The Shields Gazette is today reporting that Rafa Benitez is involved in a standoff with the Newcastle hierarchy over a new contract.
There have been many weeks of talks already, but those talks seemed to have stopped and reached a stalemate – although Rafa is still working hard in the transfer market to try to get in some quality players.
Rafa will not sign a new deal until he agrees with the owner to what is essentially a business plan for Newcastle and it will include the amount given over for transfers to Rafa.
Rafa also wants full control of the transfers.
Rafa Benitez – frustrated with Newcastle hierarchy
The news in the Gazette is that he is becoming frustrated at the impasse and that no real progress seems to have been made towards getting some agreement.
The local news has been that although Rafa is still to sign a new deal, the transfers were going ahead, but the Gazette refutes and reports the impasse could indeed impact the club’s summer transfer business.
There has been no real change on Rafa’s position for many weeks now, but the longer this stalemate goes on, the more Rafa could decide he just cannot work with an owner who continually drags his feet on what Rafa wants to do.
That’s the real danger – that Mike Ashley can throw away Newcastle’s best chance of success for decades.
It would be because he doesn’t seem to understand just how much Rafa can transform the club and make us great again and you cannot keep frustrating the top man in the club.
It’s really annoying that no agreement has been reached after the season ended over three weeks ago
If Rafa walks then, Mike Ashley would be forced to sell the club, and we’ll be back in the dark ages again.
That would not be good.