The unbelievable deal to get Rafa Benitez to stay at Newcastle United, even though we will be playing in the second division next season, moved closer yesterday with reports that Rafa and his staff are already working on transfer targets and that he has already committed to take the job verbally to Lee Charnley.
Lee Charnley himself was meeting at the Sports Direct’s Shirebrook headquarters with Mike Ashley to explain what the hell went wrong last season – and also to talk in a lot more detail on what the budget is for this coming season down below.
Jamie Carragher – he could really do something at Newcastle
It would be a missive coup for Newcastle United to keep Rafa at the club, but it looks like it will happen.
The passionate Newcastle fans have played a massive part in that by showing Rafa in no uncertain way that they love him and want him to make Newcastle great again.
Here’s what a man who played for Rafa for six years at Liverpool – Jamie Carragher – had to say about Rafa:
“I think he’s got a big decision to make. Ideally he doesn’t want to be managing in the Championship but I think Newcastle would have got into him in terms of the reaction of the fans, It was similar to the Liverpool fans’ reaction when he went there.”
“They were struggling in games but they were chanting his name. It’s a bit like Newcastle can’t believe they have got a manager at that level.”
“It’s that they can’t believe this manager who was managing Real Madrid and Ronaldo wants to manage Newcastle.”
“It would be unbelievable for them if he stayed. You can’t believe a manager of that stature would manage at that level but he’s got to be thinking if he can do that in 12 months and get them out.”
“He’ll be thinking about the money and the revenues in the Premier League and how far he can then take Newcastle.”
“He’s managed all around the world, managed top teams but it might be difficult for him to get a top job now. But he could really do something at Newcastle.”
“It’s unfortunate they’ve gone down, for him personally but if he can just do 12 months in the Championship he could really do something with Newcastle.
We think the announcement that Rafa has accepted the job on Tyneside could come sooner than a lot of people think – and certainly before the end of this week.
Assuming it does come, it will be a massive relief for the fans – and we will have our first world-class manager at the club since Sir Bobby Robson left the club in August of 2004.
Massive things could be in store for the team that Rafa will start building at Newcastle this summer, where he been given carte blanche (the authority to do whatever you think is right) by owner Mike Ashley, who has finally realized his way of running the club simply doesn’t work.
It only took nine years for Mike to see that.
And Rafa will also be building the club into a world-class club and will probably start with upgrading the training facilities at Benton, but certainly in building a squad that can come straight back up from the Championship.
If he signs – there are some exciting times ahead for Newcastle United fans.
It will be great and long overdue.
Howay The Lads!!