Rafa Benitez will exit Newcastle United in the summer, according to Mark Lawrenson, unless something drastic happens.

Having now spent two years at St James Park, Lawrenson believes only the departure of Mike Ashley could keep the Manager at the club.

Mark Lawrenson believing that in the Summer Rafa will be saying to himself ‘You know what, I deserve much better than this’.

Newcastle fans wouldn’t disagree.

Obviously we all hope he doesn’t leave but as the former Liverpool defender says, you can’t have ‘a constant battle trying to sign players’.

In Summer 2016 Rafa Benitez made NUFC/Ashley a £40m profit in the transfer market, January 2017 the club’s owner blocked Rafa buying anybody, as was the case in January 2018, whilst in Summer 2017 Rafa was starved of funds and forced to shop in the bargain basement for £4m/£5m players whilst the likes of Brighton and Huddersfield had a massively higher net spend than United.

If Ashley doesn’t sell the club, is there hope of Rafa staying on?

To be honest it is very difficult to see such a well-respected Manager as the Spaniard putting himself through yet another farce of a transfer window, where he constantly undermined and promises aren’t kept.

Mark Lawrenson speaking to Liverpool’s official TV channel:

“I don’t see Rafa Benitez being there past the end of the season, unless they (Newcastle United) are sold (by Mike Ashley).

“At the end of the season he’ll be thinking..’You know what, I deserve much better than this’.

“You can’t have a constant battle trying to sign players.

“In the (Summer) transfer window they were linked with loads (of signings ) and hardly got any.

“He’ll have done well, really well, if he can keep them (Newcastle) in the Premier League with these players.

“It is easier coaching better players and if you have got Champions League (standard) players then you (just need to) tell them once.

“If you have got Championship level players then you probably need to tell them two or three times what to do.”

  • DC1964

    Can’t argue with that TBH!

  • MichaelMaximusMoose

    Fatso gave Rafa some leeway when we were relegated but he chopped him off at the knees in Jan 17.
    Rafa will go ok if the Fat Lad doesn`t sell

  • MichaelMaximusMoose

    More bad news, Brighton beating Arsenal with 6 mins left on the clock

    • Peaky Magpie

      Done ok there Hughton,he’s got his team playing to their strengths and they certainly know how to hold onto a lead….

  • Alreet

    Rafa will go if the club isnt sold within a few weeks of the end of the season.

    Can only hope for the best news to come soon.

    Pool are still in top form. If we had even one of Fermino. Mane or Salah we wouldnt be where we are now.

  • mactoon

    I can’t argue with his assessment to be honest. I would like to know exactly what Ashley agreed to, to get Rafa in the first place and what he promised to do to keep him on. I bet every one of those promises has been broken. Bloody idiot. We can only hope Staveley comes in with an improved offer but with the TV money now guaranteed for three more years I doubt he even wants to sell now

    • Mike

      staveley does not have any money or buyers

      • mactoon

        That’s correct. She is a deal broker, she arranges deals on behalf of interested parties who have money (like she did at Man City)

    • Leazes.

      Six million a year makes him the third best paid manager.

      • Coach Clagnut

        Guardiola & Mourinho, Wenger & Klopp and Conte all earn more than Rafa. It wouldn’t surprise me if Spuds & Everton are also paying more.

  • kingfisher

    Swansea hammer the hammers, Brighton have just beaten Arsenal. This is make or break time for us now. No more fur king about in our next 3 matches. Southampton at home : 3 points, Huddersfield at home : 3 points. Leicester away 3 points. Job done. It’s still in our own hands and lets face it, if we can’t get two wins at home in the next two games then we deserve to be relegated, end of !!!

    • Oldgeordie

      Agree. Also if Arsenal play the way they did today we should get 3 points against them as well.

      • Geordiegiants

        Let’s hope Wenger isn’t sacked before hand.

        • Oldgeordie

          Just our luck. In the fifties and sixties we called them lucky Arsenal.

          • Geordiegiants

            In the eighties and ninties, boring boring Arsenal.

        • Dave Pattinson

          ….or Wenger goes & is replaced by Pardiola & JC! 😂

    • MichaelMaximusMoose

      try telling that to Rafa, we need to attack those teams instead of this defensive schitt all the time

      • Oldgeordie

        Are you watching Man City and Chelsea? Two banks of 4 by Chelsea. Same as us but no criticism. Oh Neville has realised it at last.

        • GToon

          I’m watching it, absolutely amazed at the hundreds of empty seats in the home section. Wow! What amazing support.

          • Geordiegiants

            It’s no different to watching us against them.

          • Peaky Magpie

            Just beat me to it there….still Manchester’s 2nd team….wonder if CiTyBlUe is there ????

        • Geordiegiants

          He won’t slate them as bad as he slated us.

          • Oldgeordie

            Cannot believe Souness. OK for Chelsea but not us.

      • Geordiegiants

        I think it’s more of we need to find a balance rather then one or the other. I’m staunch Rafa, but Bournemouth was shocking tactics.

    • NUFCLX

      Starting to remind me of 2009, win the last 3 homes games and we stay up, we had 3 winnable games, drew with Portsmouth, beat the smogs and lost to Fulham then relegated away to Villa last game. Hope I am wrong but at the end of the day championship players need to be playing in the Championship no matter who the manager is. It will be sad to see the Fatman forcing Rafa out.

      • kingfisher

        Spot on 👍👍👍

      • Coach Clagnut

        Tragedy mate, nothing less.

  • Mike

    Fancy getting paid to spout the bleeding obvious…ill have this knobs job please!!!

  • stevetoontoon

    Lawrenson only the 50th or 60th pundit to say that!!! Merson has said it about 8 times!!! Do they get paid to state the obvious? Yawn

  • ToonTom

    Yes, painfully stupid comments from Lawrenson. If Ashley doesn’t sell in the summer, I will personally be writing to Rafa and pleading with him to go – for his benefit not for ours! It’s embarrassing to see what Lardy has made him have to do. Can you imagine how excrutiating it must be for Rafa at managers’ meetings when he is unable to even keep up with (never mind exceed) the transfer dealings of Hughton and Wagner? He must feel like the poor kid looking in the shop window. We have had this amazing opportunity for two years now and Lardy seems hell bent on blowing it on our behalf. As I say, painfully stupid comments.

  • Mrkgw


    • TheNutJob

      sack the board

      • Mrkgw

        Sack the lot of them!

  • Peaky Magpie

    Different subject but condolences to the family/friends of the lad from Fiorentina….no age…RIP.

    • Leicester Mag

      Desperately sad news, puts many things in perspective

  • robbersdog

    For some reason, Lawrenson always reminds me of that ‘uncle’ I was warned about when I was a young child. It’s probably because he’s had the same hairstyle since the 1970s, and even though he wears smart clothes, they look like he’s been given them by a charity.

    On the plus side, he doesn’t look sozzled and stupified like Merson usually does, so it’s not all bad.

  • TheNutJob

    Rafael gone & we all know who`ll replace him, don`t we.


  • Coach Clagnut

    Not an original thought in his head. Unsurprising really coming from a blurt who wears a scarf to keep his coat collar warm.
    You could give 99% of ” pundits” an enema and put what’s left in a matchbox.*

    *with respect to the late & much lamented Christopher Hitchins

    • NUFCLX

      Loved the Hitch, he certainly had a way with words.

  • Danimal

    Enjoyed BBC highlights tonight. Two goals plus one other incident. What do you reckon? Diame’s great shot, denied by a great save? Don’t be silly, a non-penalty and petulant manager jumping up and down like a spoilt brat. That’s entertainment folks.

  • bikerboy17

    Conjecture muh lud from gypsy rose Lawrence,from a man brought into sort out defensive issues at Newcastle and failed.I move he is not qualified to look into the psychological workings of a manager at the top of his game.The Defense rests……apparently.