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Newcastle Hierarchy Want Answer From Rafa Benitez Soon

There’s a report in the Chronicle today that the Newcastle United hierarchy are all ready to offer Rafa a new deal and want to tie him down quickly to more years as the Newcastle manager.

Rafa will be ready to talk once we are safe and he said after the 2-2 draw at Bournemouth yesterday that he thought one more win and 38 points would mean safety for us.

Our next two home games are both against relegation fighting teams – Crystal Palace on 6 April and Southampton two weeks later and to get two wins in those games – and safety – will be the goal.

It will still be some weeks before we are safe with the two-week International break coming up and our next game is at Arsenal on Monday night, 1 April.

Rafa Benitez – after the game yesterday

Mike Ashley wants the certainty that Rafa will be staying at Newcastle and if he cannot get Rafa to stay, it would be a tragedy with the owner the main barrier to Rafa staying.

Newcastle want to tie Rafa down and want an answer soon because otherwise, they will have to search for a new manager this summer.

The offer on the table will make him one of the top six wage-earners in the Premier League management ranks and will also include incentives for doing well in the league.

Work to improve the Academy has already started for next season with three new positions available but the main thing Rafa wants are the assurances he will be given transfer funds this summer and in each transfer window.

Ashley has a habit of not wanting to spend money if the team is doing well.

That’s almost the opposite of Rafa’s instincts as he strives to build a trophy winning team at Newcastle.

We expect Rafa to sign a new deal, but there’s been far too much uncertainty about that with Rafa unwilling to talk about his future to the press.

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8 comments so far

  • DaveD1000

    Mar 17, 2019 at 8:07 AM

    Comment #1

    God Forbid that Rafa makes it hard for the heirarchy

  • Charlie in the Gallowgate

    Mar 17, 2019 at 8:15 AM

    Comment #2

    March 2018
    P 31, W 9, D 8, L 14, GF 31, GA 40, GD -9, Points 35
    March 2019
    P 31, W 9, D 8, L 14, GF 31, GA 40, GD -9, Points 35

    Above Stats quite incredible especially the goals for and against !!!!!

    I know its swings and roundabouts with referee decisions – but we looking through black and white eyes we should have at least another 6pts on bad refereeing decisions

  • Ron Knee

    Mar 17, 2019 at 8:23 AM

    Comment #3

    A good summary:

    Glorious Matt finish denies Dean (nufc.com)

  • Ben Afri

    Mar 17, 2019 at 8:24 AM

    Comment #4

    I was actually talking to my dad yesterday about how easy it would be to keep Rafa at Newcastle. We have a world-class manager who not only wants to be here, but doesn’t need to, and also GETS what this city is about. At no other time in the Ashley era did we have a manager here who’s asked for the training facility and the youth team to be improved. That tells us one thing. The man cares more about how the club is run than how much he is paid (as some have suggested).

    There are many ways to entice Rafa to stay. And only one way to make him leave.

  • Harley

    Mar 17, 2019 at 8:29 AM

    Comment #5

    I’ve most count now how many times I’ve heard Rafa say he won’t discuss contracts until we’re safe in the league.

  • Ben Afri

    Mar 17, 2019 at 8:33 AM

    Comment #6

    I think Rafa keeps saying that he won’t discuss his contract not just because he is systematic and pedantic, but because it will obviously affect his squad and he wants them playing as if there is certainty that he’ll be around next season.

  • lesh

    Mar 17, 2019 at 8:34 AM

    Comment #7

    NY Mag agreed with Carltoon that ‘footy knowledge is not gender specific’

    Mmmm, looking at the three Js’ posts, Jane appears to know more about the game than Jib and Just a Fan – well, he/she/ it posts opinions that appear to be self composed rather than copied from elsewhere!

  • lesh

    Mar 17, 2019 at 8:38 AM

    Comment #8

    Ron Knee

    Glorious Matt finish denies Dean yes, but let’s not put too much of a gloss on it or you’ll end up walking on eggshells (eggshell finish, geddit?).

    Gawd, that fell flat! Good morning all.


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