Rafa Benitez is the classic workaholic, who is driven to be successful in his work, and as the agreements with Newcastle – given by owner Mike Ashley 10 days ago – have been drawn up at a snail’s pace – it seems that Rafa is wasting no time in getting down to real work.
So while Newcastle fans are rightly asking questions about why is this thing taking so long, once Rafa is announced as the new manager, we expect a number of announcements to come from Newcastle which should show the club is in pretty decent shape for the pre-season.
Rafa Benitez – getting through lots of work for Newcastle
Here’s some of the work that’s been reported to have been completed by Rafa:
- Rafa and Lee Charnley have already drawn up pre-season plans with friendlies being played in Ireland and on the continent, but no long haul trips will take place like last summer.
Rafa wants to concentrate on coaching and getting his idea through to the players.
The payers will report back on June 28th as the Championship season is due to start on Saturday August 6th.
- The manager has gone through a list of players who are coming up for new contracts – and has made decisions on those – plus decisions on players who will be offered up for transfer and are surplus to requirements.
That could be quite a long list.
- Benitez has also looked at players like Adam Armstrong including video of the Newcastle players who have been away on loan and will return this summer, including players like Sammy Ameobi and Haris Vuckic.
- It could even be that Rafa has already made a signing – maybe he has already agreed to sign former Liverpool Daniel Agger as a free agent – Agger would be a great signing for us.
We have also been linked with Fulham striker Ross McCormack and Bournemouth midfielder Lee Tomlin and Rafa wants to bring new signings in early, so he can work with them in pre-season.
- There’s news also that Rafa has called a number of Championship managers, as he tries to get a handle on exactly what it will be like in the Championship.
Hopefully he will build a bigger squad than we’ve had for many years with the extended schedule of 46 games in the Championship.
We also hope to have a couple of good cup runs next season.
So those are some items of work Rafa has been engaged in since the season ended.
The latest from the Chronicle today is that the announcement could come tomorrow, but that it’s probably too early to be made today – but Rafa is due on Tyneside later this week.
Once it’s announced there will be a huge relief for Newcastle fans – and it will be accompanied by some celebrating that we now have a world-class coach at the club.
A very ambitious and hard-working manager who is obsessed with football – just like the Newcastle fans.
Now that is the perfect manager for Newcastle United.
It will be exciting to see how Rafa goes about reshaping both the team and the club, starting this summer.
Signing Rafa will begin a whole new era at Newcastle United – one in which we should be able to win a trophy or two …. or three.
Howay The Lads!!