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Rafa Gives Update – Many Things Still To Sort Out With His Contract


Rafa Benitez has been interviewed in the Sunday Sun today and he hasn’t said too much different than we have heard over the last couple of days.

He wants to stay at Newcastle, he likes it on Tyneside, but he must be able to compete in the top half of the league table.

Rafa’s sick of fighting relegation for the last two years.

Some of us are sick of fighting relegation consistently since Ashley arrived back in 2007.

We think it’s a long shot that anything can be agreed before our last game at Fulham next Sunday so the talks will to have to continue into the following weeks.

Rafa Benitez – at St. James’ Park yesterday

Do Newcastle have to do everything at a snail’s pace?

Rafa has said this in the Sunday Sun today on things still to be sorted with his contract:

“There are a lot of things.”

“But the main thing is if we can maximize the potential of this club. I am not happy when you have to play a game and think: ‘If we can get a draw we’ll be satisfied’.”

“At the moment it has to be with the top 10 teams then it depends on how strong you are.”

“Then you can go closer, maybe the top six. My idea is to win every game if you can – I am not very happy when I can’t.”

“I am really happy here. I don’t have any problems and the fans are fine. The people in the streets and people around are fine.”

“The staff are good. There are a lot of positives here.”

“The main thing is – can we compete? That is the problem.”

We have a feeling this could take a few weeks yet!

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87 comments so far

  • Ron Knee

    May 5, 2019 at 8:25 AM

    Comment #1

    Mark Douglas@MsiDouglas

    So dust has settled. What a night at St James’ Park – a brilliant #lfc side who are so dangerous, full of heart and attacking intent and would have won the title by now in any other year.

    What’s brilliant is the way #nufc matched them. Couldn’t get close earlier this season.

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  • martoon

    May 5, 2019 at 8:33 AM

    Comment #2

    Charlie – I can’t agree with your Atsu Mark’s – I thought he had his best game for quite a while – always busy beat his man a few times and got some good crosses in.

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  • chicousa

    May 5, 2019 at 8:45 AM

    Comment #3

    OK, so the deliberate handball by Alexander-Arnold to deny a goal gets washed away by fact that Atsu scored. Sorry but that is a bad rule. An intentional cheating action should be punishable despite what happens later on in the action.

    If this rule applied in life then say a gunman deliberately shoots at an innocent person with a gun, but misses him and that person then steps out into the street and gets hit by a car and dies anyway, then is the gunman’s attempted “crime” get waved off???

    In this case AA didn’t get any disciplinary action against him at all! Not even a bloody yellow?!!!

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  • martoon

    May 5, 2019 at 8:56 AM

    Comment #4

    chicousa – by the letter of the law it should have been a yellow but because we scored it gave the ref a chance to bottle it imo.

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  • hibbit

    May 5, 2019 at 8:59 AM

    Comment #5

    How the F##K did Liverpool supporters get there hands on so many tickets in just about every section of the ground,

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  • chicousa

    May 5, 2019 at 9:03 AM

    Comment #6

    Yeah, he bottled it alright!

    Actually if the ref was letting play continue, then after Atsu scored he should definitely have given a yellow. His best excuse now should be that he missed the handball completely, therefore in his mind no red OR yellow regardless of Atsu’s scoring. If that is true then that was an epic miss of an obvious cheating action!

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  • jazzyp

    May 5, 2019 at 9:04 AM

    Comment #7

    Hibbit

    ST holders selling there tickets. Apparently there was quite a few in the front rows of the gallowgate which as we all know is all St holders

    1
  • jazzyp

    May 5, 2019 at 9:07 AM

    Comment #8

    Still don’t see Ashley caving in to Rafa mind.If Ashley can get a recognised manager in and keep everything status quo,Then that’s what he will do

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  • Charlie in the Gallowgate

    May 5, 2019 at 9:08 AM

    Comment #9

    Hibbitt
    Don’t know
    I know some go on general sale but usually they go to season ticket holders
    Maybe also some so called toon supporters would rather make a quick buck – know someone sold his platinum ticket for the game for £600
    Fight broke out three row in front of n
    Me and I sit in the top tier of the Gallowgate – stewards did sod all stood and watched

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  • simon376

    May 5, 2019 at 9:09 AM

    Comment #10

    Normally totally agree with merit marks, but last night I thought Atsu was one of our best players.
    As for the handball, I understand why he wasn’t sent off, but as said, the rule is totally wrong, and should have been a yellow
    The ref and linesmen were appalling
    As for the Liverpool fans getting tickets, again shocking and action needs to be taken. Anybody who sold theirs to them needs banning. As for ones that bought tickets for platinum club, how are the sales allowed to go through. As much as I’m against what Fulham have done with tickets, we should be doing something similar with tickets for a home end. If being bought by someone from an opposition postcode the sale can’t go through. Apart from anything else, have to look after both sets of fans to make sure no trouble, but no only look at the books, sales and cash coming in

    3
  • bettyswallocks

    May 5, 2019 at 9:11 AM

    Comment #11

    Gutsy , positive performance from the lads last night dispelling all the ridiculous suggestions that Rafa would be so dishonourable as to hand the game to Liverpool. Those that implied such a thing ought to be thoroughly ashamed of themselves.

    I thought Atsu was starting to show a few glimmers of confidence after he scored and I do think there is a player in there somewhere. Rafa has stated several times that he has been showing a lot of skill and commitment in training and seems to rate him. Maybe if he stays and is finally over the injury problems he could have a better time of things next season.

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  • bettyswallocks

    May 5, 2019 at 9:22 AM

    Comment #12

    Reading back on some of the Perez comments I am baffled by those that are trying to defend Perez’s performances at the start of the season. I fully accept that he has upped his game considerably of late but to try and suggest that his weakness on the ball when challenged , running into blind alleys and consistently losing possession then falling down and rolling around on the floor like he’d been shot at the slightest touch is not my idea of good play.

    As I say he has shown massive improvement during the last couple of months and even if the cynical stance may be to wonder whether or not he is just playing for a move , either way it can only benefit the club.

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  • simon376

    May 5, 2019 at 9:31 AM

    Comment #13

    Don’t know if Perez is playing for a move or just because Almiron brought in and maybe puts him at risk, but as said at least he has upped his game and better for us. Hopefully he will continue in the same form if he stays with us. Let’s hope Rondon is able to stay as well, been a long time since we have had such a good partnership up front. Hope we are able to keep the good midfield partnership as well and something can be done to get Hayden to stay and make it easier for his family life that does have to come first for him no matter what

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  • Munster Mag

    May 5, 2019 at 9:37 AM

    Comment #14

    Betty I have defended perez because I always felt he was miles better than people gave him credit for. I know that he was doing down blind alleys etc but I felt his touch and especially work rate was always good. Rafa loves him. I have felt for years that he closes down really well in terms of how he puts doubt into defenders by the angles he takes when closing. He was nice to my daughter too.

    2
  • Jail for Ashley

    May 5, 2019 at 9:38 AM

    Comment #15

    martoon,
    Letter of the law yellow??? Obvious handball and straight red mate.

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  • Jail for Ashley

    May 5, 2019 at 9:41 AM

    Comment #16

    Munster,
    How big were his hands?

    1
  • Munster Mag

    May 5, 2019 at 9:42 AM

    Comment #17

    I don’t like City and the brother in law is full of it about them, but Liverpool take the biscuit and klopp is beginning to grate. And as I said souness is everywhere these days. On radio over here too, and on our champs league coverage. Can you imagine if they beat barca? Please God it won’t happen. I’d be worried about city v Leicester. I think City look vulnerable and a bit tired.

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  • Munster Mag

    May 5, 2019 at 9:43 AM

    Comment #18

    Not the biggest Jail. Was there a lot of aggro in the ground? Very unusual these days.

    1
  • kimbo

    May 5, 2019 at 9:46 AM

    Comment #19

    What an atmosphere, but empty seats all around me, season ticket holders not turning up, wow what did they miss. Liverpool players are a bunch of cheaters, whingers and Henderson spent all match whining at the Ref. Ref was so biased to Liverpool, everytime we touched their player they would fall over and get free kick, Atsu in the second half gets a 2 handed push in the box and play waved on by ref, elbow in the face by Van Dyke and play waved on.

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  • posada

    May 5, 2019 at 9:48 AM

    Comment #20

    Justice must be seen to be done. It should also be explained.
    The goal line hand ball. The ref should explain it as he saw it. Did he see the hand ball. What policy did he apply.
    You can’t plan for every situation in a football match. Too many variables. However, you can anticipate that will happen from time to time and the policy on it should be clear cut.
    I’ve read what’s been said by many who have looked up the rules and have put their slant on it.
    Not good enough we should hear it direct from the horses mouth. the FA, the refs panel – whoever.

    2
  • posada

    May 5, 2019 at 9:50 AM

    Comment #21

    Watching it live I thought Ritchie had given away a daft free kick. As did MOTD.
    Having seen it on twitter it’s disgraceful cheating.
    You have to say Liverpool lobby well. The club, the ex players the pundits they all put a Liverpool slant on all things.
    Well assisted by SKY/BBC.

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  • Jail for Ashley

    May 5, 2019 at 9:52 AM

    Comment #22

    Munster,
    Loads of bother, how they managed to get 200+ seats all together is beyond me, that’s what happens when you sack all the ticket office staff.

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  • posada

    May 5, 2019 at 9:55 AM

    Comment #23

    I can read these refs like a book.
    They would love it if Liverpool were 3-0 after half an hour. Why – easy night, no big decisions to make. When the script is not to their liking they crap themselves and make all sorts of weird decisions.
    Many have been mentioned already.
    One that has not. We had the ball at the very end and were about to play it into their final third.
    8 mins and 10 secs had been played. Wait for a break in play then blow. No stopped it there and then.
    I’ve seen games go to 6 minutes extra from 5 minutes alloted extra time.
    Just did not want the unexpected once again.

    1
  • dig-n-dig22

    May 5, 2019 at 9:57 AM

    Comment #24

    Some of our defending was shambolic last night ,other teams have definitely done their homework on our defending of set pieces from crosses into the box. How was Van dijk allowed to stroll from the edge of the 18yd box unopposed to head home from 3yds ? ,the goal was identical to the goal Rice scored for WHam and Boly scored for Wolves , they all had a clear run at goal from the edge of the 18yd box to head home from close in after their other team mates blocked our defenders. Do our coaching staff not study video’s ? because it’s glaringly obvious.

    3
  • jazzyp

    May 5, 2019 at 10:01 AM

    Comment #25

    “Its been a pleasure to play in front of these fans”
    Sounds like Hayden is definitely off this summer

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  • Charlie in the Gallowgate

    May 5, 2019 at 10:02 AM

    Comment #26

    Liverpool first goal – Blocking off defenders/attackers deliberately not deemed foul play

    1
  • posada

    May 5, 2019 at 10:02 AM

    Comment #27

    City have had a full weeks rest before their next game.
    They should not be tired.

    It seems that for whatever reason many want a Liverpool title win.
    Why ?
    First time for 30 years.
    Someone different for a change.
    Better story line.

    Great, but it is affecting decisions on the pitch.
    I hope City demolish Leicester and the arrogant BR.

    7
  • hibbit

    May 5, 2019 at 10:10 AM

    Comment #28

    absolute disgrace liverpool fans were allowed into home sections of the ground in full view of club stewards in liverpool tops making NO attempt to hide them,
    how on earth were they able to get such a large blog of tickets together in one block ??????
    that’s not individual fans selling odd ticks that’s the club cashing in

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  • hibbit

    May 5, 2019 at 10:11 AM

    Comment #29

    *tickets*

    0
  • geordiemark

    May 5, 2019 at 10:12 AM

    Comment #30

    after watching the match last night with liverpool and there play acting from mane to salah and co i hope barcelona hammer the living shit out of them in the champions league there already 3 up so lets see them get beat 5-0 at anfield and lets hope man city win there last 2 games and liverpool win bugger all for all there play acting to win games, its not just them though as we have seen over the full season the refs and linesmen need changed sack them all and bring in european refs and linesmen that will stop any favouring any team, it will how ever not stop corruption in our sport though because this corruption goes from the premire league to the football league onto eufa and fifa this

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  • Munster Mag

    May 5, 2019 at 10:13 AM

    Comment #31

    We’re all becoming city fans. Fair comment re our defence

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  • geordiemark

    May 5, 2019 at 10:14 AM

    Comment #32

    hibbit

    obviously someone has thought lets sell the block of tickets to there supporters and make a killing on it with the prices

    3
  • ronaldo aarons

    May 5, 2019 at 10:15 AM

    Comment #33

    Suarez got absolute slammed when he cheated and hand balled on the line for Uruguay. Not Trent though, not one of our own English lads, we don’t do that. Expesically when he plays for our darling clubs in Liverpool.

    All these pundits are a disgrace. Complain about diving every other week then start laughing about it when it’s one of their teams benefiting as if it’s accepted. Next week they’ll be crying about ‘simulation’.

    5
  • L Toon

    May 5, 2019 at 10:18 AM

    Comment #34

    Simon 376
    Perez has certainly upped his game and has definitely benefited from having better players stound him, rafa getting him to train with a blindfold has certainly made his movements more crisper and sharper. Perez has made no secret of his desire to play in la liga and i think if rafa goes, perez will follow suit.

    2
  • carltoon

    May 5, 2019 at 10:18 AM

    Comment #35

    Have you seen the twitter vid. Of the Liverpool fans in the Platinum club. There was one Policeman who was protecting them. Two sitting behind me. They never celibrate. Mind it’s the best atmosphere I’ve known since going there from the Gallowgate end.

    1
  • geordiemark

    May 5, 2019 at 10:20 AM

    Comment #36

    ronaldo aarons

    well put, i laughed when i saw simon bird say liverpool showed bottle what bottle did they show when they were play acting that much its not the league they should win its a bloody oscar in hollywood

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  • Munster Mag

    May 5, 2019 at 10:30 AM

    Comment #37

    Just for clarity and because I will be meeting a Liverpool fan, can we clarify the cheating. I know the Ritchie free kick was a free but what else. Worryingly I can see them getting two goals in the first half v barca.

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  • Ron Knee

    May 5, 2019 at 10:30 AM

    Comment #38
  • posada

    May 5, 2019 at 10:31 AM

    Comment #39

    Liverpool are very good at lobbying and pushing their agenda.
    I actually think some in the media fear this.
    If anyone does point out how much they cheat they are very quick to play the role of the victim.
    The world is against us.

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  • Optimistic Panda

    May 5, 2019 at 10:32 AM

    Comment #40

    Perez has been shamed into action by Almiron.

    Almiron gets smashed all over gets up and gets on with it. It’s all well and good closing down and chasing but if you dont or wont put a foot it it’s pointless.

    I’ve said for ages Perez makes doing nothing but looking busy a art form, now hes actually working putting a foot in and not falling over he looks like a player.

    Since Almiron arrived Perez has got 10 goals, yes theres space and more movement but the biggest change is Perez attitude for whatever reason.

    2 goals first half of season 10 in second, that’s down to more than just form!

    I think Perez has been suffering Sissokoitis

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