Rafa Becoming Frustrated With Contract Stalemate – Could Affect Transfer Business


The Shields Gazette is today reporting that Rafa Benitez is involved in a standoff with the Newcastle hierarchy over a new contract.

There have been many weeks of talks already, but those talks seemed to have stopped and reached a stalemate – although Rafa is still working hard in the transfer market to try to get in some quality players.

Rafa will not sign a new deal until he agrees with the owner to what is essentially a business plan for Newcastle and it will include the amount given over for transfers to Rafa.

Rafa also wants full control of the transfers.

Rafa Benitez – frustrated with Newcastle hierarchy

The news in the Gazette is that he is becoming frustrated at the impasse and that no real progress seems to have been made towards getting some agreement.

The local news has been that although Rafa is still to sign a new deal, the transfers were going ahead, but the Gazette refutes and reports the impasse could indeed impact the club’s summer transfer business.

There has been no real change on Rafa’s position for many weeks now, but the longer this stalemate goes on, the more Rafa could decide he just cannot work with an owner who continually drags his feet on what Rafa wants to do.

That’s the real danger – that Mike Ashley can throw away Newcastle’s best chance of success for decades.

It would be because he doesn’t seem to understand just how much Rafa can transform the club and make us great again and you cannot keep frustrating the top man in the club.

It’s really annoying that no agreement has been reached after the season ended over three weeks ago

If Rafa walks then, Mike Ashley would be forced to sell the club, and we’ll be back in the dark ages again.

That would not be good.


9 comments so far

  • RobLeenio

    Jun 4, 2018 at 9:25 AM

    Comment #1

    Calm down, Ed – just because the Shields Gazette reports it does not make it so. I’ll worry about Rafa leaving when it happens, he’s still got 12 months of his current deal left.

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  • RobLeenio

    Jun 4, 2018 at 9:29 AM

    Comment #2

    Jib, fair enough I see where you’re coming from, but I think Lascelle’s motivation is about more than dosh at the moment. That may change as he reaches the 2nd half of his career and starts looking to the future.

    Also, yes Vardy took a bigger deal with Leicester, but Arsenal were offering him £140k / week at the time, while he was away with England for the Euros. He was speaking about it openly with his England team mates so we know there is at least an element of truth there.

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  • Jib

    Jun 4, 2018 at 9:33 AM

    Comment #3

    It was Miles Starforth who seems to have a mole
    inside the club dribbling him snippets.
    However seeing as Rafa , Ashley and the 2 groups
    of legal folk are nowhere near SJP at the moment
    it’s hard to believe anyone at the club knows diddly squat.

    Rafa has previous form in dragging out contract negotiations

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  • Jib

    Jun 4, 2018 at 9:34 AM

    Comment #4

    it’s hard to believe anyone at the club knows diddly squat.
    =
    you have to believe folk at the club know diddly squat.

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  • Optimistic Panda

    Jun 4, 2018 at 9:38 AM

    Comment #5

    It’s 4 weeks until the squad return for pre season.

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  • Moonraker15

    Jun 4, 2018 at 9:40 AM

    Comment #6

    Rafa is in a position of strength and won’t be in any hurry to sign a new deal. The fact that Dubs signed up proves there is a “pulse” at Newcastle so not worrying yet. The next signing is important as I don’t think we’ll get Kenedy!

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  • DubaiMicky

    Jun 4, 2018 at 9:48 AM

    Comment #7

    Rafa won’t walk. Period.

    Not saying he’ll sign a new contract mind you, but he won’t walk.

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  • yitzhak rabin

    Jun 4, 2018 at 9:49 AM

    Comment #8

    are you at the club Jib

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  • Bryan

    Jun 4, 2018 at 10:23 AM

    Comment #9

    Is anyone surprised that Rafa’s contract talks are taking so long? Its Newcastle under Ashley remember and he isn’t going to budge because he is not interested in football or making NUFC a success. He is just interested in making the most money possible with the least amount of outlay. Rafa will see out the remaining year on his contract and will then leave.
    You see, Ashley doesn’t need/want Rafa because he doesn’t want to spend £100m hoping that we will brake into the top 5 when he is quite happy to spend £20m and finish 17th, pocket the T.V. money then move on to the next year and hopefully do the same again.
    Be prepared lads for a very bleak future come the 2019/20 season under someone like Tony Pulis etc.

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