While there is still no news on Rafa signing his new deal since the game on Saturday at Brighton, there apparently has been talks between Lee Charnley and Rafa Benitez.
That’s according to a report in the Chronicle today, and with our next game not being until Saturday night at home to Liverpool surely they can work something out before then.
But maybe not.
The two parties are trying to find an in-between point where both Rafa and the club can agree to how the money is handled and that Rafa will get enough in transfer funds to bring in better players than over the last two years.
Rafa also wants to use older players when he thinks it’s necessary for the team.
The Newcastle hierarchy (Ashley, Charnley) are proving it’s difficult for them to move quickly on any negotiations and they are difficult to work with.
Rafa Benitez – you’re going to give me how much to spend on transfers?
We know that’s very true with transfers, but they can’t even move quickly when the future of a world-class manager who wants to stay at the club is at stake.
It’s just unbelievable, and they are hardly looking professional or ambitious the way they are handling Rafa and the negotiations.
Mike Ashley is not likely to budge on the £100M he will give Rafa to spend over the next two years and in today’s transfer funds, that’s not much at all.
£100M can buy one outstanding player these days, and that’s not a lot of money for Rafa to spend – although we understand he can spend whatever he gets in from outgoing transfers.
Rafa is testing the hierarchy on how successful they want the club to be and the answers he seems to be getting are – “we are not that ambitious.”
He cannot be happy about that.
And there’s also some stalling on the wages the club will have to pay top players, if and when they arrive at the club.
It does seem that if Rafa stays, it will have to be at least on some of Mike Ashley’s terms – and that cannot be good news.
Rafa already has to be fed up with the miserly way Mike Ashley has run the club over the last three years.