Rafa Benitez has set his sights on winning the Champions League again before he retires at age 70 in 11 years time.
It’s looking that Rafa Benitez is seriously considering walking away from Newcastle because he has not been given the tools to turn Newcastle into a side that can eventually win the Champions League.
He has said he could simply run down his contract at Newcastle when it runs out on June 30th and then wait for another club contacting him.
He has been frustrated at the lack of communication and the lack of progress made on his contract over the last four weeks since he was asked to put his requirements to the club.
This is the worst thing that can happen – Rafa runs down his contract and leaves – and the club will be in a real mess (again) this summer.
Here’s what Rafa has said today:
“What I want is to get a job where I can enjoy competing,”
“If I cannot, maybe I have to stay at home and wait, I don’t know. But at the moment, my idea is to have a team that can compete.”
“When I decided to stay here in the Championship, it was to compete to go back to the Premier League and try to be in the top ten, and after, try to go to Europe.”
“That was my idea in the first year, so okay, we cannot now, but we will try.”
“Now, we are in a situation where we have to decide if we want to achieve something more.”
“I have been here for more than three years, and I was clear from day one. I also think it is what the fans are looking for.”
“We need a team that can compete in the Premier League and not just survive in the Premier League.”
“I think there are ways we can do that, but we have to make sure we are of the same opinion. That is it.
“I am not saying anything special or strange. It is just a case of saying, ‘OkK, what is our idea? This one. Can we go together? Fine. Perfect.’”
“But it has to be something that makes sure I, the fans and everybody here are sure we can compete.”
“It is not a case of thinking, ‘Maybe we can finish tenth or maybe we can finish 17th’.”
“It has to be a team that when you play against anyone, you are sure you can win. Not that a draw will be a great result.”
“I was talking to a friend, and I said I would like to do 11 more years,”
“Eleven more years as a manager, that’s fine. Roy Hodgson is in his 70s, and you can see that he is still there.”
“I like to manage teams. I like to coach players, so I’m happy with that.”
“I always say that we are forward-thinking. My staff, they are young people and we are always thinking about how to improve things.”
“But because I have come from the Real Madrid academy, we have a winning mentality. We want to win.”
“I like to win, and I want to compete for trophies. The best trophy is the Champions League, so in the next 11 years, I would like to have the possibility to win the Champions League.”
“I’m sure some of the players want to do well to stay here in the Premier League in a good position,”
“Some, if they’re finishing contracts or on loan, they’ll say, ‘If I play well, someone will see and it will be easier to get another contract at another club’. “
“We’re professionals, and we want to do well.”
Rafa’s comments will alert clubs that the world-class manager could be available in the summer and those clubs have every right to contact him since January about a new deal.
It’s a great opportunity for a club with ambition to contact Rafa and offer him what he wants and help him to compete again in Europe and win eventually win another Champions League trophy.
As the weeks go by that club doesn’t look like it will be Newcastle.
Not with Mike Ashley as the owner.