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Newcastle Hierarchy Proving Difficult To Work With – And Not Very Ambitious

While there is still no news on Rafa signing his new deal since the game on Saturday at Brighton, there apparently has been talks between Lee Charnley and Rafa Benitez.

That’s according to a report in the Chronicle today, and with our next game not being until Saturday night at home to Liverpool surely they can work something out before then.

But maybe not.

The two parties are trying to find an in-between point where both Rafa and the club can agree to how the money is handled and that Rafa will get enough in transfer funds to bring in better players than over the last two years.

Rafa also wants to use older players when he thinks it’s necessary for the team.

The Newcastle hierarchy (Ashley, Charnley)  are proving it’s difficult for them to move quickly on any negotiations and they are difficult to work with.

Rafa Benitez – you’re going to give me how much to spend on transfers?

We know that’s very true with transfers, but they can’t even move quickly when the future of a world-class manager who wants to stay at the club is at stake.

It’s just unbelievable, and they are hardly looking professional or ambitious the way they are handling Rafa and the negotiations.

Mike Ashley is not likely to budge on the £100M he will give Rafa to spend over the next two years and in today’s transfer funds, that’s not much at all.

£100M can buy one outstanding player these days, and that’s not a lot of money for Rafa to spend – although we understand he can spend whatever he gets in from outgoing transfers.

Rafa is testing the hierarchy on how successful they want the club to be and the answers he seems to be getting are – “we are not that ambitious.”

He cannot be happy about that.

And there’s also some stalling on the wages the club will have to pay top players, if and when they arrive at the club.

It does seem that if Rafa stays, it will have to be at least on some of Mike Ashley’s terms – and that cannot be good news.

Rafa already has to be fed up with the miserly way Mike Ashley has run the club over the last three years.

Comments welcome.



7 comments so far

  • DubaiMicky

    Apr 29, 2019 at 2:00 PM

    Comment #1

    To be fair, I would never put in a £100m bid for one player. Eggs in basket comes to mind.

  • Hail Wor Ashley

    Apr 29, 2019 at 2:09 PM

    Comment #2


    Aye, there was plenty of suitors in Jan, Brighton, Cardiff, Everton and even Spurs were said to be interested, but they did well to hold on to him. Think with just 12 months on his contract and Hull having to cut costs/raise money again there will be plenty of interest.

    I suggested him back in Jan too, but not many are familiar with him so discussing him didn’t get any traction.

    He’s definitely one that can make the grade in the PL, especially under Rafa and in our system.

  • Lovem or Hatem

    Apr 29, 2019 at 2:11 PM

    Comment #3

    @ Hail

    Hopefully Everton and Spurs will be interested in other players. Need to make a bid asap for Bowen.

    What do you think of Daniel James (Swansea) – a possible alternative?

  • DubaiMicky

    Apr 29, 2019 at 2:13 PM

    Comment #4

    Just heard, Papiss Cisse has been injured in a bus crash in Turkey sadly it also took the life of Czech international Josef Sural.

    Jeez, makes you think.

  • DubaiMicky

    Apr 29, 2019 at 2:15 PM

    Comment #5

    It’s worse than that:-

    Club chairman Hasan Cavusoglu claimed the driver had fallen asleep behind the wheel.
    He said: “According to information I received from our police chief, despite there being two drivers on the vehicle, they were both asleep.
    “The crash happened as a result of them both being asleep.”

    No words.

  • Jib

    Apr 29, 2019 at 2:26 PM

    Comment #6

    Micky it has shades of the Emiliano Sala tragedy.
    Six players rented a minibus privately cos they
    didn’t want to wait for the team bus.

  • magicbus

    Apr 29, 2019 at 4:36 PM

    Comment #7

    Ashley doesn’t even have the ba@ls today he would quite happily settle for 17th every season.


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