Author Topic: Rafa Benítez: "After three years of unfulfilled promises, I did not trust them"  (Read 917288 times)

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Offline Tribesman

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Re: Rafael Benítez
« Reply #14050 on: Friday 17 May 2019, 05:38:03 pm »
Fucksake its nufcblog :lol:

http://www.nufcblog.com/2019/05/17/updated-report-talks-appear-in-gridlock-ashley-refusing-to-budge-on-transfers/

I'm not sure, but this might be the article that website is refering to which basically says nothing. It might be wishful thinking from me, but I think its a positive that talks are taking days rather than a few hours. Benitez said himself it might take more than one meeting to present his vision to Ashley.

https://www.chroniclelive.co.uk/sport/football/football-news/rafa-benitez-contract-extension-talks-16291324

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« Reply #14051 on: Friday 17 May 2019, 05:42:38 pm »
How the f*** does this s*** take 3-4 days?

Lie in --> breakfast --> little lie down --> dinnertime --> post dinner nap --> afternoon tea/brief talk --> nap before tea --> More talks over tea --> No need for more talks, pints instead.

Really wouldn't surprise me if in years gone by, Ashley was one of these people that loves having meetings about having a meeting.
Had a few dances off her when I've been in Blue velvet with friends. She's one of the ones who will push her fanny in your face, usually I like that but hers smells f***ing rotten. Only had dances off her because she agreed to take less money for the dances when me and my mate said we were skint.

I was a pure creep when I was a kid tbf. Used to spunk in deoderant can lids too

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« Reply #14052 on: Friday 17 May 2019, 05:46:12 pm »
I hope and believe that Rafa is immense at Powerpoint presentations. Getting Ashley to understand is gonna be some challenge.

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« Reply #14053 on: Friday 17 May 2019, 06:02:16 pm »
I hope and believe that Rafa is immense at Powerpoint presentations. Getting Ashley to understand is gonna be some challenge.
Needs to hire the team of WH staffers who dumb down Trump's daily briefings to 2 or 3 plain-speak bullet points for him to process.

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« Reply #14054 on: Friday 17 May 2019, 06:09:24 pm »
posting an nufcblog article :lol: what in the living f***
"We are not a stepping stone, we are Newcastle United." - Rafa Benitez

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« Reply #14055 on: Friday 17 May 2019, 06:39:01 pm »
 :lol: calm doon everyone.

Offline gdm

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« Reply #14056 on: Friday 17 May 2019, 06:41:57 pm »
posting an nufcblog article :lol: what in the living f***

I only posted it to show that’s the one Odin was on about and it was ridiculous. Think that was pretty clear like

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« Reply #14057 on: Friday 17 May 2019, 08:58:06 pm »
posting an nufcblog article :lol: what in the living f***

I only posted it to show that’s the one Odin was on about and it was ridiculous. Think that was pretty clear like

You are correct. Apologies. I did a quick scan of newsnow and it was in the headlines so assumed it might be credible 😂

The best thing Rafa could do is go on the lash with Ashley, that’s the only time you’ll ever get anything out of him. Kinnear had that sussed.
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Offline Shak

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« Reply #14058 on: Friday 17 May 2019, 09:03:13 pm »
Some of the news sites are claiming Ashley won’t budge at all on money or control.

Wouldn’t be surprised at all if this doesn’t end well.

If that’s the case Rafa will walk and the club will probably implode

No it won’t man, they’ll hire some w***** and there’ll be a stadium full of cowed empty vessels sitting there for our first game.

Ashley picked the perfect club, he can do whatever the f*** he wants and nobody will stop him.

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« Reply #14059 on: Friday 17 May 2019, 09:22:18 pm »
I'm in two minds about this, as I am most things, but I am leaning towards Ashley actually wanting to keep Rafa. Its how much Ashley will relinquish to do that. It won't be as much as Rafa wants, and it might be a tad more than Ashley wants to give (not just money) but I think agreement will be reached.

6 weeks later Rafa to be furious again and Barnes slinking around in the background. I'd love to know what that f***ers brief is.
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Offline Tribesman

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« Reply #14060 on: Friday 17 May 2019, 10:49:06 pm »
Still no leaks yet.

Offline Ankles Bennett

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« Reply #14061 on: Friday 17 May 2019, 10:59:40 pm »
ashley needs to understand that if Rafa walks he will be followed by 52000 fans.  Love to see his face when the stadium is empty at the start of the season.  What a complete waste of oxygen this t*** is....!!

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« Reply #14062 on: Friday 17 May 2019, 11:06:04 pm »
:lol: he won't.

It'll still be full.

Offline covmag

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« Reply #14063 on: Friday 17 May 2019, 11:10:33 pm »
Agree.52,000 will still rock up.not knowing why they are there
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Offline Ankles Bennett

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« Reply #14064 on: Friday 17 May 2019, 11:46:11 pm »
:lol: he won't.

It'll still be full.
More fool them then.  Half full won't cut it for AS and the FCB.

Offline Chris_R

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« Reply #14065 on: Friday 17 May 2019, 11:59:36 pm »
If that was the case... They wouldn't still be talking.

Why do people persist with this?

Things we know for certain:

- Rafa's a consummate professional who always honours his contract
- Rafa is presently under contract

Given the above, if you're employed by someone and they ask you to go to a meeting, you go. If they ask you to come back tomorrow, you come back tomorrow. Anything else is breach of contract and Rafa will not do that, we know this. He'll go to every meeting he's invited to, he'll listen to everything said to him. That doesn't mean for one instant that he'll sign anything at the end of it. He'd be mad to, and another thing we know about Rafa is he's clearly not mad.

He will continue to attend every meeting the club ask him to, because that's his job and he's been asked to attend these meetings by his bosses. To read anything more in to that is crazy, to suggest that him still attending meetings is a positive is just delusional.

I absolutely hope I'm wrong, Rafa is the best thing about the club at the moment, the only thing that keeps me even remotely interested. But he will leave this summer, I'm as sure as I can be about that.

Offline toontownman

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« Reply #14066 on: Saturday 18 May 2019, 12:04:43 am »
If that was the case... They wouldn't still be talking.
Exactly this. Doesn't mean it still wont end with him walking but still talking means there is willingness and something to talk about...

..hopefully not severance lol.
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Offline Chris_R

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« Reply #14067 on: Saturday 18 May 2019, 12:07:10 am »
If that was the case... They wouldn't still be talking.
Exactly this. Doesn't mean it still wont end with him walking but still talking means there is willingness and something to talk about...

..hopefully not severance lol.

It absolutely doesn't. It just means he's doing what his bosses ask him to do whilst still under contract.

Of course it doesn't mean there's NOT something to sort out either, but you simply cannot read into continued dialogue the things you're trying to. He's simply going to meetings his bosses have asked him to attend. Knowing him as we do, how can he not?

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« Reply #14068 on: Saturday 18 May 2019, 12:45:45 am »
after 2 days of talks i think rafa will know if he,s staying or going by now ,its just the fans that dont know whether there coming or going  :azn:

Offline LV

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« Reply #14069 on: Saturday 18 May 2019, 12:47:56 am »
after 2 days of talks i think rafa will know if he,s staying or going by now ,its just the fans that dont know whether there coming or going  :azn:

I’ll definitely be coming if he stays.

Offline tmonkey

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« Reply #14070 on: Saturday 18 May 2019, 12:54:20 am »
If that was the case... They wouldn't still be talking.

Why do people persist with this?

Things we know for certain:

- Rafa's a consummate professional who always honours his contract
- Rafa is presently under contract

Given the above, if you're employed by someone and they ask you to go to a meeting, you go. If they ask you to come back tomorrow, you come back tomorrow. Anything else is breach of contract and Rafa will not do that, we know this. He'll go to every meeting he's invited to, he'll listen to everything said to him. That doesn't mean for one instant that he'll sign anything at the end of it. He'd be mad to, and another thing we know about Rafa is he's clearly not mad.

He will continue to attend every meeting the club ask him to, because that's his job and he's been asked to attend these meetings by his bosses. To read anything more in to that is crazy, to suggest that him still attending meetings is a positive is just delusional.

I absolutely hope I'm wrong, Rafa is the best thing about the club at the moment, the only thing that keeps me even remotely interested. But he will leave this summer, I'm as sure as I can be about that.

His contract allowed him to walk away for free some time after February I think it was. Or at least that's what was reported.

Offline Chris_R

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« Reply #14071 on: Saturday 18 May 2019, 01:09:13 am »

His contract allowed him to walk away for free some time after February I think it was. Or at least that's what was reported.

So?

He always sees out his contracts. We know this about him. He could have walked away at any point for a fee, maybe from February for no fee. But he would never do either, it's not what he does. He was always going to be our manager until the day his contract expired, unless he was sacked. That remains the case, and he'll conduct himself with the utmost decorum and professionalism until that day comes. If that includes going to pointless meetings with fatso, then that's what he'll do because that's the man he is.

To attempt to read anything in to him continuing to do what he has always done at every club is to completely missjudge the entire essence of Rafa Benitez. That said, I get why people are doing that, we all want to believe. Me included. But let's be realistic here, Rafa is just being Rafa here, there's nothing we can read into his continued attendance of meetings and failure to say "f*** it" and stomp off.

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« Reply #14072 on: Saturday 18 May 2019, 03:47:33 am »

His contract allowed him to walk away for free some time after February I think it was. Or at least that's what was reported.

So?

He always sees out his contracts. We know this about him.He could have walked away at any point for a fee, maybe from February for no fee. But he would never do either, it's not what he does. He was always going to be our manager until the day his contract expired, unless he was sacked. That remains the case, and he'll conduct himself with the utmost decorum and professionalism until that day comes. If that includes going to pointless meetings with fatso, then that's what he'll do because that's the man he is.

To attempt to read anything in to him continuing to do what he has always done at every club is to completely missjudge the entire essence of Rafa Benitez. That said, I get why people are doing that, we all want to believe. Me included. But let's be realistic here, Rafa is just being Rafa here, there's nothing we can read into his continued attendance of meetings and failure to say "f*** it" and stomp off.

That's a very specific set of (what I presume to be) assumptions though given this scenario is very specific. I've always thought that the whole "seeing your contract through" concept in football related to finishing the season as opposed to working right up until the actual date on the contract.

Unless they're not assumptions, and in the past Rafa was at a club where the season has finished (i.e. "job done" from his viewpoint) just before his contract expires, and the Board had said they didn't want him to stay because they didn't share his vision, and his contract still had a few weeks remaining, and the same contract allowed him to walk with no fees/penalties from that point onwards, Rafa had stayed regardless till he had hit that original expiry date in the contract?

If so, or if there's a quote from him saying "I won't leave a job till the contract date has expired no matter what, even if they want me to go", then fair enough. If there's nothing of the sort from Rafa's past, and you are just assuming based on his character, then just to clarify I'm not stating your argument [that these talks could be worthless and he's just seeing the contract out because he's a man of principle] is wrong. I'm saying maybe it's 50% likely that you're right, but that there's a 50% chance that you're not, i.e. Rafa views it as "job done", he's seen his contract through in terms of the spirit of the contract, and he'd not be hanging around meeting with a filibustering Ashley if his time was being wasted.

There's also the possibility that if Ashley was wasting Rafa's time, Rafa could just head back up to his office in St James' (as opposed to quitting) because it's not like he'll have a contract clause saying "if the owner wants to meet with you in X location for X days, you must always attend, or else". This is a multi-millionaire widely respect/experienced/successful football manager, not your average office lackey who'll jump if the boss tells him to. He's a headstrong and confident man who is also on a contract that is about to expire where (presumably) both parties can terminate with no cost, so heading back to the club instead of staying in pointless meetings would have no actual consequences (at worst Ashley would terminate Rafa's contract). I'm not quite sure he'd just put up with Ashley pissing him about for 4 days straight in an office in London just because he's a nice guy who won't walk away from a job. Maybe he is, I just don't see it as a certainty. And yes, this does give some hope.

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« Reply #14073 on: Saturday 18 May 2019, 03:48:38 am »
Absolutely comical a manager who WANTS to stay at NUFC is this close towards the end of his contract.

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« Reply #14074 on: Saturday 18 May 2019, 06:48:24 am »
Dunno if this deserves a thread on it's own.
Question...
If Rafa goes are you still gonna go and renew?

Me..definitely NOT

I'm not being a petulant child I just see no point in supporting a club run like this.
Ashley has killed my club