Rafa Bentez has given an interview about his situation currently at Newcastle United.

The Newcastle boss says ‘Normally I never have a problem with my contract.’

The United boss interviewed by journalist and friend Guillem Balague says ‘It’s just because I want to improve, I want to improve the Academy, or I want to bring better players and be more competitive.’

Rafa Benitez declaring that this has always been the same wherever he has been, pushing for what needs to be done, whether that was at Valencia, Napoli, Liverpool, or wherever.

Rafa believes that ‘The fans appreciate that’ and of course he is right.

Just as when Kevin Keegan revolutionised Newcastle United in the 90s, he pushed for full and proper backing to make the club the best it can be.

At Newcastle we have a failing underfunded Academy and poor facilities compared to competitors, whilst the need for ‘better players’ is something we are all aware of, if indeed Newcastle United are to be competitive next season and in the years that follow.

Rafa Benitez interviewed by Guillem Balague on Talksport:

My relationship with the owners, normally isn’t as bad as people maybe think it is.

“Because I’m fighting for the best for my club.

“So I am not fighting for what is best for Rafa Benitez.

“Normally I never have a problem with my contract.

“It’s just because I want to improve, I want to improve the Academy, or I want to bring better players and be more competitive.

“The fans appreciate that.

“It has been the same in Napoli, Liverpool, here (at Newcastle), Valencia.

“Then for professionals, they have this vision, they can go one step back and say listen: it’s improving my team, it’s improving my club, it’s improving my business.

“And I think that people, professionally they realise, and then their perception, it depends.

“Now the social network, it changed everything in one minute.

“So people can criticise you today and in two days time they are praising you.

“Now, if you realise that it’s like this, then you stay calm.

“You make decisions in a better way.

“So if you are too hurried to do something, you will make more mistakes.

“You have to stay calm.”



  • TheNutJob

    Balague is a top man, great journalist

    • East Durham Mag

      Lol like the Chronicle journo’s then? 😂🤣😉

  • molend

    For goodness’ sake, how difficult is it? We’re immensely fortunate to have a world class coach who’s interested in improving the club as a whole. We’ve got money. We’ve got players we can sell to generate more money. If you own the club, why aren’t you over the moon with this scenario?

    • Ba ba.

      The man is a fool. … Greedy and basically does not like us

  • GToon

    It’s who he’s fighting against that is the problem. This is of course the shopkeeper who sees every transfer window as the chance to make a profit.

  • Alex

    A couple of cleverly inserted “Normaly”’s. But, as everyone knows, not much normality around Ashley and his stooges.

  • gold coast mag

    How much value does having Rafa as our manager add to the value of the club compared to the stooges that have been through the revolving door over the last 12 years? Without him any chance the owner has of making a massive sale will fly out the window, and if he’s not happy with the club’s infrastructure and transfer policy will probably just see out his contract and leave-not even having his new club pay Ashley anything. The politics of carefully released and non aggressive statements are the only way he can manipulate the owner into giving him the funds he needs to make us challenge for trophies- I hope.

  • JonMag

    Back Rafa and we`d be top 8 within 2 years, top 6 within 3 but it`s not going to happen under Mr greed. he`s more likely to sell good players than buy them.
    we need him out !

    • Fireman Sam

      Top 5 within 12 months if he was given the money that should be there.

  • Tweed Mag

    Rafa spells it out yet again. Invest in the team and encourage those who can take the club forward and the owner will be even richer. Ignore what he says and lose millions.

  • Billmag

    An Honourable man Vs a Dishonourable man that’s the scenario at our club, a man that wants to build something special and a man that wants to remain static get the riches of the Premier League, get plenty of advertising for his business. Rafa must be so frustrated dealing with these amateurs, I hope he doesn’t leave because he’s our only hope of ever winning anything, but I fear the worst.

    • East Durham Mag

      You said it all there mate. Just waiting for the hoop lickers to defend Fatty now. Very well put.

    • Paul Patterson

      He’s the best thing to happen to this club since SBR.

    • Mike

      100% right. Give the man the tools to do the job and its frightening what he could achieve.

  • pedrodelgardo

    Rafa sees things very clearly.

  • Paul Patterson

    OK trolls, answer that then…

  • Weyhhadaway

    He talks about fighting for the club and then uses the wording “Then for professionals, they have this vision,…..” Maybe he thinks the owners aren’t being professional, reading between those lines.
    The lack of investment in the youth system/facilities doesn’t follow the long held club creed that we get them young and bring them up to a standard to sell for profit. That ethos seems to go out of the window in favor of the other overriding creed, money.

  • Monkseaton Magpies

    Rafa is on a great contract six million a year. The last accounts showed we lost ninety million and the true fact is we ended up eight million overdrawn even after Ashley putting in an extra fifteen million. You call me a troll but what is hard to understand that Ashley has put in £279m and still we have no money.

    • East Durham Mag

      It might be creative accounting

      • Fireman Sam

        It is

        • East Durham Mag

          Lol did i say might i meant “must”.

      • Monkseaton Magpies

        Think round fifteen million is to be honest and are provisions for the big earners we may have to loan out or get rid of. The accounts in a years time should show pre player trading a profit of £50m.

    • Paul Patterson

      Lost £90m through incompetent ownership.
      Don’t ever praise a mugger for calling an ambulance after robbing/assaulting a granny.

    • Fireman Sam

      We did not lose £90m

      • Geordiegiants

        It’s the headline they want us to believe. You are 100% right, we didn’t lose anywhere near £90m. Revenue was down £90m as expected.

    • Paul Patterson

      Couldn’t get your post right the first time. I noticed that was edited.

    • Billmag

      What is hard to understand is your continuous drivel about Ashley the man’s a destroyer of people’s hope’s and aspirations.

      • Jezza

        Just block him, marra.

        • Billmag

          He’s definitely getting on my wick Jez.

          • Jezza

            That’s exactly what he wants. He’s a nasty little sexually frustrated troll who gets his kicks from winding up Newcastle fans. Don’t give him the satisfaction. Deny him the attention he so desperately craves to brighten up his sad creepy pathetic life. You will enjoy this forum all the more once you have blocked him.

        • Monkseaton Magpies

          You are a nut case and should be sectioned for your own good telling people I am from Manchester. You are actually a dangerous person you should be put in St Georges till you are well.

        • bob0411

          100% agree, the comments are much more enjoyable to read once you block all the trolls!

      • Monkseaton Magpies

        Jezza is a nutcase who loves Sunderland more than Newcastle his posts prove it he hates criticism of Sunderland and believes I am from Manchester. I am sure he was in one flew over a cukoo’s nest.
        Without Ashley’s loan of £144m we would be in serious trouble. Do not know whty the people on here can not see that.

        • Paul Patterson

          So why isn’t he slowly paying it off then?

          • Monkseaton Magpies

            We are eight million overdrawn at the bank that is why. We could field a team full of players on high wages who do not play and we need to get them off the wage bill quick the likes of Collback, Sels, Mbemba, Haidara, Gamez, Saivet, Lazaar and a range of others .

        • Hankandjerk

          I would prefer to be in serious trouble.

    • Damon Horner

      If he needs to put in that much money and yet we’re still making losses with a low net spend based over time … does that not tell you something is very wrong here?

      • Monkseaton Magpies

        In all honesty we have about ten players on huge money eg Collback, Sels who are on huge money and some of these Rafa bought and will never play. Got a few full backs who have only played a couple of games this season. We need to off load them off the wage bill and bring in better players.

        • Damon Horner

          10 players on massive wages? Bit of an exaggeration but we do need to shift players nonetheless not in a way that hurts the club though. It needs to balance with evolution. To be honest though mate, the players hardest to shift are not one’s brought in by Rafa. Sels/Lazaar, any others? Players who are surplus include Mbemba, Colback, Saviet and Mitrovic with Gamez and Haidara gone now. It’s not as bad as it looks. Ashley though has put steps in to make us financially efficient but it still feels after 11 years we are seeing no fruition or progress. I think it’s a worry.

    • grantham mag

      You really need to boil your HEED in Brown Ale.

      • Dillon Tovak

        Just block him, just a time wasting troll desperate for attention.

      • Leazes.

        Press the button mate….do it!

    • TheFatController

      hi Mike, it’s your Mum, Mrs Ashley. Look out for me on the Mag, I’ve called myself Munskeaton Mugpie.

      I am going to keep telling them you put the money in and no one else does. Mainly because you didn’t meet the Mansour people when in Dubai that time.

      Anyhow, I’m sure they’ll believe me and not laugh and call me troll.

      Mum

    • Big Hairy Man

      “Lost 90 million” my hairy @rse. Maybe it fell down the back of fatso’s sofa with the remote. I think I can smell books cooking.

      • Guest 2

        PMSL! Ashley bankrupted USC over a trading debt to Diesel (they of the jeans).
        88 people onto the dole. He was up and running, debt free, under another of his companies (Republic) 4 days later.
        Anyone who defends this fat parasite need a lobotomy and several years of brutal torture.
        I suspect the Monkseaton Mong has already gone through the process…

      • Viru leckworth

        Despite all the (knowledgeable) postings re nufc accounts, no one knows the true picture, least of all HMCR.

    • Angelswithdirtyfaces

      You ever heard of creative accounting ? You know.. the type that got Carillion a clean bill of health by their auditors… Well Ashley goes in for something more like destructive accounting…. bigs himself up and the club down, its GIGO. And yes the consensus is that you are a troll

    • Danimal

      I think you are a very stable genius and Llambias and Wise are very fine people.

      • Danimal

        Sorry, forgot the CAPITALS. Very bad forgetfulness! Bad dude.

  • Paul Patterson

    Tonight, there was a screening of the new Sir Bobby Robson film at SJP. I honestly believe Rafa is the epitome of what Sir Bobby was. Please take a minute and YouTube ‘Robson Wonderland’ It’ll bring a tear to your eye. Here’s to Rafa..

    • Billmag

      Cheers Paul the charisma of the man was intoxicating, and it could be the same with Rafa if he was allowed to manage the club his way.

      • Guest 2

        Howay, man. So intoxicating, large sections of support called for his head? That’s the reality.

        • Paul Patterson

          More fool them . .

        • Billmag

          Not bothered about what you or anyone else thinks, it’s what I think that matters to me so get off your high horse when posting to me about SBR, what the hell has large sections of the fan base got to do with me, and by the way I was replying to the YouTube footage I watched about a man that was a god in my eyes. So go and boil your effing head you ignorant person.

          • Viru leckworth

            There was a modicum of Robson deriders. Most true fans appreciated the work he did. Shepherd was Machiavellian in sacking him and at least should have given him a boardroom position. Sadly, the sáme mentality of so called supporters will be calling for Rafael’s head when there is a blip. Fickle fans will always hang around.

          • Billmag

            True.

  • Shipcote Willy

    Most fans know what Rafa is and we know what Ashley is. The latter will never change no matter what is written or said by anyone. We are stuck with the odious owner.

  • Wor Lass

    “You have to stay calm.” Says it all, really.

  • Albert Stubbins

    I saw the crescent, Rafa saw the whole of the moon!! Love him even more after this. He really is one of us. Go on my son.

    • Danimal

      Water boy he is.

      • Benmagpie

        Nice. I see what you did there. You’re not getting away ‘scott’ free without comment

        • Danimal

          Fair enough. I wish I was a fisherman now.

          • Benmagpie

            I would leave a comment, but there’s no room to roam on here

          • Danimal

            Well, if Rafa stays and Blubber goes, there will be a World Party.

          • Benmagpie

            My girlfriend agrees, and if she’s right I’ll send her my love, and a bang on the ear.

  • 1957

    Unless some of the extra funding for the Academy goes towards paying off the present coaching staff and bringing in new competent ones anything spent would be wasted. Based on games I’ve seen the coaching and management below first team level seems clueless, Watson, Beardsley, Dawson and the rest need to be moved on.

    • Down Under Mag

      I’ve been saying that for a while now, the level of coaching is abysmal. As great a player as Pedro was it doesn’t make him good at getting youngsters to improve and I think it’s safe to say he’s had plenty of time to prove himself and hasn’t. The club needs to come first…this is what we keep saying of Ashley so we can’t get too sentimental about ex-players either. I think there needs to be a clear out of the staff and a lot of the players, new injection of quality and enthusiasm as well as a clear plan of development from academy through to first team. If things don’t change then I suspect we will start to see a lot more of our promising talent either go to waste or end up jumping ship like Lewis Gibson did.

      • mentalman

        Pedro is apparently on quite a high wage, you would think the whole gardening leave would be the perfect opportunity for Rafa to bring in his own guy and perhaps even save the cub some money with a lower wage.

        I don’t watch the games but i’ve heard people saying they don’t even play in the same way that the first team does, you’d think they’d have all levels playing how rafa wants the first team playing so they could move from one squad to the other without needing to learn new tactics and game plans

        • 1957

          Quite honestly before Beardsley went on gardening leave, it was like watching schoolboy football, no particular tactical approach definitely nothing like the first team. Post Beardsley performance improved slightly if not results.

          The truth is our scouts might identify good prospects but we’re not seen as a club where youth progress to the first team so the best kids go elsewhere. Gibson was presented with a clear plan of what he needed to do to make the Everton first team… we couldn’t.

          Beardsley is of course firmly in the Ashley camp so I’m sure he’ll be back

          • mentalman

            We’ve never really been a team renowned for bringing through young talent and rafa has a reputation of not giving youth a go so you can see why the likes of Gibson leave.

            I’m not so sure about Beardsley coming back, we could replace him with a cheaper option who the manager wants and buys in to the way he plays, someone who could develop young players to supplement the first team at a low cost to the club

  • Andy Mac

    We all want you to improve the Academy Rafa. Time for chopping off all the dead wood, lord knows there’s enough of it

  • Guest 2

    Loved KK. Loved the football. Loved the drama. Loved the results. But none of us can argue or defend he did the academy any good.

  • MichaelMaximusMoose

    Newcastle have never brought players through since Gazza, we`ve had the odd one like Carroll & Dummy but the rest is just a waste of time & money.
    until we get a real MD & a proper chief scout we`re going nowhere & that won`t happen under the Pig no matter what Rafa says or does, he may as well be talking to himself

  • Leazes.

    Well the title got me there but the text failed to ‘explain his situation at Newcastle United’….. so I would have shortened the title so as not to misleads to…..

    ….. Rafa interviewed by Guillem Balague’

    Just a little tip for next time.

  • Lostprofit DBC

    Suppose he is saying things could be better but his relationship with upstairs isn’t too bad. He wants a complete overhaul, not what someone trying to sell necessarily has time for imo. He is used to more control.

  • robbersdog

    And talking of the academy, is Peter Beardsley still on gardening leave?

    • Rich Lawson

      Got a rosette at the Chelsea Flower show this week.

      • Andy Mac

        For his cabbages ?🤔

    • Andy Mac

      Well he ain’t in charge of the stiffs that’s for sure. Ben Dawson was in HK