Rafa sacks agent after NUFC clauses? To sign or not to sign..

By Neil Langer

The Sun are reporting that Rafa is now out of the £6m buyout clause in his contract, as he is now in the final 12 months of his current deal.

More alarmingly it says he had sacked his agent who negotiated this contract with Newcastle, apparently because of the clauses that he allowed to be included (he has to pay the club £6m if he walks and he had a release clause of £6m – something West Ham were prepared to activate earlier this summer).

Benitez said after the draw with Hull on Tuesday night that the squad was not good enough – a telling admission. Rafa’s maintaining his dignity, ensuring he is not seen to overtly criticise the owner, but sending clear and well timed reminders.

Ashley wants him to sign his contract extension (who wouldn’t?), but it is obvious that it’s now about ambition and funding – and Rafa does not trust him. There seems little doubt that if Ashley demonstrated ambition, Rafa would commit.

Ashley is undoubtedly a tough business man, but he is backing Rafa into the proverbial corner and there can only be one outcome.



Mr Ashley – imagine your club without Benitez. Self-destruct doesn’t come anywhere near – managerial appointments will once again come thick and fast with a club once again embroiled in turmoil staring at relegation, and ultimately what will all this do to the value of your club?..

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About Olly Hawkins

Olly has been a Junior Magpie from birth. As a season ticket holder and avid Newcastle United fan - he eats, sleeps and breathes all things NUFC.

4 thoughts on “Rafa sacks agent after NUFC clauses? To sign or not to sign..

  1. I think Mike Ashley needs to wake up, show Rafa his meaningful commitment to our club, I understand he is a shrewd businessman, but what is his business plan for the future of our club, under investment again, we are not expecting 50-60 million pound players to be signed overnight, but please allow Rafa the buget and freedom to sign players he wants, and needs so he can steadily grow our club, our future, and I am sure the returns would be massive for the club and Mike Ashley

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  2. paul gillespie:
    I think Mike Ashley needs to wake up, show Rafa his meaningful commitment to our club, I understand he is a shrewd businessman, but what is his business plan for the future of our club, under investment again, we are not expecting 50-60 million pound players to be signed overnight, but please allow Rafa the budget and freedom to sign players he wants, and needs so he can steadily grow our club, our future, and I am sure the returns would be massive for the club and Mike Ashley

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  3. Paul, A leopard never changes its spots. Ashley’s best option is to sell, even at a profit and walk away from the club lock stock and barrel. New ownership with drive and commitment and Rafa at the helm is the only way forward. Asking Ashley to changes his methods is never ever going to happen.

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  4. To all those people who still think thatCashley has the Toon at heart, and that there is any form of business plan in place for the betterment of Newcastle United, I say wake up and smell the coffee.
    there never was and never will be any sort of plan or progress under this odious theif.
    His one and only concearn is Sports Defect.
    What is left of our clubs good name will be gradually worn away to nothing whilst St James’s continues to be the free advertising forum for his crumby empire. Nothing more, nothing less.
    God help us all.

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