This Is The Massive Scope Of Control Rafa Wants At Newcastle

There’s an excellent article in the Guardian today from Louise Taylor – here it is if you want to read it.

And some information in there – there’s a lot – is what Rafa Benitez has asked for if he were to stay with the club and manage in the Championship next season.

Surely Newcastle will not dither too much in saying yes to whatever Rafa wants?

Well yes – they (make that Lee Charnley) are very good at dithering usually until it’s too late – as in trying to hire Dele Alli last year or in sacking the woeful Steve McClaren this year.


Rafa Benitez – Newcastle manager

That dithering this year has cost the club around £100M in revenues next season because of our ridiculous relegation.

Don’t blame Sunderland, or Everton or anybody else – it’s all our own fault – let’s admit it and move on.

Rafa has asked for the following:

  1. Full control of all transfers into and out of the club
  2. A complete overhaul of the Youth Academy
  3. A complete overhaul of the Benton Training Facilities
  4. Control of the medical department

The first one is so we don;t waste £82M ever again in a season.

Graham Carr did not consult with the manager (head coach) on players and did not seem to bring in players who could fix Newcastle’s weaknesses – as crazy as that sounds.

This is Newcastle – its true – and it’s been the system used for the last nine years.

The second one is because the Youth Academy has never worked since Mike Ashley arrived – and we are simply not bringing enough good young players through to the first team.

It’s something Rafa fixed at Liverpool.

After reading how Chris Hughton’s Brighton & Hove Albion have spent £35M on their training facilities, which shame the Benton facilities according to Shields Gazette reporter Miles Starforth – it’s about time our supposed “world-class” facilities are implemented at Benton at a cost of around £25M.

If Brighton can find £35M then Newcastle can find £25M.

Control of the medical department is obviously so that Rafa can get to grips as to why we have so many more injuries than any other Premier League club.

So those seem to be four areas that make  sense for Rafa Benitez to have full control in and it means less opportunity for others to (continue to)  screw up at the club.

And from multiple news reports it appears the  Championship pays out only £2M to its teams every season?

That will compare with anywhere from £100M to £180M for Premier League teams in the new TV deal next season.

We will according to Louise Taylor get a parachute payment of around £37M next May from the PL – that’s presumably an updated amount from £25M which it used to be and is based on the new TV deal.

The big mistakes made this season have cost Newcastle a bundle – £100M – but it’s been deserved because of the complete incompetence.

People must be held accountable for the mess – but we have a feeling they will not be.

Maybe it’s because a certain Mr. Charnley is the one investigating what went wrong.

Oh my – you cannot make this stuff up

comments welcome.

18 comments so far

  • hibbitt

    May 12, 2016 at 5:33 PM

    Comment #1


    don’t know how you can say we will be promoted without much fuss when you don’t watch the league you don’t who the manager will be and you don’t know which players will be in the squad at the start of next season

  • Nufc-83

    May 12, 2016 at 5:39 PM

    Comment #2

    Hibbit I am confident we will retain the core players suggested in my post which for me are good enough to get promoted in the championship. I know enough about football to understand the level of the championship without watching it week in week out. The manager will be an average run of the mill manager like Bruce in my opinion who will be good enough to go up but not retain in the prem (although we will retain).

  • Nufc-83

    May 12, 2016 at 5:40 PM

    Comment #3

    For this post is true and we have a chance at keeping Rafa then it shouldn’t be a hard decision and I will consider next season as a chance to get rid of the deadwood at the club (again).

  • Nufc-83

    May 12, 2016 at 5:41 PM

    Comment #4

    Can I ask a question to debate on if you rate two players:

    Anita: Performed well for me at rb but not natural enough in that position. I want two natural rbs purchased and Anita is definately not good enough in midfield so for me get him sold.

    Coldback: I don’t feel he offers enough protection to be a starting cdm. He is not physical enough and commits the most idiotic of fouls. He definately can’t play alongside a cdm as he has nothing in terms of creativity or vision. I think keep him in the champ as a squad player but would be fine if he was sold.

  • BeeGuy

    May 12, 2016 at 5:42 PM

    Comment #5

    Hard to see NUFC coming right back up. Think of Carroll, Shola and Lovenkrans compared with what is on the books now. Colo, Willo and Enrique moved the ball around like they owned it, the current roster has no such class. And who will be lugging the ball up the pitch with no Spiderman around.

  • Nufc-83

    May 12, 2016 at 5:47 PM

    Comment #6

    Beeguy Enrique was utter garbage until he went into the championship and he turned into a top premiership player (while with us anyway). I think you will find the likes of Aaron’s and mitro (among others) will rip the division apart and hopefully we can get the recruitment correct for once to bolster the guys mentioned.

  • Nufc-83

    May 12, 2016 at 5:48 PM

    Comment #7

    And as for willo I would take either Mbemba or lascelles over him any day of the week.

  • Hail Wor Ashley

    May 12, 2016 at 5:49 PM

    Comment #8

    Steve Bruce would be my realistic choice after Rafa. Supporters can denounce him as another dino-Brit manager etc, but be realistic. If you want a similar tactical approach, a good organiser, somebody that can drill a good defence to be a platform, Bruce is like Rafa in that respect.

    Rafa’s work ethic and focus needs to be emulated by whoever may be here. Don’t want another manage getting cosy and given the players (and of course himself) 2 or 3 days off every week, because that’s how standards and fitness slip, Rafa whipped them into shape best he could with double sessions, training on the day of a match and so on. We need that commitment from whoever is in charge, though the sheer amount of fixtures in the Champ helps to keep everybody on their toes.

    Hull have the 2nd best defensive record in all of the football league and even when relegated had something like the 12th best defence in the PL, which is uncommon for a relegated side.

    We might have just stumbled upon a solid defence, so let’s build on those foundations with a manager that knows how. All the more likely to go for Robertson if he does come, too.

    We would be at the sharp end with Bruce in charge, however you have to look beyond that, if promoted is he the right man to re-establish? Maybe. Reinvent? Maybe not. Then it would be up to whoever is then the MD to learn from previous and make a change when it becomes stale, not when there’s a full-blown crisis.

    This is all dependent on Hull’s play-off showing of course, so I’ll stop there as I’ve already appointed, gained promotion and sacked another club’s current manager 😆

    The alternative is going for a younger up and coming manager, from these shores or elsewhere, are we in a position to take a chance?

  • mattorr

    May 12, 2016 at 5:50 PM

    Comment #9

    There is clearly a lot of justified criticism of the mismanagement that has taken place over the last 5 years however, I feel it is harsh to place it all at Charnleys door. I manage at a place where the previous useless leader has left some time ago but their influence remains. It is the stench of Llambias, Pardew and Kinnear that has had a significant impact on where we are now although I am not saying Charnley is blameless. I am really hopeful this is a chance for a refresh and cleansing and that the club will come back stronger. I would love that to be with Rafa at the helm but I know when we lost 6-1 to Leyton Orient I wasn’t pleased that Hughton was our manager and wanted someone else hired, how wrong was I! I do believe that this could be the making of us long term and think we could be changing places with Sunderland this time next year and feeling much healthier for it. Plus 8 more matches

  • hibbitt

    May 12, 2016 at 5:51 PM

    Comment #10


    sorry mate but that’s bullshit sounds to me you spend to much time on fifa/football manager and know f88k all about the the the game
    the championship is a very hard league and without an influx of grafters nolan/barton type we wont be in the top 6 at the end of the season never mind get promoted

  • Jib

    May 12, 2016 at 5:51 PM

    Comment #11

    I’m not a big fan of Louise Taylor (she supports Sunlun)
    However I do like – NUFC have built the opposite of Leicester.

  • Nufc-83

    May 12, 2016 at 5:53 PM

    Comment #12

    It seems that a few people share my views on the current situation.

  • JamesToon

    May 12, 2016 at 5:56 PM

    Comment #13

    Hail wor Ashley

    F*** me do not want Bruce anywhere near this club. Ex mackem, not PL standard, sh*te football.

    If Rafa won’t stay, we need a young up and coming manager who will do well in the championship, and will have us a better long term future. I’d even rather have Cathro than Bruce, wouldn’t feel it was the end of the world if we got him, implement his ideas, very innovative coach I hear, all talk of course, but feel like he could do an Eddie Howe type job who had no managerial experience before he took over Bournemouth, and he’s single handedly made them a stable club. Other managers I’d take, Rodgers or Garry Monk

  • Nufc-83

    May 12, 2016 at 5:57 PM

    Comment #14

    Hibbit I can assure you I don’t play those games and how is it bullshit have we played in the championship with the players mentioned? It sounds to me like you want to prove your correct with stupid comments like that.

    I will have you a fifty pound bet now that we will get promoted next season that’s how confident I am???? I will bet my dad is harder than your dad just to make this more childish 🙂 but I am serious with the bet on promotion

  • Nufc-83

    May 12, 2016 at 6:01 PM

    Comment #15

    Jamestoon the problem with a young coach is very few clubs get it right. Look at garde at villa he was terrible even with that god awful squad surely a good manager would have done better. Veira is the same getting hammered for his tactics in the mls. These young coaches very rarely turn out to be good enough and you are lucky (such as Howe) if you get it right. It’s also about the club fitting correctly for the coach so it’s not easy to appoint an up and coming manager and succeed.

  • Shadow_Shearer

    May 12, 2016 at 6:03 PM

    Comment #16

    I would give in to rafa demands. He’s most likely the only one who can win us something. Championship season will be time for him to rebuild his toon army.

  • JamesToon

    May 12, 2016 at 6:14 PM

    Comment #17


    I get what you mean, and I feel Cathro could either work one way or the other as you say. But my point is we can’t just accept these old fashioned journeyman managers like Pardew, Bruce, McCarthy, Warnock, who don’t stay at a club more than 2 years because the fans get fed up with the style of football.

    Any of Rafa, Rodgers, Monk would be perfect for this club and could have the championship season to rebuild the squad and implement their philosophy and style, which if we could get promoted, could stabilise us as a premier league club.

    In terms of recruitment, we really do need to look at domestic players, more experience, leaders and young lower league players who are hungry to prove themselves like vardy has done and so on

  • Papa Noel

    May 12, 2016 at 8:58 PM

    Comment #18

    Ed you state
    Don’t blame Sunderland, or Everton or anybody else – it’s all our own fault – let’s admit it and move on.
    No it´s not our fault, its managements fault´


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