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Journalist Details One Nightmare Scenario Where Rafa Leaves Newcastle Soon

Given some of Mike Ashley’s decisions after being the Newcastle owner for eleven years, nothing would shock us about him.

But he is now positioned better than he’s ever been at Newcastle with a world-class manager wanting to stay at the club if  Ashley supports him in the transfer windows.

That’s not asking much at all and Rafa also wants to have more control of all football matters at the club.

Rafa wants to be able to move a lot more quickly for players he wants and doesn’t want things to drag on for months as they have done in the past.

Rafa Benitez – wants to stay at Newcastle

Rafa was very positive about things when he was on the BBC’s Premier League Show, and it’s obvious he really wants to stay at the club where the fans love him.

But on the same show Simon Bird, who will be close to what’s happening at Newcastle has detailed a nightmare scenario that could happen this summer.

This is what Simon said, and the crunch could come next month:

“There is a scenario, a nightmare scenario, where Rafa Benitez finds that, in June, he’s not getting backed.”

“He could get an offer from elsewhere and decide that’s a much better offer.”

“I think, in his heart, Rafa Benitez really wants to stay here and make it work so he’s got to be backed with the transfer targets he wants.”

“He’s got to be backed very quickly as well in the summer so he knows that the club are committed to what he wants.”

It’s possible that this could happen, but surely Mike Ashley will not be that stupid?

The Newcastle club is still up for sale, but there has been no movement of any group entering into negotiations to buy the club which will now cost around £400M.

With Rafa at the helm for another two to three years, Newcastle could be worth a lot more than £400M – and Ashley will know that.

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13 comments so far

  • Bambams

    May 4, 2018 at 9:29 AM

    Comment #1

    The only consistency with Ashley is his inconsistency……

    This is his last chance with Rafa though, in my opinion

  • RonVanDam

    May 4, 2018 at 9:36 AM

    Comment #2

    Rephrasing what I said 2 articles prior….
    As much as it pains me to say this, I hope Rafa leaves. This will leave MA in a limbo and more then likely increase the likehood of the club getting sold in a quick fire sale before all hell breaks loose. I’m tired of this man’s BS. For the first time in a long time we don’t have the stress to worry about relegation 3 games from end of season. At this stage MA is playing fire with fire

  • DaveD1000

    May 4, 2018 at 9:46 AM

    Comment #3

    MA isnt going to take a loss. Rafa leaves valuation plummets-no sale.

  • RonVanDam

    May 4, 2018 at 9:53 AM

    Comment #4

    If that’s the case then MA has to submit to the managers demand. 70m is sweet FA for 3 windows. Atleast 70% of clubs will spend that in one window.
    If Rafa walks, all the hard work will be undone and player unrest will lead to low morale and another season of relegation will loom

  • Jib

    May 4, 2018 at 9:54 AM

    Comment #5


    Your wish would put us in a Wearyside scenario.

    Much better to have a top manager with the owner
    under his thumb.

  • RobLeenio

    May 4, 2018 at 9:55 AM

    Comment #6

    lesh from a previous post

    “If he did say that, he’s really challenging Ashley and if the answer turns out to be not strong enough to compete, then Ashley’s £400m valuation/ asking price is in tatters.”

    Are you implying that Ashley has to be seen to be spending this Summer, in order to prove that the club is worth the £400m valuation? Is so, what an insightful post. It’s an angle I hadn’t considered or seen mentioned on the blog till now, but yes, you’re absolutely right.

    If Ashley says or, by inaction, proves that we cannot compete with the likes of Bournemouth, Leicester, Everton and West Ham then what would a potential investor want to pay top dollar for?

  • AncientC

    May 4, 2018 at 9:55 AM

    Comment #7

    ToonTaff2, come back to the blog so I can gloat about the UKIP local elections performance would ya.

    Corbyn the “clown” currently has 1467 councillors, up 37.
    Tory have 884, down 2.
    Lib Dems: 326, up 40.
    And wait for it…
    UKIP have 2 councillors, down NINETY TWO, thus far.

  • lesh

    May 4, 2018 at 10:11 AM

    Comment #8


    That’s exactly what I’m driving at. If Ashley says by his actions that the club isn’t strong enough to back Rafa to a reasonable degree, then by implication, it ain’t got the resources in place or the potential to justify a valuation of £400m.

  • RobLeenio

    May 4, 2018 at 10:16 AM

    Comment #9

    Thanks Lesh, I thought I had you right. And it’s yet another string to Rafa’s increasingly powerful bow. Unless, of course, the chubby one has no realistic desire to sell which would make the point moot. Let’s hope he’s serious.

  • Jib

    May 4, 2018 at 10:45 AM

    Comment #10

    Good election for the lib dems
    Labour councillors up by 2.5%
    Lib Dems up by 12%

  • Moonraker15

    May 4, 2018 at 11:25 AM

    Comment #11

    Rafa has increased his stock to the extent that he could probably take his pick of many top clubs.
    The truth is he loves everything about Newcastle and and wants to stay. If Ashley doesn’t recognise this he really is an idiot but he knows Rafa is a realist and won’t have unreasonable demands so I think it’s all very positive !

  • Nicky the ball tosser

    May 4, 2018 at 11:58 AM

    Comment #12

    Rafa will like 25 players to work with in training. So Slimani is probably now just a more expensive Curtis Good. There to make up the numbers.

  • Porciestreet

    May 4, 2018 at 10:23 PM

    Comment #13

    My personal view is that he had no intention to sell thereby, negating every card in rafas hand. So , if hes not happy with Rafas requests, he’ll just let hI’m go.


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