The good news that’s reported in the Chronicle today is that Rafa Benitez has told the Newcastle hierarchy he will not be leaving St. James’ Park this summer.
The other good news is that discussions have been positive over the past week as Rafa himself has been talking with Managing Director Lee Charnley.
The third bit of good news is that that a “competitive transfer budget” (Chronicle’s description) will be available to the manager this summer.
But Rafa will need to sell some players this summer to bring down the wage bill so he can bring in some new and better players from what we have at the moment.
Rafa Benitez – has been given competitive transfer budget
It appears that Lee Charnley and Rafa are working together on Rafa’s initial top targets in the transfer market and that’s also positive.
Early success in that area could lead Rafa to want to sign a new deal, but he also wants to see improvements to the Benton Training facility and the U23 and Youth Academy.
In other words, Rafa wants to do everything that will make Newcastle United into a top club in two or three years time that will allow Mike Ashley to sell the club for something north of £600M.
If only Mike would see the light that some investment is desperately required to re-energize the club
We had mentioned earlier today it was possible Rafa could stay at the club and see out his final year of his contract and then become a free agent.
We hope that doesn’t happen but that seems to be the default case if the Newcastle hierarchy will not give Rafa what he wants and no agreement can be reached this summer
That would be a complete and utter disaster for Newcastle United.
What do you think?