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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

  • G

    May 15, 2019 at 10:14 PM

    Comment #81

    I just remember the Leeds fans in the 70s being a particularly unpleasant bunch. Made 80s Millwall and West Ham fans seem almost gentlemanly

  • RobLeenio

    May 15, 2019 at 10:14 PM

    Comment #82

    Declared soft-spot teams
    West Brom

    These are teams I like to see do well, unless of course we need them to do badly. Not in any order, particularly.

  • Tsunki

    May 15, 2019 at 10:18 PM

    Comment #83

    Aye February 2003 we beat them 3-0 and I recall it was an unexpectedly heavy result for them by us and their season didn’t end well, followed by a disastrous relegation season the next year. It definitely felt like we started the slide. That’s why they were horrible to us in that Leeds pub. I’m a forgiving chap so I hope their eyes don’t rot in their sockets while they dwell forever in the championship. 🙂

  • Tsunki

    May 15, 2019 at 10:21 PM

    Comment #84

    Derby definitely need to beat Villa now and round off the perfect schadenfreude thing. 🙂 🙂

  • RobLeenio

    May 15, 2019 at 10:24 PM

    Comment #85

    tsunki, I think they didn’t like us buying their players on the cheap either, as they dismantled their squad in a fire sale.

    Woodgate rankled with them big time, then later Batty and Viduka who left them on the cheap and we acquired from other clubs.

  • Tsunki

    May 15, 2019 at 10:31 PM

    Comment #86

    Yes it probably felt like we robbed their shop don’t forget good ol’ Lee “I’m no racist either I just like lamping Dyer” Bowyer 😉

  • Munster Mag

    May 15, 2019 at 10:31 PM

    Comment #87

    Disappointed to see Leeds lose. A close buddy is a life long fan and I lived in Yorkshire for a few months. Really noisy fans, would prefer clubs like Leeds and wolves in the prem to Cardiffs and Bournemouths etc

  • Tsunki

    May 15, 2019 at 10:32 PM

    Comment #88

    From champs league to perennial cobblers in three seasons.



  • Munster Mag

    May 15, 2019 at 10:38 PM

    Comment #89

    Jail, i think I know why you dislike Douglas. He always seems to be a decent read, but I’m guessing that because he said there was ‘blame’ on both sides of the negotiations (the ones you claim were not going on), you feel you have to jump on him.

  • RobLeenio

    May 15, 2019 at 10:39 PM

    Comment #90

    tsunki, yep how could I forget that charmer?

  • ben.g

    May 15, 2019 at 10:53 PM

    Comment #91

    Douglas had piece in tonight about Kennedy,

    “Kenedy has returned to Chelsea to face an uncertain future with the Blues set to offer him out for sale again this summer.

    Newcastle have opted not to follow up interest in Kenedy but it looks as if he will now be offered out at a cut-price rate after his poor season with the Magpies.”

    “12 months ago Chelsea were looking for £30million for the forward but with only a year left on his contract, his valuation this summer will be much lower.

    Newcastle opted against the deal then, citing concerns about attitude and application despite his successful spell in the early months of 2018 and the decision to negotiate a year-long loan has been vindicated.”

  • IrishRob

    May 15, 2019 at 10:58 PM

    Comment #92


  • Munster Mag

    May 15, 2019 at 11:04 PM

    Comment #93

    Aboy the Rob, all good? Cats won at the weekend?

  • martoon

    May 15, 2019 at 11:13 PM

    Comment #94

    Tsunki, Rob – Isn’t Mr Bowyer now the manager of Charlton who are in the playoffs and could potentially be against the makems in the final?

  • RobLeenio

    May 15, 2019 at 11:27 PM

    Comment #95

    martoon, they must be sick of seeing ex-Toon players as managers of their opposition in key games.

    Kinda funny, I’m not gonna lie.

  • one fine day

    May 15, 2019 at 11:50 PM

    Comment #96

    Just catching up
    Just heard a lad at work(massive leeds fan) had called in sick today …
    Thanks for the good work martoon
    dismal / blind optimism (in defense i did later pick the correct month Ashley would announce his annual sale)
    my thoughts..;
    50 points was bang on if you take out the shocking refs we endured.
    looking at the rest .Amazing how many of us thought kennedy would be the man for us ? shame he didn’t quite kick on
    when was the last time we had a keep top 6 for clean sheets ?
    don’t want to stir either but dosen’t sing in the corner just pip markakus ? or have i missed something ?


    And my last thought .i love being a bellend 8788 must be gutted his predictions didn’t come off and we are not in the champo next year 🙂

  • martoon

    May 16, 2019 at 6:38 AM

    Comment #97

    One fine day – thanks for the input but Markacus got the top goal scorer and no of goals spot on as well so surely closer?


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