As expected Manual Pellegrini finally signed on at West Ham after news circulated last week that West Ham wanted Rafa Benitez as their new manager after the Hammers also dismissed David Moyes last week.
But Pellegrini was always West Ham’s first choice and the wage he’s getting there is anything from £5M to £7M a year – depending on which report you read.
We understand that Rafa Benitez is on about £6M/year at Newcastle.
Rafa Benitez – looks happy at Newcastle
So Rafa is not leaving for West Ham this summer and indeed the news from the Chronicle yesterday was that he will not leave the club this summer, so he will at the very least see out his current contract which has one year to run.
Lee Charnley and Rafa are again working closely on the transfers for this summer and Rafa has been given what is labeled in the Chronicle as a competitive amount of money for the summer.
From what we can tell the negotiations are ongoing and have not stopped the manager from going after his top targets this summer.
The best outcome is for Newcastle to start to have a decent summer of transfers in and out of the club and then before the season starts in August Rafa pens a new deal to stay at Newcastle for a long time.
The transfers are going ahead and that’s good but some transfer targets will probably want to understand what Rafa’s future is at the club before they agree to sign on the dotted line.
So it’s still up in the air a little bit, but Charnley and Benitez are at least working together on transfers.
That’s got to be encouraging.