Rafa Promises Not To Walk Away From Newcastle – Until The Summer?

The Chronicle are reporting today that Rafa Benitez has told Newcastle United that he will not leave the club in mid-season, and that’s regardless of whether Newcastle sign any players during the coming week.

We’re not sure whether that’s good news or bad news.

Rafa has never broken any contract in his management career and will not do this at Newcastle.

He has been fired a couple of times by two massive clubs – Inter-Milan and Real Madrid.

But whether the manager is willing to stay on Tyneside after his contract runs out in June is the big unanswered question.

Rafa was quick to play down the reports, in his press conference on Friday, that he was at the end of his tether with Mike Ashley and would not renew his contract if Ashley didn’t back him in this transfer window.

Rafa pointed out he never said that and also said that if the club started doing things right in the transfer windows, he would be happy to talk with Mike Ashley about staying on board.

What he means by that are doing things a lot more quickly and being willing to pay the going rate for good players and also allowing Rafa to bring in some experienced players when he sees fit.

Raf also wants to revamp the Youth Academy so the club can create some of their own star players and that will save money too.

But it will be very difficult for Rafa to stay on board with Mike Ashley remaining as the frugal owner of the club.

Rafa will likely reopen negotiations next month on a new contract, but there will be other Premier League clubs after him now – including former Premier League Champions Leicester City.

It’s almost certain the club will replace current manager Claude Puel in the summer.

Rafa will want to stay in England, and if would be a surprise if he left to manage again on the continent or in China since he wants to be close to his family in the Wirral, Cheshire.

Newcastle is perfect for him if he had an owner who was as enthusiastic and ambitious as he is about the club.

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18 comments so far

  • Optimistic Panda

    Jan 27, 2019 at 10:01 AM

    Comment #1


    You’re preaching to the converted buddy.

    I honestly don’t know what it’s going to take for people to fight the main problem.

    What I do know is attacking and booing the manager and players isn’t the answer.

    People need to put up or shut up!

  • Optimistic Panda

    Jan 27, 2019 at 10:04 AM

    Comment #2

    Best player?

    Mike fcuking Ashley, he’s playing a blinder, unrivalled tactics and execution, 10/10

  • carltoon

    Jan 27, 2019 at 10:07 AM

    Comment #3

    Sorry, I new it was a long time ago. It’ll be another 65 years until we get to another one. But great days out anyway.


    Jan 27, 2019 at 10:13 AM

    Comment #4

    Morning all,
    Was there yesterday,and tbh it was absolutely shocking…joselu is not showing any confidence or class,but the whole team look like they have no clue how go forward,no creation,no speed,clever play, movement, couldn’t even get into positions to get crosses in and if we did,crosses were woeful,joselu was poor but nothing was created for him neither…kenedy was ridiculously bad…. he’s trying to win every game himself,not looking for the better pass…watford weren’t great tbh but they had a threat coming forward,…in a word pathetic…well done to the corner stand for there vocal support and showing ashley the utter disdain he deserves,shame he wasn’t there….that place should be a happy cathedral,but yesterday felt like miserable morgue…city next….oooh great.

  • Bianconeri

    Jan 27, 2019 at 10:15 AM

    Comment #5

    carltoon : No need be sorry lol.63 is young

    I was lucky enough to be their in 74 and 76 and what wonderful memories,just a shame the games weren’t.
    The funny part for me was my Dad had a ticket for the final in 55 and my Mam wouldn’t let him go as she was in labour.My Dad was a coach driver in 74 and he was driving our bus from Ashington to London.He said to me you owe me your ticket for this one.Think it was the first time my Dad heard me swear when answering him .;)

    Talking of coach drivers bus came along,sorry for repost

  • TomaKaThor

    Jan 27, 2019 at 10:15 AM

    Comment #6

    He would literally be insane to stay past the summer, no ambition, no backing, Rafa won’t believe his lies again..and I won’t blame him one bit for walking in the summer,and no self respecting manager will come here, it will be a has been or a yes man looking for a pay day, who Ashley will bizarrely give abit of money in the summer, and then never back the guy again until eventually the new manager will have enough and get the sack or quit.

  • CJ

    Jan 27, 2019 at 10:16 AM

    Comment #7

    The one thing I missed yeaterday was a true leader on the pitch. A captain who took responsibility and urged on the team. Lascelles as captain is a joke at the moment. Nolan, Shearer, Moncur and Kilcline are the type of leaders we need on the pitch…they lead by example and were not afraid to motivate the players around them. Lack of leadership and motivation on the pitch is fatal for any team.

  • Optimistic Panda

    Jan 27, 2019 at 10:20 AM

    Comment #8


    The squad has very little in the way of creative players, Kennedy was arguably our best last season and he’s been shocking.

    Hard work and graft only get you so far, Hayden isn’t getting foward and Longstaff had no chance with no one holding the ball up.

    Murphy didn’t do bad in 1st half then not much, Ritchie at LWB isn’t great but it’s where he’s done best.

    We’re a poor side, no creativity not much pace very little quality, even with Rondon Perez and Atsu we’d have struggled against Watford and that’s the real worry.

  • Optimistic Panda

    Jan 27, 2019 at 10:22 AM

    Comment #9


    I was thinking that, but who else can we have?

  • dig-n-dig22

    Jan 27, 2019 at 10:24 AM

    Comment #11

    Catchy earlier post.

    I posted yesterday that it was a good job that 1 of the teams won yesterday otherwise both teams would have been under investigation for match fixing. Maybe yesterday the team were thrown under the bus to achieve a desired result, it’s obvious that survival in the Premiership is priority, again, 15pts will see us safe , can’t see us getting anything from the next 3 games realistically but the following 2 are back to back 6 pointers at home. Lets hope we can avoid the drop and set about driving Ashley out of the club by denying Ashley what he thrives on most. Money.

  • Optimistic Panda

    Jan 27, 2019 at 10:25 AM

    Comment #12

    For balance

    I was disappointed Roberts didn’t get another go, I’d hope now after Kennedy and Murphy yesterday that he gives Roberts more chances.

  • Bianconeri

    Jan 27, 2019 at 10:25 AM

    Comment #13

    Without giving toonbother a heart attack,I’d give Ritchie the captains arm band.Saying that I think a few players may clag him as he never shuts up.:)
    Plus Rafa seems to take him off more than any other player.

  • Optimistic Panda

    Jan 27, 2019 at 10:27 AM

    Comment #14


    I thought of him, same thoughts on why not.


  • BeeGuy

    Jan 27, 2019 at 10:27 AM

    Comment #15

    Rafa won’t quit, he will just work as hard as Charnley.

  • The overrated Frenchman

    Jan 27, 2019 at 10:28 AM

    Comment #16

    “Insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results.” Supposedly a quote from Einstein but that’s often refuted. Anyway, it always puts me in mind of Benitez and his tactics.

  • Rotonda heights

    Jan 27, 2019 at 10:31 AM

    Comment #17

    I guess life would be much happier if we didn’t support NUFC.

    Ashley won’t even sanction loans now.

    Joselu – please send to china
    kenedy – please send back to Chelsea
    Murphy – please send on loan to wba
    Manquillo – please send to Accrington Stanley
    Hayden – please let him go, doesn’t even want to be here

    It’s the predictability of people like Ritchie who constantly fouls and can’t get past anyone,
    Lascelles who was probably at fault for one, if not both goals.

    Toxicity reigns as Ash has played us all again. He won’t sell, fans won’t boycott anything. Like I say, would we all be a lot happier if we didn’t support NUFC

  • jarra mick

    Jan 27, 2019 at 11:49 AM

    Comment #18

    I actually hope he leaves, this is the worst football I have ever seen, would honestly rather have pardew back


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