If Newcastle can get another couple of wins under our belt we will be safe in the Premier League for this season.
And that’s the second season running in the top league in world football that we have been fighting against relegation.
There’s news in the Chronicle that Rafa wants to stay at Newcastle and that when the talks start up again on his contract he wants to make some kind of deal to stay.
According to the report that’s his main priority and he would like to get a deal agreed quickly so he can start preparing for the summer – which will be a big one for Newcastle United if he does agree to stay on Tyneside.
It will also be an exciting summer for Newcastle fans once we have celebrated the fact that Rafa will be staying at Newcastle.
Rafa Benitez – clear he would like to stay at Newcastle
But then there’s Mike Ashley and we just hope the owner will do everything he can to keep Rafa on board.
He’s the wild card in all of this, with Rafa repeatedly saying he likes it at Newcastle.
Surely Ashley cannot mess this one up?
The manager seems to enjoy being left to coach the team and prepare for each game.
And that’s one positive thing about Mike Ashley i- he lets Rafa do his job.
And Rafa knows he has the full support of Newcastle fans and the City of Newcastle.
The big negative with the owner is that he doesn’t give Rafa the money that’s available to bring in good players to the club.
There’s recent news linking Rafa with the vacant Celtic job – and he would have a chance to build a team north of the border that could perhaps compete in Europe?
But Celtic just don’t have the money that top English club have, and Rafa has said many times he is very happy to coach in the Premier League,
Rafa wants certain things agreed with Ashley before he signs, but he seems willing to bring in younger players to develop them, as long as there’s enough experience in the side.
Last summer he was successful in bringing in experienced players like Federico Fernandez, Fabian Schar, Ki, and Salomon Rondon and they have made a difference in the side.
Rondon is on loan but the other three players cost a total of £9M – great value for the club.
Mike Ashley is willing to make Rafa one of the highest paid managers in the Premier League but wages have never been a problem for the Spanish manager.
Rafa is ambitious and wants to build Newcastle United in his own image and start to get back to winning trophies again – which he has done at Valencia, Liverpool, Chelsea, and Napoli.
Mr. Benitez can do that if Mike Ashley keeps out of his way and supports him financially with funds we know are available.
Newcastle could have a good end to the season both on the field and with Rafa agreeing to stay on board.
That would be tremendous.