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Negotiations With Rafa Following The Same Old Pattern

We should probably not be too surprised that Newcastle are taking so long to tie up Rafa Benitez to a new contract.

And there is a chance – a slight chance – that he could still walk away from the club, and yes – there’s some hope in that statement that he won’t do that.

If he does leave, then he knows he’ll break the hearts of Newcastle fans everywhere.

But it’s not too big of a surprise the way Newcastle (Ashley and Charnley) are handling the talks, which just happen to be vital to Newcastle’s future.

The two men have never ever been accused of moving quickly in the transfer market, for example.

Mike Ashley and Lee Charnley find it difficult to watch Newcastle

We waited three months to sign Florian Lejeune a couple of years ago after the player and his club waited for a deal with Newcastle to be finally agreed.

According to the Spanish media, Newcastle went into all kinds of low-level detail during the transfer discussions, and that surprised his club Eibar.

And it was in the summer of 2012 when we finished 5th in the league that we tried to sign French right-back Mathieu Debuchy but couldn’t agree on a fee with his club Lille.

We were in trouble in the league by the end of 2012 because our squad was not big enough to also play in the Europa Cup and Newcastle signed him up early in January.

The hierarchy seem to be willing to wait and wait and then wait some more – because there’s a (slight?) chance we may get a better deal.

Sometimes that may be necessary, but Newcastle do it far too much.

With Rafa, it’s now clear that Mike Ashley doesn’t want to give in to at least some of the manager’s demands.

The danger is Rafa could become so frustrated with Ashley’s antics and lack of communication that he decides he cannot work for the owner any longer.

That would not be good.

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8 comments so far

  • Jib

    Apr 26, 2019 at 1:06 PM

    Comment #1

    “Jail for Ashley
    it’s not your place to tell people what to do”
    Oh the irony

  • Jib

    Apr 26, 2019 at 1:11 PM

    Comment #2

    There’s no antics
    Just 2 lots of representatives talking.
    His contract is for another 9 weeks 2 days

  • Jail for Ashley

    Apr 26, 2019 at 1:11 PM

    Comment #3

    You said that on the last thread, you wouldn’t know an irony if a hot steaming tefal hit you right in your ugly mush 😀

  • Jail for Ashley

    Apr 26, 2019 at 1:12 PM

    Comment #4

    Yes Jiblets, you know exactly what’s going on don’t you.

  • Jail for Ashley

    Apr 26, 2019 at 1:15 PM

    Comment #5

    Brendan Rodgers had his contract sorted in weeks, Alan Pardew to Palace just like that. Don’t give it that they’ve only been in talks since last Sunday, ha ha ha ha, just doing the ha ha but because that’s what Jibbers does at something not very funny.

  • Jib

    Apr 26, 2019 at 1:31 PM

    Comment #6

    Rodgers/Pardew – they were starting at new clubs
    This is a renewal/extension we see contract extensions
    dragging on all the time

  • RobLeenio

    Apr 26, 2019 at 1:38 PM

    Comment #7

    We know things take time at NUFC, longer than they should. This isn’t ideal, but we shouldn’t be surprised when negotiations are drawn out. It’s just normal now.

    Is Rafa frustrated? I don’t know, I think all he’s said so far has been pretty neutral, as it would be if he was in the middle of a negotiation.

    It’s like when you’re trying to buy a car and negotiate over some new floor mats and treatment on the stone chips. You think you’re getting somewhere then your kid comes over and says “It’s the best car I’ve ever seen and Mummy says it’s a lovely colour and the boot’s nice and comfy for the dog and my Sister says the CD player’s perfect for her One Direction CDs and please can we get it Daddy, please?”

    You see the salesman’s eyes twinkle. You know you might still get the floor mats, but the stone chips are there to stay.
    We are the kid.

  • geordietom

    Apr 26, 2019 at 1:40 PM

    Comment #8

    i see S.D.S . has hit the blog again today …


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