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The Disappearing Rafa Mystery May Have A Rational Explanation



When Newcastle United first unveiled their new home kit on Wednesday, many fans noticed a reference in the advertising that left some a bit puzzled.

The write-up about the new shirt called on Newcastle fans to support “Rafa Benitez’ men” in the new replica home shirt.

It also mentioned how the team were looking to make this season a successful one “under the famous Spaniard”.

This tactic of using Benitez to sell shirts did not sit too well with some fans. They considered this to be a disingenuous ploy as Benitez has less than two weeks remaining on his contract.

Some fans though found comfort in seeing Rafa’s heralded name still being attached to the club. They saw this as a possible sign of a new contract on the horizon.

Well, the advertising write-up was suddenly changed yesterday with the removal of all references to Rafa Benitez.

This move left fans even more bewildered and some in a panic. Many saw this as confirmation that Rafa Benitez was indeed leaving Newcastle.

Here is a comparison of the two different ads for the new home shirt:

Below is a couple of exchanges on Twitter with Newcastle United’s Head of Media and Content Lee Marshall about the original ad for the sale of the new home shirt:

While we are not sure if this is of any significance to Rafa Benitez’ tenure at Newcastle, this tweet exchange does seem to be the origin of the removal of his name from the ads.

While it may have been done to ease some unrest, in true Newcastle fashion it has led to even more confusion and despondency amongst the fanbase.


131 comments so far

  • IrishRob

    Jun 22, 2019 at 12:25 AM

    Comment #1

    First

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  • NY Mag

    Jun 22, 2019 at 12:28 AM

    Comment #2

    2nd

    3
  • kev1664

    Jun 22, 2019 at 12:29 AM

    Comment #3

    Repost from last thread
    Droppy @59

    Exactly, Caulkins sources would want the BZG bid to fail especially if they’ve invested cash into trying to put a deal in place.

    Remember last week Luke Edward’s told us of a 3rd bidder who dropped out ‘for now’. They’ve obviously felt they were being strung along and realise they’re at the back of the queue and don’t want to throw good money after bad at trying to get a deal through.

    4
  • beermonkey

    Jun 22, 2019 at 12:31 AM

    Comment #4

    toon22

    you keep saying its not ashleys fault
    can i ask whose fault it is

    2
  • NY Mag

    Jun 22, 2019 at 12:32 AM

    Comment #5

    Charnley’s……….

    2
  • Sheik-en but not stirred

    Jun 22, 2019 at 12:35 AM

    Comment #6

    M*ke A**ley is a f**king pr!ck!!!!!!

    Get out of our club you slug!!!!

    George Culkin is a knob!! I still remember him saying Staveley is definitely buying!!! He never gets transfer stories correct either so why listen to him???

    Yet we all slit our wrists over his tweet!

    My Faith in all this is BZG….if it has fallen over they would not stay silent! They are a respected company and people who are not linked to Jabba..

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  • beermonkey

    Jun 22, 2019 at 12:37 AM

    Comment #7

    ny mag

    must be i keep reading its not ashleys fault

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  • droppy in Wallsend

    Jun 22, 2019 at 12:37 AM

    Comment #8

    Kev1664

    It just doesn’t sit right with everything else and Caulkin got it wrong with Staveley. Is this the same source from then? Hardly reliable if it is.

    4
  • Tony Baloney

    Jun 22, 2019 at 12:41 AM

    Comment #9

    I see you figured out your avatar NY Mag.

    1
  • kev1664

    Jun 22, 2019 at 12:42 AM

    Comment #10

    Right all I’m off to hit the sack.

    Good conversation tonight.

    Let’s hope it all goes through and soon.

    1
  • NY Mag

    Jun 22, 2019 at 12:43 AM

    Comment #11

    Tony,

    It took a while….but I got there in the end 🙂

    2
  • droppy in Wallsend

    Jun 22, 2019 at 12:44 AM

    Comment #12

    Also if we are to believe that KBA are a super powered PR firm, how come the Tapeworm is so hated not only amongst NUFC fans but in the business world too.

    The only place that the Tapeworm gets an easy ride is within the media, and let’s face it, journalism in this country has had plenty of scandals and gone are the days of reporters actually going out in the field and fact finding, they can just surf the net now.

    Most of them don’t even google stuff they just flat out make it up.

    4
  • NY Mag

    Jun 22, 2019 at 12:44 AM

    Comment #13

    Anything to keep Chico happy……

    2
  • droppy in Wallsend

    Jun 22, 2019 at 12:45 AM

    Comment #14

    NY Mag

    I approve of this avatar. Lol

    0
  • toon22

    Jun 22, 2019 at 12:45 AM

    Comment #15

    beermonkey

    Ok IMHO Ma is to blame for every woe currently befalling not just the toon but every single business unfortunate enough to have fallen into the parasites hands

    Thats not the point though is it,you want to defend the guy

    Hiya

    5
  • toon22

    Jun 22, 2019 at 12:46 AM

    Comment #16

    Tony Baloney/NY mag

    Hiya

    Im sure those accounts are totally legit

    6
  • droppy in Wallsend

    Jun 22, 2019 at 12:47 AM

    Comment #17

    Could a Billionaire slip a few envelopes to reporters to ignore his flaws……..,,

    Hmmmmm

    2
  • RobLeenio

    Jun 22, 2019 at 12:47 AM

    Comment #18

    NY Mag, that’s class. Scary, but class.

    7
  • Tony Baloney

    Jun 22, 2019 at 12:48 AM

    Comment #19

    I actually don’t really know what Ashley is playing at because he has made so many bizarre decisions in the past. I really cannot believe though that he is setting up expensive pretend sales to cover his tracks in not spending on transfers.

    2
  • toon22

    Jun 22, 2019 at 12:48 AM

    Comment #20

    Who do you think he will pretend to sell us too next time ?

    Repetitive isnt it
    Just like all of those sale lies

    5
  • i

    Jun 22, 2019 at 12:49 AM

    Comment #21

    I don’t know if Rafa will stay or go, but I think this current situation has always been inevitable. Rafa’s people are probably leaking stories off the record to all their press contacts about how unhappy he is with the offer. How he is about to leave & go to China etc. Ashley has team out in the form of Wise & Harmison doing his PR. The good thing is neither parties are saying anything on the record, so no bridges have been permanently burned. It is currently a high stakes poker game and 1 of them needs to blink.

    1
  • Tony Baloney

    Jun 22, 2019 at 12:49 AM

    Comment #22

    Very good NY Mag. Probably the best on here.

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  • beermonkey

    Jun 22, 2019 at 12:49 AM

    Comment #23

    toon22

    i am not defending him
    you keep saying its not his fault

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  • toon22

    Jun 22, 2019 at 12:50 AM

    Comment #24

    I really cannot believe though that he is setting up expensive pretend sales to cover his tracks in not spending on transfers.

    Well if you look at the history of the last 12 years thats exactly what has happened
    Its not even up for debate,go look

    I dont see the point in listing it as thats not your point is it

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  • droppy in Wallsend

    Jun 22, 2019 at 12:50 AM

    Comment #25

    Toon22

    Yes absolutely saying how much I hate him and hoping that the stain he casts upon the club is removed ASAP and referring to him as a parasite is really defending him.

    HIYA

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  • toon22

    Jun 22, 2019 at 12:50 AM

    Comment #26

    beermonkey

    Yes beer

    Hiya KBA

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  • RobLeenio

    Jun 22, 2019 at 12:50 AM

    Comment #27

    Not sure anyone has mentioned the possibility that Caulkin’s source could well be Amanda Staveley. She said fairly recently that she still had an interest in buying NUFC. It could well be that she’s still in touch with George Caulkin and is using him to sow a few seeds of doubt.

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  • toon22

    Jun 22, 2019 at 12:51 AM

    Comment #28

    RobLeenio

    Its never MAs fault

    5
  • toon22

    Jun 22, 2019 at 12:52 AM

    Comment #29

    MA and his PR repeat themselves

    Funny that isnt it

    6
  • NY Mag

    Jun 22, 2019 at 12:52 AM

    Comment #30

    toon22,

    Calling beermonkey is really scraping the barrel (I know you don’t think much of me, but that’s a new low)
    You really need a new focus or you’re in serious trouble of becoming completely irrelevant.

    You’re almost a laughing stock now….don’t destroy yourself (and all you stand for) by not bending to the winds of change….

    6
  • toon22

    Jun 22, 2019 at 12:54 AM

    Comment #31

    NY Mag

    I think your PR

    I dont care what you think TBF

    Dont read my posts

    Thats not the point though is it

    9
  • toon22

    Jun 22, 2019 at 12:54 AM

    Comment #32

    Im sure your mate Tony thinks the same

    8
  • toon22

    Jun 22, 2019 at 12:55 AM

    Comment #33

    People can read and decide for themselves cant they

    Or would you rather have them think wht youve decided is some kind of truth

    9
  • toon22

    Jun 22, 2019 at 12:56 AM

    Comment #34

    by not bending to the winds of change….

    You mean constant sale lies to keep the fans strung along for another 12 years ?

    Were that stupid

    10
  • beermonkey

    Jun 22, 2019 at 12:57 AM

    Comment #35

    toon22

    people can decide

    you claim there are pr people on here yet you wont name and shame them will you

    2
  • RobLeenio

    Jun 22, 2019 at 12:57 AM

    Comment #36

    It’s a strange thing that the same way Ashley moves the goalposts, so does toon22. It used to be that if you had a place name in your moniker that you were definitely Ashley PR.

    It seems that these days, all you have to do is come out on the Night Shift. Suddenly, droppy, kev, beermonkey are all implicated.

    i and sheikhen but not stirred seem to have got away with it for now.

    It’s no surprise that he can’t give a list of all the shills on here – he’s actually forgotten how he defines us all.

    3
  • droppy in Wallsend

    Jun 22, 2019 at 12:57 AM

    Comment #37

    Toon22

    You don’t see the point in listing because you can’t.

    We’re all aware that he is a sh*thouse and absolutely cannot be trusted. But the only sale that has ever seemed as genuine as this one was Staveley last year, the one ‘respected journalist’ Caulkin told us was a certainty.

    As I said the media are the only ones who repeat your line that it’s never MA’s fault.

    Anyway I’m off to bed now I’m having breakfast with Mike and Keith Tomorrow, then we’re picking up Rio and Keysy to go to a BBQ at Wiseys place.

    5
  • toon22

    Jun 22, 2019 at 12:58 AM

    Comment #38

    Read it for yourself beer

    Maybe you can decide whos fault this mess is as you seem to be oblivious too it somehow
    And at the same time find it impossible to see people defend the guy

    Over and over again

    5
  • toon22

    Jun 22, 2019 at 1:01 AM

    Comment #39

    Ignore 8 faled sales and the impact it had on the club
    How it as used to sting the fans along

    Attack a poster pointing it out

    Claim that you cant see how saying such things helps the whole reason MA did it in the first place

    Rinse and repeat for as long as required

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  • NY Mag

    Jun 22, 2019 at 1:01 AM

    Comment #40

    But you clearly do….otherwise you wouldn’t respond.

    I’ve told you many times before, I would be extremely happy to be paid for my contribution – unfortunately, I’m not.
    My profession is not blogs or sports wear or NUFC…..I’m in a completely different industry.
    I comment simply because I can (same as you)
    The difference being you are too scared to come out and have a serious conversation about your thoughts because you absolutely know you cannot defend what you say 🙂
    You mentioned earlier,your favorite colour was yellow – I get that, it makes perfect sense 🙂

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