The mini soap opera that has gone on for five weeks since we found out we were relegated a week last Wednesday night when Sunderland beat Everton 3-0 at home will finally come to an end in a few days time.
Well it seems as if it’s been five weeks, with the local press keep pointing out that a Premier League club could come in at any time and whisk the 56 year-old away and he would be lost to Newcastle – but we wonder how likely that was to ever happen?
But it did keep the Geordie fans on tenterhooks, but what we often forget is this is also a massive opportunity in the career of Rafa Benitez.
Rafa Benitez – the confident Newcastle United manager
And it seems the club now couldn’t be more willing to give Rafa the immense control he will get at Newcastle.
At what other club would he be given the wall to wall control he has been given willingly at Newcastle United, after it appears finally – after nine very painful years – those running the club have seen the light – that they really haven’t got a clue of how to run a football club.
The fact they were responsible for our relegation and that it was completely self-inflicted and unnecessary, has nevertheless magically created the conditions that have allowed a world-class manager to be willing to join Newcastle United on a long term basis.
Rafa Benitez will be announced as the new manager for three years sometime this week – the earlier the better as far as Newcastle fans are concerned – get the anxiety over with.
From what we can figure out – this is the control he will be given and the agreements that have been reached:
- 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
- Agreement that Newcastle will keep the vast majority of their squad this summer
There seems a willingness on both sides to work together for the good of the club and Rafa wants to get Newcastle back up to the Premier League this coming season and then start to win trophies at Newcastle.
Hopefully that will be for many years to come.
And for Newcastle fans everywhere a definition of trophy may be in order.
That’s since we haven’t won one of those since way back in 1969, when men hadn’t even walked on the moon for heavens sake – and personal computers were science fiction and still 10 years away:
“A cup or other decorative object awarded as a prize for a victory or success.”
Yes – I remember something about that.
It was when Bob Moncur was the captain and Joe Harvey was the manager – I think I was even at the game at St. James’ Park – but it was such a long time ago ……
Howay The Lads!!