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When Is Ashley Visiting Newcastle To Talk To Rafa – He Owns A Football Club Here


If somebody had said that Newcastle would still not have signed Rafa Benitez before the very last game of the season at Fulham, there would be almost panic with our fans.

Well, he still hasn’t signed along the dotted line, but the manager is also acting very professionally by insisting Newcastle is his first choice and he wants to stay on Tyneside.

In fact, he has said if things were right at the club (they aren’t at the moment) he could sign a really long term deal.

The 59-year-old has said he would like to manage until he’s at least 70 and if we had the appropriate people running the club they would be trying to sign him to a 10-year deal.

The best we can do it seems is to sign him up for the next three years.

Mike Ashley – standing in front of St. James’ Park?

Rafa has never broken a contract in his football career, and he’s unlikely to start now.

His relationship with the fans on Tyneside is unbelievable, and he often has said Newcastle have a great staff and he enjoys his day-to-day work at Newcastle.

Rafa Benitez has done a fabulous job for Newcastle, but Mike Ashley doesn’t seem very interested in rewarding him for that.

It’s really difficult to know what’s going on behind the scenes, but things have to be sorted out soon – Rafa has only a certain amount of patience dealing with the incompetent Newcastle hierarchy.

Rafa would simply love it if they listened more to him about what needs to be done at the club with his massive experience and his down to earth character.

Rafa is a workaholic and extremely intelligent – he has almost single-handedly lifted Newcastle back to the Premier League and kept us up for two seasons.

Now is the time to do what’s obvious to most people – give him control where he wants it and allow him to build a top-class Newcastle side.

The fact that Mike Ashley doesn’t want to do that seems both strange and disturbing.

But that’s Mike Ashley for you.

Maybe Rafa had some good news at his press conference tomorrow afternoon for our final game of the season at Fulham?

Hope so.

The fans have been very patient – to their great credit.

Comments welcome.


19 comments so far

  • Ron Knee

    May 9, 2019 at 9:43 AM

    Comment #1

    Jail

    “A goal from May will also be added when voting opens on Wednesday, 15th May.” (NUFC website)

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  • Jail for Ashley

    May 9, 2019 at 9:47 AM

    Comment #2

    Ron,
    Given it’s significance, I think it will be added and chosen tbh.

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  • RobLeenio

    May 9, 2019 at 9:47 AM

    Comment #3

    Was Ashley or one or more of his minions at SJP for the Liverpool match?

    Not heard anyone mention it, but I know several posters have ‘eyes’ on where they sit.

    1
  • Lee Charnley Bunga Party

    May 9, 2019 at 9:50 AM

    Comment #4

    This almost has shades of when we had Nolan, Enrique and Barton etc all removed!

    Very powerful voices who were willing to speak about the clubs lack of ambition all moved on within a season to be replaced with players who seen the club as a stepping stone! If we had kept those players to go with Demba Ba, Cabaye etc what a team we would have had!!

    Lascalles, Richie , Perez, Diame and Hayden have all been outspoken this season about the need for the club to get it together!

    Perez and Lascalles were signed before Rafa came in so would still have been given the whole stepping stone material when they were purchased but have been very good servants to the club but you can see they care unlike some of the players we have had !

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  • martoon

    May 9, 2019 at 9:50 AM

    Comment #5

    Ron Knee – I actually think Schar’s other goal where he dribbled through the defense is actually better but it’s all about opinions!

    5
  • Jail for Ashley

    May 9, 2019 at 9:54 AM

    Comment #6

    On thread,
    Oh noooo, nothing to worry about here, this is all Rafa’s doing, it suits him perfectly not knowing who he might be signing all the way up until June the 30th before going on a pre season on the other side of the world. On the other hand Mikey is chomping at the bit to get Rafa signed up, so much so he’s prepared to sit down and have exhaustive talks at 7pm on Sunday night after the game while the tee total Benitez sits and watches Mike get more and more belligerent as the late night carries on, this arrangement of course is at the behest of Rafa who’s two daughters won’t mind him being away at all.

    1
  • lochinvar

    May 9, 2019 at 9:57 AM

    Comment #7

    According to the Express, Southampton are planning a £30m move for Fulham striker Aleksandar Mitrovic, although the 24-year-old Serbia international is also attracting interest from West Ham and clubs in China.

    Rumours no doubt. Fiction even.
    That apart what sell on clause did Charnley insert when we sold him ?

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  • Lee Charnley Bunga Party

    May 9, 2019 at 9:59 AM

    Comment #8

    @Lochinvar

    Could be a 100% sell on clause for all we know the club won’t actually see any benefit as usual!

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  • Ron Knee

    May 9, 2019 at 10:00 AM

    Comment #9

    martoon

    Yes. I prefer this type of great goal:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WpuFePHvLUM

    HBA versus Bolton.

    2
  • Jail for Ashley

    May 9, 2019 at 10:02 AM

    Comment #10

    I think Mikey doesn’t want yo sit down with Rafa because he then has to explain the bare faced lies he has told him in previous sit downs.

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  • Geordie-john

    May 9, 2019 at 10:03 AM

    Comment #11

    He will no doubt turn up when it’s time to pick up some more money from the club to take to the USA or wherever he hides it. Nothing else is important enough to come here for including us and Rafa.
    Like I’ve always said once the profit stops then he will drop NUFC like a hot potatoe

    5
  • toon22

    May 9, 2019 at 10:12 AM

    Comment #12

    Rafa will leave without MA talking too him
    We will then pretend to look at a few candidates until about August
    Imho we will get Stuart Pearce with about a week of the transfer window left

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  • DubaiMicky

    May 9, 2019 at 10:13 AM

    Comment #13

    ashLIE and Rafa won’t sit down together, I think they despise each other. However I still think Rafa will sign because, in some ways they need each other.

    ashLIE can just sit back and know that the club will be safe while earning millions. Rafa, if he gets a few requests (100% owning the Club’s transfer budget/wage structure will never happen), then he thinks he can make something of it.

    Providing “every penny” the club generates in all it’s auspices go back into the Club, then we can be in a better place next season.

    Thing is, will ashLIE, a known megalomaniac, allow it to happen?

    Oh and just in case you missed the bus:-

    This made me laugh. Jack Colback!
    https://ibb.co/6BGwqSX

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  • RobLeenio

    May 9, 2019 at 10:14 AM

    Comment #14

    “Rafa will leave without MA talking too him”

    I very much doubt that will happen, but you’re entitled to your opinion. However, I do wish you wouldn’t express it as fact and call everyone who disagrees with you a shill.

    I’m not a shill, before you start.

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  • lochinvar

    May 9, 2019 at 10:18 AM

    Comment #15

    Geordie-john
    Therein lies the conundrum.
    With Sky and BT making NUFC matches one of their priorities the TV money keeps rolling in and with 52,000 every home game plus all the other revenue streams it’s not a money tree that’s suddenly going to stop giving unless it all goes down the pan like the mackems, Bolton and others before them.

    Ashley isnt going to drop us like a hot potato, the only hope and it’s a remote one is that he tarts the potato up and sells it as a diamond encrusted vegetable.

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  • Geordie-john

    May 9, 2019 at 10:22 AM

    Comment #16

    lochinvar
    Comment #15
    Totally agree with you. Let’s hope this time there is some truth in the Mexican rumour

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  • mactoon

    May 9, 2019 at 10:26 AM

    Comment #17

    I don’t think Ashley will even think there is a problem as long as Rafa is making positive noises in public. He will just leave it to the very (in)competent Charnley to get things done even though he has no authority to agree and enforce any of the changes Rafa wants. Rafa may as well be banging his head against the wall.

    Now we have players openly criticising the club’s lack of ambition, I expect a few more to follow Perez.

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  • WLtoon

    May 9, 2019 at 10:58 AM

    Comment #18

    I cant see Rafa staying,, Cashley simply does,nt match his ambition. If Benitez does leave, i think there will be a queue of players throwing in transfer requests and we will end up doing a Sunlun. i doubt we will have the characters to come straight back up if we get relegated next season,and the lack of tv revenue might be the only reason FCB will sell up, i think the club is a thorn in his side,, hes more interested in high street business.

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  • mactoon

    May 9, 2019 at 1:00 PM

    Comment #19

    Problem is WLtoon with Ashley just losing £150 million in the Debenhams collapse there is no way he would sell the club at a loss and he will want a minimum of £250 million to come out even. No one will pay that for a Championship club.

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