There are various reports coming through tonight that Managing Director Lee Charnley and Rafa Benitez held some good positive talks this afternoon on Rafa staying at Newcastle for next season.
They are said to have discussed what it would take to keep the world-class manager at St James’ Park for next season so he can start overhauling both the club and the Newcastle squad – and potentially return the club immediately back to the Premier League next May.
The report is that Benitez is going to make his decision a few days after Newcastle’s last game of the season on Sunday against Spurs after reviewing the situation.
Rafa Benitez – Newcastle manager
And further meetings with Lee Charnley before Sunday and it’s looking like he may even stay on Tyneside.
Owner Mike Ashley is also said to be very motivated to keep Benitez at the club, and that’s obviously because of the unnecessary relegation of Newcastle due to gross incompetence at the top of the club.
Charnley is said to talked through the key issues with Benitez on Thursday afternoon at the manager’s office at their Benton training ground.
As we reported earlier today these are the key issues:
- Full control of all transfers into and out of the club
- A complete overhaul of the Youth Academy
- A complete overhaul of the Benton Training Facilities
- Control of the medical department
And there are various other reports today that Rafa is seriously considering staying at Newcastle.
Rafa is savvy and smart and he wants the fine details of any agreement made with Charnley to be put in writing before he will agree to scrap the break clause in his contract.
Newcastle officials think the club is in a relatively healthy financial position to deal with next season’s precipitous fall in revenues.
The Mirror is reporting that players will be sold and Benitez will be handed funds to be able to rebuild his Newcastle squad.
We hope he stays – it will give the long-suffering Newcastle supporters some real hope for the future.
If you want to send a message to Rafa asking him to stay, here’s all the contact information for Newcastle United – here.
It could be our last chance of being able to build a really top team again on Tyneside.
Go for it.
Howay The Lads!!