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Rafa Refuses To Be Drawn On His Newcastle Future

Rafa Benitez was interviewed on BT Sport after last night’s game at home to Burnley by Jake Humphrey, and he tries to get Rafa to address his long term future and whether he will be staying at Newcastle past June.

Bt Rafa continued to turn the attention back to football and how we did last night (won 2-0!) and the tough game that lies ahead in London against West Ham.

It’s clear that Rafa will not talk to the press about his future, but Newcastle are getting close to survival with 13 points picked up in the previous 6 games.

Rafa thinks 38 points will do it and that’s two wins and a draw so we could be close.

Rafa Benitez on the touchline last night

This is some of what he said to Jake Humphrey following Newcastle’s excellent 2-0 win against Burnley last night:

“Before the game, I said I was focused on the game. After the game, I’m focused on the West Ham game so we have to try and concentrate on that.”

“Obviously, I know this is a situation (my contract) that, in time, we have to manage.

“But the main thing is to ensure if we do something, that we have a project, to show some ambition and we have to show really we want to be a top side.”

“I was talking with Mike Ashley and Lee Charnley so they know what I think so it’s not a question to talk about, ‘We want one player.'”

“We talk about what we have, what we want to do with the academy, training ground and everything so it’s just to ensure that we have a project.”

“We can do it.”

“The little things we can improve a lot and hopefully we can.”

“But at the moment it’s just to enjoy the game and try to prepare the next one which also will be a tough game.”

“38 points, maybe, that is the target.”

“The fans are happy because we won and they all understand why he won’t talk about that.”

“So I think it’s time to talk about football and there will be plenty of time to talk about other things.”

Let’s hope we can keep winning and then once we reach 40 points maybe Rafa will talk again to Ashley about his Newcastle future.

But the lads cannot let up once we are safe – we did that last season and lost four of the final five games.

We have to get as many wins as possible in the 10 games remaining.

We’re sure Rafa will agree with that.


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59 comments so far

  • Tim the toon

    Feb 27, 2019 at 11:07 AM

    Comment #1

    Hard to see how this will not end up in tears. Ash is not going to commit the kind of funding to take the club forward, and Rafa won’t listen to empty promises.

    The worst part is that Arsenal and Chelsea could start coming under threat for a top 6 place, and we are the kind of club that’s been there before, and with the right owners/investment, could give it a real go.

  • DubaiMicky

    Feb 27, 2019 at 11:24 AM

    Comment #2

    I also don’t see how it could possibly take £50m+ for the training ground upgrade, that sounds to me like the contractors are extracting le pis!

  • Bambams

    Feb 27, 2019 at 11:30 AM

    Comment #3


    The reason it’s so expensive for the development is because it also incorporates a mega-sd store

  • c-dog

    Feb 27, 2019 at 11:32 AM

    Comment #4

    I don’t particularly like Sean Custis’ Demeanor but at he least he says it like it is. Newcastle should be the club on challenging that top 6.

  • RobLeenio

    Feb 27, 2019 at 11:41 AM

    Comment #5

    Bambams, sad fact is that we’d all support incorporating a commercial element if:

  • RobLeenio

    Feb 27, 2019 at 11:42 AM

    Comment #6

    Hmmm, try again….


    The thing would actually be built

    and any revenue generated was given back to the club for re-investment.

  • SwissSte

    Feb 27, 2019 at 11:43 AM

    Comment #7

    What a great performance that was last night!
    What were Rafa’s 5 demands again?
    – Training ground upgrade
    – Academy
    – Quicker transfers
    – More funds
    If Ash tries to dress it up as him spending money then we need to demand where the club’s money has gone. We know the £90m loss in the championship season was false, so we need the truth.
    Please don’t let this end in tears in June. I’ll probably cry like i did when Keegan left, I was 11 then!

  • Bambams

    Feb 27, 2019 at 11:44 AM

    Comment #8

    But Rob….

    You know mate !

  • RobLeenio

    Feb 27, 2019 at 12:02 PM

    Comment #9

    Yep, all too well, unfortunately.

    If Rafa’s going to get his way, it’s going to take an almighty shift in behaviour and attitude from Ashley. In short, he’s going to have to trust Rafa over and above his own goons.

    My worry is that you can’t teach an old dog new tricks. While he may change his behaviour in the short term (like he did in Summer 2016), I think he could revert to type quite quickly, leaving Rafa high and dry (like he did in January 2017)

  • RobLeenio

    Feb 27, 2019 at 12:09 PM

    Comment #10

    Or he gets his ar$e in gear and sells the blessed club….

  • geordietom

    Feb 27, 2019 at 12:21 PM

    Comment #11

    rob …

    i am five mins from mickelover mate i should of said as the crow fly’s my bad …

  • Lee Charnley Bunga Party

    Feb 27, 2019 at 12:21 PM

    Comment #12

    All Ashley has to do now is replicate the summer with Mclaren 4 or 5 of the most promising players in europe with an 80 million spend plus money generated from player sales and swaps.

    We have a lot of premiership experience in the team which allows phasing in for players who are younger and from abroad so we should go for quality players from the French , Spanish, Italian and Portugese leagues.

    Sign Rondon Permanently and get another quality striker to go with him
    Get a proper left wing back
    Another speed demon of a winger
    Replacement midfielders
    Then look at loans from the top 6 to supplement the squad if necessary

  • geordietom

    Feb 27, 2019 at 12:24 PM

    Comment #13

    just a thought but i better be careful as i dont want to incur the wrath of THE FROG . seeing as we are nearly safe i wonder if any buyer of wor club has been waiting for us to get safe in the league???. just wondering you never know …

    enter the frog …

  • Diddly

    Feb 27, 2019 at 12:27 PM

    Comment #14

    Glen roeder on talk sport. Sticking up for Ashley. He’s went down in my estimation. Be careful what you wish for blah blah blah. Then says squad needs overhauled. With what brass buttons

  • Lee Charnley Bunga Party

    Feb 27, 2019 at 12:28 PM

    Comment #15


    Actually now that you mentioned it Frog and Catchy have been very quiet on the blog recently……

    Could be that we are now playing some attacking football and scoring goals ~?

  • RobLeenio

    Feb 27, 2019 at 12:29 PM

    Comment #16

    Tom, I wondered that – and then no mention anywhere of Ashley / Charnley / Goons at the match last night plus no footage of them that I remember.

  • Lee Charnley Bunga Party

    Feb 27, 2019 at 12:30 PM

    Comment #17

    Lazaar hamstring injury for Wednesday on his 2nd game!! Bruce reckons he should have rested him before playing him as he hadn’t played in ages !

    Might be a case of we do that with Almiron on Saturday against West Ham don’t want to burn the boy out too quickly so he might get benched to begin with?

  • geordietom

    Feb 27, 2019 at 12:31 PM

    Comment #18


    funny aint it ?…

    catchy only comes on here to slag us off …

    enough said about the Frog …

  • geordietom

    Feb 27, 2019 at 12:33 PM

    Comment #19

    rob …

    i never saw anything of them 2 last night either …

    makes me wonder is all mate …

  • hibbit

    Feb 27, 2019 at 12:35 PM

    Comment #20

    there are buyers out there people with ambition and integrity and the money available
    but there’s a reason no one gets past the due diligence stage ashLIE has the club hog tied and divided into so many divisions there’s no value left in it for any potential buyer to match his asking price

  • geordietom

    Feb 27, 2019 at 12:36 PM

    Comment #21

    got to go out with my loved one catch up later be good …

  • hibbit

    Feb 27, 2019 at 12:39 PM

    Comment #22

    charnley and bishop where at the game

  • Bambams

    Feb 27, 2019 at 12:47 PM

    Comment #23


    I have wondered exactly the same, maybe as soon as we are safe a buyer will come out and let it be known.

    I suppose if Kenyon is still interested it’s to be hoped they have already ironed out a deal once we are safe , rather than coming back to the table when we are safe – you just know Ash will move the posts again.

  • RobLeenio

    Feb 27, 2019 at 12:48 PM

    Comment #24

    cheers hibbit, thanks for setting us right.

  • Mindshaft

    Feb 27, 2019 at 12:52 PM

    Comment #25

    Last six games have showed an amazing turn around , thats actually league title challenging form 😉
    Hopefully Fatty won’t use that to not invest in the summer

    Previous form
    22 PL, 4W, 6D, 12L, 16GF, 33GA, 18PTS

    Current form
    6 PL, 4W, 1D, 1L, 10GF, 1GA, 13PTS

  • RobLeenio

    Feb 27, 2019 at 1:05 PM

    Comment #26

    Some great collated quotes from Atlanta United fans on The Mag about how they’re all now NUFC fans – I think they’ve chosen a good time to get on board, with our recent form.

    It seems churlish not to reciprocate

    Howay the Five Stripes!

    Promise I’m not just glory hunting, honest!

  • martoon

    Feb 27, 2019 at 1:08 PM

    Comment #27

    I think most of us would have been satisfied with 5 points from these 3 games, well, we’ve only played 2 and already got 6. So as far as I’m concerned the West Ham game is bit of ‘a free-hit’ so we may as well give it a right good go and if we get beat we’ve still done OK from these 3 games!

  • Diddly

    Feb 27, 2019 at 1:17 PM

    Comment #28

    Longstaff must get a good pay rise or agent will be looking for a move. Anybody know his contract at the moment how long is it.

  • Our Toon

    Feb 27, 2019 at 1:20 PM

    Comment #30

    It’s been awhile since I last posted on here, over the moon with how we’ve been playing recently. We finally look like a side with identity and dare I say 3 really good CBs, Fernandez has been the best out of the 4 though for me.

    Not had anything to complain about hence the silence, long may it continue aswell viva la rafa….what find longstaff has been aswell, shelvey could learn a thing or 2 from him

  • Jib

    Feb 27, 2019 at 1:21 PM

    Comment #31

    SL has a contract until June 2022
    He has is handled by a very professional agency


    They probably handled his Dad

    He will soon get a renegotiated contract one would think

  • toon22

    Feb 27, 2019 at 1:22 PM

    Comment #32

    So I’m just enjoying the football and waiting to see what happens

    But some people can’t leave it can they

    In my opinion MA will make a colossal arse of it in the summer,it what he usually does
    There’s not much PR about atm due to the improvement in the team

    But they are still here,arnt they

  • Diddly

    Feb 27, 2019 at 1:23 PM

    Comment #33

    Think so jib cheers for that. Would hope so well deserved

  • toon22

    Feb 27, 2019 at 1:24 PM

    Comment #34

    You still bitter at the whole plural of decade ?

  • RobLeenio

    Feb 27, 2019 at 1:29 PM

    Comment #35

    Longstaff’s contract was only just renegotiated around December, he’s gone from £1k per week to £5k I seem to remember. That’s a pretty good wage for a young lad just breaking into the team, but I daresay he’ll be given an even better contract if he continues to improve over the next 6-12 months.

  • RobLeenio

    Feb 27, 2019 at 1:32 PM

    Comment #36

    Our Toon, welcome back. It is nice to be able to come on and just say positive things but somehow the blog is busier when everyone’s miserable.

  • Our Toon

    Feb 27, 2019 at 1:33 PM

    Comment #37

    Lazar has barely played for 2 years, almiron had a month off. The lad wont get burned out or injured as it’s being managed well, away games is where he’ll flourish so he must start at the weekend

  • Jib

    Feb 27, 2019 at 1:34 PM

    Comment #38

    But some people can’t leave it can they

    You’re not wrong there like

  • Diddly

    Feb 27, 2019 at 1:34 PM

    Comment #39

    Cheers Rob we shall see.

  • Our Toon

    Feb 27, 2019 at 1:36 PM

    Comment #40


    Thanks mate, the main problem is still with us but I’ll focus on that idiot when the season is over. Have to say it’s good watching us play at the minute though, say in a pub in London after a work meeting hopeful we would pull out a performance.


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