Pellegrini Signs For West Ham – This May Be Best Outcome For Rafa At Newcastle

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.

Comments welcome.

5 comments so far

  • magic hat

    May 22, 2018 at 10:22 AM

    Comment #1

    Missed the bus oops
    Talking about academy players a year or so ago a youngster from Newcastle Benfield was picked up by stoke for thier youth setup. Something is wrong if stoke scouts are picking up players that are under your nose.

    I’d be more interested in the likes of colback lazar and sels seeing the exit door as I don’t feel they could even do a job. There’s also Toney sterry and saivet. Who are all probably not good enough. I can see why the talk is about selling the better ones as they’ll generate cash but it will weaken the squad losing some of the mid level players. Even if they are more valuable or in greater demand.

  • NezzaNUFC

    May 22, 2018 at 10:37 AM

    Comment #2

    Rafa being smart and tactical will probably not sign a contract until january/February next year to see how much extra he gets and how far he has taking us.

  • Hail Wor Ashley

    May 22, 2018 at 10:44 AM

    Comment #3

    Sure there’s an article saying it’s going to be one of our most busy summer windows ever each year.

    As much as I’d want rid of:

    Darlow or Elliot




    Some of those lesser in demand will just hang on, they always do. We accumulated some real shite over the years and it’s taking a while to offload them.

  • JP...from The Rock

    May 22, 2018 at 10:45 AM

    Comment #4

    We really need to kick on with tranfers starting with Dubravka. Why is that taking so long?!? Then we can ship off the deadwood and bring in suitable replacements, preferably youngsters that would be knocking on the first team door. Then get rid of the likes of Joselu, Mitro etc and bring in a quality clinical striker and CAM/CF and we’re well on our way. Need to get our finger out and start moving as the window is a shorter one plus we have the distraction of the World Cup in between.

  • dig-n-dig22

    May 22, 2018 at 11:00 AM

    Comment #5

    JP…. from the rock
    I would normally agree on getting business done early, but seeing it’s a WC year you can pick up an abundance of Gems at knock down prices. If a manager has the right contacts and can act swiftly, there are some real bargains too be had.


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