Newcastle lawyers and Rafa Benitez’ lawyers are now said to be working hard on the agreements reached between Benitez and Mike Ashley, which hands over the running of Newcastle in all football matters to the former Liverpool manager.
That sounds very good to Newcastle fans, who are sick and tired of seeing people like Lee Charnley run the club, when they know very little of what it takes to make a club successful.
We have just gone through a self-inflicted relegation season because of the ineptitude of Lee and his partner in crime, Chief Scout Graham Carr.
Rafa Benitez – detailed agreements being written up
It will come as no surprise that Newcastle have struggled for the last nine years under owner Mike Ashley with his appalling record.
We have only one top nine finish in the Premier League in those nine years Mike has owned the club.[table "31" not found /]
And notice in those eight seasons in the Premier League we exceeded 50 points only once.
There was news yesterday from Sky Sports the agreement was being written down in great detail and includes the transfer funds Rafa will get to spend this summer and in the upcoming January transfer window.
Those figures will help Rafa decide if he wants to take the job, but he will have been told the rough figures already – and we think he will sign up, but it could take a few days yet.
He has also met with Mike Ashley twice this week, first in a three hour meeting last Sunday night in the St. James’ Park boardroom following the 5-1 hammering of Spurs.
And he has also traveled to the Sports Direct headquarters at Shirebrook for a meeting with the owner, and that meeting seems to have been on Wednesday.
So at least for this coming season Rafa will be promised transfer funds.
He will have control of everything football-related, including the scouting – and he is now busy getting his scouting staff in place and it looks certain that Graham Carr will be leaving the club.
But for future success Rafa will have to also ensure he keeps getting adequate transfer finds in the final two years of his three year contract.
Maybe the way he does that is to ask for a certain percentage of Newcastle’s revenues in those years for transfer funds – and that can be put down in detail in the agreement being drafted at the moment.
And as far as how many players he can have in the squad – our squad has been too small for far too long – maybe he is given a total wage bill which again could be a percentage of revenues each year.
That would allow Rafa to wheel and deal – buy players and sell players – so that the total wage bill of the squad is pegged at a certain amount for budget purposes every year.
It’s even funny that Rafa has to get these agreements in so much detail from the owner to ensure he can be successful – which we assume that’s what Ashley now wants – although that’s still an assumption.
But a very successful Newcastle United under Rafa Benitez that competes in Europe and the Champions League will be a rich club that is worth something in the open market if Ashley sells down the road and a lot more than the £265M Ashley has so far invested in the club.
Rafa will have heard and found out all about the history of Mike Ashley at Newcastle and he is determined to be ultra-successful at the club.
As long as Mike keeps out of the way – he will be.
Ashley has been the problem in the past, but Rafa is working hard to ensure that even the owner cannot interfere with his future success at Newcastle United.
🙂 🙂 🙂
That’s what it takes sometimes for a very successful and ambitious man like Rafa Benitez to continue to be successful in his career
Sounds good to us – in fact it sounds great to us.
Let’s rephrase that – it could be absolutely fantastic for Newcastle United.
Howay The Lads