Rafa Could Stay At Newcastle – But Only If Club Start Doing The Right Things

Rafa was interviewed earlier this week on media day, and he talked a lot about his current situation and what he is hoping for this summer in the transfer window which closes three weeks tomorrow.

Rafa has to deal with characters like Mike Ashley and Justin Barnes, but it seems he is trying to keep a good working relationship with them – something he already has with Managing Director Lee Charnley.

After working very hard this summer, Rafa has little to show for his efforts.

However, Newcastle have brought in three excellent players for next season – Kenedy, goalkeeper Martin Dubravka and free agent Ki Sung-yueng and Rafa is pleased with those three.

Rafa Benitez in Ireland

Rafa has talked about not signing a new deal yet and that it was not a problem:

“Still, I don’t think it’s an issue with my contract. I told Mike and Lee and Justin.”

“They know that, if we do the right things, then I am keen to stay here for five years or whatever.”

“But they have to do things in the way that, for me as a football professional, there is a way to do things and we have to be sure that we do that.”

“If you want to sign an extension for a lot of years, the main thing and the first one has to be the Academy, for example.”

“Then all these things, you have everything in place – I am really pleased with the fans, the city, the atmosphere at the games, the staff are professionals, everyone.”

“We have all the potential to grow and to be a top side, a proper top side.”

“We will see at the end of the window how well we did. We are working to add players to improve the squad,”

“Every manager wants something more. I am happy with the three players we have signed.

“We have more or less a similar team to what we had last year. Now we have to keep growing and improving.”

Rafa seems to be clear that he just wants Mike Ashley to do the sensible things – but that could be a challenge for the Newcastle owner.

If we lose Rafa next summer, then Mike Ashley will need to sell the club as our best opportunity for a long time will have been thrown away.

Newcastle beat St. Patrick’s Athletic 2-0 last night in our first friendly with Sean Longstaff scoring a goal late in the first half .

Sean played very well, and he will have done his first team chances no harm with last night’s performance.

Comments welcome.

16 comments so far

  • Jib

    Jul 18, 2018 at 10:14 AM

    Comment #2

    I don’t think Chris Waugh would post this on twiiter
    if it was bogus /stitched together stuff

    Chris Waugh
    Verified account

    3 hours ago

    We had a sitdown with Rafa Benitez yesterday, & here’s
    the big interview which came from it – in which he discusses
    Mike Ashley, his contract situation, transfers, & much more.
    Explains what is going on at #nufc from his perspective

  • Jib

    Jul 18, 2018 at 10:21 AM

    Comment #3

    I think even Mbabu himself realises that the
    PL is too robust for him so I think he’ll go to
    Basel rather than Fulham.

  • RobLeenio

    Jul 18, 2018 at 10:22 AM

    Comment #4

    Jib, if it’s true then it can only spell trouble for the club. Ashley and his minions need to have a good, hard look in the mirror, give themselves a shake and realise that we have a once in a generation opportunity to move this club forward, as Sir John Hall himself realised around 25 years ago.

    They have 3 weeks to sort it out and persuade Rafa that his project remains on track.

    I’m still not sure why the Beeb, Sky and others haven’t picked up these quotes though.

  • Lindisfarne

    Jul 18, 2018 at 10:23 AM

    Comment #6


    Extreme opinion exists at both ends of the scale, the truth often lies somewhere in between.

  • Little h

    Jul 18, 2018 at 10:24 AM

    Comment #7

    Its one of the most frustrating periods under mike ashley currently.
    I know hes been a pr ck over the years, but now, he seems to have taken a weird turn.
    He almost seems like hes punishing rafa for being vocal in his demands.
    Its like hes punishing the fans for being loyal and pouring money into his fat f***ing pockets.
    The club has made a lot of money he can fiddle the accounts all day to make him look better (on that note those accounts were clearly made to look worse, admittedly i do the same thing when i do my accounts ya know make a payment here, donate some there,
    Throw in a couple of cleared debts hand a load of reciepts etc) what ever hes done its clear the club has made millions more than hes willing to spend.
    But to get a manager who is actually capable of doing things with your club, give him some money to build a squad ,who lets face it if it wasnt for a dip in brightons late form, was the second best team in the championship. To then make him basically use the same squad for the forseeable future is a joke hes bought a handfull of squad players for peanuts, sold or is selling any player worth any thing to scrape together money to buy more players, who again lets face it, arent really any better than the ones who they replace the only truly good signing is a season long f$$$ing loan.
    He cannot say we dont have say 30 40 mil spare.
    Im no finacial expert and i do understand fulham and wolves have rich owners west ham are basically robbin the public so its not like we can spend that sort of money
    But one player just one for more than 17 mil is not a lot to ask
    I hope in the depths of my heart that mike ashley seriously falls over busts his fxxxing lip on a curb the fat gannot

  • Lindisfarne

    Jul 18, 2018 at 10:26 AM

    Comment #8


    See my response to your well reasoned opinion on previous article.

  • lochinvar

    Jul 18, 2018 at 10:27 AM

    Comment #9

    Looks like the scenario is that Rafa will stay this year and make his next move to be Manager of Spain an ultimate dream to return home when the time is right but not before. By then his family will be older and that move (back to Spain) will be an attractive and feasible plan.
    I doubt he will work for another PL side.
    Enjoy this while we can.

  • Bobbybee

    Jul 18, 2018 at 10:27 AM

    Comment #10

    Robleenio, glad I caught you. Got the reports on my operation and they confirm I was mutilated ffs! Left patella – undisplaced fracture. You don’t even operate on an undisplaced fracture, it’s fixed by putting a brace on it. You can actually walk with an undisplaced patella fracture once the brace is fitted. The right one was fractured worse but we’ll never know if he could’ve fixed that because he had no intention of trying.
    I could do with that chat.

  • RobLeenio

    Jul 18, 2018 at 10:30 AM

    Comment #11

    Lindi – thanks

    I feel that optimism deflating like a balloon left in the sun too long.

    3 weeks to rescue the situation….

  • RobLeenio

    Jul 18, 2018 at 10:32 AM

    Comment #12

    Bobby, no worries mate – bet you feel like cr@p. I’ll get onto Ed and ask him to pass on my contact email, we’ll go from there.

    I’m on hols from next week, so I’ll try to get you that number before I go.

  • lesh

    Jul 18, 2018 at 10:32 AM

    Comment #13


    This rumour that Ashley’s paying off the club’s debt to him by using the prize and tv monies could might just have been planted by Bullshit Bishop and designed to shut the fans up by planting a seed of hope that he’ll sell up at a price under the £400m he’s supposedly asking.

    My take on this is that Ashley’s happy to gamble yet again on Rafa avoiding relegation with little or no spend on new players – the u spent money being stored up towards a healthy pot for Rafa’s replacement.

    Either way, Ashley clearly wants rid of Rafa.

    Jib and his pals are seemingly dismissing media stories and implicitly justifying Ashley’s actions and that’s playing into his hands maintaining the information vacuum that encourages speculation and divides the fans. Bishop’s no fool and he knows how to manipulate people who should really know better than to fall for it

  • lesh

    Jul 18, 2018 at 10:36 AM

    Comment #14


    You’ve done well to get your notes and it sounds likes nightmare. Bobby, your strength and determination to get some comfort from this is admirable – best of luck bonny lad.

  • Nicky the ball tosser

    Jul 18, 2018 at 10:50 AM

    Comment #15

    Ashley much more likely wants Rafa on board and signed up long term, but it’ll be largely on the owner’s terms, money in, money out, and there’s no chance at all of Rafa signing on again if by the end of the season he doesn’t think Ashley’s on the level, and he does seem to be raising doubts, coincidentally again as we enter the nitty gritty of a transfer window. Still plenty of time to bring three good players in of course.

  • Nicky the ball tosser

    Jul 18, 2018 at 11:14 AM

    Comment #16

    According to this, https://www.dailystar.co.uk/sport/football/623415/Premier-League-clubs-transfer-spend-10-seasons-sportgalleries , and quickly verified by checking Wiki, Newcastle’s transfer spend over the ten years up to the beginning of last term has been over 300 million quid, ranking the club seventh overall, although it’s now probably fallen a little behind big spending West Ham this window and perhaps Everton, who’ve just splashed out 30 million quid on a player. We’ve been relegated twice in this period too. The problem really hasn’t been Ashley’s backing of managers, as much as the poor appointments prior to Rafa and lopsided squads. We’ve had plenty of good players under Ashley, and spent quite a bit of money. Rafa might not be happy with a few things, but I’d wager the relationship still has legs.


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