Luis Rubiales has been talking about Rafa Benitez and Newcastle United on Tuesday morning.

The President of the Spanish FA made headlines this summer when sacking national manager/head coach Julen Lopetegui only days before the World Cup was due to kick off.

Lopetegui had secretly agreed a deal with Real Madrid to take over after the World Cup and announced that fact without first consulting with his current bosses.

After the sacking, Fernando Hierro was named as Spain’s interim coach, to be in charge at least for the duration of the World Cup began.

A less than convincing tournament and eventual shock exit via hosts Russia in the last 16, confirmed no chance of Hierro getting the job on a permanent basis.

Luis Enrique getting that permanent role in the aftermath of Spain’s exit.

However, this (Tuesday morning), Spanish FA President Luis Rubiales as been talking  to Spanish radio station, Cadena COPE.

Reuters reporting what Rubiales had to say:

“When I sacked Julen I immediately called Hierro and told him I didn’t want to make any changes (that he Hierro would stay as the man in charge now Lopetegui had gone).

“Two days later a letter arrived from Newcastle saying ‘Are you interested in our coach (Rafa Benitez)? He’s at your disposition.’

“We said thanks but no!

“We would have never done that, we couldn’t hire Rafa Benitez because it would have been acting in the same way for which we reproached Julen.”

Reuters say they have asked Newcastle for a response but at time of publishing had not received a reply.

Rafa Benitez himself had said in pre-season that there had maybe been an opportunity to be involved with Spain but that he was comfortable with the fact it hadn’t happened.

Newcastle supposedly offering Rafa Benitez for a temporary World Cup role was claimed in the media at the time but reported to have not happened due to lack of time to get it organised.

The fact that the Spanish FA have now confirmed that Newcastle United did indeed offer to loan their manager, is quite bizarre, and like much of what happens under Mike Ashley, doesn’t make sense.

It would have meant Rafa Benitez missing most of the summer of preparation with Newcastle United, and the chasing of transfer targets.

If Spain had gone to the final under Rafa, that would have taken place only two days before Newcastle’s first pre-season friendly and only 25 days before the end of the transfer window and 27 days before the Premier League kicked off.



  • Paul Patterson

    Constructive dismissal? Refusing to sufficiently back the manager, offering his services (for a fast buck obviously).
    Unless there’s a takeover, Rafa won’t be here in 19/20 season.

    • Ram Kishore

      I don’t see a constructive dismissal case paul..
      Not all the times u can bring the legal term just because it happened to Kk

      Refusing to sufficiently back the manager..Yes

      If this claim by spanish FA is true and if it was indeed sent by the club (because no club would do that especially in the transfer window wide open especially the confusion Sunderland had remember?
      Allardyce or Bruce)
      Stupid Lee Charnley..

      Or if it was Rafa who wanted it?

    • Martin Rooney

      Does that not imply Rafa had an interest, the club or any business can not force without agreement for an employee to work for another organisation mid contract.
      Maybe just maybe Rafa asked if Lee could get in touch to see if there was interest from them.

  • Mrkgw

    What a despicable and uncouth regime. Seriously, we all need to unite and rid our club of this fungal and ever worsening filth.

  • Toonrobbybobson

    Enjoy the last season of Rafa and the string holding everything together. We won’t have as good a manager for a very very very long time unless a serious ambitious owner comes along. So sad.

  • Weyhhadaway

    The most stupid part of that story is the statement “ it would have stopped Tafa from chasing summer signings…”
    At this club? Chase?

    • Desree

      And there is the answer.

  • Ram Kishore

    Unless Rafa or the club states the reason for this letter sent to Spain FA.
    We shouldn’t come to conclusions..
    If it was sent by the club without anyone from spanish FA enquiring about Rafa’s, and If the club had voluntarily decided to loan Rafa, this is the most stupidest and a crazy thing our Management had done..

    But any management or even Ashley wont sanction this move, unless Ashley wants the club in chaos..

    It could possibly by Rafa’s agent doing the works
    Just a speculation

    • Paul Patterson

      Ashley wants the club in chaos.

      • Ram Kishore

        If it had been he could have done it not allowed any buys..
        Using this sales he could have got back his loans..

        He would have even asked the club not to buy any players just play with the youth..

        If I was Ashley i would do this .. i would love to do this to a club i may despise but I don’t hate any imagining

      • TheNutJob

        it is in chaos

      • Ram Kishore

        No idiot would spend 250 million on something just to decimate it to the ground..
        No likes their firm getting hurt because of our club..Yes he’s an incompetent owner but not a bad person as u guys claim to be..
        The hatred for not making nufu compete for the title, which we were not competing for, after Sir Bobby’s sacking ,
        makes many lose the objective assessment of the situation..

        Do u really think the local MP was doing it out of passion for club alone..
        I may not live in England buy we have far more worse politicians who try to sway the votes for even a normal issue which could be solved easily by making it bigger..
        I read someone commenting that she has made the petition on recess ..

        • Paul Patterson

          Then you’ve missed the point entirely..

          • Ram Kishore

            U have been missing my point paul..
            Just keep aside the hatred for Ashley and think. A request..
            Hate him for his incompetence ,for not reducing the debt and not trying to be ambitious this window ..
            But why would he allow 250 million of his own money to destroy the club..
            Why would he allow 80 million spending to Steve which he could have used to reduce his 120 million loan back in 2015?

          • Billmag

            He nearly got skint gambling on the stock exchange, he’s a chancer, he’s a business man in name only.

          • Ram Kishore

            Whatever he does with his personal wealth its his choice..
            Criticise him for being our incompetent owner but don’t use his own personal choices and use it as a stick for supporting your criticism

          • Billmag

            His personal wealth interacts with our club, he bought the club with his personal wealth so yes I will use a stick to to beat the 💩 out of him and please don’t tell me what I should and shouldn’t do as regards the evil that’s Ashley.

          • Ram Kishore

            Haha ok
            Cheers👍

        • panther

          He’s made far more than he’s spent

          • Ram Kishore

            He would have made more if he spent 8 million pounds as Evertons shirt sponsor which is much more cheaper..
            Come on panther.. I’m trying to be objective ..
            We have far more reasons ..We don’t need to twist something to find a reason..
            Mag just does that

        • Martin Rooney

          Ram, seriously mate, most of these folks think that Ashley employed Pardew because he owed him £1m from a casino gambling session.
          Aye paid a bloke who supposedly even he knew was poop at the job paying him just shy of £2m per year on an 8 year deal get £1m back all the while doing his best to get the club relegated.
          An activity which as we know would last him £100m of value and require £15m of cash for cash flow to get it promoted again.
          For a £1m debt The sites full of mackem sh it stirrers, fantasists and lunatics.

          • Ben Jones

            Haha. Bang on. They support the toon, honest, those actively wanting us relegated in a belief it will get rid of Ashley, it’s just their little kink

        • TheFatController

          ‘Not a bad person’

          When in front of the parliamentary committee to explain his company’s poor business practices, basically exploiting poorer people in society, and he said he didn’t know what went on (in his own company that he visits regularly), he was actually …..

          ….lying.

          So no, not a bad person. No way Jose.

          • Anonymouse1

            he`s a blight on society

          • Ram Kishore

            Every corporate exploits everyone and yes if u go by the wages issue.. he’s as bad as the Qatari and Gulf sheikhs..
            I agree with you

  • robbersdog

    So the club are pimping Rafa out to other employers on a temporary basis, or this story’s a pile of rubbish. I think it’s the latter, unless it was a cunning plot by Ashley to get rid of Rafa, and earn some money out of it.

    • Jimblag23

      Yet you’re still sceptical? 😂

    • Ram Kishore

      Probably sent by some mackem faking the club..😂

    • Weyhhadaway

      His new contract is zero hours

  • Foggy

    Show me a copy of the letter then I’ll believe it. Until then it’s fake news.

    • Kneebotherm8

      Definitely not fake news…….a genuine communication…….it was signed by Penfold……..three crosses at the bottom of the letter…….he canna write his own name yet…..😂

  • TheNutJob

    did anybody tell Rafa about it
    😂😂😂

    • Mxpx

      Shh he might hear!

  • Jimblag23

    Blatant attempt for a two birds one stone situation, Rafa distracted from NUFC summer recruitments and the hope he would do so well Spain would beg him to come on full time.

    Everyone sounds sceptical, sounds just about right to me.

  • GlasgowMag

    Yip sounds about right fat boy gets the compensation and also puts out a statement advising the fans they couldn’t stand in the way of Rafa’s ambition to lead his country!! FFS is anything beyond this dictatorship!!!

  • Steve Smith

    “The fact that the Spanish FA have now confirmed that Newcastle United did indeed offer to loan their manager, is quite bizarre, and like much of what happens under Mike Ashley, doesn’t make sense.”

    It makes perfect sense. More ££ for fat man and just confirms that they didn’t need Rafa around for pre season preparations as they expected f**k all to actually happen.

    • Martin Rooney

      Why would the club get money for this, is it not more likely that Rafa was interested

      • Chuck D

        Of course the Spanish FA would have had to pay a fee!!

        • Martin Rooney

          Why, if some one offers you a service and you don’t wish to pay a fee and they don’t want a fee then why would one be paid the guy hasn’t said the letter asked for a fee did he?

      • SuperDesHamilton

        The same reason clubs get money when players play

      • TheFatController

        I doubt Rafa would want to manage for employers who respect him.

        Only because then coming back here would be so painful, like going back to a school you hate the teachers at.

  • Weyhhadaway

    Great business if you can get it. Loan out your whining employee, make a few bucks, keep him out of the picture while he is going to have nothing to do anyway, at least in their eyes, leaving you to fiddle while Rome burns.

  • SuperDesHamilton

    I can imagine Ashley doing this, he’d sell his own mother…but who would send a letter to do it in 2018?

    • SuperDesHamilton

      For the record Benitez was approached by the Spanish FA but they were unwilling to pay any sort of compensation fee so fatty wouldn’t let him leave

      • Ben Jones

        Which is good or bad? I can’t work it out from your post

        • JonMag

          Troll, i was going to tell you to [email protected]@k off until i noticed you were trolling that dip schitt above, keep away from me or ill hunt you down & [email protected]@king kill you.

          • Ben Jones

            Calm down dear, it was a genuine question, it’s not as if I was calling bull, I took his statement at face value, just couldn’t understand whether his view was positive or negative based on what he was saying

          • JonMag

            someone tell the dimwitted c nut below he`s blocked
            whoever it is.

          • Ben Jones

            I’ll let him know if he posts again mate

          • SuperDesHamilton

            It’s ya da

          • Leazes.

            You haven’t blocked that one yet…come on man!

          • JonMag

            they are all blocked,

          • SuperDesHamilton

            Do you have to have training to use the block button?

          • SuperDesHamilton

            You couldn’t fight sleep 😂😂😂

          • SuperDesHamilton

            That’s a threat I feel threatened I’m reporting you to the A-Team

      • Martin Rooney

        It seems that isn’t actually the case,
        Rubiales, knew who he wanted and did that, it looks like Rafa said to his boss Lee, can you see if there is an opportunity and there wasn’t so it was fine.

        • SuperDesHamilton

          The Spanish FA asked, this is from a club source. Who knows what truly happened

          • Martin Rooney

            Not you or I that’s for sure

  • mentalman

    What an awfully nice thing for the club to do, helping out the spanish in their time of need

  • Hughie_Gallacher

    Could be fake news or Mackem mischief making of course, but something tells me this Ashley regime isn’t entirely trustworthy.

  • panther

    Surely not, Ashley lying again

  • Lewis SG

    “We would not have brought Benitez in because it would have meant that we would have acted in the same way in which we had reproached Julen Lopetegui for.”

    So which is which? If Newcastle offered Rafa to him then it isn’t the same case as Julen with Real. One was poached, the other was offered.

    Nonsense reporting. Take it with a pinch of salt.

    • Leazes.

      Its from Reuters and the head of the Spanish FA you bloody idiot Kevin…..

      Another one bites the dust!

      • Ben Jones

        That Kevin bar has been set incredibly low these days

  • Martin Rooney

    Shoulda woulda coulda,

    The line,
    Rafa Benitez himself had said in pre-season that there had maybe been an opportunity to be involved.
    Indicates he wouldn’t have minded it maybe even wanted it, and that the club saw fit not to stand in his way!

    Seems the more likely scenario, it’s not like they could have got anything financial from it.

    • Chuck D

      Of course they would, Ashley would have made a tidy sum and stalled any progress in the transfer market.

      How many clubs offer their manager?!!

      • Martin Rooney

        How do you know Rafa didn’t ask the club to contact them on his behalf, if he wanted to do it, lets be honest which footy manager wouldn’t want a four week run at the countries biggest tournament, one he got the clubs permission he gets the club to contact the spanish FA to ensure it is done in the right way and not in the way REAL Madrid did in the situation which left them in the mess.

    • TheFatController

      That last line is ironic, I take it?

      If so, I like it, if not, get out in the real world little more ?

    • BenMagpie

      take that common sense and stick in some other blog, this is the Mag. Doom and gloom only please from now on, to keep the tin foil hat conspiracy theorists happy. HTL In Rafa We Trust.

  • Mrkgw

    This casts ill light on our club, touting the best Manager that we have had in a good number of years. It’s clear thst they want him gone, and should that happen then there will be mutiny at St James. Return of Pardew gets ever closer. ASHLEY OUT!

    • FatParosite

      There will not be mutiny. Our fans are pathetic. All they are interested in is their day out. The glory of the club comes well behind buying Wonga covered shirts for their kids, and the preservation of their $hit seat in the SJP. It is utterly embarrassing that the likes of Liverpoop and Rangers have banded together to affect change. Yet we can’t even sing ‘get out of our club’ with any conviction. The happy clappers have cut the throat of NUFC.

      • Desree

        Our fans are like mid west North Americans. No clue what really goes on and think america is the best country on earth, even when it isn’t safe to send your kid to school.

        God bless NUFC. God bless Mike Ashley.

    • Kneebotherm8

      Replace “they” with fat Mike…..it’s been obvious for a long,long time he wants Rafa out…..no backing in these past few transfer Windows…..then offering him a new contract or two when it’s clear he wouldn’t sign it due to being undermined for so long….Ashley is one cunning individual….one very, very obese bushy tail fox…..

  • X,WHY,Y MAN.

    These scum bags who run the club have hawked around players behind the managers back in the past, So why not graduate onto hawking the manager behind his back ?

  • Anonymouse1

    chances are it was a troll on here shooting an email off to the
    Spanish football federation. could be super des from his res in byker

  • robbersdog

    So can I hire Rafa on an hourly or a daily rate? A half a day would suit me – he can mow the lawn, take the dog for a walk and make me a lovely paella for lunch.

    I’ll call Charnley and sort out the fee.

    • Superdooperhooper

      No but pedro is available for lawnmowing . Apparently mikes garden is looking a treat !

  • 1957

    Maybe Benitez ‘people’ initially asked NUFC if they would consider letting Benitez do the job on a temporary basis we will never know.

    The reaction to the idea he might ever get the job around Madrid is generally disbelief. He wasn’t popular with many in the capital… even with some Atletico supporters.

  • FatParosite

    I would not put it past Ashley looking for ways to kill 2 birds with one stone. Offering Benitez rids him of a very popular manager who he needs to extract and gets him 6 million in compensation.

    • Wezza

      I was going to say the same thing.
      I think we know now that MA isn’t bothered if Rafa is here or not.

  • Superdooperhooper

    A letter arrived ? Is ashley so mean that the club doesn’t even have a computer ?

    • TheNutJob

      Penfold must use Raven`s the time it takes him to do a deal
      😂😂😂

      • Kneebotherm8

        Fckn pigeon post I think…….most of them have been shot down en route….😂😂

        • TheNutJob

          Mackem`s with guns

          • Kneebotherm8

            They’ve aaal got guns doon there……it’s like the fckn wild west………..and they dee like pigeon pie…….

    • Leicester Mag

      Used to use pidgeons but the fat barsteward ate them

  • Leicester Mag

    You can imagine it

    Dear Spanish FA

    Sports Direct are pleased to offer the Rafa summer special. This bargain deal of a world class manager can be combined with a skip load of sports socks and as many cheap footballs as you could ever dream of. We’ll even throw in a free water proof jacket (retailed on line on Feb 12th are 2:35 am for £45) to every international as long as they don’t mind it saying Rangers.

    Yours insincerely

    Mike Ashley

    • Desree

      We only ask that Rafa wear a Sports direct Branded tracksuit for all media interviews and on match days.

    • MadMag83

      Would you like a free SD oversized novelty mug (no not fat Mike) worth £5.99? No? We’ll send you one anyway.

  • MadMag83

    What a PR stunt that would have been for Ashley! I can see the logic now, offer Rafa to Spain (pocket loan fee), then sign no players and blame it on Rafa not being available to discuss transfer targets.

    Almost Mike, almost. He must have kicked a cat when the Spanish FA knocked him back.