Fans Concerned Benitez Will Leave Newcastle – Ashley Culpable

It’s hardly a big surprise that West Ham parted ways with David Moyes and his staff yesterday.

The Hammers are now after a “high-caliber” manager and Rafa Benitez of Newcastle is said to their preferred target if they can persuade him to leave Newcastle.

This is a dangerous situation and the best we can hope for is it gives slow-coaches Ashley and Charnley some reason to close the deal with Rafa quickly rather than go on and one for weeks negotiating.

Give Rafa what he wants and the negotiations can close this week,

Losing Rafa Benitez to West Ham would be too much to bear for Newcastle fans – we love the man.

Here’s what our fans are saying.

Don’t even know why Rafa would even think about going to West Ham . Their club is a bigger mess than ours #NUFC

— Glen Lawton (@GlenLawton4) May 17, 2018

16 comments so far

  • DubaiMicky

    May 17, 2018 at 10:42 AM

    Comment #1

    Have we signed Dubravka yet?

    Apparently not, we’re in “negotiations”.

  • crawfordm

    May 17, 2018 at 10:47 AM

    Comment #2

    Rafa will not leave – worst case scenario he fulfils his contract and leaves in 12 months !
    This is a huge 3 months for sure – does he get the tv money ? will he sign the contract ? who knows – nobody does. Typical NUFC fans on this site who like nothing more than spouting doom and gloom???

  • John Tudor

    May 17, 2018 at 10:48 AM

    Comment #3

    The oracle can jog on or better still jog off

  • magpie6699

    May 17, 2018 at 10:49 AM

    Comment #4

    From last posting. Of course we COULD lose Rafa – but why West Ham? It’s not handy for Merseyside and they are not a better set-up than us. Is there a “project” like he envisaged for the Toon? Would he get the same support from their fans as here, for example? Would they cope with a losing streak like we had or would they again be demonstrating? IF he did decide to leave (heaven forbid), it would be for somewhere far better.
    Incidentally, if he does leave I could see a lot of Sports Direct shops being trashed!

  • DaveD1000

    May 17, 2018 at 10:50 AM

    Comment #5

    the showing he has put in I would be surprised if others arent sniffing around

  • Bobbybee

    May 17, 2018 at 10:51 AM

    Comment #6

    Whoops. Missed the bus 🙂

    May 17, 2018 at 10:44 AM

    Comment #19
    Time for a big intake of breath and calm down. Breath slowly.
    West Ham’s owners have a rap sheet every bit as long as Ashley’s. Their default setting is BS as well. They lied to their fans about the move to get them on board re the move to cheapskate stadium. They’ve lied to managers repeatedly in the past. Not just at West Ham either, go ask Birmingham fans what cuddly nice people they are.
    This would be Rafa out of the frying pan and into the furnace. Give the man a bit more credit.
    How many times have we been here since Rafa arrived? How many times have posters on here had Rafa’s bags packed and out the door? Ditto the so called press? So far they’ve been wrong every single time.
    This is Rafa at work. He never stops. He’s pushing Ashley for as much as he can get. He’ll use this situation to its maximum effect.
    Our advantage is he wants to be here, not West Ham. West Ham can’t just walk in, he’s under contract. He usually honours his contracts. Just let him get on with it, he knows what he’s doing.
    It’s understandable to panic a bit – this is Ashley – but Rafa is all that matters and he’s already said he’s only talking to one club. You think he’s lying to us? Has he ever?
    Right now he’s our manager. Why would he go from one piece Of turd owner to another? Who’s fans wreck their own ground? Who turn on managers at the drop of a hat if they don’t play ‘the West Ham way’ – whatever that is.
    He’s, not gone. If Ashley gives him a decent spend he’ll remain here. We hold all the cards. The sky hasn’t fallen Chicken Licken, it’s just a bloody acorn.
    Rafa will let us know if he’s leaving. Until then try and stay calm. Nothing we can do anyway.
    I don’t trust Ashley, but I do respect Rafa enough to believe he’ll keep us posted. I doubt we’ll hear it through the media first.

  • Bobbybee

    May 17, 2018 at 10:58 AM

    Comment #7

    This could also be West Ham doing a ‘couldn’t get him over the line’ routine for their fans. Go for the man they want to appease the natives, but fail. Oh well, we tried.
    Good and Sullivan are like a box of snakes and just as dangerous. Their lies are as many as Ashley’s. Ashley’s not unique, most mega rich people are dicks. I can’t see it myself. Not West Ham.

  • Bobbybee

    May 17, 2018 at 11:00 AM

    Comment #8

    Wouldn’t sweat on Everton either. No way will Rafa put his relationship with Liverpool fans on the line for Everton. Everton fans may want him, but it would destroy everything he still has there. None starter imo.

  • RobLeenio

    May 17, 2018 at 11:01 AM

    Comment #9

    The majority of bookies have him as favourite for the West Ham job.

  • Ninjacent

    May 17, 2018 at 11:01 AM

    Comment #10

    The board is a joke and I would not blame Rafa if was to move on, all he wants is assurances so he can move us forward, but instead he gets broken promises. Rafa is better then Westham, he should hold out for another club and hopefully by then Ashley will be gone.

  • jezza442

    May 17, 2018 at 11:02 AM

    Comment #11

    At last somebody talking logically and not flapping like a budgie bobbybee

  • Jib

    May 17, 2018 at 11:02 AM

    Comment #12

    I wonder if we’ll sign Rodrigues
    from Besiktas in Turkey Lurkey ?

  • TyneMouth

    May 17, 2018 at 11:16 AM

    Comment #13

    Dubravka is not going to sign for NUFC until Rafa puts pen to paper.

    Dubravka has said he wants to join Rafa permanently.

    None of the players on Rafa’s wish list will sign until Rafa signs himself.

    If Rafa leaves there will be a player exodus.

    A fully signed up Rafa is worth in excess of £150m to the sale value of NUFC.

    Everybody knows this, even Mike Ashley.

    Hold on to your hats, it will be a rough ride, but the end game is in sight…

  • killers_perm

    May 17, 2018 at 11:25 AM

    Comment #14

    Funnily enough, its Sky Sports that pushes these stories and lo & behold its Sky Bet who then shout that the odds are tumbling and the mug punters who then pile on thinking its a sure thing – we’ve seen it all before with Managers, Transfers etc – SSN ‘break an exclusive’ Sky Bet take the money, SSN then either go quiet or announce it’s broken down – money making from the Sky corporation at it’s finest

  • Nicky the ball tosser

    May 17, 2018 at 11:33 AM

    Comment #15

    It’s not optimism Lesh. It’s cool, calm, considered, crystal clear, cognisant analysis. (smiley face emoji)

  • lesh

    May 17, 2018 at 12:00 PM

    Comment #16


    Ok, that’s alright then 🙂


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