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Report – Rafa Makes It Clear He Wants To Stay At Newcastle

If Newcastle can get another couple of wins under our belt we will be safe in the Premier League for this season.

And that’s the second season running in the top league in world football that we have been fighting against relegation.

There’s news in the Chronicle that Rafa wants to stay at Newcastle and that when the talks start up again on his contract he wants to make some kind of deal to stay.

According to the report that’s his main priority and he would like to get a deal agreed quickly so he can start preparing for the summer – which will be a big one for Newcastle United if he does agree to stay on Tyneside.

It will also be an exciting summer for Newcastle fans once we have celebrated the fact that Rafa will be staying at Newcastle.

Rafa Benitez – clear he would like to stay at Newcastle

But then there’s Mike Ashley and we just hope the owner will do everything he can to keep Rafa on board.

He’s the wild card in all of this, with Rafa repeatedly saying he likes it at Newcastle.

Surely Ashley cannot mess this one up?

The manager seems to enjoy being left to coach the team and prepare for each game.

And that’s one positive thing about Mike Ashley i- he lets Rafa do his job.

And Rafa knows he has the full support of Newcastle fans and the City of Newcastle.

The big negative with the owner is that he doesn’t give Rafa the money that’s available to bring in good players to the club.

There’s recent news linking Rafa with the vacant Celtic job – and he would have a chance to build a team north of the border that could perhaps compete in Europe?

But Celtic just don’t have the money that top English club have, and Rafa has said many times he is very happy to coach in the Premier League,

Rafa wants certain things agreed with Ashley before he signs, but he seems willing to bring in younger players to develop them, as long as there’s enough experience in the side.

Last summer he was successful in bringing in experienced players like Federico Fernandez, Fabian Schar, Ki, and Salomon Rondon and they have made a difference in the side.

Rondon is on loan but the other three players cost a total of £9M – great value for the club.

Mike Ashley is willing to make Rafa one of the highest paid managers in the Premier League but wages have never been a problem for the Spanish manager.

Rafa is ambitious and wants to build Newcastle United in his own image and start to get back to winning trophies again – which he has done at Valencia, Liverpool, Chelsea, and Napoli.

Mr. Benitez can do that if Mike Ashley keeps out of his way and supports him financially with funds we know are available.

Newcastle could have a good end to the season both on the field and with Rafa agreeing to stay on board.

That would be tremendous.

Comments welcome.

20 comments so far

  • RobLeenio

    Mar 28, 2019 at 9:38 AM

    Comment #1

    Rafa is a sensible manager. As all sensible managers know, a good team needs a mix of experience and youth.

    Ashley is a berk of an owner. As all berks of an owner know, there is money to be made in buying kids and selling them on for profit.

    Rafa needs to have Ashley’s support, but does Ashley need Rafa? This is the big question right now, if he signs then we’ll have our answer.

  • Lee Charnley Bunga Party

    Mar 28, 2019 at 9:40 AM

    Comment #2

    Our best season under Ashley’s reign was the season we finished 5th we got the majority of our business done early that summer come on give Rafa a fighting chance imagine seeing our team starting a season the way we are playing just now?! Could shock a few of the big teams early doors!

  • wartongeordie

    Mar 28, 2019 at 9:55 AM

    Comment #3

    S ly
    H orrible
    L ying
    E vil
    Y ellow belly
    Couldnt think of any better y’s sorry, leave our glorious club or give Rafa some time and money, buy more tat shops, disappear and be the best sleeping owner we have ever had, HTL

  • Jib

    Mar 28, 2019 at 10:07 AM

    Comment #4

    Ole Gunnar Solskjaer confirmed as Man Yoo boss

  • RobLeenio

    Mar 28, 2019 at 10:11 AM

    Comment #5

    Jib, was just going to post that.

    I give him till Christmas


  • Mindshaft

    Mar 28, 2019 at 10:40 AM

    Comment #6

    yup – wheels are off the Solskjaer bus already, on it’s way to crashing into the barriers

  • lesh

    Mar 28, 2019 at 12:12 PM

    Comment #7

    Lee Charnley Bunga Party

    Ashley won’t do early transfers…… Cash flow, liquidity and let’s not forget greed. Oh, and the excuse that Rafa wouldn’t agree to Ashley’s terms and left!

  • lesh

    Mar 28, 2019 at 12:20 PM

    Comment #8


    Yes, Rafa is ambitious and wants to build Newcastle United in his own image and start to get back to winning trophies again – which he has done at Valencia, Liverpool, Chelsea, and Napoli.

    However, Ashley doesn’t do ambition if it means spending money on players that don’t match his model. He’ll agree to take a chance on under 26s but won’t go with older players who probably provide more in terms of the experience that brings pints – Murphy and Rondon being perfect examples.

    As far as the Rafa/ Celtic rumours, don’t discount ’em Celtic are pretty well assured of Champions League football and that brings big money which the Celtic board’ll probably back Rafa with. And, Celtic’s on the same side of the religious divide as Liverpool..

  • The next Mike Williamson

    Mar 28, 2019 at 12:25 PM

    Comment #9

    It seems harsh going after footballers for not paying their taxes. Everybody knows that these days only the poor pay their taxes. Soon it will just be the poor and footballers who pay.

  • The next Mike Williamson

    Mar 28, 2019 at 12:39 PM

    Comment #10

    I’ve said this before, but I wouldn’t buy either of those players from Serie A. The league is the polar opposite of ours which is why barely any players have made the change successfully this century, and many have been very expensive flops.

  • martoon

    Mar 28, 2019 at 12:41 PM

    Comment #11

    Jeez it’s quiet on here – come on there’s only about 103 hours to kick off 😉

  • martoon

    Mar 28, 2019 at 12:57 PM

    Comment #12

    On topic – the story comes from Lee Ryder who although not the greatest journalist does tend to know what’s going on in the club. However I found the following a bit disappointing:

    “Despite having a good chance to talk about his future Benitez and the club have not discussed his contract over the international break”

    I would have thought the perfect opportunity!

  • Nostradamus the Geordie

    Mar 28, 2019 at 12:58 PM

    Comment #13

    I do like the South American scouting, we have had some good luck on that count.
    Would be great to get another Tino type player, quick, tricky with that South American flair.

  • barkel

    Mar 28, 2019 at 1:02 PM

    Comment #14

    If it’s Tino you’re after I’d sign up Ballotelli .. a lunatic but brilliant when he wants to be

  • Lee Charnley Bunga Party

    Mar 28, 2019 at 1:02 PM

    Comment #15

    Is it not work permits that are the barrier when trying to sign young south americans? Like if they don’t have enough International caps or game time it can get turned down ?

  • barkel

    Mar 28, 2019 at 1:09 PM

    Comment #16


    Yea I think that is the case for most players that don’t have citizenship from an EU state. South Americans have a history with Spain, Portugal and Italy it’s why they can usually go to one of those countries far easier than the UK.

  • Lindisfarne

    Mar 28, 2019 at 1:10 PM

    Comment #17

    Newcastle: Miguel Almirón
    “Wor Miggy”has breathed new life into Rafael Benítez’s side in their quest, so far seemingly successful, to escape a relegation skirmish. Unless you have seen the £20m Paraguay playmaker – signed from Atlanta in January – live, it is hard to appreciate just how devastating Almirón’s change of pace is. His speed with the ball at his feet is breathtaking and he is extremely sharp, mentally and technically. Almirón fazes opponents by drifting between the lines and inspires teammates to raise the collective bar.
    Louise Taylor

  • Lindisfarne

    Mar 28, 2019 at 1:12 PM

    Comment #18

    Huddersfield: Karlan Grant, 3 goals in 6 matches. Could be a double deal with Mooy?!

  • Moonraker15

    Mar 28, 2019 at 2:29 PM

    Comment #19

    Aaron Mooy! Too slow we need pace t keep up with Miggy. There ain’t a better centre forward than Rondon in the prem, not the type he is ie a big front man!

  • Moonraker15

    Mar 28, 2019 at 2:30 PM

    Comment #20

    Chez Evans is worth a look


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