Talks Between Rafa Benitez And Ashley Are Underway


The Chronicle is reporting that talks between Mike Ashley and Rafa Benitez are underway and it seems they are taking place at the Benton training Grounds from what we can make out.

Let’s hope there’s a good outcome, but we just cannot believe, with all that Rafa done for the club over a very short 18 months, the owner would do anything other than give Rafa all he can for Rafa’s massive recruitment drive this summer.

But you never know with the Newcastle owner.

Great shot of Rafa Benitez – happy with the Championship trophy
Fantastic achievement last season for Rafa and Newcastle United


The first thing Rafa wants to do in the talks is to come to some agreement on how Rafa will build the club through a strategy or blueprint over the foreseeable future.

And from all reports Rafa will go into some detail including financial information on what he wants to do both long term and in the next year specifically to transform the club form top to bottom.

It’s not clear if this is a one-on-one with Mike and it’s likely that Rafa is using his office at Benton to go through his powerpoint charts on what he sees the Newcastle future being under his stewardship.

The news this morning that a lecturer on football finance at Liverpool University, Kieran Maguire, has estimated the value of Newcastle United at the end of last season at £568M will no doubt be brought up by the manager tonight.

Rafa will get all this type of news from his many contacts in the game and in Liverpool, where he still lives with his wife and two teenage daughters in the Wirral, Cheshire.

If we are now worth over £500M then how much will Mike’s club be worth in two or three years time if we are as successful as we think we will be under Rafa Benitez?

A lot.

Give him the money Mike.

🙂

There are various tweets going around that talks have got underway tonight.



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96 comments so far

  • toontaff2

    May 9, 2017 at 6:34 PM

    Comment #1

    The moment of truth-Blog meltdown!

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  • ShirebrookToon

    May 9, 2017 at 6:35 PM

    Comment #2

    “Drum roll”

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  • Goodfella

    May 9, 2017 at 6:36 PM

    Comment #3

    Troy Deeney??????????

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  • toontaff2

    May 9, 2017 at 6:37 PM

    Comment #4

    How does 150 million sound, RAFA?

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  • investinyouthtoon

    May 9, 2017 at 6:38 PM

    Comment #5

    Thanks Jib. 1st July, that’s gonna drag like heck, but least I know so I’ll not have to come on here and post as if I’m looking for a lost cat.

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  • firebug666

    May 9, 2017 at 6:38 PM

    Comment #6

    I’m confident the talks will go well, and although I don’t expect to hear any details of the outcome, I think Rafa will get on with his job of recruiting (after his well earned holiday) and build us a team that will at least challenge the mid table next season.

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  • Bobbybee

    May 9, 2017 at 6:40 PM

    Comment #7

    Toontaff, WAKE UP! You’re typing in your dreams mate. 🙂

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  • toontaff2

    May 9, 2017 at 6:44 PM

    Comment #8

    Fly on the wall reporting, Bobby!

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  • ShirebrookToon

    May 9, 2017 at 6:45 PM

    Comment #9

    Toontaff,

    Surprised that your valuation contains a 5 and a 1 😀

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  • Ron Knee

    May 9, 2017 at 6:46 PM

    Comment #10
  • Bobbybee

    May 9, 2017 at 6:47 PM

    Comment #11

    Firebug, can’t see Rafa revealing much. Definitely not how much money he’s got to spend, that would be naive and he isn’t that. 🙂 It’ll go one of two ways. He’ll come out and say ‘couldn’t agree, see ya!’ Or, more likely imo, ‘We have reached an agreement and now begins the process of building the club into a successful operation’. I think he’s too respectful to go into details until a full press release is issued.

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  • WWSBRD

    May 9, 2017 at 6:49 PM

    Comment #12

    firebug
    Reckon the recruitment will of started as soon as promotion was secured mate. Not sure Rafa will take much of a holiday either too much to do

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  • Mister Tuff

    May 9, 2017 at 6:51 PM

    Comment #13

    Mr Tubbs………………………………………..OOT
    Long Summer Holidays ……………………IN.

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  • Bambams

    May 9, 2017 at 6:52 PM

    Comment #14

    It makes sense that they are talking now, Rafa will want to get our targets in early. I still think we will be buying our ‘flair’ players from abroad.

    I am not too worried if reports come out that we have £55-60 Million – the last thing we want is for selling clubs to know we are Cash Heavy !

    Lets just see who we get before all hell brakes loose on here…

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  • Mister Tuff

    May 9, 2017 at 6:54 PM

    Comment #15

    We might hear an announcement that Rafa has had his contract extended – thus staying – so we could probably just have to assume thereby -that the talks went well.
    Cannot see us getting much detail.

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  • hibbit

    May 9, 2017 at 6:56 PM

    Comment #16

    Bambams
    other clubs all no ash is heavy !!!!

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  • ShirebrookToon

    May 9, 2017 at 6:57 PM

    Comment #17

    Tuff

    If all we here is he’s been given a contract extensions, then that’s enough evidence for me to say the meeting was positive

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  • Bambams

    May 9, 2017 at 6:58 PM

    Comment #18

    Tuff

    Exactly, lets hope that is one issue we do find out about, Rafa a new 5-6 year contract

    We will only know roughly how much we had (£millions) when the squad is assembled, even then unless the selling team announces the fee will we find out, NUFC usually use ‘undisclosed’ fee

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  • toontaff2

    May 9, 2017 at 6:59 PM

    Comment #19

    Penfold has just arrived with 5 chocolate biscuits, 1 rich tea 😀

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  • Bambams

    May 9, 2017 at 6:59 PM

    Comment #20

    Hibbit

    Maybe we should ‘weigh him in at Shepperds’

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  • hibbit

    May 9, 2017 at 7:00 PM

    Comment #21

    if Rafa signs a new contract / extension he must be happy with the offer and terms

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  • Mister Tuff

    May 9, 2017 at 7:00 PM

    Comment #22

    Shirebrook – might get something like “the talks went well” or “the talks were positive” and we’ll just have to make our own assumptions thereafter.

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  • cyprus

    May 9, 2017 at 7:01 PM

    Comment #23

    G2
    Well done with those predictions. How about this next season?

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  • JackBall

    May 9, 2017 at 7:08 PM

    Comment #24

    Ron,

    Great video. Good to see the players as happy as us. Even those with little game time were into it.

    Do wonder where the game video with announcers came from. Would have loved that feed on Sunday.

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  • ShirebrookToon

    May 9, 2017 at 7:14 PM

    Comment #25
  • kilcline

    May 9, 2017 at 7:15 PM

    Comment #26

    No other club declares their transfer funds, I wonder why….

    If Rafa signs an extension take it as good news, if he doesn’t and talks about stability and survival take it as bad news

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  • ShirebrookToon

    May 9, 2017 at 7:15 PM

    Comment #27

    Tuff,

    What… and no mention of what budget he’s got for transfers. 😀

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  • YoungMagpieFromBurnley

    May 9, 2017 at 7:15 PM

    Comment #28

    Ohhh Ron I had the same idea lol. Glad I saw your post.

    If Rafa is still here after the talks finish then we can assume that this transfer window is going to be exciting.

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  • YoungMagpieFromBurnley

    May 9, 2017 at 7:16 PM

    Comment #29

    Just watched that shire haha

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  • Bobbybee

    May 9, 2017 at 7:16 PM

    Comment #30

    I predicted on April 24+25 that Rafa would get an extended contract, simply because he won’t have time to fulfil his targets before this one runs out. This season is a season wasted that he certainly hadn’t factored in originally. He’s clearly happy here and it fits with his family life. Why West Ham believed they just had to snap their fingers and he’d go running – talk about arrogance! No way their owners would let him do it his way. They struggle to agree with each other ffs.
    This is down to Ashley and Rafa to agree on ambition more than anything. I really don’t envisage any problems. We’re all aware Ashley could mess it up, but my judgement is based on Rafa’s body language since they spoke on the phone. They also looked like a happy little group clutching that trophy too. 🙂

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  • ShirebrookToon

    May 9, 2017 at 7:18 PM

    Comment #31

    Youngmagpie

    He’s funny as fcuk. Says it how it is and doesn’t hold back 😀

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  • lochinvar

    May 9, 2017 at 7:18 PM

    Comment #32

    Toontaff2 – the rich Tea biscuits are gone. Penfold had left the building……oh no…..wait he’s back with Millionaires Shortbread
    Phew…

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  • WWSBRD

    May 9, 2017 at 7:20 PM

    Comment #33

    Who has said Rafa is getting a contract extension?

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  • YoungMagpieFromBurnley

    May 9, 2017 at 7:25 PM

    Comment #34

    He’s crazy, I enjoyed his videos last season. Not so much this season though.

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  • Tinman

    May 9, 2017 at 7:25 PM

    Comment #35

    Hope Rafa stays. He can attract some great talent, invest in some good youth and set us up for a few good years.

    One or two marquee signings would be great and he can puff the squad out with some goof 5-15m picks.

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  • Bobbybee

    May 9, 2017 at 7:38 PM

    Comment #36

    WWSBRD Nobody from the club, just something I said a couple of weeks ago. He’s unlikely to win anything next season if we’re realistic and the following one would be his last on this contract. Can’t imagine the blueprint for success starts now and finishes the following season, can you? He’s rebuilding from top to bottom and that’s going to take time. I can’t see any other outcome personally.

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  • YoungMagpieFromBurnley

    May 9, 2017 at 7:44 PM

    Comment #37

    Rafa might wait for the extension Bobby. See if Ashley doesn’t lie at the end of next season.

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  • WWSBRD

    May 9, 2017 at 7:50 PM

    Comment #38

    Bobby
    If all goes well am sure he’d sign an extension but I doubt it’ll be this summer

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  • Bobbybee

    May 9, 2017 at 7:53 PM

    Comment #39

    Burnley, oh yeah, I don’t expect it today mate, it was really in response to the people saying he would walk out because Ashley wouldn’t back him. I said he was more likely to extend his contract than end it. The impossible he can do now, miracles tend to take a little longer. 🙂
    Anyway, gonna watch the CL semi and been relegated from the TV to my phone. 🙂 Later.

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  • ShirebrookToon

    May 9, 2017 at 8:08 PM

    Comment #40

    How I’d love to be a fly on the wall in that meeting!

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