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Rafa Benitez’ Contract Is Becoming Extremely Complex

3:47 pm, Friday, May 20th, 2016 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 9 Comments

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.

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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:

  1. Full control of all transfers into and out of the club
  2. Significant transfer funds to enable the building of a very good squad quickly
  3. A complete overhaul of the Youth Academy
  4. Significant upgrading of the Benton Training Facilities
  5. Control of the medical department
  6. 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.

Comments welcome.

Tags: Coaching · Compensation · Contracts · Newcastle News · Recruitment · Scouting Network · Training Ground · Transfer News and Rumours

9 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Graeme // May 20, 2016 at 3:50 PM

    It will happen, when it happens – don’t understand what all the anxiety is about. Rafa has said he’s prepared to stay – let them get on with it!!!

  • 2 Lee Charnley Bunga Party // May 20, 2016 at 3:56 PM

    Wise move no more holiday camps away to Dubai or USA stay in Ireland and Britain and work through the pre season for a change !!

    If Benitez stays I think you will see a totally different animal on the first game whoever we play might be in for a spanking !!

  • 3 Bobbybee // May 20, 2016 at 3:56 PM

    No doubt we’ll get several reports, some saying he’s staying, others convinced he won’t be, but until the announcement is made we’re just going to have to wait and see. Imo things are going so well that no news is good news right now. Get it all thrashed out, watertight agreements and off we go. Let’s really give the Villa something to laugh about, as they struggle with the rest to hang onto our coattails. 😉

  • 4 BeeGuy // May 20, 2016 at 3:57 PM

    NUFC speed means it will all come together three weeks into the season or within 4 days of the window closing.

  • 5 Shadow_Shearer // May 20, 2016 at 3:57 PM

    Rafa is in merry side or where ever in Liverpool is family home is. Cause there’s been no movement in days, the papers need stories, so all of a sudden his contract has become complex.
    This is a bull s*** story.

  • 6 Lee Charnley Bunga Party // May 20, 2016 at 3:58 PM

    Also on the Steven Caulker rumours lets just leave him alone and get Lewis Dunk who is a far better defender and can also pass the ball ! Caulker is like Williamson on the ball !!

  • 7 funlovingexpress // May 20, 2016 at 4:09 PM

    Bunga Party. We are in the championship. Williamson was one of the best players in the championship last season so if Caulker is like him then its a good thing

  • 8 AndyMac // May 20, 2016 at 5:17 PM

    Looking at that list of conditions, I’m not surprised its taking its time to reach a conclusion. For example unless Rafa is also a skilled architect/builder the “Significant upgrading of the Benton Training Facilities” would need planning, budgeting, drawings, specifications etc before they can begin to understand the cost ?

  • 9 lesh // May 20, 2016 at 8:07 PM


    The training ground plans were done then redone. Waiting to be started but I’d imagine the Club won’t start the major works until we’re in the Prem.

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