Newcastle fans are waiting for the Rafa meeting with Mike Ashley to take place this week – we expect Lee Charnley to also to be in attendance.
The meeting will probably not be in Newcastle, but Ashley has now had ample time since early April when Rafa was asked to submit his requirements for staying at the club.
As far as we know, he’s had no response yet to that request although he has had some “positive” meetings with Lee Charnley in the last couple of weeks.
It also seems that Mike Ashley went out of his way at Fulham to meet the players and Rafa after the game in the dressing room and thanked everybody individually for a “good” season.
Newcastle United manager Rafa Benitez
Really we know he was thanking them for protecting his financial asset – Newcastle United – and keeping us in the Premier League – but we won’t say that.
What we’d like to happen is today, tomorrow or very soon Newcastle will announce on their website that a deal has indeed been reached and Rafa will remain manager at Newcastle for three years.
We’d like it to be at least five years, but we doubt Rafa trusts Ashley for five years.
Rafa should also be warmly thanked by Ashley for the many many long hours he’s put in on behalf of the club and for how he’s kept the fans, the local journalists, and the Newcastle politicians right behind him.
After all, he’s saved the club and saved millions and millions for the owner.
Rafa’s last three years have shown just how great a manager, coach and a person he is – and of course perfect for Newcastle United.
He hasn’t world-class stars to pick from like the other top managers in the Premier League.
If all that happens we should see a press conference with Rafa – it would be good if Ashley and Charnley are there too – to show some solidarity.
But having Rafa being able to talk about what he now wants to do is at Newcastle would be worth watching – a few times.
It’s been amazing how the fans, the local journalists, the players, the coaching staff, the general staff, and the City of Newcastle – and even blog writers – have been right behind Rafa and the team this season.
We should also mention Wor Flags for all the great work they have been doing to better the atmosphere at the sold-out St. James’ Park
If Ashley is staying he needs to join the Toon Army – led by Rafa – and at least attend the home games next season.
He also needs to let Rafa be himself and do what he wants to do with the squad and have control of all transfers.
Great times could be ahead for Newcastle United.
We hope we are right on that and we will be – if we can keep Rafa long term.
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