Monday afternoon brings reports of ‘positive discussions’ between Rafa Benitez and Newcastle United.

With Rafa allegedly telling the club ‘he has no intention of walking away from St James Park this summer.’

However, in a kind of glass half full/half empty scenario, The Chronicle also indicate there has been absolutely no progress in the Spaniard being convinced to sign a new contract.

So as it stands, this latest exclusive could be seen as ‘Rafa intends to see out the last year of his contract.’

With previous transfer windows having seen Rafa Benitez ready with a number of deals he has personally prepared for signing off, only to see the club fail to push them through, the news that ‘Discussions have now opened with Lee Charnley about recruitment’ isn’t exactly uplifting.

With it being around five weeks since Newcastle knew they were definitely staying in the Premier League, Rafa Benitez will have wasted little time in working on potential signings ahead of the window opening last Thursday.

Nobody expects instant signings but at the very least fans would expect the £4m Martin Dubravka deal to be tied up very quickly, as well as a serious offer to go in for Kenedy, to try to at least see if a permanent deal would tempt both player and Chelsea.

Amusing to see the claim that Mike Ashley has supposedly told Lee Charnley ‘to ensure that Benitez remains in charge’, when it is the owner himself who makes all the big decisions, such as whether or not to agree to Rafa Benitez’ demands for a realistic transfer budget and the freedom to operate as he sees fit.

The Chronicle:

Rafa Benitez has told Newcastle United chiefs he has no intention of walking away from St James’ Park this summer.

We understand that positive discussions have taken place between Benitez and the club hierarchy following a week of uncertainty since the campaign ended.

A competitive transfer budget is in place, but Benitez knows he may have to shave the club’s wage bill if he wants to bring in more high-profile targets this summer.

But even though Benitez has yet to agree to a new deal with the Magpies a week after the season finished, he is not likely to break his existing deal to move elsewhere.

Charnley has been told by owner Mike Ashley to ensure that Benitez remains in charge, with the former Real Madrid and Liverpool manager’s future at the top of the club’s priority list.

The club’s board know that Benitez leaving the club would be a PR disaster this summer and they would be unable to fill the huge void that would leave behind.

Discussions have now opened with managing director Lee Charnley about recruitment, with the duo working through a specific shortlist of targets.’



  • Martin

    ghostrider is going to be gutted. We have another year at least of him writing drivel in support of Mike Ashley. Thankfully, I blocked him recently so I no longer have to read the rubbish he writes.

    • Monkseaton Magpies

      There is plenty of time for Rafa to sign a contract so no worries there. It is also a question of how much money there is spare. As we were overdrawn £8m at the last accounts and with bonus payments for the top ten finish we will not be as cash rich as some people think. Be interesting to see the debtors and creditors figures when the accounts are filed.

      • Guest 2

        Why will it be interesting? They are just figures with no explanation attached.
        Explanations like why the club, with a worldwide fan base estimated at 6 million, only received £260k for merchandising from SD.
        Something your tiny mind can cope with, I guess.

    • Jezza

      On the contrary the Manchester supporting troll who posts as ghostbuster/Clarko/Monkseaton/Martin Rooney/Mark Potter amongst other ID’s will be delighted because it will give him another 12 months of winding up Newcastle fans by trashing Rafa. You have done the right thing in blocking him, we just need more people to do that and deprive him of the attention he so desperately craves.

      • Monkseaton Magpies

        Hope your care home has a nice salad on for you tonight and a nice glass of Horlicks.

      • porciestreet

        Done it.

  • steveS100

    I don’t quite see the point of this article when it’s just reproducing the Chronicle article which was 8 tweets earlier on my twitter feed…

  • Paul Patterson

    The ‘shortlist of targets’ will most probably once again end up down the boardroom toilet . .

    • JonMag

      i don`t think any of his targets have even been considered it`s typical of the man who owns Newcastle

    • East Durham Mag

      Penfolds broom cupboard it is then.

  • Toonrobbybobson

    Rafa won’t sign. He doesn’t need to. All it does in strengthens Ashleys hand with no benefit to him. He’ll just continue as is and the more ammo he gets that he won’t be supported the more likely he’ll be off in a year’s time. So all through next season expect questions about his future in every conference.

    • JonMag

      He`ll be off ok there`s no two ways about it & the so called takeover is well and truly down the toilet although i have never believed there was one in the 1st place

      • Toonrobbybobson

        Ashley never wanted to sell. Just smoke screens to cover the fact he doesnt want to sell and the mess of the clubs finances hes made on his watch.

        Be interesting to see which stories he makes up next to keep the party rolling.

  • JonMag

    He`s a man of honour & will see out his contract because he isn`t a piece of schitt like the owner.

  • glassjawsh-got-banned

    This is actually a brilliant PR move on Rafa’s part. He’ll be 59 at the end of next season, so putting up with little to no backing from the oaf (and still delivering results) will set him up nicely for one final massive shot at glory with another club (one which will actually match his ambition). Barring disaster next season, Benitez is going to come out of this mess smelling like roses.

    • TheFatController

      Yeah, he obviously doesn’t fancy arsenal or ain’t in the frame so can see what becomes free next summer. He can’t kose this way, you’re right.

  • panther

    So a win win for Ashley, Rafa gets messed around again this season and walks at end of contract

  • ghostrider

    If Rafa isn’t offered a new deal then it’s possible he’s being unrealistic in his negotiations.
    If he intends to see out the remaining year of his contract knowing he won’t get a new deal, then he should walk away by rights, given that he’s this man in supposed demand, because what’s the use of him just running down a contract?
    He wouldn’t get any money to build anything if there’s no extension.

    Or…….

    Or….

    Maybe too much is being read into it all and nothing is really sorted out.
    Maybe 2 and 2 is put together to make 5.

    • JonMag

      you need putting down & i mean literally you dimwitted pr1ck

      • ghostrider

        That’s down to the person who picked me up. Take it up with that person.

        • TheFatController

          There goes Mr Robot, his reality and empathy chips burnt out, just rehashing the same old banal antagonistic anti-Rafa nonsense til he gets a reboot and becomes normal again…

          • Jezza

            Just block all his ID’s. It will immediately make this forum a much more pleasant place for you.

          • Damon Horner

            Ghostrider, extreme pragmatism at boardroom level is met with raucous applause but any notion or pragmatism on the pitch he is all over it bad mouthing Rafa for not being crazy adventurous . That’s the bit I get least about him.

      • TheNutJob

        😂😂😂

    • Big Hairy Man

      It doesn’t really matter what deal Rafa does or doesn’t get. The calorie challenged one won’t honour it.

      • ghostrider

        He will if it’s realistic.

  • Peaky

    Here we go again on recruitment…..little tip Rafa,this season start your list from F,G or H and you may not be as disappointed…..

    • JonMag

      just hand in a blank sheet of paper

      • Dillon Tovak

        Just say Gareth Barry and peter ramage are no.1 targets and skip the disappointment.

  • glassjawsh-got-banned

    that picture is of Rafa lowering his expectations for his final season…

  • TheFatController

    Out of loyalty to fans and the players signed, he’ll be staying on.

    I doubt any new signings will be that impressed that their manager has only one year committed if they’re being asked to commit to four or five years …

    • MichaelMaximusMoose

      no decent player is going to come if he thinks Rafa`s only here for another season

  • Fireman Sam

    Typical fat Mike. We all know the right thing to do would be to back Rafa and give him the money to take the club forward.

    But not fat Mike, we have one PR stunt after another all in an attempt to spend the absolute bare minimum. All the while, using NUFC to profit his own business.

    • TheNutJob

      he has no intention of backing any manager no matter who it is

  • TheNutJob

    the ball`s in Fatty`s court but i think we all realise it`s more of the same but then again a club may come in for Rafa & activate the clause, everything`s up in the air
    typical of Newcastle

  • Guest 2

    Charnley involved still. Enough said.

    • MichaelMaximusMoose

      i can hear the toilet flushing now & Penfold looking for another Joselu

      • Peaky

        They do good ponies in Shetland I hear….

        • MichaelMaximusMoose

          That article doesn`t say he`s staying, it say`s he` unlikely to leave

          • Peaky

            Aye,spoken like a true politician.

  • Peaky

    🐷🐷🐷 OOT OOT OOT…..
    🤓🤓🤓 OOT OOT OOT……

  • MichaelMaximusMoose

    I wouldn`t say that`s a given that Rafa will stay, until i see the man himself release a statement i believe nothing that comes out of Newcastle

  • Vodkamagpie

    Why would any manager want to sign a new contract before a potential take over. If new owners come in, they might offer triple wages and not object to his transfer demands. Business as usual for the club, until confirmation that the club will or won’t be sold.

  • LA toon

    Rafa may well be waiting to see if he is going to be screwed again during the transfer window before considering an extension of his contract.

  • Wor Monga

    Rafa won’t sign without written assurances of his just and rightful demands, and the pig-headed owner won’t give in to any pressure from a presumed ‘underling’…that’s it in a nutshell…

    …Rafa won’t abandon the players he’s brought in, and the supporters that he totally gets and empathises with, but the fact that he’s on the way will all be out in the open and it will affect the mindset of players that we want to bring in, and of those already here, at the club…in which case Ashley will probably want him out 10 games before the end of next season, and so make his job totally unworkable in order to bring in a more ductile candidate…

    …Would 3 relegations in 10 years be a record…watch this space!!!

    • Jezza

      I don’t think written assurances would be enough now. The club would actually have to put up the money and complete the signing of players to persuade Rafa to stay.

      • Leazes.

        Why haven’t you blocked him?….. that’s Clarko! The younger one!

        • Jezza

          I never knew that. Reading the general tone of that post he doesn’t come across as the younger troll. No demands for Rafa to be sacked or grovelling sycophantic praise for Fatso. I can usually spot those two trolls’ various ID’s a mile off but this post didn’t strike me as coming from either of them.

          • Wor Monga

            Anyone on here who doesn’t agree with ‘mr bluebottle’ gets called that name, for some reason…he’s had me down as all sorts of folk, with carers etc when in actual fact it’s just that he doesn’t know jack sh*t about me, at all…he just can’t stand an alternative viewpoint to his…

            …I come on put my opinion on of the club I have supported since 1956, and take very little notice of idiots like him and their so-called ‘blocking’ efforts!!!

          • Billmag

            Absolutely correct he blocked me saying I was one of the so called brother’s which I’m not, he pulls the club down at every opportunity, look back at any of his post’s and it’s all doom and gloom best thing he did was to block me as I don’t read any of his drivel anymore.

          • Martin Rooney

            Mr bluebottle, fitting description.

  • Coble’s Return

    I hope Rafa doesn’t sign. Just as the club’s value has steadily risen over the second half of the season, so it will start to fall as Rafa’s contract starts to run towards its end. Without significant investment, which we are not going to get, we can’t finish much higher than we have and so anyone seriously looking at the club will have growing worries about the fact that Rafa is not tied in to a longer contract.

    Ashley has gambled on us staying up and has valued the club accordingly. He must know that without Rafa, EPL status becomes a real doubt. Therefore, as much as he has stuck to his guns over the price up until now, he may well see that the odds are starting to grow against him again.

  • Tweed Mag

    Hopefully it is true the club want Rafa to stay. If they do find a decent transfer budget, then even better. Rafa can sit back and see what happens – the pressure is on Ashley and his pet poodles. There are bound to be several premiership clubs who would love to recruit Rafa (and his team) so the rumoured buy-out money would be a minor problem.

  • FatParosite

    Another spin piece by the comical direct from Bishop.

    • JonMag

      you can bet Rafa hasn`t released it

  • JonMag

    An exclusive by the Chronicle, that means the dimwitted Ryder, this is the same guy that brought us Bas Dost & he had a few grand on Charlie Austin.
    that lot can`t even get the manager to sign never mind players, not to worry though the shirts are flying out the door & the season tickets are all but gone.
    another fine [email protected]@king mess

    • Andy Mac

      Or looking at it from their point of view ? Job done, fans duped ! (Again)

  • Dillon Tovak

    Blah blah blah whatever. I’ll only believe anything slightly positive when actions are taken.

  • East Durham Mag

    The only way Rafa will get funds and the autonomy to manage the buying and selling of players will be if Fatty …
    a) sells the club.
    b)he drops dead.
    Personally i don’t mind either of the two options.

    • Andy Mac

      Ideally he drops dead and the NUFC estate falls to the fans who could make this club sing within a matter of seasons

      • Down Under Mag

        You’re kidding right? If it had been up to the “fans choice” then Diame, arguably one of our best players for the 2nd half of the season, would have been sold if not just sent to train with the reserves. The team would also be conceding 20 goals a game because the fans would demand an all out attack with 5 forwards and Lascelles (who probably would also have been sold before now) as the lone defender…

        • Martin Rooney

          Dummett would have been hung two years ago, Joselu would be shot during a game and Gayle lynched.

          Great Club Great Fans

          • Liam Hogg

            Ok pal

        • Andy Mac

          That’s a little on the harsh side ? 🤔

    • mactoon

      lol that’s shocking

  • Damon Horner

    Fully expected really. He honours his contracts but equally the board have shown no ambition. The latest stuff about onerous contracts sounds like a political move against the manager for his playing pool or a simple preparation for regular relegation. Either way, who with any notion of ambition would sign for this club?

  • nevfur

    It’ll be another long summer. He might sign an extension yet but likelyhood is he’s waiting to see how the summer deals go first and knowing Chumley Warner that won’t be quick. Wait and see.

    • Leazes.

      He might sign eventually but only after the club sells Lascelles….

      Because if he signs before then he’s put his name to the shameful con trick perpetuated by Ashley and the Chronicle.

      …. Mexican Stand off between the Club and Rafa for the Summer!

      • nevfur

        Sadly with our club positioned where it is we will always lose good players to the big boys for top money or suffer tedious window long rumours about it possibly happening

      • Martin Rooney

        So they are in cahoots to save Rafa’s good name for fans but also to club chairman.
        A shameful con trick devised by Ashley and the Chronicle.
        That Rafa’s aware of and wants to show distance from by not signing a contract and then signing one as a way of pronouncing, ‘that was nowt to dee with me.’
        Seriously! Proper Fantasist!
        The club possibly will sell Jamal, but not for the convoluted reasoning given here.

  • robbersdog

    That all makes sense; Rafa knows that by not signing a new contract, it’ll put pressure on Charnley and Ashley to get their act together or lose him without receiving any compensation at the end of next season.

    And not getting that £6m compo for Rafa is Ashley’s worst nightmare.

  • Toontone A

    Rafa proving once again he does EXACTLY the right thing – and with honour … perhaps Ashley will learn some…. (dont hold your breath)

  • Down Under Mag

    Going to be a long summer with the current stand-off between owner and manager. Rafa has tried to turn the screws a little, Ashley biting back with P.R.B.S. that very few of us have believed was anything but just that and meanwhile you can’t see where signings are going to come from.

    Also, while Rafa is acting respectfully for the fans and the club, the cynic in me wonders if the reason he is “staying” is because no-one else is willing to pay Ashley compensation AND Rafa’s current wages and Rafa won’t walk because he won’t get that much elsewhere…n

    • Paul Patterson

      My understanding is that the compensation doesn’t apply after the season just finished. I’m betting he’s going to honour his contract and see what happens with regards to a takeover (if any) and then be off after next season if things haven’t improved.

    • Jezza

      You are wrong. Rafa is not here for the salary. He could easily earn just as much elsewhere. After his achievements in taking a Championship squad to a top half finish in the Premiership with no money to spend there will be no shortage of clubs out there happy to at least match his current salary as well as give him the transfer budget he has always been denied at Newcastle.

      • Billmag

        Like Wet Spam paying Pellegrini £7ml per season, just shows there’s clubs out there that would pay more than Rafas current salary that’s for sure.

        • Martin Rooney

          But it’s not have a proper look that ‘up to’ phrase is very important, he has to win league, qualify for champs league and win cups to get the £7m.
          Like most things in football just garbage

          • Billmag

            I don’t believe that for one moment, so he’s come back to this country probably leaving a lucrative contract in China for £3ml no way.

          • Martin Rooney

            Yes, I guess you’re right, he wouldn’t leave a fantastic footballing place like China where he’s living it up while floating around mid table for a pay cut would he?

          • Billmag

            That’s my thinking.

      • Martin Rooney

        Unfortunately, he couldn’t, West Hams reported six million a year includes bonuses for champions league qualification, winning the league and cups.
        He is likely to be on £3m.
        As for Rafa, LFC Man U Ars, Chelsea, Man City, Tottenham are not in the hunt for him as good as I think he is, they just don’t want him and those are the only clubs in England paying their manager more.

  • Mike

    hmmm is it getting near Season ticket renewal time?

  • Blackburn1066

    Rafa will only stay and sign a new contract if he gets the backing from the little fat man