One thing Rafa may have to give up if he remains at Newcastle is winning trophies.
He has been nowhere near to winning trophies in his almost three years on Tyneside although it didn’t help when we were relegated in May 2016.
That was a big blow and we lost some of our best players that summer.
But with Ashley still in place as the owner, the best he can do if he stays is hope the owner is almost the exact opposite of what he has been since Rafa joined the club three years ago.
Ashley has given him very little money to spend in the transfer windows and the manager has been frustrated by that.
Mike Ashley – Newcastle’s stubborn owner
You cannot build a good team or get near to winning trophies with that policy.
Leicester City won the Premier League rather amazingly back in May 2016 – at the same time we took the drop to the Championship.
And Leicester City are definitely an ambitious club unlike the Mike Ashley owned Newcastle United.
They don’t seem to be that happy with the performance of manager Claude Puel this season and as the Mirror points out today – they could well replace him this summer.
Leicester would be willing to offer everything Mike Ashley will not.
He would get ample transfer funds to bring in new players and the squad is still quite strong.
So if Mike Ashley messes this one up – as he’s done with things before at Newcastle, Rafa could easily make the move to Leicester City.
He would still be close to his home in the Wirral Cheshire.
What Mike Ashley needs to know is that he has to give Rafa a lot of what he wants, to keep him at Newcastle.
His stubbornness may not allow him to do that.
And yes, we hope we are wrong about that.