There was surprising news today in France that Newcastle are interested in current Lyon manager Bruno Genesio and they have been in contact with his agent Pini Zahavi.
But 52-year-old Genesio isn’t that keen to join Newcastle, and Lyon President Jean-Michel Aulas is eager to keep his manager at Lyon.
Ashley wants to sign Rafa to a long term deal otherwise there will a revolt from the Newcastle fan base in the summer.
But the news that Ashley is willing to improve the Youth Academy with some investment for next season and that he has also agreed to bring in another expensive recruit (similar to Miguel Almiron) in the upcoming transfer window is good news.
Mike Ashley – must keep Rafa at Newcastle
Wages have never been a problem with Rafa, but Ashley has nevertheless offered him a wage packet that will see him one of the highest paid managers in the Premier League.
Rafa wants improvements made to the Training Ground at Benton but no news on that yet, and whether Ashley will invest in that immediately.
It’s proper planning to at least understand which managers may be available if Rafa walks in the summer.
But Mike Ashley must keep Rafa on Tyneside – hopefully with at least a five-year new deal this summer.
The consequences of Newcastle United losing Rafa Benitez would be unimaginable.