There’s a good piece in the Times today from George Caulkin that discusses Rafa Benitez contract situation at Newcastle.
And we thought Rafa now had a direct line into Mike Ashley, but that doesn’t seem to be the case.
And that’s not good news.
Rafa was asked if he had enjoyed this season and he was candid in saying no – but that he was pleased with the work he has done at Newcastle this season.
Rafa’s contract runs out in June next year, and Mike Ashley will try to get him to sign a new deal in the summer.
Mike Ashley, Rafa Benitez and Lee Charnley last May
But it seems in the Times report that Rafa finds it both stressful and difficult to work for a man like Ashley; you never know what the owner’s going to do next.
And Ashley makes some weird decisions like bringing up in mid-January that he wanted to talk to Rafa about a contract extension.
All Rafa wanted to do was to sign some good players that month so that Newcastle had a decent chance to survive in the Premier League.
This is what Rafa has said about his contract, and it’s sad his communication with Ashley has not been sustained from January:
“It is not a priority.” “No,” “The main thing is Huddersfield. The job is not done.”
“Our talking in January was fine, but I have contact with Lee. He’s the link.”
We were hoping that he has a direct line into Mike Ashley as recently reported in the Independent, but that doesn’t seem to be the case according to the Times.
So Ashley remains a big problem for Newcastle United, and it seems for Rafa too.
What do you think?