Friday has seen headlines saying that Rafa Benitez could quit Newcastle due to a failure to back him with signings.

Whilst no one new has arrived this summer, as yet, the story does look a ‘little’ weak.

Last weekend we saw a number of newspapers (including the Mail – see below) run a story saying that Rafa Benitez was upset because a number of his suggested transfer targets hadn’t been signed up.

Looking at Friday’s exclusive in The Sun, it looks just a simple rehash of last weekend’s press speculation.

The problem is that until Newcastle do show serious intent in this summer’s transfer window, these media stories are bound to continue.

With only three days to go until pre-season training starts, two weeks until the first friendly, and six weeks until the Premier League kicks off, it is difficult to see Rafa Benitez in a happy/relaxed mood, especially in light of Mike Ashley blocking him signing players in January.

Let’s hope the secret transfers have been working on will shortly be unveiled…

The Sun – 30 June 2017:

‘Spanish boss Benitez claims to be serious about his threat to walk out before the start of the season.

He fears they are in for a relegation battle unless they make serious changes to the squad.

Benitez was keen to get his transfer business done early but Toon have missed out on several targets, including Tammy Abraham.’

The Mail – 25 June 2017:

‘Rafa Benitez’s future as Newcastle manager is uncertain after a series of transfer setbacks.

Last week, Chelsea’s Tammy Abraham agreed to join Swansea on loan, while former Manchester City goalkeeper Willy Caballero has decided to move to Stamford Bridge, two players Benitez was convinced would join Newcastle.

It is also understood that Benitez is set to suffer another double snub, with Manchester City duo Fabian Delph and Eliaquim Mangala poised to join Stoke and Lyon respectively.

Benitez guided Newcastle to promotion back into the Premier League in his first full season on Tyneside.

He was only persuaded to stay at St James’ Park on the understanding that the club would back a multi-million pound investment in players this summer.

Those close to the manager have confirmed that he has become increasingly frustrated with the slow progress of securing targets and further talks are planned with managing director Lee Charnley in a bid to resolve the situation.

The club declined to comment on Saturday night.’



  • William Venus

    Blah, blah,blah….same old !! If he was going to leave, I’m sure he would have gone by now. He would want to find a new club, have a proper pre-season, and sign his own players for his new club, surely?

  • Leazes Ender

    One day to go before the Rafalution starts.

    • TheNutJob

      exciting times ahead once the Rafalution starts Leazes. i can`t wait

    • Alex

      Where’s it going to start?

    • hetonmag

      Bet you have bought the book ?

  • Rich Lawson

    ”2moro,2moro,it’s only a day away” !

  • Soldier

    Viva la Rafalution

  • Hughie_Gallacher

    He really should quit.

    This is an awful club.

    • Geordiegiants

      Rotten to the core, with a sticking plaster (Rafa) over it!

  • GToon

    “The problem is that until Newcastle do show serious intent in this summer’s transfer window, these media stories are bound to continue.” No the problem is that unless the club show some serious intent in the transfer window they will get relegated. That’s the problem. Rafa knows it. Most of the fans know it and only an idiot (or penny pinching clown) would deny it. Lets not forget that during the championship season it was apparent for all to see that we have about five or at most six players who could do a job in the premier league. The rest are very very average at best and won’t suddenly improve. Goufran needs to go and so do quite a few others. But we need some arrivals, hence the media comments which as I stated above only mirror what most people are thinking anyway.

  • Andy Mac

    I think this is just another fishing exercise. However if and when we’re way past July 1st and nothing happens maybe the departure of Rafa would finally get those “die hard always been a fan” supporters off their R’s ?

    The biggest problem for this club is the unwavering, undying but blinkered support who do as they’re told ?

  • Franzcarrsuperstar

    I think all this stuff is nonsense. Just papers making up stories because we have no tournament this summer and they are slow on news.

    Last season we didn’t hear much and then suddlenly Dwight Gayle and Matt Ritchie walked through the door without weeks of wild guesses in the press. I hope and expect the same will happen this summer, and that there is no need for the club or Rafa to say anything different to the original announcement as nothing has changed. It was only a couple of weeks ago for heaven’s sake. The press just st go looking for a story. There is absolutely nothing to suggest that Rafa is annoyed or that he won’t be backed with signings.

    The only two facts we do know are actually very positive things. The initial statement from the club, and the getting rid of Carr. Both suggest things are moving in the right direction. Everything else in the national press, or even the chronicle in fairness, is total guess work.

    Everyone wants their business done early, but in reality it is very hard to do and there is loads of time left. Rafa knows all that. I think the reason it is quiet is just because everyone is busy getting on with stuff and whilst nobody wants to wait for anything nowadays, that’s what we’ll have to do. A new news article gets published every 30 minutes, they have to say something, and without any direct announcements they just pick a lazy angle.

  • Shipcote Willy

    Probably Rafa’s man leaking to the media for the second time to pressurise Ashley and let fans know about the situation. There will be no third time and the next story will be Rafa has walked. I wrote before last season that Ashley would give Rafa his head but if and when we got promoted he would starve him out once he is back where the money is. He has given Rafa authority over targets but is starving him of funds. Rafa is finding out the hard way that Ashley has no ambition for NUFC. other than making money..
    Leopards don’t change their spots

  • Alreet

    Strange eh. The good old media chime in again now we are back with the big boys. Nothing of the sort last season.

    Bunch of tosh. Move on please.

    Stirring the nest to sell to more ad space. Lets see what their story is when the players come through next week. Bunch of snakes just coz rafa is doing things on the quiet.

  • Leicester Mag

    Fans and I’m as guilty as any, want to believe, the reality is though it won’t change. 10yrs and counting…the best we will get under Ashley is mediocrity. That he gambled in January speaks volumes and he’ll do it again and again and again. Wishing he’ll change is like the beaten dog that knows no better, simply blind in their love for their master, knowing no better. The Who once sang Won’t get fooled again, clearly they weren’t talking about Newcastle fans!

  • Thefootballerwhocouldfly

    Bollocks…. #Don’tBuyTheSun
    Rafa will probably stay but don’t expect big signings

  • MichaelMaximusMoose

    It`s here Lads, the 1st of July. Rafalution Day !
    In Rafa we Trust

    • Wor Lass

      Has big Andy been spotted looking in the estate agents` windows in Darras Hall yet?

      • MichaelMaximusMoose

        he he he

    • Jimblag23

      Exactly, lots of people have been expecting deals that have been arranged to be paid for and announced today.
      😂😂😂😂 fools.

  • Peter

    I wouldn’t necessarily believe a word they publish in the Daily Mail or The Sun…about this or anything else for that matter….

  • Leazes Ender

    I think that the Chronicle owe supporters an apology for telling us there was a Rafalution happening, and I feel really sorry for those mugs who were conned into buying a season ticket on the back of what has turned out to be a lie.

    Ryder should be sued.