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Report – What Ashley Will Offer Rafa To Stay At Newcastle

There’s a report in the Mirror today about what Mike Ashley is willing to offer Rafa Benitez to have the manager stay long-term at Newcastle.

As we all know Rafa’s three-year deal ends in the summer and he could still walk away to pastures new at that time.

The report is that if Rafa will sign a new deal the owner is willing to bring in another Miguel Almiron type signing this summer.

Ashley, late in the January transfer window, finally agreed to the signing of Miguel Almiron after Rafa had been after the MLS player for 18 months.

Almiron arrived at the club on January 31st, and he has been an instant success.

Rafa Benitez – will get transfer money this summer

Ashley is reported to agree with Rafa that the Newcastle squad needs to be strengthened this summer with Rafa wanting five new players brought in.

If Rafa signs a new deal, he doesn’t want to be fighting relegation for the third season running.

It’s hardly surprising that clubs in Europe are interested in the Benitez situation and he could already have had some offers from abroad.

An inside source at Newcastle has told the Mirror that Ashley is willing to give Rafa some transfer funds to spend this summer:

“Mike is prepared to break the club’s transfer record again if Rafa is prepared to commit his own future to Newcastle.”

“He feels that regarding the manager’s contract the ball is now in Rafa’s court. Despite Mike actively looking to sell he has still funded the move for Miguel Almiron.”

“And with it looking increasingly likely that there will be no progress in that direction he is prepared to back Rafa again for new players.

“But that is dependent on Rafa putting pen to paper.”

Rafa has been frustrated by Mike Ashley because of his lack of ambition for Newcastle and his unwillingness to spend sufficient money to adequately strengthen the squad since we were promoted in 2017.

The manager wants to win trophies at Newcastle, but you wonder if that’s possible with Ashley as the owner.

Any talks on Rafa’s future will be held in abeyance until Newcastle are safe n the Premier League, and it looks like we need at least two more wins to be safe.

So there’s nothing much new in this report.

As we know, Rafa also wants investments in the training grounds and the Youth Academy.

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  • Charlie in the Gallowgate

    Mar 10, 2019 at 7:58 AM

    Comment #1

    Hell of an afternoon from the depths of despair to high as a kite in 90 minutes.
    Just after half time all the results were going against us – back in the relegation mire then whoomf.

    First half thought we were second best all over the pitch – even first to every ball pressed us up the pitch which made us resort to backpacking to Dubravka – some put him under a lot of pressure and a lot of hopeful long balls out of defence. We also made to many mistakes i.e. Ritchie’s clearance for first goal and to many passes going astray. Yet at the same time created a couple of chances with Almiron being the outstanding player.
    After the penalty fiasco and their second goal we forgot about playing football and berating the useless referee Mason.
    Second half game changed pressed Everton back missed a gilt edge chance and from then on Everton wilted.
    Merit marks
    Dubravka 7 – For all of Everton pressure first half had nothing much to do except field back passes – might of done better second goal
    Yedlin 6 – thought he was poor defending – gives the attacker far to much space to work in – but does not get much cover tho – I would say Manquilla is the better defender but Yedlin gives ud so much more going forward
    LeJuene 8 – Pick of our defenders – reads the danger situations well and didn’t waste a ball.
    Lascalles 7 – Seemed to be struggling first half – could of been the knee injury – got carried away in the Mason refereeing decisions and lucky with a stupid tackle on the byeline.
    Schar 7 – Not at his best defending looked slow and to many of his long passes went astray when he did have the ball (wish the crowd would stop shouting Shoot when he has the ball – gone to his head yesterday)
    Ritchie 8 – Apart from his ball out of defence which led to their first goal had a good game and passed to Almiron for a change. up and down the left side all game must of covered miles.
    Hayden 8.5 – Diame without the free kicks – Another excellent game in the centre of midfield – broke up countless Everton attacks tended to play the easy pass first half backwards sideways first half but second half went forward.
    Ki 7 – never stopped always in space good on the ball but got lost in the first half mess of a game – better second half but tired before being subbed
    Perez 9 – My man of the match – got pelters on here first half – unjustified – never stopped involved in everything first half could of scored but from a good save from Pickford. second half ran Everton defence ragged scored two and linked up brilliantly for Rondon’s Goal. Great awareness for his two ‘Goal poacher’ goals even if the second was off-side
    Almiron 8 – thought he had good game – stand out player first half with his speed and runs down the left ran out of puff a bit second half yet hit a swerving screamer that led to Perez’s first. great outlet when we are under pressure with his speed. Be on the score sheet soon.
    Had his fan club in the Bridge before the game – Four Americans were in the pub with lasses with their new bobble hats and scarfs fellas with their baseball caps.
    Rondon 8 – Another old fashioned centre forwards game, got kicked/fouled all afternoon, got up and got on with it – held the ball up well showed some nimble touches on the ball – deserved his goal.

    Dummett 7 – did well when he came on – great last ditch tackle early on and pulled a great save out of Pickford.
    Shelvey 6 – slotted in straight away had a good game –
    Kenedy 4 – Got a first touch like a mule – spark just not there from last season

    Referee 10 – for not sending Pickford off – our match winner and not chalking off our third goal – nah 1 merit mark absolute useless display for both sides let fouls go. Give fouls when not fouls booked players for least bit thing Schar and Shelvey instead of having a word in their ea.

    Rafa 8 – Cannot complain with his starting side – maybe game plan did not go well first half slow out of our blocks Half time talk to stay calm and if we get a chance they might crumble was right.
    Second half bringing Dummett on and going to a back four worked a treat
    Kenedy substitution – might of tried Muto if on the bench

  • Ben Afri

    Mar 10, 2019 at 8:01 AM

    Comment #2

    Here we go again 🙁
    I’ve learned not to look the future with Ashley as our owner. I only live in the present. It’s the only thing I’m sure of

  • Jib

    Mar 10, 2019 at 8:05 AM

    Comment #3

    Everton FC have led 2 – 0 at half-time 393 times in their history (all competitions, all venues) They had only lost only 1 of them until yesterday !
    W365 D27 L1 – The one defeat was at home to Sheff Utd in April 1975 (2-0: 2-3)

  • DubaiMicky

    Mar 10, 2019 at 8:21 AM

    Comment #4

    Jib, re your pic, the dad in green carrying his kid in orange – brilliant.


  • Munster Mag

    Mar 10, 2019 at 8:46 AM

    Comment #5

    Mickey if that kid doesn’t become a lifelong toon fan I’m santa claus 🙂


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