The Die Is Cast – Benitez Certain To Leave Newcastle By Next Summer


It’s not a surprise that Rafa Benitez was left completely frustrated last night by Newcastle’s inability and/or unwillingness to add some good players to his squad for the coming season.

And now we are met this morning with various headlines about Rafa considering his future at Newcastle and that he may even let it be known that he’s interested in the West Ham United job.

He has a good relationship with the West Ham owners after almost taking over two years ago in London before he took the Real Madrid job.

And he knows he will not be messed around at West Ham and that they have much more ambition at the Hammers than owner Mike Ashley will ever have at Newcastle.

Rafa moved out five players in the last five days of the transfer window, but Lee Charnley didn’t manage to bring in one player, and we were left with losing out on left-back Matt Targett from the Saints with a familiar refrain – we wouldn’t pay the loan fee for him.

Rafa Benitez – completley frsutrated with Mike Ashley

We wouldn’t blame Rafa Benitez if he walks out on Newcastle, but we would hope he would stay for the season, but it’s very doubtful he will stay longer than that.

We thought it was going to be very difficult for Mike Ashley to screw this one up with a world-class manager wanting to come to the club.

And all Mike had to do was to let Rafa get on with it and support him with all the money available from the club.

He hasn’t done that, and the owner continues to put the financial side of Newcastle as the number one target.

Rafa puts the playing side as the top target, like any football man, and those two views don’t lead to any success.

Mike had said he would give every last penny the club has to Rafa this summer.

But it looks like that was only £12M, with that being the net spend this summer with the financial side of things again looking good at the cost of the playing side.

Mike Ashley has screwed this one up big time and with a world-class manager like Rafa Benitez, he is not one to be messed around.

The consequences will be grave for Mike Ashley and for Newcastle United, but the owner brought all this on himself.

Our only hope is that Mike Ashley sells the club or pledges to support Rafa fully, but he’s already done the latter and then reneged on it.

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292 comments so far

  • check the toastie

    Sep 1, 2017 at 12:14 PM

    Comment #1

    Not certain at all, loves The Toon.
    Finishes mid table no probs.

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  • ashleysmate

    Sep 1, 2017 at 12:16 PM

    Comment #2

    Well, fatboy slim did say in TV interview never say never to bringing shearer back?!

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  • jimmysmith

    Sep 1, 2017 at 12:17 PM

    Comment #3

    Calm down Ed.

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  • magscar

    Sep 1, 2017 at 12:19 PM

    Comment #4

    Jimmy

    Agreed.

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  • Ron Knee

    Sep 1, 2017 at 12:19 PM

    Comment #5

    Well said, Ed!

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  • RUNAWAY777

    Sep 1, 2017 at 12:20 PM

    Comment #6

    Anybody see that helicopter flying over newcastle size of it could be ashley we my hear something sooner then next summer we will juat have to wait and see but if i was rafa i would want out now .

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  • ashleysmate

    Sep 1, 2017 at 12:21 PM

    Comment #7

    Beats me why he won’t bring Denis wise and JFK back? Am I missing something here?!#*@!!

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  • Madmag

    Sep 1, 2017 at 12:21 PM

    Comment #8

    Ed, as Jimmy says please calm down and stop posting clickbait articles

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  • nufcalex

    Sep 1, 2017 at 12:23 PM

    Comment #9

    We can only hope Rafa stays long enough for us to receive the TV money next year and it to be given to him in its entirety, he only stayed for the fans and If we all start kicking off at home games about this transfer window it brings more attention to him and we might just be making his mind up for him. Get behind the team

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  • magicmac54

    Sep 1, 2017 at 12:27 PM

    Comment #10

    As Joey Barton said very recently rafa will be gone before Christmas, and anyone who thinks otherwise is simply deluded, watch this space. HWTL.

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  • magscar

    Sep 1, 2017 at 12:27 PM

    Comment #11

    Ron Knee

    If the fans who go feel that way it will gain traction. Doesn’t need orchestrating by others who don’t go for whatever reason. Some on here honestly seem to enjoy division and hating Ashley than looking for positives.

    Posters can say what they like on Blog but should leave match goers to do as they see fit. I have lived away from Tyneside for over 40 years and bring up my family and grandkids to support the toon in times and areas where being a glory hunter and supporting one of top 4 is so much easier but arguably not as gratifying despite all the pain 🙁

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  • magscar

    Sep 1, 2017 at 12:31 PM

    Comment #12

    Repost as Ed moved

    magscar

    Sep 1, 2017 at 12:16 PM
    Comment #141

    My view is that not getting out those Rafa didn’t want earlier was a major factor in our lack of maneouvrability late in the window. Whose fault is open to debate and it may be it isn’t any particular party – modern transfers are a minefield and getting worse.

    That is an area which needs urgent review as there remain several who may now be needed but were definately unwanted. January is a few months away but plans need tightening now!!
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  • outside the box

    Sep 1, 2017 at 12:31 PM

    Comment #13

    squad size is king….
    3 goal keepers ..rafa didnt fancy krull proof will be if krull becomes no 1 at brighton
    5 full backs…rafa didnt want lazar.left back covered by manquillo gamez dummett clark
    4 centre backs
    3 centre mid
    4 wide mid
    3 strikers…
    space and money for recruits in jan plus wage bill reduced….
    i would have liked another centre midfield and change in striker but it seems player power holds sway you cannot move players unless they want to ….await statement from sjp but doubt it will come

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  • Jib

    Sep 1, 2017 at 12:31 PM

    Comment #14

    Ed man just read what you put
    Rafa cleared out players but Charnley failed to sign any
    What arrant nonsense
    Change your meds ffs

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  • Goldmbemba

    Sep 1, 2017 at 12:34 PM

    Comment #15

    When i started reading this blog it wasn’t so clickbaity. Its a real shame its become like this.

    Which journalists have had access to Rafa since 11pm last night to draw these conclusions?

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  • Ron Knee

    Sep 1, 2017 at 12:35 PM

    Comment #16

    magscar

    I think there are plenty of good reasons why supporters loathe Ashley!

    As an expatriate Geordie, I’m in no position to tell regular match-goers what to do but if I was an ST holder I wouldn’t be too happy today.

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  • SUTTY1978

    Sep 1, 2017 at 12:36 PM

    Comment #17

    Hang on… Rafa is solely responsible for getting rid of the dead wood? Charnley is solely responsible for not bringing anyone in?
    Either Charley is responsible for both or Rafa is responsible for both or they are both responsible for both?

    Perhaps is Rafa hadnt been away on a jolly we might have had more luck with bringing players in.

    Kind regards

    Lee’s Mum

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  • Rob1971

    Sep 1, 2017 at 12:36 PM

    Comment #18

    Magscar no matter what you say Rafa has been let down again for the 2nd window in a row, can you honestly see him staying beyond this season? his trust in Charnley & Ashley will now have evaporated, only last week he said the squad would be different today, he did not mean without any signings, Rafa will leave as soon as West Ham come in for him

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  • magscar

    Sep 1, 2017 at 12:38 PM

    Comment #19

    Jib

    Much as I respect Ed for this Blog and his unrelenting bravery in his personal life I do wish he wouldn’t give way to hyperbole at times and make such grand statements in his headlines. His Blog but he does fan the flames

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  • magspuggy

    Sep 1, 2017 at 12:40 PM

    Comment #20

    If rafa stays long enough to get his hands on the sky money he can build the squad into something to be proud of. The hard work of shifting the excess has been mostly done and the next time the window opens we will have money to buy.
    Till then we need to battle for every point and claw as much as we can out of everygame. Josulu has to step up and hit the net . Gayle needs to get himself right . Perez to play his heart out and mitro to show his better side and cull the madness.

    Fitness could be our downfall we need them to stay fit we dont have enough to lose players to knocks.

    Sadly i think woodman will stagnate with the u23s and wont get near the first 11 unless things go belly up with the other 2.

    I also think jonjo should not play against swans its another ban waiting to happen and rafa should protect him from himself.

    Big fight ahead but we can do it.
    Keep the faith.

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  • magscar

    Sep 1, 2017 at 12:42 PM

    Comment #21

    Ron Knee

    I am not happy but not yet dusting down the pitchforks or even sure they are still usable after all these years. The years and experience have made me less revolutionary 🙂

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  • Jib

    Sep 1, 2017 at 12:42 PM

    Comment #22

    magscar
    Impartiality – the bulwark of good journalism – unfortunately , can be compromised by commercial considerations.

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  • Ron Knee

    Sep 1, 2017 at 12:43 PM

    Comment #23

    “Change your meds ffs”

    How about a moment’s reflection before you click ‘submit’, Jib?

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  • Tsunki

    Sep 1, 2017 at 12:44 PM

    Comment #24

    Hang on Ed you used to have a real downer on the “Doom and Gloomers” now it seems you have thrown your lot in with them!

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  • Chancel My MBembaship

    Sep 1, 2017 at 12:45 PM

    Comment #25

    Jib – did you seriously just tell Ed to ‘change his meds’ just because he wrote something you didn’t agree with? That’s pretty low even by your usual standards. This is Ed’s blog, he’ll write what he likes – don’t like it? Go somewhere else.

    And don’t do your usual nonsense of either blaming someone else for making you say it or just completely ignoring what you said and acting ‘normal’ until enough people complain forcing you into a lame apology followed by another piece of filth.

    You never cease to amaze me with your behavior on here.

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  • Tsunki

    Sep 1, 2017 at 12:45 PM

    Comment #26

    It’s not jibs style to think things through though is it?

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  • Hail Wor Ashley

    Sep 1, 2017 at 12:45 PM

    Comment #27

    Ah, things will be insufferable in the coming days until it all blows over. Again people whip themselves up into outrage.

    The club can spend what it makes.

    The club would’ve done well to break even last season.

    The club has a net spend of £12m this summer.

    Surprise, surprise! Not!

    Yes I was expecting a LB in, either that Argentine bloke, Kenedy or Targett as it turned out, but that’s it.

    For whatever reason it didn’t happen.

    Doesn’t mean I’m going to go on whinging conspiratorially like Ashley publiucly promised lots of personal investment in order to sell season tickets, lie to Rafa and renege on some deal they made – the former certainly never happened and if Rafa was outright lied to in private then he needs to pipe up doesn’t he?

    Until that happens things have been as expected. Only those not paying attention could be outraged.

    We’ll finish about where we are now and have £60m profit next season to build. Enjoy the ride and support the team.

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  • Mister Tuff

    Sep 1, 2017 at 12:47 PM

    Comment #28

    magscar – I posed a couple of points for general observation – which you had included in one of your posts – and did not expect a reply from you – for similar reasons which you gave in your post.
    If you do not mind me saying I thought your post to me was distinctly aggressive and really not warranted.

    As for knowing or assuming to know what Benitez thinks – haven’t a clue.

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  • magspuggy

    Sep 1, 2017 at 12:47 PM

    Comment #29

    Ron. I cant say for all st holders but i am not happy atm. Didnt believe the hype but had expected us to spend at least double than we did. I am more worried about how rafa feels about it than the lack of players in tbh. If he was itk and is willing to except it knowing its short term then i am happy if he quits i will be gutted .

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  • Ciaran

    Sep 1, 2017 at 12:48 PM

    Comment #30

    Jib

    Very poor choice of words considering Ed’s condition, no?

    I would happen to agree with Ed’s sentiments that it would be most unlikely that we will see Rafa at the club beyond the next 12 months. I wouldn’t call that “Doom and Gloom” rather I’d call that common sense.

    Ashley had an opportunity and he fluffed it. Plain and simple.

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  • dcdick

    Sep 1, 2017 at 12:49 PM

    Comment #31

    The day Ashley leaves is the day I return to SJP

    I think the Radio Newcastle phone in will be a bit “lively” tonight

    For what it’s worth, I’m 100% with Ed on his lead to this post.

    Dick.

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  • Thump

    Sep 1, 2017 at 12:52 PM

    Comment #32

    Christ, Jib. Give your head a wobble.

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  • Ron Knee

    Sep 1, 2017 at 12:52 PM

    Comment #33

    magspuggy

    Let’s hope he’s prepared to stay – at least in the short term!

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  • magscar

    Sep 1, 2017 at 12:53 PM

    Comment #35

    Mister Tuff

    Thanks for clarification. Glad to see you are part of the group that doesn’t have a clue what Rafa thinks. Your conjecture along with other posters is of course welcome with that caveat.

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  • magscar

    Sep 1, 2017 at 12:55 PM

    Comment #36

    Jib

    Cmon man think before you post

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  • Tsunki

    Sep 1, 2017 at 12:57 PM

    Comment #37

    It is what it is.. plenty of “I told you so” opportunities coming in the next six months for Mike to negotiate on his inimitable style.

    We now have to see what kind of team Benitez can fashion week in week out while he hurdles suspensions and injuries. I dare say he can bludgeon his way to any place from 8 to 14, which will be a perfect nesting place for Ashley, back into the sweet spot of income Vs expenditure.

    I don’t think Benitez needs to do any more than demonstrate how he can establish a workmanlike on-budget club smack bang in mid table heaven in order to keep his CV current and live. He will probably have a car sent round to pick him up by his new club come January .

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  • Ciaran

    Sep 1, 2017 at 12:58 PM

    Comment #38

    The irony of Jib pursuing his pro-Ashley agenda is that his reputation is such that it actually serves to a) make him a point of ridicule and b) undermine the pro-Ashley stance

    Perhaps he’s secretly an anti-Ashley double agent using his atrocious reputation to turn people off the Fat Controller…

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  • Tsunki

    Sep 1, 2017 at 12:59 PM

    Comment #39

    Someone take jibs shovel away.

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  • Reilly

    Sep 1, 2017 at 1:01 PM

    Comment #40

    Rafa open to job offers.

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