Rafa Benitez has talked about his potential new contract at Newcastle with the Chronicle having managed to get him to talk about it today.
Rafa keeps saying he’s not too worried about it and that it’s not a problem but it’s the most important thing on fans’ minds along with surviving in the Premier League this season.
But Rafa has experienced what it’s like living in a City that’s just in love with their football team Newcastle United and that has to be helpful in getting him to stay on board.
And with Rafa being a workaholic who always has time to talk (for hours) on football it must be a great place for him to work.
Of course, we are just a little bit biased there.
Rafa was not worried about the wages Mike Ashley offered him this summer in the new deal offered to him – they must have been very decent and Rafa has accepted that part of the contract.
Rafa Benitez – Newcastle is perfect for a manager
But he wants more authority and control on transfers – and Mike Ashley doesn’t seem willing to give up that level of control.
Rafa also wants some infrastructure improvements carried out like the Benton training ground and also he wants to reorganize the Youth Academy system and facilities.
And fans have been very quick to notice some poor upkeep inside St. James’ Park with mold on some toilet walls etc, and the club seem anxious to fix those kinds of things to keep the stadium in pristine condition.
Rafa was asked about his future and this is how he answered that vital question in the Chronicle today:
“What I will say about the North East and Newcastle is you can live your life and you can enjoy your football.”
“The people love the club and love the team, especially if you are giving everything” “That is the perfect scenario for a manager.”
“So I am quite relaxed because I am happy here.” “Hopefully we can do the right things here and it will be easier for us to make a decision.”
“It’s (his contract) the same as the transfer window we can’t change things now.” “It would not change anything agreeing on a contract.” (Yes it would – we could all relax).
“We just have to think about games and improving the team. And see what happens later on.”
Benitez is concentrating on the next four games before the next International break and we hope we can get at least a couple of wins through October 6th when we play in the late game at Manchester United.
That looks like an easy 3 points for us.