Benitez Confident Of Good Relationship With Ashley

In reviewing comments from both Rafa and the Newcastle fans this bonnie morning there seems to be a growing optimism, based on Rafa’s stellar press conference yesterday, that all could be (very) good at Newcastle once Rafa presents the owner with his long-term blueprint for the club.

When was the last time Newcastle had a long term blueprint?

But Rafa Benitez is a real professional who just  loves his job and it seems he’s not only a great coach and manager, but he’s also a very good communicator too and knows about business.

Rafa Benitez – it could be thumbs up time at Newcastle

He’s a very bright intelligent and talented man, while also managing to be humble at the same time.

That’s some combination.

Here’s some of what Rafa said yesterday about his working with owner Mike Ashley:

“If I can keep doing my job, I have people who can deal with them, fine.” “If the owner wants to be in contact, that’s also no problem.”

“It’s not something that will change my vision of the potential of this club or where we can go this year.

“This year, I have not been in contact with him and we’ve been promoted, so it’s not an issue.”

“You do the right things and have the right people around talking with me and doing business every day.”

The manager is also doing a brilliant job of preparing Mike for his meeting when he will present his blueprint.

That will only help Rafa be successful and hopefully bring even Mike Ashley into the fold – so we are all truly UNITED.

Rafa is the saviour of Newcastle UNited – no doubt about that.

He’s perfect for the Tyneside club and we’ve been a sleeping giant for too many decades.

Rafa plans to change all that.


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6 comments so far

  • Spoof

    Apr 28, 2017 at 10:44 AM

    Comment #1

    How can anyone be confident about MA giving Rafa the necessary tools to succeed when 10 long years of MA have proved beyond any doubt whatsoever that he will only ever allow this club to succeed for his benefit and certainly not for the benefit of the fans or their manager, a classic example being the January window just gone, I hope Rafa leaves as he deserves better than to be dragged down to Ashley’s pathetic standards

  • lesh

    Apr 28, 2017 at 10:46 AM

    Comment #2

    Aren’t the media issuing mixed messages here?

    In some reports, Rafa’s had conversations with Ashley and now it’s “This year, I have not been in contact with him and we’ve been promoted, so it’s not an issue”

    Which is it to be?

  • posada

    Apr 28, 2017 at 10:50 AM

    Comment #3

    Some interesting stuff on The mag website about the transfer of Henri Saivet. They are reporting on an article in the Sun, so all of this is now in the public demesne.
    According to Saivet’s previous agent the player was contacted by Graeme Carr and told to move to another agent Rudy Raba if he wanted to sign for Newcastle.
    He duly did. Agents fee went up to 8% instead of 5%. An increase of £300K, which had to be paid up front.

    That window we signed Townsend and Shelvey and that was probably down to SM.
    But, then it was like wait a minute you can’t have a window without a Carr signing. I wonder why.

  • catchy in norway

    Apr 28, 2017 at 11:12 AM

    Comment #4

    scary thought, 41% think Sturridge would be a good signing. for who? our physios?
    these are the type of fan who plays championship manager who have no clue about real world football.
    HE is exactly the type of player NUFC should be staying away from, Gangster rapper wanabees, who care more about social media than a football career.

    but really think about it, this guy is loooking for another muppet manager to sign him on and give him 100K weekly for nothing in return, dont we have Rolando for that job, talented but injured.

  • The next Mike Williamson

    Apr 28, 2017 at 11:15 AM

    Comment #5

    We need to do something with our youth set-up, it’s appalling and we seem to just hope some great player is going to come through who is a Geordie. It was a terrible idea a few years ago when they decided to focus on local players. Chelsea, Liverpool, Man City, Everton, Southampton bring them in from all over, we should be doing the same. This is the only way we can get a world class player.

  • AncientC

    Apr 28, 2017 at 11:22 AM

    Comment #6

    “That window we signed Townsend and Shelvey and that was probably down to SM.”

    Carr was tracking Shelvey before McClaren was on the scene, I would have thought with Carr’s links to Tottenham, he would have been watching Townsend’s contract situation prior to McClaren too.

    McClaren may have been responsible for Wijnaldum however.


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