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As Negotiations Drag On And On – It’s All To Rafa’s Advantage

There’s an update on the negotiations in the Chronicle today, and it reports the talks with Rafa’s representatives are ongoing – so there’s no change there.

But that’s the news – no real progress, but the talks are ongoing.

As this saga drags on and on during the summer (and we expect it to), it’s all to Rafa’s advantage because he holds all the cards.

He has one year left on his contract on Tyneside so he can manage Newcastle for one more season.

He can then leave as a free agent and get some massive offers because of his impressive work at Newcastle.

Rafa Benitez – Newcastle manager – one of the very best

Rafa, as usual, will want to do extremely well next season so he will continue to do the very best he can in the summer transfer window to make Newcastle into a better side.

And he will want to do better than 10th place last season – and probably will do just that.

So Rafa is in a very strong bargaining position at the moment and no reason for panic.

Not that the man ever does that.

As his final year plays out, there will be more and more pressure on Mike Ashley to agree to his demands or have Rafa leave the club next summer.

Once Rafa leaves then the price of Newcastle United will drop since it will have been Rafa at the helm for three years and his brilliance will have made Newcastle into a much better side.

But he’s not there anymore.

Mike Ashley is greedy and now wants £400M for the club, but if he doesn’t sign Rafa up in the next year, he can kiss goodbye to a high price for Newcastle.

Amanda Staveley wanted to buy Newcastle, but only if Rafa was the manager.

Ashley has said he wants to sell Newcastle, but we have heard that before and he always eventually takes Newcastle off the market.

But the owner could be desperately trying to sell the club next summer if Mr. Benitez is no longer the manager.

As things stand and as time goes by Rafa’s value to the club continues to increase.

The fans will also play a big part in calling on the Newcastle hierarchy to wake up and sign Rafa Benitez before it’s too late.

Comments are welcome.

14 comments so far

  • Hail Wor Ashley

    Jun 7, 2018 at 10:07 AM

    Comment #1


  • Jib

    Jun 7, 2018 at 10:09 AM

    Comment #2

    I don’t know where Ed gets Ashley is greedy
    valuing NUFC at £400M.

    IBM is worth $137Billion yet only returned to
    profitability this year after 6 years of losses

    In the PL you have guaranteed surplus

  • lochinvar

    Jun 7, 2018 at 10:11 AM

    Comment #3

    Just to get a perspective on the nonsense that the papers spout, courtesy of Sky.
    So Spurs would have to pay £48m for an Ajax youngster but the hacks wanted us to sell Lascalles for only £10m a few weeks ago, now its £40m. What tosh.

    The transfer window is like watching clowns spinning plates and most of them falling and breaking.

    Liverpool are interested in signing Xherdan Shaqiri who has a release clause of more than £12million in his contract.
    Man City are ready to pull the plug on their pursuit of Jorginho unless Napoli drop their £60million asking price Aston Villa owe £11million in transfer fees to other clubs including Fulham, West Brom and Brentford.
    Everton and Leicester are battling Liverpool for the signing of Xherdan Shaqiri from relegated Stoke
    Arsenal are close to signing the 17-year-old midfield prospect Yacine Adli from Paris Saint?Germain.
    Chelsea are ready to cut their losses on Danny Drinkwater – less than a year after signing him for £30m.
    Dr Tony Xia may have to sell Aston Villa to avoid financial disaster.
    Chelsea’s players are concerned about the about the delays in sorting Antonio Conte’s future.
    West Ham youngster Declan Rice is unhappy at what he feels is a derisory offer of a pay rise ( awh didums, go get a job in the NHS)
    Tottenham would have to pay a club-record £48million to sign Ajax youngster Matthijs de Ligt.
    Steve Bruce is seeking showdown talks with Aston Villa as the club stares at financial meltdown.
    Manchester United have turned their attention to Toby Alderweireld having completed the signing of Fred.
    Spurs have also been offered Joao Mario as part of talks over Inter Milan’s deal for Mousa Dembele.

  • Hail Wor Ashley

    Jun 7, 2018 at 10:12 AM

    Comment #4

    Dubravka – £30m

    Lascelles – £70m

    Yedlin – £40m

    Shelvey – £60m

    Diame £200m

    Those players are worth £400m so the club is worth at least £1bn – Ashley would be ripping himself off asking for £400m.

  • Bobbybee

    Jun 7, 2018 at 10:14 AM

    Comment #5

    From previous. For me, this is one of the must baffling things about Ashley. He took a huge gamble on promotion and fair enough, deserves credit for that. He left Penfold and Charney to get us back up and gave them PL money to do so.
    So why not just capitalise on that and give Rafa what he wants without having to make him fight tooth and nail? Or does he just like the fight over the negotiating table?
    I still believe Rafa will stay, he seems relaxed enough and says him and Ashley get on, but you’d think after taking such a gamble and having to put money in, he’d be happy to just let Rafa crack on without all this messing about. It truly boggles the mind.

  • Hail Wor Ashley

    Jun 7, 2018 at 10:15 AM

    Comment #6


    Well they can’t go to print with blank sport pages or half the usual paper missing, nothing to garner clicks online, so fiction and fabrication it is! Very few stories have actual sources these days.

  • RobLeenio

    Jun 7, 2018 at 10:20 AM

    Comment #7

    Lochinvar, interesting mention of Danny Drinkwater in there. His England career has completely stalled after moving to Chelsea, I wonder if he’d come join the Rafalution for more playing time?

  • Hail Wor Ashley

    Jun 7, 2018 at 10:21 AM

    Comment #8

    Danny Drinkwater is just a lucky Danny Guthrie. Small margins.

  • Charlie in the Gallowgate

    Jun 7, 2018 at 10:28 AM

    Comment #9

    Football is F**kin’ crazy
    How can a footballer i.e. Gareth Bale be worth £200 million – and the TOON £400 million
    So does that mean If we bought Bale the club would be worth £600 million

  • Pottsclock

    Jun 7, 2018 at 10:35 AM

    Comment #10

    The actual valuation is pure rumour. These figures get brandished around with no actual definite source ( to my knowledge anyway) and it’s not something that I would expect any owner to make public of they want to sell their business.
    But given that Ashley had made a personal loan of £144m to NUFC which he would expect to get back when the club is sold and our annual revenues in the Premier League will be £170m+ , is £400m that unreasonable? Maybe not.
    What I would say is that there’s no longer a big queue of Russian of Asian billionaires wanting to buy English football clubs. The climate is very different from even 5 years ago and we’ve seen real meltdown of a few clubs.
    I think Ashley is between a rock and a hard place. He wants his money back but realistically who will buy at the price he needs to sell? Even John Hall said that they were trying to sell for 3 years before Ashley came along.

  • mactoon

    Jun 7, 2018 at 10:41 AM

    Comment #11

    With new reports coming in that Ashley will not release transfer funds until Rafa signs a new deal I don’t see how the present situation is all to Rafa’s advantage. I could see this new twist coming a mile off and now Ashley is gambling by dangling the transfer fund carrot in front of Rafa’s nose.

    If contract negotiations between the two sides are close there may be a chance of Rafa signing up, if not it could be the reason Rafa walks.

  • lesh

    Jun 7, 2018 at 10:44 AM

    Comment #12


    Your supposed knowledge of business and accounting was again subject to comment yesterday yet you have the nerve to question Ed’s opinion.

    Give it a rest.

  • lesh

    Jun 7, 2018 at 11:33 AM

    Comment #13

    Ashley holding the threat of not giving transfer funding to Rafa until he signs a new contract is ludicrous even by Ashley’s standards.

    If Rafa doesn’t get funds to buy then we’re stuck with what we’ve got – assuming that the likes of Lascelles, Shelvey and other talent want to stay at a club that’s showing no ambution. All Rafa can do is his best and there’s the threat of relegation for the third time.

    Realistically, it doesn’t make any difference to Rafa – he sees the season out and leaves – he’s got nothing to lose and his reputation remains intact.

  • Moonraker15

    Jun 7, 2018 at 3:40 PM

    Comment #14

    You are a financial genius. Your mate Mike should employ you. Don’t you think if Newcastle Utd was worth £400 million it would’ve been sold by now?


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