Report – Rafa Benitez Is Not Happy At Newcastle


Well respected journalist Keith Downie has revealed today that Rafa Benitez is not happy at Newcastle.

And that’s especially with Mike Ashley – who seems to make everything very difficult at Newcastle for his manager.

That’s been true for almost 11 years now.

Rafa wanted signings early in January, but Mike Ashley didn’t even get involved until halfway through the transfer window after returning from his vacation in Miami.

We ended up getting three loan players in and two on the very last night of the transfer window.

And it turns out that Islam Slimani was only Rafa’s fourth or fifth choice for striker.

Rafa – doesn’t look happy in this photo – and we won this game at Stoke

This is what Keith Downie has written in Sky Sports:

“Rafa Benitez is not happy.”

“He’s got Kenedy now, but he wanted him in the summer, not halfway through the season.”

“Slimani, I understand, was on his list of possible striker signings for January, but he wasn’t his priority. He was fourth or fifth choice.”

“I think he is satisfied to have at least got those players in, but he feels it should have been done a lot earlier rather waiting until the end of the window.”

“He could have had them in for three or four games already. And right now, with so few games to go, every game and every point is massive.”

“So he is frustrated. I think he just feels the club drag everything out and make it hard.”

“He gave them his list of targets at the start of the month, but they didn’t get them in until deadline day.”

“He had already done the checks and background work on them himself, so why not get them in earlier?”

“There’s no doubt that the takeover had a massive impact on the January transfer window.”

“Staveley promised she would spend money if she had taken over.”

“But Ashley didn’t want to spend a lot of money on something he might not own in four months time.”

This report will only make clubs like West Ham even more keen to try to get Rafa signed in the summer.

It’s difficult to see Rafa signing a long-term contract with Mike Ashley still the owner, and we doubt there will be a takeover before the summer.

The big attraction of Newcastle to Rafa is the club is a sleeping giant with fantastic fan support and a wonderful stadium with the City of Newcastle football mad.

That could keep Benitez at Newcastle for next season, but that will be the final year of his three-year contract.

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16 comments so far

  • firebug666

    Feb 9, 2018 at 8:05 AM

    Comment #1

    Great news on the health front Ed, Over the moon for you. Congratulations to your son and his new bride, this will give you a chance to kick back and enjoy yourself, don’t forget to take that final draft of your speech with you.

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  • GPPaweyyekna

    Feb 9, 2018 at 8:13 AM

    Comment #2

    Wheres that update Firebug?

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  • firebug666

    Feb 9, 2018 at 8:14 AM

    Comment #3

    GPP

    At the end of the previous thread marra.

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  • lochinvar

    Feb 9, 2018 at 8:22 AM

    Comment #4

    Ed – great to hear that you’ve had some more positive news on your health and congratulations to Neil and RuthAnn. Here’s to some new Junior Magpies in due course !

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  • hibbit

    Feb 9, 2018 at 8:23 AM

    Comment #5

    great news Ed so happy for you
    have a great day

    best wishes to to the bride and groom

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  • davo

    Feb 9, 2018 at 8:25 AM

    Comment #6

    Congratulations on both counts Ed.
    Enjoy the wedding.

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  • lochinvar

    Feb 9, 2018 at 8:26 AM

    Comment #7

    So now Rafa’s not happy now ?
    He might not be enamoured with the transfer window but 48 hours ago the future was bright.
    Maybe he’s just having a moody Friday because of the shite weather. Should be sunny over the weekend.

    From the Blog:
    Rafa Talks Glowingly About Newcastle’s Future – As Though He’ll Be Manager Long Term
    Wednesday, February 7th, 2018 9:06 am – 107 Comments

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  • SuperShearer

    Feb 9, 2018 at 8:33 AM

    Comment #8

    Oh Ed! Your health news and family news put such a big smile on my face this morning. Congrats on all fronts. Never stop fighting and writing 🙂

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  • GPPaweyyekna

    Feb 9, 2018 at 8:34 AM

    Comment #9

    Repost. No shenanigans. Promise
    Podcast with George Caulkin and Rafa https://www.acast.com/timesthegame/thegameliveinnewcastlewithrafabenitez?autoplay
    A good insight into the reason Mitro was not included.

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  • GPPaweyyekna

    Feb 9, 2018 at 8:37 AM

    Comment #10

    lochinvar
    Feb 9, 2018 at 8:26 AM
    Comment #7

    I suspect this bs is being spread by Sky as it seems that They have had their nose pushed out with the times getting most exclusive nowadays. Sky for the Geordies are turning out to be like the Sun for the Scousers.

    Firebug. Cheers

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  • Bambams

    Feb 9, 2018 at 8:47 AM

    Comment #11

    Ed

    So happy to read about your great news !

    Just brilliant

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  • Harley

    Feb 9, 2018 at 8:47 AM

    Comment #12

    Ed brilliant news about the scan! I don’t know how you manage to run such a positive blog with everything you have going on. Enjoy your sons wedding.

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  • DaveD1000

    Feb 9, 2018 at 9:24 AM

    Comment #13

    Good News Ed Wealth Health and Happiness to the young couple

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  • Moonraker15

    Feb 9, 2018 at 9:42 AM

    Comment #14

    Keith Downie is re-cycling old news here! It is obvious Rafa ain’t happy with the transfers nor the Ashley regime in general, but he’s loving being at Newcastle nevertheless.
    What will be, will be in future but us fans are just as frustrated as Rafa and it won’t change until Ashley has gone ! Keith Downie move on please !

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  • GPPaweyyekna

    Feb 9, 2018 at 9:49 AM

    Comment #15

    Well said Moonraker

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  • worWEZZA71

    Feb 9, 2018 at 8:39 PM

    Comment #16

    Toon Blog Dr. Ed’s army!
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    Toon Blog Dr. Ed’s army!…….Great News!!!! Howay the Blog!

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