Report in Spain – Newcastle Confident of Keeping Benitez

There’s a report in Marca, the Spanish newspaper today that Newcastle are confident they can keep Rafa Benitez at the club – even if we are relegated.

We all know there is a clause in Rafa’s contract that could allow him to leave at the end of the season and it was generally thought that Rafa would leave if he couldn’t save the club from relegation.

It’s starting to look that way, even though Rafa has us unbeaten in the last five games with two wins and three draws but our failure to beat bottom club Aston Villa on Saturday could be fatal.

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Rafa Benitez – Newcastle manager

Sunderland beat Chelsea on Saturday and they are now one point ahead of us with a game in hand – and a win tomorrow night against Everton would seal Newcastle’s fate.

The Spanish newspaper is right when they say Rafa was received like a Messiah when he first joined us on Friday 11th March.

The report indicates that Rafa looks like he has failed at what they describe as a  ‘sunken’ and ‘poorly constructed’ club.

In short – that means Newcastle is a poorly run club and we all know that – which is one reason we need Rafa to stay.

The report even says that Rafa these days –  ‘transmits the depression’ of Newcastle United.

Maybe that means he has become one of us since we are all depressed right now – and we wont even mention the £2M bonus he was on to save us.

But Rafa not being in high spirits is not surprising – he will be disappointed he cannot save the club, because then all would have ben great in the summer when he would be given huge money to rebuild both the team and the club.

We are hoping that will still be possible even in the English second division.

Think of a relegation as at most a one year delay in what Rafa can do at the famous Newcastle club.

Comments welcome.

41 comments so far

  • Tsunki

    May 10, 2016 at 11:10 AM

    Comment #1


  • stuart no9

    May 10, 2016 at 11:13 AM

    Comment #2

    ED —- please make your mind up – is he staying or going ? your head is all over the place on this raffa thing, i get the feeling that raffa staying is mor important than staying up . As for this ”are you in or out of the EU, whats your thoughts ED ? on the other hand – leave it Ed

  • one fine day

    May 10, 2016 at 11:15 AM

    Comment #3

    one fine day // May 10, 2016 at 11:05 AM

    Prozac mate 25 mg should just take the edge off.

    Don’t know what anyone else feels but shearer is starting to sh@t me to tears with his opinions .

    Great player and I was a massive fan of the ” player” .Who wasn’t ?
    However he seems to love to stick the boot into the cub at every opportunity to sell his column .

    Does a team low on confidence need telling week in week out they are not good enough by the club icon? Does if help ?
    A man who says he loves this club coming out with more misery about our future this week of all weeks?
    We saw your management level Alan the last time in 2009,so you of all people should know how hard coming in at this point of the season without throwing bollocks around about Rafa not staying.

    Say it next week if it needs saying.
    Maybe you would have gone up in my estimations had
    you, when Rafa was appointed ,offered to come in and work with mitrovic for eg ( you are his F@ucking hero man!)
    Rather than put your differences aside to help out ” your club ” not Ashley’s corporate sham you prefer to be sat on the sofa with all the other ones who couldn’t cut it or tried it and found the difference between managing and talking about what others are doing wrong is a bridge to far .
    If your not saying anything to help us or twist the minds of the mackums then please just for the rest of the week stfu

  • Wayayman

    May 10, 2016 at 11:19 AM

    Comment #4

    Newcastle ‘confident’ of keeping Rafa? That’s us screwed then, no one at Newcastle knows anything about anything, least of all Charnley. This is far more likely Bishop’s PR spin to keep us quiet and hopeful.

    Just look at the BS they dished out at February’s FF meeting when asked if they had a plan B for getting relegated.

  • stuart no9

    May 10, 2016 at 11:25 AM

    Comment #5

    OFD—- HERE HERE —- I was just starting to think the same myself . AS was my hero and as a footballer always will be but i never thought there would come a time when i would think FFS STFU. Him and Ed should get married then they could both sit down and talk their miserable selves till their hearts content

  • banjax

    May 10, 2016 at 11:35 AM

    Comment #6

    There are so many contradictory news articles about Rafa Benitez staying or leaving, one minute he has’nt been contacted next minute a Spanish newspaper says he is staying after relegation. Very annoying. It’s bad enough being relegated, but writing ‘guess news articles’ dressed up as firm truth is not the way to sell newspapers and as such these help nobody. Gossip is different and is fair play. What us readers have to do is distinguish between the dross and genuine wishful thinking ! Good luck with that by the way !

  • one fine day

    May 10, 2016 at 11:36 AM

    Comment #7

    Yeah Beardsley was mine but what I think of him these days can def wait for another day as for Alan and Ed’s nuptials .. Steptoe and son spring to mind .
    How those winter nights would just fly by .

  • jimmysmith

    May 10, 2016 at 11:45 AM

    Comment #8

    Lucky for some……”Jose Enrique the £72,000-a-week Spaniard who has played only 181 minutes this season, earning around £16,000 per minute of action, or £265.20 per second. While on the field of play, each time Enrique blinked – occupying around 300 milliseconds of his time – he earned £88.40.”

  • Average_Contents

    May 10, 2016 at 11:51 AM

    Comment #9

    While on the field of play, each time Enrique blinked – occupying around 300 milliseconds of his time – he earned £88.40.”

    Funniest thing I’ve read in a while.

  • Lee Charnley Bunga Party

    May 10, 2016 at 11:54 AM

    Comment #10

    Could you imagine Sissoko got an improved deal which took him to near enough 80k a week ?

    Glad it wont be with us

  • Vest

    May 10, 2016 at 11:55 AM

    Comment #11

    Save Rafa’s “survival bonus” until next summer, and rename it to “promotion bonus”.

    That could motivate him to stay on? And perhaps the chance to rebuild the greatest club in the UK, if not the world 🙂

  • Lee Charnley Bunga Party

    May 10, 2016 at 11:59 AM

    Comment #12

    No one knows what goes on at Newcastle it would not surprise me if at the end of the season nobody gets in contact with Rafa at all and then they try to spin it like he didn’t fancy the championship ….

  • job

    May 10, 2016 at 12:04 PM

    Comment #13
  • lesh

    May 10, 2016 at 12:20 PM

    Comment #14

    One thing’s almost certain and that is if Rafa’s not commited to stay before we play Sperz, there’ll be a fan backlash – especially if we lose.

    If Ryder’s report that Charnley’s to be tasked with getting a new manager is true, then that’ll really pi$$ fans off.

    And if the best that Charnley can do is appoint Cathro, then the chit’ll really hit the fan.

    Clueless, absolutely hopeless.

  • Our Toon

    May 10, 2016 at 12:32 PM

    Comment #15

    Plenty of hate for charmless, the puppet who is the figure head to direct hate towards, the teaboy who has very little say and acts as directed by the owner. Stop blaming this idiot and venting your anger at Ashley, the buck stops with him, he calls the shots and he makes the decisions!!

  • AncientC

    May 10, 2016 at 12:32 PM

    Comment #16

    If we do go down in place of Sunderland this season, it would be interesting to see a calculation of how financially better off Sunderland are, say over the course of the last 3/4 seasons, due to the points we have gifted them in our fixtures.

    I have not looked back over the the tables and point differentials, but from memory, I would say we have saved Sunderland from relegation twice in the last 3/4 years already, and we now stand to act as a footstool, as they stay up and we go down ourselves. We certainly kept Sunderland up in 13/14 & 14/15.

    My guess is that we have been financially beneficial to Sunderland over the course of the last 4 years/coming season – to the tune of around £300 million, whilst now taking a hit of over £100 million (potential to be A LOT more if we don’t come back up) in loses ourselves…

    Mike Ashley is the best thing that has ever happened to Sunderland.

  • toon22

    May 10, 2016 at 12:33 PM

    Comment #17

    Lets hope the fat man decided to sell us after this season.
    It would be worth it if he did.

  • Mister Tuff

    May 10, 2016 at 12:33 PM

    Comment #18

    Fans Forums are not down to clubs -it’s all part of EUFA requirements for clubs to better communicate with their fans.
    NUFC probably do not want to do it but they’ve got to.
    NUFC treat the FF attendees with contempt and rarely give a straight answer to Fans honest concerns.
    It does seem to reflect however, generally, how arrogantly and scornful the hierarchy operate – maintaining this us and them stance.

  • martoon

    May 10, 2016 at 12:45 PM

    Comment #19

    Lee Charnley Bunga Party @12 _ I think you’re spot on – that’s what they did with Shearer and effectively with McClaren. I dread to think what state we are going to be in if/when we kick off in the Championship next season.

  • Lee Charnley Bunga Party

    May 10, 2016 at 12:53 PM

    Comment #20


    Looking at it from a cynical point of view hiring Rafa was also a genius way to make sure there has been no protests for the last few months of the season …..

  • lesh

    May 10, 2016 at 1:08 PM

    Comment #21


  • BandB

    May 10, 2016 at 1:10 PM

    Comment #22

    It’s reported that Ashley will turn to Keith Bishop to plot the way forward.
    Why is this?
    Is it because this former middling BBC pen-pusher has a bookful of managerial contacts world-wide?
    Is it because he is an expert on the transfer market and a top scout?
    Is it because he is a skilled coach and tactician?
    It’s because he is a self-styled “reputation management consultant” and as long as he can cook-up a plausible cock and bull story the fans will swallow the club will think it’s winning.

  • Charlie in the Gallowgate

    May 10, 2016 at 1:11 PM

    Comment #23

    Just listening to BBC radio 5 live – discussion on old football grounds and Third Lanark was featured with the terraces still there with trees growing. the ground is a public park – so googled images – wierd.

    Then a team shot was one of the images with Dave Hilley in front row.

    Now he was a canny player when at the TOON

    As for Benitez – hope he stays and is given a FREE hand to do brting in who he wants/needs.

    With the monies we are getting for this season plus parachute payment and transfers we should be able to make a decent fist of recruiting players who want to play for the TOON and BUILDING a team to come straight up and perform in the premiership!!!

  • lesh

    May 10, 2016 at 1:14 PM

    Comment #24

    Mr Tuff

    You’ve just got to look at the way (well, in one pic I’ve seen) they’ve got the FF furniture arranged. The Club reps one side and FF delegates on the other – directly opposite oneanother.

    That illustrates the way the Club sees the forum, hardly embracing the fans and not conducive to a sense of common purpose.

    The daft barstewards can’t even get the basics right!

  • Mister Tuff

    May 10, 2016 at 1:23 PM

    Comment #25

    Lesh – indeed – the clubs attitude seems contrary to the whole principals of the Uefa Guidelines in respect of the FF.
    Would have thought keeping the fans onside would be the sensible route – but it does seem to reflect the ideals of SD/Mr Tubbs – no onlookers from without/no interference/ we don’t want your help etc etc.

  • Bobbybee

    May 10, 2016 at 1:36 PM

    Comment #26

    I’ve always thought that nobody really takes the chronicle seriously when reporting on the toon? I’d like to hear where their info comes from before accepting it as gospel.
    English second division?!! That is glum. I thought we’d only drop into the Championship. 😉


    May 10, 2016 at 1:41 PM

    Comment #27

    afternoon all
    im great believer that in the premier league,luck over the course of a season levels out for most teams,we can hope the unwashed’s luck runs out the morra nyt,and they had two deflected shots at the weekend that went in,but they had shots, that is the reason they got the luck,we had 3 attempts on target apparently against the worst defence in the league,when we were at our most desperately in need of a goal,thats not good enough,its really that simple…i hope they bollick it up 2 morra nyt,but then they still need to at least draw against watford and us to beat the second best team in the league,its not over yet,but its looking like we have got what we have deserved this season unfortunately…..good or bad luck aside its not been good enough at all….and not just this season.

  • Derek

    May 10, 2016 at 1:42 PM

    Comment #28

    BandB @22,

    Definitely makes sense. It’s already amazing how many cock and bull stories fans have already swallowed up. I don’t think Ashley even needs any help as many fans are gullible enough to believe cheering for Rafa and ignoring Ashley’s failures is the best thing to do for the future of the club.

  • beefman13

    May 10, 2016 at 1:43 PM

    Comment #29

    Lee Charnley given the job of finding another manager, talk about “once bitten” if the worst happens that fella has to go, if he dosnt, then why not!

    Oh and those fcukin Mackems are well ahead of themselves arnt they printing next seasons premiership badges etc, “he who laughs last my dear charming friends”.

  • Bobbybee

    May 10, 2016 at 1:52 PM

    Comment #30

    Beefman, i said last night that if there was one team who are capable of messing up from here, it’s sunlun. Signed, sealed and delivered, just for them to find the pen had no ink. I had no idea they’d started printing PL stuff already. That is SO dangerous. Can’t remember offhand who it was, but we’ve seen this sort of thing happen before and it backfired. Anyone else remember who it was?

  • Bobbybee

    May 10, 2016 at 2:21 PM

    Comment #31

    Look up untenable in the dictionary and you’ll see that crappy photo of Charnley with his thumb up, grinning like a Cheshire cat. Having blown over 80m quid and a potential bumper payday to boot, i just can’t see how he could retain his current job.

  • The Newcastle Armchair

    May 10, 2016 at 2:32 PM

    Comment #32

    Picture this –

    Sunderland get beat 4-0, then 4-0 against Watford

    Newcastle draw Tottenham 1-1

    Norwich win 2-0, draw 1-1

    All on 35 points, -25 GD

    Who stays up?

  • lochinvar

    May 10, 2016 at 2:33 PM

    Comment #33

    Couldn’t agree more
    That grinning photo of Charrnless with his thumb up is an insult to all and probably beaches some remote law on human dignity. Maybe it should be replaced with Nero and the crowd with their thumbs down to show our disquiet at the Board.


    May 10, 2016 at 2:41 PM

    Comment #34

    The Newcastle Armchair // May 10, 2016 at 2:32 PM

    who scores more goals

  • lochinvar

    May 10, 2016 at 2:50 PM

    Comment #35

    This is the brave new world and Ashley wants to be part of it with Sports Direct.

    Numerous brands now advertise at Premier League Grounds not for the domestic market but because they can reach the millions of betting and football obsessed Chinese fans . Check out the Chinese hieroglyphics used on hoardings etc.

    Once the Chinese equivalent of Ryan Air can fly into low cost airports such as Durham-Tees and Carlisle the tourist explosion of the affluent Chinese middle-class will swamp the UK and the ” Premier League Experience” will become the package deal of choice. Season tickets as a percentage of gate money will diminish and the tourist revenues increase. The Government want this to bolster the economy, Ashley wants this as he can sell more tourist tat – ironically retro club shirts Made In China.
    The Premier League is gearing up to be a Global brand event aka F1 and some matches will be exported to other countries as part of the circuit. Take a look at F1, American football ( in London ) and be even Rugby in USA ( London Irish played there this season ) .
    What it means for NUFC who knows – but you can bet that Ashley’s working on something – selling up to the Chinese shouldn’t surprise anyone.

  • Jail for Ashley

    May 10, 2016 at 3:30 PM

    Comment #36

    What a shame that it is at our expense that he is going to miss out on all that lovely lolly !

  • Jib

    May 10, 2016 at 3:53 PM

    Comment #37

    buenas dias


    May 10, 2016 at 4:22 PM

    Comment #38

    Rafa wants to stay? Dare we dream still? A proper football man to rebuild a proper football club

  • posada

    May 10, 2016 at 4:28 PM

    Comment #39

    I have no time for the opinions of Alan Shearer.
    What was he saying last summer when WB was appointed.
    Probably the same as all ex players.
    The diplomatic bland – he’s a good coach.
    That is code for – he can’t manage.
    Easy to be wise after the event Alan.
    Thanks for saying what you really think – eventually.

  • BandB

    May 10, 2016 at 4:41 PM

    Comment #40


    Luke Edwards is reporting that Rafa might stay after relegation IF he was handed full control and a transfer budget.
    But he also reports that a short-list headed by “promotion specialist” Steve Bruce has been readied should he leave.
    Meanwhile, Lee Ryder has apparently been briefed that Charnley and Carr will head the “business as usual” team in charge of appointing a new manager.
    I think some territory is being staked out on both sides.


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