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Report – It’s Almost Certain Rafa Will Sign New Deal To Stay At Newcastle

Luke Edwards in the Telegraph is today reporting that it’s almost certain that Rafa Benitez will stay and sign a new contract to stay onboard as soon as Newcastle are safe in the Premier League.

The report is that behind the scenes Rafa has been kept up to date on the stance to some of his requirements from the hierarchy – code for owner Mike Ashley.

The brief talks that have been going on are said to have been particularly constructive, and it seems that Rafa is happy enough with what’s been offered to him so far in terms of commitments.

And in the last few weeks, we’ve noticed he does seem more positive and relaxed about his Newcastle future.

It looks like it’s thumbs up from Rafa Benitez on Newcastle stay

He seemed very positive at his press conference on Friday afternoon and hardly looked like a manager who would leave the club in a couple of months.

The report in the Telegraph is that things have changed a lot behind the scenes and to the advantage of Rafa and what he wants the club to do for him to stay.

Ashley has agreed to put some significant investment into the Youth Academy and U23 setup so Rafa can produce some players who come through the Academy and into the first team.

That was really a no-brainer for Ashley because it will save the club lots of money in the long term and it’s something a club like Newcastle should be doing.

And it seems that Ashley is willing to spend some money in the transfer window this summer to bring in at least one more top money signing – much like we did in late January with Miguel Almiron – who has added some class and speed to the side.

There have been several reports of late that have looked positive about Rafa’s future at the club.

We hope Newcastle can get a couple of wins on the trot and then the club could announce Rafa is staying – a five-year extension would be good.

A ten-year extension would be better.


But until he signs it’s still an “if” but things seem to be looking more positive.

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62 comments so far

  • Bobbybee

    Apr 1, 2019 at 5:15 PM

    Comment #41

    Ah, Bill and his legendary countdown clock. Good to have ye back matey. 🙂 Right, time to have a shower get myself psyched up for tonight’s game. Come on Newcastle!!! HOWAY THE LADS!!!!! 🙂

  • Lindisfarne

    Apr 1, 2019 at 5:18 PM

    Comment #42

    In his latest reminder to the club hierarchy about where his priorities lay, Benitez told Sky Sports that he doesn’t want to approach next season planning damage limitation missions against the top four. Instead he wants to be given a chance to compete with every team in the top flight.

    “At the same time in this case I am coming from an environment where you used to win titles. What I want is to compete. To have the chance to compete and to be sure that if you play against Arsenal – we’re equal and we can beat you.”

    “Not as I was at the start of the season thinking ‘Maybe’ and ‘If we get one point against Manchester City, Arsenal or Liverpool it will be an achievement’. No, I used to beat these teams so I want to have a team that you can compete and if you manage tactically and do everything right you can win. It is something I would like to do.”

  • Jib

    Apr 1, 2019 at 5:24 PM

    Comment #43

    Amen to that
    That Arsenal game at Xmas 2001
    when OBrien Robert and Shearer
    scored – the win took Uncle Bobby’s
    team to the top of the PL – having those
    days back would be lush.

  • RobLeenio

    Apr 1, 2019 at 5:26 PM

    Comment #44

    ooh, Lindi, that’s a lofty goal isn’t it? I mean, we can compete with them now, once or twice per season. Rafa’s talking about competing with them on a level playing field.

    I can see it happening, but it will either take time or lots of money or both. Will Ashley give Rafa one or other of those? I do hope so.

    Again, though – doesn’t sound like he’s thinking of jacking it in any time soon.

  • Geordie-john

    Apr 1, 2019 at 5:26 PM

    Comment #45

    I hope Rafa is on to a good deal, He deserves it !
    On a lighter note, Nice to see the makems are back to their old ways LOOSING !
    Not a 100% sure what they were wobbling on about getting into Europe when they win the paint trophy but now all they stand to win is a litre of non drip gloss each. And the knobhead clattermoler gets 2 litres for being an even BIGGER DICKHEAD !
    That made my night ! LOL !!!

  • Geordie-john

    Apr 1, 2019 at 5:27 PM

    Comment #46

    Before anyone pulls me on my pronunciation etc I’ve written that so the SMB’s can read it

  • Jib

    Apr 1, 2019 at 5:29 PM

    Comment #47

    Luke Edwards
    Talking about MA and Rafa
    If the two have spent most of the last 18 months dancing around each other like a matador taunting an angry Spanish bull, things have changed. If they are dancing, it is to a soft rock ballad. They have not quite embraced, but eye contact has been made.

  • Lindisfarne

    Apr 1, 2019 at 5:29 PM

    Comment #48



  • Mister Tuff

    Apr 1, 2019 at 5:44 PM

    Comment #50

    Sky News reporting on the match tonight – it would seem from an Arsenal supporting outfit.
    Stating that a win tonight would be their tenth home win in a row – a record also achieved by them 20 years ago. Interview of Unai Emery – but nothing at all from a Toon perspective.
    (Jib Emery is the Arsenal manger).

  • Mister Tuff

    Apr 1, 2019 at 5:45 PM

    Comment #51


  • Lindisfarne

    Apr 1, 2019 at 5:47 PM

    Comment #52

    Of all the left backs I have seen, Diego Laxalt looks to be the real thing.


  • Mister Tuff

    Apr 1, 2019 at 5:47 PM

    Comment #53

    Oh before I forget – Happy Birthday Jib”

    Did you get some new shoes?
    Jib trying on his new shoes :-


  • GS

    Apr 1, 2019 at 5:49 PM

    Comment #54

    Jib #47:

    Luke Edwards has obviously never seen a bullfight. The bull always loses and ends up dead. Rafa’s contract ends soon so he can walk out of the bull-ring unharmed.

  • Mister Tuff

    Apr 1, 2019 at 5:49 PM

    Comment #55

    or better still :-


  • Lindisfarne

    Apr 1, 2019 at 6:01 PM

    Comment #57

    A few weeks ago, Benitez was asked if he enjoyed devising gameplans for matches against opponents with superior individuals to Newcastle.

    His answer was alarming for Toon fans. No he didn’t particularly enjoy it and he would prefer to do battle on a level playing field.

    But the Magpies have improved since then and while they remain a long way off challenging the Premier League elite, on the pitch, Benitez believes his team aren’t far short of breaking into the top eight.


  • Jib

    Apr 1, 2019 at 6:04 PM

    Comment #58

    Keep trying with the link Tuffty
    btw did you have a nice day at Wembley yesterday ?

  • Charlie in the Gallowgate

    Apr 1, 2019 at 6:12 PM

    Comment #59

    Bloody hell the spuds stadium is going to be called the coca cola arena arena

  • Lindisfarne

    Apr 1, 2019 at 6:23 PM

    Comment #60
  • DubaiMicky

    Apr 1, 2019 at 6:30 PM

    Comment #61

    Jib, I was just about to post that, a great ending.

    The following btw.

    If the two have spent most of the last 18 months dancing around each other like a matador taunting an angry Spanish bull, things have changed. If they are dancing, it is to a soft rock ballad. They have not quite embraced, but eye contact has been made and the flames of mutual attraction have sparked.

  • Jib

    Apr 1, 2019 at 7:03 PM

    Comment #62

    Pickford being investigated by Everton after
    footage of him in a scuffle in Sunderland last
    night appeared on social media


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