The Newcastle United Blog

News and Commentary On Newcastle United By Ed Harrison, A Proud Exiled Geordie And Lifelong Fan

The Newcastle United Blog header image 2
Howay The Lads!!

This Is The Only Way Rafa Benitez Will Stay At Newcastle

8:53 am, Thursday, April 14th, 2016 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 9 Comments

There’s a report in the Chronicle today that suggests Rafa Benitez may be thinking of staying at Newcastle in the longer term and even if we take the drop.

Rafa has a break clause in his three-year deal which lasts until June of 2019 and most fans think he will simply walk away if he cannot save us.

The reasoning behind that is he wouldn’t want to work in England’s second division after managing Real Madrid at the start of the season and it would be a comedown for the world-class coach.

rafa benitez smiling st james

Rafa Benitez – could he stay?

He would definitely suffer some bad press particularly in Spain – although it doesn’t look like Rafa cares much about bad press – he’s always been criticized as he made Valencia, Liverpool and Naples all very successful clubs.

The Chronicle reports he has been in contact with his former associate at Liverpool, Owen Brown, who was sent on scouting missions when he was at Anfield.

One explanation of that is that Rafa continues to try to save Newcastle and since  there are still 18 points to play for – it’s almost certain that four wins – as difficult as that looks right now – would save us.

So it could be he is thinking positively and doing things as though Newcastle will be saved and who knows – he  could even be right about that.

As well as contacting Owen Brown presumable about a potential Newcastle role for him – Rafa will apparently meet with local football associations in the coming days.

While we don’t think it’s going to happen what could be of interest to Rafa is to be offered the chance of rebuilding Newcastle from the bottom up.

How many top coaches ever get that chance at a club with the history, tradition, fan support and stadium of a club like Newcastle United?

Not many.

Rafa could be offered the chance not only on the playing side but allowed to bring in his own scouting and other staff

Rafa could even recommend to Mike Ashley some good top football executives who could come in and run the club at the executive level – which is badly needed in the summer – whatever happens in the last six games.

And if he stays it would relieve the enormous pressure on owner Mike Ashley who would maybe even illustrate he really does want Newcastle to be successful.

Putting competent people in charge like Rafa could achieve that.

He must be given transfer funds which will be fairly limited for this summer – but he could be told he can spend money on any players he sells – such as Gini Wijnaldum, Moussa Sissoko and Daryl Janmaat – maybe £40M from those three?

Players could stay or be attracted to Newcastle United because of the Rafa revolution about to start – so they may want to get on the train early.

If Newcastle or Rafa hint he could be staying, it could have a positive effect on the players and also of course the Newcastle fans and could even help our efforts to avoid relegation.

Something has to help in our relegation efforts!

So that’s the only way Rafa would stay on Tyneside and he does have a £4.5M a year salary and is close to his home in the Wirral in Cheshire.

He could even be managing a Premier League club that has a decent team as early as next summer,

There are those attractions for Rafa and if promised that he could even stay at the club.

Maybe he  may even be feeling a little guilty about simply walking out on the club next month.

That’s especially true with the way the fans have given him and the players some fantastic support in what are very trying circumstances for our faithful fans

There’s also not much chance of him getting to manage a top Premier League club in the near future, so he could think making one at Newcastle is his best option and certainly exciting and challenging for him – given the workaholic he seems to be.

It could still be a match made in heaven, even if we are relegated.

What do you think?

Comments welcome.

Tags: Coaching · Management · Newcastle News · Transfer News and Rumours

9 responses so far ↓

  • 1 hibbitt // Apr 14, 2016 at 9:01 AM

    i for one think he will stay it could be the perfect opportunity for him and us for him to build a football club from top to bottom i think he could be up for the challenge………. over to you mr ashley

  • 2 Charlie in the Gallowgate // Apr 14, 2016 at 9:02 AM

    You summed it if we do not beat Swansea then we are down.

    If Norwich beat the Mackems and we don’t get a win against Swansea and loose to City and Liverpool then we are down due to our goal difference before Norwich play there next game. Last three games would become ‘dead rubbers’

    Sad state of affairs !!!!!!

    The only way RAFA would stay if he had complete control of the clubs playing/recruitment /scouting/coaching staff at all levels

  • 3 Blackley and Brownlie // Apr 14, 2016 at 9:06 AM

    Maybe Rafa this, maybe Rafa that…Gini Wijnaldum, Moussa Sissoko and Daryl Janmaat – maybe £40M from those three?

    Maybe Old Blackas will be given blogger of the year award, Ed?

  • 4 lesh // Apr 14, 2016 at 9:10 AM

    We can but live in hope.

  • 5 welshgeordie9 // Apr 14, 2016 at 9:13 AM


    If you change the word blogger to…………….no that’s to easy.

    Ha ha ha

  • 6 hibbitt // Apr 14, 2016 at 9:16 AM

    Charlie in the Gallowgate

    that’s exactly what it will take charlie if ashley will give him that kind of control i think rafa will stay ……its also whats needed and is long overdue

  • 7 Charlie in the Gallowgate // Apr 14, 2016 at 9:20 AM

    Exactly – and has got to happen soon as the season ends – even if RAFA goes


  • 8 kimbo // Apr 14, 2016 at 9:55 AM

    We are already down, Rafa needs to be put in charge of the full running of the playing side of NUFC. First team U21, U18 teams are all not fit for purpose and all staff currently employed should be questioned and replaced as necessary,(Carr must be sacked). We need a winning mentality from top to bottom.
    Gouffran was a striker and not a defensive midfield player and some of the critism is unfair as he was Pardewed!!!!!

  • 9 U.S Magpie // Apr 14, 2016 at 5:40 PM

    Yes the clause of all clauses, It will say I will try and save you, if however this does not happen then this contract is void and we are open to discuss another contract. All about how he wants to run the club and not let stupid people run it. He’s a smart guy is our Rafa, so fingers crossed miracles happen we stay up and if not he stays with us and build the club back to top league status.

previous post: Pardew Discussion – There Are Now More Important Things

next post: Former Player – There’s Still Hope For Newcastle – Maybe