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We Hope And Pray Rafa Stays – But He’ll Only Be Freed When This Happens


It was another excellent Q&A in the Chronicle today this time with the experienced Mark Douglas answering questions.

People at Newcastle right now (fans, journalists, players, staff, shopkeepers, businessmen, Starbucks lovers, Greggs patrons .. …) don’t know much about what’s happening.

But Mark thinks the meeting between Ashley and Rafa could happen tomorrow although there could be more than one meeting to agree to a deal between the two men.

Unfortunately, both men are both stubborn and resolute in their views – as Douglas rightly points out.

If Lee Charnley is still in charge of transfers for Ashley, then it seems like it will be the same old same old even if Rafa signs.

Nothing too much will change.

We remember the saying – a leopard can’t change its spots.

Remember this Public Relations picture of two years ago?
Rafa was then screwed by Ashley in the transfer market
Not good

Another saying we made up – Mike Ashley doesn’t like to spend money.

Long transfer cycles will continue as Lee Charnley follows his directions from the top and tries to do the best-ever deal for every transfer transaction he does (for Ashley).

That is not the way to get players in quickly as Rafa wants – and it is not the way to get top players to Newcastle

So we don’t see much changing if and when Rafa signs a new deal.

Rafa will still be frustrated – but we hope this time it’s not by the transfer funds Mike Ashley is willing to give the manager.

If we can get Mike Ashley to cough up some money for Rafa – that will be a big step forward.

After all, it’s the club’s money, not Ashley’s we are asking him to spend.

And Rafa has earned significant transfer funds by having Newcastle finish reasonably positioned in the Premier League given the investment he’s been given – 10th place on 44 points last season and 13th place with 45 points this season.

Will Mike Ashley will give up control to Rafa for the transfers?

We doubt that will happen although we hope it does.

Unfortunately, the truth is that things will change for the better and Rafa will be unleashed at Newcastle only when some humanitarian billionaire reads about the pain and suffering of Newcastle fans over the last long twelve years.

And then he (she) comes in and does a humanitarian act by buying out Ashley for the money he wants for the club.

Only then can Rafa Benitez start making Newcastle great again and be uninhibited in doing that: he will be supported by the new owner

What a concept!

And then the sparks will really fly.

Maybe that’s what Rafa is waiting for?

Howay The Lads.

Comments Welcome.


97 comments so far

  • Jib

    May 15, 2019 at 8:17 PM

    Comment #41
  • Jib

    May 15, 2019 at 8:32 PM

    Comment #42

    Derby get a goal back after a terrible Leeds mix-up

    2
  • Jail for Ashley

    May 15, 2019 at 8:33 PM

    Comment #43

    Jiblets,
    If we wanted a Leeds’/Derby commentary we’d be on BBC football!

    6
  • Bobbybee

    May 15, 2019 at 8:34 PM

    Comment #44

    Quality defending from Leeds. No, quality not the right word…. SHYTE 🙂

    2
  • Jib

    May 15, 2019 at 8:36 PM

    Comment #45

    jail still thinks he speaks for the whole blog
    Psychopath

    4
  • Jib

    May 15, 2019 at 8:37 PM

    Comment #46

    Bobby the Leeds fans are still horrible
    Did you ere them booing every time Derby had possession ?

    1
  • Jib

    May 15, 2019 at 8:37 PM

    Comment #47

    ere = hear

    1
  • Bobbybee

    May 15, 2019 at 8:40 PM

    Comment #48

    It’s defending Jib, but not as we know it, not as we know it, not as we know it…. 🙂

    1
  • Bobbybee

    May 15, 2019 at 8:42 PM

    Comment #49

    They make me laugh. Talk about the YRA – whilst the majority in Leeds support teams from the old Lancashire – Manure, Liverpool, Everton etc. If they don’t go up from here they could find themselves stuck there for another decade. Bliss

    1
  • Bobbybee

    May 15, 2019 at 8:49 PM

    Comment #50

    Most fickle of fans too. They’ll turn on them if Derby score again GET IN HA HA HA HA!!!

    1
  • Jib

    May 15, 2019 at 8:50 PM

    Comment #51

    Bloomin’ heck

    1
  • Mag :P

    May 15, 2019 at 8:51 PM

    Comment #52

    Not a bad game this to be honest

    1
  • Just a fan

    May 15, 2019 at 8:52 PM

    Comment #53

    Mr tuff re old blue eyes is back in town with his multiple crap

    2
  • Bobbybee

    May 15, 2019 at 8:56 PM

    Comment #54

    Mag P, definitely mate. That second Derby goal has woken things up a bit!

    1
  • Jib

    May 15, 2019 at 9:01 PM

    Comment #55

    Leeds 1 Derby 3 !!!!!!!

    1
  • martoon

    May 15, 2019 at 9:02 PM

    Comment #56

    crackin’ game this.

    1
  • Jib

    May 15, 2019 at 9:03 PM

    Comment #57

    martoon
    sssshhhhh you’ll upset Jail

    4
  • martoon

    May 15, 2019 at 9:04 PM

    Comment #58

    Repost for those that missed it – here is the moment you’ve all been waiting for – I can now reveal the blog predictions. I must apologise for the layout – no matter how hard I try I can’t overcome WordPress removing spaces and the proportional fonts which make it impossible to keep the columns straight.

    I have arranged them in points order so judge for yourselves but in my opinion the winner is Markaccus – spot on with position, points, Top goal scorer and No. of goals, 1 away from the cup rounds and well out with player of the season but then most people were. Interestingly, once again, the average/mode was not far away because although not shown Perez was second in the Top Goal Scorer list.

    Poster………………Posit.Points.LC..FAC..Blog PotS..Top.GS..Goals
    ———————————————————————-
    aussiemag…………….20…..31…1….1…Joselu…..Joselu…5
    SUTTY1978…………….18…..31…3….3…Ritchie….Perez….8
    ilovetoon8788…………18…..31…3….3…Lascelles..Rondon…6
    Spotlight.Kid…………18…..35…3….4…Lascelles..Perez…13
    Shot.Bru……………..17…..37…3….3…Kenedy…..Perez…11
    Mister.Tuff…………..16…..39…4….4…Shelvey….Muto….13
    firebug666……………16…..39…5….6…Shelvey….Rondon..17
    Clasol……………….17…..39…5….5…Ki.S.Y…..Muto….10
    dig-n-dig22…………..16…..40…5….5…Lascelles..Kenedy..14
    BlacknWhiteBarmy………16…..40…4….4…Kenedy…..Joselu…2
    Canuck.Mag……………14…..41…3….4…Dubravka…Perez…11
    toon.kk………………15…..41…4….3…Shelvey….Rondon..13
    Optimistic.Panda………15…..41…4….4…Muto…….Rondon..13
    Toonces………………13…..41…5….6…Kenedy…..Rondon..15
    Shoulders.knees……….18…..41…3….6…Ritchie….Perez…18
    Bambams………………15…..41…5….6…Muto…….Rondon..12
    Black.and.white.armpit…15…..41…5….5…Kenedy…..Rondon..12
    Charlie.in.the.Gallowga..16…..41…4….4…Dubravka…Perez…11
    chicousa……………..14…..41…6….5…Shelvey….Rondon..11
    Bianconeri……………16…..41…4….4…Dubravka…Rondon..10
    Mrs.martoon…………..13…..42…4….5…Shelvey….Kenedy…9
    Mag_:P……………….12…..42…5….3…Dubravka…Rondon..12
    DaveD1000…………….14…..42…4….6…Shelvey….Rondon..17
    nut.meg………………12…..42…5….5…Shelvey….Rondon..14
    Marzy………………..12…..42…5….5…Lascelles..Rondon..10
    Budge123……………..15…..42…3….4…Dubravka…Rondon…9
    Toon.fm.Exeter………..14…..42…4….4…Dubravka…Perez…11
    toonluvva…………….14…..42…3….4…Muto…….Muto….18
    c-dog………………..14…..43…4….4…Lascelles..Rondon..11
    OneAlanShearer………..12…..43…3….8…Muto…….Rondon..15
    EssexJordy……………12…..43…5….4…Dubravka…Perez….9
    hibbit……………….14…..43…5….6…Muto…….Rondon..13
    Rafabomb……………..12…..43…6….5…Shelvey….Rondon..12
    NUFCadon……………..14…..44…4….4…Schar……Rondon..11
    Our.Toon……………..14…..44…4….3…Rondon…..Rondon..12
    A.Pain.in.the.Blog…….10…..44…3….4…Shelvey….Perez….8
    Reilly……………….14…..44…4….4…Muto…….Rondon..11
    JohnJ………………..12…..45…?….5…Dubravka…Rondon..12
    Lovem.or.Hatem………..13…..45…5….4…Kenedy…..Rondon..13
    Rowan………………..12…..45…4….5…Dubravka…Rondon..15
    Markaccus…………….13…..45…3….3…Kenedy…..Perez…13
    willowdalerez…………10…..45…3….3…Kenedy…..Rondon..12
    sing.in.the.corner…….13…..45…5….4…Kenedy…..Rondon..10
    Mag52………………..10…..45…7….5…Lascelles..Rondon..15
    Pitmatic……………..15…..45…4….3…Dubravka…Rondon…9
    Graeme……………….12…..45…4….4…Lascelles..Rondon..17
    Transfer.Sage…………12…..45…5….3…Rondon…..Rondon..15
    midweek.weekend……….10…..45…3….8…Rondon…..Rondon..19
    martoon………………10…..46…3….3…Lascelles..Rondon..12
    thatmatt……………..12…..46…4….5…Lascelles..Rondon..12
    ShirebrookToon………..10…..46…6….4…Muto…….Rondon..13
    Pardews.Priceless.Bulls..11…..46…4….3…Lascelles..Rondon..14
    jesperfuglsang ……….12…..46…4….5…Lascelles..Perez…11
    Jail.for.Ashley……….10…..46…4….8…Kenedy…..Rondon..12
    G……………………15…..46…4….6…Lascelles..Perez…11
    Average_Contents………14…..47…3….4…Shelvey….Muto….11
    GeordieTwo……………12…..47…5….5…Kenedy…..Muto….14
    RUNAWAY777…………….9…..47…6….6…Shelvey….Muto….14
    Legolas………………11…..47…6….5…Shelvey….Rondon..16
    ronaldo.aarons………..10…..48…5….5…Rondon…..Rondon..13
    Dagwoodz……………..11…..48…4….4…Lascelles..Rondon..14
    mac.the.jaffrey……….12…..48…5….6…Muto…….Rondon..14
    RobLeenio……………..8…..48…5….4…Kenedy…..Muto….14
    Rackateer…………….10…..48…5….4…Kenedy…..Rondon..16
    MadisonToon…………..10…..48…5….6…Shelvey….Rondon..18
    the.white.tino………..12…..48…5….6…Shelvey….Rondon..14
    kennyg33……………..10…..49…7….6…Kenedy…..Perez…16
    JP…from.The.Rock……..9…..49…4….5…Ki.S.Y…..Rondon..12
    bosamuelson……………9…..49…6….3…Lascelles..Perez…13
    DubaiMicky……………11…..50…4….4…Kenedy…..Rondon..16
    Bedford.Mag……………8…..50…6….4…Kenedy…..Rondon..14
    one.fine.day…………..9…..50…7….4…Dubravka…Rondon..11
    Paul141726…………….9…..50…4….3…Lascelles..Rondon..15
    JLP.Geordie……………9…..51…5….6…Shelvey….Rondon..19
    supermac69…………….8…..51…5….4…Dubravka…Muto….11
    JackBall………………9…..51…4….5…Shelvey….Rondon..15
    geordiesteve520………..9…..51…7….6…Dubravka…Rondon..17
    Wayayman………………9…..51…6….7…Rondon…..Muto….15
    IITianToon…………….8…..51…5….7…Kenedy…..Rondon..17
    jayphoto………………9…..52…5….3…Shelvey….Perez…14
    DicBDoonToon…………..9…..52…5….6…Lascelles..Muto….11
    ctommo………………..9…..52…6….5…Kenedy…..Rondon..16
    Ozzy………………….9…..52…4….4…Lascelles..Perez…14
    Lascelles.sells.sea.she…9…..52…5….6…Dubravka…Rondon..12
    SPRINGY………………10…..52…4….5…Lascelles..Rondon..15
    Tosun.A..Wobbler……….9…..52…6….4…Ki.S.Y…..Muto….17
    Oldgit1………………12…..52…4….3…Shelvey….Rondon..12
    NY.Mag………………..9…..52…5….5…Kenedy…..Rondon..14
    Munster.Mag……………9…..52…5….6…Shelvey….Rondon..16
    magic.hat……………..9…..53…6….4…Dubravka…Rondon..14
    jane………………….7…..53…4….5…Ki.S.Y…..Perez…15
    jasper………………..7…..53…5….7…Shelvey….Rondon..17
    The.next.Mike.Williamso…8…..54…7….6…Shelvey….Perez…12
    clinath@ed…………….9…..54…4….4…Dubravka…Perez…16
    simon376………………8…..54…6….5…Lascelles..Rondon..16
    coatesy17……………..8…..54…5….5…Dubravka…Rondon..14
    lochinvar……………..8…..54…7….6…Ki.S.Y…..Rondon..13
    TyneMouth……………..7…..55…4….8…Ki.S.Y…..Perez…18
    Moonraker15……………8…..56…5….8…Ki.S.Y…..Muto….16
    Nicky.the.ball.tosser…..8…..56…4….6…Shelvey….Perez…15
    Dave76………………..7…..56…5….4…Dubravka…Rondon..16
    Pearl.Geordie………….8…..56…4….6…Lascelles..Rondon..16
    Dragon64………………8…..57…4….4…Kenedy…..Rondon..12
    jezza442………………8…..59…6….5…Kenedy…..Muto….13
    Essex.Geordie.Bill……..7…..61…7….8…Shelvey….Perez…14
    B1GSTEVE………………7…..61…6….8…Muto…….Muto….19
    geordieboy83…………..8…..62…6….8…Kenedy…..Rondon..17
    Online.Guy…………….6…..62…4….8…Dubravka…Perez….9
    Nostradamus.the.Geordie…7…..64…7….6…Kenedy…..Rondon..16
    Jib…………………..6…..64…5….4…Ki.S.Y…..Muto….17
    SredniVashtar………….5…..67…5….8…Muto…….Muto….16
    mallorcamag……………5…..70…4….4…Kenedy…..Muto….19

    Average/Mode…………..12….47…5….5…Shelvy…..Rondon..13

    Actual………………..13….45…2….4…Rondon…..Perez…13

    1
  • Bobbybee

    May 15, 2019 at 9:31 PM

    Comment #59

    Play offs eh? Always an anti climax!!! 🙂

    2
  • Jail for Ashley

    May 15, 2019 at 9:35 PM

    Comment #60

    Ah well, they’ll have to do it all gain next year, that Wigan at home put a spanner right in the works, shame, I wanted to see them back in the PL, if only to show that ”doing a Leeds” might not have been so bad after all.

    1
  • RobLeenio

    May 15, 2019 at 9:36 PM

    Comment #61

    It’s had a bit of everything this match…

    2
  • Jib

    May 15, 2019 at 9:37 PM

    Comment #62

    Jail for Ashley
    If we wanted a Leeds’/Derby commentary we’d be on BBC football!

    5
  • RobLeenio

    May 15, 2019 at 9:42 PM

    Comment #63

    I’ve a mate who’s a Leeds season ticket holder, he travels down to see them every match day from the North East. He’ll be gutted tonight.

    TBF, Leeds have had patchy form whereas Lampard has done well with Derby

    2
  • Jib

    May 15, 2019 at 9:44 PM

    Comment #64

    Nine yellows and 2 reds
    Could be fines dished out

    1
  • Lascelles sells sea shells by the sea shore

    May 15, 2019 at 9:45 PM

    Comment #65

    Rob

    That Derby side have a lot off they’re contracts running out and a lot of loans, do they have the means financially of staying up, I doubt it, a decent side but I would have personally preferred Leeds for the competition level, they’re passion and what they have been trying to relentlessly achieve didn’t come off again, lots.of youth products there I think… Plus it’s a bit of a derby for us to look forward too 🙂

    3
  • Lascelles sells sea shells by the sea shore

    May 15, 2019 at 9:47 PM

    Comment #66

    *Their contracts

    1
  • Jail for Ashley

    May 15, 2019 at 9:54 PM

    Comment #67

    Jibbers,
    That’s not a commentary it’s an opinion you dolt!!!

    1
  • Bobbybee

    May 15, 2019 at 9:54 PM

    Comment #68

    Villa can’t afford not to get promoted this season. If Derby win that final Villa might find themselves doing a Leeds! 🙂 Oh bless, looks like that stand might be closed again next season. Come on Derby, sick em. My mates a ST holder down there, be nice to see him again. That third place curse strikes again.

    2
  • martoon

    May 15, 2019 at 9:54 PM

    Comment #69

    I didn’t know Shay Given was a coach at Derby – I missed that!

    2
  • lochinvar

    May 15, 2019 at 9:56 PM

    Comment #70

    well we’ve missed out a nearly derby with Leeds next season.
    Just hope Derby beat Villa to keep them away from the Premiership

    3
  • ronaldo aarons

    May 15, 2019 at 9:58 PM

    Comment #71

    Never liked derby since they sacked McClaren. Gave us free reign to get him. Otherwise wouldn’t have paid to bring him in.

    1
  • G

    May 15, 2019 at 10:01 PM

    Comment #72

    Some match for the neutral that. I say neutral, but I effing hate Leeds fans.

    2
  • ronaldo aarons

    May 15, 2019 at 10:01 PM

    Comment #73

    I’m over the villa dislike tbh, not a fan of their fans but to my knowledge it only stemmed from when we got relegated first time and how their fans reacted.

    Since then, we smashed them 6-0 on a premier league return, got our revenge on Lansbury (hehe), left them in championship for a few years and then they helped us win the championship by the grealish goal v Brighton.

    0
  • Tsunki

    May 15, 2019 at 10:04 PM

    Comment #74

    Loved this guy on BBC thread of the Leeds/Derby game –

    “Marvin Happe: I’m following this from my yacht just off Bermuda. I can’t believe what I’m reading. Great match, go on you Rams and super Frank Lampard!

    Article Reactions
    Like656 Dislike791 ”

    Ha ha I think the dislikes have a lot more to do with the completely unnecessary yacht reference 😀

    Now, if he said he was following from his property in Spain….

    7
  • RobLeenio

    May 15, 2019 at 10:05 PM

    Comment #75

    Ah, Lascelles sells, you’re looking at things objectively and rationally. You know footy isn’t like that, it’s full of half-remembered petty squabbles, bitterness over results from decades ago and random fondness for no reason whatsoever.

    I studied in Derby, so I have a bit of a soft spot for them.

    Apart from that, I couldn’t agree more.

    2
  • Tsunki

    May 15, 2019 at 10:07 PM

    Comment #76

    Have to agree on Leeds fans though. Such a shame they are now a well-established championship outfit.

    I was watching our game against villa when we got relegated in a Leeds pub of all places (long story) but when some Leeds fans got wind of us being there they loved supporting villa and giving us grief. I think they pinpoint the beginning of their decline to when we hammered them in one of or even the last season they were in the prem. By that was some time ago now eh?

    2
  • ronaldo aarons

    May 15, 2019 at 10:07 PM

    Comment #77

    I lived in the midlands a bit, I didn’t come across anyone with a soft spot for derby!

    1
  • Tsunki

    May 15, 2019 at 10:08 PM

    Comment #78

    We didn’t get relegated in a Leeds pub by the way, don’t want that rumour to start the rounds 🙂

    1
  • ronaldo aarons

    May 15, 2019 at 10:09 PM

    Comment #79

    Lascelles is from derby, even he don’t like derby!

    0
  • ronaldo aarons

    May 15, 2019 at 10:10 PM

    Comment #80

    The player, that is, not the poster above 🙂

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