Benitez – At Newcastle, It’s The Perfect Scenario For A Manager – I’m Happy Here


Rafa Benitez has talked about his potential new contract at Newcastle with the Chronicle having managed to get him to talk about it today.

Rafa keeps saying he’s not too worried about it and that it’s not a problem but it’s the most important thing on fans’ minds along with surviving in the Premier League this season.

But Rafa has experienced what it’s like living in a City that’s just in love with their football team Newcastle United and that has to be helpful in getting him to stay on board.

And with Rafa being a workaholic who always has time to talk (for hours) on football it must be a great place for him to work.

Of course, we are just a little bit biased there.

Rafa was not worried about the wages Mike Ashley offered him this summer in the new deal offered to him – they must have been very decent and Rafa has accepted that part of the contract.

Rafa Benitez – Newcastle is perfect for a manager

But he wants more authority and control on transfers – and Mike Ashley doesn’t seem willing to give up that level of control.

Rafa also wants some infrastructure improvements carried out like the Benton training ground and also he wants to reorganize the Youth Academy system and facilities.

And fans have been very quick to notice some poor upkeep inside St. James’ Park with mold on some toilet walls etc, and the club seem anxious to fix those kinds of things to keep the stadium in pristine condition.

Rafa was asked about his future and this is how he answered that vital question in the Chronicle today:

“What I will say about the North East and Newcastle is you can live your life and you can enjoy your football.”

“The people love the club and love the team, especially if you are giving everything” “That is the perfect scenario for a manager.”

“So I am quite relaxed because I am happy here.” “Hopefully we can do the right things here and it will be easier for us to make a decision.”

“It’s (his contract) the same as the transfer window we can’t change things now.” “It would not change anything agreeing on a contract.” (Yes it would – we could all relax).

“We just have to think about games and improving the team. And see what happens later on.”

Benitez is concentrating on the next four games before the next International break and we hope we can get at least a couple of wins through October 6th when we play in the late game at Manchester United.

That looks like an easy 3 points for us.

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53 comments so far

  • Jib

    Sep 13, 2018 at 12:43 PM

    Comment #1

    I still think if Ashley hangs on in,that
    a rolling contract is the way for Rafa
    to go,that would keep Ashley in line.

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  • barkel

    Sep 13, 2018 at 12:45 PM

    Comment #2

    We really need to pick up at least 7 points in the next 4 games, our minimum target should be to match our games played with no of points.

    Like the majority, I think Rafa will go at the end of his current deal, unless there is a takeover, MA wont sanction what is needed for him to stay

    1
  • Geordie-john

    Sep 13, 2018 at 12:47 PM

    Comment #3

    Lets hope that MA doesn’t take this comment from Rafa as a signal to take the p##s. Come on prove us all wrong , Just give Rafa a little bit and he will see that there is a future for everyone concerned with the club. Speculate to accumulate. It’s better odds than going to a casino.

    1
  • c-dog

    Sep 13, 2018 at 12:47 PM

    Comment #4

    Not just give him some money to spend on players he wants to improve the existing squad Jib, no?

    1
  • Jib

    Sep 13, 2018 at 12:59 PM

    Comment #5

    Most players in the world aspire to the PL

    Ashley Carr Pardew etc. found that selling
    us as a foot in the door to their aspirations
    facilitated the signing of some pretty good
    footballers.

    Rafa sells NUFC to players as his project
    Now we get lads who really want to be here

    2
  • Chancel My MBembaship

    Sep 13, 2018 at 12:59 PM

    Comment #6

    I think Ashley looks at the likes of West Ham, spending 100 million and being bottom of the league, and uses that to prove that speculating isn’t necessarily a guarantee of accumulating!

    2
  • Jail for Ashley

    Sep 13, 2018 at 1:07 PM

    Comment #7

    If anyone honestly thinks that Rafa will sign a new deal, rolling, zero hours, binding or fixed terms without cast iron assurances from a guy hell bent on doing it his way, then they need to think again. So what will another year gain him apart from someone buying us out and while Rafa is keeping us in the PL he’s not going to sell.

    3
  • Jail for Ashley

    Sep 13, 2018 at 1:08 PM

    Comment #8

    Chancel,
    You can’t second guess a man who wears jeans like that without feeling ashamed.

    3
  • barkel

    Sep 13, 2018 at 1:09 PM

    Comment #9

    From what Rafa was saying in the summer, seems to me he wants the investment in the infrastructure more so than the playing squad. Obviously we could do with a higher calibre of players but i think that is second on his priorities for the club

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Sep 13, 2018 at 1:16 PM

    Comment #10

    barkel,
    I fear he is just going through the motions and saying the right things so that it doesn’t look like he’s jumping ship already. Although he’s giving Ashley plenty of room to make things right.

    2
  • Jib

    Sep 13, 2018 at 1:19 PM

    Comment #11

    Jail this is what I mean by debating like a six year old
    You give the distinct impression that it’s not WHAT’S
    been said it’s just the fact that Jib said it that it must
    be mocked/derided/ridiculed – pretty childish really
    Binding / Fixed Term / Zero Hours wasn’t even mentioned
    in fact Yearly wasn’t even mentioned – some managers have
    monthly rolling contracts , it’s all a way to show an owner that
    he doesn’t have the whip hand.

    2
  • DubaiMicky

    Sep 13, 2018 at 1:25 PM

    Comment #12

    Chancel, you do have a point.

    I’m not sure if I was the owner I would give someone else carte blanche over all sales either btw. Every penny the club generates is one thing, but don’t incur debt for the future, unless on infrastructure, I don’t understand why Benwell and Youth Academy hasn’t been improved either, as for SJP, as I’ve not been able to get there in a few years I have no idea, but if it is as bad as is being made out, then that’s surely just general maintenance.

    0
  • hibbit

    Sep 13, 2018 at 1:27 PM

    Comment #13

    Jib you come out with some absolute rubbish
    a premier league manage on a monthly rolling contract LOL

    9
  • Jib

    Sep 13, 2018 at 1:29 PM

    Comment #14

    SBR worked a season at Porto WITHOUT a contract

    2
  • Jib

    Sep 13, 2018 at 1:30 PM

    Comment #15

    MIcky
    NUFC haven’t had a training ground in Benwell for ages

    2
  • Jib

    Sep 13, 2018 at 1:34 PM

    Comment #16

    Hibbit
    You have a classic closed mind
    I bet you have the same thing for
    brekkie every day and watch all the soaps

    Ha ha ha ha

    2
  • RobLeenio

    Sep 13, 2018 at 1:37 PM

    Comment #17

    Nobody wants Rafa (Rafa included) to have the ability to bankrupt the club. There has to be some accountability.

    What we should all want is that he has an overview of the long-term financial projections so he’ll have a rough idea of his budgets a couple of years in advance, with a specified budget a couple of months before each window and carte blanche to sign whoever he wants within that budget.

    There should also be an agreed amount spent each year on infrastructure.

    That’s only reasonable, surely.

    Apparently no to the fat man

    1
  • hibbit

    Sep 13, 2018 at 1:38 PM

    Comment #18

    Jib
    you would lose that bet

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  • Jib

    Sep 13, 2018 at 1:39 PM

    Comment #19

    My thinking comes from Waddlers quite
    insightful piece that being a manager at
    a PL club and knowing as far as the huge
    fanbase is concerned you are bulletproof
    is something tremendous to build on

    2
  • DubaiMicky

    Sep 13, 2018 at 1:41 PM

    Comment #20

    Apologies, Benton not Benwell. I’ve not lived in the region since 1992 is my excuse.

    2
  • Jib

    Sep 13, 2018 at 1:43 PM

    Comment #21

    Tools waving banners outside SD shops
    on a Saturday afternoon may make said tools
    think good about themselves but have zero
    effect on MA
    However
    Rafa working his ticket will give him pause for thought

    1
  • hibbit

    Sep 13, 2018 at 1:44 PM

    Comment #22

    Jib @19

    and from that you deduce he would be happy to work for Ashley on a rolling contract that’s madness Jib why would Rafa even consider a contract like that ???

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  • Wayayman

    Sep 13, 2018 at 1:59 PM

    Comment #23

    Just dropping in to let you know that there was only a handful of us waiting outside the SD AGM yesterday and despite the rumours Ashley wasnt going to be present, we were there for his ‘surprise’ arrival. The Bentley kind of gave it away. Sky News were there, so when Fat Ash got out of the car I made sure not to swear in case it might get on the TV. Tough not to when you see the man who holds our club to ransom. Anyway, for what it’s worth he was requested to sell the club and do the right thing. He looked a little flustered and couldn’t get in the doors of his office quickly enough. Sadly for him the automatic doors wouldnt open for him so he looked like a proper knacker standing there with his Kim-jong Un Jeans on.
    They sent two security guards down to keep an eye on us and we stayed for 3.5 hours. He stayed inside despite the AGM only taking 15 minutes according to the people we spoke to afterwards -including the Sky reporter and a reporter from The Guardian who seemed to have been in the meeting too.

    Anyway, as one of the lads said yesterday, it’s another little thing that might make him think that this is not going away – being shouted at in the street is probably commonplace for him but he definitely looked uncomfortable as I don’t think he was expecting anyone to be there. If he sells in the next 6 months I’m taking full and sole credit for it. 😉

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  • Jib

    Sep 13, 2018 at 2:00 PM

    Comment #24

    Sorry distracted by 2 guys from Durban who
    were born in Jarrow (I’m in Spain)
    Hibbit surely you could work that one out for yourself
    with a rolling contract Rafa can talk to whoever he wants
    The fact he could walk just before a window to another
    PL club (he could pick and choose) and take our best players
    would have MA shitting his pants

    1
  • RobLeenio

    Sep 13, 2018 at 2:05 PM

    Comment #25

    Jib, I hear Ashley’s quite keen on non-binding contracts. Not sure he’d like to pay Rafa by the hour though, given he generally does 12 hour days.

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  • Jib

    Sep 13, 2018 at 2:07 PM

    Comment #26

    Shit you meet Toon fans with the weirdest stories
    This S African guy was born in Jarrow and is called
    Milburn – who else would you support ?

    1
  • RobLeenio

    Sep 13, 2018 at 2:11 PM

    Comment #27

    Wayayman, thanks for your feedback and for going along yesterday.

    It’s interesting you say he didn’t expect any NUFC presence there, considering the Magpie Group have been talking about it publicly for a week or more and it’s been mentioned on here numerous times.

    Either Bishop’s shills are not reporting back effectively or they don’t actually exist.

    Hopefully, like you say, it will be one more thing to make Ashley feel a little uncomfortable to add to the others. I know he has a skin as thick as a rhino’s backside, but these things have to get through to him at some point.

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  • hibbit

    Sep 13, 2018 at 2:12 PM

    Comment #28

    that’s not a good enough answer Jib

    why on earth would an elite manager subject himself to a monthly rolling contract ????

    3
  • toon22

    Sep 13, 2018 at 2:18 PM

    Comment #29

    It’s never MAs fault

    Think about what is posted here and ask yourself

    Is that in any way an opinion of an ordinary fan ?

    Then think about all the money MA did spend on a PR firm,and tell me thats not a payed opinion
    It’s not just rubbish it’s a shill

    3
  • Jib

    Sep 13, 2018 at 2:22 PM

    Comment #30

    Hibbit
    It’s the owner that is being subjected to doubt and worry not the manager
    I thought you were brighter than that.
    If my answer isn’t good enough – I fear the fault lies with your narrow mind

    and toon22 is turning boring into exciting

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  • toon22

    Sep 13, 2018 at 2:22 PM

    Comment #31

    Getter us to even discuss that shite is embarrassing,isn’t it

    Rafa has been the only glimmer of hope in almost a decade and MA has seen fit to hardball him,the same as he tryed to hardball the players pre season

    The man is reviled but some defend him

    Can’t wait till hes forced to had over the accounts

    2
  • toon22

    Sep 13, 2018 at 2:25 PM

    Comment #32

    Wonder when jibs shill alts/associates turn up to keep the conversation way from MA

    It’s working lads or they wouldn’t be here

    2
  • sing in the corner

    Sep 13, 2018 at 2:26 PM

    Comment #33

    Good work agent Wayayman @23

    1
  • toon22

    Sep 13, 2018 at 2:27 PM

    Comment #34

    Rob Lenin they won’t discuss what theyve been told to keep away from the blog
    That group will be on there list to avoid

    Can’t have us organizing against him

    1
  • hibbit

    Sep 13, 2018 at 2:27 PM

    Comment #35

    RobLeenio
    shills or no shills,
    it really is impossible to say weather we have bishop people posting on here or not
    but i’m pretty sure sites such as this will be monitored on fairly regular basis,

    the answer could be that Bishop’s his people did not take the whole thing serious enough and just put the whole thing down to idle threats, hence the shock on Ashley’s face when he did turn up,
    not forgetting the elaborate PR stories put about that he wasn’t attending the AGM !!!

    1
  • toon22

    Sep 13, 2018 at 2:29 PM

    Comment #36

    Wayayaman @23

    Thanks for the update and cheers for your actions
    Exactly how to deal with him
    It’s exactly what he don’t want

    4
  • DaveD1000

    Sep 13, 2018 at 2:31 PM

    Comment #37

    I see I’m not the only one that reacted with ” FFS” to those jeans

    1
  • toon22

    Sep 13, 2018 at 2:32 PM

    Comment #38

    Hibbet
    The opinions posted here are exactly what MA and his PR friend Bishop would like

    Just a coincidence?

    It’s never MAs fault

    2
  • hibbit

    Sep 13, 2018 at 2:35 PM

    Comment #39

    Jib
    now who’s the one who won’t debate as soon as you fear your losing ground the insults start to fly,
    the tactics of a six year old i fear

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  • toon22

    Sep 13, 2018 at 2:36 PM

    Comment #40

    It’s a shill

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