The Sun is reporting today the Newcastle hierarchy are pressing Rafa Benitez to sign a new three-year contract and if he does he will get transfer funds of £100M.
From what we can tell from media reports this summer Mike Ashley has withheld funds from Rafa because he will not sign a new deal,.
If that is true they are just ridiculous tactics being used by the Newcastle owner.
He’s basically risking not strengthening the Newcastle team sufficiently so that Rafa will sign a new deal.
Basically holding Rafa hostage to scraping the barrel for players even though the club seems to have the money to buy some of the players Rafa wants.
And that’s what Rafa is doing – working within the constraints of having little to no money to spend, and that doesn’t augur well for Rafa staying on board.
He’s not taking Ashley’s bait.
And we must point out that this report could be inaccurate, but for this article, we assume it’s what’s happening – although we doubt it.
Rafa Benitez – smiling during training
And it’s £100M spread over the length of the contract, so that’s £33M each year which is chicken feed in today’s transfer market.
The Sun are reporting that “Newcastle boss Rafa Benitez is thought to be undecided on accepting a new deal.”
This is not the way to business with a man with the integrity and professionalism of Rafa Benitez.
Instead, they should agree to what Rafa wants – which is not too much.
Rafa wants to be in charge of all transfers and he wants to be the one who decides who he can buy and sell and how he spends the transfer money
Does Ashley think he knows more about football and players than Rafa Benitez?
If this story is true then it’s not good news and not the way to go about trying to sign a world-class manager like Rafa Benitez for Newcastle.
What do you think?