Getting Closer – Benitez To Meet Newcastle Officials Today


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.

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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?



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56 comments so far

  • richyg01

    Mar 10, 2016 at 10:46 AM

    Comment #1

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

    Charnley, will never got rid of his mate.

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  • Lee Charnley Bunga Party

    Mar 10, 2016 at 10:51 AM

    Comment #2

    @richyg1

    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

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  • robertsleftfoot

    Mar 10, 2016 at 10:54 AM

    Comment #3

    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.

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  • Goldmbemba

    Mar 10, 2016 at 10:57 AM

    Comment #4

    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.

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  • Laurent Robert 32

    Mar 10, 2016 at 10:57 AM

    Comment #5

    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.

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  • hibbitt

    Mar 10, 2016 at 10:57 AM

    Comment #6

    richyg01
    might no be Charnleys decision

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  • Rotonda heights

    Mar 10, 2016 at 10:59 AM

    Comment #7

    gold

    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.

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  • Mag52

    Mar 10, 2016 at 11:00 AM

    Comment #8

    Rotonda.

    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.

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  • richyg01

    Mar 10, 2016 at 11:06 AM

    Comment #9

    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.

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  • martoon

    Mar 10, 2016 at 11:09 AM

    Comment #10

    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?

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  • Rotonda heights

    Mar 10, 2016 at 11:10 AM

    Comment #11

    Mag 52

    Fair play to you

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  • Rotonda heights

    Mar 10, 2016 at 11:10 AM

    Comment #12

    martoon

    don’t tempt fate!!

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  • YouCouldn'tMakeItUp

    Mar 10, 2016 at 11:11 AM

    Comment #13

    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.

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  • posada

    Mar 10, 2016 at 11:11 AM

    Comment #14

    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.

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  • YouCouldn'tMakeItUp

    Mar 10, 2016 at 11:12 AM

    Comment #15

    Martoon

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

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  • EllaGuru

    Mar 10, 2016 at 11:15 AM

    Comment #16

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

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  • Rotonda heights

    Mar 10, 2016 at 11:16 AM

    Comment #17

    52

    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

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  • YouCouldn'tMakeItUp

    Mar 10, 2016 at 11:16 AM

    Comment #18

    EllaGuru

    DON’T MENTION THE “LINE”! 😀

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  • WWSBRD

    Mar 10, 2016 at 11:17 AM

    Comment #19

    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)

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  • Tunami

    Mar 10, 2016 at 11:19 AM

    Comment #20

    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….

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  • Laurent Robert 32

    Mar 10, 2016 at 11:19 AM

    Comment #21

    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.

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  • YouCouldn'tMakeItUp

    Mar 10, 2016 at 11:20 AM

    Comment #22

    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.

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  • WWSBRD

    Mar 10, 2016 at 11:23 AM

    Comment #23

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

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  • toonheroes

    Mar 10, 2016 at 11:23 AM

    Comment #24

    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.

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  • YouCouldn'tMakeItUp

    Mar 10, 2016 at 11:25 AM

    Comment #25

    Tunami

    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.

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  • Bambams

    Mar 10, 2016 at 11:26 AM

    Comment #26

    Tunami
    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! !!
    Imo

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  • ilovetoon8788

    Mar 10, 2016 at 11:28 AM

    Comment #27

    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.

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  • Tunami

    Mar 10, 2016 at 11:29 AM

    Comment #28

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

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  • WWSBRD

    Mar 10, 2016 at 11:32 AM

    Comment #29

    Everyone really want Rafa in charge of our transfers?

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  • Laurent Robert 32

    Mar 10, 2016 at 11:32 AM

    Comment #30

    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.

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  • sparky55

    Mar 10, 2016 at 11:33 AM

    Comment #31

    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.

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  • Lee Charnley Bunga Party

    Mar 10, 2016 at 11:36 AM

    Comment #32

    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

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  • WWSBRD

    Mar 10, 2016 at 11:37 AM

    Comment #33

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

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  • sparky55

    Mar 10, 2016 at 11:44 AM

    Comment #35

    WWSBRD

    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

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  • Goldmbemba

    Mar 10, 2016 at 11:45 AM

    Comment #36

    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!!’

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  • Hail Wor Ashley

    Mar 10, 2016 at 11:46 AM

    Comment #37

    Sparky

    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.

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  • posada

    Mar 10, 2016 at 11:46 AM

    Comment #38

    Sparky55
    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.

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  • sparky55

    Mar 10, 2016 at 11:48 AM

    Comment #39

    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”

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  • WWSBRD

    Mar 10, 2016 at 11:51 AM

    Comment #40

    sparky
    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

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