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Rafa Benitez Verbally Commits To Stay On At Newcastle

9:37 pm, Tuesday, May 17th, 2016 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 44 Comments

The Mail is reporting tonight that Rafa Benitez has spent the day looking at potential transfer targets with Lee Charnley and he is almost there,  with news Rafa has now verbally committed to stay on at Newcastle United for the next three years.

It certainly looks like Rafa’s happy at the guarantees given to him by the owner on Saturday night in the Board room at St. James’ Park  and both Rafa and Charnley are reported to be working hard together getting ready for the pre-season.

That includes a list of friendlies to be played in July before the Championship season kicks off on August 7th.

In addition to working on transfers and pre-season friendlies, both men spent time also working on the final agreement that will hopefully be ready to sign (very) soon.

While Chief Scout Graham Carr will leave the club this summer, Lee Charnley will surprisingly stay on in his position, with Rafa said to be comfortable working with the man who almost singe-handedly was responsible for Newcastle’s relegation this season.

This deal is getting closer and closer and we have to think Newcastle are working really hard behind the scenes to get this thing announced – but the Mail report says only that the announcement will come before next week.

In June of last year, West Ham United were close to getting Rafa signed up until Real Madrid came in for him at the last moment and he joined the club he had been with when he was much younger – but that appointment did not come to a happy ending and Rafa was fired in early January.

Of course it’s not over till it’s over – and Newcastle fans will well remember in January three years ago when Newcastle had a verbal agreement from Loic Remy and his reps to join the club but the next day he ended up signing for QPR for more money – and we lost him.

That’s another reason we think Newcastle are working at high speed to get everything made official and certainly we think before the end of the week.

Rafa has always wanted control at a club on all footballing matters and at Newcastle this will be the first time he really has carte blanche (complete freedom) control – with Mike Ashley keen to get him to essentially run Newcastle for him over the next few years.

George Caulkin of The Times has reported the meeting with Mike Ashley on Sunday night went well beyond the wildest dreams of both sides with Mike Ashley and Rafa seeing eye to eye on most things and the meeting lasted almost three hours and not the two hours that was previously reported.

This is what George has tweeted tonight, so there’s still the chance another big club could come in for him.


With Rafa well known for being a workaholic, we can see him put the hours in over the summer to ensure he has a strong squad that can help us come straight back up next May.

However, some of the players he signs will also have to be good enough for the Premier League with Rafa building a squad that can be in Europe in a few years time  – and the sooner the better.

It’s a strange time indeed for Newcastle fans – the nightmare scenario happened last Wednesday when Sunderland beat Everton and the Black Cats stayed up and we went down to the Championship with Norwich and Aston Villa.

And since then, it’s now looking like we will have a world-class manager in place at the club in charge of all football matters for at least three years, whose stated aim is to win trophies at Newcastle.

It’s the worst of times and the best of times – all at once – for the Geordie faithful.

We’ll take it!

Howay The Lads!!

Comments welcome.

Tags: Championship · Coaching · Financial Fair Play · Financials · Newcastle News · Prayer · Premier League

44 responses so far ↓

  • 1 loonie-toon // May 17, 2016 at 9:43 PM

    Wonder wat signings rafa gunner bring in cart wait to c

  • 2 GeordieTwo // May 17, 2016 at 9:43 PM

    Looking good. But we still need that signature on the bottom line. Come on Rafa mate. Don’t be coy.

  • 3 The Ghost of St.James // May 17, 2016 at 9:44 PM

    brilliant news…..shame we have to take the step down before roaring back to the Premier

  • 4 GeordieTwo // May 17, 2016 at 9:44 PM

    Good question loonie-toon. And may you ask many more. 7.5/10

  • 5 GeordieTwo // May 17, 2016 at 9:46 PM

    Nobody does it better
    Makes me feel sad for the rest
    Nobody does it half as good as you
    Rafa, you’re the best
    We all feel the same Ghost. 7.8/10

  • 6 Average_Contents // May 17, 2016 at 9:47 PM

    Didn’t he also say he’s currently with his family on Merseyside or was that someone else?

    Obviously telephones are in use nowadays 😉 but I’d of thought with just being relegated and whatnot that it’d be face to face meetings about any/all aspects of the club or conditions.

  • 7 Yo-yo // May 17, 2016 at 9:48 PM

    As long as Charmless is Rafa’s tea boy I don’t mind.
    If he gets any ideas above his station then he can f**k off

  • 8 BandB // May 17, 2016 at 9:48 PM

    George Caulkin 4o mins ago

    On Rafa, little has changed today: as stated last night/in paper, he & #Nufc are working as if he’s staying, but vulnerable to other offers.

  • 9 loonie-toon // May 17, 2016 at 9:48 PM

    Who would everyone like to c realistically lol

  • 10 toon kk // May 17, 2016 at 9:49 PM

    Will be great news if Rafa does sign on the dotted line. If relegation has taken MA to see sence and run the club propley I’ll take it.
    Just hope for a swift return to the premier league.

  • 11 BandB // May 17, 2016 at 9:49 PM

    George Caulkin ?@CaulkinTheTimes 40m40 minutes ago
    Carr expected to go, targets being identified: all well-established. A few new details to follow later, but all still looking good.

  • 12 stephen1971 // May 17, 2016 at 9:50 PM

    at last , it sounds like someone that knows something about football is taking charge, this could be a massive blessing

  • 13 Belfast // May 17, 2016 at 9:50 PM

    Charnley the cat!

  • 14 JackButler // May 17, 2016 at 9:51 PM

    If Charnley stays I’d expect someone with more nounce to be brought in as Charnley has shown on numerous occasions that he struggles to get deals done

  • 15 Average_Contents // May 17, 2016 at 9:52 PM


    As you’d imagine I was ecstatic at your blog rating. Unfortunately due to your ratings of certain other bloggers I feel inclined to inform you that they no longer hold any credence.

    Basically a load of bollox 🙂

    I wonder where BandB stashed that hammer. Ice heard it’s a sledgy. 14lb at that.

  • 16 BandB // May 17, 2016 at 9:53 PM

    Charnley, the Quiet Assassin!

  • 17 stephen1971 // May 17, 2016 at 9:54 PM

    ashleys knocked penfold down a peg, hard for him to justify his job now

    get coaches booked penfold

  • 18 BandB // May 17, 2016 at 9:54 PM

    It’s a bit pointier than that AC.

    Okay, it’s an ice pick.

    Anyone surprised?

  • 19 Average_Contents // May 17, 2016 at 9:55 PM

    *I heard

  • 20 JamesToon // May 17, 2016 at 9:57 PM

    Surely there’s no contract Rafa can sign, I thought he was brought in on a 3 year contract with a get out clause? So there wouldn’t be any contract agreement, only verbal?

  • 21 BandB // May 17, 2016 at 9:57 PM

    How is your boy?

  • 22 Yo-yo // May 17, 2016 at 9:57 PM

    False connections are not logic BandB.

    Alan Shearer is a slapheid.

    Slapheids are rubbish strikers.

    Alan Shearer is a rubbish striker.

  • 23 JackButler // May 17, 2016 at 9:58 PM

    Sheppard gave an interview this week and said that Charnley is a very good club secretary, that he loves the club but a chairman, he most certainly is not.

  • 24 BandB // May 17, 2016 at 10:00 PM

    They can be Yo-Yo
    Its a logical fallacy.
    It means stating your conclusion as one of you two propositions.
    Logically sound.
    But, rubbish in, rubbish out.

  • 25 BandB // May 17, 2016 at 10:03 PM

    In your case, premiss two is an untrue statement.
    Sound, but false.

  • 26 Jib // May 17, 2016 at 10:04 PM

    Who are you calling a slapheid – Savage ?

  • 27 Average_Contents // May 17, 2016 at 10:06 PM


    No, not really suprised.

    Go climbing frost bitten mountains often?

    Or do you just have LOT’S of ice. Ice Queen.

    That’s your new name btw.

  • 28 Jib // May 17, 2016 at 10:07 PM

    Sam Goldwyn always said.
    “A verbal contract isn’t worth the paper it’s written on “

  • 29 BandB // May 17, 2016 at 10:10 PM

    Napoleon is French
    All Frenchmen are Americans
    Ergo … Napoleon is American

    Premiss X = (T)
    Premiss Y + (F)
    Ergo (T) + (F) = T

    Logically sound. Utter bollocks.

  • 30 BandB // May 17, 2016 at 10:11 PM

    How’s your boy?

  • 31 Bobbybee // May 17, 2016 at 10:12 PM

    Those play offs never stop giving. Another belter tonight, with hull winning 3-2 on aggregate. Two sides going at it knowing what was at stake.
    Final should be even better.

  • 32 Average_Contents // May 17, 2016 at 10:22 PM


    He’s fine. Got the all clear. Thanks for asking.

    Told him about our relegation on Sunday but only because he kept asking the score because my brother kept ringing up with updates otherwise I wouldn’t of bothered and spared him the upset.

    His little face nearly broke my heart 🙁

    He’s not really into sports (extremely academic and only 7) but says he supports Newcastle and I know it’s because he wants to please me.

    I sometimes wonder if I’ve done the right thing in pushing nufc onto him and if I’ll get a visit from the NSPCC for my troubles.

    Anyway enough of my transgressions.

    How are you?

  • 33 martoon // May 17, 2016 at 10:25 PM

    G2 – Did I miss my rating?

  • 34 goommy // May 17, 2016 at 10:25 PM


  • 35 jimmysmith // May 17, 2016 at 10:31 PM

    So what does this tell us about Ashley? That he actually has always wanted a strong competitive Newcastle, and that he didn’t know he could attract someone of Rafa’s calibre? That he has changed?

    I suppose most would now consider it moot, but Ashley’s intent has constantly troubled us for the better part of 9 years, and of course the past a useful indicator of what might occur in the future.

    All of this surrounding Rafa seems wonderful, even considering our relegation, but surely it needs to be tempered in light of the owners track record.

    Benitez is a white knight right now, but he’ll face some battles ahead with this owner I suspect, to achieve what he clearly thinks he can.

  • 36 BandB // May 17, 2016 at 10:32 PM


    Not brilliantly well, really.

    My boycott is now largely spiritual, given that I couldn’t go right now if I chose.

    Not too spiritual in the end I hope. It’s still on my bucket list.

    But my babe will be going with his brothers next season.

    Hopefully he will have his birthright back. That is, to support a club of impossible dreams. But not no dreams.

    Dreams are what keeps us going.

  • 37 Yo-yo // May 17, 2016 at 10:35 PM


    “Post hoc propter hoc” is a typical fallacy.
    Since event A follows event B, event A must have been caused by event B.
    The Mackem fans hired a plane to fly a cheeky message to the Toon.
    Toon beat Spuds 5-1
    Therefore Mackem fans message made us win 🙂

    Also making two assertions that correlate but have no causal link is the typical politician’s logic – as in our examples above.

    False logic is far more prevalent than the real thing unfortunately

  • 38 Lindisfarne // May 17, 2016 at 10:37 PM

    When will we get the first summer article about Charlie Austin?

  • 39 Lee Charnley Bunga Party // May 17, 2016 at 10:37 PM

    I wonder if Ashley has ever dealt with someone like Rafa before in his other businesses? In football he had met Keegan and Shearer who have legendary status among Toon fans but in terms of their managerial careers haven’t really won anything that would make someone who doesn’t understand football stand up and take notice !

    Rafa on the other hand is in the top 15 managers in the world and has the trophies to back it up!

    Would Ashley hire someone like him at Sports Direct if he knew he could make him lots more money?? Of course he would!!

    So its about time he hires an expert in the field of football its only taken 9 years to figure it out!!

  • 40 BandB // May 17, 2016 at 10:38 PM


    Two true premisses entail a true conclusion.
    Two false premisses entail a false conclusion.
    A true and a false premiss can entail either.
    This is the grey area Blackley lurks in.

  • 41 giimps // May 17, 2016 at 10:43 PM

    And a fish is still a fish

  • 42 BandB // May 17, 2016 at 10:45 PM

    And sometimes it’s a carp, giimps.

  • 43 giimps // May 17, 2016 at 10:49 PM

    Mainly a load of carp…..indeed

  • 44 BandB // May 17, 2016 at 10:52 PM

    Someone will be along to explain that joke for the hard of thinking in a second giimps….:)

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