Rafa Benitez Will Be Tested This Month – Let’s Hope He’s Successful


Newcastle have been linked with a move for Joe Hart currently on loan at West Ham, but we would be very surprised if there is much transfer business done this month between teams fighting relegation.

And with only 5 points separating 9 clubs in the lower half of the league that’s a lot of clubs.

Rafa Benitez has been told to trim the playing staff by Mike Ashley, and Rafa will try to move out players he doesn’t need.

Those include Jack Colback, Henri Saivet, and Aleksandar Mitrovic – but in such a short window that could be difficult.

Rafa Benitez – no transfer funds – you got to be kidding me!

Rafa realizes it could be difficult to do transfer business with some of the Premier League clubs this month, and he had this to say when asked about England goalkeeper Joe Hart:

“No, we are not talking about names.” “But it’s very difficult for a team in their position to do a deal with us.”

Newcastle have still not had any firm bids for Jack Colback and one of the problems with the local lad is he’s on £40K/week.

And while a number of Championship clubs are interested in the central midfielder they are unlikely to be able to afford those wages long term.

Maybe the best Newcastle can do is to get Jack out on loan and at least have some other club pay his wages for the next five months as the loan agreement.

West Brom, now managed by Alan Pardew, are said to be interested in striker Aleksandar Mitrovic, and there are clubs on the continent also credited with an interest in the Serbian striker.

It would be a surprise if Rafa sells Mitro to a relegation candidate.

Newcastle were also linked recently with West Ham striker Diafra Sakho, but the Hammers knocked back our bid.

So it’s looking like a difficult for Newcastle (make that Rafa Benitez) to negotiate but the good news is we have a chance of signing 21-year-old left-sided player Kenedy from Chelsea.

That would be a decent start to this transfer window, and while he’s not the finished article, the young Brazilian has real class.

We are hoping for the best this month that Rafa can still get in four good players – somehow.

Strikers are what we need the most.

It’s a massive test for Rafa this month – but we are hoping he can get the job done in what looks like challenging circumstances for the manager.

Howay The Lads!!

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105 comments so far

  • Tsunki

    Jan 9, 2018 at 9:48 AM

    Comment #1

    A quick switch of managers and a player or two at some of our relegation buddies and we are in deep doggy door.

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  • Tsunki

    Jan 9, 2018 at 9:49 AM

    Comment #2

    Doggy door. That’s the one Mr Beardsley will be exiting by I suppose 😐

    1
  • Optimistic Panda

    Jan 9, 2018 at 9:52 AM

    Comment #3

    Jail

    Something to do with medicals I believe at different clubs.

    Always seemed to know who we were talking to before the papers though.

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  • Tsunki

    Jan 9, 2018 at 9:52 AM

    Comment #4

    “But it’s very difficult for a team in their position to do a deal with us.”

    And vice versa.

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Jan 9, 2018 at 9:55 AM

    Comment #5

    Ashley doesn’t get football we know that. Last time in the PL two wins against Spurs and Liverpool saved Mclarens job and got us relegated. Benitez’ job was/is never in danger but those two wins might have cost him transfer funds. What a gawd awful way to run a football club.

    2
  • hibbit

    Jan 9, 2018 at 9:56 AM

    Comment #6

    don’t give up now lad’s
    if this deal wasn’t going down (and it is) Rafa would be long gone he wouldn’t be hanging round letting Ashley make a fool of him to proud and horable for that !!!!!
    Rafa’s in the loop knows exactly were the deals at and when it will happen
    just keep the faith a little longer the good times are just round the corner

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  • hibbit

    Jan 9, 2018 at 10:01 AM

    Comment #7

    *honorable*

    1
  • Frank pingles come sock

    Jan 9, 2018 at 10:02 AM

    Comment #8

    Rafa will have to speak on Friday at presser let’s see how he is then to gauge what’s happening

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  • DubaiMicky

    Jan 9, 2018 at 10:02 AM

    Comment #9

    Would he though hibbit? Allegedly there’s a £5m buyout clause if he resigns, probably less than that now but still.

    2
  • Markaccus

    Jan 9, 2018 at 10:03 AM

    Comment #10

    Hibbit

    It’s like being in limbo. The feeling that we are in the edge of something fantastic, but also having that feeling that Mash will screw it up last minute. He’s done it so many times.

    2
  • Little h

    Jan 9, 2018 at 10:04 AM

    Comment #11

    I was reading the article on news now saying we have to sell to buy then I got to the sentence where it says “the sun is reporting” then with a small chuckle all anger turned to relief and I put my fone down…. don’t believe everything in the papers and don’t believe anything in the sun

    3
  • DubaiMicky

    Jan 9, 2018 at 10:07 AM

    Comment #12

    According to Mike Douglas, something like £75m is payable to all EPL clubs in the second week in January.

    I wonder where that goes?

    1
  • Jail for Ashley

    Jan 9, 2018 at 10:07 AM

    Comment #13

    Dubai Mickey,
    Allegedly being the key word. Do you honestly think Rafa would have signed a deal that allowed him to be shafted window after window and then finding himself 5M in debt when he’s finally had enough. Howay!

    2
  • Our Toon

    Jan 9, 2018 at 10:09 AM

    Comment #14

    Got Wi-Fi at the beach. Woo hoo!!

    I would take this article with a pinch of salt but how many times are we going to say that when we all know what type of owner Ashley is. The bloke is a complete joke, the only other reason I can think of as to why he’s playing roulette in this window is to get PCP to move quickly. He’ll make his money back whether we stay in the league or not. 100m for going down then strip it’s assets and sell for small amount……thats my fear

    2
  • hibbit

    Jan 9, 2018 at 10:12 AM

    Comment #15

    Jail for Ashley
    as i’ve said Rafa knows exactly what’s going on, why else is he still here ??

    1
  • hibbit

    Jan 9, 2018 at 10:13 AM

    Comment #16

    Our Toon which beach is that ????????????

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Jan 9, 2018 at 10:14 AM

    Comment #17

    Our Toon,
    I’m very surprised he isn’t planning on doing that anyway. Sell every single player bar the youth teams, sack every member of staff bar the essential and take the parachute payments. He’d probably get near to 300M doing that. That is a huge worry.

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  • Our Toon

    Jan 9, 2018 at 10:15 AM

    Comment #18

    Hibbit

    I’m in balaclava in Mauritius, weather is hit and miss though as a cyclone was passing through a few days ago

    1
  • hibbit

    Jan 9, 2018 at 10:19 AM

    Comment #19

    Our Toon the last time i was Mauritius was in the late 70’s beautiful place …Enjoy

    1
  • Lindisfarne

    Jan 9, 2018 at 10:20 AM

    Comment #20

    Aye, aye, aye!

    Calm down, calm down!

    Take it easy.

    4 points every 3 matches up to the end of the season will see us clear. There are defo. 3 clubs that will not better that.

    1
  • Our Toon

    Jan 9, 2018 at 10:22 AM

    Comment #21

    Jail

    That’s my fear mate. I just want him gone but the end is dragging on forever, why on earth is he still away at this critical time in the season? Clearly to me he’s not bothered about the sale or pending sale or prospective bid or even PL safety

    1
  • Our Toon

    Jan 9, 2018 at 10:23 AM

    Comment #22

    Hibbit

    Thanks mate, yes it is really beautiful but pricey as well. Thought I’d take the missus away over fa cup week, 1 week away and back in time for Swansea game!!

    2
  • geordiemark

    Jan 9, 2018 at 10:26 AM

    Comment #23

    DubaiMicky comment 12

    straight into ashleys back pocket for the shares in shitty direct

    1
  • geordiemark

    Jan 9, 2018 at 10:27 AM

    Comment #24

    Jail for Ashley

    if Ashley done that the united kingdom wouldn’t be a very safe place for his sorry arse to be in, I wouldn’t want to be in his shoes if he done that can you imagine all the geordies be gunning for him he will need more then the sas to protect his sorry arse that’s for sure

    1
  • carl

    Jan 9, 2018 at 10:28 AM

    Comment #25

    TyneMouthMag
    I have just recently been told that you (TynemouthMag) over the Xmas holiday period provided a link to Ed’s blog for August 2007 soon after inception..
    It was during the middle of that month that I first posted and I would appreciate the link please.

    1
  • hitman

    Jan 9, 2018 at 10:35 AM

    Comment #26

    you have logged on under the wrong carl.

    4
  • Markaccus

    Jan 9, 2018 at 10:52 AM

    Comment #27

    And there goes the blog

    3
  • Jib

    Jan 9, 2018 at 10:58 AM

    Comment #28

    http://www.nufcblog.com/2007/07/13/gabriele-heinze-not-interested-in-newcastle/

    just keep hitting the NEXT POST button
    until you get where you want

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  • Reilly

    Jan 9, 2018 at 11:04 AM

    Comment #29

    Man City to give Alexis Sanchez £30million signing on fee if he joins in the summer. ?

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  • Rotonda heights

    Jan 9, 2018 at 11:06 AM

    Comment #30

    Don’t know if it’s been said already but someone on here called Shelvey to West Ham before Christmas. They said a taxi driver told him!! don’t know how I feel really. For a relatively young lad he’s had several clubs now and I guess he is always going to have that red mist. On his day great, but maybe not enough his days, especially when stats indicate we win more without him. Maybe 1 in every 5, he has a good game. Is that enough?

    4
  • Jail for Ashley

    Jan 9, 2018 at 11:06 AM

    Comment #31

    What we looking for Jib.

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  • carl

    Jan 9, 2018 at 11:08 AM

    Comment #32

    Thanks Jib. August 18th 2007 was what I was after. Haven’t been around but it seems neither has Ashley.
    Happy New Year. Hope we’ve got something to celebrate.

    2
  • Jail for Ashley

    Jan 9, 2018 at 11:09 AM

    Comment #33

    Rotonda,
    In time I think many would gladly see him replaced but definitely not this month.

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  • Rotonda heights

    Jan 9, 2018 at 11:09 AM

    Comment #34

    reilly

    that could have been us if ash had sold us as the mansours’ first choice. it still could be if ash wasn’t such a greedy, contrary, perverse and twisted control freak.

    2
  • Rotonda heights

    Jan 9, 2018 at 11:14 AM

    Comment #35

    hibbit

    because no one has paid his 6m release yet and i don’t think rafa would buy his own way out

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  • toonincheek

    Jan 9, 2018 at 11:16 AM

    Comment #37

    It’s starting to look like a deal has been done – but for next
    summer and on the basis of NUFC being in the PL.

    So, MA is gambling – he reckons Rafa can keep us up with
    pretty much the same squad as we have now, but up to Rafa
    if he wants to sell/buy.

    Buying clubs will probably want to pay in installments, which
    won’t help Rafa get the players he wants with cash up front.

    Big gamble for MA – but then, that’s what he is. A gambler.
    Minimal (or NO) expenditure in January, maintain PL status,
    then he gets his wanted valuation for NUFC.

    Just hope he doesn’t get it wrong and we end up relegated.

    1
  • ilovetoon8788

    Jan 9, 2018 at 11:16 AM

    Comment #38

    no sound on the take over and we are going into the 2nd week of January.

    Frankly, I can’t see the takeover happening anymore. And news will be out next week that takeover has collapsed.

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  • TyneMouth

    Jan 9, 2018 at 11:17 AM

    Comment #39

    Archives can be located on the home page of the blog.

    Locate the magnifying glass icon, then type in; archive, then a date, eg, 2007/08/26

    http://www.nufcblog.com/2007/08/26/newcastle-takeover-talk-is-just-nonsense/

    Ten years after, it was a different age, but some things never change.

    Keep the faith, the darkest hour is just before the date!

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Jan 9, 2018 at 11:17 AM

    Comment #40

    Carl,
    Are you honestly suggesting that because you posted back in 2007 that it completely rules out the fact you have since posted under various different aliases including Ian Toon and pushy Pardew etc. I think it’s quite telling that on one of your posts back then there is a poster called Ian a few posts down who whole heartedly agrees with everything you say. Was he the catalyst for the twerp we know as Ian Toon.

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