There is news today that West Ham will review the position of their manager Slaven Bilic at the end of the season and his future at the Hammers seems to depend on how the team fares against high-flying Tottenham and Liverpool in the next two games.
And of course with the story breaking in the national press today the name of Rafa Benitez as a possible successor to Bilic was immediately raised.
The powers that be at West Ham are disappointed the team has not done well this season after they finished in 7th place with 62 points in Bilic’ first season in charge.
Rafa Benitez – deserves a new long term deal at Newcastle
Currently West Ham are in 15th place on 38 points with three games to play.
It’s not too surprising that West Ham are very interested in signing Rafa because in June of 2015 he was close to signing on at the Hammers – and everything was agreed.
At the last minute however his home-town club Real Madrid stepped in and offered him the job which he of course accepted immediately.
It looks like that important meeting between Rafa and Mike Ashley will now take place after the last game of the season s at home to Barnsley next Sunday afternoon.
At the meeting Rafa will present a long-term ambitious blueprint for where he wants to take Newcastle United – and in short it’s to the very top.
Rafa is a good savvy businessman and will present business cases for the various players he wants to bring in this summer as he revamps the Newcastle squad for the Premier League.
It would seem appropriate, since Rafa has only two years left on his contract that he gets a new long term improved deal to stay on board Newcastle with full control of all football matters at the club.
That would be a reward and bonus for Rafa agreeing to stay with us down below in England’s second tier and risking his very good name in world football.
Just think what would have happened if we had finished out of the playoffs this season like Aston Villa and Norwich did.
But the manager got the job done and he will be in a league he knows all about next term – the Premier League.
Rafa’s stellar reputation will only have been enhanced by what he did for Newcastle United over the last year, when he built a new team last summer to get us promoted immediately.
Sunderland are even being urged to use Rafa’s blueprint for promotion for next season down below.
Mike Ashley now needs to back Rafa 100% and offer him and his extended team a new long-term contract to keep Rafa at Newcastle for years to come.
That’s the initiative and ambition Mike Ashley needs to show and he needs to show it now.
What do you think?