Rafa and his reps are negotiating with Newcastle about a new contract this summer, but it’s still up in the air as to whether he will sign one.
As Rafa has continuously said, he wants to know what ambitions the hierarchy have for the club.
Mr. Benetiz does not want to be like other managers at Newcastle under Ashley and be fighting relegation almost every year.
Rafa Benitez – savvy, experienced and ambitious
Just to show how badly Newcastle have done under Ashley these last eleven years here’s how we have done in each season since back in 2007-2008.
|Premier Season||Position||Number of Points|
|2008-2009||18||34 - relegated|
|2009-2010||1 (Championship)||102 - promoted|
|2015-2016||18||37 - relegated|
|2016-2017||1 - (Championship)||94 - promoted|
We are sure that Ashley wants Rafa to stay but not for the reasons fans want Rafa to stay.
We want Rafa to stay so he can go on and get Newcastle in the top eight in the league and break our 49 years without a trophy.
Mike Ashley wants the manager to stay to increase the value of the club so he can sell in say in a couple of years for a massive profit.
Remember, it’s all about money with our owner – always has been – always will be.
And being a world-class manager Newcastle United is not his only option this summer.
Other clubs such as West Ham only willing to offer him a good deal to try to win trophies for them.
It’s always hard to fake ambition when you don’t have any.
Any decent owner would have already signed Rafa up with a new deal once survival in the Premier League was assured – and that was over three weeks ago.
But not Mike Ashley.
And Rafa is savvy and experienced enough to know that Ashley doesn’t share his ambitions for Newcastle.
Whether that will mean Rafa leaves us we aren’t sure.
But make no mistake – this is a dangerous time for Newcastle with Rafa soon to get some offers from other big clubs this summer – who do share his ambitions.