Mike Ashley wants to sign Rafa Benitez up to a long-term contract as soon as possible, but Rafa has out off any negotiations until Newcastle are safe in the league and probably even until the end of the season.
Once Newcastle ars safe Rafa – like the professional he is – will want to get Newcastle as high up the table as possible.
That’s for personal satisfaction and also because of the extra money we will get from the Premier League.
There is a piece in the Chronicle today about the situation where our off-field issues are being held up until we are safe in the Premier League.
Mike Ashley – let Rafa run the club his way
Mike Ashley has been unsuccessful at Newcastle so why wouldn’t he give Rafa all the power he asks for and have Lee Charnley available to do the administrative work that’s needed.
Effectively the owner must take a back seat in the running of the club, and he will have to give up significant control, and that may be difficult for Ashley.
But that’s exactly what Rafa will likely demand if he is to stay long-term at Newcastle after his experience of the last couple of years.
Rafa has not enjoyed this season, by his own words, but he has stuck to the task at hand and seems to have borne all the responsibility for keeping Newcastle in the Premier League.
But Rafa is mentally strong, and if he keeps us in the Premier League, we’re sure the fans will let him know how much we appreciate that.
He has again put in a lot of hard work, endeavor, and skill in keeping us in the most popular sports league in the world.
Maybe Rafa will test Ashley’s will early in the summer – by demanding some early transfers – ones that will cost some money.
That would be a good test of Mike Ashley, and he could fail that test.
If he does, then we will lose Rafa and that would be a complete and utter disaster.
It’s now up to Mike Ashley to give Rafa what he wants and then keep his word and keep out of the way.
We’ve said this before, and it’s not exactly rocket science, but we have a world-class manager at Newcastle, and we should take advantage of it.
Allow him to build the club and the team in his own vision.
Ashley will then have a club worth a lot more in a few years time than it is now – but he needs to stop any meddling and keep his promises to Rafa.
What do you think?