Rafa Benitez May Turn Down Newcastle

The Telegraph are reporting today there are now real concerns on Tyneside that Rafa Benitez may turn down the offer of a three year contact at Newcastle – and if that happens it would be an absolute disaster and Newcastle fans would be more than a little furious with those running the club.

Certainly the way this situation is being handled at the highest levels this week would turn most managers off joining Newcastle – that´s a fact.

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Rafa Benitez – could walk away

Lee Charnley has moved pitifully slowly all week and is dithering again.

Steve McClaren is still in his job with apparently  no decision having been taken on whether he will remain as head coach.

And you wouldn´t believe just how important this is to Newcastle´s immediate future.

The club could be and probably will be relegated and lose out on £150M a year with the new Premier League TV rights deal – not to mention the embarrassment and hit to the club´s prestige in having a second relegation in seven years.

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The Telegraph believes that Rafa still has to be persuaded that taking over a club in such dire danger of relegation is good for him.

Maybe that´s why Mike Ashley is said to be flying in today – but we don´t even know if that report is accurate.

But we mentioned a couple of days ago that if Rafa is following closely what´s happening on Tyneside, he could be turned off  the club – simply because we seem to be in such a mess and so incompetent.

Rafa wants full control of all transfers and wants to bring in his own staff.

What´s wrong with that?

Newcastle should quickly agree and get this deal completed.

If the deal doesn´t happen today we could see Rafa Benitez walk away – and then what happens at Newcastle?

We shudder to think.

Bu whatever it is – we deserve it.

17 comments so far

  • AncientC

    Mar 11, 2016 at 9:00 AM

    Comment #1

    Benitez was on 7 million euros a season at Real Madrid, which is about £5.5 million a year. Obviously he wouldn’t get that now, but he would still come at a high price.

  • jimiley

    Mar 11, 2016 at 9:00 AM

    Comment #2

    Big Mike is pushing Rafa for another hard bargain because he thinks he has Rafa by the balls. Keystone kops time at the Toon. I am really glad I withdrew my emotional attachment to the madhouse a coupe of years ago. I hope Rafa walks and we keep Steve. It is what Penfold and Ashley deserve. How can you support a team run by those imbeciles. Its heartbreaking and my heart is broken.

  • solz tim krul

    Mar 11, 2016 at 9:01 AM

    Comment #3

    I feel sorry for us the fans the club is in complete disaster they should sack Mckaren whether Benitez is in or not. I hate to see the club I love most going down.

  • sing in the corner

    Mar 11, 2016 at 9:01 AM

    Comment #4

    What next in this never ending circus. Please just get this over with one way or the other!


    Mar 11, 2016 at 9:01 AM

    Comment #5

    same ashley nonsense…most likely jfk would tak over

  • nut meg

    Mar 11, 2016 at 9:02 AM

    Comment #6

    If this move breaks down due to the boards incompetence than they had better get the hard hats out for the derby game.Hell hath no fury like a toon fan scorned!


    Mar 11, 2016 at 9:05 AM

    Comment #7

    Would love to see him appointed, it would be a large ray of sunshine to come out of this complete mess that has ensued from Saturdays appalling defeat. At the same time if he decides not to come who could blame him after the way Charnley and co have handled the whole shambles , as much as I dislike McLaren as head coach I think the way he has been treat this week is disgusting and the whole shambles is being acted out in the name of NUFC, once again the laughing stock and top of the pile for blame is Ashley who appointed the head clown and his assistants. Shocking.

  • davis_toons

    Mar 11, 2016 at 9:07 AM

    Comment #8

    Valence is too waiting for Rafa Benitez.

  • jimiley

    Mar 11, 2016 at 9:08 AM

    Comment #9

    McClaren may be a poor coach but he has acted with dignity and carried on in a humiliating position. Compensation may have something to do with it. However the owners and directors have acted abysmally. Will Rafa come to the Toon? Is Rafa a basket case?

  • davis_toons

    Mar 11, 2016 at 9:14 AM

    Comment #10

    Rafa Benitez have turn us down..

    Joe Kinnear is on his way….

  • davis_toons

    Mar 11, 2016 at 9:15 AM

    Comment #11

    Joe Kinnear 3.

  • AncientC

    Mar 11, 2016 at 9:16 AM

    Comment #12

    Those complaining about McClaren not walking away without compensation should probably know that Rafa is one of the most compensated managers in the game, probably 2nd behind Mourinho.

  • Goofy

    Mar 11, 2016 at 9:17 AM

    Comment #13

    Charnley hasn’t even met with Benitez face to face yet! That’s why it’s taking so long. If he had seen Lee’s face he would’ve opted out instantly. Seriously WTF is going on, it’s not going to happen. Maybe the photo McClaren leaving with the sad face yesterday was because he was told the job’s still yours and this is all a PR stunt to keep the fans onside till we get relegated. Never seen the likes.

    Hope they throw the book at Ashley with this Modern day sweat shop debacle. The man’s an ass to his sports direct staff.

  • magscar

    Mar 11, 2016 at 9:21 AM

    Comment #14

    It is becoming clearer as days pass that reporters have got about as much clue as us as to what is going on.

    What is evident that this isn’t about a new manager only but also about how the club is to be run. A battle best fought in close season not in a relegation fight. Would we be having this apparent dialogue however if we had already escaped and desperation hand been ramped right down . I think we all can agree that it wouldn’t.

    After trying to keep away from SSN, Newsnow etc for most of the day earlier in the week was drawn back by expectation it must be today!

    I am again reaching exhaustion with the to and froing of the story without any definite information coming from anywhere – another side effect of Club not being prepared to keep press on side when things are good even.

    If nothing else this week has surely revealed beyond question the fact that the Board structure experiment is not fit for purpose. Wherever we go now that has to be binned or viable personnel appointed.

  • lochinvar

    Mar 11, 2016 at 9:21 AM

    Comment #15

    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 Rafe , 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.

  • jimiley

    Mar 11, 2016 at 9:23 AM

    Comment #16

    I want Dennis Wise!!!! Dont laugh. It could happen.

  • goalseeker

    Mar 11, 2016 at 11:12 AM

    Comment #17

    I know that the press never let facts get in the way of a good story and one thing they can be sure of at Newcastle is a pantomime. No one knows what is really going on it is all speculation. One thing is certain it is showing Charnely up for what he is a dithering accountant who is terrified of making a decision hence the cancelled meeting and the possible phone call. This is fact the supporters have known since this business idiot was put in charge of our beloved club. Ashley withdrawing from the board was not a positive for the club it was not delegation it was abdication, he believes that he cannot be blamed, he told them to spend money and they did but I think it was Alan Carr not his dad who suggested players. No matter what is happening this is a total mess and has dragged our famous club to its lowest ebb since I first attended a match in 1952 and boy have there been some clowns in the directors lounge since then. In any business he and the rest of the board and I know Bob Moncur and he is a decent chap who loves the club but I believe he is a name on the board to appease the fans with no real authority. There again who has authority Charnley has always been scared of making any decision for fear of upsetting Ashley. Old man Carr is better at the touchline in North Shields AFC (sorry North Shields it is just an example) than in a board room and the Wally is better kicking a ball. A board of directors are supposed to be knowledgeable about their own sector but it must be knowledge gained in the industry and decision takers and risk takers. Also they must always protect the standing of the company they are in charge of. Get rid of McClaren bring in Beni at whatever he wants, change the stupid board members for people who know about football and have a passion for the club. Beni knows that the present system does not work hey mugs you have proved it doesn’t work do you not realise that we are 19th in the league not second top you have failed so fall on your sword and get out of our club. We could all fill a book we should beat their doors down and humiliate them just as they have humiliated us. Its time to stand up again fans.


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