An interesting development at the press conference today was that Rafa said he was the head coach at Newcastle through the end of the season, because there are no transfers during that time.
And he said at the end of the season, assuming he keeps Newcastle in the Premier League – he wants to become the Newcastle manager – although that’s strange because he was introduced as the new manager at the club and not the head coach when he was appointed yesterday.
Rafa Benitez today
There’s a break clause in his contract at the end of the season, which he said was normal, and we suppose that could be activated if Newcastle are relegated – so Rafa would simply walk away from the job.
But news that he had asked for and been given control of all transfers into and out of the club last week may not be accurate.
And certainly the way Rafa is talking he wants to have that control as the manager of the club at the end of the season.
Maybe they couldn’t reach agreement on that, but since it wasn’t important this season they left it open for negotiation in the summer?
Newcastle wouldn’t be so incompetent and inept as to say no to Rafa and keep Graham Carr in charge of transfers would they?
Yes they would – you know that and we know that.
If Newcastle do that and we stay up, there will be hell to pay from the Newcastle fans.
But it really should not come to that and we don’t expect it to happen, but the club is still a mess from top to bottom – to use Alan Shearer’s accurate recent description.
If they want the mess sorted then give Rafa absolute control in the summer, otherwise we will never become a top club under Mike Ashley – ever.
What do you think?