Rafa Doesn’t Seem Too Hopeful About Closing Deals

Rafa was interviewed after the embarrassing defeat at Oxford United and he was asked about the transfer status.

Is it just me or is Rafa starting to seem disappointed the Newcastle hierarchy have failed to bring in some of the players he has wanted in this transfer window?

Newcastle play again on Wednesday night at home to QPR  and that’s after the transfer window has closed and he was asked if that could be an advantage to Newcastle.

But we wonder why it would be, since Lee Charnley and his team are the ones who do all the negotiating for the transfers.

Rafa Benitez – 48 hours left to do a deal

Here’s what Rafa said when asked if there had been any progress on the transfer front:

“I don’t think it will change too much in terms of the transfer window.”

“We have to do our job before the deadline – one extra day shouldn’t make too much of a difference.”

“We have our targets, but we don’t know if we can get them.” “The timing does not change anything.”

We don’t know but Rafa doesn’t seem too hopeful these days with almost exactly 48 hours to go before the window slams shut.

We hope for Newcastle’s sake that we can get a couple of players through the door to improve the squad by Tuesday night.

What do you think?

Comments welcome.

33 comments so far

  • Blackley and Brownlie

    Jan 29, 2017 at 11:02 PM

    Comment #1

    Jedward 25. Unbelievable. Got them down to win it.

  • jane

    Jan 29, 2017 at 11:04 PM

    Comment #2

    “Is it just me or is Rafa starting to seem disappointed the Newcastle hierarchy have failed to bring in some of the players he has wanted”

    We have our targets, but we don’t know if we can get them

    no reference to the Newcastle hierarchy there in fact he identifies himself with them by saying we. it may not be any fault of the club that they can’t get who they want, it could be the other party not playing ball.

  • jane

    Jan 29, 2017 at 11:05 PM

    Comment #3

    cool me too i think they’re funny

  • Blackley and Brownlie

    Jan 29, 2017 at 11:05 PM

    Comment #4

    I see 18 year old Mallik Wilks came on as a sub for Leeds yesterday. His brother was assassinated this week.

  • welshgeordie9

    Jan 29, 2017 at 11:07 PM

    Comment #5

    Why is it that in the last couple of years with our managers they always say half way through each window they always say they are confident in getting players in or they not worried they haven’t signed anyone or in no rush now all of a sudden and its always during the end now they are not confident, what a shower of shite, dosent matter who’s the manager is its the same old crap, so much for Rafa in charge of everything, hope to god we don’t get long term injuries to key players or suspensions.

  • welshgeordie9

    Jan 29, 2017 at 11:08 PM

    Comment #6

    Rafa probably knew from day 1 nothing’s going to happen.

  • jane

    Jan 29, 2017 at 11:10 PM

    Comment #7

    Rafa will get what he wants i’m sure.

  • manxpie

    Jan 29, 2017 at 11:32 PM

    Comment #8

    Can we still get loans after the window shuts or does that not happen anymore?

  • manxpie

    Jan 29, 2017 at 11:53 PM

    Comment #10

    Cheers and trust good old holloway to put it in a way I can understand

  • TyneMouth

    Jan 29, 2017 at 11:53 PM

    Comment #11

    I’m not Townsend’s biggest fan, when he signed for us a year ago I was not impressed.

    When Rafa replaced the brolly man, Townsend was transformed, he became a team player, and was a major contributor to a last minute relegation struggle.

    Too little too late. Townsend was at that time included in Woy’s England squad, he then jumped ship on day one of the summer transfer window, and texted goodbye to his mentor, Rafa. Charming (Not!).

    One month later, Woy out, Sam in, Andros who? Karma always wins.

    It Townsend returns to SJP with Rafa’s blessing, so good. If Charnley allows the inclusion of a release clause less than £100m, then he should be shot. In fact a new contract for Townsend should have performance-related conditions.

    Rock on…

  • RUNAWAY777

    Jan 30, 2017 at 12:07 AM

    Comment #12

    So possibly know one coming in and after Saturdays rubbish them poor fans who traveled almost 600 miles round trip to see that shit the players or club should refund them it’s all about money these days the best chance in year to get to the next round .

  • Mister Tuff

    Jan 30, 2017 at 12:48 AM

    Comment #13

    Any other season (in the PL) fans would certainly have the right to criticise 9 changes and getting spanked into the bargain.
    But NOT this season – at ALL costs the priority has to be getting out of the Championship.

    The Oxfrod game also showed – to some extent – that the second string/back up players are probably not that good. Might be ok deputising when there are a couple of changes -max – but more than that the “first team” results would suffer.

    Whilst it sounds defeatist in any event we were not going to win the FA Cup anyway. Better to direct the energies to the promotion cause.

  • Mister Tuff

    Jan 30, 2017 at 12:52 AM

    Comment #14

    As for Townsend he couldn’t get out the place quick enough.
    Hope to God he stops in London.

    Still time left in the window – we could be playing brinkmanship with some club(s). Still think there is a chance of a couple of new faces (loans).

  • The overrated Frenchman

    Jan 30, 2017 at 1:33 AM

    Comment #15

    Townsend for Mbemba. Another winger who won’t cross for our only defender with any skill. Trust the Iberian Einstein to come up with that. It really will take the biscuit if they don’t get someone to cover Shelvey this window.

  • expatmag

    Jan 30, 2017 at 1:57 AM

    Comment #16


    I have no doubt and have not had since the window started that we would not be bringing in any players and that everything coming out of tbe club points that way.

    All stories in the press have been and are pure speculation.


    Hope yoy have your money ready mate

  • Mister Tuff

    Jan 30, 2017 at 2:20 AM

    Comment #17

    expat – I live in hope that something might happen -under the radar so to speak.
    If I was a budding footballer there is no way I would sign until I knew where the club was going to be in 6 months. Against that is the potential that Benetez might have convinced somebody to come – by use of his reputation.
    Trying to put a new team together in the summer, if we get up, will be no mean feat -would have been “easier” if we had been able to get a couple of PL standard players in – ie less people to mould in the summer.
    The sooner we are up the better as the current football is not much to shout about – not much edge of the seat stuff if any.

  • Termijn

    Jan 30, 2017 at 2:50 AM

    Comment #18

    Man City have apparently knocked back a 7M bid for on-loan Huddersfield playmaker Aaron Mooy from an unamed high-flying championship club.

    Could be us looking for that playmaker cover? As an Australian, Mooy is class. Definitely could compete with Shelvey.

  • ilovetoon8788

    Jan 30, 2017 at 3:30 AM

    Comment #19

    Promotion is priority. The cup doesn’t matter this season.
    Our best eleven is a good championship team and should gain promotion.

    But without Shelvey injury or suspension and we are in big trouble. Without him we are just an average championship team.

  • ash1001

    Jan 30, 2017 at 5:46 AM

    Comment #20

    Personally, some of the Rafa shine is beginning to wear off, its now obvious that some of this seasons newcomers are simply not up to scratch.
    As for total control over everything ‘football’ that seems to have gone out the window recently, one minute we have a big squad, next minute we are short of players.
    Just a tad worried about the future, far from convinced but because its Rafa we play things low key.

  • Jail for Ashley

    Jan 30, 2017 at 6:17 AM

    Comment #21

    I’m glad the 50K fans that attend the ground every other week don’t think the Rafa shine has worn off and I’m glad he’s got enough sense to ignore people like you on social media!

  • DubaiMicky

    Jan 30, 2017 at 6:35 AM

    Comment #22

    I think (rightly) that we won’t be able to attract true premiership heroes while we’re in the Championship, so we’re better off waiting until the Summer window when we’re promoted, the prices quoted are always silly in January anyway.

    In Rafa we trust.

  • expatmag

    Jan 30, 2017 at 6:41 AM

    Comment #23


    You dope

  • LGFUAD21

    Jan 30, 2017 at 7:15 AM

    Comment #24

    Im not down with all this mitro hate.

    He didnt do bad last season at all. For a 21 year old lad in his first season in the orem his goal to minutes record was alright. He was also playing under a manager that claerly didnt know how to use him im a team that craeted very few chances compared to what the strikers are getting this season.

    Hes definitely behind gayle and murphy for me atm but i dont think you can write him off after saturday. Hed not trained for 10 days and hasnt played competitive fixtures in ages so cant realistically be expect to be match fit.

    He did create a few chances and show some good link up with perez.

    Not sure h W i feel about the resting of all those players. On the one hand i can understand resting the likes of shelvey and yedlin (our only reliable right back).

    100% agree wth shearer though. Its a betrayal of the travelling fans. They should get their miney back frim the club for that.

  • jackostoon

    Jan 30, 2017 at 7:21 AM

    Comment #25

    There’s a few dopes on here kidda, priority for me is getting back to the premier league, a cup run we could well do without, get ourselves back, become established, then let’s give the cups a good go.

  • Jail for Ashley

    Jan 30, 2017 at 7:21 AM

    Comment #26

    I don’t think it is a beould be used, he said he will not lie to the fans unlike previous years were it was hushed under the carpet before Churners releasing statements about relegation and cups, the fans who went to the game on Saturday would have fully expoected a team like that to be played, a mixed team of reserves and first teamers including a 12M pound striker should have been able to deal with a mid table league one outfit.

  • LGFUAD21

    Jan 30, 2017 at 7:22 AM

    Comment #27


    You are talking nonsense. Fair enough we dont have to be completely uncritical of the man but he is still by far and away the best manager we could attract at this time. And the most accomplished we have had afer sbr. Keegan did well but his cv as a manager was blank when he started here.

    We did have a decent squad with ample cover but dont forget we have lost 2 starters to injury. 2 other key regulars to acon, 1 cover cb to acon. Those 5 alone have left us with very little cover in key positions

    Its easy to sit here in hindsght and go on about we shouldve signed more cover in the summer but nobody knew what would happen. Many expected some players to perform better than they have in this league. On paper our squad looked very good at the end of the summer (maybe lacking a proper left winger, and another lb). It still is a good squad that will be back to full strength in a matter of weeks with acon players returning and people comng back from injury.

  • Jib

    Jan 30, 2017 at 7:22 AM

    Comment #28

    With this enqury about Aaron Mooy (which I beleive is us ) I think Rafa may be thinking of playing him in a more advanced role as Perez looks not to be up to scratch.

    He certainly won’t come to be second fiddle to Shelvey.

    The thought of Shelvey Ritchie and Mooy togther is quite mouthwatering.

    Unfortunately Guardiola rates him and sees him as back up to Fernandinho.

    The one thing in our favour is his International aspirations.He’ll be guaranteed good exposure for the Soceroos playing in the PL with us.

    His fee will be £15m minimum

  • one fine day

    Jan 30, 2017 at 7:39 AM

    Comment #29

    Seems there’s nothing like a defeat to bring a few loons up to the top of the pond.
    Good result on Wednesday they will be back under the rocks.
    A few here seem to have wiped the previous 8 years from memory .
    Pretty sure it it wasn’t in middle of afcon and gayle wasn’t injured then we may have put out a stronger team .
    But we could have played maybe 4 of our ” big ” players , picked up injuries and then got arsenal away in the next round and put our auto promotion spot at risk.
    Start of the season most said the only thing that mattered was getting out of this league and despite the best efforts of sub standard referee’s,pathetic F.A doing its best to derail us , we are still in fact on target .
    Ash your opinion but in my book Rafa is only just starting so say the shine is wearing off…? Struggle to understand your reasoning .

  • NezzaNUFC

    Jan 30, 2017 at 7:39 AM

    Comment #30


    Rafa openly stated that he won’t bring players in for the sake of it and would only bring players in to fill in the positions that needed filled but guess what all positions are filled and we have a fully rotated squad!

    Why bring in players when they probably not good enough for the PL?

    Townsend and Barrow probably Rafa didn’t want because when we go back up we could get better players in,we need players who love football not money like Townsend who should never be welcome back here.

  • NezzaNUFC

    Jan 30, 2017 at 7:42 AM

    Comment #31

    Every player is on borrowed time at Newcastle and only a handful would make it in the PL so far while the rest would be sold back to the championship

  • Ian Toon

    Jan 30, 2017 at 8:10 AM

    Comment #32

    I discount almost everything that armchair fans like expat and Tuff have to say about football and NUFC. Contrast Bobby bee who is everything that they are not when it comes to being a passionate follower of what really matters to the fans of our club. He watches and talks to our supporters at games. This blog used to be full of contributions from fans with a sound knowledge and understanding of the toon army. It can’t just be because mr tuff and ex are Seniors and out of touch that they insult the serious travelling toon army by their casual dismissal of Saturday’s game. A true fan hurts from such a performance. There was not a word from them of the travelling toon fans just a high ground approach to what they see as so called fans. This was not Hereford and we do want to be promoted – that is understood. None of us thought we would turn out a strong team but neither did we anticipate such an abject performance. It leaves a bitter taste but I only wish I could be at SJP on Wednesday.

    Benitez rightly said we win as a squad, we lose as a squad,” he said. “You make a mistake, you pay for it. The first thing you feel sorry for is the fans.” The majority of the toon army were packed in the away section and were heavily critical of Benitez’s prioritising but we understood, What concerned me was just how abject those players that Benítez brought in were. Such little promise and delivery..

    We really don’t need bloggers to tell us that all that matters is promotion. I don’t mind going out of the Cup it’s just the manner that we did it. Can’t those two clowns see that! Benitez can and he looked very unhappy as our demise unfolded.

    Sure, Newcastle made chances. Sure, after three critical saves including a penalty, Oxford’s goalkeeper Simon Eastwood was man of the match. But it was the haplessness of their defending that will have alarmed the Geordie faithful. Three times Oxford unpicked them at corners.

  • ash1001

    Jan 30, 2017 at 10:34 AM

    Comment #33

    To LGFUAD21, expatmag, Jail for Ashley, Like you I m entitled to an opinion, OK we can disagree and I accept that the league is the priority, it has to be.
    Its OK saying there are lots of players that will not be here next season if we get promotion, but think on this the following players + other have contracts up until 20121 – Hanley, Lazaar, Hayden, Perez, Sels, Saviet, and Gamez up to 2018, will they leave for less money than they are getting at NUFC because do not think there will be any club offering more, and will Rafa or MA want them sticking around as back up eating into the pot.
    Footnote I have followed NUFC home and away for over 50 years and ask anyone that was at Oxford on Saturday there true feelings.


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