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Newcastle Manager Keen To Decide Future – Once Answers Received From Owner

Mike Ashley has been sitting on the fence for four weeks now.

That’s when Rafa provided the owner with the list of his requirements to stay on as the Newcastle manager past June when his current contract ends.

Rafa expected the answers back a while ago, and we have to think the reason Ashley is delaying things is that some of the answers are not what Rafa will want to hear.

But time is now of the essence and Newcastle must open negotiations with the manager; Mike Ashley should also be in the meetings.

That’s because this is very important for the future of Newcastle United and that’s putting it mildly.

Rafa Benitez – must be given the support he asks for

It also should also be important to Mike Ashley if he wants to make big money by selling Newcastle United in the future at a massive price – and a huge profit.

We assume that’s what he’s looking for.

If Rafa was to leave the club this summer, it would be an absolute catastrophe.

Rafa talks about having older players in his team and why it makes sense from a football point of view.

But that will probably go way over the head of Mike Ashley – who thinks only about money and short-term.

This is some of what Rafa had to say in his press conference after the game on Saturday, and some comments are clearly meant for the owner:

“Martin Dubravka won the Manchester United game for us last year, and he’s not 24. Salomon Rondon has been crucial this year – these players can give the other players more time to grow and improve.'”

“I don’t need to talk too much about that, because it’s very clear for everyone.”  (not for Mike Ashley)

“We need to decide. Do we want to go one way or another way? Do we want to challenge to be seventh or do we want to challenge to be 17th and see what happens?”

“That’s it.”

“It is not what we say, it is what we do. I don’t care about what we say, the main thing is what we do.”

“The teams in seventh, eighth and ninth spend £100M and pay £100K a week.”

“So what do we want to do? Do we want to compete in this range, or do we want to survive? That is it.”

“That is what we have to decide. I have not had any answers, so I want to know what their answers are. If I have the answers, then I can decide.”

“The main thing for me is not what we think or say, it’s what we do.”

With Newcastle now safe in the Premier League, fans want to see Rafa signed up – and as soon as possible.

Comments welcome.

7 comments so far

  • toon22

    Apr 22, 2019 at 2:57 PM

    Comment #1

    It’s obvious MA has given his answer,he went on holiday like he normally does when stuff needs sorting

  • toon22

    Apr 22, 2019 at 2:58 PM

    Comment #2

    It happens every year

  • Jail for Ashley

    Apr 22, 2019 at 3:09 PM

    Comment #3

    You did say that, I remember it well as it irked me at the time, it was a while ago but you said it in the way that you do that says I’m right you’re all wrong, you told us they had a good relationship when the truth is, that came out later that they’ve hardly ever spoken. You said it in the same way that makes you tell us Ashley wants him to stay, you don’t know that, and from.the way things are panning out it looks nothing like him wanting him to stay.

  • Nostradamus the Geordie

    Apr 22, 2019 at 3:14 PM

    Comment #4

    It’s disgusting how MA treats a world class manager, fcuks off on holiday for four weeks when your business is in dire straights.

    Now what kind of idiot decides that he wants to be a snowbird as we call them when your business could lose 100 Million if your business gets demoted, thank god you have a world class manager steering the ship.

    Rafa has successfully in two seasons on a shoestring budget kept your business afloat, most people in business would reward that, but not our Micky, no he wants to gamble on the Club, City, Fans and Manager.

    Great thinking, let’s throw that dice every year, let’s play roulette and see if we come out on top, Mike stop fcuking around and give this guy a fighting chance, if you don’t and he leaves you may not want to show up to league games anymore.

  • Bobbybee

    Apr 22, 2019 at 3:26 PM

    Comment #5

    22, nothings been decided yet mate. There is a very good chance Rafa might leave, but then again he might not. Ashley’s a knob, no one will argue that. No one will argue his capability to lose the best manager we’ve ever had or likely to have, but the time for doom n gloom is if or when it happens.
    I have faith in Rafa. If anybody can win him round, it’s Rafa. If there’s any chance of him getting the price he wants for the club, it’s with Rafa in charge and sitting mid to upper in the league. Then he might get what he’s asking for the club, because the cost of pushing us on will be less. More attractive to any potential buyer.
    If the knacka refuses to sit down with Rafa then yes, his answer is given. Could he be so ignorant? Damn yeah, he’s a knob. But he’s also a businessman and surely he can see what I’ve just said about keeping the value high? Without Rafa, we will go down with this squad and many will leave the club anyway. He has to know that. So let’s wait and see. You just never know 🙂

  • widowmagandapoke

    Apr 23, 2019 at 6:43 PM

    Comment #6

    Ashleigh is a coward. He has done this American holiday opt out for the past few years. It is simply to avoid confrontation. He doesn’t want to speculate on the club. He just wants to sit on his profits and hope for the best. It is true that those in charge have no interest in or knowledge of football. If the unctuous one reneges again it will be disastrous. And yes, the fans would finally turn their back on the club.
    The board will think we would get another high profile manager in and all will be forgotten. However what high profile manager would come here under the present regime? I just fervently hope there is someone lurking and ready to buy this amazing club with amazing potential as Rafa himself saw it when he joined.

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    Apr 25, 2019 at 10:56 AM

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