Report – Talks Between Benitez And Newcastle Have Reached An Impasse

The Chronicle are reporting today that talks between Rafa Benitez, his representatives, and the Newcastle hierarchy are at an impasse.

It appears that the talks have ceased, although Rafa is working hard with Lee Charnley on things like transfers.

And even if Rafa does not sign a new deal to stay at Newcastle, he will see out the final year of his contract.

Rafa seems to be sticking to his guns in that he has laid out the conditions he has for signing a new extended contract at the club and Mike Ashley will not meet all those demands.

That’s the conclusion reached after reading the Chronicle report.

Rafa Benitez – negotiations at an impasse

Rafa has a £6M release clause in his contract, but he’s not expected to leave Newcastle this summer even if a club comes in and is willing to pay £6M for him.

The manager’s jobs have been filled at both West Ham and Napoli – Manuel Pellegrini took the West Ham job, and Carlo Ancelotti signed on at Napoli.

So that is supposed to have relieved things on the Newcastle side of things – but Rafa was never going back to Napoli in any case since he wants to remain in England.

But this is not the way to handle a world-class manager who has done wonders for Newcastle over the last two seasons

And he remains the only Liverpool manager to have won the Champions League since 1984 after Liverpool went down 3-1 to Real Madrid last night in the final in Ukraine.

It was an awful display from Loris Karius in goal who basically gifted Real two of their goals after Mane had made it 1-1 after Karius had gifted the first goal to striker Karim Benzema.

It was an absolutely magnificent goal from substitute Gareth Bale that put Real ahead again – and it will be talked about for decades to come.

The game ended up a 3-1 after Bale scored again with a speculative long-range effort that Karius fumbled into the net.- all goals came in the second half,

Back to Newcastle – top players may refuse to join Newcastle if Rafa is not on a long-term deal so it would be better for the club if we signed the 58-year-old – as soon as possible.

This does not look good for Newcastle who are again dithering during vital negotiations on the future of the club.

It’s ridiculous.

Why is everything always so difficult for Newcastle?

Comments welcome.



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15 comments so far

  • Jib

    May 27, 2018 at 8:56 AM

    Comment #1

    Mitro and the club decide to wait until
    after the WC to decide his future
    (The Chronic)
    I wonder how that will impact on other transfers ?

  • jazzyp

    May 27, 2018 at 8:57 AM

    Comment #2

    Did you really think Ashley would bow down to Benitez Edd.
    The bloke doesn’t give a toss about Nufc or anyone associated with the club.All he cares about is lining his own pocket which ever way that may be

  • jazzyp

    May 27, 2018 at 9:06 AM

    Comment #3

    Report: Newcastle United willing to pay £1m for Kerim Mrabti.
    I was hoping we would be aiming a bit higher than this calibre of player this summer

  • Optimistic Panda

    May 27, 2018 at 9:10 AM

    Comment #4


    I was expecting it, if Ashleys done anything well in his tenure it’s dampening the fans expectations.

  • Jail for Ashley

    May 27, 2018 at 9:11 AM

    Comment #5

    Jiblet’s dog Gnasher must be in hiding somewhere and his Mrs buggered off to her sisters on the otherside of Alicante, nobody to vent his spleen at other than the blog this morning.

  • Optimistic Panda

    May 27, 2018 at 9:14 AM

    Comment #6

    Id be surprised if we break our transfer record this year, very surprised.

    Unless Ashley sells which would be a massive shock.

    I’m expecting more of the last 11years, the only sweetener is Rafa.

  • jazzyp

    May 27, 2018 at 9:15 AM

    Comment #7


    Does anyone really think Ashley gives a rat’s ass what you or I.. Or Rafa thinks or wants regarding what’s best for the club.
    He’s a born gambler who loves nothing more than chancing his arm with every business he owns.The bloke just wants maximum income with no expenditure

  • ScoopSouthAfrica

    May 27, 2018 at 9:19 AM

    Comment #8

    1 million for Kermit the Frog oops Rabbit….. you can get better players who are out of contract.

  • Jail for Ashley

    May 27, 2018 at 9:19 AM

    Comment #9

    I’m not sure whether or not to believe what’s in the Chronicle, Rafa seemed calm enough in that interview. The rare Churnley piece seems worrying mind. All we can do is hope that things work out. I don’t think that Rafa will sign a new deal if he doesn’t sign this summer, If Ashley is still here.
    It’s like death by a thousand cuts with him.

  • Lindisfarne

    May 27, 2018 at 9:19 AM

    Comment #10

    Mike Ashley must decide between keeping expenditure tight and investment.

  • Optimistic Panda

    May 27, 2018 at 9:20 AM

    Comment #11


    The bloke wants a slap with a 25lb Cod.

    NUFC will be in the doldrums untill Ashley goes.

    Anyone taking over has their work cut out to take the club foward after Ashleys neglect and transferring of club assets into mash holdings, I hate to think of the knots he’s got the club tied up with.

  • magscar

    May 27, 2018 at 9:21 AM

    Comment #12

    I wonder what Blog posters would have made of The Mags post if another poster had made it and it was then found to have been behind the times? Let us say it was Jib – oh what fun we could now be having.

    Like most I read Maguire’s piece but from a link on and hadn’t seen the Mags exposé until this morning whilst catching up. I am surprised that an accountant hadn’t appreciated that accounting rules on operating assets had changed and been caught out in his analysis.

    Jib may be a lot more robust than I am in his posts (he isn’t the only one) but he has a point about the tripe that The Mag is prone to trot out regularly.

  • the ledge

    May 27, 2018 at 9:32 AM

    Comment #13

    Optimistic panda “The bloke wants a slap with a 25lb Cod”
    Quote of the day.
    Just change the cod for a blue fin tuna to make sure to have enough coverage for fat ash face.

  • lesh

    May 27, 2018 at 10:09 AM

    Comment #14

    Ledge, Jail

    Walloping Ashley with a cod, a tuna or any animal for that matter’s not on – it’d hurt the creature. A sledge hammer or the Luke’s be more appropriate – and better for the environment.

  • Phil K

    May 27, 2018 at 3:51 PM

    Comment #15

    “Impasse” – Read Ashley doesn’t want to spend, Benitez says you HAVE to – we can’t get by AGAIN spending the least in the division


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