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Rafa’s New Deal Includes Top Wages – But Clauses To Break His Contract


There’s a report in the Chronicle today from Mark Douglas that Mike Ashley is willing to make Rafa the best-paid manager out of the top six clubs in the Premier League.

Currently, we believe Rafa is on around £6M/year, and it could likely be more than that – but he’s worth every penny he earns at Newcastle.

The contract Rafa signed almost three years ago contained financial penalty clauses if he broke his contract.

And it’s thought to have been one year’s wages – around £6M – if he walked away from Newcastle.

The Chronicle is reporting that to keep Rafa on Tyneside, there wouldn’t be any financial penalty clauses in his new contract.

And there would be break clauses that would allow Rafa to walk away without any financial penalty.

Presumably, that would allow Rafa to walk away if Mike Ashley doesn’t keep his side of the agreements documented in the contract.

Rafa Benitez – will get a top wage to stay as Newcastle manager

It doesn’t appear he has done that over the previous three years with Rafa frustrated at the lack of transfer funds he’s received.

Rafa has never ever broken any contract he has signed in his football career, and we hope that Mike Ashley is more flexible and gives Rafa what he wants to stay at Newcastle.

After all, what the manager wants is to make Newcastle into a top English club with a top team to match.

Why wouldn’t Mike Ashley want the same thing and increase the price he can get for Newcastle United down the road?

And Rafa Benitez knows exactly what he’s doing.

These changes look promising, but as we said, the owner must give Rafa more funds to spend and come up with what he is willing to do on all of Rafa’s specific demands.

Some fans will think it’s dangerous to allow Rafa to walk away from Newcastle without any financial penalty, but it’s a lot better than him not signing a new deal to stay at the club.

And it also seems these contract talks are so crucial that Mike Ashley himself should be part of the discussions with Rafa and Lee Charnley.

They are that important to the future of Newcastle United FC.

What do you think?

Comments welcome.

 


185 comments so far

  • martoon

    Mar 5, 2019 at 4:22 PM

    Comment #1

    I’m pretty sure Rafa’s salary is not the main issue in the negotiations – he’s probably already earned more money than he or his family could spend in a lifetime!

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Mar 5, 2019 at 4:25 PM

    Comment #2

    If you’ve got 30M in the bank and you’re not obsessed by being on the world’s rich list because you’re fat and wear really bad jeans then an extra 2M in wages won’t be worth nearly as much as winning a trophy and getting a statue made for you outside of a famous ground.

    13
  • Lee Charnley Bunga Party

    Mar 5, 2019 at 4:26 PM

    Comment #3

    6 million a year could probably get Ashley the worlds biggest yes man who would accept any conditions without having a clue what to do….. step forward Theresa May the new Newcastle manager!

    14
  • Diddly

    Mar 5, 2019 at 4:35 PM

    Comment #4

    200 mil a year shud do. Then keys can see him buy his own players

    6
  • Lovem or Hatem

    Mar 5, 2019 at 4:43 PM

    Comment #5

    @ Bambams

    Any reply from the text you sent out?

    1
  • Jail for Ashley

    Mar 5, 2019 at 4:47 PM

    Comment #6

    Look how I’ll informed and stupid this daft cnoot is:
    Jeff from Benwell

    Feb 2, 2015 at 10:39 AM

    Comment #61
    Defenders in the Squad
    `Don’t panic` says Mr Jones
    `Don’t panic`
    2 Fabricio Coloccini
    4 Ryan Taylor
    6 Mike Williamson
    19 Massadio Haïdara
    22 Daryl Janmaat
    27 Steven Taylor
    33 Curtis Good
    34 Remie Streete
    36 Paul Dummett Wales
    37 ?ubomír Šatka Slovakia
    39 Shane Ferguson
    42 Kevin Mbabu

    1
  • toon22

    Mar 5, 2019 at 4:47 PM

    Comment #7

    You think we might try and buy Bale ?

    It’s more believable than us being sold

    LoL

    11
  • Jail for Ashley

    Mar 5, 2019 at 4:48 PM

    Comment #8

    Lilongwe Geordie

    Feb 2, 2015 at 10:44 AM

    Comment #66
    Jeff,
    Ferguson isn’t named in the squad, and therefore ineligible, unless he is Santon’s replacement….

    Saylor out until next season.

    Mbabu and Satka zero competitive football at professional league level.

    Streete a handful of games at League 1 level.

    Raylor and Good have continuing fitness issues.

    Dummett currently out injured.

    That leaves four fit and experienced defenders.

    5
  • toon22

    Mar 5, 2019 at 4:48 PM

    Comment #9

    Hiya KBA

    3
  • Jail for Ashley

    Mar 5, 2019 at 4:59 PM

    Comment #10

    toon22,
    He’s been at it for years now, the nasty barsterard just shows what type of person would work for Ashley

    7
  • Jib

    Mar 5, 2019 at 5:01 PM

    Comment #11

    I’m really confused
    Is the strangely obsessive JfA trying to prove I’m this guy Jeff or not ?
    Strange that he goes into this frantic mode when I theorise toon22 is Mr Tuff

    5
  • Jail for Ashley

    Mar 5, 2019 at 5:04 PM

    Comment #12

    Our Toon

    Feb 2, 2015 at 11:37 AM

    Comment #116
    Slank

    “Charnley is by all accounts well respected within the football world” I don’t think anything or anyone will top that ridiculous statement in 2015!!

    This is the guy that called Staveley a “slut” which was in fact the most chilling and outrageous thing in twelve years of blogging I’ve ever witnessed.

    4
  • Jail for Ashley

    Mar 5, 2019 at 5:06 PM

    Comment #13

    Jib,
    I’m just pointing out the hypocrisy of you accusing others of being a multiple when you so obviously posted as Jeff from Benwell

    9
  • Bambams

    Mar 5, 2019 at 5:10 PM

    Comment #14

    Lovem or Hatem

    Still waiting fella…..

    As soon as I get anything I will let you know

    1
  • Munster Mag

    Mar 5, 2019 at 5:10 PM

    Comment #15

    And you dug back to 2015 for that? Have you nothing better to do?

    4
  • Jib

    Mar 5, 2019 at 5:11 PM

    Comment #16

    Someone tell Jail multiples post at the same time
    Whereas Jeff posted 2 years before I knew this blog existed

    4
  • Mister Tuff

    Mar 5, 2019 at 5:17 PM

    Comment #17

    Jibjan – you are obviously confused suggesting I am the frog – I suggested it was you ages ago.

    Right to stop you being confused you and Jane anf Jeff are the same person. Old hands on the blog know it. Trainee Social workers, trainee vicars choose not to believe it despite plenty of evidence.

    So if you are still confused seek help from your GP. And perhaps get advice as suggested by Robhoopcleanio earlier.

    6
  • Lovem or Hatem

    Mar 5, 2019 at 5:22 PM

    Comment #18

    @ Bambams

    Thanks for the reply – hope you hear something soon!

    1
  • nufc 11

    Mar 5, 2019 at 5:23 PM

    Comment #19

    Run Rafa run and dont look back

    0
  • Bambams

    Mar 5, 2019 at 5:29 PM

    Comment #20

    Lovem or Hatem

    Makes two of us mate !

    0
  • Jib

    Mar 5, 2019 at 5:30 PM

    Comment #21

    Yeah Tuff is definitely the ?

    3
  • DaveD1000

    Mar 5, 2019 at 5:30 PM

    Comment #22

    Bambams just admitted to being a multiple……..

    Mar 5, 2019 at 5:29 PM

    Comment #20
    Lovem or Hatem

    Makes two of us mate !

    5
  • Jail for Ashley

    Mar 5, 2019 at 5:35 PM

    Comment #23

    Munster,
    I’ve now realised you are a complete simpleton. You don’t have to go back to ‘year so and so’ you simply Google a phrase you remember and type it in!

    9
  • hibbit

    Mar 5, 2019 at 5:36 PM

    Comment #24

    Bambams careful what you say the Ides of March are fast approaching 😉

    5
  • Jib

    Mar 5, 2019 at 5:43 PM

    Comment #25

    Being called a simpleton by Jail is a badge of honour

    3
  • Bambams

    Mar 5, 2019 at 5:51 PM

    Comment #26

    Just been told no talks ongoing.

    Now it could be this person does not know, Ash could have restricted to just his three amigos and Jib could be onto something.

    But from the person who knocked back my enthusiasm in January, they state no talks.

    But let’s face it, Ash is very secretive so maybe we will hear something soon.

    Fingers crossed

    2
  • Mister Tuff

    Mar 5, 2019 at 5:52 PM

    Comment #27

    Jibjan ” It’s happening I tell ya, it’s happening I tell ya”.

    Robhoopcleanio ” Excellent investigation Jib – world class who is the new owner”.

    Jibjan ” it’s Ken Lin of Newcastle Ventures Limited – why move to Leeds and have Newcastle mentioned”.

    Robhoopcleanio ” Excellent work Jib a quality investigation – I know one when I see one excellent workl.

    ERRRRRR No.

    14
  • Mister Tuff

    Mar 5, 2019 at 5:53 PM

    Comment #28

    Hahahaha.

    3
  • geordietom

    Mar 5, 2019 at 5:57 PM

    Comment #29

    it’s a Chinese Consortium…

    3
  • toon22

    Mar 5, 2019 at 5:58 PM

    Comment #30

    JIB

    Im guessing you have at least 5 accounts on the go

    Hiya KBA

    9
  • DaveD1000

    Mar 5, 2019 at 6:00 PM

    Comment #31

    I gave up on this years takeover and am waiting until I see a pic of the new owner prostrating himself in the centre circle of St James before Rafa who is beaming,giving a thumbs up and has his right foot balanced on a mahoosive bog of cash.

    6
  • DaveD1000

    Mar 5, 2019 at 6:01 PM

    Comment #32

    *bag

    0
  • Oldgit1

    Mar 5, 2019 at 6:01 PM

    Comment #33

    @ Jib. Jail has inferred to me being …………. totally disgusted I reported the comment to Ed. Maybe I should award myself a medal.

    With Jail being so obsessed with you, perhaps it’s time a restraining order is put in place to quell his desires to be you.

    4
  • geordietom

    Mar 5, 2019 at 6:02 PM

    Comment #34

    if folk are going on about multiple accounts ask ED to check up and see if anyone has a few accounts …

    having or involving several parts, elements, or members.
    “multiple occupancy”
    noun

    4
  • geordietom

    Mar 5, 2019 at 6:17 PM

    Comment #35

    We’re not expecting Newcastle fans to get excited about this – the potential sale of the club has been going on for far too long – but this is good news. Waugh is an ultra-reliable journalist and far from Ashley taking the club off the table, it seems like it’s business as usual. The “strong whispers” should give newcastle fans faith that something could still happen in the foreseeable future. It looks like Newcastle will secure their Premier League status this season and once Rafa Benitez does that, the club instantly becomes more attractive to prospective buyers. Newcastle is a huge club and there must be genuine buyers who can see a way of returning the club back to a European force. If they can do that, the £300million asking price would seem like a real bargain.

    3
  • Bambams

    Mar 5, 2019 at 6:25 PM

    Comment #36

    GeordieTom

    I was so confident around Christmas that it took the shine of my Birthday when I was told nowt happening.

    But what I am optimistic for is when we are mathematically safe from relegation. We all know Ash did not want any relegation clause – so hopefully Jib could be onto something and maybe limited talks are happening for when we are safe.

    I have not read what Waugh has said, we all want Ash gone and if it is to happen, it will more likely be once safe.

    Let’s hope so anyway.

    3
  • Jib

    Mar 5, 2019 at 6:25 PM

    Comment #37

    Ed

    I think has enough on his plate

    3
  • ronaldo aarons

    Mar 5, 2019 at 6:32 PM

    Comment #38

    Takeover alert. Reported breakthrough for Kenyon in takeover pursuit of… Bolton!

    1
  • geordietom

    Mar 5, 2019 at 6:34 PM

    Comment #39

    bambams…

    we can all live in hope of getting rid of the Fat One mate …

    but you never know there might be something in it …

    keeping me fingers and toes crossed …

    1
  • ronaldo aarons

    Mar 5, 2019 at 6:35 PM

    Comment #40

    And the guy who was supposedly at the head of the football leaks site exposing corruption and hacking details of big clubs like Man City and PSG and posting claims, plus of European teams plans of a breakaway has been arrested and being extradited to Spain.

    Not nuff related but #nufc, it is now 😉

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