The minutes from the recent Fans Forum meeting were released just before the game yesterday and they are generally positive and contain good news.
It seems Newcastle have agreed a good deal with a new shirt sponsor and that will be announced soon.
They also have a long term deal with Puma and the new shirts for next season have already been designed.
The other good news is that transfer business is going well and there was some news in the Sun today that Newcastle are close to a deal for Hull center-back Harry Maguire.
Rafa Benitez – give him a new improved long-term deal
There was some debate with the Fans Forum on the hiccup we had in mid-January, after the report in the People that Mike Ashley wanted to change the transfer system back to the one that has never worked.
But that was played down and they indicated that Rafa still has the same authority that he was happy with and agreed to last May, when he signed on for three years at the club.
So this summer he will have only two years left on his contract after hopefully getting us promoted straight back to the Premier League.
We have to understand that Rafa took a huge risk in doing that and managing in what has to be the toughest football league in football.
But he’s done extremely well and we are now very well positioned for promotion with just 11 games to play.
Mike Ashley must support Rafa fully this summer and it would be good if the club could also agree a new long term deal with Rafa and his top coaches.
They did that with Alan Pardew and his coaches back in October 2012 after we had finished in 5th place in the league and Rafa Benitez is in a completely different class than Alan.
Rafa is a world-class manager – Alan isn’t.
So in addition to ensuring Rafa gets the players he wants this summer and that enough money is made available to him to do that – the club should also offer Rafa a new deal.
He is not driven by money but by achievement and he’s certainly not the type of character who will ever sit back on his laurels – he’s a workaholic and driven to be successful with a single-minded approach to football.
Benitez understands fully what a fabulous club Newcastle are with the best supporters in the land – if he didn’t know that before he arrived he knows that now.
He wants to win trophies at Newcastle.
Mike Ashley should do everything possible to help Rafa do just that.