While there has been precious little news coming out of the negotiations for Rafa’s new contract, which were started on Thursday afternoon, there is news in today’s Chronicle that gives us hope that Rafa will indeed stay with the club.
And that centers around what he told the players before they left for their summer break when he said he would see them in July and would keep in touch with them over the summer.
We are hoping that Mike Ashley will loosen his grip on the finances and the transfers at the club, and give Rafa almost all of what he wants in that area.
And we always have to remember that most journalists and bloggers are hoping that Rafa will stay with the club and therefore most of the articles are slanted that way – including this one.
We all want the great man to stay on Tyneside!
A confident looking Rafa Benitez
Here are some passages from the Chronicle article on Sunday, which gives us some real hope that Rafa is going nowhere and hopefully will very soon commit his future to the club.
“The Chronicle understands that Benitez spoke optimistically with players last week.”
“Benitez told them he’d see them in July and promised to keep in touch with them over the summer.”
“Benitez also assured those who have been released at the end of their contracts, that his coaching staff would help them find a new club this summer.”
“Benitez’s coaching staff are also keen to stay on next season and have some fresh ideas already in mind to help United kick on.”
Along with that news, the fact that both parties have studied the new contract offered to Rafa over the weekend, and the owner is standing by with his helicopter available to meet with Rafa face to face if necessary – is also excellent news.
Ashley is said to be willing to fly to meet with Rafa in Liverpool for face-to-face meetings to iron out anything in the contract that may not be crystal clear.
That tells us both sides want Rafa to continue as the Newcastle United manager and the other good news is that the talks have been calm and carried out very professionally.
We will be looking for some real progress made by the club tomorrow and early next week.
This must not drag on much longer – we have to have Rafa at the club – and there is an awful lot of work to do this summer.