There’s an excellent article in the Chronicle today that the negotiations are still moving at a snail’s pace by the Newcastle hierarchy.
There doesn’t appear to be any urgency coming from owner Mike Ashley as he continues to take a back-seat and is relying on Managing Director Lee Charnley to get Rafa signed.
Lee is one of lowest paid Managing Directors in the Premier league at just £150K/year, and he’s negotiating to keep Rafa at the club: Rafa geta at least £4M/year at Newcastle and is worth every last penny of that.
The Chronicle reports that Mike Ashley is still not happy to sign off on any significant transfer fees and at the moment if the price is over £15M then Mike Ashley is the one who makes the decision.
Lee Charnley has to go to Ashley and ask permission to sign the player, and it didn’t work too well in January when Rafa was trying to sign £20M rated Danish International Nicolai Jorgensen.
That also slows the process of signing players, and Rafa wants Newcastle to be much more fleet-footed in these transfer windows – we have to be more aggressive and move much more quickly for the top targets.
Rafa Benitez – wants to be in complete control of transfers
Rafa wants the signing barrier removed by the owner for several different reasons.
First of all, he knows better than anybody else who are good players for the club and how much we should pay for them.
Rafa wants to be given transfer funds in every window and wants to be entirely responsible for how he sends that money.
If he isn’t allowed to do that then how can he be fairly judged on Newcastle’s performances if he’s not fully supported by the owner?
It appears the owner does not want to give up too much control and that Rafa wants more control and therein lies the bone of contention.
Rafa may sign a new extended deal this summer, and we hope he does – but somehow we don’t think Ashley is capable of keeping out of the way.
He needs to do that to allow Rafa to build the Newcastle club in his own image and with his vision.
Ashley is too much of a miser and just doesn’t like to spend lots of money – and that will be necessary if Newcastle are to compete in Europe again.