We Hope And Pray Rafa Stays – But He’ll Only Be Freed When This Happens


It was another excellent Q&A in the Chronicle today this time with the experienced Mark Douglas answering questions.

People at Newcastle right now (fans, journalists, players, staff, shopkeepers, businessmen, Starbucks lovers, Greggs patrons .. …) don’t know much about what’s happening.

But Mark thinks the meeting between Ashley and Rafa could happen tomorrow although there could be more than one meeting to agree to a deal between the two men.

Unfortunately, both men are both stubborn and resolute in their views – as Douglas rightly points out.

If Lee Charnley is still in charge of transfers for Ashley, then it seems like it will be the same old same old even if Rafa signs.

Nothing too much will change.

We remember the saying – a leopard can’t change its spots.

Remember this Public Relations picture of two years ago?
Rafa was then screwed by Ashley in the transfer market
Not good

Another saying we made up – Mike Ashley doesn’t like to spend money.

Long transfer cycles will continue as Lee Charnley follows his directions from the top and tries to do the best-ever deal for every transfer transaction he does (for Ashley).

That is not the way to get players in quickly as Rafa wants – and it is not the way to get top players to Newcastle

So we don’t see much changing if and when Rafa signs a new deal.

Rafa will still be frustrated – but we hope this time it’s not by the transfer funds Mike Ashley is willing to give the manager.

If we can get Mike Ashley to cough up some money for Rafa – that will be a big step forward.

After all, it’s the club’s money, not Ashley’s we are asking him to spend.

And Rafa has earned significant transfer funds by having Newcastle finish reasonably positioned in the Premier League given the investment he’s been given – 10th place on 44 points last season and 13th place with 45 points this season.

Will Mike Ashley will give up control to Rafa for the transfers?

We doubt that will happen although we hope it does.

Unfortunately, the truth is that things will change for the better and Rafa will be unleashed at Newcastle only when some humanitarian billionaire reads about the pain and suffering of Newcastle fans over the last long twelve years.

And then he (she) comes in and does a humanitarian act by buying out Ashley for the money he wants for the club.

Only then can Rafa Benitez start making Newcastle great again and be uninhibited in doing that: he will be supported by the new owner

What a concept!

And then the sparks will really fly.

Maybe that’s what Rafa is waiting for?

Howay The Lads.

Comments Welcome.


97 comments so far

  • IrishRob

    May 15, 2019 at 6:33 PM

    Comment #1

    First

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  • IrishRob

    May 15, 2019 at 6:34 PM

    Comment #2

    Second

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  • Ron Knee

    May 15, 2019 at 6:50 PM

    Comment #3

    Q. When would you expect movement on the Rafa contract? Surely the longer it drags out the less likely he will stay?

    A. I think we’ll see something relatively quickly and I’d be surprised if we go into the middle of next week without a resolution. (Chronic)

    1
  • Jib

    May 15, 2019 at 6:51 PM

    Comment #4

    Turd

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  • Jib

    May 15, 2019 at 6:51 PM

    Comment #5

    whoops

    2
  • welshgeordie9

    May 15, 2019 at 6:51 PM

    Comment #6

    Looking at that table, we would have been fcuked without Rondon and Perez, whoever’s in charge next season needs to sort out our midfield, in terms of goals scored, that is shocking.

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  • Jail for Ashley

    May 15, 2019 at 6:58 PM

    Comment #7

    I think Mark Douglas is ill informed and in the club’s pocket!

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  • Essex Geordie Bill

    May 15, 2019 at 6:59 PM

    Comment #8

    Martoon

    Well done, another grand effort! There was around a dozen of us who got the top scorer right but a lot of us were a little over optimistic, including me, about positions etc.

    I think if Shelvey had managed a full season he’d have been a contender for player of the season!

    Oh well there’s always next season if you are the patience to run it again. 😉

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  • Jib

    May 15, 2019 at 6:59 PM

    Comment #9

    Welshie#
    You’d be better employed thinking about
    a replacement for Graham Potter

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  • Jib

    May 15, 2019 at 7:01 PM

    Comment #10

    Chris Coleman is returning to the land of his fathers

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  • Rotonda heights

    May 15, 2019 at 7:11 PM

    Comment #11

    It’s very rare to see the kind of telepathy and understanding Rondon and Perez have. really hope they both stay.

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  • Essex Geordie Bill

    May 15, 2019 at 7:16 PM

    Comment #12

    Rob

    Belated reply to you but we just arrived home today as we had a couple of nights in Lewes.

    Glasto was great as usual and my missus hit the shops as usual whilst her friends hubby and I sat in the George and Pilgrim watching them go in and out of the shops, they loved it and she did come back with a very nice Bhodran.

    Lewes is a big bonfire town and they often have effigies of famous and infamous people to chuck onto the fires, I’m sure that suggestions of someone that be given this treatment, can be thought of by blog members.

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  • martoon

    May 15, 2019 at 7:21 PM

    Comment #13

    Thanks for all your kind words:-

    The next Mike Williamson – for goodness sake don’t tell her she did better than me – I’ll never here the end of it!

    Ozzy – I’ve never heard of Google Sheets web app but I’ll certainly investigate it for next year – cheers

    RobLeenio – I’ve sent the results to Ed in previous years and he’s promised to do an article on them but it has never materialised so I sort of got fed up – however now Neil is on-board I might try again.

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  • ronaldo aarons

    May 15, 2019 at 7:22 PM

    Comment #14

    Mike Ashley
    @MoneyMikeAshley
    Unfortunately, by the time a new manager is in place we may have missed out on all our targets.

    Nevermind, will try again next Summer 🙂

    #nufc

    You know, this is going to come one day that this was in fact mike ashley.

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  • IrishRob

    May 15, 2019 at 7:34 PM

    Comment #15

    Fifteenth

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  • RobLeenio

    May 15, 2019 at 7:34 PM

    Comment #16

    Bill, you’ve gotta love a drum, especially when you can give it a good bash while watching Mike Ashley burn in effigy.

    There’s another use for the fat b*****d, having a chubby enough effigy to provide heat for millions.
    😉

    5
  • Munster Mag

    May 15, 2019 at 7:35 PM

    Comment #17

    Martoon, did I miss scores or something from the preseason. How did I do?

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  • Munster Mag

    May 15, 2019 at 7:35 PM

    Comment #18

    🙂

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  • Munster Mag

    May 15, 2019 at 7:36 PM

    Comment #19

    Jail why do you think Mark Douglas is in the company pocket?

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  • Jail for Ashley

    May 15, 2019 at 7:38 PM

    Comment #20

    Munster,
    You had Rafa down to be sacked after ten games and were booted out!!!

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  • Ron Knee

    May 15, 2019 at 7:38 PM

    Comment #21

    ronaldo

    Thanks for alerting me to that Twitter person.

    Mike Ashley@MoneyMikeAshley May 12

    One point more then last season. By this rate we should equal City’s total in another 53 years.

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  • RobLeenio

    May 15, 2019 at 7:38 PM

    Comment #22

    I didn’t realise Chris Coleman was married to Charlotte Jackson.

    Kinda makes up for having to manage the Mackems. Swings and roundabouts and all that.

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  • Jail for Ashley

    May 15, 2019 at 7:38 PM

    Comment #23

    Munster,
    Because he talks bollorx

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  • IrishRob

    May 15, 2019 at 7:39 PM

    Comment #24

    Whenever Rafa’s contract gets sorted, it gets sorted. I wish people would stop creating Hysteria over him possibly leaving. As desperate as it can get at NUFC and even though Ashley is probably going to make it harder than it has to be, only an idiot would think he’s actually going to leave.

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  • Ozzy

    May 15, 2019 at 7:39 PM

    Comment #25

    welsh
    And Liverpool would have been fuc**d without Salah and Mane, Chelsea wihout Hazard, even ManCity without Aguero and DeBruyne look average. Every team without their best players would struggle.

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  • Jib

    May 15, 2019 at 7:40 PM

    Comment #26

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  • Jib

    May 15, 2019 at 7:42 PM

    Comment #27

    Me again Munster
    Getting sick of being right all the time

    1
  • Jib

    May 15, 2019 at 7:44 PM

    Comment #28

    Good show by the Leeds fans

    1
  • GeordieTwo

    May 15, 2019 at 7:47 PM

    Comment #29

    You’re guesses for the martoon contest were actually fairly uncanny Jib. Hats off to you.

    2
  • Jib

    May 15, 2019 at 7:50 PM

    Comment #30

    ty G2
    🙂

    1
  • ronaldo aarons

    May 15, 2019 at 7:52 PM

    Comment #31

    Ron
    It’s a quality account lol, if you check it frequently, some of the stuff they come out with you can just picture Mike Ashley coming out with it.

    Perhaps a little too similar for my liking.

    2
  • RobLeenio

    May 15, 2019 at 7:53 PM

    Comment #32

    Jib…..

    Rewriting history since, well, I guess we’ll never know, come to think of it

    😛

    2
  • Jib

    May 15, 2019 at 7:53 PM

    Comment #33

    G2
    Guess is harsh
    An amazing combination of vast footy knowledge
    and high IQ

    7
  • ronaldo aarons

    May 15, 2019 at 7:55 PM

    Comment #34

    Jib
    I agree, that’s why you stole my predictions and took them for your own!

    5
  • martoon

    May 15, 2019 at 8:00 PM

    Comment #35

    Thanks Jib – saved me a job 🙂

    1
  • martoon

    May 15, 2019 at 8:02 PM

    Comment #36

    Jib – you little tinker I’ve only just noticed!

    4
  • Jib

    May 15, 2019 at 8:02 PM

    Comment #37

    I think it’s called creative accountancy

    4
  • Jib

    May 15, 2019 at 8:11 PM

    Comment #38

    Leeds 2 – 0
    Dallas

    1
  • Jib

    May 15, 2019 at 8:12 PM

    Comment #39

    Game over methinks

    1
  • Mister Tuff

    May 15, 2019 at 8:13 PM

    Comment #40

    no it’s called deception – something you are not unfamiliar with on here viz all your multiple gang. Once a crook always a crook.

    Hahahaha.

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