Newcastle are trying to get Rafa Benitez to stay at Newcastle past this summer but with relegation still a real threat it’s unlikely Rafa will sign a new deal until we are safe in the Premier League.
If Newcastle are relegated, Rafa will leave the club for pastures new.
It’s expected that a new round of talks could be held soon between the two sides.
The Chronicle reports that’s probably when we are better placed in the league table – one reason Rafa is very keen to get some wins for the team.
Sean Longstaff with manager Rafa Benitez
It’s been positive that Ashley finally allowed Newcastle to bring in Almiron and Barreca on the last day of last month’s transfer window.
Whether that’s enough for Rafa to stay, we don’t know, and it was almost the minimum Ashley had to do to still have a chance of signing Rafa to a long term deal.
It will largely depend on how a seemingly improving Newcastle side perform in our final 13 games.
We did very well last season in the run-in to the season, and we expect to be able to do the same this season too.
There still seems to be one slot open for relegation unless Fulham and Huddersfield can start winning a lot of games.
Rafa is said to be “supremely confident” he can keep the club up, and his confidence and calm demeanor will undoubtedly be passed on to the players.
We now have a much better team than in those first 10 games of the season with Ki, Rondon, Schar, and Fernandez turning out to be excellent summer signings for us.
And Sean Longstaff looks like a great player in the making and should play a lot more games for us before the end of the season.
He’s been brilliant for us.
So there are five new players we didn’t have last season, and they have made us into a better side.
We hope new signings Almiron and Barreca will help do the same.
Martin Dubravka has had a good season apart from a couple of bad errors, and the return of Florian Lejeune from injury has helped the team.
So things are looking up and if we can win some games soon – maybe get on a winning streak – and do well in the league it’s hard to see Rafa walking away from Newcastle.
Even with very little money available he’s had a huge impact at the club since he joined us on March 11, 2016: he’s the perfect manager for Newcastle.