There is news in Spanish publication Marca today that Rafael Benitez has decided to become his own agent and has therefore parted company with his long-term agent, Manuel Garcia Quilon.
Quilon is stationed in Madrid, and it seems that Rafa has no need of an agent now because it seems he wants to stay and manage in England – and hopefully at Newcastle for the long term.
The Marca report says that Rafa will become his own agent.
If Mike Ashley does sell Newcastle, the concurrent thing the new owners need to do is to negotiate a long-term deal to keep Rafa at the club.
Rafa has done so well since he first arrived at Newcastle on Friday, March 11th of last year and after getting us promoted last May, he has Newcastle in 7th place in the Premier League after not getting the players he wanted in the summer.
One big reason Rafa wanted to join Newcastle in the first place was that it was close to his home in the Wirral and we think he wants to stay and manage in England – for the foreseeable future.
Rafa Benitez – come fly with me
Being in the Premier League seems to be where it’s all at for players and managers alike these days – with the massive TV rights deals fueling big money purchases of players along with their high wages.
Rafa seems to be ready to negotiate his own terms and then get the lawyers again to write everything down – but he hardly needs an agent if he is not going anywhere for quite a few years.
And it’s not by chance that Rafa has frequently talked in the last few weeks of the massive potential of Newcastle United and St. James’ Park is packed full (>52,000 fans) for every home league game.
And he has kept mentioning that we are doing very well.
Newcastle had an average home attendance of over 51,000 last year in the second division – the highest since 1959.
And with Newcastle’s good form and results of late, that also has to be a positive for any would-be buyer looking to buy Newcastle United from Mike Ashley.
You cannot say that Rafa is not doing his job since he is helping massively to get Newcastle sold.
He has shown clearly that a top manager is critical to a club (look what Pep Guardiola has done at Manchester City) and Rafa is the most important man at Newcastle – everybody knows that – and he deserves a long-term contract with a wage rise.
Rafa is not motivated so much by money as he is by success on the field, and it seems he is all ready to settle down at Newcastle to turn us into one of the best teams in Europe.
That sounds exactly what Rafa should be doing.
But we need a new buyer before that can all move forward.
The momentum is building.