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Newcastle Will Go All Out To Sign Rafa Benitez To New Deal

Newcastle United hope to reach an agreement with Rafa Benitez and his advisors within two weeks and tie Rafa down to at least three more years on Tyneside.

Now that we are safe and have one game each weekend for the next four weeks to the end of the season on Sunday, 12th May – there should be ample time to negotiate with the manager and hopefully reach an agreement.

Lee Charnley, as usual, will be representing the owner in the talks and hopefully, an agreement can be reached sooner rather than later.

According to his good friend Guillem Balague, Rafa has already turned down two massive financial offers to manage in Saudi Arabia and China – and either one of them would have made him one of the world’s highest-paid managers.

He will not be that if he signs for Newcastle although Ashley is likely to offer him a wage to makes him one of the six best-paid managers in the Premier League.

Rafa’s wages have never been a problem.

The problem that Rafa has is he sees no ambition coming from the owner and no particular desire to spend money to improve the training grounds and other things that need to be quickly improved at the club.

Newcastle are the only Premier League club talking to Benitez at the moment and Rafa has said he wants to manage for at least another ten years.

And with another owner, it may have been possible to sign him up for five years or even more, but it looks like three years is all that’s possible with Mike Ashley the owner.

The primary requirement from Benitez is to have a quicker and more streamlined process to sign players in the transfer window, with Rafa also being given more authority with transfers.

He also wants to be able to sign older players when it makes football sense – like in the case right now with 29-year-old Salomon Rondon.

It appears that Mike Ashley has already agreed to more investment in the Youth and U23 setups so Rafa can start to bring more youngsters through to the first team.

Sean Longstaff is an excellent example of how we could have a top player coming through the ranks.

This is what Rafa reminded people last Friday about the potential that is Newcastle United:

“We have to have a team who can compete.”

“This city, the club has potential. It’s massive. I’m not looking to spend £200M, but doing the right things.”

“You can do everything right with your tactics, but the other team has one player that can make the difference.”

Rafa believes it will not necessarily take huge money to build on what he has already put in place over the last couple of years.

We could potentially get a couple of bargains every summer – like we did with Schar, Ki, and Fernandez last summer – the three together cost £9M in transfer fees.

That comes as a possibility with Rafa having so many contacts around the world and players wanting to play for him.

It will be very welcome news to fans if Rafa does sign a new deal – but Mike Ashley has to show some ambition to match Rafa’s or else sell the club.

Success will be hard to achieve as long as we have the same owner in place.

Comments welcome.


10 comments so far

  • RobLeenio

    Apr 15, 2019 at 2:31 PM

    Comment #1

    “Success will be hard to achieve as long as we have the same owner in place”

    Not necessarily true. We have the basic foundations in place now. True the academy and training facilities could do with an upgrade but the junior coaching structure is seeing an overhaul and the first team squad is stable and solid.

    Tying Rafa into a new contract and giving him the backing he needs could see us becoming more successful even with Ashley still in place. Is it too much to hope for? Time will tell, but you would at least hope it’s possible.

    No, I’m not supporting Ashley, he’s a parasite. But with Rafa here I’m hopeful we could see the club improving year on year even with the leech sucking our blood.

  • Ron Knee

    Apr 15, 2019 at 2:36 PM

    Comment #2

    Is tonight’s U23 match going to be broadcast?

  • Jail for Ashley

    Apr 15, 2019 at 2:37 PM

    Comment #3

    Where does it mention the club going all out to sign him except in Ed’s headline??
    Shameless click bait there I think!!!

  • Jail for Ashley

    Apr 15, 2019 at 2:38 PM

    Comment #4

    The backing and ambition but, that’s the stickler while Ashley is here.

  • Just a fan

    Apr 15, 2019 at 2:41 PM

    Comment #5

    Sorry Betty.
    I don’t know if you know this but it this modern world you need proof not supposition.
    Quoting Mr tuff does not count as proof.

  • cyprus

    Apr 15, 2019 at 2:49 PM

    Comment #6

    Lascelles and the rest,
    Congratulations for this season. At week 10, it looked impossible, with just three points.
    Now, we can enjoy football and take any results. Watch us take two points off Liverpool and hand it to City.

  • Mag52

    Apr 15, 2019 at 2:52 PM

    Comment #7


    You don’t need any bait to click on here you know you don’t.
    You just love it !

  • cyprus

    Apr 15, 2019 at 2:52 PM

    Comment #8

    And let’s do a Watford or Wolves next year, they aren’t much better than us.

    A speedy CF, with Rondon, please.

    And a couple top replacements for whoever leaves.

    PS. Sign them at the beginning of the window!

  • RobLeenio

    Apr 15, 2019 at 3:26 PM

    Comment #9

    jail “The backing and ambition but, that’s the stickler while Ashley is here.” – yep, I’m very much aware. I’m just saying, if Rafa can somehow get Ashley to get over this stickler, then success is possible even with Ashley in place.

    I just cannot, for the life of me, think why on Earth an owner of a historic, wonderful institution such as NUFC would not want that institution to be the very best that it could be. If that very best turns out to be only competing for ‘best of the rest’ behind the big 6, then so be it, at least we as fans wouldn’t see so much potential being wasted year after year.

    Especially when association with a more successful version of NUFC would, without doubt, make for a far better platform on which to hang his tatty Sports Direct pennant.

    What reason can there even be for keeping us continually propping up the bottom of the table? I just do not understand the guy’s thinking. Surely he must have a plan, I mean why would he not have?

  • toon22

    Apr 15, 2019 at 3:27 PM

    Comment #10

    Can’t see Rafa signing while MA owns the club
    He’s proven to be a liar
    I doubt he could even be trusted if he put everything Rafa wants in a contract


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