Rafa Benitez To Be Given Huge Powers At Newcastle


The Chronicle is reporting today that there were big moves going on at Newcastle’s Benton training grounds just weeks before Rafa Benitez was appointed, and that appointment shocked Newcastle fans, that we were able to get such a top coach to the club when we were in such dire straights.

In the disastrous Mike Ashley era, the Newcastle manager has never had much control and Alan Pardew moved heaven and earth to get a top five finish back in 2012.

But then we were fighting relegation six months later when Ashley failed to increase the size of the squad and we signed only one senior player – Vurnon Anita – that summer.

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Rafa Benitez – will be given huge powers at Newcastle

The news today is that new manager Rafa Benitez will have an expanded role at the club and because of his immense experience and success in the game, Rafa will even take on some duties previously done by Managing Director Lee Charnley.

It seems that Rafa will have a say with the contracts, and if  a player has a contract issue he must first discuss it with Rafa – and only then if it is not resolved will it go higher – to Charnley.

One change that Rafa already has made is to have the U-21 team work in another building and train on their own pitches so that Rafa can concentrate on training only with the first team players, the ones who can save us this season.

The other big change was negotiated before Rafa would accept the job in the first place – and that is he will have the final say on all transfers into and out of the club – and that is a huge change the club have already agreed to.

There was news that Chief Scout Graham Carr was unhappy with that shift in power and his own diminished control at the club.

But if that’s the case then Graham will leave us this summer and Rafa will no doubt bring in another Chief Scout, although Rafa seems keen to work with Carr.

But things are by no means certain at Newcastle at the moment – and all of this depends on Newcastle remaining a Premier League club.

It’s all hands to the pump to help Rafa, his coaches and the players to somehow save us from the perilous situation we are currently in with just eight games to play.

But the squad is currently disjointed due to  poor buys and lack of clear planning in the transfer market.

We have no fit back left-back and possibly no fit right back if Daryl Janmaat doesn’t recover for the game at Norwich on Saturday.

And no recognized Premier League striker and too many central midfielders – two of which we bought in during January, but only one of them is being used.

If Rafa can save us from the mess we are in right now – then things are gong to be great.

If he cannot save us then not so good – in fact things at the club will be disastrous.

Here’s hoping for the former.

Comments welcome.



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130 comments so far

  • Jib

    Mar 27, 2016 at 3:53 PM

    Comment #1

    Well done to the local press for trying to boost the positivity around the place.
    The one thing that will really get the city buzzing and make a few of our rivals nervous will be 3 points away at Norwich.

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  • toon kk

    Mar 27, 2016 at 3:59 PM

    Comment #2

    Ed has just pointed out alot of our weaknesses, the reasons why we’ll be relegated, but we can hope for survival even if people choose not to be realistic.

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  • 21st Century Schizoid Man

    Mar 27, 2016 at 4:05 PM

    Comment #3

    God help your ex European History students Jeff if you think that a half assed anecdote represents knowledge. You have a surfeit of hubris and totally inadequate communication skills. I suppose you got retired early.

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  • Jib

    Mar 27, 2016 at 4:42 PM

    Comment #4

    21st Century Schizoid Muppet
    I am not Jeff , Jane , nor the man from del monte !

    I’ve neither taught , nor claimed to teach anything to anybody.

    If you want to go through life taking everything Mr Tuff says as gospel , good luck.

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  • lesh

    Mar 27, 2016 at 4:55 PM

    Comment #5

    Ed

    Where does it say that the ‘big moves’ and Rafa’s powers depend on us avoiding relegation?

    In any event, the reported changes don’t go far enough – Charnley should not retain his position as Chief Exec after his incompetence he’s shown. Ashley should offer Rafa whatever it takes to keep him – even if we are relegated!

    Benitez was never Charnley’s signing and it was clear that he and Carr, the guys who’ve run the Club into its current position, would’ve been happy to soldier on with McClaren.

    Carr obviously has contacts but so have many others and it might be a good time for him to take a rest, put his feet up, sod off!

    Keep Charnley by all means but a credible MD is a must and Charnley can always exercise his talents in some other role

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  • Charlie in the Gallowgate

    Mar 27, 2016 at 5:25 PM

    Comment #6

    OH DEAR
    Carr unhappy that Benitez is/was given more powers on transfers.

    Does this mean that Carr was the sleeping manager.

    The guy has got to go whatever happens

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  • hibbitt

    Mar 27, 2016 at 5:35 PM

    Comment #7

    toon kk

    there’s no doubt the points you raise are valid BUT if you don’t have hope it might just be time give up and call it a day……….. give Rafa a chance he might just surprise you !!!!

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  • Ron Knee

    Mar 27, 2016 at 5:40 PM

    Comment #8

    Could there be two Jibs out there?

    Jib // Jun 14, 2015 at 10:45 AM

    Never Googled it

    Didn’t have to cos , I know stuff , am well travelled , read a lot , and most importantly listen.

    Just because a blogger explains something doesn’t mean he agrees with it.

    I lecture on Modern European History , I could tell you stuff about the Einsatzgruppen in the Ukraine that would make your hair stand on end , that doesn’t mean I agree with genocide.

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  • firebug666

    Mar 27, 2016 at 5:42 PM

    Comment #9

    Ron

    PMSL: Hook, Line and sinker.

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  • Ron Knee

    Mar 27, 2016 at 5:45 PM

    Comment #10

    firebug

    Perhaps he has a doppelgänger?

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  • firebug666

    Mar 27, 2016 at 5:46 PM

    Comment #11

    Ron

    Nah he just lacks a good memory.

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  • MacToon

    Mar 27, 2016 at 5:51 PM

    Comment #12

    Ha ha, nice one Ron Knee.
    Caught with his pants down once again 😆

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  • WWSBRD

    Mar 27, 2016 at 5:53 PM

    Comment #13

    Its alright lads Jib will just ignore it and move on to something completely unrelated

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  • Rotonda heights

    Mar 27, 2016 at 5:55 PM

    Comment #14

    dire straits even.

    who cares what the hell Carr thinks.

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  • Jib

    Mar 27, 2016 at 6:21 PM

    Comment #15

    Ron Knee

    Thanks for that.

    You have answered something that has baffled me for a while.

    Whenever Mr Tuff used to prattle on about me lecturing on various things I just used to ignore it like a lot of his shite.

    http://www.nufcblog.com/2015/06/14/newcastle-need-to-cut-out-this-nonsense/

    Yes a doppelganger

    If you read back the article you will notice the presence of the discredited Toon from Leeds aka Chancel aka Burnley.

    I think you and your ex mackem supporting mate and many others have been duped.

    Those posts aren’t mine but June (when I was away in Spain ) last year was when the mischief maker was at the height of his powers.

    So many pops at me explained !

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  • Tsunki

    Mar 27, 2016 at 6:22 PM

    Comment #16

    Ron – Ah I remember that and I was going to point out that he might have posted that as jeff. I remember posting some time back that jeff was a poster with a few alternates, some of whom have been sacrificial – Jib I thought was one he used as a tormenting device and often made mistakes, only to come back as if nothing had happened, because it didn’t matter to him personally how his invented ‘character’ was thought of.

    However it seems difficult right now to see a way back from this one jeff. You usually get your kecks yanked down because you make daft mistakes with duff info. This time you are exposed finally as the try absolute bull***tter that you really are in life. You have committed blog suicide. You are an idiot.

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  • Tsunki

    Mar 27, 2016 at 6:22 PM

    Comment #17

    Try = true

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  • Tsunki

    Mar 27, 2016 at 6:25 PM

    Comment #18

    Let the wriggling commence. it’s what the worm does on the hook, as the carp approaches.

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  • toon kk

    Mar 27, 2016 at 6:25 PM

    Comment #19

    Hibbitt
    Your right what you say, we have too have hope and In Rafa we must trust, it’s all we have to hold on too to be honest.
    But I know most maybe think I’m being pessimistic but I find it hard to optimistic about such a sh.t team, that has been so poor for so long and a squad that really lacks quality in front of goal.
    I hope I’m proven wrong but there’s going to be a lot of disappointment come the end of the season.
    But there’s nothing wrong with hope.

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  • Jib

    Mar 27, 2016 at 6:38 PM

    Comment #20

    Toon KK
    You seem fairly sure in your own mind that we will fail to stay up.
    In that case try and get reasurrance from the fact that the club seem to be doing their best to get Rafa to stay no matter what .

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  • toon kk

    Mar 27, 2016 at 6:48 PM

    Comment #21

    Jib
    You’ve hit a valid point, but it’s there own mess they’re trying to clear up, credit to them for bringing Rafa in but why did they wait so long? Surely like us fans they could see Macca wasn’t working long before he was sacked.
    I only hope Rafa preforms a miracle and makes me eat my words.

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  • midweek weekend

    Mar 27, 2016 at 6:58 PM

    Comment #22

    @toon kk

    didnt rafa get sacked from madrid back in January, he could of came early or even late February would of been fine, the crime here is like you said the whole world could seee mcclaren was never/not working if rafa had more time he could of even steadied us to a mid table finish, i fear its just too little too late now. although i mcclaren should never of got the job in the first place a failed championship manager deserves to manage no premier league team anywhere period

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  • Tsunki

    Mar 27, 2016 at 6:58 PM

    Comment #23

    Jeff at 15 – that link explains nothing but it certainly does show you have an inimitable style. it’s you all right. You are a lying gob**** caught red handed, pants down, etc.

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  • MacToon

    Mar 27, 2016 at 7:04 PM

    Comment #24

    Strange that Jib’s doppelganger from last year has the same coloured symbol on the mobile version of the site as the real Jib’s post from today 😉

    Try again Jeff!

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  • Belfast

    Mar 27, 2016 at 7:10 PM

    Comment #25

    That Toon from Leeds was a right wrongun. He spent a many a day chatting to himself on here 🙂

    “I agree with you”

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  • Belfast

    Mar 27, 2016 at 7:13 PM

    Comment #26

    Posting from intensive care 🙂

    I’ve got 20 minutes and then it’s back to my coma.

    Good times so they were….

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Mar 27, 2016 at 7:20 PM

    Comment #27

    Just reading todays posts and I came across the post that Jib denies claiming to be a lecturer in modern history, I distinctly remember that outlandish claim so came straight down stairs to the quicker PC. Ron Knee beat me to it but I’m going to post it anyway.
    Jib // Jun 14, 2015 at 10:45 AM

    Never Googled it

    Didn’t have to cos , I know stuff , am well travelled , read a lot , and most importantly listen.

    Just because a blogger explains something doesn’t mean he agrees with it.

    I lecture on Modern European History , I could tell you stuff about the Einsatzgruppen in the Ukraine that would make your hair stand on end , that doesn’t mean I agree with genocide.

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  • Belfast

    Mar 27, 2016 at 7:21 PM

    Comment #28

    Skunki how do you committ blog suicide?

    Is it painful?

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  • Belfast

    Mar 27, 2016 at 7:22 PM

    Comment #29

    Commodore 64 upstairs Jail ?

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Mar 27, 2016 at 7:23 PM

    Comment #30

    Jibberish,
    You are liar and a first class tw@t and it says everything about you that your two biggest fans are the intellectually stunted welshgeordie9 and the creepy physcopath Ian Toon.

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Mar 27, 2016 at 7:24 PM

    Comment #31

    Belfast,
    Tablet but the blog pages take an eternity to load up for some reason.

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  • welshgeordie9

    Mar 27, 2016 at 7:26 PM

    Comment #32

    Belfast

    It must be painful, on a plus side you won’t have to read Grumpy Jails boring comments.

    Ha ha ha

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  • Belfast

    Mar 27, 2016 at 7:26 PM

    Comment #33

    All this talk about Benitez been given this and that is tosh like. He’ll be away if we get relegated. Absolutely no chance he’s going to stick around in the championship and watch any saleable asset sold.

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  • welshgeordie9

    Mar 27, 2016 at 7:27 PM

    Comment #34

    Must be time of the month again.

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  • Belfast

    Mar 27, 2016 at 7:28 PM

    Comment #35

    Everything should be put on the backburner until we’ve stayed up.

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Mar 27, 2016 at 7:28 PM

    Comment #36

    Well next weekend has been written off. Me and the family had the top floor room in the Holiday Inn booked overlooking all four corners of Carrow Road, if Carlsberg done hotel rooms….but unfortunately I have to stay on this p0xy rig an extra week so will have miss it 🙁

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Mar 27, 2016 at 7:34 PM

    Comment #37

    Jail for Ashley // Jun 14, 2015 at 10:53 AM

    Jeff in bikini,
    You are a Cambridge graduate, ex SAS, forward prop for Tynedale Rugby club, taxi driver with a penchant for listening to Night owl callers with learning difficulties, you have hosted parties for the stars and claim to speak about fifteen languages. Have you read James Thurbers short story.

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  • Jib

    Mar 27, 2016 at 7:36 PM

    Comment #38

    Belfast
    Help this is me talk to me please !

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Mar 27, 2016 at 7:40 PM

    Comment #39

    Jibberish,
    Don’t worry you’d have squelch, carl and Ian standing at the bottom trying to negotiate a bed sheet to catch you in. The anvil you tied to your feet to stop you falling would probably land straight on that thick skull of yours though!

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  • Belfast

    Mar 27, 2016 at 7:44 PM

    Comment #40

    My advice Jib don’t look down or scratch your knee.

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