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Ashley On Benitez – We Are Working On It

10:05 am, Friday, March 11th, 2016 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 82 Comments

Here´s a tweet that Newcastle fan Jim has sent out.

Jim was in a London pub yesterday and Mike Ashley was there – and when Mike was asked the situation on Rafa Benitez he said ?e are working on it



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82 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Tsunki // Mar 11, 2016 at 10:07 AM

    Ashley Out! But get a pint in first.

  • 2 Novocastrian66 // Mar 11, 2016 at 10:08 AM

    Is he talking to Alex Mcleish? I hope not!

  • 3 catchy in norway // Mar 11, 2016 at 10:10 AM

    did shteve turn up for training today ?

  • 4 danf98 // Mar 11, 2016 at 10:11 AM

    Ed I thought you just previously suggested he was out of the country… this is a bit contradictory.

  • 5 AncientC // Mar 11, 2016 at 10:11 AM

    That’s definitely Ashley isn’t it? If somebody on Twitter has found his double, Ashley could hire him to go to games for him. Like a Saddam number 2.

  • 6 cyprus // Mar 11, 2016 at 10:12 AM

    If Jim said it it’s true.

    Repost:
    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.

    AC, hope so.

  • 7 Novocastrian66 // Mar 11, 2016 at 10:13 AM

    Catchy. The players have the day off. No training today.

  • 8 SPRINGY // Mar 11, 2016 at 10:14 AM

    day off i think catchy….well the players have anyway

  • 9 lochinvar // Mar 11, 2016 at 10:15 AM

    Looks like he’s talking to a younger Harry Redknapp or has Jamie aged a lot in recent months ?

  • 10 hibbitt // Mar 11, 2016 at 10:18 AM

    McLaren is playing golf a Rockcliffe Hall day off

  • 11 The overrated Frenchman // Mar 11, 2016 at 10:20 AM

    My daughter sees him regular at a pub (or a restaurant maybe) near where she works in Clerkenwell.

  • 12 hate // Mar 11, 2016 at 10:22 AM

    That’s something, right?

  • 13 Lindisfarne // Mar 11, 2016 at 10:24 AM

    Damn you jail, beat me to the weather joke!!!

  • 14 catchy in norway // Mar 11, 2016 at 10:24 AM

    thanks,

  • 15 The overrated Frenchman // Mar 11, 2016 at 10:25 AM

    Yeah, that’s something, hate.

  • 16 catchy in norway // Mar 11, 2016 at 10:29 AM

    so today is the day,

  • 17 YouCouldn'tMakeItUp // Mar 11, 2016 at 10:35 AM

    If the club f#$k this up at this stage, they should just close the gates for good. If McCockup is still here tomorrow morning then what little faith I have left will be truely gone

  • 18 neverwin // Mar 11, 2016 at 10:35 AM

    I do not believe for one minute that Benitez or any other strong willed manager will be appointed.
    There is no way that Ashley will be dictated to. Christ he is even cocking a snoop at Parliament today.
    Just to look at Charnley is a stomach turner – horrible.
    I was starting to feel sorry for the way McClaren had been treated this week but then I thought no- he has treat supporters like shite with his football and team selections – so what goes around………

  • 19 RonVanDam // Mar 11, 2016 at 10:40 AM

    Was Benitez the waiter at the pub?

  • 20 YouCouldn'tMakeItUp // Mar 11, 2016 at 10:41 AM

    Hibbit

    So when McPants rolls up to the golf course and asks for a game, and the manager says “yeah, sure. What’s your handicap?”
    Does McPants reply “Well, I am a sh1te football manager!”?

  • 21 The overrated Frenchman // Mar 11, 2016 at 10:42 AM

    YouCouldn’tMakeItUp@17. I agree. If this all goes t*ts up it will be the last straw for a lot of people.

  • 22 Whumpie // Mar 11, 2016 at 10:43 AM

    If Rafa comes I will be optimistic for the first time in ages. He will only be here as manager, not as coach, and the club has shown it will spend money now it has it to spend.
    It could just work ya knaa.

  • 23 Veltman // Mar 11, 2016 at 10:48 AM

    May be Benitez told Lee that “I reviewed the situation of the club.It didn’t look difficult.I’ll save it,but I need you to clean up the entire coaching staff and the setup behind..”
    Lee shocked by Benitez’s confidence,but unable to decide on his own.Waiting for Mike to decide..
    Mike is out of the country.
    It’s one of those kind of things..
    continue holding my breath.

  • 24 YouCouldn'tMakeItUp // Mar 11, 2016 at 10:53 AM

    TheOverated….

    So many mistakes have been made and repeated over so long, now, that I don’t think many can take another huge let down. If everything about this up to now is true, it will take such spectacular incompetence to ruin it that they would have to write a biblical epic about it.

  • 25 Rotonda heights // Mar 11, 2016 at 10:58 AM

    Rafa’s conditions effectively end Carr’s involvement to a large degree and Charnley is just going to have to live with that.

    The pair of them have wasted millions on players and brought us JC and SM. Carr is 72 any way and should just retire, while if we stay up / drop, Charnley must walk for his gross ineptitude either way.

  • 26 The overrated Frenchman // Mar 11, 2016 at 10:58 AM

    @24. It is a saga of almost biblical proportions, that’s true. You couldn’t make it up…

  • 27 Rotonda heights // Mar 11, 2016 at 11:00 AM

    YCMIU

    You wouldnt put it past them cocking this up and frankly if they do I hope we do go down, ash loses a ton of money and carr and charnley are run out of town

  • 28 hibbitt // Mar 11, 2016 at 11:02 AM

    Rotonda heights
    carr has an 8 year contract more money down the pan if we have to pay him off the bill to get Rafa in just gets bigger and bigger

  • 29 Thump // Mar 11, 2016 at 11:02 AM

    Honestly, I thought Rafa was another one of those blinkered situations where we’re told they want him but just couldn’t agree on terms (read: “Want the job Rafa?” “No.” “Alrighty then!”), given that it’s going on this long it’s probably safe to say that we are in for him, but I still can’t see him coming. He’ll want to rock the boat and the powers that be won’t do it.

  • 30 Rotonda heights // Mar 11, 2016 at 11:03 AM

    Ron

    Naughty!!! Even chelseas fans had come round to rafa in the end. fat spanish waiter was so wrong on so many levels.

  • 31 Rotonda heights // Mar 11, 2016 at 11:05 AM

    hibbitt

    82 M sounds like we’ve spent a lot but we had stockpiled that for years and used it now in desperation. 150M tv money will dwarf paying carr off if we stay up.

  • 32 YouCouldn'tMakeItUp // Mar 11, 2016 at 11:05 AM

    Overated

    Spielberg has already bought the movie rights.

    “Toonidus:- Planks and Knakkas”

    Rotonda

    Yeah, if they do drop this cosidderably large b0ll0ck, then the only plus side would hopefully be exactly what you suggest. Where can we buy reasonably priced baseball bats with nails in?

  • 33 Rotonda heights // Mar 11, 2016 at 11:06 AM

    this is chinese water toture. just waiting and praying that for once the teaboy doesn’t mess up

  • 34 Belfast // Mar 11, 2016 at 11:08 AM

    That picture could have been took years ago.

  • 35 hibbitt // Mar 11, 2016 at 11:09 AM

    Rotonda heights
    my post was tongue in cheek LOL

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

    over rated

    you’re right I’ve watched them for 45 years and in that time I’ve seen incompetence off the scale, but this would top everything.

    Cocking up getting a world class manager with an amazing book of contacts, because they wanted to look after carr and charnley’s jobs would be pitchfork territory.

  • 37 The overrated Frenchman // Mar 11, 2016 at 11:11 AM

    If Benitez takes the job, I hope the first thing he does is give Graham Carr the boot. I always believed his dirty dealings would come back to haunt him, so it would be instant karma for Carr…

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

    I did intend to revert to my original “Markaccus” before xmas, but since my current tag seems to suit the stuff that constantly happens at nufc, i might as well keep it longer.

    Honestly, you just couldn’t…..et.c

  • 39 ilovetoon8788 // Mar 11, 2016 at 11:20 AM

    Benitez has arrived at Newcastle!.

    at long last!!!

  • 40 Ian Toon // Mar 11, 2016 at 11:22 AM

    Jib/Cyprus – yours earlier this morning. What might we expect from Benitez?

    Soccernomics show a case study of bad transfer policy and they look specifically at Liverpool from 1998- 2010. Manager”s during this period were Houllier and Benitez. Big fees without ever seriously threatening to win the league. Carragher in hia autobiography provides a dolefully comic commentary on a number of signings with Fernando Morientes the greatest disappointment being a yard off the pace.
    Benitez replaced Houllier in 2004.and he encountered a number of poor, overpaid players but with expectations as great as ever. In 2008 Robbie Keane left Spurs for £20 million and left L’pool six months later to go back to Spurs at a loss of £8 million. At the time Virgin Trains placed a series of newspaper adverts that said ” A Liverpool to London return faster than Robbie Keane”. For all the spending L’pool’s best players during this period were homegrown that cost nothing- Gerrard, Owen and Carragher. Hyppia cost only £2.6 m. In short there didn’t seem much correlation between spending and quality.
    After Benitez sixth and last season he had spent £122 million more than he had received in transfer fees. SAF’s net spend in the same period was only £27 million.

    Cyprus had a point- though his failure at L’pool was partially disguised by one night in Istanbul and victory in the Champions League in 2005. This after being 3-0 down at half time. Benitez subsequently acknowledged that he had got the tactics wrong going into the game and turned the team upside down at half time. Carragher acknowledged that he convinced the team at half time that they could win the game. However the most reliable gauge of a team’s quality is their performance in the League. Carragher believes that Benitez has learnt that having money is no guarantee of success unless you spend it on the right players.
    Benitez should he join will need to put his mark on a woeful defence and secure a goal scoring ST.

  • 41 Rotonda heights // Mar 11, 2016 at 11:23 AM

    Ian

    have you still got that picture of AP holding the European cup aloft

  • 42 WestOzMag // Mar 11, 2016 at 11:24 AM

    As earlier stated he has been sacked. Benitez got hold up by the payout to Mac. It’s done!

  • 43 hibbitt // Mar 11, 2016 at 11:27 AM

    WestOzMag
    nothing local that agrees with that…. lets hope your source is right ????

  • 44 Charlie in the Gallowgate // Mar 11, 2016 at 11:32 AM

    McClaren GONE – Just been announced

  • 45 Fostino // Mar 11, 2016 at 11:33 AM

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sport/football/article-3487396/Rafa-Benitez-heading-Newcastle-finalise-appointment-manager-trip-Premier-League-leaders-Leicester-City-set-match-charge.html

    i think this is his source haha

  • 46 ToonRich // Mar 11, 2016 at 11:33 AM

    Finally…something’s happening!!!

  • 47 Ian Toon // Mar 11, 2016 at 11:33 AM

    Rotonda – Ha ha- I’ve given it to my nephew.
    I noticed earlier in the week after I had gone that you switched the conversation from Martinez: Pochettino to include Pardew- you can’t have a conversation without mentioning him.
    Martinez could well be available in the Summe.
    You do realise that if Palace win tonight that they’re in the Semi Final.
    Rafa will be an up-grade no doubt.

  • 48 Fostino // Mar 11, 2016 at 11:34 AM

    SSN MCCALREN SACKED…..IM DELIGHTED. AT LONG LAST

  • 49 bills-son // Mar 11, 2016 at 11:34 AM

    SMc sacked with immediate effect.

  • 50 Charlie in the Gallowgate // Mar 11, 2016 at 11:34 AM

    Benitez appointed

  • 51 Fostino // Mar 11, 2016 at 11:35 AM

    His last club was real Madrid..this is a major coup if it comes off. we can still get top 10 😉

  • 52 Ron Knee // Mar 11, 2016 at 11:35 AM

    After the defeat to Bournemouth on Saturday the Club has spent some time considering its position and has today concluded that Steve McClaren’s employment with the Club will end with immediate effect.
    We acknowledge that reaching this decision has taken a number of days and that this has caused uncertainty for everyone involved, in particular for Steve and the players, for which we apologise. However we felt that this time was necessary to ensure the right decisions were reached with the best interests of the Club at heart.
    Lee Charnley said: “I would like to thank Steve personally for his services to Newcastle United. He is a man of integrity and class and he has conducted himself with great dignity during this difficult time.
    “Steve worked tirelessly to try and bring success to Newcastle United. He has the utmost respect of all the players, staff and management and he leaves with our very best wishes and sincere thanks.
    “We feel that a change is now needed in order to give the Club the best possible chance of securing its Premier League future.
    “A further announcement on a successor to Steve will be made in due course.”

  • 53 richyg01 // Mar 11, 2016 at 11:35 AM

    Mclaren Sacking on NUFC website, FINALLY some movement and communication!

  • 54 magscar // Mar 11, 2016 at 11:36 AM

    One hurdle down – Benitez expected in Toon this PM for discussions .

  • 55 Fostino // Mar 11, 2016 at 11:36 AM

    CHARLIE

    YOU SURE??

  • 56 Jib // Mar 11, 2016 at 11:36 AM

    Ian
    That is one of the reasons that Benitez is taking so long with his contract , everyone and his dog had input into Liverpools transfers e.g. Robbie Keane was Perry’s idea.

    BTW
    Tsunki JfA and the rest.

    I have just received a text from Rafa

    “Me encantaría manejar Newcastle United.
    Sin embargo no me gustan los cerdos ignorantes que escriben en el blog del doctor Harrison”

  • 57 WWSBRD // Mar 11, 2016 at 11:38 AM

    So long McClaren

    Howay Rafa lets get that relegation on ur CV so u can scratch it off the bucket list

  • 58 richyg01 // Mar 11, 2016 at 11:41 AM

    The fact that Benitez is comming to Toon means he is interested, since his advisors have been doing all of the talking so far.

    Hopefully we have our man in place by tonight.

    Saw an article about the backroom staff he would likely bring with him, awesome bunch of people they are.

    Fabio Pecchia (assistant manager),
    Antonio Gomez Perez (analyst/ assistant manager),
    Xavi Valero (goalkeeper coach)
    Paco de Miguel (trainer)

  • 59 richyg01 // Mar 11, 2016 at 11:42 AM

    I hope Rafa doesnt play FIFA or someone else might pinch him at the last minute!

  • 60 richyg01 // Mar 11, 2016 at 11:44 AM

    First team coach Ian Cathro and football development manager Peter Beardsley are expected to be in charge of first team affairs at the King Power Stadium.

  • 61 YouCouldn'tMakeItUp // Mar 11, 2016 at 11:44 AM

    Well, half the job done. He’s gone. Surely that means Rafa is sorted? And is signing on the dotted line as we speak? Been watching ssn on sky go so its approx 2 mins behind.

  • 62 Charlie in the Gallowgate // Mar 11, 2016 at 11:45 AM

    Fostino

    whoops sorry – jumped the gun – not confirmed

  • 63 stuart no9 // Mar 11, 2016 at 11:45 AM

    ” they are working on it ” what the hell does that mean ? as far as i can see there is f@@k all to work on , agree his demands , get him to sign a bit of paper,job done . there you go, 10 mins and i woulds have secured the services of one of the best managers in the world .
    ”” working on it …..giz a f”king break man

  • 64 so-far-king-quick // Mar 11, 2016 at 11:46 AM

    My coach at college works at the Newcastle foundation and with the academy and he said he was talking to bob moncur the other day and he said they were just hanging on to McLaren and rafa hasn’t come yet because they are sorting out whats happening with the backroom staff apparently rafa wants everyone gone but nufc board still want some in place so they still have some control, apparently everyone down in the academy are quaking in their boots

  • 65 ToonRich // Mar 11, 2016 at 11:46 AM

    SM didnt bother meeting Charnley for the news…took it by phone instead!! He knew it was coming all along.

  • 66 YouCouldn'tMakeItUp // Mar 11, 2016 at 11:47 AM

    Jib

    Wow! Does he really do that to monkies on a wednesday? And i am not sure I wanted to know where he likes to spread peanut butter.

  • 67 lochinvar // Mar 11, 2016 at 11:47 AM

    He’s gone – BBC ?

  • 68 Fostino // Mar 11, 2016 at 11:48 AM

    PEOPLE NEED TO STOP QUOTING PHRASES FROM NEWSPAPER ARTICLES WITHOUT REFERENCING IT OR MAKING SWEEPING STATEMENTS BASED ON CALCULATED GUESSWORK THAT ARE NOT ACTUALLY TRUE YET…OR MAY NEVER BE TRUE.

    OPINIONS AND DISCUSSION IS WELCOME ON A BLOG….PRETENDING YOU HAVE INSIDE INFO IS JUST BLOODY ANNOYING

  • 69 Fostino // Mar 11, 2016 at 11:49 AM

    NO WORRIES CHARLIE…I GOT VERY EXCITED THERE FOR A MINUTE….WAS HOPING IT WAS TRUE

  • 70 lochinvar // Mar 11, 2016 at 11:52 AM

    ‘Best interests of the club at heart’
    Steve McClaren sacked
    Posted at
    11:36
    Newcastle have sacked Steve McClaren, and a club statement immediately apologises to their now-former manager.

    A club statement says: “We acknowledge that reaching this decision has taken a number of days and that this has caused uncertainty for everyone involved, in particular for Steve and the players, for which we apologise.

    “However, we felt that this time was necessary to ensure the right decisions were reached with the best interests of the club at heart.”

  • 71 Fostino // Mar 11, 2016 at 11:53 AM

    Keith Downie ??@SkySports_Keith

    We understand Newcastle’s board will meet face-to-face with Rafa Benitez for the first time in Newcastle later today.

    11:36 AM – 11 Mar 2016

    I think this is our most reliable source

  • 72 keeleytoon // Mar 11, 2016 at 11:53 AM

    http://mobile.nufc.co.uk/default.aspx?s=news-display&aid=5411363

    This has made my day which has been pants hoooraaaah! Finally, never expected much of the man

  • 73 lochinvar // Mar 11, 2016 at 11:54 AM

    Hope Perez will stay now and we get the best out of him…

  • 74 Jib // Mar 11, 2016 at 11:54 AM

    Fostino
    Stop shouting you soft tart

  • 75 Fostino // Mar 11, 2016 at 11:55 AM

    I suspect the next few hours will be a long one lads. im going to head away and do something for the day and hopefully by 5ish, there will be a positive headline regarding benitiz

  • 76 catchy in norway // Mar 11, 2016 at 11:55 AM

    I know it’s not a done deal yet! but to all of those who said we cannot attrack top managers, it looks like we are getting a manager who’s last job was one of the top jobs in world football,
    NUFC still has a name, it’s still a good job to take , and money talks

  • 77 manxpie // Mar 11, 2016 at 11:57 AM

    Well these last few days stink of hoping mclaren would walk before being pushed!
    Sounds like it will be rafa tho so apologies jail lol

  • 78 EllaGuru // Mar 11, 2016 at 11:57 AM

    Finally the important first step has been taken to resolve this fiasco. Next steps should be:
    1. Rafa announces he has signed on a temporary contract until end of season, with possible 3 year extension
    2. Rafa has announced this because Charnley has just been given the boot. NUFC announces that Charnley, Carr and Moncur have all left their positions on the board.
    3. Rafa announces that he will work on bringing in his own backroom staff over the coming days.

    #HWTL

  • 79 magscar // Mar 11, 2016 at 11:58 AM

    Listening to SSN panel re Newcastle and a highly respected pundit shows why you should often take their opinions with a big dose of salt. Move away from the big clubs they mostly watch and you get Cascarino stating Taylor and Coloccini were terrible against Bournemouth or words to that effect. Why do they feel equipped to pronounce on all things when asked. Is Cascarino Toon Brother?

  • 80 EllaGuru // Mar 11, 2016 at 11:58 AM

    @68 Fostino
    Equally annoying is insisting on using Caps Lock.

  • 81 EllaGuru // Mar 11, 2016 at 12:00 PM

    @75 Fostino
    Apologies, I could not see your lower case post. I got lost in a forest of upper-case letters.

  • 82 toon kk // Mar 11, 2016 at 12:01 PM

    Benitez should have been brought in before the January transfer window opened, it’s too late now we have a shocking defence and struggle to score, Rafa may change our play but we stuck with a squad made up of mainly championship quality players.
    We can only live in hope. But I still think we’ll be relegated.




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