Benitez Gives Surprising Update On Charnley And Carr

The way Newcastle have been structured this season is with a Football Board consisting of Managing Director Lee Charnley, Chief Scout Graham Carr and club Ambassador Bob Moncur, with the new manager Rafa Benitez now part of that Board.

That will be how the club operate until the end of the season and we will have to see how things change in the summer, if we can survive in the Premier League over the remaining nine games.

If we do take the drop Rafa will be on his way somewhere else – and that would most definitely be the disaster scenario case and there could be big changes in the structure of the club.

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Lee Charnley and Rafa Benitez

But there could also be huge changes in the structure of the club if we stay up and Rafa stays on Tyneside.

Benitez rather surprisingly – has still not spoken to owner Mike Ashley – but he has revealed today he had a meeting with Lee Charnley and Graham Carr last Thursday and that he speaks on a regular basis with those two Board members.

This is what Rafa has said:

“I think if we stay up – and I am sure we will stay up – then we can improve a lot.”

“I have confidence that we will stay up and I am sure everything will be fine.”

“I am sure that next year we will have a great season.” “I talk with Lee Charnley, and I had a meeting on Thursday with Lee and Graham Carr.”

“And I talk to them every day so I have no problem with that.”

So from what we can tell Rafa seems happy enough with the current arrangement with himself on the Board, and the big question is who will be in charge of the transfers.

But we will feel certain that by his very personality, character and stature in the game Rafa will be the main one who decides who comes in and who leaves.

He certainly knows a heck of a lot more about football than the three other three Board members put together.

With the frailties of the last two transfer windows – when we spent £82M on eight new players but didn’t fix the main weaknesses of the side – Mike Ashley would be daft not to give Rafa Benitez full control of transfers – always assuming he stays with us.

What do you think?

Comments welcome.

8 comments so far

  • G

    Mar 20, 2016 at 8:07 AM

    Comment #1

    As updates go, it isnt much of one is it? Nor is it surprising.

  • firebug666

    Mar 20, 2016 at 8:12 AM

    Comment #2

    I was hoping for something a little more upbeat, like Charnley and Carr had eloped to the south of France or something.

  • G

    Mar 20, 2016 at 8:14 AM

    Comment #3

    That would have been some update, and surprising.

  • firebug666

    Mar 20, 2016 at 8:17 AM

    Comment #4


    But also very welcoming news! 😀

  • The overrated Frenchman

    Mar 20, 2016 at 8:23 AM

    Comment #5

    I’d like to see Charnley and Carr sacked because we needed a proven striker in the last two windows and we didn’t get one, despite the fact that Charlie Austin was available and went to a small club in Southampton for a very minimal fee, less than we paid for Saivet I think who must have been signed to make more money for Graham Carr no other reason

  • ShirebrookToon

    Mar 20, 2016 at 8:25 AM

    Comment #6

    Be nice if we thrashed em 8-0 just like we did Sheffield weds in Bobby robsons first home game.

    One can dream I suppose

  • lesh

    Mar 20, 2016 at 9:41 AM

    Comment #7

    Where does Rafa say or imply he’s not yet spoken to Ashley?

    Where does Rafa say that the status quo will remain into next season?

  • isleofmanman

    Mar 20, 2016 at 5:27 PM

    Comment #8

    Charnley is a Super-lightweight and unemployable in the same role anywhere on the planet. Carr is well past his sell-by date and must be retired

    Bye bye at the season end tubs – and no thanks for actually believing that you are any good


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