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Rafa Press Conference – Manager Still Waiting For Answers From Hierarchy


Rafa Benitez has just given his press conference this afternoon for the tough game at Leicester City tomorrow night.

An unlikely win in that game would probably see us safe in the Premier League for this season.

Rafa has talked again about his contract situation and nothing has changed from last week – there are still no answers back from Ashley on the questions he has put to him.

Rafa Benitez answers questions from the press

This is some of what Rafa said today regarding his contract negotiations:

“It is exactly the same situation as before. We are just waiting. I just want to focus on the game and getting three points.”

“The priority now is to stay in Premier League. We will try to do what we do.”

“The debate on signing players depending on age is simple – we have to sign good players.”

“At Napoli, the President wanted to be in Europe every year. We sold Cavani and signed a lot of experienced players.”

The problem with Ashley delaying his response to the manager is that in all likelihood that means the answer is no.

We will have to wait and see but this is not a particularly good situation to be in.

We need to need to win the game tomorrow night.

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44 comments so far

  • Lee Charnley Bunga Party

    Apr 11, 2019 at 1:57 PM

    Comment #1

    “At Napoli, the President wanted to be in Europe every year” at Newcastle the owner just wants to siphon off all the money and do the bare minimum to keep us in the big leagues so he can keep bleeding us dry………

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  • RobLeenio

    Apr 11, 2019 at 2:06 PM

    Comment #2

    So, Diego Costa could be available to buy in the Summer….

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  • NY Mag

    Apr 11, 2019 at 2:08 PM

    Comment #3

    Rob,

    I just read your post from previous – sorry, I didn’t understand, can you expand on it?

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  • The next Mike Williamson

    Apr 11, 2019 at 2:12 PM

    Comment #4

    From Charnley
    “An average deal might be £50,000-a-week (including national insurance) for the player’s contract, for five years. That is a financial commitment to a football club of around £26.5 million which is generally not really recognised.”
    – Not true. 50,000 a week adds up to about half that figure. He should explain how he’s arrived at 26.5 million if he’s going to say it. Do they get the same amount in bonus? Or is he including a 12m transfer fee – An amount we rarely pay.

    He added: “If a club buys a player for £10 million, there is a 5-10 per cent fee then goes to the player’s agent and that is spread over the length of the contract.
    -This is even worse than the agent getting a percentage of the players wages. How can a player trust an agent when it’s in the best interest of the agent to move him on as often as possible ad for the highest fee.

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  • ronaldo aarons

    Apr 11, 2019 at 2:16 PM

    Comment #5

    That article about the tv money is nothing new. End of last season there was an article that came out explaining that tv money is spread over 12 months with two bigger payments involved.

    The example he gives of an average signing of 10m and 50k each week is about 26m over the duration of contract. Fails to acknowledge that over that period the club will have received 5 lots of tv payments.

    I think that subtle direction is very sly and is just laying the ground work for not spending a great deal again this summer.

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  • Lee Charnley Bunga Party

    Apr 11, 2019 at 2:18 PM

    Comment #6

    @Next Mike Williamson

    Yeah someone should really say yeah mate that’s what is called a WAGE BILL!! Every club has one and they seem to manage fine ! Especially as the season ticket and merchandise money etc for a massive club like ours should pretty much cover the wage bill anyway what is going on with the money we receive from transfers , club 88 and the TV money that we get drip fed ?

    1
  • RobLeenio

    Apr 11, 2019 at 2:22 PM

    Comment #7

    NY Mag, it was kinda garbled

    I wonder if it’s possible for Ashley to divert inbound payments from club debtors ie the likes of Spurs which owe us instalment payments for players and have them paid directly to him (MASH Holdings) instead.

    He would justify it by transferring the for eg Spurs debt to himself, so he could cream off the inbound instalment payments and write it off against the NUFC debt so he didn’t even have to pay tax on it.

    This would obviously explain where the transfer money for MItro, Sissoko, Andy Carroll and others has gone over the years, while the debt that we owe him has only ever increased.

    Keeping it off the books like that would mean that it never shows up in the club accounts and so he never has to justify transferring big chunks of cash out of the club. If he used a credit facility with a bank, it would have to go through the club’s accounts and would be more transparent.

    Does that make sense? Probably not.

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  • Jib

    Apr 11, 2019 at 2:22 PM

    Comment #8

    Ronaldo Aarons
    Just taking your simplistic example
    Your maths isn’t too hot
    Over five years the tv money will be £600M
    but 25 players at £26M is £650M over the
    same period.
    As I say very basic maths but you started it.

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  • Jib

    Apr 11, 2019 at 2:25 PM

    Comment #9

    Rob
    It makes sense to the inhabitants of the
    land of Jumbly

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  • NY Mag

    Apr 11, 2019 at 2:28 PM

    Comment #10

    TNMW,

    if you read the article in full, he says if you buy a 10M player on 50K/week on a 5 year contract and there is a 5-10% agent cost on top of that over the length of the players contract, then :

    10m (transfer fee)
    50K * 52 * 5 years = 13M
    Agent cost = 10M * 5-10% * 5 years = 2.5M-5M

    Total cost = 25.5M-28M

    the agents costs seem pretty high to me, but not entirely surprising (since agents are blood sucking vampires)

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  • ronaldo aarons

    Apr 11, 2019 at 2:31 PM

    Comment #11

    Jib
    You’re missing the point, unintentionally I hope.

    That is the example charnley gave in the context of receiving tv money for a year. 26m over 5 years at 50keach week and 10m fee. Seems a lot when tv money is around 120m per year but my point is it’s not a lot if you receive the tv money each year over the duration of the contract.

    As for your basic maths lol, let’s just ignore that the players need to be on 5 year deals at an average of £50kand have transfer fees at 10m. And let’s ignore the other incomes.

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  • DubaiMicky

    Apr 11, 2019 at 2:35 PM

    Comment #12

    RobLeenio – good point, you know what accountants are like (my first wife was one).

    Hope you’re great marra.

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  • NY Mag

    Apr 11, 2019 at 2:35 PM

    Comment #13

    Rob,

    now I understand what you are saying……..and of course anything is possible
    does this happen, I don’t know……

    what I can say is that there is still an awful lot of money still showing (last accounts approx. 60M) as being owed to NUFC from transfers – so it doesn’t appear to be ‘off the books’

    1
  • RobLeenio

    Apr 11, 2019 at 2:35 PM

    Comment #14

    Cheers Jib
    😉

    1
  • ronaldo aarons

    Apr 11, 2019 at 2:37 PM

    Comment #15

    Toon22 is going to have a field day!

    1
  • toon22

    Apr 11, 2019 at 2:37 PM

    Comment #16

    The usual crowd trying to defend our financial “saviour “

    We’re not that stupid to believe MA hasn’t bels us dry

    Hiya KBA

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  • toon22

    Apr 11, 2019 at 2:38 PM

    Comment #17

    Eventually the HMRC will catch the guy

    😉

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  • toon22

    Apr 11, 2019 at 2:40 PM

    Comment #18

    Even the money he claims we owe him is down to his own greed and ineptitude

    We pay him to fix the mistakes he made in the name if greed

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  • toon22

    Apr 11, 2019 at 2:41 PM

    Comment #19

    Never thought they could find a bigger lie than the sale

    But here it is……..

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  • ronaldo aarons

    Apr 11, 2019 at 2:42 PM

    Comment #20

    That’s what you call good timing

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  • AncientC

    Apr 11, 2019 at 2:46 PM

    Comment #21

    Charnley reminds me of a satirical comedy character; you know the types, that one’s that talk to everybody like they are stupid without recognising their own shortcomings.

    Charnley: “People don’t understand how tv-money comes into football clubs.”

    Charnley then goes on explain how clubs are not paid all at once, followed by explaining that clubs have costs like agent fees and wages. And “people don’t understand” this?

    Charnley: “An average deal might be £50,000-a-week (including national insurance) for the player’s contract, for five years. That is a financial commitment to a football club of around £26.5 million which is generally not really recognised.”

    I am honestly astonished, does a club really have a commitment to pay a player’s wages?

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  • martoon

    Apr 11, 2019 at 2:51 PM

    Comment #22

    NY Mag @ 10 – I read that as 10-15% paid over 5 years and not per year – however even so it is still

    £10m + £1.5m + £13m = 24.5m (not sure how Charnley got £26.5m?)

    2
  • Munster Mag

    Apr 11, 2019 at 2:54 PM

    Comment #23

    Ffs I’m surprised Charney doesn’t factor in the rent they pay, feeding players in the canteen, insurance. It’s ridiculous. I had said before that celtic wud fancy rafa so hopefully nothing in that talk from the ex player.

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  • Lee Charnley Bunga Party

    Apr 11, 2019 at 2:58 PM

    Comment #24

    I honestly can’t see Rafa going to Celtic hes complaining here about getting no money to spend!! Celtic’s owners aren’t exactly generous with money either!!

    1
  • NY Mag

    Apr 11, 2019 at 3:01 PM

    Comment #25

    Martoon,

    “If a club buys a player for £10 million, there is a 5-10 per cent fee then goes to the player’s agent and that is spread over the length of the contract.

    that’s where I got it from – I could of course, be very, very wrong in my assumptions 🙂

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  • NY Mag

    Apr 11, 2019 at 3:07 PM

    Comment #26

    AncientC,

    are you saying a club does not have a commitment to honour a players contract?

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  • Lee Charnley Bunga Party

    Apr 11, 2019 at 3:09 PM

    Comment #27

    Wonder what Rafa must be thinking when he sees Charnley doing interviews like that?

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  • RobLeenio

    Apr 11, 2019 at 3:09 PM

    Comment #28

    micky, all good here, mate – hope you are too. No chance you can twist the arm of some rich Arabian Prince to get him to buy us?

    Surely it’s not that hard to get a photo of one of them in a compromising position with a couple of nubile young Western lasses. Hell, I’ll even volunteer my Missus at this point, though she’s neither young nor nubile. Still….

    4
  • Jib

    Apr 11, 2019 at 3:11 PM

    Comment #29

    AncientC
    I am honestly astonished, does a club really have a commitment to pay a player’s wages?
    You can be as sarky as you like – but reading some of the Einsteins on this blog they don’t
    know

    1
  • NY Mag

    Apr 11, 2019 at 3:13 PM

    Comment #30

    Rob,

    that’s the kind of post that could get you into serious trouble 😀

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  • Jib

    Apr 11, 2019 at 3:14 PM

    Comment #31

    It would appear that Julian Assange would have been
    better off facing Barak Obama he now has to face the
    wrath of Big Don

    1
  • RobLeenio

    Apr 11, 2019 at 3:17 PM

    Comment #32

    NY Mag, yeah I see that. I wonder if it would be possible to have a ‘slush fund’ of transfer fees due, so that as they accrue to a certain point, they can then start to be stripped off.

    If so, there would likely not be much change year on year to the level of the fees owed, no matter what the level of player sales was like

    1
  • Jib

    Apr 11, 2019 at 3:17 PM

    Comment #33

    You realise you’ll now get the blog pervs
    (you know who you are)
    knocking on your front door wearing sandals
    and a dressing gown with a tea towel on
    their head.

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  • Ron Knee

    Apr 11, 2019 at 3:17 PM

    Comment #34

    But I thought he helped to get the Man Baby elected, Jib.

    2
  • Online Guy

    Apr 11, 2019 at 3:18 PM

    Comment #35

    Charnley

    When you say that people don’t understand re the TV monies ..are you saying that the Fans who are the lifeblood of the club and always will be, don’t understand ..yes ! Never underestimate the intelligence of we supporters ..talking down to us is a distinct lack of respect for us.

    It’s not that we don’t understand , it’s the amount of subterfuge and creative accountancy you are in cahoots with Mike Ashley with that we dont understand . Where’s the money gone ? Tell us!

    Charnley , you have the same disease as your boss Mr Ashley. Your a Disgrace.

    Bournmouth, Watford, Brighton, Can all find the money when a player becomes available and they want him ..The great Newcastle United though are left to scrape around in the bargain bin, Shame on you .

    Go to hell Charnley we see through your rhetoric .

    It all seems like Ashley is priming the fans for another transfer window of non targets and missed targets.

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  • Online Guy

    Apr 11, 2019 at 3:21 PM

    Comment #36

    Rebekahahah

    How can you judge if Mike Ashley and Dennis Wise are nice people when you are pissed drunk ?

    Your Husband might be able to kick a ball but to hold some sort of grudge against Newcastle United fans is childish .

    Have we been the subject of Pillow talk between you and Jamie ? Foreplay ?

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  • RobLeenio

    Apr 11, 2019 at 3:25 PM

    Comment #37

    Ha, I don’t know what you mean – blackmailing Arabic Royals, offering the wife’s virtue up for grabs and then slagging off her age.

    What could possibly go wrong?

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  • NY Mag

    Apr 11, 2019 at 3:31 PM

    Comment #38

    Rob @ 32

    Honestly, I don’t know – anything is possible.
    but, i always ask the question why………would it really be worthwhile breaking the law (many times over) for a guy to ‘steal’ a few million quid from a company he owns (and is financially responsible for) when he has 100 times that amount of money already.
    In addition to that – there would have to be a whole host of other people complicit…..which costs what? lets face it people don’t risk their livelihood’s without significant reward.

    I know Ashley is a bit of a ‘Sheriff of Nottingham’ character – but stupid he ain’t

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  • martoon

    Apr 11, 2019 at 3:38 PM

    Comment #39

    To be fair to Rebekah she knows Denis Wise from the Jungle and that was probably the first and only time she had ever met Ashley who I imagine would come across as nice, funny guy, especially when you’re having a few drinks with him – completely different of course if you have to work for him or he owns your football club!

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  • toon22

    Apr 11, 2019 at 3:39 PM

    Comment #40

    The same people

    Putting a positive spin on negative news from the club regarding MA

    I doubt there’s a person on earth who actually believes MA hasn’t taken every penny possible from the club

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