Here Are The Most Recent Rafa Comments – On The Possibility Of Staying At Newcastle


On Friday 10th May two days before our final game of the season at Fulham, Rafa seemed quite upbeat about things.

He was optimistic that he could come to some kind of agreement with Mike Ashley which would allow him to take Newcastle forward and make the team – and the club – a lot better than we are at the moment.

Rafa won promotion for Newcastle at the first time of asking two years ago and has fought against relegation for the last two seasons.

Nobody can say that Rafa Benitez has not shown real commitment and passion for Newcastle.

And by his own words, he has become a better manager because of it.

Rafa has shown why he is world-class at what he does, and his character and temperament make him more than ideal as the (long-term) manager of Newcastle United.

Rafa Benitez – surrounded by incompetence at Newcastle

We read what he had said back on May 10th as reported in the Chronicle, and it’s worth understanding what he said back then.

It’s really all we have from Rafa over the last four weeks since he has been non-communicative about his contract talks with the club.

And we have heard nothing from the Newcastle hierarchy.

The manager was back in Newcastle yesterday, and we have some hope that he will sign a new deal.

But we doubt it.

At this stage, if he signs the deal has from Ashley then good – he can always sign a new deal with Sheikh Khaled when he takes over.

But that seems so messy and unnecessary if the Sheikh is close to buying Newcastle.

But we are still hoping and praying things will turn out for the best for Newcastle fans – and therefore for the club itself.

Here’s what Rafa said four weeks last Friday before we took Fulham to the cleaners 4-0 at Craven Cottage:

“I try not to say too much, but you are clever enough to know if we have a meeting at the end of the season, you know that the owner has to be around,”

‘We are talking too much about that my future. We have to wait. When we have the meeting, then we will know if we are here (holds arms far apart), or here (moves them closer together).”

“Maybe we can finish the discussions in one meeting, maybe two or more, I don’t know. If we have any information, we will let you know.”

“What does a meeting mean? It means talking and, if we are close and we have similar ideas, it will be easier.” 

“If not, maybe you have to keep talking or maybe not. Or maybe say: ‘We are here – forget about that.’ Or: ‘Maybe we are here, we can manage.’ “

“Until you sit down and start talking, you will not know where you are.”

“I think the players know we have to wait until my own future is resolved.”

“You can talk about Rondon. You have to wait and see what happens with West Brom, because the scenario changes.”

“Also, if Rondon stays or not, it changes. You have to wait 10 days and see where we are, where West Brom are, and any news from the meeting.”

“It’s not a question of whether I believe him (Ashley) or not. It’s about what we are trying to achieve. What do we have? Can we go here?”

“We will see what the competition is like,” 

“I am going to the meeting in a positive way because we have the potential and we can do a lot of things better.”

“If we do that, we’ll have more chances to be closer to the top 10.”

“Do I think we can change everything in one window and be in the top six? No. Can we get closer? Yes. We can head in the right direction.

“If I can see or meet Mike Ashley, it’s fine. We are talking about football, Newcastle United, and what we can achieve.”

“That’s the main thing.”

“I can have a good relationship or bad relationship with you the media, but it doesn’t really matter. We meet each other once a week and we have to be professional.”

“It’s just what we want to do for the future. My message has been very clear from day one; the potential of this club is there.”

“Can we try to achieve what we want to achieve? Yes. I think we have to do it. Which is the way to do it? “

“That’s the key.”

“They know my idea and my vision. It’s about how can we find a position where everyone is.”

“I will not say ‘totally happy’, but where you can manage and improve things.”

“Hopefully there will be some positive surprises!”

A level set – Rafa’s current contract runs out in 19 days, and the players report back to training in 23 days.

Comments welcome.


57 comments so far

  • Jib

    Jun 11, 2019 at 8:40 AM

    Comment #1

    Marcaccus
    Sterling
    Man City PL played 131 goals 48
    England played 51 goals 8
    with all due respect scoring goals at Wembley vs Lithuania
    and Estonia is somewhat easier than scoring goals in the PL

    4
  • BenbulbenMag

    Jun 11, 2019 at 8:40 AM

    Comment #2

    Hopefully we’ll hear something concrete today.

    1
  • jazzyp

    Jun 11, 2019 at 8:43 AM

    Comment #3

    As we stand are we in a mess or in a better place than this time last year??
    If Ashley is to remain he isn’t gonna change which means more austerity and Benitez gone. No number 9 at the club as I doubt Rondon will be signed and maybe player exudus.
    Sounds all a swell plan by the fat controller

    8
  • jazzyp

    Jun 11, 2019 at 8:45 AM

    Comment #4

    Sheikh bin Al Zayed Al Stan
    ?

    @CyprusStan
    2m
    2 minutes ago

    More
    My aunt met a guy in the local pub who’s best mate is mates with a lad who’s cuison works with a guy who’s sister knows a guy that sells stationary to NUFC and he can confirm 100% the take overs happening because the club’s made an order of bic pens with the sheiks name on

    There you go it must be happening lads…Break out the champers

    1
  • Charlie in the Gallowgate

    Jun 11, 2019 at 8:47 AM

    Comment #5

    Undentified on flightcheck – !
    commercial helicopter flown into Airport !!!
    ?!?

    1
  • RobLeenio

    Jun 11, 2019 at 8:48 AM

    Comment #6

    jazzy, as it stands, we’re on a knife edge. On one side is a nice soft landing and a platform to build with new owners, a higher transfer budget and a better than even chance that Rafa stays. A better place than last year.

    On the other, we have no new owner, no World-class manager and half the squad either leaving or discontent. An abyss we may never climb out of.

    The next week will decide the future of our club for the next generation or even longer.

    That’s not overplaying it, in my mind. It’s simple, hard fact.

    17
  • Bambams

    Jun 11, 2019 at 8:52 AM

    Comment #7

    Micky Rob

    Check your mail

    I am at work so wont be on here

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  • jazzyp

    Jun 11, 2019 at 8:52 AM

    Comment #8

    Robleenio
    Couldn’t agree more mate. As every day passes you fear the worse,Just human nature. If tho we are in the throng of a takeover then we should be well into the Non disclosure that was being banded about we were in weeks ago.
    So hopefully mate something will come to fruition within the next week..Hopefully on a positive note mind

    4
  • droppy in Wallsend

    Jun 11, 2019 at 9:00 AM

    Comment #9

    Rob

    Beat me to it and it it better than I would have.

    It’s feeling like all it nothing, I think that is part of my optimism that this time we’re sold. I don’t think I can contemplate the alternative.

    3
  • Bills Son Is Back

    Jun 11, 2019 at 9:00 AM

    Comment #10

    Jail @:29.last thread.

    Agreed.

    I’ve never booed a Toon player in over 50 years of watching NUFC and I’ve seen players who weren’t fit to ;ace Perez’s boots.

    IMO it is the worst form of ‘support’ to boo individual players – although I don’t agree I can understand booing the team, but never individual players.

    Perez could never be accused of not trying and Dummett, I think it was, said his closing down of defenders was a hugely appreciated part of his game by the rest of the team.

    Some fans always have to have a scapegoat and those that booed Perez’s sub against Brighton should be ashamed.

    2
  • DubaiMicky

    Jun 11, 2019 at 9:01 AM

    Comment #11

    Well nothing concrete here but I just got messaged this “People I know who are normally cynical are getting excited now”.

    Read into that what you will.

    6
  • JohnJ

    Jun 11, 2019 at 9:06 AM

    Comment #12

    I want Rafa to stay

    I want Ashley to go

    I want new owners for NUFC

    I want Rondon to sign for us

    I want us to finish higher than 10th

    Trouble is when I was a kid my Dad used to say “I want never gets”

    5
  • JohnJ

    Jun 11, 2019 at 9:08 AM

    Comment #13

    DubaiMicky

    Comment #11

    Let’s hope my Dad was wrong and I get what I want!

    🙂

    1
  • Markaccus

    Jun 11, 2019 at 9:09 AM

    Comment #14

    Jib

    Yeah, Stirling should be scoring against Spain in Spain….. Oh hang on. 😉

    0
  • Jail for Ashley

    Jun 11, 2019 at 9:10 AM

    Comment #15

    Bambams,
    Considering every laptop, smartphone or tablet has notification icons, sounds and vibrations do you really need to come on here to ask somebody to check their mail or were you just wanting people to look at you??

    5
  • Munster Mag

    Jun 11, 2019 at 9:10 AM

    Comment #16

    Mickey I haven’t been on in a few days. The takeover seemed to gave gone quiet but hopefully all moving along. But mourinho ahead of rafa, no thanks.

    0
  • JohnJ

    Jun 11, 2019 at 9:11 AM

    Comment #17
  • Markaccus

    Jun 11, 2019 at 9:13 AM

    Comment #18

    My point is, Stirling has played really well for both club and Country regardless of the squads around him.

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  • Rotonda heights

    Jun 11, 2019 at 9:17 AM

    Comment #19

    Rob @ 6

    Yes, you couldn’t have put that any better. After 49 years supporting NUFC and believe me the bad times have far outweighed the good, this really is it for me now with this crucial fork in the road. One way = what we’ve prayed and wanted for years, the other = potential oblivion. It really is that crucial.

    If Ashley stays, Rafa goes, player exodus, Z lister coach comes in, relegation etc, then after half a century it really will be the straw that broke the came’s neck, no pun intended. Sadly there won’t be any huge outcry though, 50000 will still turn up and that is Ash’s greatest trick right there.

    4
  • Jib

    Jun 11, 2019 at 9:20 AM

    Comment #20

    Raheem Sterling scores his first international goals for three years to help England record a memorable Nations League win over Spain
    ha ha ha
    one game

    5
  • Jail for Ashley

    Jun 11, 2019 at 9:20 AM

    Comment #21

    Markaccus,
    There’s no doubt that better players will get the best out of other better players but you have to be able to play in that team in the first place. We’ve had a few examples now of saying put so and so in that team and he would score goals, one was Dwight Gayle at Man U, but he isn’t good enough for Man U, saying that by the time OGS is finished with them.

    1
  • droppy in Wallsend

    Jun 11, 2019 at 9:22 AM

    Comment #22

    Mickey

    Keep it coming.

    You will probably know before any of the local hacks like Ryder and Douglas.

    Bambams

    Way too cryptic lol

    Jail

    Play nice although that was also my first thought too

    1
  • Jail for Ashley

    Jun 11, 2019 at 9:22 AM

    Comment #23

    Jib,
    You raise a very valid point on Sterling and England, Robertson and Scotland could be used as well. Where is the evidence to show that Perez settles in to the levels around him?

    1
  • Jail for Ashley

    Jun 11, 2019 at 9:23 AM

    Comment #24

    droppy,
    I try but I can’t be doing with it.

    1
  • Jib

    Jun 11, 2019 at 9:26 AM

    Comment #25

    Sterling always plays well but it’s noticeable how often
    he throws his hands up in frustration playing for England
    when players around him aren’t on the same wavelength.

    Which was my point in comparing him to Perez.

    0
  • Jail for Ashley

    Jun 11, 2019 at 9:28 AM

    Comment #26

    Oh,
    So because Perez waves his arms about in frustration he’d excel at Real Madrid. The mind footin boggles 😮

    2
  • Jib

    Jun 11, 2019 at 9:28 AM

    Comment #27

    Jail for Ashley
    Where is the evidence to show that Perez settles in to the levels around him?

    My eyes .

    This is where you are at a disadvantage
    Unless you have a commentator to tell you stuff
    you’re knackered

    3
  • Markaccus

    Jun 11, 2019 at 9:31 AM

    Comment #28

    Jib

    No. Not just one game. I cited 8 games and 6 goals since the world Cup, of which the away game in Spain was 1. My opinion is that Stirling is not the player you say he is. I don’t see why you have to try and twist facts to ridicule my opinion rather than just disagree with it. No wonder you get so much stick on here.

    4
  • droppy in Wallsend

    Jun 11, 2019 at 9:31 AM

    Comment #29

    Jail

    Fair enough just thought I’d ask.

    1
  • Jail for Ashley

    Jun 11, 2019 at 9:32 AM

    Comment #30

    Jib,
    Where have you seen a noticable difference, do you think he was so much better when in the same team as Sissoko and Wijnaldum, he had some excellent moments and some very average moments, if he went in to the Spanish team which is much better than us and excelled you might have a point but we’ve had nothing to compare his levels with.

    1
  • Jib

    Jun 11, 2019 at 9:36 AM

    Comment #31

    Sorry Markaccus

    You got yourself linked to spiteful and unnecessary comments
    like this from Temple

    Jail for Ashley
    Markaccus,
    It was a very typical Jibism, a post that he thinks makes himself sound clever

    1
  • Markaccus

    Jun 11, 2019 at 9:36 AM

    Comment #32

    Jail

    I do agree that any player would benifit from being in a good all round squad, but for me Stirling has stood out this season for club and Country as a key player. I’d even say it was his performances that have lifted other England players rather than the other way round. The so called stars of last season eg Deli Ali have been average

    1
  • Jail for Ashley

    Jun 11, 2019 at 9:37 AM

    Comment #33

    Jib,
    A classic example of where you would have been better off saying “for me, Perez is the…..

    3
  • RobLeenio

    Jun 11, 2019 at 9:38 AM

    Comment #34

    The boxing day fixtures will be shown on Amazon Prime, rather than on BT / Sky. You’ll have to have a Prime subscription to watch.

    https://www.mirror.co.uk/sport/football/news/sky-sports-bt-sport-not-16498076

    Given loads of folk sign up to a free 30-day Prime trial to get free shipping of online Amazon orders running up to Christmas only to cancel before they have to pay, you’d have to think that this isn’t going to net them much extra cash.

    For existing subscribers (like me) it’s great news, though I hope they leave them free to stream for at least a few days after – we have a big party every year on Boxing Day, no way I’ll be able to watch it live.

    0
  • kev1664

    Jun 11, 2019 at 9:43 AM

    Comment #35

    I’ve talked myself into the takeover date being 26th at the earliest.

    Statement on owners and directors test on 29th May stating it could take 10-15days.

    +10 days including weekends is Saturday 8th June (gone).

    +15days excluding weekends is Wednesday 19th June.

    Say a week to draw up and sign the SPA and transfer the money.

    I’m hoping it’s earlier, but BZG did warn early on that it may not be done before Rafa’s contract expires.

    1
  • Jail for Ashley

    Jun 11, 2019 at 9:44 AM

    Comment #36

    RobLeenio,
    BT have obviously done their maths but I don’t know anyone who has BT as their provider, Virgin give it away with a certain package and not sure about SKY, are they getting the billions they’re pouring in back?

    2
  • RobLeenio

    Jun 11, 2019 at 9:47 AM

    Comment #37

    NUFC getting the cold-shoulder ‘no comment’ treatment from the fans on Twitter. I love the humour of Toon fans, priceless.

    https://twitter.com/NUFC/status/1138362951725981697

    Look at the replies….

    😀

    6
  • Novocastrian66

    Jun 11, 2019 at 9:48 AM

    Comment #38

    Given Newcastle’s shocking record on Boxing Day, I don’t think I’ll bother.

    1
  • Lindisfarne

    Jun 11, 2019 at 9:53 AM

    Comment #39

    To give the benefit of doubt, maybe people use a secondary email address that does not have the same notifications.

    0
  • hibbit

    Jun 11, 2019 at 9:53 AM

    Comment #40

    Novocastrian66

    new broom and all that, things might have changed by then 😉

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