Mike Ashley and company know that (hopefully) Newcastle will be safe soon if we can win another couple of games.
And they seem determined to get ahead of the game and offer Rafa a new deal even before Newcastle are safe.
News in the Chronicle that Rafa has been sent a new contract in the mail so he can at least look it over.
That seems like a good deal as long as there are updates and improvements from the deal he was offered last summer.
And there also needs to be some flexibility from the club on meeting the things Rafa wants agreed to before he signs a new contract.
Rafa Benitez – sent new contract in the mail
There have to be some other clubs already contacting Rafa with new offers he could sign in the summer.
This is what Rafa said in the Chronicle and gave it short shrift:
“We have plenty of time, yes.”
“I think they (players) are working so hard.” “You can see that in every game.”
“You could see at Bournemouth they did that until the last minute of every game.”
“We were losing and we kept pushing. Some teams would think they’d lost and give up, but we didn’t do that.”
“We had a good reaction.” “We have the international break and they can relax a little bit.”
“They can enjoy it with the families and come back with their batteries charged.”
Players like Jamaal Lascelles, Isaac Hayden, and Matt Ritchie, among others, have come out and said how important Rafa is to the future of the club and the club need to sign him up.
Once we reach 40 points, it would be tremendous if Rafa agrees to stay before the end f the season.
If that happens, the fans would be over the moon and maybe we can put together a string of wins to finish the season in at least 10th place again – and on a high.
That could be a springboard for next season.
But we can also understand why Rafa is dubious about staying if owner Mike Ashley doesn’t change his miserly ways.
We’ll know the outcome soon enough.
Newcastle have to get 9 points from our final 7 games to equal last season’s points total of 44.