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.