Rafa Benitez is working hard on a number of topics at the moment – and one of those is the retained list and which of the players whose contracts run out this summer will have them renewed.
We expect Steven Taylor to be let go and Gabby Obertan and Sylvain Marveaux, who were fringe players at best at Newcastle over the last five years, have already departed.
Rafa Benitez – Newcastle manager
Remy Cabella, another failed signing will be sold to Marseille for €8M on July 1st, after spending the season with them on loan.
Then there are players who are still at the club and simply not good enough for Newcastle and will need to be sold or sent out on loan next season and they include the likes of Florian Thauvin, Yoan Gouffran, Manu Riviere, Henri Saivet and others.
And with the news yesterday from Italy that Fabio Pecchia could be leaving Newcastle to take charge of Hellas Verona in Serie B next season, Rafa will need to bring in a new assistant manager.
Rafa was asked if there would be many changes in his backroom staff:
“We have already started working. We’re analyzing and reviewing everything.” “It’s still too soon.”
“The question is who will take control of this or that, I will be here and take responsibility, but at the same time I will continue working with Lee Charnley in terms of changing things or making decisions.”
There are also Newcastle’s transfer targets that need to be worked on and then an approach made with Rafa at one point saying it would be good to get at least one player in before the Euro 2016 tournament begins in France on June 10th.
The other thing that needs to be announced is the pre-season fixture list which we assume Lee Charnley is putting together for Rafa.
It certainly seems that Rafa in conjunction with Lee Charnley is running the club for Mike Ashley and Mike should be happy with that now that he has a real football man making the decisions in Rafa Benitez.
It will be interesting to see what the Football Board will look like with Rafa now here and in almost full control of things.