Why Rafa Unlikely To Sign For Newcastle Before The Season Starts

With Lee Charnley’s well-publicized interview in the Mail last week it’s obvious Newcastle don’t have huge money to spend in this summer’s transfer window.

But since Rafa has been given very little to spend over the last three transfer windows, it will seem like a bounty to Rafa and he will have a chance of significantly upgrading the Newcastle squad.

We should add that even with little money to spend Rafa has shown in the last 18 months why he is rated as a world-class manager.

Rafa has all the support in the world from Newcastle fans because what he wants for Newcastle – success – is precisely what we all want for the club.

Rafa is telling Mike Ashley all that needs to be done to make Newcastle United FC into a top European club.

Rafa Benitez – praying to the Gods that Ashley will see the light

If Rafa was a consultant, Mike Ashley would have to pay big bucks or the vision Rafa has formulated for the club.

It’s a vision that is enthusiastically shared by the passionate Newcastle fans around the world.

Lee Charnley is working closely with Rafa on transfers, and we’d be surprised if Rafa lets the club off the hook and signs a new contract before September.

He will at least wait until the transfer window closes in early August to see how things go.

By not signing a new deal he will put pressure on the Newcastle hierarchy to agree to his demands – which we all know are what the club needs to become great again.

The longer this standoff lasts, the better it becomes for Rafa who has all the cards in this game.

But Rafa is also a good (and fair) man and if he gets what he wants and understands the financial position the club are currently in – we do expect him to sign long-term for Newcastle.

He seems dedicated to the club, and the relationship between the fans and the manager is something to behold.

We hope Rafa gets all he wants before he signs his contract.

When he eventually does sign on for an extended period, congratulations and celebrations are in order.

Must remember to take my wife Madeline out for a slap-up meal when that happens.


Comments welcome.


Jack Farish is currently studying for a Master’s degree in sport and exercise psychology at Northumbria University.

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7 comments so far

  • Bianconeri

    May 26, 2018 at 10:15 AM

    Comment #1

    Ed you might have to wait for the January sales

  • The next Mike Williamson

    May 26, 2018 at 10:24 AM

    Comment #2

    @Geordie John
    I agree with what youre saying about developing Chelsea’s youths for them, and I’d be complaining too if we had our own youths. Chelsea shouldn’t be allowed to scoop up all the best youths in the world for pennies, get other clubs to develop them and pay their wages then sell them for millions..
    But with us not having money it gets us in players who arguably saved us from relegation and frees up funds for other players.Hopefully in a few years we won’t need to loan Chelsea’s 9th choice striker or 10th choice defender. Hopefully we’ll have our own academy with prospects and proper coaches.

  • jazzyp

    May 26, 2018 at 10:32 AM

    Comment #3

    I hope I win the lottery tonight but it ain’t gonna happen. While the slugs here nothing will grow or prosper apart from his bank balance.
    Charnley’s interview was so deluded it might as well read the same script every summer

  • Nicky the ball tosser

    May 26, 2018 at 10:34 AM

    Comment #4

    Loans are a very good option for us at this stage of Rafa’s el proyecto. We get the use of good players without a large outlay, that we otherwise couldn’t, and it allows us to pursue a smaller number of better permanent signings.

    You cut your cloth according to your budget. Would you rather take Abraham on a one year loan, or Joselu on a 3 year permanent deal?

    Kenedy and Dubravka were great deals for us, and frankly I’m quite happy we didn’t stump up for Jorgensen, even if the Slimani loan was undone by injury.

  • DubaiMicky

    May 26, 2018 at 10:52 AM

    Comment #5

    As it’s a bit slow on here, anyone remember trebles for a quid (plus mixer) at The Blackie Boy in the Bigg Market, me and me mate Jonny Bish used to go there every Friday.

  • lesh

    May 26, 2018 at 11:01 AM

    Comment #6

    Like many others, I’m sick of hearing about the club’s limited finances when potential revenue’s available if Ashley:

    1 – Gets SD to pay market price for the saturation advertising it’s had free for the past 11 years;

    2 – Actively market and sell the advertising opportunities at SJP;

    3 – Write off the top-up ‘loans’ made to prop the club up following two relegations which were of his making and

    4 – With the additional revenue resulting from 1-3 above, enhance the squad and encourage a drive to play in and win European and domestic trophies using some revenue to

    5 – Device and implement a strategy to improve the clubs infrastrucure and recruit finance, marketing and other professionals to the club’s management structure.

    Maybe it’s too much to expect Ashley to set the club up and manage it as a business with a multi-million pound turnover? If it is too much for him, set a realistic price, sell the club and get the hell out of it.

  • ashleysmate

    May 26, 2018 at 11:52 AM

    Comment #7

    I’m not sure it’s the same as we all remember it…past it a few times during the day and seemed to be closed….not sure…is it still in busines?


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