It´s not good news in the Mirror today that Rafa Benitez has been approached by Newcastle for a long term deal at the club, but the news is that he is unconvinced by Newcastle’s overtures and that´s is worrying for a number of reasons.
The Board we have in place is responsible for the transfers into and out of the club during the transfer window – mainly Chief Scout Graham Carr – and no top manager like Rafa will take the job unless he is is in charge of those transfers, or at least has a significant say in them.
Rafa Benitez – wary of Newcastle job
That tells us the Board we have running the show still want to have ultimate control of transfers – and they are expecting the man to come in and effectively be a head coach like McClaren agreed to last summer.
That will not work for managers of the caliber of a Rafa Benitez or a David Moyes – and if we are gong to continue with this three man triumvirate running the club, which was the brain child of Lee Charnley, we will not be able to attract a top manager to the club.
We had an opportunity last summer to bring in a top manager, but the Board went with Steve McClaren, basically because he was willing to come in and allow the Board to be in control of the transfers.
It looks like they are not willing to change – and if that´s the case that´s extremely worrying and that means we will not get a top manager in this season on a permanent basis – they will simply not come.
Newcastle have the money available this summer so that shouldn´t be a problem to Rafa and apparently he is also questioning what the long term goals of the club are – good question.
Obviously having won the Champions League with Liverpool in 2005 he wants to manage in the Champions League.
The best case scenario is a short-term deal as we reported this morning for Rafa or David Moyes – they may accept that until the end of the season, but not a long term deal.
If the new manager comes in on a short-term deal and saves us from relegation then maybe a deal can be worked out at the end of the season to keep him in place at the club.
But the way the club is managed today would need to be overhauled almost completely.
Heads should also roll in the summer for the gross mismanagement of Newcastle United.