Good News – Rafa Wants To Reorganize The Club – He Could Get His Wish

News in the Chronicle today that Rafa Benitez is to hold a review of the club’s current recruitment structure and the Youth Academy.

It seems that Rafa is already concerned about the upcoming January transfer window which could be crucial for Newcastle this season as it was last season.

Last January we brought Kenedy and Martin Dubravka in on loan and the two of them played a major role in helping Newcastle survive relegation and finish 10th in the Premier League.

The manager will run the meeting with Lee Charnley, Head of Recruitment Steve Nickson and European scout Paul Baker all expected to attend.

Rafa is not expecting to get any sizable transfer funds from Mike Ashley in January but he is determined that Newcastle are more decisive and bring in players early in the January window.

Steve Nickson and his team are out there scouting players we can potentially bring in during January, either on loan or permanently.

Rafa Benitez – holding a meeting to discuss changes at the club

They will also discuss the Newcastle Academy at the meeting and what Rafa wants to do in that area, so the club can start to bring more young players through to the first team squad.

Apparently, Rafa wanted to make changes to the Academy last summer but got nowhere with Mike Ashley or Lee Charnley.

This meeting could be good news if the owner is willing to allow Rafa to reorganize parts of the club that need improvement.

With Rafa’s contract running out next June it would be disastrous if this meeting didn’t reach some agreements as to how the club needs to change in some vital areas.

The good news is that Rafa seems to be doing things as though he is staying long term at the club whether Ashley is the owner or not.

But that could be wishful thinking and Rafa is extremely professional and simply doing his job as best as he can under difficult current circumstances.

We have to hope some agreements are reached that will convince Rafa he can still operate at Newcastle – even with Mike Ashley and Lee Charnley still in place.

We admire Rafa’s professionalism and character under these difficult conditions since we were promoted last year.

He’s made to measure for Newcastle but needs some support from the hierarchy.

Hopefully, he will get some in January.

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14 comments so far

  • Lindisfarne

    Sep 20, 2018 at 10:09 AM

    Comment #1


  • Optimistic Panda

    Sep 20, 2018 at 10:11 AM

    Comment #2

    Anyone know what’s going on around Leazes terrace and Strawberry place, saw guys doing surveys there last night late on.

    Not sure if it was anything to do with the club but they were measuring quite close to it, standard surveying from what I could tell.

    If it was for the development of strawberry place I thought it would have been done by now.

  • Optimistic Panda

    Sep 20, 2018 at 10:13 AM

    Comment #3

    I thought he’d already done this, third time lucky?

  • Jib

    Sep 20, 2018 at 10:21 AM

    Comment #4

    Our Toon
    When a team loans a player with an option to buy the club
    has owned by can refuse to sell after the loan.

    True but this wasn’t an option , it was a 3 year deal if KM
    started more than 20 matches (he started 24) it was touch
    and go because he was suspended 3 times.

    Another factor was , he often said in Swiss media he had no
    desire to leave Switzerland, and the final choice was his.

  • mactoon

    Sep 20, 2018 at 10:35 AM

    Comment #5

    “Benitez is set to hold a root and branch review of the club’s current structure to ensure the club’s scouting network are assigned efficiently during October, November and December to pinpoint certain targets”

    “The clarification of certain issues with the club’s scouting network could eventually result in Benitez’s committing himself to a new deal”

    I can only think what’s the point?

    It doesn’t matter how many ‘root and branch reviews’ Rafa has because Charnley just sits on his hands, ignores every bit of advice offered to him and does nothing until the last week of the window when Ashley gives the green light for loan deals having sold who he can.

  • Our Toon

    Sep 20, 2018 at 10:36 AM

    Comment #6

    It’s an agreement in principle but either party can still back out jib

    He may well have wanted to return home though, bottom line is we owned him and should have said no. Like Chelsea have with hazard for example

  • nufc 11

    Sep 20, 2018 at 11:13 AM

    Comment #7

    I’d like to get the club’s take on the Kevin Mbabu deal was it rafa that let go? Or the club? Is there a buy back cause? Or percentage of any future deal? He said it that he wanted to return last summer but we didn’t have t funds to buy him back while banking 20 million profit. He has since made his international debut and will end Stephen licensteiner international career. He made his champions league debut last night and looked a player. He will more than likely move 40 million next season. Talk about mismanagement someone has to hold there hands up with this one lads.

  • DutchontheToon

    Sep 20, 2018 at 11:25 AM

    Comment #8

    Either Rafa is in contact with Amanda on the quiet or he is hoping Cashley will sort with dosh. Just saying.

  • Toon&oot

    Sep 20, 2018 at 12:05 PM

    Comment #9

    Kevin Mbabu was brilliant for us against Eden Hazzard. I know it’s just one game but you’ve either got it or you haven’t. He showed promise but Rafa didn’t seem to like him. Sadly I think he’s destined for better things with someone else.

  • neverwin

    Sep 20, 2018 at 12:50 PM

    Comment #10

    when will we
    learn not to believe anything about this club.
    why even mention January when you exactly what will happen.

  • DutchontheToon

    Sep 20, 2018 at 1:52 PM

    Comment #11

    Looks like we have a YES man after all

  • toonluvva

    Sep 20, 2018 at 2:41 PM

    Comment #12

    So Rafa wants to do a root and branch restructure.
    But he hasn’t signed a new contract
    and Mr Ashley has lowered the price of the club to sell, so how can these changes be made during period of uncertainty.
    Lokks and smells like PR B/S!

  • yoann

    Sep 20, 2018 at 9:26 PM

    Comment #13

    The only time Ashley opens the purse strings is in January, when we are bottom of the heap and he is desperate to keep us up. Rafa’s not staying pass this season unless team is sold. Ashley, like always, promises the world and delivers zero.

  • Sav

    Sep 21, 2018 at 12:53 AM

    Comment #14

    All about the optics. Rafa making sure he cannot be accused of winding down towards the end of his contract and if he gets a 2nd relegation on his CV, he needs to be able to show he tried bit wasn’t backed.


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