Benitez Educating Newcastle’s Top Brass On How To Build A Top Side


Rafa has talked today about how Newcastle United went after Matt Ritchie at the beginning of the summer transfer window, and persuaded the Bournemouth star to take a step down in the league tables in England to come to Tyneside.

And Matt has been one of our best players with 15 total goals this term with 11 of those coming in the Championship – and this lad will only get better back in the Premier League under the coaching of Rafa Benitez.

When the latest financial records were released to the public earlier this week Newcastle made over £40M in last summer’s transfer window, although the payments coming in for departed players like Gini Wijnaldum (£25M) and Moussa Sissoko (£30M) are generally spread over three years.

But that’s still not bad at all.

The two men building Newcastle United – Lee Charnley and Rafa Benitez
It’s great they work so well together and each respects the other

Rafa has talked in the Chronicle today about how difficult last summer’s transfer window was, when he worked very closely with Lee Charnley:

“We had to work so hard, so quick to turn things round really quickly.”

“We had to sell really well to have some money for buying new players but we still had to pay some big money out for players.”

“In some cases the value could be less, but we still had to pay this money out because we needed to sign the player.”

“I was saying, ‘please’, he is an important player, he has experience.”

“We have to do it we cannot be worrying about a couple of million when we are in this position where we have to get out of this division.” (well said Rafa)

“That means you have to spend more than we were expecting to, but I think we did really well.”

“And we have a good team and we are making a profit from player sales, so everything was perfect.”

“Hopefully it will be perfect again this summer.”

Rafa shows there both experience and common sense and  why he is a top manager and could be very successful at Newcastle.

He seems like he is busy educating Mike Ashley and Lee Charnley that not signing a player for a (measly) $2M more than they think he is worth – is just one reason Newcastle were relegated twice in nine years under Ashley.

And this is in the financial context that teams in the Championship who have no parachute payments from the Premier League get only £7M from the league whatever position they finish in.

🙁

By the way Newcastle are due £40M in May as a parachute payment from the PL.

In the Premier League next season the mid-table team will expect to get around £140M – and they are haggling over £2M for a top player proven in the Premier League?

Crazy.

But that’s what the club have done in the previous nine years and why we were never successful but for that one single  season in 2012 when we finished in 5th place, but then we struggled against relegation the following season.

Rafa will have to do the same thing this summer in the upcoming transfer window and it will not be easy, although it will be very exciting and absorbing for Newcastle fans.

And we would expect Newcastle have already let it be known to some (most?)  of their top transfer targets this summer that they want them to join the Rafa revolution, which has now moved back to the Premier League.

Newcastle must be a big draw with Rafa in charge and Newcastle back in the big money.

Finally, we hope the fans can see some photos of Mike Ashley and Rafa Benitez in May when Rafa has his one-on-one with the owner.

Hopefully they will be smiling  and maybe we can get some pictures with Lee Charnley in there too – smiling and maybe with both thumbs up?

It would certainly help to show we are United at the very top  and that’s so important in any organization.

Comments welcome.



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75 comments so far

  • Munster Mag

    Apr 14, 2017 at 9:52 AM

    Comment #1

    We need a point minimum from today’s game but I’d be concerned about our awful form. A loss and win for Huddersfield will have a serious impact on the race and will give us keegan 10 points fever. Just win today lads.

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  • hibbit

    Apr 14, 2017 at 9:57 AM

    Comment #2

    the kids will never do owt while Beardsley in charge
    great player top 3 at our club in my lifetime
    but a loosey coach just can’t get his massage across

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  • Nufc-83

    Apr 14, 2017 at 9:59 AM

    Comment #3

    Wwsbrd I think Brighton will be able to attract strikers from abroad who will have a much higher regard than Armstrong (as any prem team could). They could also take there pick from championship strikers who are much more advanced in their development than Armstrong.

    Just had a look at Kilmarnock website it seems Woodman is 2nd choice which is very disappointing as would have expected him to claim no1 spot. Cal Roberts is used as a sub but Sean longstaff seems to be doing ok for them. In all not very good signs.

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  • WWSBRD

    Apr 14, 2017 at 10:07 AM

    Comment #4

    83
    Striker from abroad arent always a great option for newly promoted teams plenty of them flop even proven ones, as for championship strikers is there that many? Woods, Abraham and Kodjia are all very unlikely to be sold for less than 15+ mill and wouldnt guarantee anything. Armstrong is very highly rated within the England set up as well I didnt mean he’d be Brightons number 1 but an option for them…he wont be number 1 for any PL team next season, as I said ideal world

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Apr 14, 2017 at 10:17 AM

    Comment #5

    WW…,
    I think Arma should go to Fulham on loan, they’re a good passing side with pace who’d play the type of game Bobbybee reckons would suit him most.

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  • Nufc-83

    Apr 14, 2017 at 10:21 AM

    Comment #6

    Still think your classing him far too highly and Brighton would take their current strikers + a couple of purchases that could be worth 15m easy over Armstrong. In an ideal world be banging them in for us.

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  • WWSBRD

    Apr 14, 2017 at 10:22 AM

    Comment #7

    Jail
    Aye probably more realistic maybe use the idea to get Cainey aswell but young lad in London…maybe move him in with Nolan to be careful

    Huddersfield when they inevitably fail in the play offs might be an option aswell

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  • Nufc-83

    Apr 14, 2017 at 10:23 AM

    Comment #8

    Back to today’s game I think I would play Richie behind the striker with gouff and Atsu out wide. At least he could pick the ball up and be relatively comfortable in tight spots with a great hit on him.

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  • WWSBRD

    Apr 14, 2017 at 10:23 AM

    Comment #9

    83
    Haha probably but always worth a call to hoots

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  • Shot Bru

    Apr 14, 2017 at 10:28 AM

    Comment #10

    Should consider moving training facilities near London to attract better players.

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Apr 14, 2017 at 10:37 AM

    Comment #11

    Shot Bru,
    Don’t be a ding bat 😀

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  • WWSBRD

    Apr 14, 2017 at 10:40 AM

    Comment #12

    Shot Bru
    Maybe offer a ground share with another North Eastern club?

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  • Shot Bru

    Apr 14, 2017 at 10:50 AM

    Comment #13

    JFA, in my defence I’ve had a few schooners.

    WW, Blyth Spartans

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Apr 14, 2017 at 10:52 AM

    Comment #14

    Shot Bru,
    If it easn’t for that pesky evening kick off I’d be ten minutes off a bit of festivities my self. I though I was celebrating Jesus coming back from the dead not drinking yo the poir bugger getting crucified.

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Apr 14, 2017 at 10:55 AM

    Comment #15

    Reading that back it looks like I’ve already started 😮

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  • LewSpi v2.0

    Apr 14, 2017 at 10:55 AM

    Comment #16

    Shot bru
    To be fair mate I’ve said the same for a while now. Makes no difference to the fans, and those london clubs do seem to be able to attract better talent, would just take away another hurdle wouldn’t it

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  • Tsunki

    Apr 14, 2017 at 11:01 AM

    Comment #17

    Jail – hmm I should read with my glasses on. I better go back and check to see if my name is on there then.

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  • Shot Bru

    Apr 14, 2017 at 11:03 AM

    Comment #18

    To funny JFA

    I think it is a serious option in this new world of professional football.

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Apr 14, 2017 at 11:03 AM

    Comment #19

    Tsunki,
    You were on there until you decended in to the gutter.

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  • WWSBRD

    Apr 14, 2017 at 11:04 AM

    Comment #20

    Lew
    Whats the point in supporting a team from Newcastle if they arent from Newcastle though? Clubs are disconnected enough from fans these days dont u think?

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  • Nufc-83

    Apr 14, 2017 at 11:05 AM

    Comment #21

    Guys moving facilities to London when we play in Newcastle is a stupid idea and the club would become further detached from the fan base.

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  • toontaff2

    Apr 14, 2017 at 11:05 AM

    Comment #22

    This place will be fun tonight, if some are already on the lash!
    It’s all about pacing, peaking between 1945 and 2145!
    Looking forward to the match!
    Will WelshPeacock9 be supporting his other prior messiah, Monkfish?

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  • Shot Bru

    Apr 14, 2017 at 11:05 AM

    Comment #23

    Agreed LewSpi

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  • Nufc-83

    Apr 14, 2017 at 11:06 AM

    Comment #24

    Wwsbrd great minds think alike 🙂

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  • LewSpi v2.0

    Apr 14, 2017 at 11:11 AM

    Comment #25

    I personally don’t see how where the training base has anything to do with the connection of the club to the fans, with the exception of the young lads who stand at the gates on deadline day.

    As hard as it is to take, lads who aren’t from the north east on the whole don’t want to live in the north east, they want to live in the big smoke. If having the clubs base in London would allow us to attract better players to the club, I’d be all for it. Only takes half hour on a flight.

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  • martoon

    Apr 14, 2017 at 11:11 AM

    Comment #26

    Wahey I’ve just discovered I’m on Ian’s approved list. I don’t know how because I’m still adamant he admitted to being Pushy Pardew even though he now denies it.

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  • WWSBRD

    Apr 14, 2017 at 11:16 AM

    Comment #27

    83
    Haha

    Lew
    Because it wouldnt be a football team from Newcastle it’d be a London team playing games in Newcastle. There would be nothing connecting the club to the city. Tbh it would disgust me if it happened

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  • Nufc-83

    Apr 14, 2017 at 11:23 AM

    Comment #28

    I am not even from the North east and I find the suggestion of moving the club training etc to London a disgraceful one tbh.

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  • ShirebrookToon

    Apr 14, 2017 at 11:27 AM

    Comment #29

    Move the training ground to London. Wtf are some people smoking on here. That is just ludicrous. Tell you what, lets rent Wembley aswell to play our home games.

    Lmao

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  • Mister Tuff

    Apr 14, 2017 at 11:28 AM

    Comment #30

    Please, please no more talk of Ian Toons’ list of approved bloggers – the folk on this list must be traumatised enough and wondering how the hell they were nominated in the first place and as a consequence of being nominated will be wondering if they have a future on the blog.
    I will be prepared to offer counseling services to any of those so affected.

    Other bloggers will now be unnecessarily anxious in case he does another list. Must be akin to getting a Christmas card from the Yorkshire Ripper.

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  • Munster Mag

    Apr 14, 2017 at 11:31 AM

    Comment #31

    Ww, i havent missed the point re arma at all. Its quite simple, if we stay down rafa will go and i bet the next mgr will like him. If we go up, why will he be suitable to us. So he will be loaned again…..at what stage will rafa want him to be number 1 choice in a 4231? We had people here at start of season saying he was ready to contribute at this level. Sadly that was never likely despite the noise.

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  • Shot Bru

    Apr 14, 2017 at 11:33 AM

    Comment #32

    Haha, we used to have training facilities in Durham during the Keegan years. The club was more together then,than it ever has been.

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  • The next Mike Williamson

    Apr 14, 2017 at 11:33 AM

    Comment #33

    @ Nufc-83
    Woodman has played every minute since he’s been at Kilmarnock, and he’s not conceded too many either, which is impressive as they were near the bottom when he took over. But I agree our youth prospects look bleaker than ever. I put this down to Ashley & Pardew’s decision to ony focus on north east talent a few years ago. Not to mention we’ve never actually seen a young player improve since Fraser Forster.

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  • toontaff2

    Apr 14, 2017 at 11:38 AM

    Comment #34

    I adopted the strategy of not reading Ian Toon’s posts!!

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  • toontaff2

    Apr 14, 2017 at 11:38 AM

    Comment #35

    Tough Bingo call today!
    Lot of possibilities!

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  • LewSpi v2.0

    Apr 14, 2017 at 11:39 AM

    Comment #36

    Wwsbrd

    That’s fair, everyone is entitled to their opinion.

    However at the minute there is only dummet and colback who are actually from newcastle.

    Truthfully, if they’d built a training complex in or around London last summer, and nothing was reported about it, would you have noticed a difference?

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  • WWSBRD

    Apr 14, 2017 at 11:40 AM

    Comment #37

    Munster
    So a youth player has to go from reserves to starting 11 straight away or they are done and not rated? Armstrong will be better next season for us because he has had experience this season for them thats how loans work, they go away and come back better…just look at Harry Kane went from flop on loan to Spurs/Englands leading striker within 18 months

    Armstrong couldnt of stayed with us this season because he wouldnt of been allowed a bad game (we have a toxic fanbase fairly often) if he had and how can a young lad develop under that pressure? Rafa knew that which is why he gave him a loan, if he didnt rate him he’d be in the reserves and wouldnt of featured for us this season at all

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  • WWSBRD

    Apr 14, 2017 at 11:42 AM

    Comment #38

    Lew
    Doesnt matter how many local lads are in the team it matters that the team is from Newcastle…otherwise why not support Man City?

    Aye Id of noticed as would the rest of Newcastle and the attendances certainly would of pointed it out imo

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  • toontaff2

    Apr 14, 2017 at 11:43 AM

    Comment #39

    RAFA Bingo :
    Darlow
    Yedlin Hanley Lascalles Dummett
    Shelvey Hayden
    Ritchie Perez Atsu
    Mitro

    Elliott, Anita, Jesus, Mbemba, Diame, Murphy, Gouffy

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  • toontaff2

    Apr 14, 2017 at 11:44 AM

    Comment #40

    Nearly forgot!!! 😉

    5-1 the Toon
    HWTL!

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