Mike Ashley has been sitting on the fence for four weeks now.
That’s when Rafa provided the owner with the list of his requirements to stay on as the Newcastle manager past June when his current contract ends.
Rafa expected the answers back a while ago, and we have to think the reason Ashley is delaying things is that some of the answers are not what Rafa will want to hear.
But time is now of the essence and Newcastle must open negotiations with the manager; Mike Ashley should also be in the meetings.
That’s because this is very important for the future of Newcastle United and that’s putting it mildly.
Rafa Benitez – must be given the support he asks for
It also should also be important to Mike Ashley if he wants to make big money by selling Newcastle United in the future at a massive price – and a huge profit.
We assume that’s what he’s looking for.
If Rafa was to leave the club this summer, it would be an absolute catastrophe.
Rafa talks about having older players in his team and why it makes sense from a football point of view.
But that will probably go way over the head of Mike Ashley – who thinks only about money and short-term.
This is some of what Rafa had to say in his press conference after the game on Saturday, and some comments are clearly meant for the owner:
“Martin Dubravka won the Manchester United game for us last year, and he’s not 24. Salomon Rondon has been crucial this year – these players can give the other players more time to grow and improve.'”
“I don’t need to talk too much about that, because it’s very clear for everyone.” (not for Mike Ashley)
“We need to decide. Do we want to go one way or another way? Do we want to challenge to be seventh or do we want to challenge to be 17th and see what happens?”
“It is not what we say, it is what we do. I don’t care about what we say, the main thing is what we do.”
“The teams in seventh, eighth and ninth spend £100M and pay £100K a week.”
“So what do we want to do? Do we want to compete in this range, or do we want to survive? That is it.”
“That is what we have to decide. I have not had any answers, so I want to know what their answers are. If I have the answers, then I can decide.”
“The main thing for me is not what we think or say, it’s what we do.”
With Newcastle now safe in the Premier League, fans want to see Rafa signed up – and as soon as possible.