It seems that Rafa Benitez doesn’t want to mess around with Newcastle and he has clearly asked for the controls he wants in four separate area.
He now wants guarantees from the club – written guarantees – that he will be given the controls he requires, before he will agree to stay on at Newcastle for life in the Championship.
Unfortunately the man doing the negotiations – Lee Charnley – is not known for his decisiveness or moving at anything other than a snail’s pace, so this may yet prove problematical.
For Lee Charnley this may look like moving at the speed of light.
Lee Charnley and Rafa Benitez – in negotiations
Rafa wants control of all transfers, he wants to completely overhaul the Youth Academy, overhaul and significantly improve the Benton Training complex and finally he wants control of the medical department.
All of these make sense, but reports indicate that Rafa does not want long more drawn-out negotiations, but wants Newcastle to offer him a decent package of the controls he wants, or he could still walk away from the club.
Lee Charnley had his first meeting with Rafa early on Thursday afternoon at the Benton training center and there are more meetings planned within the next couple of days.
The first meeting is said to have gone well – it was positive.
Maybe Newcastle are attempting to get a package to him before the final game of the season against Spurs on Sunday afternoon, and then he will decide over the following few days.
Newcastle have already agreed to continue to pay Rafa’s wages of £5M a year and hope it will be just one year down below – financially it must be only one year down below.
Rafa also wants some guarantees of funds he will be given to strengthen the squad in the summer. – he wants to completely rebuild the squad.
There will certainly be a number of high-earners sold this summer, which should give Rafa ample funds to build a (very) good squad for next season.
Newcastle are said to desperate to retain Rafa at the club – so it’s easy – give him what he wants and be quick about it.
If you want to send a message to Rafa asking him to stay, here’s all the contact information for Newcastle United – here.
The Chronicle also have an open letter to Rafa and a petition for fans to sign – here’s where you can read the letter and sign the petition.