Rafa Benitez has met the media on Friday afternoon ahead of the trip to Watford.

The Newcastle manager looking to get back onto the winning trail after the last two defeats.

Ciaran Clark and Christian Atsu are ruled out through injury, but Rafa Benitez also confirmed that a number of first team players will be left out after losing to Everton and West Brom, ‘to keep everyone on their toes.’ Mikel Merino was spotted in training this week so presumably he is once again available.

Rafa also revealed that despite not being able to play in the remaining matches, Islam Slimani has asked if he can stay on and keep training with Newcastle until the end of the season.

Predictably, Rafa Benitez was asked about his own future, just as predictably he wasn’t giving much away.

The United boss said the club and himself are ‘still talking’ but it is the ‘Same situation…almost’

The manager also claims there is no need to panic with regards to transfers this summer, admitting that it is ‘always important to get things done as quickly as possible’ but that moving the transfer window won’t mean not enough time to do what he needs to do (ED: If Mike Ashley lets him!).

Rafa Benitez:

“In the beginning, finishing in the top 17 would have been an achievement.

“To finish in the top 10 would be even better.

“Our idea is to get three points in every game, especially when you lose a couple.

“We will make some changes [at Watford], trying to keep everyone on their toes.

“Watford have good players and they had chances at Spurs.

“When you’re safe it is not easy but we are expecting some surprises from them.

“[On extending Newcastle stay] We are still talking [but] no news, means no news.

“Still talking. No news. Same situation….almost.

“We want to get it sorted as soon as is possible.

“It is always important to get things done as quickly as possible [in a transfer window] but we do have plenty of time to do transfers [despite changes to summer transfer window].

[Steven Gerrard getting Rangers job] “Congratulations to him.

“He will be a manager who has fresh ideas and I think he can do well.

“I don’t think that it is a risk for Rangers, he is a name and will take people with experience there.”



  • TheNutJob

    must be talking to Penfold if there`s no progress, nor will there be because he isn`t going to get what he want`s off Fatty
    🐖

  • Peaky

    Can see Hoss starting tomorrow…🐎🐎🐎 🐴🐴🐴

    • TheNutJob

      😳😳

      • Peaky

        If he does start and the boss has a very quiet word in his ear before kick off does that make Rafa ‘The Hoss Whisperer” ????
        I’ll get me coat….
        😂😂

        • TheNutJob

          wor kids been up the Apple shop in Eldon Sq
          he wants to know why they`ve charged him twice for a phone. i cannot stop laughing
          😂😂😂😂

  • mentalman

    it’d be good to see murphy, merino and hayden getting a run out and someone else at right back

    • TheNutJob

      put the whole bench on, we`ve 3 games in 8 days

      • mentalman

        it’ll no doubt be manquillo on at left back, murphy on the right wing, Hayden & merino will play some role in the game and Hoss will start up front

  • Weyhhadaway

    Don’t sign until there are players in who you choose, regardless of who goes out. No delivery on recruitment, no signature. it is Rafa’s only weapon.

    don’t accept a big compensation clause either.

    To all of those who knock Rafa, who would we get if Rafa leaves? another, P45due, Clement etc. One of the tired merry go round crew. I know a relative of Pulis and he has always said that he wouldn’t work for Ashley, so what does that tell you about how we are viewed by the outside world?

    Rafa has identified us as a project and in the absence of money, ambition and hope he is a breath of fresh air.

    The defensive tactics? have you seen our attack? the only way to get the points we have was to not give goals away! Rant over.

    • mentalman

      we could bring in one of the managerial dinosaurs from the merry go round crew and they do better than rafa, we could bring in a young manager from a lower/foreign league who does better than rafa, alternatively they could do worse. We won’t know until it happens.

      • Weyhhadaway

        Most Newcastle fans and pretty much the whole of the football world seems to agree with my statement, so I am happy with Rafa.

      • Billmag

        Who ???

        • mentalman

          Theres lots of coaches out there waiting to step up to a very well paid job

          • Billmag

            You keep saying that but try putting a few names forward, the higher up the ladder you go the better the chance you have of being successful, the lower down you go you end up with the trash you get since Chrissy Hughton left.

      • Guest 2

        Err, 11 years of Ashley proves otherwise, you Muppet.

        • mentalman

          Didnt we finish 5th

  • Rich Lawson

    Gerrard at Rangers,why ? He’s only coached the U19’s at Liverpool and turned down the chances to learn the manager’s trade at MK Dons and Ipswich. Big name,but no experience and questionable social life on Merseyside.He wont be able to bring in name players from better league’s like Souness did because Rangers don’t have the money for the wages.If he came out of retirement and played in midfield for them he’s probably still better than a lot of the other options ?

    • mentalman

      He’s never going to win the league unless they invest heavily which they can’t so he’s not really going to improve on their current position. He would have been better working his way up the lower english leagues

      The Scottish leagues are a managerial black hole

      • Vodkamagpie

        Rangers aren’t concerned with Gerrard’s lack of experience , but intrigued with his knowledge of the Liverpool youngers sitting and raring to play football which will basically never happen at Liverpool . I can see mass Liverpool signings, loan signings, free signings, very smart move from rangers

        • Guest 2

          Got to be better than the 5 Ashley sent them!

      • Dillon Tovak

        It’s a decent place to cut his teeth though.
        There’s lots of pressure but if it doesn’t work out Rangers being a mess will be a perfect excuse.

        • Rich Lawson

          Can’t agree with you on that one Dillon,Glasgow is a cauldron,2nd place is no place.Think the club and him are both showboating,would have some respect if he had dropped down the English leagues to learn his trade,there’s enough jobs going down there ?

          • Dillon Tovak

            Yeah but learning how to manage in the Plymouth v Exeter derby isn’t really the same.
            If he can do a good job with Rangers he could get a relatively decent prem job.
            If he was at say, Plymouth, he’d still have to step up to a sheff wed or derby etc before the PL.

          • mentalman

            How many managers have gone from the scots prem to the proper prem in the last few years? How many premier league clubs are approaching Rodgers when they need a new manager

          • Dillon Tovak

            i think time will show, if Gerrard is a relative success are rangers, his next job will be for a top 10 prem team.
            I stand by it’s a better apprenticeship to manage Rangers than Accrington Stanley if your end goal is taking over Liverpool.

          • mentalman

            We’ll see at the end of next season when he’s looking for a new job

          • porciestreet

            Just round about the time Rafas contract runs out.LOL.

          • Rich Lawson

            I still like the idea of him putting in a bit of graft 1st,rather than getting a top job just because of his star status.

          • Guest 2

            2nd place is no place? LOL! Tell Alex Ferguson that.

          • Rich Lawson

            I should of made that clearer “2nd place in Glasgow is no place”

      • Guest 2

        A little less black now fatty hasn’t got his claws buried into them.

    • Jezza

      They deserve each other.

      • Rich Lawson

        Tend to agree,but it makes Scottish football a bit more interesting when Celtic have some realistic opposition.Truth be told I just detest Gerrard.

        • Jezza

          Me too, an over rated diving cheat of a player, a violent thug who used his celebrity status to cheat justice and a thoroughly arrogant and greedy individual. I remeber how I laughed a few years ago when Liverpool lost the FA Cup semi final to Aston Villa when he was supposedly destined to lift the Cup in his last match for Liverpool which would also be his 35th birthday.

          • Rich Lawson

            Karma pal.

          • Jezza

            Yes it was hilarious that he was denied that fairytale end to his playing career. The sad thing is is that it’s very rare that things don’t work out for people like him. As the saying goes “good things happen to bad people”.

          • Guest 2

            Man, are you Jeremy Corbyn’s illegitimate abandoned kid or something?
            He was a a good footballer and if you can’t even admit that obvious fact then you really need to stop posting after you have been on the lash.
            Or, are you just trying to wind people up?

          • Jezza

            The last time I was “on the lash” as you put it would have been in 1986. I haven’t touched a drop of alcohol since hten. As for the Jeremy Corbin reference well I now know everything I need to know about you. Another class traitor right wing Tory bully boy. I am blocking you immediately.

          • Guest 2

            Bet you are a vegan as well?

          • Lhc

            Why Play the right wing card?! 😴

          • FatParosite

            Agree entirely. Overrated skiprat to$$er. No money at Rangers it will end in tears before next season finishes.

    • Cockneytrev

      Well he stopped Rogers winning a title before.

  • Jonas

    If Ashley wants to sell – he won’t get the money he wants without Rafa and incrementally less if anything thereafter.
    if he doesn’t want to sell the clubs PL status with him in charge is perennially in the balance.
    either way securing Rafa is vital.
    yet nobody would be surprised if it didn’t happen.
    hate the people running (ruining) this club

    • Kneebotherm8

      The person ruining this club you mean…..I hate the fat twt as well..

    • FatParosite

      Ashley is NOT… repeat NOT trying to sell…..

  • MichaelMaximusMoose

    When the headline reads, no progress then you know there`s trouble coming.
    Rafa`s asking for assurances & that`ll be the hitch not the salary.
    My opinion is that it`s all going to end in tears because the last thing the Obese one will want to do is spend when the clubs up for sale, if fact he doesn`t want to spend, period.

    • Leazes.

      Its going to be a long summer.

      • MichaelMaximusMoose

        Aren`t they always when you support Newcastle

        • porciestreet

          Never known it any different. .!

      • Jezza

        A long turbulent summer at NUFC.

      • Albert Stubbins

        In his there’s at least a bit of sun this year!!

      • Guest 2

        Shorter this year, Leazes, in transfer terms.

        ‘Sure going to be long for us though following another round of total bollox

    • Albert Stubbins

      Isn’t this about the time fatso goes on holiday and comes back on transfer deadline day acting all innocent?

      • Guest 2

        And cue the auto response of ‘we had no time, and just couldn’t get targets over the line’.

    • Guest 2

      Spot on. He won’t spend while trying to sell – and he’s more than happy to use that excuse even if he has no real intention to sell.
      Fool me once, and all that…

      • Kneebotherm8

        This club isn’t up for sale…..the fat one is taking us all,including Rafa, for a ride……yet again….one slimy individual

      • porciestreet

        He is a complete 845taRd and will never change.

      • FatParosite

        He’s not trying to sell… stop being naive.

    • porciestreet

      Or if in fact the club is actually up for sale.

  • Mike

    right to those knackers who slag Rafa TELL this site who is a better manager for the club? Crossroads time we will end up like the Mackems if bad decisions are made soon. WE have a manager who is a winner! last one was SBR and he was sacked!!!
    GET OUT OF OUR CLUB

    • Cockneytrev

      Well said!!👏👏👏👏

  • Billmag

    Congratulations to Chris Hughton for keeping Brighton up, proper man that Ashley sacked for no good reason and the man who replaced can’t get a job.

    • Albert Stubbins

      Don’t say that he could be here again in another few weeks knowing our luck!!

      • Damon Horner

        Think Ghostrider would be happy with that!

    • Damon Horner

      Competent and consistent as a manager and deservedly popular. No idea what we’d have done with him as manager but he deserved to let us find out.

    • Jezza

      Let’s just hope the man who replaced Chris Hughton is still out of a job next season.

      • porciestreet

        Strange isn’t it, but you would think that with the CV he presents, no-one would look @ him anyway.
        Depends which lodge yr in I suppose…(tongue firmly in cheek )

        • Jezza

          He’s one of a number of serial failures who keeps getting jobs. It makes no sense but I certainly wouldn’t discard the handshakes theory altogether.

          • porciestreet

            You don’t have to have a straight back to be a Mason. I hasten to add that I am not but have been privy to some major dinners and Ladies nights etc and believe me, your eyes would be opened by whom you would recognise and bump into. The majority are good people and charity plays a major role.

      • Billmag

        Surely Jez he won’t get another job will he.??

        • FatParosite

          Yes he will….. Mash holdings will welcome him back with open arms & a reduced pay packet.

          • Jezza

            That’s the worry isn’t it.

    • Philippines

      I agree. I am sure I am not alone in having looked for the results of Hughton’s teams each week ever since he left NUFC. He is a good manager and a gentleman as well.

    • Cockneytrev

      I echo your sentiment, one of the few gentlemen in football,,
      He was sacked for reasons not to do with football, both Ashley and Pardew should hang their heads as they were both involved

      • porciestreet

        Both should hang..full stop.

  • shellington

    Almost no progress on the club sale or Rafa’s contract but a great deal of progress in Ashley being sparked out or worse by some random mag in a bar down London.

    Best stick to your gated community Mr Ashely if your still in charge but Rafa isn’t.

  • robbersdog

    Ciaran Clark never plays, but still manages to be injured.