Newcastle are now mathematically safe in the Premier League so now is the time for Mike Ashley to move quickly to sign up Rafa Benitez – hopefully for at least a five-year deal.
But that will be difficult with Ashley still the owner because he has proved he is a complicated character to work with.
Surely after all the mistakes and blunders, the Newcastle owner has made in twelve years at the helm at Newcastle, he’s not going to screw this one up.
We hope not, but with Ashley, you never know.
Ashley is said to be on an Easter break in the US, and Managing Director Lee Charnley is in charge of negotiating with Rafa.
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But it seems clear from what Rafa has said since last Friday that the latest offer on the table just isn’t good enough.
And Rafa needs the answers to the questions he submitted to the owner four weeks ago.
Rafa needs to get more transfer funds to bring in new players, so he doesn’t spend any more seasons at Newcastle fighting relegation.
The manager has been very patient with the club and is giving them time to come up with the right answers.
But Ashley is a stubborn man, and he could still screw this one up and leave Rafa with no choice but to seek pastures new.
That would be a complete and utter disaster for Newcastle United.
We need to see Ashley son – he needs to do his job as the Newcastle owner, and it would be a good start to see him visit Newcastle to talk one-on-one with the manager.
Rafa has kept everybody United at Newcastle through all the shenanigans and nonsense coming from the owner over the last three years.
That, in itself, proves he must be the perfect manager for Newcastle.
Ashley needs to sign up Rafa quickly and cut out the nonsense.