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13th Day Of Negotiations With Benitez – So What’s Going On?

8:56 am, Tuesday, May 24th, 2016 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 6 Comments

The fact that Rafa Benitez was thinking of staying on at Newcastle was conveniently reported on Thursday morning 12th May, after we had been relegated the previous evening when Sunderland easily beat Everton 3-0 at home, to secure their safety in the Premier League.

And the negotiations have dragged on ever since then and the possibility of Rafa Benitez staying with us has captured the imagination of Newcastle fans everywhere that a great era may be on the horizon for the club.

And of course, no communication from the club about what’s happening – but that’s par for the course – and they have conveniently kept leaking positive news off and on over the past couple of weeks.

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Lee Charnley

It’s been a long 12 years since Sir Bobby Robson was sacked and he was the last manager to have Newcastle competing in the Champions League – and he did that twice in his five years managing the club..

What the long drawn-out negotiations have also achieved quite successfully is to mute the rage and dissatisfaction of relegation with those who run Newcastle.

The club spent £80M on players and we were the second highest spending club in the Premier League, yet those in charge have been so inept and incompetent that we still have been relegated.

Just imagine what things would have been like over the last two weeks if we had no manager and Lee Charnley was looking around to appoint his third manager (head coach) in the last eighteen months.

Heaven knows what kinds of managers he would be looking at.

So the efforts to sign Rafa long-term have been a distraction for the fans and that has served a purpose.

Lee’s choice of John Carver followed by Steve McClaren were simply horrendous and monumental errors of judgement.

Steve McClaren in particular was a terrible choice after he had been fired by Derby County and only this week has been turned down by Rotherham, who finished 4th bottom of the Championship last season.

At the next Fans Forum meeting Lee Charnley – if he attends and if he doesn’t cancel the meeting – needs to explain that stupid decision and why he thought that Steve would be the “perfect coach for Newcastle.”

What’s the chances of Lee refusing to talk about the relegation and saying something like – “we made mistakes – we have learned from those mistakes and signed Rafa Benitez and want to move on and don’t want to dwell on the past.”

Signing Rafa Benitez is a get out of jail card for those who ran the club last season – and they know it.

But there is such a thing as accountability,but maybe not at Newcastle.

So to a growing number of Newcastle fans it seems odd that negotiation to sign a manager should last this long – 13 days and counting – with the latest news being that Rafa will be signed before the end of this week.

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Rafa Benitez

Rafa Benitez a week last Friday said it could take two weeks at a maximum – so it’s taking the maximum amount of time – but remember the negotiations had already started by then.

The trust is so low in Newcastle at the moment that we wouldn’t be surprised by anything by those  running the club.

And with Rafa wanting everything written down in a detailed legal document, which we are told is what’s taking the time, it’s also obvious he has little trust in the hierarchy at Newcastle United.

Before he signs on at the club he wants all the agreements down in black and white – so to speak.

Comments welcome.



Tags: Contracts · Management · Newcastle News · Other News · Premier League




6 responses so far ↓

  • 1 G // May 24, 2016 at 9:06 AM

    At least the talks are happening, thats progress in itself

  • 2 martoon // May 24, 2016 at 9:07 AM

    I wonder how long it will take Man U. to sort out Jose’s contract?

  • 3 lesh // May 24, 2016 at 9:08 AM

    Ed’s new thread appeared when I was saying something similar on the previous thread.

    Great minds? No, just an indication that fans are becoming a tad nervous…. and cynical – again!

    Has Charnley learned anything? Is he capable of learning anything? Seemingly not.

  • 4 G // May 24, 2016 at 9:08 AM

    @2, if you believe the press mate it was done and dusted in December!

  • 5 robertsleftfoot // May 24, 2016 at 9:15 AM

    The hold up appears a bad sign to me. Rafa seemed happy to sign if all issues were resolved and changes agreed and made.

    The fact that nothing has changed from the first day we got relegated suggests to me that there is at least one sticking point and I would be guessing as always with Newcastle it is money money money.

    Ashley wants the top manager but his price is too high. Not in wages but in investment in the squad, investment in the coaching and scouting staff and investment in the training ground.

    This is a lot to ask of an owner who has only just started putting his money in his pocket when we were in he premier league. Asking us to have all these new medical staff and scouts and upgrade the training facilities on a championship budget would appear a step too far.

    Benetiz to pull out of negotiations by the end of the week and then the saga to start again on picking someone to fit into the current model.

  • 6 BeeGuy // May 24, 2016 at 11:24 AM

    Rafa may just be getting a taste of the General Managers role while he waits an offer from some other club. It’s a win-win, NUFC get some good advice for a change, and Rafa sees how the other side of the table feels. Nice if he stays on, but don’t count on it.




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