We are hoping that Rafa Benitez gets a new long term contract this summer at Newcastle and it looks like Rafa has been thinking along those same lines as well, but of course it’s entirely up to Mike Ashley if he gets one.
But if Ashley was willing to give Alan Pardew and staff an eight year deal after finishing 5th in the PL in 2012 Rafa could be worth a 10 year deal right now.
Obviously, Rafa is a world-class manager and Alan isn’t.
But for Rafa to manage Newcastle in the second division he was not thinking of the next year or two on Tyneside but long term so he can be near his family in the Wirral, Cheshire.
Rafa Benitez – thinking long term stay at Newcastle?
And also last but not least he can be surrounded by fans who just love him and support him in everything he does (and will do) at Newcastle.
He’s already said it’s one of the things he loved while he was Liverpool FC.
If that happens some of us older folks just hope we were a little bit younger.
Here’s another excellent interview in ChronicleLive today and it starts by Rafa being asked if he is a political manager:
“No. For sure I will say no,”
“My best time as a manager was my first year at Liverpool when I didn’t have any problems and I was over the moon because you want to concentrate on your football.”
“Hopefully everything will be fine with the owner, then we will enjoy and we will have what everybody wants.”
“It means I will be working very hard and I want to see the owner and hopefully everything will be fine.”
“We are already working on pre-season and everything.” “That is the way I do things, it doesn’t matter if you stay or if you go, you have to keep working.”
“But at the moment I am thinking like I will be here for 10 years.”
Rafa could get that 10 year deal because we think Ashley is going to be very impressed with the depth and detail he will present in his blueprint to the owner, on where he wants to take Newcastle United.
In short – to the very top.
It will also contain some financial information, which should please the owner that his manager understands money doesn’t grow on trees.