Rafa Seems Happy – Plenty Of Time To Talk This Week


Rafa was upbeat and jovial at his press conference this afternoon for the game against Tottenham at Wembley tomorrow night.

It was similar to his last press conference last Friday, and it was hard to think that Rafa was concerned about his future at all.

And the manager has put no real timeframe on the talks with Managing Director Lee Charnley, and he’s willing for them to continue; he also said there was plenty of time to talk this week.

Of course, Rafa didn’t talk too much about any details, but it could be positive that Rafa was so relaxed and happy.

Rafa Benitez – upbeat at his press conference

We hope it’s positive that Rafa was so relaxed and happy.

🙂

Here’s some of what he had to say on the negotiations during his press conference today:

“The conversations are still the same. So no news at the moment.”

“Not really (no specific timeframe for negotiations)”. “There will be another conversation, for sure, then we will see where we are.”

“But we are not thinking too much about: ‘Oh, we need it done before this time. Or this one.’”

“We will have plenty of time to talk during this week.”

There are not many fans think we can win this game tomorrow night – but we really need the 3 points to finish in the top half of the table.

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138 comments so far

  • Geordie-john

    May 8, 2018 at 4:28 PM

    Comment #1

    Well I think it would it be nice to have a win over Spurs just to p##s GREEDY COCK-ney off.

    3
  • Jail for Ashley

    May 8, 2018 at 4:40 PM

    Comment #2

    John,
    He’s a Chelsea fan if we can believe that he has at least one in a hundred truthful statements in him.

    2
  • Jib

    May 8, 2018 at 4:42 PM

    Comment #3

    From NUFC.com
    Only once in 22 seasons of Premier League football
    have United won their final away game.

    0
  • Dragon64

    May 8, 2018 at 4:45 PM

    Comment #5

    if Rafa doesn’t get the reassurance’s off fat Mike he will be gone and who can blame him. there is no takeover accept it

    3
  • Munster Mag

    May 8, 2018 at 5:10 PM

    Comment #6

    We all know that Rafa likes to use the media to communicate with the fans and he wasn’t slow getting his veiled annoyance into the media last summer about transfers. So the fact that he is relaxed for now has to he a good sign. In other words if Charney had said ‘your budget in 20mill plus player sales’ I think we’ d know it by now, or we would be getting smoke signals

    0
  • Jib

    May 8, 2018 at 5:29 PM

    Comment #7

    If you look at those training pics
    there area lot of strange faces
    and squad numbers
    Apparently Rafa has had the U23’s
    training with the squad to try and shake things up

    0
  • Bianconeri

    May 8, 2018 at 5:36 PM

    Comment #8

    Lesh from a couple of posts back,I’m all for equality in the work place,but only if you’re good at the job,she isn’t.I think sky are all about jobs for the boys/girls now.Hence dennis wise bah.

    Celebration was a 70 mile ride in and around the wannies 😉

    Is Armstrong available to play for us again after loan is up ??

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  • AncientC

    May 8, 2018 at 5:43 PM

    Comment #9

    There’s really no reason why Benitez wouldn’t have been given as estimate on this summer’s budget a year ago, based on the club staying up, of course.

    At the end of the winter window after the three loan players were signed, Charnley should have been able to account for the wage bill, speculated the prize money etc. Even the gate income should have been easy enough to estimate.

    Perhaps it is a case of Benitez already knowing approximately what his budget is for this summer, with recent contract talks discussing future budgets. With Benitez only having 1 year left on his deal, I would suppose he isn’t privy to the transfer budget for next summer, as currently he wouldn’t be at the club to spend it.

    There is something seriously wrong if Benitez doesn’t know what the budget is yet for this summer—but with the way the club has been run in recent years, it seems rather quite possible that could be the case,

    3
  • Bianconeri

    May 8, 2018 at 5:47 PM

    Comment #10

    Rafa saying talks to be held over Kenedy and Dubravka makes me wonder if he has been given a little bit of a green light.Slimani going back to Leicester looks like that deal is dead.

    1
  • Bianconeri

    May 8, 2018 at 5:49 PM

    Comment #11

    Squeaky bum time in Swansea the night.I think the saints may pinch it and Swansea having to beat Stoke to stay up.
    Thank god it’s not us.
    A draw tomorrow and a win v chelski

    2
  • Jib

    May 8, 2018 at 5:51 PM

    Comment #12

    The last thing we need is for the world and his dog to
    know what Rafa’s budget is !!!

    1
  • Jib

    May 8, 2018 at 5:52 PM

    Comment #13

    Rafa is contemplating up to 5 changes for Wembley
    A hat-trick for Arma would be luverly

    1
  • Bianconeri

    May 8, 2018 at 5:55 PM

    Comment #14

    It would be nice to see him get some game time Jib.Especially with Slimani gone and Joselu being crap.
    Nothing to lose giving him game time,but I doubt it will happen 🙁

    0
  • Jib

    May 8, 2018 at 6:08 PM

    Comment #15

    Arma and Perez could frighten a few defences

    1
  • Tsunki

    May 8, 2018 at 6:08 PM

    Comment #16

    There will be much humble pie being served up by bobbybee should Armstrong sink a hat trick. I will need a lot of custard myself…

    2
  • Jib

    May 8, 2018 at 6:09 PM

    Comment #17

    With Jonjo and Mikel pinging the passes of course

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  • Tsunki

    May 8, 2018 at 6:09 PM

    Comment #18

    Could anybody feasibly be worse up front given our top scorer isperez? 😐

    1
  • Tsunki

    May 8, 2018 at 6:10 PM

    Comment #19

    No I’m not going to bother. Isperez is a great player.

    1
  • Mag52

    May 8, 2018 at 6:11 PM

    Comment #20

    Jib (from a previous post),

    Of the options you give me as to why Ashley wouldn’t be bothered to travel the 12 miles to watch Watford play Newcastle United, the one I think is most appropriate is ‘out of the question’.
    Why ? – because, to the best of my knowledge, he is not a supporter of either team and, and here I’m guessing, he doesn’t actually like the game of football.

    3
  • Jib

    May 8, 2018 at 6:15 PM

    Comment #21

    Squeaky bum time in West Glamorgan
    where’s Welshie when you need someone
    to tease ?

    1
  • Jib

    May 8, 2018 at 6:21 PM

    Comment #22

    Mag52
    I think what you say about Ashley not liking footy
    probably applies to most owners
    If there was a 4 way footy quiz
    between me and the last 3 owners of PL champs
    Roman Abramovic
    Sheik Mansour
    Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha

    I’d murder them

    0
  • Jib

    May 8, 2018 at 6:21 PM

    Comment #23

    😛

    1
  • Tsunki

    May 8, 2018 at 6:24 PM

    Comment #24

    Tbf I don’t think i could be bothered to crank up the chopper for a 12 Mile trip. Parking is horrendous in Watford never mind finding an “H” for the budgie. 🙂

    1
  • Jib

    May 8, 2018 at 6:25 PM

    Comment #25

    Apparently Sir Alex is sitting up and talking
    to his family which is good !

    2
  • Mag :P

    May 8, 2018 at 6:26 PM

    Comment #26

    So am I missing something? Is arma available for spurs?

    0
  • Jib

    May 8, 2018 at 6:27 PM

    Comment #27

    Tsunki that reminds me of Milton Jones joke
    about standing next to a hot water tap waiting
    for a chopper to land
    😀

    0
  • welshgeordie9

    May 8, 2018 at 6:29 PM

    Comment #28

    Come on the mighty swans.

    0
  • Mag52

    May 8, 2018 at 6:29 PM

    Comment #29

    Veltman.

    Long time no communicate.
    I must say my input on here has decreased a lot with the arrival of Rafa as, like me, most bloggers are happy with the Spanish maestro, and would hope that Ashley does the right thing by him and gives him what he clearly deserves, and has earned, an extended contract and a decent transfer pot.
    It’s only Jail these days who can’t help himself from throwing in the occasional reference to the AP era, but he only does it when he’s bored and he soon gives up when he realises we all know what he’s up to.

    1
  • John Tudor

    May 8, 2018 at 6:30 PM

    Comment #30

    He is a Newcastle player so for the spuds not a hope

    0
  • Jib

    May 8, 2018 at 6:31 PM

    Comment #32

    I see why you chose that moniker you little tinker

    0
  • Jib

    May 8, 2018 at 6:32 PM

    Comment #33

    hiya Welshie
    Good luck for this evening

    0
  • Mag52

    May 8, 2018 at 6:33 PM

    Comment #34

    Jib,

    But at least those guys turn up at home games when they’re in town.
    Ashley has been conspicuous by his absence this season.

    0
  • Jib

    May 8, 2018 at 6:34 PM

    Comment #35

    It would be nice to have the S Wales derby back in the PL

    0
  • Jib

    May 8, 2018 at 6:36 PM

    Comment #36

    Mag52
    It’s very time consuming parcelling and despatching
    cheap sandshoes you know .

    0
  • welshgeordie9

    May 8, 2018 at 6:44 PM

    Comment #38

    Jib

    We going to need it.

    0
  • A Pain in the Blog

    May 8, 2018 at 6:46 PM

    Comment #39

    Jib @ #4

    If the lads are at Benton this morning (as you proved) then where did the rumour come from that Rafa and the team stayed down in London?

    0
  • Mag :P

    May 8, 2018 at 6:46 PM

    Comment #40

    Jib

    Nowhere in that link mentions arma? Is he back from his loan?

    1

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