There’s a report in the Chronicle today that the Newcastle United hierarchy are all ready to offer Rafa a new deal and want to tie him down quickly to more years as the Newcastle manager.
Rafa will be ready to talk once we are safe and he said after the 2-2 draw at Bournemouth yesterday that he thought one more win and 38 points would mean safety for us.
Our next two home games are both against relegation fighting teams – Crystal Palace on 6 April and Southampton two weeks later and to get two wins in those games – and safety – will be the goal.
It will still be some weeks before we are safe with the two-week International break coming up and our next game is at Arsenal on Monday night, 1 April.
Rafa Benitez – after the game yesterday
Mike Ashley wants the certainty that Rafa will be staying at Newcastle and if he cannot get Rafa to stay, it would be a tragedy with the owner the main barrier to Rafa staying.
Newcastle want to tie Rafa down and want an answer soon because otherwise, they will have to search for a new manager this summer.
The offer on the table will make him one of the top six wage-earners in the Premier League management ranks and will also include incentives for doing well in the league.
Work to improve the Academy has already started for next season with three new positions available but the main thing Rafa wants are the assurances he will be given transfer funds this summer and in each transfer window.
Ashley has a habit of not wanting to spend money if the team is doing well.
That’s almost the opposite of Rafa’s instincts as he strives to build a trophy winning team at Newcastle.
We expect Rafa to sign a new deal, but there’s been far too much uncertainty about that with Rafa unwilling to talk about his future to the press.