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Rafa’s Friend – He Should Go Back To Spain

All kinds of things could be happening because Newcastle have not yet signed Rafa Benitez.

And one of those is a club comes in and gives him everything he has asked Newcastle for – to make them into a massive club.

His friend and journalist Guillem Balague thinks that maybe the best thing to do with Newcastle’s intransigence – is to go home and manage a Spanish club.

He would then be able to manage a club that could possibly win European trophies which is what he wants to do.

Journalist Guillem Balague

This what Balague has said on his YouTube channel:

“I think Newcastle knows what Rafa Benitez wants – he wants to have more information about the budget,”

“Perhaps Newcastle are thinking: ‘Well, he hasn’t got other options in the Premier League so we can slow things down.’”

“They (the Newcastle hierarchy) are talking about a £100M (transfer budget]), but they said in two seasons, of £50M each season.”

“Is that enough when the likes of Bournemouth and Leicester, and others, will have £100M or more.

“It will limit the possibility of actually going up in the table.”

“I’m starting to think, if I’m Rafa Benitez, I go back home to Spain and look for a job in La Liga instead.”

“I am sure he has already got offers from other clubs, not just from China and Saudi Arabia. I’m sure that is the case.”

“If he was home, there won’t be just small clubs interested, I can tell you that. So I don’t know. If I was Newcastle even, if I have to sell the club, I’d rather keep Rafa Benitez in the club.”

“The club has probably mentioned that after the last game of the season it will be time to talk.”

“But that, of course, limits the possibilities for Rafa Benitez. because clubs are already deciding on managers,”

“So why make him wait? That is one that perhaps the fans of Newcastle will have to answer, and they can do so in the stands.”

“Make it known to Rafa Benitez [against Liverpool] that he is wanted because I think for most of the fans it’s exactly what they want.”

What a soap opera it’s become with the Newcastle club trying to sign a world-class manager who wants to stay at Newcastle.

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31 comments so far

  • martoon

    May 2, 2019 at 1:38 PM

    Comment #1

    You’d like to think that there are negotiations going on behind the scenes but knowing Mike Ashley then probably not!

  • carltoon

    May 2, 2019 at 1:45 PM

    Comment #2

    Very pleased your ok Ed. Keep well.

  • Dragon64

    May 2, 2019 at 1:48 PM

    Comment #3

    nice to no your ok Ed

  • Jail for Ashley

    May 2, 2019 at 1:48 PM

    Comment #4

    Ashley Out
    Rafa In.

  • JohnJ

    May 2, 2019 at 1:56 PM

    Comment #5

    It just shows what a total ar$hole Ashley is to keep us all, including Rafa, dangling like Sandy Shaw’s “Puppet on a String”

    How can a man who is obviously “clever” in or at business be so blind to fail to see that Mr. Benitez is and has enhanced Newcastle United FC since he became our Manager! There’s no doubt whatsoever that the value of his “Asset” is and has been vastly enhanced while Mr. Benitez has been our manager. There’s also no doubt the value of his asset will greatly depreciate should Rafa walk away.

    We would all understand if that was the case but from what I’ve seen & read 99.5% want Mr. Rafeal Benitez to continue with all the excellent work that he has done over the last three seasons!!!

  • magscar

    May 2, 2019 at 1:59 PM

    Comment #6

    Phew – glad to see you back ED 🙂

  • DubaiMicky

    May 2, 2019 at 2:04 PM

    Comment #7

    I wonder is this Team Rafa stirring the pot…..

    Glad to hear you’re a bit better Ed.

  • ashleysmate

    May 2, 2019 at 2:11 PM

    Comment #8

    Thats a good point… as we well know, Rafa can be a shrewd political animal when he wants to be

  • Ron Knee

    May 2, 2019 at 2:12 PM

    Comment #9

    8,700+ signatures.

  • toonbrother

    May 2, 2019 at 2:16 PM

    Comment #10

    If we can’t get Rafa to sign I say we go for wenger with viera or Henry as his understudy
    Get some good attacking football going again at SJP

  • jazzyp

    May 2, 2019 at 2:18 PM

    Comment #11

    Negotiations should have been done a long time ago,But in typical Ashley style hes left one of the best managers we’ve had out in the lurch.
    Well done Ashley yet again for proving what a W@nker you are

  • RobLeenio

    May 2, 2019 at 2:19 PM

    Comment #12

    Micky, you’d have to think that Balague is not saying anything that he thought would harm his mate Rafa and would clear anything new / controversial he wanted to say with before he said it.

    That said, there’s nothing new / controversial in the above, so I think it’s more likely that Balague is offering support to his mate rather than it being an unofficial Rafa press release.

  • RobLeenio

    May 2, 2019 at 2:21 PM

    Comment #13

    jazzy, to be fair, the club apparently tried to start negotiating with Rafa a couple of times earlier this season, it was Rafa who said the time to talk was when we were safe.

    Maybe as Rafa made Ashley wait, he’s now making Rafa wait in turn. I wouldn’t put it past him to be so petty.

  • toon22

    May 2, 2019 at 2:35 PM

    Comment #14

    The situation the clubs in is the usual MA tactics
    Say nothing and go on holiday and let it all blow over
    Hes been doing it for 12 years

    Rafa will leave with MA talking too him as he isnt interested in what Rafa wants for the club,MA is getting everything he wants as it is,why change anything ?

    Imho Rafa will leave at the end of his contract,they will dally round with the usual lies all summer before apointing someone like Stuart Pearce just before the transfer window closes,nice excuse to not spend again

    Leaving MA with next summers transfer budget to buy shops with,again

  • BlacknWhiteBarmy

    May 2, 2019 at 2:38 PM

    Comment #15

    You hit the nail on the head FroggyBoy

  • martoon

    May 2, 2019 at 2:56 PM

    Comment #16

    toon22 – you wage a good campaign and make some valid points. However as much as I despise Ashley it is not true to say the transfer budget is being used to buy shops. It is Sports Direct who are buying the shops – a company that is much bigger and richer than nufc. While it uses our world wide exposure for free advertising it doesn’t need our money!

  • Essex Geordie Bill

    May 2, 2019 at 2:59 PM

    Comment #17

    Ed, you did have us all worried there, glad to see you’re still with us.

    Suppose it’s good news that the latest problems aren’t related to the other health ones (?), but non the less not welcome ones.

    Fight the good fight and lets hope you are feeling better soon.

    Some good news of any sort on the Toon front would be a big boost to you and all of us, lets hope we have some soon.

  • lesh

    May 2, 2019 at 3:03 PM

    Comment #18


    I guess I’m more cynical of Ashley’s supposed attempts to start negotiating with Rafa a couple of times earlier this season and read that as being for media consumption rather than a genuine effort to broker agreement.

  • toon22

    May 2, 2019 at 3:08 PM

    Comment #19


    We made a profit from players for the last two seasons
    We got 100m from the tv iirc

    But needed a loan to buy Almrion

    Dont have to be an accountant to see where the moneys been going

  • toon22

    May 2, 2019 at 3:12 PM

    Comment #20

    Its another thing MA always does
    He makes sure the structure of all of his businesses are so complicated its impossible to unpick the accounts

    You really think hes not be able to profit from the Prem league ?
    Ever wondered why they want rid of him and use the fixture list and shocking bad refs to help ?

    The next manager who he drags in will find out soon enough,unless hes as good as Rafa or is lucky were in deep doggy dodo.

  • Jib

    May 2, 2019 at 3:12 PM

    Comment #21

    The various folk on social media who make a study of footy finances are all agreed that Nufc’s last accounts seem to be those of a business up for sale so something could still happen this closed season

  • Jib

    May 2, 2019 at 3:12 PM

    Comment #22

    The various folk on social media who make a study of footy finances are all agreed that Nufc’s last accounts seem to be those of a business up for sale so something could still happen this closed season

  • Optimistic Panda

    May 2, 2019 at 3:12 PM

    Comment #23

    Rafa has made clear what he wants to see from the club for four years.

    Ashleys had plenty of time to start renovations or have plans drawn up and ground broken on new facilities, plenty of time.

    Actions are worth more than words or written documents, maybe that’s why Rafas stalling, he wants to see action not hear the usual BS.

    It’s about the overall ambitions of the owner for the club not transfer kitties.

  • Jib

    May 2, 2019 at 3:14 PM

    Comment #24

    So good he said it twice

  • martoon

    May 2, 2019 at 3:25 PM

    Comment #25

    toon22 – I agree Ashley is siphoning some of the revenue streams such as the catering and club shop and the accounts showed we repaid some of his loan but it is still NOT being used to buy HOF etc. that is Sports Direct a separate company from nufc. This is not support of Ashley just trying to stick to facts not fiction!

  • RobLeenio

    May 2, 2019 at 3:33 PM

    Comment #26

    lesh, you may be right to be cynical, but if that was the case, it would have been very easy for Rafa to call his bluff and say that he welcomed the approach and wanted to meet the owner in the next couple of weeks.

    At the point, Ashley would have papped his pants, if it was all for show.

    It would have been a risky strategy, to say the least. I honestly think the delays to the negotiations have been on Rafa’s side and for good footballing reasons.

  • lesh

    May 2, 2019 at 6:18 PM

    Comment #27


    You’re assuming that had Rafa said yes to talks earlier, that those talks would’ve been with Ashley.


    Just because the club’s accounts look as though the club’s for sale doesn’t mean a thing. It could be dressed up to look attractive and the accounts tidied up but would that mean that Ashley’s greed would’ve been tempered?

  • GeordieTwo

    May 2, 2019 at 6:54 PM

    Comment #28

    Is Mike Ashley a terrible, irresponsible owner? Yes. Should he leave the club (i.e. sell it)? Yes. Is Rafa a terrific manager who is being jerked around by Ashley? Yes. Will we continue to struggle under Ashley? Yes. Do we have any power to do anything about this? Not really. People won’t stay away and Ashley loves the free advertising.

  • Munster Mag

    May 2, 2019 at 6:55 PM

    Comment #29

    Why would rafa not engage in talks before the season’s end?

  • GeordieTwo

    May 2, 2019 at 6:56 PM

    Comment #30

    You actually think Wenger would come to this clown show toonbrother? He would laugh himself silly if he was approached by Charnley.

  • GeordieTwo

    May 2, 2019 at 6:59 PM

    Comment #31

    Such a sad state of affairs that will never end until Ashley is gone. It’s truly pathetic, but he’s a leach. A parasite. There is no league protection from this sort of thing. Other clubs have gone t*ts up with owners like this.


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