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Pre-Season In Ireland – Rafa Expects To Be Busy In Transfer Window

Rafa has talked about pre-season in his press conference this afternoon for the game on Sunday at home to Chelsea – the very last game of the season.

Newcastle will go back to Ireland this summer, which is where the squad has trained for the last two pre-seasons and Rafa can get some good coaching done.

He has also praised the flags that have been seen at the Gallowgate end all season, and the manager says they are very good for the players.

Rafa Benitez – in Ireland last summer

Rafa was again upbeat this afternoon:

“The atmospheres have been great all season. The flags help, it is great to see the fans delivering this. We want to win for them and the positive atmosphere from the flags behind us then it is good for the players.”

“It’s important to finish on a high. The players and fans deserve that. We want to win on Sunday.”

“We are training normally, then we will have some time together as a squad next week and the players will go on holiday.”

“We have to be quite busy in the transfer market. We need more experience. We also lose a couple of players, we have three loans.”

“We need to add some quality to the good players we have already.”

It’s going to be an extremely interesting transfer window and we will see what kind of talent Rafa can attract to the club this summer.

A win would be good on Sunday because we’ll likely finish 10th with 3 points and that will help us to attract some good players to the club.

We now have to get Mr. Benitez signed up to a long-term deal – and just as quickly as possible.

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89 comments so far

  • Nostradamus the Geordie

    May 11, 2018 at 2:47 PM

    Comment #1

    With the possibility of Dubs and hopefully Kenedy being signed to the club, do you think Rafa will wait until after the world cup to sign anyone else? Two trains of thought here, Rafa goes and signs three add on players that scouts have seen and then they play in the world cup against, and lets be honest here, some poor tackling teams and one or even two get injured. Not really what Newcastle need and that’s like a trend in our club, injuries. Or does he wait until after where the fee’s could be lower or higher depending on how the player plays, which yes could be a gamble, you then see the targets live and know if they comes out of the world cup unscathed, also waiting we could see some players Rafa didn’t even think or know about, coin toss really. Of course the other issue is how long will Rafa wait until the contract crap is sorted out, honestly if I was Rafa I would tell M/A sorry but give me the funds you promised and let me get the players I really want and then I will sign an extension on my contract, that could play out for some time, its an easy thing to do, a pre-contract written and signed by Rafa and M/A. Simply really but yes I know when it comes to M/A and his funky bunch of corporate idiots this may not even happen due to there lack of understanding, still blows my mind, if I was owner and had a manager this high in class I would never hesitate in having that great relationship. For the love of god, the man managed Liverpool, Napoli and Real Madrid, sorry Mike is this man not worth it to you?

  • lesh

    May 11, 2018 at 2:55 PM

    Comment #2

    Rafa, as expected, is being the total professional in his approach to running in business as usual mode – despite Ashley’s shenanigans. He’s managed to achieve far more than most of us expected with young, under strength squad and deserves Ashley’s total respect. Ah, but Ashley doesn’t do respect!

    These supposed talks about Rafa and the clubs future are dragging but why? Considering that Ashley will have left things to Barnes who’ll expect Charnley to deal with Rafa and thus the chain is unnecessarily too long – it’s Ashley playing power games.

    In the meantime, Rafa’s doing what he has to do in terms of planning for pre season and we can only hope that Ashley doesn’t balls that up as he is wont to do by not having recruitment completed in time.

    Any half decent owner would define operating parameters, money etc and tell Barnes and Charnley to get things sorted and Rafa signed up pronto. However, Rafa’s dealing with hands off but not really hands on Ashley!

  • Tsunki

    May 11, 2018 at 3:12 PM

    Comment #3

    Going for a win on this one and hoping the lads will bust a gut one last time for a good end of season finale.

  • Jib

    May 11, 2018 at 3:20 PM

    Comment #4

    I’m just watching a replay of Chelsea vs Huddersfield
    on Wednesday
    You could well be right
    Chelsea are playing like a team thinking about the next manager

  • DubaiMicky

    May 11, 2018 at 3:29 PM

    Comment #5

    I’ve always thought Ashley is a coward and has “small man syndrome”, tries to bully people cos he’s under 6 foot. We’ve all seen them.

  • DaveD1000

    May 11, 2018 at 3:42 PM

    Comment #6

    Oi!!!! 5 ft 6 here

  • DaveD1000

    May 11, 2018 at 3:43 PM

    Comment #7


  • Jib

    May 11, 2018 at 3:50 PM

    Comment #8

    Kevin Keegan is 5’8″
    Is he a bully too ?

  • Bianconeri

    May 11, 2018 at 3:55 PM

    Comment #9

    I doubt ashley will sanction any early deals,it means he has to pay wages before they kick a ball.I expect we may buy when pre-season starts

  • hibbit

    May 11, 2018 at 4:07 PM

    Comment #10

    i was thinking of the 3 you mention and the 3 loan players that’s where i got 6 from

  • the ledge

    May 11, 2018 at 4:07 PM

    Comment #11

    Jesus jib crawl down from Ashley hole will ye.

  • Bianconeri

    May 11, 2018 at 4:09 PM

    Comment #12

    dennis wise is a dwarf and he bullied a taxi driver,kicking him in the head 😮


  • DaveD1000

    May 11, 2018 at 4:13 PM

    Comment #13

    I totally forgot the loanees

  • Bianconeri

    May 11, 2018 at 4:18 PM

    Comment #14

    Facundo Ferreyra been banging goals in right left and centre for Shakhtar Donetsk 30 goals in 40 games,did he ever get on the pitch for us?
    was he really ~@~

  • hibbit

    May 11, 2018 at 4:18 PM

    Comment #15

    no problem
    but to me that’s 6 to replace and we were short in the squad anyway !!

  • DaveD1000

    May 11, 2018 at 4:23 PM

    Comment #16

    yea I suppose Duby is nailed on unless others come in with massive offers but Slim Shandy and Kenedy will leave holes

  • Bianconeri

    May 11, 2018 at 4:23 PM

    Comment #17

    ~@~ should have been ?

  • DaveD1000

    May 11, 2018 at 4:25 PM

    Comment #18

    was just reading someone say we should re sign but if he is setting europe on fire why they letting him go on a free would be my question.

  • Bianconeri

    May 11, 2018 at 4:59 PM

    Comment #19

    DaveD1000 I wondered why he didn’t get a chance here,was he that bad in training.Doumbia scored 21 in 33 games for Basel too.Either them leagues are pants .Rocky John Charver and Schteeve musn’t have liked them.Did you know Rocky once worked with Sir Bobby 😉

  • Jib

    May 11, 2018 at 5:19 PM

    Comment #21

    The young Argentinian Victor Fernandez
    (left wing and striker)
    who turned 20 last week
    trained with the first team this morning.
    With Kenedy unavailable he could get some minutes.


  • Tsunki

    May 11, 2018 at 5:31 PM

    Comment #22

    Fernandez has looked the part when I’ve seen him maybe only muted by the clunkers he’s played with ha ha – but it would be nice to see some development, be a great intro for him to get a sub appearance against Chelsea. Not in the horrible way Jak Alnwick had to. 🙁

  • jane

    May 11, 2018 at 5:36 PM

    Comment #23

    Sunderland think they have problems..

    “In the 2016/2017 Ligue 1 season, after four seasons in the top division, Bastia finished bottom of the Ligue 1 table and were relegated to Ligue 2. On 22 June 2017, Bastia were relegated again to Championnat de France National after the DNCG had recommended a further demotion for the club. Bastia were the subject of an audit on their books which resulted in yet another demotion for failing to guarantee they had the finances to compete in Ligue 2. The DNCG released a statement on the same day stating “Following its audit today before the DNCG, Sporting Club Bastia has been given notice of a provisional relegation”. In August 2017, SC Bastia were demoted again to the National 3 league (The 6th Division of French Football) following further financial irregularities.”


  • Charlie in the Gallowgate

    May 11, 2018 at 5:40 PM

    Comment #24

    Don’t know if any of you listen to Total Sport on BBC Newcastle….
    Albert who is a pensioner from Wooler gets on and makes his points and straight to the point most times got to interview/ask questions for RAFA today instead of the BBC commentator – should be worth a listen

  • Jib

    May 11, 2018 at 5:49 PM

    Comment #25

    I hope Rafa had an interpreter
    That Wooler Northumbrian can be
    a bit hard to cut through for an outsider

  • Jail for Ashley

    May 11, 2018 at 5:57 PM

    Comment #26

    Albert is a total Sport legend, I think they must ring him up.

  • Jib

    May 11, 2018 at 6:00 PM

    Comment #27

    I hope he makes a better fist of questioning Rafa
    than some squeaky voiced prat called Davey from
    South Shields I once heard on radio

  • Tsunki

    May 11, 2018 at 6:08 PM

    Comment #28

    Hang on Jib give us all a chance to hold our sides… 🙂

  • Jim Ileys Arms

    May 11, 2018 at 6:22 PM

    Comment #29

    If we kept the same team, but added real quality at striker and number 10, where would this team finish?

  • Mag :P

    May 11, 2018 at 6:30 PM

    Comment #30

    Well, based on this season Jim I’d say challenging arsenal for 6th. There’s been plenty of games this season where we would have won if someone could stick the ball in the net. We have the chance of coming in the top ten without top scorer on 6 bpl goals. Imagine if we had someone with 15+?

  • Jail for Ashley

    May 11, 2018 at 6:41 PM

    Comment #32

    That’s funnier than the one about stamping on your Mrs t!t’s.

  • Jib

    May 11, 2018 at 6:47 PM

    Comment #33

    Derby vs Mitro 19.45

  • Tsunki

    May 11, 2018 at 6:48 PM

    Comment #34

    Losing lascelles and dummett did not help at all it put a real crimp in Rafa’s defence coaching and that was compounded by the unfortunate lack of all round ability in the keepers. Add to that the pressure caused by a one sided midfield and no real strike threat it was all uphill, strangely even during that dark patch you could see Rafa’s team ethic working its way out. The two lads at the back coming back in, Diame and Shelveys surge in form and our loanees perked things up no end. If hadnt had those setbacks, and we’d had a proper meaty ball holding bully of a striker good with head and feet (ten a penny I know lol) we’d have been top six easy. However in this universe…

  • Tsunki

    May 11, 2018 at 6:54 PM

    Comment #35

    Have to say at the rate Merino was progressing, if he’d stayed injury free I think we would have been a lot more versatile and tricky to play against. Sadly we lost that little switcheroo in style because of his knacky back. I hope he’s ok next season.

  • Jib

    May 11, 2018 at 6:56 PM

    Comment #36

    Rafa is really in a win/win situation.

    If Ashley f@cks him over in the summer
    window he’s still got a year to enhance
    his reputation on full salary and wave
    us goodbye in June 2019 .

  • lochinvar

    May 11, 2018 at 7:48 PM

    Comment #37

    See who made the The Sunday Times Rich List for the North East below:

    Top two have marked differences in fortunes

    1 Mike Ashley £2.437bn – Up £277m
    2 Ellis Short £1bn – Down £200m
    3 Mark Fenwick and family £730m – No change
    4 Peter Stephenson and family £483m – Up £51m
    5= Alastair and Michael Powell £425m – Up £1m
    5= Jonathan Ruffer £425m – Up £19m
    7 The Duke of Northumberland £382m – Up £12m
    8 Dame Margaret and Helen Barbour and family £355m – Up £10m
    9 Duncan Bannatyne £280m – Up £55m
    10 Sir Peter Vardy and family £197m – Up £20m

  • Jib

    May 11, 2018 at 7:53 PM

    Comment #38

    Mitro has weak knees

  • Jib

    May 11, 2018 at 7:54 PM

    Comment #39

    Sessegnon is a bonny footballer
    but he’s a selfish bugger

  • Tsunki

    May 11, 2018 at 7:55 PM

    Comment #40

    I’m obviously not on that list as it’s the shortened version, but I’m up £16.34, 1200 Tesco clubcard points and a free Gregg’s coffee. Not bad going.


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