The Times are reporting that Newcastle are ready to open new contract talks with Rafa Benitez whose current contract runs out in the summer of 2019.
With Arsenal beating West Brom 2-0 at home last night they move above us in the table and Newcastle to 10th place with 9 points from our first 6 games.
But at the beginning of the season, it’s all very tight with few points separating the teams.
If we can manage to beat Liverpool next Sunday afternoon, we will move up the table quite a bit.
West Ham are not doing so well with just 4 points from 6 games, and they are 3rd from bottom in a relegation spot after losing 3-2 at home to Tottenham last Saturday.
Rafa Benitez – Newcastle manager
Patience could be running out with the owners, and they have always fancied Rafa Benitez after he almost signed for them in the summer of 2015 before Real Madrid came in for his services.
And they are much more ambitious than Mike Ashley is and would give Rafa as much money as they could – they want West Ham to be a top four side, if at all possible.
And we all know that Rafa was unhappy with the summer transfer market and does not have a good rapport with owner Rafa Benitez.
The Times reports that Mike Ashley would like to have a one-on-one dinner with Rafa and has tried over the last few weeks to improve his relationship with the world-class manager.
The release clause for Rafa to leave Newcastle is said to be £5.5M – probably one year’s wages.
But it would be no surprise at all if West Ham are willing to pay that amount and try to persuade Rafa to sign for them.
That’s if and when they decide to part ways with Slaven Bilic.
Rafa seems a lot more upbeat than he was at the end of the summer transfer window although we didn’t play well or get the result we wanted on Sunday at Brighton.
But it’s just one game, and we’d still take 10th place next May and think that’s a decent enough season since Ashley didn’t invest much money last summer.
It may take some time to get Rafa to sign a long-term deal at Newcastle, and he would want lots of things written down as part of his contract.
His relationship with the fans is awesome, and that once again could be the reason he decides to stay on board even if Ashley stays and doesn’t sell the club.
But it does look like Ashley would sell if he gets a decent enough offer and news recently that some potential buyers are doing at the moment.
That’s something Mike didn’t do 10 years ago as reported in 2008 in the Evening Standard.
We were wondering when Newcastle would try to nail Rafa down to a long-term contract since he has only 21 months left on his current deal.
We hope the club are successful in getting him to stay on a long-term contract.
And don’t forget that would make Newcastle into an even better target for some wealthy and ambitious buyer(s) than they are today.
What do you think?