Rafa Talks About New Contract At Newcastle

The news from Rafa, speaking on Spanish radio, is that negotiations have started on a new contract, so we will now see what Mike Ashley is thinking.

Ashley has been as silent as the night recently and has not attended any Newcastle games recently, but he wants to sign Rafa to a long-term deal.

That’s because that will help sell the club and raise the price of it.

Those are two thing Mike Ashley is keen to do – sell the club at a very good price after he has done nothing to improve the club over the last eleven years.

Rafa Benitez – at St. James’ Park Sunday

This is what Rafa, who turned 58 yesterday,  has said on Spanish radio as reported in the Mail:

“We have one more year left on the contract and now the Board are trying that we talk a little bit about the future because the talk now is always about ‘projects’.”

“With so much investment it is increasingly difficult but they want to link us (Rafa and his coaches)  the club for more time so that we can make a stronger team if possible.”

“The fact that you get linked with a club (Arsenal), it is something positive because it makes you proud of your career trajectory.”

“People in England are conscious of the fact that experience in the Premier League is important and, what is more, you go to other competitions and other leagues and win as well.”

“They see that experience, when a team is struggling to get into the top four, with that experience the coaches who while they are still young.”

“Because 58 for a coach is still young, they know the Premier League.”

“And they know what it is to compete, what it is to win, that is what they value.”

“There are people that talk about ‘young coaches and we give them time’.”

“But when a club wants to win quickly, what they want is results and results with people who have been here for a while.”

“And know what the Premier League is and how difficult it can be.”

There will be some clubs that will make a move for Rafa this summer.

And they will likely include West Ham who didn’t look too good in getting a late equalizer (from Andy Carroll) last night at home to the second-bottom club Stoke City to draw 1-1.

We cannot see David Moyes staying at West Ham next season.

But we are hoping Rafa will sign a new deal at Newcastle – even if Mike Ashley is the owner.

Comments welcome.

14 comments so far

  • Charlie in the Gallowgate

    Apr 17, 2018 at 10:01 AM

    Comment #1

    Yes Talk-F**kwit-Sport were bumming up RAFA to go to Arse-nil last night –

  • Jib

    Apr 17, 2018 at 10:09 AM

    Comment #2

    – the more Rafa gets linked with
    other PL clubs – the stronger it makes
    his position vis a vis Ashley.

  • Geordie-john

    Apr 17, 2018 at 10:20 AM

    Comment #3

    Ashley just wants the highest possible amount of money for NUFC he can get and if Rafa is tied down to the club for a good number of years then he will definitely get top dollar. Typical GREEDY COCK-ney twat. Hurry up and get the f##k out of our club.

  • Geordie-john

    Apr 17, 2018 at 10:21 AM

    Comment #4

    AND Take your shitty shops with you !!

  • RobLeenio

    Apr 17, 2018 at 10:21 AM

    Comment #5

    JP from previous, yes Rafa deserves a longer term contract. He’ll no doubt be given a good offer from the club, but he’ll take his time, consider it, ask for changes and guarantees and only sign it when it’s right for him and his staff.

    The positive thing is that Rafa himself has confirmed that the club has already reached out to him. Whoever mentioned yesterday that the first party in a negotiation to concede ground is generally in the weaker position is right, Rafa held all the Aces before, he now also holds all the Kings.

  • John Tudor

    Apr 17, 2018 at 10:22 AM

    Comment #6

    Fcukwit out.

  • RobLeenio

    Apr 17, 2018 at 10:22 AM

    Comment #7

    Jib, good point that re interest from other clubs….

  • RobLeenio

    Apr 17, 2018 at 10:24 AM

    Comment #8


    Another bandwagon-jumping article re Rafa and his position, another good read. Nice quotes from Ritchie – it’s been said before, but what a buy this guy was, by the way.

  • Lee Charnley Bunga Party

    Apr 17, 2018 at 10:27 AM

    Comment #9

    Hopefully Rafa gets offered an 8 year contract like the last manager we had who done well 🙂

    Also could you imagine Arsenal did come in for Rafa and he left? That would suit Ashley perfectly as he could say “we tried to keep Rafa but Arsenal was too good to turn down etc etc we would like to welcome our new manager John Carver……….”

  • hibbit

    Apr 17, 2018 at 10:28 AM

    Comment #10

    even the threat of Rafa leaving will put huge pressure on Ashley’s achievable sale price of the club, if indeed it’s still for sale

  • Nicky the ball tosser

    Apr 17, 2018 at 10:37 AM

    Comment #11

    I’m sure they’d love to get Rafa to put his signature on an 8 year deal. Would “every last penny”, full control of the football side and a new training complex be enough to get him to do it. Not outlandish, nor remotely beyond Ashley’s capacity to deliver, nor against the owner’s interests. Get it signed in blood, Rafa.

  • Whumpie

    Apr 17, 2018 at 10:37 AM

    Comment #12

    Not true to say Ashley has done nothing for the club. He hired Rafa FFS.
    Hate the guy by all means – I think everyone does – but keep it in reality, eh?

  • RobLeenio

    Apr 17, 2018 at 10:37 AM

    Comment #13

    How do the contracts of coaching staff work when they are coming to an end? Is it the same as for players, where they are free to talk to any interested clubs from the January before their contract expires? If so, either Ashley or any inbound buyer (via a possible pre-contract agreement ahead of the purchase) will want to sign Rafa up to a new deal before that point.

  • lesh

    Apr 17, 2018 at 11:55 AM

    Comment #14

    The key to any successful negotiations is trust between the parties.

    Rafa seems to be an honourable man who’ll stand by his side of an agreement whereas Ashley’s track record – even with Rafa only, is to say the least, questionable. When he has communicated with Rafa, , Ashley’s used vague and ambiguous language which has left Rafa high and dry (eg transfer kitty includes player wages).

    Much as Rafa loves the club, the area and the fans, his pride won’t allow him to be shafted again and the only way he’ll stay beyond his current contract is if Ashley makes a conscious effort to establish trust between him and Rafa. Now that is a big ask.


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