There are increasing reports of managers Newcastle may be interested in if Rafa Benitez does not sign a new deal to stay at Newcastle.
We are hoping that decision will be made very soon, and that Rafa will agree to stay at the club.
The negotiations have already gone on far too long, and the club are now in danger of actually losing a world-class manager who has expressed his wish to stay at the club.
How many clubs are capable of doing that?
We have today been linked with AC Milan manager Gennaro Gattuso, who has responded to the news that Newcastle are interested in him via a report in Gazzetta dello Sport.
The report is that he has met with agent Jorge Mendes and that Newcastle was discussed in the conversation.
Former Rangers, Milan, and Italian International defensive midfielder – Gennaro Gattuso
But when asked about the meeting with Mendes, Gattuso said this:
“We often see each other, I like good food and to talk about football. Newcastle? Unfounded rumors.”
“I repeat, with Mendes, it is just a great friendship.”
Newcastle have also been linked with Lyon manager Bruno Genesio, but there seems nothing in that story either.
The press are going to link Newcastle with several managers – whether we are interested in them or not.
And that will last for as long as Rafa does not sign for Newcastle.
We should probably start to worry if and when there are stories linking Rafa with another club, especially an ambitious Premier League club, who could offer everything he wants.
That could mean he’s given up on Newcastle.
And the manager is likely to finally do that if Mike Ashley refuses to change his ways.
If the owner wants to continue taking Newcastle down a track of tight financial management – which has brought us nothing but relegations and fighting against relegation in his 12 years as the Newcastle owner, Rafa will likely want to leave the club.
It’s time for Ashley to change or sell the club.
What do you think?