Report – Rafa To Leave Newcastle This Summer If Takeover Fails

The Mail is reporting today (Rob Draper and Craig Hope) that Premier League clubs will learn what the new TV rights package is – and that will begin a year come June.

The bidding has gone to a second round which could be indicative that the new deal is more than the current £5.1B deal which ends in 17 months time.

The Mail are predicting that then another bid will be made by Amanda Staveley and her PCP Partners for Newcastle United, but it will be dependent on Rafa staying at the club and Newcastle staying as a Premier League club.

At the moment we seem to be fighting for our lives in the Premier League with no immediate relief in sight – unless we can beat the Red Devils this afternoon.

They are also reporting that if Mike Ashley is still the owner come the summer, then Rafa Benitez will leave Newcastle just one year short of when his three-year contract ends at the club.

Mike Ashley and Amanda Staveley 

But it’s hard to blame Rafa if he does leave after he has been messed around by Ashley in the last three transfer windows.

That started a year last January when the owner spent nothing in that transfer window.

Ashley then allowed just £19M net to be spent last summer and he brought in three players on loan last month – it was the cheap way to do things – as usual.

That’s not exactly supporting world-class manager Rafa Benitez, and he seems to have become sick of his treatment by the owner.

But we have also seen Amanda Staveley promise everything but fail to get a deal with Mike Ashley, and we believe – as do most fans –  there will be no agreement to sell Newcastle this year.

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Remember when Rafa was appointed almost two years ago and we were all saying even Mike Ashley cannot mess this one up?

He did.

Mike Ashley has just wrecked the Newcastle club over the last 11 years.

It’s almost criminal what he has done, including what he’s managed to achieve (against all odds) over the last 13 months that has got us into this latest crisis of relegation.

We are sick of it.

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13 comments so far

  • GPPaweyyekna

    Feb 11, 2018 at 9:33 AM

    Comment #1

    I personally think MA is just toying. Whatever we want, he gives us the opposite. Maybe if we start a Rafa out campaign and be cunning, he will open his carrier bag.

  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Feb 11, 2018 at 9:36 AM

    Comment #2

    I see McClaren is part of a group trying to buy a club, mmmmmmmmmhh!!!!!

  • GPPaweyyekna

    Feb 11, 2018 at 9:38 AM

    Comment #3

    What Shteve or the car manufacturer? Please tell me its the latter?

  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Feb 11, 2018 at 9:42 AM

    Comment #4

    Outguess Rafa Time.


    Yedlin Lascelles LeJeune Dummett

    Diame Shelvey

    Ritchie Perez Kenedy



    Obviously that’s dependent on Slim being fit, otherwise it will be Joselu.

    Not the team I’d start with, I’d play Murphy instead of Ritchie but I aint Rafa!

  • Jib

    Feb 11, 2018 at 9:44 AM

    Comment #5

    Ed you are doing at again,
    the work of the disrupters,
    printing their unsettling
    stories on the morning of a
    crucial match.
    Rob Draper renowned red devil fan

  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Feb 11, 2018 at 9:45 AM

    Comment #6


    Sorry but it’s not the car people.

    But having a football man partially owning the club would be an improvement, surely. Although I believe it’s Leeds his group are after.

  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Feb 11, 2018 at 9:47 AM

    Comment #7


    Shire asked you a question!

  • GPPaweyyekna

    Feb 11, 2018 at 9:47 AM

    Comment #8

    Essex, I would take the pram manufacturer over Ashley.

  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Feb 11, 2018 at 9:57 AM

    Comment #9


    Aye perfect for some of the prima donna’s with their toy chucking.

  • Jib

    Feb 11, 2018 at 10:06 AM

    Comment #10

    Little Willy
    Giimp answered on our behalf

  • lesh

    Feb 11, 2018 at 10:14 AM

    Comment #11

    But have we seen Amanda Staveley promise everything but fail to get a deal with Mike Ashley?

    By all accounts PCP made three offers, the latter being £250m cash, without any preconditions. That was said to be a reasonable offer given the real threat of relegation. However, our beloved owner felt it wasn’t enough to satisfy his greed – even though £250m would at least give him his money back.

    In my view, PCP did not promise the earth and fail to deliver, it was Ashley that failed the Club by being his usual greedy self.

    He’ll, like our loyal fans’ll regret his greed when we’re relegated, skint, stuck with a mediocre manager, and forced to sell our better players leaving a once great club, a club with so much potential, languishing in the lower leagues and on a downward spiral.

    Ashley’s been a total disaster and he should be banned from going anywhere near football, or any other professional sport, banned for life.

  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Feb 11, 2018 at 10:17 AM

    Comment #12


    Aaah good, thank you giimp!

  • Moonraker15

    Feb 11, 2018 at 11:05 AM

    Comment #13

    Respect to you, but why publish this report on a matchday when it’s pure speculation and we, your bloggers are well aware of the possibilities.
    Let’s look on the bright side for a change eh? A win today will probably be the springboard to safety!
    Stranger things have happened!
    Howay the Lads !


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