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Rafa’s Contract Talks Enter Ninth Day – Should We Be Worried?

The talks started a week yesterday between Rafa Benitez and Newcastle officials on his new contract, so we enter the ninth day today of negotiations.

The Chronicle had mentioned earlier in the week that if the talks are still going on at the end of this week, we should probably be a little worried.

The good news seems to be that Rafa appears determined to stay at Newcastle and there was news yesterday that Rafa was not interested in the Marseille job becasue he wants to stay on Tyneside.

Rafa Benitez – looks like he’s having a hard time with Mike Ashley

French publication La Provence said that Rafa “was approached” by the French club as they need to replace Rudi Garcia who has not left the club this week.

This is what the report said about Rafa’s response to Marseille:.

“Rafael Benitez was approached without it going much further than that.”

“The Spanish coach would prefer to sign a contract extension at Newcastle.”

AS Roma are also said to have approached the Newcastle manager and got the same response.

We suppose one positive thing in all of this is that Newcastle and Rafa are getting lots of publicity due to Rafa’s fame and they now know that Rafa wants to make Newcastle into a top team.

And that he will not stay unless he gets certain assurances from owner Mike Ashley.

Once he agrees to stay at the club  (an assumption) signing our transfer targets should be a little easier because they now know Rafa wants to build a top team on Tyneside – one that can win trophies.

After all of that – we wonder why Ashley and company are taking so long?

It doesn’t give us the confidence we can sign out transfer targets quickly this summer – one area Rafa wants to improve a lot.

We have to assume Mike Ashley doesn’t want to give Rafa some of the essential things he needs to stay at the club.

Comments welcome.

12 comments so far

  • simon376

    May 24, 2019 at 7:52 AM

    Comment #1

    Nothing to base it on, but I’m sure by the middle of next week this will all be sorted in a positive way

  • sing in the corner

    May 24, 2019 at 8:03 AM

    Comment #2

    RonVan, tnmw, and Munster…
    Good points / views previous pages
    It’s something several posters been referring to over recent seasons. We need to be much more forward thinking with bringing young players through the ranks. We are far too cautious, and have been for years. Hopefully the experience with Longstaff will have changed a few minds, and given Rafa a fresh perspective. Ashley will not have missed it, that’s for sure, with the ££ being talked about when Sean is discussed.
    I am a little disappointed we haven’t retained Cal Roberts. In my humble opinion he was a shining light and shoukd have been given more of a chance than farmed out to be back of beyond on loan.

  • SwissSte

    May 24, 2019 at 8:07 AM

    Comment #4

    Short answer…. yes.
    The lack of ambition from the hierarchy is on full view

  • Munster Mag

    May 24, 2019 at 8:34 AM

    Comment #5

    Sing, is Cál Roberts gone? I’m not sure if loaned or gone?

  • welshgeordie9

    May 24, 2019 at 8:34 AM

    Comment #6

    Should we be worried

    Ha ha ha

    You seriously couldn’t make it up.

  • welshgeordie9

    May 24, 2019 at 8:38 AM

    Comment #7

    It takes more than 9 days when we sign a player and that’s when after we agree a fee.

  • Rob1971

    May 24, 2019 at 8:38 AM

    Comment #8

    Munster Cal Roberts is gone he wasn’t retained

  • RobLeenio

    May 24, 2019 at 8:40 AM

    Comment #9

    Munster Cal Roberts played in the recent Hong Kong sevens but there had been reported that he was being released at the end of last season. It was the manager of the club he was loaned to who was quoted.

    The club and Cal himself have made no comment unless I’ve missed something, but I think his contract is up at the end of this season.

    Rafa gave him a couple of games and he got a goal in the FA Cup so you’d think he could make a decent squad player. I’ve always liked him anyway.

  • wynsleap

    May 24, 2019 at 8:43 AM

    Comment #10

    Which is going to be announced first? May’s departure or Rafa’s conclusion?
    These ongoing negotiations are going to make Brexit seem quick in comparison.

  • RobLeenio

    May 24, 2019 at 8:45 AM

    Comment #11
  • RobLeenio

    May 24, 2019 at 8:45 AM

    Comment #12



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