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Report – Rafa Knew In May He Was Leaving Newcastle

In an interview with the Daily Mail on Sunday, Rafa Benitez claims he knew after his end of season meeting with Mike Ashley that he would not be returning as Newcastle manager.

However, the shocking part of the interview is that Rafa Benitez claims he told the club a few days after this May 16th meeting that he would not be returning.

This is what Rafa has said:

“I would like not to talk too much about Newcastle United because we need to move forward. They need to think about the new season and I have a great challenge ahead of me. But I will say after the meeting in London on May 16 it was a clear decision for me and a few days later we told the club that we would not extend the contract.”

This news goes against a lot of what has been reported previously as it was understood that they were in contact by email and that negotiations were ongoing.

John Barnes, the former Liverpool midfielder who also spent a couple of seasons at Newcastle, made the following statements to the Chronicle recently:

“It was a surprise because I was with him for four or five hours, and he never mentioned [quitting] to me.

“I fully expected him to be there at the start of the season, so it was just a big a shock to me as it was to everyone else.

“He was speaking about what a great club it was and he’d had a great time, and was looking forward to the season, that was it.

“I wasn’t given any other reason to think otherwise [that he wouldn’t be staying] – he never mentioned anything about leaving or staying but he never indicated to me that he wasn’t going to be there so it is a big shock to me.”

So if what Rafa says is true, he kept very quiet in public about his decision as to not arouse suspicion that he was leaving. So he must have not fully decided but had made the club aware that his departure was likely.

Rafa Benitez– knew he was leaving when this picture was taken

The report also claims that it was Rafa Benitez who would only agree to a one year extension.

The report states:

They (Benitez) were only ever prepared to sign up for one more year because they felt trust was minimal and wanted to see how the season panned out. They asked for an £8million-a-year salary plus bonuses for staying up. It has been said that Benitez wanted £9.5m but that figure would only have been achieved if every target had been met.

We were under the impression that it was Newcastle who were just offering a one-year extension to his current deal. However, it appears as though the one-year contract was coming from Rafa’s side.

The report continues with information that would lead us to believe Newcastle wanted to tie Rafa down for longer than just the one year.

While Benitez had always accepted that the board would want to sell an existing player if an offer was good, he wanted to direct the recruitment for next season. Newcastle told him that was unrealistic given that he was only prepared to commit to one season.

We knew information would soon trickle out about what really went on at Newcastle during the clandestine period between the end of the season and the announcement of Rafa’s departure.

It was all silence and the Newcastle fans were left with what now may seem like a false sense of optimism. If this is the case, then it is a disgrace that “no comment” was the club’s motto.

Also, Newcastle are again left in a state of disarray with no manager and a search that has begun far too late if this news is true.

A search should have begun in May, at least preliminarily, even if Newcastle thought that Rafa would eventually sign the one year deal.

You just don’t put your club in this type of risk but Mike Ashley has done it time and again.

60 comments so far

  • jane

    Jul 7, 2019 at 9:12 AM

    Comment #41

    maybe the club were hoping/trying to get Rafa to change his mind.

  • optimistic prime

    Jul 7, 2019 at 9:13 AM

    Comment #42

    Tag team

  • bettyswallocks

    Jul 7, 2019 at 9:13 AM

    Comment #43

    These negotiations to sell the club, if they are indeed still ongoing, will be Ashley saying one thing to one interested party and another thing to another interested party to keep his options open and more than likely playing one off against the other.
    Kenyon ‘s silence throughout all this takeover talk says to me that he’s still in the mix and probably Ashley’s preferred buyer so he can retain advertising and merchandising rights.
    The buyer that would be more likely to give us the best sporting chance on the pitch and not just interested in commercial gain is undoubtedly the Arab outfit but will this influence who Ashley sells to? I think not.

  • Moonraker15

    Jul 7, 2019 at 9:15 AM

    Comment #44

    Jib has shown his true colours yet again! Support the regime Jib !!
    Do you think a thick skinned cockney like Ashley was ever going to get the better of Rafa?
    Unlike them, Rafa had a plan b !

  • MarkBro

    Jul 7, 2019 at 9:15 AM

    Comment #45

    Its always Mikes fault…has been for 13yrs.

    You can understand why rafa was happy to leave.

    Mike and 12mil would be been very appealing

  • big bob

    Jul 7, 2019 at 9:20 AM

    Comment #46

    If a new manager IS appointed then that will tell you no deal but the longer no one is appointed then that tells me he will sell probably late July just so new owners can do nothing regarding player recruitment 1 last parting shop at the fans

  • MarkBro

    Jul 7, 2019 at 9:20 AM

    Comment #47

    Takeover 🙂

    Why because of the deafening silence? Mikes just upped the ante to pi$$ the fans off a bit more

    Business as usual this time next week

  • Captain AmeriMag

    Jul 7, 2019 at 9:21 AM

    Comment #48

    I’m still a big fan of Rafa and would give his integrity the benefit of the doubt. He obviously had no intention of working for Ashley but was holding out for a takeover which wasn’t to be for one of the much speculated reasons (I’m still sticking with BZG have been consulting with Jose all along with the plan for him to be their man)
    Similarly I am absolutely not a fan of Ashlie or Charnlie but I just don’t believe they are THAT incompetent to have not even started planning a replacement manager search. It must be that it’s not their problem to sort any more. Apathy on this level would otherwise be business suicide.
    Hopefully we get our answers tomorrow and we can all move forward United

  • Mindshaft

    Jul 7, 2019 at 9:24 AM

    Comment #49

    It’s clear that Rafa had lost all trust with Ashley & co after previous promises of transfer budget , updated training ground etc.
    Ashley will never be backed into a corner so obviously knew he wasn’t going to give Rafa what he wanted for this season.
    They both knew this in May so how are we now mid July scraping round the bottom of the barrel , surely Charnley should have been looking then …. I guess he thought he’d have a holiday first then dick about a bit expecting Rafa to accept the take it or leave it deal on the table.
    Pure incompetence , somebody posted the managing director list of duties yesterday – Charnley has failed everyone of them.
    No plan , no strategy, no maximising of revenues , no ensuring skilled and dedicated staff who are fit for the role in place …
    Whole club has become the joke of the premiership – Rondon and Perez scored or assisted almost all our goals last season , they’ve gone and will not be replaced due to fakeover lies – we will be relegated with lowest points / lowest goals for / lowest crowds in our history

  • #boycott Arsenal

    Jul 7, 2019 at 9:26 AM

    Comment #50

    It’s great to see Jeff in Benwell’s mask slip.

  • Foggy Hall to Timbuktu

    Jul 7, 2019 at 9:26 AM

    Comment #51

    It says a lot about the local journalists ‘club sources’ as they were telling them and us they thought he was going to sign a new contract for weeks.

  • DaveD1000

    Jul 7, 2019 at 9:31 AM

    Comment #52

    So Rafa isn’t a Saint….buggar me. He managed to do what he did with very little help from “The Management” Are we gonna feel sympathy for MA and charmless because Rafa played rough with them? It must be Rafa’s fault we didn’t finish 5th using players on loan. Thanks for giving us hope and faith Rafa and good luck with your new project.

  • Just a fan

    Jul 7, 2019 at 9:32 AM

    Comment #53

    I think Rafa played his hand very well and ended up with a massive pot.he must be a hell of a poker player.

  • Moonraker15

    Jul 7, 2019 at 9:35 AM

    Comment #54

    Ashley’s PR machine is discredited long ago! The press, media and fans throughout the country are under no illusion about Ashley’s methods and greed!
    It’s one of those situations where his whole brand is toxic and it’s irreversible.
    I think the Nolan on talksport situation is more to provoke debate than actually report the “truth”. They are setting these guys up as patsys and the do get a response. The point is, if Ashley wasn’t already notorious it wouldn’t be worth discussion. He’s like Philip Green who has now had to start paying out in an attempt to save his business. Ashley will eventually find no one will do business with him; in fact Debenhams chose to go bust rather than accept his offer to “save” them which is telling all and it cost him millions!

  • Just a fan

    Jul 7, 2019 at 9:36 AM

    Comment #55

    From years ago we were always told notts county hated being called Nottingham.
    Now it’s being disputed by a “local”
    Don’t know what to believe.

  • bettyswallocks

    Jul 7, 2019 at 9:38 AM

    Comment #56

    Well basically I mean like you know it is what it is. I was literally like, OMG and he turnt rarnd and was like yeah yer right bro nar wot a meeeen. I mean at the end of the day it is what it is like innit. I’m true to miself though like so that’s all that matters to me like.

    That was an exert from a conversation on Love Island that I was forced to endure . Never again mind , it makes me despair for the youth of today like innit bro.

  • 9

    Jul 7, 2019 at 9:55 AM

    Comment #57

    Can’t wait for the new owners to hand over all the cash he wants and get on with it. It would make sense for everything to be completed for July 1, but sadly, for whatever reason (and nobody knows what the reason or reasons is/are) that hasn’t proven to be possible. Surely it must be very very soon?

  • onmeedsun

    Jul 7, 2019 at 10:08 AM

    Comment #58

    Rafa loved the Toon and would have stayed if FCB had ceded some control to him. This is a failing by FCB and his bag man Charnley to build a trusting working relationship with Rafa. They’ve had 3 years to do this but treat everyone as a commodity. This is how Ashley the bully runs his businesses. He sees no value in human relationships. Charnley had daily contact with Rafa over this period. He should have been pushing Rafa’s case to FCB as the best option for the club, but he is devoid of creative thought and authority.

  • Bladey

    Jul 7, 2019 at 10:54 AM

    Comment #59

    That’s strange because I new he was leaving in January

  • Moonraker15

    Jul 7, 2019 at 11:07 AM

    Comment #60

    Charnley’s Mission Statement.
    “Keep your heed doon and pretend your busy”
    Pathetic excuse for a managing director!
    Why don’t the Chronic get on his case? He knows what’s going on and we deserve to know!


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