Rafa Could Keep All The Top Stars At Newcastle


Rafa Benitez could make it very tough for some of our top stars to leave Newcastle this summer,  if Rafa wants them to stay to form the foundation of the new side he is building at the club.

That’s the news in the Chronicle today and it does seem as though Newcastle are not too short of cash and can adequately survive for one season down below.

There are a number of players who may want to leave the club this summer and they include the likes of  Moussa Sissoko , Gini Wijnaldum , Cheick Tiote, Daryl Janmaat, Papiss Cisse and Andros Townsend.

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Rafa Benitez – can get tough when he needs to

But if Rafa sees these players as those he would want in a year’s time, when hopefully we are back in the Premier League, then why let them leave in the first place?

Benitez has well known abilities of convincing players what’s good for them.

Some players will be allowed to leave – but only those who the world-class manager thinks are expendable and there are enough of them.

But for some of our top players it may mean staying at Newcastle in the second division for one season.

They certainly will not miss out financially, with the players all staying on the wages they got last season and that would mean Rafa would have had them for another year as he gets his methods through to the squad.

Rafa wants to start immediately to build a top class squad for the future at Newcastle and that’s for more than just gaining promotion next May.

Rafa also has every legal right to demand that players respect their contracts at the club, but it will only be a few players at most he may have to persuade to stay.

Rafa has previously made it clear he would want most of the squad to stay if he took over:

“The idea is that the majority of the players they would stay.”

“It depends. Maybe we will receive a massive offer for a player we have to consider, but the players know at the moment they have to stay.”

“Then the club will decide little by little on each individual.”

From what we heard from the likes of Andros Townsend and even Daryl Janmaat it may not take a lot of persuading for them to stay at the club – now that Rafa is the manager for at least the next three years.

Most of the players just loved being coached by Rafa and there may not be too much resistance to staying if  Rafa wants a player to stay – the players should take that as a compliment.

The likelihood is that for season 2017-2018 Newcastle could be pushing for a top six spot in the Premier League – and we could even have a good chance of long runs in the cup competitions starting this season.

Everything changes with Rafa Benitez running Newcastle.

Howay The Lads!!

Comments welcome.


80 comments so far

  • BandB

    May 25, 2016 at 3:39 PM

    Comment #1

    I once got a smack for doing that 🙁

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  • Tsunki

    May 25, 2016 at 3:40 PM

    Comment #2

    Mark I am open source I just crave acknowledgement. However I do accept donations for further research purposes, especially in the field of Doom Merchandising which I am also interested in, although I can’t see any future in it frankly.

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  • Back Door Man

    May 25, 2016 at 3:41 PM

    Comment #3

    What time is this ‘OFFICIAL’ announcement meant to take place?

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  • Tsunki

    May 25, 2016 at 3:41 PM

    Comment #4

    You get worse for following up by jamming those digits up your nose, BandB. it’s a tough life for a three year old.

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  • hibbitt

    May 25, 2016 at 3:42 PM

    Comment #5

    Its not just Rafa it’s the quality of staff / coaches he will bring in
    hoping for improvements in all areas right across the club

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  • clinath@ed

    May 25, 2016 at 3:42 PM

    Comment #6

    Repost:

    it was last week sometime Lil…..the possible clash of personalities/egos between Rafa and Ashley is my only concern, as the only victims would be us fans.
    But that’s for another day, I’m just enjoying the GOOD news while it lasts….

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  • Tsunki

    May 25, 2016 at 3:43 PM

    Comment #7

    Shall I start us off, Ed?

    Ah one an ah two…

    All the Stars are coming out tonight
    They’re lighting up the sky tonight
    For yooooo
    For yoooo- oooooooo!!!

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  • bettyswallocks

    May 25, 2016 at 3:43 PM

    Comment #8

    Tsunki……. You must try it. It’s almost green in colour from the Appley, fruity content and yet retains a dry crisp quality. Not at all too sweet.

    I’d be interested to hear what you think.

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  • Lilongwe Geordie

    May 25, 2016 at 3:44 PM

    Comment #9

    I’d still expect Sissoko and Janmaat to go. Both have talked of Champions league, and regardless of Rafa I think will not want a year in the championship. I think they can be replaced with more consistently effective performers anyway, so wouldn’t be too worried.

    Gini may stay, he may not get offers that he feels he could achieve had he performed consistently, and prefer to continue here in an effort to impress. Townsend I think will give us a year to go up. He is enjoying his football here, and probably played the best 6 months of his career here. He didn’t fit at Spurs, and I doubt he would risk going somewhere he doesn’t again when his expectation will be it is just a 1 year stint.

    Cisse and Tiote will depend on whether the offers come in, if they do I’d anticipate both being away, although I would happily keep Tiote around.

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  • bettyswallocks

    May 25, 2016 at 3:44 PM

    Comment #10

    BandB………I only do it whilst on holiday.

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  • Lilongwe Geordie

    May 25, 2016 at 3:45 PM

    Comment #11

    Clinath,
    Yeah, regardless this is still a step in the right direction for the club, and one most are rightly optimistic about.

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  • clinath@ed

    May 25, 2016 at 3:48 PM

    Comment #12

    who comes or goes (more importantly?) may be decided by the balance books more than footballing ability.
    Now, is that an admin decision or a footballing one?

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  • BandB

    May 25, 2016 at 3:51 PM

    Comment #13

    Will Ashley show up?
    Relaunch?
    Could be a good move.

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  • No Defence

    May 25, 2016 at 3:52 PM

    Comment #14

    Townsend is the only one of those I wouldn’t want to lose, even if it means letting him go out on loan for the first part of the season.

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  • YouCouldn'tMakeItUp

    May 25, 2016 at 3:53 PM

    Comment #15

    Tsunki

    In which case i will have the scare-burger with fries, and some frightnuggets to go, please.

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  • YouCouldn'tMakeItUp

    May 25, 2016 at 3:56 PM

    Comment #16

    I think we could probably manage one season with the “stars” on current wages, and if/when we are promoted, we would be fine to carry on. There is no reason, if rafa can motivate them, that our big ego players couldn’t tear up this league.

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  • Lilongwe Geordie

    May 25, 2016 at 3:58 PM

    Comment #17

    BandB,
    Yeah, call it a fresh start, admit he has got a lot wrong, but hopefully under Rafa’s guidance the club can begin to rebuild its faltering/fallen reputation and push forward to a new era of hope.

    Doubt he will, but would make a lot of sense. Although, they probably also feel that Charnley needs as much of the fresh start, if he is to stay, so he could be wheeled out for that role.

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  • YouCouldn'tMakeItUp

    May 25, 2016 at 3:59 PM

    Comment #18

    Lilongwe

    Yeah i agree on keeping tiote around, if he wants to stay. I was pleased to see some of his old self in those last few games. Cisse, not so much. Pack him off to china or the middle east. I dont think he has the heart for the championship.

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  • hibbitt

    May 25, 2016 at 4:00 PM

    Comment #19

    YouCouldn’tMakeItUp

    which stars are they ??

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  • Lilongwe Geordie

    May 25, 2016 at 4:00 PM

    Comment #20

    YCMIU,
    I disagree, I think the club would be better for a spring clean of squad and staff.

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  • BandB

    May 25, 2016 at 4:02 PM

    Comment #21

    Lil,

    They probably need to put someone from the club in front of the cameras besides Rafa, but they have no-one.
    Charnley doesn’t even go in front of the mirror.

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  • Tsunki

    May 25, 2016 at 4:02 PM

    Comment #22

    Lee got all the frightnuggets fitted into his pants but I’ll keep an eye out for any more that might turn up.

    Betty actually I will try that and let you know.

    BandB interesting theory. Will Rafa emerge with a tubby arm round his shoulder as the portly owner announces his pride in the ‘new direction’ he has taken in the Grand NUFC Luck-Production sponsored by SD? Would make a good video.

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  • Lilongwe Geordie

    May 25, 2016 at 4:03 PM

    Comment #23

    YCMIU,
    Disagreeing with 16, not your Tiote and Cisse post. I think our only stars are mainly stars in their own head, none could really hold their hand up and say they have performed like a star this season, or for large parts of last (and the one before etc).

    I think the attitude that some carry with them helped bring down an a squad already low on morale. I don’t doubt that all could perform very well in the Championship, I’d rather build a new side though, then have a team that is just fuelling there egos before they next decide to speak out about wanting a move.

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  • Belfast

    May 25, 2016 at 4:04 PM

    Comment #24

    Top stars ??? Hmmmmmm ok.

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  • Lilongwe Geordie

    May 25, 2016 at 4:05 PM

    Comment #25

    BandB,
    It could well be Bishop that fronts up if Charnley doesn’t, but just as likely Wendy will be sent out, or Lee…

    Someone needs to though, but then the club haven’t often done things that would be considered general best practice over the years.

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  • Tsunki

    May 25, 2016 at 4:05 PM

    Comment #26

    Bobby Moncur could but his bemused look and lack of follow up info might compromise him.

    Charnley would probably get the benefit of a couple of free range eggs.

    I think it might be Ashley (father figure) and Rafa, with Charnley hovering just behind to soak up some of the credibility without drawing jeers.

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  • BandB

    May 25, 2016 at 4:07 PM

    Comment #27

    Lil

    I’ve never seen Charnley do a live interview. This would be one big deep end to chuck him into.

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  • Belfast

    May 25, 2016 at 4:08 PM

    Comment #28

    Same here no defence. The rest of them can ferk off.

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  • Tsunki

    May 25, 2016 at 4:08 PM

    Comment #29

    Mr “whohellhe” Bishop? They’d spend most of the presser asking who he was and why he was there. And where’s those other chaps? Like The Horse and Cart guy, the one off “You’ve been Framed”? Where’s he?

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  • YouCouldn'tMakeItUp

    May 25, 2016 at 4:09 PM

    Comment #30

    Lilongwe

    Yeah, i agree that those egos certainly helpped bring us down. I was just working on the basis that rafa is the type of manager that they might want to play for. I do expect to see most of them go. Sissoko has wanted away for a few seasons.

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  • hibbitt

    May 25, 2016 at 4:10 PM

    Comment #31

    is it going to be a news conference or just a announcement anyone know

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  • Lilongwe Geordie

    May 25, 2016 at 4:11 PM

    Comment #32

    BandB,
    I can’t think who I’ve seen do a live interview at the club (at least one that wasn’t pre scripted by a PR ‘guru’ who represents both parties).

    Will it be preferred media partners only again, in which case it makes it easier for them to do a ‘live’ interview whilst Bishop mouths the words to whomever from behind the camera.

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  • BandB

    May 25, 2016 at 4:12 PM

    Comment #33

    hibbitt

    No-one would say. Even the time is strictly embargoed.

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  • hibbitt

    May 25, 2016 at 4:13 PM

    Comment #34

    YouCouldn’tMakeItUp

    sissoko has want away from the day after the day he arrived

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  • GeordieTwo

    May 25, 2016 at 4:15 PM

    Comment #35

    I’m not sure things will go exactly the way Rafa wants as far as huge offers coming in for our players is concerned. I’ve got on good authority that Burnley has offered us a bag of taco chips for Cisse……

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  • Hail Wor Ashley

    May 25, 2016 at 4:16 PM

    Comment #36

    Mitrovic just scored for Serbia.

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  • lesh

    May 25, 2016 at 4:16 PM

    Comment #37

    Must say I’m disappointed in Rafa – if the photos were actually taken today.

    If he really wants the job, you’d think he’d have put a tie on for his interview!

    Has his continued employment been officially announced yet?

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  • GeordieTwo

    May 25, 2016 at 4:17 PM

    Comment #38

    And Saylor is wanted overseas as a postal clerk in Greece. The wage isn’t too good and we would only get a small container of hummus in return.

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  • GeordieTwo

    May 25, 2016 at 4:19 PM

    Comment #39

    So it’s taco chips and hummus so far then. I don’t even think they go together well…… and two players gone. Was that what Ashley had in mind?

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  • lesh

    May 25, 2016 at 4:21 PM

    Comment #40

    Lilongwe

    One would hope that the hairbrained Preferred Media Partners idea’s been dumped along with the idea of the purples and others making up the squad.

    A big media presentation could well be on the cards thus letting the world at large that Ashley really means business

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