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Report – Talks Could Stretch Into Next Week – Significant Sticking Points Still Exist

There’s a report out by Louise Taylor in the Guardian on the negotiations on Rafa’s contract, and it does not make for pleasant reading.

The report suggests that after one full week of talks between Newcastle officials and Rafa Benitez, they are still far apart on any potential agreement.

After a face to face meeting last Thursday and communication via email and telephone since then – there are still “significant sticking points” existing between Rafa and Mike Ashley.

Mike Ashley – still not giving in to Rafa Benitez’ requests – that’s worrying

If the talks can come to a successful conclusion there will be another face to face meeting between manager and owner and Newcastle will at that time provide written guarantees of all promises made to the manager.

We assume Rafa will sign his contract at that time.

While the amount of transfer funds offered by Mike Ashley varies depending on the source,  the Guardian says it could be £50M plus anything Rafa can get for selling players.

That’s for the next two transfer windows and if Rafa sells Isaac Hayden and Jonjo Shelvey this summer that could bring in at least £35M.

We were hoping after 7 days of negotiations we would be much closer to a deal.

But – at least according to this report – talks could continue into next week,

That doesn’t sound good.

But we live in hope and despite reports both positive and negative –  an agreement could still be reached at any time.

The sooner the better!

Comments welcome.

7 comments so far

  • c-dog

    May 23, 2019 at 7:56 AM

    Comment #1

    Any takeover talk is a deflection tactic

  • JP...from The Rock

    May 23, 2019 at 8:03 AM

    Comment #2

    What a load of bull! After one full week of ‘talks’ we’re in exactly the same position if not worse!!! Fking typical Ashley!


  • martoon

    May 23, 2019 at 8:26 AM

    Comment #3

    When I read this article it is like all the others. It is based on the stuff we know i.e. £50m + incomings for transfers each year and the then the rest is pure speculation based on no facts or information what so ever but just guessing what is happening. Only Raga, Ashley and nufc officials know what is going on.

  • martoon

    May 23, 2019 at 8:26 AM

    Comment #4

    Unfortunate typo: Raga = Rafa obviously!

  • Bryan

    May 23, 2019 at 10:07 AM

    Comment #5

    Its all about compromise and I am no Ashley fan, far from it, but its no good everyone having a go at Ashley because he won’t give in to Rafa’s demands. Its got to work both ways. Its obvious the club want Rafa to stay, so, as much as I love the guy, Rafa is just as much to blame as Ashley. They both have their agenda’s and idea’s on how the club should be run going forward. Its finding the middle ground that both are happy with. Rafa wants to stay in the UK so other than us where would he go? Theres none of the top 6 available and he knows NUFC are the next biggest club in the league so he wants to stay and is trying to get as much as possible from the club as he can. He did this I think at Liverpool so I am confident that eventually everything will be agreed soon. Keep the faith.

  • magpie6699

    May 23, 2019 at 10:33 AM

    Comment #6

    When was Louise Taylor ever accurate about anything to do with the Toon? Isn’t she a Mackem fan?

  • Munster Mag

    May 23, 2019 at 2:43 PM

    Comment #7

    Jeez Bryan I have said as much, and the braying mob started shouting at me again, not that I care. If rafa had joined arsenal or spurs last year their fans wud have been pretty upset about it. But he suits us and we need him.


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