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Ashley Must Do Everything Possible To Keep Rafa

There was surprising news today in France that Newcastle are interested in current Lyon manager Bruno Genesio and they have been in contact with his agent Pini Zahavi.

But 52-year-old Genesio isn’t that keen to join Newcastle, and Lyon President Jean-Michel Aulas is eager to keep his manager at Lyon.

Ashley wants to sign Rafa to a long term deal otherwise there will a revolt from the Newcastle fan base in the summer.

But the news that Ashley is willing to improve the Youth Academy with some investment for next season and that he has also agreed to bring in another expensive recruit (similar to Miguel Almiron) in the upcoming transfer window is good news.

Mike Ashley – must keep Rafa at Newcastle

Wages have never been a problem with Rafa, but Ashley has nevertheless offered him a wage packet that will see him one of the highest paid managers in the Premier League.

Rafa wants improvements made to the Training Ground at Benton but no news on that yet, and whether Ashley will invest in that immediately.

It’s proper planning to at least understand which managers may be available if Rafa walks in the summer.

But Mike Ashley must keep Rafa on Tyneside – hopefully with at least a five-year new deal this summer.

The consequences of Newcastle United losing Rafa Benitez would be unimaginable.

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63 comments so far

  • Jail for Ashley

    Mar 15, 2019 at 9:43 AM

    Comment #1

    BG: Rafa me auld Dutch plate, just had a phone call of a bloke called Churnley via a speak and spell machine, said Newcastle are interested in bolting carts to horses and winning the CL, would you recommend them?

  • Jail for Ashley

    Mar 15, 2019 at 9:49 AM

    Comment #2

    Rafa was a last throw of the dice, they weren’t interested in Remi Garde, FDR or Tomas Tuchel if that was ever on the cards anyway. Unfortunately we’ll be landed with a guy with no aspirations other than to restore a reputation and pick up a pay check.

  • Jail for Ashley

    Mar 15, 2019 at 9:50 AM

    Comment #3

    David Moyes is hanging around waiting for something.

  • Jib

    Mar 15, 2019 at 9:54 AM

    Comment #4

    I didn’t realise they had considered appointing Roosevelt
    I thought he had died in 1945

  • beermonkey

    Mar 15, 2019 at 9:55 AM

    Comment #5

    it will be pards

  • Jib

    Mar 15, 2019 at 9:56 AM

    Comment #6

    On Ed’s previous
    I wonder which tune Rafa will pick
    when he sings along the dotted line

  • Jib

    Mar 15, 2019 at 9:57 AM

    Comment #7

    A good song to pick (thinking of our front line)
    The Three Caballeros

  • The next Mike Williamson

    Mar 15, 2019 at 9:58 AM

    Comment #8

    I really don’t think Charnley knows any managers that haven’t been in the premierleague so I expect someone familiar unless a huge household name from abroad wants the job. A lot of the foreign managers take time to adapt and I doubt Ashley would want to risk a Remi Garde. They’d rather a Allardyce type than take a risk.

  • Lindisfarne

    Mar 15, 2019 at 9:59 AM

    Comment #9

    It will make a change today to the usual question and answer about Rafas contract situation.

  • DaveD1000

    Mar 15, 2019 at 10:00 AM

    Comment #10

    Won’t get Fooled Again….

  • Jib

    Mar 15, 2019 at 10:01 AM

    Comment #11
  • Geordie-john

    Mar 15, 2019 at 10:06 AM

    Comment #12

    Oh No here we go again ! The rumour mill has started. Lets wait and see. Surely even Fat Lad isn’t that stupid enough to chuck it all away after emptying his piggy bank and buying Miggy.
    Rafa stand your ground . He needs you otherwise it will be back on shit street again for him.

  • Jib

    Mar 15, 2019 at 10:07 AM

    Comment #13
  • Lindisfarne

    Mar 15, 2019 at 10:08 AM

    Comment #14


    I think Dummett is more likely to play the ball up the line quickly and be more defensively sound behind Almiron. Ritchie on the right does what he does and the rest pick themselves. I just hope we do not get over run in midfield, which is a reoccurring weakness.

  • Jib

    Mar 15, 2019 at 10:13 AM

    Comment #15

    The Cherries tend to play 4 – 4 -1 -1 at home
    So your team would ensure fireworks !!!!
    Loads of speed up the left
    I’m not sure Rafa’s ready for pyrotechnics
    until safety is assured

  • Jail for Ashley

    Mar 15, 2019 at 10:16 AM

    Comment #16

    Not a chance, he knows what we think of him and what he’s up against, he couldn’t get out quick enough last time. He can’t spend the season hiding in the dugout.

  • Jail for Ashley

    Mar 15, 2019 at 10:18 AM

    Comment #17

    If you know what formation that Bournemouth play at home, how come you weren’t aware that their top striker has been out for about six weeks?

  • Jib

    Mar 15, 2019 at 10:20 AM

    Comment #18

    Wilson and King’s form started dropping off in December
    into January before his knee injury.

  • Jail for Ashley

    Mar 15, 2019 at 10:23 AM

    Comment #19

    Is that a bit of moonwalking there Jiblets

  • Jail for Ashley

    Mar 15, 2019 at 10:24 AM

    Comment #20

    More to do with the fixture list than a drop of form, and form is based on recent fixtures not three months ago.

  • geordietom

    Mar 15, 2019 at 10:27 AM

    Comment #21

    get six more points on board make us safe. then they can sit down with Rafa sort out what he wants to take wor club forward . get Rafa signed up should be their number one priority …

  • toon22

    Mar 15, 2019 at 10:40 AM

    Comment #22

    This tells you all you need to know about MAs plans for next amd every season

    Mike Ashley engages Pini Zahavi to appoint Rafa Benitez replacement – L’Equipe


    Its rinse and repeat

  • toon22

    Mar 15, 2019 at 10:41 AM

    Comment #23

    Who do you think he will pretend to sell us to next season ?

  • geordietom

    Mar 15, 2019 at 10:43 AM

    Comment #24

    A Chinese Consortium…

  • The next Mike Williamson

    Mar 15, 2019 at 10:49 AM

    Comment #25

    speaking of rinse and repeat, haven’t you already asked that same question 20+ times this week alone? doesn’t your computer detect duplicate comments?

  • geordietom

    Mar 15, 2019 at 11:01 AM

    Comment #26


    looks like it does’nt…

  • clinath@ed

    Mar 15, 2019 at 11:13 AM

    Comment #27

    I think we’ll beat Everton 3-2

  • Ron Knee

    Mar 15, 2019 at 11:14 AM

    Comment #28


    No chance.

  • RobLeenio

    Mar 15, 2019 at 11:17 AM

    Comment #29

    So, in recent weeks we’ve seen the club revamping the coaching structure at the Academy, dropping Beardsley and Dave Watson and promoting Ben Dawson, as well as beginning a formal recruitment process for a number of other coaching and support roles, including a permanent loans officer.

    We’ve also seen the club finally land one of Rafa’s number one transfer choices, even though there was a large risk in recruiting from the MLS.

    I guess the only thing left to reassure Rafa about would be improvements to the club infrastructure – namely the training ground and academy facilities. These are a bit more difficult as, although there have been plans in place for years, they may not have been updated since then and may not anyway fit Rafa’s specification.

    I think there has to be at least the beginnings of a conversation there, however, with a roadmap to be agreed on progress for the future.

    Obviously there’s always the possibility of the club doing a U-turn after Rafa has signed and reverting to type, but I think reaching an agreement of any kind requires faith and trust in equal measure from both parties. I think we’ll see relatively soon if Rafa and Ashley are prepared to place these in each other. I think they will be.

  • Jail for Ashley

    Mar 15, 2019 at 11:20 AM

    Comment #30

    According to google sports Bournemouth line up as a 4-4-2 except against Man City where they went 5-4-1. They must switch to s 4-4-1-1 to confuse the opposition and to compensate for an out of form Callum Wilson who scored a spectacular volley before limping off and then scoring and assisting on his return six weeks later 😮
    Ladies wrestling anyone.

  • Jail for Ashley

    Mar 15, 2019 at 11:20 AM

    Comment #31

    Fingers crossed.

  • Nicky the ball tosser

    Mar 15, 2019 at 11:20 AM

    Comment #32

    Players liked Pardew as I recall. Ashley had near enough the whole lot of them mesmerized; manager, coaches, players. Fans were far from convinced though, and the whole facade came tumbling down after Pardew left. Rafa has rebuilt it, properly, and Ashley is seemingly too much of a dickhead to just let him get on with it and bring happiness and reward to all concerned, including himself. How utterly bizarre.

  • Jib

    Mar 15, 2019 at 11:24 AM

    Comment #33

    Jail in not less than 567 sentences explain why some
    sites call it 4 – 4 – 2 and others 4 – 4 – 1 – 1 including
    an explanation of the difference.

  • Jib

    Mar 15, 2019 at 11:28 AM

    Comment #34

    Tottenham vs Man City in the CL

  • Mister Tuff

    Mar 15, 2019 at 11:31 AM

    Comment #35

    Quel branleur.

  • G

    Mar 15, 2019 at 11:31 AM

    Comment #36

    @33, I’m fairly certain under KK’s first season in the Prem with us we played 4-4-2, with Beardsley preferred behind Andy Cole (in ‘the hole’ as we knew it then). Back then we called it 4-4-2, but in modern terms it would be referred to as 4-4-1-1. The difference between the 2? None at all really, other than a needless extra digit and hyphen.

  • Jail for Ashley

    Mar 15, 2019 at 11:31 AM

    Comment #37

    It would be down as a 4’4-1-1 which they played against Wolves. Simply Google Bournemouth results and it will give you all the formations and line ups. Hopefully you can get that right.

  • Bambams

    Mar 15, 2019 at 11:32 AM

    Comment #38

    Two big ‘IF’S….

    If ….Rafa does not sign a new contract


    If…..Cardiff are relegated

    Neil Warnock will be at the top of Ash managers list.

    I was told this in December.

  • Jib

    Mar 15, 2019 at 11:32 AM

    Comment #39


  • Nicky the ball tosser

    Mar 15, 2019 at 11:37 AM

    Comment #40

    Surely there is a significant difference. 442 is, for example, Perez off Rondon’s shoulder, and 4411 is when he’s in the hole behind working between the lines. One is two central strikers, the other one striker and an attacking central mid.


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