One of the many reasons Rafa has been so successful in his management career so far where he has won three European trophies with three different clubs, is that he makes the tough decisions that need to be made to improve his sides and does not stand on sentiment.
In any management position you are always told to take the emotion out of the decisions and base it only on hard business reasons.
That’s not always easy to do, but that’s exactly what Rafa will be doing this summer.
Rafa Benitez after winning Championship May 7th at St. James’ Park
He did the same thing last summer when with the help of Lee Charnley he cleared a lot of the deadwood out of the club that should have been done a lot sooner, but nobody seemed to have the courage or the decisiveness to do it.
There was news earlier this week that he’s now unlikely to give new contracts to Vurnon Anita or Yoan Gouffran who will become free agents and can leave the club for nothing in July.
We expected at least Vurnon to be given a new deal, but Rafa must be bringing in a new right back this summer and we also expect him to sign some wingers including bringing Andros Townsend back to the club from Crystal Palace for the £13M release clause in his contract.
So it appears that at least Haris Vuckic, Sammy Ameobi, Vurnon Anita and Yohan Gouffran will all be released when their contracts run out at the end of June.
And Rafa is also expected to want to bring in a lot of new players in the next five weeks so they are ready for pre-season training starting in early July.
Expect there to be a very busy transfer window this summer with players coming and going and Benitez and Charnley having a lot of work to do in such a short time.
We were also wondering if there will be any improvements made to the Benton trainings grounds this summer?
The Chronicle is reporting he wants more minor changes made at the training ground and additional space in the player’s area, as he continues to make improvements to the Newcastle club in multiple different areas.
But Rafa knows the most important area this summer is to vastly improve the Newcastle squad in all positions.
He knows better than anybody the types of players he needs to have at Newcastle, so we can challenge in the top half of the Premier League next season.
Our squad has to be a lot stronger come September than we had last season when winning the Championship.
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