The Chronicle are reporting today there are no negotiations currently going on with manager Rafa Benitez but the manager is expecting new talks to start soon with his representatives on a new deal at Newcastle.
The news yesterday was promising in that Rafa and Lee are working together to try to get Rafa’s top targets in by the time preseason starts in early July.
And the club are hoping to get Rafa signed up by that day – Monday 2nd July.
That’s the date Charnley has been given to get the deal with Rafa completed.
If he is not signed by then, it could be challenging to get some of our top targets through the door.
Rafa Benitez in the dugout with first-team coach Mikel Antia
They may want proof that Rafa is staying at the club long-term – although he is definitely staying for at least a year to see out his current contract.
It’s difficult to know why this is taking so long since it’s over three weeks now since the season ended and at that time Rafa wanted the deal signed as soon as possible.
The negotiations are not about money, and he seems happy with whatever Newcastle will offer him in wages.
For Rafa, it’s the football and the control he wants (needs) to take the club forward.
He wants full control on how the transfer money is spent and wants to rebuild the Youth Academy, and he also wants the physical training facilities at Benton improved significantly.
The sooner the club give him what he wants, the sooner the fans can relax a bit knowing that the perfect manager for Newcastle will be at the club for several years to come.
The time this is taking, however, does not bode well for when we are going after new players this summer.
Hopefully, those negotiations will not drag on and on like they did last summer.
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