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How Benitez Is Painfully Negotiating His Future Success With Ashley

Newcastle lawyers and Rafa Benitez’  lawyers are now said to be working hard on the agreements reached between Benitez and Mike Ashley, which hands over the running of Newcastle in all football matters to the former Liverpool manager.

That sounds very good to Newcastle fans, who are sick and tired of seeing people like Lee Charnley run the club, when they know very little of what it takes to make a club successful.

We have just gone through a self-inflicted relegation season because of the ineptitude of Lee and his partner in crime, Chief Scout Graham Carr.

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Rafa Benitez – detailed agreements being written up

It will come as no surprise that Newcastle have struggled for the last nine years under owner Mike Ashley with his appalling record.

We have only one top nine finish in the Premier League in those nine years Mike has owned the club.

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And notice in those eight seasons in the Premier League we exceeded 50 points only once.

There was news yesterday from Sky Sports the agreement was being written down in great detail and includes the transfer funds  Rafa will get to spend this summer and in the upcoming January transfer window.

Those figures will help Rafa decide if he wants to take the job, but he will have been told the rough figures already – and we think he will sign up, but it could take a few days yet.

He has also met with Mike Ashley twice this week, first in a three hour meeting last Sunday night in the St. James’ Park boardroom following the 5-1 hammering of Spurs.

And he has also traveled to the Sports Direct headquarters at Shirebrook for a meeting with the owner, and that meeting seems to have been  on Wednesday.

So at least for this coming season Rafa will be promised transfer funds.

He will have control of everything football-related, including the scouting – and he is now busy getting his scouting staff in place and it looks certain that Graham Carr will be leaving the club.

But for future success Rafa will have to also ensure he keeps getting adequate transfer finds in the final two years of his three year contract.

Maybe the way he does that is to ask for a certain percentage of Newcastle’s revenues in those years for transfer funds – and that can be put down in detail in the agreement being drafted at the moment.

And as far as how many players he can have in the squad – our squad has been too small for far  too long – maybe he is given a total wage bill which again could be a percentage of revenues each year.

That would allow Rafa to wheel and deal – buy players and sell players – so that the total wage bill of the squad is pegged at a certain amount for budget purposes every year.

It’s even funny that Rafa has to get these agreements in so much detail from the owner to ensure he can be successful – which we assume that’s what Ashley now wants – although that’s still an assumption.

But a very successful Newcastle United under Rafa Benitez that competes in  Europe and the Champions League will be a rich club that is worth something in the open market if Ashley sells down the road and a lot more than the £265M Ashley has so far invested in the club.

Rafa will have heard and found out all about the history of Mike Ashley at Newcastle and he is determined to be ultra-successful at the club.

As long as Mike keeps out of the way – he will be.

Ashley has been  the problem in the past, but Rafa is working hard to ensure that even the owner cannot interfere with his future success at Newcastle United.

🙂 🙂 🙂

That’s what it takes sometimes for a very successful and ambitious man like Rafa Benitez to continue to be successful in his career

Sounds good to us – in fact it sounds great to us.

Let’s rephrase that – it could be absolutely fantastic for Newcastle United.

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20 comments so far

  • magscar

    May 20, 2016 at 9:28 AM

    Comment #1

    magscar // May 20, 2016 at 9:26 AM

    Until Rafa signs ( after a budget agreed) all of alleged first signings are just that alleged. Even a free transfer requires a wage negotiation so all we have is press conjecture on his possible targets.

    I see no reason to doubt that he is working on identifying players to bring in and to keep but surely the budget will need to be agreed before anything concrete can happen.

    On Taylor – on a new wage and if he could be guaranteed fit for more than half season he might be worth another shot especially as he has experienced Championship . However his performance against Southampton is still very fresh in my mind (rather than the Spurs one where he was ok) but I will trust in Rafa’s judgement on this one and of course all others ?

  • YouCouldn'tMakeItUp

    May 20, 2016 at 9:38 AM

    Comment #3

    It’s almost like raffa has gone in to his office and said.. “Right, this is how your SUPPOSED to do it”

  • jimmysmith

    May 20, 2016 at 9:39 AM

    Comment #4

    Yes that’s right Sissoko is under contract, as is Wijnaldum. They would be part of a dominant side in the Championship, and would enjoy their football and play well. F@ck em, keep em whether they like it or not, and build a side around them that will do well when we come back. They owe us, we should be firm with them.

  • YouCouldn'tMakeItUp

    May 20, 2016 at 9:47 AM

    Comment #5


    Just to complete my side the sissoko thing…. Yes, if raffa wants him, we shouldn’t argue, as long as sissoko himself is willing to get his finger out in every game, especially as captain. If he is proffesional about it and gives is 85% of his games the way he played v spurs, then fine (everyone has a bad game now and then).

    To various

    I think either colo or taylor will stay for the sake of having championship experience. IF that is the case, id sway towards taylor, sonce he at least is not a coward

  • hibbitt

    May 20, 2016 at 9:49 AM

    Comment #6

    if Rafa’s got his head round staying which now seems very likely the to do list will be ready
    Rafa’s had 10 games with this squad he will know who he wants stay and who will go
    these name’s being thrown about by the press might be on Rafa’s list but then again might not

  • thereallowickmag

    May 20, 2016 at 9:49 AM

    Comment #7

    Does anyone trust this club? I keep getting a horrible feeling that the club keep releasing that a deal is close in the hope another club takes Rafa. Then they can say we tried our best but he ultimately went to a club in a higher league. Nothing would surprise me!!

  • Derek

    May 20, 2016 at 9:52 AM

    Comment #8

    It seems to be crunch time for Ashley, most crucial part of this Rafa saga is what he is going to offer to keep him. It goes one of two ways:

    1) Ashley gives Rafa a high spending budget and full control. He stays. Then we have a high chance of gaining promotion and moving forward with the club.

    2) Ashley offers Rafa a pathetic transfer budget because he wants to recoup what Charnley and Carr wasted in previous windows. This will be what could turn Rafa away and consider other offers with top clubs. Probably will result in Newcastle being a stuggling Championship team for years to come.

  • Mister Tuff

    May 20, 2016 at 9:55 AM

    Comment #9

    Magscar – guarenteeing Taylors’ fitness for more than half a season??????.
    An impossible concept surely – not just for him -any player.

  • jimmysmith

    May 20, 2016 at 9:55 AM

    Comment #10

    Coward. Could you be more dramatic, definitive and insulting about one of the more talented and long serving players we’ve ever had. You believe he was entirely feigning injury to avoid rolling his sleeves up and mucking in? I understand the irritation, but coward? C’mon.

  • jimmysmith

    May 20, 2016 at 10:05 AM

    Comment #11

    “How Benitez Is Painfully Negotiating His Future Success With Ashley”

    Because he knows Ashley isn’t to be trusted as far as you could throw a mattress up a spiral staircase.

    Actually that’s pretty good warning for all human relationships. Not just the ones with egoist billionaires.

  • Jail for Ashley

    May 20, 2016 at 10:06 AM

    Comment #12

    Are you on about Collo. Probably my least favourite regular of all time, openly wanting away, deliberate sendings off, don’t know how genuine his injuries are but wouldn’t surprise me if he feigned them at some stage. Jaanmatt, Sisdoko and Collo, cowards.

  • Jail for Ashley

    May 20, 2016 at 10:08 AM

    Comment #13

    Would be absolute madness to give Taylor a new deal. Real shame about him though, I thought he was going to be an England captain for years.

  • Jail for Ashley

    May 20, 2016 at 10:09 AM

    Comment #14

    They owe us big time

  • Jail for Ashley

    May 20, 2016 at 10:13 AM

    Comment #15

    Really looking forward to life in the Championship if he stays to be honest. See some good wins, the place will be absolutely buzzing as we tear up the place, it would be great if we took a record number of points as well. Mitro and Arma with 20 goals each will be great to see as well.

  • YouCouldn'tMakeItUp

    May 20, 2016 at 10:15 AM

    Comment #16


    I wont retract that. Imo colo has been cowardly for at least 2 and a half seasons.

  • SA Toon

    May 20, 2016 at 10:19 AM

    Comment #17

    Personally, I’d like to see Collo and Taylor both move on and Rafa securing one or two taller and experienced CBs. One of the reasons we’ve really struggled over the last few seasons is that we lack the physical presence to compete on set pieces in the box. Lascelles has already started making a difference in that area, but as things stand, if he’s unavailable we’re in trouble. Agger or Caulker would both give us that little bit extra. At this stage though, all I want to see is Rafa announcing that he has signed up for the next 3 years!

  • jimmysmith

    May 20, 2016 at 10:20 AM

    Comment #18

    It’s most unlikely any of those three are cowards. Which is about as insulting a term you could throw at anyone. Braver, tougher ok, but cowards, and from the anonymity of a keyboard. Choose your words better.

  • YouCouldn'tMakeItUp

    May 20, 2016 at 10:26 AM

    Comment #19


    Anonimity from who? Colo is not likely a visitor to this blog. You are being offended on his behalf, so our anonimity from YOU is the issue, isn’t it? Well, it a football blog and that is my football opinion. If I happened to bump into anyone from this blog, and was no longer anonimous, I would still express the same opinion, as i have to people who i DO see in the real world. Don’t try and use the “keyboard warrior” argument because we disagree. It simply does not apply

  • funlovingexpress

    May 20, 2016 at 11:49 AM

    Comment #20

    He will generate mostv of it himself once we are up. We won’t have much money at all the season after next.

    All it takes is one season in the PL and a ‘torres’ sold and jobs a good un.


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