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This Is Why Rafa Benitez Remains Wary Of Newcastle Job

It´s not good news in the Mirror today that Rafa Benitez has been approached by Newcastle for a long term deal at the club, but the news is that he is unconvinced by Newcastle’s overtures and that´s is worrying for a number of reasons.

The Board we have in place is responsible for the transfers into and out of the club during the transfer window – mainly Chief Scout Graham Carr – and no top manager like Rafa will take the job unless he is is in charge of those transfers, or at least has a significant say in them.

Chelsea's interim manager Benitez looks on before their English Premier League soccer match against Southampton at St. Mary's Stadium in Southampton

Rafa Benitez – wary of Newcastle job

That tells us the Board we have running the show still want to have ultimate control of transfers – and they are expecting the man to come in and effectively be a head coach like McClaren agreed to last summer.

That will not work for managers of the caliber of a Rafa Benitez or a David Moyes – and if we are gong to continue with this three man triumvirate running the club, which was the brain child of Lee Charnley, we will not be able to attract a top manager to the club.

We had an opportunity last summer to bring in a top manager, but the Board went with Steve McClaren, basically because he was willing to come in and allow the Board to be in control of the transfers.

It looks like they are not willing to change – and if that´s the case that´s extremely worrying and that means we will not get a top manager in this season on a permanent basis – they will simply not come.

Newcastle have the money available this summer so that shouldn´t be a problem to Rafa and apparently he is also questioning what the long term goals of the club are – good question.

Obviously having won the Champions League with Liverpool in 2005 he wants to manage in the Champions League.

The best case scenario is a short-term deal as we reported this morning for Rafa or David Moyes – they may accept that until the end of the season, but not a long term deal.

If the new manager comes in on a short-term deal and saves us from relegation then maybe a deal can be worked out at the end of the season to keep him in place at the club.


But the way the club is managed today would need to be overhauled almost completely.

Heads should also roll in the summer for the gross mismanagement of Newcastle United.

Comments welcome.

31 comments so far

  • toon kk

    Mar 9, 2016 at 8:29 AM

    Comment #1

    Macca has become the high light of this season, at least if he’s sacked he will be. We’ll still go down anyway what ever happens, it’s to late the damage has already been done.

  • AK Malaysia

    Mar 9, 2016 at 8:30 AM

    Comment #2

    Give the interim manager at least £1mil salary for these last 10 games and double the payment as bonus if we survive…

  • sparky55

    Mar 9, 2016 at 8:34 AM

    Comment #3

    Nothing has to change with regards the running of the club and the structure of the club for a 10 game deal.

    There is no point offering anyone a longer deal…it’s 10 games…100k a game with a million if they keep us up.

    We then take a deep breath in the summer, renegotiate and restructure at the same time taking into consideration the demands of the manager they choose to take us forward

  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Mar 9, 2016 at 8:37 AM

    Comment #4

    Offer them £100k a point. Double the amount per point if we stay up. 15 points would most likely give us safety and them £3million.

  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Mar 9, 2016 at 8:38 AM

    Comment #5

    Rafa wants to be convinced of our ambition moving forward before he joins? Did he not see Mikey’s video last season, how much more convincing does he need!

  • hibbitt

    Mar 9, 2016 at 8:39 AM

    Comment #6

    IF Rafa comes in it will be on his terms i have a feeling reaching an agreement will be very difficulty to swallow for the club rafa will know he has them by the nuts he will also have heard all the stories so his people will make sure he is well covered or won’t come ……dealing with these untrustworthy scumbags must be very difficult

  • Magpie Season

    Mar 9, 2016 at 8:49 AM

    Comment #7

    I don’t understand this.

    At Real Madrid, he had no say on transfers.

  • lochinvar

    Mar 9, 2016 at 8:52 AM

    Comment #8

    Benitez as Director of Football would seem to be the move needed. An authoritive and experienced football man who would command respect top down. Built a structure with Head Coach, Coaches, fitness staff and others around him. The players then know their place and can be freed to play football in a professionally run club culture.

    Benitez would also have an extensive range of Scouts and contacts in the game across Europe and could be expected to attract the right sort of players to work with him and to commit to his vision for the club’s future.

    Only problem is that in this scenario Charley would have to realise that there would be no place for himself, Carr, Moncur or Mcclaren so wouldn’t go there and sack all of them and resign himself due to self interest ( covering his own ass ) Ashley has to step in and do that – as he’s not on the Board he has positioned himself to be able to do that and should.

    Get back the respect – that’s a good place to start,

  • hibbitt

    Mar 9, 2016 at 8:52 AM

    Comment #9

    Magpie Season
    that was Real Madrid this is ashley and the 3 stooges

  • Jib

    Mar 9, 2016 at 8:53 AM

    Comment #10

    R.I.P. George Martin

  • firebug666

    Mar 9, 2016 at 8:56 AM

    Comment #11

    Isn’t Zinedine Zidane the DoF at Real Madrid, big difference to the shower we have hear, I would want some assurances too.

  • Laurent Robert 32

    Mar 9, 2016 at 8:57 AM

    Comment #13

    Lilo, on last thread, I agree. It can’t delay any more. When it reaches a certain point, which is very soon, no news is detrimental.

  • hibbitt

    Mar 9, 2016 at 8:59 AM

    Comment #14

    long term that could be the answer but we have the small matter of the next 10 games and were we will end up playing next season not to mention the loss of millions of tv money worrying times for mr ashley

  • firebug666

    Mar 9, 2016 at 8:59 AM

    Comment #15


  • Lindisfarne

    Mar 9, 2016 at 9:13 AM

    Comment #16

    Does the fact that alternatives are being sort not indicate that SMC can not retain his current position.

  • Lindisfarne

    Mar 9, 2016 at 9:16 AM

    Comment #17

    Is one of the lessons learnt that the statement made by Penfold around this time last year, about the role of a Head Coach at the club, was completely and utterly wrong.

  • Jail for Ashley

    Mar 9, 2016 at 9:17 AM

    Comment #18

    Can you imagine the three of them sitting at a table with Rafa, when the subject of control of transfers comes up, they start trying not to laugh like schoolkids getting told off, Churners kicking Monkers under the table. Fcuking idiots, the three of them and that hopeless auburn tw@t that accepted their ridiculous policies.

  • Jib

    Mar 9, 2016 at 9:26 AM

    Comment #19

    G.W. D. L – Win% — GD
    26.15. 6. 5 – 57.69 — +25 —— 51 points = 1.9 points per game

    This is Rafa’s record at Chelsea where he took over from Robert di Mateo in Nov 2012.
    If he could maintain that level with us it would gives us 43 points.
    At Chelsea he was deeply unpopular because of his Liverpool connection . He would get a much better response at SJP.

  • Lindisfarne

    Mar 9, 2016 at 9:28 AM

    Comment #20

    1) a scene or condition of complete disorder or ruin.
    2) great clutter or jumble, a total mess.

    Those responsible are MA, LC, GC, BM and they need to be as accountable for this mess as they would if the club was being successful.

  • ilovetoon8788

    Mar 9, 2016 at 9:29 AM

    Comment #21

    Rafa.. Ahahaha. Dream on. We are run by scums on the board and not one are capable. The handling of this current situation is absolutely pathetic.

    No chance of a world class manager coming in. Either way, these lots do not have it takes to win matches and give us safety. We are already relegated imo. These players are a disgrace to this club. Sissoko should be the first one out of the door.

  • Goldmbemba

    Mar 9, 2016 at 9:30 AM

    Comment #22

    I cant believe that Rafa would work with the current board, BUT i think if he came then they would be like tittering schoolgirls listening to his every suggestion because he’s a winner.

    If they actually want to take this club somewhere, they should get him and listen to every single piece of advice he gives them.

    Please let this be true.

  • Jail for Ashley

    Mar 9, 2016 at 9:34 AM

    Comment #23

    Why bother trying to negotiate a long deal, offer him x amount that he’s happy with to keep us up then have a massive restructure in the summer. And we don’t want that loser Mclaren and his unethical practices anywhere near upstairs, downstairs or in the car park of SJP.

  • Jail for Ashley

    Mar 9, 2016 at 9:40 AM

    Comment #24

    They talk about getting the right characters yet players who run down their deals are generally not the most popular, yet we made a habit of signing them we patiently waited while the hapless tuft shat on Derby by clinging on to the end when most people connected with Derby blamed his assication with us and his downright hopelessness on their implosion. We were more than happy for him to do this to save a bit of compo, it was a thoroughly shabby affair and although I could never foresee this shambles, I knew it wouldn’t work out well.

  • Keith in France

    Mar 9, 2016 at 9:40 AM

    Comment #25

    I think the problem with any of the potential managers mentioned in what is now a bit of a media frenzy, is that none of them apart from ‘arry and Pearson have been involved in a relegation battle – remember they only have ten games left to turn things around and why put your reputation on the line when you really don’t know what you are letting yourself in for?

    Didn’t Rafa have a heart problem at Liverpool ? imagine the pressure he would be under here?

    Even for a massive bonus, I don’t think he would take it, not to mention working with a board who are clueless apart from the knack of buying players who are equally clueless.

    I am not sure if Moyes would be up for the fight either although he does have a point to prove.

    Pearson has experienced a relegation fight but maybe he’s too outspoken for the board, although I like the way he operates and he would certainly shake things up!

    But you can see the problem , just who do you appoint who will keep us in the PL ?

    The one major selling point is the huge potential of the club and that may just swing things for Rafa or Moyes et al .

  • stan anderson

    Mar 9, 2016 at 9:42 AM

    Comment #26

    Does anyone in their right mind think Rafa will work with this shower of shit supposed to be running a P/L football club.
    And i still believe in Sant.
    Ashley and clowns OOT

  • hibbitt

    Mar 9, 2016 at 9:43 AM

    Comment #27

    if Rafa is interested and he thinks there’s a chance of him getting the job he and his staff will be watching every game we have played this season he will know the the players he build on and the one’s he can not ….Rafa’s not god and its a big ask but if anyone can keep us up i think he’s our best bet

  • stan anderson

    Mar 9, 2016 at 9:43 AM

    Comment #28


  • stan anderson

    Mar 9, 2016 at 9:46 AM

    Comment #29

    Pearson will be the man.Sad to say.
    He will work for less than any of the others mentioned.Sorted.
    Ashley and clowns OOT.

  • hibbitt

    Mar 9, 2016 at 9:46 AM

    Comment #30

    stan anderson
    who is sant ????

  • optimistic prime

    Mar 9, 2016 at 9:48 AM

    Comment #31

    I can’t see Mclaren being sacked, look at whats went before with Pardew and Carver. I’m so confident the muppets in charge won’t do anything that I’ll be having a bet later today that Mclaren is in charge for last game of the season.

    The players are as much to blame as Mclaren, his selections are as shocking as his players efforts during a match.

    Ashley is the man responsible for where the club finds itself AGAIN, his little speech bought him a year.
    I’m looking foward to episode 2, it should have a decent plot and twist.

    Ashley out.


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