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Hopes Are Rising That Rafa Will Stay At Newcastle


While there has been precious little news coming out of the negotiations for Rafa’s new contract, which were started on Thursday afternoon, there is news in today’s Chronicle that gives us hope that Rafa will indeed stay with the club.

And that centers around what he told the players before they left for their summer break when he said he would see them in July and would keep in touch with them over the summer.

We are hoping that Mike Ashley will loosen his grip on the finances and the transfers at the club, and give Rafa almost all of what he wants in that area.

And we always have to remember that most journalists and bloggers are hoping that Rafa will stay with the club and therefore most of the articles are slanted that way – including this one.

We all want the great man to stay on Tyneside!

A confident looking Rafa Benitez

Here are some passages from the Chronicle article on Sunday, which gives us some real hope that Rafa is going nowhere and hopefully will very soon commit his future to the club.

“The Chronicle understands that Benitez spoke optimistically with players last week.”

“Benitez told them he’d see them in July and promised to keep in touch with them over the summer.”

“Benitez also assured those who have been released at the end of their contracts, that his coaching staff would help them find a new club this summer.”

“Benitez’s coaching staff are also keen to stay on next season and have some fresh ideas already in mind to help United kick on.”

Along with that news, the fact that both parties have studied the new contract offered to Rafa over the weekend, and the owner is standing by with his helicopter available to meet with Rafa face to face if necessary – is also excellent news.

Ashley is said to be willing to fly to meet with Rafa in Liverpool for face-to-face meetings to iron out anything in the contract that may not be crystal clear.

That tells us both sides want Rafa to continue as the Newcastle United manager and the other good news is that the talks have been calm and carried out very professionally.

We will be looking for some real progress made by the club tomorrow and early next week.

This must not drag on much longer – we have to have Rafa at the club – and there is an awful lot of work to do this summer.

Comments welcome.


61 comments so far

  • jane

    May 19, 2019 at 11:38 PM

    Comment #1

    “We will be looking for some real progress made tomorrow and early next week.

    But this cannot drag on too much longer – we have to have Rafa at the club.”

    i wouldn’t be too worried if there isn’t progress in the next few days. Rafa may be chilling.

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  • jane

    May 19, 2019 at 11:39 PM

    Comment #2

    i’m getting quite a lot of firsts. it feels good.

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  • carltoon

    May 19, 2019 at 11:50 PM

    Comment #3

    West Brom. Not signing Gale. Will that hinder our Signing of Rondon?

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  • NY Mag

    May 19, 2019 at 11:52 PM

    Comment #4

    Jane,

    What’s with the color change?

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  • jane

    May 19, 2019 at 11:53 PM

    Comment #5

    i suppose there may still be Jacob Murphy to bargain with if West Brom still want him.

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  • jane

    May 19, 2019 at 11:55 PM

    Comment #6

    i’m chilling for the summer or until Rafa signs.

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  • carltoon

    May 19, 2019 at 11:56 PM

    Comment #7

    there will be plenty offers for Gale from Championship clubs, but it will be loans.

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  • jane

    May 19, 2019 at 11:56 PM

    Comment #8

    grey for off (season)

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  • jane

    May 19, 2019 at 11:59 PM

    Comment #9

    carltoon how’s your avatar coming along? can’t wait for it.

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  • NY Mag

    May 20, 2019 at 12:02 AM

    Comment #10

    Carltoon,

    Where did the story re: gayle come from?

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  • Essex Geordie Bill

    May 20, 2019 at 12:19 AM

    Comment #11

    1st chance I’ve had to log in since whenever it was I last logged in!

    One thing I wanted to point out at the time, which was a lot of threads ago, was that picture with the giant woman in it, might have been late Friday or sometime Saturday. She’s towering above everybody else in the picture and must be over seven foot tall. Surprised no one else pointed it out. Who is she, not you Carltoon perchance?

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  • Essex Geordie Bill

    May 20, 2019 at 12:25 AM

    Comment #12

    Don’t think Rafa will be too upset if Gayle comes back to us, I reckon he still rates him and paired up with Almiron and Perez could make a very speedy and dangerous front trio.

    I’m also looking forward to the return of Fernandez, I reckon he was on the verge of a 1st team breakthrough when he got that injury.

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  • lesh

    May 20, 2019 at 12:25 AM

    Comment #13

    NY Mag

    The Gayle story’s the product of Jane’s fertile imagination. As with all Jib’s posts it’s posted as though fact.

    Anyway, Jib’s probably working, Kissinger like, acting as intermediary between Rafa and Mikey boy. That’d explain his absence and Jane’s presence.

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  • Tsunki

    May 20, 2019 at 12:26 AM

    Comment #14

    Is that like a battleship grey Jane? Or is that you in the fog?

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  • ronaldo aarons

    May 20, 2019 at 12:26 AM

    Comment #15

    Alex Richards
    @AA_Richards
    West Brom confirm Dwight Gayle won’t be back next season. Cutting back as they look ahead to another Championship campaign. Interesting to see if a Premier League side take a punt; Sheffield United could be a smart fit.

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  • Essex Geordie Bill

    May 20, 2019 at 12:27 AM

    Comment #16

    Saturday that picture!

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  • lesh

    May 20, 2019 at 12:28 AM

    Comment #17

    Essex

    Why should the ‘giant woman’ be Carltoon?

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  • Tsunki

    May 20, 2019 at 12:29 AM

    Comment #18

    Oh Henry Kissinger
    How I’m missing yer
    You’re the Doctor of my dreams
    With your Savoir faire
    And your crinkly hair
    And your Machiavell – ian schemes…

    🙂 Tune just popped into my head sorry bout that.

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  • ronaldo aarons

    May 20, 2019 at 12:29 AM

    Comment #19

    I’m happy with Gayle if he stays, good second choice or alternative to rondon.

    Shouldn’t be either/or.

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  • Tsunki

    May 20, 2019 at 12:30 AM

    Comment #20

    It was glassy stare not Savoir faire dodgy memory there ha ha

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  • ronaldo aarons

    May 20, 2019 at 12:31 AM

    Comment #21

    Don’t think West Brom want Murphy either like.

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  • Essex Geordie Bill

    May 20, 2019 at 12:31 AM

    Comment #22

    Lesh

    No reason whatsoever it was a harmless bit of humour!!

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  • lesh

    May 20, 2019 at 12:32 AM

    Comment #23

    Tsunki

    Jane’s grey is probably Batleship Grey, part of a job lot Jib got hold of when Swans were closing. You can expect to see the colour of red lead next!

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  • Tsunki

    May 20, 2019 at 12:33 AM

    Comment #24

    Gayle’s got to wind up somewhere oh all right i was going anyway don’t shove….

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  • lesh

    May 20, 2019 at 12:34 AM

    Comment #25

    Essex

    Of course it was.

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  • ronaldo aarons

    May 20, 2019 at 12:35 AM

    Comment #26

    What was good about the soccer sevens is bailey was put in goal. Still ventured forward and hit the winner.

    Although I hope Mike Ashley sticks to his word now, won’t sell until we win something apparently. He classified top 4 as winning something too!

    We’ve won the soccer sevens two seasons running now and we won the championship.

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  • Essex Geordie Bill

    May 20, 2019 at 12:36 AM

    Comment #27

    Lesh

    Indeed!

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  • NY Mag

    May 20, 2019 at 12:36 AM

    Comment #28

    Lesh,

    I thought Carltoon mentioned it not Jane…

    Ronaldo,

    Thanks for the tweet post – who is Alex Richards? Reliable?

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  • ronaldo aarons

    May 20, 2019 at 12:39 AM

    Comment #29

    Ny mag
    Don’t have a clue. He’s a football writer for the Mirror. He may be reliable but cant say the same for his employer.

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  • ronaldo aarons

    May 20, 2019 at 12:44 AM

    Comment #30
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  • ronaldo aarons

    May 20, 2019 at 12:45 AM

    Comment #31

    Basically, if we sign rondon, reported that Gayle will not be used as a makeweight in the deal.

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  • ronaldo aarons

    May 20, 2019 at 12:46 AM

    Comment #32

    We could do with a bit if Dwight power.

    Tsunki, hold that door open for me please.

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  • carltoon

    May 20, 2019 at 12:46 AM

    Comment #33

    The story came from BBC twitter. re Gale. Bill I’m petite. Jane don’t Know how to do Avatars don’t want to either

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  • ashleysmate

    May 20, 2019 at 12:47 AM

    Comment #34

    Lesh.. Kissinger??? How old are you ha… I thought I was the oldest git on here

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  • ronaldo aarons

    May 20, 2019 at 12:50 AM

    Comment #35

    In other news, Pardew was outside Celtic ground today.
    I would laugh since they thought they were getting Rafa but we could be in the same boat.
    So I do feel for Celtic fans.

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  • ashleysmate

    May 20, 2019 at 12:51 AM

    Comment #36

    Are Leeds not thinking of putting a bid in for Gayle?

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  • NY Mag

    May 20, 2019 at 12:55 AM

    Comment #37

    Ronaldo,

    Thanks for sharing…
    That’s quite an interesting quote from West Brom regarding gayle contract

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  • Nicky the ball tosser

    May 20, 2019 at 1:11 AM

    Comment #38

    Surely they’ll be looking to move Gayle on. He hasn’t been a significant player for us for two seasons and we’ve been slowly strengthening in that time and will now be focussing on strengthening further in the final third. Bought to lead our line in the Championship, a significantly lower level, but we’ll have very much moved on, or at least I hope we’ll have.

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  • Essex Geordie Bill

    May 20, 2019 at 1:45 AM

    Comment #39

    Carltoon

    Don’t know if Lesh thought I was being offensive, I wasn’t and hope it didn’t come across like that. As I said a harmless joke.

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  • Essex Geordie Bill

    May 20, 2019 at 1:48 AM

    Comment #40

    ashleysmate

    I could be in the running for that title! 😉

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