Rafa Benitez was asked at his press conference this afternoon about his future at Newcastle, now that we have surged to safety with four wins in a row.
Rafa needs for Newcastle (as in Mike Ashley, the owner) to match his ambitions for the club and it’s very dubious that will be the case.
Maybe Mike can fudge it?
But Rafa is now ready to talk in detail with Mike Ashley to see how things are regarding the future.
Rafa will need to know what Ashley wants to do with the club – whether he still wants to sell it – and how much money the manager will be given to spend this summer.
Rafa will also bring up the improvements in various parts of the club he wants to see.
At least two of those are the Youth Academy and the training facility at Benton.
This is some of what Rafa has said this afternoon:
“My position now is to know what the ideas of the club are. Do they share the same vision? I hope to talk soon.”
“It is a massive club but my position is we have games to play and I concentrate on them. It’s not time to talk about that.”
“The situation is clear for me, I can feel the passion and ambitions of the fans. Now I just need to know the club match my ambitions too.”
“I’d like to speak to them about that as soon as possible”
“It’s not the time for me to talk about that (Arsenal job).”
It is crucial that Mike Ashley not only says the right things to Rafa, but he means it this time.
Once bitten twice shy – so Rafa will want cast-iron assurances from the owner if he is to stay on Tyneside.