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Newcastle Star Player Adamant On Rafa’s Future

Maybe the player who has benefited most from Rafa’s three years at Newcastle is captain Jamaal Lascelles.

Jamaal was a young bit player under former manager Steve McClaren when Rafa arrived on Tyneside, but Rafa played him in the first team immediately.

Rafa also became quickly aware of Jamaal’s leadership skills and his love of the club and made him captain when he was just 22 in the following summer of 2016.

Lascelles led the team to promotion from the Championship the next season, and we found out he had been playing with a groin problem since October of that season.

Not surprisingly Jamaal is adamant that for the good of the club – Rafa has to be kept at Newcastle.

Jamaal Lascelles signs a new contract last November – Rafa Benitez looks on

This is what he has said as reported in the Chronicle today:

“We’ll try to do anything we can to seal this manager down to a contract,”

“If it means us getting the job done and getting as safe as possible, then excellent.”

“We’ll just concentrate on our football, and let the rest take care of itself.”

“He has helped me throughout my career. As a footballer, as a captain and as a man, I’ve really matured.”

“He must have seen something in me that he liked.”

“Since I’ve had the armband, he’s looked after me and helped me. He’s guided me in the right direction.”

“I just follow instructions, and my personality and my characteristics do the rest. I thank him for everything I’ve learnt from him.”

“I think last year we made a bit of a mistake when we were safe and took our feet off the gas a little bit, and we lost four out of our five last games.” 

“We need to make sure we’re safe. There’s still a lot to play for, and we’ll try and finish as high as we can.

With Cardiff losing their previous two games Newcastle have an excellent chance tomorrow afternoon to beat Crystal Palace for our 6th home win in a row, and that should be enough to ensure safety.

Then Newcastle will make a big push to sign Rafa to a new contract.

Failure to do so will cause significant disappointment, anger, and confusion among Newcastle fans.

And that’s a huge understatement.

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24 comments so far

  • geordietom

    Apr 5, 2019 at 10:23 AM

    Comment #1

    hopefully we can get the 3 points tomorrow. we should be safe for this season. then Rafa and the Fat One can sit down and get Rafa’s terms sorted out for his new contract . fingers crossed …

  • DubaiMicky

    Apr 5, 2019 at 10:25 AM

    Comment #2

    If I was Rafa I’d rather have a 1 year rolling or a 2 year fixed contract than a 5 or 10 year one, too much can change and we know ashLIE likes his penalty clauses.

  • geordietom

    Apr 5, 2019 at 10:34 AM

    Comment #3


    i think a rolling contract is the best option for Rafa as Ashley likes to bugger thinks up as we all know…

    anyway i think we shall find out soon enough …

  • DaveD1000

    Apr 5, 2019 at 10:34 AM

    Comment #4

    Yup anything longer than 2 could be hard to get out of, 2 years would keep pressure on Ashley

  • runheed

    Apr 5, 2019 at 10:55 AM

    Comment #5

    Friends. If you are looking for some sort of non retail based rationality, then you may be shouting down a mineshaft. Ashley has a piggy bank for a head. According to research into the neuropsychology of business , no non-money based pre-frontal cortical neuro-processing will be occurring. Limbic numismatic processing might be a possibility. However, any third rate business mind would see, Nufc with Rafa is more bankable than any untried alternative. He is a total buffoon and I have decided to call him Clinker…

  • Moonraker15

    Apr 5, 2019 at 10:55 AM

    Comment #6

    If we’d had a decent owner over the last 10 years we could’ve been established in the top 6 (as we used to be to any cynics). Instead we have an owner that is only interested in one thing and has zero ambition for success!
    I hope he realises that if Rafa walks we will sink like a stone with this squad ! If the Arsenal game wasn’t a wake up call then I don’t know what it takes!
    He doesn’t realise what he owns at Newcastle! Every expert knows we are the biggest sleeping giant probably in world football and next season we will be overtaken by Leeds, as Wolves have in 2 seasons!
    It’s a football travesty of huge proportions!

  • Rotonda heights

    Apr 5, 2019 at 11:02 AM

    Comment #7


    why do you have to make everything so simplistic.
    – – – –

    Seriously though, if you are Rafa and you know the animal that Ashley is, ie a serial liar who doesn’t get football, do you sign your remaining years away. It’s not like Rafa needs the money.

  • Moonraker15

    Apr 5, 2019 at 11:03 AM

    Comment #8

    The frustrating thing is we get reports that the relationship is improving, only for it to be refuted like today. Season after season it goes on and on. If Rafa walks that’s me finished with them. Life’s too short to keep chasing a lost dream!

  • Rotonda heights

    Apr 5, 2019 at 11:25 AM

    Comment #9


    Rafa is the only one who has shown any integrity at SJP since SBR. If Rafa does go and who could blame him, then the endless cycle of Ash shifting the club’s money elsewhere continues unabated, but this time with a second class z list manager again. Ash has been proved to be a liar in court and yet is still here smirking away.

    It’s easy to say I’m done with the cub but after 50 years support, through mainly thin, Rafa going could finally, finally make me think why bother any more. If Rafa can’t change the fat man, who could?

  • Lindisfarne

    Apr 5, 2019 at 11:26 AM

    Comment #10

    A lot of unrealistic expectations on here.
    #tongueincheek LOL

  • DubaiMicky

    Apr 5, 2019 at 11:31 AM

    Comment #11

    I do wonder why, and this is controversial, as Rafa will know and be known by many, many prospective buyers, he hasn’t got one of them to bid for the club?

    Does he know something that we don’t re the club? Who knows?

    Or am i just a tin hat wearing conspiracy theorist?

  • Ron Knee

    Apr 5, 2019 at 11:32 AM

    Comment #12

    “Rafa is the only one who has shown any integrity at SJP since SBR.”

    You need to add Chris Hughton.

  • runheed

    Apr 5, 2019 at 11:33 AM

    Comment #13

    Rotunda, that’s the interesting conundrum. Can Rafa see a way ahead through Clinker’s parsimony? No doubt we’ll see shortly. Rafa, no doubt, can see the potential, but Ashley is raking in oodles of cash for no major outlay he won’t want to change anything… you know the capitalist mantra… minimise cost, maximise income. I agree with moonraker, if Rafa walks…

  • Rotonda heights

    Apr 5, 2019 at 11:35 AM

    Comment #14

    Ron knee

    Yes forgot him, but with the best will in the world CH is not on the same level of SBR, KK or Rafa who are all totally unforgettable.

  • Ron Knee

    Apr 5, 2019 at 11:37 AM

    Comment #15


    Yes, but in terms of integrity.

  • Rotonda heights

    Apr 5, 2019 at 11:38 AM

    Comment #16

    Ron Knee

    Yes no argument there.

  • Rotonda heights

    Apr 5, 2019 at 11:45 AM

    Comment #17


    I guess the only clutching at straws I can think of is that Rafa had to deal with similar owners at Valencia with the famous ” I wanted a sofa, they bought me a table lamp” quote. Ironically where Ash is concerned Rafa has never really needed or wanted mega money for players.

    There doesn’t seem to be anything in place whereby the owner is morally or otherwise obliged to allocate a certain amount of funds to team building as long as wages are covered. Oh for 51% fan ownership.

  • runheed

    Apr 5, 2019 at 11:53 AM

    Comment #18

    …or 100%

  • lesh

    Apr 5, 2019 at 11:54 AM

    Comment #19

    If the Chron and others have got it right about what Ashley’s offering and his requirements such as power of veto over signings, control anf sign off for transfers plus his in distance (through Rutherford) that the training facility’s adequate, then I believe it’s goodbye to Rafa.

    Setting the terms for negotiations through the media suggests that any dialogue between Ashley and Rafa is not a clever move and both parties are guilty of failing in trying to establish a rapport. Yes, Rafa reports to Charnley but we all know that Charnley is nothing more than Ashley’s mouthpiece and in that case, dealing with Charnley does nothing other than build in delay and ineffective communication. Ashley must take responsibility for that and such a situation is indicative of his hands on, controlling style which seems such that it flies in the face of recognised good management practice.

    Rafa’ll do what Ashley’s wanted and avoid relegation and will therefore be dispensable. Rafa’ll likely be away when his contract ends and he’ll be replaced by someone who’ll want to bring in his/ her own players leading to turmoil and upheaval during a period when the club’s supposed to be marketing itself in China. Brilliant planning from Ashley? Nope; proof that Ashley has no desire for success, no ambition other than avoid relegation – yet again.

    My reasoning may be flawed yet I hope, like us all that Ashley makes a real effort to accommodate Rafa’s requirements and that Rafa may temper his. It all depends on communication, the pair of them working together towards shared aims.

    We can but hope that Ashley either sees sense and talks with Rafa or appoints a chief exec who’s football savvy and has control over all aspects of the club.

  • lesh

    Apr 5, 2019 at 12:00 PM

    Comment #20

    @19 para one

    …his *insistance* (through Rutherford) that the training facility’s adequate, then I believe it’s goodbye to Rafa.

  • beermonkey

    Apr 5, 2019 at 12:10 PM

    Comment #21

    afternoon lesh

    how is it over in wrinkly ville

  • hibbit

    Apr 5, 2019 at 12:34 PM

    Comment #22

    i think the only way Rafa is here for the long haul is if we get a new owners that want him to stay,

    if ashLIE wanted Rafa to stay a deal would have been sorted long ago, i’m pretty sure the club know exactly what it will take to get Rafa to sign and they are not prepared to match his conditions or ambitions, i believe Rafa will leave at the end of his contract

  • lochinvar

    Apr 5, 2019 at 12:43 PM

    Comment #23

    If we beat Palace 7-0 and Bournemouth also loose without scoring then we’ll go 11th in the table.

    Why not, the sun is shining

  • Tsunki

    Apr 5, 2019 at 12:44 PM

    Comment #24

    We will find out on SSN like everyone else.

    Until then… Much better winbar performance this time, well done people! The last one demoralised the team and caused us to lose. FACT!


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