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Rafa Benitez Talks About The Effects Of Brexit On Newcastle Policy

We find it difficult to know exactly how things will turn out when the UK leaves the European Union in a couple of yearxs, but it seems that Rafa Benitez at Newcastle has at least thought through it a little bit.

Rafa was talking yesterday about how important it is to develop our own players in the context of the second annual Newcastle Foundation Cup which took place at the Benton Training grounds yesterday.

It looks like after Britain leaves the EU, players coming from the European Union – that will be most of them – will need to apply for work permits to play in England.

A smiling Rafa Benitez during training

Rafa took the opportunity yesterday of talking about why it was important for Newcastle to start interfacing early with local players and getting the club involved at an early age in their development, as we are doing with the 1892 Foundation Cup.

This is what Rafa said in the Chronicle yesterday:

“It’s always been important but now it’s even more important with Brexit.”

“It is important to bring young talent and keep our club growing with the link between the city and the team.”

“I think in the end what you are looking for in football is quality and passion.”

“You have these young boys progressing and following the big names at the club.”

“In our case, that’s what you look for passion and commitment to the club.”

“We have a lot of people now looking for young players out there.”

“After that, they have to coach them well and give them the chance to go to the first team.”

Rafa is very keen on having Newcastle United as the center of the community and he’s done a great job on that in a very short 17 months at the club.

It was great to see the photos of Rafa with the young schoolchildren yesterday – Rafa is already a hero on Tyneside of course – he was born to manage a club like Newcastle United.

And we expect even better things ahead.


Howay The Lads!!

Comments welcome.

8 comments so far

  • Novocastrian66

    Jul 11, 2017 at 6:09 PM

    Comment #1

    I’m not too fussed in missing out on loan targets. Very iffy market, the players have very limited commitment unless they’re chasing a contract. That in itself can create a false impression of a players ability.

  • switch365

    Jul 11, 2017 at 6:09 PM

    Comment #2

    Bring back HBA

  • RUNAWAY777

    Jul 11, 2017 at 6:32 PM

    Comment #3

    Talking to lads over here and they saying we will be down as we haven’t got any new players for the premiership funny thing is there write, the new tops in Turkey are £10 and you can’t tell the difference so lot of lads I know want one getting for them so Mr Ashley go f@ck yourself and your tops and get out our club you twat.

  • Oldgit1

    Jul 11, 2017 at 6:32 PM

    Comment #4

    I would much rather us pay an extra 2m and get Anthony Martial who is a lot younger and talented than Islam Slimani who is 29 yrs of age and has not hit the ground running and did appear to be struggling last season.

  • blew

    Jul 11, 2017 at 6:39 PM

    Comment #5

    The current Academy Director has been in charge for 11 years,
    how many players have progressed through the ranks in that time ?

  • BlacknWhiteBarmy

    Jul 11, 2017 at 6:52 PM

    Comment #6

    Brexit – LOL – even FatAsh hasn’t thought of that excuse

  • jazzyp

    Jul 11, 2017 at 8:02 PM

    Comment #7

    What a load of bollocks

  • ThirdStripeBlack

    Jul 11, 2017 at 10:44 PM

    Comment #8

    Has NUFC’s policy changed? It doesn’t seem so, so far in this window. Haggling and bargaining and not willing to pay anything over our evaluation of players. I don’t think Brexit has had any impact on our policy, from a fan’s perspective. It seems so many other teams have adjusted, their actions seem to say ‘OK, we understand we’re going to have to pay overs for the players we want, but THESE are the players we want, and getting them in is our best bet to keep us in this increasingly profitable league, it’s our only way.’

    I fully trust Rafa, and I cannot wait to hear the whistle blow for the opening match of the season so I can see him really get to work, but it seems the ever-present arm wrestle between hierarchy and manager is starting all over again. And we’ve seen who usually wins.

    Some concern building.


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