Rafa Puts Contract Talks On Hold Until Summer – Deal Depends On Relationship With Ashley


The Independent is reporting that contract talks with Rafa Benitez and the Newcastle hierarchy have been put on hold until the end of the season.

Owner Mike Ashley is keen to get Rafa sign a new long-term contract with the current deal worth £6M/year scheduled to run out at the end of June next year.

The report is that Rafa wants to focus on the final eight games of the season and keep Newcastle in the Premier League.

At the end of the season, it appears that Rafa will then go into negotiations with Newcastle to try to do a deal – but he will need to get some cast-iron assurances from Mike Ashley before he will sign a new contract.

But both sides are said to be willing to do a deal so that’s good.

Rafa Benitez – praying a deal is possible?

Rafa has been talking about various things – like the Youth Academy and scouting where improvements have been made or will be made under Rafa’s guidance.

So he has been looking to the future in some of his interviews this year.

There’s no doubt Rafa has been let down in the last three transfer windows by Ashley.

But for the last several months the manager hasn’t said much about his frustrations and is getting on with the job of making Newcastle safe in the Premier League.

We cannot see Rafa staying unless Mike Ashley agrees to spend money on players Rafa wants – and the owner was unwilling to pay out £20M for Danish striker Nicola Jorgensen in January.

But there seems to have been a warming of the relationship between Ashley and Benitez this year with Rafa having a talk to Ashley in mid-January.

It also seems Rafa now has a direct line into the owner and maybe that’s why Rafa has been fairly upbeat about what’s been happening recently.

Rafa did get two players he wanted in during January – Dubravka and Kenedy – and they have been excellent for us so far.

For Rafa to sign a new contract, he must have a better relationship with owner Mike Ashley – there has to be some trust there.

If Rafa cannot work something out whereby he has more freedom in the transfer market, he could walk away.

But his fabulous relationship with the Geordie fans suggests he doesn’t want to do that.

He needs to be able to sign the players he wants to sign and not the ones he can sign – which is what happened last summer.

Being safe and having Rafa sign a new deal early in the summer is what we want to see.

If that gets done early – it will be a very exciting summer for Newcastle fans everywhere.

Howay The Lads!!

Comments welcome.


143 comments so far

  • Jib

    Mar 16, 2018 at 2:43 PM

    Comment #1

    https://twitter.com/lee_ryder/?lang=en-gb
    Bill
    updates on the U23 game

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  • Jib

    Mar 16, 2018 at 2:44 PM

    Comment #2

    Toon leading 3 -2

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  • RobLeenio

    Mar 16, 2018 at 2:48 PM

    Comment #3

    All over, good win for the lads – into the 1/4 finals

    1
  • RobLeenio

    Mar 16, 2018 at 2:50 PM

    Comment #4

    Bet the lads playing today would have rather been in Spain than getting blown all over Darsley Park

    1
  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Mar 16, 2018 at 2:51 PM

    Comment #5

    Looks like we won, 3-2 Charman 2, Gillespie 1

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  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Mar 16, 2018 at 2:52 PM

    Comment #6

    Charman seems to be on good form at the moment, deserves a Spanish holiday!

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  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Mar 16, 2018 at 2:54 PM

    Comment #7

    Dare I re-post?

    Martoon

    Is it too late to change my POS, I can’t see Hayden getting it now. 😉

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  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Mar 16, 2018 at 2:56 PM

    Comment #8

    Wonder how many Toon fans are going out to Spain for the game, with a capacity of only 3,500 at the ground entry might be a bit difficult.

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  • Jib

    Mar 16, 2018 at 3:03 PM

    Comment #9

    Bill
    There’s probably enough expats to fill the stadium
    At €5 a go I would guess it’s already sold out.

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  • RobLeenio

    Mar 16, 2018 at 3:03 PM

    Comment #10

    EGB, someone posted yesterday that flights out of Newcastle to whichever airport is nearest the ground had sold out for Saturday, so I think there’s gonna be a fair few out there….

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  • RobLeenio

    Mar 16, 2018 at 3:04 PM

    Comment #11

    Mind, if the weather closes the airport, there’ll be a fair few disappointed too.

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  • Ibizatoon

    Mar 16, 2018 at 3:07 PM

    Comment #12

    I’ve got my armbands and black and white speedos ready for the swim over.

    4
  • Average_Contents

    Mar 16, 2018 at 3:13 PM

    Comment #13

    Vom Ibiza

    How’s things?

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  • Ibizatoon

    Mar 16, 2018 at 3:21 PM

    Comment #14

    AC…A nice mental image for you mate.

    All good. Back to Ibiza and the real world. How’s tricks with you?

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  • DubaiMicky

    Mar 16, 2018 at 3:25 PM

    Comment #15

    Ibiza Toon – https://ibb.co/cv8nuc

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  • Ron Knee

    Mar 16, 2018 at 3:28 PM

    Comment #16

    Some intriguing PL fixtures on Saturday – for teams at the wrong end of the table.

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  • Ron Knee

    Mar 16, 2018 at 3:30 PM

    Comment #17

    Miles Starforth

    Islam Slimani’s doing gym work while his team-mates are out on the training pitch. #nufc

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  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Mar 16, 2018 at 3:33 PM

    Comment #18

    So I’d guess we’ll outnumber the Antwerp fans, unless they are having quota’s.

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  • Ibizatoon

    Mar 16, 2018 at 3:33 PM

    Comment #19

    Dubai…It’s like looking in a mirror!

    Ron…You’re not wrong there. Wouldn’t mind Pardew pulling out one of his job saving wins. Stoke vs Everton is interesting. Are we looking up or down the table?

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  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Mar 16, 2018 at 3:34 PM

    Comment #20

    Slimani, just remind me who he is, one of the youngsters?

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  • Ibizatoon

    Mar 16, 2018 at 3:36 PM

    Comment #21

    Essex…Chucky 2018?

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  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Mar 16, 2018 at 3:38 PM

    Comment #22

    Rob

    Aye, re. the airport, looks like you getting another beast from the East hitting you today and tomorrow, bloody Putin again?

    1
  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Mar 16, 2018 at 3:40 PM

    Comment #23

    Better just add a 🙂 to my last comment.

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  • Ron Knee

    Mar 16, 2018 at 3:41 PM

    Comment #24

    Ibiza

    Down among the dead men!

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  • Ibizatoon

    Mar 16, 2018 at 3:43 PM

    Comment #25

    Ron…Fair enough. I’d take space between us and the dross, rather than rubbing shoulders with the almosts for this season.

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  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Mar 16, 2018 at 3:49 PM

    Comment #26

    Yeah, let’s see Stoke getting another foot stuck in their face on the relegation ladder. But at any other time I’d like to see them win.

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  • Ron Knee

    Mar 16, 2018 at 3:50 PM

    Comment #27

    AFC Bournemouth v West Bromwich Albion
    Huddersfield Town v Crystal Palace
    Stoke City v Everton
    Liverpool v Watford

    Wins for Everton and Liverpool would be good. Not sure about the rest.

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  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Mar 16, 2018 at 3:54 PM

    Comment #28

    Ron

    Draws for the other two would suit us I reckon.

    1
  • RobLeenio

    Mar 16, 2018 at 3:57 PM

    Comment #29

    I’d like a draw at Stoke v Everton too. If they win, they get a confidence boost and we still have to play them, may as well do it with them in a weaker position than stronger.

    1
  • RobLeenio

    Mar 16, 2018 at 3:58 PM

    Comment #30

    Also, we could still potentially catch Everton. Yes, one game at a time, but we have to start looking at the end of season strategy now.

    1
  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Mar 16, 2018 at 3:59 PM

    Comment #31

    Just watched the Nathan Harker interview from Spain, seems to me he has a passing resemblance to Fraser Forster. I imagine he’ll get some game time.

    Don’t think Rafa will be too bothered about the score in the 3 mini games (this sentence not connected with the 1st one)

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  • Ron Knee

    Mar 16, 2018 at 4:04 PM

    Comment #32

    EGB

    Would expect Huddersfield to beat Palace (lost their last 4 matches) but you never know!

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  • RobLeenio

    Mar 16, 2018 at 4:05 PM

    Comment #33

    EGB, we do seem to keep on banging out decent keepers. Freddie is next on the production queue, already known and admired across the land, following in the footsteps of Fraser Forster and Jak Alnwick. Is this Nathan Harker the next up?

    1
  • Jib

    Mar 16, 2018 at 4:35 PM

    Comment #34
  • The next Mike Williamson

    Mar 16, 2018 at 4:35 PM

    Comment #35

    Ron

    Palace’s last 4 games were away to Everton & Chelsea, and home to Man Utd & Spurs. They only lost the last three games by one goal too. They could spring a surprise although I’m hoping Huddersfield can win. They really need the three points here with the run-in they’ve got.

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  • Ron Knee

    Mar 16, 2018 at 4:41 PM

    Comment #36

    TnMW

    In that case, I’m not surprised they had 4 defeats!

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  • RobLeenio

    Mar 16, 2018 at 4:50 PM

    Comment #37

    It looks like Zaha has a chance of being back for this game, too. Not sure if Hodgson has rushed him back, but seeing as they haven’t won without him all season, he’s pretty vital for them

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  • Jib

    Mar 16, 2018 at 4:54 PM

    Comment #38

    Zaha played in their last game

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  • Jib

    Mar 16, 2018 at 5:00 PM

    Comment #39

    He came on for Benteke at half-time
    So because only CP scored in the 2nd half
    with a Zaha assisted van Aanholt 90th
    minute goal
    Zaha has maintained his record because
    CP won the 2nd half

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  • Online Guy

    Mar 16, 2018 at 5:13 PM

    Comment #40

    Ibiza toon

    Welcome Back Sir !

    All is well , hope you are too. You missed the beast from the east here , enveloping most of the UK …Amazing snowstorms and horrendous driving conditions ..I was stuck up in Scotland for a short time ..all roads out blocked…great fun.. we are never ready for it here.

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