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Rafa Benitez Reacts To Use Of “Positive” Conversations With Newcastle

Rafa Benitez is in the last couple of months of his contract at Newcastle and it didn’t help that we dropped to 15th place with an unexpected, unwanted and even underserved 1-0 home defeat to Crystal Palace.

But that’s what happened – I know becasue I’ve watched a replay of the game since Saturday.

And after the game, Rafa was more blunt than during his previous press conference on Friday.

He seemed even a little upbeat about the negotiations which have started again on his potential new contract.

The expectation was that we could be very close to safety if we had beaten Palace on Saturday – but we didn’t.

Rafa Benitez – what “positive” conversations?

Rafa was asked by Sky Sports after the game on Saturday about the “positive conversations” on his potential new contract.

Rafa was curt in his initial response and seemed to object to the word positive:

“I said there were conversations – that’s it.”

“Normally, when you have to negotiate, you have to talk, and then have to see whether we are close or not.”

“At the moment, we’re not too close.”

And last week he indicated that he was waiting for an answer from the club so the ball was in their court – make that Mike Ashley’s court.

This is what Rafa had said on Friday:

“I will not give more details. We were talking. I was talking with (Managing Director) Lee Charnley – we were talking – and now we’re waiting.”

“They were coming with something, we are coming with something. That’s it.”

“The ball is in their court. It was Lee Charnley, with my people.

“I will not talk too much about that. You have the clarification. The ball is in their court.”

“I have no idea (what the outcome will be). The ball is there. Over there.”

“I will not give details about the conversation we had. It took place some days ago. The only conversation I have is with Newcastle.”

It’s hardly a surprise that the main stumbling block is how much Mike Ashley will give Rafa in transfer funds in upcoming transfer windows – including this one over the summer.

If it’s anything near what he’s given Rafa over the last two years in the Premier League Rafa should simply walk away – and rightly so.

It’s ludicrous to have a world-class manager managing the club and not giving him the tools he needs – (make that money) – to build a top team.

Absolutely ludicrous – but that’s Mike Ashley for you.

Comments welcome.

8 comments so far

  • RobLeenio

    Apr 8, 2019 at 3:30 PM

    Comment #1

    jail, I think you should consider carefully the wisdom of taking a two-week sabbatical from the blog in future. Apparently you’ve been missing the catharsis it provides.

    At least, that’s the most logical reason I can think of for your being so full of p!ss and vinegar on your return.

    I’m waiting for the post where you go “ahhh, I feel better now” but I’ve been waiting since about 9am so far.

    Is it likely to be much longer?

  • RobLeenio

    Apr 8, 2019 at 3:34 PM

    Comment #2

    Just because the ball is in Ashley’s court doesn’t mean he’s walked off home with it in a huff. There’s still plenty of time for it to be batted back over the net.

    We are getting close to the point where someone is going to hit a winner. I sincerely hope it’s Rafa that ends up with game, set and match.

    Feel like I’ve laboured that metaphor enough for a lifetime….

  • Jail for Ashley

    Apr 8, 2019 at 3:39 PM

    Comment #3

    I had no intention of coming back for awhile, but being insulted by your mate Jib in my absence I thought I’d chop in with a bit of my own.

  • Jail for Ashley

    Apr 8, 2019 at 3:41 PM

    Comment #4

    Former boy scout, ha ha 😀

  • Jail for Ashley

    Apr 8, 2019 at 3:44 PM

    Comment #5

    Aye, the ball is in Mashers court, it’s going to be an interesting few months.

  • Jib

    Apr 8, 2019 at 3:44 PM

    Comment #6

    Apparently the board of Debenhams have
    until 5 pm today to accept MA’s proposal.
    So presumably later in the week he’ll make
    time to devote to Rafa’s contract talks.

  • Tsunki

    Apr 8, 2019 at 3:55 PM

    Comment #7

    Well we will see how much of a golden goose or poisoned chalice the managers job is in due course I’m sure. I’ll stick to my theory that no top notch proven manager will throw his career on it to burn slowly.

  • Jail for Ashley

    Apr 8, 2019 at 4:15 PM

    Comment #8

    They preferred Brendan Rodgers because Rafa is under contract and has made it clear his desire to stay here. Best gig or not he’s obviously not desperate for a job hence him only signing a contract on his terms unlike the next incumbent who’ll be coming in and doing as he’s told.


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