Rafa’s Power At Newcastle Knows Few Bounds – Here’s Why

It’s interesting there is news today that Rafa will not have to sell Jamaal Lascelles in January, because the finances at Newcastle are in good shape – and therefore MIke Ashley has reportedly told Rafa he doesn’t have to sell one of his best players and his captain in January.

But Rafa would not have signed on at Newcastle if he was subject to that kind of autocratic control from the owner.

Rafa was given complete control of all football matters at the club and that includes who will be sold at the club.


Rafa Benitez and Lee Charnley – the two men running the club

So for the manager to be told that he must sell Jamaal Lascelles – who Chelsea apparently want in the summer – is the old way Newcastle did business and Rafa did not sign up for that.

Rafa is the one who decides which players are sold and when they are sold and which players are brought into the club.

Of course the finances have to support that, so if we do run short of money there will be  a conversation with Managing Director Lee Charnley on how the club (think Rafa and Lee) will solve that problem.

It helps that Rafa is a good businessman himself and seems to work very well with Lee – they will solve that problem together.

But the likelihood is that if Newcastle can get promoted this season we will become a very rich club, especially if Rafa continues to put out such a good team that gets results and plays good football.

The 14 wins in 16 games current streak is the best record since Kevin Keegan was manager back in the 1990s and we know all about how entertaining and thrilling that team was.

We don’t think Mike Ashley will interfere with Rafa running the club, because for one thing it’s all written down in his contract as to the powers that Rafa was given by the owner.

If the owner does interfere then Rafa could even walk out – heaven forbid – and Mike Ashley isn’t that daft.

That’s old Newcastle when money was king and we seemed more worried about our bank account than how good the the team was on the field.

The Newcastle squad and the players are now king at Newcastle, which is the way it should be for any well run and successful football club.

We think owner Mike Ashley has finally realized that – and it was probably during the negotiations to get Rafa to stay on Tyneside and win some trophies for Newcastle – that the penny probably dropped.

What do you think?

Comments welcome.

10 comments so far

  • Lee Charnley Bunga Party

    Nov 2, 2016 at 8:34 AM

    Comment #1

    On the subject of getting a young up and coming manager its very difficult to pick the right one for every Pochettino, Eddie Howe, Simeone and Koeman there are plenty of failures!!

    Remi Garde and Sherwood – failed at Villa
    Viera – Not exactly doing amazing in USA
    De Boer – Sacked at Inter after spending a fortune
    Garry Monk – Not doing well
    Rodgers – Exiled to Celtic to revive his career

    That is some of the examples I can think of at the moment I would have been up for getting De Boer at one point but its looking like he cant handle the big club expectation and Newcastle have big club expectations without the success

    Benitez knows how to manage bigger clubs than us and deliver trophies if he is backed by our board properly then there is no reason why he wont deliver!! It will become a problem if he isn’t backed which is usually when it goes south for him at other clubs !


    Nov 2, 2016 at 8:40 AM

    Comment #2

    No one knows what’s in Rafas contract we are just assuming it’s the keys to the castle

    Time will tell

  • Mag52

    Nov 2, 2016 at 8:45 AM

    Comment #3

    The worry there Ed is that Ashley felt it necessary to tell Rafa that he won’t have to sell anyone in January, suggesting that he is still, to some extent anyway, calling the shots.

  • mindshaft

    Nov 2, 2016 at 8:51 AM

    Comment #4

    It’s all assumptions, unlikely Ed has managed to have a look at Rafas contract or that Cashley and him have that good a relationship that he’s phoning him up for inside info.
    We have a 30 million transfer surplus from last window , we’ll get a ton on cash if we get promoted do we assume rafa can just go out and spend it … time will tell
    I’m just enjoying the now, you never know how long it will last at toon…. usually not that long

  • TyneMouth

    Nov 2, 2016 at 8:56 AM

    Comment #5

    Anxious times ahead for the ‘ammers, perhaps…

    London Stadium: Sadiq Khan orders investigation over rising costs – http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/football/37842354

  • Lindisfarne

    Nov 2, 2016 at 9:00 AM

    Comment #6


    Haha! I do not have the ability or will to look through the records, but there was a major poster on here that wanted Moyes. Perhaps it was Welshgeordie?
    I apologised for my mistake at the time of writing and I am not about to offer 999 more, I am sure you will recover.

  • scout

    Nov 2, 2016 at 9:07 AM

    Comment #7

    Monk not doing well? Under those conditions he’s flying

  • Rotonda heights

    Nov 2, 2016 at 9:08 AM

    Comment #8


    That’s a very good point. I’m surprised at the failings in that group you mention, especially De Boer.

    Mind you, even dead certs like Mourinho seem to be on the slide now.

  • Sav

    Nov 2, 2016 at 10:01 AM

    Comment #9

    Still, Rafa and MA must have had a conversation about money and how much of it is available at this point and again in the summer. If the extra money were available to Rafa, I’d have thought 18 million was a decent price for Lascelles. But maybe the manager does not see him so easily replaced? However, Clark has shown there are good lads out there for a lot less than 18 million. Actually, I’m looking forward to seeing Clark and Mbemba in the team.

  • TheBoss

    Nov 2, 2016 at 1:19 PM

    Comment #10

    As good as Jamal has been this season I simply can’t see Chelsea going after him. I would think they will go after a player we could of bought years ago Vigil van Dyke from Southampton , he looks a class apart to anything in Premier at the moment.. If John Stones was worth £50 Mill , van Dyke should be about £75 Mill . Everton pulled off their own con this year by getting that type of money for Stones, sorry but the boy is crap..


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