The way Newcastle have been structured this season is with a Football Board consisting of Managing Director Lee Charnley, Chief Scout Graham Carr and club Ambassador Bob Moncur, with the new manager Rafa Benitez now part of that Board.
That will be how the club operate until the end of the season and we will have to see how things change in the summer, if we can survive in the Premier League over the remaining nine games.
If we do take the drop Rafa will be on his way somewhere else – and that would most definitely be the disaster scenario case and there could be big changes in the structure of the club.
Lee Charnley and Rafa Benitez
But there could also be huge changes in the structure of the club if we stay up and Rafa stays on Tyneside.
Benitez rather surprisingly – has still not spoken to owner Mike Ashley – but he has revealed today he had a meeting with Lee Charnley and Graham Carr last Thursday and that he speaks on a regular basis with those two Board members.
This is what Rafa has said:
“I think if we stay up – and I am sure we will stay up – then we can improve a lot.”
“I have confidence that we will stay up and I am sure everything will be fine.”
“I am sure that next year we will have a great season.” “I talk with Lee Charnley, and I had a meeting on Thursday with Lee and Graham Carr.”
“And I talk to them every day so I have no problem with that.”
So from what we can tell Rafa seems happy enough with the current arrangement with himself on the Board, and the big question is who will be in charge of the transfers.
But we will feel certain that by his very personality, character and stature in the game Rafa will be the main one who decides who comes in and who leaves.
He certainly knows a heck of a lot more about football than the three other three Board members put together.
With the frailties of the last two transfer windows – when we spent £82M on eight new players but didn’t fix the main weaknesses of the side – Mike Ashley would be daft not to give Rafa Benitez full control of transfers – always assuming he stays with us.
What do you think?