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Rafa Wants These Assurances From Ashley To Stay – Will Not Back Down

There’s a report in the Chronicle today that says Rafa will need to have some commitments from Mike Ashley on transfers and transfer funds if he is to sign a new deal to stay at Newcastle.

Rafa will not entertain any meetings with Mike Ashley until we are well on our way to safety in the Premier League.

And Rafa is confident he can move the Newcastle team up the table especially since he got two players he wanted in January – Miguel Almiron and Antonio Barreca.

But it took Newcastle two months to eventually sign Almiron, and there were long periods with no contact between the clubs during that time.

Rafa Benitez overseeing training in Murcia, Spain

That happens a lot with Newcastle when we go after the player – if it’s not the fee the club value the player at – then the deal is almost over.

Rafa wants that attitude and the process of doing the transfer business to change drastically.

And he wants to spend the transfer money as he sees fit – so Rafa is sticking to his guns with Ashley and not backing down one little bit.

But with miserly Mike Ashley still the owner he will find it difficult to get everything he wants.

In the Sports Direct business, he has been dramatically successful by drastically reducing costs so he can then sell the goods for a low and competitive price.

So in his business, his substantial success has been brought about by successfully cutting costs.

That doesn’t work in football.

Rafa also wants investments in the Academy and the Training grounds and Newcastle have said they will do that but at a later date.

Rafa does not accept that, and he wants some improvements made immediately.

The manager is also keen to save the owner some money by bringing through local lads at the club.

And one outstanding example this season has been 21-year-old Sean Longstaff who has been brilliant for us since December.

Rafa also wants four or five new signings in the summer so he can have a squad that can start to challenge for the top six in the Premier League.

Rafa will move out fringe players like Joselu, Rolando Aarons, Jamie Sterry, Rob Elliot, and Achraf Lazaar to make way for the new players and to further improve the squad.

We’re not saying we can finish in the top six next season, but at the very least we will not be fighting relegation once again.

That would be a move forward under the current owner.

And that’s one of the problems Rafa has – Mike Ashley seems to have no real ambitions for Newcastle other than to keep us in the Premier League.

Rafa is likely to take these negotiations down to the wire in an attempt to get most of what he wants.

But whether Mike Ashley will honor the agreements with Rafa once they are made is another question.

We have this strange situation at the club of the owner not willing to back his world-class manager so that Rafa can make Newcastle United into a much more successful and therefore much more expensive club.

There’s something wrong there with the owner’s logic that we have never quite understood.

Comments welcome.

23 comments so far

  • bettyswallocks

    Feb 17, 2019 at 9:32 AM

    Comment #1

    I can’t remember who wrote it but someone from the Chron. said that Ashley was due to give an update on the takeover. That was supposed to have happened over a fortnight ago.

  • Jib

    Feb 17, 2019 at 9:32 AM

    Comment #2

    There are a couple of indicators that something may
    be moving behind the scenes.
    Mash Holdings – the group accounts have never been
    produced this early in the year before – in fact for the last
    few years they have been summer or autumn.
    NUFC – have never secured player purchase against
    the Sky money until last month.
    I thought Rafa’s briefing about his contract in Murcia was
    to give Mike Ashley a timely reminder , but his comments
    may be for consumption by potential new owners.

  • Jail for Ashley

    Feb 17, 2019 at 9:36 AM

    Comment #3

    It doesn’t sound any less like utter tosh because you keep repeating it.

  • Jail for Ashley

    Feb 17, 2019 at 9:39 AM

    Comment #4

    I’ve still got no idea what purpose it served him going on telly to tell us about a takeover. If it was to quell protests then he seriously over estimated them. It can only be to take the spotlight of his commons appearance or just to pi$$ us off.

  • DaveD1000

    Feb 17, 2019 at 9:40 AM

    Comment #5

    So Rafa wants to run the Toon like a proper football club. What a swine. Rafa Out

  • bettyswallocks

    Feb 17, 2019 at 9:41 AM

    Comment #6

    Jib…….. The club’s silence on any takeover may be significant as after his bullish statement on Sky that we were closer than ever before to being sold , surely Ashley has to clarify the situation at some point.

  • giimps

    Feb 17, 2019 at 9:43 AM

    Comment #7

    Joselu is not a fringe player, many games he’s a starter…..which beggars belief,how the (insert expletive) Rafa has managed to keep us in the Premier league with quality like Joselu in the side is mind boggling, my blind mother would probably score as many as he does just from bouncing in off her in the penalty box if she stood still.
    The rest, Aaron’s, Sterry and Lazar cost so little in footballing terms they should be nowhere near any top tier squad…..but that’s what you get when you have a leech for an owner, speculate to accumulate is a swear word in the slugs brain, bleed em dry is his motto and will be until he leaves….hopefully the writing is on the wall and the end of his disastrous tenure is closing to a conclusion, raping and pillaging the club of any non organizational streams of profit is one sign, selling non essential assets is another.
    Hey Fatty……where’s the money?

  • bettyswallocks

    Feb 17, 2019 at 9:43 AM

    Comment #8

    Jail…….. As I said to Jib surely he can’t stay schtum forever . If the takeover was definitely off I think he would make a statement or the club would to try and absolve him of any blame .

  • geordietom

    Feb 17, 2019 at 9:45 AM

    Comment #9

    betty he should come out and tell us if theres owt going on but i very much doubt he will mate…

  • Jib

    Feb 17, 2019 at 9:46 AM

    Comment #10

    Fail for Ashley
    It doesn’t sound any less like utter tosh because you keep repeating it.
    Tell that to your pal Froggy

  • geordietom

    Feb 17, 2019 at 9:46 AM

    Comment #11

    does ASHLEY have to sign a NDA as well as any one wanting to buy the club !!!…

  • bettyswallocks

    Feb 17, 2019 at 9:47 AM

    Comment #12

    If he does announce the takeover is off then there definitely needs to be a fan’s think tank introduced to suggest ways of expediting his death. Sadly this will be the only option left open to us.

  • geordietom

    Feb 17, 2019 at 9:48 AM

    Comment #13

    jib …

    i’ve got your back mate lmfao…

    thats before i get jumped on again …

  • Jail for Ashley

    Feb 17, 2019 at 9:52 AM

    Comment #14

    The trouble is though, anything he does say in his carefully worded scripted interviews can’t be trusted anyway, so what difference would it make him sitting down with one of his cronies giving his version of events.

  • Jib

    Feb 17, 2019 at 9:56 AM

    Comment #15

    If he does announce the takeover is off then there definitely needs to be a fan’s think tank introduced to suggest ways of expediting his death.

    You may want to reconsider that childish shite !!!!

  • geordietom

    Feb 17, 2019 at 9:57 AM

    Comment #16

    i see they are opening a new geordie stottie shop on Blanford Street which used to be Clayton Street …

    they are doing a Match Day Deal which is a Full Stottie Mushrooms Sausage Roasties and a Bottle of Dog …

    amongst other things Saveloy Dip ect ect …

    divint knar like about the match day deal …

  • geordietom

    Feb 17, 2019 at 9:58 AM

    Comment #17

    jail …

    i think ASHLEY uses auto cue when giving his so called interviews…

  • bettyswallocks

    Feb 17, 2019 at 9:59 AM

    Comment #18

    Jail………. Agreed, but that’s why I think the lack of any statement may be significant and there are still possibilities of a sale. I think he knows that we won’t believe anything he says now .

  • bettyswallocks

    Feb 17, 2019 at 10:02 AM

    Comment #19

    Jib…….. That sounds very much like what Jane would say!!

  • Jib

    Feb 17, 2019 at 10:09 AM

    Comment #20

    Betty that’s probably cos she and I are reasonable adults
    with a sense of proportion unlike you and Jail
    You just made that stupid comment
    and Jail when I gave him a dig about being a Mackem
    accused me of being a predatory homosexual.
    Apart from their differing views on Rafa
    Jail and Catchy are very similar characters

  • wynsleap

    Feb 17, 2019 at 4:38 PM

    Comment #21

    That list of outgoing players should include Murphy, Diame, Manquillo, Hayden, Atsu and Clark (and Kenedy back to Chelsea)
    We need new blood badly. Striker, two wingers, another right back and a central defensive midfielder

  • neverwin

    Feb 18, 2019 at 12:18 AM

    Comment #22


    Who bought Joselu. Oh yes Benitez

  • neverwin

    Feb 20, 2019 at 2:08 PM

    Comment #23

    For once it would seem that NUFC not at fault, Almiron agent has clearly stated tat Atalanta were the ones making the situation awkward not us.
    Sometimes Ed you have a “subtle” way of bending things to suit.


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