Mike Ashley is a small-time, cheap, unambitious, pig-headed, clueless, stubborn fool

Mike Ashley has done a lot of things at Newcastle. Most of it inconceivable to a Newcastle fan. But his latest venture in making Rafa Benitez' time on Tyneside untenable tops the lot.

The question is why is he doing what he is doing? Why is he blatantly refusing to support him and not making every effort to keep him here for years to come?
Some say it's perhaps there is a possible sale of the club in the offing so for him to spend any money isn't in his interest, nor is the future of the club. This is wide of the mark IMO. 
Others say it's because he refuses to allow a manager with one year left on his contract to spend money on players and then leave at the end of the year, which would then leave a scenario of a new manager wanting his own players. This is closer to the mark IMO.
But even this doesn't really make sense as the ONLY way Rafa would sign a new deal is if the club back him. Not the other way round that Ashley wants it. If you sign a deal, then we will s…

Amazing Free Transfer XI Available To Tight Mike Ashley This Summer

There have been players released from all 20 Premier League clubs from last season and it makes interesting reading to say the least. Below is a possible XI you could have if you were to not spend a penny in transfers and sell off your current team to pay for all signing on and agent fees. Now I admit this team would be a) Old and b) High in wages. However we don't spend any money and we have made shed loads from last season.

Would this NUFC squad made up of free transfers get us to the top 10 finish 'target' next season?

Costel Pantilimon

Liam Ridgewell
Rio Ferdinand
Joleon Lescott
Ashley Cole

Gareth Barry
Frank Lampard
Steve Sidwell

Samuel Etoo
Shola Ameobi (Get him back)
Demba Ba

Subs: Mark Schwarzer, Jon Arne Riise, Mahamoud Diarra, Matthew Etherington, Joe Cole, Nathan Delfuenso, Nicklas Bendtner

Manager: Michael Laudrup

This is a squad (and manager) that could all be brought in for a transfer fee of zero and be lined up for the first game of next season. Judging by the diabolical end to last season, if Ashley wants a fire sale he could do.

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