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Rafa Praises The Togetherness At Newcastle But Ashley Cannot Drag His Feet

The crowd at the end of yesterday’s emphatic 3-0 win against Chelsea started to chant – “Rafa Benitez, we want you to stay.”

Rafa has said he was really proud to hear that, but the manager is also down to earth.

He will only agree to stay longer than the year left on his contract if he knows he can take Newcastle to greater things in the future.

Rafa wants to be successful at Newcastle – none of this “getting by” stuff.

Newcastle finished in the top ten, but that’s only a start for Benitez who wants to challenge for the top six and win trophies at the club.

If he cannot do that because of the financial resistance of owner Mike Ashley, then he is likely to move to another club – probably next summer.

His representatives are in negotiations with Managing Director Lee Charnley on things he needs from the club for him to sign a new extended contract.

The talks will continue today, and most fans hope a resolution can come quickly and hopefully this week.

This is what Rafa said when asked about the chants for him to stay late in the game yesterday:

“I was really proud of that, but you cannot sing the name of the manager if the team is doing badly,”

“In this case, what the players did last season and what they have done this year was massive.”

“The fans appreciate this togetherness, and the relationship we have created.”

“The players care, and the manager and staff and everybody. We were all working together to achieve what we wanted to achieve, which is a success for the club.”

“It is not enough just to finish 10th with four or five teams around you.”

“What I would like is to be sure that the team is able to compete to finish above 10th.”

“That means having the right quality, the right mentality and the right level through the whole season, not just for some performances.

“This group of players have done so well, so it would be easy to say: ‘OK, well you are already in the top 10.’”

“I think we have to do something more to make sure the group is stronger and more competitive.”

“Then we can go to any stadium and think about going to win, rather than thinking that a draw might be a good result.”

“We have to have the confidence in our team to be able to go anywhere thinking that we can win.”

“I still have one year left on my contract, so it is different.” 

“Now, we have to make sure that we do the right things and are on the same page.”

“The fans have ambitions and we have ambitions, and we have to know if everybody has the same feelings too.”

“The potential is there. It is easy to see what we have – now we need to do something more and be a little bit better.”

What’s needed to speed up the negotiations is for Rafa and Lee to have a meeting with Mike Ashley this week.

Why wouldn’t Ashley want to meet with Rafa to help sort out what Rafa needs to sign a new deal at Newcastle?

Ashley should think about how much the club could be worth in two years time if he does support Rafa financially.

If we are successful, it could be north of £600M, and that should appeal to the owner and have him do the right thing.

But why he’s hesitating, we just don’t know.

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14 comments so far

  • Jib

    May 14, 2018 at 10:06 AM

    Comment #1

    Rome wasn’t built in a day

  • DubaiMicky

    May 14, 2018 at 10:10 AM

    Comment #2

    re Murphy, I think it was the fact we paid £12m for him, the inference was/is (in the article) that he was way overpriced.

  • getoutofworeclub

    May 14, 2018 at 10:13 AM

    Comment #3

    Jib I’ve been reading your comments and the one u said in the last article about what shearer said r u for real it dosent matter if shearer was a sh1t manager or not the point is he is a fan just like us Ashley has been here a 11 years and in the time done fu1k all yet u would still back Ashley your not for real I reckon Rafa will stay for the last year and will be off cos if people think Ashley will change yous need to get checked out cos in a 11 years there has been no change and they never will till he is gone I just hope am wrong and Rafa signs new deal but can’t see it happing

  • Tsunki

    May 14, 2018 at 10:14 AM

    Comment #4

    I think criticism of Murphy is harsh. He’s got some way to go but Benitez has preferred him to atsu on occasion so there must be something promising there. Wonderfully taken goal against city belies the confidence shattered notion. He needs time and the expert tuition of a top notch coach

  • Tsunki

    May 14, 2018 at 10:17 AM

    Comment #5

    Just thinking about the team spirit Rafa has built and the flourishing talent in the side makes me laugh when Benitez was getting pelters on here about his legendary stand-offish manner as espoused by Stevie G in his obviously not-for-profit and unsensational autobiography. 🙂


    May 14, 2018 at 10:23 AM

    Comment #6

    12m for young player in this market is normal in this day and age and to be honest he has shown some great touches,crosses,running and talent at times so hopefully he grows in confidence and strength and become a quality player next year…the lad needs time ,he’s not ganna be a an instant star in a struggling side after stepping up a league…and for 12m i dont think its a waste of money tbh.


    May 14, 2018 at 10:24 AM

    Comment #7

    I was referring to murphy by the way!Lol

  • Tim the toon

    May 14, 2018 at 10:24 AM

    Comment #8

    Rafa will sign players that fit into the culture he has developed at the club, because it’s the culture of togetherness and working hard as a team, for the team, that has made us successful this season.

    He has said he wants some more experience, which he will hope to get, but you will also see another batch of young “hungry” players coming into the club. The difference is that they will not be using us as a stepping stone to bigger things, as happened in the past. Players will be brought to NUFC, because they want to play for NUFC and Rafa.

  • Mag52

    May 14, 2018 at 10:25 AM

    Comment #9


    A post or two back I asked if you were actually Mike Ashley himself or a very gullible person.
    I am pretty certain that you are, in fact, our beloved owner, the ‘j’ standing for James, one of Ashley’s Christian names, the ‘i’ as he was very keen to acquire Ranger’s Ibrox stadium a few years back, and the ‘b’ from the town in which he was born.
    The fact that you are the man himself explains why you will always jump in to defend him from criticism on here.
    Good of you to take an interest in the blog Mike. I really hope it’s instructive.

  • lochinvar

    May 14, 2018 at 10:28 AM

    Comment #10


    Worth a read if you’ve got nowt else to do.
    Shows the transfer values / points gained by the top six clubs over the last two years with the trophies won.

    Guess we closest to the Liverpool- Arsenal examples and just wonder where Ashley wants to be ?

  • Jib

    May 14, 2018 at 10:30 AM

    Comment #11

    I could be Justin Barnes with your logic

  • Mister Tuff

    May 14, 2018 at 10:40 AM

    Comment #12

    Jib – Cup Final this weekend. If you are still struggling with the competitions rules – give me a shout and I’ll explain.
    I do recall a previous post of yours’ last season I think it was when you stated there was a penalty shoot out after full time -90 minutes. I was obliged to inform you the penalties would take place after the extra time period if the scores were level.
    It is I suppose a mistake anyone could make who wasn’t brought up on football – like yourself – rugby man branching out into ladies wrestling/netball and the like. A Johnny come lately.

  • Lindisfarne

    May 14, 2018 at 10:40 AM

    Comment #13

    “spendthrift” LOL

  • Lindisfarne

    May 14, 2018 at 10:56 AM

    Comment #14

    From the BBC article, the obvious way to improve a squad is to replace existing players by spending less than 50% again on any fees. A slower but more stable process.

    Liverpool seem to have done a better job at spending their windfall from Coutinio than Spurs did with the money from Bale. But with both clubs now taking the places of Chelsea & Arsenal in the Champions league it will be interesting to see how they fare. Especially with the PL being stronger all round.


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