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Mike Ashley Happy And Buzzing In Dressing Room Last Sunday

Ayoze Perez has talked today about wanting to keep Rafa Benitez at the club past this summer, when his contract runs out on June 30th.

It seems like intense negotiations have started in London today between Rafa, Mike Ashley and Lee Charnley about a new long term deal for Rafa and the talks could continue into tomorrow.

Rafa’s contract needs to be sorted out quickly because the manager wants to keep players like Salomon Rondon, Isaac Hayden, and Ayoze Perez at Newcastle and that’s difficult for him when he currently doesn’t know if he’ll be staying.

But it’s always been difficult for the Newcastle hierarchy to move with any speed at all – they are much more comfortable moving at a snail’s pace, but then nothing gets done.

Perez also has said the owner Mike Ashley was buzzing in the dressing room last Sunday.

Ashley was delighted with the way the season ended with such a resounding 4-0 win at Craven Cottage against Fulham – a team that had won three of their previous four matches.

Mike Ashley and Lee Charnley – negotiating today with Mr. Benitez

This is what Ayoze Perez said in the Chronicle today when asked about keeping Rafa Benitez on Tyneside:

“That’s the idea.” “We all want him to stay as it’s something good for the club.”

“We became a better club from the day he arrived.” “We have to make sure we keep him because the team and the club can keep growing up.”

“That’s what we have done throughout the last few seasons.”

“I said hello and he (Mike Ashley) was happy and buzzing about the result and the way we ended the season.”

“He said thank you to everybody for the effort this season.” “It’s something good from him.”

“I am very happy because we (Ayoze and Rondon) made 25 goals between us and that is a great amount.”

“We just want to help the team score goals.” “It’s always nice to see him score too.” “He has been unbelievable for us.”

“I am happy for him.”

We are hoping to hear some news on how the negotiations are going fairly soon.

But maybe it would be better if nothing happens and then the club announces on their website sometime tomorrow, that Rafa is staying for five years.

That would signal a time for a huge celebration for our fans, and it would also be a massive relief!

Comments welcome.

71 comments so far

  • beermonkey

    May 16, 2019 at 7:33 PM

    Comment #1

    How many wongs will it take to buy the club’s

  • Pain in the Blog

    May 16, 2019 at 7:34 PM

    Comment #2


    Is that supposed to make me feel better?

  • 9

    May 16, 2019 at 7:37 PM

    Comment #3

    Good luck to you if predictive text/clumsy thumbs/fingers have never affected you!

  • jane

    May 16, 2019 at 7:44 PM

    Comment #4

    play up pompey 🙂

  • Nicky the ball tosser

    May 16, 2019 at 7:49 PM

    Comment #5

    Of course the salary package has to be right, and the size of the club and fan base and stadium all meet Rafa’s needs, but I imagine the primary motivation behind this apparent real desire to manage us is to be the guy that finally leads us to that elusive trophy. That’s the real prize surely for a manager of his stature and the feather in his cap he’d love to have.

  • Jib

    May 16, 2019 at 7:51 PM

    Comment #6

    After Wembley and the first leg there will be a few

    Likely at least one red card tonight

  • mactoon

    May 16, 2019 at 7:53 PM

    Comment #7

    Of course he was buzzing but for the wrong reasons. He was buzzing because he has another year in the Premiership with SD advertising and no personal financial input. I doubt he even thinks any of this is good or the club

  • carltoon

    May 16, 2019 at 7:56 PM

    Comment #8

    Pain in the blog, that did make me smile.

  • Jib

    May 16, 2019 at 8:03 PM

    Comment #9
  • carltoon

    May 16, 2019 at 8:11 PM

    Comment #10

    No I’ve got all me teeth.

  • beermonkey

    May 16, 2019 at 8:12 PM

    Comment #11

    I feel you pain often
    But it did make chuckle

  • Jib

    May 16, 2019 at 8:14 PM

    Comment #12

    Your teeth are like stars

  • Online Guy

    May 16, 2019 at 8:16 PM

    Comment #13


    Pompy 3 v 1 Sunlind .

  • Jib

    May 16, 2019 at 8:17 PM

    Comment #14

    I hope so

  • Online Guy

    May 16, 2019 at 8:18 PM

    Comment #15


    Can you get a picture up of Bishop and his mates sitting next to Ashley ? My tablet on the move here won’t do it.

    With down-turned mouths .

    Cheers .

  • ronaldo aarons

    May 16, 2019 at 8:18 PM

    Comment #16

    Has Rafa signed yet?

  • ronaldo aarons

    May 16, 2019 at 8:20 PM

    Comment #17

    Rondon rumours of wolves are worrisome and I know Everton and West Ham have been keeping tabs on him this season.

    He may want to come here but the longer it takes, the more it might seem he will be at West Brom. Leaves it more likelier that he’ll go to whoever is wanting him if we drag our feet.

  • Online Guy

    May 16, 2019 at 8:21 PM

    Comment #18

    Jib tashing with Carltoon eh ?

    Pain will be knocking on your door Jib .

    What’s your best chat up line Jib …Anyone…?

    Carltoon, what’s yours hinnie ?

  • ronaldo aarons

    May 16, 2019 at 8:22 PM

    Comment #19

    Came across this gem that was dug out:
    Chris Holt
    “We want him to be the manager 110 per cent, he’s very good at what he does, and he’s a straight talking guy – we like that. He’d be the perfect appointment”
    -Derek llambias 26 May 2009

    Shearer never heard from them again after his meeting.

  • Online Guy

    May 16, 2019 at 8:24 PM

    Comment #20


    You’ve got all your teeth? , you keep them in a jar by the door ?

    Jib told me to say that .

  • Online Guy

    May 16, 2019 at 8:25 PM

    Comment #21

    Iv got straight hair and curly teeth.

  • carltoon

    May 16, 2019 at 8:25 PM

    Comment #22

    never had to chat anyone up. Still dont

  • Jib

    May 16, 2019 at 8:25 PM

    Comment #23
  • carltoon

    May 16, 2019 at 8:26 PM

    Comment #24

    The old ones are the best

  • ronaldo aarons

    May 16, 2019 at 8:28 PM

    Comment #25

    Grindr or tinder is this way ————————————>

  • ronaldo aarons

    May 16, 2019 at 8:29 PM

    Comment #26

    Just seen England squad, may be bias but what have Delph or winks done to get in the England squad?

    Winks been injured most of the season.

    I know a certain someone who is more deserving, bias or not.

  • Jib

    May 16, 2019 at 8:30 PM

    Comment #27

    Frenetic first half – the scum defending well

  • Online Guy

    May 16, 2019 at 8:32 PM

    Comment #28


    Ashley is smiling in that one , thanks for your efforts though .

  • cyprus

    May 16, 2019 at 8:32 PM

    Comment #29

    Ben Arfa, even at his age, would be great, but I don’t think he’s a Rafa type player. And he’s on an enormous salary.

    Live with the memories.

    There’s a new hba somewhere out there. We’ll see him next year 😉

  • Essex Geordie Bill

    May 16, 2019 at 8:40 PM

    Comment #30

    Very dour tough match at Portsmouth, the Sunderland is standing in the crowd with the fans, good on him.

    Can’t see our owner ever doing that.

  • lesh

    May 16, 2019 at 8:41 PM

    Comment #31


    How many wongs will it take to buy the club’s … err buy the club’s what?

    Mmmm, Beermonkey, you’re asking odd questions and that plus your seeming inability to remember how to spell Lascelles’ name suggests you’re about ready for a move eastward along the coast.

    We, the good folk of Walmington-on-Sea are always happy to welcome newcomers, as long as they’re of good character. There’s a special welcome for the intelligent in particular sophisticated ladies if they’ve got their own teeth. Cartoon, I’m sure you’ll be ok but Jane, don’t waste your time.

    🙂 😉

  • Essex Geordie Bill

    May 16, 2019 at 8:42 PM

    Comment #32

    The Sunderland owner is standing in the crowd with the fans, shudda proof read before posting. 🙂

  • Essex Geordie Bill

    May 16, 2019 at 8:45 PM

    Comment #33

    C’mon lads Carltoon is a blogger like the rest of us, no need for sexist comments, harmless or not!

  • Essex Geordie Bill

    May 16, 2019 at 8:54 PM

    Comment #34

    Just voted for Schaars goal in the Carling GOS poll.

    Although I thought the one where he dribbled into the area and passed the ball into the corner of the net was even better.

  • Essex Geordie Bill

    May 16, 2019 at 8:55 PM

    Comment #35

    Time to watch the Portsmouth/ Sunderland kickfest again!

  • Optimistic Panda

    May 16, 2019 at 8:59 PM

    Comment #36

    Ashley buzzing?

    He been doing lines in the bog?

  • RobLeenio

    May 16, 2019 at 9:04 PM

    Comment #37

    Pain, just trying to turn that frown upside down 😉

  • Jib

    May 16, 2019 at 9:05 PM

    Comment #38

    We are approaching the hour mark and Sunlun time-wasting
    going into top gear

  • Bambams

    May 16, 2019 at 9:12 PM

    Comment #39

    Cant believe how poor Portsmouth are, how they finished 3rd playing football like this.

    Easy for the Mackems so far tonight

  • Bobbybee

    May 16, 2019 at 9:15 PM

    Comment #40

    God, this is like having teeth pulled ffs. If either get promoted, God help them


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