Given some of Mike Ashley’s decisions after being the Newcastle owner for eleven years, nothing would shock us about him.
But he is now positioned better than he’s ever been at Newcastle with a world-class manager wanting to stay at the club if Ashley supports him in the transfer windows.
That’s not asking much at all and Rafa also wants to have more control of all football matters at the club.
Rafa wants to be able to move a lot more quickly for players he wants and doesn’t want things to drag on for months as they have done in the past.
Rafa Benitez – wants to stay at Newcastle
Rafa was very positive about things when he was on the BBC’s Premier League Show, and it’s obvious he really wants to stay at the club where the fans love him.
But on the same show Simon Bird, who will be close to what’s happening at Newcastle has detailed a nightmare scenario that could happen this summer.
This is what Simon said, and the crunch could come next month:
“There is a scenario, a nightmare scenario, where Rafa Benitez finds that, in June, he’s not getting backed.”
“He could get an offer from elsewhere and decide that’s a much better offer.”
“I think, in his heart, Rafa Benitez really wants to stay here and make it work so he’s got to be backed with the transfer targets he wants.”
“He’s got to be backed very quickly as well in the summer so he knows that the club are committed to what he wants.”
It’s possible that this could happen, but surely Mike Ashley will not be that stupid?
The Newcastle club is still up for sale, but there has been no movement of any group entering into negotiations to buy the club which will now cost around £400M.
With Rafa at the helm for another two to three years, Newcastle could be worth a lot more than £400M – and Ashley will know that.