There is a report in Spain today that says former Valencia, Real Madrid and Liverpool manager Rafael Benitez has agreed a deal to be the next Newcastle manager.
There were reports last night that Rafa had been offered a lucrative 10 game deal to come in and manage Newcastle through the end of the season, with a view to making the deal permanent should Newcastle survive relegation.
Rafa Benitez – close to signing for Newcastle?
However Spain’s Cadena Cope radio station have reported Benitez has signed a three-year deal to succeed head coach Steve McClaren at St James’ Park.
We would be very surprised if this is an accurate report, because he will not be signing a long term deal now, but a deal only though the end of the season.
However, the basic terms of a long term deal have been agreed in principle with Newcastle over the last couple of days – and he would get the title of manager, because he would be in charge of the transfers should he sign for us in the summer.
So finally Newcastle have come to their senses by changing the way the club is run and giving more power to the manager – it´s about time – but it took this crisis for them to do it.
And there have been a number of reports that Rafa considers the Newcastle deal long term, which seems to suggest he thinks he can save Newcastle from the drop.
However, it´s still going to be difficult to save us now – but why didn´t the Board act sooner?
Here is the tweet sent out last night by Spanish radio journalist Larranaga Joseba, who works for Cadena Cope.
Informa JOSEBA LARRAÑAGA que RAFA BENÍTEZ será el próximo entrenador del NEWCASTLE las 3 próximas temporadas. pic.twitter.com/oQ6OxDCIyO
— elpartidodelas12 (@partidodelas12) March 9, 2016
It says that ¨Larranaga Joseba reports that Rafa Benitez will be the next coach at Newcastle for the next 3 seasons.¨
We should have fired Steve McClaren before the squad went on their five day holiday to Spain on 15th February – Rafa was available then and we had just been thrashed 5-1 at Chelsea and it was another disgraceful performance.
But blind faith in Steve McClaren by the Board – which turned out to be even more poor judgement – has now cost us another two defeats when relegation fighting clubs like Swansea and Bournemouth have both won their last two games.
We hope Rafa will sign for us today but it will only be through the end of the season – initially.
Please sign for us Rafa – please!
Whoops – sorry – must keep my cool.