If Mike Ashley manages to sign Rafa Benitez to a long term deal to stay at Newcastle, then that tells us some things about the owner.
He will have offered Rafa enough of the things he wants to make Newcastle into a club that once again can fight for a place in Europe and not keep trying to avoid relegation all the time.
That will be a huge relief for our fans and a change for the better too.
We cannot see Rafa agreeing to stay without Ashley having given him much of what he has asked for to remain onboard.
If the owner is not flexible, then it is still possible that the disaster scenario is possible – Rafa does not sign a new deal – but that’s not probable
Mike Ashley will likely stay – to see how Rafa Benitez fares with decent financial backing
But once Mike Ashley has Rafa signed for at least three years, we can’t see him too anxious to then sell the club.
This summer transfer window should be a good one (and an exciting one for fans) with Rafa having money to spend to bring in some good players.
There are also indications he is after some bargain buys again – like last summer (Schar and Ki) and free agents – including Joan Mata from Manchester United.
Rafa managed Juan at Chelsea and Mata is a Rafa Benitez type of player -0 he is a skilled footballer who works his socks of in games.
If Rafa is successful next season, and say we finish in the top eight, then the chances of going even higher the next season will be good.
And why would Mike Ashley want to sell the Newcastle club if we could be in the top six in 2022 and the club could bring in a lot more than £300M on the open market?
The owner will want to stay with Newcastle to see how things turn out.
The billionaire could even double his money for Newcastle in three short years.
What do you think?