This January transfer window is, sadly, already a disaster for Rafa Benitez and Newcastle United.

The signs weren’t great anyway, after the lack of ambition and nonsense from Mike Ashley in the summer, as well as Rafa’s two previous January windows, when he wasn’t allowed a single signing in January 2017 and not allowed to buy any players in January 2018 – only loan players.

As usual though, a small part of you hopes for better, that this time will be when we see change. Obviously only a fool would have assumed this to happen, though we could still hope/dream.

If this January transfer window was going to see the Newcastle manager belatedly getting a proper and realistic level of backing, we surely knew we’d quickly see evidence of it.

Players lined up to come in as soon as the window opened, a buoyant Rafa Benitez buzzing and upbeat due to more positive workings behind the scenes, the squad lifted and showing better on the pitch.

The reality however, has been no new players announced, indeed the lack of any even positive speculation/claims in the media has been loud and clear.

Added to this, Rafa Benitez is increasingly looking more and more downbeat, sadly looking like somebody who knows now he has been fighting a losing cause from the start with Mike Ashley.

As for the players/squad, the Man Utd match wasn’t terrible but there wasn’t exactly any new spark, whilst the Blackburn FA Cup game was horrendous on Saturday. If those players are aware of a lot of positive things happening behind the scenes they couldn’t have hidden it better, in fact they would be deserving of Oscars.

If there was to be help given to Rafa Benitez then everything would have been geared up to make sure he had new players available for the crucial six pointer against Cardiff on Saturday 19 January, a game that has ‘must win’ written all over it.

That game is only 12 days away now and even if by some miracle Newcastle actually signed a decent quality player(s) sometime this week, it would be very unlikely that they would be starting against Cardiff. We all know how meticulous Rafa is with his planning and with any signings almost certainly coming in from abroad, if they ever happen, then having only a week for them to settle in and work with their new teammates wouldn’t be enough from the manager to throw them into such a tough game.

The lack of leadership at Newcastle United away from the manager is as always, laughable.

Rather than Mike Ashley and/or his people doing everything they can to help the manager and the squad in this relegation struggle, we instead have been treated to simply more PR stunts and smoke and mirrors, this weekend in particular.

Instead of Mike Ashley and/or alleged interested buyers making sure, as far as possible, that the team/club will be safe this season by helping in this January transfer window, we just see feeble storylines played out in the media.

The Peter Kenyon letter ‘leaked’, allegedly by both sides – embarrassing.

If there was any deal imminent then surely the two parties would come out and give us a joint statement to reassure everybody, especially Rafa Benitez.

Meanwhile, we are now told once again that Mike Ashley is refusing to give Rafa any transfer funds unless he signs a transfer extension.

Sadly, we can believe this one, as we were told the same thing before the summer window and sure enough, a £20m+ profit and Rafa blocked from spending on the players needed.

We are left looking at Rafa Benitez getting something more out of this same group of players, yet again, what a nightmare.

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  • Coach Clagnut

    What’s a transfer window precious?

    • Big Hairy Man

      It’s a set period during which we sell anyone of value whilst other clubs do business to hopefully strengthen their squads.

      • Tweed Mag

        Whilst accepting instalments and paying up front, draining the transfer fund at both ends.

    • Toontaff

      It’s when useless rags and websites link the Toon with every useless player never heard of, but none come………………..except maybe a freebie, loan or crocked forward…………

  • Hughie

    Correct. The media refer to phraseology such as ” considering” “are looking at” and nothing is announced by this appallingly incompetent regime. Saturday’s pathetic performance from a bunch of grossly overpaid people incapable of doing their jobs, devoid of passion or leadership, demonstrated yet again why we are being conned. 36000 suckers who live in hope that their continuous supply of money poured into this black hole is rewarded by providing a team which merits that support. The club should apologise for last Saturday’s performance- and I include Benitez in that- and repay any fans who attended this complete waste of time watching a team incapable of playing entertaining attacking football against a poor Championship outfit.

    • Carverlier football

      My favourite is “are preparing to make a bid”…

      • Leazes.

        ‘running the rule over’
        ‘in advanced talks’
        ‘in their sights’
        ‘before the end of the window’

        Chronicle bullshitasaurus

  • Leicester Mag

    The is no and can be no way forward under Ashley. The only answer is to protest. There will always be a thousand reasons why the next game is the wrong game or the one after that and so and so on. Without taking a stand there will be no effective future only another Pardew or whichever other prideless sap is given a role only their delusion believes is earned. Yet more Joselus, disinterested loan players with no stake in the future of the club. Wake up for heaven’s sake we are not even a stepping stone for players any more! more a resting place for unfulfilled talent. Is this the future we want for our beloved Newcastle United ? If not surely better to have died trying to claim a future?

  • tom

    Hardly a disaster as were only 7 days into tw. It will be a disaster once tw closes and we still have same squad though.

    • Toontaff

      Says Tom, with his glass half full of meths……………..

    • Tweed Mag

      Sooner the better Tom, not Jan 31st with minutes to spare (loans!). The club ownership is completely incompetent when it comes to player recruitment.

    • Jewell Ahmed

      Christ, mate. Wake up FFS!

  • Mrkgw

    Following the club has never been as dull as it is now under this parasitic regime. Ashley cares not one jot about the state of things which just go from bad to worse. The squad is paper thin, and devoid of flair and quality in depth. It’s absolutely uninspiring and the brilliant days of KK are now distant memories. In fact, by comparison, it’s hard to believe that things really were that good. This current curse needs to be lifted and quickly. Otherwise, I genuinely believe that Ashley will see the club go to absolute ruin and enjoy every moment in the process. A truly despicable entity.

  • Tweed Mag

    Good club management would mean transfers are completed asap in January to allow the maximum use of a new player for the rest of the season. Simple.
    Bad management is to blackmail your manager with childish threats and refuse to sign players until he gives in.
    Ashley’s business plan is a gift to our opponents.

  • X2

    50,000 support this.

    • Jewell Ahmed

      They have let Ashley systematically rape the club without so much as raising a word.

      It is utterly shameful and embarrassing. Even when Ashley does go, it is going to take a long time to wash away the bitterness and feeling of being violated. I don’t know if I will ever get that passion back, tbh.

      • X2

        I think it’s now much more likely than not that if Ashley ever does sell, what remains of the club will be stuck with toxic long term contracts a la Rangers. That would keep me way.

  • Mike

    mugs the lot of us….amazing that when the heat is turned on Cashley responds on Sky

  • Paul Patterson

    For any transfer window to work, you have to have targets lined up a couple of months earlier than the window opens, so say April/May or November/December.
    That leaves the easy part of just finalising them once the window opens.

    In our case, our manager doesn’t even know one thing that should happen BEFORE targets are even lined up and that is what the budget is.

    That all highlights that there will be no spend. Anyone thinking otherwise is a deluded idiot . .

  • pedrodelgardo

    I paid £770 cash for my posh seat in the East Stand (like a mug) and I am now thinking about just binning the rest of the season. I love Matt Richie and all his effort but if it is aimed at 17 th place on minimum spend I have to ask What is the point? The fat asset stripper blackmailing his only significant employee might be the final straw for me. Trouble is he’s still gotmy money thefatcunt.

    • Leazes.

      I wasn’t aware of a sports bar in the East Stand? Is that for a central seat?

      • pedrodelgardo

        I don’t spend any money in the ground, it is a posh seat in my opinion because it is near the halfway line and I have an excellent view of all the huffing and puffing. Probably category 1 not sure.

        • Leazes.

          I think it is category 1…. just looked .

    • Carl Marks

      Yes,he has your money,but come the usual full time misery you experience – wouldn’t you rather feel this way in the comfort of your own home,or a pub,rather than a cold and breezy football stadium?
      and,
      pleased with yourself,because you’ve let Ashley know that he’s finally gone too far this time.
      Be under no illusion whatsoever,it’s NOT NUFC you’re crapping on,it’s the “add extra zeroes at the end of Ashley’s bank balance con”
      that you’re letting down!!
      Over the past eleven or so years,it’s never resembled the NUFC we all know and love!!
      Rafa’s imminent departure should speed up the exodus from SJP(sadly considering his reputation and successes)
      I really,really do feel that the day Ashley thought would never arrive(fans refusing to renew season tickets,buy official merchandise) is nigh and that in his bloated arrogance,
      he forgot that everyone has their “breaking point”
      Let’s do to him,what he’s being doing to us for years –
      one almighty V sign !!!!

  • Leazes.

    We’ve the seventeenth most valuable squad in the premiership….. its overachieving at the moment thanks to a parked bus in front of our keeper.

    If he spends a modest amount or heaven forbid break the clubs transfer record the club will still be in a relegation struggle because competing clubs will/have spend/spent. (irritating syntax innit).

    The chronicle boys yesterday asked themselves the question….’if the club doesn’t compete in the FA cup what is it for’….

    ….We told them years ago…. its an advertising hoarding!

    Ashley has taken advantage of a geographically isolated club without a friend in the media and kept it going just, whilst systematically stripping it down to the barest squad anyone in living memory has seen (possibly barring the Osvaldo Ardiles years of a club bereft of a first team squad).

    Ashley countered two huge walk outs by lowering prices for those who couldn’t afford Hall and Shepherds season tickets and took advantage of the student population here as well….

    ….I know it feels like an end game now but it isn’t…..

    ……its the same game ‘string-a-long-a-fan’ using Mark Douglas, Lee Ryder, Miles Starforth, Simon Bird and uncle Tom Cobley n all…

    Their job is to keep Ashley going, the chronicle pays the club for access to training facilities…. they are in the words of Douglas ‘a good friend to the club’…. you bet they are….

    ASHLEY COULDN’T HAVE LASTED NEARLY 12 YEARS WITHOUT MARK DOUGLAS…..

    Ask yourself the question….would Ashley have survived in London or Lancashire and done this to a comparable sized clubs for so long?

    • East Durham Mag

      If this had been done to any of the media darlings Manure, Chelsea, Arsenal etc there would have been an outcry.

      • Leazes.

        There’s no voice here is there?….. not even the MAG.

        • Leicester Mag

          Agreed the Mag merely play devil’s advocate encouraging hits and increase advertising revenue while collecting splinters in their ar$e sat on the fence

          • Leazes.

            Well they have their ‘in house trolls’ to generate hits…..both Mark Jensen and Simon Carr have mutual friends at true faith…. Carr and Standen provide the trolls for Mark Jensen and whoever is now running this site.

          • Toon

            All the Mag writers do is gob off about Ashley then line up with their season tickets, wearing their merchandise to help fund Ashley, all full of……

        • Billmag

          To say I’m disappointed at the Mag would be an understatement, why would they put there name to what is virtually an open begging letter to Ashley.

          • Leazes.

            After 12 years Jensen doesn’t understand the nature of the beast?

        • East Durham Mag

          Yes your right, “Stop the Protests it will put any potential buyers off” and the entire media fell for it hook, line and sinker. Now it’s deja vu in the January window again. What a mess.

          • Leazes.

            No reply from Mark Jensen about his motivation for the article on 5th December….. still waiting.

      • Cockneytrev

        Exactly,,,

    • Billmag

      Said it before there should be a demonstration outside the Comical’s offices, placards with tell the truth and no more bull 💩 written on them.

      • Leazes.

        They’ll protect themselves by hiding behind John Gibson.

        • Billmag

          True, but I’m disappointed in Gibbo also.

          • Leazes.

            He has an excuse….he’s senile when sober and he can rest on his laurels of deposing McKeag and giving us the wonderful carpetbagger Hall.

            When the chronicle wants to hide its involvement in the Ashley regime they bring out their role in deposing McKeag.

          • Billmag

            Gibbo’s a dinosaur that’s getting a living out of past ” Glories”.

          • Leazes.

            He’s good value for the chronicle….. ten articles a year about the Magpie groups take over and five about supermac’s debut…. all for ten quid and a pint in the half moon.

      • mentalman

        We should take inspiration from the Blackpool fans, they seem to be quite well organised when it comes to protesting

        • Billmag

          Aye Oyston and Ashley bought Lone Ranger masks at the same shop.

          • mentalman

            I was reading about what the oystons have done at Blackpool it’s shocking how they’ve managed to get away with what they have done, they make MA look like an amatuer

    • Paul Patterson

      If he’d done it to a Liverpool or a West Ham he would have been lynched. Look at the fluster at West Ham last season . .

      • Cockneytrev

        This is half the problem, local and national press are not interested and our own fans are apathetic,,

        • Leazes.

          Biggest culprits are Douglas and Ryder because they literally feed the Nationals and the broadcasters.

          Although that papers circulation is now a fifth of what it was before the 1970s 80s they still nudge the others into line with the stuff they are fed.

          Best example was the Ponteland meal where they were given access by the club to spin positive for Ashley, they had reporters there in advance.

    • Shipcote Willy

      You are spot on but I would add that if it had been London or Lancashire the stadiums would not continue to full of fans meekly accepting the cr*p heaped on them.

      • Leazes.

        Cheap seats Willy….. very cheap seats have filled in for those who left….. Newcastle with two Universities and a very large college is studentville…..they can get tickets at £14….. and they do, not to mention the family section which wasn’t catered for sufficiently by the previous regime but they wanted a larger stadium eventually….. this stadium is fit for Ashleys purpose as a billboard

        The crowd of Hall and Shepherd was a different crowd paying premium prices….. Ashleys product and prices are lowered NOT hiked like Mag articles have implied….

        The club jacked them up(season tickets for non handcuffed sales) to make the 10 year deals better value.

  • Grantasss

    I actually hate my club at the minute. The cretins at the top have completely ruined my passion for the game and my club. I have my letter of cancellation penned already, if by the 25th nothing has changed then they can sove it right up the shat pipe. 😡😡🤬🤬🤬

    • Paul Patterson

      Might as well send it now then . .

    • Carl Marks

      I couldn’t agree more!
      I’m as equally peed off with our fans as I am with Ashley!!
      Never have so many people paid a man to destroy their football club!!
      Even Blackpool fans have more stomach for the fight,than our fans do – it’s astronomically embarrassing,when they can
      (in their droves)boycott matches and ours can’t!!!
      Once upon a time,our fans wouldn’t put up with eleven minutes of this debacle,nevermind eleven years!!!!

      • sickofthis

        “Never have so many people paid a man to destroy their football club!!” <—-This.

  • Carl Marks

    For some inexplicable reason,I log on to this site on numerous occasions every single day,hoping and praying,
    that a molecule of good news will be announced by NUFC and it never ever ever happens – always total crap,or a silence more deafening than a nuclear bomb!
    The club hierarchy are like aphids devouring a once healthy plant!
    I would like to nominate Ashley for the ‘ Most Hated Individual To Ever Set Foot On Tyneside’ award !!

    • Leazes.

      I got a transfer deadline day advent calendar and peeled off day six to reveal a picture of Charnley’s head in the shape of a soft boiled egg with a toasted soldier sticking out of it….. he comes a close second….

      …..24 days to go…..they can’t all be like every transfer window of the last 11 years surely.

      • Carl Marks

        Just like the sky’s above our heads and the ground’s below our feet,it’ll be “business as usual” which means no business at all and even if Ashley does
        (solely to ensure the Sky money lands in his bank account) it’ll be someone,
        who nobody,apart from his own parents,has heard of –
        someone from the Moldovan equivalent of the Northern League Division Two.
        As for Charnley – he’s nothing more than a Harry Hill tribute act –
        Ashley says “jump”,
        he replies,
        “How high? and would you like me to throw in a few somersaults for good measure?”
        a.k.a. a grovelling ar*e licker!
        grrrrrrrrrrrrrr

        • Leazes.

          Ah you’ve been reading the ‘snack media’ sites like HITC or thisisfutbol….. (I’m sure that is who Keith Bishop works through…..downsizing expectation)

          Headlines like….

          ‘Newcastle fans drooling at the thought of £3.4m strike ace’….

          I block them on Newsnow.

          • Carl Marks

            Oh the “downsizing of expectations” began years ago starting with,
            “We”re aiming for a top six finish”
            to
            “We’re not bothered about
            the cup competitions,PL
            is our priority”
            to
            “We’ll be satisfied with a mid table finish”
            to
            “We’re looking to retain our status in the PL”
            aka our annual battle with relegation,brought about by chronic and systematic underfunding

            Which begs the question?

            How long before we here,
            “We’re pulling out all the stops,to get back in Northern League Division 1 after 36 attempts?
            Yes,I’m a cynical bas***d!!

      • drc74

        dont want to spoil it, but day 24 has pics of hmv and debenhams behind it

  • Shipcote Willy

    Ashley has run the club into the ground and turned fans expectations to zero. It appears he has also sucked the life out of our manager who appears increasingly frustrated and down. Ashley is never challenged or criticised by local media and the stadium is always full so why would he change or ever sell his golden goose. I hear fans saying they will cancel their season tickets if this or that happens, the latest being if Rafa walks. No they won’t. He has heaped ignominy on fans for ten years but still has a full stadium. He even stopped the protests with half a dozen words and nothing will ever change as long as Ashley carries on unchallenged.

    • Carl Marks

      Well said!
      Our fans have sent him a very clear message –
      “More of the same please Mike
      (with bells on)”

      • Mung Bean

        May as well add s**te sandwiches (prepared by Sports Direct Catering) to the food&beverage list, at home games. They’ll sell by the truckload.

    • Cockneytrev

      Totally agree

  • robbersdog

    It’s too soon to start complaining about lack of activity in this transfer window; we’ve still got three more weeks of not buying any new players to look forward to.

  • Mr_Kinnear

    Don’t worry I have a source who tells me the club have bought some extra pens to cope with the large number of signing NUFC will make.

    • Leazes.

      Your cynicism will be proved unfounded when the chronicle unveils Miguel Almirón or someone we haven’t heard of on a loan deal from Malaga reserves.

      • Mr_Kinnear

        No no I got it from a very good source. I am hoping for more news tomorrow. I may even give to the chronicle as an exclusive.

        • Paul Patterson

          If you told the Chronicle that the Tyne Bridge actually crosses the river Thames, they’d send a journalist out to see if it did . .

          • Tweed Mag

            And then print a story (in one line paragraphs) without coming to a conclusion.

          • Leazes.

            Ha…. that reminded me of an article they did for the Rugby World cup when Scotland played here…. the writer said the scots would be crossing Hadrians Wall…… unaware that the stadium like most of the City is North of the Wall.

          • Billmag

            😀😀😀. Dummies.

          • Kenny

            So it is.

          • Haitchdee

            No geographical knowledge, to go with the lack of occupational pride. One good article ripping the Fat lad and his cronies a new Ar$€h0l£and take the Ban. Regain some respect .

          • Carl Marks

            depressing how spineless the local media are,when it comes to turning up the heat on the club hierarchy/despotic regime.
            It wouldn’t be a tragedy if your paper was barred from SJP –
            must get tedious and nauseating,listening to lying on an industrial scale??!!

    • Carl Marks

      pens with the offensive SD logo on them

  • deadtrail 74

    Ok if Rafa has to sign an extension to his contract for Ashley to release Funds for transfers. That tells everyone two things, 1. There’s no takeover happening (not that it ever was) and 2. Rafa won’t sign a contract extension till investment happens. (No investment was happening anyway). So with no investment or takeover happening you may as well enjoy the last few months of having a great manager.

    • Carl Marks

      I hope Rafa gives him one almighty V sign!!
      Nobody would hold it against him,if he finally walked away.
      To use an analogy –

      Rafa’s like a world famous pianist,who Ashley wants to perform for him – the problem being,Ashley’s never had any intention of providing him with a piano

      We have one of the best managers in the world and Ashley has been on a mission to drive him out of the club,
      because he doesn’t like dissenting voices –
      He runs the club like the North Korean regime – the latest example being the way the stewards behaved over the banners.
      Ironically,Ashley bears an uncanny resemblance to Kim Jong Un !!
      Like him,he may have the power,but he’ll never have what money can’t buy……CLASS !!!

      • deadtrail 74

        I would take a head butting from Rafa to Ashley over v sign. Otherwise it’s yes from me.

  • HarryHype59

    All transfer windows are a disaster under this hideous regime. I no longer think we actually deserve to retain EPL status!

  • Kneebotherm8

    Rafas incredible “needing a miracle to survive” statement is looking more credible by the day……..this depleted,low quality,squad will need a miracle to survive with additions looking evermore unlikely…..

    • Paul Patterson

      Haven’t Bournemouth spent £20m already . .

      • Tomb

        why shouldn’t they? we same to look at other sides spending as a sin on their part. our first choice signing was Kenedy who would have cost at least 20 million bring back Graham carr I say. recruited cabaye tiote sissoko all on the cheap now spend more on the likes of Murphy and muto

        • Paul Patterson

          Not ‘Why shouldn’t they?’
          More, ‘Why aren’t we?’

        • Billmag

          Can you please have a guess at the date you think Ashley will spend £20ml on a player, you more than likely be in a tomb before that ever happens.

          • Carl Marks

            Twelfth Of Never

      • Kneebotherm8

        £19m for Solanke I believe,Wolves have signed Tammy Abraham on loan………..we continue to scrape the barrel…..in fact we’re not even doing that….

        • We are scraping the Championship barrel. Half of that league is outspending us :)

          • Kneebotherm8

            They are…….you’re right..

    • Carl Marks

      “If you pay peanuts,you get monkeys”
      Looks like we won’t even be paying any peanuts,to buy some new monkeys
      Obviously Ashley suffers from a nut allergy!

    • Take away Dubravka, Fernandez, Shelvey, Rondon and Perez and the rest of the team is barely mid-table Championship stuff.

  • Rabid Dog

    Florian Lejeune has come back from injury
    … that’s like a new signing….. already one over the line…. success!

    • If Lejeune wasn’t injured, I can bet you we’d have at least 3-4 points more by now.
      Without our best 11 on the pitch we can’t win against any top 10 team and are 50/50 against bottom 10 teams.
      Shelvey, Hayden and Ki midfield would be a dream with Perez, Muto and Rondon playing up front in a 4-3-3, but we have yet to have them all fit!
      Should be keeping Rondon fit for bottom 10 teams crunches, will continue playing Joselu, Murphy and Kenedy against top 8 teams (we can’t win anyway)

  • Tomb

    Cardiff have a weak squad too. Huddersfield are finished. Burnley are a weak squad also. so no miracle required but it won’t be easy

    • Leazes.

      Spookily Cardiff and Huddersfield have squads with less value than ours…..the only two clubs with squads of less value in fact.

      The gamble Ashley is playing is seems to be that a decent manager can make them overperform…. of course the notion crumbles if you get injuries and suspensions or a referee from Greater Madchester.

      • Billmag

        Oh so true, Shelvey seeing a specialist, looks like the chickens are coming home to roost.

      • Kenny

        As is the case.

      • Carl Marks

        Ashley’s middle names are “Russian Roulette” !!

      • Tomb

        no surprise to me people only trot out the net spend since promotion but our squad that came up had significantly higher value than than the Cardiff and Huddersfield promoted sides did. the mag only judges on net spend since rafa came in but there are some players here of value that should be able to compete at the lower end of the table

    • DZA

      Burnley don’t have a weak squad, I expect Burnley to stay up.

    • nufcslf

      You can add Fulham to those two. It’s looking like the next half of tge season will just be a struggle of who are the worst 3 of the 4 inckuding us of course. Even to stay up by the skin of our teeth, I honestly have absolutely no interest in any of this anymore until fatty goes. I will always know what is happening and watch any televised matches here, but will not be jumping up and down with any passion. Fatty has drained all of that out of me.

  • Steven05

    I don’t even want any new signings. I just want him to fu<€ off

    Until he does – this is all pointless

    • Carl Marks

      This sounds ironic,considering his (cough)activity in the transfer market,but I agree with you completely –
      if it takes another farcical transfer window(probably resulting in another net profit for him)then I’d settle for no signings if it meant we saw his fat carcass disappearing at 500mph,over the Tyne Bridge and heading south down the A1(M)

  • Kenny

    With Jonjo kackered, Slomo carrying an injury, Ki & Muto away it looks like we`re Donald Ducked & the Rat doesn`t care one iota.

    • X2

      The club’s gone anyway. It’s Sports Direct United now and the quality of the football on the pitch matches the “quality” of the tat on offer in SD.

      • Carl Marks

        Never a truer word(s)!!!
        hahaha

      • nufcslf

        Been calling this sh*t excuse for a football club that for years now. Can’t understand the support the team not the regime when this [email protected] is simply rubbing it in the facr of any so called fan that continues to show up and finance the c**t. So very pathetic and sad.

    • Paul Patterson

      Someone should tell him that the gamble appears to have backfired. . . again . . for the third time.

    • nufcslf

      Never has and still gets a full ground for home matches. A total lost cause.

  • Viru leckworth

    Why does the Ashley creature want to get his club relegated? It seems his objective at the moment. Any answers?

    • Steven05

      Vindictive spite – with a a full stadium and parachute payments

    • Vodkamagpie

      Trust me, If he wanted this club relagated, then he’s doing a [email protected] job

      • Toon Arnie

        Based on what ? What less could he do to help Rafa ?

        • Vodkamagpie

          Sell lascelles, shelvey, etc. Sack rafa, hire unproven league 2 manager. Don’t ever spend 9.5mil, 6mil, 3mil, 3.5mil on players, only sign out of contract players with low signing on fees. Etc etc

          • Jock Mcglock

            Also withhold 20 million from last summers transfer window.

          • Toon Arnie

            Unbelievable. How anyone can say Ashley has spent too much is either seriously confused or an attention seeking clown.

          • Vodkamagpie

            Newcastle had spent about the same as Tottenham in the last 4/5 years

          • Toon Arnie

            We’ve hardly spent anything net since Rafa came and get outspent by Huddersfield, Watford, Brighton etc.You have no idea what you’re talking about. Pro – Ashley rubbish as always. Only Moscow can get away with this as he’s so stupid he’s entertaining. Other trolls by and large are attention seeking drainers and it’s tired now.

          • Vodkamagpie

            You should check the amounts, you will be surprised

    • nufcslf

      The bloke is a total c**t and gambler. He simply thinks you go down and come straight back up as ‘Champions’ with loads of money to his benefit. The piece of filth simply needs to f**k off.

  • Day 1 deals needed, Day 7 and still no Deals!
    Appears that unless Rafa signs a new contract, Ashley is not giving him anything, except loans and up to 8m buys – SHAMBOLIC!

  • Ram Kishore

    Don’t we already know this.

    Just to generate clicks, writing the same 💩 doesn’t change anything. With the same section of fans commenting below

    Thank goodness Rafa decided not to talk.l about transfers
    Or else, I could see Mag DECODING every word Rafa says and comes up with big SHOCKING(omg the words they come up with makes it look like this is the end of the world), MISLEADING headline.

    Rafa’s decisionin not talking about transfers is making Mag worried as there is nothing to moan other than recycling the same BS.

  • Leazes.

    PUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENT

    LONG TERM DIRECT DEBIT TO UNITED?

    WANT OUT OF ASHLEY’S HANDCUFFS?

    Our understanding is that a fan on a long-term deal who cancels their March payment will still have a valid season ticket for the remainder of the 2018-19 season – as long as they have made their final payment for this season in January or February.

    If they don’t pay that installment, they may risk their ticket getting cancelled for the remainder of this season. But the club will contact them for further information should they cancel their payment.

    CANCEL AFTER YOU CHECK YOUR BANK STATEMENT FOR THE CLUBS WITHDRAWAL IN MARCH

  • Ram Kishore

    Don’t we already know this.

    Just to generate clicks, writing the same
    C R A P doesn’t change anything. With the same section of fans commenting below

    Thank goodness Rafa decided not to talk.l about transfers
    Or else, I could see Mag DECODING every word Rafa says and comes up with big SHOCKING (omg the words they come up with makes it look like this is the end of the world), MISLEADING headline.

    Rafa’s decision in not talking about transfers is making mag worried as there is nothing to moan other than recycling the same B S.

    P S: I didn’t read this C R A P, just read the headline and posted this..

    If the club, team, players, Style of play is not depressing enough. The mag is adding further depressing C R A P to it.

    • Damon Horner

      Unusual to see you voice that much frustration!

      Right in what you say though. Add takeovers and Rafa’s contract to transfers.

      • Ram Kishore

        I was all good until I saw the headline and the writer’s name.

        If it had been a fan, I would have understood.
        Atleast Chronicle doesn’t do this
        B S everyday. They come up with something else which is funny and BS.
        A momentary lapse 😂.

  • KennyS

    Humpty Ashley sat on the wall
    Humpty Ashley had a great fall
    All the Bishops horses and all the Bishops men
    Couldn’t put the fat c#nt together again.

    Sorry couldn’t think of anything intelligent to say.

    • deadtrail 74

      A story with a happy ending.

    • Carl Marks

      because he’s that effing fat,
      the pieces were spread for hundreds of miles!

  • Carl Marks

    Considering the past eleven plus years,if NUFC was a stick of candy rock,it would have the word
    “D-I-S-A-S-T-E-R” written through the middle of it
    “Disaster” isn’t a recent phenomenon when it comes to NUFC!!

  • Grantasss

    Well I’ve finally done it, this has to be one of the most difficult decisions I’ve ever had to make. Thank you very much FCB.

    ‘Hi,

    Please except this email as my notification to cancel my season ticket (*******). I do this with great regret. But I can not and will not pay any more money to the club, whilst it treats the supporters with utter contempt. Bordering on abuse.
    Thanks but no thanks.
    Please provide return email to confirm receipt of my notification and subsequent cancellation.

    Carl Grant’