Mick Quinn is desperate to see Newcastle United do well.

For that to happen, he believes it is vital for Rafa Benitez to remain at the club.

After the United boss won his battle of wills/wits with Arsene Wenger on Sunday, it sparked debate as to whether Arsenal could be a club that might potentially tempt Rafa away from St James Park.

Mick Quinn is adamant that Rafa Benitez isn’t pushing for a move to Arsenal, or indeed any other club.

The NUFC cult hero says ‘Rafa Benitez wants to stay at Newcastle…he loves the club and the fans.’

How does he know this?

Well Quinny says that he was speaking to the Newcastle manager as recently as Friday, with Rafa telling the former striker that ‘he wants to see this job through.’

After all the work the Spaniard has put in to sort the mess he inherited and get instant promotion, then safety on a very limited budget, why would he want to throw away all that work to give another club a try?

Mick Quinn says that he knows Rafa has had offers from elsewhere whilst he has been at Newcastle – but has shown no interest, at least so far, in entertaining them.

With only a year left on his contract and repeated media claims that once it gets to less than a year remaining this summer, there will no longer be £6m compensation due to NUFC if he left, we all wait to see what will happen – especially with Newcastle now having settled the relegation question.

The only worry on the horizon is the usual one.

Mick Quinn saying that the only thing that will make Rafa Benitez think twice about staying at Newcastle, is if he doesn’t get ‘the backing’ he needs to build the squad/club, if NUFC don’t share is ‘ambition’.

Rafa has turned 58 today and has previously suggested he could stay for a decade or longer at a ‘project’ such as Newcastle United, surely Mike Ashley must for once move swiftly and reassure Rafa Benitez that his future should be at St James Park, no matter who will be owning the club by the time next season kicks off.

Mick Quinn speaking on Talksport:

“Let me put this to bed straight away…

Rafa Benitez wants to stay at Newcastle.

“He has got a year left [on his current contract] and he has had other offers.

“If he gets the backing, he will stay at Newcastle.

“He loves the club and the fans.

“I was speaking to him on Friday actually, and he wants to see this job through, and see Newcastle above Arsenal next year, possibly in the top six.

“That is the ambition Benitez has…but it’s whether Newcastle can match that ambition.

“I got this from the horse’s mouth on Friday.”



  • Paul Patterson

    Over to the owner..

    • MichaelMaximusMoose

      Fatso`s policy is set in stone,
      Rafa got a bit of leeway when we were relegated then the door was slammed shut & remains shut

  • Rich Lawson

    Did you punch the horse next Mick ?

  • MichaelMaximusMoose

    Course he want`s to say, the killer line is “if he get`s the backing”
    NOT going to happen under the Fat Lad

  • Monkseaton Magpies

    First of all Rafa is going to stay no doubt about that. You say that Ashley did not back him but we spent £47m which in reality was every penny we had.
    He will get more this Summer because we will get more money as simple as that.
    Did anyone notice that 16m worth of talent was not even on the bench on Saturday.
    So to those who say we have a weak squad try telling that to Merino and Atsu and also Murphy who get’s next to no game time.

    • Guest 2

      Rafa made a 30 million profit, you numtpy. He certainly didn’t get every penny available when the net spend was only 11.5 million.

    • Stephen Paylor

      We balanced a huge profit in transfer trading from the year we were relegated which was likely offset by the relegation somewhat but still i would guess a profitable year last year. Then this year with promotion and one of the lowest wage bills in the league we spent a net 12 million i believe. I would make the guess that would mean a net bank balance this summer of close to 100 million. If Rafa is true to his claim of spending every penny the club has then i expect a net spend this summer of 70 million. maybe 20 to 30 million in from player sale (mainly Mitrovic and the next Sissoko installment). That would mean 100 million spent. We will see.

  • East Durham Mag

    Later on Talksport they were saying Rafa is perfect for Arsenal, the [email protected]@r.ds are busting for him to leave Newcastle.

  • Paul Patterson

    Joselu told him?

    • jonas

      Kudos on that

    • gallowgate26

      Nah, he was in his trailer on his way to the Grand National…

  • robbersdog

    Has the lovely Amanda disappeared into the sunset? I would’ve thought that NUFC would be a hell of a good buy at around £300m because the potential of the club is plain to see.

    • X,WHY,Y MAN.

      Is Staveley for real though, Or just a time waster with a penchant for getting herself in the limelight ?
      I heard yesterday from a family member who is involved at the club that it will be sold, But huge tinctures of sodium chloride are required because there have been so many false dawns !
      I heard those Reuben Brothers are likely to be the one’s who will buy the club.
      There is also info in the public domain though that they had a look and walked swiftly away from any deal, So who knows.

      Personally I expect another very quiet summer with another patronising cryptic communicae from the club near the end with Rafa being left high and dry !

      Hope I am a mile wrong though…

  • X,WHY,Y MAN.

    Mick Quinn talking about getting things from a horses mouth, Oh the irony lol

    We are here again though with the same things being spoken about in regards to Rafa.
    Ashley should do this or Ashley should do that, When in reality he will just carry on doing the same things whether Benitez is here or not.
    As long as he stays nothing will change unfortunately with more of the same being the order of the day !

  • Fireman Sam

    As long a smile Ashley is involved we can not get our hopes up. We have to line his pockets first and foremost, and that TV deal money is going straight to him.