This is now a crucial period in the next few weeks as fans wait to see if a takeover deal can be worked out between Amanda Staveley and Newcastle owner Mike Ashley.
Unfortunately, both Staveley and Ashley are expert negotiators, and neither will likely want to back down from the current standoff.
If that happens then, the deal could fall through, and that would be a bad omen for the club.
It could also be a green flag for Rafa Benitez to leave the club since he has already experienced that Mike Ashley is not to be trusted and doesn’t always keep his word on what transfer funds are available.
Rafa Benitez – will he stay if Ashley still in charge?
Rafa was reportedly told in early May there would be sufficient funds to bring in some good players to strengthen the squad in the summer.
But we spent only about £19M net on new players and that was after the club spent nothing at all last January.
In both cases, Rafa was not a happy man.
Rafa may even want to leave at the end of the season if Mike Ashley is still in charge and that would be disastrous for the club and the fans.
There are penalties on Rafa should he break his contract but an anxious owner would be willing to pay that amount to get a world-class manager for their club.
Rafa could also see his contract out and leave in the summer of 2019.
David Ginola has pointed out that possibility today on TalkSport’s Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast show, and he said this:
“If Rafa Benitez has an opportunity to go and manage another team, a big name, it’s going to be very difficult for Newcastle to keep him.”
“Keeping Benitez is key for the consistency and the stability of the club in the next five years.”
“If you lose him, you’re going to go back to the nightmares you had in the past.”
There are Premier League clubs who would welcome Rafa as their manager – the main one being West Ham United.
The owners there seem to have an excellent relationship with Rafa after they almost signed him as manager of West Ham in June of 2015 before he was whisked away by Real Madrid.
Let’s put it this way – Newcastle need Rafa more in the future more than Rafa needs Newcastle.
That’s very true if Mike Ashley is still in charge of the club come next summer.