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This Is Not Good News About Rafa Staying At Newcastle

Rafa has made it clear that Newcastle do their transfer business far too slowly and that we are not decisive enough when going after new players.

That’s one reason Newcastle have missed on our so many players over the last two summer transfer windows.

And Mike Ashley has been slow to spend Newcastle’s money to help Rafa to build a new team at the club.

That’s had some negative repercussions, and Rafa has not signed a new contract, and his current one runs out next summer.

But Rafa today talks about concentrating on football and the January transfer window could be crucial as to whether Rafa will stay on Tyneside.

Rafa Benitez – will not discuss a contract until next April

But the surprising thing today is that Rafa says he will not talk about a new deal at Newcastle until next April.

This is some of what he has said in the Chronicle today:

“Obviously I would like you to park this [question about my future] for now because it doesn’t change a thing,”

“As a manager, what do I want to do? To win every single game I can. Can I change my squad from now to January?”

“No, so it won’t change anything in terms of my approach for games and what players and fans are expecting.”

“I have to put everything into the training sessions and games to be sure we can compete and win for now.”

“Then maybe we can talk about that in April.”

“In April it will maybe have a massive impact if you are not signing a contract because we will be coming towards the end of the season.”

“But now I think we have plenty of time to talk about football, and that’s it.”

“Again we are talking about something I don’t want to talk too much about. We have to just focus on football and then see what happens in the future,”

“But if the team is doing so well, it will be easier to talk about the future. But if the team is a disaster, then it will be easier to talk about the future too.”

“Can we change something right now? No, so we have to concentrate on what we can have an influence on.”

“That is the team, preparation for the games, and whatever. In January, then we can talk about what is going on then.”

It will be disappointing and worrying if Rafa hasn’t signed a new deal by next April because other clubs will be after him.

Since Rafa wants to stay close to his family in the Wirral, Cheshire – he will want to stay in the Premier League.

Several clubs can offer him more power than he will get under the stubborn and thrifty Mike Ashley,

And PL clubs can match Rafa’s ambitions.

We are witnessing over the last 18 months that owner Mike Ashley cannot match Rafa’s ambitions – or will not – to put it more accurately.

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14 comments so far

  • crawfordm

    Aug 26, 2018 at 9:23 AM

    Comment #1

    The man will have fulfilled his contract and obligations – a class act. He will leave. The other has not and will stay and make even more money. Sad situation but thats how it is !

  • lesh

    Aug 26, 2018 at 9:24 AM

    Comment #2

    Rafa couldn’t have made it any plainer. It’s up to Ashley to make the effort in January to keep Rafa at the club and be seen to be serious about it too.

  • Jib

    Aug 26, 2018 at 9:24 AM

    Comment #3

    Show me on google where it says David Luiz
    has been practising intercepting long balls
    or that Ritchie will have to track Kanté

    Ha ha ha sad old jealous fart – you’re like
    Jail – except Jail isn’t a pensioner

  • lesh

    Aug 26, 2018 at 9:25 AM

    Comment #4

    Jib (from previous)

    You are not talking footy, you are copying stuff you’ve sourced via Google. Semantics I know but…….

  • Jib

    Aug 26, 2018 at 9:29 AM

    Comment #5

    Go on Lesh I dare you – make some meaningful
    comment about football itself – tactics , players ,
    match officials , the opposition – anything will do.

  • Charlie in the Gallowgate

    Aug 26, 2018 at 9:36 AM

    Comment #6

    Update on Shelvey
    Could be out for three weeks
    Toon been practising with Rondon up front and Ki and Fernandez in and Ritchie at full back

  • Jib

    Aug 26, 2018 at 9:40 AM

    Comment #7

    That means that Yedlin could be man marking
    and I’m sure if Fernandez is in – Clark will take full-back today

  • the white tino

    Aug 26, 2018 at 9:40 AM

    Comment #8

    Jibber jabber your so full of shite man give it a rest

  • Jib

    Aug 26, 2018 at 9:41 AM

    Comment #9

    Who’d be a footy manager ?

  • Jib

    Aug 26, 2018 at 9:42 AM

    Comment #10

    the white tino

    Some latent racism in your name I fear

  • hibbit

    Aug 26, 2018 at 9:42 AM

    Comment #11

    Charlie that’s a big blow if he’s out for any length of time,
    where’s this information coming from

  • Mister Tuff

    Aug 26, 2018 at 9:44 AM

    Comment #12

    Whoa – just back from a week away – trying to catch up.
    Jib “The Snitch” Jibberish wants Ed to ban contributors – still wondering whether Jib’s most recent soubriquet should be “the snitch” or “the rat”.

    Warning – obsessions with obituaries may in some cases not be conducive to a healthy lifestyle.
    Was John McCain a Toon supporter?

  • geordiemark

    Aug 26, 2018 at 1:01 PM

    Comment #13

    the man has done his job to perfection as always, the question I ask would any other manager worth there salt work with Ashley the answer is no one unless there finished in the game really have nothing to hope for that’s the only manager he will get in, two names spring to mind moyes and allerdice what ever you spell it

  • Grumpy

    Aug 26, 2018 at 8:13 PM

    Comment #14

    Hate to see that kind of play at home, i know were shore of talent and we had missing players and ..and…and…
    just soul destroying.


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