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Getting Closer – Benitez To Meet Newcastle Officials Today

10:44 am, Thursday, March 10th, 2016 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 56 Comments

Craig Hope of the Mail who had that bust-up with Steve McClaren last week, is reporting in an exclusive that Rafa Benitez is set to meet with Newcastle officials later today.

This could possibly be great news and it could be that he will sign for Newcastle.

That would be a stunning coup for Newcastle United.

Rafa Benitez -turista-a-Napoli

Rafa Benitez – new Newcastle manager?

Craig is reporting that Newcastle officials have told them that Rafa Benitez will be installed as Newcastle manager before the game at Leicester on Monday night.

Maybe today?

Tags: Board of Directors · Coaching · Management · Newcastle News · Prayer · Premier League

56 responses so far ↓

  • 1 richyg01 // Mar 10, 2016 at 10:46 AM

    Rafa wants assurances that he has FULL control of Transfers, meaning no job for Carr.

    Charnley, will never got rid of his mate.

  • 2 Lee Charnley Bunga Party // Mar 10, 2016 at 10:51 AM


    Charnley may get rid of Carr if its a chance to save his job !! Blame Carr for picking the players and blame Mclaren for running of the club may save Charnley in Ashleys eyes!!

    Would not surprise me if Benitez has Armstrong recalled just to have a look at him

  • 3 robertsleftfoot // Mar 10, 2016 at 10:54 AM

    This smoke screen will continue until Monday and if they squeeze any kind of result out of the game Charnley will change his mind pull the plug on Rafa and stick with SM.

    If they get hammered which is expected, he will promptly be given the boot and Rafa will come in for 10 games only.

    Win, win for Rafa, if he keeps them up then he could sign permanently. If he doesnt he gets something along the lines of a cool £1-£2 million for 10 games work.

  • 4 Goldmbemba // Mar 10, 2016 at 10:57 AM

    Carr is the chief scout no? He could still fulfil that role with Rafa having the final word.

    Not saying Carr has always made good decisions but he got a few right didnt he? Not long ago he was the envy of the premier league according to some.

  • 5 Laurent Robert 32 // Mar 10, 2016 at 10:57 AM

    Another reason why coming here might be appealing could be that the league is a lot more open with a lot of lower teams having very good players and the top 4 is no longer set in stone, as Leicester have shown.

    Combine that with the fact that he’ll have seen us actual spend money recently, it puts us in a lot more of an attractive position.

  • 6 hibbitt // Mar 10, 2016 at 10:57 AM

    might no be Charnleys decision

  • 7 Rotonda heights // Mar 10, 2016 at 10:59 AM


    yes a few right but an awful lot wrong.

    Really really hope Charnley doesn’t blow this but he should really be sacked for letting it get to this and for previously bringing us JC too.

  • 8 Mag52 // Mar 10, 2016 at 11:00 AM


    You’ve well and truly nailed your colours to the Rafa mast haven’t you.
    He won’t necessarily keep us up, but he could give us a pretty good season in the championship.
    My apology to you for suggesting you inhabit cloud cuckoo land will be a pleasure if we end up with one of the top half dozen managers in football.

  • 9 richyg01 // Mar 10, 2016 at 11:06 AM

    The Toon are busy drawing up a three-year deal for the Spaniard to replace Steve McClaren.

    And that contract will contain a clause for Benitez to leave at the end of the season.

    It will allow the two parties to go their separate ways if he cannot keep the club up in their remaining 10 games.

    Reports from Spain last night claimed Benitez had come to a three-year agreement to take the Toon hotseat.

  • 10 martoon // Mar 10, 2016 at 11:09 AM

    We are only a point off 4th bottom with our squad and Benitez at the helm it shouldn’t be that difficult a task to keep us up – should it?

  • 11 Rotonda heights // Mar 10, 2016 at 11:10 AM

    Mag 52

    Fair play to you

  • 12 Rotonda heights // Mar 10, 2016 at 11:10 AM


    don’t tempt fate!!

  • 13 YouCouldn'tMakeItUp // Mar 10, 2016 at 11:11 AM

    Almost to good to be true. When was the last time NUFC did ANYTHING this pro-active to get themselves out of such a big hole? Maybe the January when we bought sissoko and co to save our slide? Still doesnt quite match this, if it happens.

  • 14 posada // Mar 10, 2016 at 11:11 AM

    Wolly Brolly will walk away with a huge 2 million pound smirk on his face.
    He can’t believe his luck. Getting the chance to take this set of mugs to the cleaners.
    He’s just been going through the motions since he got the job.
    The spin was great. During 2 week breaks all seemed well.
    If it wasn’t for having to play games now and again he would have been a great success.

  • 15 YouCouldn'tMakeItUp // Mar 10, 2016 at 11:12 AM


    You’d think (and hope) so…. although I agree with Rotonda, dont tempt fate!!

  • 16 EllaGuru // Mar 10, 2016 at 11:15 AM

    Hold yezr horses lads! This one is not yet over the line.

  • 17 Rotonda heights // Mar 10, 2016 at 11:16 AM


    i just think with a fair wind and a bit of luck we may just pull out of this yet. Really annoying we blew the 2 games in hand though.

    Benitez is one of a few I wanted us to go for but I always thought he was way above our level and would never consider it.

    Really hope Rafa can get what he wants and not have to pussyfoot around with Ashley’s antics. If they jerk him around it will be unforgiveable.

    Should mean no more rivieres, gouffrans, obertans, haidaras etc for a while hopefully and no more Mondial agency jobs from Carr either. I should imagine Rafa’s contact list must be amazing

  • 18 YouCouldn'tMakeItUp // Mar 10, 2016 at 11:16 AM



  • 19 WWSBRD // Mar 10, 2016 at 11:17 AM

    How would you describe your coaching philosophy?

    When I think of myself as a coach, the first thing I would say is that I am a worker. I have a very good staff and every day we ask: Why this? Why that? We are always questioning, always looking for new solutions, new ways to proceed. We pay attention to all the details. Regarding football philosophy, in Spain there are two considerations: Firstly, the short passing game or the long passing style? Secondly, to win or to perform well? I think you can play both styles of play, short and long. And our approach is to play well and win. It is important to have control over the situations in the game. If a team plays deep against you, you may need to circulate the ball; when you are being pressurised, sometimes the long ball is the answer. To know what to do in each situation is the key. I am very pragmatic in my coaching work.

    What do you emphasise in training?

    The first priority is to improve defensive tactical play because this is less complicated than the attacking side and is important for success. The most important thing for me is to be organised. I work a lot on patterns of play and, of course, as the statistics prove, counter-attacks and set-plays are very important. When we talk about set-plays, I agree with Sir Alex (Ferguson) that delivery is everything.

    Oh he will have fun with us wont he haha I reckon he will take on look at Dummett at LB and jump into his union jack mini headed straight back to Liverpool (probably with Siem dragged behind after he accidentally gets his shoe laces stuck in the door)

  • 20 Tunami // Mar 10, 2016 at 11:19 AM

    Much as I agree that SM has to go I think the way he has been treated this week by EVERYONE is worse than Sh1t. He hasn’t gone yet and the amount of press on Rafa is ridiculous. Everyone’s made the decision for Charnley because he’s too slow but even so….

  • 21 Laurent Robert 32 // Mar 10, 2016 at 11:19 AM

    With Carr’s links, I still think he’s OK, although Thauvin at £13m after a bad season was awful.

    There’s also players like Matuidi, Vertonghen, Alderwiereld, Bony, Aubameyang etc who we were heavily linked with and you just don’t know what may have been ‘allowed’ to be signed. We don’t know if they were top of his list or whether his list would have been different with different age categories.

    You’ll always get poor signings but it doesn’t help that the players we have had have been managed by sacked lower level managers as well.

    Glad to see that Benitez would hold a big say though.

  • 22 YouCouldn'tMakeItUp // Mar 10, 2016 at 11:20 AM

    Who is to say that Rafa won’t breath some unlikely life into some of the “Carr flops”?
    Maybe riv and haidara can perform in a sensibly set up side? Even goofy (less likely) and alien heed (extremely unlikely at best) might show something.

  • 23 WWSBRD // Mar 10, 2016 at 11:23 AM

    I still think Haidara is alright personally not amazing but hes a solid back up LB who could improve in the future

  • 24 toonheroes // Mar 10, 2016 at 11:23 AM

    IF this does happen, there will be some top managers in the Premier League, Klopp, Benitez, Guardiola, Mourinho? Pochettino, Ranieri. I can see the summer being a spending record. All these managers will invest heavily. If we stay up there will be some great games to look forward to. Here’s hoping.

  • 25 YouCouldn'tMakeItUp // Mar 10, 2016 at 11:25 AM


    I agree up to a point, but after the way we have played and some of Maccas tactical decisions(if we can even call them that) it ahould be clear to even himself that he is no good here. He could and should have walked. If he is going to force the club to sack him and pay out the compo, then you can sort of understand the naff treatment, although I don’t fully condone it. If i am making any sense.

  • 26 Bambams // Mar 10, 2016 at 11:26 AM

    I agree with your comment. Steve McLaren is a nice bloke, a former international manager and obviously a family man.
    I think it’s disgraceful how he has been handled ‘IF’ Rafa is to be our new manager.
    Speaks volumes of how Charnley/Ashley are so out of their depth.
    We do need a new manager, it simply has not worked with Mac…but we desperately need a new chief exec. Can you imagine Rafa talking football to Charnley! !!

  • 27 ilovetoon8788 // Mar 10, 2016 at 11:28 AM

    I still don’t think rafa can keep us up. This lot are worse than horse manure and it would take quite alot of get a couple of. Points from this lot from our remaining games.

  • 28 Tunami // Mar 10, 2016 at 11:29 AM

    Thanks. I’m not defending SM as a manager but he is human after all.

  • 29 WWSBRD // Mar 10, 2016 at 11:32 AM

    Everyone really want Rafa in charge of our transfers?

  • 30 Laurent Robert 32 // Mar 10, 2016 at 11:32 AM

    McLaren may well have known all of this before though, behind the scenes – it just hasn’t been made public.

    It’s difficult to tell and just because it hasn’t been said in public yet doesn’t mean there is not an amicable agreement in place with them away from the cameras.

  • 31 sparky55 // Mar 10, 2016 at 11:33 AM

    Bambams…maclaren is no family man…well not if you think sh@gging around like a teenager in Magaluff is what you’re average family man does…he’s a proper c0ck who loves himself like no other.

    I don’t get all this latent love for maclaren and all this boo hoo aren’t we treating him badly bollox…he’s getting what he deserves for taking this great club to the brink…don’t feel sorry for the tw@t because that’s all he is and he’ll walk away with circa 3 million.

    He doesn’t deserve your sympathy.

  • 32 Lee Charnley Bunga Party // Mar 10, 2016 at 11:36 AM

    Thing is if Benitez can get our team working as hard as we did against Liverpool , Spurs and recently West Ham and West Brom we can get enough points to stay up

  • 33 WWSBRD // Mar 10, 2016 at 11:37 AM

    McClaren didnt take the club to the brink, Ashley did that and keeps doing that

  • 34 sparky55 // Mar 10, 2016 at 11:41 AM

    Steve Maclaren…the lovely family man

  • 35 sparky55 // Mar 10, 2016 at 11:44 AM


    Utter nonsense…he had a much better squad than Carver or Pardew because Ashley put some wrongs right and spent 82 million on new players in the last two windows and Maclaren and only Maclaren has taken us to where we are right now.

    He’s sh!te and if I ever see him again in the queue in leeds Bradford Airport I’ll punch the tw@t

  • 36 Goldmbemba // Mar 10, 2016 at 11:45 AM

    Does anyone else thing this could be a smokescreen by Charmley, holding ‘discussions’ only for Rafa to balk and back down. Lee can then hold his hands up and say ‘I tried!!’

  • 37 Hail Wor Ashley // Mar 10, 2016 at 11:46 AM


    Absolutely. Pretty sure McClaren has been aware of the situation since Sunday at least and has been asked to continue as normal in exchange for either a move upstairs or an uncontested severance package to be paid in full. In any case, he doesn’t deserve our sympathy, but those on here that like to preen their halos will get outraged over anything, whether reality based or not – JfA being chief drama queen.

  • 38 posada // Mar 10, 2016 at 11:46 AM

    I agree I don’t know where all these sympathy idiots are coming from.
    One of the reasons we are in this mess is down to us – the supporters.
    Too many of us are easily fooled.
    In the summer gone. He was another stooge appointment.
    But then it starts. He deserves his chance bla bla bla.
    To all of you who thought and said that all I can say is you deserve Mike Ashley and his stooge appointments.

  • 39 sparky55 // Mar 10, 2016 at 11:48 AM

    Hahahahaha…I’ve just been moderated for putting up a load of public domain headlines referring to Steve Maclarens numerous infidelities.

    These are not accusations…they are facts as reported by the sun and the mirror and the mail yet ED has deemed it appropriate to moderate what’s in the free press. Nice one Ed

    Just go to google and put in “steve maclaren affairs”

  • 40 WWSBRD // Mar 10, 2016 at 11:51 AM

    Put some wrongs right? What?He finally allowed the club to spend its money after leaving it to rot for years and hes forgiven?

    Nar u may not like McClaren but the club was in the gutter long before he came

  • 41 expatmag // Mar 10, 2016 at 11:52 AM


    I was wondering where you got this information regarding McLarens so called infidelity.

  • 42 nufc 11 // Mar 10, 2016 at 11:53 AM

    Why the fcuk didnt they do this before they went to la manga? LC should be ran out of the club. 10 games to pick those troops up is a big ask. Thats why I think Moyes would be the better choice. Benetiz never hangs around more than 3 years. Then again we have never had a forgein manager under MA should it should be interesting.

  • 43 sparky55 // Mar 10, 2016 at 11:55 AM

    expatmag…hardly “so called”

  • 44 SPRINGY // Mar 10, 2016 at 11:56 AM

    i cant see macca staying on in different role… no ill feeling towards the man…he just was’nt up to the size of this job….its possibly one of the hardest jobs in football.hopefully rafa(if he’s coming) is up to it.

  • 45 Hail Wor Ashley // Mar 10, 2016 at 11:57 AM

    Apparently PL Productions and Sky have been called to the training ground, sounds like photo ops etc are being readied.

  • 46 expatmag // Mar 10, 2016 at 11:58 AM


    What proof do you have

  • 47 sparky55 // Mar 10, 2016 at 11:59 AM


    When did I say “all is forgiven”?…I hate the fat b@st@rd as much as you do and have said so 100’s of times on this here blog…you said it was ashley’s fault and I offered a counterargument that it’s macaroons fault were sat 19th in the table without even saying or intimating I’d forgiven Ashley…becausee I can assure you I never will

  • 48 sparky55 // Mar 10, 2016 at 12:02 PM

    Expat Mag…have you bothered to google it?

    exert from one paper report….

    ENGLAND’S No2 coach Steve McClaren last night admitted having an affair with a senior employee at his club Middlesbrough.

    The married Boro manager – tipped to take over from Sven Goran Eriksson after Brazilian Luiz Felipe Scolari turned down the national job – said he had a three-month fling with the woman, who is in her forties.

    But some reports claimed it had gone on for two years.

    He said: “I was separated from my wife a year ago and had an affair. It ended in August and I went back to my wife in September.”

  • 49 sparky55 // Mar 10, 2016 at 12:03 PM

    from the telegraph

    Steve McClaren looks likely to be appointed England manager this week, despite revelations that he had an affair last year with Middlesbrough’s club secretary.
    Following the withdrawal of Luiz Felipe Scolari last Friday, the Middlesbrough manager has re-emerged as the Football Association’s favoured choice to replace Sven-Goran Eriksson when he stands down after the World Cup.
    The five members of the FA’s nominations committee held talks by phone yesterday and reaffirmed their decision to put McClaren’s name to the FA board in London on Thursday.

  • 50 sparky55 // Mar 10, 2016 at 12:04 PM

    from the guardian

    A high court judge has outlined his reasons for rejecting a privacy injunction sought by former England manager Steve McClaren against the Sun over an extramarital affair.

    Mr Justice Lindblom said in a written judgment handed down on Wednesday that the Sun was right to publish the “kiss and tell” story because McClaren was a public figure “from whom the public could reasonably expect a higher standard of conduct”.

    The Sun on Sunday published a front-page exclusive, headed “Soccer exclusive: McClaren affair with Sven’s ex”, on 19 August after the 11th-hour injunction was defeated.

    Lindblom’s judgment was delivered in an emergency private hearing attended by lawyers for McClaren and the Sun on Saturday 18 August, but published for the first time on Wednesday.

  • 51 sparky55 // Mar 10, 2016 at 12:05 PM

    from the sun

    EX-ENGLAND boss Steve McClaren is cheating on his wife AGAIN — with the ex-lover of predecessor Sven Goran Eriksson.

    McClaren, 51, bedded Saima Ansari, 43, six years after a fling with a secretary.

    The brunette beauty has told how she had a fling with McClaren — after chatting to him at the same hotel where she met Sven.

  • 52 Barton // Mar 10, 2016 at 12:06 PM

    I have no sympathy for McClown at all,if he had any self respect or honor he would resign on football matters alone instead of awaiting his payoff,thats not taken in to account the way he is being tret off Penfold at the minute,i mean if you had any self respect would you not have told Penfold to f@ckoff ?,the blokes is being humiliated nationally by Sky/Tabloids and has been for last 72hrs,and he’s rolled up today at the training ground for another serving.

  • 53 expatmag // Mar 10, 2016 at 12:06 PM


    Not exactly riveting when you consider he was separated from his wife at the time.

    Did I mention that I know his brother quite well?

  • 54 sparky55 // Mar 10, 2016 at 12:08 PM

    expat…so knowing his brother means he’s not a sh@gger then?

  • 55 ashleysmate // Mar 10, 2016 at 12:19 PM

    I’ve never cared for Rb as I think he tinkers too much. But beggars can’t be. and all that. I think this will be his biggest challenge to date as most of his other clubs . Lpool. Chelski Milan Madrid were mostly up and running and just ready to walk into. Plus they’re much more professionally run. just my opinion

  • 56 ashleysmate // Mar 10, 2016 at 5:32 PM

    I’ve been a toon fan for 50+yrs and have to say.. no matter what we all think of SM. The way he’s been treat is an absolute disgrace…I’m a great believer in karma and what goes around comes around. Ma + Charnley will taste their’s one day

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