Leazes.

            One of the same!

          • Wezza

            He is definitely the same person. What a slip up. Notice how he always sticks up for Monk and likes to reminisce. Either way they’re blocked. I’m not wasting my time with either of them.

          • Carverlier football

            Especially as Brian said the next time he was seeing Monk was at Everton…

          • Wezza

            Yep, a bad slip up. They use alter egos and like to assume different characters. Schizophrenia!

          • Realist

            Depends what you define as a troll, in your case anyone who has even the slightest difference in opinion or posts on guest log in😂 I can bet that if I had an opinion in line with yours or similar and I posted on guest log in, I wouldn’t be called a troll. Anyone with half a brain knows why you try and demonize people as a troll. You like people to comply with you and you can’t hack anything different which is when the natural reaction of how you feel with this situation comes out which is to demonize exclude ostracize people, your the most hostile poster on here towards new posters who come on here, that says alot about you.

          • Kenny

            what a load of 💩💩💩💩💩💩💩

          • Tweed Mag

            In general, there is a lot of agreement on this site. It does not matter if you log in as a guest, but it would add more to your opinions if you did otherwise. Perhaps you could let us know about your connections to NUFC. What makes you post on here? Are you a long-term fan? Season ticket holder? Share your thoughts without going on rant. Thank you.

          • Realist

            I have plenty of times tweed last weekend I stated how long I’ve been a season ticket holder etc all I got back was a volley load of abuse of Kenny the brains of Britain calling me a vermin troll etc all out of the blue so I told him what bar I was in and to come along for a pint I didn’t heart back from him till Monday when he sent me another load of abuse out of the blue. There is a video on you tube of him under the title f uck f ucking Sunderland, the blokes not a full shilling.

          • Carverlier football

            Weeell I don’t think having the “slightest difference in opinion” is the problem… It’s defending the indefensible, arguing black is white, even in the face of having those “slightly different opinions” comprehensively dismantled on numerous occasions, and doing it in an often antagonistic way. Combined with the unquestionable presence of bona fide trolls on the forum, it’s plain that carrying on as above will attract suspicion, genuine troll or no.

          • Realist

            Alot of weak people on here are manipulated by you.

          • Kenny

            Moron

          • Toon Arnie

            … a lot of regular people are bored senseless by you.

          • Realist

            Hmmm I wonder why they come to this conclusion because I don’t agree with the shyte they pedal. You need people around you who fall into line with your views, anything else you can’t hack.

      • Realist

        Your mind needs to come to peace with the fact people have different opinions, if you can’t then we’ll your not for freedom.

        • JohnnyH

          WTFs that supposed to mean?

          • Kenny

            He`s a vermin troll

          • Toon Arnie

            It means he has nothing interesting to say !!

        • Realist

          Figure it out Johnny it’s not hard.

        • Ram Kishore

          👍

    • Toontaff

      We got 3 loans, last January………………..

    • Superdooperhooper

      We can get more loans from abroad and if our 7 new players are so brilliant why are we in 17th place ?

    • mactoon

      – Premier League clubs may not register more than two players on loan at any one time.
      – The maximum number of loans registrable in the same season is four, and, under no circumstances, shall more than one be from the same club at any one time.

      So that means we can have 2 in the summer and 2 in January?

      • Ram Kishore

        We can have only 2 players on loan from English clubs at the same time. We already have year long loans for Kennedy and Rondon. We cant register any loan player from other english club in Jan unless Both Rondon and Kennedy’s deal are made nullified or made permanent.

        Any number of overseas loan is allowed

        • mactoon

          As I understand it the total you can have is 4. But only 2 at any one time. Therefore 2 in the summer and 2 in January

          • Ram Kishore

            No no wrong. We won’t bringing in loans from any of the domestic clubs .. maybe you can check for further confirmation

          • mactoon

            Didn’t we loan 4 players during 2017/18? In Merino, Kenedy, Slimani and Dubravka?

            From the Chronicle:
            “Across the course of a season, top-flight sides can register four separate loans from fellow English clubs on their books – but they are only allowed two ‘temporary signings’ at any one time.”

          • Ram Kishore

            Merino, Dubravka both are overseas loan signings.
            Kennedy and Slimani were from English clubs.
            We already have two loan signings from signed for the whole season from two domestic clubs Kennedy (Chelsea), Rondon( WBA).
            So if we want to bring loan players in Jan 2019, we can bring players on loan from overseas clubs alone(any number of players).
            No more domestic loan signings.
            If we want to make a loan signing of any player from a English club, either we have make the deal of Rondon or Kennedy permanent/cancel loan to create space for further loans from English clubs

          • mactoon

            From the Chronicle:
            “Across the course of a season, top-flight sides can register four separate loans from fellow English clubs on their books?

          • Ram Kishore

            That means 2 on the summer window for 6 months and 2 on the winter for 6 months.
            So 4 different players across the season.
            Eg. Rondon and Kennedy’s loan deals were made in summer, provided we make it permanent( you can also send them back if you want)by jan 2019. Then we are allowed for two more Jan loan signings from English clubs..
            Let’s say we can now bring Matt Targett(lb) on loan from Southampton and a CAM from another English club on loan.

            So over the course of the season
            4 different loan signings from English clubs can be registered( 2 in Summer,2 in winter) but only two players will be part of the team.

            I guess I made it clear.😀

    • Toon Arnie

      … and most importantly, for Fatty, they realised a massive net profit against outgoings !

  • Toontaff

    We need to find out which striker is injured, not playing, not scoring………..Facundo Ferreyra, Doumbia, Slimani…………..Penfold has been in Poundland, in search of the latest joker………….

  • Cockneytrev

    Old news,,,
    Quote “Ashley seemingly intent on buying up ailing businesses” if he didn’t own Newcastle united, would he buy us?

    • Mike D

      Not if some muppet was asking for £350 million.

  • Paul Patterson

    Wake up! The budget is zero..

    • HarryHype59

      Yet the club has never been richer in its entire history!

  • toonterrier

    Its obvious that Rafa is keeping a low profile and not making waves so he can walk away with his head held high knowing its the fat owner and not him responsible for the decline of a club that has gone down the drain since he took over.

  • Leicester Mag

    Another remarkable insight; later the pope’s religion unveiled and wood excavation to find Bear toilet. 11 years and counting why is this breaking news? only the happy clapper /flat eathers expect anything different.

    • Ram Kishore

      I was wondering after your post.. is there a possibility of having a article at Mag without referring to Mike for a day.

      Like a break for just one day. 😂

  • Wezza

    Because there won’t be any money for Rafa to spend because the FCB has siphoned the lot, when will people realise this! In January the club should get installment 2 of the TV money so that will be 40M on top of other player instalments plus last seasons TV money making a whopping 215M or so he will have taken. Still don’t believe it? Why can Bournemouth outspend us?

    • Toon Arnie

      Of course there’s no money, at least none that the Fat Clown will release anyway. I don’t think even Clarko is stupid enough to believe anything will change so why would Rafa sign a new contract in advance of the next window. He’ll need to do it quickly as Ashley’s phone is always faulty when the window opens – he can never be contacted.

  • Taz

    No news here… We already know Ashley is and always will be a fatlyingcunt

  • panther

    Doesn’t need to, we already know there’s nothing till we sell, and then we won’t be able to compete with Plymouth

  • mactoon

    He won’t tell Rafa the size of the budget available because they assess potential incoming transfers on a deal by deal basis. The main problem is Ashley’s insistence on buying younger players with a sell on value and a transfer cap of around £10 million. Rafa’s choice of players fit neither criteria so our transfer windows are doomed from the beginning and that won’t change anytime soon.

  • Kneebotherm8

    Impasse……no contract extension signature by Benitez……no January transfer signings…….and the devious FCB will be blaming Rafa for all that ensues…….

  • Tweed Mag

    All depends on Debenhams. The baffoon would rather collect ailing high street stores than invest in the club.

  • HarryHype59

    The club is awash with last seasons TV money. The second tranche of this seasons TV cash will have been banked in January.

    The money is there for Rafa. It is depends if the fat miser releases the purse strings.

    • Toon Arnie

      House of Fraser cost £90m so he won’t have a lot left in the kitty.

  • graham18

    sweet FA as usual

  • SAMTHECAT

    If West Ham spend 100m and are only a few points ahead of us, Mike will think its not worth bothering as usual.