The first day of the Premier League Summer Transfer Window and all the Newcastle-related reporting is whether or not Rafa Benitez will leave.

Only at Newcastle United.

The links with West Ham continue and all kinds of media claims, most of which you can quickly take apart as obviously nonsense.

However, we still worry about Rafa’s place at St James Park.

Two things I believe to be true.

Firstly, I don’t think there is any chance of Rafa Benitez going to West Ham.

Why would he? If he was going to leave Newcastle he would have far better offers than that lot.

Secondly, I believe 100% that Rafa won’t sign any extension at NUFC unless he is satisfied things have changed in his favour and Mike Ashley will keep any promises this time.

So for the time being, I think West Ham will appoint a new boss but it will be Manuel Pellegrini, whilst I can only see the Rafa – Ashley stand-off dragging on for the foreseeable future.

Meanwhile, as I said above, the Summer Transfer Window will continue to tick away with nothing of real substance/substance happening when it comes to progress on transfers at Newcastle.

Meanwhile, after West Ham released a statement earlier today bragging  ‘We are preparing to appoint a manager who has a proven record of success at the highest level of the game’, Mike Ashley’s people have responded by getting in touch with their mates at Sky Sports.

Sky Sports reporting:

‘Newcastle are confident manager Rafa Benitez will stay at the club, despite reports linking him with a move away, Sky sources understand.

United believe they have a water-tight contract with Benitez, which includes a large release clause.’

Water-tight? It sounds like back in 1912 when people laughed at anybody who thought the Titanic was capable of sinking.

‘A water-tight contract with Benitez, which includes a large release clause’, yes a £6m release clause is definitely going to stop any ambitious club in their tracks, if they were hoping to try and attract Rafa Benitez.

West Ham paid three or four times as much when they bought  just one player in Arnautovic last summer, so to at last attract a top class manager like Rafa, they would bite your hand off if they only had to pay £6m for him and he was willing.

To put it into perspective, that £6m release clause is only around 36% of Newcastle’s record transfer fee that was paid 13 (THIRTEEN) years ago for Michael Owen.

The positives aren’t that Rafa Benitez is still under contract for another year and has a ‘large’ £6m release clause.

Rather, the positives are that he is still at Newcastle despite Ashley’s behaviour, and is desperate to stay…BUT will only do so if things are done properly.

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  • Paul Patterson

    Yeah, they said the Titanic was ‘Unsinkable’ despite a raging fire before the maiden voyage, dodgy rivets and not enough lifeboats . .

    • Blackburn1066

      Sounds like the Toon!

  • Shipcote Willy

    Reports say Rafa would not have to pay a penalty and there would be no compensation payable either because he has been advised by lawyers that Ashley’s broken promises amounted to constructive dismissal. Rafa should give KK a ring. He outed Ashley and co as liars when he took them to the tribunal. Ashley could halt all this nonsense but leopards don’t change their spots and the goodwill of our survival is starting to evaporate in the first week. Rafa won’t let it drag on like last time so something will have to give. Ashley won’t budge so it’s just a question of when, not if, the manager leaves.

  • Andy Mac

    A truly predictable but classless response from the club or rather Fatmans minions.

    This stupid fat oaf just won’t ever understand that the manager is the most important part of any club and if you don’t get that right you’re always gonna struggle – just ask any fan of any club who have suffered under Pardwho ?

  • Kieron Gilbey

    I find it laughable that in the space of just over 1 hour the express has released 3 articles.
    First at just before 9pm detailing that Rafa will stay as long has his demands are met with Newcastle..
    Second post at 10pm ish that Benitez is expected to sign for west ham with 100mill transfer .bla bla bla..
    3rd which is hilarious was released 3 minutes later is that Pellegrino is expected to sign on Monday.. Talk about fishing well at least they will be right with at least 1 of there reports lmfao..

  • Mrkgw

    The more that this sorry saga rattles on, I really do fear that Rafa will go. Not necessarily because he wants to, but as a result of the noxtious regime at the club. They just never, ever learn do they. Sir John Hall Stand? Tear it down (or in name at least). As, for all the good memories that he provided during his tenure, he sold out to the worst that there is at this level. A regime whose peny pinching policies have brought our great club to its knees and reduced it to such state thst we struggle to compete with clubs, previously nowhere near the standard that we were aiming at. Conseqiently, due to a lack of ambition and what can only be percieved as pure greed, we stand to lose one of the main assets at the club – our manager. That much, is unforgivable. ASHLEY OUT!

    • Mirandinha9

      It’s only CASHLEY out if the fans stop turning up in their droves, putting money into his pocket. He’s got the CCTV cameras set up at his home, watching all the 50,000 fools every home match pouring through the turnstiles. He can’t stop grinning in the process.

  • nufcslf

    What total sh*t club, run by a sh*t clueless fat c**t. Rafa should quit now and leave the moron to pick up the pieces. He might not personally care and will just come up with yet another thoughtless decision, but even the biggest sheep might just have to take a second look. Laughable is too bloody true.

  • MichaelMaximusMoose

    Amateurs taking the p1$$ out of a top manager, lie after lie. deceit & undermining his position as the manager of Nufc, i`d take my chances with a Judge if he wants to walk.

  • Steve Smith

    I don’t think there’s any risk of Rafa wanting to leave. I do believe there’s a very real possibility of Ashley managing Rafa out while he’s still able to get compensation for doing so.

    The statement yesterday wasn’t reassurance that Rafa is under contract and not leaving, it was a reminder to other clubs that he’s very much for sale at the right price.

    • shellington

      That’s called constructive dismissal, I would have thought after the 2 million he paid Keegan, Ashley would have had enough of managers taking him to court, but who know’s for a billionaire he doesn’t seem the brightest of people.

      • Mirandinha9

        £2 Million is water off a duck’s back to him and the sheer fact that his and the club’s reputation was tarnished in the process means nothing to him. He doesn’t care what the general public think of him. If he did, he wouldn’t have authorised for the changing name of SJP to the Sports Direct Arena or the treatment of Keegan, Shearer, Hughton, Gutierrez etc or Wonga being the main sponsor, the list is endless. Cashley does what Cashley wants as he has the financial means to exert such power.

      • Steve Smith

        And he’s learnt his lesson. It’s why any “promises” from him are incredibly vague. If it ever went to court it would be incredibly difficult to prove “every penny” meant anything other than net profit minus whatever Ashley wants to deduct for his loan for example.

    • Jezza

      Spot on.

  • Rob

    We’re going to have Pardew and Carver back while Mike pockets 6 million compensation from West Ham.

    Truly disgusting.

    • MichaelMaximusMoose

      Add Moyes & Hippo Heed to the list

    • Jezza

      That is exactly what is going to happen. Add in the Lascelles and Shelvey money and Fatso will be pocketing £60 million.

  • MichaelMaximusMoose

    The Express is reporting that Rafa`s team are looking into the option of leaving & claiming constructive dismissal. that was released 23 mins ago

    • Peaky

      Wouldn’t surprise me…..Keegan all over again..

      • MichaelMaximusMoose

        The Pig couldn`t win after the last 3 windows, just read that article online

    • Jezza

      I personally believe that Ashley has been trying to constructively dismiss Rafa ever since December 2016 when Pardew became available after his sacking from Crystal Palace.

  • TheFatController

    Ashley knows he can get away with forcing Rafa out.
    He’s done similar to Keegan, Hughton, Shearer, Jonas so now no surprise the trick tepeats with Rafa.

    Yet he can still ask £400m for the club and get £52k and £150m+ turnover.

    If you enjoy being an idiot, the only show in town to be owner of is NUFC, clearly.

    • MichaelMaximusMoose

      IF Rafa leaves there will still be 50,000 turn up at St James,
      so who`s the biggest idiot, the Pig or the fans ?

      • TheFatController

        Exactly. It takes an idiot to know an the ways of idiots. Ashley has our card marked, he knows what buttons to press and what the limits are.

        Forcing our popular figures he knows he can get away with. Relegation? Done tit twice, he’s still standing. He’d survive a third …

        • Peaky

          He’s a 2 legged cockroach….he’d survive a nuclear war…..

          • MichaelMaximusMoose

            Nuclear Holocaust, only the cockroaches & Fat Mike survive
            😂😂

          • Peaky

            The ‘blockbuster’ film is just crying out to be made….

          • TheFatController

            Quick heave in the fireplace and he’s be rightas rain among the nuclear fallout yes

          • Peaky

            He’d use it as a business opportunity…..”Cockroach Direct” open in 3 days……

          • Rich Lawson

            ”The Terminator” (of contracts)

      • kingfisher

        Spot on Moose.If Ashley doesn’t change his ways and Rafa leaves, the fans who turn up next season should hang their heads in shame 🐏🐑🐏🐑🐏🐑

    • shellington

      I think it’s different this time, I know a lot of pizzed off fans, this will be the last straw.

      • TheFatController

        A new mid range manager and £40m spent in the summer, a new kit and a few friendlies, beers at the weekend with the mates, the big games to look forward to against the big clubs?

        48k+ every game even without Rafa. Guaranteed sadly.

        • shellington

          40 million? mid-range manager? That’s a fantasy under Ashley, only the bottom feeding knackers would be prepared to work for him.

          The wheels are about to come off and we will have the derby back before we know it.

          • Jezza

            Agreed. We are looking at a complete no hoper of a manager and nowt but loans and free transfers.

          • TheFatController

            I was giving Ashley the benefit of the doubt that he would have to counter Rafa leaving by spending enough to keep the fans’ believing in miracles …

            That’s the point, Ashley knows the bare minimum needed to shut up 50k attendees. I reckon he knows £40m will keep them quiet…

      • Mirandinha9

        The 50,000 sheep would still go very fortnight, watching the mediocre team which would be served in front of them. We may be very loyal fans, but, we’re gutless at the same time. The scousers would have hounded Cashley out by now, but, we are simply on the receiving end of what he dishes out time and time again.

  • Mirandinha9

    To a degree you do have to question Rafa’s folly. By his own admission, he is a big Special K fan, and therefore he should have heeded previous words from Special K that you cannot work with this man, because there is no trust. Rafa, said on a number of occasions that he was confident that Cashley would deliver sufficient funds over the last number of transfer windows. Why was Rafa so gullible when the majority of Toon fans know that Cashley’s leopard will never change its spots?

  • MichaelMaximusMoose

    Newcastle`s squad as it is won`t survive in the Premiership next season if Rafa leaves, we`ll be down by the New Year

  • London Geordie

    What bothers me is the bookies have Rafa as low as evens to join WHY and they are normally correct

  • London Geordie

    WHU NOT WHY

    • MichaelMaximusMoose

      you can edit your post

  • Leazes.

    If I were Benitez reading that statement from (Charnley/Bishop) to Sky…..I would think that any possibility of being able to start a Rafalution would be Zilch!

    That was a signal telling Rafa he’s under contract for another 12 months…deal with it……. I’m sure he will. Is that the tone they have set while supposedly talking to Rafa about a contract extension?

    What would you do if an employer did that to you?

    The repercussions through to the decent squad players and the whole club will be immense.

    • Rich Lawson

      Surely there is no penalty clause in the final year of the manager’s contract,we have seen this numerous times before.if he wants to go, he can ? Only his good will toward the club, team and fans keep him here for now. Even if another team had to pay £6mil,that’s all we paid for Atsu,who would you rather have for the money ?

  • FatParosite

    It is unbelievable that Ashley/Bishop should take this stance. Amateurish public relations & pathetic adolescent tit for tat in lieu of no Benitez shot. This is panic PR & will only strengthen Rafa’s resolve.

  • kingfisher

    I’ve always thought that the only reason Rafa is still here is that he knows the takeover is going to happen.If I thought Ashley would change his ways if Rafa left then so be it,however we all know that it wouldn’t make the slightest difference, and even if Richard Dinnis returned as Manager,with Dennis Wise as his assistant,the 50000 sheep would still turn up,mysteriously enchanted by their Master.The Pied Piper calls the tune and they dance merrily along.🎺🎵🎶

    • Billmag

      Why o why do you keep slagging people off for actually going and supporting the team they love, they don’t go because they love Fatty, you probably don’t go because you don’t support the regime that’s your choice, it’s exactly the same choice as every individual that goes to every home game.

      • FatParosite

        But the implications of one impact on the other. Cause and effect. You wouldn’t castigate a child in a domestic abuse case for trying to step in between the abusive father and subservient and irrationally deferential mother would you? Saying “you have a choice to go away.. So stop complaining”

        • Lhc

          Weird analogy, but I guess that’s how your mind works.

      • kingfisher

        Fair comment Billmag,as you say everyone has a choice. I think “slagging off” may be too strong a description.All I’m saying is that not only me but many,many other people ( and not only on this site) are of the opinion that as long as Ashley can count on 50,000 turning up regardless of how he treats our club, then nothing will ever change.
        After all he has done (or more importantly,not done) during his tenure,I honestly think that nothing he does will affect attendances and obviously he knows this and acts accordingly!
        Hopefully the takeover will happen and we all can look forward to a brighter future !😁

        • Billmag

          No disrespect mate it’s just the sheep thing that really bug’s me, we live in a democratic society and we are allowed to do as we like within the law. But we both have same feelings towards Ashley that’s one thing we can agree on.

          • FatParosite

            But therein lies the rub. Those that go have the power to change the owner.

      • Lhc

        Exactly mate, someone with a bit of sense! I go along with thousands of others no matter what happens ie relegations mangers players coming and going etc cause it’s a way of life! You support nufc no matter what, it’s about pride in our city also, we are Newcastle United. ‘Fatparosite jezza leazes etc and there little followers are the real trolls of this site. They just can’t see it, there one track minded.

  • Kneebotherm8

    Why would he not take on the West Ham job?……he was a couple of hours from taking the job in 2015 before Real Madrid stepped in and appointed him…….he’s still on good terms with the West Ham owners………the argument that he wouldn’t take on a basket case of a club and leave us doesn’t ring true……….when he took the job on here we were a basket case of a club,he’s stabilised us……no difference really except their owners look like they are ambitious and will give him the backing he deserves……..our owner has no ambition other than finishing 17th in this division,we all know that……….

    • Billmag

      One city club here, there are many clubs down the smoke and we have more potential than Wet Spam sadly the owner hasn’t got the same interest as the many thousands that follow NUFC.

      • Kneebotherm8

        The potential will never be fulfilled under this owner……..and he’s here for a long time yet………part of the reason Rafa is here was due to take over talks,which have now evaporated……he’ll be wasting his time staying here because he’s not gonna be able to fulfil his,and the fans’,ambitions under this owner….one city club is hardly a point……all the really successful clubs in football over the years have never come from a one city club…..

    • mentalman

      Why didn’t they go back for him when he left real madrid?

      • Kneebotherm8

        Probably because they were happy with the manager who they had at that time…..Bilic…..he took the reins, in June 2015,when Rafa turned the job down,finished 7th that year and qualified for Europe,while Rafa took the Toon job on in March 2016…

  • SAMTHECAT

    Its 3 weeks already, the negotiations should take 3 days, the transfer window is open, what is there to talk about, here is the transfer budget and Rafa can say yes or no, there is nothing to talk about really is there.