Frustrated Rafa Cannot Get Hierarchy To Sign Off On Transfer Deals He’s Already Set Up


Newcastle have been linked with two new transfer targets today – goalkeeper Martin Dubravka from Sparta Prague and Crystal Palace left-back Pape Souare – both on loan.

And it may be that Rafa can get them through the door in the next few days – now that Mike Ashley is back from his Christmas vacation.

Journalist Simon Bird of the Mirror has been speaking to the Chronicle today, and he says the problem Rafa has is that Managing Director Lee Charnley cannot sign off on the potential transfers Rafa has set up.

Apparently, for every transfer, Rafa has included a business case of why it’s a good deal for Newcastle to execute.

But nobody is signing off on the deals, and Simon Bird says the requests must go to London – to somebody there – Mike Ashley or Justin Barnes or whoever – who has the authority to sign off on the deals.

But nobody is doing that – which is a ridiculous situation to be in.

Rafa Benitez – no wonder he’s frustrated

Exactly how Rafa is putting up with this nonsense from Mike Ashley, we don’t know – but he is apparently hoping that at some point Amanda Staveley will buy the club.

If that falls through and Mike Ashley remains as the owner, we just cannot see Rafa Benitez at Newcastle next season, and the dream will be dead.

As usual, the hard-working Rafa has done his part – as he tries as best he can to save Newcastle from another relegation.

You would think that’s what Ashley also wants since he will lose as much as £150M on any deal he can do to sell Newcastle if we are relegated again.

With Mike Ashley back from vacation today we hope the manager calls him directly and asks him to sign off on some of the deals before some other club moves in and does the deal.

It really is ridiculous – as Simon Bird rightly points out.

Here’s where you can watch Simon explaining the current situation, which is causing the deadlock on transfers.

What do you think?

Comments welcome.


346 comments so far

  • DubaiMicky

    Jan 10, 2018 at 3:19 PM

    Comment #1

    It’s in The Mirror, they hate us and will do absolutely anything to try to destabilise us.

    Buy The Sun LOL

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  • SColl

    Jan 10, 2018 at 3:19 PM

    Comment #2

    Rafa playing the game here, knows where we are at in regards to takeover, fans eager to see players coming in, Rafa making it known that he’s doing everything possible to bring people in but someone isn’t signing it off.

    Good news is that he has idenfitied who he wants so if Takeover is confirmed this window and funds are available it should be a case of crossing the T’s and dotting the I’s.

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  • ShirebrookToon

    Jan 10, 2018 at 3:20 PM

    Comment #3

    Dubai

    Get a job! 😆

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  • Our Toon

    Jan 10, 2018 at 3:21 PM

    Comment #4

    Rolando

    Oh no I hope I don’t get moderated

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  • ShirebrookToon

    Jan 10, 2018 at 3:21 PM

    Comment #5

    Your on here all the time man 😉 😆

    2
  • ShirebrookToon

    Jan 10, 2018 at 3:21 PM

    Comment #6

    Smileypooemoji

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  • Charlie in the Gallowgate

    Jan 10, 2018 at 3:23 PM

    Comment #7

    Ashley will of given instructions to Barnes not to sign any of Rafa’s set up deals off as he does not want to spend another penny on the Toon
    But I bet they will sign a deal off if someone is to leave.
    He is going to gamble that
    1. Rafa will stay
    2. Spend no money
    3. Toon will stay up

    So he Will not sell until summer

    This means he can sell in the summer for £300 million and reap the TV money of £100’million plus

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  • catchy in norway

    Jan 10, 2018 at 3:24 PM

    Comment #8

    is this not a good thing ? .

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  • DubaiMicky

    Jan 10, 2018 at 3:26 PM

    Comment #9

    shire – love working from home me LOL

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  • mac the jaffrey

    Jan 10, 2018 at 3:33 PM

    Comment #10

    I can’t imagine Rafa being so cool at last weeks presser if he didn’t know that the takeover is 100% guaranteed and he will finally get the chance to work with proper backing in the market. If he knew the opposite surely he would be sounding off like the summer and last January? He looked calm and even like he was holding back a smile when transfer budgets were brought up. This is a master of football politics who knows exactly how to play the media game better than anyone, be it to fire shots at the board or whatever….

    @dubai any more Staveley/black car/incoming Arab flights updates..?

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  • YoungMag :P

    Jan 10, 2018 at 3:34 PM

    Comment #11

    The sooner this saga has finished the better. The only thing it is effecting now is a bad transfer window thus far.

    It’s almost like the longer this goes on the less bothered I become. Obviously I will be happy when it is completed but the excitement is no longer there.

    Interesting that we haven’t been linked to a number 10 as of yet, you’d think the papers would see that as a position that majorly needs upgrading for us and then they start guessing on transfers for it.

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  • LGFUAD21

    Jan 10, 2018 at 3:36 PM

    Comment #12

    Ma is an odious Human. But MA will not be reaping the tv money. It’s very difficult and questionable for him to extract that amount of money from the club.

    I still think the deal is on. Rafa would’ve left by now with all this nonsense going on if he couldn’t see the light at the end of the tunnel. He’s a career man and I don’t he’s want another relegation on his cv.

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  • Rupert Pink

    Jan 10, 2018 at 3:37 PM

    Comment #13

    Shirebrook Sir

    Have you read report that Amanda is in Newcastle right now ..what you thinking ?

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  • YoungMag :P

    Jan 10, 2018 at 3:39 PM

    Comment #14

    Would anyone take Tom Lawrence for the number 10?

    He looked very good there against Man utd in the FA Cup for Derby.

    I know that he doesn’t have Premier league experience and that we are expecting bigger names due to this ‘imminent’ takeover, but he really did look premier league standard against the red devil’s. Easily a standout player in that Derby squad.

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  • Our Toon

    Jan 10, 2018 at 3:43 PM

    Comment #15

    Mac

    I think rafa was calm as he has no alternative, if he came out firing like he did when at Liverpool when discussing “facts” he’ll look like an idiot to the players and media. Best thing is to play along and hope something is sorted soon.

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  • Dal

    Jan 10, 2018 at 3:45 PM

    Comment #16

    Its typical of a company being sold that the vendor does not want to enter into any commitments which the purchaser will have to take on and may not want.
    Its why companies up for sale normally under perform during the process and so professionals keep the process out of the public domain and as short as possible.
    The situation we are in is because Mad Mike is inexperienced/ill advised but with a massive ego due to his financial success.
    Lets all focus on the football and encourage Rafa and the team on the pitch.
    This deal is unlikely to happen until the season end. Its just too far into the transfer window to allow PCP to buy the club and the players to guarantee we stay up

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  • Rupert Pink

    Jan 10, 2018 at 3:50 PM

    Comment #17

    Catchy iv read a lot over the last month but never posted and i was wondering

    Do you love Newcastle United as you show a lot of dislike in you output and forecasts on the club .

    Is it fair to say that your not really a true supporter ? Jib says your a wum . And he should no as he seems to be an expert wum hunter.

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  • Rupert Pink

    Jan 10, 2018 at 3:53 PM

    Comment #18

    Know

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  • SPRINGY

    Jan 10, 2018 at 3:57 PM

    Comment #19

    Welcome to the blog mac…and young mag tut tut…potty mouth!! Lol

    2
  • ShirebrookToon

    Jan 10, 2018 at 4:01 PM

    Comment #20

    Rupert

    What am I thinking? Not allowed to say because apparently I keep saying it over and over again. The blog policeman has spoken! 😆

    8
  • nufc-83

    Jan 10, 2018 at 4:02 PM

    Comment #21

    Nufc-83
    Dec 28, 2017 at 8:12 PM
    Comment #73
    Mister tuff and online guy are without a doubt the same person that’s clear to see.

    They were both being moderated.

    3
  • ShirebrookToon

    Jan 10, 2018 at 4:04 PM

    Comment #22

    Nice to see young mag back. How was it in Solitary? 😆

    3
  • Rupert Pink

    Jan 10, 2018 at 4:06 PM

    Comment #23

    Do you lads mind me on the blog ? Iv always loved Newcastle United right back to the days when i used to entertain .

    I had 2 nice friends who were footballers Frank Pingle and Ben Kristansen ..sorry Ben could never spell your name ..if your reading ! Even with the blancmange on my feet .. ha ha ..those were the days

    I will leave the site if anyone requests me to . I dont want to cause offence . It will only take one of you lads to ask me to leave and i will go . Howay the Lads.

    3
  • hibbit

    Jan 10, 2018 at 4:06 PM

    Comment #24

    nufc-83
    and Rupert Pink is????????

    1
  • Rupert Pink

    Jan 10, 2018 at 4:09 PM

    Comment #25

    Shirebrook i would not take any notice of them .. your only passing on what you have been told ..please keep it coming .

    X

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  • Mister Tuff

    Jan 10, 2018 at 4:11 PM

    Comment #26

    Nufc-83 is clearly Wupert Pink. Easy to spot.

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  • Our Toon

    Jan 10, 2018 at 4:11 PM

    Comment #27

    Why would tuff and online guy be the same person?

    It’s like groundhog day on here, wake up discuss possible takeover, then after that becomes boring it’s all about possible or lack of transfer, when that becomes boring it’s bloggers making up new identities. Round and round we go with news of nothing

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  • Rupert Pink

    Jan 10, 2018 at 4:13 PM

    Comment #28

    Hibbit

    Its me Rupert.

    My real first name is Rupert but i made the pink bit up to let you lads and ladies know that im of the gentle-er persuasion

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  • hibbit

    Jan 10, 2018 at 4:14 PM

    Comment #29

    so Rupert do you get to games .are you local or world wide just a county or country will do ??
    good to have you on board !!!

    4
  • Frank pingles come sock

    Jan 10, 2018 at 4:14 PM

    Comment #30

    It’s 100% not completed

    Close to an agreement being reach but not done.

    Staveley confident/ hopefull it’ll be done by next month according to Caulkin’s latest article.

    But no agreement at all yet

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  • Frank pingles come sock

    Jan 10, 2018 at 4:15 PM

    Comment #31

    They are as feverish as always; making and fielding calls, seeing what’s out there, working the angles, plotting how a rival club’s move for player X might free player Y. This is the grind of the transfer window and Newcastle United are grinding through it like everybody else, except in one significant regard. “David Blaine would struggle to make any magic from what we’ve got available,” says one person involved in the club’s recruitment process.

    “This is becoming an old, old story at St James’ Park, one of stasis and uncertainty. A year ago, Rafa Benítez, then leading his side in the Sky Bet Championship, held meetings, identified targets and set up the deals which the manager believed would assure promotion. Nothing happened, no explanations. Last summer, he did the same, but procrastination cost Newcastle players and from that point it was catch-up.

    “It is said that when Benítez brings up targets with Lee Charnley, the managing director, the Spaniard is asked who he can trim from his first-team squad, the same impasse as the summer. Benítez does not wish to sell unless or until he knows he can bring in better. He has spoken to Mike Ashley, Newcastle’s reluctant owner, and warned that spending this month was the best way to protect his investment.

    “As things stand, there is no evidence Benítez is being listened to. So he and his colleagues go through the motions, sounding out clubs, speaking to agents. Newcastle need to improve and they need to be ready. Daniel Sturridge? Yeah, they’ll ask the question, but Liverpool would prefer to sell, which rules out one avenue and the striker’s £150,000-a-week wages mitigates against a loan. “Impossible,” says the source, who has asked anyway.

    “Similar applies to Joe Hart; on-loan at West Ham United from Manchester City and “offered” to Newcastle through an intermediary. “It’s pie in the sky stuff,” according to the man in the know, far too complex. Nobody does anybody else favours, which is why Benítez could not countenance Jonjo Shelvey leaving for West Ham, even if David Moyes hardened a vague interest in him. There would be peril in selling to a rival.

    “Newcastle continue to look at temporary solutions. Just as they had five months ago, Newcastle have a framework in place to take Kenedy on loan from Chelsea but are again at the whim of Antonio Conte. Benítez has understandable concerns about the match fitness of Liverpool’s Danny Ings, but he is another option. Ings will go eventually, they think, but for now the player is fighting for his place.

    “This is the flotsam and jetsam of the market, identical for everybody. What is different this time is the prospective takeover which looms over Newcastle. When, in the middle of last month, a jolt of progress was made, an agreement between Ashley and Amanda Staveley was in reach. Staveley had bid £300 million and there was an acceptance in both camps that money should be made available to Benítez. Agonisingly, an accord remains just beyond their fingertips.

    “Staveley remains confident that Ashley will sell to her and hopefully by next month. The alternative – and the deflation which would follow hard behind – does not bear thinking about, but we have had a little taste over the past few weeks. It is said that Charnley’s instincts are to back Benítez in the market but he does not have the power to act unilaterally and Ashley, who shows little interest in Newcastle, has been on holiday. And so they drift on.

    “So far, there has been little of the frustration which Benítez showed either a year ago or last summer. He is still asking the questions, still pushing for action, still pushing for more, but he is focusing on the team and what he can control. He has to. Perhaps the logjam will end and he will get some clarity – Ashley is never less than unpredictable – but if he assumes the worst, anything else is a bonus and relegation must still be avoided.

    “We’re determined not to get angry this time,” the source says but, in some ways, a sense of resignation is worse. In matters such as this, Ashley’s Newcastle have demonstrated repeatedly they are not the ambitious, progressive club which Benítez thought they could become and although the manager is still under contract, with a penalty clause which prevents him walking out, the realisation is dismaying.”

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  • fog on the tyne

    Jan 10, 2018 at 4:16 PM

    Comment #32

    Dubai

    I saw that on facebook earlier about Stavely being seen at NCL airport. Wonder if there is any truth in considering there was an Emirates flight landed at 1120. Probably someone causing mischief but we can all prey

    0
  • ShirebrookToon

    Jan 10, 2018 at 4:16 PM

    Comment #33

    Our Toon

    Your spot in with that comment. It’s like ground hog day. Roll on match day!

    0
  • Mister Tuff

    Jan 10, 2018 at 4:18 PM

    Comment #34

    OT – I think there will be a distinct reduction in clots and mischief makers coming on here – once there is some decent news coming from the club. I think it is just that nothing at all is happening at the moment but fans do have an air that something big is in the making.

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  • Frank pingles come sock

    Jan 10, 2018 at 4:20 PM

    Comment #35

    I would just keep checking George caulkins twitter feed , only one that seems to be close to the truth

    Always spot on for newcastle information

    I think the information everyone has been passed on was all in good faith but unfortunately premature

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  • santon3

    Jan 10, 2018 at 4:23 PM

    Comment #36

    get Santon and HBA back

    2
  • Munster Mag

    Jan 10, 2018 at 4:24 PM

    Comment #37

    Why are we linked with a palace reserve right back ?? I hope this is a no story?

    0
  • Rupert Pink

    Jan 10, 2018 at 4:26 PM

    Comment #38

    Hibbit

    Im in Ponteland …i was born in Newcastle at my nans In Jesmond.

    0
  • fog on the tyne

    Jan 10, 2018 at 4:30 PM

    Comment #39

    From Tom Benbow on twitter

    A new Companies House filing made under Cantervale Ltd ? #NUFCTakeover #NUFC

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  • Jib

    Jan 10, 2018 at 4:33 PM

    Comment #40

    Munster Mag
    Left back

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