Mick Quinn has been talking on Alan Brazil’s Breakfast Show this morning, and he says that Rafa Benitez is keen to stay at Newcastle, but only if he gets full backing so he can make Newcastle into a top six side next season.
And with the news today that some Arsenal fans want Rafa to replace Arsene Wenger at the Gunners, Mick says he doesn’t want to manage Arsenal.
But he has received other offers in the two years he’s been our manager.
This will not be too much of a surprise to Newcastle fans since Rafa has often talked affectionately about the city, the club, and the fans.
The only thing he wants is full backing from the hierarchy, and he hasn’t had that from Mike Ashley – so far.
A smiling and happy Rafa Benitez
This is what Mick Quinn has said on Alan Brazil’s Breakfast Show on talkSPORT:
“Let me put this to bed straight away.” “He wants to stay at Newcastle, he’s got a year left, and he’s had other offers.”
“If he gets the backing he will stay at Newcastle. He loves the club and the fans.”
“I was speaking to him on Friday, actually, and he wants to see this job through and see Newcastle above Arsenal next year, possibly in the top six.
“That’s the ambition Benitez has, but it’s whether Newcastle can match that ambition. I got this from the horse’s mouth on Friday.”
It will be interesting to see what Mike Ashley does from now on.
He hasn’t been to many games at all this season, and he was missing on Sunday when we achieved safety in the Premier League.
Ashley may want to sell the club quickly this summer and leave it to the new owners to tie Rafa down to a new long-term contract after telling him they match his ambitions for Newcastle.
We hope that’s what happens.