Rafa Showing Professionalism And Patience With Top Management At Newcastle

It’s been a complicated transfer window so far, and we still haven’t signed the two or three class players we need to ensure we have a decent first season back in the Premier League.

What we would see as a decent first season back is not fighting relegation and if possible ending up in the top 10 in the Premier League.

But with all the money there’s been available this summer for Premier League clubs every one of them seems determined to improve their sides to ensure they stay in the big money league.

Even clubs like West Brom, Bournemouth and the like have about £80M more to spend this summer based on the money they got from the Premier League in May compared to what Newcastle received.

Rafa Benitez – Mr. Newcastle

So it must be challenging for Rafa Benitez to have to live with what are restrictions in spending at Newcastle when the only thing he wants to do is to have a team good enough for the fans.

That’s his long term goal – make no mistake about that – and that means Newcastle being one of the top clubs in Europe – nothing less than that.

While Rafa was definitely unhappy that we missed out on so many transfer targets in May and June, we have made decent progress over the last three weeks.

Rafa appears to have signed players who are only too willing to do what Rafa tells them to – and therefore improve their game rather quickly.

Rafa has shown great professionalism and patience in the way he has gone about his work in preseason – as usual, he’s quietly working his socks off for the Newcastle cause.

Rafa is the top man at Newcastle – that’s obvious but we should never forget that, and there are clubs much richer than Newcastle who would sign Rafa Benitez in a New York minute and give him lots of money to spend on transfers as an enticement.

Rafa showed he was completely committed to Newcastle last season in England’s second division, and while the summer may be tough we fully expect Mike Ashley to give him lots of money to spend next summer and after that, when our finances should be much improved.

Mike should also be working hard to get extra investment into the club by January so we could sign some players at that time.

The owner has to realize he has a world-class manager and we’ve seen in the past how these top football coaches don’t allow themselves to be pushed around by anybody.

That includes Mike Ashley.

Did I mention Rafa is a fantastic manager for Newcastle United?


Comments welcome.

82 comments so far

  • Mister Tuff

    Aug 3, 2017 at 5:30 PM

    Comment #1

    Woah – careful Ed – cannot say anything that might be construed as anti Mr Tubbs or heavens above that he controls the cash. Wash you mouth out with soap.

  • Mister Tuff

    Aug 3, 2017 at 5:31 PM

    Comment #2

    you = your

  • Mister Tuff

    Aug 3, 2017 at 5:36 PM

    Comment #3

    See that Perez has put in a transfer request.

  • Bambams

    Aug 3, 2017 at 5:37 PM

    Comment #4

    Still time to get better signings in….

  • Bobbybee

    Aug 3, 2017 at 5:58 PM

    Comment #5

    Where on earth does this ‘top ten’ or ‘challenging for Europe’ come from? Seriously, I really do not understand it.
    13-15 would be job done. A base to launch from next season.
    Look at the majority of clubs who got the big cash influx. They’re not spending it all. Their fans aren’t expecting them to either. They never spend it all. The real big spenders are the clubs who have that money given by sugar daddies or unlimited credit.
    Teams getting promoted generally struggle, I don’t see why we should be the exception – is it because we win trophies every season? Hardly.
    It shows how badly the club has been run when Curtis’s Good is on higher wages than first teamers. These are the sort of problems Rafa has inherited and he simply can’t fix it overnight.
    He’s starting from scratch. He needs time. Putting unrealistic expectations on him are not helping.

  • hellodjo

    Aug 3, 2017 at 6:02 PM

    Comment #6

    This year judging by last years table we could finish 8th or 17th, difference between those positions was 6 points and 8th only achieved 46pts and honestly with a good season and the right signings we can definitely get 50+pts

  • chicousa

    Aug 3, 2017 at 6:05 PM

    Comment #7

    Exactly! Rafa can and will make constant, incremental improvements. But minus huge Chinese, American or Middle Eastern investment, he cannot work miracles. My prediction, which I may be on the optimistic side is finishing 12th. Higher next year!

  • beermonkey

    Aug 3, 2017 at 6:11 PM

    Comment #8


    wots good on

  • ShirebrookToon

    Aug 3, 2017 at 6:16 PM

    Comment #9

    Goods on 12k a week

  • nightfa11

    Aug 3, 2017 at 6:17 PM

    Comment #10

    Cmon Ed, stop with January – next summer plan 🙂 there are still 28 days left. We still have money to spend in this window, we hardly even touched our budget. And in today’s time with such strong coaching allowing over the globe there are many more talents than years ago – there are limited number of clubs, but unlimited supply of talents. 🙂 meaning We don’t need hundreds of millions to bring in quality. We have time and I’m confident we will surprise everyone with our performances. 🙂 remember, you’re saying it by yourself – we have a serious weapon – a world class manager in full control.

  • ShirebrookToon

    Aug 3, 2017 at 6:20 PM

    Comment #11

    Looks like Yedlin is out for the Spurs game.

  • Jib

    Aug 3, 2017 at 6:20 PM

    Comment #12

    The point that a lot of folks are missing


    we are not the only club with dross on high contracts to shift.

    Arsenal (Wenger) will eventually get realistic and let us have Perez on loan

    Rafa managed to talk Osasuna into taking Manu Riviére on loan


    I expect lots more of the same in the next 4 weeks

  • Bobbybee

    Aug 3, 2017 at 6:28 PM

    Comment #13

    There’s no arguing that we need at least two more players in – striker and No10. The rest we can make do for now.
    Ashley was badly advised by people who should’ve known better, the contracts of average players – at best – way too good for their level. Who else will pay Haidara thirty grand a week? The problems are almost impossible to address, but Rafa knew this and STILL took the job on.
    We need to move players out and frankly, I’ve no idea how he’ll do it, other than offering to pay half their wages to the club willing to take our failures off our hands.
    We are what we are this season. A promoted club struggling to match smaller clubs with more money to spend.
    Our advantage is Rafa’s nous. He’s bought well with little resources and definitely improved the team. I don’t think he’s finished spending but talk of big money signings is pie in the sky.
    We have enough to stay up and then, who knows? Ashley might be gone by next season, but if not, we’ll have more to spend.
    We all need to get behind the players more than ever before. Rafa rates our support highly and we need to show him his faith is warranted, by accepting we’re in for a tough season, but giving the same support as if we were top of the table. We matter.
    If anybody’s support depends on how much we spend then it’s worthless. It’s easy to support a successful team, we need to be the twelfth man this season and I fully expect nothing less.

  • Jib

    Aug 3, 2017 at 6:31 PM

    Comment #14

    Johnathan Viera the Las Palmas tricky left winger/midfielder has stuck his head above the parapet and with a fresh bid coming in from Leicester City has said in an interview he is prepared to consider a move to the PL.
    We are listed as one of the clubs he is thinking about.

  • Bobbybee

    Aug 3, 2017 at 6:34 PM

    Comment #15

    I’d love to know what Rafa thinks when he reads every day that he wants to buy every player in the world. 🙂 He must have a chuckle to himself I suppose.

  • Mister Tuff

    Aug 3, 2017 at 6:36 PM

    Comment #16

    13th/14th/15th —– perfectly respectable positions for this season – higher -a welcome bonus.

    Centre forward and a number 10 also needed – otherwise we could have problems.

  • BenArfa the magician

    Aug 3, 2017 at 7:06 PM

    Comment #17

    Surely anything from 17th up is a success next season. If we had spent a shite load of money maybe expectations would be higher but realistically I can see us being toward the bottom most of the season and hopefully have enough to stay up. Certainly not expecting miracles next season the season after hopefully we’ll have the money to compete.

  • Jib

    Aug 3, 2017 at 7:15 PM

    Comment #18

    In a way the PL for a decent manager (like Rafa ) is easier
    1. Less Physical
    2. Less Thuggery
    3. Better Officials
    4. Better Crowds/Grounds

    Unlike the Championship it’s pretty much a given that 40 points guarantees a share of the PL super – riches.

    I would think a pragmatist like Rafa has already looked at the fixture list and targeted his
    40 point date.

    Anything after that is a bonus – then we concentrate on Las Copas

  • Jib

    Aug 3, 2017 at 7:20 PM

    Comment #19

    Have a look at this (courtesy of Biffa and Niall) and
    play the “when do I think we’ll reach 40 points” game

  • carl

    Aug 3, 2017 at 7:20 PM

    Comment #20

    Mr Tuff
    If you can’t take it you shouldn’t dish it out. You always end linking up other posters.
    Your daft routine has driven loads of people away. Aside from Ian Toon I can think of Tequilamag, bills- son and many more.
    Maybe they will enjoy your absence.

  • Munster Mag

    Aug 3, 2017 at 7:21 PM

    Comment #21

    Bobby, so what do u think rafa has to spend now though? Surely he has50mill? Or are we now saying maybe 20mill,or less…?

  • Mister Tuff

    Aug 3, 2017 at 7:24 PM

    Comment #22

    Little “c” – give it a rest with your blog mischief. You need to apologise to the blog for your lies and mischief.

  • toontaff2

    Aug 3, 2017 at 7:40 PM

    Comment #23

    We’ll soon enough see who these ‘simpletons’ are, who are predicting top 4 👿
    Martoon’s predictions are due, next week.
    Have already said 12th, 45 points, might as well go Hayden player of season and Gayle top scorer.

  • OneAlanShearer

    Aug 3, 2017 at 7:40 PM

    Comment #24

    With iheanacho confirmed as a Leicester player I wonder if that will mean Slimani will be on his way. If he’s a reasonable price I’d go for him. He was a previous target as well.
    I’d have loved iheanacho but we just aren’t in that ball park yet.

  • Bobbybee

    Aug 3, 2017 at 7:41 PM

    Comment #25

    Munster, nobody knows mate and Rafa ain’t telling, so anything would be pure speculation and not worth a toss.
    We do need to offload though, not just for funds but the fact that we’ll have players not in the squad picking up stupid wages for sitting on their arse.

    Right, away to watch the lasses beat Holland hopefully. Thoroughly enjoyed this tournament so far and been surprised to see the quality has improved as much as it has.

  • OneAlanShearer

    Aug 3, 2017 at 7:42 PM

    Comment #26

    Hard to make a prediction yet but as it stands with only Gayle and mitro I’d say 17th is optimistic.

  • toontaff2

    Aug 3, 2017 at 7:47 PM

    Comment #27

    We beat Brighton last season, without Mitro or Gayle or Murphy. Perez up front.

  • toontaff2

    Aug 3, 2017 at 7:48 PM

    Comment #28

    Better not upset the whingers. Don’t want to be accused of stalking, again 😆

  • benjohnsen

    Aug 3, 2017 at 8:16 PM

    Comment #29

    Couldn’t agree more with BobbyBee! Top ten is not realistic. We need to get rid of average players on lengthy contracts and it is not easy to offload them as proven with Curtis Good, Haidara, and Riviere last month. Then we can start building our squad with some quality additions. If we can finish above 15th this season and continue progress I am more than happy with that. Right now, the most important thing is that we keep Rafa at the club.

  • BlacknWhiteBarmy

    Aug 3, 2017 at 8:23 PM

    Comment #30

    Plenty of good players out there that would improve our team but the price is too high – although some way below the £200M for Neymar. The FatOne has to pay the going rate or bet on us getting a 17th finish – good job he doesn’t like to gamble 🙁

  • hellodjo

    Aug 3, 2017 at 8:32 PM

    Comment #31

    How is top 10 not realistic? 8th position last season was 46 pts, we could very conceivably achieve that points tally. We are easily in a position now to compete with all the teams from 8th down with Rafa in charge, in fact I’d be confident of comfortably surviving the drop with no more additions providing we don’t get an obscene amount of bad injuries

  • Jail for Ashley

    Aug 3, 2017 at 8:36 PM

    Comment #32

    I rarely read The Mag these days, in fact hardly at all since that bloke in the pub story about Elliott slaying us. Anyway some young kid wrote his first article saying how relegation was good for us as it has allowed us to flush the the French players out of our system, what tosh. How can relegation be good for a team and we’re still stuck with Haidara, Saivet and Riverine. And a couple of people went on to say good article.

  • Bobbybee

    Aug 3, 2017 at 8:37 PM

    Comment #33

    Bit disappointed in England so far. One down, but having watched every game so far I think the occasion has got to them a bit. Too many long balls and panicked clearances, whereas so far it’s been the pass and move game that impressed me so much.
    Improved the second part of the half, but they just need to go back to their normal game and they can win this. Cut out the long ball game and keep it short and sharp.

  • Bobbybee

    Aug 3, 2017 at 8:42 PM

    Comment #34

    Jail, The Mag will have you reaching for the razorblades mate, give it a wide berth. 🙂

  • Jail for Ashley

    Aug 3, 2017 at 8:43 PM

    Comment #35

    You get fuelled for the match on Sunday, I don’t really bother for friendlies. Went to the Deportivo game a few years ago and the rain drove us to drink. Ended up cancelled and got free tickets for a game later in the season but can’t remember who.

  • Jail for Ashley

    Aug 3, 2017 at 8:44 PM

    Comment #36


  • bladeuser

    Aug 3, 2017 at 8:54 PM

    Comment #37

    How about finishing 20th or am I putting to much expectation on rafa
    And the team

  • Jib

    Aug 3, 2017 at 9:21 PM

    Comment #38

    I couldn’t get me head round bladeuser suddenly jumping out of the woodwork
    Then the light clicked on – he’s shitting himself cos Sunlun may get a caning off
    Derby County on tv in 24 hours time – aahh bless

  • bladeuser

    Aug 3, 2017 at 9:28 PM

    Comment #39

    The light sometimes clicks on with you not often mainly when your not discussing football
    As for scumberland I don’t do championship

  • RUNAWAY777

    Aug 3, 2017 at 9:38 PM

    Comment #40

    Just watched the England match they where utter shit after beating France they went out there thinking they would win easy to cocky girls well done Holland well deserved


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