There’s an update on the negotiations in the Chronicle today, and it reports the talks with Rafa’s representatives are ongoing – so there’s no change there.
But that’s the news – no real progress, but the talks are ongoing.
As this saga drags on and on during the summer (and we expect it to), it’s all to Rafa’s advantage because he holds all the cards.
He has one year left on his contract on Tyneside so he can manage Newcastle for one more season.
He can then leave as a free agent and get some massive offers because of his impressive work at Newcastle.
Rafa Benitez – Newcastle manager – one of the very best
Rafa, as usual, will want to do extremely well next season so he will continue to do the very best he can in the summer transfer window to make Newcastle into a better side.
And he will want to do better than 10th place last season – and probably will do just that.
So Rafa is in a very strong bargaining position at the moment and no reason for panic.
Not that the man ever does that.
As his final year plays out, there will be more and more pressure on Mike Ashley to agree to his demands or have Rafa leave the club next summer.
Once Rafa leaves then the price of Newcastle United will drop since it will have been Rafa at the helm for three years and his brilliance will have made Newcastle into a much better side.
But he’s not there anymore.
Mike Ashley is greedy and now wants £400M for the club, but if he doesn’t sign Rafa up in the next year, he can kiss goodbye to a high price for Newcastle.
Amanda Staveley wanted to buy Newcastle, but only if Rafa was the manager.
Ashley has said he wants to sell Newcastle, but we have heard that before and he always eventually takes Newcastle off the market.
But the owner could be desperately trying to sell the club next summer if Mr. Benitez is no longer the manager.
As things stand and as time goes by Rafa’s value to the club continues to increase.
The fans will also play a big part in calling on the Newcastle hierarchy to wake up and sign Rafa Benitez before it’s too late.
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