Rafa Hints He Could Stay At Newcastle For YearsTo Come

Rafa Benitez is a cool customer, and that’s one of the traits that make him a world-class manager.

He never gets too upbeat or excited with a win and never gets too down or upset when we lose.

He keeps himself on an even keel and that calmness transfers to the players.

We could see that in our last game when our players were just fabulous all game long and especially in those final 15 minutes of non-stop action.

Rafa has talked about a couple of things – the first is Matt Ritchie finally getting his first goal of the season after hitting the woodwork too many times.

Rafa Benitez talks to his captain during Stoke game 

And he has addressed the rumors that Chelsea want his captain Jamal Lascelles in the summer.

In talking about Jamaal, he hints he could stay at Newcastle for years to come –  Jamaal and Rafa himself that is.

This is what he said about those two players as reported in the Northern Echo today:

“It’s a vicious circle, as you say here. When someone is not scoring (like Matt Ritchie) and they’re desperate to score, rather than relaxing they put more effort into it.”

“Sometimes more effort is worse, rather than staying calm in front of goal.”

“He (Jamaal Lascelles) signed a contract extension this year, so we’re calm, we’re happy with that and hopefully he can continue learning and growing and improving.”

“He’s a player with all the potential to do well and I think it’s too soon for him to move.”

“He’s an important player for us and I’d be happy if he stayed with us for years.”

“I was talking with him this week two or three times and we were not talking about anything else apart from Bournemouth and how to improve.”

There has already been a bond formed between Rafa and his captain, and at the end of the games, you  often see Rafa talking to Jamaal on the pitch.

Jamaal is not only a good player who is improving under the Newcastle manager, but his leadership skills are first class.

Were surprised Rafa even talked about Jamaal possibly leaving Newcastle.

But as he says “He’s an important player for us, and I’d be happy if he stayed with us for years.”

That sentence in itself suggests Rafa could be staying on Tyneside for years to come.

Rafa’s Newcastle contract runs out in 16 months time, and Mike Ashley wants to sign him to a long-term deal;  that could be possible.

That’s even if a new owner doesn’t buy the club this summer.

Rafa could have realized the opportunity at Newcastle is just too big for him to walk away.

That’s even if Ashley stays on as owner and Rafa also has that terrific rapport with the fans.

That’s what we are hoping in any case.


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40 comments so far

  • Lindisfarne

    Feb 24, 2018 at 10:06 AM

    Comment #1


    Some inspiration – thank you Hatem

  • Bladey

    Feb 24, 2018 at 10:07 AM

    Comment #2

    Nufc want to make the Slimani deal a permanent one in the summer as his stats at the moment are the best of all our strikers

  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Feb 24, 2018 at 10:15 AM

    Comment #3

    Morning all.

    Here’s my attempt to outguess Rafa

    The New Pavel

    Speedy Yank – CBH – Fit Again Frenchman – Very Reliable Geordie

    The Midfield Magician – Big Mo’s Twin Brother

    Ex Bournemouth perpetual motion Machine – Works his socks off underrated Spaniard – Classy Brazilian

    Can’t score but tries his hardest Spaniard

    3-0 to us.

  • Bigjim67

    Feb 24, 2018 at 10:19 AM

    Comment #4

    Slimani not playing is a massive blow to our hopes but i fancied a draw and I’m actually feeling more confident this morning, if Gayle can do what he did against Man U he might just nick a goal and big Mo and Shelvey are playing well. We look pretty solid at the back so I’m gonna change my prediction to a 0-2 toon win! Hwtl

  • ArtyH

    Feb 24, 2018 at 10:58 AM

    Comment #5

    Unfortunately I think Rafa realises that if M.A stays there will be no movement for NUFC and his ambitions will never be realised, which means he will not stay with us…..unless we have new owners……ANYONE …….but not the current parasite……

  • G

    Feb 24, 2018 at 11:02 AM

    Comment #6

    Lets not forget Dwight is owed a goal against the cherries after the one at home was incorrectly chalked off. Fancy Ritchie and Perez to score in this one too.

  • ben.g

    Feb 24, 2018 at 11:16 AM

    Comment #7

    Really hoping for a win today. Will take some pressure off for match against Liverpool.
    If we play as well as man u game we will be fine.

  • dig-n-dig22

    Feb 24, 2018 at 11:19 AM

    Comment #8

    From a earlier thread this morning.
    I don.t think Rafa ever intended to play Mitro again this season. IMO Rafa didn’t like the baggage that came with Mitro. I think Rafa wanted to stamp out indiscipline that may cost us games, not just by Mitro but Shelvey too. With most of our games finishing up 1 goal either way this season, it’s essential to try keep 11 men on the pitch. If through sacrificing Mitro helps keep Shelvey on the pitch then I think Rafa would deem the decision a success. I, like many others on this blog don’t agree with every decision Rafa makes but it’s Rafa that will be judged by them. If Rafa keeps us in the Prem he will be a hero but if he doesn’t, there will always be knockers

  • Jib

    Feb 24, 2018 at 11:38 AM

    Comment #9
  • jane

    Feb 24, 2018 at 11:43 AM

    Comment #10

    first up Leicester v Stoke at 12.30. Sven-Göran Eriksson is guest Sky presenter.

    interview with Marc Albrighton suggests Leicester are determined despite being mid-table.

  • dig-n-dig22

    Feb 24, 2018 at 11:50 AM

    Comment #11

    Not so sure about Rafa? but it would be great to see the f@t tw@t’s head on that body. What are you like at Photoshop?

  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Feb 24, 2018 at 11:57 AM

    Comment #12


    Losing Slimani isn’t a massive blow, it’s blo0dy annoying but we’re no worse of than we’ve been for most of the season.

    And the results from the last eight games, excepting of course ManC and Chelsea, have been pretty good and if continued would mean survival.

    So at the moment I’m looking at a half full glass! 🙂

  • jane

    Feb 24, 2018 at 12:00 PM

    Comment #13

    didn’t realise Vardy is having such a good season. first player to score against the top 6 in the same season. Mahrez should be back and firing.

  • cyprus

    Feb 24, 2018 at 12:01 PM

    Comment #14

    On slimani. Looked like a great deal to get such an expensive and good CF. Wasn’t.

    On Dyer. One of my favourite players when he played. All seven times.

    On the game. Last time, just as we were about to settle for an unfair result for us, a draw, it suddenly got worse. We lost!

    Time for sweet revenge.

  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Feb 24, 2018 at 12:22 PM

    Comment #15

    Have to go out so will miss all the banter.

    Will catch up after MOTD.


  • AncientC

    Feb 24, 2018 at 12:22 PM

    Comment #16

    Signing an injured player—it seems like there is no end to the lessons that Mike Ashley has to learn from.

    Imagine how long a list of Mike Ashley mistakes would be, starting with due diligence—somehow unbelievably Ashley didn’t ask if the club owed any money out—to 11 years later and signing injured players.

    Savvy businessman he is not.

  • ashleysmate

    Feb 24, 2018 at 12:22 PM

    Comment #17

    Yes, he was a magician….oh for a Hatem in our team now.

  • Mister Tuff

    Feb 24, 2018 at 12:30 PM

    Comment #18

    Anticipate Leicester should do us a favour today by walloping Stoke.

  • jane

    Feb 24, 2018 at 12:33 PM

    Comment #19

    if the first 2 mins is anything to go by

  • AncientC

    Feb 24, 2018 at 12:37 PM

    Comment #20
  • JP...from The Rock

    Feb 24, 2018 at 12:42 PM

    Comment #21

    Hey all. History tells us we will probably fcuk it up today after such a terrific performance against ManUre- hope I am wrong and we show some consistency to nick all 3 points.


  • JP...from The Rock

    Feb 24, 2018 at 12:56 PM

    Comment #22

    …and I killed the blog lol

  • Mister Tuff

    Feb 24, 2018 at 12:58 PM

    Comment #23

    If we play at our best today with Diame and Shelvey continuing their good form we could win today.
    That not occurring and Bournemouth “clicking” will result in a win for them. They potentially have more players with the onion bag instinct than we have. And there’s that bloody Defoe who always can get a goal out of nothing,
    If we win I anticipate the Man U win confidence to continue to the next game. If not we are in the claggy.

  • Tsunki

    Feb 24, 2018 at 1:02 PM

    Comment #24

    Can’t believe Bournemouth are going for a record four home wins on the bounce against us today – we have an unfortunate record ourselves of late, handing out landmarks. Thankfully it’s not the mackems this time around. They have the small mattresses of the last “north east derby” for at least two years to contend with. 🙂

  • Tsunki

    Feb 24, 2018 at 1:03 PM

    Comment #25

    Oh dear mattresses? Matter.

    It must have been subliminal, mackems conjure up images of things like widdly mattresses to me ha ha

  • Tsunki

    Feb 24, 2018 at 1:06 PM

    Comment #26

    This is probably the pivotal match of our run in. If we pull away from the main group with three points today it will take a massive load off us.

  • Lascelles sells sea shells by the sea shore

    Feb 24, 2018 at 1:06 PM

    Comment #27


    I agree totally, today is a must win and could bounce us into Liverpool with an almighty spring in our step or lose and it’s all hands to the pumps again, fortunately there are 10 other side’s in the same predicament but a win on top of the MU performance and I think the momentum will get us a surprising position end of season… this game is crucial!

  • Tsunki

    Feb 24, 2018 at 1:09 PM

    Comment #28

    Howay Leicester! Stoke are picking up cards so once the challenges stop flying in maybe they will concede a couple email.

  • Tsunki

    Feb 24, 2018 at 1:09 PM

    Comment #29

    Email? Autocorrect is working against me overtime today. 😐

  • Ron Knee

    Feb 24, 2018 at 1:14 PM

    Comment #30

    Had a feeling that might happen!

  • davetoon

    Feb 24, 2018 at 1:15 PM

    Comment #31

    Damn Shaquiri does nothing all game and then smashes one in the back of the net

  • JP...from The Rock

    Feb 24, 2018 at 1:18 PM

    Comment #32

    Fcuking Shaquiri always plays well and saves Stoke! We need a player like him in our team.

  • toonincheek

    Feb 24, 2018 at 1:23 PM

    Comment #33

    Like Shaquiri, OK, just not HIM.
    Can’t stand the little *******

  • davetoon

    Feb 24, 2018 at 1:23 PM

    Comment #34

    Thats why he’s on £65,000 a week

  • Ron Knee

    Feb 24, 2018 at 1:24 PM

    Comment #35

    Moans and groans from supporters up and down the country as Shaquiri scores!

  • Tsunki

    Feb 24, 2018 at 1:25 PM

    Comment #36

    Going to be one of those days if Leicester don’t pull their socks up. We could do with Huddersfield and palace losing and a draw between the gulls and swans. You can bet it won’t go that way though we will be sweating until the final day just watch!

  • Tsunki

    Feb 24, 2018 at 1:27 PM

    Comment #37

    Thing is Bournemouth are really only playing to stay out of the mathematical relegation places. We should be a little more motivated than them surely?

  • Mister Tuff

    Feb 24, 2018 at 1:51 PM

    Comment #38

    Lascelles – definitely there are teams clogged together at the bottom who are just as poor as us – so to me it’s all down to who keeps their nerve. Typically every season some teams dip after January and some teams start to play better. Hopefully we are in the latter group.

  • davetoon

    Feb 24, 2018 at 1:59 PM

    Comment #39

    Butland with a shocking own goal and its level

  • JP...from The Rock

    Feb 24, 2018 at 2:01 PM

    Comment #40

    yes come on Leicester


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