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Benitez Explains Why It’s Not Just About The Money At Newcastle

Fans are still waiting to see if Rafa will stay at Newcastle past this summer and while there is expectation he will stay nothing is certain yet.

Rafa has given some hints that the things he wants from Mike Ashley isn’t just big money to spend in each transfer window – although that would help build the quality of the side.

Rafa would like to stay a long time at Newcastle, but he needs assurances from the owner Mike Ashley who hasn’t been seen at St. James’ Park for quite some time now.

It’s a pity he doesn’t get behind Rafa and the players like the rest of us.

It’s difficult to know what’s really happening behind the scenes although it’s clear Ashley s very keen to keep Rafa at the club.

Rafa Benitez – are there sunny days ahead for Newcastle?

This is what the manager has said in the Chronicle today:

“In football it’s not just about the money.” “I always say that.”

“But at the same time if you have more money you’ll have more chances to do well.”

“I think Fulham signed some good players but for some reason, they didn’t do what people were expecting as a team.”

“We can’t talk too much about them because they did what they did.”

“We’ll have to talk about us.”

“We’re trying to be sure that our team – as a unit – is strong enough.”

“It’s not just about individuals or players on their own that can do enough.”

“We have the idea to build a team and we’ve done that.”

It looks like Rafa will try to bring in several new players this summer in an attempt to significantly strengthen the squad.

But they have to be the right players – we spent big money in the summer of 2015 and ending up relegated in May of the following year.

One step forward if Rafa stays is that we will not be fighting relegation next season.

It seems stupid that after three years at the club that will be a step forward for Newcastle.

But the truth is we’ve all gone through hell and high water supporting Rafa and the players these last two seasons.

Mike Ashley needs to start treating Rafa for what he is – a world-class manager – and a gift to Newcastle United.

Comments welcome.

3 comments so far

  • bettyswallocks

    Apr 9, 2019 at 9:43 AM

    Comment #1

    Apr 9, 2019 at 9:39 AM
    Comment #104
    Sheikh Mealy will be absolutely seething with the Debenhams debacle as he usually manages to get his own way in these situations. The fact that he appears to have done his bollocks now on the money he has already invested will be doing his head right in as I’m sure this was all a premeditated plan to seize control.

    This could all work in our favour as the money he had earmarked to revitalise Debenhams will now be superfluous to requirements and he will want to spend it to upgrade our squad in order to show Debenhams lawyers that he is in fact a winner.

  • Toonboy12

    Apr 9, 2019 at 10:27 AM

    Comment #2

    I believe Ashley has £150million invested in shares which equates to 30% equity in Debenhams and if they go into pre pack administration as predicted then according to reports on BBC website his £150m stake will be wiped out and that is why he is sweating cobs.
    For once his aggressive approach has backfired and that is why he is desperate to take them over and has offered to underwrite the raising of a £200m investment to keep them afloat to saveguard his investment. Sounds like the incumbent directors do not fancy getting into bed with MA anytime soon. Whilst it would certainly impact negatively on the Toon’s finances I reckon it might be worth it to see this man experience Karma. Unfortunately there will probably be no superfluous money to spend on the contrary just a £150m hole in his assets and that won’t bode well for Toon.

  • Toonboy12

    Apr 9, 2019 at 3:32 PM

    Comment #3

    Actually it has just happened and the stubborn one has just kissed goodbye to his £150 million, looks like his mood might deteriorate. Sad thing is he won’t invest additional funds into NUFC and can you imagine how much £150m investment would improve our club and he has just gone and blown that much on a punt at the High street. It makes you cry, not that he will be laughing mind you.


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