The Sun are reporting today that Lee Charnley was surprised by Rafa Benitez’ visit to the Benton training ground on Monday and that he wasn’t expecting the manager.
There is a contract on the table for Rafa to sign, but the news has been the Spaniard has been unable to make much progress in getting owner Mike Ashley to give him the assurances he wants – to stay on at Newcastle.
Ashley seems to want to continue running Newcastle with a tight financial fist.
It has never brought success to Newcastle for 12 years and never will for that matter.
Rafa Benitez – 18 days left on his contract – now Newcastle suddenly worried
Rafa talked to Lee at the training grounds briefly at the beginning of the week but gave the Managing Director no hint on whether he would sign his new deal.
Now the Sun is reporting the (incompetent) Newcastle hierarchy are increasingly concerned that nothing will happen and Rafa will simply see out his contract at the club through the end of this month.
Then he will become a free agent.
With only 18 days left to go in Rafa’s contract isn’t a bit late to think he may just be seeing out his contract?
And in their wisdom, Ashley and Charnley have put all their eggs in one basket, and if Rafa doesn’t stay at Newcastle, they have nobody lined up to take over.
They have no plan B.
If this was a proper business – and had gone public – then Mike Ashley could have been fired a long time ago because of the gross incompetence he shows in the way he has run the club.
But Rafa Benitez is not going to sign any deal with Mike Ashley until he knows what’s happening with the proposed takeover.
We would be stunned if it’s true, as is being reported in the local press, that Rafa has not spoken with Sheikh Khaled.
That seems like a natural thing to do, and maybe the pact between the new owner and Rafa is to wait, and they will give him a new contract once the takeover is complete.
But the big problem with that plan is that we are already losing some of our top targets to other clubs in the ongoing summer transfer window.
Other clubs are buying players while Newcastle are in a complete deadlock – and not for the first time with Mike Ashley in charge.
We suppose the disaster scenario could happen – after all, Mike Ashley is still running the club.
The disaster scenario is that Rafa doesn’t sign the new deal and Mike Ashley shifts the goals posts, so Sheikh Khaled doesn’t end up buying the club after all.
And Ashley once again remains the owner.
We have realized over the 12 years we have run this blog that anything is possible when you have somebody like Ashley running this club.