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This Is The Enormous Control Rafa Will Be Given At Newcastle

9:35 am, Monday, May 23rd, 2016 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 12 Comments

The mini soap opera that has gone on for five weeks since we found out we were relegated a week last Wednesday night when Sunderland beat Everton 3-0 at home will finally come to an end in a few days time.

Well it seems as if it’s been five weeks, with the local press keep pointing out that a Premier League club could come in at any time and whisk the 56 year-old away and he would be lost to Newcastle – but we wonder how likely that  was to ever happen?

But it did keep the Geordie fans on tenterhooks, but what we often forget is this is also a massive opportunity in the career of Rafa Benitez.

rafa benitez arrives at st james pk

Rafa Benitez – the confident Newcastle United manager

And it seems the club now couldn’t be more willing to give Rafa the immense control he will get at Newcastle.

At what other club would he be given the wall to wall control he has been given willingly at Newcastle United, after it appears finally – after nine very painful years –  those running the club have seen the light – that they really haven’t got a clue of how to run a football club.

The fact they were responsible for our relegation and that it was completely self-inflicted and unnecessary, has nevertheless magically created the conditions that have allowed a world-class manager to be willing to join Newcastle United on a long term basis.

Rafa Benitez will be announced as the new manager for three years sometime this week – the earlier the better as far as Newcastle fans are concerned – get the anxiety over with.

From what we can figure out – this is the control he will be given and the agreements that have been reached:

  1. Full control of all transfers into and out of the club
  2. Significant transfer funds to enable the building of a very good squad quickly
  3. A complete overhaul of the Youth Academy
  4. Significant upgrading of the Benton Training Facilities
  5. Control of the medical department
  6. Control of all scouting and recruitment activities
  7. Agreement that Newcastle will keep the vast majority of their squad this summer

There seems a willingness on both sides to work together for the good of the club and Rafa wants to get Newcastle back up to the Premier League this coming season and then start to win trophies at Newcastle.

Hopefully that will be for many years to come.

And for Newcastle fans everywhere a definition of trophy may be in order.

That’s since we haven’t won one of those since way back in 1969, when men hadn’t even walked on the moon for heavens sake – and personal computers were science fiction and still 10 years away:

“A cup or other decorative object awarded as a prize for a victory or success.”

Yes – I remember something about that.

It was when Bob Moncur was the captain and Joe Harvey was the manager – I think I was even at the game at St. James’ Park – but it was such a long time ago ……


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Comments welcome.

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

12 responses so far ↓

  • 1 YouCouldn'tMakeItUp // May 23, 2016 at 9:38 AM

    It has been 1 week. Nothing was going to be discussed until after the last game, and rightly so. I can imagine there has been lots to sort out with the change of division, so if he signs tomorow, 1 week and 1 day is acceptable imo, and still certainly no reason to panic.

  • 2 BandB // May 23, 2016 at 9:48 AM

    Lee Ryder is suggesting this morning that the future role of Graham Carr needs to be “thrashed out.”
    We have just been relegated to a lower division and face a true fork in the road.
    If the future of a 71 year-old man who offered to resign last season is a serious impediment to these negotiations as Ryder hints, then maybe there IS cause to panic.
    I am hoping however, that it is just the Ryder has as much insight as a pint pot.

  • 3 Slank // May 23, 2016 at 9:49 AM


    Jail @ 5

    If he comes (as its all hyped up speculation at the moment) I would imagine he would want:

    1. His own people in all key training positions with one or two exceptions (Cathro and possibly Beardsley but why the latter I’m not too sure).

    2. His own people on the medical side to what extent and in which positions I don’t know.

    3. His own people for the selection and general scouting of new players.

    4. His control of over which players arrives and which players leaves.

    5. A written commitment on funds available for transfers on the foreseeable future (how far in the future will probably depend on how well he does and / or meets the clubs objectives which I’m sure will be written into his contract).

    6. A commitment to bring the training facilities up to standard as defined by himself.

    Everything else I would imagine will be handled by Charnley. I think the jury might be out on whether the ‘Board’ remains in its current form. I don’t see Ashley getting involved in the day to day running of the club. That’s down to Charnley and Benetez.

  • 4 shaun83 // May 23, 2016 at 9:55 AM

    Reality is no-one has a clue what has been asked for, its all supposition. The chronicle have no clue; hedging their bets on when it’s going to happen every 5 mins now putting the odd potential stumbling block in.

  • 5 Tsunki // May 23, 2016 at 9:55 AM

    Slank – I think Munster made a valid point about Rafa demanding transfer funds based on percentage of earnings of the business. This might be as much a sticking point for Ashley as the loss of a friendly board member, seeing as NUFC has been his trusty merchandising mule for SD.

  • 6 Slank // May 23, 2016 at 9:57 AM

    Jail @ 5

    I almost forgot.

    He will want the dust and dirt in Trophy Room and Cabinet removed and generally cleaned up as it hasn’t been used for so long even the security guards possibly don’t know where it is located in the stadium !

  • 7 The overrated Frenchman // May 23, 2016 at 10:05 AM

    BandB- I just made a comment on the previous thread that Carr and Charnley, demonstrably the architects of our relegation, should have been first out the door. To think that Charnley remains in situ is beyond belief, and if Carr isn’t given the elbow one has to wonder exactly what is going on – “who is up who, and who is paying the rent” – as the old expression goes.

  • 8 Yo-yo // May 23, 2016 at 10:05 AM


    All your points make good sense.

    Rafa approved appointments to the club then become ‘our’ people as they’re working for the Toon. Better quality people working for the Toon has got to be a good thing all round. I do trust Rafa here, though he is not the Messiah, he’s a very… etc.,

    If he wants oversight over HR then it means he is concerned that like minded and committed staff work for the club with quality CVs. That is probably a good thing given the track record of the club in recent years.
    Hope the tea lady is a real Super Gran, or Super Grandpa

    I hope he keeps Cathro and recognises his potential. Not sure about Beardo – maybe better as club ambassador.

    The narrowness of our player recruitment under Carr showed when we missed out on the chance to sign some quality players because of the policy and bias towards France. (I was annoyed we didn’t go for Van Dijk) might be broken as Rafa surely has miles better contacts worldwide across a lot of leagues so it’s a good thing.

    I feel very sad for the current employees who will lose their jobs trough relegation mind.

  • 9 Rotonda heights // May 23, 2016 at 10:06 AM

    Band B

    I heard that Carr was indignant, despite his appalling record in the last 2 years, that he would cede power.

    Carr is 71 and obviously has diminishing abilities and his and the club’s best interests would be best served by him walking away with a modicum of dignity.

    For those saying Carr only got his 4/5th choices, I would counter that 12M on Cabella and 14M on Thauvin as just 2 examples give the lie to that.

    I think Ed may have got a bit ahead of himself as that agenda comes over more as a personal wish list rather than anything based in fact.

    1) ? I hope.
    2) I suspect only if some ”purples” are moved on and didn’t Ash say the cupboard was now bare.
    3) Does this mean the end of Beardo and Watson?
    4) That has been mooted for a while but wasn’t done when we had PL money and status
    5) Has this been guaranteed?
    6) Has this been guaranteed?
    7) Re – point 2.

  • 10 YouCouldn'tMakeItUp // May 23, 2016 at 10:16 AM


    Ryder is a typical sensationalist journo. One of the first things we heard when rafa supposedly said he would stay, was that carr was going. Ryder is trying to drum up some interest, and doesn’t seem to care if it is nagative interest. This is why I hate the media.

  • 11 Vask // May 23, 2016 at 1:18 PM

    Yeah Ed, you said!

  • 12 isleofmanman // May 23, 2016 at 4:13 PM

    Will he stay???

    There’s been so much press bollocks I’ve given up speculating

    The only certainty is that Charnley must be shown the door on the same day any new manager is appointed

    I pointed out months ago that his salary put him in the Premier’s bottom three CEO’s. Last time I looked the bottom three teams also get relegated. Its not rocket science

    This man is a twat for not having already resigned. Any man with honour and integrity would have walked

    Says it all…

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