Rafa Benitez will hope his meeting with Ashley to discuss what he needs from Newcastle to stay at the club long-term, will be sooner rather than later.
Although Rafa wants to concentrate on the final five games of the season, he can always take a day out or have Mike Ashley fly to Newcastle for them to discuss Rafa staying longer term at the club.
But whatever Mike Ashley promises Rafa he has to deliver this time.
Rafa Benitez – second terrific full season at Newcastle
That’s not what he did last summer after he had told the manager he could have every last penny at the club – to spend on transfers.
The Chronicle is reporting Rafa wants a competitive transfer kitty which at £20M net he didn’t get last summer.
We should get around £125M from the Premier League, and some of that will be allocated for transfers.
Rafa also wants to make changes at Newcastle such as improving the Training facilities at Benton and making significant changes to the Youth Academy and the U23 setup.
Rafa wants more players coming through the system to the first team than we’ve had over the last ten years.
This is what Rafa has said about Newcastle owner Mike Ashley:
“We have to be on the same page.”
“I don’t want to waste too much time talking about that now because it makes no sense. The main thing is to concentrate on games.”
“They know my idea and what every single fan is expecting.”
“It has always been to compete. It was always my idea when I came here.”
“To be in the top 10 in the Premier League and to compete in the League Cup, FA Cup and Europa or Champions League.”
“You need the possibility to compete and win games. If you can, win games you can win trophies.”
“If we keep doing things in the same way we can beat anyone.” “You just have to have your day.”
“Some top teams will have their day against us.”
“But for us we need to have that winning mentality.” “It means to approach every game with the idea to get three points.”
Just like in the last two seasons Rafa has had a powerful end to the season.
Last year we won our last three games to win the Championship, and two years ago we hammered Tottenham at home 5-1 on the final day and took 12 points from the final six games.
At the moment, we have won four wins in a row, and Rafa will want more wins in the last five games.
Mike Ashley would be foolish not to give Rafa all he needs to stay at Newcastle.