The Work Benitez Has Completed As Nervous Fans Wait


Rafa Benitez is the classic workaholic, who is driven to be successful in his work, and as the agreements with Newcastle – given by owner Mike Ashley 10 days ago – have been drawn up at a snail’s pace – it seems that Rafa is wasting no time in getting down to real work.

So while Newcastle fans are rightly asking questions about why is this thing taking so long, once Rafa is announced as the new manager, we expect a number of announcements to come from Newcastle which should show the club is in pretty  decent shape for the pre-season.

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Rafa Benitez – getting through lots of work for Newcastle

Here’s some of the work that’s been reported to have been completed by Rafa:

  • Rafa and Lee Charnley have already drawn up pre-season plans with friendlies being played in Ireland and on the continent, but no long haul trips will take place like last summer.
    Rafa wants to concentrate on coaching and getting his idea through to the players.
    The payers will report back on June 28th as the Championship season is due to start on Saturday August 6th.
  • The manager has gone through a  list  of  players who are coming up for new contracts – and has made decisions on those – plus decisions on players who will be offered up for transfer and are surplus to requirements.
    That could be quite a long list.
  • Benitez has also looked at players like Adam Armstrong including video of the Newcastle players who have been away on loan and will return this summer,  including players like Sammy Ameobi and Haris Vuckic.
  • It could even be that Rafa has already made a signing – maybe he has already agreed to sign former Liverpool Daniel Agger as a free agent – Agger would be a great signing for us.
    We have also been linked with Fulham striker Ross McCormack and Bournemouth midfielder Lee Tomlin and Rafa wants to bring new signings in early, so he can work with them in pre-season.
  • There’s news also that Rafa has called a number of Championship managers, as he tries to get a handle on exactly what it will be like in the Championship.
    Hopefully he will build a bigger squad than we’ve had for many years with the extended schedule of 46 games in the Championship.
    We also hope to have a couple of good cup runs next season.

So those are some items of work Rafa has been engaged in since the season ended.

The latest from the Chronicle today is that the announcement could come tomorrow, but that it’s probably too early to be made today – but Rafa is due on Tyneside later this week.

Once it’s announced there will be a huge relief for Newcastle fans – and it will be accompanied by some celebrating that we now have a world-class coach at the club.

A very ambitious and hard-working manager who is obsessed with football – just like the Newcastle fans.

Now that is the perfect manager for Newcastle United.

It will be exciting to see how Rafa goes about  reshaping both the team and the club, starting this summer.

Signing Rafa will begin a whole new era at Newcastle United – one in  which we should be able to win a trophy or two …. or three.

Howay The Lads!!

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78 comments so far

  • Jail for Ashley

    May 25, 2016 at 9:54 AM

    Comment #1

    39Jail for Ashley // May 25, 2016 at 8:20 AM

    Joey Barton to Rangers, shame he couldn’t have buried the hatchet somewhere. He would have very useful in the Championship, his experience and knowledge of the teams we’ll be facing would be invaluable.

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  • YouCouldn'tMakeItUp

    May 25, 2016 at 10:00 AM

    Comment #2

    Ed

    Most of us ar NOT asking that question. We are only into the 10th day (not 14th) of negotiations, and there is likely lots to re arrange because of the division drop. Stop trying to create panic.

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  • Jail for Ashley

    May 25, 2016 at 10:03 AM

    Comment #3

    YM,
    I think he’s coming but I’m still getting a little bit nervous that they could screw it up over some piddling details like the bonus scheme or goal bonuses for players.

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  • Bobbybee

    May 25, 2016 at 10:03 AM

    Comment #4

    Which lends some support to my post – he’s managing the club. I can’t wait for the season to start – or just the pre season will do. 😉 We’re a ridiculous price to win the league already, so nobody will be making a killing this season off the bookies. I love the sat/tues/sat of the championship myself – even more so when we’re winning!

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  • shaun83

    May 25, 2016 at 10:05 AM

    Comment #5

    I don’t buy the length of time being purely paperwork though. It would just be additional or replacement of some contract schedules. Lawyers do work hard, through the night and weekends too if this needed doing. I’m not saying it’s not going to happen or even anything sinister, I’m just saying the lawyers could get it done in a couple of days.

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  • Jail for Ashley

    May 25, 2016 at 10:05 AM

    Comment #6

    I don’t think that these negotiations are a continuation of the original three year deal at all, we’re in a different league now, the battle lines will jave to be completely redrawn.

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  • YouCouldn'tMakeItUp

    May 25, 2016 at 10:07 AM

    Comment #7

    Jail

    Yeah, i suppose if ANYONE can fcuk it up at this stage, it’s NUFC. I still think it’s all still on target. Man u fans on the other hand are moaning because its been 2 whole days!

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  • Jib

    May 25, 2016 at 10:08 AM

    Comment #8

    Burnley are supposed to have offered Barton a new contract for their new PL season.
    It was Barton’s choice to go to Rangers , he obviously at the age of 33 fancies the more sedate pace of the SPL.

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  • BandB

    May 25, 2016 at 10:10 AM

    Comment #9

    jail

    He is still under contract while the new exigencies are negotiated.

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  • Bobbybee

    May 25, 2016 at 10:10 AM

    Comment #10

    If the three years go as well as we’re all hoping it will, there’s no reason that won’t be extended in the future. I can’t imagine Rafa will be just happy laying the foundations for success, rather he’ll want to see it through. That will probably start the following season, once we’re back up, so he might well want longer. We can but hope! 😉

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  • Ibizatoon

    May 25, 2016 at 10:11 AM

    Comment #11

    Jib…I read Barton was looking for more than a 1 year contract, which is all Burnley were offering him.

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  • Jail for Ashley

    May 25, 2016 at 10:12 AM

    Comment #12

    I suppose that’s Bartons last shot of joining a CL club. I lost a bit of respect for him when he said he’d only leave if a CL club came in for him and tgen was off like a shot when QPR offered him ridiculous money.

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  • Bobbybee

    May 25, 2016 at 10:14 AM

    Comment #13

    Jib, i believe he said that he prefers the idea of challenging for trophies with Rangers ahead of a relegation battle with Burnley. Fair enough really.

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  • giimps

    May 25, 2016 at 10:15 AM

    Comment #14

    Yeah Bobby,
    It’s an alien feeling ,going into a season with high hopes and actually having a good chance of reaching them……..but it’s the hope that kills you, maybe not next season, no more 14 game winless runs or being scared your manager is going to head butt an opposition player, no more having a manager who looks simple in the interviews ( smiling and smirking when we’ve just lost 5-1) no more having a manager sat with his head in his hands wishing the ground will swallow him up cos he knows he’s out of his depth……..instead, calmness personified ,tactical awareness, organisation and structure and that’s in 3 weeks, a 6 game unbeaten run and a team that looks like it knows what it’s doing, and here’s the kicker for me……a manager who talks to the players through the game, guiding and instructing………..that’s what a manager is, and we will have one, a great one who will have the players he wants, and who want to fight for us and him………if carlsberg did relegations

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  • Ron Knee

    May 25, 2016 at 10:16 AM

    Comment #15

    He’s coming to Tyneside later this week. Is there a reliable source for that?

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  • Jail for Ashley

    May 25, 2016 at 10:16 AM

    Comment #16

    My old samsung used to show a red line under typos like tge snd I jave msde a typi,

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  • YouCouldn'tMakeItUp

    May 25, 2016 at 10:16 AM

    Comment #17

    Jail

    But hadn’t Barton also fallen out with Mash? It changes things when you fall out with the owner. QPR were offering stupid money all over the place. Can’t believe they didn’t get thrashed by ffp.

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  • Jail for Ashley

    May 25, 2016 at 10:18 AM

    Comment #18

    You only get eight year deals if you throw cups and finish tenth with a minus GD. Anything more than that is disobedience and will see your squad stripped bare.

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  • BandB

    May 25, 2016 at 10:19 AM

    Comment #19

    What would you define as a reliable source Ron?

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  • YouCouldn'tMakeItUp

    May 25, 2016 at 10:20 AM

    Comment #20

    Giimps

    “If carlsberg did relegations”

    Well played! 😀

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  • Jail for Ashley

    May 25, 2016 at 10:21 AM

    Comment #21
  • Ron Knee

    May 25, 2016 at 10:23 AM

    Comment #22

    BandB

    Anything in the Chronic!!!

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  • YouCouldn'tMakeItUp

    May 25, 2016 at 10:25 AM

    Comment #23

    Jail

    I do remember that. I still wonder whether he was given no choice. I wouldn’t have put it past the powers that be to freeze him out if he didnt leave.

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  • Bobbybee

    May 25, 2016 at 10:27 AM

    Comment #24

    Giimps, it’s like i said the other week, what’s the worse that can happen? I’ll be sat in the same old seat, surrounded by the same faces, watching the lads in B&W and screaming my head off. The difference is we’ll be winning more than losing and more games to enjoy. After a few seasons of struggling, i can live with that. I think we will bounce back and the players we retain will be better for it. I’m far from happy with being relegated, but past experience tells me I’ll get over it.

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  • Jail for Ashley

    May 25, 2016 at 10:28 AM

    Comment #25

    We might not win anything with Rafa but at least we have hope, something we have not had much of for the first couple of years of Ashleys reign and none at all for the last four years when it actually became official club policy that success wasn’t a part of the plan. The only bit of truth we’ve had out of them.

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  • Jib

    May 25, 2016 at 10:28 AM

    Comment #26

    Ron
    Ed checked with National Express he’s booked on Fridays 9am 580 Lpool to Ncle (stopping at Leeds Bus Station – right next to the market – great curry and chips £3)

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  • martoon

    May 25, 2016 at 10:29 AM

    Comment #27

    As there have been no sightings of Rafa recently I’m actually wondering if he has taken a small holiday (everybody is entitled to one) before he starts – hence the reason for the delay in the official announcement.
    I should stress this is just a my own theory I don’t have any basis for it.

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  • Jib

    May 25, 2016 at 10:33 AM

    Comment #28

    Martoon
    I’m in Spain at the mo’
    I haven’t seen him here !
    🙁

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  • Jail for Ashley

    May 25, 2016 at 10:34 AM

    Comment #29

    martoon,
    Churnley deserves his holiday in a gulag.

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  • martoon

    May 25, 2016 at 10:34 AM

    Comment #30

    Bobbybee @24 – I said the other day that in a perverse way I’m actually looking forward to next season if Rafa stays. Different teams to play, more home games to attend, more games on TV and hopefully more wins 🙂

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  • Jail for Ashley

    May 25, 2016 at 10:36 AM

    Comment #31

    Jib,
    He doesn’t play bingo, watch second rate Elvis impersonaters or enjoy €1 pints in the afternoon, that’s maybe why you haven’t seen him!

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  • Jail for Ashley

    May 25, 2016 at 10:39 AM

    Comment #32

    martoon,
    I don’t think you’re alone there mate. I said before that I think the majority of fans would prefer to watch us in the Championship than labour on with McCardew having us safe by March and convenient cup exits. We’ll see some big wins next year with a new sense of hope.

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  • Ron Knee

    May 25, 2016 at 10:39 AM

    Comment #33

    It’s Gouffran’s birthday today. What would be a suitable present for one of our ‘star’ players?

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  • martoon

    May 25, 2016 at 10:39 AM

    Comment #34

    Jail @29 – I had to Google that word – Lol 🙂

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  • lesh

    May 25, 2016 at 10:43 AM

    Comment #35

    Shaun

    You’re right in that legals can sort things quicklyish when the urgency’s there. Where there’s a will etc.

    So, let’s hope it’s not a case of somebody such as Charnley dithering or trying to be too clever. Maybe Charnley hasn’t got the guts to bite the bullet and be rid of Carr? But in saying that, there’s no reason why that should delay Rafa’s signing. A good MD would be able to deal with that.

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  • Jail for Ashley

    May 25, 2016 at 10:45 AM

    Comment #36

    Ron Knee,
    I think Gouffran was bought in an emergency and is not good enough for the PL I don’t think you could knock his effort though just his ability. It’s ironic that one of my least favourite players of all time, Obretoron, could have been good in the Championship and should have been offered a one year deal, although having his sulki g ugly mug round the place didn’t help moral.

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  • Ron Knee

    May 25, 2016 at 10:53 AM

    Comment #37

    Jail

    Re Obertan. You still need some basic skills, even in the Championship!

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  • Hail Wor Ashley

    May 25, 2016 at 10:54 AM

    Comment #38

    Gouffran, like many of our signings, was good for 6 months and was played LW and occasionally as a ST, usually switching there during a match. To think he was once regarded a snip and had people affectionately calling him Gouffran-ran-ran and similar nicknames due to his work ethic. 6-12 months to become jaded seems the norm for NUFC recruits, hopefully Rafa changes that.

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  • Jail for Ashley

    May 25, 2016 at 10:57 AM

    Comment #39

    Ron Knee,
    You’re right, what was I thinking, his dribbling and crossing skills might be ok at schoolboy level.

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  • Hail Wor Ashley

    May 25, 2016 at 10:57 AM

    Comment #40

    Seeing a lot of NUFC fans softening to the idea of keeping the likes of Gini and Sissoko in recent days, now the embers of the season are going out.

    Really hope they’re both sold, along with Krul, Colo, Saylor, Janmaat, Cisse, Gouffran and Riviere at the very least.

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