The talks started a week yesterday between Rafa Benitez and Newcastle officials on his new contract, so we enter the ninth day today of negotiations.
The Chronicle had mentioned earlier in the week that if the talks are still going on at the end of this week, we should probably be a little worried.
The good news seems to be that Rafa appears determined to stay at Newcastle and there was news yesterday that Rafa was not interested in the Marseille job becasue he wants to stay on Tyneside.
Rafa Benitez – looks like he’s having a hard time with Mike Ashley
French publication La Provence said that Rafa “was approached” by the French club as they need to replace Rudi Garcia who has not left the club this week.
This is what the report said about Rafa’s response to Marseille:.
“Rafael Benitez was approached without it going much further than that.”
“The Spanish coach would prefer to sign a contract extension at Newcastle.”
AS Roma are also said to have approached the Newcastle manager and got the same response.
We suppose one positive thing in all of this is that Newcastle and Rafa are getting lots of publicity due to Rafa’s fame and they now know that Rafa wants to make Newcastle into a top team.
And that he will not stay unless he gets certain assurances from owner Mike Ashley.
Once he agrees to stay at the club (an assumption) signing our transfer targets should be a little easier because they now know Rafa wants to build a top team on Tyneside – one that can win trophies.
After all of that – we wonder why Ashley and company are taking so long?
It doesn’t give us the confidence we can sign out transfer targets quickly this summer – one area Rafa wants to improve a lot.
We have to assume Mike Ashley doesn’t want to give Rafa some of the essential things he needs to stay at the club.