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Benitez Staff Already Talking To Agents About New Players

10:53 pm, Tuesday, May 17th, 2016 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 11 Comments

George Caulkin of The Times has tweeted late tonight that things are starting to move quickly on Tyneside as transfer targets are being discussed between Rafa Benitez and Lee Charnley.

It seems that Rafa’s staff are already beginning the task of talking to agents about players possibly arriving at Newcastle this summer.

Rafa has a huge number of contacts in Europe and we wouldn’t be too surprised if he is able to attract some very good players to the club this summer, even though we will be in England’s second division next season.

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Rafa Benitez – staff already working hard on transfers

With 46 games to be played in the Championship next season we will need a big enough squad to handle the extra games compared to the Premier League and we have to think that Mike Ashley has already agreed to that with the former Liverpool manager.

One area that Rafa will strengthen big time is our defense – and if we had only done that last summer we would not be in the Championship next season.

Rafa got a hold on the defense to some extent, but only after the first four games at Newcastle and in 10 games played we conceded 12 goals with only one goal conceded in the last three games, but 8 goals conceded in the first four games.

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If only Rafa had been brought in earlier ……

While it’s only 10 games played, it’s also the first time we have had a positive goal difference since 2012, when Alan Pardew had us in 5th place and was voted the Premier League Manager of the Season.

Another area of the team Rafa will want to fix is the goalscoring, although we had no trouble on Sunday putting five past the best defense in the Premier League in Tottenham Hotspur.

And we were down to 10 men when we hit home the final three goals as Spurs were completely routed by a fast counter-attacking Newcastle.

Officials at Newcastle are reported to be working hard to get the final agreements signed by Rafa, but work now seems to be going ahead at top speed.

Comments welcome.



Tags: Coaching · Management · Newcastle News · Transfer News and Rumours · Transfer Target




11 responses so far ↓

  • 1 BandB // May 17, 2016 at 10:57 PM

    Rafa isn’t going to take a holiday is he?

  • 2 Thump // May 17, 2016 at 11:00 PM

    @BandB: Away days are Rafa’s holidays.

  • 3 Munster Mag // May 17, 2016 at 11:07 PM

    That man needs a holiday. I wonder could we employ someone for 1 year, who knows this division well in some sort of advisory capacity. Could be a useful in this league?

  • 4 Average_Contents // May 17, 2016 at 11:07 PM

    BandB

    Sorry to hear that. It sounds like you expect to croak.
    Hope not.

    My self-imposed exile will remain in place for obvious reasons and so will my son’s because I won’t take him.

    If he wants to go when he’s older (that’s if he ends up actually liking and understanding football) then who am I to stand in his way.

    The wife’s mentioned Anfield in the past but I soon put a stop to that.

    It may seem old fashioned but I believe a son should follow his dad’s team. Even her dad agrees and stopped trying to influence him although the kids at his school have had a crack at him by some of the things he says.

    My daughter on the other hand is a different proposition altogether. She’s all for her grandad so that’s a battle I’ve tried to win but ultimately failed at. Miserably.

    Hope you feel better soon.

  • 5 Average_Contents // May 17, 2016 at 11:09 PM

    Munster

    Perhaps pearson. You seem to like him. You’ve been banging that dr….

  • 6 Laurent Robert 32 // May 17, 2016 at 11:12 PM

    It’ll be interesting to see which players come in if they’re ‘established’ players. If we retain a lot of the players it’s still possible to have a shot at the Cups regardless of Championship status.

  • 7 Shadow_Shearer // May 17, 2016 at 11:16 PM

    So looks like we’re not lowering the wage bill. We’re extending it. Even in the championship. Maybe ashley has turned a new leaf

  • 8 BandB // May 17, 2016 at 11:17 PM

    Not exactly expecting AC

    Expectorating a bit though.

    I followed my dad’s team, in a family of Mackems, Yackers, Hartlepools United supporters and not a fewWest Brom fans.

    Not a Pureblood. But a talented Mudblood.

  • 9 WLtoon // May 17, 2016 at 11:18 PM

    we may have gone down but i cant stop smiling at the thought if the next 3 yrs under Benitez. Make it official asap

  • 10 jimmysmith // May 17, 2016 at 11:23 PM

    Have they figured out how they are going to pay for all this, considering we are down? I’m sure will demand assurances they can. He wants what we need, an overhaul of players and infrastructure, sufficient to challenge for honours against other clubs who are all about to be at least 100 million richer, starting from a division lower, with an owner that’s preached self sufficiency for 9 years, and within the constraints of FFP.

    Unless Ashley has committed to a major volte face, and is about to greatly increase his interest free loan to fund the training facility and similar, I fail to see how all this has wings.

  • 11 BandB // May 17, 2016 at 11:36 PM

    jimmy

    Move away from the wall, Chuchundra.




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