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Rafa Ultimatum – Wants Ashley To Meet His Demands – Ready To Leave Newcastle

This is precisely what we didn’t want to happen in the negotiations with the manager on a new contract.

With Mike Ashley keeping mum on what’s happening and Rafa not getting any answers back from Mike Ashley for over three weeks – it seems that Rafa has issued what amounts to an ultimatum.

There are reports – one in the Northern Echo – that Rafa is now ready to leave Newcastle if his demands are not met by the owner.

First of all, we are assuming the news is accurate.

There is an impasse at the moment, and this is not good for Rafa if it turns out the Mike Ashley will not back him, because then he will need to get another management job rather quickly.

Some insiders are suggesting it will be difficult for Rafa to walk away from Newcastle because of the fans’ support and the fact he seems to love working on Tyneside.

Rafa Benitez – wants some answers

Sources close to Rafa and his representatives say that’s just not true and while Rafa is keen to reach a deal with the Newcastle hierarchy, he will move elsewhere if he cannot get the deal he needs on Tyneside.

Contract negotiations have been going on for a long time now, and push has come to shove for Mike Ashley who has to tell Rafa specifically if he will support the changes he wants to see at Newcastle if the manager stays.

The dossier that Rafa was asked to submit before the game at Arsenal is believed to contain what Rafa has been asking for – for over a year now.

He wants decent transfer funds in each transfer window, wants to overhaul the Youth and U23 systems, wants significant improvement made in the training grounds at Benton and finally wants an improved and more streamlined transfer process.

He also wants more control on which players he can sign and wants to use the transfer funds according to what he wants to do to build the team – and not what Ashley wants to do.

Rafa also wants to retain players who are 30 – if he sees fit.

This is causing some tension now with players like Salomon Rondon, Mo Diame and even Matt Ritchie close to 30 but they some of Newcastle’s best players.

It will be difficult for Rafa to walk away from Newcastle, but this points to the big problem we have at Newcastle.

In two words it’s Mike Ashley and challenging for anybody to work with the billionaire because you just don’t know what he’s thinking and what he will do next.

His communication skills have always been inadequate, and Ashley and Rafa need to speak one-on-one very soon – before the negotiations collapse.

We think Rafa can walk away from Newcastle and then the club will be dead in the water.

What do you think?

Comments welcome.


25 comments so far

  • Jail for Ashley

    Apr 18, 2019 at 9:02 AM

    Comment #1

    I wonder if he’s being evasive with the truth here while Mike twiddles his thumbs?

  • Jail for Ashley

    Apr 18, 2019 at 9:02 AM

    Comment #2

    Whatever he means my point is the same!

  • Jib

    Apr 18, 2019 at 9:09 AM

    Comment #3

    It seems to be another case of a word
    meaning something different in UK English
    and US English.
    All the American dictionaries have the word lie in it somewhere
    and of course Google is Yank.
    Another case of 2 nations divided by a common language

  • Jib

    Apr 18, 2019 at 9:10 AM

    Comment #4

    Your point is crap
    We’ve all seen Rafa at pressers
    prevaricating like billyoh

  • Jib

    Apr 18, 2019 at 9:15 AM

    Comment #5

    Now if I’d said Rafa equivocates or tergiversates
    or even adumbrates
    Jail would have a point

  • Jib

    Apr 18, 2019 at 9:18 AM

    Comment #6

    My daily battle of wits with an unarmed man

  • DaveD1000

    Apr 18, 2019 at 9:20 AM

    Comment #7

    have always seen prevaricate as delay or avoid by word or action

  • Jail for Ashley

    Apr 18, 2019 at 9:20 AM

    Comment #8

    It’s not crap, your pathetic attempt to put this situation at Rafa’s door was crap.

  • Jail for Ashley

    Apr 18, 2019 at 9:22 AM

    Comment #9

    Anyone else noticing that when Jib is having a tussle geordietom and DaveD1000 seem to turn up?

  • Jib

    Apr 18, 2019 at 9:24 AM

    Comment #10

    are you me ?

  • Jib

    Apr 18, 2019 at 9:26 AM

    Comment #11

    I thought I was Jane ?

  • RobLeenio

    Apr 18, 2019 at 9:26 AM

    Comment #12

    I’m not surprised that neither side is giving clear briefings over their respective positions. They’re both in the middle of quite sensitive negotiations after all.

    I’m still confident that it will be worked out very soon.

    Just in time for us to ask start speculating on which players we’ll fail to sign this summer.

  • Jail for Ashley

    Apr 18, 2019 at 9:27 AM

    Comment #13

    Just saying Jiblets, no accusations from me!

  • Jib

    Apr 18, 2019 at 9:28 AM

    Comment #14

    If you had half a brain you would see
    that I was saying this situation is entirely of
    MA’s making but the zorro viejo that is Rafa
    is using it brilliantly

  • Jail for Ashley

    Apr 18, 2019 at 9:28 AM

    Comment #15

    Rafa has made it quite clear he has outlined his proposals and is waiting for an answer. What is evasive about that.

  • Rotonda heights

    Apr 18, 2019 at 9:29 AM

    Comment #16

    So disgusting and predictably unprofessional the way Ashley is performing.

  • Jib

    Apr 18, 2019 at 9:30 AM

    Comment #17

    Subtle jail is not

  • Jib

    Apr 18, 2019 at 9:32 AM

    Comment #18

    Everyone and his dog (and probably Ashley now)
    realises he should have tied Rafa down with whatever he wanted
    after the brilliant 10th place last season.

  • DaveD1000

    Apr 18, 2019 at 9:34 AM

    Comment #19

    I’m not you. I’m everybody else.

  • magicbus

    Apr 18, 2019 at 9:37 AM

    Comment #20

    Ashley has always surrounded himself with yes men to put it politely. Rafa is probably one of the very few to stand up to our inept owner and consequently Ashley is trying to show who’s in charge by not getting into negotiations to sort out the fair and obvious requests put to him.
    Pride, bullishness, downright stubbornness call it what you want but our unambitious owner is making a rod for his own back and will happily take on someone else who will deliver 17th spot and another season to globally advertise his business interests.

  • Jib

    Apr 18, 2019 at 9:40 AM

    Comment #21

    Oh OK

  • Jail for Ashley

    Apr 18, 2019 at 9:41 AM

    Comment #22

    Maybe but you tried to be clever with big words and made a cluster foot of it!!

  • Jib

    Apr 18, 2019 at 9:43 AM

    Comment #23

    my take on it is:-
    he genuinely wanted to get shot of NUFC
    but failed to grasp that having Rafa as a contracted manager
    would have been a big plus factor in any sale.

  • geordietom

    Apr 18, 2019 at 10:03 AM

    Comment #24

    i cant be jib he’s me and i’am DaveD…

  • magscar

    Apr 18, 2019 at 10:10 AM

    Comment #25

    Does anyone really expect Rafa to say he wants to stay no matter what?

    It’s nearing the end game and Rafa needs to make it unequvically clear in negotiations that he does have a realistic plan B and is fully prepared to leave if his preferred choice can’t/won’t be met. Unless Ashley believes that then Rafa is not playing his best hand.

    In same way a few weeks ago press started linking us to other managers to let Rafa know there are alternatives.

    A lot of it is sensible and normal public posturing but just as was possible with Brexit (and could yet be) a no deal scenario nevertheless could happen by accident but until we are mathmatically safe I trust there isn’t yet the urgency in talks.

    Time to void bladders into underwear is not yet upon us


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