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Rafa’s Future Unlikely To Be Decided Until Late This Season


All bottom three clubs – Huddersfield, Fulham, and Cardiff – lost again over the weekend, and it’s looking like two more wins for Newcastle, and 37 points could be enough to survive this season.

Fulham and Huddersfield look doomed, and Cardiff are 6 points behind us with a much inferior goal difference.

If we can get two more wins and none of the bottom three come to life and start winning games, then we could be safe.

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It’s better to get to 40 points, but with the following six games coming up we have a chance to register some wins.

Sat 09 Mar   Newcastle vs Everton           3:00pm
Sat 16 Mar   Bournemouth vs Newcastle       3:00pm 
Mon 01 Apr   Arsenal vs Newcastle           8:00pm
Sat 06 Apr   Newcastle vs Crystal Palace    3:00pm
Fri 12 Apr   Leicester vs Newcastle         8:00pm 
Sat 20 Apr   Newcastle vs Southampton       5:30pm

With our home form good at the moment maybe we can register home wins against Everton, Crystal Palace, and Southampton – that would do it.

And with a two-week International break coming up in mid-March, it’s unlikely we’ll be safe before probably mid-April – but we will see.

It’s essential to secure safety so that Rafa Benitez can meet with Mike Ashley and Lee Charnley and hopefully thrash out a new deal to stay at Newcastle.

If in November somebody had said there would be no deal signed by Rafa before March we would have been worried.

But Rafa has made it clear he wants to stay at Newcastle but he needs assurances on various areas from Mike Ashley.

Transfer finds need to be made readily available and the transfer process needs to be made more streamlined so deals can be done more quickly.

And Rafa wants investment in the training grounds and also in the Youth Academy.

Hopefully, the powers that be are working on what they can offer Rafa and that can be a starting point when negotiations do begin – probably next month.

We assume that Ashley and Charnley are not just waiting for Newcastle to be safe without doing their homework on what they are willing to offer the manager to stay at Newcastle when negotiations do begin.

It’s vitally important for the club’s future that Rafa remains on Tyneside – long term.

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8 comments so far

  • Jail for Ashley

    Mar 5, 2019 at 9:37 AM

    Comment #1

    The eighth richest club in the PL with a world class manager at the helm and we’re talking about other clubs losing to aid our survival. This is as good as it’s going to get under Mike Ashley folks.

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  • Lee Charnley Bunga Party

    Mar 5, 2019 at 9:38 AM

    Comment #2

    Need a draw or a win against Everton to start us on a run again my only worry is they are going to be full of confidence after that result against Liverpool !

    I think if we could get a minimum of 7 points out of these next 6 games that should be us safe but would like a few more if possible !

    Arsenal are in good form and Palace will be tough going so we will most likely face defeat in those 2 games

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  • RobLeenio

    Mar 5, 2019 at 9:50 AM

    Comment #3

    I’d forgotten about the international break. Joy!
    🙁

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  • RobLeenio

    Mar 5, 2019 at 9:58 AM

    Comment #4

    It’s not difficult to come up with a package that would suit Rafa and make him want to stay, all Ashley has to say is “We’re going to run NUFC sensibly but give you the support you need to make it a success”.

    It’s not too much to ask.

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  • cyprus

    Mar 5, 2019 at 10:08 AM

    Comment #5

    Rob
    You included two words with a million interpretations. ‘Sensibly’, ‘support’. Anyone would agree to that.

    In fact, there’s even a third.

    You in politics ? ?

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  • cyprus

    Mar 5, 2019 at 10:08 AM

    Comment #6

    One of those question marks is a smiley face.

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  • RobLeenio

    Mar 5, 2019 at 10:13 AM

    Comment #7

    cyprus, lol, you’re right – and this kind of detail is exactly what Rafa will want to nail down.

    With most bosses it wouldn’t be an issue, with Ashley however…..

    No, not in politics, I work in sales which requires a similar skill set often 😉

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  • toonincheek

    Mar 5, 2019 at 2:40 PM

    Comment #8

    Ed – EXCELLENT news from your latest tests.

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