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It Is Important That Lee Charnley Does Not Respond To Rafa’s Latest Comments

Rafa Benitez was interviewed in China yesterday. The interview took place before Dalian Yifang faced Shanghai Shenhua in the Chinese FA Cup semi-final. Benitez talked of hopes of winning silverware in his first season with Dalian, but they would end up losing 3-2.

The interview is in Xinhua Net and Rafa again references why he left Newcastle this summer. He mostly seems to want to make it abundantly clear that it was not for the money.

Rafa again mentions his desire for a project and to build something. He also mentions the training ground and youth system at Dalian Yifang. This is what Rafa Benitez has said in his interview about leaving Newcastle:

“I was not happy when he was talking about me leaving Newcastle because of the money. I said no to very, very big offers, and even last year, I was saying no to big offers, but I decided to stay because of the fans, the city, and the potential.

“We were waiting for a solution at Newcastle which was not forthcoming. We had options, but when we had to decide, it was a very simple decision because Dalian was the best option we had.

“People were saying it was big money, but Dalian were pushing really hard to get me and my staff, and we are really pleased because they showed so much interest.”

“I am a professional, and I want to win, but I also want to build something and leave a legacy.

“The training ground and the project with the youth system is amazing.

This year, we are creating schools for 6-10 year-olds, bringing in coaches from Spain, so we will organize everything in terms of the academy and youth system.”

Rafa seems to have wanted it to work at Newcastle and we don’t doubt that he turned away interest from other clubs during his tenure.

Charnley recently spoke about how the club were concentrating on players as the priority for the moment. He also stated that there was not enough money for both transfers and upgrading the training facilities.

These latest comments may be in reference to Charnley’s about the facilities at Newcastle.

Rafa also continued in his interview to talk about how the fans at Dalian Yifang are similar to fans at both Liverpool and Newcastle. There is a big difference, however, as Dalian Yifang, as a club, are only a decade old while Liverpool and Newcastle were both founded in 1892.

This is what Rafa has said about the fans in China:

“The Dalian fans are very similar to Liverpool or Newcastle fans because they are passionate, they love the team, and what they want is a team that cares and works hard. So what should they expect?

“A team that tries to win, a team that will be competitive and will care, and I think the fans will appreciate that. Hopefully, we can see something good so we will be in the final of the Cup!”

It does appear as though Rafa is referencing Newcastle fans’ motto under Ashley of “We don’t demand a team that wins, we demand a club that tries!”

We will have to wait and see if Ashley has Lee Charnley respond to Rafa’s latest comments. They are hardly vindictive, and we hope that Newcastle does not feel the need to issue a response. It was Lee Charnley who fired the first shot, which was entirely out of the blue and unnecessary.

Newcastle have more pressing concerns right now than anything Rafa Benitez has to say. We would hope that Charnley and Co. are looking at viable transfer targets for the January window where there should be plenty of funds available.

While it is only two games into the season, Charnley must also be prepared for the worst-case scenario if Steve Bruce turns out not to be the man for the job. He must have a list of potential coaching targets ready.

He cannot wait until March this time if we are stuck in a relegation battle. It will be too late and there will be no Rafa Benitez knocking on the door this time.

30 comments so far

  • #BoycottAshley ( OP)

    Aug 20, 2019 at 9:42 AM

    Comment #1

    Defenders aren’t a big crowd puller, quite obvious why non of the overseas over paid players are defenders.

  • Reilly

    Aug 20, 2019 at 9:46 AM

    Comment #3

    *puts us

  • Genjikai

    Aug 20, 2019 at 9:50 AM

    Comment #5


    Jul 1, 2019 at 9:58 PM

    Comment #70

    China want to be the dominant force in football by 2050.
    Its why the Chinese super league was created.
    They want to host the world cup before 2050.
    No doubt they’ve seen rafas work at the toon and think hes the man to train there national stars.

  • Genjikai

    Aug 20, 2019 at 9:52 AM

    Comment #6

    Hes bringing coaches over from spain, they are setting up schools.
    Instead of the raise of the toon it will be a red china day.
    Cheers mike, your playing with the future man.
    It will be your fault mike when china rule the world.

  • Genjikai

    Aug 20, 2019 at 9:55 AM

    Comment #7

    The butterfly effect has already started, the ripples are dancing to the tune, we must stop Ashley.
    You will look back on this moment and regret you didnt take action.

  • Mindshaft

    Aug 20, 2019 at 9:56 AM

    Comment #8

    Jib: from previous, ahh sorry mate, didn’t have context – should scroll back on comments more 🙂

  • hibbit

    Aug 20, 2019 at 9:58 AM

    Comment #9


    Why is Important That Lee Charnley Does Not Respond To Rafa’s Latest Comments ?????

    I’d be very surprised if he doesn’t very surprised,

  • Mindshaft

    Aug 20, 2019 at 9:58 AM

    Comment #10

    The new training ground they’re having built doesn’t look too shabby either https://www.stadia-magazine.com/features/dalian-yifang-fc-soccer-academy-training-center-design-renderings-revealed.html

    Bet Rafa and his staff are missing the wheely bins already 🙂

  • Reilly

    Aug 20, 2019 at 10:02 AM

    Comment #11

    There are champo and league 1 clubs with better training grounds than us,its shocking.

  • posada

    Aug 20, 2019 at 10:07 AM

    Comment #12

    Bruce has to use Rafa’s 3/4/3 or his 4/2/3/1.
    Leave out Shelvey as he does not fit into either.

    I doubt he will. Out of his depth he won’t be able to make sound decisons and give the players clear direction.

  • Rotonda heights

    Aug 20, 2019 at 10:11 AM

    Comment #14

    Quite an interesting comment from the rather attractive redhead on that C5 sports direct programme. She said that as soon as SD did something good and were on a bit of a roll, Mike Ashley and SD would make a gaffe, seemingly unable for his ego not to.

    If Ash wasn’t drunk then surely even doubling Rafa’s wages to 12M and getting in Rondon for 16M, while keeping Perez and Rafa’s support staff had to be financially better than blowing 60M on Joel and St Max, getting in a league 1 coach and his staff and clsogthe window with an unfit overweight Dutchman and a crocked carroll. This after Rafa had said he wasn’t even sure who Muto was

  • Jib

    Aug 20, 2019 at 10:13 AM

    Comment #15

    To say Bruce is out of his depth is just silly.
    Rafa is an elite manager – far superior to
    Bruce true – but his PL side at Hull was easy on the eye
    came 16th and had hard lines in the FA cup final vs Arsenal

  • Bills Son Is Back

    Aug 20, 2019 at 10:20 AM

    Comment #16

    If we had Jail, Rotunda, Lesh and OP as the NUFC management team all our selection and tactic problems would be solved.

    Wouldn’t they?

  • posada

    Aug 20, 2019 at 10:25 AM

    Comment #17

    They say McClaren was out of his depth. An ex England manager and when talking on TV last week clearly a very intelligent coach.
    Bruce should be able to manage and prepare a team no question.

    Out of his depth ? Likewise McClaren.
    It’s about the situation they find themselves in.

    A crisis. What direction to go.
    Are they big enough to stick to their guns. Upset a star name, fall out with Charmless.
    Be awkward with the owner.
    Rafa was.
    It’s about leadership.

  • hibbit

    Aug 20, 2019 at 10:28 AM

    Comment #18

    What’s all this about ???????????

    Paul Dummett’s shocking claim about the warm-up vs Norwich
    Since the Norwich defeat, many Newcastle fans have been shocked by post-match comments from defender Paul Dummett.

    Dummett, 27, was rolled out to speak to NUTV after the loss.

    In a remarkable statement about Newcastle’s warm-up at Carrow Road, Dummett admitted that “it wasn’t right”.

    How can Newcastle be screwing up their warm-up after just two games this season?

  • Jib

    Aug 20, 2019 at 10:29 AM

    Comment #19

    Bruce should be able to manage and prepare a team no question.
    It’s about the situation they find themselves in.
    Are they big enough to stick to their guns.
    Be awkward with the owner.

    Bruce told Assem Allam where to stick his club when he refused him funds

  • Bleatin' n Bruced

    Aug 20, 2019 at 10:32 AM

    Comment #20

    All the scoffing about no mark Chinese wasteland teams and going for the money seem pretty childishly naive don’t it? Anyone who wants to do the slightest bit of research will find out how committed they are to breaking into the upper tier of football, the academy system and football nursery project is getting top backing. Anyone who knows the slightest thing about the Chinese outlook on competition and especially gambling will know that what they desire they will eventually get. Wasn’t 40 years or so that China was a byword for laughable cheap plastic tat. Not looking too shabby as an industrial and commercial power now though eh? The US is so afraid of their output and ingenuity it’s using espionage as a cover for trade restriction.

    Rafa has gone there at a grass roots time (after the initial weak forays into getting a football leg-up) to build a legacy, something that’s lost here. I have a feeling what he does will be the start of big things from Asia, it’ll take time but it will get there.

  • The overrated Frenchman

    Aug 20, 2019 at 10:38 AM

    Comment #21

    You can see the pain in Hamsik’s face. This must be a nightmare for him.

  • posada

    Aug 20, 2019 at 10:40 AM

    Comment #22

    Did he not have a better offer lined up.
    Moved to Villa.
    Can be a strong character no doubt.
    Again, leadership in a crisis. Is it the same ?
    We will see. I personally think he has to call time on Shelvey.
    As Rafa did. Will he. The lads on 70K a week. Too big to fail perhaps ?
    Big decision for Rafa it was. As was Mitrovic etc.
    Bet some nerd in the background was shouting no we pay them too much money you can’t do that.
    Bet some nerd was wispering in Ashleys ear saying it’s his fault he can’t get the best out of them.
    Situation at the club up from Manager is rotten. We know that.

  • hibbit

    Aug 20, 2019 at 10:41 AM

    Comment #23

    That’s one of the things you miss not being at the games, how they warm up, who’s with who, what’s the integration like are they in it together or split into fractions, how hard does the coach work them, what kind of routine do they follow,,
    finding it very very hard this not going,

  • Jib

    Aug 20, 2019 at 10:42 AM

    Comment #24

    I don’t recall any scoffing
    Just surprise after his comments how important being next
    to his home in the Wirral was , and his desire to have another
    go at Euro competition.

  • nufc 11

    Aug 20, 2019 at 10:43 AM

    Comment #25

    What was it Charnley said about Steve Bruce, he was the outstanding candidate for the NUFC job, head and shoulders above everyone else… what to get us relegated? what a pack of morons, who’s worse though the fans who pack out sjp every week or the clowns who rape the club at every given opportunity and call it ice cream?

  • mactoon

    Aug 20, 2019 at 10:44 AM

    Comment #26

    Of course Ashley will respond (through Charnley) because that is how he runs the club, through the media. He is the only owner I know who uses PR to keep the general public on his side and any message put out there against him has to be covered up. It’s astonishing that he needs to do this, why not just communicate and be truthful? The fact we have to ask this question tells us all we need to know.

  • Munster Mag

    Aug 20, 2019 at 11:27 AM

    Comment #27

    Seems a fairly innocuous statement but hibbitt jumps on it with a dozen question marks.

  • Big Archie

    Aug 20, 2019 at 12:31 PM

    Comment #28

    Two things to consider.

    I seem to remember our defenders being clueless under Rafa when he first arrived and changed the system. They had no idea what they were doing, but they stuck at it. Hopefully, once the team gets the hang of Bruce’s plans we’ll improve.

    The other thing is – well of course Rafa’s not going to admit he went to China for the money. Even if he did he would never admit it.

  • mactoon

    Aug 20, 2019 at 12:47 PM

    Comment #29

    @Big Archie #28

    Rafa may have gone to China for the money but more accurately Rafa didn’t leave Newcastle for the money, he left because he wanted to fulfil Newcastle’s potential but the owner wouldn’t agree. Once Ashley dumped him, he agreed to go to China.

  • Munster Mag

    Aug 20, 2019 at 4:44 PM

    Comment #30

    Ignore it .


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