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Rafa Glum After Losing Again – We’re Not Close In The Negotiations

The local journalists asked Rafa Benitez about his contract negotiations after losing to Crystal Palace 1-0 at home and Rafa did little to lift the mood.

He told the reporters that he and Newcastle were not close in the negotiations.

We are also not safe yet in the Premier League so we’ll have to wait until Friday night to play an in-form Leicester City side away.

Rafa Benitez on the touchline today

Rafa was not in the best of spirits after the defeat today, and this is what he said to Sky Sports:

“There’s been negotiations.” “We are not that close.”

“Today was more a game of football that we knew was an important game and we were doing a lot of good things.”

“But my disappointment is because what happened today.”

“We knew that could happen and we were talking about that, how to prevent these things, and we didn’t do it at the end.”

“We have to keep thinking in the same way.”

“The next game is another final, we have to try to get three points and that’s it.”

“The problem is I have said that so many times and so many months ago.”

“Until the end, you have to keep going.”

That doesn’t sound too good coming from Rafa.

We are still not safe in the league – maybe we can beat Leicester City on Friday night – but that’s a big ask.

A draw would be a decent result.

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20 comments so far

  • beefman13

    Apr 6, 2019 at 10:46 PM

    Comment #1

    Yedlin, naive as usual, daft yank.

  • Shot Bru

    Apr 6, 2019 at 10:47 PM

    Comment #2

    No surprises there’s been no movement in negotiations Personally I don’t think Cashley has had any intent on renewing Rafa’s contract.

    Rafa earns too much money, is too popular amongst the fans, and rocks the boat too much for Ashley’s liking.

    Rafa’s contract will be allowed to run down in the summer and he’ll quietly drift off to Monaco in the summer

  • carltoon

    Apr 6, 2019 at 11:33 PM

    Comment #3

    After all the optimism early I’m beginning to worry that Raffa won’t sign.

  • Nicky the ball tosser

    Apr 7, 2019 at 12:24 AM

    Comment #4

    We’re safe simply because Cardiff have too much to do, and we aren’t a bad side. Certainly should have won today, but that’s football. We quite obviously though do need a commitment for an injection of quality in the final third though, as well as on going investment in infrastructure if Rafa is to sign. Depth and quality and the infrastructure to maintain it.

  • lesh

    Apr 7, 2019 at 2:23 AM

    Comment #5

    Shot Bru

    I’m with you all the way and it’s a shame that the word ‘negotiating’ comes into it. Had Rafa used the word ‘talking’, implying working together, rather than ‘negotiating’, which in itself implies differences between him and Ashley, I’d have felt more comfortable.

    I think that Ashley may have become pi$$ed off with Rafa in the course of the failed Stavely bid over which Rafa seemed keen and since then, it’s been a period of attrition while Rafa’s contract ran down.

    Such is life with Ashley controlling things.

  • ilovetoon8788

    Apr 7, 2019 at 2:54 AM

    Comment #6

    Only positive this season is there are 3 worse sides than us.

    Hopefully rafa leaves, as I believe there are much better managers out there who are not that famous only.

    Someone like nuno espirito or wagner.

  • Nostradamus the Geordie

    Apr 7, 2019 at 3:13 AM

    Comment #7

    Don’t know if this is bothering the players not knowing is Rafa is staying or going, but if it is then we could get screwed. I hope not but we seem to be on implosion mode right now.

  • DubaiMicky

    Apr 7, 2019 at 5:27 AM

    Comment #8

    Well I’m rather pleased I turned the blog off after last night’s debacle.

    Ah well, onward and upward lads, keep the True Faith.

  • MidlandsMag

    Apr 7, 2019 at 6:36 AM

    Comment #9


    Onwards – yes. Upwards – debatable.

  • jazzyp

    Apr 7, 2019 at 6:39 AM

    Comment #10


    Really…You can find a positive from yet another disastrous season.If Southampton and Brighton win there games in hand we drop to a place above Relegation.Cardiff win there game in hand then there is only 4 points in it with 5 games left.The football at times has been shocking and we are where we are because we deserve to be at the bottom.
    Rafa has produced miracles with what he has to work with,But even the most hard core fan surely must admit that Ashley would have had Rafa tied to a new contract by now

  • Lee Dodd

    Apr 7, 2019 at 8:05 AM

    Comment #11

    Yesterday was a bloody disaster 3 points lost and an important player gets a seriouse injury. I think Rafa will just try and quietly walk now as he knows it will be a fight with Ashley all the way even if he says he will do what Rafa wants he will just back track and lie we all know the way it will be with Ashly Liar Liar Liar …

  • hibbit

    Apr 7, 2019 at 8:21 AM

    Comment #12

    its time the whole blog rounded on that mackem twat ilovetoon8788 he’s taking the piss out of the blog,Ed, the club, and most of all us lot on here
    time ban the twat asap

  • one fine day

    Apr 7, 2019 at 8:51 AM

    Comment #13

    Well said
    Massive twat and has been for years .
    Often have seen “lol” from him after we concede and his 1.4 predictions are well know every f@cking game
    It’s why I avoid this place match days
    Catchy annoys but at least presents some relevant arguments points of view etc .
    Love to even know what the significance of ” 87/88 ” is too .
    IQ perhaps

  • cornishman

    Apr 7, 2019 at 8:55 AM

    Comment #14

    One naïve challenge and missed chances cost us. Its an all too familiar tale of the season, jeez it ain,t easy supporting the Toon

  • Tsunki

    Apr 7, 2019 at 9:01 AM

    Comment #15

    Ed blog is showing fatigue these days, it’s boiled down to match day winding up and doom mongers almost equalling the decent posters for comment – this blog until recently had many diverse posts but the pests – like Cockroaches after a nuclear winter – are becoming the dominant species. Players written off. Losses celebrated. Calls for a top class Manager to be replaced by another yes-man lower league trudger or pie in the sky appointment. And overall very boring, interspersed with observations over Ashley’s non-nufc business dealings and sly promotion of his tactics.


  • Tsunki

    Apr 7, 2019 at 9:02 AM

    Comment #16

    For a fact ilovetoon88 has never been to a match. He’d have been beaten like a cheap steak years ago as soon as he opened his mouth to cheer a goal against us.

  • martoon

    Apr 7, 2019 at 9:03 AM

    Comment #17

    The crazy thing is we actually played some nice football and put together some nice moves. I’ve seen us play a lot worse and scrape a win!

  • Tsunki

    Apr 7, 2019 at 9:03 AM

    Comment #18

    I’ll put £5 in to buy a ticket for him….. 😉

  • Paully

    Apr 7, 2019 at 9:07 AM

    Comment #19

    Ihatetoon is Welshy

  • Bambams

    Apr 7, 2019 at 9:23 AM

    Comment #20

    Everyone is entitled to have an opinion on here, its Ed’s blog.

    But I do not see how anyone, who obviously does not support our club and only comes on here to try and wind up real fans, must have absolutely nothing better to do with their lives.

    Really sad to be honest. There is a whole big world out there.



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