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Benitez In Excellent Negotiating Position With Ashley – Will He Walk Away From Newcastle?

We watched Rafa Benitez come onto the field at the end of the excellent 2-0 win against Burney on Tuesday night as he was applauded by the Newcastle fans.

You can see Rafa is in his element at these times – and he deserves the plaudits after another well-worked win by his players – who followed an expert game plan put in place by the Newcastle manager.

Rafa hasn’t always been held in esteem by fans at some of his former clubs like Inter-Milan, Chelsea and Real Madrid.

But he is at Newcastle and has a free hand in training – he’s in complete control at Benton and he likes that.

Rafa now has all the fans behind him and his players as we try to push up the league table and maybe even manage a top 10 finish after a tough first 10 games of the season when we had 3 points, and no wins.

Rafa Benitez – with the adoring Newcastle fans

The team Rafa has built on Tyneside is without much money.

But he now has some excellent players in his team like Sean Longstaff and Miguel Almiron who can both become top players in football if Rafa is there to guide them.

We also have star players Rafa brought into the club like Martin Dubravka, Fabian Schar, Florian Lejeune, and Salomon Rondon playing some great football and enjoying it too.

The more wins we can get the better chance there is that Rafa will stay at Newcastle.

We start to wonder if Rafa can walk away from what he has already achieved on Tyneside, even though he has had difficulties with a lack of investment from Mike Ashley.

Mike Ashley knows there will be complete uproar at Newcastle if we do lose Rafa this summer – and that’s putting it mildly.

We expect Rafa wants to have a great run-in to the season by winning as many games as possible and then he will continue to take his time on whether to sign a new deal.

In that way, he should be able to squeeze many of his requests out of Mike Ashley that he needs to stay at Newcastle long-term.

Rafa wants to win trophies at Newcastle – precisely what the fans have wanted for the last 50 years since we won the Inter-City Fairs Cup back in May 1969.

It seems that Rafa holds all the cards in his negotiations with the owner.

We hope Ashley will yield to many of Rafa’s requests to stay on Tyneside and then everybody will be happy.

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14 comments so far

  • The next Mike Williamson

    Feb 28, 2019 at 9:41 AM

    Comment #1

    Did Ashley come out and explicitly say the takeover is dead?

  • martoon

    Feb 28, 2019 at 9:47 AM

    Comment #2

    The next Mike Williamson – not that I’ve seen anywhere, I think people are just assuming. Ashley was supposed to be making a statement about the takeover but that never happened either!

  • beermonkey

    Feb 28, 2019 at 9:49 AM

    Comment #3

    Shhh don’t mention the takeover it will turn on the frog bot

  • hibbit

    Feb 28, 2019 at 9:52 AM

    Comment #4

    Ed one or two on here not still not giving Rafa the backing he deserves !!!!

  • magpie6699

    Feb 28, 2019 at 9:54 AM

    Comment #5

    I would have thought that once it’s certain or virtually certain that we are safe from relegation, there is more chance of negotiations of all sorts picking up e.g. takeovers, Rafa’s contract, plans for next transfer window etc.

  • Jib

    Feb 28, 2019 at 9:55 AM

    Comment #6

    The next Mike Williamson
    The story emanates from Newcastle MP
    Chi Onwurah who had a meeting with MA
    last month and said afterwards that she got
    the distinct impression he wasn’t selling.

  • Jib

    Feb 28, 2019 at 9:56 AM

    Comment #7

    However we all know how reliable politicians
    “distinct impression” are.

  • geordietom

    Feb 28, 2019 at 9:58 AM

    Comment #8

    lets not talk politics on here …

  • Jib

    Feb 28, 2019 at 10:02 AM

    Comment #9

    It’s politics related to NUFC –
    so I have a papal dispensation
    from Ed

  • Optimistic Panda

    Feb 28, 2019 at 10:03 AM

    Comment #10


    Are you sure you have a full head of hair?

    You keep mentioning it, is it starting to recede?

    Or is hair loss in men something that gives you a cheap thrill?

    Ps.. in case your wondering I’ve a full head of hair.

  • DaveD1000

    Feb 28, 2019 at 10:03 AM

    Comment #11

    distinct impression = gut feeling

  • Optimistic Panda

    Feb 28, 2019 at 10:04 AM

    Comment #12

    About as reliable as your googling

  • RobLeenio

    Feb 28, 2019 at 10:05 AM

    Comment #13

    Spoof, on Schaer I think earlier in the season and until relatively recently he was lunging into tackles around the box, giving away needless free kicks, which was a distinct negative in his play as it was putting pressure on our defence.

    Last couple of games, he seems to have cut that out and he’s looked far more solid as a result. I agree on his goal vs Cardiff being at least as impressive as his long-range strike. It’s no wonder some on here think he could be converted into a defensive midfielder as he has looked like the complete footballer at times.

    On Perez, he is a definite confidence player. When he’s confident, you can see him looking up as he runs with the ball, when he isn’t he has his head down and runs into blind alleys and misses good passing opportunities. This is when he resembles a rag doll in contact and goes down too easily.

    He’s still relatively young at 25. He’ll probably peak in a couple of years and I hope by that point he’ll have proper consistency over the course of a full season. When he’s in the form he’s been in the last few games, he’s an asset to our team.

  • Moonraker15

    Feb 28, 2019 at 3:56 PM

    Comment #14

    I think Rafa will sign a 1 year extension as I don’t think Ashley can give him guarantees on everything he wants. This way Rafa stays where his heart and soul is and Ashley sells up in the summer! I hope!


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