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Where Does Rafa Stand In All Of This Confusion?

Just like we’ve had conflicting reports on how far along the Bin Zayed Group are in their attempts to buy Newcastle, we have also had conflicting reports on where Rafa Benitez stands in all of this.

It’s almost comical that Lee Charnley is still trying to negotiate a new contract with Benitez.

It’s been two months now – right?


And if you want to know why it takes so long for Newcastle to bring in players in the transfer windows, there’s your answer.

Rafa Benitez – has he been kept in the loop?

The current Newcastle regime cannot move quickly on anything, and even as far as the takeover goes, we wouldn’t be surprised if Mike Ashley is dragging his feet.

He says nothing, so we have no idea what he’s thinking and the man does himself no favors by keeping so quiet.

The initial news on Rafa was that the new owners were keen to keep the manager at Newcastle.

After all, he’s done a stellar job with little backing from Mike Ashley over the last three years.

One report was that the group was concentrating first on buying Newcastle but (the report) indicated that both Jose Mourinho and Arsene Wenger were both available.

Two of the most successful managers ever to manage in the Premier League.

It’s a good story that they may not want Rafa as the Newcastle manager, but maybe with a 1% likelihood that it is true.

Our own opinion is that Rafa has somehow been told by the new owners that they want him at Newcastle.

It’s what Rafa does in the meantime until the takeover is complete that becomes worrying.

We suppose he carries on with what may be irrelevant talks on a new contract under the current owner because he’s been told it’s business as usual.

We need to sign players, but until Rafa is tied down to a long term contract, it will be a dilemma for Newcastle to sign top players who need to know Rafa is at the club long term.

So once again we seem to be in a rut in what is expected to be our most crucial transfer window in many many years.

We hope Sheikh Khaled bin Zayed al-Nahyan can move quickly and buy the club and then quickly tie Rafa down to a long-term deal.

We will be very thankful if they wrest the club from the current owner.

Ashley has been absolutely hopeless for Newcastle United over 12 long years – and that’s the truth.

Comments welcome.

22 comments so far

  • Diddly

    May 30, 2019 at 8:11 AM

    Comment #1

    Quiet start by the journos. That’s a good sign. I just want our club run properly. Better sponsorship and investment to training ground stadium team etc. And the SD signs gone.

  • Bambams

    May 30, 2019 at 8:26 AM

    Comment #2

    I would love to see the SD signs taken down and dumped in CharnLIE’s back garden ….

    “There you go Lee, sell them on Ebay, it’s your redundancy payoff”

    If ever a person was out of their depth !

  • Diddly

    May 30, 2019 at 8:30 AM

    Comment #3

    If this group take over bambams I would have thought there would be someone with them advising them. Like a Stavely or Kenyon type and maybe a football man. Or is the football man Rafa himself

  • Levi

    May 30, 2019 at 8:30 AM

    Comment #4


    I don’t know alot about takeovers, but everyone is saying about conflicting reports but all the reporters will be talking to Newcastle united right? But wouldn’t the takeover be being dealt with by Ashley’s lawyers? So it’s likely even Charney doesn’t know.

    Please correct me if I’m wrong as it’s a genuine question

  • yogz69

    May 30, 2019 at 8:31 AM

    Comment #5

    I can’t imagine the uproar if this turns out to be a load of bollocks. Let’s all stay positive and trust in what micky says is happening. If all goes through and you find yourself over for a match fella pints are on me.

  • hibbit

    May 30, 2019 at 8:34 AM

    Comment #6


    I’ve said it for a long time i just don’t know how Charnley has had such an easy ride on Tyneside,
    folk on here yesterday were suggesting the new owners might be temp tempted to keep him on,he should be first out the door .

  • DubaiMicky

    May 30, 2019 at 8:34 AM

    Comment #7

    Thanks yogz69, I’ll be accompanying my mate Khaled, he doesn’t drink. 😉

  • Diddly

    May 30, 2019 at 8:37 AM

    Comment #8

    Keep up good work micky. Any thoughts on Stavely or Kenyon type person it a football man involved or is Rafa the football man

  • DubaiMicky

    May 30, 2019 at 8:41 AM

    Comment #9

    He’ll bring his own MD in first, who that will be i do not know, could be Kenyon I suppose but I would think it’ll be more likely to be one of his trusted lieutenants, perhaps even Midhat on a 3-6 month secondment, then other positions will be filled. They always go top down here.

    Thinking about it that would make sense as summer is coming here and things wind down a bit here over the summer, so his Group MD would theoretically have some time available.

  • Charlie in the Gallowgate

    May 30, 2019 at 8:41 AM

    Comment #10

    Is there confusion?
    Maybe everything is going through fine just nobody knows so making up stories so someone bites
    If you were doing a business deal would you let the World no especially the press
    Don’t think so until the deal is done

  • Sad Frog II

    May 30, 2019 at 8:43 AM

    Comment #11


    When you move in right up close to fans
    That’s when we get the shakes all over us
    Just the way you say goodbye to us
    Brings that feeling on inside
    Shakin’ all over
    Yeah, we have the sheikh in the St James
    I’ve saw the Ashley in the back door
    Shakin’ all over
    Well, you brought us sheikh and we like it, Mike
    Well, you brought us sheikh and we like it, Mike
    Well, you brought us sheikh and we like it, Mike

  • Diddly

    May 30, 2019 at 8:44 AM

    Comment #12

    Cheers micky. We shall see.

  • martoon

    May 30, 2019 at 8:44 AM

    Comment #13

    I think the take over will happen but maybe not as quickly as people hope (no evidence just a gut feeling). Like others I don’t expect to do a Man City I just want to see the club run properly with competent management, reasonable investment and a stab at the cups and maybe top 6 eventually.
    No real indication what the new owners will do with Rafa but if they have any sense they will retain him surely?

  • Lee Charnley Bunga Party

    May 30, 2019 at 8:49 AM

    Comment #14

    I wonder how they can get things sorted quickly enough to get transfers in this summer? Need a pretty skilled negotiator or at least someone who knows how to write up football contracts etc

    We all know Rafa likes to get his targets organised and usually finds out prices and wages etc and then Ashley / Charnley veto the deal the issue we might have now is say someone said last month “oh yeah we will sign on 60k a week” with the new owners they might all say “well actually we want 100k a week and the club want an extra 10 million etc” and some players might just not actually be worth the extra wages etc

  • Novocastrian66

    May 30, 2019 at 8:52 AM

    Comment #15

    It would be nice to have the threat of relegation a thing of the past and the club ran as a sporting institution and not as a sports direct sandwich board.
    Prudent investment in the club’s infrastructure, general improvement and growth of the clubs commercial activities beyond that of TV finance.
    Is that too much to ask? Seems reasonable.

  • hibbit

    May 30, 2019 at 8:53 AM

    Comment #16

    Chris Mort anyone !!!!!

  • NUFCadon

    May 30, 2019 at 8:55 AM

    Comment #17

    Sorry if this has already been spoke about but I haven’t had time to properly go through all the comments.

    How long does it normally take for the PL to do the appropriate checks on average?

  • Ron Knee

    May 30, 2019 at 8:57 AM

    Comment #18

    Re Brexshit:

    “In terms of a comparison between Leave and Remain supporting parties, psephologist John Curtice simply described the result as a draw.”

    Good analysis here:



  • Novocastrian66

    May 30, 2019 at 8:57 AM

    Comment #19

    Worst case scenario; Rafa leaves, deal collapses (if it exists). Almost certain Armageddon which could result in terminal damage. Scary.

  • WarrenBartonCentreParting

    May 30, 2019 at 9:11 AM

    Comment #20

    If the takeover does go through I wouldn’t be happy if Benitez wasn’t kept on.. especially after all the shite and humiliation he has been put through while he has been here. Sure he has been on big money but he could have been on big money elsewhere with a lot less hassle.
    I read a half cocked article mentioning getting players like Ramos and Bale in.. No thanks, Ramos for one wouldn’t get in our defence.
    If there is an overhaul in our pay structure I would like to see the boys who have worked their nuts off for Newcastle to get enhanced contracts.. I have always liked Perez and have always thought he would have operated well in a hardworking pacier team, it’s his choice but I hope he stays.

    As for Ashley, I think he’s going, the silence is to be expected and I wouldn’t read too much into that, also the “no comment” from the Premier League is stock as well. It will be an anxious couple of weeks as news will be in short supply.

  • ToonRich

    May 30, 2019 at 9:46 AM

    Comment #21

    @ #14,

    Didn’t MA buy into Adidas only to sell his shares immediately on for a profit of around £8m…that pi$$ed off adidas which is when they turned their back on us.

  • ToonRich

    May 30, 2019 at 9:48 AM

    Comment #22

    Sorry wrong thread!


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