Rafa Benitez has done a great job for Newcastle over the time he’s been here – just over two years.
And while we are slipping a little over the last four games that doesn’t take away the fact that we were safe with five games to go.
It’s nice for Newcastle fans to be able to relax with some games still to play knowing we will be a Premier League club next season.
Under Mike Ashley, that’s not always been the case and we have been relegated twice.
Rafa has one year left on his contract but when you see him talking in his press conferences and after the games, you get the impression he is still completely committed to Newcastle.
Rafa Benitez – Newcastle manager
Even so, it’s not certain that he will stay past next year and with Mike Ashley as we have found out – anything is possible.
As usual the Newcastle hierarchy are moving at a snail’s pace to try to sign him up; not many other clubs would not have signed him up by now given what Rafa’s done for our club since June of 2016 when we a second division club
Jonjo Shelvey recently got it right when he talked about Rafa and said he would be Newcastle’s best signing of the summer.
In fact, he would be our best signing since Sir Bobby Robson signed on for us back in September of 1999.
Here’s what Jonjo Shelvey said recently on nufcTV when he hit the nail on the head:
“Hopefully, the manager will stay and we’ll keep building.” “I think that’s probably the most important signing of the summer, to make Rafa stay.”
“When I first came to the club, there wasn’t really a link between the fans and the players, and he’s just turned the whole city around.”
“There’s just such a buzz in Newcastle. “Everywhere you go, the fans are always talking to you.”
“He’s just turned the whole place around.”
Hopefully, some progress on his contract and transfer funds will be made in the next few days.
Unfortunately, Newcastle have a habit of letting negotiations drag on and on and on …….
It’s ironic that’s one of the things Rafa wants to change.