At Rafa’s press conference today for the Tottenham game tomorrow, the 56 year-old was asked about the situation in him possibly staying on at Newcastle.
He said that negotiations were ongoing with Newcastle but that he may not make any decision for two weeks.
That could well mean that he is allowing enough time for other offers to come in from bigger and better clubs than Newcastle – and Jamie Carragher is reporting today that he thinks Rafa is keen on the vacant Everton manager position.
We hope that’s not the reason for the delay in a decision on the Newcastle job.
Rafa Benitez at his press conference today
Obviously Newcastle can’t wait too long for Rafa to decide, but the possibility of Steve Bruce being our top choice after Rafa is very disturbing – at least it is to us.
But on the other hand, Rafa seemed positive in other comments he has just made and seems to be in lockstep with what Newcastle fans want – a team that can come straight back up into the Premier League next season.
Here’s some of the other comments Rafa has made today in his press conference:
“Obviously I am disappointed to be relegated because we cannot achieve what we wanted to achieve.”
“We have another game to play and have to be as professional as we can and do things the right way.”
“We have trained well the last two or three days, in the circumstance. We have to be fair in the team selection.”
“I have a good relationship with Lee.” “We have been analyzing things.” “We will have more meetings.”
“The things that have been said have been positive .” “If I’m here and discussing it, it’s because there is a chance, we have to keep talking.”
“It could take a couple of weeks maximum.”
“I was looking for words for the support from fans. Flattered is the best word. Really impressed and happy with them.”
“I want the same as the fans – a successful team, a strong team and to get promoted to the Premier League as soon as possible.”
I cannot imagine waiting a full two weeks before a decision on Rafa’s future is made – although that’s the maximum time Rafa thinks it will take.
We have very little confidence in Lee Charnley not screwing things up – like he did this season and got the club relegated.
But it is also true he seems to get on well with Rafa – so that may be a saving grace – maybe.
Wonder if the Newcastle hierarchy know how vitally important it is to keep Rafa at the club?