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Report – Newcastle May Start To Sign Players With Or Without Rafa

There’s a report in the Northern Echo today that Newcastle may go ahead and sign certain players even without Rafa having agreed to stay on board.

There was news in the Chronicle today suggesting that the talks on Rafa’s contract could continue for another week!

Yes – I almost collapsed on reading that.

If that’s true, it will start to impact what we were hoping would be an excellent summer transfer window for Newcastle.

But that was also assuming Rafa would sign earlier than now.

Fulham left-back Joe Bryan – scouts have watched the player for over two years

We have needed a good left back to challenge Paul Dummett ever since Rafa arrived just over three years ago.

And the Northern Echo report is that Newcastle are prepared to sign Fulham full-back Joe Bryan regardless of whether Rafa Benitez signs a new deal to stay at Newcastle.

As difficult as it will be if Rafa walks away, life goes on at Newcastle (so I am told), and we need new players for next season and if Rafa leaves – we will need a new manager.

Newcastle scouts have watched Bryan closely for some time, and at about £6M he seems excellent value.

But would he sign on at Newcastle without being sure of who the manager will be in July.

If it’s going to be Rafa, we have a feeling he would jump at the chance to join the Magpies.

The loan deal for Italian left-back Antonio Barreca from Monaco never worked, and he played only four minutes for the team – so that was a disastrous loan spell for both him and Newcastle.

Luckily Paul Dummett had returned to full fitness following a hamstring strain and played the rest of the games for us from early February.

The 25-year-old Fulham defender will be available this summer even though we expect Fulham to fight to keep him, but when a club is relegated, it’s always difficult to keep your best players.

It is thought Fulham want to sell Aleksander Mitrovic ad Ryan Sessegnon and that should give them ample funds to survive down below for a season as they try to come straight back up.

The uncertainty of who the manager will be this summer has been hanging over the club all year long.

But to their credit, the lads and Rafa did so well to finish in 13th position and 45 points, and we’ll receive £120M from the Premier League.

As we reported yesterday, that’s only £3M short of last season.

And so the wait for Rafa to sign continues into the 9th day.

What do you think?

Comments welcome.


9 comments so far

  • DubaiMicky

    May 24, 2019 at 8:56 AM

    Comment #1

    Surely if you’re going to move from one club to another, part of that process is knowing who you work for? Why would anyone move to a new club without knowing who the management is, what their ethos is, what direction they want to go in, how you would fit into the structure etc.?


  • Bambams

    May 24, 2019 at 8:58 AM

    Comment #2

    I still think there is something else going on, this cant just be both parties looking over the fine points of a contract.

    I could understand it if both parties were still talking face to face.

    Nine days !

  • lesh

    May 24, 2019 at 9:05 AM

    Comment #3

    If Ashley starts signing players without Rafa’s blessing, he’s off.

    And Wenger’s reported to be ready to return to football and that news’ll give Ashley the confidence to turn the screws on Rafa who’d likely end up at Celtic.

    Just a thought

  • RobLeenio

    May 24, 2019 at 9:06 AM

    Comment #4

    Bambams, agreed. Not sure what that something is, though.

    Interesting that Wenger has been taking about being ready to return to the game in a non coaching role. How’s his relationship with Rafa? Presumably they know each other well from the elite coaches forum.

  • RobLeenio

    May 24, 2019 at 9:09 AM

    Comment #5

    “Football is still my passion. I will come back soon – but I cannot tell you exactly in what capacity.”

    Funny how two people can read the same story and draw two completely different conclusions from it


  • Lee Charnley Bunga Party

    May 24, 2019 at 9:14 AM

    Comment #6

    Well Celtic are set to announce their new manager on Monday according to reports up here !!

    Whether Neil Lennon gets it again who knows, the likes of Moyes and Rafa are high up in the bookies list…..

    If Newcastle were run properly with a Director of Football and a structure behind it with everyone singing from the same hymn sheet they could in theory be buying players for Rafa with him being involved in the process.

    I still can’t believe we never signed Bryan last season when he was going for cheap you wonder if that was one Rafa wanted to do but was prevented for some stupid reason?

  • ronaldo aarons

    May 24, 2019 at 9:17 AM

    Comment #7

    Roberts is leaving as if he stayed he’d be old enough to be part of the 25 man squad now. Not saying it’s right or wrong but that’s the stance they seem to have taken and either don’t deem him good enough for that or can’t guarantee any game sort of game time so letting him go. I do like him and feel he’s been let down.

    Our youth set up and route to the first team has been shocking though, something I’ve talked about in the past quite a lot. Long before Rafa but he’s at least pushing for improvements in academy, training facilities, staff and set up.

  • nufc 11

    May 24, 2019 at 9:36 AM

    Comment #8

    When do nufc ever buy players early in the transfer window? Ashley would have to pay a new players wages over the summer when their is not training and that doesn’t work for Ashley that’s how short sighted he is. Yet wait and see he will sell a future England captain (Longstaff) for 10/15 million when clubs like Leicester and Palace can demand 60 million plus for their star players.

  • Ron

    May 24, 2019 at 11:04 AM

    Comment #9

    Newcastle May Start To Sign Players – when I read this I thought Ashley must have appointed out of work Theresa May as manage! We’ll be in Europe every year under her – can’t get out even if she wants too!


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