There didn’t seem too much happening over the weekend – most of us were getting over the shock and disappointment of losing a game to Crystal Palace that we should have won.
But a report in the Chronicle today says that Rafa went ahead with his transfer meetings with the heads of departments and those meetings also included Managing Director Lee Charnley.
Lee Charnley still has a good working relationship with Rafa and seems to have been given the task of persuading Rafa to stay on Tyneside and sign up to terms offered by owner Mike Ashley.
He was given that task in the early summer of 2016 after we were relegated and he got the job done then.
Mike Ashley is the problem in all of this.
The manager is still waiting for answers from the owner, and we would hope that Mike Ashley will jet into Newcastle sooner rather than later – to meet with Rafa one on one.
It may take that and some plain talking between the two men because it seems there are huge differences in where they want to take Newcastle in the future.
We hope that Ashley will defer to Rafa and let the manager build a top team with funds made available by the owner.
It seems a no-brainer that if Ashley did this Newcastle United FC would be worth quite some money a few years down the road.
If only Ashley could see that investment is necessary in football, and the club can reap those rewards in the future.
What do you think?