After what seems like a very long time and started the morning after we were relegated after Sunderland had easily beaten a listless Everton side 3-0 at the Stadium of Light, it’s now looking like the announcement of Rafa Benitez as the new Newcastle manager for at least the next three years is imminent.
The Telegraph had reported early yesterday the deal was set to be announced on Tuesday and then other reports said mid-week and then it was to be the end of the week.
But it seems we are now back to Tuesday, according to the latest reports in the Chronicle today and we wouldn’t be too surprised if it’s even announced tomorrow.
Rafa Benitez – Newcastle manager
There’s only so long it can take to write down the agreements and have them checked out by the two sets of lawyers.
Maybe they are working the weekend on the details to get it completed – they should be.
And that stuff about another Premier League club coming in at the last moment to wisk Rafa away was hardly going to happen – since Rafa would never join Everton after his very successful six years at Liverpool.
It does look like Lee Charnley will stay on, but we expect some restructuring of the Board with Rafa taking a prominent role in running most aspects of the club.
So if Lee has a reduced role, that even sounds about right and it seems he is willing to support Rafa 100% – and that would be good.
Once the announcement is made Newcastle should make a big splash of it in the press, because it’s not often a world-class manager is willing to go down with a club into England’s second division.
So a nice long press conference where Rafa can talk about his vision for the club and the areas he wants to improve with maybe a rough timeline would be great.
The news and the detail on what’s to come will give Newcastle United some great publicity – and we need some of that right now – and it will also send out a message to our players.
In addition it will send a message to other players we may be after this summer.
This will be the start of the Rafa revolution on Tyneside and a new era at the famous Newcastle United Football Club.
Howay The Lads!!