£2M Bonus On The LIne For Benitez To Accept Newcastle Job

The Star is reporting that Rafa Benitez will be offered a three-year contract worth £4M a year with a £2M bonus if he can save Newcastle from relegation this season.

There will also be a release clause if Rafa doesn´t pick up the £2M bonus and Newcastle are relegated.

How would you like to get paid £2.7M for just over two months work?

No wonder the reports are that Rafa is keen to listen to what Newcastle have to say and what (money, money, money) they have to offer?

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Rafa Benitez when told he could get a £2M bonus

We don´t know if the bonus is that big, but when you consider we will lose around £150M with relegation it´s definitely worth it to Newcastle.

The Star are reporting that Mike Ashley is abroad, so reports that he will fly in today have probably been made up…..

Update – Mike was photographed last night in an English pub and when asked what was happening with the Benitez deal – he said ¨we are working on it.¨

If Rafa takes the job – and that´s by no mean certain even with a £2M bonus on the line – he will become the Newcastle manager in every sense of the word – and have full control of the transfers.

It seems like Newcastle are willing to agree to that,  but they should agree to almost anything to get this man in – if we are to have any chance of retaining out Premier League status, which looks extremely doubtful right now.

And this thing has been stretched out so painfully this week that it will now impact our game at Leicester on Monday night, so that could well be our 8th away defeat on the trot.

Something we simply cannot afford – and you would have thought Charnley and company would have worked extra hard to get Rafa in to be in charge for that game.

However, there is a report today that Rafa wants to get to work immediately – not surprising if he is to have any chance of saving Newcastle.

We assume they are working through the night to get this thing completed – and we say that with only a little bit of sarcasm – because it´s so vitally important to the club.

But the Star are also reporting that Ashley has left Lee Charnley in full control of all the negotiations.

Oh my and to think we were starting to get our hopes up.


30 comments so far

  • WestOzMag

    Mar 11, 2016 at 9:17 AM

    Comment #1

    Mac sacked confirmed

  • Novocastrian66

    Mar 11, 2016 at 9:19 AM

    Comment #2

    This is getting like the Viera saga with every passing minute.

  • AncientC

    Mar 11, 2016 at 9:21 AM

    Comment #3

    “The Star are reporting that Mike Ashley is abroad so reports that he will fly in today have probably been made up.”

    Wouldn’t reports that he is about to “fly” back actually give credit to the claim, as it acknowledges he isn’t in the country.

  • Jib

    Mar 11, 2016 at 9:24 AM

    Comment #5

    make even

  • magscar

    Mar 11, 2016 at 9:25 AM

    Comment #6


    A thought that immediately struck me. Ed is getting as frazzled as anyone in this saga 🙂

  • expatmag

    Mar 11, 2016 at 9:26 AM

    Comment #7

    Davis Toon

    Last thread

    Would that be Liberty Valance?

  • lochinvar

    Mar 11, 2016 at 9:26 AM

    Comment #8

    Downtown Abbey, a play.
    Scene: A Cathedral on a hill.

    Ashley: ” hello Rafa”
    Benitez:” hello Mike , thanks for seeing me”
    Ashley: ” no problem, biscuit ? ”
    Benitez: ” it’s about your football club”
    Ashley ” what football club? ”
    Benitez: ” this one, Newcastle United ”

    Silence. Uneasy shifting of nylon shell suit against fishing stool (£2.99 in sale )

    Flickering light bulb glimmers in distant mind.

    Ashley: (shouts ) ” Charnley”
    Charnley : ” yes boss ”
    Ashley ” we don’t have a football club in the store portfolio do we ?”
    Charnley” well I took the decision to experiment with running a football club as part of your Gallowgate sports Direct mega store ”
    Ashley: ” is it any good ? ”
    Uneasy silence, puddle on floor.

    Ashley to Charnley : ” you’re on zero hours now boy”
    Ashley to Carr ( standing quietly in corner ) ” you too ”
    Ashley to Moncur ( standing quietly in other corner) ” here’s the keys to my caravan at Skegness – enjoy ”

    Ashley turns to Benitez ” now about this football club thing , do you think there’s more margin by turning the food concessions into Tapas bars ? ”

    Benitez : exit stage left

    Play ends.
    Lights go down all over the Toon.
    Muted applause ( Sports Direct employees )

    Alternative ending
    Ashley ” ok Rafa £2m bonus it is, you’ve got a deal ”
    Play ends.
    Newcastle win 5-0 against Mackems.
    Lights come on all over the world.
    Birth rate in Newcastle goes up in nine months time.

  • magscar

    Mar 11, 2016 at 9:27 AM

    Comment #9


    Difference with Viera is that that story never really had any legs – this is different but may yet end with a no show.

  • NezzaNUFC

    Mar 11, 2016 at 9:35 AM

    Comment #10

    Does anyone actually have any source at all?

    Daily mail, The Sun, The mirror?

    These daft papers spout nothing but shite everyday just to get ratings.

    Like what everyone discusses every week if not every day where’s the FACTS!

    I say this because I’m expecting the worse and a few people seem ignorant to believe what is happening or going to happen.

    Doesn’t the FACT that it’s been 4-5 days and nothing has been said and it’s all media output?

    Doesn’t the FACT that there’s no statement from the club at all about this situation?

    Like many others it seems to bold the question as to WHY nothing has been said by the club and whether there is truth in this situation or is it con to led us away from McClaren?

  • Jib

    Mar 11, 2016 at 9:37 AM

    Comment #11

    News always tends to run days late.

    It was let slip the “board” were on a train heading towards York . They were prabably meeting Rafa then (Leeds is about halfway).

    The Spanish press were saying on Tuesday that it would take until the weekend for Rafa to get his backroom staff sorted.

    Looking at the pics of McClaren he looks like a man resigned to his fate .Knowing his nature he has probably volunteered to look after the shop and keep things sweet.

    If SM had been given 30 minutes to clear his desk with a security man standing over him how would that make people feel better ?

    Nowt as funny as folks I guess .

    Again there is the rising frenzy of hysterical whinging that always occurs on these occasions.

    They’re appointing a new manager ffs it’s NOT the 3o’clock at Haydock Park you cannot have a running commentary.

  • NezzaNUFC

    Mar 11, 2016 at 9:40 AM

    Comment #12


    It was let slip the “board” were on a train heading towards York . They were prabably meeting Rafa then (Leeds is about halfway).

    Steve Bruce then mate lol 🙂

  • lesh

    Mar 11, 2016 at 9:40 AM

    Comment #13

    But it all depends on who’s doing what on transfers. If he gets his way on this, then it’d be a helluva big step forward


  • NezzaNUFC

    Mar 11, 2016 at 9:42 AM

    Comment #14
  • posada

    Mar 11, 2016 at 9:44 AM

    Comment #15

    Charnley and particularly Carr have used the spin the bottle method to select players.
    How have they managed to keep that nonsense going for so long.
    Dear Mike. The King ( thats you ) was in the altogether but preened himself at his fine clothes.
    They have wasted millions for you.

  • Jib

    Mar 11, 2016 at 9:45 AM

    Comment #16


    This headline says €5.1 million p.a. is the figure of the day – That’s how much RB has negotiated on his 3 year contract at SJP

  • Jail for Ashley

    Mar 11, 2016 at 9:46 AM

    Comment #17

    If this doesn’t happen and McMuffin is in charge on Monday where we will be duly spanked the atmosphere will be truly toxic agai st the mackems. Once they’ve relegated us then gawd knows what it’ll be like after the game.

  • NezzaNUFC

    Mar 11, 2016 at 9:48 AM

    Comment #18


    To true but at what cost though?

    How many times have we heard that a top coach is linked with us and the transfer policy will be scrapped?

    All this fiasco has led to this = Media came out to fast and hard with speculation news whilst Newcastle left it to late to answer back in time.

    Leaving this cocked up as the club is probably trying to smooth things over probably with the Shelvey interview (it’s the players fault)

  • ToonRich

    Mar 11, 2016 at 9:50 AM

    Comment #19

    I read on the last article a lot of posters still thinking this is all a PR stunt…If that was true dont you think at least Rafa’s agent/rep would have spoken out about these absurd rumours of him taking the toon job?!!!

    *keeps fingers crossed in hope*!! 🙂

  • NezzaNUFC

    Mar 11, 2016 at 9:51 AM

    Comment #20

    Jail for Ashley

    I think we both know what’s going to happen after this mate.

    Leeds, Portsmouth etc,etc

    Maybe this is the start.

  • hibbitt

    Mar 11, 2016 at 9:53 AM

    Comment #21

    any truth ashly due at benton at 11 this morning anyone know ?????

  • expatmag

    Mar 11, 2016 at 9:53 AM

    Comment #22

    I hate this club. So inept

  • NezzaNUFC

    Mar 11, 2016 at 9:54 AM

    Comment #23


    It’s also what I have stated in other threads but it bugs me, you and everyone as to why nothing has been said.

    Maybe this is a reflect on positively but maybe Rafa want’s his coaches in before taking over Newcastle?

  • hibbitt

    Mar 11, 2016 at 10:00 AM

    Comment #24

    . Rafa will know how hard the job is so he will want his own people with him you could be right but who knows we certainly don’t

  • cyprus

    Mar 11, 2016 at 10:00 AM

    Comment #25

    Not a three year contract! This guy ain’t god. (hope he is). We’ll be stuck with this guy too when (if) we hit our inevitable slide. One year contracts, with lots of dosh per annum. If useless, release, next.

  • Charlie in the Gallowgate

    Mar 11, 2016 at 10:01 AM

    Comment #26

    This McClown/Benitez thing is a bloody mess – and I can see the powers that be crawling back to McClown or going the rest of the season without a manager.


  • NezzaNUFC

    Mar 11, 2016 at 10:01 AM

    Comment #27

    OR maybe this is due the McClown stating to the players never to read the news or paper?

    I think the board took this serious as well!

  • AncientC

    Mar 11, 2016 at 10:06 AM

    Comment #28

    Cyprus, Real Madrid only had to pay 1 season compensation to Rafa; it should be a similar deal at Newcastle if they have any sense.

    “They sacked Benitez now because before January 15, they have to pay only one year’s salary. After that, they have to pay two. That is the truth,” Calderon

  • cyprus

    Mar 11, 2016 at 10:10 AM

    Comment #29

    You asked me (a few threads back), then who if not Benitez. I didn’t say I want someone else, just said it ain’t nailed that he’s our savior. His record isn’t always glittering, especially with smaller teams. But I compliment him: like I said, it’s like buying a Ferrari to go off road.

    I’d get the most unpopular choice for the next games, someone who’d kick some axx and take the pressure on the chin: Pearson.

    Benitez will gladly sign a contract with this or that little term and special clause, in the summer.

    Right now we need someone hungry for a fight. Not the fancy type. The street brawl.


    Mar 11, 2016 at 10:11 AM

    Comment #30

    toon rich
    i agree…if it were all paper bollicks,smoke and mirrors the club would of came out and said so…things are already tough for the club in the media as it stands and letting stories like this build up fans expectations,unsettle fans and coaching staff it would make the ground unbearable next match day and cause so much ill feeling…i believe there is something happening….but it may fall thru….its a negotiation all parties need to be happy….a staff need hiring and or firing,..when the story broke at the beginning of the week,they thought it would take till after leicester to get sorted….it may be utter bull shit,cant discount anything with this club at the minute…but tend to think the club would of nipped this in the bud early if there were absolutely no truth in it.


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