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This Aspect Of the Negotiations Will Please Mike Ashley

There has been very little news on the negotiations taking place between Mike Ashley, Lee Charnley, and Rafa Benitez over the last several days.

We believe the talks started sometime last Thursday and it seems there may have been a meeting that day with Rafa returning back to Liverpool after one or two days.

Communication between the parties has continued by email and telephone, and they are said to have a contract drawn up and are reviewing all aspects of it to ensure it is very clear and cannot be misinterpreted by either side.

That’s about all we know, and there are parts of that which are probably not accurate.

It is always a good thing in business when both parties are being professional about it and not leaking to the press.

The three men in negotiation

It’s not good for the press, but it’s good for the negotiations.

Mike Ashley was alarmed with Amanda Staveley when she was reported to be trying to buy Newcastle and kept leaking things to the press – some of the information she leaked turned out to be not true.

That is said to have infuriated Ashley.

Rafa Benitez is a professional in every sense of the word, and he is also a savvy businessman and can be trusted with confidential things Mike Ashley tells him.

That has to be good, and it’s possibly one reason why Rafa has said his relationship with the owner is a lot better than most people think.

Rafa has gone public about his frustrations with the lack of funds, but he’s been mostly quiet about his grouses since last season started back in August.

The two sides have to reach an agreement soon, and the Chronicle are saying if this drags on until Friday (we, unfortunately, think it could) then that could spell trouble.

Maybe, but Rafa likes to dot the I’s and cross the T’s – so he is meticulous, and that takes time.

We’ll keep looking at the Newcastle website to see if there’s any news, but nothing yet.

And we’ll keep hoping – and assuming no news is good news.


Comments welcome.

9 comments so far

  • Ron Knee

    May 21, 2019 at 7:53 AM

    Comment #1
  • Jib

    May 21, 2019 at 7:55 AM

    Comment #2

    I’m sure Rafa has other offers on the table
    I think his preferred choice is NUFC if the
    conditions are right.
    He seems to include his family in his decision
    making – they’ll be sitting on the Wirral talking
    things over weighing up the options maybe even
    take a short break back in Madrid and take in the
    CL final.

    While it’s agony for the fans and media it’s worth
    taking time over.

  • sing in the corner

    May 21, 2019 at 7:56 AM

    Comment #3

    Well folks, time to start thinking in earnest about renewing season tickets..or not.
    How are current holders feeling? (Not you Bobby) 🙂
    I would assume the Rafa question is gonna be the deciding factor for quite a few.
    But I’d be interested to know if there are a lot who are not going to renew if Rafa doesn’t.
    And how many will be looking to apply for a new one in that scenario…

  • Jib

    May 21, 2019 at 8:06 AM

    Comment #4

    Did you see the players picking goal of the season ?

    Matt Ritchie “I can’t pick my own so …….”

    Kenedy ” Definitely mine against Man United”

  • IrishRob

    May 21, 2019 at 8:08 AM

    Comment #5

    The laughing was the best part of the whole video ??, the unfortunate thing is the hero who threw the milkshake is probably gonna be down a grand or two for his troubles.

  • Jib

    May 21, 2019 at 8:15 AM

    Comment #6

    I wonder if the Brexit Party will adopt
    “All shook up” as it’s theme tune

  • brighter

    May 21, 2019 at 11:36 AM

    Comment #7

    This is very good article Mr.Ed ?

  • brighter

    May 21, 2019 at 11:37 AM

    Comment #8


  • brighter

    May 21, 2019 at 11:39 AM

    Comment #9

    Sorry, emoji has turned into garbage……….I just wanted to send a smile…….


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