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Rafa Cannot Make Decisions On Players Leaving – And That Could Become A Problem

The Star has a report out today in which they say Rafa is refusing to sanction deals for Newcastle’s central midfielders.

That’s one of the areas the manager needs to make some decisions on.

Mo Diame is a free agent at the end of June, and it’s almost certain he will leave since the club will not offer him a two-year deal to stay on Tyneside.

And there are no shortage of takers for Diame, and he should be able to get a two-year deal fairly quickly – even at a Premier League club.

Mo has done a good job for us in the three years he’s been at Newcastle.

But it’s a lot more complicated with Isaac Hayden and Jonjo Shelvey.

Shelvey didn’t have a good season and was kept out of the team by Sean Longstaff, Ki, and  Isaac Hayden.

A decision to be made this summer for Rafa is whether he will sell Shelvey and he doesn’t want to make that decision now.

He doesn’t need to either until he knows the future of Isaac Hayden.

Rafa would like to keep  Hayden on board, but he cannot even speak to him until the boss himself knows whether he will be staying at Newcastle.

Isaac could be offered a new deal to stay, but he has family problems to solve, and he wants to move south to be closer to his fiance and their baby.

The impressive Sean Longstaff will be given a bumper new contract to stay at his hometown club, with the Red Devils reported ready to bid £25M over the weekend for the 21-year-old star player.

The Star are dramatizing this all a little by reporting that Rafa is refusing to sanction outgoing deals for his midfielders.

But when you look at some of the complicated underlying issues – now’s not the time for Rafa to make those decisions.

But it does put pressure on Mike Ashley and company to come up with some decisions on Rafa’s potential new contract and get him signed.

If it extends another week, it will start to look like a circus.

And not for the first time under owner Mike Ashley.

Comments welcome.

2 comments so far

  • hibbit

    May 25, 2019 at 8:23 AM

    Comment #1

    well this must be true it’s in the daily star LoL

  • Bambams

    May 25, 2019 at 8:44 AM

    Comment #2

    It’s a bit of a mess, on one hand we have a very good person and excellent manager, wanting to take the club forward using funds generated.

    On the other hand we have Ash who wants nothing more than PL survival and it would probably not bother him if we do get relegated, we have been there before.

    I just do not understand how it takes so long for these two running our club to make a decision.

    If they are not going to agree to Rafa demands, then move on and let’s see which ‘yes man’ they bring in. This delay is putting the whole next season at risk.

    Last thing we want is wholesale changes to the squad in the last few days of the window.

    Ash and CharnLIE just have no idea how to run a football club – KK was spot on, back of a postal stamp !


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