The Mirror (Simon Bird) are reporting today that Rafa Benitez will stay for the final year of his contract – but that’s it – and he will leave next summer.
Rafa couldn’t leave before now because of a buy-out clause in his contract of £6M, but that has now expired.
But the Mirror report he still can’t leave because of what Ashley would do if he did try to join another club before next June.
They would need to negotiate Rafa’s release from Newcastle.
Mike Ashley – another self-inflicted crisis
The Mirror report says that he still can’t leave now because of the following reason – which is taken directly from the report:
“The Spaniard would face a messy tribunal if he left for another club — with owner Mike Ashley likely to up the stakes and demand even more than £6M compensation if someone came poaching.”
Benitez has once again failed to get the support financially from Mike Ashley who is said to be withholding funds until Rafa signs a new deal to stay on Tyneside long-term.
This is a terrible situation Mike Ashley has created at the club after we have done so well under Rafa these last two years.
It looks like the owner has finally managed to drive Rafa out of the club – albeit next June.
Ashley has achieved this single-handedly by his own stupidity and interest only in money and he doesn’t seem interested about the team that’s put out on the field.
Any trust Rafa had with the Newcastle hierarchy has now been completely shattered by this summer’s events.
What a way to treat any manager and to treat world-class Mr. Benitez this way is damning for Mike Ashley.
Ashley is completely decimating Newcastle United and it’s all self-inflicted.
Words escape me – but Mike Ashley is hardly a fit and proper owner for Newcastle United.
This is not a good way to start the day.