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Rafa Says He’s Not Relaxed About His Current Contract


It seems like Rafa Benitez is still waiting for a reply from the club (Mike Ashley) on the conditions he was asked to give Newcastle to stay onboard.

That was sometime before the game at Arsenal on April 1st.

Rafa met with Lee Charnley last week on how to handle the media about the negotiations, and we notice that Rafa never mentioned he’s still waiting for an answer from Ashley.

It doesn’t put the club in a good light so it seems Charnley obviously wanted Rafa to stop saying that in his meetings with the press.

Even though it still seems true.

But it really is worrying that Newcastle are leaving this thing so late in the season.

Rafa Benitez – I’m not relaxed – but it’s not depending on me

It seems clear Mike Ashley does not want to give Rafa the control he needs – that’s the cause of the delay and not particularly gid news.

This is what Rafa said yesterday about his current contract situation:

“I will let you know when we have news”

“There is no timescale really, but every day counts.”

“You want to do everything possible to start working on things for next season.”

“What do we want to do in the future? That is the key.”

“If we have different visions, we would have to find a point in between if we are happy with that.”

“We have to talk and try and move forward as quickly as possible.”

“I’m not relaxed (about the current situation).” “It is not depending on me.”

Maybe the club can get this thing sorted out before the home game against Liverpool next Saturday night.

And then a win against the Reds would be perfect and just what the doctor ordered.

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73 comments so far

  • Sad Frog II

    Apr 28, 2019 at 10:03 AM

    Comment #1

    Thank you Rafa! Wish you all the best for the future new challenges

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  • Bambams

    Apr 28, 2019 at 10:05 AM

    Comment #2

    If, as suggested in the press PSG do want Rafa, I would not blame him one bit if he left.

    AshLIE and CharnLIE are stringing him along, Ash cant be disturbed as he is allegedly very busy since his Easter break.

    Please tell me any other club who has this much potential, with a manager I would place in the top 5 in the world, who would treat a manager like this !

    Utterly disgraceful and I would expect better treatment.

    I think Rafa knows and I am 80/20 on him leaving at the end of his contract.

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  • Munster Mag

    Apr 28, 2019 at 10:10 AM

    Comment #3

    Jail, finding ‘the point in between’ is exactly the negotiation which I gave referred to, that you don’t want rafa ró engage in. That’s a but silly of you. It’s clear he isn’t going to get all he wants, and if he did rafa wud ask for more anyway. So let’s hope he can compromise and Ashley can too.

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  • ashleysmate

    Apr 28, 2019 at 10:21 AM

    Comment #4

    If, as it looks quite possible now, Rafa walks, may I suggest we all make ashlies life a living hell until he also walks.
    At this moment in time I’m not sure the best way to do this (staying the right side of the law) He already has a poor reputation in the business world but I would hope we can and will make his standing a lot lot worse
    HWTL

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  • Jib

    Apr 28, 2019 at 10:32 AM

    Comment #5

    Cyprus
    Happy Orthodox Easter Sunday
    Kaló Páscha

    1
  • geordiemark

    Apr 28, 2019 at 10:48 AM

    Comment #6

    good morning ladies and gents, well rafa wont be unsettled by contract issues with the toon will he and why should he, he has earned his money 10 fold more then what i can say for dodgy ashley and peanut head charmless

    if PSG want him as there manager am damn sure i would jump at the chance, 100 million over 2 seasons is a damn disgrace how much the club makes off tv ect ect and ashley wants his head read if he thinks rafa will accept that amount

    i wonder how the season ticket sales are going if rafa goes just watch how many will walk

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Apr 28, 2019 at 10:51 AM

    Comment #7

    Munster,
    What I meant by not negotiating is not caving to the demands set out by a group of men who know absolutely zilch about running a successful football club.

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Apr 28, 2019 at 10:51 AM

    Comment #8

    By the way, does anybody think I’ve made the head on Mashers too big for Del boy’s body or is it ok.

    3
  • geordiemark

    Apr 28, 2019 at 10:52 AM

    Comment #9

    Jail for Ashley

    the suits to tight its obvious he bought it at shite direct for ashley 🙂

    4
  • Jail for Ashley

    Apr 28, 2019 at 10:53 AM

    Comment #10

    Before Jiblets pipes up, I’m a sparky not a graphic designer.

    1
  • Jail for Ashley

    Apr 28, 2019 at 10:54 AM

    Comment #11

    geordie mark, you’re right, the big fat head is just right 😀

    4
  • Ron Knee

    Apr 28, 2019 at 11:02 AM

    Comment #12

    James Ducker@TelegraphDucker

    The top four race has become almost comically bad. 1 win, 1 draw, 6 defeats from last 8 games involving Spurs, Chelsea, Arsenal and United. Extraordinary really

    3
  • toon22

    Apr 28, 2019 at 11:10 AM

    Comment #13

    JIB

    How many of your alts are pro MA ?

    LoL

    Everton Chairman showing Mike Ashley up

    https://www.themag.co.uk/2019/04/everton-chairman-showing-mike-ashley-up-newcastle-united/

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  • toon22

    Apr 28, 2019 at 11:11 AM

    Comment #14

    Munster Mag

    Yes because MA has a record of being reasonable ?

    LoL

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  • toon22

    Apr 28, 2019 at 11:12 AM

    Comment #15
  • L Toon

    Apr 28, 2019 at 11:17 AM

    Comment #16

    Its not a question of rafa having to compromise, he shouldn’t have to because what hes asking for is not unreasonable. Its weather rafa feels he can fullfill his ambitions of competing for cups and Europe with the “project” (said very loosely) on offer. Rafa will have to accept that however much he says the training centre and infrastructure need improving he may as well urinate into a 100 mph gayle, as there just never going to do it. Rafa will have to cede on some things as they definitely wont give him everything but the club have got to give him enough of a reason to stay. Its imperative that lardey gives him a transfer budget figure. If the stooges said to rafa look, theres 40 – 50 mill to spent the way you see fit, plus anything you can generate from sales, were prepared to increase the wage budget to bring in two high earners, were prepared to offer Gayle to try and secure rondon, if not a marquee striker of your choosing and a midfield general of your choosing by selling shelvey, the power to utilise the foreign and domestic loan markets the way you see fit. That we will move straight away for the players that you want and that football logic dictates busineess logic. That should be the bear minimum but i think that will give Rafa enough of a reason to stay. Rafa will have to decide if that’s enough.

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  • AncientC

    Apr 28, 2019 at 11:21 AM

    Comment #17

    I see carl conveniently popped up again yesterday; I wonder what could have caused that lol.

    Oh how I would love to flush that pipsqueak’s head down a latrine.

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  • Ben Afri

    Apr 28, 2019 at 11:26 AM

    Comment #18

    Love Isaac Hayden’s comments here. Although the likes of Ritchie has said how important Rafa is to Newcastle, I think only Isaac has come out to say exactly what is needed. I think I remember Ritchie saying something along the lines of money not buying success, but here is what Hayden says:

    “Yeah it’s a relief [to achieve survival], I think at the start of the season that was obviously the target. We’ve obviously surpassed that now, we’ve got three games to go, hopefully, we get as many points as possible and we can beat our target from last year which was 44 points.

    There was just relief that we got it over the line as quickly as we did.

    A club of this stature, the target shouldn’t be just to finish above the relegation zone but at the minute that is where we’re at.

    We have to deal with that as players, coaching staff and as fans who support the football club but that isn’t the ambition in the dressing room.

    From a lot of the players we don’t just want to be fighting to beat relegation every season, we want to be as high as possible and getting up towards that top six or top eight positions in the league.

    But it was just a relief [to survive] and get it over the line so we have three games and hopefully we can finish around where we finished last year.

    We’ve obviously had the addition of Miguel Almiron – and I think going forward as a football club we have to start bringing in additions of that nature and that stature, otherwise you’re not going to compete in the Premier League if you’re not doing that because everyone else is doing it.

    It’s definitely something to think about going on.

    The investment, realistically, to become a top four club you’re talking half-a-billion-pounds, and even then you’re not guaranteed it because you have to gel the team but I think realistically that 7th-10th position is where this club should be challenging for.

    We’ve proven as a squad now that we are capable of performing in the Premier League on a regular basis around that mid-table mark but if you want to stretch and get into those higher positions and challenge and compete against the better the teams then you obviously need investment.

    As players you know that you want to play with better players. You don’t just want to sit here and say ‘we’re happy with what we’ve got’, we always want to improve and get better, play with better players who come in to improve the team and improve yourself.

    No one has the right to be a big club but you have to look at the infrastructure from the football club from 20 or 30 years ago.

    You have a football club which has a stadium which I think is in top 15 in Europe in terms of capacity, we had 50,000 fans every week in the Championship, we have it in the Premier League, we’ve had it for three years now since I’ve been here – full houses every game.

    It’s becoming a more global club not just in Europe but around the world with the sponsors that we have now so it is growing with that marketing stature.

    The fans, it’s notorious for the fans being as passionate as they are and the following we get home and away and the manager we have got here one of the best in the world – it speaks for itself, I don’t think you have to explain it too much to the people who are educated.

    I think if you look at it, the whole aspect of it, it has the potential to be a big club but at the minute, for whatever reason, it’s not quite at those levels that is was in the past and for those things that you need for that is something that the players and staff here cannot influence.

    It’s one of those things that hopefully in times to come we can become the club that we were before.

    Yeah of course, it’s well know what he’s done before Newcastle, his CV is very, very good and his achievements that he’s had at Newcastle are very, very good.

    It’s difficult for other people to understand because they’re not in the situation – they don’t know what it’s like to manage Newcastle United.

    People were saying ‘other managers have done this’ or ‘he finished 5th’ but at the end of the day in every single season the players improve, there’s more money coming into the league, there’s better managers that come from foreign countries and the league is growing and growing each year and the standard is getting higher.

    So just because you finish fifth five or six years ago, doesn’t mean you’re going to come anywhere near that this season or next season – every season is different, growing and becoming better but I think especially as we finished 10th last season in our first season back, to have a second season of almost consolidation really – finishing mid-table, it can’t be overlooked because when you look at other teams like Burnley, they finished seventh last year but were struggling below us.

    You have big clubs – West Ham, Bournemouth, Southampton, in and around us so it can’t be taken for granted just because we’re Newcastle.

    It’s a good achievement, it shows just what a good job he has done.

    ONE PEREZ

    “He has been underrated. With a player who has a playing style like him, I think it is quite easy to jump on the bandwagon of ‘he loses the ball’ or ‘he’s not good enough’ or ‘he’s too weak’ or whatever people may say but you have to look it as a player in that position, the stats he he’s had in that position – he’s now in the top 10 goalscorers, he’s scored ten plus Premier League goes in both seasons I’ve been here now and I think he’s up there for the best in the league for interceptions and tackles for forward players.

    His stats speaks for themselves, and as player he’s someone you always want to play with – especially now with the 5-4-1 as he’s been almost important defensively as he has been going forward.

    For me I know his qualities, the group know his qualities and the world is now starting to take notice which is nice.”

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  • magscar

    Apr 28, 2019 at 11:50 AM

    Comment #19

    So two more links to The Mag from froggie – Hmmm is there an agenda here? – disrupt the competition whilst pointing frequenters of this Blog to it?

    So which of The Mag contributors is he ? 😉

    4
  • Jib

    Apr 28, 2019 at 11:50 AM

    Comment #20

    AncientC
    If you are referring to carltoon.
    It’s pretty well established it’s a lady from N. Tyneside.

    3
  • Jib

    Apr 28, 2019 at 11:51 AM

    Comment #21

    magscar I suspected that a while ago

    1
  • ronaldo aarons

    Apr 28, 2019 at 11:52 AM

    Comment #22

    Great comments from Hayden, especially on the Perez issue in addition. I’ve noticed a few things past few games and he’s got leadership potential. Massive shame to see him go elsewhere.

    3
  • Ron Knee

    Apr 28, 2019 at 11:54 AM

    Comment #23

    “Sherringham loved what Salomon Rondon did for goal yesterday

    “Great centre forward play from Rondon, setting that ball up perfectly for his mate to come in and strike it, he told Sky Sports’ Goals on Sunday. Didn’t have to break his stride. Brilliant.”

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  • Ben Afri

    Apr 28, 2019 at 11:58 AM

    Comment #24

    Ronaldo Aarons

    Yeah, I thought so too. On the Perez comments, I must have been one of the last people to admit how important he is. I’ve slated him for a while but he’s combination with Rondon and Miggy has definitely proved me wrong, more so after losing him yesterday.

    On a separate note, I get annoyed when Ritchie doesn’t pass the ball to Miggy when he makes those wide runs. Then yesterday, I got annoyed when Atsu didn’t make those wide runs and I’ve come to realise that Ritchie plays the narrow passes regardless of who’s playing in front of him

    3
  • Jib

    Apr 28, 2019 at 12:01 PM

    Comment #25

    Ron
    Michael Owen was impressed by it as well.
    He said that chesting a ball down with just the right amount
    of force and in the precise direction is a difficult and under
    rated skill

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  • Rotonda heights

    Apr 28, 2019 at 12:19 PM

    Comment #26

    Munster

    It’s amazing how many times over the last few years you say ”wow, am I not allowed to criticise the manager”. It’s like you are a martyr to it.

    I think we all know your true feelings no matter how slyly and sneakily you pretend otherwise. Every opportunity to have a crafty dig and you’re in there.

    Yesterday with no Almiron and Perez (largely,) almost 70% possession at times first half, Mike Dean to contend with and up against a team fighting for their premiership survival, what exactly is your problem now?

    So 2 of the biggest and wealthiest clubs in world football want Rafa but in your words ”tactical genius my arse”. I know whose judgement I’d take any day. The armchair clowns on here who think they know better than Rafa but don’t work every day with the players and don’t know the inner workings of the club are a total embarrassment and should have a word with themselves.

    We have more points than last season and ok 1 or 2 like Lazaar who cost peanuts and Muto, not a rafa choice I suspect haven’t worked out but look at the vast majority of bargain basement signings who have. The Rondon’s shars, lejeunes, etc etc. Even SAF bought some duffers in his time.

    Don’t worry, Munster, catchy and the other footballing knowledge and tactically challenged throwbacks will be highly delighted when another McCardew comes along next season.

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  • Ron Knee

    Apr 28, 2019 at 12:32 PM

    Comment #27

    RH

    You forgot to mention “and he has small hands”.

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Apr 28, 2019 at 12:56 PM

    Comment #28

    Lads, Munster went be happy until he has the blog in unison slagging the manager for his many perceived faults. The injustice of Mcardew getting grief of the fans while Rafa, who wants the best for the club unlike the other three, gets off Scott free.

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Apr 28, 2019 at 12:58 PM

    Comment #29

    I wonder where all the clever posters who were calling for Rafa’s head after six games have gone , so bloody clever Munster eh?

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  • AncientC

    Apr 28, 2019 at 12:59 PM

    Comment #30

    Jib @20. No, ’twas a different character I was referring to. Carltoon seems like a nice lady.

    I just read that Schneiderlin hasn’t played any PL football in 2019. Considering Benitez (if still at the club next season) will be searching for a MF enforcer, I wonder if he would consider Schneiderlin a player he could bring back into form. He would be worth a punt if available on loan, imo.

    4
  • hibbit

    Apr 28, 2019 at 1:03 PM

    Comment #31

    RH

    You also forgot mention his “fair of balanced criticism”

    8
  • Jib

    Apr 28, 2019 at 1:07 PM

    Comment #32

    Congratulations to Tim Krul on his return to the EPL

    5
  • Jail for Ashley

    Apr 28, 2019 at 1:12 PM

    Comment #33

    Even today Munster is on about that crap Danish bloke that Rafa was after. Ok, he had a poor WC, a lot of people questioned the pursuit of Rondon before he came, how does anyone know if that Jorgensson had of came in he wouldn’t have had a similar impact, Wayne Rooney had s xhite WC in 2010. Everton have brought in Cenk Tosun for a lot more money, fair enough if Ashley was backing Rafa to succeed then he’d be fair game for any criticism. If Ashley had of said here’s £200M I want top seven and a cup at the very least then we’d have a point slagging his transfers and results if they were poor, but he isn’t being backed for success, he’s being backed to survive and he’s done that twice now. You criticise all you want Munster if it makes you feel good.

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Apr 28, 2019 at 1:16 PM

    Comment #34

    Munster,
    I think your true feelings about the manager have been well and truly exposed over the years despite your claims, what a shame all the other clever posters that don’t want him here either have found something else better to do leaving you as the only clever guy left.

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  • Jib

    Apr 28, 2019 at 1:17 PM

    Comment #35

    Morgan Schneiderlin played a full 90 minutes in Everton’s
    last 2 fixtures – Man U and C Palace.
    Marco Silva has scrapped plans to sell him in summer
    He’s more likely to sell DM Idrissa Gueye as he tends
    to unbalance Everton’s midfield

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  • carltoon

    Apr 28, 2019 at 1:17 PM

    Comment #36

    A very nice lady wow that’s made my day. Thank you

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  • carltoon

    Apr 28, 2019 at 1:19 PM

    Comment #37

    Sorry nice lady.

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  • carltoon

    Apr 28, 2019 at 1:22 PM

    Comment #38

    Nice photo on twitter of Sean Longstaff in Toronto. Watching the match with Canadian nufc supporters.

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  • ben.g

    Apr 28, 2019 at 1:28 PM

    Comment #39

    I fail to see what Rafa could of done yesterday.

    His options were limited, his other left back was playing CB, no other CBs available.

    Perez taken off, almiron injured.

    I thought muto might of gotten a shout. But I have not been watching them train!

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  • Bambams

    Apr 28, 2019 at 1:49 PM

    Comment #40

    Ben.g

    I was thinking that yesterday, his hands were tied.

    I did think he could of brought Muto on for Perez rather than Kenedy – but maybe in his head he is keeping Muto for Liverpool just in case Perez is not fit.

    Losing Almiron, Longstaff, Lascelles, Lejeune and now Perez….Could you imagine if we had lost these players earlier in the season ! Let’s not think about it…

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