Rafa – A Man In Demand – But It’s Hardly Surprising – West Ham Want Him


The Telegraph today is reporting that West Ham could want Newcastle manager Rafa Benitez to replace David Moyes in the summer.

The Hammers only signed Moyes on a six-month deal last year so unless Moyes does a great job he was always going to be replaced this summer.

The other candidate for the West Ham job will be former Hull City and Watford manager Marco Silva, but the Hammers will carefully monitor the situation at Newcastle since the Spaniard is a proven top manager.

Rafa still has around 18 months to see out his Newcastle contract and would cost West Ham about £6M (Rafa’s salary at Newcastle)  whereas Marco Silva would cost nothing as he is in effect a free agent.

Rafa Benitez – could leave Newcastle this summer

But Rafa Benitez will probably elect to leave Newcastle in the summer under two different circumstances.

One is if we are relegated again, and the other is if Mike Ashley is still the owner.

Benitez almost joined West Ham in the summer of 2015 before he joined his hometown club Real Madrid at the last moment.

The Telegraph report infers West Ham will go after Silva as their first choice, but we wonder about that.

Rafa has always talked fondly of the two owners there – David Gold and David Sullivan – as men who treated him very well back in 2015 and they can be trusted.

Certainly, he would be supported to the hilt by the hierarchy if he moved to London – and Rafa knows it.

That’s something he has never received  at Newcastle under the current owner

If we do lose Rafa this summer it’s all down to Mike Ashley (what again?) and his shoddy treatment of the Spaniard.

Ashley has failed to support him in the transfer market over the last three transfer windows.

But there again Mr. Ashley never likes to spend money – even when it’s Newcastle’s money.

What do you think?

Comments welcome.



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108 comments so far

  • toonbrother

    Feb 6, 2018 at 9:20 AM

    Comment #1

    We can’t keep carrying Ritchie
    Playing him is like playing a man short
    If Rafa doesn’t wake up to this fact it could spell doom for us

    3
  • Jail for Ashley

    Feb 6, 2018 at 9:31 AM

    Comment #2

    I’d like to see Murphy more. You know the one that was a complete waste of money and living proof of Rafa’s ineptitude in the transfer market.

    23
  • beermonkey

    Feb 6, 2018 at 9:38 AM

    Comment #3

    Jail

    Watched his brother a week or so ago
    Wouldn’t mind if we bought him in

    Murphy has learnt well and improved a lot
    Thought his goal deserved more praise and not a foot note because aageuro got a hatrick

    7
  • Tsunki

    Feb 6, 2018 at 9:41 AM

    Comment #4

    Yep Murphy’s goal was pick of the bunch had it all to do and calmly chipped the keeper a lovely goal if aguero had scored it they’d still be swooning about it now and fawning all over the genius

    11
  • beefman13

    Feb 6, 2018 at 9:42 AM

    Comment #5

    Benitez, of course we want stability, and the chopping and changing of managers as we have done for years is not ever very good, but the players brought in even given the restraints have been awful apart from Murphy and he has only shown glimpses of what he can do, the rest are pure championship level, Diame is only starting to wake up after a deep freeze, maybe because he is getting slightly more regular starts, we are going one step forward one step back, we cant get any consistency changing our mediocre team as we do, i cannot remember the last time i saw us dominate a game, in short the way our team sets up is old hat and negative, we invite pressure on ourselves imo.

    6
  • Jail for Ashley

    Feb 6, 2018 at 9:43 AM

    Comment #6

    beer,
    Under previous managers he would have been played more as at 12M he would have most definitely been a ‘purple . As he struggled to come to terms with the PL and continually played his confidence would have been shot. So lucky we’ve got a proper manager, what a shame the owner is jealous of his popularity.

    15
  • lesh

    Feb 6, 2018 at 9:43 AM

    Comment #7

    …..’Rafa has always talked fondly of the two owners there – David Gold and David Sullivan – as men who treated him very well back in 2015 and they can be trusted.’ – whereas Ashley’s shown yet again that he can’t!

    Come on Amanda S, please save our club from further damage, have some heart and make Ashley an offer he can’t refuse and get him out before it’s too late.

    11
  • DanishMagpie

    Feb 6, 2018 at 9:46 AM

    Comment #8

    play Kenedy on the left and Atsu on the right

    1
  • beermonkey

    Feb 6, 2018 at 9:47 AM

    Comment #9

    Tsunki

    Showed more composure than joselu maybe we should have played up front

    Does salami have the goals in him to save us or will be as much use as a pile of ham

    He had one good season in Portugal then went to Leicester but apart from one good season he had a strike rate of about 1 in 5
    Not sure if that’s right I was told that

    0
  • Jail for Ashley

    Feb 6, 2018 at 9:48 AM

    Comment #10

    Beefman,
    They were bought to get us out of the Championship, there’s a perfectly good explanation for you. When strikers like Jørgensson, who I admit I’d never even heard of are quoted at 20M, what did you expect for 5M and 40K a week.

    3
  • hibbit

    Feb 6, 2018 at 9:51 AM

    Comment #11

    lesh
    i think that bird has flown !!!

    1
  • lochinvar

    Feb 6, 2018 at 9:51 AM

    Comment #12

    West Ham are just a pain in the backside to everyone.
    Dodgy dealings for the London Palladium and they mouth of and all and sundry at every level.
    Their fans have lost the original West Hammers Ham to be replaced with West Corporate Ham and don’t like it.
    They didn’t get Slimani because Leicester told them (respect to Leicester) do one after they criticised Leicester so now the Rafa story reemerges as Slimani came to Newcastle.

    Only minor concern would be that Rafa’s £6m buy out clause is reported to end in June but before then he is expected to sign a new contract with new owners PCP which would be just dandy.

    8
  • Jail for Ashley

    Feb 6, 2018 at 9:51 AM

    Comment #13

    beer,
    He can’t possibly be worse than Joselu in front of goal.

    1
  • beermonkey

    Feb 6, 2018 at 9:55 AM

    Comment #14

    A decent champion ship striker 15 20 mill now

    3
  • beermonkey

    Feb 6, 2018 at 9:58 AM

    Comment #15

    Jail
    I would rather see old strolla back in the team than joselu

    0
  • Charlie in the Gallowgate

    Feb 6, 2018 at 9:58 AM

    Comment #16

    My feelings on RAFA and Ashley

    Funny thing I think they will be both here at the end of the season.
    The way RAFA is talking looking for signings in the summer – his liking for the City and the fans I think he wants to stay even if we go down.
    Also, he might not get the players he wants at the minute but he also knows he is safe in the job and sounds like he is planning the future for the TOON.

    West Ham who would want to go there any way sounds like it is a pit of vipers at the minute.

    8
  • GPPaweyyeknas steaming hot mum

    Feb 6, 2018 at 9:59 AM

    Comment #17

    Will conte get the sack today. Cant believe abramovich has sacked so many managers who are supposed to be among the best

    4
  • GPPaweyyekna

    Feb 6, 2018 at 10:01 AM

    Comment #18

    2@ Kirkstall Road, Sheffield
    Ecclesall, Sheffield, S11 8XJ

    2
  • GPPaweyyeknas steaming hot mum

    Feb 6, 2018 at 10:04 AM

    Comment #19

    My son hope you’re behaving this morning.

    1
  • Jail for Ashley

    Feb 6, 2018 at 10:07 AM

    Comment #20

    This is disgraceful!

    2
  • beermonkey

    Feb 6, 2018 at 10:08 AM

    Comment #21

    Gpp

    Did u mean to post that address

    2
  • GPPaweyyeknas steaming hot mum

    Feb 6, 2018 at 10:09 AM

    Comment #22

    beermokey.. its where his mum meets her seedy clients

    0
  • Jail for Ashley

    Feb 6, 2018 at 10:10 AM

    Comment #23

    It doesn’t look like Ed can ban him and it’s not fair on the bloke to expect him to devote his time to keep moderating him. The best we can do is completely ignore him, no witty comebacks or put downs. Just don’t give it air time.

    24
  • GPPaweyyeknas steaming hot mum

    Feb 6, 2018 at 10:11 AM

    Comment #24

    Jail so you’ve been reporting me?

    1
  • Rotonda heights

    Feb 6, 2018 at 10:14 AM

    Comment #25

    It’s death by a 1000 cuts under Ashley.

    Chance to sell to the Mansours
    Chance to sell to Staveley

    Both blown out by pure greed.

    ”Look what you could have had” as the old TV phrase goes, all denied by one turgid individual.

    Sadly Staveley was the only game in town and Ash won’t entertain her any more.
    Even if we stay up, I think Rafa will go as he won’t take being lied to for a 4th transfer window.
    We revert to a McLaren type manager and the horrible reality of Ashley’s tenure continues unabated.
    That said, if anything, WHU is more toxic than us!

    6
  • Jail for Ashley

    Feb 6, 2018 at 10:16 AM

    Comment #26

    beer,
    What a lift it will be if Slimani scores on his debut or at least plays a blinder.

    7
  • hellodjo

    Feb 6, 2018 at 10:17 AM

    Comment #27

    People saying they can’t remember last time we dominated a game, well we dominated Burnley and should of been 3-0 at half time, the problem is personnel mainly goal scoring.. With the likes of Kennedy and Slimani I think we’ll find ourselves in a much more commanding position at half time more often as we’ve deserved to be out of sight on several occasions. Last games we commanded and never looked like losing though? West Ham and Stoke at home last year

    4
  • GPPaweyyekna

    Feb 6, 2018 at 10:18 AM

    Comment #28

    I wonder if Ashley will step up security for the flags?

    2
  • Rotonda heights

    Feb 6, 2018 at 10:19 AM

    Comment #29

    Funki’s mates must all be playing truant from school today, unless it’s just him being a multiple of course.
    Probably not in the grammar stream.

    1
  • beermonkey

    Feb 6, 2018 at 10:20 AM

    Comment #30

    Jail

    I will keep it all crossed in the hopes he does both
    Let’s hope he is fit

    0
  • GPPaweyyeknas steaming hot mum

    Feb 6, 2018 at 10:20 AM

    Comment #31

    Rotunda thought you was one of our mates

    1
  • Geordie-john

    Feb 6, 2018 at 10:22 AM

    Comment #32

    I don’t think Rafa wouldn’t like the bubble machines and the stupid song that goes with it.
    I think ( AND HOPE ) that Rafa will outstay GREEDY COCK-ney Fatman. Let him go to West Ham.
    The Croatian mid fielder that NUFC allegedly tried to buy in January seems to have decent reputation so far. Maybe a possibility for the future.

    0
  • GPPaweyyeknas steaming hot mum

    Feb 6, 2018 at 10:27 AM

    Comment #33

    My son no one knows what ashley will do

    1
  • hibbit

    Feb 6, 2018 at 10:28 AM

    Comment #34

    till we know which league were in this just speculation
    this type of player will be way out our price range if we go down

    3
  • dig-n-dig22

    Feb 6, 2018 at 10:31 AM

    Comment #35

    toonbrother #1
    Ritchie put in twice as much effort as Perez on Sunday and helped salvage a point when he tracked back 40 plus yds into our box and stopped a certain goal with a brilliant tackle when Shelvey and the rest of the midfield couldn’t be arsed. Lets hope the point he helped save was worth it

    8
  • Jail for Ashley

    Feb 6, 2018 at 10:35 AM

    Comment #36

    GPP@28,
    If they keep up the protesting he will put a stop to them.

    0
  • Lindisfarne

    Feb 6, 2018 at 10:43 AM

    Comment #37

    toonbrother

    After our spat I tried to take an interest in our right wing but there was not much to see, so you were right Ritchie offered very little going forward. It did seem he was there for extra cover to help out Yedlin, but the two of them together did not equal the sum of their parts.

    2
  • count

    Feb 6, 2018 at 10:46 AM

    Comment #38

    1 in 5 beermonkey? Who cares if it’s true, you just keep spouting

    0
  • Lindisfarne

    Feb 6, 2018 at 10:48 AM

    Comment #39

    The bigger point I was attempting to make was that we need to give our support to who ever is in the starting eleven, despite their previous inadequacies. As there is little point in slamming them before a ball is kicked. But this is a more pertinent point to the fans actually in the stands.

    0
  • GPPaweyyeknas steaming hot mum

    Feb 6, 2018 at 10:56 AM

    Comment #40

    GPP.. what time you gonna be home for tea? im making fish fingers and chips and mushy peas

    2

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