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Quote – Give Rafa The Money To Improve The Squad – Otherwise, He Won’t Stay

Paul Gascoigne has been interviewed by BetStars, and with this summer saga dragging on at Newcastle as things tend to do every summer,  Paul Gascoigne points out the real dangers of what Newcastle are doing.

The hierarchy have been engaged in what seems a feeble attempt for over six weeks now to sign Rafa to a long-term contract.

They don’t seem to be able to agree to the conditions Rafa wants in place for him to commit to a long-term stay on Tyneside.

But you really cannot mess around with a world-class manager and Rafa will have multiple clubs after him if ever he leaves Newcastle this summer or when his contract runs out next summer.

What he’s achieved at Newcastle over the last two seasons has been memorable and some outstanding management from the 58-year-old.

He has reminded everybody just how good a manager he really is.

Newcastle owner Mike Ashley is stubborn and to let these negotiations drag on for so long – we are surprised Rafa still seems so calm about things.

The danger in all of this is that Ashley could make his biggest ever mistake at Newcastle if Rafa gets fed up and leaves the club.

Rafa Benitez – staying calm as Newcastle drag their feet – as usual

This is what Paul Gascoigne has told BetStars regarding Rafa Benitez’ future at the club:

“I think someone like Rafa, it’s always important for any team to keep a manager like that. You just have to look at his CV.”

“But nowadays you’ve got to spend money, it’s as simple as that. In order to compete with the likes of Man City and Man United or any club for that matter, you need to spend and spend well.”

“If they want to keep Rafa, they need to give him the money to improve the squad. If they don’t then he won’t want to stay.”

“Newcastle need good players to improve – you can’t win games without good players.”

“Newcastle did well to finish 10th but could’ve finished higher.”

“Keep hold of Rafa, give him the money to spend and they could well do that.”

Remember a short two years ago last March when we were all in shock that Rafa had just signed on as the Newcastle manager and we all said then that even Ashley cannot mess this one up.

Well – it’s now possible.

If Rafa does leave, Newcastle fans would demand Mike Ashley sell the club and quickly too.

The owner has been a disaster for Newcastle for eleven years now, and he still doesn’t seem to understand the football game and how he can make money in it.

Ashley can make big money if he allows Rafa to create a top Newcastle side, but real investment up front is necessary for that.

If Rafa is supported, then Newcastle could even win trophies, and the price of the club could go soaring.

Comments welcome.

180 comments so far

  • crawfordm

    Jun 4, 2018 at 5:31 PM

    Comment #1

    This blogs headlines are getting as bad as the chronicles – a source of a source heard a rumour blah blah blah!

  • Jib

    Jun 4, 2018 at 5:35 PM

    Comment #2

    Ha ha ha
    Gazza in an interview with Betstars

    and in another story

    Desperate Dan in the Dandy thinks 4 – 4 – 2 is the way ahead

  • welshgeordie9

    Jun 4, 2018 at 5:43 PM

    Comment #3

    Give Rafa the money or he won’t stay.

    That’s pretty obvious Ed, even jail could work that out.

    Ha ha ha

  • Munster Mag

    Jun 4, 2018 at 5:46 PM

    Comment #4

    Someone said earlier that it’s a win win for Rafa, or that Rafa is in control. Wrong wrong wrong.

  • Dragon64

    Jun 4, 2018 at 5:48 PM

    Comment #5

    he won’t sign while the fat controller is there. he will see out his remaining year then he will be gone and I wouldn’t blame him having to take the shite off that fat twat. under the fat controller we are doomed

  • DubaiMicky

    Jun 4, 2018 at 5:57 PM

    Comment #6

    To be fair, Gazza was never the brightest button in the box. Having said that, Andy Cole was even dimmer.

  • Graeme

    Jun 4, 2018 at 6:01 PM

    Comment #7

    Rafa, as far as I can tell, has never broken his contract or walked out on one. He will see this contract out as well.

    It’s up to Ashley and his puppet to put the building blocks in place, that allows Rafa to improve the current crop of players at SJP; In addition, a Transfer Kitty has to be agreed for Rafa to bring in the players he sees as our future.

    Rafa is obviously frustrated by the antics of Ashley, but he knows that Ashley either delivers, or agrees to deliver what is needed. Should Ashley fail to do this, then Rafa will simply complete his current Contract and then leave.

    He will have so many offers of employment, he’ll have his choice of Clubs – all with far better owners than the moron we are blessed with!!

    Hopefully, Ashley will have an epiphany, see the light and let Rafa build him a top 6 club – as well as make him a lot of money in the process!!!

  • Geordie-john

    Jun 4, 2018 at 6:08 PM

    Comment #8

    HERE WE GO AGAIN ! You GREEDY COCK-ney Fatman southern twat. What the f==k are you playing at ? Can you not see what you are doing is crazy ? There isn’t anything shrewd about your pathetic tactics. Even JOKEINEAR had better tactics than that. It’s as if you are wanting to destroy NUFC and lose a hell of a lot of money in the process. Why not be successful for all the right reasons ? You are more than half way there. 10th in the premiership, A world class manager who wants to stay and restructure your business which will increase in value. He isn’t going to self destruct while spending your money. Rafa has done nothing but good for the club. For the sake of £50M which is less than half the £125M predicted amount NUFC are due to receive not including the transfer sales expected. You are going to force Rafa’s hand, He will walk ! He isn’t the mug you are trying to make him look like.
    See sense for once in your life ! It’s a sure thing !

  • lochinvar

    Jun 4, 2018 at 6:11 PM

    Comment #9

    Give us a break.
    Desperate Dan in the Dandy thinks 4-4-2 is the way forward ? What’s he been eating mad Cow Pie ?
    Take a serious pundit such as Roy of the Rovers, now he thinks 4-3-3 is going to get you more goals and he’ll score most of them.
    We need serious football brains on the topic like Roy, not some comic book cartoon chartacter like Dan.

  • Ron Knee

    Jun 4, 2018 at 6:14 PM

    Comment #10

    Mitro in action this evening – I assume.

  • lochinvar

    Jun 4, 2018 at 6:16 PM

    Comment #11

    Jesus has left the building.
    Well that saves a few bob so more bread and fishes to go around.

    Newcastle United defender Jesus Gamez has confirmed on social media that he will be leaving this summer after just two years on Tyneside – thanking everyone involved at NUFC for a ‘beautiful experience’ on Tyneside.
    The Spaniard arrived on a free transfer from Atletico Madrid in 2016, however he’s made just 10 appearances in all competitions over the last two seasons – playing 7 times during our Championship campaign and appearing just 3 times last season.
    He’s out of contract this summer and has not been handed a new deal and has posted this goodbye message to all involved at NUFC to confirm his departure from the club:

  • Jail for Ashley

    Jun 4, 2018 at 6:29 PM

    Comment #12

    From earlier re signing a new contract. I’m not sure why contract talks stalled with his former bosses but this time it’s purely down to Ashley sharing the same ambition as Rafa, if he doesn’t share it now he won’t in a years time. I just hope he signs soon as if he doesn’t he’ll see his year out and leave.

  • lochinvar

    Jun 4, 2018 at 6:33 PM

    Comment #13

    Ashley and Charnley may like to note the valuation son Deli ( I slipping through your fingers ) Ali, Florian and Gini.

    2 former Newcastle players make list of 50 highest valued players in Europe
    A list of the highest valued players in Europe has just been published and two one-time Newcastle players feature in the top 50.
    There are 30 Premier League players in the top 50 highest valued players in Europe, also 2 former Newcastle players in that top 50.

    It is the CIES Football Observatory who have published the transfer value top 100, which looks at players from the big European leagues in England, Germany, France, Spain and Italy.

    The Premier League’s financial strength is shown, with 11 of the 17 most valuable and 30 of the top 50 registered with English top tier clubs.
    According to the CIES Football Observatory algorithm, which uses 19 different variables, Harry Kane is now the highest valued player in Europe and indeed the World.

    The highest estimated values by position were recorded for:

    Ederson Moraes (goalkeepers, €104.6 m)
    Samuel Umtiti (centre backs, €111.5 m)
    Kyle Walker (full backs, 89.8 m)
    Saúl Ñíguez (defensive midfielders, €100.5 m)
    Kevin de Bruyne (box-to-box midfielders, €167.2 m)
    Dele Alli (attacking midfielders, €171.0 m)
    Neymar (wingers, €197.5 m)
    Harry Kane (centre forwards, €201.2 m).
    Included in the list are former Newcastle winger Florian Thauvin at number 45, rated at 83.7m euros (approx £73m).
    Whilst one-time NUFC midfielder Gini Wijnaldum is at 48 with a valuation of 80.8m euros (£70m).

  • jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew

    Jun 4, 2018 at 6:36 PM

    Comment #14

    Lesh…we all know about Jib all too well!

  • jane

    Jun 4, 2018 at 6:40 PM

    Comment #15
  • jane

    Jun 4, 2018 at 6:42 PM

    Comment #16

    “but this time it’s purely down to Ashley sharing the same ambition as Rafa”

    Jail you are an ITK

  • jane

    Jun 4, 2018 at 6:44 PM

    Comment #17

    “What do people think of the Green card idea, sounds like a very sensible alternative to a straight red to me.”

    i’d only heard of green cards going to be for fair play


  • wynsleap

    Jun 4, 2018 at 6:45 PM

    Comment #18

    Really getting fed up now with all these same stories about someone each day saying ‘Ashley must back Rafa to take the club forward or he’ll leave’.Yes we know…..and it’s obvious, but churning out the same comments each day under a new guise is not going to change things.
    Ashley will NOT be told what to do by Rafa, the fans, ex-players or the Pope. The man is a law unto himself and couldn’t give a monkeys chuff about the club, its fans or its future. Surely we ALL must know that by now?
    Short of someone benevolent giving him an unbelievably astronomical sum for the Toon or his heart stops breathing in the night much as I hate to say it we are stuck with him.
    The future may not be orange but it certainly isn’t rose coloured with this pathetic, greedy, devious, uncaring, lying and sad individual in charge.

  • jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew

    Jun 4, 2018 at 6:46 PM

    Comment #19

    Why all these chances to football Jane?

    Are FIFA bored?

  • jane

    Jun 4, 2018 at 6:49 PM

    Comment #20

    maybe it’s progress jesper?

  • jane

    Jun 4, 2018 at 6:52 PM

    Comment #21

    it would be pretty cool for a player to get a green card for telling the ref that they touched the ball so the other team should get the throw in. snooker players are honest like that.

  • jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew

    Jun 4, 2018 at 6:53 PM

    Comment #22

    I think that depends on the eye of the beholder!

  • Jib

    Jun 4, 2018 at 6:55 PM

    Comment #23

    Serbia line up vs Chile
    Vladimir Stojkovic
    Antonio Rukavina
    Branislav Ivanovic
    Nikola Milenkovic
    Aleksandar Kolarov
    Nemanja Matic
    Luka Milivojevic
    Dusan Tadic
    Sergej Milinkovic-Savic
    Adem Ljajic
    Aleksandar Mitrovic

  • Jib

    Jun 4, 2018 at 7:02 PM

    Comment #24

    Mladen Krstajic
    Is playing a 4 – 2 – 3 – 1 tonight in Austria

    as are the Chileans

  • Bobbybee

    Jun 4, 2018 at 7:04 PM

    Comment #25

    Liverpool fined €20k for the attack by fans, on the City team coach.
    Wow, bet they won’t do that again then. Must be close to bankrupting the club. What a joke.

  • Jib

    Jun 4, 2018 at 7:05 PM

    Comment #26
  • jane

    Jun 4, 2018 at 7:09 PM

    Comment #27


  • posada

    Jun 4, 2018 at 7:13 PM

    Comment #28

    Some of us have average intelligence.
    Others are shrewd, street wise.
    Some of us are very intelligent.

    Very very few of us can claim to be a genius.
    Gazza can.
    He was a footballing genius.

  • Jib

    Jun 4, 2018 at 7:16 PM

    Comment #29

    I’m a blogging genius

  • Jail for Ashley

    Jun 4, 2018 at 7:17 PM

    Comment #30

    Oh jane when I see you I get tingly and shiver…..

  • Jail for Ashley

    Jun 4, 2018 at 7:18 PM

    Comment #31

    Would like very much to throw you in to a river 😀

  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Jun 4, 2018 at 7:34 PM

    Comment #32

    Jane I mentioned the Green card a couple of threads and yes it does sound like a good idea.

  • Jail for Ashley

    Jun 4, 2018 at 7:37 PM

    Comment #33

    Not sure how people can justify travelling to Ausberg for a friendly, at least £200 return from Edinburgh, two nights digs, travel to Edinburgh and €300 on the lash plus the ticket.

  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Jun 4, 2018 at 7:37 PM

    Comment #34


    Just an idea but you make some very positive sensible suggestions as to why we should keep Wee Adam, why not post some direct to Rafa, never know, if he see’s them it might influence his thinking.

    Worth a shot?

  • RobLeenio

    Jun 4, 2018 at 7:39 PM

    Comment #35

    Jail the Augsburg match is at SUP as far as I know

  • Jail for Ashley

    Jun 4, 2018 at 7:40 PM

    Comment #36

    You’re looking at best part of £700 for a friendly game, people will definitely do it though.

  • Jail for Ashley

    Jun 4, 2018 at 7:44 PM

    Comment #37

    That’ll be what the (h) is for I suppose 😮 ha ha, luckily I never booked that on impulse!

  • Jail for Ashley

    Jun 4, 2018 at 7:45 PM

    Comment #38

    I’ll make that one then.

  • Jib

    Jun 4, 2018 at 7:46 PM

    Comment #39

    Sat 04.08.2018 FC Augsburg (Germany) (home) 3pm

  • Jib

    Jun 4, 2018 at 7:47 PM

    Comment #40

    F@cking thick as mince

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