Sky Sports – Things Will Get Sorted Today

Peter Graves of Sky Sports has just tweeted that things will become a lot clearer today as far as hiring Rafa Benitez and firing Steve McClaren at Newcastle United Football Club.

We certainly hope so.

This is the 6th day since the Bournemouth disaster and people running Newcastle are once again demonstrating very clearly, they haven´t got a clue of how to run an organization – of how to run a business – how to make difficult decisions when they are needed and how to communicate with the fans.

We just hope things get sorted quickly today, before Rafa realizes the extent of the mess Newcastle are in at the moment.

He can be the hero and he can save Newcastle – sign him!

Maybe he even knows somebody he can work with who is very knowledgeable about football and can make decisions when they are needed and who could come in and be a Director of Football or the Senior Executive at Newcastle?

16 comments so far

  • Jail for Ashley

    Mar 11, 2016 at 7:53 AM

    Comment #1

    Is Pete Graves doing the weather now!

  • Belfast

    Mar 11, 2016 at 7:53 AM

    Comment #2

    I bet ya it doesn’t. It’ll probably run through the weekend.

  • cyprus

    Mar 11, 2016 at 7:54 AM

    Comment #3

    I guess I’m the only skeptical one here. I often remember this guy without a smile, arguing with the press and fans because of his style of play and nice little negative runs (look them up, I did). And because he’s about to be fired or quit.

    I understand that he must come because Steve has used up all his ‘points’ and because we need change desperately. And because he’ll appease the fans. He’s, surprisingly, the safe bet: fans want him.

    But I want points. I don’t care about his or anyone’s career. Can he gain them?

    On Jonjo. Prove yourself before you walk into a captaincy. No, you haven’t yet. Pointing to where the ball must go is a step. Now walk the talk. I brought you in to bring in change. what I see is more of the same, no improvement in results since you’ve played. No, you can’t blame all the others…

  • cyprus

    Mar 11, 2016 at 7:55 AM

    Comment #4

    This is your shortest article since you started the blog 🙂

  • Ian Toon

    Mar 11, 2016 at 8:00 AM

    Comment #5

    68Ian Toon // Mar 11, 2016 at 7:52 AM

    In his book” Champions League Dreams”, Benítez explained how periods out of work were filled with obsessive hours watching games and tapes. Apparently he has loads of DVDs and boxes of old player reports. Simply so he can arrive at a new club with a list of transfer targets and an awareness of exactly which players he will need for the future.
    Benitez is not a man who will defer lightly to the recommendations of Carr who was once lauded for his talent spotting but has failed to deliver since signing Cabaye and grossly found out over Cabella/ Thauvin. Benitez is unlikely to be thrilled either by Charnley, who came for a guided tour of the stadium and ended up as Managing Director.
    A shift in power will be instantly detectable if Benítez does come and is called manager rather than Macca’s title of head coach. Benitez will insist on it.

    He will also want a massive bonus for keeping us in the PL- at least £5 million has been suggested. It would not be outrageous given the finances at stake for a surviving presence in the PL next season..
    Even in times of mediocrity we rank as the 17th richest club in the world and would rise over quite a number including AC Milan, if we stay up.

    But the likes of Benitez see negotiations less about funds/ finance than having control. Benitez will see it all about a working environment, and who has the final word. That will determine whether Rafa joins or decides to keep his powder dry until the summer.
    Whilst Managing at Valencia, where he won two league titles and the Uefa Cup, Benítez when he asked for a striker, Samuel Eto’o, and the directors bought a winger. “I was hoping for a sofa and they bought me a lamp,” he said.
    In hindsight Macca will regret not insisting on having more say on transfers, and other issues- being a manager and not simply coaching Carr’s players. . Benítez with an impressive cv will not make the same mistake; he’s a very different character and simply won’t come. Your call Ashley.

  • firebug666

    Mar 11, 2016 at 8:01 AM

    Comment #6


    It has to be sorted today, as today is the 6th day, and Ashley (pulling the strings) will want to rest on the seventh day.

  • Toon_Barmy

    Mar 11, 2016 at 8:04 AM

    Comment #7

    Cyprus who would you be happy with then? Who do you think this job would actually appeal to given our perilous position, working under total buffoons and their past record with ‘head coaches’?? If we get Benitez there is no time for sceptic’s we must get behind him and the whole squad

  • Harley

    Mar 11, 2016 at 8:08 AM

    Comment #8

    I’m as excited as most about Benitez but I hope it’s not too late in the season. We’ve left ourselves a mountain to climb and are stuck in a real rut.

    The time to have done this was after the Chelsea debacle when there was still a third of the season left and 18 days to get to know the players.

    That’s long enough for any decent manager to realise sissoko is a useless big turd.


    Mar 11, 2016 at 8:11 AM

    Comment #9

    He wants full control? Even more surprised if it comes off then

  • nut meg

    Mar 11, 2016 at 8:18 AM

    Comment #10

    IF, and it’s a big IF Ashley fly’s in today then surely it’s to try and seal the deal to bring in Benitez.If he doesn’t fly in then maybe it has all been a pr stunt to fool everyone.and the blame falls on Charnley….who knows!

  • AncientC

    Mar 11, 2016 at 8:19 AM

    Comment #11

    So Ashley puts a bunch of yes men on the board, people proceed to blast Charnley and even Carr, who some think calls the shots, yet it takes Mike Ashley to make an appearance for a decision to be made, how very peculiar.

  • banjax

    Mar 11, 2016 at 8:23 AM

    Comment #12

    It’s only right that Benitez demands full control of the playing side at Newcastle and it shows how wrong things have been at the club since Mike Ashley bought the club. It also shows how right Kevin Keegan was when he exited the club over the imposition of players not of his choosing. It’s been a hard lesson for us all but even harder in terms of wasted cash for Mike Ashley. I can only hope Benitez comes to the club on a 3 or 4 year basis to improve standards in every department at the club. Naturally it would be a blow if we are relegated but with Benitez and investment I can see us bouncing straight back.

  • hibbitt

    Mar 11, 2016 at 8:25 AM

    Comment #13

    it proves one thing ash pulls the strings and no one can blink without ashleys says so !!


    Mar 11, 2016 at 8:27 AM

    Comment #14

    If we go down with Rafa he will be off, no way he is managing in the championship mate

  • AncientC

    Mar 11, 2016 at 8:32 AM

    Comment #15

    hibbit, it looks to have always been that way and always will. A few others posted links on here from SD shareholders criticising how Ashley likes to do things, I am sure he applies the same model and thinking to all of his affairs. He surrounds himself with pliable people, then makes tasks them with carrying out his instruction without question or recourse.

  • AncientC

    Mar 11, 2016 at 8:41 AM

    Comment #16

    Benitez may want to sell quite a lot of players, including some of the new acquisitions. I cannot see Benitez being able to control at what price any players are sold, stalling outgoing players for maybe years, the same could apply with buying. If a player is too old, or not deemed good value, the club may offer a certain amount for a player Benitez wants but not pay the required amount.

    Ashley still controls the finances, the change has to come from him.


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