The (very) good news this morning in the Telegraph was that Mike Ashley and Rafa Benitez are meeting face-to-face at an unknown destination in London to start to thrash out a new contract for Rafa Benitez.
First of all, we hope Rafa signs, and then we hope it’s more than just for three years.
If it’s only a three-year extension that tells us that Rafa still doesn’t fully trust the owner enough and therefore he’s unwilling to sign a really long-term deal in case Ashley reneges on any agreements that are made as part of his the manager’s new contract.
The face-to-face meeting is the news we had all been waiting for, and it seems Ashley has allocated more than a day to have a good long talk with Rafa – and that’s got to be good.
A smiling and confident looking Rafa Benitez
Let’s hope he signs soon
Sky Sports reporter Keith Downie is reporting the talks are very likely to extend into tomorrow.
That’s promising because they will both be able to have dinner tonight – although Rafa doesn’t drink much, so it gives the manager a chance to educate the owner on football tactics.
Let’s just hope there are plenty of forks, cups, and saucers available for Rafa to demonstrate – for example – how to defend from a corner.
Here’s what Keith Downie has tweeted today as fans anxiously await the outcome of one of the most important meetings for a long, long time at Newcastle United FC.
Rafa Benítez sitting down with Newcastle today to thrash out his future. Talks likely to carry over into tomorrow. There’s willingness on both sides to reach an agreement #NUFC
— Keith Downie (@SkySports_Keith) May 16, 2019
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