There’s an update in the Chronicle today on the status of Rafa Benitez new contract at Newcastle, where both sides are working though the agreements reached between Rafa Benitez and Newcastle – and it seems right in line with what Keith Downie of Sky Sports reported yesterday.
Basically things are going ahead, but it will take some time to get all the agreements down on paper and get the two sets of lawyers to agree on the exact language used – and it could therefore be early next week when Rafa is announced as the new manager for the next three years.
The agreements go into great detail and the Rafa Benitez contract is now said to be extremely complicated.
Rafa Benitez – the agreements are this thick already
We also saw the BBC report yesterday that the hold-up was due to the level of transfer funds Rafa wanted, but we cannot believe that’s a problem at this advanced stage of the negotiations.
That’s one of the very first things Rafa would have asked about – and things wouldn’t be this far along if that was still a major concern.
These seem to be the major requirements from Rafa to Newcastle:
- Full control of all transfers into and out of the club
- Significant transfer funds to enable the building of a very good squad quickly
- A complete overhaul of the Youth Academy
- Significant upgrading of the Benton Training Facilities
- Control of the medical department
- Control of all scouting and recruitment activities
Rafa has already met twice with Mike Ashley and it appears the owner is fully involved with the negotiations, which is good.
The Chronicle is reporting today that the club “appear extremely receptive” to meeting Rafa’s demands and the sources the Chronicle contracted who are close to Rafa have said the terms are “favorable”.
Most fans will still take all this with a pinch of salt, because it is being put out by the club and at the moment at least – until Rafa moves in on a permanent basis – the fans simply don’t trust the club, based on past experience.
Once Rafa is announced as the manager of Newcastle, we can all get behind him and the players and help start to make Newcastle United great again.
It will be fascinating to see what kind of squad we will have at the end of August.