Rafa In Great Demand – Even By His Country – Committed To Newcastle For One Year Only

The Chronicle are reporting today that Spain approached Rafa before the World Cup in Russia to see if he would coach the team after they had bizarrely sacked manager Julen Lopetegui.

It looks like Newcastle were receptive to the idea with Rafa remaining as the Magpies manager, but the situation and contracts couldn’t be worked out in time, and eventually, Fernando Hierro took over.

But it was a poor World Cup for Spain who were beaten by Russia on penalties in the round of the last 16 of the tournament.

If Rafa had taken that job, it would have severely curtailed his management of the Newcastle side in preparation for next season and training began on Friday 6th July.

Rafa Benitez with his coaches in Ireland

The approach to Rafa came just a few days before the tournament started because that’s when the Spain FA surprisingly fired Julen Lopetegui.

Heres what Rafa has said about this:

“There was maybe a chance, but still I am here and I am happy to be here.”

“There was a chance. There were rumors about that.”

“We will see (if he will manage Spain at a World Cup one day). I still feel young so I have plenty of time to do that,”

“Spain I think are a very good team and they will be better in the future.”

Spain also considered approaching Rafa as the long-term manager, but the Spain FA appointed Luis Enrique as Lopetegui’s permanent successor; they couldn’t afford his release clause of one year’s wages – about £6M.

Enrique seemed the obvious long-term choice after he left Barcelona last year.

Rafa has lots of things he can do in football, but we hope he doesn’t just see the one year of his contract out on Tyneside and then leave the club.

Mike Ashley seems to be doing nothing to help him this summer, and the club are very short of money.

Why that’s the case, we don’t know.

But the talks on a new contract have stalled completely.

Reading the tea leaves it’s looking more and more like Rafa will see out the final year of his Newcastle contract and then get offers from all over the place as a free agent next summer.

Comments welcome.

19 comments so far

  • Rob1971

    Jul 18, 2018 at 9:37 AM

    Comment #1

    Jib you said we have strengthened the squad that finished 10th, if your read Rafa’s qoutes even he said currently the squad is the same strength as last season its not improved or weakened

  • Optimistic Panda

    Jul 18, 2018 at 9:40 AM

    Comment #2


    If the Mags for a55holes how come you never post on there?

  • BenbulbenMag

    Jul 18, 2018 at 9:45 AM

    Comment #3

    The longer this goes on, the more I am convinced that unfortunately Raffa won’t be here after this season.

    The complete unwillingness of Mike Ashley to demonstrate even a glimmer of ambition has guaranteed this in my opinion. NUFC is merely an advertising vehicle/platform to him. Always has been and always will be.

    I guess I’ll buckle in and enjoy this season. Who knows how many years we will have to wait again for a world class manager (if we’re ever lucky enough to get another)

  • jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew

    Jul 18, 2018 at 9:47 AM

    Comment #4

    I can actually see Rafa getting offers during this season…lots of manager heads will roll as always and he’ll be in demand!

    …and if things are not resolved here people might have to get used to this idea…

    And that should scare Ashley going into this season again without the personal needed especially if Rafa leaves mid season.

  • jazzyp

    Jul 18, 2018 at 9:51 AM

    Comment #5

    I totally give up with people trying to justify what’s happening with the club ,And even by Rafas admission we are at the same strength as last season why everyone improves there squads.
    Even if Benitez does a sterling job again and keeps us in the Pl he is gone..Then what??.
    And it’s not just the first 11 its about the whole infrastructure of the club going forward from the lack of spend on training facilities to seeing the ground decay.
    But hey let’s move the goal posts to hopefully being bought out now as that excuse book is getting mighty thin now lads

  • Jib

    Jul 18, 2018 at 9:55 AM

    Comment #6

    jesperfuglsang – capt’n awesome of the lemon crew
    I can actually see Rafa getting offers during this season…he’ll be in demand!

    Dramatic change of tune

    Clearly trying to wind the blog up

  • Geordie-john

    Jul 18, 2018 at 9:56 AM

    Comment #7

    Ashley once again is pleading that NUFC are hard up. HOW CAN THIS BE ? There is no mention of the £125 M + that must have been paid for the TV rights and finishing position last season. Where has it gone ? We haven’t spent ! In fact I think we are about on par or slightly better off so far in transfer market. So where is the money ?
    We are going to lose Rafa as there are more and more knocking on his door, eventually he will walk.
    G R E E D Y C O C K ney F A T M A N . Sell the club and FCUK OFF !

  • TomaKaThor

    Jul 18, 2018 at 9:58 AM

    Comment #8

    Pretty much, even if we have an okay mid table finish… There is no decent future to look forward to while Mike Ashley remains… Such a shame because we have something right now we could really build on… Only a matter of time before it all crumbles again when Ashley eventually leaves we will most likely be in the championship and he we won’t get back up… That’s when he will go.. And we will be a championship team for years no doubt if not worse.

  • Jib

    Jul 18, 2018 at 9:58 AM

    Comment #9

    Optimistic Panda
    If the Mags for a55holes how come you never post on there?
    meeting you on here is bad enough
    I don’t want to encounter you elsewhere

  • RobLeenio

    Jul 18, 2018 at 10:07 AM

    Comment #10

    There are two interpretations of this interview, based on whether or not you believe the Chronicle actually spoke to Rafa yesterday.

    Number 1: Rafa has been frustrated in his efforts to sign anyone which means Ashley has 3 weeks to sort this mess out, get the players in that Rafa deserves and do his best to prove to him that he has a long-term project here. Otherwise, why would he sign a new contract? Fair enough interpretation of his words.

    Number 2: The Chronicle quotes are bogus / stitched together from previous interviews. This is a sufficiently big story for the BBC, SKY and the Guardian (well respected sources) to pick up the quotes and run with them, but none of them have done.

    Are we to assume that Rafa would do his first big press conference of the pre-season yet these organisations would ALL choose to ignore it? Other outlets have reported on what he said during the day, I haven’t seen any other reports of the words reported in the Chronicle.

    Where are the audio clips / video footage / still photos of Rafa sitting down and conducting this interview? Has anyone seen them? Genuinely interested if anyone can provide a link.

    Otherwise, the Chronicle could well be trying to sensationalise here. If so, it’s a disgusting trick as they know what it would do to the spirits of the fans crying out for any kind of news.

  • Jib

    Jul 18, 2018 at 10:09 AM

    Comment #11

    G R E E D Y C O C K ney F A T M A N . Sell the club and FCUK OFF !

    I think he wants to sell far more than you or I

    coming on to a really decent blog and
    screaming like a petulant spoilt child
    is hardly helpful

  • getoutofworeclub

    Jul 18, 2018 at 10:09 AM

    Comment #12

    Why does any 1 on here talk to jib he seems to be the only person on here that seems happy with the way things are going I mean there mite be a chance that he could be Ashley himself

  • getoutofworeclub

    Jul 18, 2018 at 10:11 AM

    Comment #13

    Jib Ashley dosent want to sell he never has we’ve had a 11 years of this sh1t and u still back the man I don’t understand what u don’t get

  • Jib

    Jul 18, 2018 at 10:14 AM

    Comment #14

    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

  • Lindisfarne

    Jul 18, 2018 at 10:19 AM

    Comment #15


    The first indication of Rafa being frustrated was shown on Skynews and later reported in grester detail by BBC Newcastle. National coverage will only happen when the threat of Rafa actually walking becomes more real.

  • Geordie-john

    Jul 18, 2018 at 10:51 AM

    Comment #16

    Jib and any other SMB trying to pose as NUFC supporters who are trying to get a reaction. Go and support your own club. Oh I forgot they aren’t GOOD ENOUGH are they HA HA HA HA !
    Decent blog ? Soft little tarts like yourself who are too frightened of saying boo to their other halves in case they give you a hiding so they come on here and talk about absolutely nothing trying trying to sound big and muscle in knowing that their real teams are shite. Get yourselves away with the FATMAN who is par with all the other SMB’s SHITE !

  • Geordie-john

    Jul 18, 2018 at 10:58 AM

    Comment #17

    getoutofworeclub comments 12 & 13

    Jib is really a makem ! There can be no other reasons as he always tries to wind people up along with backing the Fatman. either that or his is related to him LOL
    So really he should be known as Fatman’s nephew

  • Geordie-john

    Jul 18, 2018 at 11:00 AM

    Comment #18

    And if you don’t like FATMAN’s NEPHEW then how about ASHLEY’s ARSELICKER ?

  • Geordie-john

    Jul 18, 2018 at 1:15 PM

    Comment #19

    Comment #11
    3 likes in total, Fatmans Nephew is one of them and presumably the other 2 are his smb mates. You can always tell the makems when they stick together or when they smile ( not that they have much to smile about these days ) They never have a full set of teeth LOL.


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