Former Newcastle winger David Ginola has been speaking to TalkSport about whether Rafa will stay long term at Newcastle.
Rafa’s three-year contract runs out a year come June, but he will decide on his long-term future before that.
The positives are that Rafa sees Newcastle as a colossal sleeping giant with great fan support.
Rafa also knows that Newcastle is a real football City and if we had a successful team St. James’ Park would be sold-out for every game – that’s what’s happening now, and we are fighting relegation!
But current owner Ashley has refused to back the manager for three successive transfer windows, and Rafa is not too happy at that.
Oil and water don’t mix, and Rafa and Ashley are incompatible – in football terms.
David Ginola – while at Newcastle in the 1990s
This is what Ginola has said, and he pretty much hits the nail on the head:
“It’s a bit complex. You have a great manager there – that’s a big chance for the club right now.”
“Do I think Rafa Benitez will stick with Newcastle United for the next two or three years? I have a very big doubt.”
“I think he wants to see a club which will secure the future in terms of investment, how he will be able to invest on players.”
“Does he walk? I think he will wait some weeks before making a decision; they’re in a bad position in the table, they are competing against relegation and he has to fight against that.”
“But I think his main concern is am I going to stay at Newcastle thinking I’m going to play year in year out to avoid relegation or to play in the Championship again; I don’t think so.”
“Rafa is going to have plenty of propositions on the table, he is going to be a manager who is on the market and soon as he is on the market, clubs will run after him.”
“I have no doubt that Rafa Benitez is doing a great job and will do a great job if Mike Ashley or someone else gives him the opportunity to do so.”
It’s relatively simple – if Ashley sells the club and the new owner matches the ambitions Rafa has for Newcastle – then Rafa will stay.
If that doesn’t happen Rafa will leave, but he could still see out his contract at Newcastle if we are still a Premier League club for next season.
It would be Rafa’s Rafa’s third and last year of his contract.
Premier League clubs will be lining up to hire him in eighteen months time, and West Ham would probably be the favorites.
Rafa trusts the owners there.