There’s news today in the Chronicle that Newcastle manager Rafa Benitez has made improvements in the scouting network in Europe.
We had a piece yesterday about Rafa needing to improve the Academy, and that seems proof that Rafa is looking to stay at Newcastle for the long term.
Assuming we can stay in the Premier League this season (still an assumption) the future could be exciting for Newcastle with Rafa in charge.
The atmosphere at St. James’ Park in our last two games – both wins against Manchester United and Southampton – shows that Rafa is starting to turn things around on Tyneside and bringing back the good times.
That’s even with the fairly ordinary team we have at the moment.
Rafa Benitez – preparing for the future
With some outstanding players signed this summer we should have a much better season next term as Rafa continues to struggle to get help from current owner Mike Ashley.
The news on recruitment is that Steve Nickson remains Head of Recruitment, but full-time scouts have been added to the team in Spain and in central Europe, specifically in Slovenia, Hungary, and Croatia.
These changes Rafa is making suggests he is thinking of staying long term at Newcastle, and even with Mike Ashley still in charge if Rafa can work out a way of working with the Billionaire owner he could stay on at Newcastle.
Rafa’s relationship with the Geordie fans is excellent.
We hope Rafa does stay on long-term at Newcastle, but you cannot say he’s been treated well by Mike Ashley these last 15 months.
If we survive this season, Rafa will again be heralded for his coaching abilities that will have kept us up.