The Telegraph (Luke Edwards) are reporting today that Rafa Benitez will meet with the Newcastle owner Mike Ashley for crucial talks in London on his new contract.
The meeting is said to be at a secret location – maybe even Mike’s home – well maybe not – probably at some hotel in London.
It will be a face to face meeting and a rare business meeting between the two men – with Lee Charnley also expected to be present.
Let’s hope and pray things can get sorted out quickly.
A smart looking Rafa Benitez in Spain earlier this year
Mr. Benitez will again be asking if the owner shares his high ambitions for the club – and quite honestly Rafa may be disappointed with what Ashley has to say on that score.
The Telegraph reports that Ashley and Benitez have had a tense relationship over the last two seasons, and of course, both are stubborn, outspoken and successful men – but surely they can work together for the good of Newcastle United FC?
Both men can benefit greatly from Newcastle becoming a top team in England again.
Benitez has not been given the financial support he has expected over the last two seasons since bringing us straight back up to the Premier League from the Championship two years ago.
Rafa has already done a magnificent job for us over the last three years.
So whether he stays or goes let’s not forget how this man – almost single-handedly and by the strength of his will and character – has brought everybody together behind the team and the club.
Good news to end this – the Telegraph reports this at the end of their article:
“The mood heading into the talks has been described as being positive on both sides.”
“With a willingness to compromise in order for Benitez to feel comfortable enough to sign an extension to a deal that is due to expire at the end of June.”
And so say all of us!