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Rafa Much More Positive On Newcastle Future – Things Have Moved Forward

Rafa was much more positive on his Newcastle future today in his press conference for the Liverpool game tomorrow night.

And he has had positive talks with Lee Charnley and says things have progressed this week with the discussions.

These are some important things he said during the press conference this afternoon:

“We’ve had further talks this week. They’ve been positive and things have moved forward. We have time. We will let you know when we have news.”

“I know the fans are trying the emotional way like they did in the first year and I can feel that from them.”

“They want the best for the team like us. Do the positives outweigh the negatives? Yes.”

“Our season has been special because we didn’t start well against top sides. But little by little we have improved and we have changed so we are better at home than away now.”

“I would like to be quite good at both, but I am happy if we are good away”

We hope the discussion can quicken can and progress be made quickly but why on earth did the club let this go on for so long?

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186 comments so far

  • RobLeenio

    May 3, 2019 at 1:53 PM

    Comment #1


  • RobLeenio

    May 3, 2019 at 1:56 PM

    Comment #2

    Chris Waugh tweet on this subject:
    Chris Waugh@ChrisDHWaugh
    Benitez on his future: “I was speaking with Lee Charnley this week, we have had a conversation but we will let you know when we know. At least we are talking & we can move forward a little bit.” asked if positive: “Yes, maybe. I think so”. Not much info, but more positive #nufc

  • RobLeenio

    May 3, 2019 at 1:59 PM

    Comment #3

    And third!

    So, the club made an offer back in January, Rafa thought about it, put his own demands in around a month ago, the club thought about it, they’ve agreed on what they can agree on and know where they need to compromise / make concessions.

    Sounds all too civilised to me!

  • Nostradamus the Geordie

    May 3, 2019 at 2:05 PM

    Comment #4

    Ed moving at Quick pace again, great to see.
    I posted this on earlier thread but we moved to this one quickly, I would hope someone on here would say they would do this.

    On the Salah diving thing, I hope someone on here going to the game could get hold of some numbers and say a few mates and when Salah dives hold up there scores at the match like the Olympics, now that would be funny shit if shown on TV.
    It may turn into a craze at Liverpool’s games next season.

  • Lee Charnley Bunga Party

    May 3, 2019 at 2:22 PM

    Comment #5

    So I wonder how close both parties are towards a new contract for Rafa?

    I think the most interesting part of the negotiations would be finding out the concessions from Ashley and Charnley’s side what are they promising Rafa etc

  • Jib

    May 3, 2019 at 2:26 PM

    Comment #6

    You just have to hope that the timescale I forecast isn’t 100%
    or Jail will blow a gasket in a jealous fit of rage
    He’ll probably stamp his foot so hard he’ll split in 2 like Rumpelstiltskin

  • Tsunki

    May 3, 2019 at 2:31 PM

    Comment #7

    Bit late to the club valuation party but what baloney that valuation is, exceeding Ashley’s asking price? Give over. Typically the likes of Jib are all over that like flies on a Dennis Wise. 😀

    It’s got nothing to do with perceived value which outweighs the bean counting nonsense being spouted here – Mike has made the club into the Tindale Towers Bishop Auckland (look it up) except our ground is hardly in great upkeep these days. I mean in the sense of any financial value the club has, it’s desirability is seriously compromised by the poor image he’s created as a shop outlet and advertising board. It also assumes a lot of the money it makes actually goes into the club and not mike’s wallet by endless side doors.

    The real test of it’s worth is if anyone has bought the Des Res in question in the last decade it’s been For Sale.

  • Nufc 4ever

    May 3, 2019 at 2:33 PM

    Comment #8

    In my opinion Rafa will only sign under a different owner
    He will not commit to a man who can’t be trusted

  • toon22

    May 3, 2019 at 2:43 PM

    Comment #10

    Hiya JIB

    How many of your alt accounts think Rafa will even get to talk to MA ?

  • RobLeenio

    May 3, 2019 at 2:50 PM

    Comment #11

    toon22, I do wish you’d keep up.

    We all think Rafa doesn’t need to talk to Ashley.



  • Essex Geordie Bill

    May 3, 2019 at 2:54 PM

    Comment #12

    4 hours 5 Minutes to KO

  • RobLeenio

    May 3, 2019 at 2:58 PM

    Comment #13

    Bill, it’s Friday and the match is tomorrow.

    At least I hope it’s Friday, I’m at work!

  • Essex Geordie Bill

    May 3, 2019 at 3:01 PM

    Comment #14


    U23s v Reading! 🙂

  • Essex Geordie Bill

    May 3, 2019 at 3:11 PM

    Comment #15

    Good to see that less people think we’ll lose, to LPool.

    But a bit more optimism would be good, I’ve voted win. 🙂

  • lesh

    May 3, 2019 at 3:19 PM

    Comment #16

    Essex @12 and 14

    Mischievous monkey!


  • Munster Mag

    May 3, 2019 at 3:25 PM

    Comment #17

    Jib and Rob, this is good news. I tried to explain to Jail that it was a negotiation but he refused to accept this?? We all know that rafa likes a populist fight. He did it at Liverpool and Napoli. Elsewhere too. If he is given a 100mill budget he will push for more. I’m in a pub at lunch… ‘Free from desire’ is on the sound system…… More and more …. That’s what rafa wants….. And he’s dead right. But its still a haggle. Perez’ on fire…. 🙂

  • ShirebrookToon

    May 3, 2019 at 3:25 PM

    Comment #18

    Atmosphere should be electric tomorrow night. Evening kick off and the fans have had a full day on the pop. 😆


  • Munster Mag

    May 3, 2019 at 3:26 PM

    Comment #19

    Sorry…. Freed from desire

  • ronaldo aarons

    May 3, 2019 at 3:26 PM

    Comment #20

    We could have a full strength 11, play really well and still lose such is the difference in quality between the two sides. We are missing a few players, so are relying more heavily on luck to be on our side. I don’t really see us scoring tbh or keeping them out the other end.

    Cannot see a win.


  • Essex Geordie Bill

    May 3, 2019 at 3:30 PM

    Comment #21

    Don’t know if this gives an insight to Newcastle local politics but this a copy of an email I’ve sent to the Newcastle Planning department at the request of ‘action at 38 degrees’

    Dear Newcastle planning department ,

    Why are you giving permission for the opening of an open cast coal mine at Dewley Hill.

    Do you not read and understand the term ‘Climate Change’, it is happening and burning fossil fuels is a major contributor to this.

    I can only presume that non of the Planning Committee have children or grandchildren so do not care what type of future legacy they are going to leave for others who have.

    Profit before people seems to be the mantra permeating council chambers.

    I urge you to reconsider this scandalous decision whilst there is time to do so.

    A Geordie in exile.

    I realise that this is going to get me a few ‘what’s got to do with NUFC’ comments but it does affect everybody so fire away.

    I’ve provided the link if anyone else wants to protest. Feel free to copy and paste my message if you do so.


    NUFC 🙂

  • Jail for Ashley

    May 3, 2019 at 3:31 PM

    Comment #22

    Shut it Munster you insufferable bore 😀

  • toon22

    May 3, 2019 at 3:33 PM

    Comment #23

    Given MA past actions at the club I doubt MA will even talk to Rafa
    Others might

    He usually gets his goons to do his dirty work

  • RobLeenio

    May 3, 2019 at 3:33 PM

    Comment #24

    Bill, naughty!


    ShirebrookToon, it’s been a while. I saw Jazzy on yesterday too, good to see you both back on here.

    Is tomorrow your last home game before you ditch your season ticket? I seem to remember you were giving it up or I may be completely off the mark.

  • ronaldo aarons

    May 3, 2019 at 3:33 PM

    Comment #25

    Talks about Rafa staying are all well and good but getting it down in watertight contracts the promises discussed. We know from experience with Ashley that talking and doing are completely different things.

  • toon22

    May 3, 2019 at 3:34 PM

    Comment #26

    Funny how some people on here seem to think all is well with MAs running of our club

  • RobLeenio

    May 3, 2019 at 3:40 PM

    Comment #27

    Bill, it’s not mining coal that damaged the environment, it’s burning it. In this case, it’s going to be sold into existing coal markets where coal is already being burned, so actually it’s not contributing to an increase in greenhouse gas production.

    In fact, by producing it locally to where it is to be burnt, you save carbon emissions in the transportation of the coal.

    Also, Geordie jobs – important.

  • Essex Geordie Bill

    May 3, 2019 at 3:45 PM

    Comment #28

    Just watched episodes 2 & 3 of a house through time, the history of 5 Ravenscroft Terrace is truly amazing and well worth a watch for Geordies (and non Geordies) everywhere. It’s on BBC4.

    One fact that came up is that there was an internment ship off Southend pier for people of Austro/German origin during WW1 that I’d never heard of. Where one of the people who lived at the Terrace died whilst incarcerated there.

  • Jail for Ashley

    May 3, 2019 at 3:45 PM

    Comment #29

    Come on man, be honest here, you wanted him to negotiate and lessen his demands as further proof that this is the best gig he’ll get in England and you can carry on reminding us of that, because why would he have stayed without full control if he had better offers.

  • Jail for Ashley

    May 3, 2019 at 3:48 PM

    Comment #30

    Cue the circumnavigated the globe in eighty days in a hot air balloon to shake his teeny teeny little manos story!

  • Essex Geordie Bill

    May 3, 2019 at 3:50 PM

    Comment #31


    Bit of a moot point there, producing the coal will extend the life of places that burn it. These need to be turned into more environmentally friendly energy sources which incidentally can also produce jobs.

    I do get your point though after all the NE was built on coal.

  • Essex Geordie Bill

    May 3, 2019 at 3:58 PM

    Comment #32

    Tonights game for the U23s is the semi final of the play offs for promotion to League 1 of the U23s.

    Think it’s a single leg only, so they need to win in the away game.

    Presume it’s being shown somewhere on stream?

  • RobLeenio

    May 3, 2019 at 3:59 PM

    Comment #33

    Bill, that’s possible I guess – generally these little mines support old coal-board houses which still have back-boilers behind their fires.

    They get a lifetime of free coal if they worked for the coal board for a certain number of years, so they’ll never switch to gas as it’s expensive to install and costs more to run (what’s not more expensive than free?)

  • Essex Geordie Bill

    May 3, 2019 at 4:05 PM

    Comment #34

    Rafa is a bit of an enigma, doubt if any of us can truly gauge what he’s thinking, but I get the impression he enjoys the ‘discussions’ over his future with the evil one.

  • toon22

    May 3, 2019 at 4:07 PM

    Comment #35

    MA hasn’t bothered talking to Rafa yet

  • Essex Geordie Bill

    May 3, 2019 at 4:07 PM

    Comment #36


    My dad was a miner and we used to get the free coal, I wouldn’t have thought that there was many houses left with those back boilers anymore.

  • toon22

    May 3, 2019 at 4:10 PM

    Comment #37

    Just watching Goal on Sky Movies

    You think we would be the club chosen if they made this movie this year ?

    We’re so lucky MA “saved” us

  • Moonraker15

    May 3, 2019 at 5:02 PM

    Comment #38

    The press are just waiting to print the headlines, “Rafa ends Liverpool title hopes”
    Next day Rafa signs a 3 year contract and all is well in the world!
    Howay the Lads!

  • Charlie in the Gallowgate

    May 3, 2019 at 5:06 PM

    Comment #39

    Coal mining at Throckley
    50 jobs at the most for three years

  • Moonraker15

    May 3, 2019 at 5:09 PM

    Comment #40

    Rafa will sign for Ashley provided his conditions re budget and investment are written into a contract. Rafa’s got a proper legal team who won’t be outdone by Ashley’s! He gave up trusting the word of owners years ago when he was in dispute with Liverpool!

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