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Rafa Expects Midfielder Will Stay At Newcastle For Coming Season

Rafa Benitez says that he expects Isaac Hayden to still be a Newcastle player once the transfer window closes.

At that time he says Isaac will realize he’s going nowhere and hopefully will settle down and Rafa has said he will give him time off to visit his girlfriend and their baby in the southwest of England.

Hopefully, Isaac can work something out so he can stay at Newcastle – he’s a good player for us, and he’s done very well over the last two seasons and been a real team player for us.

Rafa Benitez with Isaac Hayden

The 23-year-old is still improving under the expert guidance of Rafa Benitez.

This is what Rafa has said in the Shields Gazette today when asked about the situation with Hayden:

“Yeah, I think so. “He knows that he has to stay and he was working hard against Braga.”

“So, it’s just a question of maybe these 10 days and when you finish the transfer window the players start realizing it’s where we are and we have to perform.”

“That’s it.”

Isaac has been upfront about his family problem this summer and was quoted last month as saying the following as he explained his personal situation:

“It’s a decision I didn’t come to very easily, but it was a decision I had to make.”

“Football’s obviously important to me, but family’s a completely different ball game, and, for me, family takes precedence over football.”

Well – he’s right about that.

And Hayden put a lot of effort into his performance last Wednesday night at SC Braga, and that was very good to see.

We just hope some arrangement can be worked out to keep Isaac happy at Newcastle given his personal situation.

We definitely need him this season given our lack of depth.

Comments welcome.

67 comments so far

  • armoadam

    Aug 3, 2018 at 10:00 AM

    Comment #1

    Nobody wants him.

  • hibbit

    Aug 3, 2018 at 10:04 AM

    Comment #2

    If Ashley sells Lascelles even for 30/40m the blog will go into meltdown armageddon in the city
    yorkmag would get his wish Rafa would leave and the club would just imploud and that lot down the road will be laughing their heads off
    o and the short list of Rafa’s replacement will make interesting reading

  • lochinvar

    Aug 3, 2018 at 10:05 AM

    Comment #3

    Yes our season tickets advised “in the post” but no mention of seat changes. Might be something to do with having to have some away fans pitch side due to FA new rules ?
    What part of SJP are you in ?

  • hibbit

    Aug 3, 2018 at 10:06 AM

    Comment #4

    another new group just been formed only one member so far
    # ILGIG

  • yorkymag

    Aug 3, 2018 at 10:09 AM

    Comment #5

    You clearly didn’t read my comments and try and understand them
    You and others are making things worse Armageddon ,my arse !
    You mean like when king Kev left and Cabaye oh and Carrol is that the kind of Armageddon you mean
    Wake up this is only going one way

  • lochinvar

    Aug 3, 2018 at 10:10 AM

    Comment #6

    Lascalles is going nowhere.
    Gutter pres wind ups yet again.
    Everton’s ground is all but condemned and these sort of rumours are just sh&t stirring.
    Hayden’s going nowhere.
    Nor is Gayle.
    Rafa now is getting close to a stronger squad with core of Dubrovka, Lascalles , Shelvey , Kennedy with some new dynamic players arriving could be fun. Rondon not coming might be a blessing in disguise providing we still add some fire power.
    Hope springs eternal.

  • lesh

    Aug 3, 2018 at 10:14 AM

    Comment #7

    Given Ashley’s behaviour, I’m at a loss to understand what he’s trying to achieve by screwing Rafa.

    If he doesn’t back Rafa wish cash and decent players, there’s a real chance we’ll be in or near a relegation spot by Christmas. If he doesn’t sack Rafa, he’ll have to back him with players – but he’s still dicing with relegation.

    If he sacks Rafa by Christmas, brings in his ready teed-up replacement and showers him with zillions, the chances are we’ll still be in the relegation zone.

    Assuming the worst and we go down, whether under Rafa or not, Ashley’s thrown away £125m or so

    It would cost him a few million to let Rafa go now – heaven forbid – yet the clown’s prepared to continue with his war of attrition with Rafa and put the club’s Prem status and hundreds of millions of pounds at risk.

    Am I alone in not being able to follow Ashley’s game? Can anyone explain what Ashley’s trying to achieve?

  • hibbit

    Aug 3, 2018 at 10:15 AM

    Comment #8


    i did read your post and took on board the points you were trying to making i just dont agree with them

  • SUTTY1978

    Aug 3, 2018 at 10:26 AM

    Comment #9

    I see Yorkymag is getting some grief. Apparently there’s only one opinion allowed on here. Comments welcome as long as they fall in line.
    There will only be one winner between Fat Mike & Rafa.

  • Jail for Ashley

    Aug 3, 2018 at 10:26 AM

    Comment #10

    It is unfathomable.

  • Munster Mag

    Aug 3, 2018 at 10:28 AM

    Comment #11

    Lesh, I think Ashley has various end games and ongoing scenarios as follows.

    1. Divest of the club for somewhere north of 300mill and dont commit to expensive players ( eg 15mill)
    2. Meanwhile keep the club safe from relegation by only investing enough to keep Rafa engaged but give us a good fighting chance of survival
    3 If we go down I think he will go, and sell at a price he doesnt want to, but he thinks ( probably correctly) that Rafa is smart enough to keep us safe
    4. Invest in youth with sell on value ( the Wenger french model) , or players like Ki, and generally keep the spend low. Expensive players over 25 yrs old are non runners.
    5. Irritate the fans along the way by not communicating with them or the manager

    This is pretty much where its at as far as I can see.

  • A Pain in the Blog

    Aug 3, 2018 at 10:37 AM

    Comment #12

    Lesh at #7

    “Can anyone explain what Ashley’s trying to achieve?”

    As I stated yesterday, my belief is that Ashley is very deliberately and very successfully generating huge frustration and suffering in the fan base as retribution for our hatred of him. He is also stating very clearly to Rafa and the world that he is the boss at NUFC – not Rafa.

    Though Munster’s other comments are probably true too.

  • Rob1971

    Aug 3, 2018 at 10:41 AM

    Comment #13

    Sutty you and the likes of catchy will be happy with the way things are going, the manager will leave and as you both don’t like or rate him this will suit you both, things couldn’t be going better at the club

  • Rob1971

    Aug 3, 2018 at 10:44 AM

    Comment #14

    I can’t understand some of our fans mentality, if Rafa goes who are we going to get who will be better or has more experience? do they honestly want to see us back with the likes of Carver, Mclaren, Pardew? they whinge about the style of football so will they be happy if we end up with Allerdyce who is available and and free which will be attractive to Ashley?

  • Munster Mag

    Aug 3, 2018 at 10:54 AM

    Comment #15

    Rob, Sam is a weird one. When Fats was trying to be popular with the fans, he sacked him. In reality he should have kept him as he does have reach in terms of young foreign signings and he would have kept us safe year on year. It was a stupid decisuon by Ashley, although one that we all wanted for obvious reasons. The idea of listening to Sam now at NUFC would be awful, but do u know what, its not impossible. It could happen. Can you imagine his ego then? And his journo friends in Sky ? Ashley is great and he re-hired our Sam. Aaaargh!!!

  • seasons

    Aug 3, 2018 at 10:55 AM

    Comment #16

    For the fans that are saying rafa has become the problem give yourself a nice slap in the face once you’ve managed to pull your head from either your own Anus or the fat one’s.

    Rafa is simply saying out loud what the rest of think.
    No money
    No ambition
    A squad that once again will struggle to stay in the league. Etc

    Shame that these so called fans are starting to get on the case of the only manager we’ve since Sir Bobby that has any chance of getting Our great club to the hights we deserve after 10+ years of bei g in meltdown

  • Ron Knee

    Aug 3, 2018 at 10:57 AM

    Comment #17


    Hear, hear.

  • Munster Mag

    Aug 3, 2018 at 11:00 AM

    Comment #18

    Hands up here . Before he was appointed I thought Sam would be good for us. Doh!

  • Munster Mag

    Aug 3, 2018 at 11:03 AM

    Comment #19

    Where is RobLeenio these days ? Did he leave? He was a good poster.

  • lesh

    Aug 3, 2018 at 11:04 AM

    Comment #20


    Your points have some reason not in them but even then, if he’s trying to keep Rafa on board until his contract runs down, he’s not making a very good job of it is he? He seems to be pissing the players off too.

    Yes, he’s playing the power game over Rafa but it can be done without pissing him right off

    He’s mad, round the bend, bazookas, crackers. It beggars belief! It’s sad.

  • Jail for Ashley

    Aug 3, 2018 at 11:04 AM

    Comment #21

    Who is the dross signed by Rafa that the club is trying to ship out. I asked Jesper this the other week and he changed the subject.

  • Nicky the ball tosser

    Aug 3, 2018 at 11:06 AM

    Comment #22

    I think he’s all about a self-sufficient EPL football club. Free advertising and money in money out. He’s happy to have Rafa, but he won’t put any of his own money in, other than to protect his investment, nor will he run an overdraught, and it offends his sensibilities to pay big transfer fees, agents fees and salaries. He wants value for money. In short, will not speculate to accumulate, or take financial risks to take the club forward, and he’ll only sell when someone offers him what he figures the club is worth to him. To me that’s Ashley to a tee. I think Rafa might be able make it work, given time, but there’s precious little margin for error, and he’s probably got better options

  • lesh

    Aug 3, 2018 at 11:07 AM

    Comment #23


    ** Your points have some reason not in them but even then =

    Your points have some reason to them but even then…

  • Jail for Ashley

    Aug 3, 2018 at 11:08 AM

    Comment #24

    You can’t reason with someone who ignores what has been going on at the club for the previous nine years and draws parallels with Rafa and Pardew.

  • Moonraker15

    Aug 3, 2018 at 11:14 AM

    Comment #25

    Sutty and Yorky, the blogs answer to JFK and Denis Wise. Fckin clueless! Haha thank god for a bit of humour with all this gloom and doom!
    Howay the Lads; Howay Rafa!

  • Jail for Ashley

    Aug 3, 2018 at 11:17 AM

    Comment #26

    He is forcing out one of the most respected managers in world football, with a contacts list as long as both his arms, a fantastic knowledge of both the business and football matters of running a club. Why, because he wants to tun it his way, despite his way relegating us twice.

  • Rotonda heights

    Aug 3, 2018 at 11:19 AM

    Comment #27


    I know you’re not a Rafa fan but aren’t you even remotely concerned where all the TV money, player sales and all the gate money from 52000 (even in the champo) has gone?

  • Nicky the ball tosser

    Aug 3, 2018 at 11:26 AM

    Comment #28

    I don’t think he wants to force Rafa out. I think he wants Rafa to buy into his business model, but yeah, he may well in reality only succeed in forcing him out. Rafa has made it clear he thinks the club must change, so Ashley must know he needs to make some concessions, but obviously they remain some distance apart, perhaps too far apart.

  • Rob1971

    Aug 3, 2018 at 11:27 AM

    Comment #29

    Munster the fans that don’t like Rafas style of football will hate Allerdyce’s, and he moans about lack of transfer funds at the clubs he has been at, but it could possibly happen as he is free and available

  • HarrogateMag

    Aug 3, 2018 at 11:27 AM

    Comment #30

    I think Rafa is winning the game of Chicken with mikey – he’s refusing to accept the new contract in return for funds so is doing a patch up job this summer
    After then Rafa holds all the cards and mash must sell as next summer Rafa will leave at the end of his contract and nufc value drops – keep the faith!

  • Rotonda heights

    Aug 3, 2018 at 11:29 AM

    Comment #31

    Ironically Rafa has been quite successful in his career when he hasn’t had much money and even when he has, he has still brought in more from sales. Rafa has made occasional mistakes in the market but very few managers can actually claim to have a net spend as low as him, as he has always balanced the books and offset costs. You would think that would be an owners dream if we had a normal owner.

    The concept of bringing in youngsters and and have them develop, which was never going to happen under a Pardew for instance, but under a Benitez could have huge benefits, is not a bad one. However, why lie about improving the infrastructure and youth academy etc.

    If only fats would remove his head from his proverbial and see the potential instead of fighting and hindering a great manager at every turn because his ego dictates he knows best, when so obviously he clearly doesn’t. Ashley is a total menace.

  • Oldgit1

    Aug 3, 2018 at 11:29 AM

    Comment #32

    Big Sam is siding with Ashley, now we know who our next manager is. You couldn’t make it up.

  • Rob1971

    Aug 3, 2018 at 11:29 AM

    Comment #33

    Nicky if he doesn’t want to force him out he is going about it the wrong way.

  • dig-n-dig22

    Aug 3, 2018 at 11:32 AM

    Comment #34

    Jail #10
    I think Ashley is doing his best to show Rafa the door ASAP. Due to all of the pre- season unrest, the season
    tickets haven’t been flying off the shelf , Ashley knows when the STs are sold, job done, he is guaranteed about 95% of the total revenue from the fans for the season before a player is bought or a ball is kicked. If Ashley forces Rafa out now , it won’t matter who Ashley brings in as a manager, the fans will still turn up with their season tickets and support the team. Ashley will hope we avoid relegation and that time is a great healer, then, business as usual again. If Rafa see’s out his contract then protests will have a lot more clout if we don’t buy STs or the club kit, that could cost Ashley about £30Mill if we channel the actions through the Magpie group when the STs and kit become available. We need to deny Ashley “our money” that amounts to millions rather than to persuade someone not to buy a pair of his cheap tacky trainers costing about £30 quid from a SD store.

  • Moonraker15

    Aug 3, 2018 at 11:32 AM

    Comment #35

    When you look at our league positions over the last 10 years, who could argue that something needs to change. It’s immoral that an individual can run this club with huge world wide support, purely for his own self enrichment! Immoral! Can you imagine this happening at any other club, let alone a huge institution like NUFC? Sutty please take note!

  • wynsleap

    Aug 3, 2018 at 11:33 AM

    Comment #36

    I really think Ashley has mental issues. Normal people don’t act or think the way he does.

  • seasons

    Aug 3, 2018 at 11:33 AM

    Comment #37

    Problem is with all the free advertising that’s worth 40 million a year, the sports direct club shop and the 52000 every home game there will only be one winner.

    We will always support our club no matter who owns it.

    The people who give up the season ticket will be replaced by another fan and we’ll always buy the next strip that comes out. Can’t win as it stands.

    Are people willing to stop going to games?
    Are we willing to stop buying strips?

    No. Simple.

    Until someone pays the 400 million we’re stuck with fat arse unless we stop supporting the team and filling fat arses coffers.
    Sad time to be a fan, really is

  • Nicky the ball tosser

    Aug 3, 2018 at 11:33 AM

    Comment #38

    Yeah, I think this is Ashley pushing back. I think he won’t give Rafa everything he’s asking for. It’s beyond his bottom line. But he does want him to extend his contract.

  • Rotonda heights

    Aug 3, 2018 at 11:35 AM

    Comment #39


    sam saddled us with pensioners like geremi on ridiculous long term contracts, don’t remember him having any contacts or ability to bring in any youngsters back then. Allardyce was a truly awful appointment for so many reasons.

  • Munster Mag

    Aug 3, 2018 at 11:39 AM

    Comment #40

    Rotunda i know Sam is awful ( and Rafa’s football is miles better too, although Sams is largely similar to a lot of englisg style football outside of the good teams and certainly outside of the prem) but if Ashley could control him ( which he would) the Sam would keep us safe. Awful thought but he did beat us fair and square in Goodison and got everton to outside the europe positions. Obviously the fans haterd him but you could argue that Everton fans hate everything . They certainly dont like NUFC.


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