Rafa Quite Confident Everything Will Be Fine With Ashley


We were complaining yesterday about how bad a communicator Newcastle owner Mike Ashley seems to be, but it looks like he’s been in contact with both Lee Charnley and Rafa Benitez over the last couple of days.

In fact in Rafa’s press conference at 1:00 pm this afternoon, the manager said he had already talked with Ashley this morning and topics included how to handle the HMRC investigation  and how we will prepare for next season and “everything.”

Rafa indicated that pre-season training will start on Monday, July 3rd but the pre-season friendly games have yet to be arranged and that’s something Lee Charnley will be hard at work on over the next week or so.

Rafa Benitez – Newcastle United manager

More than once in the press conference today Rafa said he was quite confident about his meeting with owner Mike Ashley within the next week – he said he was quite confident everything will be fine.

It does look like this meeting will be held before the final game of the season a week on Sunday, in order that things can get off to a quick start in the transfer window this summer.

This is some of what Rafa said in his press conference this afternoon:

“There is an investigation about something that happened four or five years ago. I will not talk about the (HMRC) investigation. I will do my usual business in terms of football.”

“And I was talking with Mike Ashley today.’  “We have had this conversation about what is going on, what we will do next and how we will prepare for next season and everything.”

“At the moment if you are asking if he has congratulated me, yes –  and we will discuss the future of the club, the future of myself, the and everything.” “We will do it in the professional way that I like to do things.”

“I will have the meeting with him in, I don’t know, days or maybe a week, or something like this.”

“Do I have a decision to make about the future? I am quite confident that everything will be fine, but my focus is on the remaining games.”

“I need to talk with Mike and it depends on how things are going on whether I am optimistic. At the moment I am quite happy.”

“We have been fighting hard to get back to the Premier League and we will do our best to be sure we have a competitive team and that we can challenge for whatever.”

“The budget will be part of the conversation.” “As I have said before we have to concentrate on football.”

“What we did yesterday was train as usual – a normal session. Today I talked with Lee about pre-season. We are trying to do football business in the same way.”

“A friend was telling me that we were lucky that we were promoted already, so I will take the positive. The positive thing is that we have done our job.”

“And we enjoyed that for a couple of days. We have to be really proud of what we did, wait, and just do what we have to do, concentrate on football.”

During the meeting with Ashley, Rafa is reported to be prepared to present a business case to the owner on every single player he wants to sign.

Rafa will do a good job of educating the owner on aspects of the game that Mike currently doesn’t fully understand.

And hopefully that should give Mike even more confidence to figuratively hand the club over to the 57 year-old to run – with executive help from Lee Charnley.

It could be a win-win for both men at their meeting.

And given what we heard of the meeting between them in the St. James’ Park boardroom in May of last year they got on very well with each other.

Let’s hope that happens again.

It needs to – because after all,  it’s for the good of the Newcastle United Football Club.

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109 comments so far

  • lesh

    Apr 27, 2017 at 9:22 PM

    Comment #1

    Bobbybee (from previous)

    You’ve demonstrated another quality for a new owner – modesty!
    If you’re a bit short, you can leave payment “til after your holidays if that helps. You’d better be quick before Ashley wows his critics.

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  • nufc13789

    Apr 27, 2017 at 9:28 PM

    Comment #2

    Was Richie band for getting his 10th yellow card for taking that quick free kick which he got a yellow for on Monday?

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  • jimmysmith

    Apr 27, 2017 at 9:31 PM

    Comment #3

    Bit early to suggest crisis over. HMRC will be putting together their case, and they’ll be mindful of doing a much better job this time than the one they did last time when the likes of Redknap and Mandaric were ultimately cleared despite still lingering doubts.

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  • lesh

    Apr 27, 2017 at 9:32 PM

    Comment #4

    Mmm, interesting words from Rafa. When he said “We will do it in the professional way that I like to do things.”, I wonder if that suggests he’ll have his legals on the case?

    We can but wait in hope that peace and harmony bring a platform from which Rafa can build.

    In the meantime, I fancy us to win the last two games and hope that Brighton slip up. It’d be nice to go up as champions.

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  • jimmysmith

    Apr 27, 2017 at 9:36 PM

    Comment #5

    It’s great for Manchester to have both Mourinho and Guardiola in the city. Both sides will flourish next season, and there’s almost certainly going to be a Champions League triumph for one or both in the next few years. Great for us too, that’s four real plum ties to look forward to each season.

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  • ShirebrookToon

    Apr 27, 2017 at 9:37 PM

    Comment #6

    Rafa seems confident enough and not phased 1 bit by the HMRC investigation. Hopefully mike gives him what he requires to establish ourselves in the EPL!

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  • lesh

    Apr 27, 2017 at 9:38 PM

    Comment #7

    jimmysmith

    Of course it’s early days and HMRC’ve got to sift through the papers and other kit they took before they can decide whether or not there’s enough to present a case against the Club or individuals.

    They’ll also take the amount of any, if any unpaid monies due and decide whether the cost of prosecution merits the potential returns.

    It could come to nowt but even then, it could be a while before we hear much more.

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  • Tsunki

    Apr 27, 2017 at 9:40 PM

    Comment #8

    Bobby – What am i supposed to be indignant about?

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  • jimmysmith

    Apr 27, 2017 at 9:41 PM

    Comment #10

    Benitez’s Newcastle v Guardiola’s City, Mourinho’s United, Conte’s Chelsea, Klopp’s Liverpool, Wenger’s Arsenal, and Koeman’s Everton, home and away, but especially at home, mouthwatering stuff.

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  • lesh

    Apr 27, 2017 at 9:41 PM

    Comment #11

    jimmysmith

    Four plum ties? Fower good stuffings more likely……. But, strange things happen and it’d be nice to see Mourhino sulk.

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  • JP...from The Rock

    Apr 27, 2017 at 9:44 PM

    Comment #12

    So glad nothing nasty like a points deduction is going to take place after the scary investigations yesterday. Onwards and upwards from here. Rafa can make us into a real force again and all we need is for Ashley to back him this summer.

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  • jimmysmith

    Apr 27, 2017 at 9:44 PM

    Comment #13

    Lesh, I don’t anticipate a Newcastle side under Benitez being stuffed by anyone. Big manager, big club, big games and a new side fit for purpose.

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  • Tsunki

    Apr 27, 2017 at 9:44 PM

    Comment #14

    Can anyone remember that reasonable and balanced offering that the blog illuminati were being bullied into silence? That the disturbing downturn in contributions was due to the mindless attacks of the ganged ignoramus? Witness Jibs hearty “welcome home” to G2

    A total ball of mixed hair and grease, is Jib.

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  • welshgeordie9

    Apr 27, 2017 at 9:54 PM

    Comment #15

    According to the Daily Star.

    Rafa Benitez is ready to raid Serie A: This will raise a few eyebrows
    DAVIDE SANTON could be heading back to Newcastle, according to reports.

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  • giimps

    Apr 27, 2017 at 9:54 PM

    Comment #16

    nufc1379,
    I believe Ritchie was given a 2 match ban for something that happened in the tunnel after the Leeds game, apparently Ritchie had a go at the officials over their ridiculous timekeeping and got sanctioned for it

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  • AncientC

    Apr 27, 2017 at 10:00 PM

    Comment #17

    Man Utd 30% possession and 1 shot on target. How the mighty have fallen.

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  • Oldgit1

    Apr 27, 2017 at 10:01 PM

    Comment #18

    Welshgeordie9 = the star is also suggesting Sissiko may come back, I would treat anything the star reports as tosh, not worthy of discussion mate.

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  • Bobbybee

    Apr 27, 2017 at 10:05 PM

    Comment #19

    Well, that was certainly entertaining! Always rely on Fellainni to get a red card and make things even more tasty. What a fool. Headbutt right in front of Martin Atkinson.
    City deserved to win on play and possession, but if you can’t break down a defence, you could argue you don’t deserve anything I suppose. Point a piece not helpful to either side, but we’ll entertaining.

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  • jimmysmith

    Apr 27, 2017 at 10:05 PM

    Comment #20

    Ancient, in no way are United fallen. They are rising, like a tide. Like it or not.

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  • Oldgit1

    Apr 27, 2017 at 10:06 PM

    Comment #21

    Didn’t Stanton girlfriend make her mouth go when he was transferred and Stanton had to apologise for her. Can’t see him returning. Don’t care if he has a Geordie girlfriend. He apparently wants to leave his current club as he is not getting any game time. Might be because he is crap.

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  • AncientC

    Apr 27, 2017 at 10:12 PM

    Comment #22

    jimmysmith, Man Utd are rising “like a tide”? Have you watched them play recently?

    I doubt they will finish in the top 4. Even if they do just about manage to scrape into the top 4, it’s hardly any comparison to their years under Ferguson.

    Van Gaal’s Man Utd were a better side. If Van Gaal had spent the money that has been spent for Mourinho, they would be doing much better I am certain.

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  • Bobbybee

    Apr 27, 2017 at 10:12 PM

    Comment #23

    Welshie, Aye, seen that earlier. In the one I read it said Santon and Rafa had already held a discussion about him coming back and that Santon expressed a desire to return. That said, I choose not to believe anything just lately because so much garbage is getting thrown in our direction. Can’t help but think that if Rafa had talked to Santon then he would have requested he kept his gob closed about it. Not one to advertise our targets if he can help it.

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  • AncientC

    Apr 27, 2017 at 10:13 PM

    Comment #24

    I guess it must be happy o’clock in Japan. 😉

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  • BlacknWhiteBarmy

    Apr 27, 2017 at 10:14 PM

    Comment #25

    ‘Confident’ and ‘Ashley’ – two words you rarely see together

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  • Bobbybee

    Apr 27, 2017 at 10:15 PM

    Comment #26

    Ancient, the only tide I see is the old washing powder mate – all froth! 🙂

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  • ShirebrookToon

    Apr 27, 2017 at 10:19 PM

    Comment #27

    Rafa will show the likes of mourinho, pep, conte etc how it’s done when we trounce em next season lol

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  • AncientC

    Apr 27, 2017 at 10:19 PM

    Comment #28

    I suspect Jimmy may have a soft spot for Man Utd. He jumps to their defence fairly sharpish heh. I have no qualms in admitting to being an ABU.

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  • jimmysmith

    Apr 27, 2017 at 10:19 PM

    Comment #29

    Man Utd are steadily and inevitably improving under Mourinho, and they are bigger than ever in monetary terms. You can’t keep that kind of clout down. Very good chance of finishing in the Champions League places, and also winning the Europa League. One of the worlds truly great and elite clubs, 30% possession and one shot on target in a scoreless draw away to their now greatest rivals or otherwise.

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  • jimmysmith

    Apr 27, 2017 at 10:22 PM

    Comment #30

    I have an admiration for great football clubs. That’s about the extent of it.

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  • AncientC

    Apr 27, 2017 at 10:23 PM

    Comment #31

    Liverpool fans have been saying the same thing since the 70s.

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  • welshgeordie9

    Apr 27, 2017 at 10:23 PM

    Comment #32

    I’m sure Santon and his girlfriend has got a daughter that was born in Newcastle or was that someone else.

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  • jimmysmith

    Apr 27, 2017 at 10:30 PM

    Comment #33

    United are significantly bigger than even Liverpool though, and the EPL is now awash with money. But I’m no more a United fan than a Liverpool or Bayern Munich or Real Madrid one, so I’ll give it up here.

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  • lesh

    Apr 27, 2017 at 10:35 PM

    Comment #34

    jimmysmith

    I jest sir. 😉

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  • Bobbybee

    Apr 27, 2017 at 10:48 PM

    Comment #35

    Those sure are reassuring words from Rafa’s press conference today. Starting to look like Rafa’s project is going to be backed and that’s exactly what we were all hoping to hear. Far more excited about Rafa in the PL than in the Championship, because he works better with better players who can follow his instructions to the letter. We can’t expect to match the big money spenders like Manure, City and Chelski and Spurs and Liverpool have had a real head start on us, but if he gets the backing he’s hoping for, we can certainly let the PL know that the Geordies are back. Can’t wait to see who he’s got lined up this summer. I know we’ll be linked to everybody and his brother, but I’m sure he already knows who he wants. Like last summer, I think he’ll go for players he needs to play his way. Not necessarily the same way as this season, because the target will be totally different. This will be only the first part of building a PL side with the rest coming in next summer, but it will probably surprise most of us. Like Christmas 🙂

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  • martoon

    Apr 27, 2017 at 11:17 PM

    Comment #36

    It’s nice to have a manager who does not have to bow and scrape to Ashley but has the authority to talk and negotiate with him. At the end of the day NUFC needs Rafa more than he needs us!

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  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Apr 27, 2017 at 11:21 PM

    Comment #37

    Doing this from my iPad from Glastonbury so mistakes likely
    Rafa bingo
    Elliot
    Yedlin. Mbemba. Clarke. Dummett
    Hayden. Shelvey
    Ameobi Perez. Gouffron
    Mitrovic

    3 – 0 to us.

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  • GeordieTwo

    Apr 27, 2017 at 11:23 PM

    Comment #38

    I’m pleased to contribute a bit Tsunki mate and read yours and many others offerings. The blog is a good place to come still. Looking forward to the Prem and many a good match to discuss.

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  • Bobbybee

    Apr 27, 2017 at 11:27 PM

    Comment #39

    Mart, you ain’t wrong there matey! I think the difference now is that Ashley realises he’s hired a very competent manager he can trust. There does need to be checks and balances though, and maybe this is exactly the right mixture to really take us forward? Ashley’s not going to allow Rafa to bankrupt the club and Rafa’s going to demand enough to make us competitive, so together they actually might compliment each other enough to be a winning combination. For the first time under Ashley’s stewardship the future actually looks bright. (Better whisper that quietly 🙂 )

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  • GeordieTwo

    Apr 27, 2017 at 11:31 PM

    Comment #40

    The summer spend agreed to between Ashley and Rafa will be interesting. We’ve just come off another relegation under Mike. Will he have learned anything? He’s usually pretty thick and overconfident. That won’t work with Rafa Mike. Be prepared to spend money in order to make money.

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