Simply Fantastic Work By The Chronicle

There’s nothing quite as powerful as Newcastle fans pulling together in the same direction for a worthy cause – Newcastle United’s return to glory.

Credit goes to the Chronicle staff for this front page – and they are getting a petition together – and what a terrific and true letter to Rafa.

Here’s where you can get online to this letter and more information and where you can sign the petition.

chronicle front page rafa

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.

80 comments so far

  • lesh

    May 13, 2016 at 12:13 AM

    Comment #1

    Nice one…. The Geordie Cong’s on the rise.

    The Geordie Nation’s fighting its corner…. Howay the Fans!!!!

  • Mister Tuff

    May 13, 2016 at 12:15 AM

    Comment #2

    The Chronics’ initiative may strengthen Benitez’s hand in that the Club will now fear not getting him signed up and may therefore make concessions to his demands.
    Signing him up will relieve some of the pressure on “the Board”.

  • lesh

    May 13, 2016 at 12:19 AM

    Comment #3

    Mr T

    But it’ll be a big bitter pill to swallow. Charnley should never have been allowed to paint himself into a corner. Time for him to resign?

  • soundoid

    May 13, 2016 at 12:31 AM

    Comment #4

    Apparently this is one of Rafa’s T&C’s to Ashley about Charmless on Sunday.

  • Essex Geordie Bill

    May 13, 2016 at 12:37 AM

    Comment #5

    Well I’m just hoping that Sundaland can keep themselves up so that we can kick their Ars*s when we get back their in two years time.

    God two bl**dy seasons hope I’m still around.

  • Mister Tuff

    May 13, 2016 at 12:40 AM

    Comment #6

    Lesh – there is no way Tubbs will peddle Penfold.
    Get him signed up will hearten the majority.
    Tell him a few porky pies, produce the plans they showed Wally Brolly – superstar signings/reaching for the skies.
    Decent salarly.
    Then once everything dies down – start a few behind the scenes stunts like Wise/Keegan – getting in more crap.

  • sickandtired

    May 13, 2016 at 12:58 AM

    Comment #7

    The ‘Board’ is nothing but a smokescreen to shield Ashley. If Rafa stays then Ashley has to get rid of the lot of them and allow the man to do what KK should have been allowed (and was promised) to do. We all know how that ended.

  • jimmysmith

    May 13, 2016 at 12:59 AM

    Comment #8

    That cynicism is well founded. I too can see Benitez quite possibly agreeing to stay on, but Ashley ultimately baulking when Rafa almost certainly asks for more again, and a fall out ensuing. The task is an immense one, and the final price tag doubtless will become far greater than the original estimates, as is so often the case. He did successfully take on Gillette though, which offers a glimmer of hope.

  • Derek

    May 13, 2016 at 1:05 AM

    Comment #9

    “There’s nothing quite as powerful as Newcastle fans pulling together in the same direction for a worthy cause – Newcastle United’s return to glory.”

    This is exactly what could be said about protesting against the Ashley regime. Although you could say protests are a more worthy cause because Ashley is more concerned about the reputation (and hence profit) of himself and Sports Direct than he is about showing compassion for the fans.

  • Magpie Season

    May 13, 2016 at 2:03 AM

    Comment #10


  • lesh

    May 13, 2016 at 2:15 AM

    Comment #11

    Magpie Season

    Sissoko? French squad?

    He’s played a couple good games under Rafa;

    He wants away from SJP;

    Add his agent to to mix and there’s your answer.

  • davis_toons

    May 13, 2016 at 2:34 AM

    Comment #12

    To some on here:

    Stop mention 2 wins in how many games shit.

    Its how many defeats we had in those games? Is the team playing better?

    Like you have said if we have low quality managers with that kind of results we will complain. Yes, we will, (but will they be able to get those kind of results and give us the hope in the first place?)

    Because they have never win REAL SHIT in their years. And never will. Pls don’t tell me about Alan Pardew and the FA Cup. He is a shit manager. We are here talking about LONG TERM. (maybe shit is slightly over but really how to compare him to Rafa, we talking about Real tittles, bro)

    Or Championship Football to be proud of?
    (Get back to where we truly belongs isn’t it? Or you are too wash up by the management wrong doing to stay happy in Championship or where-ever)

    Thats why people have higher hopes on Rafa then the other rest of the lots. When this chance comes to us signing better CV’s managers in all this YEARS.

    Guys, please don’t get twisted now by some shit media and people commenting on shit results and comparison (they only offers another point of views, that’s all) which is not important and not helpful, (the pro’s out weights the con’s)

  • davis_toons

    May 13, 2016 at 2:56 AM

    Comment #13

    SO WHAT Rafa ONLY have 2 WINS. (he properly only have 1 WIN if Townsend have not took the free kick and scored)

    If you can take Joe kinnear and all that average managers why not Rafa Benitez. (You can talk about all his negativity and failure and etc all day)

    Bro, the history cannot prove anything, but at least there is a track record that you can measure, aim and look up to.

    Where will the rest of the average managers track records for us to measures? There is nothing physical to look forward thats why bigger clubs wanted big names managers. They are willing to pay more and all that you should know…

    Don’t be diluted by stupid reports which can be “a trap” to stop us from getting a better CV’s managers throughout all these years.

    The Freddy Shepherd Trap –
    That could be set at Mike Ashley. We will never know people’s intent.

  • davis_toons

    May 13, 2016 at 3:05 AM

    Comment #14

    If you want to compare think about this.

    If you take this coming 10 games by Rafa Benitez and compared to any part of the previous 10 games by Steve mcclaren.

    Properly, you will get your answer.
    Properly, we will not be where we are now.

    Thats, why people on here keep complaining about Steve mcclaren overstaying.

    Thats all to you …bro.

  • chicousa

    May 13, 2016 at 4:59 AM

    Comment #15

    Howay the Fans!
    We all hope Rafa stays, but if he chooses to leave we will still be here!
    If we lose 1/2 our squad this summer, no matter….the Toon army will march on!
    If despite our fervent wishes to be rid of the cnuts Ashley, Charnley & Carr, if they all remain for another few years then we will wait them out and still be here, the Geordie faithful! After all is said and done: “What is a football club?”

    Howay the fans!!!

  • Derek

    May 13, 2016 at 5:07 AM

    Comment #16
  • chicousa

    May 13, 2016 at 5:38 AM

    Comment #17

    Excellent piece – Thanks!

  • willowdalerez

    May 13, 2016 at 5:44 AM

    Comment #18

    Sigh… I’ve written it too may times now. Anyone who thinks Rafa isn’t on the first plane to Spain on Monday (maybe a little longer to pack up his things) is delusional. A first rate manager in the championship?

    I’m not trying to make going down harder on any of us, just trying to be realistic. Steve Bruce was mentioned (and trashed on here) but even he may not be available if Hull get promoted through the play-offs and Chris Hughton is fighting for that same promotion spot and wouldn’t want back at NUFC the we he was seen off after bringing us straight up last time round unless promised a multi year gig… Pretty dire to tbh we will likely have to look to the continent for anything better than Bruce.

    I’ll take abuse I’m certain but I’d rather gamble on bringing in Kevin Nolan and givinh him a go… Sure he’s in League 2 and all but he always showed heart, played a key role in our straight promotion (and did it again with the Hammers) – so he knows what it takes and how to do it, was a great captain and unwilling to put up with stupidity (which sealed his fate and departure to West Ham) and an all around leader who had the respect of the squad and fans alike (another reason he was seen off). His brief time with the Orient is hardly unimpressive and although he lost the managerial role I think from his record that was to do with factors other than his record 7-2-6 which was not bad at all. Seriously I’d bring him in what do we have to lose once Rafa goes?

  • firebug666

    May 13, 2016 at 7:10 AM

    Comment #19

    At the moment our situation is pretty dire, we don’t know what manager/head coach we will have, what if any players will still be here, what plans if any have been put in place to give us a chance of returning to the prem.

    C’mon lads and lasses what’s wrong with you? This is normal, and we should expect nothing else from the incompetent idiots who are running (or should that be ‘ruining’) our club.

    Whatever happens you can be sure of one thing, Ashley will benefit, SD will benefit and Mash holdings will benefit.

    The long suffering fans will continue to suffer, and the incompetence of the board will continue unmolested and unchallenged; after all this is………….

    Newcastle United!

    Chin up people were suffering in a different league now!

  • Ron Knee

    May 13, 2016 at 7:20 AM

    Comment #20


    Quite a good summary from Lee Ryder on who could be in or out:

    No wonder we got relegated with that shower!

  • Jail for Ashley

    May 13, 2016 at 7:33 AM

    Comment #21

    Absolutely broke my heart yesterday when I listened to Evertons statement on the reason for sacking Martinez, every bullet point they mentioned would have ensured he got an eight year deal at our place.

  • Jail for Ashley

    May 13, 2016 at 7:34 AM

    Comment #22

    I hope all this Rafa bollocks isn’t a KB inspired campaign to stave off unrest on Sunday.

  • davis_toons

    May 13, 2016 at 7:46 AM

    Comment #23

    Spurs have easily tied up Pochettino without much saga. That how it should go.

    MA have no desire to employ Rafa.

    Some stupid shows about meeting and discussion. At the end of the day. No Shit will grow out of that.

    I hope i’m wrong…no, i don’t even want to think about that.

  • hibbitt

    May 13, 2016 at 7:48 AM

    Comment #24

    Jail for Ashley

    that would not surprise me just the sort of trick Bullshit Bishop would pull

    on the over hand i think Rafa has more integrity then that

  • firebug666

    May 13, 2016 at 7:52 AM

    Comment #25

    Ron @19

    Aye a good read mate, but is just speculation, we know nothing, journalists know nothing, I mean half the staff who work there know nothing, and that’s just the way Ashley and his cronies like it.

    We truly are mushrooms when it comes to Newcastle United.

  • Ron Knee

    May 13, 2016 at 7:56 AM

    Comment #26


    Ashley orders; the minions execute. Let’s hope he’s told Charmless to keep Benitez!

  • hibbitt

    May 13, 2016 at 7:59 AM

    Comment #27

    is the sky press conference today ??
    should be interesting

  • Ibizatoon

    May 13, 2016 at 8:01 AM

    Comment #28

    NUFC-83….(From last night). Didn’t mean to force your hand, let alone bring you to a

    You’re really making my point for me. You don’t seem to have much faith in our owner, nor do you think he’s capable of making the decisions needed to run this club, nor can he appoint the right people to do it for him.
    Sorry, if that’s his defence, it’s pathetic and he really should sell up.
    What’s the alternative? Continue to excuse his many mistakes, because you think he’s stupid?
    I don’t mean to be disrespectful, but that’s just daft. At least others on the blog take the stance that they simply don’t care about the board side of things or that they feel powerless in all of this, but excusing him just because you think he’s stupid? Nope, sorry, I don’t see how that one works at all.

  • Ibizatoon

    May 13, 2016 at 8:02 AM

    Comment #29

    *let alone bring you to a non smiling face state.

  • BandB

    May 13, 2016 at 8:03 AM

    Comment #30

    I’m not really worried about this relegation.
    I’m just going to start a new game.
    First I’m going to set all my deadwood to”terminate contract”
    Then I’m going to find a five star scout who will trawl the lower leagues and released players for gems I can bring in on a free.
    Then I’m going to set the wage bill to maximum and do the money cheat to max out my transfer budget.
    I’ll soon have us winning the Champs League again.
    Relegation…what’s that?

  • firebug666

    May 13, 2016 at 8:03 AM

    Comment #31


    pmsl: I think Ashley’s answer might be… HOW MUCH?

    I have a gut feeling that Rafa will stay, and that he will do all he can for us, but I fear the incompetence from above will let him down in the same way it has let us down for that past 7 years.

    With Penfold at the helm fearfully glancing over his shoulder as his master crack the whip mistakes will continue to happen, without a change at board level, the same old same old will continue.

  • BandB

    May 13, 2016 at 8:04 AM

    Comment #32


    I’m still watching you 🙂

  • davis_toons

    May 13, 2016 at 8:10 AM

    Comment #33

    #18 true..we are just a bunch of people hopeful to get something slightly better out of the worst. (picking shit in a shit bin)

    #20 ..who knows Everton might One Day becomes the next tragedy. Then they will be looking back like us.

    Jamie Carragher ? ?@Carra23
    I’d love the opportunity to take you to the championship.

  • Ibizatoon

    May 13, 2016 at 8:12 AM

    Comment #34

    BandB…Don’t forget the old save the game before KO and turn it off before the game ends if you’re losing.

    Not that I ever lose…of course.

  • stan anderson

    May 13, 2016 at 8:13 AM

    Comment #35

    We make ourselves easy target for abuse by the slug and his cronies .
    Why because regardless of what Rafa does we will still renew Season tickets and show how we are the most loyal supporters in the land.

  • stan anderson

    May 13, 2016 at 8:14 AM

    Comment #36

    ASHLEY of course.

  • BandB

    May 13, 2016 at 8:15 AM

    Comment #37

    As predicted, a number of people who really had nothing much to say while the club was fighting for it’s Premier League life have now become “Angry of Newcastle” and simply unable to contain their outrage now there is just a hint of protest about the regime in the air.
    Astroturfers of the world unite.

  • firebug666

    May 13, 2016 at 8:15 AM

    Comment #38
  • Ron Knee

    May 13, 2016 at 8:17 AM

    Comment #39


    It will end in tears at some point. Hopefully, later rather than sooner.

  • sing in the corner

    May 13, 2016 at 8:23 AM

    Comment #40

    Bishop into overdrive or not, I think if Benitez is really considering staying and ends up not staying because of the terms / not being given control over the football decisions there will be a riot. That tension is in the air, and I think Benitez has integrity. He wouldn’t accept being gagged about the details of the offer. If he leaves despite the offer spelling out he has the requisite control and backing I would understand and accept that. That would make sense..him not wanting to do the Championship full stop.


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