There have been recent signs that Rafa Benitez really wants to stay at Newcastle, and he has said it often enough.
And in yesterday’s press conference he was more open to talking about his future, and it looks like negotiations have started up again.
That may be because Cardiff’ have had two defeats over the last week, and it’s looking like Newcastle need only three points from our six games left to be safe.
Maybe we can get those points this afternoon when we play a decent Crystal Palace side at home?
Rafa said yesterday he is waiting for answers from Lee Charnley who of course will have to go to Ashley to get the answers to Rafa’s questions.
We have to remember that what Rafa is trying to do at Newcastle is precisely what the fans want.
Mike Ashley – that looks like St. James’ Park in the background
And of all people not in the loop on having Newcastle start winning lots of games again – it’s owner Mike Ashley.
The billionaire had his success in business with Sports Direct by cutting costs at every turn, so that he had a cheap product to sell to the masses.
So when you are successful for many years doing that in business, it’s difficult for him not to do the same thing at Newcastle – his other business.
Ashley tries to get bargain buys all the time and also attempts to make money on players – so get them in while they are young.
All his thinking is on the financial side and not the football side of things.
We have to give Ashley some credit for the financials at Newcastle being in decent shape, and that’s helped us to immediately get promoted twice – when we were relegated in 2009 and 2015.
But more ambitious owners would never have allowed the club to be near the bottom of the league to start with.
So when we read about Rafa trying to get agreements from Mike Ashley to stay on Tyneside – he’s not just doing it for himself – he’s doing it for the fans and the City.
Not to mention the local journalists who are as keen as anybody to be able to continue to report on one of the best managers in the world.
Rafa’s the man pushing to make Newcastle into a top-six side again – like in the good old days of Sir Bobby Robson and Kevin Keegan.
It’s just that we have this owner who’s not on board with Rafa’s potential new project on Tyneside.
And he may never be.