Latest – Benitez Wants Answers From Newcastle Quickly

It seems that Rafa Benitez doesn’t want to mess around with Newcastle and he has clearly asked for the controls he wants in four separate area.

He now wants guarantees from the club – written guarantees – that he will be given the controls he requires,  before he will agree to stay on at Newcastle for life in the Championship.

Unfortunately the man doing the negotiations – Lee Charnley –   is not known for his decisiveness or moving at anything other than a snail’s pace, so this may yet prove problematical.

For Lee Charnley this may look like moving at the speed of light.

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Lee Charnley and Rafa Benitez – in negotiations

Rafa wants control of all transfers, he wants to completely overhaul the Youth Academy, overhaul and significantly improve the Benton Training complex and finally he wants control of the medical department.

All of these make sense, but reports indicate that Rafa does not want long more drawn-out negotiations, but wants Newcastle to offer him a decent package of the controls he wants, or he could still walk away from the club.

Lee Charnley had his first meeting with Rafa early on Thursday afternoon at the Benton training center and there are more meetings planned within the next couple of days.

The first meeting is said to have gone well – it was positive.

Maybe Newcastle are attempting to get  a package to him before the final game of the season against Spurs on Sunday afternoon, and then he will decide over the following few days.

Newcastle have already agreed to continue to pay Rafa’s wages of £5M a year and hope it will be just one year down below – financially it must be only one year down below.

Rafa also wants some guarantees of  funds he will be given to strengthen the squad in the summer. – he wants to completely rebuild the squad.

There will certainly be a number of high-earners sold this summer, which should give Rafa ample funds to build a (very) good squad for next season.

Newcastle are said to desperate to retain Rafa  at the club – so it’s easy – give him what he wants and be quick about it.

If you want to send a message to Rafa asking him to stay, here’s all the contact information for Newcastle United – here.

Here’s Rafa’s Twitter account associated with his web-site.

The Chronicle also have an open letter to Rafa and a petition for fans to sign – here’s where you can read the letter and sign the petition.


17 comments so far

  • Graeme

    May 12, 2016 at 11:36 PM

    Comment #1

    It would be far quicker to have Ashley and Rafa sitting down and putting an agreement in place for Penfold to type up ready for signing.

    It will be far quicker than having to wait for Penfold to get permission from FCB for every single issue, then taking it back to Rafa for agreement!!!

  • Bobbybee

    May 12, 2016 at 11:40 PM

    Comment #2

    Now who sounds like a mackem? No surprise there then? 😉

  • lesh

    May 12, 2016 at 11:44 PM

    Comment #3

    If the reports are true that the parties are negotiating, then in my simple view, they don’t really want Rafa on his terms – terms which can only be good for the Club.

    If Ashley really wanted the changes Rafa’s supposedly suggesting, they’d sign him up – now.

    They’re trying to make it appear that he’s asking too much.

    Too much? Really? He’s not offering a sticking plaster but a dose of treatment that’s good for the long term.

    They’re trying to portray him as being difficult. Cynical media manipulation – Bishop style.

  • Bobbybee

    May 12, 2016 at 11:49 PM

    Comment #4

    Lesh, where’s this being reported marra? I’d like to read wtf is going on if this is the case.

  • The Newcastle Armchair

    May 12, 2016 at 11:55 PM

    Comment #5

    Just reading the Charnley appointment article on NUFC for a report I’m doing on this seasons failings – it is actually quite funny reading his comments.

    “That said, we will not pay over the odds or make knee-jerk decisions. Every player we sign represents a major investment and mistakes are costly which is why we will continue to be prudent in our transfer dealings. This is the reality of a well-run football club like ours.”

    “This is the reality of a well-run football club like ours.”

    is he taking the george michael!?!?!?!?!?

  • Bobbybee

    May 12, 2016 at 11:55 PM

    Comment #6

    Well done richard head, you’ve murdered the blog. Nice one.

  • Graeme

    May 12, 2016 at 11:58 PM

    Comment #8
  • Bobbybee

    May 13, 2016 at 12:01 AM

    Comment #9

    TNA, does well run include buying two useless wingers for over 25m, then lending them out and losing half the money on the first sale? Oh yeah, and paying Doumbia’s wages for god knows why. Or… better stop now, it could go on forever! 😉

  • Bobbybee

    May 13, 2016 at 12:02 AM

    Comment #10

    Thanks for those lads.

  • one fine day

    May 13, 2016 at 12:04 AM

    Comment #11

    Maybe the tricky but in the negotiations is that rafa wants charnley / carr to be in charge of only filing and looking after the carpark.
    it may take time as he will need to walk these dumb F@$ks through it step by step.
    1.what is wrong (the obvious)
    2.what n fixed short term
    3 What needs to happen long term to ensure this never happens again.
    they have no more excuses left about we cant compete with t big clubs al
    a Pardue.

    As for Sunday what do others think?…
    Drop wini,cisse, sissoko and also tell colo and jannmat not even bother turning up (a task they will be well versed in)
    Give arma a run out , there is no pressure now so lets see him n mitro up front .
    He could not be any worse than papis .
    Tell the kid to simply go out and have some fun.
    Christ knows we need it.

  • lesh

    May 13, 2016 at 12:04 AM

    Comment #12

    Bobbybee (Berb in pitmatic(

    I’m just referring to Ed’s blogs plus the other reports to which links’ve been posted.

    I ain’t an ITK, just a simple soul.

  • lesh

    May 13, 2016 at 12:06 AM

    Comment #13


    You’re assuming that Penfold can type? His shoes are fastened with Velcro!

  • The Newcastle Armchair

    May 13, 2016 at 12:08 AM

    Comment #14

    “our challenge is to make sure we spend the funds we have available in a careful and considered way in order to ensure that we get the maximum benefit from every pound we invest in the squad.”

  • Bobbybee

    May 13, 2016 at 12:11 AM

    Comment #15

    Berb is what i get called round here marra! 😉 To be fair, i don’t know how these high flyers operate, but i know it’s seldom quickly. Maybe jib knows a lot better than me, but i would hazard a guess that it goes backwards and forwards to solicitors in these days of litigation. If so, that might explain the delay. Giz a clue jib.

  • lochinvar

    May 13, 2016 at 12:32 AM

    Comment #16

    Rafa as Chairman of Football with full responsibility for all aspects of football and player development at NUFC. His coaches and medical staff as part of that agreement.
    Sign here please Mr. Benitez

    How difficult is that Charnley ?
    And please shut the door on your way out.
    Thank you and goodnight.

  • sickandtired

    May 13, 2016 at 1:02 AM

    Comment #17

    KK had an agreement – then found out he was being baby sat by Dennis Wise. 9 years proves that Ashley isn’t for changing. It’ll all end in tears (or Tribunals) somewhere.


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