Keith Downie of Sky Sports is reporting today from outside St. James’ Park and he says the Benitez deal is getting close to being finalized.
Keith seems to be confident the deal will go through, and the main thing holding it up are all the assurances Rafa has been given – they need to be put down in writing before Benitez’ lawyers will allow their client to sign off on the agreement.
Who said Rafa wasn’t a very smart guy?
Rafa Benitez – wants everything in writing from Newcastle
The assurances will need to go into some detail, with the amounts he will be given in the summer and January transfer windows being part of the written agreement.
Presumably they will have to be sizable enough for Rafa and meet his demands.
This is what Keith has said:
“There is an acceptance, a willingness as I understand it from both Benitez himself and Newcastle for him to carry on as manager.”
“But he will only agree to do so once he has everything in writing – the assurances that he has asked for and were promised on Sunday by Mike Ashley – the assurances need to be in writing.”
“Things such as full control over transfers and he will not want the situation that Steve McClaren and Alan Pardew had – that’s one thing Rafa will want.”
“In terms of budgets as well, he wants money to spend in the summer and then January as well – certain amounts will have to be put in writing within that contract.”
“Also changes in the scouting system at Newcastle, Benitez will want to have his own men looking at players to bring in and improve the side in the Championship.”
“You would think that plays into Graham Carr’s area and that could throw into doubt the future of Newcastle’s long-standing Chief Scout, Graham Carr.”
“So as I said I think there is a willingness to get this thing done.”
“The only thing holding it up are getting these things signed off, not only by the Newcastle lawyers, but also the solicitors of Rafa Benitez himself.”
One positive way to look at this is that things are moving along, but that Rafa does not want things just promised verbally – he wants it all put down in writing to ensure Newcastle will keep their part of the bargain.
Who can blame him?
This is an experienced business man in action.
It just so happens he is also a world-class coach and hopefully the manager of Newcastle United for at least the next three years.
Howay The Lads!!