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This Is Good News About Rafa Benitez’ Pending Contract

There’s one sentence in a report from the Northern Echo that should give Newcastle fans some real hope that Rafa will be staying long-term at Newcastle.

We really don’t know much about what’s happening behind the scenes between Managing Director Lee Charnley and Rafa’s representatives in their negotiations.

But one sentence in the Northern Echo seems to offer some hope that Rafa will sign on long-term at Newcastle and even get some real support from the owner Mike Ashley.

A happy looking Rafa Benitez

The sentence comes in a report (from Paul Fraser) on Jamaal Lascelles being wanted by various big clubs and former Liverpool defender Martin Skrtel possibly being a target of the Magpies this summer.

This is the one sentence that stands out and hits you in the article.

“Benitez is under the impression that Ashley will give him a lot of what he is asking for once he has committed his future to St James’ Park, as he approaches the final year of his contract.”

What that sentence suggests is that Mike Ashley may not be as stubborn in the negotiations as is being portrayed in the press.

Rafa will not expect every single thing he is asking for, but he definitely wants Mike Ashley to support him in the vision he has for Newcastle United, and he needs decent money in each transfer window.

And Rafa has said his relationship with the owner is better than a lot of people think during a televised discussion he had in his office with Sky Sports Spanish reporter Guillem Balague.

So there’s some good news that will give fans some hope that Rafa will sign a long-term deal before too long.

It will also help a lot if there is a good working relationship between Rafa and Mike Ashley.

Rafa should have a direct communication line through to the owner and should not have to rely on Lee Charnley telling the owner everything that’s going on.

And the sooner Rafa signs that new long-term contract the better.

We wonder how many years it will be for?

If it’s for 10 years I may have to rush for those blood pressure tablets.

Comments are welcome.

21 comments so far

  • Bigjim67

    Jun 9, 2018 at 10:23 AM

    Comment #1

    If true, and i think its a big if, would be the biggest signing this summer imo. I’m hopeful he will commit to a longer contract but i just don’t trust the owner to do whats right for the club. Really hope Rafa stays long term.

  • Graeme

    Jun 9, 2018 at 10:26 AM

    Comment #2

    Rafa signing, may not be the biggest signing we make this season – but it would certainly be the most important, that’s for sure!!!!

  • lesh

    Jun 9, 2018 at 10:27 AM

    Comment #3

    Ashley will give him a lot of what he’s asking for if and when Rafa signs an extension to his contract? Oh yes, Ashley’s a proven liar! Bishop’s probably leaked this as part of his strategy to place responsibility for losing Rafa on Rafa for asking too much.

    Given Rafa’s experience of Ashley, who could blame him for not signing up on the basis of vague words and innuendo?

  • lesh

    Jun 9, 2018 at 10:29 AM

    Comment #4

    Repost and relevant.

    Among other things, Rafa asked that the club adopt a sticker approach to attempting to buy players. What do we read? Yup, ‘and that bid was immediately turned down’. We’re still bidding low and will no doubt continue to fanny on until the target’s signed by another club. Ffs,if they’re serious about wanting a player, talk to the selling club and get things sorted.

    Rafa wants a defined budget for transfers yet some weeks after the end of a better than expected season, he still hasn’t got it

    Rafa wants a commitment to upgrade the academy and young player development unit and the Beardsley situation provided an ideal opportunity for change. Where are we? Beardsley’s out of circulation but that’s all.

    Rafa,wants an upgrade to the club’s training facilities and what have we heard from the club? Nothing!

    Have we heard any positive statements of intent from the club? Have we hell…. Well apart from Ashley’s non-statement of intent and Charnley’s stage managed interview during which which tried to explain the manipulation of the 2016-17 accounts to paint a black picture of the club’s finances.

    All in all, it’s situation normal under Ashley and the result of his greed and short-sightedness will be little investment in players, the break up of a dedicated squad, another fight against relegation all topped by Rafa leaving at the end of his contract.

    Where’s Amanda or some other white knight who’ll buy the club and rid us of the blight that’s called Ashley? Helllllllllllllllllp, somebody save Newcastle United before it’s strangled to death.

  • Bigjim67

    Jun 9, 2018 at 10:32 AM

    Comment #5

    Biggest and most important signing, because if he goes he will be followed by Lascelles, Shelvey, Diame and we will be back to the same old failed yes men as head coaches. And back to the championship i reckon.

  • lesh

    Jun 9, 2018 at 10:33 AM

    Comment #6


    sticker approach = SLICKER approach (to transfers)

  • Bigjim67

    Jun 9, 2018 at 10:34 AM

    Comment #7

    Lesh @4
    Nail on the head, spot on.

  • lochinvar

    Jun 9, 2018 at 10:40 AM

    Comment #8

    Steady Ed it’s only an impression.
    “Benitez is under the impression that Ashley will give him a lot of what he is asking for once he has committed his future to St James’ Park, as he approaches the final year of his contract.”

    ” a lot of what he is asking for”

    Transfer Budget of £100m – deal or no deal ?
    Purpose built state of the art new Training Ground and Academy
    Tapas for lunch breaks
    Team Doctor Eva Carnerio
    New seats in the East Stand
    The Premier League Title
    A Cup – preferably The European variety
    Pizza in the catering kiosks
    New tabard for the Tea Lady to maintain standards
    Das Bost wearing number 9 shirt

    That seems about right

  • Jail for Ashley

    Jun 9, 2018 at 10:43 AM

    Comment #9

    Nicky =Jib,
    Way off the mark there me thinks.

  • DubaiMicky

    Jun 9, 2018 at 10:47 AM

    Comment #10

    With the head of BT being sacked for, amongst other things, their dalliance in EPL TV, and the extended wait in getting all the matches sold (the Amazon bought one being the last to go), I’d suggest that the next TV deal will be dramatically less than the current one.

    This will bring in a few problems, there are clubs that totally rely on TV income (I’m thinking of the Bournemouths and Brightons of this world), as they don’t have the image, the stadium and the crowds to sustain their business outside of the TV revenue stream. So they will be on a very slippery slope heading in the same direction as the great unwashed down the road.

    So keeping us “debt free” (other than to Ashley and he’ll use that “debt” to write down his taxes), is actually a prudent business decision, providing he does give “every last penny” – and hopefully pays for some advertising.

    It also means, if he sells now, he’ll be selling at the top of the market – surely even Ashley can see that.

  • Nicky the ball tosser

    Jun 9, 2018 at 10:55 AM

    Comment #11

    Anthony Bourdain suicide. Epic life.

  • ashleysmate

    Jun 9, 2018 at 11:22 AM

    Comment #12

    Arise sir Kenny…class footballer. ..shite manager…nearly ruined us

  • Ron Knee

    Jun 9, 2018 at 11:23 AM

    Comment #13

    And Jermain Defoe gets an OBE.

  • Bobbybee

    Jun 9, 2018 at 11:31 AM

    Comment #14

    Nicky, suicide? Another person exposing the Clinton Crime Syndicate ‘commits suicide’? How many is that? Another suspicious death not being investigated. Madness.

    Anyway, Sing, you won that one mate, you were closer by a distance 🙂
    There’s no point arguing over what might happen lads. None at all.
    If you go on the past, then Ashley will mess up again, but the past is before Rafa came and worked his miracles. So the difference is Rafa. That’s one big difference.
    I’m certainly not leaping in and saying this or that will happen, I’m sitting back and waiting. Rafa makes a huge difference to the whole equation. None of us know what’s going on do we, really? Nothing much is coming out of the club and Rafa has said ‘talks are continuing’ and the last I saw of him he was totally relaxed with the situation.
    Nicky’s not an Ashley apologist any more than I am. Let’s not argue over that knacka. Regardless of what we, say, or figure, or predict, it won’t change what’s happening. We’ll know soon enough and then will be the time to decide. Right now everything is speculation if we’re brutally honest. Unless I’m reading this wrong, Nicky is saying the same. We won’t know until something official is released. Jumping to conclusions either way isn’t going to make that happen.

  • Bobbybee

    Jun 9, 2018 at 11:53 AM

    Comment #15

    I think what we can hazard a guess at is if Ashley tries to shaft Rafa, Rafa will be put the door without having to pay six million quid. And nobody who supports Newcastle will blame him if he does. Agreed?
    I think Rafa will let us know if he’s quitting as well. He respects the fans that much.
    So until that happens I’m staying optimistic.
    Does that mean I’m right? Hell no. It means I’m an optimist that’s all. But it’s no different if you’re a pessimist. Nobody knows what’s happening and falling out on here won’t change anything either. Talks are ongoing. Whilst that is happening it can go either way. Whatever happens will be decided between Rafa and Ashley and most definitely not on this blog.

  • Nostradamus the Geordie

    Jun 9, 2018 at 11:58 AM

    Comment #16

    Its embarrassing that teams like Brighton and Huddersfield are out and about signing players and once again Newcastle United are sitting with there $%@#% in there hand. Brighton are owned by a pro poker player Tony Bloom and Huddersfield are owned by an ex greetings card owner Dean Hoyle who sold his business for 350 Million but both men seem to love there club and give there managers what they need. Newcastle are owned by a Billionaire, scratch head time, that gives the manager, sorry gives a world class manager bullshit excuses about missing out on players, oh sorry Mike, that’s right Lee does all that business and you don’t handle anything to do with the running of the club. I know its early still but forgetting about players, why are we still talking about Rafa’s contract, that’s the dumbest thing about this. Come off it Mike, Lee does not really run the club, I know he has a bat phone in his office that only goes direct to you and he has to ask pretty please to get things done.

  • sphinxhunter

    Jun 9, 2018 at 12:05 PM

    Comment #17

    I would love for Rafa to stay long term, but NOT under Ashley. Rafa has been so good for the fans and created so much success, but has had to put up with so much lying, back-tracking, interference, and now out-right bullying, that he simply doesn’t deserve it. Rafa insist on water-tight contractual clauses and penalties to the fat-man if he reneges or tries to short change you, …and if he won’t agree, then DO NOT cave in. Gives us one more great year and then leave for somewhere that will honour you, respect you and maybe even challenge YOUR ambition with proper support. You deserve better than Ashley!

  • lochinvar

    Jun 9, 2018 at 12:11 PM

    Comment #18

    Newcastle United have reportedly been dealt a blow in their efforts to sell midfielder Jack Colback.
    The 28-year-old has dropped down the pecking order at St James’ Park and spent the second half of last season at Nottingham Forest, where he made 16 starts in the Championship.
    He’s reported to be on silly money £40,000 a week – you can not be serious , so won’t go and has 12months left on his contract.

    Come on Jack do the decent thing and create a space in the squad for Kennedy. Try China, Qatar, Saudi or an up and coming lower league team like Sunderland. You never know you may be in the Championship in a year or then again Division Two so make sure that you have a release clause.

  • gmike

    Jun 9, 2018 at 4:16 PM

    Comment #19

    Lee Charnley is a waste of time. Need to get someone in who has real authority or just have a direct line to Ashley. Delay is causing a real potential problem.

  • Moonraker15

    Jun 9, 2018 at 4:19 PM

    Comment #20

    The lack of transfer activity is depressing because I think we all know we’ll probably finish up with one second rate signing and a couple of loans! All after a heroic effort from Rafa and the squad! I am so sick of Ashley and his cronies; oh for the passion of Sir John and FF and FS! Whether they ripped us off or not they were good times; Ashley has made us as interesting as one of his stores! Yawn!

  • DarthBroon

    Jun 17, 2018 at 7:28 PM

    Comment #21

    “What that sentence suggests is that Mike Ashley may not be as stubborn in the negotiations as is being portrayed in the press.”

    Rubbish. What that sentence suggests is that Ashley thinks he’s dealing with another chump with an IQ in two digits (like everyone HE’S brought into the club).

    There’s no way Rafa’s daft enough to sign on for another term on the basis of more empty promises. In any case, there’s no actual evidence that Ashley wants Rafa to stay – not so much as ONE SINGLE INSTANCE where he’s backed Rafa’s judgement, beyond allowing him to coach the players and pick the team each week. We all know that won’t be enough for Rafa for much longer.

    Let’s face it: The only chance of hanging on to Rafa is if we got a new owner. Ashley’s going nowhere (he never had any plans to sell the club) and Rafa won’t be hanging around to be made a fool of.


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