Report Tries To Clarify Situation With Rafa And Transfers


The Chronicle are reporting this afternoon that Newcastle manager Rafa Benitez is still thought to have full control of all football matters at the club.

This follows a report in the Sunday People today from head sports writer Neil Moxley that Mike Ashley was disappointed with Newcastle’s transfers recently and wanted to get back to the old way of signing players under 26 – so they have sell-on value.

They also reported that Ashley was keen to get Graham Carr contributing more to the players coming in.

Mike Ashley – at the game yesterday

Presumably the Chronicle reporters have contacted some folks inside the club to get to the bottom of the situation.

The Chronicle report says the club are still keen to follow the policy of the last eight years of bringing in young players who can then be coached at Newcastle through (hopefully) to the first team.

But that’s a lot different to bringing in players under 26 and it’s a youth policy we have had for a while.

But Newcastle have not been successful with it since it was introduced by then Chairman Chris Mort in January of 2008, shortly after Ashley bought the club.

The Chronicle report is that Newcastle will bring in a couple of youngsters for the U18 or U23 side before the end of this month and they will be two for the future.

The Chronicle has reported a couple of times today that Rafa gets on well with Graham Carr and that he’s been eager to work with the staff already in place at the club – and he’s been successful doing that.

It seems to us that Rafa has been a unifying force for bringing the club together, both inside the club and with the Geordie fans.

Rafa did bring in European scout Paul Baker last year, but there seemed to be no push-back against him doing that.

Graham Carr is still in place of course and he has a contract at Newcastle through 2020.

The big problem will be if Mike Ashley tries to dictate to Rafa who he should bring into the club.

That would seem to go against the free rein on all football matters that Rafa had demanded before he agreed to stay with Newcastle in England’s second division.

It’s also all written down in his contract that he has that level of control.

We’d be very surprised if Mike Ashley upsets the apple cart at Newcastle – things are working too well under Rafa.

And by the way, the manager is doing one terrific job for Newcastle United as witnessed by the sell-out crowds at St. James’ Park and also on the road.

We’re also top of the Championship and 8 points ahead of third-placed Leeds United if you take into account our much superior goal difference.

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76 comments so far

  • Rotonda heights

    Jan 15, 2017 at 5:05 PM

    Comment #1

    posada

    how on any planet are KK and Rafa like Pardew? Please do explain that one. KK left on a moral issue and Rafa signed a contract to the same effect should Ashley try and undermine him. True Pardew sold out and he did so well at CP didn’t he!

    Is there a competition running for the stupidest, most oblique comments on here today.

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Jan 15, 2017 at 5:06 PM

    Comment #2

    I’ll spare the repost

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  • Bobbybee

    Jan 15, 2017 at 5:10 PM

    Comment #3

    So The People just stirring the shyte then. Who’d have thought it? 🙂

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  • Rotonda heights

    Jan 15, 2017 at 5:11 PM

    Comment #4

    Posada

    For the hard of hearing or just a bit thick and ignorant. Let me explain again

    WE ARE TOP OF THE LEAGUE
    WE ARE TOP SCORERS

    Now what exactly is your point?
    I genuinely care about whatever you have been complaining about for the last hour.

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  • WWSBRD

    Jan 15, 2017 at 5:11 PM

    Comment #5

    Bobby
    Ok I am lost what in the report is was wrong?

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Jan 15, 2017 at 5:12 PM

    Comment #6

    I can’t even think of an analogy to compare with dropping your on fire 20 goal top scorer who opposition defenders must dread playing against in favour of a 21 year old hot head whose best attribute is getting the crowd singing. Disclaimer: I like Mitrovic.

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  • hibbit

    Jan 15, 2017 at 5:15 PM

    Comment #7

    as is normal with the press what they don’t know the make up which sums this so called report to a tee

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  • welshgeordie9

    Jan 15, 2017 at 5:15 PM

    Comment #8

    117welshgeordie9 // Jan 15, 2017 at 5:10 PM

    The truth hurts, but everyone’s hiding behind the fact that’s everything’s rosy when it’s not, Rafa is picking the same formation as other previous managers, putting wrong players in wrong places like other previous managers, and as for putting subs on well that’s just as bad as other managers, guess what they all put us in position where we nearly got relegated last couple of season and paid the price last season, it’s only because we are in the championship we are getting away with some of the results, still think we will struggle next season in the prem even if he added Ronaldo and messi, only reason Rafa has had some success is because he’s managed teams that had world class players, we have no world class players and won’t have them next season, so i ask again what’s he done on the pitch that other managers didn’t do, as it goes I’m backing him all the way, but i would like to point out where i think it’s going or gone wrong, nothing wrong with that, there’s no perfect manager or player.

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  • JamesToon

    Jan 15, 2017 at 5:22 PM

    Comment #9

    Welshie

    Rafa won CL with barely any world class players in a Liverpool team bar maybe Gerrard and Alonso.

    He built Liverpool into being a very good team.

    You say we’re riding our luck on results, how can that be when we’re top scorers in the league? Won the most games in the league? Ok we may rely on Shelvey too much, but I don’t see that being a problem in the future, especially if we can get promoted we can buy more quality/luxury players of Shelveys calibre and above, so we won’t have to rely on him too much.

    I think yes some do have the right to wait till the prem to judge Rafa, however can I remind you, he had to completely rebuild this squad over the summer with 13/14 INS and OUTS, and we are top of the league, would you not say he’s also reconnected the fans with the club, there’s a genuine sense of optimism now.

    Anyway I can’t be asked to carry on with this argument. Luckily you lot are in the minority of the fan base who seem to never be happy, the majority like me are absolutely loving life under Rafa and are enjoying it while it lasts

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  • posada

    Jan 15, 2017 at 5:22 PM

    Comment #10

    Rotonda
    Still waiting. Express an opinion. Back it up with logic and reasoning. Amaze me.
    We are top, we are top does not qualify.

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  • G

    Jan 15, 2017 at 5:23 PM

    Comment #11

    Always thought the people story was complete toshacks

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Jan 15, 2017 at 5:24 PM

    Comment #12

    Top of the league, on course to reach record points or at least equal our last campaign where we fell just short of the record, top scorers, best GD with the entire leagues top scorer, every away match a sell out, furthest we’ve been in the league cup since I can remember and a UEFA elite manager running the show. Life’s a bitch!

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  • Jib

    Jan 15, 2017 at 5:26 PM

    Comment #13

    Rotonda
    Posada said
    “Pardew was just a mouth piece for the owner. Unlike Keegan and Rafa he had no principals. But, again his contract probs had a hold on him.”

    You are currently winning the competition for the stupidest, most oblique comments on here today.
    Congrats
    😀

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  • welshgeordie9

    Jan 15, 2017 at 5:28 PM

    Comment #14

    James

    Every toon fan is loving it because Rafa is here, but at the same time you should expect him to make mistakes like all managers do.

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Jan 15, 2017 at 5:30 PM

    Comment #15

    welshgeordie9,
    Of course he makes mistakes so your point is!

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  • welshgeordie9

    Jan 15, 2017 at 5:30 PM

    Comment #16

    I’ve finished with that argument anyway.

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  • welshgeordie9

    Jan 15, 2017 at 5:31 PM

    Comment #17

    Jail

    Rafa is just a manager, he’s not frigging God.

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  • mactoon

    Jan 15, 2017 at 5:32 PM

    Comment #18

    Welshgeordie.. Seriously???

    We’re top of the Championship and 8 points ahead of third-placed Leeds United if you take into account our much superior goal difference. If what you say is true and he is making the same decisions as previous managers, let’s hope he carries on. I believe he is better than most of the previous managers who left us in this position.

    Having Rafa in charge of transfers has given us a strong squad which (If Ashley leaves well alone) can be strengthened in January and the summer to secure a place in the Premiership which can be built on.

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  • WWSBRD

    Jan 15, 2017 at 5:33 PM

    Comment #19

    People ignored welsh last night and he went away quite quickly

    If u get caught on his hook he wins

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  • welshgeordie9

    Jan 15, 2017 at 5:34 PM

    Comment #20

    Opticians must be very busy in the North East.

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  • JamesToon

    Jan 15, 2017 at 5:34 PM

    Comment #21

    Welshie

    I absolutely agree he has got it wrong at times this season and no doubt he will make mistakes in the future. And him being Rafa doesn’t make him indefensible to criticism.

    But the point is, he is getting it right, he gets what this club and the fans are all about. And I personally am enjoying the football we play. And when he does get it wrong I trust him to fix it.

    That’s one of the biggest differences, majority of the fans can now trust the manager to fix problems. When there were problems under mccardew, I had absolutely no faith in them to fix it.

    It’s like when we had a poor start to the season, most people trusted Rafa to get it right, there were a few doubters saying he won’t cut it in the championship, but then look what happened, we went on like an 9 game winning run.

    I think if rafa can get us promoted, that will just prove what a good manager he is, not just the fact that he’s won trophies etc, but the fact he could really dig us out the sh*t, as let’s face it, if it wasn’t for Rafa, I’d dread to think where we’d be right now.

    Also Norwich and villa showing just how difficult it can be in this league, we’re doing very well so far

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  • welshgeordie9

    Jan 15, 2017 at 5:35 PM

    Comment #22

    I know we are on top of the frigging championship.

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  • JamesToon

    Jan 15, 2017 at 5:36 PM

    Comment #23

    Well you may not see him as a god welshie, but I’m afraid I certainly do!!

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Jan 15, 2017 at 5:36 PM

    Comment #24

    WW…,
    I’m one of the biggest culprits for biting to the half wits comments, should know better.

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  • bettyswallocks

    Jan 15, 2017 at 5:37 PM

    Comment #25

    We should have signed Aubameyang , Dele Ali, Van Dijk and Kante. All these players were looked at and recommended by Carr. See what happens when we dither in the transfer market.

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  • Tsunki

    Jan 15, 2017 at 5:37 PM

    Comment #26

    I don’t know what “rosy” is if it’s not top of the league. He’s bound to make mistakes. He’s not perfect in every way like me oops did I say that out loud ha ha.

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  • welshgeordie9

    Jan 15, 2017 at 5:37 PM

    Comment #27

    Right just agree to disagree, otherwise this will be going on all season and like James said, can’t be arsed.

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  • AncientC

    Jan 15, 2017 at 5:39 PM

    Comment #28

    How do the above claims rubbish what was reported in ‘The People’?

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  • WWSBRD

    Jan 15, 2017 at 5:40 PM

    Comment #29

    Jail
    I know I get collared as well though if u just point out how much of a nothing club Swansea it adds a bit of fun to it

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  • WWSBRD

    Jan 15, 2017 at 5:44 PM

    Comment #30

    AncientC
    I dont know and no one will tell me

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  • JackBall

    Jan 15, 2017 at 5:45 PM

    Comment #31

    Man U Liverpool game getting exciting

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Jan 15, 2017 at 5:45 PM

    Comment #32

    I don’t know how pointing out we’re top of the league isn’t a valid point when trying to show that everything is in fact rosy atm.

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  • bettyswallocks

    Jan 15, 2017 at 5:47 PM

    Comment #33

    WWSBRD……. I think deep down Welshie prefers us to Swansea even though he is a S…p S…..r by nature. He seems to get more passionate about our inadequacies than Swanseas.

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  • welshgeordie9

    Jan 15, 2017 at 5:50 PM

    Comment #34

    Swans a nothing club, been there 6 years and this season have been the only season where swans have been shite, plus winning the league cup in that time as well, yeah you right.

    Ha ha ha

    What a clown

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  • posada

    Jan 15, 2017 at 5:50 PM

    Comment #35

    I think we will win the next three home games and go to 64 points.
    Yeh ! Yeh ! Come on Rafa.
    If we do we will be just 20 or so points short of 85, which might, might, secure automatic promotion.
    21 points from 17 games.
    I will leave you on that very positive note.

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  • WWSBRD

    Jan 15, 2017 at 5:51 PM

    Comment #36

    betty
    Maybe hes just used to slating managers? Swansea seem to like to get through them after all

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  • WWSBRD

    Jan 15, 2017 at 5:51 PM

    Comment #37

    Jail
    See I told ya…its too easy sometimes

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  • Tsunki

    Jan 15, 2017 at 5:57 PM

    Comment #38

    I must admit I’m worried about Rafa Benitez. What’s he playing at? We should be at least 12 points clear at the top by now! I bet he comes out saying he’s got injury and suspension problems you just watch! Excuses excuses excuses I’m tired of it. Can we get Hughton back? 🙂

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  • Mitro's on Fire

    Jan 15, 2017 at 5:57 PM

    Comment #39

    Swansea will go down this season they are utter rubbish

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  • bettyswallocks

    Jan 15, 2017 at 6:01 PM

    Comment #40

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