Since Mike Ashley bought Newcastle eleven long and painful years ago, he has managed to create uncertainty at Newcastle.
Today we have uncertainty on lots of things, including who Rafa is able to bring in this summer, whether he will be backed in this summer’s transfer window and if we can unload several high earners this summer.
Players like Chancel Mbemba, Aleksandar Mitrovic, Matz Sels, Henri Saivet and others need to go before August 9th when the window will slam shut.
But the biggest uncertainty of all is Rafa himself and whether he will sign a new contract to stay at Newcastle long term.
Rafa Benitez – are negotiations continuing on a new deal?
It’s now 6 weeks since the Premier League ended and next Monday the players start arriving back for preseason training.
Rafa has several demands before he will sign a new deal and since it’s taking a lot of time, we assume Newcastle are not prepared to give him the level of control he wants and needs.
His vision and blueprint is to make Newcastle into a great club with a top team in Europe – not to be struggling in mid-table anonymity.
If things are to continue as in the past, then Rafa will not be around long.
So even when Ashley is given the opportunity of a lifetime to get a world-class manager like Rafa in long-term – who wants to stay at Newcastle – he drags his feet.
With the current uncertainty, it could cause some problems in the transfer window with top players unwilling to come to Newcastle if Rafa is likely to leave the club.
Rafa has one year left on his three-year deal, and he will almost certainly stay until next summer.
What happens then we have no idea, but it could be catastrophic for Newcastle if he leaves.
But Ashley continues to create uncertainty at Newcastle, and we never hear from him, and he doesn’t attend any games these days.
He should sell Newcastle and relieve the fans of significant pain, but it doesn’t look like he really wants to.
So if that’s the case why isn’t he going all out to get Rafa signed permanently.
Rafa can raise the price of the club significantly by putting together a top side.
And Ashley can even attend games when we will be winning rather than losing – that will be a nice change for the owner.
But it’s difficult to know what Mike Ashley is even thinking these days.
He’s never been the type of owner Newcastle needs but Rafa is the perfect manager for us.
That’s the conundrum right now.