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Latest Report Includes Extremely Promising News On Rafa Talks – If Authentic

The local journalists in Newcastle – just like the rest of the fans – are trying their very best to find out what exactly is happening in the talks that started last Thursday afternoon with Lee Charnley and Rafa about the manager’s potential new deal to keep him at the club.

Newcastle are keeping things quiet, and that’s a good thing as long as both sides can deliver a deal within days and announce it on the Newcastle United website.

A press conference with Rafa would then be a crowning moment for fans and journalists alike – and in fact, everybody associated with the club.

Rafa is back home in the Wirral Cheshire right now probably trying to get a few days holiday with his wife Montse and their two teenage daughters.

Talks are ongoing between the two parties remotely, and Ashley’s helicopter is reported to be on standby this weekend in case he has to meet Rafa to iron out some details in the contract.

The good news is the report indicates that “both parties are carefully reading through a contract in place to extend Benitez’s deal.”

If that’s true, then progress has been made, but whether Mike Ashley is as stubborn and stoic as reported and no breakthroughs have been made – we hope that’s not entirely accurate.

The talks are said to be taking place in a civilized business-like manner which is also good and apparently, Rafa has pitched his vision and blueprint for Newcastle’s future directly to the owner.

Wish we were there as a fly on the wall – but there again I wouldn’t have been able to keep quiet.


Maybe fans can get to see the blueprint Rafa has put together for Newcastle once he signs his new deal?

The elements in conflict at the moment are the amount of funds Rafa will receive in each transfer window – the figures quoted in the press are simply not enough.

And the manager wants Ashley’s self-imposed blueprint of not signing older players to be relaxed significantly, but only when Rafa believes it’s necessary to put out a strong and experienced team onto the field.

Rafa also wants extra funding for the club’s Academy, but it’s unlikely he will get any significant funds to improve the playing fields at Benton for at least a year or two.

News from Thursday’s meeting indicated that Rafa has agreed to that and understands the reasons for that: money for the team is the most critical priority in the next year or two.

As we said, this report is encouraging and of course, we are reading between the lines a little – that’s’ also true.

But it’s encouraging that the two sides are talking calmly and professionally about what’s needed.

And if Ashley is on standby to potentially fly to Liverpool at a moments notice to discuss points in the contract with Rafa – to ensure there are no misunderstandings this time around – that’s got to be good.

It shows Ashley wants a deal to keep Rafa.

We certainly hope that’s the case.

Comments very welcome.

36 comments so far

  • beermonkey

    May 18, 2019 at 9:58 PM

    Comment #1

    cue little froggy

  • RUNAWAY777

    May 18, 2019 at 10:03 PM

    Comment #2

    I really hope rafa signs along the dotted line for our great club and fan base they deserve it, many people have asked if i regret giving my season ticket up the honest answer no i enjoying my time with my family now but NUFC will alway be in my blood.

  • toon22

    May 18, 2019 at 10:29 PM

    Comment #4


    Lets hope its true

  • toon22

    May 18, 2019 at 10:32 PM

    Comment #5

    Ive never understood MAs refusal to invest in the youth team or facilities

    Its not going to cost much and with current player transfer costs probably make a profit

    Its stupid

  • jane

    May 18, 2019 at 10:32 PM

    Comment #6

    toon22 hedging it’s bets!

  • toon22

    May 18, 2019 at 10:34 PM

    Comment #7

    He can see how he makes money from selling players but cant see how he can make more

    While the club and the team benefits

    How did the guy ever make so much money ?

  • toon22

    May 18, 2019 at 10:35 PM

    Comment #8


    Id be happy for the guy to get run over by a massive lorry

    I would like nothing more than Rafa to stay,if you think thats going to make me stop it with the anti MA agenda


  • toon22

    May 18, 2019 at 10:36 PM

    Comment #9

    Your here to protect MAs online profile

    Im here to point out your doing it

  • toon22

    May 18, 2019 at 10:38 PM

    Comment #10

    You see most toon fans think Rafa is the only person who can rescue our club from the idiot/greedy owner

    What he wants is what we want

  • Munster Mag

    May 18, 2019 at 11:00 PM

    Comment #11

    I wonder if Ashley and rafa get a deal sorted, will the doom mongers on here who were pointing out a disastrous result put their hands up and then shut up?

  • JohnJ

    May 18, 2019 at 11:00 PM

    Comment #12

    Toon 22

    No offence but…………

    It would be really good if you could put your comments into a single post!

  • JohnJ

    May 18, 2019 at 11:02 PM

    Comment #13

    I’ll be glad once we know where we stand – Just hoping Rafa & Ashley can come to some agreement!

  • Munster Mag

    May 18, 2019 at 11:04 PM

    Comment #14

    John, Ashley planted him here in the belief that the more he annoys people slagging off Ashley with the same bloody message repeated thousands of times, that we would warm to Ashley. Oddball.

  • lochinvar

    May 18, 2019 at 11:04 PM

    Comment #15

    How Ashley doesn’t see that a world leading Football Academy and Training facility with wider sporting and community links that might be part funded by Government and Council Grants isn’t a good idea is beyond me.

    Meanwhile not so far from Shirebrook the once proud and successful Bolton Wanderers is taking food bank donations from other clubs and communities for their staff who find themselves without jobs and unpaid salaries.

    Has Sports Direct made any contributions ?

  • Munster Mag

    May 18, 2019 at 11:15 PM

    Comment #16

    We can look at the talks two ways I suppose. One is that it’s taking them too long to get a fairly straightforward agreement in place. The other is that they wudnt be still talking if they weren’t getting somewhere. I’ve always felt rafa would stay for a few different reasons. But what would I know, I want Nigel pearson or Martin ó neill according to Jail and I also want rafa ‘shoved into a cupboard upstairs’, rather than kept here for 10 years as I had expressly stated, becoming a Director of football and choosing his own successor. I may have criticised him, justifiably in my opinion, for dour approaches to some games, but that doesn’t mean I don’t want him here long term. Let’s hope for good news soon and then we can enjoy the summer with some transfer market optimism.

  • jimiley

    May 18, 2019 at 11:23 PM

    Comment #17

    They spoke for two hours on Thursday, thats it.
    And Ed you are really dreaming if you think Ashley will rush to Liverpool to clarify a few things with Rafa. Rafa will go to London. Its a boss and employer thing.

  • Tsunki

    May 18, 2019 at 11:30 PM

    Comment #18

    18/05/2019 Base station, Harrison Camp.

    Final Day

    At last – the team breath a sigh of relief and take in the tepid most air of an English summer once again – Huzzah! The men are relieved if not jubilant, however the debriefing is still to be done and perhaps the fallout from our near disaster and our narrow escape after scuppering the SS Champion will expose old wounds.

    For my part, it was a tale of two captains, madness, starvation, infighting and the almost uncaring desertion by our sponsor Lord Ashley, the Earl of Sockbin, that almost consigned us to oblivion.

    The Story of the Captain’s : The rage that was Cap’n Catchpole and his motley crew we assume to be lost to Davy Jones locker and nobody is sorry about that. The leadership of Captain Benitez however is there for all to see – incredibly it seems Lord Ashley is desirous of deflecting the blame and is recruiting some of the crew notably the ebullient Chief Munn, to implicate him in some of the teams failings, brushing aside the lack of support while we almost starved. It has been touted that Lord Ashley is more concerned with matters of his estate and is considering abandoning the project altogether in order to pursue his acquisitive greed elsewhere. Strangely some of the men despite the ravages at his behest, are loyal to him, to the bewilderment of the majority.

    The Madness: For a while the popularising of a “Flat Earth” theory did not help at all especially with navigation but that was quickly quashed. Guy, our Radio Man, seems irreparably damaged by the trauma of the expedition. He is now convinced gadgets issuing unseen electrical forces and radiation placed in our midst by sinister corporations are designed to kill us all, he paces the corridors of the infirmary in the bitter watches of the night wrapped only in tin foil and carrying a broken portable cassette recorder which he thinks is a radiation counter, muttering unintelligly about “cats”. Sadly, Number 22 is convinced he is a frog, and the men are totally unsympathetic to his repetitive paranoid ramblings, some even considering eating him – cannibalism rearing it’s ugly head once again even though we are now safe. It has been a terrible time.

    We wait with uncertainty not knowing if Captain Benitez will be made a scapegoat and banished; if so I think many of the men will have seen their last expedition here and will move on to pastures new rather than resume next winters expedition under the leadership of Lord Ashley’s appointed stooge. Some dream of exploring the heights of Europe rather than perennially haunting the frozen wastelands of the lower regions, and who can blame them?

    Camp Harrison expedition 2018-2019 signing off.

  • NY Mag

    May 18, 2019 at 11:37 PM

    Comment #19


    The earl of sockbin – absolute quality!!


  • toon22

    May 18, 2019 at 11:39 PM

    Comment #20


    You been hacked again ?
    Or joking again ?

    Nobody likes your mate Ashley

  • toon22

    May 18, 2019 at 11:40 PM

    Comment #21

    Can delete your old posts Munster


  • toon22

    May 18, 2019 at 11:43 PM

    Comment #22

    Funny how posters who try and blame anyone but MA turn out to love Mikey boy


  • bettyswallocks

    May 18, 2019 at 11:51 PM

    Comment #23

    Tsunki…….. Top drawer.

  • Munster Mag

    May 18, 2019 at 11:53 PM

    Comment #24

    Tsunki, good man! 22, how do u think he’s my mate

  • toon22

    May 18, 2019 at 11:54 PM

    Comment #25


    It’s never MAs fault

  • NY Mag

    May 18, 2019 at 11:56 PM

    Comment #26


    Because anyone who is not vociferous enough in their hatred is clearly a fully paid up shill 🙂

  • martoon

    May 19, 2019 at 12:00 AM

    Comment #27

    This article is from the Chronicle so there could be some truth in it – I really hope so!

  • NY Mag

    May 19, 2019 at 12:02 AM

    Comment #28


    I’m an eternal optimist….but I wouldn’t pin my hopes on anything the chronicle says 🙂

  • Harley

    May 19, 2019 at 12:02 AM

    Comment #29

    I keep saying on here that these reports are all speculation as no one knows what is being said. The reports the other day about stalemate and loggerheads were purely this.


  • toon22

    May 19, 2019 at 12:10 AM

    Comment #30

    NY mag

    You didn’t read his posts about his love of MA ?
    And his pretence of hacking or joking ?


  • toon22

    May 19, 2019 at 12:11 AM

    Comment #31

    Tell us again how the accounts are legit and above board

  • Munster Mag

    May 19, 2019 at 12:29 AM

    Comment #32

    NY, 22 is a bit crazy I’m afraid. He won’t respect that as regional manager of this great sports empire, I have to stick up for Mike.

  • toon22

    May 19, 2019 at 12:48 AM

    Comment #33

    At least your being honest now Munster
    After all those years of lies

    The supporters are sick of your mate Mikey

  • toon22

    May 19, 2019 at 12:49 AM

    Comment #34

    Funny how people who are pro MA are massive liars

    Isn’t it

  • toon22

    May 19, 2019 at 12:50 AM

    Comment #35



    Your being ironic ..


  • toon22

    May 19, 2019 at 12:51 AM

    Comment #36

    Nobody pretends to like a guy you wouldn’t scrape off you shoe


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