Benitez Deal Is Now Close To Being Finalized


Keith Downie of Sky Sports is reporting today from outside St. James’ Park and he says the Benitez deal is getting close to being finalized.

Keith seems to be confident the deal will go through, and the main thing holding it up are all the assurances Rafa has been given – they need to be put down in writing before Benitez’ lawyers will allow their client to sign off on the agreement.

Who said Rafa wasn’t a very smart guy?

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Rafa Benitez – wants everything in writing from Newcastle

The assurances will need to go into some detail, with the amounts he will be given in the summer and January transfer windows being part of the written agreement.

Presumably they will have to be sizable enough for Rafa and meet his demands.

This is what Keith has said:

“There is an acceptance, a willingness as I understand it from both Benitez himself and Newcastle for him to carry on as manager.”

“But he will only agree to do so once he has everything in writing –  the assurances that he has asked for and were promised on Sunday by Mike Ashley – the assurances need to be in writing.”

“Things such as full control over transfers and he will not want the situation that Steve McClaren and Alan Pardew had – that’s one thing Rafa will want.”

“In terms of budgets as well, he wants money to spend in the summer and then January as well – certain amounts will have to be put in writing within that contract.”

“Also changes in the scouting system at Newcastle, Benitez will want to have his own men looking at players to bring in and improve the side in the Championship.”

“You would think that plays into Graham Carr’s area and that could throw into doubt the future of Newcastle’s long-standing Chief Scout, Graham Carr.”

“So as I said I think there is a willingness to get this thing done.”

“The only thing holding it up are getting these things signed off, not only by the Newcastle lawyers, but also the solicitors of Rafa Benitez himself.”

One positive way to look at this is that things are moving along, but that Rafa does not want things just promised verbally – he  wants it all put down in writing to ensure Newcastle will keep their part of the bargain.

Who can blame him?

This is an experienced business man in action.

It just so happens he is also a world-class coach and hopefully the manager of Newcastle United for at least the next three years.

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194 comments so far

  • magscar

    May 19, 2016 at 5:06 PM

    Comment #1

    magscar // May 19, 2016 at 5:03 PM

    Bobby

    NUFC.Com advertise MJS computers who will repair any brand of phone tablet and there is a discount mentioned if you check on their site. Never used them so no idea how good or how cheap compared to others

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  • WWSBRD

    May 19, 2016 at 5:09 PM

    Comment #2

    Hipefully includes the rebuilding of the training grounds, physio room and youth set up

    Christ we are asking Rafa to build us a bloody football club aren’t we? The only thing he’s got atm is a stadium and fans

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  • lesh

    May 19, 2016 at 5:10 PM

    Comment #3

    That’s the way….. Get the legals on the case to string things out and those acting for each party making a fortune – and putting a dent in Penfold’s budget!

    You’ve got to feel sorry for Penfold, spent hours setting his Excel spreadsheet up – with the help of a ten year old of course!

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  • SPRINGY

    May 19, 2016 at 5:13 PM

    Comment #4

    lesh
    didnt think you could set up excel spreadsheet with crayons and stencils!lol

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  • SPRINGY

    May 19, 2016 at 5:13 PM

    Comment #5

    but if he gets rafa to stay he can have a stick on gold star for effort!lol

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  • WWSBRD

    May 19, 2016 at 5:18 PM

    Comment #6

    Hope Ginola is alright

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  • WWSBRD

    May 19, 2016 at 5:19 PM

    Comment #7

    Anyone know what happened?

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  • Bobbybee

    May 19, 2016 at 5:19 PM

    Comment #8

    Mags, cheers for that, but wor lass has already ordered a new glass and the tools to fix it – 15 quid. We’ve already got the tools to replace the battery – another thing that went – so might as well become totally diy. 🙂 Not damaged internally and the touch screen still works – as you can see.

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  • SPRINGY

    May 19, 2016 at 5:20 PM

    Comment #9

    whats happened to ginola?

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  • WWSBRD

    May 19, 2016 at 5:21 PM

    Comment #10

    SPRINGY
    He’s in hospital from what I just read, it says suspected heart attack but I don’t know how reliable it is

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  • AncientC

    May 19, 2016 at 5:21 PM

    Comment #11

    Hopefully Benitez has one or two contacts at Chelsea from his time there. Surely Chelsea will be bringing more players in over the summer, leaving quite a lengthy list of players available to go out on loan for next season.

    Kalas would be worth a look.

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  • GeordieTwo

    May 19, 2016 at 5:21 PM

    Comment #12

    So is David Ginola a dead beat dad as they call them over here. Apparently he hasn’t been paying his support payments for a child to his ex-wife. Sad if true.

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  • The Newcastle Armchair

    May 19, 2016 at 5:22 PM

    Comment #13

    …and cisse gets the four novelty votes from our readers in Senegal

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  • WWSBRD

    May 19, 2016 at 5:23 PM

    Comment #14

    Chron says fell ill after playing in hot temperatures not a heart attack

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  • AndyMac

    May 19, 2016 at 5:23 PM

    Comment #15

    I voted for Lascelles as it was his outburst after the Saints debacle that ultimately led to the six game unbeaten run. His comments about players not giving 100% were spot on and it needed to be said by a player to back up the manager.

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  • GeordieTwo

    May 19, 2016 at 5:24 PM

    Comment #16

    Sorry that’s old, old news. That must have been sorted long ago. Hard to tell what is recent and what isn’t on the internet and I’m not that familiar with it. Very frustrating and can cause nasty rumours to circulate.

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  • SPRINGY

    May 19, 2016 at 5:24 PM

    Comment #17

    WWSBRD
    aye just been having a look….the bit i read said he’s unconscious but stable….curse of the toon,pavel,now ginola

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  • JAMSHA

    May 19, 2016 at 5:25 PM

    Comment #18

    hmmm villas new owner to give nxt manager 50mil to spend cool

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  • The Newcastle Armchair

    May 19, 2016 at 5:25 PM

    Comment #19

    Andy

    Went for Elliot myself, Lascelles played very well towards the end of the season and showed some real mettle, but not enough to be voted through the whole season

    A real talent, very positive about him in future!

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  • Hail Wor Ashley

    May 19, 2016 at 5:27 PM

    Comment #20

    So many votes for Mbemba – baffling.

    1st third of the season – good, looked promising

    2nd third – awful and solely responsible for a number of goals

    Final third – so-so, but looked shaky compared to Lascelles.

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  • GeordieTwo

    May 19, 2016 at 5:30 PM

    Comment #21

    The back four definitely need a leader to organize them. I think it will be one of Rafa’s top priorities to sort out. We need a CB who can take charge and organize things. Haven’t had that for ages. Colo was definitely not a leader and Lascelles is still learning his trade. I don’t rate Mbemba as a leader either.

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  • WWSBRD

    May 19, 2016 at 5:31 PM

    Comment #22

    SPRINGY
    Seems to of only been made public recently I assumed it wasn’t new news. Yeah I read he is stable too mate fingers crossed he’s ok

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  • Back Door Man

    May 19, 2016 at 5:33 PM

    Comment #23

    Bobby – plenty of Youtube videos on how to fix tablets and phones. I successfully repaired a screen on my previous Samsung following a Yt instructions film.

    Also, check-out your house contents insurance as some cover breakages … I suppose this is only worth it if it’s expensive, top-of-the-range tackle.

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  • SPRINGY

    May 19, 2016 at 5:36 PM

    Comment #24

    sky now saying hes fainted whilst playing football in hot conditions this afternoon…getting checked out

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  • SPRINGY

    May 19, 2016 at 5:38 PM

    Comment #25

    wwsbrd
    not a heart attack apparently

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  • Bobbybee

    May 19, 2016 at 5:43 PM

    Comment #26

    BDM, cheers matey, we’ve seen those and already ordered the screen and parts. Rest assured, mine ain’t top of the range. It was once, but no longer!! 😉 I basically use it for on here and skygo, so i can watch matches on sky and bt when wor lass wants the tv. It serves my purposes adequately. Or lass does lots of work with tiny beads – like native americans – and has wonderful dexterity. I’ve got clumsy fingers, so she does all the fidgetty stuff. I ‘d end up throwing it out the window! 😉 She wants to fix it, so who am i to stand in her way?

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  • magscar

    May 19, 2016 at 5:44 PM

    Comment #27

    Bobby

    That’s fine. Samsung are a lot easier than Apple stuff to DIY 🙂

    I have battery to replace in an Ipod and have the new one and tools but just waiting for a few hours and the confidence to coincide so I can follow Youtube video.

    Good luck

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  • GeordieTwo

    May 19, 2016 at 5:45 PM

    Comment #28

    When is this Rafa deal going to get signed? Is Ashley trying to put some fine print in there? I don’t trust him at all and neither should Rafa.

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  • SPRINGY

    May 19, 2016 at 5:45 PM

    Comment #29

    theres a young cb playing for barnsley tonight meant to be good….never seen anything of him play,just heard his name mentioned a few times since he has apparently been named players player or something…..anyone know anything about the lad, alfie mawson is his name…..is he any good?

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  • GeordieTwo

    May 19, 2016 at 5:46 PM

    Comment #30

    Yes that’s what happens. Ginola does the same as wor Canadian fainting goats. One minute they’re fine and the next they’re on the ground. Harrumph..

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  • SPRINGY

    May 19, 2016 at 5:47 PM

    Comment #31

    g2
    sky reporter just now, reckons early next week.

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  • Bobbybee

    May 19, 2016 at 5:48 PM

    Comment #32

    Looks like wor daveed has discovered the limits that come with age! Running around playing football in very hot conditions has laid low many a younger man, let alone daveed. Let’s all hope he’s none the worse for his experience.

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  • GeordieTwo

    May 19, 2016 at 5:50 PM

    Comment #33

    So the written agreement might be ready by next Monday when Charnley and Rafa meet again. I certainly hope that’s the end of it and Rafa can get on with the real job.

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  • SPRINGY

    May 19, 2016 at 5:51 PM

    Comment #34

    bobby
    aye that pesky south of france sunshine and heat has a lot to answer for!…..but if you are ganna pass out anywhere,why not there?lol

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  • GeordieTwo

    May 19, 2016 at 5:51 PM

    Comment #35

    Yes that’s what I’m seeing as well springy mate. That agreement had better be above board. If they mess Rafa about he’ll be gone.

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  • GeordieTwo

    May 19, 2016 at 5:53 PM

    Comment #36

    David should have a refreshing bottle of expensive French bubbly to recover. Then a laze in the sun, then a nice stroll along the coast. No more hot weather footy for you Monsieur Ginola…

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  • SPRINGY

    May 19, 2016 at 5:54 PM

    Comment #37

    g2
    sky reckons theres no problem,everything agreed…just needs to formal in writing…and rafa is apparently working on as manager now and looking at players.

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  • Bobbybee

    May 19, 2016 at 5:55 PM

    Comment #38

    Mags, wor lass replaced my battery in this samsung really easily and quickly. She’s good like that though. Never done any craft in the past and started to crochet, following you tube footage. That was only a matter of months ago and now she’s on to beading things like the native americans, using tiny beads and minute cotton. She sticks her stuff on the net and already has designers asking her to sell them her patterns. Very delicate stuff. Far more suited than me to fidgetty jobs than yours truly. 😉

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  • SPRINGY

    May 19, 2016 at 5:55 PM

    Comment #39

    g2
    a quick walk along shields or whitley bay coast line will bring his temp back to normal!lol

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  • GeordieTwo

    May 19, 2016 at 5:56 PM

    Comment #40

    In Rafa we trust. He’ll decide whether Taylor could be useful or not. I think we’re going to see a fairly big clear out. It already started with Obertan and Marveaux. It will continue with some proper player sales and possibly a weekend garage sale for Riviere….. Sorry beermonkey mate I know you liked Rivi. But he just doesn’t seem to be in the plans. I’m recommending we get the Belgian midget strikers back….

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