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Rafa Admits To Having Contract Talks Behind The Scenes – It Will Be Easier Now

It was an unexpected but great 1-0 win last night and that was our first clean sheet since we beat Burnley 2-0 at home back on 26 February.

Maybe we can keep another clean sheet a week today when we play Southampton at home and a win in that game will almost certainly mean we are safe in the Premier League.

Rafa has admitted he’s been talking about a new contract behind the scenes and now we are much closer to safety with 38 points from our 34 games the talks should become easier.

Rafa Benitez arriving at the King Power Stadium last night

Asked if it would now be easier to discuss his contract this is what he told the Shields Gazette:

“I don’t want to talk too much, but we have been talking about the future behind closed doors, or behind the scenes, however, you say it.”

“But we didn’t want to talk outside, because I wanted to keep the players and everyone else focused on the games.”

“Now that we are closer, it will be easier, but still it’s the same situation. We have to be sure we do the right things, that’s it.”

“Not yet (safe). I think that we’re closer, but we have to wait and see what happens in the next games, but at least we are very, very close now.”

“We have to be careful. We thought 38 points would be the mark that you could be safe, but Cardiff won some games, so we will see.”

“Obviously, we’re closer, and we’re confident that it could perhaps be enough.”

“I will say that he (Perez) is doing well for us, because he’s scoring goals, but also his contribution for us in the way that he plays is quite good, quite positive.”

“I think we have to be pleased – not just because he scored, we won the game and got three points – it’s just because it was a great goal, too.”

“I think we had more chances on the counter-attack – it was just the final pass,” 

“But he’s (Rondon) quite good at taking free-kicks, and then he was unlucky because it was a great free-kick.”

“I think we have had a lot of games away that we were close to getting three points in the last games – Wolves was one of them, and (against) Bournemouth we did well, too.

“But we were not lucky enough to have a clean sheet when we were doing well.”

“So the team was very disciplined, very organized and working hard.”

“We were very committed and in the end that made the difference against a good team with good players.”

“We were working in a way that we were playing the counter-attack where it was quite dangerous and quite effective.”

“Matt Ritchie’s someone that shows his commitment all the time, and always has energy. I think with this system he’s quite fine, quite comfortable in this position.”

“Obviously the cross (for Perez’s goal) was very good, and I think he’s a player who shows his commitment and you cannot expect anything better than him.”

Perez brilliantly headed home from an excellent Matt Ritchie left-wing cross after 32 minutes for Newcastle to take a deserved lead.

Then Newcastle showed what a good defensive team they can be and limited the home side to few chances,

Leicester’s best chance to equalize came after 80 minutes when Jamie Vardy hooked the ball over the crossbar from six yards out.

But it was a brilliant win for Newcastle last night – no doubt about that.

We needed the 3 points.

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7 comments so far

  • Jail for Ashley

    Apr 13, 2019 at 8:50 AM

    Comment #1

    Does anyone know if Rondon scored free kicks for WBA and had he tried one for us before the West Ham game???

  • Tsunki

    Apr 13, 2019 at 8:54 AM

    Comment #2

    This is amphibian territory.


    Carefully spaced rumours of resumption of sale proceedings. Everything hush-hush you understand.

    Rafa comments about contra t ‘negotiations’ in language that suggest there’s not really any negotiations going on just yet.

    Charnley is told to pipe up with a pathetic script about how they “‘aven’t got a bean, guv” – reminding me of someone I knew once who bounced around in a new range rover and complained he didn’t have any money and couldn’t afford stuff.


  • Lindisfarne

    Apr 13, 2019 at 8:57 AM

    Comment #3


    Arctora is someone who writes a well produced match report in the Guardians comments section. I often find his other comments worth reading.

  • Nicky the ball tosser

    Apr 13, 2019 at 8:59 AM

    Comment #4

    Arctoa doesn’t post on here. He posts a match report in the Guardian’s letters each Match Day, and I copy it and paste it to here because it’s consistently so very good. I assume he has no idea I do it. He’s a gentleman and a scholar, not common as muck like us lot. 🙂

  • Jail for Ashley

    Apr 13, 2019 at 8:59 AM

    Comment #5

    Ta, it was a good read, was it all his or was the second bit yours

  • Lindisfarne

    Apr 13, 2019 at 8:59 AM

    Comment #6

    Is there a clip of Rafas pitch side interview available, apparently he suggested discussing transfers with the club were comparable to the Brexit talks.

  • toonluvva

    Apr 13, 2019 at 6:26 PM

    Comment #7

    I can just imagine Rafa trying to talk with Ashley. Our beloved owner is too busy trying to buy up the High Street to be bothered by trifling details like securing a new contract for our manager.
    Remember the Ashley mantra. “Not below 17th, not above 7th.”
    Rafa might have been chatting to Charnley, but that’s about as useful as a chocolate teapot.


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