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Rafa’s Negotiations Could Go To The Wire – Beyond End Of The Season?

Newcastle had an excellent chance to put the game against Crystal Palace to bed before half time as we dominated Crystal Palace.

But the same old faults were there for all to see as Newcastle failed to put away any of their chances.

We should have been at least 2-0 up at the half but to make it a terrible day for Newcastle DeAndre Yedlin fouled Zaha in the box with nine minutes to go to gift the points to Palace.

And before that fans had to watch Florian Lejeune stretchered off with another terrible knee injury.

Rafa is a big fan of the talented Frenchman and has said we will miss him for the last five games of the season.

Our hearts go out to Lejeune who showed his fantastic character and spirit last summer when he came back four months after suffering his first ACL injury.

No player should have to go through this – two terrible knee injuries in one year – but we’ll be supporting the Frenchman in the summer as will the rest of our fans.

Rafa Benitez – on the touchline

After the game Rafa was non-committal about his contract negotiations in his press conference:

“Yes, we can only talk about the game, that is the most important thing,”

“We had control of an important game and we could have got three points, and we could be talking about the contract because we are safe.”

“But now we have to carry on and think every game is another final. I don’t want to talk about my contract.”

“Getting it resolved quietly is what we are trying to do, but I don’t want to talk too much about that.”

While it remains unlikely at this point, Rafa could still walk if Mike Ashley retains his stubborn stance to the manager’s requirements to sign a new deal.

And unless Cardiff lose their next few games or Newcastle win ours – safety could be elusive until near the end of the season: so could Rafa agreeing to a new deal to stay at Newcastle.

Last year with five games to go we had 41 points after beating Lassiter 2-1 away and then Arsenal 2-1 at home.

This season it could take another two games – two weeks – for safety to be secured.

It was really a bad result for us on Saturday – maybe we can make up for it by beating Leicester City on Friday night?


Comments welcome.

13 comments so far

  • Pain in the Blog

    Apr 8, 2019 at 9:21 AM

    Comment #1

    Nice one Jail. I have to say, I like Jane’s avatar… apart from the colour.

  • cyprus

    Apr 8, 2019 at 9:25 AM

    Comment #2

    That last statement speaks volumes. If I were to bet on it I’d have said he’s leaving, who wants the annual relegation frustration and all but always being the underdog, but obviously he’s leaning towards staying.

  • Pain in the Blog

    Apr 8, 2019 at 9:28 AM

    Comment #3

    Damn shame about Lejeune. Poor lad must be in despair. From our perspective, it’s a good job we’ve got Dummet for left side of a back three and Clark as backup. I wonder if losing Lejeune’s long passes will work in Jonjo’s favour?

  • Munster Mag

    Apr 8, 2019 at 9:32 AM

    Comment #4

    The annoying this is that we now have the funds to get rafa signed up quite easily. I think he will have to compromise with Ashley re the number of young guys v experienced players purchased per season.

  • Geordie-john

    Apr 8, 2019 at 9:34 AM

    Comment #5

    So it seems as if Ashley is going to treat Rafa the same as transfers. Right to the wire !
    He will walk away and who would blame him.
    Back to being the panto villain

  • Jail for Ashley

    Apr 8, 2019 at 9:35 AM

    Comment #6

    He couldn’t make it any more obvious that he wants to stay. It looks like he’s already told them what he wants to sign up and is waiting for an answer. It’s all about whether Ashley wants to carry on running the club in his disastrous way or listen to a world class manager. Something tells me that he enjoys making 28M of the likes of Sissoko and the thrill of an annual relegation battle rather than eighth and a cup unfortunately.

  • Jail for Ashley

    Apr 8, 2019 at 9:40 AM

    Comment #7

    I don’t think he will compromise, he compromised with Murphy and look what happened there, you are trying to negotiate with a man comparing football to tat shops, of course young players need to be bought, but not at the expense of team performance. He wants youth to sell on but won’t pay for academy upgrades, I don’t think Rafa should compromise at all, either listen to him or get on with ruining us.

  • Pain in the Blog

    Apr 8, 2019 at 9:48 AM

    Comment #8

    Jail, Geordie-John,

    Don’t forget that Ashley is totally embroiled in the Debenhams fiasco. He stands to lose his current considerable stake and his dream of reviving the department store on our high streets. He is more than likely not giving NUFC or Rafa any attention at all.

  • Jail for Ashley

    Apr 8, 2019 at 9:49 AM

    Comment #9

    Also Munster you keep suggesting getting the Watford boss as though that’ll magically sort out all our woes. Let’s say he’s brought in and finishes eighth getting the very best out of Almiron, he’s sold for 45M and Ashley decides that if that team was good enough for eighth with Almiron then it should be just good enough to avoid relegation without him, he might be replaced if a player cheap enough fits the bill. So having his squad weakened when expecting to push on the inevitable defeats rack up and the crowd turn on the manager, how long for you think he’ll put up with that Munster.

  • Munster Mag

    Apr 8, 2019 at 10:54 AM

    Comment #10

    Jail the Watford guy is clearly talented and hasn’t spent a load where hi is, and the Watford directors are no angels re patience. I’m not saying he is a solution, but definitely one to consider if it goes arseways with rafa

  • Munster Mag

    Apr 8, 2019 at 10:57 AM

    Comment #11

    And rafa will have to compromise unless Ashley is feeling generous. I don’t think that’s unreasonable, up to a point

  • Just a fan

    Apr 8, 2019 at 11:56 AM

    Comment #12

    The only thing I like about Jane’s avatar is its colour.

  • Geordie-john

    Apr 8, 2019 at 2:10 PM

    Comment #13

    Pain in the Blog
    Apr 8, 2019 at 9:48 AM
    Comment #8

    You’re probably right. Oh well at least we can demonstrate outside of that one as well LOL !


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