The ChronicleLive today are reporting the talks between Newcastle manager Rafa Benitez and owner Mike Ashley last night went well and that another round of talks is scheduled.
And Rafa was back at his desk at the Benton training grounds today and should be working hard today with Lee Charnley.
The meeting was really Rafa’s last night in that Mike Ashley was presented with the manager’s proposals for the club and how Newcastle could become successful in the Premier League.
Rafa Benitez – positive meeting last night
The meeting included Managing Director Lee Charnley and apparently Rafa went through a host of things – not just about the transfer market this summer – but how Newcastle as a club could improve to become one of the top clubs in Europe over time.
Obviously everything cannot be done at once and the main thing this summer is to get the funds sorted out so that Rafa can have a side that is competitive next season in the Premier League.
The three could agree on a phased approach of improvements over say the next three years, as one possibility.
Rafa is big on planning, so we fully expect things to be phased in this year, next year and the year after.
It’s also clear that Lee Charnley is becoming a key figure at Newcastle and the news is that Rafa and Lee will be working today on things they presumably got the go-ahead on last night.
Rafa should now know the approximate funds he will be getting this summer and he will be able to make some initial decisions on players – like whether to offer Yoan Gouffran, Vurnon Anita and Christian Atsu new contracts this summer.
These things have to be done quickly and players who will be released from the club should presumably be announced shortly.
This is a good first step and it seems remote now that Rafa would leave the club and he will be hard at work with Lee Charnley today getting some of the massive work underway the two have to somehow get done this summer.
It helps that both are workaholics.