Rafa Benitez Linked With Premier League Club – But Will Stay At Newcastle


The Sun is reporting today that Rafa Benitez was considered as a possible replacement for Claude Puel at Leicester City.

That was about the same time West Ham were linked with a possible move for Rafa, but the London club’s number one choice was always going to be Manuel Pellegrini.

Whenever a vacancy comes up in the Premier League Rafa will probably be linked with a move to that club unless and until he signs a new long-term deal at Newcastle.

But it seems clear that Rafa will stay at Newcastle for at least next season and who knows what he can achieve before next May.

Rafa Benitez – looking for help to get Mike Ashley to understand football

Leicester City seem to have Celtic and former Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers as their number one choice – so we wonder if Claude Puel will have a job when preseason starts at the beginning of July?

Rafa is working hard with Lee Charnley on transfer targets and he will be keen for Newcastle to finish higher than last season’s 10th position.

Before the season starts the transfer window will end so, we will know before that first game just how good a transfer window Newcastle have had.

Things are not as bad as they may appear because with Newcastle in the Premier League we will continue to get increased revenues, so there should be ample money for Rafa to spend in the transfer market.

That’s even with Mike Ashley still as the owner.

We have to hope that some agreement between Rafa and Ashley can be forged that will keep the manager happy.

But Rafa is also a reasonable man, and he knows he will not get mountains of money at Newcastle – well not until we crack the top six in the Premier League.

If Rafa can do that we could then get some ambitious buyers coming in to take the club off the hands of Mike Ashley.

And Rafa and Newcastle have done well with little money to spend these last couple of years, and now Rafa should get more money in this transfer window than ever before on Tyneside.

This is one way of looking on the bright side of things.

Sorry about that on this sunny Sunday morning.

🙂

Comments welcome.


14 comments so far

  • Chancel My MBembaship

    Jun 10, 2018 at 1:22 PM

    Comment #1

    Anybody interested in setting up a World Cup Fantasy Football league? I created a team and joined a league elsewhere but was wondering if there’s any interest in the lads on here doing the same.

    Makes watching the games a little more exciting if your player is taking part
    ?

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  • AncientC

    Jun 10, 2018 at 1:23 PM

    Comment #2

    Jib

    Dec 12, 2016 at 2:31 PM

    Comment #1
    AncientC

    “Accountancy not your forté I see.

    NUFC received £71 million in June for their season 2015/6 in the PL (even though relegated you stll get the PL dosh at season’s end)

    I’m fairly sure part of the agreement with Ashley was to ring-fence that money for player purchases , on condition Rafa got the wages down and binned the deadwood.

    The parachute payments for this season should cover the Benitz reduced operating costs

    So we have a war chest of around £100 million – although the club will not like it publicised too much for obvious reasons.”

    LOL!

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  • AncientC

    Jun 10, 2018 at 1:32 PM

    Comment #3

    AncientC

    Dec 12, 2016 at 1:41 PM

    Comment #5
    “we did make a profit of £31M in the summer transfer market – so the coffers are in good shape.”

    ‘Getting relegated from the PL to the Championship for the 2016/17 season, will not leave the coffers in good shape at all.

    The players wage bill alone would be in somewhere around £50 to £60 million, then there is ‘other’ costs which usually total around £20 million per season, and you also have £5 million wages for Benitez to add in.

    I think a few people are going to be surprised at how little the club will have to spend over the next two windows. The funds are just not there, and Ashley will not put his hand in his pocket, that’s not how he works.’

    Jib

    Dec 12, 2016 at 2:31 PM

    Comment #1
    AncientC

    “Accountancy not your forté I see.

    NUFC received £71 million in June for their season 2015/6 in the PL (even though relegated you stll get the PL dosh at season’s end)

    I’m fairly sure part of the agreement with Ashley was to ring-fence that money for player purchases , on condition Rafa got the wages down and binned the deadwood.

    The parachute payments for this season should cover the Benitz reduced operating costs

    So we have a war chest of around £100 million – although the club will not like it publicised too much for obvious reasons.”

    AncientC

    Dec 12, 2016 at 2:40 PM

    Comment #6
    “Jib, the club has missed out on the PL money, the very year the increase was due to kick in.

    Where are you getting this £100 million from? You do realise the club has to pay players and cover costs.

    Are you even accounting for the nearly £80 million spent the year before. To quote Ashley from last season: ‘when Ashley was asked how much was left in the bank account, he responded, “Virtually nothing. They have emptied it.”

    Anyways, I would be interested to see how you came to your conclusions.”

    There was radio silence after that the above question.

    Was that one of your famous “trashings” (your word) on the financials, Jib?

    What a hoot.

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  • Jib

    Jun 10, 2018 at 1:37 PM

    Comment #4

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  • bettyswallocks

    Jun 10, 2018 at 1:52 PM

    Comment #5

    Ancient C……. You seem to have a fair understanding of financial matters which is more than can be said for Diane Abbot who is a cringeworthy embarassment every time she opens her mouth on anything finance related.

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  • DubaiMicky

    Jun 10, 2018 at 2:16 PM

    Comment #6

    Jib, by putting in all those zzz you really screwed up the blog format.

    Please don’t, or if you do put a few returns in there too?

    Thank you.

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  • AncientC

    Jun 10, 2018 at 2:27 PM

    Comment #7

    I am sure Abbot is much better versed in practise than remembering many conflicting numbers on the spot.

    Looks like Jib has finally broken the blog.

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  • Tsunki

    Jun 10, 2018 at 2:38 PM

    Comment #8

    The last time the blog broke it was because of an open ended italics HTML tag. Jib has scored a couple by acheiving it with only the letter “z” 🙂

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  • Tsunki

    Jun 10, 2018 at 2:47 PM

    Comment #9

    A coup. Now I just have to….scroll sideways…..until………I find……..the…….submit button……………………………AH!-there it is!!!!!!

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  • Tsunki

    Jun 10, 2018 at 2:48 PM

    Comment #10

    Is this painful or what? Jib damn you!
    😀

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  • Tsunki

    Jun 10, 2018 at 2:48 PM

    Comment #11

    Next article please Ed!

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Jun 10, 2018 at 2:50 PM

    Comment #12

    Just call me the blog fixer.

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Jun 10, 2018 at 2:50 PM

    Comment #13

    Well don’t then.

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  • chicousa

    Jun 10, 2018 at 3:11 PM

    Comment #14

    Jail,
    If you are the blog fixer then please fix this mess! 😉

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