Rafa Has Turned Newcastle Around Completely In A Short Two Years – Why The Delay?

Rafa Benitez has done a great job for Newcastle over the time he’s been here – just over two years.

And while we are slipping a little over the last four games that doesn’t take away the fact that we were safe with five games to go.

It’s nice for Newcastle fans to be able to relax with some games still to play knowing we will be a Premier League club next season.

Under Mike Ashley, that’s not always been the case and we have been relegated twice.

Rafa has one year left on his contract but when you see him talking in his press conferences and after the games, you get the impression he is still completely committed to Newcastle.

Rafa Benitez – Newcastle manager

Even so, it’s not certain that he will stay past next year and with Mike Ashley as we have found out – anything is possible.

As usual  the Newcastle hierarchy are moving at a snail’s pace to try to sign him up; not many other clubs would not have signed him up by now given what Rafa’s done for our club since June of 2016 when we a second division club

Jonjo Shelvey recently got it right when he talked about Rafa and said he would be Newcastle’s best signing of the summer.

In fact, he would be our best signing since Sir Bobby Robson signed on for us back in September of 1999.

Here’s what Jonjo Shelvey said recently on nufcTV when he hit the nail on the head:

“Hopefully, the manager will stay and we’ll keep building.” “I think that’s probably the most important signing of the summer, to make Rafa stay.”

“When I first came to the club, there wasn’t really a link between the fans and the players, and he’s just turned the whole city around.”

“There’s just such a buzz in Newcastle. “Everywhere you go, the fans are always talking to you.”

“He’s just turned the whole place around.”

Hopefully, some progress on his contract and transfer funds will be made in the next few days.

Unfortunately, Newcastle have a habit of letting negotiations drag on and on and on …….

It’s ironic that’s one of the things Rafa wants to change.

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11 comments so far

  • jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew

    May 10, 2018 at 2:55 PM

    Comment #1

    You are really a funny guy Betsy…the Lil’ Sebastian of this blog…

    …did you take that senior course in how to do a google search and copy paste? You are really getting good at it ?


  • toonbrother

    May 10, 2018 at 2:56 PM

    Comment #2

    Well said Shelvey
    Mind you he has been the biggest beneficiary of Rafa’s brilliant coaching
    Closest thing ive seen to Pirlo in ages.
    Amazing to think some on this blog were calling for him to be sold less than two months ago

  • lochinvar

    May 10, 2018 at 2:57 PM

    Comment #3

    See that Carvalhal is leaving Swansea as his contract won’t be renewed.
    Incredibly Coleman is now linked with the Swansea job.

    Make note to self must get jobs like this as it’s clearly a merry go round with benefits attached.

  • Moonraker15

    May 10, 2018 at 3:00 PM

    Comment #4

    What a superb midfielder Diame has become under Rafa!

  • DutchontheToon

    May 10, 2018 at 3:05 PM

    Comment #5

    It would be nice to think that he is waiting for Amanda to buy. Possible he is staying the extra season to see what happens with the takeover. Once he has all the assurances he will sign with PCP or walk away to another club that can look after him properly, something Fatso is unable to do.

  • lesh

    May 10, 2018 at 3:06 PM

    Comment #6

    Why the delay in signing Rafa up?

    Because Ashley’s greedy and Jib, he doesn’t see the big picture – just like Trump (for those wondering why I’ve said that and referred to Jiblets, see my post on an earlier thread).

  • RobLeenio

    May 10, 2018 at 3:10 PM

    Comment #7

    jesper, you’ve reposted your same, boring comment from the previous thread, so here’s my own repost

    jesper, why do you persist with this Lil Sebastian reference? Nobody here gets it. It’s the epitome of dull….

  • jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew

    May 10, 2018 at 3:18 PM

    Comment #8

    Ohh Rob…poor you!

  • jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew

    May 10, 2018 at 3:20 PM

    Comment #9

    But really good spotted there…truly excellent work!

  • lesh

    May 10, 2018 at 3:44 PM

    Comment #10

    Why the delay in signing Rafa?

    The season’s close to its end and Ashley, Barnes, Bishop are, through their go for Charnley, hoping that the media’s interest on Rafa’s good work’ll and his future’ll become less intense. They’ll be thinking they could then do their dirty work out of the media spotlight.

    Let’s hope the fans’ message to them is trumpeted loud and clear at SJP.

  • toonluvva

    May 10, 2018 at 5:54 PM

    Comment #11

    I think it’s because Mr Ashley is entirely focused on SportsDirect and his other ventures. NUFC come well down the pecking order.
    On top of this Barnes, Bishop and Charnley have no real power, all decisions are made by Ashley and he is too busy elsewhere.


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