With Lee Charnley’s well-publicized interview in the Mail last week it’s obvious Newcastle don’t have huge money to spend in this summer’s transfer window.
But since Rafa has been given very little to spend over the last three transfer windows, it will seem like a bounty to Rafa and he will have a chance of significantly upgrading the Newcastle squad.
We should add that even with little money to spend Rafa has shown in the last 18 months why he is rated as a world-class manager.
Rafa has all the support in the world from Newcastle fans because what he wants for Newcastle – success – is precisely what we all want for the club.
Rafa is telling Mike Ashley all that needs to be done to make Newcastle United FC into a top European club.
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If Rafa was a consultant, Mike Ashley would have to pay big bucks or the vision Rafa has formulated for the club.
It’s a vision that is enthusiastically shared by the passionate Newcastle fans around the world.
Lee Charnley is working closely with Rafa on transfers, and we’d be surprised if Rafa lets the club off the hook and signs a new contract before September.
He will at least wait until the transfer window closes in early August to see how things go.
By not signing a new deal he will put pressure on the Newcastle hierarchy to agree to his demands – which we all know are what the club needs to become great again.
The longer this standoff lasts, the better it becomes for Rafa who has all the cards in this game.
But Rafa is also a good (and fair) man and if he gets what he wants and understands the financial position the club are currently in – we do expect him to sign long-term for Newcastle.
He seems dedicated to the club, and the relationship between the fans and the manager is something to behold.
We hope Rafa gets all he wants before he signs his contract.
When he eventually does sign on for an extended period, congratulations and celebrations are in order.
Must remember to take my wife Madeline out for a slap-up meal when that happens.
Jack Farish is currently studying for a Master’s degree in sport and exercise psychology at Northumbria University.
His thesis project looks at Premier League fans’ team identification – how well they support and identify with their team.
Jack has put together a relatively short questionnaire of team identification and satisfaction with life; it should take no longer than 10 minutes.
You can help Jack by filling out the survey here.